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Written By: Kaliym Shabazz
Edited By: M. Nikkie Victorious
With the historic 2012 presidential election completed and recorded in the books as a big win for the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, what is the next step forward for progressive people seeking mass change and improved socio-economic levels of life in today’s America? This is the question on the minds of all the people who put trust into a president who is seen by many as a savior of an underclass, yet one that has failed to fully connect with a struggling populace in terms of elevating it from the stagnant status quo of contemporary America.
Let’s face it, many in the world’s richest nation are moving towards a PERMANENT UNDERCLASS status. Unemployment in the African-American community is topping out at 14.3%, almost twice the national average of 7.9%. Hispanics hover around 10% also alarming, at a disproportionally high average. These numbers are unacceptable in communities long seeking to share in the American dream of economic progress and prosperity.
No doubt, on election night 2012, the black voters turned out in force with a 93% loyalty rate to bolster the Obama campaign, but will they get more bang for the buck? If not, how will they hold the administration accountable? Hispanics, who are often coupled with Blacks statistically in categories of detriment, have overwhelmingly supported the campaign at a 71% clip. They have many quality of life issues presently, and must keep a close eye on Washington to ensure promises are being kept and progress is being made. The hip hop generation is often times represented by the youth in an 18-29% demographic, making up a growing 19% of the electoral that supported Obama’s 60% figure. What are the expectations of this populace, and what is the outcome of more broken promises of a system that has failed them in the past.
NO question, the demographics of a nation is being changed progressively. Asians, who hold the lowest unemployment rate of only 4.9%, well below the national average, gave the president 73% approve in the ballot box, thus serving as the second largest ethnicity to back the historic campaign. This figure seemed to shatter the republican challenger Mitt Romney’s ascertain that Obama was put in office by a populace of false entitlement. The evidence suggests that it was a coalition of groups, including women who came together to challenge the hold on Washington politics and sustain the administration for four more years. The people united to prove the power of diversity in a nation. This new found power must be utilized to progress the nation forwards or it becomes another wasted effort in the people quest for freedom, justice and prosperity.
The HIP HOP PARTY has recognized the power of a focused, united people, and has a new vision of inclusion in the decision making proceedings for the choices that seriously affect our people. THE HIP HOP PARTY is working towards releasing the 2 party strangle hold that stagnates the political process on all levels. Issues that affect us as a culture can no longer be ignored. November 6th 2012 proved that a unified people with a vision can be victorious. Step by step, people are moving towards a new imagery of an American mainstream. In reality, a changing electorate should bring a change in the conditions people face, as different wants and needs are addressed. THE HIP HOP PARTY has noticed the opportunity to capitalize on contemporary demographic. Now, not only the nation’s many ethnicities, but the hip hop nation as a whole has matured enough to have a seat at the table of power.
Hip hop is generating mega dollars and attention in the worlds of entertainment and fashion, effects the way people sing, dance, act, speak, dress and now even the way people vote. Hip hop has a long history of registering people to vote outside our culture, but now the time has come for us to do for self. How many are tired of waiting for another man to be doing what we should be doing for ourselves. THE HIP HOP PARTY has taken the reigns into our own hands to address the issues that affect our community. Having had the experience of running candidates such as Pili X for the office of city council as a write in, for the 2011 elections in Philadelphia. The HHPP Is now looking to expand on that experience. Moving from a grassroots level and building alliances with likeminded people in order to build a “coalition of the heart” which cuts across race, gender, sexuality, religion, class, nationality or any other division which separates the people from working together for the common good of us all. The HIP HOP PARTY, just like the culture as a whole, is uniting people for the benefit of all. Concentrating on 6 areas of focus to tackle the problems afflicting our communities, THE HIP HOP PARTY is moving in a new direction in a new era of political awareness in this nation and around the world. Mobilizing and educating people so that no longer will we the people be intimidated by the political process as we have become part of that process, bringing the we the people ideal of the constitution to life.
Being aware of the hard work and commitment that is required to become successful in the political arena the members of the hip hop party have established regular political workshops at 652 Ridge avenue, in the city of Philadelphia, where all are welcome to partake in the process to make a change in the community. This is the foundation of a movement formed with the intent of educating the youth, empowering the community, housing the homeless, bridging the unemployed towards jobs, bringing the reforms needed to keep that American dream alive for many without true vision and hope. Together in the spirit of unity and co-operation we can achieve God willing what many thought was impossible. Join us in building a better tomorrow, it is time to give back and get what is really ours.
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Written By: Kaliym Shabazz
Edited By: M. Nikkie Victorious