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 

North Philly Peace Park Conscious BBQ 2015

Our open mass revolutionary experiment with community controlled Permaculture, radical education and fence free urban farming was momentarily disrupted this season, but we’re gearing up for a tremendous 2016. We need all hands on deck as we stand with our fellow citizens and challenge the powerful vested interests to transform the face of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. Come help us to REBUILD FARMLIFE.

Gender & Nationalism in #BlackLivesMatter

By DARASIA ALAADE originally posted on https://dawtaofthedust.wordpress.com/

On Monday, July 27 there was a demonstration in my hometown Philly in honor of Sandra Bland and other Black women who have died at the hands of police. This #SayHerName demonstration was organized by “Black Men in Defense of Black Womanhood.”
I had every intention of getting to the protest a little after 4, which was the start time. However, after missing a day of work to attend the Movement for Black Lives National Convening in Cleveland, the catching-up I needed to do had me leaving work a half hour before the rally ended. I darted out the door, texting folks to let them know I was coming.
“Can you talk?” This was the response I got from one of the sistas I knew was at the demonstration.
Uh-oh.
I called her. “Yeah…there is a situation down here. How far are you?”
At this point I was about 10 minutes away, but traffic was good so I made it in 5.
When I got to the Clothespin, it was clear that something had gone awry. This article describes what happened at the demonstration so there is no need for me to give a full rundown but, basically, there were Black women at the demonstration who shared publicly that they didn’t appreciate that brothas were taking over Black women’s space, that they shouldn’t be speaking at a #SayHerName demonstration, that Black women did not need Black men to defend them, to think otherwise was rooted in sexism and patriarchy, and some of the Black men present were guilty of sexism.
This situation occured before I got there and the women who made these proclamations had already left the scene. However, the energy was still very tense, with many people feeling unsure of how to proceed. “This was an argument, a schism, between the nationalists and the feminists,” one of the female activists present stated. Eventually, we were all able to circle-up, air some grievances, and then hug each other in solidarity and unity. So it all ended on a positive, though somewhat shaky, note.
There were a few things that really bothered me about what happened and reading the article I posted brought it all back to me. As a Black nationalist who is also a a feminist, I find myself often explaining what revolutionary nationalism is and what feminism is to people against a background of false knowledge, stereotypes, and genuinely negative experiences with both nationalism and feminism. And the situation that occurred two days ago, at a demonstration meant to honor Black women, was one of the worst examples of “feminist” thought and practice; in fact, I don’t even want to call it feminism.
For one, Black men and women are in this together. This understanding should always been our Ground Zero, our starting place, the core from which we live and breathe and organize. Black women and Black men should condemn sexism but we have to learn to do this from a space of love and unified struggle. This does not mean that we should allow ourselves to be abused or to suffer but each of us has a ton of work we need to do in the transformation of our consciousness, and understanding this should help open ourselves to be patient and understanding with our comrades. We all have to grow in this together.
Secondly, I have heard Black women complain that when Black men are killed by police or vigilantes, both Black women and men organize around their cases but when Black women are killed by police or vigilantes, only Black women (and sometimes fewer Black women) organize around their cases. So when we have Black men who are intentional about remembering Black women who were killed, why would we close them down and shut them out? The article quotes one woman as saying,”We have been in the forefront of protecting not just Black women, but also Black men. We were on the forefront when Trayvon Martin was killed, when Michael Brown was killed, when Tamir Rice was killed. So, now we’re asking for our brothers, our Black men, to do the same thing in return…” Isn’t that what happened? In this case, didn’t Black men do just that, jump up to protect Black women as we have done for Black men countless times?
Third, some of what was said suggests that fighting for Black women and honoring Black women should be work that is exclusive to women. The organizer interviewed for the article said, “I’m extremely troubled by the fact that we say we are having a #SayHerName demonstration and brothers are speaking…It’s men taking over spaces that are reserved for women.” This is downright craziness. Yes, some spaces should be intentionally led by sistas. But this rally was not meant to be female-only space, or that would have been stated. Not only that, one of my homegirls hosted the demonstration and said she was practically pleading for Black women to come and speak. So when the brother started speaking it was only after space was made for women to speak.
Finally, nationalism is not inherently sexist or patriarchal. Sure, you have men who claim to be nationalists who think that Black women’s role in movement is to be barefoot and pregnant. But revolutionary Black nationalism states that Black people in the US are one nation, that we need land (Malcolm X said the land is the basis of all independence), and that our struggle for self-determination is linked to the global struggle for African liberation. Black nationalism doesn’t mean Black male-centric. Queen Mother Moore is one of the founders of the Republic of New Afrika, which is based in Black nationalism.
We have to do better. We have to treat each other better. We have to learn when, where, and how to address issues in a way that will bring clarity instead of alienation. As the Combahee River Collective Statement says, “We struggle together with Black men against racism, while we also struggle with Black men about sexism.” Black feminists are with Black men, not against them.

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.

Philly Peace Park in limbo, PHA delays demolition in Sharswood

This article was originally posted on ALDIANEWS.COM  June 2, 2015 written by Max Marin.

 It has been six weeks since the Philly Peace Park, a grassroots community and garden space in the Sharswood neighborhood, had the “park” stripped from their name.

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) erected a fence around the Peace Park, reclaiming the long-neglected parcels of land. The move came as part of a $500 million redevelopment project that affects the Blumberg housing project and the surrounding area.
PHA’s work was supposed to begin this summer. But now, demolition plans on the two Blumberg towers have been pushed back to September.
Meanwhile, negotiations about a land exchange remain in limbo.
While not legally required to do so, PHA has offered legal ownership of two parcels of land near 22nd and Jefferson Streets in return for taking the Peace Park that community members had been cultivating for the past four years.
But Amia Jackson, the Peace Park’s garden director, says they have still not received a contract, and it’s unclear if the plots they’ve been given are suitable for greening. PHA confirmed that the two groups are still in negotiations.
After PHA fenced off the original park at 2400 Bolton St., Jackson and other garden volunteers moved the freshly planted seeds to the new garden space just a few blocks away. But older residents told them there used to be an auto garage where the new garden proposed to be. Jackson stalled planting and sent soil to be tested for lead content at Penn State University.
“We’re kind of in this weird place where we’re trying to mobilize people for if we get the green light, but at the same time, we don’t want to invest too much time and end up not being able to garden there at all,” Jackson said.
Soil remediation isn’t cheap. If the lead levels are unsafe, Jackson says they will “cross that bridge when they get to it.” But PHA has made it clear that will not financially reimburse the Peace Park for any of its costs incurred over the years.
“Unfortunately the Peace Park conducted operations without PHA’s permission,” PHA Communications Manager Glynnis Richard told AL DÍA. “Therefore under the federal Uniform Relocation Act they are not permitted to receive relocation benefits.”
PHA did not say whether it would offer a more suitable plot of land for gardening should the soil be unfit to grow.
Meanwhile, the original Peace Park remains partially fenced off. What perennial crops Jackson couldn’t move have come and gone. Weeds took over the onions and the asparagus. All of the collard greens and kale have gone to seed.
Luckily, the Brewerytown Garden at 27th and Master has donated three plots to the Peace Park so that they can continue their food distribution network throughout the summer. They are growing “what the people really wanted,” Jackson says: tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, okra, and collard greens.
More information will be available next week about the plan to transition Blumberg housing project residents to a new location.
“There’s not a lot of communication,” Jackson said. “Different organizers are hearing different things from different people. That’s how it was at the Peace Park, too.”

A Hidden Gem in North Philly

If you haven’t heard of the North Philly Peace Park, then you are missing the story of a hidden gem in the Sharswood community of Philadelphia. The NPPP is directly in front of the Blumberg Projects in N. Philly. Close to Girard College and the newly closed-down Vaux High School. Residents of this community started this garden and learning center three and a half years ago on land that stood vacant for many years.

Long time resident Tommy Joshua spearheaded the idea to create a place where residents would have access to free vegetables and herbs, as well as educational classes; effectively building the self-sufficiency and resilience of the community. With the enlisted help of some occupy groups in the city, residents set out to create what is now the North Philly Peace Park and educational center.

Through the years the NPPP has been home to hundreds of volunteers, residents and visitors where they help to create a thriving vegetable and perennial garden, earthship classroom ( a sustainability designed building created from reused materials), and small food forest. On weekends there are shared meals and bonfires, learning experiences and friendships made. This past summer they hosted the first community-run Urban County Fair where over 300 people came to participate in workshops, listen to local musicians, lend their voices to the urban agricultural scene is Philadelphia and build relationships in the community. This is truly a community-driven project! From the intergenerational relationships being built to the collaboration of people from different cultural backgrounds, learning and growing is happening here.

I mentioned this was a hidden gem earlier in the article for a few reasons. Being located in between the infamous Blumberg Projects and lanes of abandoned blocks, where development turned its face away from the long-time residents in need, decades ago, this garden is a welcomed addition. The residents who are active in this project have shown their interest and skills in community planning and put themselves in the driver’s seat of what is being built in their neighborhood. I have been volunteering at the Peace Park for the last two years, and what is most promising about this venture is the ownership and pride that the children & elders of the Sharswood and Blumberg area have shown for the park. On any given weekend you can drive by and see dozens of children working and playing alongside the elders in their communities.

What is concerning is that The North Philly Peace Park is now being threatened with the promise of development in this area. After years of abandonment and decay, the Philadelphia Housing Authority has acquired funds to tear down the Blumberg Projects, and has created a new neighborhood design that includes moving their official headquarters to the area. Some residents see this project as a sign of progress and improvement. However, the current plans also appear to effectively displace the NPPP. At best, NPPP will likely be moved to an unknown location. Blumberg Project senior residents currently only have to walk or wheel themselves across the street to harvest vegetables or participate in the activities held there. Will a new location be accessible to them?

Last week PHA held a meeting with the residents of the Blumberg project and surrounding Sharswood residents where they talked about the expansion and services that would be offered and answered questions from the nearby residents. They laid out their plans for development, introduced their community partners and even our councilperson, Darryl Clarke was there, giving his blessing to the project. Though throughout all this, the tenure of the Peace Park is still in question. The PHA director indicated that NPPP would have a place in the new development, but it’s still unclear whether NPPP can stay and serve the seniors across the street or if the Peace Park will be given a new home or where that home might be. In essence, there is still no clear answer to the security of the North Philly Peace Park with regard to these new development plans.

If you would like to find out more information or get involved in helping the North Philly Peace Park secure land tenure in the Sharswood community. Please email phillypeacepark@gmail.com

or check out their facebook page atwww.facebook.com/northphillypeacepark