Report from the Streetz Party in Chicago remembering Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton

first_imgFollowing is a transcription of a talk given by Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee/Black Panther Party Cubs at the 2015 Streetz Party. The event is an annual celebration of the Aug. 30 birthday of his father, Chairman Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party, who was assassinated by the Chicago police on Dec. 4, 1969.  The Streetz Party kicks off every year with a memorial in front of what they call “our Ground Zero, where the pigs took out our twin towers, Chairman Fred Hampton and Defense Captain Mark Clark,” at 2337 W. Chairman Fred Way (aka Monroe Street). Those gathered march to The Wall, a giant mural of Chairman Fred Sr. at Madison and California on Chicago’s west side, painted by the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective from the Bronx, N.Y. This year, Pam Africa, Minister of Confrontation for the MOVE organization, spoke about the cop assaults on MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia in 1978 and the police bombing of their home and the surrounding neighborhood in 1985. Comrade Mother Akua Njeri, Black Panther Party former member and mother of Chairman Fred Jr., gave a talk about her experiences surviving the early morning cop assault of Dec. 4, 1969.  Also in attendance was Kanahus Manuel, a representative of the Secwepemc Nation from Canada.Fred HamptonThose who missed the event yesterday, I’m still charged up off it. Like Chairman Fred used to say, I’m too proletarian revolutionary intoxicated to be astronomically intimidated.  In plain language, I’m too high off the people to be shook up.  It’s a strategic reason why the state don’t want you to know about these type of dynamics, these forces that fought our interests. There’s a strategic reason why they give us these watered-down, sanitized individuals and say, well, you did gain these types of concessions because of this person.  They don’t want you. You can’t make those connections off of people that look like us and talk like us and come from like conditions and resistance that’s happening. … It’s the system that gives us the impression that we got to go get a certain amount of degrees, through a certain amount of process before we’re able to fight, and then get approved on them on how to fight.  We can’t get caught up on no conventional type of tactics and means.  Let me be clear that this is the system where chattel slavery was legal.  So we can’t get caught up in that whole dynamic where we frame it in terms of what’s legal.  We must be out with the politic that is able to put it in the context of who we talking about. … Sun Tzu said, the cardinal principle of warfare is to know thyself and to know thy enemy.  If you come in with some abstract, elementary (it’s no disrespect to anybody) ideology, if you come to some abstract, simple dynamics that think it’s as simple and plain as Black and white — abstract nationalism — you missed the Negropeans like William O’Neil that done came in here, you bringing a knife to a gunfight.  At this stage in the game, we got to be on with a politic that expose and deal with not only Uncle Sam, but Sambo.  The gringo and the negro.  The stakes are too high.  It’s not as simple as Black and white.  We’re gonna start working in to the people and draw the line of demarcation in the community we work in.  And we look at the world, how the state functions. A lot of people look at certain dynamics: this is where I live at, and this person’s on this side of town, or this person’s this type of astrological sign or whatever. These kind of dynamics are cool in certain arenas.  But the bottom line, a personal contradiction. When you get through something so powerful, it penetrates something; crack, racism, penitentiaries — all that type of dynamics. It transcends all these other different barriers. Those are the real deal contradictions.A lot of cats, they trip on us. Why we so intense?  We got this radio show we do weekly, and I’m so intense about what type of music you gonna play on there before you go on.  Don’t bring no abstract “conscious” artists on there that ain’t down. Don’t disrespect. The stakes are too high.  We got cats who doing rap like this cat Dom P., my little nephew who locked up. But the stakes are too high for this kind of abstract, feel-good type of thing. …[Introducing Pam Africa] Policeman beat her down, and they told her just let go of the tie. The harder they beat her, the harder she trick on they tie, real talk.  This is ghetto folk, not folklore, but real-deal stories.  This ain’t no abstract speakers that’s coming out here that’s talking to you.  Just wanted to get that off my chest.  Please seize the time.  Please seize the time y’all.  Don’t tell me about no ‘back in the days, I’d a been involved in the struggle …’  This day and age, with all the information you can type on your phone or whatever. Use context clues, all the news that’s not put on the TV all the time. There’s forces struggling right here and now, today. Seize the time.Transcribed by the Workers World Chicago bureauFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Mica Action Group says the ball is now in DCC’s court

first_img WhatsApp By News Highland – July 10, 2020 Google+ Facebook “On our ‘mica journey’ it became obvious that homeowners, whose homes were built using defective blocks were not protected by law; their homes falling down, deemed worthless, their insurance reneged, while the block supplier and agencies like Homebond just walked away. It became apparent that block manufacturers were allowed to operate without appropriate insurance and homeowners were left with few if any options.   Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Mica Action Group says the ball is now in DCC’s court Twitter “I would ask only one final thing of homeowners – that the manufacturer of these bad blocks, should not be rewarded through the mica scheme – they should not benefit from the fiasco that they themselves caused. Indeed that in itself would be a travesty.  News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter “The journey for us personally has evidenced every emotion – frustration, devastation, anger and exhilaration.  There have been so many people in all walks of life who we have met during this journey who have given us the strength and motivation to continue – in particular the many affected families who have shown huge  strength and resilience throughout this journey – who ultimately kept us going even when the fight may have seemed seemed fruitless. We will be forever grateful to them for their patience and trust in us.  Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA DL Debate – 24/05/21 “This has been an amazing journey, from sitting around my kitchen table almost 9 years ago to having a multi-million euro redress scheme signed off and shining a light on the need for effective governance within the construction industry in Ireland. Eileen Doherty PRO MAG said: “I have made this decision to step down as I would like to dedicate my energy to my young family and to getting my own home fixed in the coming months.  My family have been on this journey with me for the last 6.5 years. In particular my partner Shane and my dad Philip (Junior) have shared the many highs and lows of the journey with me and I am eternally grateful for their support.  In 2014 my two daughters travelled the length and breadth of Inishowen dropping leaflets to the homes of affected estates and have had to put up with the many hundreds of phone calls, messages and meetings over the years.  They have almost become experts at spotting a ‘mica home’ and frequently point them out to me as we drive around.  I am really looking forward to spending more quality time with them and to getting our own home fixed.    “I can only hope that the light that MAG has shone on these shortcomings and the ineptitudes within the legal system, local and national government and the construction industry will offer homeowners more protection in the future when they are buying or building a home.   AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “I often wonder if we, as a small grassroots lobby group from Donegal, had considered at the outset the feat we were taking on – to achieve in the region of hundreds of millions of Euro and maybe even more for affected homeowners, if we would have even conceived it possible.    “Secondly, whist all politicians on a cross-party basis (i.e. Charlie McConalogue, Padraig MacLochlainn, Thomas Pringle, Martin McDermott, Albert Doherty and Bernard McGuinness) have lobbied for this scheme, without the tenacity and perseverance of former Minister Joe McHugh I have no doubt we would not have this scheme today.  Joe received and responded to many hundreds of calls, emails, letters and text messages from MAG – particularly Ann and I, night and day and was the lynchpin that ensured that this scheme was delivered for the people of Donegal and Mayo.  Many many times these communications were fraught with emotion due to the frustration we were all feeling at times.  His determination to see this through was evident to us for a long time and he is owed a huge debt of gratitude from every homeowner who will get their home fixed. We cannot thank him enough.  “Special mention must be given to Damien McKay, Chartered Engineer who first publicly highlighted this issue in the county in late 2013 with a public meeting in Letterkenny.  Damien started noticing the signs of defective blocks in homes in the county around that time and realised that there was a major problem.  He has since given countless hours and energy to fighting on behalf of homeowners in the development of the protocol and ensuring the scheme itself was signed off by Government. Without his knowledge, expertise and insight into the issues affecting families on the ground this would never have been possible.  “I personally am so proud to have been involved with a small lobby group (who have no political affiliations and no experience of lobbying) who took on an issue of this magnitude, driven only by a sense of pure injustice.  Google+ “MAG will continue to play a very important role in their participation in the Mica Steering Committee at Donegal County Council and will continue to ensure the voice of the people can be heard in this forum to ensure the best outcome possible for all affected families.  Eamonn Jackson – who has been with MAG since 2013, will take over as Chair. Eamonn brings almost 7 years of experience to this role and I have full confidence that he will be an excellent Chair.    “I am confident that Donegal County Council with input from MAG have the appropriate personnel and processes in place to very effectively oversee the rollout of this scheme across the county.  Facebook Eileen continued: “Finally, like a lot of affected homeowners, now that the scheme is across the line, it does beg the question as to how this was allowed to happen in the first place? How did we find ourselves in a position where we had to engage in this colossal fight to get our homes fixed through ‘no fault of our own’?  How is it that the main supplier of the blocks has managed to walk away ‘scot free’ with minimal implications for them or their business? How can this be allowed to happen? In a word, it should not! Previous articleHighland join forces with Earagail Arts FestivalNext articleIDA needs to place more emphasis on remote working – McHugh News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my colleagues in MAG, past and present. The blending of skills, commitment and tenacity was key to the success of MAG. A number of the MAG committee; Eileen Doherty, Noel Noone and Joe Morgan have also decided to step down at this time.  Noel was instrumental in enabling effective communications with our members since he joined. His expertise and total dedication elevated MAG’s ability to communicate with our members over social media platforms and in capturing the data of those who registered.  Joe, whilst a relatively recent MAG recruit has been working independently on this issue for a number of years. His persistence with the banks has enabled homeowners to engage with their respective lender and has opened up the scheme for many homeowners who would otherwise have struggled to gain access to the required finance.  I must however, single out our PRO – Eileen Doherty for special mention. Her input over the years has been a game changer in every regard.   “Indeed, governance and oversight of quarries and the manufacturers of concrete products within the construction industry went largely unchecked. Legislation in the form of a Statute dating back to 1949 regarding the ratio of free muscovite mica permitted (for quality control reasons) had become completely disregarded. Affected homeowners would have had more protection if they had bought a Mars bar than the materials that went into building their home! “As such, we call for a full public enquiry into this disaster. This must never be allowed to happen again and in order for this to be the case, we need to better understand the circumstances which allowed it to happen in the first place. The seeking of such an enquiry will be a key strategy for MAG going forward.   A number of key members of the Mica Action Group have stepped down with immediate, saying it’s now time for Donegal County Council’s steering committee to move centre stage, while they get on with repairing their homes.Their final statement repeats their call for a public enquiry into what happened.Chairperson Ann Owens, PRO Eileen Doherty, Noel Noone and Joe Morgan this afternoon announced that they are stepping down from their positions within MAG with immediate effect.Pic – Ann Owens and Eileen DohertyA number of people from the group sit on the council’s steering committee, and say they will be keeping a very close eye on the administration of the scheme to ensure that government promises are kept.Outgoing PRO Eileen Doherty says after a long journey, the ball is now in the council’s court…………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/eileend5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Statement in full -END OF AN AMAZING JOURNEY FOR DONEGAL MAG MEMBERS   Following years of lobbying on behalf of affected homeowners for a Mica Redress scheme for homeowners whose homes have been built with defective blocks, Ann Owens (Chair), Eileen Doherty (PRO), Noel Noone and Joe Morgan from the Mica Action Group (MAG) have today announced that they will step down from their positions within MAG with immediate effect.  Ann Owens Chair of MAG said: “I have made this decision to step down as this Mica scheme finally moves across the line and into the hands of Donegal County Council.  However, it is important to say that MAG will continue to work on behalf of affected homeowners.  Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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