06 September 2011

Greetings Family,

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This week we will be asking;

"Impact: An open forum on the trauma caused by repeated exposure to mon-physical/media violence"

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“He that did it forgets, she who suffered it does not”
African Proverb, Sotho

Toyin AgbetuWhilst discussing the pain of bereavement on this week’s radio program the widely respected community worker, Bro Colin Pryce raised a question that I believe many of us continue to avoid. Together we explored and recognised that if it caused severe difficulty for adults to handle the pain of bereavement from a loved one, then what are our young people having to deal with when they witness or learn about the stabbing or shooting of someone in their peer group?  What about prolonged separation from a parent?

What is the impact of repeated non-physical violence/media in our daily lives?

I must admit in choosing the Transition as the subject for debate I was hesitant to discuss what is often seen to be a taboo topic. Yet now having engaged in the process I have no doubt it was the right thing to do. It hurt, invoked pain, but was simultaneously healing as well as empowering. You can listen by clicking here.

The community activist, now Ancestor Spartacus “Fundusi” R wrote a book called Violation – A look at non-physical violence in relationships. In it he defined violence as;

‘any act which violates... whether covert or overt, which is intended to, designed to or calculated to cause pain, injury, discomfort, disadvantage to or otherwise harm or destroy, transgress or infringe on a person or persons’.

What is unique about his interpretation of violence is that it includes not only physical violence including that pronounced as a ‘lawful’ use of force by state agents, but also non-physical manifestations of force, whether it be verbal abuse, denial of rights, spiritual subversion, alienation or physical confrontations inflicted upon us in the street or domestic environments sometimes by members of our own community/family.

It is in between the cracks of these definitions I’d like to explore. With our bereavement reasoning discussion we recognised that the notion of physical ‘death’ invoked fear in many of us due to our spiritual immaturity and perceived lack of control of the unknown. But what of our young people who are exposed to fear inducing situations everyday they walk the streets with a barrage of news media marking them as potential victims for an imminent and often pointless violent demise?

What coping mechanisms do they have to devise to survive, soul intact in a space where to be African is to be ‘black’ and to be ‘black’ is to be marked as evil and worthy of premature death.
It worries me. As a father, uncle and spiritual friend to thousands it worries me a lot.

You see I believe that part of the crisis we face in our self development is not located in spending the majority of our time addressing the tactics of the enemy outside, but instead, facing and confronting the demons they have spent a millennia placing within us.

Fear, doubt, insecurity – inferiority.

I could focus on the normalisation of violence in cultural media such as films, games or music, but that has been widely documented. Besides I sometimes think part of this is overplayed as there remains a valid role for escapism in recreational pursuits. But what of the most negative, most biased and influential media of them all. What of the News?

There are occasions when I struggle to retain my sanity, to not lose myself to righteous anger when day after day, year after year the deliberate constant stream of reported negativity about our people seems to dwarf the positive that I am fortunate to bear witness to.

There are far many stories being propagated about the bad we do to each instead of highlighting and promoting the good that remains buried by a sea of irreverent trivia.

Many of us do not see autocue reading news presenters and right wing press journalists as violent but if I claimed an atomic bomb decorated with flowers is now a non-lethal weapon you would call me mad and rightly so.

Some see the ability to mask or suppress emotion as being ‘professional’ and in certain contexts it is a useful skill to have. Raw grief is often destabilising. But it is also my belief that every time a violent news story is broadcast without balance, without humility, without moral integrity or respect for the dignity of life even in death, and then revels in seeking the most goriest, depraved details for the sole purpose of attracting and retaining viewers – that is non-physical violence.  

The war in Libya or operation "Odyssey Dawn" is a case in point. Some news agencies seem determined to assert that Britain made a righteous intervention by repeatedly spinning the yarn that the UN mission to protect civilians was legal because it was the only way of ‘stopping Gaddafi from massacring his own people’.

Yet in providing tacit support for the ‘rebels’ they have chosen to cover up the atrocities and wrong doing committed by their new MTC allies – namely lynching and assassinating innocent Africans with Libyan nationality. I warn you, the links I provide below to related video footage and articles are extremely upsetting. Maafa continues.

In short, when you compare the news output promoting and glorifying violence against Gaddafi loyalists, the west remains silent lest betray their culpability in supporting and now installing a regime that equates African with ‘black’ and ‘black’ with evil irrespective of any facts. Those sympathetic towards the plight of Gaddafi (including some like me who are not even friends of Gaddafi) are marked as targets guilty of thought crimes or being African.

Lynching of African Libyan
I mention this because I want to draw our attention to the impact of a global BBC media labelling African people as Gaddafi ‘mercenaries’ inciting more violence against innocent people.

Or what of a global Fox/SKY news labelling violent looters as amoral ‘black men’ alongside daily tabloids.

Not enough?

Then what about a Prime Minister with the audacity to describe young people with labels such as 'sick' and 'gangsters' and a BBC World Service having the bare faced cheek to ask and (then have to apologise) for asking “Is there a problem with young black men?” in relation to the London Uprising/English Riots 2011 on its the global phone-in program World Have Your Say

In immediate terms the impact of this violent media upon us costs us educational opportunities, employment opportunities, access to decent housing leading to us being socio-politically emasculated, with unhealthy nutrition, poor health and often dysfunctional family units.

In real terms the impact of this violent media costs us our lives.

Every day.

We are told, If we are abused then its our fault be cause we are naturally 'criminals', if we are a assassinated then it is our fault be cause we are naturally 'mercenaries', if we are humiliated or violated through abusive stop and search tactics then its our fault for being in the wrong place or asserting our right to dignity and freedom, if our women are insulted and reduced to sexual objects only worthy of being paraded in a degraded state then its our fault for not embracing our roles as beasts of burden or cultural exotica.

All this stereotyping and denigration of our identity has a seriously negative impact on how we view ourselves.

Unless we can overstand the value of our lives in defiance of a violent media perpetrating abuse upon our collective psyche we will also fail to see the damage that can simultaneously be caused to us by omission from a violating news agenda.

Take Hurricane Irene, a natural phenomenon that caused havoc across the Caribbean, an area that sadly remains ill equipped with resources to cope with haste should the worst occur. Yet if you were to watch the news recently, the main story was focused on the plight of the peoples living in the most wealthiest (and indebted), militarily secure nation on the planet.

Sadly 18 people lost their lives and true to form the Wall street Journal calculated the damage in financial terms reporting that the US had suffered losses valued between $1.8 – $3.4 billion. Indeed they write “the main chunk of that, or $1.5 billion to $2.8 billion, is from insured losses” but what of the Caribbean? Well it may surprise you to discover that the loss incurred in this region has been valued as high as $1.1 billion. So I ask which story deserves more focus, which people will endure longer term hardship as a result?

What has the actions of the media taught us about the value they place on African life in comparison to non-African lives even during moments of shared crisis?

I could provide countless of examples but the main focus for next week’s program is what effect does this relentless stream of abusive media have on our young people? What does it do to their sense of self worth, their sense of safety in society?

If we openly admit that repeated exposure to non-physical violence/media causes injury to those it targets, then what practical steps must we take to reduce the impact and heal the trauma caused?

Yes – ‘we need our own media’, that scratched record has been playing for decades now, but in its absence and in spite of the attacks what do we do to help those people amongst us – young and old - in need of support – now.

May the Ancestors guide and protect us.


Toyin Agbetu is a writer, film director, poet, and founder of Ligali, the pan African human rights based organisation.

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BBC forced to apologise again for riots coverage

The BBC has apologised after broadcasting a programme on the riots under the heading: "Is there a problem with young black men?"

The title of the show, broadcast to an international audience on the World Service's World Have Your Say programme, provoked an angry response on online forums and several readers complained to The Voice, a news website aimed at Britain's black communities. "People are outraged because it is such an ignorant question. It is not a brilliant or even thought-provoking debate," one said.

In its apology, the BBC expressed regret for causing offence while explaining the circumstances under which the programme had been made. "The original headline question that appears online was, in hindsight, too stark and could have been clearer. We apologise for any offence it caused," said a spokesman.



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Police officer caught on CCTV kicked African in the head

A police officer was jailed for 18 months after caught kicking an African in the head with as much force as used for playing football. PC Edward Prince, 31, was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm after he booted Nyrone Games, 27, in an act of “thoughtless naked aggression” as his colleagues pinned the African man face down on the pavement in Brighton Road, South Croydon.

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The spotlight is back on 'black' deaths at the hands of police

31 August 2011

IRR News examines the recent killing of Mark Duggan by armed Met police officers in the context of similar deaths.

The IRR has monitored black[1] deaths in custody since the 1970s as young black men tend to die at the hands of police and prison officers in disproportionate numbers. Our monitoring is also in response to the historic concerns of BME communities, and the African-Caribbean community in particular, who have argued that, ever since the 1960s, they have been subjected to a different kind of policing where disproportionate force and discriminatory criminal procedures are used.[2]

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A bad time to be a 'black' man in Libya

30 August 2011 by Richard Seymour

African Libyan
The success of the rebels in Libya contains a tragic defeat. The original emancipatory impulse of February 17 lies, for now, among the corpses of "Africans" in Tripoli.
"This is a bad time to be a black man in Libya," reported Alex Thomson on Channel 4 News on Sunday. Elsewhere, Kim Sengupta reported for the Independent on the 30 bodies lying decomposing in Tripoli. The majority of them, allegedly mercenaries for Muammar Gaddafi, were black. They had been killed at a makeshift hospital, some on stretchers, some in an ambulance. "Libyan people don't like people with dark skins," a militiaman explained in reference to the arrests of black men.

The basis of this is rumours, disseminated early in the rebellion, of African mercenaries being unleashed on the opposition. Amnesty International's Donatella Rivera was among researchers who examined this allegation and found no evidence for it.

Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch similarly had not "identified one mercenary" among the scores of men being arrested and falsely labelled by journalists as such.

Lurking behind this is racism. Libya is an African nation – however, the term "Africans" is used in Libya to reference the country's black minority. The Amnesty International researcher Diana Eltahawy says that the rebels taking control of Libya have tapped into "existing xenophobia". The New York Times refers to "racist overtones", but sometimes the racism is explicit. A rebel slogan painted in Misrata during the fighting salutes "the brigade for purging slaves, black skin". A consequence of this racism has been mass arrests of black men, and gruesome killings – just some of the various atrocities that human rights organisations blame rebels for. The racialisation of this conflict does not end with hatred of "Africans". Graffiti by rebels frequently depicted Gaddafi as a demonic Jew.

How did it come to this? A spectacular revolution, speaking the language of democracy and showing tremendous courage in the face of brutal repression, has been disgraced. Racism did not begin with the rebellion – Gaddafi's regime exploited 2 million migrant workers while discriminating against them – but it has suffused the rebels' hatred of the violently authoritarian regime they have just replaced.

An explanation for this can be found in the weaknesses of the revolt itself. The upsurge beginning on 17 February hinged on an alliance between middle class human rights activists and the working classes in eastern cities such as Benghazi. Rather than wilting under repression, the rebellion spread to new towns and cities. Elements of the regime, seeing the writing on the wall, began to defect. Military leaders, politicians and sections of business and academia sided with the rebels.

But the trouble was that the movement was almost emerging from nowhere. Unlike in Egypt, where a decade of activism and labour insurgency had cultivated networks of activists and trade unionists capable of outfoxing the dictatorship, Libya was not permitted a minimal space for civil society opposition. As a result, there was no institutional structure able to express this movement, no independent trade union movement, and certainly little in the way of an organised left. Into this space stepped those who had the greatest resources – the former regime notables, businessmen and professionals, as well as exiles. It was they who formed the National Transitional Council (NTC).

The dominance of relatively conservative elites and the absence of countervailing pressures skewed the politics of the rebellion. We hear of "the masses", and "solidarity". But masses can be addressed on many grounds – some reactionary. There are also many bases for solidarity – some exclusionary. The scapegoating of black workers makes sense from the perspective of elites. For them, Libya was not a society divided on class lines from which many of them had profited. It was united against a usurper inhabiting an alien compound and surviving through foreign power. Instead, the more success Gaddafi had in stabilising his regime, the more the explanation for this relied on the claim that "Gaddafi is killing us with his Africans ".

A further, unavoidable twist is the alliance with Nato. The February revolt involved hundreds of thousands of people across Libya. By early March the movement was in retreat, overseas special forces were entering Libya, and senior figures in the rebellion called for external intervention. Initially isolated, they gained credibility as Gaddafi gained ground. As a result, the initiative passed from a very large popular base to a relatively small number of armed fighters under the direction of the NTC and Nato. It was the rebel army that subsequently took the lead in persecuting black workers.

Under different conditions, perhaps, unity between the oppressed was possible. But this would probably have required a more radical alliance, one as potentially perilous for those now grooming themselves for office as for Gaddafi. As it is, the success of the rebels contains a tragic defeat. The original emancipatory impulse of February 17 lies, for now, among the corpses of "Africans" in Tripoli.

Source: Stop the War

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Africans in Libya

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'Shaman' jailed for hallucinogenic drug potion at 'healing' ceremony

Friday 2 September 2011

Followers told jungle drink ayahuasca cured serious illnesses including cancer

A British "shaman" caught administering a potion containing a class-A hallucinogenic drug to 17 followers at a candlelit "healing" ceremony has been jailed for 15 months.

Peter Aziz, of Buckfastleigh, Devon, who claims to have spent years in the jungles of Peru learning the art of making the drink ayahuasca, provided the brew, which contained N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), during a week-long retreat in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

He told the followers at the Dorville hotel in December 2007 that it would cure serious illnesses including cancer.

Aziz, 51, was found guilty of producing and supplying a class-A drug by a jury at Bristol crown court. Judge Michael Roach accepted Aziz had tried to help others but told him: "You knew it was wrong to produce this drug and you knew it was wrong to supply it but produce and supply it you did.

"I have to treat this matter as serious, which means a prison sentence."

Kate Brunner, for the prosecution, told the jury: "The participants sat around in a circle, candles were lit and he poured out his brew into plastic or paper cups.

"They drank it and when people drink this brew they vomit frequently. Some participants had hallucinogenic experiences. They felt that they were going on a journey. Whilst some found the experience restorative, others felt terrified."

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Opinion: Five Days in August

Sista C shares her opinion on the key factors contributing to the mass disorder on the streets of England, August 2011

“A riot is the language of the unheard” - Dr Martin Luther King

It’s amazing how quickly the disturbances of last week and it’s underlying causes have been hijacked by the political classes and so called media commentators hell bent on diverting the real issues, wrapping it up in a nice neat package labelled ‘gangs’. They would have us believe that gangs and gang culture are to blame.

While the politicians and police are busy blaming each other for their failings and the courts do their wickedest best to vindictively punish the ‘rioters’ with severe penalties – a 6 month prison sentence for the person caught with two bottles of water worth less than £3.50p – the community, some of whose children are already in the hands of a corrupt judicial system, appear helpless in the face of all this adversity. After all, the clamouring public are demanding the authorities to get tough with the ‘rioters’ and the state has come up with unworkable half-baked knee-jerk reactionary measures, among them depriving a family of a home, withdrawing benefits - and the latest wheeze - taking away free Oyster Cards for young people, as punishment. Are they serious? This simply serves to shift the problems elsewhere.

What we must not forget is that at the forefront of all this is a family grieving for the loss of a loved one. Mark Duggan was shot dead by police in a street in Tottenham on 4 August. The subsequent peaceful protest by the family outside the local police station where they asked for answers and were given none, were ignored and disrespected by the law, turned ugly when the police beat a 16 year old girl with their batons.

What compounded this outrageous action was the inept handling of the family by the IPCC and their initial misleading statements to the media. Mark did not shoot at police as we were led to believe. We are used to the media collaborating with the police to tarnish the reputation of those who die in police custody. That is not a surprise. What caught many off guard was the response – the spontaneous outburst of the community and those young people who were not going to take it anymore. The police stood back while Tottenham burned. They stood back too while Enfield, Hackney and most of North and South London (Brixton, Peckham, Lewisham, Croydon) went up in flames. Three days later it had spread like wildfire to towns and cities across England – Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham, Bristol and it was like the 1980s and the Brixton and Tottenham uprisings all over again. Thirty years on and nothing had changed.

Young people have real grievances. Those who took to the streets to release their pent-up anger and frustration were the children of an older generation who went through similar experiences in the 1980s; disaffection, constant police harassment, racism, economic and social deprivation; inequalities and lack of affordable opportunities. Back then as now a Tory led coalition government is overseeing the worst aspects of societal disintegration, a continuation of the New Labour years which presided over draconian laws and state intervention in family life plus further erosion of civil liberties. A disenfranchised generation brought up under such conditions decided to hit back. The only surprise is that it didn’t happen sooner.

Austerity measures including savage public sector cuts have mainly affected poor working class people – though the middle classes are feeling the pinch too. Their offspring are not exempt from paying higher tuition fees – hence the student riots of last winter’s discontent. Those in the know were warned this was coming.

The late Mark Duggan pictured with girlfriend, Semone Wilson, 29

The late Mark Duggan pictured with girlfriend, Semone Wilson, 29

Austerity measures including savage public sector cuts have mainly affected poor working class people – though the middle classes are feeling the pinch too. Their offspring are not exempt from paying higher tuition fees – hence the student riots of last winter’s discontent. Those in the know were warned this was coming.

But there is a wider geo-political agenda at work. We are witnessing a sea-change in the way the political wind is blowing. The economic collapse since late 2007 is taking its toll across Europe and the United States. The economies of India, Brazil and China are on the rise. The Euro is weak and US dollar is in decline. Capitalism as we know it is in crisis.

Whether you want to call it an Arab spring or an Indian summer the extraordinary events of the past couple of years has seen thousands of ordinary people take to the streets in protest against corrupt governments and leaders. From uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria to massive demonstrations in Greece, Spain and France - the people are rebelling. It is infectious and long overdue but with serious consequences. People are dying on the streets for the right to be free.

To say, as David Cameron does, that most of the rioting is down to criminality, indifference to right and wrong and a broken society is to miss a very salient point. If this society is morally bankrupt, it is the government and those in the upper echelons of society who have led the demise. How dare they blame gang culture when there are a whole gang of them sitting in Parliament? Yes, those MPs that fiddled their expenses not satisfied with the £60k plus salaries funded by tax-payers. The Government bailed out the banks using tax-payers money, while the gangsta bankers still enjoy their huge bonuses. There is the gang led by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and News International where the ‘hacking enquiry’ exposed the media’s corrupt dealings with police and led to the closure of a national newspaper and the resignation of two senior cops at the Met (Metropolitan Police) – The Commissioner (Paul Stephenson) and his second in command (John Yates). How are these so called pillars of society any different to those people who took to the streets, saw an opportunity and took what they felt was owed to them? People have had enough.

Historian David Starkey waded into the fray with his racist rant about the whites becoming blacks. This misguided academic has identified ‘black culture’ to be the cause arguing that ‘a particular sort of violent destructive, nihilistic gangster culture has become the fashion and black and white boys and girls operate in this language together,’. By implication, Jamaican gangstas and U.S influenced hip-hop and rap music has caused this malaise. His intervention is seemingly timed to fan the flames for the English Defence League, far right activists and even the Voice columnist Tony Sewell (an African) to pander to his racist views.

The government cannot hide behind their facile excuses; lack of discipline in the classroom, absent fathers, gang membership etc. The causes are many and complex. But right now they are blinded by the vengeance they call justice. A 14 year-old boy, who was not involved in the ‘disturbances’ was served a six month referral order for picking up a packet of chewing gum as he walked past a looted Sainsbury’s store. Unluckily for him he was caught on CCTV. His future job prospects are in ruins. In their rush to judgement it is the Government which is making criminals of our children by meting out harsh sentences where the punishment is wholly disproportionate to the crime. Where is the justice in that? The ‘message’ they are intending to send will prove counter-productive in the long-run.

We have a lot of work to do in our community. These disturbances did not come out of the blue and it is our responsibility to recognise the causes and search for solutions. Youth unemployment has soared with the higher proportion among black males, public services vital to communities – social housing, youth services libraries and welfare benefits – are being cut as this society sees increasing levels of poverty and inequality not seen since before World War 2.

Our first duty is to our youth. We need to guide them and harness their potential and their intelligence. They showed ingenuity in their approach to organising their raids last week. But what they need now is the political ideology to match. We need to take responsibility for teaching and training our children and youths and help them navigate their way through the system. We should resist all attempts to demonise them. They have been the biggest losers in economic recession. Above all, we need to love them unreservedly.

Instead of blaming young people and the ills of society, the government need to look closer to home. The lawlessness and corruption of the financial and political elites is a much larger problem to be addressed. Tougher sentencing and more police powers (including wholesale community curfews) and other simplistic measures are not the answer. We should know the agenda by now. The problem, reaction, solution scenario is being played out before our eyes. Further crackdowns on our youth and civil liberties will be the order of the day – don’t forget the public asked for it. The time to act is now. So while you sit there thinking that the riots were all about wanton, random violence and looting, over the next few weeks and months pay attention to the Government’s reactionary response. Dr King said: ‘A riot is the language of the unheard’. Heed the call. No time for messing. It’s time to get organised.

Sista C

Sista C is a Pan African community worker and broadcaster

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Opinion: State Repression - After the Insurrection

By Bro. Professor Gus John

Prof Gus John

It is time for ‘the community’ to call a halt and take stock.

‘The community’ must make an urgent declaration that there will be no more meetings, arrangements or collaboration with the Government and the police until the abuse of power and the injustices being perpetrated by the State are brought to an immediate end.

What is to be done?

Individuals and organisations across ‘the community’ should agree a policy of
non-cooperation with government, its structures and post-insurrection
initiatives until such time that:

a) the courts stop denying bail and remanding people in custody for offences which would normally attract bail and stop imposing those draconian sentences upon people charged with involvement in the insurrection or with handling goods acquired during the insurrection

b) the police stop breaking down people’s doors and invading their homes in search of suspects and looted property

This means:

• not attending meetings with Theresa May, Ian Duncan Smith, Keith Vaz and other parliamentary bodies
• withdrawing from Police Consultative Committee meetings and police Independent Advisory Group meetings and not collaborating with the police in tracking down ‘rioters’
• campaigning against local authorities that have adopted policies to evict families for the involvement of any member of those families in the insurrection

After the Insurrection, there have been four main sets of responses, three of which have been totally predictable, those of the State, the police and the media. The fourth, the African ‘community’, has responded as if the way the other three dealt with the crisis could not be anticipated. What is worse is that as the State and its most visible arm, the police, hone their response, they are inviting and receiving the validation of sections of ‘the community’, including those that are otherwise critical of the many ways in which the State is abusing the fundamental human rights and civil liberties of those who were involved in the insurrection and many more who were not.

Time and again, ‘the community’ allows the State, the police and the media to set the agenda and define the terms of the debate. Time and again, sections of ‘the community’ demonstrate that they are happy to sing the same tune and from the same song sheet as the State and the police and to reflect the media’s characterisation of ‘the community’ and its issues.

Therein lies the validation the State and the police receive, thereby allowing them to use the justification that what they are doing is what ‘the public’ wants; what they are doing has ‘the support of the vast majority of the black community’; that ‘the community’ is looking to them to deal with the ‘criminal minority’ in its midst that is causing them and the entire society such grief.

So, what are threats facing us right now and where are they coming from?

1. The State

The Prime Minister and his government have made it very clear [that they believe] the ‘riots’ had their origins in the black community and were orchestrated by ‘gangs’ in the black community.

For them, criminality, greed, ‘gangs’, feral ‘thugs’ and the total absence of the values that define ‘our society’ were what caused the ‘riots’. In order to send the strongest possible message to others and demonstrate to the law abiding that the State will not tolerate any such collapse of moral standards, David Cameron himself made it clear that the courts could tear up sentencing guidelines, magistrates could ignore their own powers and standard practices and send accused or convicted to the Crown Court for judges to impose whatever sentences they like, given the ‘special circumstances’ in which the offences in question were committed.

Magistrates and judges in turn argue that ‘that is what the public wants the courts to do’.

Consistent with its definition of the causes of the insurrection and satisfied that the Courts are taking care of business in respect of those brought before them, the Government has its sights on ‘the community’ and its ‘gangs’.

In addition to importing questionable methods from the USA, methods which proved totally counterproductive in the short and longer term, it is seeking to incorporate community ‘leaders’ and activists who have been involved in work as ‘gang consultants’ or ‘gang busters’.

Suddenly, the Home Secretary, Ian Duncan Smith and others in David Cameron’s ‘Anti-Gangs Task Force’ are convening meetings to bring together gang experts in ‘the community’ to validate the prescriptions they have already decided to apply to a diagnosis that is a gross insult to the African community.

Meanwhile, a cross-party parliamentary group led by Keith Vaz MP, the Home Affairs Select Committee, is holding meetings around the country to hear from ‘the community’. Much of what they are hearing has already been told to the select committee that was chaired by John Denham MP some 4 years ago, especially in relation to African young people and the criminal justice system, the police, the prison service and the national DNA database, not to mention school exclusions, unemployment, youth violence and young people’s fear of one another.

Once Parliament resumes on 10 September, there will no doubt be a flurry of such meetings and consultations, while at the same time the police will continue to bust down people’s doors and terrorise their families, and the courts will continue handing down draconian sentences for the most petty of offences arising from the insurrection.

2. The Police

The Police killed Mark Duggan on 4 August 2011.

They committed an act which added one more African victim to the death toll of those who have lost their lives while in the custody of the state or while the police used their powers to detain them (e.g., Cherry Groce, September 1985; Cynthia Jarrett, October 1985; Joy Gardner, August 1993; Roger Sylvester January 1999)

The police were quick to argue that they couldn’t say anything to Duggan’s family or to the community because the matter was in the hands of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Yet, once their way of handling their killing of Mark Duggan had triggered a massive insurrection, they boldly announced that they were going to ‘put fear into the hearts’ of those who ‘rioted’.

They have been storming people’s homes, busting down doors and rushing commando-style into dwellings in a manner that could easily result in even more fatalities and lead to a repeat of the violent unrest caused by deaths such as that of Cynthia Jarrett.

Since August 6th, young people have been stopped and searched daily, some as many as six times a day. There is no presumption of innocence until such time that the police have established that the young person has committed or was about to commit an offence. Aggressive, intimidating, humiliating conduct is what most young people experience in these searches. They invariably get charged not for what is found on them but because of their resistance to such degrading treatment.

And then, there is the increasing use of ‘Joint Enterprise’ to bring more serious charges against the accused than their part in any alleged criminal act warrants. Innocent bystanders therefore find themselves being accused jointly with and for the same offence as those who may have committed a criminal act around them.

The police seek to ‘reassure the public’ by announcing that they have arrested over 2,000 people and charged over 1,350. We know that a high percentage of those who will be given custodial sentences will be African and between 16 and 30. We also know that while people would ordinarily be bailed for everything other than the most serious offences, magistrates and judges are remanding in custody most people who have been charged with offences arising from the insurrection, irrespective of the nature of their alleged offence. Those who are eventually found to be innocent or who are convicted for an offence for which they are not given a custodial sentence will still have served lengthy periods in custody while awaiting trial.

So, the magistrates and judges are locking up people and denying bail in order, supposedly, to ‘keep them off the streets’. Yet, the police are still using ‘Stop & Search’ to target ‘the community’ and young African males in particular.

Even as they do so, they are calling upon ‘the community’ to work with them and ‘help them catch rioters’.

3. The Media

The Media claims to be reflecting ‘public opinion’ while assertively leading public opinion with their predictable headlines, styles of reporting and editorial comment. They act as the mouthpiece of the State and of the police and provide a platform for those who purport to speak for ‘the vast majority of law abiding citizens’ and for those who fear that the ‘glue’ that binds our nation together is in danger of being chiselled away by an ‘alien section’ of society.

Meanwhile, with one or two notable exceptions, there appears to be total collusion with the practices of the Prime Minister and his government, the police and the courts.

Collusion by silence and by tacit consent.

Where are the libertarian voices and the cacophony of noise in protest against what the State, the police and the courts are doing? Where are the Human Rights activists? Why is there not a broad alliance of such groups organising demonstrations and pickets outside the courts, making enough noise to disrupt their all night sittings and signal to sleeping neighbourhoods that there are massive injustices taking place that put the liberties and freedoms WE ALL take for granted at serious risk? Where are all those who, rightly, campaign against human rights violations and the injustices meted out to offenders and innocent alike in foreign lands?

Where are the letters and petitions from the radical lawyers and law makers?

To parody a famous dictum, all that it takes for injustice and evil to triumph is for those who abhor injustice and evil to remain silent and do nothing.

4. The Community

So, how about ‘the Community’

There has been a cacophony of sound and sound bites from all over ‘the community’ since Mark Duggan’s death at the hands of the police on August 4th. Those voices have been as plentiful as they have been incoherent, unfocused and ineffectual, with a few exceptions.

Some sections of ‘the community’ have joined the ‘gangs’, ‘criminality’ and ‘greed’ lobby and are wanting to see the courts hand down even tougher sentences. Others have no time for the notion of collective action in support of young people and their parents (especially single mothers parenting boys) and would go even further than David Cameron and Ian Duncan Smith in ‘dealing with absent fathers’.

They have no time for any suggestion that ‘the community’ should organise itself in protest at what the courts are doing and in support of those facing its draconian treatment. They have even less concern for the fact that the neck-lock in which the police has ‘the community’ just now will tighten as a result of the government’s decision to focus on ‘gangs’ and ‘criminality’ as a way of stemming the ‘slow moving moral collapse’ for which the black community is seen as responsible, thus leading to ever worsening repression in the midst of an ever deepening economic recession and the greater visibility of the wageless on the streets.

The focus on ‘gangs’ and the commitment of vast sums of government money to target if not ‘take out’ gang members is being matched by government initiatives to involve ‘gang’ experts in providing intelligence and planning intervention strategies. All of a sudden, the government is conscious that ‘gangs’ pose a major threat to the safety, health and wellbeing of communities and that there are individuals and organisations that have been doing ‘excellent work’. They are now actively seeking to ‘bring them on board’ and are inviting select individuals to attend meetings and brief Cabinet members and other Ministers.

They expect them to attend such meetings because they know that despite their ‘excellent work’ they have been starved of funds. Those individuals and organisations will no doubt be encouraged to have a mad scramble for whatever Duncan Smith, May ‘et al’ will put on the table for ‘the community’ so that it could work to their agenda.

Meanwhile, there is a deafening silence from professional groups in ‘the community’ such as:

- the National Black Police Association

- the National Black Crown Prosecutors Association

- the Society of Black Lawyers

- the National Black Probation Officers Association

All of these are organisations whose members function as an integral part of the criminal justice system, the same system which is leading the onslaught on those suspected of or charged for taking part in the insurrection or benefitting from its spoils.

All of those organisations would not have developed or been given the time of day, let alone organisational space and resources to function, but for the struggles waged by ‘the community’ of which their members remain a part and in which, in the main, they continue to function professionally.

Even the Prison Officers Association has seen fit to challenge the courts’ excessive use of custody rather than granting bail, and their equally excessive use of prison sentences.

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Prof Gus John is also the author of the book Moss Side 1981 - more than just a riot

First published 2011 by Gus John Books
21 Stafford Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 4NG
ISBN 978-0-9547843-6-2

Publication Date:  Friday 12 August 2011
Distributor:  New Beacon Books, 76 Stroud Green Road, London, N4 3EN.  
Tel:  020 7272 4889.  newbeaconbooks@btconnect.com


ITV Internship Opportunity

Do you know of any young people who want to learn more about the media? And get a chance to work for ITV News for 6 weeks? If so then send them the info below and also the internship application, deadline is 7th September , this is an excellent opportunity !

Ever thought about a career in the media industry or wondered how stories are selected and put together for the news but didn’t know how to find out? ITV are offering 9 individuals across the country the chance to do a 6 week paid placement in one of their regional newsrooms. It’s called the ITV News Group Internship. There’s one placement in each of the following locations -Gateshead, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, Norwich, Bristol, Southampton and London. We know that opportunities to gain experience in TV are rare and that it doesn’t always feel like everyone gets an equal chance to take advantage of them. We also know that the people who work for us don’t always reflect the many voices and interests of our local communities so we’ve created these opportunities to encourage applications from individuals who feel their voice isn’t often heard or who have something unique to offer; and hopefully help people decide whether a career in the media is for them.

During the 6 weeks, you’ll be able to get a flavour of a number of different roles within the department depending on your interests – that might be Technical roles, Admin Support roles or Journalist roles. Unfortunately we’re not looking for would be presenters!

You can apply for the scheme if you are 18 or over and have the energy and enthusiasm to thrive in a newsroom environment and make will the most of the opportunity. You don’t need any qualifications but you’ll get more out of the placement if you’re interested in regional news. If you’re interested in the Internship, you’ll need to complete our straightforward application form. It’s useful if you can get someone else to confirm that you’d be a good candidate, but don’t worry if you can’t. Send the form back to Nashreen Issa at nashreen.issa@itv.com by 7 September 2011.

If we think the Internship could be right for you we might ask you and a few others to come and meet some of our team for a chat so that we can decide who to offer the placement to.
If you require the application form in any other format due to accessibility needs then just let us know.

If you’re offered a 2011 Internship in one of the newsrooms, we’ll agree a start date with you and we’ll pay you the national minimum wage for the duration of the placement.
At the end of the placement, we might ask you to join our diversity panel so that you can continue to contribute to and comment on how we make regional news in your area.

To all Guests, Visitors and Friends of the Nation of Islam,

We would like to say Thank you to all who have given or made pledges for the Uni-Hood Studio – a studio to be dedicated to our Youth for them to express their God given talents.

We need only £86 to meet our goal of £10,000!

Even if you have not made a donation thus far but would like to, all funds are welcome!

Let's put our faith into ACTION!!

Thank you

Francesca Muhammad

The Nation of Islam

Contact us at: unihood4ever@gmail.com

Afrikan Yoga Teacher Pablo Imani will be in Europe from 17 September – 1 November 2011 to deliver some masterclasses and workshops.
If you would like to find out where he will be holding workshops and masterclasses, please contact us 

Please share and pass on to your friend who may be interested thank you.

Peace and Light.

Pablo: Imani
Afrikan Yoga "Reconnect to the source" 


Unverified: Blood Clots and Strokes Circular

You may have received this before, but I think it's worth sending and forwarding!
This may need to be adapted to the countries you live in, but the information is relevant.
I will preface this by saying that if you think you or someone else is having a stroke or heart attack, please don't drive them.  If you call 911, you jump the ER waiting room and get seen right away. If you have a baby aspirin available, take one while you are waiting and tell them you did.  It might be a good idea to keep a bottle handy.  We are all aging and never know when this may come in handy. They make them now with little hearts on them for just this purpose.

Blood  Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator,  the Tongue

STROKE: Remember  the 1st Three Letters.... S. T. R. 


A  neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke  victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the  effects of a stroke...totally. He said  the trick was getting a stroke recognized,  diagnosed, and then getting the patient  medically cared for within 3 hours, which is  tough...


Sometimes symptoms of a  stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately,  the lack of awareness spells disaster. The  stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage  when people nearby fail to recognize the  symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a  bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three  simple questions:

S  *Ask  the individual to SMILE.

T  *
Ask  the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE  (Coherently)

(i.e. It is sunny out  today.)

  *Ask  him or her to RAISE BOTH  ARMS.

If  he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these  tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the  dispatcher.

New  Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your  Tongue

NOTE:  Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the  person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue  is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the  other,  that is  also an indication of a  stroke.

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Pan African Perspective:

Maafa Denial and White Supremacist Apologists

Every now and then an African is born who epitomises many of the values our Ancestors despised in human beings. Maafa apologists that are dishonourable, disrespectful and disloyal. This section is dedicated to the ousting of such treacherous Africans. The ambitious Tory MP Kwasi Kwarteng is one such individual, here is his qualifying 'story'...

Why Britain needs a return to the spirit of Empire... individualism, courage, dauntless ambition and not a hint of victimhood


Kwasi Kwarteng

A sense of deepening crisis hangs over the country. Our national self-confidence has been badly shaken not only by the wave of violence in the inner cities, but also by the continuing struggles of the economy, reflected in crippling debts, the squeeze on living standards and the volatility in the stock market.

It is all a far cry from a century ago, when Britain was indisputably the most powerful nation on earth. Then, we dominated global trade, while London was the financial centre of the world. Above all, Britain ran by far the greatest Empire ever seen...

It is far too simplistic to regard the Empire in an entirely negative light. For the colonial rulers could also be men of enlightenment, decency and restraint, determined to promote the blessings of civilisation, an outlook that was epitomised by the drive to suppress the slave trade in Africa in the 19th century...

What is particularly interesting, in the context of last month’s anarchic rioting, is that the British Empire encouraged so many of the virtues that are entirely missing from the destructive youth culture of our inner-cities, where a cocktail of instant gratification, lack of discipline and welfare dependency has helped to create a mood of aggressive entitlement...

At its best, the Empire was characterised by the concepts of endeavour, courage, leadership and responsibility,

Full Article>>

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Pan African History

Outside Chicago, a Grim Tale of Unearthed Graves

Burr Oak cemetry Dinay washington, Emmett Till

Burr Oak Cemetery where Dinah Washington and Emmett Till were laid to rest

11 July 2009

The first report, that 50 or so graves had been disturbed at the historic Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill. — the final resting place of civil rights icon Emmett Till and singer Dinah Washington — was grotesque. But by week's end, the macabre tally had grown: nearly 300 graves, possibly more, were destroyed in an apparent grave-resale scheme that took in an as-yet-unknown amount of money. Now questions remain as to how this scandal happened and what must be done to prevent a recurrence.

Investigators began piecing together details in late May, when the owner of a burial plot arrived at the administrative office of the cemetery, in the village of Alsip (pop. 18,803), about a half-hour drive south of Chicago. "Someone else is in my loved one's grave," the plot's owner told the cemetery office's attendant, according to authorities. The burial plot's deed didn't match the headstone. The regular manager had recently been relieved of her duties amid allegations of theft, so the attendant began searching for records, only to find that they were missing. Then, according to court documents, a cemetery groundskeeper told administrators that while digging in a remote section of the cemetery covered with weeds and high soil, he'd discovered human remains. The cemetery's administrators called the authorities.

Here is what they've gleaned so far: Over a period of time that remains undetermined, the cemetery manager allegedly took payments, often in cash, from customers who believed they were buying new burial plots. In fact, authorities say, the manager ordered groundskeepers to unearth the coffins that were already buried in these plots. They were placed on trucks and disposed of in a remote section of the cemetery, often referred to as the "dump area," according to court documents. Bones often fell onto the roadway. Other times, groundskeepers would "double stack" human remains within a single, unmarked grave in the secluded part of the cemetery. One employee told investigators that sometimes a new cement liner would be brought to a burial plot and lowered onto the pre-existing one. Then a coffin containing a newly deceased person would be buried there. Markers and headstones were rearranged, not always over the corpses, according to court documents. But to the customers who had purchased the new plots, nothing seemed amiss.

Late Wednesday, investigators grimly announced that at least 50 graves had been disturbed. Four of the cemetery's employees, including its former manager, were swiftly arrested on an assortment of charges, including dismembering a human body. The most obvious motive was simple greed. Space was not an issue: there are still vast stretches of unused land at the cemetery, which opened in the 1950s and is predominantly African American.

In recent days, thousands of people from across the region have arrived at the cemetery, often in the rain, tearfully walking across what is effectively the grimmest of crime scenes. Some wore T shirts bearing the faces of deceased relatives. Others carried funeral pamphlets on which they'd long ago made notations of the spot on the cemetery's grounds they believed their relatives were buried: under an oak tree or along the side of the road.

Among the cemetery's notable inhabitants is Emmett Till, whose 1955 lynching was a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement. Till's remains were exhumed during a 2005 investigation into his death and reburied in another coffin. The original coffin was to be saved for a memorial. Instead, it was found this week in a cemetery garage, surrounded by trash, filled with possums. "For those who did this, take up a casket and crushed it, there remains a very special place in hell for them,"said the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

What lessons should be gleaned from this case? Paramount is the need for regulation that the death industry has fiercely resisted. Tom Dart, sheriff of Cook County, which includes Chicago and Alsip, observes that manicurists and barbers must endure more regulatory hurdles than most cemetery operators, including its managers and groundskeepers. Illinois, like many other states, is empowered to protect only the money that families invest in burial lots — fees intended for cemeteries' long-term maintenance. In many states, there is no single agency, government or independent, that keeps up-to-date records of how many human bodies are buried or cremated on a cemetery's grounds or the names of the buried. It isn't even clear how many plots have been sold at Burr Oak; on Saturday, officials put the figure at roughly 100,000. Many of the records — including maps to eight of the cemetery's 10 sections — appear to have been intentionally destroyed. There is also no standard process of checking the backgrounds of cemetery workers.

The lawsuits that are already mounting against the cemetery's owner, identified in court documents as Perpetua Inc., may stimulate some serious discussion about regulation. But that does nothing to quell the concerns of people who still don't know the whereabouts of their relatives' remains. "There's a strong element of trust you have with cemetery owners," Dart says. "But this case is beyond belief. I've never had anything like it."

Source: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1910036,00.html#ixzz1Wpmsm4lr

Community Events

Poppy Seed Book launch, Showcase & guests

When: Saturday 3rd September 2011, 6.30pm until
Where: Centerprise bookshop & restaurant, 136-138 Kingsland High Street,
London E8 2NS
Adm: £7

Come celebrate the career of Poppy Seed at this well timed book launch. Enjoy mingling with cream of the poetry scene and take in the unmistakable inspiring, thought provoking sounds of Poppy Seed; Performance Poet Extraordinaire, Playwright, & Recoding Artist. The cover charge of £7 is redeemable for your autographed copy of 'Phases Stages & Pages'. Her well established poetry has graced International stages, this occasion puts her so far unseen literary collection of well crafted poetic works into the public arena first the time. This event tracks the journey of a most prolific Spoken Word-Songstress.

Prepare to be delighted; Caribbean food available.

Staring MC Makeda Coaston (Arts & Culture Strategist), Guests include; Barry Dread (silky smooth NuRoots), Gary Cosby (OBE Jazz Jamaican Warrior), FLOetic Lara (UK's Gill Scot), Adisa (King of the Poetry scene), & surprise guests.

For press, International bookings, and further info Contact Poppy Seed Productions at email - pseedpsp@yahoo.co.uk
www.poppyseedmusic.com Phone +44(0)7810356147

OneNess Sankara Releases her Debut Single 'A Colon & A Bracket'

When: Saturday 3rd September 2011, Doors open 5pm
Where: Zenna Bar, 77 Dean Street, London W1D 3SH

OneNess Sankara

Do come and join me at this. I am performing a selection of new material, the debut single 'A Colon & A Bracket' and some of my older favorites. Come and get your fix of song and spoken word at London's Exclusive Cocktail Bar + a surprise guest too!!!.... And after the show is the...Back to Skool Party with DJ Bling & DJ Marian Playing CLASSICS from Soul to Dance and Reggae!

Black Youth Under Attack: A Community Meeting in Tottenham

When: Sunday 4th September 2011, 3:30 pm - 7pm
Where: Broadwater Farm Centre, Adams Rd Tottenham London N17 6HE.

This sunday at Broadwater farm centre, there will be a public meeting starting at 4pm to help address some of the important issues that came up from the recent uprisings in london. We will be having Dr Lez Henry, Twlight Bey, Tevor Hakim, Hilary Mohammed, Danny Brayan, Kwarme Edwards and many more community people who will be attending on the day. please be apart of this unique opportunity. In which south London community groups will be linking with north London community groups to help our young people and the community.
Email: mail@noi.org.uk

Pan-Afrikan People’s Phone-in: An honest people's discussion on Buju Banton.

When: Sunday, 4 September 2011, 2-5pm EST / 7-10pm UK time
Where: www.pascf.org.uk

On air lines: (Phone) – 0208 144 4547; (Skype) - panafrikanpeoplesphonein
We discuss Buju Banton with guests:

Dr. Carolyn Cooper-Head of the Dept. of Literary & Cultural Studies University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica
Brother Aula Sumbry-Chairman NAACP Trenton, New Jersey, Chapter
Sabrina Greene - Freedom fighter, Free Mumia & The Move
Dr.Wolde Amanuel-friend of Buju Banton
Stephanie Black-Film Producer

A number of people have reported that they are having problems connecting with the station. If you have any such troubles please copy and paste the following link into your internet browser:

Screening: Ancestral Voices

Where: The Beethoven Community Centre, Adj to 174K, Third Ave, London W10 4JL
When: 10th September 2011, 6PM
Adm: £5

An educational documentary spanning two continents, opening up a much-needed debate about traditional African spiritual systems; their cosmologies, ideologies and underlying ethical principles.

Modern science no longer refutes the origins of mankind being in Africa and similarities in the cosmological ideologies of African esoteric systems with those found in many established world religions today, suggest that it was not only people that migrated, but also concepts and themes that then provided the bedrock for the formation of other systems of belief. The documentary aims to shed light on a topic shrouded in much mystique, negativity, superstition and ignorance, to allow for informed discourses on the subject without fear of persecution or oppression.

Through video interviews, a range of individuals of different faiths in the United Kingdom share their experiences and knowledge of these esoteric systems and their perceptions of them in light of other established religions and mainstream media coverage of these esoteric systems.

Traditional shaman from the Greater Accra, Eastern and Ashanti regions in Ghana, West Africa, are also interviewed to provide authentic accounts of their cosmologies, practices and esoteric spiritual systems.

“The most informative documentary you are yet to see”
Followed by Q&A and DVD sales.

**Tickets available on the door**
ENQUIRIES: (+44)7944 580 111 / enquiries@longbelly.co.uk

Screening: Jumping the Broom

When: Mon 12th September 6.30-9pm. Prompt start
Where: Kensington Library Theatre. Phillimore Walk, off High St Kensington W87RX. Tube: High Street Kensington
Adm: Tickets £9.00 online only click here

Producer, Bishop T.D. Jakes invites you to the marriage of Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) and Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso, Fast & Furious), who just might be the perfect couple. Unfortunately, their families are a perfect recipe for disaster. Mrs. Watson (Angela Bassett) has an upper-crust sensibility that matches her family's posh estate, where Jason's straight-out-of-Brooklyn mom (Loretta Devine) seems utterly out of place. When the families gather for Jason and Sabrina's wedding, it becomes clear that each side has its traditions...and its secrets. When uptown meets downtown, the truth comes out - and only one question remains. Will this couple endure the hysterical and harrowing trials of love and finally jump the broom

Screening: the Great Debaters

When: Thursday 22nd September 6.30-9pm. Prompt start
Where: Kensington Library Theatre. Phillimore Walk, off High St Kensington W87RX. Tube: High Street Kensington
Adm: Tickets £8.00 online only click here

The Great Debaters is a period drama directed by and starring two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington. Based on a true story, the plot revolves around the efforts of debate coach Melvin B. Tolson (Washington) at historically black Wiley College to place his team on equal footing with whites in the American South during the 1930s, when Jim Crow laws were common and lynch mobs were a pervasive fear for blacks.

The movie also explores Texas during the Great Depression the day-to-day insults African Americans endured and the importance of education,. Also depicted is James L. Farmer, Jr. (Whitaker), who, at 14 years old, was on Wiley's debate team after completing high school (and who later went on to co-found C.O.R.E., the Congress of Racial Equality). Another character depicted on the team, Samantha Booke, is based on the real individual Henrietta Bell Wells, the only female member of the 1930 debate team from Wiley College who participated in the first collegiate interracial debate in the United States. Wells also happened to be a African American poet whose papers are housed at the Library of Congress.
This is a fantastic, educational and inspiring film which never had a cinematic release in this country is presented by www.imagesofblackwomen.com and www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

What is the African contribution to science and inventions past, present and future?

When: Thursday 22nd September 2011, 6:30 - 9pm
Where: The Science Museum's Dana Centre, 165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, London

Mark Richards, Department of Physics, Imperial College London
Leeroy Brown, winner of the Inventor Consumer Award at the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World Awards
Michael Williams, engineer and author of the bestselling book series Black Scientists and Inventors
What is the African contribution to science? Most lay persons, even scientists and historians know very little of the contributions Africans have made in the scientific and inventive arenas. Most scientific books mention nothing or very little at best about the African effort in this area. Come along and hear the speakers at this event explode the myth that Africa and Africans contributed no real value to human development.
Leading scientists, engineers, inventors and African scientists and inventors historian aim to show via presentation, debate and audio visual demonstrations in detail the African contribution pre transatlantic slave trade and colonization of Africa, during slavery, the present contributions by Africans and Africa's role in the 21st Century.

Book early as the last presentation Michael Williams gave at the Dana centre was over subscribed and we intend to make this one even better.
For press queries please contact info@bispublications.com, www.bispublications1.blogspot.com
Event organized by: BIS Publications

Alexandra Galleries Summer Sale

When: Saturday 24 September 2011, 12 - 5pm
Where: Diverse gift shop, 62 Atlantic Road London sw9 8py
Adm: Free, great bargains!

Community Media

A full list of community radio programmes is available from;

Breakfast with Bonsu

When: Monday - Friday, 7am - 10am
Where: Colourful Radio, DAB, Internet, Sky

Best known as the man axed by BBC London for being “too intellectual”, Oxford graduate Henry has been a journalist since 1990, working as a staff researcher and producer on BBC radio and TV programmes like Today, World at One, Public Eye, and Black Britain. He became a freelance journalist and broadcaster in 1997, anchoring several programmes on BBC London 94.9FM, including Breakfast, Lunchtime, and Drivetime, interviewing leading politicians, businesspeople and a range of London personalities. Henry was also a popular panellist on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, and has appeared as a news commentator on Radio 5 Live and Sky News for several years.

Shoot The Messenger

When: Every Sunday, 1pm
Where: SKY 218 - TV

Shoot the Messenger is an hour of passionate debate about issues that matter to Africans at home and abroad. Join Henry Bonsu and his panel of very special guests as they navigate through the weekly paper review, the big stories of the week, books, events, as well as plenty of arts and culture! STM is produced by Juanne Fuller.


Pan-Afrikan People’s Phone-in

When: Every Sunday - 7-10pm
Where: Internet

Grimz: Genesis Community Unity Platform (G.C.U.P)

When: Every Alternative Sunday, 10pm - 12am
Where: 91.6FM, Internet www.genesisradio.co.uk


Kwaku: British Black Music

When: Every Monday 11am-2pm

Africa Speaks with Sister Ekua (Aka Esther Stanford-Xosei)

When: Every Wednesday, 8-10 pm BST 

Where: Voice of Africa Radio (VOAR) 94 FM, Internet

Phone: + 44 (0) 208 180 2523   or + (44) (0)7961573 883  
Text phone: + (44) (0)7904 899 195


Mashufaa Classes


Spirit Of A Warrior

Date: Every Week
Adm: 1st lesson is free.  Thereafter, £4.50 per lesson.  Members £2.00 per lesson

Mashufaa is a martial are created for the mental, physical and spiritual upliftment of a generation of people who have become detached from themselves! Mashufaa is about living a life with light through the sweat of training.  Sweat lets you know you are alive.

Remember Mind, Body and Spirit are one.  Train to live and live to train. Mashufaa Classes will take place from at The Albany Theatre (Plum Room) nearest Rail: Deptford or DLR Deptford Bridge.

Monday and Fridays*
Time: 7 - 9:30pm
Venue: Lord Morrison Hall, Chestnut Grove (off Scales Rd), Tottenham, London N17 9ET
Travel: Tube: Seven Sisters (Victoria Line), Tottenham Hale / Rail: Bruce Grove
/ Buses: 243, 341, 149, 259,279

*Adults and Children
with the children's classes, We encourage learning through positive encouragement and use games and skills to reinforce the martial arts techniques that they learn.

Time: 7 - 9 pm
Venue: The Plum Room, The Albany Theatre/Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tube: New Cross
/ Rail: Deptford Station / Buses: 53, 453, 177

Website: http://www.mashufaa.co.uk

For further details please contact us on: 020 8808 7547 / 07956 337 391 or, via email on: info@mashufaa.co.uk

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About Ligali

Revolutionary Pan Africanism Working

Nyansapo - In service to our family, with the spirit of our Ancestors

LIGALI is a Pan African, human rights organisation. It is maintained and funded entirely by friends and family of the Ligali organisation, donations are welcome as we need your help to keep it running.


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NYANSAPO is the name of one of the many Adinkra symbols in Akan culture, it is a knot that is so intricately tied it is said that, “only the wise can untie the wisdom knot”. This ebe (proverb) points to the fact that only wisdom affords one the ability to see parts in relation to the whole within which they belong. Wisdom breeds patience, and the insight needed to untangle complex issues and arrive at just solutions grounded in divine order without profaning Ancestral culture in the process.

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