by the Minister of Information JR
M.O.I. JR: What is Grind for the Green? And why is it needed?
Ambessa: Grind for the Green is a Bay Area non-profit organization that aims to move youth of color from the margins to the epicenter of the sustainability movement. We do this through the culturally relevant medium of hip-hop culture. We are needed because very few organizations focus on supplying youth information on and access to the growing Green Movement.
M.O.I. JR: What is happening at this Grind for the Green? Who is going to be presenting at this festival?
Zakiya: Well on July 18 we’re fully launching our summer series with our pedal powered conference between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at San Francisco State’s downtown campus. We’ll have a keynote address by M1 of Dead Prez and Gian Fiero, a professor at SF State, will deliver a music business industry speech.
M.O.I. JR: Who were some of the past panelists? What has the response been in the past?
Ambessa: The response from the community locally and nationally has been crazy. A lot of folks have been excited about the program as a new model of how to organize the movement. Past panelists have included Talib Kweli, Radioactive, Stic Man and Hieroglyphics.
M.O.I. JR: What do you think is the most important issue facing the environment?
Zakiya: Us, people! We aren’t saving the planet; we are saving ourselves from ourselves. So that is the biggest issue facing the environment: us. Also consumerism is contributing greatly to global warming. Africans in the Diaspora have been taught to consume their problems away.
M.O.I. JR: What are two simple things that we could do to take care of this in our everyday lives?
Ambessa: Live as natural as possible with the goods we use, buy and consume. Become committed to ending all sorts of oppression.
M.O.I. JR: When is the Grind for the Green Festival? How can people get in touch with y’all?
Zakiya: The festival kicks off July 18 at SF State’s downtown campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and goes on all summer long.