Back from Ferguson activistz Rosa Clemente & Russell Shoats III

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Rosa Clemente, an activist and former Green Party VP candidate will speak to us about the police terrorism she and others suffered while protesting in Ferguson, Missouri on August 20,2014. She told Ebony online that “officers swooped in on us from all directions and locked us down. The threats, their eyes, postures, weaponry said it all: “We have the power, we don’t care how many cameras there are, we can do what we want and we will never have to be held accountable.”

Russell Shoatz III speaks with us tonight about his father Russell Maroon Shoatz who is a political prisoner currently being tortured in prison after being convicted in a Kangaroo trial for killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1970. The Philadelphia police was notorious for its abuse of Black people in the city and worked directly directly with the FBI in its illegal COINTELPRO activities…

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Letter to the Americans — Ammiel Alcalay

 

{via Warscapes}

 

Letter to the Americans

Ammiel Alcalay

 

You know as well as I do that a people under occupation will

 

be unhappy, that parents will fear for the lives of their precious children,

 

especially when there is NOWHERE TO HIDE.

 

 

 

You know as well as I do that a husband’s memory of his wife forced to

 

deliver their child at a checkpoint will not be a happy one. You know as

 

well as I do that the form of her unborn child beaten to death in the womb

 

 

 

will never leave a mother’s mind. And you know as well as I do that a girl will

 

have cause to wonder at the loss of her grandfather, made to wait on his

 

way to the hospital, and she’ll have cause to cry at the bullet lodged

 

 

 

in her brother’s head — You know as well as I do that watching

 

someone who stole the land you used to till water their garden

 

while you hope some rain might collect to parch your weary throat

 

 

 

might cause bitterness — You know as well as I do that a family,

 

a village, a city, and a people punished for the act of an individual

 

might not react well to the idea of “two sides.” You know as well

 

 

 

as I do that Hamurabi’s Code was a great legal precedent and that

 

the translation of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth means

 

ONE PUNISHMENT FOR ONE CRIME— no thing more and

 

 

 

no thing less. You know as well as I do that aerial bombardment

 

and white phosphorous and naval blockade and tanks and snipers

 

and barbed wire and walls and house demolitions and land

 

 

 

confiscation and the uprooting of olive trees and torture without

 

trial and collective punishment and withholding water and

 

access to the sea and even the sky itself are no match for rocket

 

 

 

propelled grenades and all the nails ever put into every homemade

 

bomb ever made even though metal still pierces every skin — You

 

know as well as I do that justice dwells in the soul as in the soil

 

 

 

and though you can’t ever know what you’d do if you were in

 

someone else’s shoes, maybe you would have the strength to carry

 

your elders on your back, the courage to stay at the operating table

 

 

 

or drive an ambulance after your children were killed, the nerve

 

to face the daily grief compounded by loss after loss until all

 

you have left is the unutterable scream you possess in the

 

 

 

heave of your breast and the depth of your chest. But you also

 

know as well as I do that the size of the prison increases the capacity

 

to resist, and the extent of the suffering makes fear

 

 

 

just another feeling among many because the

 

most occupied are also the most free since there are no illusions

 

left but the vision of freedom and how to

 

 

 

realize it. You know all this but you know

 

too, just as I do, that enough is enough

 

and those below will continue to rise up.

 

 

Ammiel Alcalay

 

August 1-3, 2014

 

Click here to download Ammiel Alcalay’s Letter to the Americans with design by Garth Davidson Gallery

 

Image by Naji al-Ali. Painted on the Palestinian side of the separation barrier close to Bethlehem. 

 
Ammiel Alcalay is a poet, translator, critic, scholar and activist, he teaches at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of numerous books, including Scrapmetal and After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture. Some of his translations include Sarajevo Blues and Nine AlexandriasIslanders, a novel, came out in 2010. His new selection of poetry, Neither Wit Nor Gold, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2011. A 10th anniversary reprint of from the warring factions and a new book of essays, a little history, were published by re:public / UpSet in Fall, 2012. He is the founding editor of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, a series of student and guest edited archival texts emerging from the New American Poetry.

 


Huey P. Newton Gun Club Pushes #BlackOpenCarry to Protest Police Violence

{via Hit and Run Blog}

http://reason.com/blog/2014/08/20/black-open-carry-in-dallas?n_play=53f60fbae4b07ffc705da2ba

 


aMiRi BaRaKa, bLaCk MaGiC pOeTrY, 1961-1967

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Purpose and Practice of the United Panther Movement (2014)

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

Why We Must Build the UPM

Racism is not going to go away, nor is repression, nor the continued cycles of mounting crises created by the capitalist-imperialist system. These can only be ended by proletariansocialist revolution. The masses are not going to be quick to recognize and take this path. They have to see its benefits to be convinced that it is the only way forward first.

While they have an inexhaustible enthusiasm for learning and liberation on the one hand, they also burn out and get demoralized and defeatist on the other. The struggle advances in waves with high tides and ebbs.

One of the causes of burnout and demoralization by the masses and even those who’ve aspired to lead them in struggle is the idealist expectation that things will move forward in a straight line. Terrorism and the fascist approach are expressions of impatience and beliefs…

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Revolutionary Poet Samih al-Qasim Dies at 75

I don’t like you, death
But I’m not afraid of you
And I know that my body is your bed
And my spirit is your bed cover
I know that your banks are narrow for me
I don’t love you, death
But I’m not afraid of you.

 

“Travel Tickets,” trans. A.Z. Foreman:

The day I’m killed,
my killer, rifling through my pockets,
will find travel tickets:
One to peace,
one to the fields and the rain,
and one to the conscience of humankind.
Dear killer of mine, I beg you:
Do not stay and waste them.
Take them, use them.
I beg you to travel.

 

From Arabic Literature:

Beloved Palestinian Poet Samih al-Qasim Dies at 75.

 

Language & the Revolution in the Middle East:

http://www.middleeasteye.net/essays/samih-al-qasim-and-language-revolution-1095441705

 

Samih al-Qasim Playing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIqYstKZWI4#t=69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mon., Aug. 18 NYC protest & petition to Demand Justice 4 Michael Brown!

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

We are ALL Michael Brown!

The Police are the Criminals
       NOT OUR YOUTH!      

STAND with the
FERGUSON COMMUNITY!

MON►AUG 18

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Speakout at
1 Police Plaza

6:30 PM – 7 PM
March to City Hall

 facebook.com/events

Initiated by the People’s Power Assembly
peoplespowerassembly.org             212.633.6646


    Click here to SIGN the Justice Petition  

We, the undersigned, demand:
Justice For Michael Brown

Click here to download the Justice for Michael Brown Petition(PDF)

#Ferguson   

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TRGGR Radio Summer MiXtApE

From TRGGRAs the esteemed philosopher Ice Cube once observed: “Here’s what they think about you…

 

http://trggradio.org/trggradio-summer-mixtape-status/

 

About TRGGR:

TRGGR is the transmission of knowledge for self and community education. Our journalism illuminates the conditions that we as a global hip hop generation find ourselves in, with specific focus on people of color, poor and working class, oppressed and repressed communities. It is a celebration of our rebellious spirits, our dedication to struggle and our commitment to bridging the gaps between and within our communities, to open dialogue across generations. TRGGR is foremost a space of grassroots intellectual thought that seeks to inspire thoughts into action and TRGGR ideas into motion.


Project Soundscape: 8.14.14. Bronx Summer Night.

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{half moon libra}

 

 

{This recording is part of a series of soundscapes. The project is inspired by the work of artist and sound ecologist Hildegard Westerkamp.}


DHS Is Employing Agent Provocateurs and Are Behind the Events In Ferguson

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

Is this Ferguson or Gaza?

What the mainstream media is not reporting is beginning to leak out from local citizens in St. Louis and from an informant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who are all telling a different story than the one you are seeing on Fox, CNN and CBS. First, the locals are reporting that the rioting has spread far beyond the Ferguson city limits. Rioting is taking place as away as St. Charles which is located approximately 20 miles away from Ferguson. Second, more people are becoming aware that the police chief of Ferguson, Thomas Jackson, is not in control of his own police force as he has relinquished control to DHS.

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