Friday, August 18, 2017

Former Dallas School Board alumni, Ron Price's "open-minded views" on the situation in Charlottesville, VA


The Last Four Letters of American Are 'I CAN'

Ron Price, Statesman and former Dallas School Board alumni, shares his views regarding the right to free speech.

 Statesman and former Dallas School Board alumni, Ron Price, spoke to local media yesterday regarding the situation in Charlottesville, VA, and the resulting nationwide racial tensions.  He delivered open-minded views on freedom of speech, the President, our Country's history and its future, as well as a can-do motto for Americans.
"We should all condemn Neo-Nazis, the KKK, & all hate groups. However, they still have the right to speak," said Price. He recalled the sniper attack in July 2016 that left five Dallas police officers dead and how they "gave their lives here in Dallas protecting the rights of those who were protesting, to ensure they still had the right to speak."
While many Americans are divided about how the President is handling the situation in Virginia, Mr. Price suggested that it is, "un-American to criticize President Trump and his children personally; however, it is pro-American to criticize his policies."
Price went on to address the national Confederate monument battle by suggesting that the memorials remain where they are or move them to a museum rather than destroying them. He stressed the importance of these symbols of a painful time in our country's African-American past that should not be forgotten.  Furthermore, he stressed that without these reminders or memorials, "we shouldn't be shocked if history repeats itself."
Mr. Price then turned his attention toward the future by saying, "Our nation has an ugly past; however, it's time that we come together and make our future beautiful for our children."
As a unifying gesture, Price closed his interview by encouraging everyone to take pride in being an American, "If you were born in the United States, that makes you an American. The last four letters of our name spell out - I can! I CAN make a difference in our country!"
About the Honorable Ron Price:
  • Past Chair of the National Black Caucus of School Board Members
  • Past President of the National Association of African American School Board Members
  • Dallas Independent School District Trustee, 1997-2009
  • Past President of the National Caucus of Young School Board Members
  • Past President of the Texas Black Caucus of School Board Members
  • Past Bylaws chair of the Texas Association of School Board Members
  • Past President of the Metro Plex African American School Board Members Association
  • Past President of the Dallas School Board
  • Past 1st President of the Dallas School Board
  • Past Secretary of the Dallas School Board
  • Past Chair of the DISD Budget and Finance Committee
  • Past Chair of the DISD Education Committee
  • Past Chair of the DISD Personnel Committee
  • Created the Dallas Teen School Board
  • Helped establish the DISD Student Uniform Policy
  • Championed Citywide Early Childhood Program 
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Farewell, Elder Bankie F. Bankie, our Pan-African compass.





Dear Friends,

Very sadly our friend and colleague, Mr. Bankie F. Bankie, has passed on. It is taking some time to piece together all the rather patchy information on the circumstances surrounding his demise. I have been in touch with his wife, friends and colleagues in Namibia since the morning of the 6th August when the first news reached me from his sister in Ghana. We have set up a working group in Namibia, which is making all the necessary preparations for his funeral. His request, according to his will, is that he wanted to be cremated. The date for the cremation has not been fixed. I spoke yesterday to the former Prime Minister of Namibia, Mr. Nahas Angula, who is the most senior person involved in the preparations for his funeral. The Namibian authorities and colleagues have done a splendid job on announcements in the country.

Mrs Rita Bankie discovered Bankie’s decomposing body when she arrived from travels on the evening of Tuesday, 1st August. I was called by Estelle Appiah, Bankie’s sister on Sunday morning at 1 AM, who informed me that she had received news of her brother’s death and whether I could confirm the sad news. Early in the morning of Sunday, I made contact with two colleagues in Namibia who, after investigations, confirmed the news. Apparently, his body was decomposed. Mrs Estelle Appiah, Bankie’s sister, has asked for official reports and a death certificate through the Ghana High Commission in Namibia so that his will can be formally registered in the High Court in Accra.

We are awaiting a decision on the date for the cremation.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. K.K. Prah
Director, CASAS
Cape Town, South Africa
www.casas.co.za


Activist Romona Epifania Hidileko, who worked very closely with the late elder Bankie F. Bankie at the National Youth Council (NYC), delivered the news that our Pan African teacher and guide has departed from this earth.
Indeed, he has proceeded into the ancestry from where, as African spirituality guides us, he will be watching over us. With the defeat of African spirituality in the arena of death related metaphysical, there is only one way to react and interpret death – the European missionary interpretation.
Thomas Sankara, one of Africa’s greatest African revolutionaries that lived, helped us deal with death.
Listen to how he guided the people of Burkina Faso, on 19th October 1986, following the death of Samora Machel, then revolutionary leader of Mozambique: “avoid falling into sentimentalism… with sentimentalism one cannot understand death. Sentimentalism belongs to the messianic vision of the world, which, since it expects a single man to transform the universe, inspires lamentation, discouragement and despondency as soon as this man disappears.
Samora Machel is dead. His death must serve to enlighten and strengthen us as revolutionaries . . . I ask you to name streets, buildings and so on after Samora Machel over the whole expanse of our territories, because he deserves it.”
Similarly, Bankie is dead. His death must to enlighten and strengthen us as Pan-Africanist. Bankie was a Pan-African activist in his own class. He would not want us, I believe, to fall into sentimentalism. He would want us to dedicate our work to the liberation of the African people, particularly towards black people’s knowledge of self.
The best we can do is to recall his ideas, thoughts and principles for reflection and action. It is for us to think about our engagements with him for reflections and safekeeping for he is gone for good into ancestry.
Although I understood the struggles of the African people and constantly sought personal development of my objective and subjective consciousness when I left Iipumbu Secondary School for the University of Namibia after 2005, I had not reached a refined understanding and appreciation of Pan-Africanism until I met and had personal relationship with Bankie. He taught me Pan–Africanism.
I was not alone, we were with many others, such as Etuna Jakobus Joshua and Shidumifa Lot Ndamanomhata. He had many students under his Pan-African tutelage before us. Many of them hold high positions in society today. The best universal reflection of Bankie, therefore, is that of a Pan-African activist, Pan-Africanist teacher and compass for those of us that got closer to him.
It must be clarified that he did not teach us Pan-Africanism in classrooms, but through personal, social and political encounters. Bankie had successfully integrated himself with the youth.
Politics aside, Mandela Kapere assisted a great deal in this integration by finding a place for Bankie at the NYC. This has been a significant development in Bankie’s Pan-Africanist work in Namibia. Kapere, therefore, played an important role in the work of our teacher within the small circles of Pan African youth.
Bankie was an action-orientated teacher. He loved us dearly. In 2010, he took me out of the World Youth Festival in Pretoria to meet the freedom fighters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). At that time the people of South Sudan were still fighting for independence from Khartoum. The ANC had given diplomatic status to the SPLM.
He had long hours of discussion with Dr John Gai and Sabir Ibrahim, who then ran the office. When South Sudan got independence, he asked me to accompany him to a workshop in Addis Ababa to meet with African activists, including those from the newly independent South Sudan dealing with the questions of the challenges of decolonisation.
Bankie was passionate about the struggles of the people of South Sudan. He introduced us to the problem of
‘Islamisation’ and the ‘Arabisation’ of Africa, with Sudan being a case study. He often, in private conversations, chastised the Swapo elites for prioritising the struggle of Palestine over the struggle of people of South Sudan.
He had the following to say about Pan Africanism in Namibia: “In Namibia the youth are disinterested in Africa and its Diaspora. It will come eventually, but it’s two to three generations away. PACON failed its mission of disseminating Pan-Africanism. I wanted to resign from its Eminent Board in 2005 but was asked to stay on. Despite many efforts to change its board, the powers-that-be have insisted on keeping the board. During the armed phase of the struggle Swapo was generally felt to lack ideological direction. We are paying the costs of that now.”
What we must do, as Pan Africanists, is to continue the activism of elder Bankie. I will continue to make him proud with my little efforts as Commissioner of the African Diaspora and External Affairs. I will work with African activists in the Diaspora.
Although he may not be around to call me to his house for hours and hours of discussions, I will forever cherish our time together, avoid falling into sentimentalism, and complete his task. Our Pan-African guide will continue watching over us, from ancestry.
Job Shipululo Amupanda is a commissioner for the African Diaspora and External Affairs of the African Youth Commission and a political science lecturer at the University of Namibia.
More tributes:
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On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 11:52 AM, Line HILGROS wrote:
Hotep Majestic family,

Bad news, one's of us Bankie FOSTERS Bankie a great lawyer from Caribbean is dead early this morning. He has worked variously in administration, diplomacy, education and research. He currently lives and works in Juba, South Sudan, where he is associated with the Kush Institution and is actively interested in Afro-Arab relations and their impact on the African unity movement. After a stop in Gambia and Ghana, he has chosen to live in Namibia like a Professor and Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Namibia. In addition to his Pan African interests, his expertise is in information and knowledge sharing for the development of grassroots groups in Africa. Here he is between Sis. Dowoti DESIR and Brother Peter LEMA, with Sister Malaak SHABAZZ. I had planned to invite him for Kwanzaa in December but God decided otherwise. Honor and Respect for this great Pan africanist (This is my point of view).

Kind Regards
Be blessed
Kisses from Guadeloupe

Sis. Makeda knows as Line HILGROS`
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Dear Line,
Thank you for this news. Brother Bankie was a giant in the Pan African Movement. He regularly sent out news and advancements in Pan Africanism, he organized and coordinated many meetings and conferences, and just simply got serious Pan African work done on a daily basis.. He will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace, knowing he did his part majestically.
Stay strong.
David L. Horne
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All hail the life and times of BFB. May he journey forth and return to us. A great comrade he was, and will always be.
Hilary (M. Beckles)
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I struggle to accept the departing of our Brother Bankie F. Bankie......
I have rarely met, learned from and actively interacted with someone as practical as Elder Bankie F Bankie. His absolutism about Pan-Afrikan progress, ideological accuracy and revolutionary commitment was not only reflected in his speech and writing, but in every pore of his life. He was a huge provocation and upsetment to anyone who adores talking nonsense, pretending to be an activist and falsely projecting Afrikan progress. 
His undying commitment to Afrikan Youth was unquestionable and a HUGE challenge to "arrogant Pan-Africademics" who like to put youth at the back and reserve frontseats for themselves only. To Brother Bankie, young Afrikans belonged in front. Always. Also, his awakened analysis and positioning himself as a recurring alarm-system for Arab-led enslavement, anti-Black terrorism and Arabization was important beyond what many lenient Afrikans could comprehend.   
Many experienced his "rough" and non-negotiable stubbornness, but if you took time to study where that came from, the source was his impatience with our collective non-progress. Brother Bankie had no time for chatting, chilling and celebrating. His stance was no-rest, no-sleep, no-fear.
His passing is a HUGE loss to Afrikan Progress. Warrior Bankie was a Ph"DO" (rather than a PhD....) - an ultra-practical Pan-Afrikanist, having completely internalised the struggle and living an Afrikan urgency day and night. 
On behalf of eBukhosini Solutions in Johannesburg, myself and all entities I have engaged closely with him through, we want to say RISE IN POWER to our departed Brother, Elder, Father, Friend and Progressive Force. May his spirit continue to live through those of us who are still fearless, faithful and militant in our dedication to Afrikan Freedom. 
May his Ancestral Soul visit us relentlessly, trouble us, wake us up, challenge us, irritate us and PUSH us as hard as necessary - to continue the work that must be done. By ANY means necessary.
Peaceful Journey, Beloved Brother and Friend. 
The struggle does - INDEED - continue.
Your life was not in vain.
We'll take it from here.
Ase'
Baba Buntu
Executive Director
eBukhosini Solutions
--
Afrikan Salutations, BABA BUNTU
Executive Director
Johannesburg

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Muhammad Jalal Hashim:
Dear Baba Buntu and all, I still find it very difficult to comprehend the fact that Bankie F. Bankie is no more with us living in flesh on this earth. There are some people you grow up believing without being aware of it that they are immortal. Once they pass away, things stop from being the same things you used to know; the world stops from being the same world. This is how I am feeling since our brother and friend Glenroy Watson broke out to me the sad news.
What can we say! Denying it? Bankie hated nothing more than living in denial of life facts. There is nothing that we can do better than keeping his torch aflame and pursuing the same ends and goals he spent his honourable life fighting to either fulfil or to eradicate. Bankie fought his honourable wars on two sides, on one side to make ends meet, such as the welfare of all black Africans; on the other side, to stop certain things, such as racism, from existing.
Hereby, I call upon you all: let us write about him and try to collect all his written materials he had sent us so as to see the possibility of compiling them in a book.
Further, let us all think of a way to annually commemorate his honourable life and departure.
All remain well.
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Mavis G. Biekman wrote:
Good Afternoon Baba,
It is always sad to share these kind of information, especially when it concerns someone who was an activist, warrior, revolutionist, a leader, with the aim to create awareness and concsiousness on his people, but also an empowerer for the youth!
It is also sad that people who are valuable for  the society live shorter than those people who are sowing destruction within civilization/societies and havoc in countries worldwide, or in their own backyard!
Brother Bankie has set an example for African societies, and I hope that they, especially youth, will follow his footsteps to bring the necessary CHANGE!!!!!
I wish his family, friends, fellow activists/warriors, you Baba and friends strength to carry this loss!!! 
As you said Baba, MAY HE REST IN POWER!!!!
Asè!
Who is Bankie Foster Bankie? 
Get to know Bankie Foster Bankie:http://theblacklist.net/main/search/search?q=Bankie







Monday, July 17, 2017

Noise, Noise, NOISE! Could New York Neighborhood Noise Be Good for Poor Residents?

Loud workplace noise has been found by many studies to cause harm, but a recent analysis links the sounds of all-night car horn blasts and shouting by bar revelers in New York City's noisiest neighborhoods to unexplained improvements in body weight and blood pressure for the urban poor living there.
"To be clear, we're not saying that neighborhood noise causes better health, and a lot of further research is needed to explain the relationship we found between this kind of disturbance and health," says senior study investigator and NYU Langone Medical Center epidemiologist Dustin Duncan, ScD. "It may just be that New York's noisiest neighborhoods are also the most walkable and that its residents get more exercise that way. But our study shows that neighborhood noise may have an indirect impact on health that is different from known risk factors, such as diet and sedentary lifestyles."
"It made sense to study neighborhood noise because the neighborhood is where people spend most of their time; the city is a bustling, congested environment; and the health of people being studied is already at risk from the stresses of poverty," says Duncan, an assistant professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone. Duncan led the study research team, whose report published online in April in the Journal of Community Health.
Specifically, researchers observed relatively lower body mass index (or BMI, a measure of body weight by height) and blood pressure among 102 men and women in the city's noisiest neighborhoods. All were participants in the NYC Low-Income Housing, Neighborhoods and Health Study and lived in affordable public housing. Most have annual incomes of $25,000 or less. Researchers gauged noise levels based on more than 145,000 noise complaints placed to the city's 3-1-1 non-emergency phone system in 2014.
Among the key findings of the analysis was that poor people living within a five-block radius with a thousand noise complaints had a BMI 2.72 points lower than if they had lived in a neighborhood that hypothetically had no noise complaints. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered "normal," and a BMI of 30 or more constitutes obesity, a major indicator for heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Similarly, for blood pressure, researchers estimated a 5.34 point drop in systolic pressure (the upper number of two used to measure it) for a neighborhood with 1,000 noise complaints compared to a statistical model of a five-block radius that had none.
According to researchers, the city neighborhoods with the most noise complaints were mostly in Manhattan, and included Times Square in midtown, as well as all of downtown and parts of Queens. Noise complaints were markedly less, they say, in the outer boroughs, including the Bronx and Staten Island.
For the study, participants volunteered to carry GPS tracking devices for a week to track in real time where they spent their spare time and to have their body weight and blood pressure recorded.
Study lead investigator Kosuke Tamura, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at NYU Langone, says other than walkability, social factors and peer pressure could also account for the unexpected findings. Kosuke says some New Yorkers in Manhattan's noisiest and most fashionable neighborhoods may be more self-conscious about their physical shape and fitness than poor people in less noisy parts of the city, and these factors could be overriding some of the detrimental health effects from neighborhood noise.
Tamura says the team has plans for longer studies that account for population density, as a benchmark for walkability, to better assess the impact of neighborhood noise on health.
Funding support for the study, which took over a year to complete, was provided by National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences grant UL1 TR000038, and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases grant R01 DK097347.
Other NYU Langone investigators involved in the research are Brian Elbel, PhD, MPH; Seann Regan, MA; Yaza Al-Ajlouni; and Jessica Athens, PhD. Other study investigators are Basile Chaix, PhD; and Julie Meline, PhD, at both the Sorbonne Universite and the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, or INSERM, in Paris, France.
Note: Video commentary from the researchers is available at: http://bcove.video/2nT8LN7
Media Inquiries:
David March
212-404-3528
david.march@nyumc.org
SOURCE NYU Langone Medical Center
http://nyulangone.org/




Alzheimer's, Dementia - Stressful Life Experiences Age the Brain by Four Years, African Americans Most at Risk



- Four studies highlight racial disparities in dementia risk and incidence -
Posted by Joyful Living Coaching on Health, Wellness & Wellbeing

A series of studies reported at the 2017 Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC 2017) in London confirm racial inequities in numbers of people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias - even after age 90 - and also point to growing evidence that early life stress and neighborhood conditions contribute to dementia risk in late life.

One new study in Wisconsin found that a single major stressful event in early life is equal to four years of cognitive aging, and African Americans are most at risk - on average, they experience over 60 percent more of such events than non-Hispanic Whites over their lifetimes. A second study conducted by a health plan in Northern California found that African Americans born in states with the highest levels of infant mortality had 40 percent increased risk of dementia compared to African Americans not from those states, and 80 percent increased risk compared to Whites not from those states. Other studies reported at AAIC 2017 found:
  • Racial disparities in the risk for new cases of dementia previously observed in the younger elderly continue into the oldest-old (age 90+), which is the fastest-growing segment of the population. Researchers found oldest-old African Americans and Latinos had the highest incidence rates compared to Asian Americans and Whites - matching the overall patterns of racial/ethnic disparities in dementia seen in younger elderly. This is the first time different ethnicities in this older population group have been studied for risk of incident dementia.
  • Neighborhood disadvantage may contribute to observed disparities in prevalence of dementia.
"These studies were done with U.S. data, but they add weight to the global body of evidence around disadvantage and dementia risk, which is an issue governments around the world grapple with, and one that requires coordinated action," said Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., Alzheimer's Association chief science officer. "For a racially diverse nation like the United States, and to address Alzheimer's and dementia on a global scale, these findings support the need for targeted interventions, whether preventive or service-driven, to help address the gaps we know exist - and for more research."
"In addition to research on Alzheimer's risk factors and biology, the Alzheimer's Association is particularly interested in increasing understanding of stigma and concern related to Alzheimer's and other dementias in diverse communities," Carrillo said.
Racial disparities in dementia continue into the oldest-oldIn younger elderly (65 and older), there are marked differences in rates of dementia by racial/ethnic groups, showing increased rates for African Americans and decreased rates for Asian Americans. The Alzheimer's Association 2017 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures reported that, for all adults 65 and older, African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias as older Whites and Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias as older Whites. However, it is not known if these discrepancies apply to the oldest-old (90 and older)...CONTINUE READING




Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Help African-American Families Maintain Their Historic Property On Hilton Head Island, SC.


Petitioning Mayor, Town of Hilton Head David Bennett and 6 others.
Sign The Petition
Hilton Head Island, SC is famously known for its luxurious resorts, picturesque golf courses, and beautiful beaches.  However, there is an untold story of the many struggles and racial discriminatory practices that many native islanders still face. These native islanders (African-Americans also known as “Gullahs”) have lived on the island for decades.  The Gullahs are direct descendants of enslaved Africans from various ethnic groups from West and Central Africa with a distinct culture incorporating elements from different African cultural traditions, languages and religion. At the end of the Civil War, many purchased acreage of land as a place of refuge for their families.  Waterfront property in the late 1800’s sold for a few hundred dollars and today that same property is worth millions. 
Greed has caused many Gullah families to lose their land. Creative and divisive schemes by real estate developers and money hungry attorneys have created a blood bath leaving helpless natives as devoured prey. The enforcement of increased property taxes, partition sale actions, and the appointment of a receiver are a few of the many attempts which are the driving forces for Gullah families to lose their property.
Dennis Allen, a former slave started purchasing property on Hilton Head Island in 1897. To date the total acreage is 38.5 acres and remains the largest parcel of undeveloped land on the island.  Allen Family members started the 4DENNISMOVENT in 2015 to help protect Gullah land owners and to promote awareness of the unscrupulous acts of greed in the Gullah Geechee corridor of the United States (which encompasses the coastal areas of North Carolina through Florida).   In fact, the Allen family is in court now fighting to protect their property in which many generations have lived on for years.
ALLEN FAMILY CASE STUDY:
The Allen family case was initiated in 2009 within the Beaufort County Court System.  For years, the family has been in and out of court battling an insurmountable number of legal issues. The most recent tactic involves assigning a “receiver” to collect money from those living on the property – the same property in which the family owns and pays property taxes. This motion was introduced by an attorney who has an ulterior motive, which is to sell the Allen property. There are several family members residing on the property who are elderly, fighting life threatening illnesses, and living on fixed incomes. The receiver would earn a fee or commission on the money he or she collects. Why should the family pay to live on land that they rightfully own?  The deed is in the name of the family, so no one should be able to dictate what they should do on their land.   You can learn more about the pending case by reviewing the court documents online at:
Case Number: 2009CPO704889
Please also see our interview in the recent article in The Nation Magazine, African Americans Have Lost Untold Acres of Land Over the Last Century. An obscure legal loophole is often to blame.
We need your signature and support to help promote justice for native island families on Hilton Head Island. Help us tell the Town of Hilton Head Island that CHANGE – is needed. They can no longer treat tax paying, law abiding citizens unfairly as the world only see the perception of Hilton Head Island as this beautiful oasis of paradise.  There are many unfair and racial discriminatory practices that have been hidden for years as referenced in the book, The Land Was Ours, How Black Beaches Became White Wealth in the Coastal South by Andrew W. Kahrl.
There are many laws protecting the property of Native Americans, however there is very little protecting Gullah families for the right to maintain their land and culture.  Most recently, the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act was signed into law in South Carolina, however it does not cover cases that were in process before January 2017. The Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act is needed and we need more to help native islanders.  Protective laws are needed to preserve land owned by slaves and the Gullah community. The Gullah community is vastly becoming extinct due to greed.  Help us stand up to these acts! Please sign for justice. Please sign to help the Allen Family fight against the appointment of a receiver!  Please sign to tell the Town of Hilton Head to STAND UP and SUPPORT island native communities. Too many families have lost their land due to discriminatory laws, loopholes, and practices.  Please sign to let South Carolina Legislatures become more aware and cognizant of the importance of preserving historic land. Justice for Gullah – because every community matter!  
Please follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/4DENNISMOVEMENT/
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Carlos A. Cooks: (June 23, 1913 - May 5, 1966) The Ideological Son of Marcus Mosiah Garvey


CARLOS A. COOKS
A True Blackman
by
Robert Acemendeces Harris

If, as the new saying goes, "truth is [really] on its way" then, perhaps, Black People can finally also be back on their way. Which way? The way out of all of the confusion, contradictions and cultural degeneration that has retarded the liberation of our people these last few years. 
Truth is not an abstract, it refers to sincerity, honesty, conformity to fact, correctness, exactitude, et cetera. Carlos Cooks was truth personified. It is also the truth that, if one man can be singled out as, the individual personality, most responsible for the resurrection on Marcus Garvey's philosophy and program then that man is Carlos Cooks. 
Carlos Cooks was to Black Nationalism what John Coltrane was to the so-called avant-grade "jazz", and what Aretha is to soul music; the prime progenitor among their respective peers.
The main difference was the fact that during his life time, Cooks never receive his proper recognition. This was mainly because he was denied national coverage -- by white and "Black" press -- and was bound by an oath (the sacri) not to seek publicity for himself. 
But since programs are often personified within certain individuals, and either live beyond or die along with their respective advocates, AJASS believes that -- if we are really going to re-establish truth in our Liberation Struggle, then more of our people should know about the relevance of Carlos Cooks. 
Carlos A. Cooks was born on June 23, 1913 in the Dominican Republic and died May 5th, 1966 in Harlem. During his 52 years on this planet, he passed through a phenomenal experience by spending his entire lifetime dedicated to the liberation of Africa, its universal communities, and all its peoples. This fact alone puts him among the ranks of the Hon. Marcus Garvey and the grand patriarch of the, movement, Hon. Edward Wilmot Blyden. 
It was Carlos Cooks who administered the Advance Division of the UNIA after Garvey's deportation. He fought psychologically and physically -- to uplift Mr. Garvey's name from the gutters of ghetto minds. Brother Frank Rockwood of the Harlem UNIA branch can attest to this truth. 
It was Carlos Cooks who coined the phrase "BUY BLACK" as an economic solvency in the various African Communities throughout America. Attorney Cora Walker, who successfully engineered the Harlem Co-op market can vouch for that. 
It was Carlos Cooks who found the first so-titled African Nationalist organization. Check it out with Brothers and Sisters of the African Nationalist Pioneer Movement, they will tell you. 
It was Carlos Cooks whom the late Malcolm X told many of us, that: "I respect Mr. Cooks because he is real Garveyite, a true Black Nationalist!" Since truth is supposed to be the only way, ask Sister Betty Shabazz about this. 
It was Carlos Cooks who kept Garvey's UNIA Red, Black, and Green tricolors displayed daily and nightly. Go on over to the African Market at 125th Street near Lenox Avenue, ask for Brother Frank Jones 'cause he can tell you about it. 
It was Carlos Cooks who maintained an African Nationalist Legion, mentally prepared and physically ready to join the African Liberation struggle. I don't know if the rest of the officials of the Republic of New Africa know this, but I'm sure that Brother Herman Ferguson does. 
It was Cooks who continuously advocated armed retaliation against the cracker beasts who viciously murdered our Brothers and Sisters in the South. Truth is supposed to be on its way, so ask Brother Robert Williams. 
It was Carlos Cooks who designated August 17th -- the birthday of Marcus Garvey -- as the first Black holiday, official or unofficial. And if you ask James Lawson (privately), the Brother will probably tell you the truth, too. 
It was Carlos Cooks who first perfected an oratorical art of street speaking from his step-ladder, all over Harlem, but, especially on 125th Street and 7th Avenue. Brother Ed. "Porkchop" Davis and Brother Charles Kenyatta can verify that as the truth. 
It was Carlos Cooks who first formed an independent school, complete with a course in Kiswahili at a time (1954) when many of our people didn't even know where Africa was, never mind what Swahili was. Brother Al Vann, of the African-American Teachers Association, can educate you to the truth about this. 
It was Carlos Cooks who first defined the difference between the terms Black and/or African as opposed to "Negro" and fought to have the latter word abrogated as a racial classification. You can even ask Richard Moore (author of The Word Negro And Its Evil Use) about this. Or you can read the documentation of this in "BLACK NATIONALISM: A Search For Identity In America" by Prof. E. U. Essien-Udom of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He printed some truth about this particular issue. 
It was Carlos Cooks who organized the Universal African Relief to send tons of cloths and medical supplies to our struggling fellow Africans in South West Africa and Angola -- over ten year ago. Ask Brother Hage Geingob of SWAPO or any of the other Brothers representing the liberation forces in Namibia (Southwest Africa). Their case is based on truth. 
It was Carlos Cooks who first initiated the concept of natural hair as an issue of racial pride through his ANPM's MISS NATURAL STANDARD OF BEAUTY CONTEST. But just about everyone who comes in contact with AJASS knows this because our programs are based on truth and, so, we always let everyone know just where we're coming from. (Don't bother to ask the folks running the "Miss America Beauty Contest.) 
Get more about Carlos A. Cooks at:
http://theblacklist.net/main/search/search?q=carlos+a.+cooks








Thursday, June 22, 2017

Morehouse School of Medicine - Kingston Public Hospital, Jamaica - Report: Financial & Societal Cost of Gun Violence


  • The Costs of Gun Violence is Visually Explored By Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Using an Infographic the School Examines the Financial & Societal Tolls in the United States.
In a ground-breaking infographic presentation, Morehouse School of Medicine(MSM) explores the financial and societal tolls of gun violence in the United States, as well as the Atlanta area. 
"I see the physical effects every day in the operating room," says Omar Danner, M.D., FACS, associate professor and director of trauma, critical care and advanced laparoscopy for MSM at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Danner has joined other MSM researchers on countless research to explore this topic including, Violence Related injuries among Individuals Admitted to A Level I T....   This research found that:
"Of the total number of patients admitted to the trauma center (2,859), the majority were male (89%), African American (80%), and 20-39 years old (61%). The breakdown of VRI patients by the type of VRI shows that the majority (55%) were admitted to the center because of gunshot wounds followed by assaults (33%)."
Danner adds, "Now that we have identified the problem, the solution just can't be patching up young people to return them to violence in their communities. We hope that sharing these numbers visually will incite changes." 
MSM faculty, staff and students continue work to identify health disparities in communities around the world, through work like this. The school's mission driven work is leading the creation and advancement of health equity.
About Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)
Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists and public health professionals. In 2011, MSM was recognized by Annals of Internal Medicine as the nation's No. 1 medical school in fulfilling a social mission. MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care.
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ATLANTAJune 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 
Big Bill For Gunshots - KPH Spending $400,000 A Day To Treat Victims Of Gunshot Wounds http://j.mp/2tSkle0
Crime and violence have not only posed a serious threat to the security of Jamaicans, with an average of 28 murders per week and 672 killings up to June 17 this year, but taxpayers are paying a high price for gun conflicts. The Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) alone is spending an estimated $400,000 a day to treat victims of gunshot wounds.
In a presentation that left members of a select committee of Parliament stunned, Dr Ann Jackson-Gibson, an anaesthetist at the KPH, revealed yesterday that it has cost the country almost $80 million to treat victims of gun violence at the KPH since the start of the year.
At the same time, Dr Elizabeth Ward who, along with Jackson-Gibson, made a joint submission to the special select committee of Parliament examining the Law Reform Zones of Special Operations legislation, said that in 2014, it cost taxpayers $3.68 billion to provide direct medical care to victims of violence at 22 hospitals across Jamaica.
Ward said that the cost of social-intervention programmes in communities dubbed hotspots, which could significantly reduce the burden on hospitals, was $1.3 billion. "Where are we spending our money?" she asked.
Ward said that when effective community interventions were being funded in the past, non-governmental organisations were able to reduce by 50 per cent the number of gunshot wounds seen at the KPH.
The Zones of Special Operations bill sets out social-intervention measures to rebuild crime-plagued communities. This would take effect after the prime minister declares an area a zone for special operations, which would allow the security forces to search places, vehicles, or persons within specific locations without a warrant.
Jackson-Gibson pointed out that between January and June 20 this year, 28 persons who received gunshot wounds were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the KPH. Of the 28 persons, four died after being treated for between 20 and 25 days in the ICU.
She told the committee that based on available data, the average gunshot victim stays in the ICU for seven days.

Gunshot victims cost KPH $80 million since the start of the year

Dr Ann Jackson-Gibson painted a stark picture of patients who have been waiting to have elective surgery but have had to give way to emergencies occasioned by violent incidents.
"When you extrapolate that to the number of admissions, you are talking about almost 200 ICU admission days. When medical care such as room and board, salaries, ventilators, among other pieces of equipment, is itemised, it is looking more like $400,000 per day," Jackson-Gibson said.
"When you multiply that, you are talking about the hospital spending and taking resources out of the system to the tune of $80 million from the start of the year," the medical practitioner noted, adding that this was just KPH alone, with the medical costs incurred as a result of gunshot wounds at other hospitals not taken into account. CONTINUES
Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017