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Oct

Darren Seals and I warned…but our warnings fell on deaf ears. 5 years later this is just being put in perspective nd critically analyzed,<br><br>”The Obama administration had a virtual “open door” policy when it came to activists. Their strategy was to make busyness and constant engagement look like progress. This meant having regular contact with activists, empanelling a national policing commission, and empowering the Department of Justice to initiate investigations and compile reports on egregious police departments. And yet, throughout this flurry of activity, it was hard to grasp what was changing. Where was the impact?<br><br>The Democratic Party sought, with some urgency, to resolve these issues so that progressives could then turn their full attention to the 2016 election. This meant that the liberal establishment constantly questioned the motives, structure, and demands of the movement in hopes of moving things along. “Who are your leaders?” “What are your demands?” “Give us a solution!” were some of the questions — or rather accusations — directed at the most visible leaders of the movement.<br><br>Dinner With the President<br><br>This style reflected the influence of non-governmental organisations, which measure the effectiveness of activism or organising through a lens of efficiency and tangible results. There was pressure to come up with solutions or policy initiatives as a more “real” and measurable way to confront the issues with policing. When some activists chafed at this particular framing, they were attacked as purists.<br><br>For example, when a black activist from Chicago named Aislinn Pulley refused to go to a closed-door meeting at the White House in February of 2016 because she doubted the sincerity of the Obama administration, President Barack Obama personally called her out.<br><br>Obama said, “You can’t just keep on yelling at them and you can’t refuse to meet because that might compromise the purity of your position . . . The value of social movements and activism is to get you at the table, get you in the room and then start trying to figure out how is this problem going to be solved. You then have a responsibility to prepare an agenda that is achievable — that can institutionalize the changes you seek and to engage the other side.”<br><br>The president’s comments did have a hearing in some parts of the movement. The Black Lives Matter movement was not uniform in its thinking, strategies, or tactics. And those divergent ideas about political objectives and the process through which the movement should arrive at its decisions were deeply contested within the movement. Some activists welcomed White House access and believed it meant they were getting a hearing at the highest level. Brittany Packnett, who was active in St Louis and Ferguson in 2014, explained why she and others participated in the meeting with Obama:<br><br>To gain the liberation we seek, there remain many critical moments for action and we are wise not to limit the legitimate ones. Our fights will never be won at the policy table alone. Protestors assume risk, build organic democratic accountability in the streets and force organized tactics to take hold. Organisers mobilise the people with strategic and direct action to push systemic change in institutions and policies. Policymakers and institutional leaders are influenced by all manner of people continuing to mount pressure in every space possible to see lasting change . . . I believe this movement’s collective, varied work can and has moved mountains but it will take every one of us and every tactic at our disposal to win the freedom we seek.<br><br>For others, there were misgivings. Aislinn Pulley, the Chicago activist that Obama chastised for refusing to meet, had a vastly different vision of change compared to the one offered by the president. She wrote an open letter in response to his criticism of her:<br><br>I could not, with any integrity, participate in such a sham that would only serve to legitimise the false narrative that the government is working to end police brutality and the institutional racism that fuels it. For the increasing number of families fighting for justice and dignity for their kin slain by police, I refuse to give its perpetrators and enablers political cover by making an appearance among them . . . We assert that true revolutionary and systemic change will ultimately only be brought forth by ordinary working people, students and youth — organising, marching and taking power from the corrupt elites.”

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Darren Seals and I warned...but our warnings fell on deaf ears. 5 years later this is just being put in perspective nd critically analyzed,

"The Obama administration had a virtual “open door” policy when it came to activists. Their strategy was to make busyness and constant engagement look like progress. This meant having regular contact with activists, empanelling a national policing commission, and empowering the Department of Justice to initiate investigations and compile reports on egregious police departments. And yet, throughout this flurry of activity, it was hard to grasp what was changing. Where was the impact?

The Democratic Party sought, with some urgency, to resolve these issues so that progressives could then turn their full attention to the 2016 election. This meant that the liberal establishment constantly questioned the motives, structure, and demands of the movement in hopes of moving things along. “Who are your leaders?” “What are your demands?” “Give us a solution!” were some of the questions — or rather accusations — directed at the most visible leaders of the movement.

Dinner With the President

This style reflected the influence of non-governmental organisations, which measure the effectiveness of activism or organising through a lens of efficiency and tangible results. There was pressure to come up with solutions or policy initiatives as a more “real” and measurable way to confront the issues with policing. When some activists chafed at this particular framing, they were attacked as purists.

For example, when a black activist from Chicago named Aislinn Pulley refused to go to a closed-door meeting at the White House in February of 2016 because she doubted the sincerity of the Obama administration, President Barack Obama personally called her out.

Obama said, “You can’t just keep on yelling at them and you can’t refuse to meet because that might compromise the purity of your position . . . The value of social movements and activism is to get you at the table, get you in the room and then start trying to figure out how is this problem going to be solved. You then have a responsibility to prepare an agenda that is achievable — that can institutionalize the changes you seek and to engage the other side.”

The president’s comments did have a hearing in some parts of the movement. The Black Lives Matter movement was not uniform in its thinking, strategies, or tactics. And those divergent ideas about political objectives and the process through which the movement should arrive at its decisions were deeply contested within the movement. Some activists welcomed White House access and believed it meant they were getting a hearing at the highest level. Brittany Packnett, who was active in St Louis and Ferguson in 2014, explained why she and others participated in the meeting with Obama:

To gain the liberation we seek, there remain many critical moments for action and we are wise not to limit the legitimate ones. Our fights will never be won at the policy table alone. Protestors assume risk, build organic democratic accountability in the streets and force organized tactics to take hold. Organisers mobilise the people with strategic and direct action to push systemic change in institutions and policies. Policymakers and institutional leaders are influenced by all manner of people continuing to mount pressure in every space possible to see lasting change . . . I believe this movement’s collective, varied work can and has moved mountains but it will take every one of us and every tactic at our disposal to win the freedom we seek.

For others, there were misgivings. Aislinn Pulley, the Chicago activist that Obama chastised for refusing to meet, had a vastly different vision of change compared to the one offered by the president. She wrote an open letter in response to his criticism of her:

I could not, with any integrity, participate in such a sham that would only serve to legitimise the false narrative that the government is working to end police brutality and the institutional racism that fuels it. For the increasing number of families fighting for justice and dignity for their kin slain by police, I refuse to give its perpetrators and enablers political cover by making an appearance among them . . . We assert that true revolutionary and systemic change will ultimately only be brought forth by ordinary working people, students and youth — organising, marching and taking power from the corrupt elites."

Five Years Ahead, Do Black Lives Matter?

Five years since its inception, a look at what the Black Lives Matter movement accomplished and the important work it left unfinished.

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Aug

#InNyotasWords The Hijacking of Ferguson

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Nothing to Lose But Our Chains introduction session from the fifth. Speaking are Mona and Brian and #InNyotasWords An oral chronology of the hijacking of Ferguson written by Nyota Uhura. Hosted by MABL – Mass Action For Black Liberation, (formerly … More

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13

Nov

Photo – The purge continues… Operation Black Shutdown is in full effect. Jason Black is the latest, The Black Authority Youtube Channel has been terminated. 80k+ subscribers and hundreds of videos gone just like that. Youtube is not playing. Suddenly everybody’s a problem. Hmmm, I wonder why. Every day that y’all don’t support the movement for our own tech, media, new media & social media is a day another channel is at risk and hundreds/thousands of videos potentially lost. And the purge is not limited to Youtube. Facebook and Twitter can terminate your favorite black voices for any reason. Shit is real. Squandered an opportunity to get out in front of this, the solution is not to beg, its to build our own.

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The purge continues... Operation Black Shutdown is in full effect. Jason Black is the latest, The Black Authority Youtube Channel has been terminated. 80k+ subscribers and hundreds of videos gone just like that. Youtube is not playing. Suddenly everybody's a problem. Hmmm, I wonder why. Every day that y'all don't support the movement for our own tech, media, new media & social media is a day another channel is at risk and hundreds/thousands of videos potentially lost. And the purge is not limited to Youtube. Facebook and Twitter can terminate your favorite black voices for any reason. Shit is real. Squandered an opportunity to get out in front of this, the solution is not to beg, its to build our own.
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13

Nov

Told y’all this was coming… that we were not gonna be able to dismantle the master’s house using the master’s tools. That we would have to build/fund our own. And own our own servers. When you been around and work these platforms as long as I have you learn how they function… how it’s all good in the beginning, how they’ll encourage you to build/cultivate your presence on their platform and all the little tricks to keep you engaged. How they tweak algorithms to censor who/what you see. How they get you emotionally and use your commitment to building your profile to build up their platform… then once they get to where they want to be, they kick you to the curb. <br><br>Youtube is letting it be known, this is not just about censorship, they have no obligation to host your video, they can terminate your channel/delete your videos for any reason without warning and poof, your movement is gone just like that. All your video embeds wiped from the internet. Years of building a presence gone just like that. The same is true for Facebook and Twitter, they can delete you without warning for any reason.<br><br>What I warn about is here. It is happening. Now. Ready to support the movement for black owned tech, media and new media or nah? Cash App $AltBlackMedia Paypal https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WV4CW64ZGAKW2

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Told y'all this was coming... that we were not gonna be able to dismantle the master's house using the master's tools. That we would have to build/fund our own. And own our own servers. When you been around and work these platforms as long as I have you learn how they function... how it's all good in the beginning, how they'll encourage you to build/cultivate your presence on their platform and all the little tricks to keep you engaged. How they tweak algorithms to censor who/what you see. How they get you emotionally and use your commitment to building your profile to build up their platform... then once they get to where they want to be, they kick you to the curb.

Youtube is letting it be known, this is not just about censorship, they have no obligation to host your video, they can terminate your channel/delete your videos for any reason without warning and poof, your movement is gone just like that. All your video embeds wiped from the internet. Years of building a presence gone just like that. The same is true for Facebook and Twitter, they can delete you without warning for any reason.

What I warn about is here. It is happening. Now. Ready to support the movement for black owned tech, media and new media or nah? Cash App $AltBlackMedia Paypal https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WV4CW64ZGAKW2

YouTube says it has ‘no obligation’ to host anyone’s video

Other changes affect children’s content
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13

Nov

Photo – Today on Free Em All Radio ft Chairman Fred Hampton Jr & the Lady of Rage<br><br>”Tune in tonight Wednesday November 13, 2019 @ 6:30pm cst for another dynamic episode of Free Em All Radio w/ Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. & The Lady Of Rage!<br><br>November 13, 1969, Illinois Chapter Black Panther Party Member Jake Winters was assassinated in a shootout by the chicago police. Tonight will visit the legacy of Our fallen Comrade and the BPP.<br>Tune in to get tuned in to this and more only on Free Em All Radio! The People’s Radio!<br><br>Click link to listen online<br><br>Questions, comments or to share what’s good or not so good in yo hood, call in 929-477-3785 and press 1 to rap with the Host.<br>#FreeEmAll #SaveTheHamptonHouse ” – Daphne Jackson

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Today on Free Em All Radio ft Chairman Fred Hampton Jr & the Lady of Rage

"Tune in tonight Wednesday November 13, 2019 @ 6:30pm cst for another dynamic episode of Free Em All Radio w/ Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. & The Lady Of Rage!

November 13, 1969, Illinois Chapter Black Panther Party Member Jake Winters was assassinated in a shootout by the chicago police. Tonight will visit the legacy of Our fallen Comrade and the BPP.
Tune in to get tuned in to this and more only on Free Em All Radio! The People's Radio!

Click link to listen online

Questions, comments or to share what's good or not so good in yo hood, call in 929-477-3785 and press 1 to rap with the Host.
#FreeEmAll #SaveTheHamptonHouse " - Daphne Jackson