10.17.2014

Farrakhan arrives in Jamaica for 19th anniversary celebration of the Million Man March; draws inspiration from Jamaica's national heroes


(Source: JamaicaObserver.com) NATION of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan yesterday visited National Heroes Park in Kingston to lay wreaths at the monuments of the country's national heroes.

Farrakhan, who is in the island for Sunday's 19th anniversary celebration of the Million Man March,' which he started, said it was an honour for him to visit the site as the heroes have been a inspiration to him and a major influence on his life's journey.

"To visit the tomb of those who have passed on, whose memories some may forget but whose legacy the wise will always remember, is an honour," declared Farrakhan.

The Nation of Islam leader said that he was inspired, in particular, by the teachings of Marcus Garvey — Jamaica's first national hero and leader of the renowned United Negro Improvement Association.

"Mr Garvey said to look for him, he will be back in the whirlwind and we represent that whirlwind," said Farrakhan, as he addressed scores of people, including schoolchildren, who had gathered at National Heroes Park. [Read More]



10.11.2014

17 Shots? The Killing of Vonderrit Myers by St. Louis City Police Officer


(Source: FergusonOctober.com) An off-duty St. Louis City Police Officer working in uniform for a secondary security job chased, shot and killed 18 year-old Vonderrit Myers. The officer fired 17 shots, completely unloading his clip.
Organizers who were out on the street witnessed the palpable anger and sadness expressed by residents over the loss of yet another life at the hands of a police officer.
Police say he was armed and shot at the off-duty officer. No witness saw him carrying anything other than a sandwich or could corroborate the details offered by police. Serious doubt has been cast on the St. Louis City Police Department’s version of events.
We have serious questions about the right of an off-duty officer to wear his uniform when they aren’t on the job. We have serious questions about what the St. Louis City Police are calling a “pedestrian check.” Most of us know this practice as “stop & frisk.” [READ MORE] 

#FergusonOctober Weekend of Resistance kicks off in St. Louis: "It is our duty to fight for our freedom..."


by Jesse Muhammad

According to the website, FergusonOctober.com, thousands of people from Ferguson, St. Louis and the nation are coming together to "show our strength as we stand united against police violence, both here in Ferguson and across the country. We will march through Downtown St. Louis and rally at Keiner Plaza sending a message across the world: Not One More."

It has been over 60 days since Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson and he has yet to be arrested or indicted. The youth of Ferguson--fueled by the chant, "We're young, we're strong. We're marching all night long"---have not let up for one day since. The spirit in them to fight is REAL and their stance has caught the attention of the world.


On Friday, October 10, according to what I read and saw on Twitter, the #FergusonOctober weekend of resistance kicked off with a march in the pouring rain through Clayton, Missouri. People were then invited that evening to participate in a reading of the names and/or place items on a memory altar such as candles, pictures, or message to remember the dead. Then there was a silent candlelight march carrying a mirrored coffin two miles from the altar site to the Ferguson Police Department. Footage posted on social media showed Millennial Activists United leading the chant, "It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains..."

 
It is our duty to fight for our freedom... from Heather Wilson on Vimeo.

I definitely noticed two things: 1) Young women are on the frontlines 2) This is a youth led movement without a doubt. Kim Moore of San Diego, who is on the grounds this weekend, tweeted last night, "This is truly a millennial led movement.  Hip hop is the soundtrack to this call for justice. Protesters blasted music while facing cops."


On Saturday, October 11, the "Justice for All: National March and Rally" is scheduled to take place and much more. Click here to see the full schedule of events. Below are a few photos from Twitter from Day 1 of the #FergusonOctober Weekend of Resistance.

We stand with our brothers and sisters!


















Ishmael Muhammad talks with The Gleaner about upcoming Million Man March commemoration in Kingston, Jamaica

Ishmael Muhammad, son of Elijah Muhammad and student minister of the Nation of Islam. Ian Allen/Photographer
(Source: http://jamaica-gleaner.comOn Sunday, October 19, Jamaica will host several thousand people from the Caribbean, the United States, Canada and parts of Europe at the Million Man March's 19th anniversary celebration. Earlier this week, Ishmael Muhammad and an advance party from the Nation of Islam (NOI) visited the island to make preparations for the significant visit.
Already, most of the capital's hotels are fully booked as several hundred people prepare to arrive for the event scheduled to be held at the National Arena in Kingston, starting at noon. Muhammad stresses that, though the target is men, it will be a celebration for the entire family.
In an interview with The Gleaner, Muhammad, who is an assistant to NOI head Louis Farrakhan, said Jamaica was chosen for a number of reasons, including the fact that Farrakhan's roots are here and the island is regarded as a leader among Caribbean nations. "Just as the physical heart of the body pumps the life fluid into it, so does Jamaica in the Caribbean. You have produced many great minds from Marcus Garvey to Bob Marley, and Minister Farrakhan chose the Caribbean and Jamaica because he feels he owes it for helping to nurture his development into the man he is," Muhammad said.
But of equal significance is Farrakhan's view that the Caribbean is a productive element in the global society that is now being made into a playground for the world's middle class, rich and super-rich. "There is a trend in the Caribbean where land and citizenships are being sold as foreign investment," Muhammad said, adding that loss of land means destruction of a people's future. "Land is a pathway to wealth, and we cannot hope that foreign investment will provide the jobs that are needed, so we cannot allow the Caribbean to become the playground of Europe, Asia and elsewhere. To that end, the young people of Jamaica must be encouraged to use the land for farming to feed ourselves and not depend on imported foods," he said.

10.10.2014

New Orleans Local Organizing Committee Organizes a March/Rally to Commemorate the Historic Million Man March and More


By Cedric Muhammad

New Orleans, La. – This upcoming October 16, will be the 19th anniversary of the Historic Million Man March. Fueled by desire to keep the spirit of the Historic Million Man March alive and restoring the hope in the redemption of the Black community in New Orleans, Brother Student Minister, Willie Muhammad reached out to other community activists to assist.

“I really feel that the wretched condition of our community is weighing heavily on the hearts of those who live in the community and those who work to reform it. I believe that our community and city could really experience a morale booster by seeing one thousand plus Black men gather together here in this city. So I reached out to some of the many people whose work on the behalf of the community I respect. I shared the idea with them and asked them to help and they immediately agreed to do so, what better time to do so than during the time when the greatest gathering of Black men in America took place.”

The committee is calling for 1000 plus Black men to gather on October 25, 2014 at 9am at the Hunter’s Field playground in New Orleans. From there the men will walk down an avenue that runs straight through the heart of one of New Orleans historic Black neighborhoods to participate in a rally at the Congo Square which is located in Armstrong Park. Once at the park, the rally will begin.

“At this rally we have developed a program around a principle that was articulated during the speech of the Honorable Louis Farrakhan when in D.C. The Minister asked those in attendance to join on to any organization that was working to better our people. Well, we have selected eight categories that impact the Black community here in New Orleans. Those categories are health, violence reduction, youth development, economic development, political involvement, arts & culture, prison reform and education. We will have a panel select eight organizations that have a track record of successfully working in these areas. At that rally we will ask those among the one thousand plus to join those groups or find some kind of way to help them in their work. After the march we will give a report on how many agreed to do so and we will monitor their progress throughout the year,” stated Brother Willie Muhammad.

The committee is following the blueprint that was used to make the Historic Million Man March a success. Meetings are being setup with various organizations, social aide & pleasure clubs, churches, Hip-Hop community and more seeking their participation and support.

On August 9, the committee held a community meeting titled, “The First 100!” At this meeting 100 influential people within the Black community in New Orleans were invited. They viewed a power point presentation outlining the overall idea and goals of the march/rally. They were then asked if they would be willing to support by showing up themselves on Oct. 25 and actively recruiting ten Black males to do the same. In addition to that those in attendance were asked to help setup meetings with members of the local organizing committee and organizations, churches and groups they belonged to.


The meeting was a success, the room was filled and everyone was excited about the upcoming march/rally. “Our community is a wheel, and our people are the spokes in it. Through the process of Truing, each one of us must adjust the tension of our respective spokes in order for our community to have the quality ride it deserves and once that wheel makes a complete turn, it is at such time we will have revolution,” said Brother Shack, of the True Love Movement, when asked about the success of the August 9th meeting. Brother Shack is also one of the march/rally organizers.

During the first phase of promotion the organizers used social media to inform people about the upcoming march/rally. A Facebook page titled, “Man Up March: A Call to Action" has been created. Thus far the reception has been very good. Brothers have begun posing the phrase, “I have my ten,” in reference to ten males they have encouraged to attend and sisters have been posting remarks showing their support as well. The energy is building as the march nears.

“This march will be the defining moment for black men in this city. This is the time and this is what must be done, for our wives, our children, our community and indeed for our very existence,” stated Brother Asad, a local entrepreneur who is part of the local organizing committee.

(Those interested in learning more about and it’s development of the Man Up March, can do so on Twitter @ManUpMarch and on Facebook at Man Up March: A Call To Action. Want to make donation? Support The Go FundMe Campaign)

Former Houston Councilman Jarvis Johnson allegedly held at gunpoint, slapped and robbed by cops


Former Houston Councilman Jarvis Johnson was allegedly held at gunpoint, slapped and robbed by cops! Isiah Carey of Fox 26 News did the following report. Watch below!


WATCH the surveillance video of former Houston City Councilman Jarvis Johnson get pulled over, held at gunpoint, allegedly slapped and robbed by Pct. 1 Constables on Sept 13th, 2014. Johnson says 2,500 dollars of his money was stolen by rogue cops. In the end...he only received a speeding ticket. (Unfortunately, much of the encounter took place out of the surveillance camera's view)


10.08.2014

Open season on Blacks? Hunter versus the hunted mentality seen across America


(FinalCall.com) - From California to South Carolina, from Missouri to Detroit to New York, Blacks are being assaulted, shot and killed. As anger grows, protests rise, and frustrations build, people are asking, when and how will this end?

Ever since Black people were brought to the shores of America in the bottom of slave ships, misery, suffering and death has been their constant companions. After four centuries in this strange land, among a strange people as the scriptures describe, these circumstances are growing worse, not getting better, say many.

“What we are going through now, actually, it’s a different level of what we experienced in slavery,” Nancy Lockhart, a social justice advocate, told The Final Call. “I definitely feel that it’s open season on us.”

...On Oct. 1, a jury convicted Michael Dunn of first degree murder for shooting Jordan Davis over loud music. Earlier this year, a jury also convicted Mr. Dunn of three charges of second-degree murder for firing into the vehicle that carried three others along with teenager Davis. “We send our love and support to the family of Jordan Davis.

Today is a day to remember Jordan and honor his life, renew our commitment to ending Florida’s deadly ‘Stand Your Ground’ or ‘Shoot First’ law, and grow our movement to end violence perpetrated against Black youth,” said Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange.org, an online civil rights organization. [Read More]

Unsafe in the White House: Secret Service security debacle tied to America’s racial crisis


WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - For two solid weeks, even after disgraced agency chief Julia Pierson was forced to resign, the U.S. Secret Service—tasked by Congress after the 1901 assassination of William McKinley to protect the U.S. president, vice president and their families—dominated newspaper headlines, broadcast news coverage, and social media. The agency virtually melted down into what appeared to be a pool of incompetence, or worse.

 The breaches of security around President Barack Obama—the most threatened commander-in-chief in U.S. history—and at the White House seemed inexplicable. “It will never happen again,” a grim Ms. Pierson told a House oversight committee which confronted her with reports that Army veteran Omar Gonzalez allegedly scaled the 7-foot-high, wrought iron fence on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the executive mansion, and penetrated deeper into the unlocked building than the agency first reported on Sept. 19 when the intrusion occurred.

Mr. Gonzalez apparently cleared the fence, ran across the 150-yard lawn through an unlocked front door, overpowered one officer, ran past an unguarded stairway leading to the First Family’s residence, and was finally subdued by an off-duty officer in the massive East Room, according to The Washington Post.

One day after her Capitol Hill testimony Ms. Pierson resigned, replaced on an interim basis by Joseph Clancy, who headed Mr. Obama’s first protective detail after he took office in 2009. But the flood of revelations of serious—even life threatening security breaches—continued to cascade into public view. [Read More]

10.05.2014

"Which Side Are You On?" Michael Brown supporters interrupt St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performance


On October 4, a peaceful demonstration took place as Michael Brown supporters interrupted St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performance at Powell Symphony Hall. Chanting "Which side are you on?"...Watch the video below. 


9.25.2014

[Preview Trailer] "This Thing We Do: Houston DJ Culture Revealed"


Flash Gordon Parks aka Jason Woods is an ethnomusicologist devoted to sharing the wonderful music history of Houston TX. He has conducted extensive research in various areas of music. Often focusing on the political, cultural, and social impact music has had on the city. Here he delivers a special preview of his documentary based on Houston's diverse and impactful DJ culture titled "This Thing We Do: Houston DJ Culture Revealed" [Watch Below]


9.16.2014

[Audio Replay] Discussing The Teachings 2.0 Twitter Book and The #FarrakhanTwitterArmy on the Ahmad X Morton Show


On September 9, I was guest on the Ahmad X Morton Show alongside Benton Harbor City Commissioner Marcus Muhammad. In my segment, we discussed The Teachings 2.0 book, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan's impact on social media, the consistent work of The Farrakhan Twitter Army and much more. Click below to hear the full replay.


Thawing Out The #IceBucketChallenge and Why Blacks Won’t Benefit


By Shareefah Muhammad
One man drops a bucket of ice water over his head and it all goes viral! With the sudden overnight spotlight on ALS  also known as “Lou Gehrig” disease, one must ask themselves, “From the popularity of the ice bucket challenge, who benefits from my participation and donation?”  

ALS, Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis, is a disease that involves degeneration of parts of the nervous system; it specifically affects nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and spinal cord. As a result of this assault, it eventually kills the neurons. This affects motor neurons that are responsible for muscle movement and progressively leads to paralysis. Celebrities who have fallen victim to the disease include: Hall of Fame pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Senator Jacob Javits, creator of Sesame Street Jon Stone, boxing champion Ezzard Charles, NBA Hall of Fame basketball player George Yardley, pro football player Glenn Montgomery, musician Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter), entertainer Dennis Day, jazz musician Charles Mingus, former vice president of the United States Henry A. Wallace and U.S. Army General Maxwell Taylor.
A wealth of research has been conducted on the disease yet no cure or treatment has been discovered at this time. So who is really benefiting from this newfound “Icebucket” craze? Hopefully this is not a shocker. According to the ALS CARE Database, “60% of the people with ALS in the Database are men and 93% of patients in the Database are Caucasian.” Yes, you read it right, this is a disease that rarely affects the African American population. 

So why are we dumping our tens of thousands of dollars into something that we don’t even get much of a benefit from? With the hard earned monies African Americans make from their salaries, the “African American” dollar stays in our communities less than 24 hours and exits out into the hands of those who care not for our need, let alone solutions to our specific health challenges. [READ MORE]