When Mayors Thrump Presidents All lives really Matter

At a time when all lives don’t really matter,

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Somerville Mayor hangs ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner at City Hall

Somerville city officials hung a large banner bearing the words “Black Lives Matter” on the front of City Hall on Wednesday morning in solidarity with the grassroots movement that has spread across the country following the deaths of unarmed black people during police confrontations.

Mayor Joe Curtatone said he worked with members of Black Lives Matter Cambridge , a local offshoot of the national organization, to create the banner and show support for their message.

“We see this as an important opportunity for an important national conversation” about race, Curtatone said. He said the move was “a very clear statement we are making to the community that we recognize that structural racism exists in our society; it exists in our public and private institutions.”

By hanging the banner, Curtatone said, he is calling on other cities to foster conversations about improving race relations.

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Chris Hedges, Cornel West, and Richard Wolff “How To Kick-off A Revolution?”

Published on Jul 5, 2014

Laura Flanders, Moderator Professors Chris Hedges, Cornel West and Richard Wolff begin a ten part series at the Left Form that will focus on the great modern revolutionary theorists. They begin with perhaps America’s only real revolutionist, Thomas Paine, who in his three great works Common Sense, The Rights of Man and The Age of Reason laid down the foundations by which rebellion is morally and legally permissible. They look at whether the conditions set by Paine have been met with the rise of the corporate state and ask whether Paine’s call for the overthrow of British tyranny should become our own.

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What Does Revolutionary Black Love Look Like?

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What Does Revolutionary Black Love Look Like?

I begin with the following premise: “Revolutionary Black love is a redundant phrase. For In a society that has spent and continues to spent countless effort and energy teaching Black people to hate themselves, the very existence of Black love itself is by definition, revolutionary.” Yet this point still doesn’t help us understand or describe Revolutionary Black love. To accomplish this, I dive into my own life for answers, and the larger ocean of Black experience itself.

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I made a recent Facebook post affirming our constitutional and human rights as Black people to defend ourselves in the face of unrelenting brutality and murder by racist police, white vigilantes and predatory members of our own communities.. Many respondents agreed (it’s difficult not to) and some explained that our capacity to “police” our own communities increases when we cultivate revolutionary love for each other.

I agreed completely. I often quote the iconic Argentine revolutionary Che Guervara who once wrote: “At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.”

Our powerfully insightful intellectual James Baldwin noted, “The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another…

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Cuba stands their ground, won’t return Assata Shakur

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Gustavo Machin, a representative of the Cuban government, told Yahoo news that the return of Joanne Chesimard also known as Assata Shakur was “off the table.”

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Gustavo Machin, a representative of the Cuban government, told Yahoo news that the return of Joanne Chesimard also known as Assata Shakur was “off the table.”

While a member of the Black Liberation Army, Shakur, then Joanne Chesimard, was involved in an incident in which New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster was shot during a traffic stop. She was convicted in 1977 but managed to escape prison. Shakur has since fled to Cuba, where she has remained in sanctuary even as she retained her spot on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

In December, when President Obama announced a new era of thawed relations with Cuba, after fifty years of isolation, Shakur’s case regained the national spotlight, with several top conservatives, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez calling for Cuba to hand her over. They and other officials have asked for Shakur’s return to be a requirement of…

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Does Your Art Reflect the Times?

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Here comments are a powerful challenge for artists. Whether you’re a filmmaker, photographer, musician, writer, painter, what have you. Do you feel the call to use your art, at some level, to make a difference in this world? To reflect the challenges of the day? There’s no judgment here. Just a question worth pondering. – Love Her !

Originally posted on Dare Dreamer Magazine:

Last weekend I watched Netflix’s first original documentary “What Happened Miss Simone?” by director Liz Garbus about the life and art of “the high priestess of soul” Nina Simone.

As an ex-Lindy Hopping lover of jazz, documentary filmmaker, this movie had my name written all over it. Being such a fan of swing and jazz, I was already familiar with popular hits by Nina (like “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” “Feeling Good” and “I Put a Spell On You”) and many others. But my knowledge of her was superficial. I never knew she at one time was on track to be the first African-American woman and break-out star classical pianist. (In fact, she got into singing sort of by accident. It definitely was not her plan). Nor, ashamedly, did I know the huge role she played in the civil rights movement of the 60s. In fact, it…

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Resolving the Problem of Black Miseducation

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Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.

Putting Friere’s quote into a U.S. context, the U.S. educational system prepares our children to integrate and conform to its culture of values, expectations and views. From the societal standpoint, our children are to assume three primary roles: 1.To become a semi-skilled pool of labor for corporations who will follow instructions without resistance. 2.To become a relatively smaller pool of directors or managers (professional overseers) for the corporate plantation. 3. To become the defenders and enforcers (military and police) of the corporate culture.

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We are familiar with the oft-quoted Ghanaian proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Sometimes I wonder if we recognize the converse of this truth: “It takes a village to destroy a child” as well.

With this in mind, reasonable Black folk must concede that we cannot attach sole responsibility for the miseducation of our youth to negligent Black households. While easy and convenient, this approach fails to assign equal responsibility to our local places of worship, community organizations, and public schools.

Of these, the last community resource (public schools) remain convenient targets for those of us working to provide Black children with an empowering education. But if it takes a village, why do we single public schools out when it comes to education? For one, they are THE recognized institution responsible for education in our communities; Secondly, they have trained teachers, administrators and staff (whose salaries derive from…

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Did You Know: US Gov’t Paid Reparations…To Slave Owners

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Black Reparations Survey

Since writer and cultural critic Ta-Nehisi Coates made his compelling “Case For Reparations” in The Atlantic, it has been a hot-button topic and the questions have come fast and furious.

What is reparations? What should it look like? How has slavery and subsequent systems of oppression had a continuing impact on Black Americans?

Will the United States ever pay reparations for its role in what amounts to domestic terrorism against African Americans?

The truth is: The government has already paid reparations — to slave owners.

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Black Reparations Survey

Since writer and cultural critic Ta-Nehisi Coates made his compelling “Case For Reparations” in The Atlantic, it has been a hot-button topic and the questions have come fast and furious.

What is reparations? What should it look like? How has slavery and subsequent systems of oppression had a continuing impact on Black Americans?

Will the United States ever pay reparations for its role in what amounts to domestic terrorism against African Americans?

The truth is: The government has already paid reparations — to slave owners.

According to the National Archives and Records Administration, The District of Columbia Emancipation Act paved the way to compensate slave owners for their “loyalty to the Union” and for the loss of income incurred by freeing slaves.

On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. Passage of this law came 8 1/2…

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Beating our black children furthers the legacy of slavery

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If it can be said that real men don’t hit women, then we should also say real men don’t beat children.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on a felony charge for beating his four-year-old son with a switch — a tree branch — in an act that exceeded “reasonable discipline” according to the Montgomery County, Texas, District Attorney’s office. The NFL player punished his son for pushing another one of his children off of a motorbike video game, and Peterson said the whooping was not unlike the discipline “he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas.”

The boy reportedly suffered from numerous injuries, including cuts and wounds to his ankles, legs, hands, back, buttocks and scrotum. The child also said his father hit him with belts and put leaves in his mouth while he was being hit, pants down, with the switch.

As a black father with a four-year old son, I cannot imagine ever beating my beautiful child. I cannot and will not treat my son like a slave.

Originally posted on theGrio:

If it can be said that real men don’t hit women, then we should also say real men don’t beat children.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on a felony charge for beating his four-year-old son with a switch — a tree branch — in an act that exceeded “reasonable discipline” according to the Montgomery County, Texas, District Attorney’s office.  The NFL player punished his son for pushing another one of his children off of a motorbike video game, and Peterson said the whooping was not unlike the discipline “he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas.”

The boy reportedly suffered from numerous injuries, including cuts and wounds to his ankles, legs, hands, back, buttocks and scrotum.  The child also said his father hit him with belts and put leaves in his mouth while he was being hit, pants down, with the switch.

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The Eve Gene

Black Woman Eve Gene

Aren’t all the Abrahamic religious books just the victors versions, plagiarized from the spoils of Kemet ? Isn’t their development seen out of Kemet and toward present day through Auha Miser, the Zoroastrians and Hellenistic Romans? Are we being kept from recognizing the obvious scientific answer, to what is or who should be considered chosen, in this present day and age of our existence. I mean whom on earth we celebrate our existence too and come together around.

Scientifically, the black woman is the only organism that
possesses the mitochondrial DNA that has all variations possible for
every different kind of human being on this Earth (the african,the
albino, the european, the middle eastern,ect) When the DNA of a black
woman mutates all other types of human beings comes about. You can
research this topic & it is true. This is called the “Eve Gene” and
is ONLY found in black women.

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The Real Eve Discovery Channel+

KNOW YOURSELVES Where were the

The black womban is the manifestation of God.

We need to see each other in ourselves, I see me in you !

Profound Truth

HONOR AND OBLIGATION

LAW AND ORDER

Black Woman Eve Gene

LAW AND ORDER DR JOHN HENRIK CLARKE

Honor and Obligation, in this brilliant, yet brutal scathing chastisement of humanities loss, or misrepresentation of the origins of all facets of its society and thus its civilization born out of mans birth place in Africa, and hidden in the quantification of naming and the placement of material value. Dr. Henry Clark destroys the common faulty concept and misconception of a European, Greek beginning to civilization. It all begins in mother Africa, with Honor and Obligation.

Profound Truth

No revolution without organizing .. Kwame Ture

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‘From Gangs To Gardens’

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Check out filmmaker JLove Calderon‘s new film, ‘From Gangs To Gardens’ – a documentary following gang member turned organic gardener Ietef Vita. Vita, a hip hop musician, uses hip-hop culture to inspire young people to connect to the earth and educate them on gardening and healthy eating. In the film, Vita – who was recently invited, along with wife Alkemia (pictured below), to the White House to rep for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign – states, “Tribalism is ingrained in us. We’re supposed to rep our hoods, our community. But when it becomes violent, when it becomes destructive, that’s why I realized that enough of this has happened.” Watch the trailer below and CLICK HERE to see the film in full (co-produced by M1 from dead prez).

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Life elsewhere, Complex organic molecules discovered

Complex organic molecules discovered in infant star system

Hints that prebiotic organic chemistry is universal
April 7, 2015

Prebiotic Chemestry

For the first time, astronomers have detected the presence of complex organic molecules, the building blocks of life, in a protoplanetary disk surrounding a young star, suggesting once again that the conditions that spawned our Earth and Sun are not unique in the universe.

This discovery, made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), reveals that the protoplanetary disk surrounding the million-year-old star MWC 480 is brimming with methyl cyanide (CH3CN), a complex carbon-based molecule, and and its simpler cousin hydrogen cyanide (HCN).

The molecules were found in the cold outer reaches of the star’s newly formed disk, in a region that astronomers believe is analogous to our own Kuiper Belt — the realm of icy planetesimals and comets beyond Neptune.

Comets retain a pristine record of the early chemistry of our solar system from the period of planet formation. As the planets evolved, it’s believed that comets and asteroids from the outer solar system seeded the young Earth with water and organic molecules, helping set the stage for life to eventually emerge.

“Studies of comets and asteroids show that the solar nebula that spawned our Sun and planets was rich in water and complex organic compounds,” noted Karin Öberg, an astronomer with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., and lead author on a paper published in the journal Nature.

“We now have evidence that this same chemistry exists elsewhere in the universe, in regions that could form solar systems not unlike our own.” This is particularly intriguing, Öberg notes, since the molecules found in MWC 480 are also found in similar concentrations in our own solar system’s comets.

The star MWC 480, which is about twice the mass of the Sun, is located approximately 455 light-years away in the Taurus star-forming region. Its surrounding disk is in the very early stages of development, having recently coalesced out of a cold, dark nebula of dust and gas. Studies with ALMA and other telescopes have yet to detect any obvious signs of planet formation in it, though higher-resolution observations may reveal structures similar to HL Tau, which is of a similar age.

Astronomers have known that cold, dark interstellar clouds are very efficient factories of complex organic molecules — including a group of molecules known as cyanides. Cyanides, and most especially methyl cyanide, are important because they contain carbon-nitrogen bonds, which are essential for the formation of amino acids, the foundation of proteins.

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