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National Day of Panhandling for Reparations: Exclusive Interview with Damali Ayo

Published on 3 Oct 2007 at 12:05 am. 15 Comments.
Filed under collective action,interviews,radical politics.

Several months ago, Kameelah posted on the controversial topic of the National Day of Pan-Handling for Reparations. Well, the date is upon us. One week from today, on October 10th, people across the country will be hitting the streets to beg for reparations. This is all part of political artivist Damali Ayo’s “Now Art” initiative, […]

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Beyond Jena: The (Re)Birth of a Movement

Published on 1 Oct 2007 at 12:41 pm. 23 Comments.
Filed under collective action,education.

“No justice, no peace!” a sparkling crowd of hundreds chanted in front of Morgan State University’s Soper Library last Thursday to rally support for the Jena Six. With students clad in varying temperatures of black, the scene at Morgan mirrored scores of similar events across the country including in Jena, Louisiana, where tens of thousands […]

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Mychal Bell Goes Home

Published on 28 Sep 2007 at 3:33 pm. 13 Comments.
Filed under black culture,black image,collective action,racism.

Mychal Bell, a central figure in the saga that is the ‘Jena 6,’ posted a $45,000 bail today and has returned home to await trial in juvenile court on charges of assault in December.

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Jena 6 National Day of Action: Take Action, Wear Black!

Published on 20 Sep 2007 at 1:08 am. 33 Comments.
Filed under collective action,news/politics,racism.

We’ve already written extensively about the Jena 6. Long story short, six young black men in Jena, Louisiana are facing 20+ year prison sentences in a clear case of neo-Jim Crow “justice.” If you need a recap, look back at our posts, 20 Years for a School Yard Brawl? or Subtle racism versus ‘Ima lynch […]

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Same Song Blues

Published on 29 Aug 2007 at 12:53 pm. 30 Comments.
Filed under collective action,news/politics,racism,radical politics.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Foster’s execution overturned!!! *see bottom of the post “Silence struck us,” is how my grandmother, reaching into the vaults of her memory, described the tenor of a Greenwich Village nightclub just moments after a 23-year-old Billie Holiday, in spite of death threats on her young life, sang “Strange Fruit.” The lines—Southern tress bear […]

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Myspace Aids in Apprehending New Jersey Executioners, Illegal Immigrants

Published on 21 Aug 2007 at 9:18 am. 14 Comments.
Filed under collective action,diaspora,inter-minority relations,news/politics.

On August 4th, 2007, four Black college students were lined up next to a wall at their high school, forced to kneel, and then shot in the back of the head. This execution-style murder was the tragic end to a robbery apparently initiated by 24-year-old Rodolfo Godinez. Of the victims, Natasha Aeriel, 19, Terrance Aeriel, […]

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The Legalized Lynching of Kenneth Foster, Jr.

Published on 12 Aug 2007 at 12:48 pm. 35 Comments.
Filed under collective action,news/politics,racism.

On August 30, 2007, Texas, the state that executes more people than any in the country, plans to deliver a lethal injection to Kenneth Foster, Jr. While this may seem like nothing out of the ordinary for a state that will perform its 400th execution this summer, Kenneth’s case is unique. He killed no one. […]

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Safe terms, Euphemisms, Distracting Discursive Projects: “White Privilege,” What’s in a Name?

Published on 4 Aug 2007 at 11:54 pm. 10 Comments.
Filed under academia,collective action,racial rhetoric,racism,radical politics.

also check me at kameelahwrites. —— Racialicious pointed me toward an awesome blog called the North Star which is “an online forum of discussion and debate maintained by black activist and justice-minded students at Yale University. By creating an easily-accessible online library of social and political commentaries, we strive to foster a community voice that […]

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Join the Performance: National Day of Panhandling for Reparations

Published on 3 Aug 2007 at 10:13 pm. 10 Comments.
Filed under art,collective action,history,radical politics,theatre.

No commentary from me, just throwing this out to ya’ll. Tell me what you think. Do you plan to get involved? Let me know what’s up. from Artist, Author and Speak Damali Ayo’s site: October 10, 2007 We are taking it to the streets. Join the First Annual National Day of Panhandling for Reparations OCTOBER […]

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United States of Africa? The Jury is Still Out.

Published on 4 Jul 2007 at 11:45 am. 53 Comments.
Filed under Africa,collective action,history,news/politics,positivity.

Freelon here, reporting live from Accra, Ghana on the final day of the 2007 African Union Summit! We started the week very excited about the proceedings taking place here. The city is tight with security, all the politicians have been making their rounds, giving town hall lectures and making appearances. But at the conclusion of […]

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