It is the Mission of Occupy The Hood (in solidarity with Occupy Wall St) to get POC more involved in the Occupy Movement
Occupy The Hood is an autonomous national grassroots movement comprised of activists, organizers and community members working with like-minded individuals and organizations across the US and standing in solidarity with any progressive organization or movement who desires and works towards the liberation, benefit and improvement of the quality of life of disenfranchised People of Color.
Occupy The Hood Boston is officially active in the following Cities:
Pittsburgh, Seattle, Philly, Atlanta, Tacoma, Dallas, Nola, Cincinnati, Portland, Detroit, St. Louis, NY, Cleveland, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston………
From Occupation to Liberation, De-Colonize, Empower The Hood.
People of Color, and in particular Black, Brown and Native/Indigenous People, have been disproportionately affected by the issues that the Occupy Movement has recently raised. It has been said that “Black People are on the bottom of every list that is good, and on the top of every list that is bad”
* Black unemployment is almost double the national average and in many cities/states is triple and quadruple. Unemployment rates nationally for specific groups such as Black Men and Black Teenagers are even more glaring.
USA Unemployment = 9.1% Black Unemployment = 16.2 % Black males = 17.5% Black teens almost 41%
*Black and Latino incarceration rates
Black man = 1 in 3 (32%) Latino man = 1 in 6 (17%) White man has = 1 in 17 (5.9%)
It costs $35-50,000 annually (varies state/federal) to incarcerate
OTH seeks to present solutions to our collective problems and effect changes in policy that will improve our condition.
OTH is relying on methods of organization that have been going on prior to the origin of the Occupy Movement in the realization that we must craft a movement that uniquely and directly speaks to the issues of People of Color. Occupy The Hood looks forward to see what develops from the Occupy Movement. Occupy The Hood will work to re-establish a goal based National Black Agenda combining new energy with pre-existing efforts.
Occupy The Hood will work to address many critical issues affecting our communities:
Mass Incarceration, Unemployment/Under-Employment, Homelessness, Health Care Disparities, Educational Disparities, Poverty, Food Deserts, Community Development, Economic Development, Police Brutality, Entrepreneurship, Gender-Specific Programs, Youth Programs, Reparations, Political Prisoners, School to Prison pipeline, Environmental Justice, Violence/Murders, Guns, Housing/Foreclosures, Racial Profiling, Civic Engagement, Racism/Discrimination/White Supremacy/White Privilege…………………..
Occupy The Hood recognizes previous movements and efforts by People of Color for Liberation:
Civil Rights Movement, Black Power Movement, Poor Peoples Campaign, March on Washington and Million Man March, the “Arab Spring Revolt” etc……………
Occupy The Hood recognizes the tremendous sacrifice and individual revolutionary examples of:
Martin Luther King jr., Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Louis Farrakhan, Elijah Muhammad, Black Panthers, Kwame Nkrumah, Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), etc……………
Occupy The Hood acknowledges the philosophies and ideologies of:
Afrocentricity, Black Nationalism, Pan-Afrikanism, Liberation Theology, etc………………….
Occupy The Hood recognizes the holocausts and genocides of our People:
-The Native/Indigenous Holocaust; Jamestown, VA., Plymouth, MA., etc.
-Colombus’ assault on the Caribbean; W. Indies, Central, South, Latin America
-The African Holocaust; Trans-Atlantic Slave trade (MAAFA) and Slavery in America, etc.
-Jim Crow & Over 5000 Lynchings in America, Black Wall Street, etc………..
-African genocides stimulated by the theft of natural resources (Gold, Diamonds, Oil) and fueled by US and European interests
-The Colonization of our people by: England, France, Spain, Portugal, The Dutch, etc.