CALL TO ACTION 

  

“Call To Action” from the North Philly Peace Park Director of Community Outreach Pili X

We (North Philly Peace Park) take extreme pride in being part of the growing agricultural community that’s sparking a do it yourself green revolution in cities around the U.S

Their are some who wish to discredit, take away, and down play the tremendous work done over the past 3 ½-4 yrs. Our work in North Philadelphia included Bringing in a energetic and unprecedented Urban Farming program, vibrant Schoolhouse using dynamic EarthShip technology, Indefatigable community/institution building via 3 different Festivals that will now run annually. All this in one of the poorest and crime plagued Areas in the city of Philadelphia was no easy task. This work has captured the hearts and minds of the masses and also tons of mass media outlets and publications.
 
It was made possible from our mighty and courageous staff, ready and willing volunteers, the brilliant children and youth,determined Sharswood community members, and solidarity from all of our supporters.

We may have changed locations but don’t believe the hype about us being destroyed. We are still on the land. In fact our view is that anywhere and everywhere that there is a vacant lot or open land there is a peace park waiting to be built. 

We ask of those who share our interest for a better community, city, state, nation, and world. To join us on the land. Those who want organic fresh food for all people, those who want a better educational system and curriculum, those who want community safe spaces to gather. To join us on the land.

Thorough our wholehearted actions in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Sharswood we’ve been able to usher in a popular direct action based movement focusing on Land Rights, local democracy, food security, and community controlled schools. This work is far from finished and in a way just getting started.  

This is a call to action. We challenge all of our friends, family, colleagues, and associates to join us. on the land starting with the

Sharswood Neighborhood Assembly

Saturday February 13th, 2016 

Noon-2pm 

Free Library of Philadelphia-Cecil B Moore Branch 

2320 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19121 

Sponsored by the North Philly Peace Park 

and the The Hip Hop Party for the People

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HHPP Justice or Else! Statement. Special Message to the Black Community

HHPP Justice or Else! Statement Special Message to the Black Community 

 

  
The Hip-Hop Party for the People (HHPP) supports the call of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the Nation Of Islam, and the Millions of Black and oppressed people across the United States and around the world demanding Justice or Else!. 
We encourage all Black organizations, activists, artists, and people of all walks of life to make your way to DC on 10-10-15 for Justice Or Else! a gathering marking the 20th anniversary of the historic Million Man March. 

Many of us were too young to attend the Million Man March in 1995 and even when the Millions More Movement came in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many of us who attended didn’t fully grasp the full significance of the movement.

20 years after the Million Man March and 10 years after the Millions More Movement, with racist police occupation, gentrification, massive

unemployment, mass incarceration, and white fascist mob attacks increasing we now find the current state of America and the Black Nation worst than ever. 
We are now at a time where once again the African-American people must unite and put its collective national interest and identity in the forefront of our agenda. The differences we have as a people are real but they dwarf in the face of the multi-pronged attack we face from our oppressor. African Americans must now look to build the broadest path to a National united front. A united front where our differences are put aside to focus on over-arching common goals and interests. 

  
Because of ideological and political weakness and the legacy of COINTELPRO we often find ourselves debating, splitting, and fighting each other over everything under the sun. But now we must commit ourselves to the struggle for unity in our revolutionary democratic national struggle which will become ever so more central in the American political arena in the foreseeable future.

 
The call for Justice Or Else! is both appropriate and timely and has been widely and greatly welcomed amongst the HipHop community. We know that HipHop culture is loved and followed all over the world. Our HipHop artists are a most influential force in the world and we salute the efforts by Minister Farrakhan to reach out to this important group. 

To have some of HipHop’s most impactful and popular artists like Rick Ross, Young Thug, Migos, The Game, and others in support and having a major corporate television network like Black Entertainment Television (BET) push their annual music awards show back a few days so that it won’t effect the Justice Or Else! March, shows just how important this gathering will be. 

Marches, Rallies and protests alone, however large and militant, will not bring the desired ultimate change. The Hip-Hop Party for the People believes that true change will come mainly as a result of the day to day struggle of oppressed people to control the institutions within their own communities. However, marches, rallies and protests are a necessary and legitimate tactic to raise awareness and to serve as opportunities to network and organize. Justice or Else! provides such an excellent opportunity. We salute the countless grassroots organizers around the country for their hard work in making this gathering possible. 

See you all in D.C! 
For more info about the HHPP click here HHPP 6 Focus Areas 

BLACK MEN IN DEFENSE OF BLACK WOMANHOOD

Coming down off the high from a performance Friday July 24th that I dedicated to Sandra Bland and other black women who have been victims of police terror where i performed my song “Cant Leave The Night“, I joined Comrades, friends, family for the Say Her Name demonstration called by black men in defense of black womanhood.

The demo started and ended with black women and men united. That’s a fact that the mainstream white news outlets haven’t mentioned and won’t mention. Peace to the Philadelphia Tribune for their perspective and highlighting positives from the day and Sandra Blands case. Other media outlets seem to only highlight the escalation of the day. They used the confusion, nastiness and downright tomfoolery that went on later in the rally to sell and grow distribution of their publications. In this sensational articles Nothing was said about our sister Sandra Bland and our people’s fight against police terror.

The spirit in which the demonstration was called was in nothing but the best intentions. Yes it was called by black men with the help of black women. Some feel as though black men have no right to organize and stand up for black women. Who are the authorities that made this law? The idea of black men actually standing up to “Say Her Name” came from us hearing our black women comrades speak to the fact of black men not being present or as proactive when it comes to the murder of Black Women by law enforcement. This is a critique we share and hoped to break from. It’s funny that we are now seen as the actual enemy by some of these same black women.

The forces which were a minority (3-5 people) that hijacked the demonstration temporarily wished to put on a show for the white media by causing chaos, disunity, and splitting the crowd by taking the focus off of Sandra Bland, other black women, and the police state which murders and abuses black women and all oppressed people instead turning it Into a hackneyed “black men versus black women” debate and of course the media took the bait. The police present to spy on the rally were all smiles. The thought of security also comes to mind because of the nature of this work. At any giving time we all could have been attacked by police, beaten, and arrested, possibly even killed.

Making the black men who organized the demonstration with the help of black women the Villain and enemy was reactionary and counterrevolutionary. These same forces who say they are for black liberation acted more like agents of white supremacy and self-hatred.

Instead of attacking, confronting, and breaking down the racist and reactionary white male patriarchal system that have been oppressing black people for hundreds of years they took the platform to attack black men in general and community activists such as Tommy Joshua, Paul Frosty Jackson and others.

For those who know me and other black men involved,  its disappointing to see shots taken on social media  from reading articles without even reaching out to us first. Knowing that the white media will use the platform to cause confusion and disunity.

Such actions have very little to do with black liberation or revolutionary politics but objectively serves the interests of the pigs who want nothing else but for black activists to fight each other and beef. In fact Monday’s disruption is completely disrespect to the memory of Sandra and is very damaging to the efforts of all genuine black feminist, womanist and LGBTQ comrades who have been actively educating and organizing for black liberation. More than ever all black people must work out there contradictions and unite against the forces of white supremacy, capitalism and the racist-sexist police state.

I also noticed how white allies in attendance supported such actions while black women in pacific masses in general were turned off by them

At the end of the day over two dozen new contacts were made with people who are ready and willing to donate and sacrifice time to do work in our communities. The masses who see past the division-ism and opportunistic actions of a few.

Tuesday July 28th  a meeting was held called by sister Adwoa who was at the demonstration and seen the entire thing unfold.

In the meeting the things that happen was discussed but more importantly solutions and projects. Black women and black  men were both in attendance The outcome is a new movement called “Sandy Still Speaks” which goes to that no matter the reactionary and unprincipled  actions of a few backed by a powerful racist white media, a revolutionary objective can not be detailed nor obstructed. The group will be calling more demonstrations and also calling meetings for black women and men to have these very conversations about issues raised in black spaces.

Message To The Activist

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There are several terms that I once identified myself as and with but now due to the overwhelming amount of people who call them selfs conscious, intellectual, and activist, revolutionary.

That are looking to further their careers. And don’t really care to do the work/not doing work at all, that is required and that comes with those titles. I try not to label myself in those fields any more.

I still relate to them all but I rather let the work I do speak for it self. The work speaks volumes and from engaging with thousands of people it
gives every day working class people a better understanding of what I stand for as opposed to the labels or ideology.

“People don’t care what you know, until they know how much you care”
People who call and label them self as conscious, intellectual, activist, feminist etc. And want to use their skills to better the community and uplift others. Love to engage in conversation online, love sitting on panels and lectures, love sitting in study groups with a-a likes. Which is all good but a certain level of practice and work has to be put in on a basic level also.

The work and practice is what many are missing. I think many love the titles and the attention they get with it but don’t have the drive to put in the time and energy to practicing and working.

In my opinion black activist, conscious people, revolutionaries have to step it up. Too often we talk about the things that need to be done and say “We got a lot of work to do” but when concrete work is being carried out we disappear and don’t support. We have to learn how to support each other’s projects and causes in a timely manner. And lastly stop finding every reason not to work with each other and build a untied front/coalition in order to carry out mass work. The time spent debating and disagreeing can be spent on real work. Letting differences in ideology stop you from working with other groups is problematic. The solution won’t come from just one focus area but many areas of focus.

Raptivist Celebrates Hip-Hop’s 40th with Parade up Philly’s Longest Street

This article is from techbookonline and was written by By Christopher “Flood the Drummer”® Norris

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“Coinciding with the week-long celebrations marking the 40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop, The Hip Hop Party for the People presented their 2nd Annual Philly Stand Up! Parade.”

The culture of hip-hop this week has been celebrated across the country, with last Sunday marking the 40th anniversary of the day Clive “Kool Herc” Campbell held his historic Back-to-School Jam in the South Bronx. While many marked the occasion with parties – including “Kool Herc” himself who hosted a gathering in New York’s Central Park last Saturday – The Hip Hop Party for the People in Philadelphia this morning paid tribute to the global culture with a parade up Philly’s longest street.

One of six (6) founders of the political party that uses the culture of hip-hop to engage young people in politics is Raptivist Pili X. A former assistant teacher at South Philadelphia High School, X says the organization was birthed from the desire of local activists, artists, school teachers, and mentors wanting to affect change in the city’s political system.

“We all realized that after all these years of activism we never really utilized the political system and leveraged our collective vote, OUR political power,” says X, a former City Council Candidate who ran as an independent.

X claims “Let’s Get Free,” the 2000 debut album of Dead Prez is responsible not only for his love of hip-hop, but is commitment to community activism.

“Once I heard that album and the things they were talking about I wanted to be an artist.”

X says he doesn’t balance his career as a hip-hop artist and an activist; instead he blends the reality of the two into a unique brand that is relatable in both sectors of society.

“People who know me in the hip-hop world know me as activists and vice-versa. Other artists try and separate their political beliefs and efforts from their mainstream career because they’re afraid it will tarnish their brand, for me it only illuminates it and helps me stand out from the crowd.”

X rejects the idea that hip-hop is dead and say “it all depends on what you listen to.” He says Philly in particular has great hip-hop artist and recommends listening to STS, Chill Moody and himself.

X says that what they’re doing with Philly Stand Up! – which was founded after Mayor Michael Nutter and the City implemented the controversial curfew laws – is revolutionary and he’ll continue to use hip-hop to engage more of the city’s young people, with hopes of one day scaling the Millennial-led movement and it’s parade to be as big as the Thanksgiving and Christmas Day parade

 

HipHop Gives Back Interview

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To counter the attacks and criticisms of HipHop I wanted to do something showing people that there is more to HipHop, Than what we are fed by the mainstream. With the recent controversy around lyrics from Lil Wanye about Emmett Till and Rape lyrics from Rick Ross has put the HipHop culture and community in the spot light but not in a positive manner.
I interviewed a HipHop based organization. To show that HipHop is alive, doing well, and making a positive difference, impact and change in the world. Here’s the Interview with Konata J Director Hip Hop Gives Back

PX: What is HipHop Gives Back?

KJ: There are two components that make up Hip Hop Gives Back.

HipHopGivesBack.org is our non profit foundation that is dedicated to investing into the lives of individuals and their communities by offering services and programs that will impact current and future generations through fundraising, awareness, mentorship, and education under our F.A.M.E. pillars. We lead these programs and initiatives throughout the year that provide us and our partners with the opportunity of “Giving Back and Building Up”.

HipHopGivesBack.com is the site that works in conjunction of our non-profit that highlights the positive aspects of the Hip Hop culture. A majority of the time the negative occurrences in Hip Hop are what gets promoted by mainstream media and other outlets and the positive news gets neglected. We choose to do the opposite by providing awareness of positive news and events and by highlighting artists, entertainers, athletes, activitsts, community organizers that are a part of Hip Hop, companies and entities of the culture that give back to people and communities. We are the “Home of Hip Hop’s Humanitarians”.

PX: I was on your website and seen a good number of health related articles. Why is health something that HHGB feels is important for people to know about?

KJ: Hip Hop Gives Back recently initiated our first annual Hip Hop Health Awareness Month for the month of April. One of Hip Hop’s founding pillars was to help and uplift the community. Raising awareness about the variety of health issues that affect members of the Hip-Hop community and their fans and supporters may lead to cures, treatments or at the least provide inspiration for those who may have the same health issue as the people that are highlighted on the site. The health stories we highlight serve to provide education and to let the readersknow how members of the Hip Hop community have been affected directly by the various ailments. Their story on how they battled, persevered, overcame or in some cases sadly, succumbed to the illness they were dealing with. We provide links for to find more information about each health topic that is covered and discussed.

PX: I recently had a conversation with a woman who said Hip Hop is all Misogyny, glorifying drug dealing, killing. Do you have any solutions to breaking the negative reinforcements and stereotypes of HipHop?

KJ: One of the ways we can start to move toward change is by supporting artists and projects that make music contrary to the subjects she spoke of. Hip Hop music today is presented in various forms that include speaking life, spreading love, upliftment, celebration and knowledge of self and community. These are the content of the songs that can be supported and requested to represent the true and balanced story of what Hip Hop music will be presented to the masses. This subject matter has always been around in Hip Hop and we are currently in an avant garde music subject shift in which lyrical content and varying subject matter is being moved to the forefront. I’m not naive to believe that misogyny, drug dealing or other heinous topics will stop being the subject of all Hip Hop songs but the balance is what is needed ASAP!

PX: Is America Ready for a HipHop Party? (A Hiphop political party, just like you have the dems, repubs, tea party, Green Party)

KJ: Now more than ever its essential for the fans, supporters and members of the Hip Hop community to organize and focus our voice and voting power. The number of issues that affect us all continues to increase day after day and our needs are not being met sufficiently. Hip Hop’s impact can be felt from pop culture,to the effect on economies throughour buying power, to federal and state laws, to science and technology. The Hip Hop community has the ability to influence the presidential election as we’ve seen in voter turnout for the last 3 elections but more importantly for local and state elections. This is where the focus needs to be placed where immediate results can be seen and change and growth can continue. I’d like to introduce an idea to work with Hip Hop Gives Back, The Hip Hop Party, #HipHopEd, 99 Problems.org, RapSessions and a several other key organizations and contributors to harness and mobilize the Hip Hop voice to have our shared agenda addressed.

PX: Any current or future projects that we should look out for?

KJ: Definitely, we are proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2nd Annual Black Man Can Awards (#BMCAwards) which recognizes the accomplishments within the community and professional arenas, the awards will honor black men and boys in more than 12 categories who embody the definition of a positive black male. We also have mentoring and speaking engagements on-going throughout the year, our quarterly volunteer clean-up initiative in Atlanta and this December we return with our flagship event, the Battle Of The Charities 5 on 5 Basketball tournament in which one charity will receive over $1500 in prize money.

PX: How can people get involved wit HHGB?

KJ: You can submit stories, events or news of the Hip Hop community giving back on Contact Us form that is at the bottom of the home page of www.hiphopgivesback.com

To donate funds to our Non-Profit Foundation – HipHopGivesBack.Orgvisit
http://hiphopgivesback.com/donate

We’re always accepting applications for volunteers in a variety of roles. The submission form can be found at
http://hiphopgivesback.org/volunteer/

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Gun Talk In America

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Gun Talk in America
The tragic lost of life that we are seeing in our communities has become the norm in America. Today not only do we see the violence from guns in black & brown communities but also in the white ones. The gun violence in urban cities like Philly and Chicago that white America hasn’t experienced has hit. And it doesn’t seem like its going to just disappear.

The headlines of mass killings that are televised and printed through out the media. Makes people feel a need to have better security. Which in turn actually raise gun sales. Rather it be legally or illegal. I see people tweet about the issue of gun violence being a major factor in black & brown neighborhoods for decades but has never really gotten the attention of the government to change laws or come up with new ones to better the situation. Until recently when these attacks with guns have hit the white communities.

Gun safety, gun control, gun reform, gun legislation. Why has America waited so long to lobby and protest for these? Why wasn’t it a issue when we only saw these types of things happing in black & brown Communities? America not caring for the victims of gun violence in black and brown communities. Might be one of the those answers. What ever the case is America as an whole has a problem, a gun problem. That needs to be solved. As to how and when it will be solved is still to be determined.
Lawmakers recently voted no on a bill that would reduce gun violence. Which isn’t a good sign for those that are really pushing for gun control

The Hip Hop Party for the People will be hosting our next panel that is apart of our event series The Political Hot Spot it will be at the end of May the topic is “Gun Talk” the panel will feature various points of views on the issue/crisis of guns and gun violence that America is facing right now. The Political Hot Spot is a political education forum for the community to have open dialogue on social issues in education, art, politics, culture, current events.

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