BLACK RAGE – LAURYN HILL

black rage

http://soundcloud.com/mslaurynhill/black-rage-sketch

Disparities spoken – Truth. Reality. War. Hatred. Black. Racism. Classism. Sexism. Voices. Silenced by a white wall.

And she wrote: An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO.

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President Obama signs order to protect LGBT workers

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An executive order banning workplace discrimination against LGBT people employed by the federal government or firms with federal contracts.

President Obama: “It doesn’t make much sense, but today in America millions of our fellow citizens wake up and go to work with the awareness that they could lose their job, not because of anything they do or fail to do, but because of who they are: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender. And that’s wrong.”

The order will reportedly impact about 28 million workers.

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“The Trials of Muhammad Ali”: Boxing Champ’s Refusal to Serve in Vietnam Was The Fight of His Life

Documentary Highlight –

Democracy Now excerpts from the documentary that examines the struggle Muhammad Ali faced in his conversion to Islam, his refusal to fight in Vietnam, and the years of exile that followed before his eventual return to the ring. Ali is considered the greatest boxer in the history of sports. When he refused to be drafted into the military and filed as a conscientious objector, he was sentenced to prison and stripped of his heavyweight title. He appealed his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and did not go to prison, but he was forced to wait four years before regained his boxing license.

This Black Man did not see himself fighting a war for a country which did not care about his well-being. The United States was built on racism, sexism and classism. My people, Blacks were not considered human and still to this day are oppressed by this so-called great country’s inhabitants | leaders.

Why would a Black Man | Woman | Non-Caucasian person want to fight a war for people’s who are their oppressor…? Not I.

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Danny Glover & Kathleen Cleaver on “Black Power Mixtape”

Based on the film with the same name, the extraordinary new book “The Black Power Mixtape” chronicles the black freedom movement in the United States using found footage of top African-American leaders between 1967 and 1975. Shot by Swedish journalists and discovered in the basement of Swedish public television 30 years later, the film features some of the leading figures of the Black Power movement in the United States, including Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver. Renowned American actor, film director and political activist, Danny Glover; and Kathleen Cleaver, professor at Emory Law School, who is featured in the film during her stint as communications secretary of the Black Panther Party, talk about the film.

I saw this film at http://www.laemmle.com/ in Los Angeles, purchased the DVD when made available and I try to make as many friends watch it as possible. It is a must see, it is an eye opener, it is my history. These people featured in the film along w| many other names unknown made it possible for my sister, brothers and I to have careers, go to school, sit down in restaurants and much more. We owe much homage to them.

See the Democracy Now video clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZIzby9F6eY
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The author, activist, and intellectual Angela Y. Davis is this year’s UC Regents Professor and Professor of History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary PhD program, and Professor of Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz. The event is sponsored by the Gender Studies Department.
She will be giving a lecture titled “Feminism and Abolition: Extending the Dialogue”
at UCLA Los Angeles, Ca in the Royce Hall
Thursday May 8th, 2014
5:30pm to 7:00pm

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Cindy Sheehan for Governor of California 2014

Cindy Sheehan for Governor of California 2014

While listening to 90.7FM http://www.kpfk.org Connect the Dots w/ Lila Garrett this morning, a guest made me get online and look her up. Cindy Sheehan was saying all the things that a person who wants equality, free education, programs for mothers who would like to stay longer than 6 weeks with their newborn children, an end to privatization of the prison industrialized caste system, continued Medicare and Social Security and a universal healthcare system to name some important issues within this country.

I live in the State of California and would love to see this woman as governor. She could and would make a difference for the people. She had my vote when she stated: “I voted for Cynthia McKinney in 2008”.

Cindy Sheehan, aged 56, is an internationally renowned peace and social justice activist.
Sheehan’s oldest son Casey was killed in Iraq on April 04, 2004 and many came to know about her and her work when she set up a peace camp near the faux-ranch of then president George W. Bush in Crawford, TX in the summer of 2005.

Since then, Cindy Sheehan, has traveled the world working with fellow activists demanding peace and working with others to help create a world that is peaceful and more economically secure and equal.

Cindy Sheehan is a native Californian who was raised in a California where education was excellent and other social safety nets were not as small and filled with holes so big, millions of Californians fall through while the rich and corporations keep exploiting more of this state’s wealth and resources.

Sheehan majored in California History at UCLA and envisions a state that leads the world in peace, economic stability and equality, environmental sustainability and delivering high-quality public education from pre-K through university. She knows it can be done because it has been done before.

Cindy Sheehan has published seven books, been arrested for peace about 21 times, is currently a resident of Vacaville, CA and the mother of three surviving children and four grandchildren who are her love and her inspiration.

VOTE FOR CINDY SHEEHAN!

http://www.cindy2014.org/

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Colorado Retailers Begin Legal Marijuana Sales

Colorado Retailers Begin Legal Marijuana Sales

Colorado has enacted a law allowing recreational sales of marijuana following approval by voters in late 2012. The world’s first state-licensed marijuana retail stores opened their doors on Wednesday to long lines of customers. The first person to make a purchase was Sean Azzariti, an Iraq war veteran suffering from PTSD. Azzariti spoke to reporters, along with marijuana advocate Betty Aldworth.

Sean Azzariti: “Now I get to use recreational cannabis to help alleviate my PTSD and it’s a stepping stone for other states to help other veterans, as well.”

Betty Aldworth: “In Colorado we expect nearly $400 million dollars in sales next year. Across the nation, the marijuana industries will create $2.34 billion dollars of economic activity.”
Possession and private use of marijuana has been legal in Colorado over the past year but it will now be legally produced and sold as well. Around three dozen stores have been licensed to sell to customers.

via @ http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/2/headlines#1211

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Feminist Radio on KPFK

Feminist Radio on KPFK

Tune into 90.7FM Los Angeles right now or live stream at http://www.kpfk.org

http://feministmagazine.org/

Mission

WOMEN’S COALITION DECLARATION

“Moving from silence into speech is for the oppressed, the colonized, the exploited, and those who stand and struggle side by side a gesture of defiance that heals, that makes new life and new growth possible. It is that act of speech, of “talking back,” that is no mere gesture of empty words, that is the expression of our movement from object to subject – the liberated voice.” (bell hooks)

“Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.” (Cheris Kramarae)

“People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat…”
(Rebecca West)

Feminist Magazine is on the air to educate, advocate, inform, and entertain through a variety of feminist lenses. We provide the tools necessary to implement feminist analysis and action via interviews, commentaries, performances, news, open dialogues and other features involving activists, intellectuals, and artists, etc.

We are open to all feminist-identified women. In our interactions with each other, and on the airwaves, the members of the Women’s Coalition strive to narrow the disparity between feminist theory and practice.

Feminism represents a transnational, progressive movement to end patriarchy/sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression. We are committed to women’s empowerment and share an understanding that the oppression of women is rooted in patriarchy, racism and classism. Patriarch/sexism is a gender-based system of domination that intersects with other systems of domination.

We see feminism as a maximally inclusionary movement which actively includes working against discrimination and oppression based on age, color, disability status, education, employment, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, immigration status, licenses/degrees or lack thereof, marital status, national origin, physical or mental attributes, race, religion, sexual orientation or preference, military service, or any other actual or perceived differences among us.

We are committed to creating a world in which peace, with social/economic justice and compassion, prevails, in which we all have equal rights and in which differences are honored, respected and celebrated instead of persecuted, judged or even just tolerated.

We share a commitment to self-determination both in the microcosm of one-to-one relationships and in the macrocosm of group-to-group and nation-to-nation interactions. We actively support (and see ourselves as a part of) the people who struggle against social injustices in all their multi-dimensional forms.

We are committed to:
Maximizing our effectiveness in producing quality feminist programming;
The progressive development of the Women’s Coalition and Feminist Magazine;
This declaration;
Skills and resource sharing (following the model of “each one, teach one”);
Decision-making by consensus (except in extreme circumstances);
The spirit and practice of criticism/self-criticism;
Supporting feminist women and men and LGBT peoples involved in KPFK programming;
Advocating for feminist values at KPFK and throughout the Pacifica network; and supporting the KPFK/Pacifica mission.

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