Friday, January 30, 2015

Africans and their obsession with other people's religion

Will this fatal attraction to other’s people religion spell final destruction of African Communities worldwide?
by Cheryl Sanchez


In this essay, the writer will attempt to do three things. 1) To provide evidence to Africans for the purpose of questioning their own ”obsessive attitude towards Christianity and Islam. 2) To show a link between under-development and religious ideas. 3) To question whether these aforementioned religions have contributed to the stagnation of Pan-Africanism, anti-African attitude and disunity amongst Africans? The writer will be calling on Africans worldwide to reject the gods and religions of the colonial masters, as a matter of urgency. Amazingly, the Europeans have ditched those gods, which were used to serve their capitalist expansionists “needs”. They now have” new gods” in form of the markets, the stock exchanges, multi-national companies and football, which have edges out the” old gods” to the back burners. On would be hard-pressed to see a church in Europe in any European city packed with European punters. This obsessive attraction may have much do with a learnt behaviour taught in childhood, by parents.

In the first paragraph, I have the term Africans to refer to people who are normally referred to as “black people”. For me, black is a colour and not, an ethnicity. Black is a very limited adjective and is only ever used to describe African peoples. Chinese, Korean and Japanese are never ever described as yellow people. It is absolutely unnecessary to put black in front of the words-Caribbean/America and British. The 80 million Africans living outside of the African continent, courtesy of the slave trades-West and East remain Africans.

When I use the term Christianity, I am including the older as well as the newer non-conformist so called-”Black” churches. A “black church” refers to a church where the majority of churchgoers are either Africans from the continent or of African descent. It does not refer to the ideology preached within these buildings. It is the same old message from a dodgy ancient history book about ancient people’s from a far off continent. The writer also acknowledges and is aware of the existence of African Christians in the Lower Nile/Ethiopia area (Coptic Christians). Also, Africans in the rest of Africa had religions similar in outlook and practices as the Chinese, Japanese and Native Americans eg ancestor worship as opposed to Jesus and Allah worshipping.

What does history tell us about the slave and colonial masters and their version of Christianity?

The history books covering the period book between 1700-1900 and, one could discover how religion-especially Christianity and Islam came to be introduced to Africans and for what purpose religions were used. It was
introduced to Africans during the slave trades(West and East).Initially, part of the enslaving process, after capturing Africans was to impart religion to the “savages”. The Europeans introduced Christianity and, the Arabs introduced Islam. Another part of the enslaving process was to deculturise people by penalising Africans for their home grown practices. One could see 2 distinct camps being formed amongst African people’s. During the that period 1700-onwards, the Bible was the only authority believed and used back then ,until the rise of science came about in Europe. Can you imagine how lucky the ruling classes back in Europe felt, when they saw the potential of the bible, as a tool to enslave peoples, to further the mercantile mode of capitalism.

Historical accounts have given a plethora of evidence to show that, the slave masters both European and Arab practised what they believed to be the “truth” from the Bible and from the Koran. They also provide in-depth accounts of the scale of brutality, torture, theft, terrorism, murder unleashed on unsuspecting and trusting Africans. Both Islamic and christian traders, adventurers, priests, investors and criminals armed with the bible and the Koran and “gifts” to achieve their goal of slavery, colonialism and the development of Europe and the under-development of Africa. Missionaries were used to soften up the Africans, on behalf of the ruling classes, both on the African continent. In the Americas- religion was tolerated by the master because, they saw the potential of these ideas to keep the slaves ”cheerful”
Is any wonder why slave masters opposed the abolition ideas and literacy amongst the slaves, when the bible supports slavery, subservience, discrimination of all types including gender, ethnicity and non believers and all of the above?

Christianity, capitalism and cruelty in Africa.

The main reason for expanding the missionary outreach work in Africa was to make it easier for the capitalists both state and individuals arriving in Africa, intent on making their fortunes and fortunes they did make eg Cecil Rhodes- and the Royal South African Company, which eventually became involved in diamond mining. The Jewish family who was invited to South-Africa back in 1890’s and now rules the diamond world-The Oppenheimers in South-Africa. In order to make personal fortunes, the state officers on the ground had to terrorise many Africans, forcefully move them from their land, steal and impound their cattle(Money), force them to leave their land and their families, separate families and turn them into waged slaves/paid labourers.
Zimbabwean writer M. Gazi (2004) provides evidence of how the state gave land to returning soldiers from both European wars in both Zimbabwe and Kenya. Afterwards, law were enacted to give European owners of land a semblance of legality. D. Anderson( 2005) gives similar accounts of what was done in the 1950’s to various ethnic groups in Kenya, in order to re-settle Europeans in best part of Kenya-The Rift Valley/Happy Valley areas. The methods /tactics were the same enlist collaborators, beat or incarcerate those dared fight back, label them “terrorists”, exclude them from the political process and use the colonial orientated education as a means of causing disunity.

T. Pakenham (1992) and other writers provided evidences about the African Holocausts both in South West Africa (German) now modern day Namibia. The Hereroes,Namas were nearly wiped out in German occupied SWA. Their methods used included starvation, concentration camps, hard labour, splitting up families, land grabbing, killing livestock. Some recent estimates put a figure of approximately 3,000.000 Hereroes and Namas were killed During all these atrocities the missionaries just continued their missionary field work as normal. This action shows that, they agreed with the colonials anti-African destructive policies totally. Lands which were stolen from the Africans in SAW were passed unto German nationals for the purpose of winemaking. Most of them like their neighbouring Boer/Afrikaneers share the same religion-Calvinism.

A.Hochschild (1998) produced a page by page account on how another unknown European monarch of a newly formed country Belgium in 1937-the size of Jamaica became mega rich from Congo’s rubber. The writer itemised the following methods used to coerce Congolese to work.. The state officers working for the King used murder, starvation, exhaustion, exposure to the elements, disease and cutting of the hands. Women were imprisoned and denied food and water until their husband or male relatives brought the right quota of rubber. Leopold did not have much money to invest in such a large area of Africa so, he looked to rich Americans from both Jewish and Christian backgrounds to invest in his African moneymaking schemes in The Congo.

Leopold was able to court people like Senator Nelson Aldrich-Rhode Island, John Pierpont Morgan-financier and father in law of John D Rockefeller jr and the Guggenheims-owners of the Guggenheims Museum in NY, Bernard Bauch and Financier Thomas Ryan. Leopold also used bribery by stealing Congolese artifacts, which he then gave to the American natural History Museum. Off course, when the time came for Leopold to declare as the “independent Free state of Congo”, he could depend on the USA through his investors, to recognise this scam. Hochschild says “millions of Congolese died within 5 years of Belgium colonisation” died. Today, in DRC-45,000 die a month.

Islamic methods.
The Islamic method then and up to the present is till enslavement. Eastern Slave trade where many peoples from modern day Malawi,. Mozambique and Tanzania were taken as slaves to work on plantations. Some were used as guards in harems and, as servants of the wealthy Arabs. The enslaved Africans of the east took on islam, some had their testicles cut off if they worked in the harems. Off course-skin tone was used as a criteria to enslave people. So, people with the most melanin were “natural slaves”. A practise still practised in northern Africa especially in Mauritania and Sudan. See Campaign of Terror: State sponsored Repression of Africans, which was the outcome of a 3 reports beginning in 1990-1993. The “the weak state of Mauritania is using old colonial methods to keep Africans in their powerless state eg detentions, sexual harassment, theft of possessions. Confiscation of legal documents, forcible expulsions and massacres.

Islamic Hausas in northern Nigeria have been placated for years since 1967 with a larger share on the national income of Nigeria-I suspect this is done, due to larger numbers of this ethnic group within the Nigerian army. During the Biafra War for Independence from Nigeria in 1967, Hausa took the opportunity to murder thousands of their christian neighbours-The Igbos. What made or still make the Hausas turn on the Ibos then and now in the northern Nigeria? It is as if they have to remind the Ibos that,” they are Moslems and they are in charge of the means of coercion-the army” It as if the Nigerian state is unwilling to practice social justice and treat people fairly. It as if the religious obsessions within Nigerian societies almost de-humanise or de-sensitise them from acting against man made social and economic inequalities. So, whilst the natural resources-oil is located in the eastern and southern parts of Nigeria- it is the north which disproportionately benefits from the south and eastern oil income.

And the Response of Africans Worldwide to the plethora of anti-hueman evidences.

Collectively, nationally and internationally-Africans have more or less tended to collude with both Christians and Islamic slave and colonial masters, by accepting and maintaining the master’s left-over. They provide a plethora of excuses-excusing the ideology, whilst blaming the few powerless, misguided individuals. By disconnecting the limitations or shortcomings of the ideology, they avoid questioning or criticising the religion. This enables them to retain practices and observances to the letter. There is a huge gap between beliefs and everyday practice. This a reflection that, many of the religious dictums are not practical for the modern societies. They are unachievable by most believers. Most religious zealots maybe afraid to accept the reality of t6he many inability to answer major questions facing mankind or many complex problems faced, by the majority of mankind eg the environment ,food production, the international division of labour etc.. On top of which many poor Islamic Africans save their hard earned money to attend the Haj to Mecca, which becomes quite risky journey for the well melanated Africans, as they are often captured upon arriving in Saudi-Arabia. The darker their hue-the more likely they can be captured to be enslaved by their rich Saudi Islamic Saudi “brothers”. All in the name of Allah- Segal R (1995).

Some Africans have colluded with the local political and capitalist classes who are managed by their European handlers. This has had fatal outcomes and a loss of political leadership with the murders of Patrice Lumumba in 1961, Dr. Walter Rodney in 1970’s, Thomas Sankara in 1987, Dr Eduardo Mondlane and the suspicious death of Machel Samora and the many members of the Black Panther Movement who are gunned down. Some collaborators help overthrow their leaders, to assist their ex-colonial master like what happened with Nkrumah. Kwame Ture was not permitted to return to Trinidad, during the 70’s as he was seen as a person non-gratia for his radical Pan-Africanist views. The long imprisonment of Mangaliso Sobwuke in South-Africa and the murder of Bantu Biko in 1977. Amilcar Cabral

Those fervent African catholic church goers are not even aware that, catholic Italian scientist Dr Anthony Gallo has registered himself as co-creator of HIV virus by applying for the patent certificate. This information is widely available on the internet site They failed to noticed that, many Christians in Rwanda from both ethnic groups took part in the killing or as they called the acts-Interwehamwe_”We kill together”. Pastors often help by using their authority to get greater numbers of people into church for faster extermination. We shall never know with accuracy how many Africans have been killed the Biafra War, the Rwanda -the Inter ethnic proxy war and the continuing war in DRC nor in the Proxy war in Sierra Leone-over ownerships of the diamonds. The so-called army men have been educated in faith schools-catholic or Church of England. They kill indiscriminately, on behalf of the west and for power to rule ,not necessarily to lead.

The obsession with both organised and non-conformist have actually stood in the way of transforming us from slaves to people. As a result-we still behave like slaves in the midst of modern, complicated, capitalist societies in the UK, USA/Europe and Canada. Our communities are reproducing many sport people, pastors and singers and musician but very low figures in the sciences and other disciplines and or professions,which means we are nor as prepared to handle problems within these societies, as other ethnic groups. The consequences of the low production of business people, professionals and thinkers and scientist leaves the door open for illiterate pastors, preachers and politicians to come in and steal their minds, hearts and their MONEY!

Hill. N (1967) spoke of 5 persistent “evils” in most societies but more obvious in under-developed societies. They are poverty, fear, ignorance, illiteracy and hopelessness. The writer would like to add a few more to his list of five evils. They are organised religions (not ancestor worship or eastern religious philosophy), wastage of time, money and opportunities, intolerance, skin/colour discrimination, which occurs between different African ethnicities. This skin/colour discrimination or prejudice has been described as pigmentocracy. Fran Fanon(1967) also has another evil to add to the ever-growing list of evils. He said that “the national city based bourgeoisie is also a persistent menace/evil”- The national middle classes and the religious leaders have been standing in the way or progress and development in the many “proxy , independent states Africa states”
London /Modern Examples of religion doing harm and not good!

Two recent events have confirmed the deadly consequences of the unhealthy obsession with organised religions. The killing of Victoria Climbie at the hands of her christian “looney aunt and the boyfriend, in 1999. The couple were regular attenders of those noisy non -conformist “African” churches. Apparently, the couple complained of the child’s behaviour to the pastor, who confirmed that, the 8-year old girl was demonised or possible a “witch”. Young Victoria-who was born in Cote D’Ivoire was sent her to have a “better life” Instead this young child was tortured to death in a house in north London by 2 Christians. Many Africans blamed Social Services or some accused the lady of being a “barbaric African” .Some accepted that, the couple may have “misinterpreted the bible”. Nobody from the African community publicly criticised the region or the system of beliefs of the couple Church attendance levels instead of falling, have increased with even more fervence and zealous since the murder of this young child.

Following the 1990 premature of Victoria Climbie, the general public and professional alike generally apportioned blame to Haringey Social Services. In particular, a lone, unsupported, newly qualified African British social worker was singled out as “incompetent”. She also faced prosecution in a law court along with the actual perpetrators in this religious based murders, where the business of nurturing, protecting, caring for and facilitating child development never occurred. In spite of the Lamming Report, where Lord Lamming made a host of recommendations aimed at safeguarding vulnerable children who have come into contact with social services and other health care professionals, which he hoped would safeguard children and prevent death and injuries.

Unfortunately, another young Africann/Angolan national had a lucky escape from certain death in a north London rivulet. Again, the relatives of this child were regular attenders of a local “African” church called the Combat Spirituel Eglise-Congolese Church) owned by a group of young, unemployed men. Again, the pastor in this real life case diagnosed the child of 9 as being demon possessed or a “witch”. S he needed to be delivered, which came at an exorbitant price. In addition, other unpalatable methods were encouraged as a methods grubbing hot chillies the eyes, starvation/fasting, name calling, beatings causing common assault and grievous bodily harm. The female, church-going perpetrators planned to place the child in a laundry bag , tie the top off to avoid escaping and finally to be thrown into a nearby river. Fortunately- a male relative stepped in and the young child had a lucky escape. When Hackney Social Services caught up with the child- she had 43 different marks ie. Long term physical abuse!

Another African Caribbean gentle man who rents from a 63 year old Nigerian landlord had a strange tale to tell. He recounted how a female child was kidnapped and held hostage in the same north London flat shared with his landlady. The young girl was kept isolated, restricted from moving around the house or, even meeting her personal hygienic needs. She lived and behaved like a hostage. The tenant managed to talk to the young girl and offered her a meal, which she ate ravenously. The girl claimed ,”she was kidnapped from a village in Nigeria and brought to London for sale or for slavery / She could not be certain. The next day-the girl could not be seen or heard. It is as if she vanished into thin air. He swears that, the girl was sold into slavery in the UK. The landlady failed to provide any explanation as to the girl’s” sudden departure”. So, the Lamming Report, Safeguarding Children Policies, Area Child Protection Committees and the many other government initiatives failed to protect this vulnerable foreign child.

BBC2 aired a documentary on Monady03rd April @23;20 at night. The content focused on the prevalence of child abuse in these non-conformist, unregulated and noisy “African” churches. The writer took note of the time and wondered, what was the point of airing such an important issue so late at might? It should have aired @20:00pm. The programme showed incidences of child abuse and abuse of young ,vulnerable, illiterate women happening in these churches. Victims are often afraid to report the perpetrators as, they are held in high esteem. There is an urgent need to carry out research and the findings to be taken seriously. The research should be led by a social scientist or a social anthropologist. If we are serious about our vulnerable within our community-we must not treat religious leaders and or their religion as a “sacred cows”.


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

I abhor the word black as applies to human beings. Why not be man, teacher,...?

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jalil A. Muntaqim: A Mother’s Loss - For the Mothers who lost a child from an unjustified police shooting.

To lose a child under any circumstances is heart-wrenching for any parent. This is especially true when it is done by a representative of government. When the police kill, particularly a child, more specifically a man-child of color, it raises many questions about justification. As the rash of such police killings has created a national debate, it is important to recognize law enforcement in America has evolved into a militarized institution. Like many American institutions, it has been awarded with various forms of immunity, a type of exceptionalism. The contradictory dichotomy between becoming a hero or villain is based on the intent of the police officer who takes a civilian life, and how the law interprets that intent. The problem is that, when a person takes and passes the civil service exam and is sworn in as law enforcement personnel, they are granted the presumption of immunity. Yet the philosophy endemic and common to all law enforcement agencies is that they are guardians of a social order, as defined by law. Impressed upon this philosophy is the evolving of an ideology and a culture that reinforces an ideal, almost a belief system. Such a belief system creates a socio-political environment of a “them” and “us” paradigm, setting them apart and above the civilian population. Here is where the problem begins, which is especially significant when the horrific history of race is added to this evolving institutionalized culture. Just as all police officers are not villains or heroes, the culture of the Blue-line makes it difficult to distinguish them apart, especially when they consistently rally around each other whether right or wrong. Within a known racially biased judicial system, they in essence protect the ideal of their immunity and the sanctity of their institutionalized culture.
It is with this understanding that a Mother must know when they lose a child to a police shooting, it is more than the individual cop they have to confront, it is the culture and institution that they represent. In this regard, while it is not necessary here to offer insight into the well-documented historical relationships between the system of slavery and the development of the police system, I must quote from Steve Martinot, “White Identity, Constitutionality, and its Double Legal System,” where he recounts:
“Both the police and the impunity of slave masters belong to the same paradigm of dual system of law, sanctioned by the law, in producing the subjection of people of color. What contemporary juridical procedure has done, by valorizing police impunity, is to regenerate the double system of law of the slave system … Thus, both manifest the component elements of white racial identity: paranoia … violence …, and white solidarity …”
Hence, the reality of the situation is our community is not confronting individual cops or police agencies, but a historical cultural dynamic that has been institutionalized, not unlike the prison industrial complex and the school to prison pipeline as trinity of repression. It is apparent that these oppressive conditions are not circumstantial, it is policy driven and codified in law. For example, the well-known disparity in sentencing for crack possession compared to cocaine possession, or the number of Black folks stopped and arrested for marijuana possession compared to white folks being stopped and arrested. As a recent Times/CBS poll discovered, 45 percent of Black people, compared to 7 percent of white people, believed they had experienced a specific instance of police discrimination because of their race. Such is the case that 31 percent of white folks recognize police are more likely to use deadly force in Black neighborhoods than in white neighborhoods. If there is to be a remedy to this national problem, it is essential that Mothers of children lost to unjustified police shootings create a national database to identify the extent of the problem. To ensure a national dialogue on this problem demands congressional hearings on how best to De-Centralize and De-Militarize police forces across the country.
In this way, this struggle has the potential to demystify the invincibility of the police culture of impunity and immunity. Obviously, this debate needs to strengthen the argument the police are to represent the interests of people above the profits of the capitalist system. Essentially, Mothers who have lost children to police killings and the community must take a position that law enforcement is not above the law. Secondly, passing a civil service exam does not exempt law enforcement personnel from prosecution for the unjustified killing of innocent civilians. Since the culture of law enforcement supports the impression they are above the law, people must argue that legislation be passed that Community Review Boards have investigative and subpoena power, and are capable of demanding the prosecution and/or firing of police officers who have been found to violate people’s civil and human rights. In this way, the community, especially Mothers of lost children, will be able to take control of the narrative in defining the relationship between the community and law enforcement. This may seem extreme; however, Martin Luther King, Jr. is reported to have instructed: “The question is not whether we will be extremists but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice, or will we be extremists for the cause of justice?” I believe all will agree there is nothing more extreme than the unjustified killing by police of Black children and men.
I am sorry for all the losses of these children, and Black boys, based on the failure of the Black Panther Party to pass on to the next generation lessons from the Cointelpro onslaught on the BPP. It is extremely unfortunate that such an important institution (police force) embedded in our community maintains a culture that seemingly epitomizes a “them” and “us” dysfunctional relationship. Obviously, community policing, in which police officers live and work in the community, would be best to engender a better relationship with law enforcement. But because of all that has been expressed above, the potential for that to happen is a far-fetched ideal. However, the fight for community policing empowers the community to take control of crime and punishment in the community. We can only hope that by virtue of Mothers’ losses and the struggle to remedy such tragedy, we will win a more improved and appreciated relationship by lessening dependence on the police, and not cultivate negatively perceived belief in the police as an occupying force to keep the natives in control.
I would like to close by making one other observation. There is a need for the inhabitants of our community to take control of the community to lessen the need for police patrols. Street violence and drug dealing that puts everyone’s lives in jeopardy, including cops, is the responsibility of the community. This is a collective failure, despite all of the political and socio-economic policies and decision-making that reinforce impoverishment, joblessness, homelessness and hopelessness … crime in the community is a principle enemy. Collectively, we must confront Black on Black crime to preserve the future of our youth. This means that our youth must be recruited and trained to become community activists in the fight opposing political policies that disenfranchise and impoverish the community. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense held that criminal activity in the community was reactionary, and potentially counter-revolutionary. We have lost several generations since the Cointelpro destruction of the Black Panther Party to prison and the grave as a result of police repression. We must make every effort as part of challenging the current wave of police killings to eliminate the need for police entrenchment in the community. This requires the community’s responsibility to end Black on Black crime.
This is the hard discussion that must be held as part of the national debate to eliminate these police killings, further eliminating the need for the overwhelming police presence in the community. A Mother’s loss of a child to police or street violence makes this demand on all of us, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. instructed:
“Every step toward this goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
The First Line of Defense IS Power to the People!
Fist Up! Fight Back!
Remember: We Are Our Own Liberators!
Jalil A. Muntaqim
Attica 1/5/15
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Attica Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 149
Attica NY 14011-0149

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How to Read a Nutrition Label

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Understanding how to identify what is really contained in the foods we eat is very important. Often times it is best to stop and read the label before adding it to your cart. Whether it is an allergen, avoidance of a certain ingredient, taste preference or just curiosity, let's learn how to look at a label and truly understand what it means.
Start with the serving size. This well help you to gauge the amount of calories you are eating as well as the total nutrients you will receive from your food. Some packages are deceiving. For instance a small box which may look like a single serving may actually be one and half or even two servings.
Next look at the calories. Calories are essentially the amount of energy you get from a serving of food. Remember that the number of servings you consume determines the number of calories you actually eat. This section is important if you are trying to gain or lose weight or just manage your weight in general.
After the servings and calories you are going to want to look at nutrient values of the food. You should try to limit eating too much saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, sugar and sodium. You want to get more of the vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. 
Daily Values - the percent is based on the DV for a nutrient in a 2000-calorie diet.

Nutrients listed as % DV on label: Total Fat, Saturated Fat, Carbohydrates, Sodium, Total Carbohydrates, Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium.
Nutrients without % DV on label: Protein, Sugar, and Trans Fat.
All nutrients must be declared as percentages of the Daily Values. That is to stop the mistaken interpretations of foods:
For instance sodium listed at 140 mg could be considered high, but when the DV is seen to be 6% of the DV of 24mg, the true amount in the food is better understood.
For those trying to avoid items like Dairy, Soy and Wheat it can be hard. Especially because of all the hidden names for these products.
Alternative names for dairy: milk, skim milk, cream evaporated milk, condensed milk, dried milk, butter, powdered milk, whey, lactose, caseinate, lactalbumin, cheese, curds, milk solids, yogurt, buttermilk, casein, lactate, sour cream, calcium caseinate
Alternative names for gluten: wheat, barley or rye, breading, bread stuffing, brewer's yeast, bulgur, durum, farro, graham flour, hydrolyzed wheat protein, kamut, malt, malt extract, malt syrup, malt flavoring, malt vinegar, malted milk, matzo, modified wheat starch, seitan (used in many vegetarian dishes), semolina, spelt, triticale, einkorn, emmer, farina, fu. 

Alternative names for soy: soy protein, soy flour, soybean, soy lecithin, edamame (soybeans in pods), hydrolyzed soy protein, kinnoko flour, kyodofu (freeze dried tofu), miso, supro, tamari, tempeh, teriyaki sauce, tofu, yakidofu, yuba (bean curd).
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Long time activist Baba Bob Shipman needs help replacing precious lifeline equipment.

Long time activist Baba Bob Shipman needs help replacing precious lifeline equipment.

Habri gani all...
I'm Baba Bob Shipman, out of Philly...struggling until death do me part! as many of you!

For over 45 years starting at age 16 and 61 now i have dedicated my life to the struggle of of all people of color and the iunder class regardless of clolor or rank in this society.

Send donations here Past 8 years i have been struggling with a vocal cord issue called Spasmodic dysphonia. I have hearing aids as well but through technology i still manage to stay involved on many levels, marches, protests demonstrations and youth programs.
I record history now a days.
While filming a youth high school game, coming down from the press box on the roof no less my precious lifeline fell two stories and the lens is broken and i tried taping to keepworking but can not adjust the focus wheel .
I'm asking folks in the diaspora for help, their is a link below.
Google Bob Shipman or G+ and @rmship and one would see millions of articles and works highlighting the good deeds of many and the tragedy as well.
Prayers would be enough, also request the family to repost this reqest. I'm a long term Independent journalist, visit .

Yours in Struggle,

Baba Bob Shipman (Philly, PA) 
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

A New Year's Pledge For The Conscious Black Community

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We feel it important to share the below information and well wishes to the Black (Afrikan) nation once again, particularly those who would classify themselves as soldiers and sister soldiers fighting for the righteous cause. ...Our liberation!. Please pass it on to those who feel the need for clarity and direction in this day and time.... and to those who are ready to move beyond the rhetoric and into the necessary work that will guarantee "Our Survival." and that of the generations yet to come......

We have work to do!

Over the years many of us have made countless new year’s resolutions that we sometimes kept for a few months, a few days and in some cases a matter of minutes. We can surely agree that many of us have fell short on keeping most individual resolutions but also have fallen far short on our collective new year’s initiatives that otherwise may have had a positive impact on our community and therefore our people had we been able to exhibit more discipline.
Well, one thing about life ….as long as we are alive…we have another chance to try again.
So as a member of the conscious community we would like to ask all of our brothers and sisters, young and old, who have the strength, the heart and the conviction…
To join us in making a pledge, that this time we will keep……That we must keep… in order for ourselves, our children as well as the many generations to come to survive in this ongoing battle we find ourselves in....OUR SURVIVAL!
January 1st 2015
I (We) make a pledge, to ourselves and to our people, that from this day, January 1st 2014 forward, I (We) will engage in dialog, conversation and planning….. whether it be in Church, the Masjid, in organizations, family gatherings or community functions….regarding what I (We) can do to promote, organize and initiate Self Determination for ourselves and for our people.

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Let us further our pledge to:
Teach and developing our youth first and foremost, “Ourselves”
Organize and open progressive, “Afrikan Centered” educational centers for our youth.
Organize and establish an Afrikan centered Educational master model for Black Communities that can be duplicated where and when necessary across the country.
Organize, develop and support black businesses to provide our basic necessities that we now purchase from everyone else.
Organize and establish buy Black educational programs throughout our Black communities.
Organize and establish an Afrikan centered Economic master model for Black Communities that can be duplicated where and when necessary across the country.
Identify, groom, fund and then hold accountable Black political representation for our communities and people. 
Organize and establish an Afrikan centered Political master model for Black Communities that can be duplicated where and when necessary across the country.
End the violence and exploitation of Black women (Queens)
Organize motherhood and fatherhood development classes for our people in Black communities.
Organize Eldership development classes for our Elders in Black communities.
Establish Afrikan centered Community Security teams for our community that can be duplicated across the country. 
Establish Afrikan centered Rites of Passage models for young black men and women that can be duplicated across the country.
Develop and maintain credible and reasonable organic and natural food sources that we control for our communities.
Organize to elevate the fight for the freedom of all political prisoners being presently held throughout u.s. prisons.
Organize to up root the present and growing system of the Prison Industrial Complex.
Organize our youth our community and our people to re-connect with our brothers and sisters and the struggles in Afrika our Motherland. Our struggle and ultimate liberation is a global one…..we must not let them fool us or our children into thinking
Teach and develop our youth first and foremost, “Ourselves” No one else can or will do it like the best of us. 
Does this sound like too much to do??
To our leaders
Those of us who find ourselves in the various positions of leadership, be it in our families, in education, in the political realm and those who lead community organizations must now teach self determination. We should not rest or lose focus or continue to be side tracked from the ultimate mission at hand. That is the very same mission that we can see very clearly taking place in all other progressive communities across the country.
Organizing Self,
Educating Self,
Establishing Businesses for Self,
Patronizing Self, Building for Self
and Protecting Self!
This must now again become the rally cry of all credible leadership who truly is operating in our behalf.
A People at the Crossroads.
To the right towards self reliance, dignity and self determination. To the left, our continued dependence on politicians, the corporate structure, schools who mis-educate our children and every other group providing employment, businesses and services to our people …..
In the latter direction lies the destruction of those who would once be the greatest peoples on earth……
We now have another opportunity
We must make a choice……
What will we do??
No time to waste…
Push the card towards the leadership in your group, requesting that policies and practices of your group move in the direction of OUR self determination as a people. If it is found that the present leadership of your group or organization does not or will not move in this direction, the direction that is most feasible for the survival of our communities and the future of our people, then you and the constituency of your group should move to replace that leadership with a progressive leadership that believes in promoting self determination. If that is not deemed possible then you and all self respecting, progressive members should leave that group or organization for a more suitable one and or start your own progressive, liberation oriented group.
Our lives and the lives of the future generations rely on our next move.
May we all have a safe, healthy, productive and most of all revolutionary new year..
In Peace and in Struggle
The Brothers of STEP Inc.

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