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This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!
1. Ramona Africa, Minister of Communications, MOVE organization, joins us to speak about the 30th Anniversary Commemoration, May 13, of the bombing of her home where she is the only surviving adult, along with one child, Birdie Africa. See http://kasamaproject.org/history/2263-95ramona-africa-survivor-of-may-13-1985-move-massacre and http://www.davidsheen.com/sharing/interviews/ramona.htm
2. Munyiga Lumumba, director of Upward Bound at Mills College, joins us along with Val Serrant, Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley . . . Music Department/"Caribbean Musics Course", since 2003; Faculty Member of "Vox Mundi School of Voice & Sound," join us to talk about More than a Taste Cultural Explosion, a special all day free arts program at Mills (10-3 Stern Hall, Rm. 100), 5000 MacArthur Blvd., in Oakland, CA.
***Official Call for Parole***
Our Family from Philadelphia was connected to the teller of their story, Honorable Mumia Abu Jamal! These Strong Minded Family Members has a rich history under the teachings and guidance of the Resting Father, The Honorable Mr. John Africa!
The system locked these Beautiful People away and has refused to release them for over 3 Decades...and today we say no more!!!
Join us as we hear the details of this Family of ours and then see how we can assist with the Freedom trail for our Africa Fam...in Love & Service
Tune in to George Jackson University Radio on Wednesday 1/13/2016 8est. Our guest for this week’s broadcast will be our beloved Pam Africa and Orie Lumumba. They will join us to give us all updates on the ongoing Struggle to FREE THE MOVE ORGANIZATION POLITICAL PRISONERS. Call in 347 8267332 or log on to www.blogtalkradio.com/georgejacksonradio It’s Turn up Time, Support Parole for the Move 9 Sisters.
This Coming May our sisters Move Political Prisoners Janet, Janine, and Debbie Africa will be making an appearance for what will be their seventh time before The Pennsylvania Parole Board and we intend to turn the heat up over this. The Pennsylvania Parole Board since 2008 has worked consistently with the Fraternal Order of Police and This Government to ensure that not only Move Members remain in prison but to ALSO DIE IN PRISON as per the death of Phil Africa in Early January 2015. We have serious work to do as we cannot afford to let another one of our family and political prisoners die in the prison system. The Time is now to bring them home all of them home.
Our Family’s now going into their 38th year of unjust imprisonment. Our sisters were framed for the Murder of Officer James Ramp as well as our brothers and each given 30-100 years but the thing that we want to point out is that our sisters none were never given weapons charges when tried and convicted. For The now 38 years that committed Move Members have been in prison they have set a Strong Revolutionary Example of Love, Commitment, Unity, and Hard Work all instilled in them by JOHN AFRICA THE FOUNDER AND COORDINATOR OF THE MOVE ORGANIZATION. This example has earned the respect of prison officials throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
"The threat to American apartheid led by Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X in the ‘60s initiated a great democratic awakening, especially among young Black People. This awakening was the de-nigerization of BlackPeople —the process of turning sacred, intimidated, helpless folk into bold, brave hopeful people willing to live and die for Black freedom.
The Black Panther Party was the most advanced organized effort to exemplify this awakening. In other words, it was the highest from of deniggerization in niggerized America. The Black Panther Party was the greatest threat to american apartheid because it was indigenous in composition, interracial in strategies and tactics, and international invasion and analysis. It was indigenous in that it spoke to the needs and hope of the local community, as can be seen in the historic Survival Program of the party. It combined bread-and-butter issues of everyday people with democratic empowerment in the face of issues of everyday people with deep democratic empowerment in the face of an oppressive status quo. It was interracial in that it remained open ot stratigic alliances and tactical coalations with progressive brown, red, yellow and white activists. And it was international in that it understood American apartheid in light of anti-imperial struggles around the world, especially in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. the revolutionary politics of the Black Panther Party linked the catastrophic conditions of local Black communities (with the disgraceful school systems, unavailable health and childcare, high levels of unemployment and underemployment, escalating rates of imprisonment, and pervasive from of self-hatred and self-destruction) to economic inequality in America and colonial or neocolonial realities in the capitalist world system. Needless to say this great awakening was too much for the american establishment." West
WHAT EXACTLY IS TRIBAL WAR?
"For every individual his or her own cultural identity is a function of that of his or her people. Consequently, one must define the cultural identity of a people. This means, to a great extent, one must analyze the components of collective personality. We know that three factors contribute to its formation: 1.) A historical factor, 2.) A linguistic factor, 3.) A psychological factor. "Chapter 14 HOW TO DEFINE CULTURAL IDENTITY? Civilization or Barbarism by CHEIKH ANTA DIOP".
When those characteristics become more important than the fact that we are all Black People that is when it becomes Tribal War. The only conclusion that can be drawn from the evidence of the wars in Africa of internal power struggle is that those differences that can not be resolved. So when Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seal created the Party with the basis of an African Political Structure. Let's take the Political structure of Oyo for example which was very complex. the Alafin had broad powers, and in typical Sudanic fashions, was held to be semidivine. His power was balanced, by a council, the Oya Mesi, which was headed by an official called the bushorun.
"SICKLE-CELL ANEMIA RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Established by the Black Panther party in 1971to test and create a cure for sickle-cell anemia ( a deadly blood disease that affects primarily Black Americans), the Sickle-Cell Anemia Research Foundation informs people about sickle-cell anemia and maintains a national advisory committee of doctors to research this crippling disease.
In conjunction with the People’s Free Medical Research Health Clinics the Sickle -Cell Anemia Research Foundation to date has tested nearly half a million people throughout the country in the last three years.
While more research is needed to discover treatment and a cure for the disease, people must first be informed about it and tested to see if they have it or its side effects. To accomplish this, the Sickle -Cell Anemia Research Foundation publishes and disseminates brochures and other printed materials with facts about sickle-cell anemia." HUEY P. NEWTON "The Black Panther Party Service to the People Programs
Sickle cell anemia (sickle cell disease) is a disorder of the blood caused by an inherited abnormal hemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying protein within the red blood cells). The abnormal hemoglobin causes distorted (sickled) red blood cells. The sickled red blood cells are fragile and prone to rupture. When the number of red blood cells decreases from rupture (hemolysis), anemia is the result. This condition is referred to as sickle cell anemia. The irregular sickled cells can also block blood vessels causing tissue and organ damage and pain.
People's Free Medical Research Health Clinics
We believe that the government must provide, free of charge,
for the people, health facilities that will not only treat our illnesses, most of which are a result of our oppression, but that will also develop preventative medical programs to guarantee our future survival. We believe that mass health education and research programs must be developed to give all Black and oppressed people access to advanced sCienti c and medical information, so we may provide ourselves with proper medical attention and care.
Point Six of the Black Panther Party Program's Platform of March 29, 1972, explains the reasons for the institution ofthe People's Free Medical Research Health Clinics, which provide free medical treatment and preventative medi cal care for the community. Private hospitals and doctors charge fees far more expensive than poor people can a ord, while public hospitals and clinics are so overcrowded and understa ed that their services are almost totally inade quate. The People's Free Medical Research Health Clinics o er an alternative to this problem.
The clinics provide comprehensive health care for the community. Doctors treat patients for common physical ailments and refer them to spe cialists if necessary. Laboratory testing is also provided in conjunction with local hospitals.
Along with the Sickle-Cell Anemia Research Foundation, the clinics con duct testing and research for a cure for sickle-cell anemia.
Child health is a serious problem in the Black community, and the clinics have developed a ChildHealth Care Program to meet this community need. The Child Health Care Program provides immunizations; screening and sickle cell anemia iron de ciency anemia, and tuberculosis; referrals; and complete physi cal examinations as well as treatment of illnesses." HUEY P. NEWTON Black Panther
Every one of Black African Women in America have been touched by the murder of our people in this country. We come from a long line of warriors men as well as women, in our history of African Civilization we find records of this from Pharaoh Hatshepsut her name means "Foremost of Noble Ladies", and on her accession as pharaoh she took the throne name "Ma´atkare" ("truth is the soul of Ra).Born in the 15th century BC, Hatshepsut, daughter of Tuthmose I and Aahmes, both of royal lineage, was the favorite of their three children. When her two brothers died, she was in the unique position to gain the throne upon the death of her father. I would like to see an entire movement of BLACK AFRICAN WOMEN like these great women. Each Revoluton that involved BLACK AFRICAN WOMEN, came to an abrupt very bad end for White Opperssors. The Amazons of Abomey called Dahomey caused the end of the slave trade in Oyo and the Gold Coast of Africa. "The use of Female troops was due, at least in part, to an acute shortage of man power. With its total population of less than 200, 000, Abomey often bested enemies with five or ten times as many people. Abomey prospered for a century and a half. When the state Union was formed, it was subject to the king of Oyo, but Oyo's power over Abomey weakened progressively. In 1726, and again in 1728, 1729, and 1730, the cavalry of Oyo swept into Dahomey, defeated the troops of the Fon, and spread devastation. After each invasion, however, the Fon, recuperated rapidly and they never lost control of their costal vassal states."
"For every individual his or her own cultural identity is a function of that of his or her people. Consequently, one must define the cultural identity of a people. This means, to a great extent, one must analyze the components of collective personality." CHEIKH ANTA DIOP
"The SAFE Program also aims to unite Black and poor communities by actively recruiting and hiring a number of our youth to help implement these much-needed services. Both drivers and escorts will be recruited from among the young and unemployed in our community, a strategythat at the same time will cut down the number of youth who would consider snatching a pocket book just to get a little change. In addition, drivers and escorts will be given extensive training in their respective fields, with both groups receiving intensive safety and FIRST-aid instruction.
State, federal, and local funding of the SAFE Program will also mean additional transportation-at least five vans with a seating capacity of twelve per sons each, plus the hiring ofa full-time program director and assistants. All totaled, the proposed annual budget for the SAFE Program comes to slightly less than two hundred thousand dollars ($195,530).
E orts to acquire funds for the SAFE Program have not yet been successful. A formal proposal has been presented before Oakland Model Cities, a federally funded poverty program, but that agency has made no commitment. A portion of Oakland's $4.5 million in revenue-sharing funds has been suggested for the SAFE Program, but the city administrators have been typically mum. Complete and adequate funding for the SAFE Program was, in fact, an integral part ofthe Seale-Brown Fourteen-Point Program to Rebuild Oakland in the 1973 campaign and, far from being abandoned, it will be included in initiatives and referendums.
The SAFE funding proposal, like the program itself, is an argument for our protection instead of our abuse by public service agencies, which theoreti cally function on our behalf. SAFE is a simple but basic program designed to help and secure the lives of a very important yet often forgotten segment of our communities: the older people." HUEY P. NEWTON
SENIORS AGAINST A FEARFUL ENVIRONMENT
"Seniors Against a Fearful Environment (SAFE), a nonprofit corporation, was begun by the Black Panther Party at the request of a group of senior citizens for the purpose of preventing muggings and attacks upon the elderly, particularlywhen they go out to cash their meager social security or pension checks. Prior to approaching the Black Panther Party, the seniors had gone to the Oakland Police Department to request protection. There the seniors were told, to their dismay and outrage, that they "should walk close to the curb" in the future. Mrs. Van Frank, founder of the East Bay Legislative Council of Senior Citizens and the state of California's Outstanding Senior Citizen for 1971, commenting on the dangers experienced by the senior citi zens, has remarked: "The fear engendered among us old people by these mug gings almost makes us prisoners in our own homes."
A section of a recent funding proposal for the SAFE Program substantiates these claims. A comparative crime study was done over a period of six weeks (August 21 to October 1, 1972) and details conclusively that the age of the victim does bear a de nite relationship to the type ofo ense committed. Ofthe com bined total of 249 victims of strong-arm robbery and purse-snatching, 48 per cent ofthe victims (118) were overthe age of y. During this same period, only 13 percent of complainants in armed robbery cases fell into the senior citizen category. The conclusion, then, is that an elderly person is more likely to be physically attacked, whereas the younger, more agile person, who is more able to a defend his- or herself, will more likely be the victim of an armed assault. The fact has also been established that 33 percent of all crimes committed in the city of Oakland are committed against senior citizens."
This week we will start the study of the Amazon Warriors of Dahomey. The account of the Warrior Women of Oyo by the British Vampire Sir Richard Burton in 1863. In order for us to analyze why we are in this state of Slavery as captives of Africa we must examine the STATES OF THE WEST AFRICAN FORESTS from which we came. There are many who condemn the Black African American Woman for her incredible ability and strength. We are abused by the very seed we have sown, the Black African American male. Some of our sisters are not our sisters because they have no idea how history records us. The Willy Lynch Syndrome was specifically developed to conquer the African Woman and make her believe that she was helpless. Why? Because we are the most formidable enemy of the White Devil and his slaves who follow his lead and continue to abuse us. Tonight we will study exactly what happened before the slave trade in the West African Forests where we were captured and sold. “The women’s military corps was fully functioning unit. It’s women often termed Amazons by visiting Europeans- fought along side the corps of male soldiers in both offensive and defensive actions.The Asian Model of Production, in the fall of the Chinese revolution of An Lu-Shan during the T’ang period in the 9th century when the men were all slaughtered by the emperor and the women sold into slavery, we tried to prevent this from happening to us. Although our destines are extricably tied together African women and African men have lost the unity of struggle and fight together. Instead of us uniting to fight a common enemy today we fight each other, because our men have been trained to hate and mistrust us. We as a people must find out why this is happening and change it, through the study of our past victory against the White Devils. This week “THE HISTORY OF AFRICAN CIVILIZATION” by E. Jefferson Murphy.