Revitalizing the Reparations Movement –
Institute of the Black World
I remember it like it was yesterday. My older brother had just returned from his freshman year of secondary school and the loud engine of my father’s old Nissan Stanza pulling into the compound had sent us all rushing to welcome him.
Amidst my parents chatter about his grades and how he’d lost weight, my brother signaled me to follow him. He pulled out a Sony Walkman and told me he had a new dance to teach me. I can’t remember exactly what he called it, only that it was similar to the running man.
The soundtrack to that dance was a sound I had never heard before: ‘Hip-Hop music.’ I spent the days that followed filled with immense curiosity, digging into this new sound. Years later, I would come to learn the names of the artists on that cassette tape: Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, KRS One, Salt & Pepa, and Public Enemy. This was my introduction to a culture that changed my life.
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The Brave Sage of Timbuktu: Abdel Kader Haidara
It was early in the summer of 2012, and at the Mamma Haidara Library in Timbuktu , a clandestine operation was under way. For Haidara, 50, the scion of a distinguished family of scholars and collectors from Timbuktu and other towns along the Niger in northern Mali, the rescue marked the culmination of a long career as a champion of the country’s cultural patrimony.
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5th May 2009
Quote: This clay sculpture portrays the face of the earliest known modern European – a man or woman who hunted deer and gathered fruit and herbs in ancient forests more than 35,000 years ago. It was created by Richard Neave; one of Britain’s leading forensic scientists, using fossilized fragments of skull and jawbone found in a cave seven years ago.
His recreation offers a tantalizing glimpse into life before the dawn of civilization. It also shows the close links between the first European settlers and their immediate African ancestors. It was made for the BBC2 series The Incredible Human Journey. This will follow the evolution of humans from the cradle of Africa to the waves of migrations that saw Homo sapiens colonize the globe.
The head is based on remains of one of the earliest known anatomically modern Europeans. The lower jawbone was discovered by potholers in Pestera cu Oase, the “cave with bones”, located in the southwestern Carpathian Mountains of Romania in 2002. The rest of the fragments were found the following year. The bones were carbon-dated to between 34,000 and 36,000 years ago when Europe was occupied by two species of human.
They were the Neanderthals, who had arrived from Africa tens of thousands of years earlier, and the more recent modern humans, also known as Cro-Magnons. Although the skull is similar to a modern human head, it has a larger cranium, is more robust and has larger molars. Fossil experts are also unsure if the skull was male or female.
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Join us for the celebration of the opening of the Africatown Center for Education & Innovation at Columbia Annex in South Seattle this Saturday April 19! (Scroll down for details).
Spring Open House @Africatown Center for Education & Innovation
Join us for the spring open house in our space in South Seattle.
1pm- 3pm – Tours
3pm Welcome to Africatown Center
3:15 Rep. Dawn Mason Report Back from Kenya & Mali
3:30 Africatown Literacy Initiative Read Aloud of the “Stolen Ones”
4pm Presentations from Spring Break Camps
Al’ Noor Academy of Arts & Sciences
5pm Screening of “The Yard People: An Intergenerational Love Story” (a film by Dr. Joye Hardiman)
An inspirational documentary about a lively group of African-American couples who came together in Buffalo, New York during the 1940’s, and tore down the fences in their back yards to create a more neighborly and supportive environment . Now in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, they remain friends today due to their celebrations of intergenerational love that they have ritualized in the form of “yard parties” and community activism.
5:30 “Building Our Village” Discussion
Henna by ANAAS
Plant in the Garden
Africatown Center for Education & Innovation at Columbia Annex in South Seattle this Saturday April 19!
Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00 By Ted Asregadoo , Truthout
In the United States, it’s estimated that almost 260,000 children are abducted every year. Most child abductions are by family members, with a smaller percentage committed by strangers.
If you’ve ever seen an Amber Alert on TV, electronic billboards or even your mobile phone, you know the whole area goes into a kind of hyper-vigilant mode of being on the lookout for a car or a person matching the description of the perpetrator. News organizations broadcast stories about the search for the missing child in an effort to keep the abduction in the public consciousness – and to get ratings. Often times, the child is returned to the parent in a matter of hours or days, and the perpetrator is soon wearing an orange jumpsuit and awaiting trail.
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By Tom Eley
1 May 2012
Protests spread throughout the US in the aftermath of the killing of 17-year old Trayvon Martin in February. The killing of Martin found a point of connection with broad popular anger over injustice, inequality, and the promotion of right-wing, vigilante laws. Martin’s parents played a central role in raising awareness of their son’s killing, and in demanding the arrest and trial of his killer.
The political establishment in the United States also mobilized in response to this anger, bringing forward certain individuals and organizations that make it their profession to manipulate and redirect popular anger. The aim always is to keep opposition within acceptable parameters, to try to ensure that it does not pose any threat to the capitalist system and its political representatives, Democrat and Republican.
The professional politicians of race, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, played a particularly cynical role. Together with their supporters in the International Socialist Organization and other pseudo-left groups, Jackson and Sharpton used the Trayvon Martin killing as an opportunity to insist that race, not class, is the fundamental issue in American society. The more immediate aim is to prepare the ground for the reelection campaign of Barack Obama, who is now presiding over a massive assault on the working class of every race.
It is worth reviewing the political pedigree of Jackson and Sharpton, two individuals who personify the decay of the civil rights movement and the cultivation of a wealthy black elite that is fundamentally hostile to the social aspirations of workers, both black and white. In the course of their services to capitalist politics, both have become multi-millionaires, even as the conditions of life for the vast majority of black workers and youth have deteriorated. These are not, in any meaningful sense of the term, individuals on the “left.”
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With a fervent zeal to fulfill the mission of activism and service set before him from the earliest age by his parents, the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and Nubia Lumumba, Attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba has maintained a consistent presence in community projects and displayed a genuine commitment to justice all of his life. He began his community work early—serving as co-director of the Malcolm X Grassroots Day Camp and acting as an Assistant Coach for the Jackson Panthers Basketball Organization. Attorney Lumumba received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tuskegee University in the spring of 2005. While at Tuskegee, he honed his spirit of devoted activism and public service in various leadership positions in departmental and campus-wide organizations serving as president of both the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and the Tuskegee Political Science Association. A testament to his scholastic aptitude, Chokwe Antar was selected as a member of the Tuskegee Bio-Ethics Debate Team which represented the institution on a national level. He was also honored by Tuskegee as the 2005 Gwendolyn M. Patton Student Scholar Activist.
Upon completing his undergraduate tenure, Chokwe Antar continued his educational pursuits by earning his Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Sports & Entertainment Law from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Determined to dedicate his acquired knowledge and scholastic talents to the community that nurtured his development, Chokwe Antar returned to Jackson, Mississippi and began his work as a Junior Associate at Lumumba, Freelon, & Associates. Within a year, he was promoted to Managing Attorney of the firm and took on responsibilities pertaining to personnel and daily operations in addition to his challenging case load. He also litigated criminal and civil cases and represented various sports and entertainment clients for the firm while maintaining his managing capacity. His dedication to justice and commitment to community is further demonstrated by the numerous pro bono cases he undertakes for clientele who struggle to afford legal services yet deserve justice and adequate representation all the same. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association as well as the Magnolia Bar Association and currently serves as Managing Partner. Over the past several months, he has successfully rebranded the firm as Lumumba & Associates—a firm “Dedicated to Community. Invested in Justice.”
Chokwe Antar’s deep-seated commitment to his community expands beyond his career. He held the position of Media Chairperson for the Jackson Ward 2 People’s Assembly and is an active member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. His talent for organizing served as a vital component to previous city elections as he served as Media Chairperson and Campaign Coordinator for his father’s successful bids for Ward 2 City Councilman and Mayor, respectively. He played a key role in the crafting of The People’s Platform as co-author to the inspired document. Attorney Lumumba also extended his legal services to protect the election of the first black sheriff in Hinds County. At the request of the late Mayor, Chokwe Antar also served on a board organized to respond to the development challenges of the Farish Street Development project. He is a faithful member of Free Christian Church Ministries and serves on the church’s leadership team. Chokwe Antar’s lifelong objective is to continue to struggle on behalf of oppressed peoples worldwide, so that they may eventually obtain the self-determined lives they so justly deserve. He firmly supports the concepts of community and family and the belief of the community as a family and he pledges to do all that he can to make that concept live. Chokwe Antar is married to Ebony Lumumba and the couple is expecting their first child, Alake’ Maryama, in late March 2014.
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Now the settler-colonial societies are particularly interesting in this regard because you have a conflict within them. Settler-colonial societies are different than most forms of imperialism; in traditional imperialism, say the British in India, the British kind of ran the place: They sent the bureaucrats, the administrators, the officer corps, and so on, but the place was run by Indians. Settler-colonial societies are different; they eliminate the indigenous population. Read, say, George Washington, a leading figure in the settler-colonial society we live in. His view was – his words – was that we have to “extirpate” the Iroquois; they’re in our way.
They were an advanced civilization; in fact, they provided some of the basis for the American constitutional system, but they were in the way, so we have to extirpate them. Thomas Jefferson, another great figure, he said, well, we have no choice but to exterminate the indigenous population, the Native Americans; the reason is they’re attacking us. Why are they attacking us? Because we’re taking everything away from them. But since we’re taking their land and resources away and they defend themselves, we have to exterminate them.
And that’s pretty much what happened – in the United States almost totally – huge extermination. Some residues remain, but under horrible conditions. Australia, same thing. Tasmania, almost total extermination. Canada, they didn’t quite make it. There’s residues of what are called First Nations around the periphery.
Now, those are settler-colonial societies: there are elements of the indigenous populations remaining, and a very striking feature of contemporary society is that, throughout the world – in Canada, Latin America, Australia, India, all over the world, the indigenous societies – what we call tribal or aboriginal or whatever name we use – they’re the ones who are trying to prevent the race to destruction.
Everywhere, they’re the ones leading the opposition to destruction of the environment. In countries with substantial indigenous populations, like say in Ecuador and Bolivia, they’ve passed legislation, even constitutional provisions, calling for rights of nature, which is kind of laughed at in the rich, powerful countries, but is the hope for survival.
The settler-colonial societies are a striking illustration of, first of all, the massive destructive power of European imperialism.
Ecuador, for example, made an offer to Europe – they have a fair amount of oil – to leave the oil in the ground, where it ought to be, at a great loss to them – huge loss for development. The request was that Europe would provide them with a fraction – payment – of the loss – a small fraction – but the Europeans refused, so now they’re exploiting the oil. And if you go to southern Colombia, you find indigenous people, campesinos, Afro-Americans struggling against gold mining, just horrible destruction. Same in Australia, against uranium mining; and so on. At the same time, in the settler-colonial societies, which are the most advanced and richest, that’s where the drive is strongest toward the destruction of the environment.
So you read a speech by, say, Obama, for example, at Cushing, Oklahoma – Cushing is kind of the center for bringing together and storing the fossil fuels which flow into there and are distributed. It was an audience of oil types. To enormous applause, he said that during his administration more oil had been lifted than any previous one – for many, many years. He said pipelines are crossing America under his administration to the extent that practically everywhere you go, you’re tripping across a pipeline; we’re going to have 100 years of energy independence; we’ll be the Saudi Arabia of the 21st century – in short, we’ll lead the way to disaster. At the same time, the remnants of the indigenous societies are trying to prevent the race to disaster. So in this respect, the settler-colonial societies are a striking illustration of, first of all, the massive destructive power of European imperialism, which of course includes us and Australia, and so on.
And also the – I don’t know if you’d call it irony, but the strange phenomenon of the most so-called “advanced,” educated, richest segments of global society trying to destroy all of us, and the so-called “backward” people, the pre-technological people, who remain on the periphery, trying to restrain the race to disaster. If some extraterrestrial observer were watching this, they’d think the species was insane. And, in fact, it is. But the insanity goes back to the basic institutional structure of RECD. That’s the way it works.
It’s built into the institutions. It’s one of the reasons it’s going to be very hard to change.
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