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1) Dec. 12 -- National Day of Action to Stop Deportations and Deferred Action for All -- Call initiated by United Front for Justice and Dignity
2) Stop the Deportations, Deferred Action For All Undocumented Immigrants! -- Excerpts from Statement by United Front for Justice and Dignity following national AFL-CIO Convention
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1) DECEMBER 12TH - NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO STOP
DEPORTATIONS AND DEFERRED ACTION FOR ALL
Immigration reform legislation has definitively stalled in Congress as both political parties jockey in favor of their respective positions and point fingers of blame at each other. The needs and desires of immigrant families take second place to the electoral political agendas of Washington, D.C. belt-way lobbyists and corporations. However, deportations and separation of families continue at break-neck speed and at historic highs. Approximately 1,200 deportations occur every day and the threshold of 2 million removals under President Barack Obama will be reached any day now.
Our families require and deserve immediate relief. Our families have worked tirelessly for fair and humane immigration reform and have been extremely patient and understanding of the political process.
Is it not true that since 2001 our communities have marched, protested, lobbied, sent letters and petitions, voted in repeated elections, fasted, participated in acts of civil disobedience and been arrested, telephoned and visited our federal and state legislators, been active on internet social networks, filmed, YouTubed, and done everything within the great historic traditions of social movements in this country seeking the kind of change our families need?
Is it not true that immigrants, their families, friends and allies marched in the millions never before witnessed in the U.S. during 2006 and 2007 and repeatedly amassed at the national mall in Washington, D.C. demanding fair immigration reform? And now we are told that it won't happen in 2013, unlikely in 2014 due to the elections, and maybe in 2015. How much longer must we wait? If not now, when?
Join thousands of organizations throughout the nation in a December 12th National Day of Action to demand that President Obama STOP DEPORTATIONS AND SEPARATION OF FAMILIES AND DEFERRED ACTON FOR ALL the eligible undocumented members of our families.
December 12th is a day of Veneration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. She is considered the patroness and protector of the indigenous peoples throughout the Americas. We raise this banner demanding protection in public actions which your organization or coalition sees fit, according to your capacity and inclination -- a press conference, rally, vigil, non-violent civil disobedience, forum, picket in front of ICE facility, pilgrimage with the local church parish, or however you wish to express the urgency to stop the bleeding of our families and communities.
Let President Obama hear the millions of voices of our families united and living the change we want to see.
-- Call Initiated by the United Front for Justice and Dignity, Alliance for the Rights of Immigrants, Hermandad Mexicana, Southern California Immigration Coalition, Mexican American Political Association, Sacramento Labor Council for Latin American Advancement / LCLAA (AFL-CIO), Labor Fightback Network, El Organizador (in collaboration with immigrant rights organizations and coalitions across California, Washington state and Illinois, and across the country; list in formation)
[Please distribute widely. To co-sponsor this call, please contact Nativo López at <email@example.com> and/or Sacramento LCLAA at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.]
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2) Stop the Deportations, Deferred Action
For All Undocumented Immigrants!
(excerpts from Statement by United Front for Justice and Dignity following national AFL-CIO Convention)
Speaking at a press conference organized by the AFL-CIO during its national convention in Los Angeles on September 10, Tefere Gebre, past executive director of the Orange County (Calif.) Labor Council and newly elected vice president of the AFL-CIO, stated that no one knows whether Comprehensive Immigration Reform will be approved by this Congress given the "obstructionist role" of many of the Republicans in the House. And he added, "No matter what happens in the Congress, we know this: President Obama could use his authority as president to issue an Executive Order to halt all deportations today!"
This is absolutely true.
Given this impasse in the Congress and the political void it has created, and given the huge anger from below over the more than 400,000 yearly deportations under Obama, far more than under George W. Bush, more and more organizations, including the AFL-CIO, realize that something must be done to address this untenable situation.
Ana Avedaño, director of immigration and community action at the AFL-CIO, put it this way in a press statement published by Associated Press on Sept. 19. "If Congress doesn't move, the President has a duty to act," she said. "Just because the Republicans have buried their heads in the sand doesn't mean that immigrant communities aren't feeling the sting of constant deportations."
Obama and the White House have rejected the call by labor and immigrant rights' groups to unilaterally stop deportations and extend Deferred Action to the millions awaiting legalization. White House spokesperson Bobby Whithorne told a press conference on Sept. 19 that, "The President will not take any further steps. That's it. Full stop. The only way to bring 11 million undocumented individuals out of the shadow economy is for Congress to pass common-sense reform with an earned path to citizenship."
The very next day Obama told Telemundo that such an executive action [for Deferred Action] was "not an option."
But as Gabriel Camacho, an organizer with the Campaign for a Humane Immigration Policy (CHIP), noted in a commentary on Sept. 20, what Obama does or does not do can change very quickly depending on political circumstances and, above all, on what masses of people are able to do in the streets to press for their demands.
"The second-term president said that he does not have the authority to grant Deferred Action, nor to stop the deportations," Camacho stated. "But this is the same president who miraculously discovered that he had the authority to grant temporary legal status to undocumented youth under DACA during his re-election campaign."
And Camacho concluded:
"As long as legislative advocacy is framed on one end, on how to get Republican votes, and on the other end, on how do we curry favor with the Democratic Party, humane immigration reform will never be achieved. As in every successful social movement, the most affected must lead the struggle -- not the Beltway experts and strategists."
[LAST MINUTE: We should add that on Nov. 16, despite all his statements to the contrary, President Obama extended Deferred Action to military families -- which shows that when there's the political will to take action, there's a way. Deferred Action Can and Must be extended to ALL, NOW! Not One More Deportation!]
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The cultural creativity of Afrakan people is ever redemptive.
Afrakans in America continue in the ways of their continental ancestors
in conceiving ongoing methods of institutionalizing our unique heritage.
This is the time of the holiday tradition of Umoja Karamu. This
celebration was initiated in 1971 by Brother Edward Simms, Jr. of
Philadelphia, Pa. Umoja Karamu is a Swahili term that translates as
“unity feast.” As practiced in The Temple of the Black Messiah, Umoja
Karamu is held on the fourth Sunday in November.
Its purpose is to instill a sense of unity and appreciation of
Afrakan heritage into Afrakan families. This is done through prayers to
the traditional deities of Afraka, libations to honor our Afrakan
ancestors, historical Afrakan centered readings and Afrakan centered
films all of which culminates in a healthy, nutritious feast. In his own
words Brother Edward Simms, Jr. states “[Umoja Karamu] injects new
meaning and solidarity into the Black Family through ceremony and
symbol. It is unique in that it bridges the gap between diverse
religious persuasions through a ritual which is easily understood and
appreciated by all the participants. Moreover, it draws on the
collective Black experience with which most Black Folks are familiar.”
The Umoja Karamu celebration is based on five major epochs in the lives
of Afrakans in America and each represented by a distinct color. The
feast should include foods representing the color of each epoch.The
prayers, libations, historical readings and films should also center
around these events:
1st Epoch – Afrakans prior to the invasions and influence of
Europeans and Arabs. The color Black, is used to delineate the unity of
the Afrakan people.
2nd Epoch – Captivity of Afrakans during which the Maafa occurs. The
color white symbolizes the adversary and their role in the attempted
destruction of Afrakan culture.
3rd Epoch – Self Emancipation. The fight against forced labor and
captivity in the United States of America through revolts, Civil Rights
and the Black Power movements. The color red is used to represent those
who lived and died in service of freeing captive Afrakans.
4th Epoch – National Liberation. The fight for decolonization of
Afrakan countries the formation of the Organization for Afrakan Unity
and the diasporac Afrakan liberation movements. The chosen color is
green, symbolic of land and all that comes from it.
5th Epoch – The Future of Afraka and Afrakans. The Afrakan Union, The
African Socialist International, The Sankofa Movement. Afrakan centered
perspectives for the future. The color gold is chosen for the future is
a most valuable asset.
Kwanzaa, Umoja Karamu, Odunde. Afrakans in America – earnestly
engaged in the reclamation of their culture and its
According to Global Grind article by Christina Coleman, the 12 year old pictured was facing an expulsion for her hairstyle. Get INVOLVED ! Do something to ensure this doesn't continue !
ORLANDO, Fla. -
A Central Florida teen told Local 6 on Monday she
faced expulsion because administrators at her private school wanted her
to cut and shape her hair. But a day later, administrators appeared to
have changed their mind, saying she will not be expelled.
Vanessa VanDyke said she was given one week to decide to whether cut her
hair or leave Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, a school she's been
going to since the third grade. But for now, she and her mother do not plan to change her hair
because it is part of the 12-year-old's identity. But her natural hair
style comes with a cost. "It says that I'm unique," said VanDyke.
"First of all, it's puffy and I like it that way. I know people will
tease me about it because it's not straight. I don't fit in." VanDyke said that first the teasing from other students, but now, school leaders seem to be singling her out for her appearance.
Christian Academy has a dress code and rules against how students can
wear their hair. The student handbook reads: "Hair must be a natural
color and must not be a distraction," and goes on to state examples that
include, but are not limited to, mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails.
distraction to one person is not a distraction to another," said
VanDyke's mother, Sabrina Kent. "You can have a kid come in with pimples
on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?"
said she's had her large, natural hair all year long, but it only became
an issue after the family complained about students teasing her about
"There have been bullies in the school," said Kent.
"There have been people teasing her about her hair, and it seems to me
that they're blaming her."
"I'm depressed about leaving my friends
and people that I've known for a while, but I'd rather have that than
the principals and administrators picking on me and saying that I should
change my hair," said VanDyke.
"I'm going to fight for my
daughter," Kent said. "If she wants her hair like that, she will keep
her hair like that. There are people out there who may think that
natural hair is not appropriate. She is beautiful the way she is."
administrators told Local 6 in a statement on Tuesday, "we're not
asking her to put products in her hair or cut her hair. We're asking her
to style her hair within the guidelines according to the school
Administrators at Faith Christian Academy now say
they are not requiring one of their students to cut her hair in order to
continue attending, but they are asking her to style it differently.
Last week, a school adviser asked Vanessa Van Dyke's mother to either straighten or cut her daughter's hair or risk expulsion.
American hair grows out," mother Sabrina Kent said. "It doesn't grow
down. Her hair is her hair. What am I supposed to do?"
Vanessa admits her hair is very big compared to other students at her school.
"It's puffy, and I know people will make fun of me, because it's not straight," she said. "I don't fit in."
said she doesn't want to cut her hair and doesn't want to straighten
it, either. At the same time, she also doesn't want to leave her
classroom at Faith Christian Academy and her friends.
After Local 6's original story aired, school administrators changed their requests of Vanessa and her family.
are not asking her to put products in her hair or to cut her hair,"
read a statement sent to Local 6. "We are asking her to style her hair
within the guidelines according to the school handbook."
The handbook does not cite large or frizzy hair, noting only, "Mohawks, shaved signs, rat tails, etc."
Kent said she and Vanessa are going to talk about their options over Thanksgiving.
Many feel thanksgiving poses no threat, labeling it as a harmless day we’re off from work to come together and stuff our bodies with impure, toxic, flesh-decaying products in the name of family. What is Thanksgiving and is there an AfRAkan alternative to it? More importantly, what is the history of Thanksgiving, who am I really thanking, and what part of “HIS-STORY” am I forgetting (or ignoring)?
Are you ready, do you want to stay blind, hopefully you can handle the truth and do what’s right afterwards?
But, before I go into the HIS-STORY of Thanks-killing , I want you to check this video out that I took last year from the Slave Dungeons in Cape Coast, Ghana AfRAka entailing the treachery “OUR” ANKHcestors went through. Realize...when you celebrate the horrible European Hollow-Day called thanksgiving you are literally spitting in your ANKHcestors face … don’t get mad the truth is the truth.
SLAVE DUNGEON intro … click the vidoe or paste and place link in browser:
(Feel free to watch the other parts as well)
“If you continue to honor traditional wayz even though its founding is based on treachery, you do nothin’ but dishonor the victimz of this tradition.”
M’bwebe aja ishangi
From the beginning of my adolescent sentence into the "reprogramming system" aka public schoolz, I was told the so-called "native" americanz and the pilgrimz shared a mutually respective relationship. I was also, "programmed" to believe the "natives" were the first in the americaz, shattering any possibility of ever perceiving the historical fact of my Afrikan Ancestorz being here first and therefore the true "natives".
I was coerced to believe the pilgrim was as generous as the natives were, which is allegedly symbolic for the celebration many of us ignorantly celebrate each 3rd Thursday in November.
By the age of 5, my mind had already been momentarily held in captivity, lasting the first 20 yearz of my natural life. A possession the likes of this seldom lose its contagious hold. Mainly because this spell eliminated my questioning of the real story behind thanksgiving as I drew turkeyz from the outstretched fingerz of my left hand as a child. I never asked my momz why eating pig intestines (chitterlingz) and buttocks (ham) was at an all-time high around this time of year. I never asked where were the black people while the natives and pilgrimz was gettin' they eat on. It didn't matter then, all I cared about was buggin' with my cousinz and eating literally like a pig, until I couldn't eat no more...
That was then. Then, I didn't inquire about any Afrikan alternative to thanksgiving because I thought it was Afrikan, or rather, Black! After all, my family is Black! But there was no one there to tell me the flipside to man-made hallow-daze (holidayz) I grown to be so fond of.
But as adults, we must realize we are accountable for everything we allow to be part of our lives and families. This accountability is essential if we are to break the chain of customz that dishonor our Ancestorz as well as pass on the madness to our children...I repeat pass on the madness to our children.
From the origin of black organizationz to the many hallow-daze we celebrate. In this piece, we'll focus on the fallacy behind Thanksgiving.
There are three levels of thinking author Tony Browder talks of… They are:
1) Literal — one who accepts without question something told to them;
2) Influential — one who is able to see the underlying message or detect ill subliminalz; and
3) Evaluative — one who is able to not only see the subliminal, but is able to combat it with a deeper meaning and eventual solution/alternative to what is presented to them.
Take a moment before readin' on and decide what kind of thinker you are. This is important because what you read from here you'll be faced with determining if you're really who you say you are...
"At the first thanksgiving celebration in 1621, there were only 6-7 sane people left in the whole pilgrim colony. The rest were basically mentally gone.”
— Captain John Smith
A speech by King Leopald told to missionaries headed to Africa..." Teach the niggers to forget their African Gods ....
Letter From King Leopold II to Colonial Missionaries Heading to Africa, 1883
AFRICANGLOBE – Below is a letter written in 1883 by King Leopold II
of Belgium to Belgian Christian missionaries being sent to Congo. These
Christian missionaries would eventually become the spearhead of
Belgian colonialism only to be followed by Belgian traders and lastly
the Belgian army.
Reverends, Fathers and Dear Compatriots:
task that is given to fulfill is very delicate and requires much tact.
You will go certainly to evangelize, but your evangelization must
inspire above all Belgium interests. Your principal objective in our
mission in the Congo is never to teach the n!ggers to know God, this
they know already. They speak and submit to a Mungu, one Nzambi, one
Nzakomba, and what else I don’t know.
They know that to kill, to
sleep with someone else’s wife, to lie and to insult is bad. Have
courage to admit it; you are not going to teach them what they know
already. Your essential role is to facilitate the task of administrators
and industrials, which means you will go to interpret the gospel in the
way it will be the best to protect your interests in that part of the
world. For these things, you have to keep watch on dis-interesting our
savages from the richness that is plenty [in their underground. To avoid
that, they get interested in it, and make you murderous] competition
and dream one day to overthrow you.
Your knowledge of the gospel
will allow you to find texts ordering, and encouraging your followers to
love poverty, like “Happier are the poor because they will inherit the
heaven” and, “It’s very difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of
God.” You have to detach from them and make them disrespect everything
which gives courage to affront us. I make reference to their Mystic
System and their war fetish – warfare protection – which they pretend
not to want to abandon, and you must do everything in your power to make
Your action will be directed essentially to the
younger ones, for they won’t revolt when the recommendation of the
priest is contradictory to their parent’s teachings. The children have
to learn to obey what the missionary recommends, who is the father of
their soul. You must singularly insist on their total submission and
obedience, avoid developing the spirit in the schools, teach students to
read and not to reason.
There, dear patriots, are some of the
principles that you must apply. You will find many other books, which
will be given to you at the end of this conference. Evangelize the
n!ggers so that they stay forever in submission to the White
colonialists, so they never revolt against the restraints they are
undergoing. Recite every day – “Happy are those who are weeping because
the kingdom of God is for them.”
The letter which follows is Courtesy of Dr. Vera Nobles and Dr. Chiedozie Okoro.
Letter from King Leopold II of Belgium to Colonial Missionaries, 1883.
always the Blacks by using the whip. Keep their women in nine months of
submission to work freely for us. Force them to pay you in sign of
recognition-goats, chicken or eggs-every time you visit their villages.
And make sure that n!ggers never become rich. Sing every day that it’s
impossible for the rich to enter heaven. Make them pay tax each week at
Use the money supposed for the poor, to build
flourishing business centres. Institute a confessional system, which
allows you to be good detectives denouncing any Black that has a
different consciousness contrary to that of the decision-maker.
the n!ggers to forget their heroes and to adore only ours. Never
present a chair to a Black that comes to visit you. Don’t give him more
than one cigarette.
Never invite him for dinner even if he gives you a chicken every time you arrive at his house.
above speech which shows the real intention of the Christian missionary
journey in Africa was exposed to the world by Mr. Moukouani Muikwani
Bukoko, born in the Congo in 1915, and who in 1935 while working in the
Congo, bought a second hand Bible from a Belgian priest who forgot the
speech in the Bible. – Dr. Chiedozie Okoro
Africans Should Note:
1] that all missionaries carried out, and still carry out, that mandate. We are only lucky to
have found King Leopold’s articulation of the aim of all Christian imperialist missionaries to Africa.
Even the African converts who today manage the older churches in Africa
(the priests, bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals etc of the Roman and
Protestant sects), and especially also those who evangelize Born-Again
Christianity, still serve the same mandate. Which is why they demonize
African gods and Anglicize African names, and drop the names of African
deities which form part of African names; and still attack and demolish
the African shrines that have managed to survive, e.g. Okija.
Those Africans who voluntarily converted to Christianity before the
colonial conquest such as Affonso I of the BaKongo in the 15th century
probably did not discern the purpose of the brand of Christianity that
was supplied to them. Which was probably why they fell easy prey to
the missionaries and the White traders and pirates who followed them.
their Japanese counterparts probably did discern the game, even without
access to some version of Leopold’s letter. But even if the Japanese
Shoguns did not intuit what Leopold makes explicit, they clearly
realized the danger of Japanese converts to Christianity forming a fifth
column within Japanese society and state, a fifth column loyal to their
co-religionists in Europe.
Asar Maa Ra Gray
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Going on five years into the Obama regime, it is clear that Wall Street is immune from prosecution, no matter the savagery of the economic crime. Attorney General Eric Holder "has ruthlessly maneuvered every case against the oligarchs into his own jurisdictional arena, in order to protect the banksters from aggressive prosecution." JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon is a far bigger bandit than Lucky Luciano.
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
There seems always to be some combination of imperialists and Zionists available to sabotage any normalization of relations with Iran. This time, it's the French, Israelis and Saudis, allowing the U.S. to play the role of frustrated peace-seeker. "The Saudis and the French are equal opportunity crooks," but in terms of threats to peace in the region, nobody is more warlike than Israel.
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford
Republicans had nothing to do with passing Obamacare, and they will not bring the program down. The falsely named Affordable Health Care Act is coming undone on the strength of its own contradictions. It's not a national health program, at all – "just Obama working a scam for the insurance companies."
When Barack Obama ran for president, his "progressive" supporters in the environmental movement assured us he would rein in the coal and oil companies, and lead the nation into negotiations on global climate change. But this week's walkout of 133 nations at the UN Summit on Climate Change shows the difference between the oil soaked Bush-Cheney regime and Barack Obama on climate change. None.
by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo
Betsy Chapman, age 104, and Renisha McBride, age 19, died within a week of one another in Detroit. Ms. Chapman fled Georgia at a young age, seeking a degree of safety in the North. Ms. McBride met a ghastly end, a victim of the same racist violence that "previous generations of Black folks left the South to escape."
If young Black minds are terrible things to waste, so is the entire infrastructure of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, now under assault like never before. Yet, the United Negro College Fund has for a generation been run by corporate-picked Black executives who have amassed personal fortunes and collaborate in the phasing out of Black educational institutions.
The Black metropolis of Detroit has been brought low, its population dis-employed and disenfranchised, after 40 years of nominal Black rule. "Most of the population are already disappointed with the Black political class, and this is a view held even among the Black bourgeoisie."
The immigrant workers that helped rebuild New Orleans after Katrina have been targeted for removal from the city. "If they go to the laundromat or the barber shop or the grocery store, they will be targeted for nothing more than looking Latino."
The largely Black, brown and female fast food workforce is well-suited to the SEIU-backed campaign for a $15 an hour minimum wage, said independent journalist Arun Gupta, since "all three of these groups favor unions." Gupta's article, "Fight for 15 Confidential" appears in the current issue of In These Times. The campaign, including brief strike actions, has yielded uneven results. In overwhelmingly Black Detroit, the drive has attracted about 500 "active" workers. However, despite the efforts of 10 paid organizers in both Washington DC and Seattle, only about 10 or 12 workers are actively involved in each city, said Gupta.
Obama Tries to Ram Corporate "Rights" Treaty Through Congress
WikiLeaks' publication of secret provisions of President Obama's Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty may derail efforts to "fast track" the legislation through Congress, said Robert Naiman, policy director of Just Foreign Policy, which rewarded Wikileaks with $70,000 in crowd-sourced cash. TPP would establish corporate "rights" that would supersede regulation by sovereign governments, said Naiman. "This is a terrible dynamic from the point of view of democracy – which is why corporations love it so much."
New Book on William Patterson, of "We Charge Genocide"
Throughout their history in North America, Blacks have sought international allies in the fight against racist oppression, said Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of African American Studies at the University of Houston. In his new book, Black Revolutionary: William Patterson and the Globalization of the African American Freedom Struggle, Horne details how the Black communist lawyer's international organizing efforts "eventually led to the erosion of Jim Crow" in the U.S. Patterson played a central role in the famous Scottsboro Boys case and, along with Paul Robeson, presented a petition to the United Nations, in 1951, charging the U.S. with genocide against Blacks.
Crusading Black Radio Station Needs $4,600 to Survive
Radio station WMXP, a low-power FM outlet operated by the Malcolm X Center, in Greenville, South Carolina, can only broadcast an hour or two a day because of a faulty transmitter, said activist and attorney Efia Nwangaza. Even more desperate is the need to raise $4,600 to save the community center's building from the county tax collector. "We did the radio station as an enhancement of the center," said Nwangaza. "It has to be a vehicle that extends the voice of the people of the community. Otherwise, it has no meaning." To help, go to www.wmxp955.com, or call 864.901.8627.