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Engaging Garvey, Katrina, Ferguson and Watts: Embodying the Whirlwind, Flood and Fire
August 27, 2015
  This month of August, full of commemorations, comes always with special meaning, for it is a central source and reference point for our history of righteous resistance as a people. ... read more »
PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP ESSENTIAL FOR BLACKS
August 27, 2015
                                                                                                First of two parts (The following paper was presented in April 2011 at a UC Santa Barbara conference, California Dreamin’: Social Vision and The Crisis of California’s African American Communities. ... read more »
In Love and Struggle: Remembrance and Reflections on Liberation
August 20, 2015
Third in a series for the 50th Anniversary Nguzo Saba 2015 Conference (September 24-27), celebrating the founding of our organization Us and the introduction of the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles) and Kawaida philosophy. ... read more »
WALMART’S EXPLOITATION CONTINUES
August 20, 2015
Walmart is the prototype of corporate exploitation and despite recent pronouncements to the contrary, its workers continue to suffer low wages, substandard benefits and poor working conditions. ... read more »
50 Years After the Watts Riots, the Original Black Lives Matter Protest
August 20, 2015
The Watts Riots took place fifty years ago, but I remember them vividly. I was thirteen years old, and on the morning of August 12, 1965, ... read more »
The Legacy of Julian Bond
August 20, 2015
There is an old African proverb that says “The spirit of a freedom warrior will never die in the enduring life of the village, yet that valued spirit will be passed on to future generations.” Julian Bond was a freedom fighter. ... read more »
Saddened by Death of Julian Bond
August 20, 2015
The news this weekend that Julian Bond passed away at 75 saddened me deeply. America has lost a true and still vital champion for justice. President Obama, ... read more »
Remembering the Watts Revolt: A Shared Condition, Consciousness and Commitment
August 13, 2015
The 50th Anniversary of the Watts Revolt occurs in the context of a larger history of Black struggle, sacrifices and achievements: the assassination, sacrifice and martyrdom of Min. Malcolm X; the Selma March; the Voting Rights Act; the founding of our organization Us and the African American Cultural Center; and the introduction of the Black value system, the Nguzo Saba, which became the core values of the pan-African holiday Kwanzaa and of Kawaida, a Movement philosophy of life and struggle ... read more »
RACISM’S ONGOING DEVASTATING IMPACT
August 13, 2015
Racism is as real as ever and Black lives have always mattered. However, most people, including many Blacks, deny or minimize the devastating effect of racism and tend to act as though somehow, Black lives are less valuable, even less sacred than white lives. ... read more »
“Kawaida and the Current Crisis: A Philosophy of Life, Love and Struggle”
August 6, 2015
Part II. To say that Kawaida is a philosophy of life, love and struggle is not to suggest that love and struggle are the only areas of life with which Kawaida concerns itself. As a philosophy of life in its comprehensive sense, Kawaida concerns itself with every area and aspect of life, especially questions of life in the seven fundamental areas of culture: history, religion (spirituality and ethics); social organization; political organization; economic organization; creative production; and ethos (the collective self-consciousness developed as a people as a result of thought and practice in the other areas of culture). But in times of crisis like these, it is useful to focus on foundational principles and practices which anchor and inform all ... read more »
KEY ANTECEDENTS TO THE WATTS REBELLION
August 6, 2015
Part II Last week’s column summarized conditions that virtually forecast the Watts rebellion. Today’s column cites conclusions and recommendations from the 1947 report by The American Council on Race Relations and the Haynes Foundation. They apply not only to the Watts rebellion, but to the 1992 revolt in Los Angeles and ongoing barriers to justice and equality for Black people, especially those in in the nation’s ... read more »
“Kawaida and the Current Crisis: A Philosophy of Life, Love and Struggle”
July 30, 2015
Part 1. Clearly, we, as a people, are in the midst of a deep social crisis, one not only in terms of the conditions of our community, but also in the context of this country. Indeed, at the heart of our crisis is the crisis in America marked by: its steady degeneration into conditions of sustained and self-justifying violence against the vulnerable, at home and around the world; its immoral and radically evil monopoly by a racial and class elite of wealth and power; its attempt to privatize and extract profit from every inch of public, personal and natural space; and its willingness to kill, torture, overturn countries and destroy the environment and world to do so. Also, there are the dominant society’s psychological insecurities and issues about everything from its safety to its sexuality; and its increased and open declarations and demonstrations of love for its dogs. And there is also the issue of delayed and impending economic collapse, propped up and papered over with new names for depression and system of failure, and unannounced loans on state and federal levels from people and countries it once conquered, colonized and caricatured. ... read more »
KEY ANTECEDENTS TO THE WATTS REBELLION
July 30, 2015
A 1947 report, “The Problem of Violence: Observations on Race Conflict in Los Angeles,” by the American Council on Race Relations and the Haynes Foundation, focuses on racial tensions two decades before the 1965 Watts Revolt. “The Council and Foundation did not seek research and analysis so much as guidance, a way of thinking about the problem which offered some hope and genuinely useful application." Three neighborhoods with racial tension were chosen for observation—Watts, West Jefferson and Hollenbeck. Observations on Watts shed most light on factors culminating in the rebellion. Excerpts follow. ... read more »
Towards a Strategy for Struggle: Remembrance and Reflections on Liberation
July 23, 2015
Second in a series for the 50th Anniversary Nguzo Saba 2015 Conference (September 24-27), celebrating the founding of our organization Us and the introduction of the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles) and Kawaida philosophy. The following are excerpts from a 1973 article titled “A Strategy for Struggle: Turning Weakness into Strength” which I published in the Black Scholar during my political imprisonment on trumped up charges and subsequently published in my book titled Essays on Struggle: Position and Analysis in 1978 by Kawaida Publications. A new 50th anniversary edition will be published by the University of Sankore Press and be available at the conference ... read more »
AFRICAN AMERICAN REPRESENTATION UP FOR GRABS
July 23, 2015
Two recent articles by white columnists deal with the potential loss of African American political representation. (This extremely important issue has yet to be publicly addressed by Black politicians themselves.) Alan Clayton’s article, “Protect African American Representation in LA County,” (Daily Breeze, 7/12/15), argues expanding the five-member LA county board of supervisors to seven would maintain current African American representation. Bill Boyarsky’s , “African American Political Currents in LA (L A Observed,(07/08/15), concurs. (Hopefully, Black elected officials will take the lead in maintaining African American representation.) Excerpts from both articles follow. ... read more »
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