As I reflect on what is the 1 year anniversary of Neighbor Program, it struck me to recall our history and as my elder Billy X constantly tells me “document it.” And so this is the story of what birthed Neighbor Program and the growth to date; although I cannot yet tell the end story I am sure with all faith in God and the Ancestors that there is so much more for us to do and our story is far from over.
To me, Neighbor Program started the day my father got his draft notice from the selective service…
I Love You To The Moon & Back
I Love You To The Stars & Back
I Love You To The Farm & Back
I’ll race you to the car & back
I Love You To The Sun & Back
I Love You Got Yo Brothas Back
I Love You All The Way To Space & Back
I Love The Way You Strong & Black
I Love You Around The World & Back
& That’s Why I Could Never Crack
Trade My Life For Yours If It Was Ever That
All Because I Love You To The Stars & Back
You can’t fool all the people all of the time
But if you fool the right ones, then the rest will fall behind
Tell me who’s got control of your mind? your world view?
Is it the news or the movie you’re taking your girl to?
Know what I’m sayin’ cause Uncle Sam got a plan
If you examine what they tellin’ us then you will understand
What they plantin’ in the seeds of the next generation
Feeding our children miseducation
As Africans/New Afrikans inside the amerikkkan machine it is imperative that we have an international perspective and…
In a way, underdevelopment is a paradox. Many parts of the world that are naturally rich are actually poor and parts that are not so well off in wealth of soil and sun-soil are enjoying the highest standards of living. When the capitalists from the developed parts of the world try to explain this paradox, they often make it sound as though there is something “God-given” about the situation. One bourgeois economist, in a book on development, accepted that the comparative statistics of the world today show a gap that is much larger than it was before. By his own…
“What did we steal?” was the response from the sac pig department officer before he entered his patrol car to drive off with a captured African shackled in the backseat. I stood there shaking my head and gathering myself before walking away from what had become almost a two-hour ordeal; one that all too often I am a part of — a witness to the capture of an African. The area of the city I live and teach in was recently found to be one of the most segregated neighborhoods in Nisenan Land (Sacramento), and in the typical fashion of…
I have declared war on the rich who prosper on our poverty, the politicians who lie to us with smiling faces, and all the mindless, heartless, robots who protect them and their property.
Systemic. Institutional. Structural. These words are often thrown out as buzz words when folx speak about the “issues’’ society faces. These issues are more simply and logically defined as human rights violations. As a human, you have a right to life — that also means having a right to the resources needed to sustain life, if we were to follow that claim to its logical…
I stood there frozen
The bottom of my heart has just fell out
My eyes couldn’t leave the white mark on the pavement as I studied every word that left her mouth
The history of the block, the story of the people, the poetry of our pain
My eyes filled with tears for what could have been, for what our people still haven’t attained
All the tricks these crackas run — even our best neutralized
Pigs don’t even face consequences for when our people brutalized
We need some soldiers right now — a thousand New Afrikan brigade
All my street…
The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”
—General Orders, Number 3; Headquarters District of Texas, Galveston, June 19, 1865
You are either a slave or you are free.
Jamil Al-Amin (fka H. Rap Brown)
Let’s get facts straight: The emancipation proclamation didn’t free a single African who was enslaved because Lincoln did not have any jurisdiction over the kkkonfederate states and so Lincoln’s proclamation was…
Trauma is commonly defined as “a deeply distressing or disturbing experience”; which logically explainswhy all African and Brown Indigenous People inside the kkkolony experience trauma so often, our very existence within this empire is deeply distressing and disturbing. From the violence the state serves us to the intercommunal violence that has plagued our neighborhoods, all of these traumas are caused by our kkkolonized condition. The trauma Africans have been forced to endure since the dawn of european imperialism has created a series of conscious and unconscious thoughts and habits that further aid in our oppression. This kkkolonial trauma has attempted…
Apart from inquiry, apart from the praxis, individuals cannot be truly human. Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.
This was the quote I sent out to the staff to say goodbye and have a good summer. Some of these people I will never see again, or on very rare occasions at district meetings; others will be back on campus with me in a few months and even others still will stay in touch over the summer. …