Urgent appeal to President Trump

Long live the spirit of our beloved first cousin, Baba Donald Calvin Armstrong, younger brother of our well-known jazz musician Danny Armstrong. We already miss him, his humor and his generosity so much! Asé.

by Baba Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma’at

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Africans Deserve Reparations! ‘Cause Black Lives Matter!

Blessings of Imani (faith) victorious G-o-ds, esteemed Elders, Sisters, Brothers and youthful leaders,

How you be? May our Divine Mother-Father Creator of and in All – and incredible Ancients and Ancestors from millennia past, yesteryears and, literally, yesterday – find you and your extended family staying healthy, thriving and keeping in positive spirits. 

Some of our incredible grassroots community leaders, builders, defenders, artists, yogis etc., including Mama Mizan Alkebulan and Babas Seven, Siswe, Shaka, Rondy and F.M. Che, come together in power at the innovative Black Cultural Zone at Liberation Park in East Oakland. Asé.

We feel honored and blessed to have made it to December after a challenging year of mass sickness, death, war and confusion. Congrats to all who exercised their democratic rights to continue organizing, registering to vote and supporting the candidates who and issues that earned your backing. We encourage you to stay engaged in our independent efforts towards truth, justice, reparations, prosperity and a more sacred way. By Any Means Necessary! Asé.

Remembering our Ancestors

As always, we offer our immense gratitude to several notable humane beings who recently transformed to the ancestral realm. Asante Sana (many thanks) to my beloved first cousin, Donald Calvin Armstrong. Asé. 

We also honor our Elder Alex Harris, who fought for African Americans to be employed and receive contracts on public projects; Frederick Ross aka Vincent Bean, long-time friend from childhood; Michael Kemp, my high school friend as well as football and track teammate; NFL Hall of Fame inductee and Chicago Bears great Gale Sayers, who I got to know while attending the University of Kansas when he was Assistant Athletic Director; Baba Ron Gibbs of our All African People’s Revolutionary Party (AAPRP); Lucille Bridges, Queen Mother of Ruby, who bravely fought apartheid in Little Rock, Ark.; Adam David Miller, poet and advocate for KPFA and Pacifica Radio Network; former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. 

Finally, we honor two-term President of the Republic of Ghana Jerry Rawlings. Rawlings was a great military strategist, pilot and co-founder of the Free Africa Movement to unify the continent of Africa, following the vision of our great Pan-Africanist and first President of Ghana Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Asé.

In addition, on this past Nov. 20, my family commemorated the 100th year birth of our incredible Baba (father) Cleveland Lee “The Deacon” Armstrong Sr. He was born in Arkansas a century ago in 1920 and graduated from this life on Sept. 3, 2020. To my six brothers and me, and many young people whose Fathers weren’t around for a variety of reasons: “The Deacon was our family stone! The mighty rock that taught us right from wrong. And, throughout our lives, he’s never left us alone!” Asé.

Congratulations to Sis-Star Carroll Fife, our righteous visionary and bold community organizer! Shown here with life partner F.M. Tur-Ha Ak at Bobby Hutton Park. She is now our new councilperson for Oakland’s District 3. Gratitude to our outgoing councilperson Queen Mother Lynette Gibson-McElhaney for her many years of love and service to the people. Asé. Congrats are also in order for our at-large councilperson Rebecca Kaplan, Brother Mike Hutchinson for Oakland School Board and so many other fine candidates. Asé.

WE are grateful for these and all our incredible Ancestors. Long Live Their Spirits and Endless Contributions. Asé. Asé.Asé-O… with Great Respect and Love!

Urgent appeal to President Donald Trump

Please review and consider signing on to our new petition to free our long-suffering political prisoners. It reads, in part:

“We, the undersigned, respectfully ask you to exercise your power to issue immediate pardons and/or grant clemency to our long-suffering political prisoners. These include several elders in their 60s, 70s and 80s, notably: Mr. Mutulu Shakur, Mr. Sundiata Acoli aka Mr. Clark Squire, Mr. Grailing ‘Kojo’ Brown, Mr. Veronza Bowers, Mr. Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, Mr. Leonard Peltier and a number of others. 

In addition, we call on you to encourage both Republican and Democratic governors to utilize their authority to release our elders incarcerated in state facilities for decades. Among those still being held are: Mr. Ruchelle Cinque Magee and Mr. Romaine Fitzgerald, in California, Mr. Ed Poindexter, Nebraska, Mr. Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz and Mr. Mumia Abu-Jamal, Pennsylvania, Mr. David Gilbert, New York and many, many others. 

Asante Sana.

To sign and forward to others, go to https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/release-our-elders-and-political-prisoners-now-1?share=d24746df-66ed-479a-8d00-7d2a8cb67352&source=c.fwd&utm_source=c.fwd.

A new mural is in progress at San Pablo Hotel on MLK Way and San Pablo Ave. and T.L. Berkeley Way in downtown Oakland. The building, first constructed in 1907 and formerly known as the Arcade Hotel, has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation thanks to the East Bay Asian Local Development Corp. (EBALDC). Hundreds of lower-income senior citizens now reside here. The completed mural will feature past and present residents, including the renowned activist Mary Yuriko “Yuri” Nakahara Kochiyama, beloved Mr. Andrew Hatch – who was once the oldest man in the world at 117 – and Baba of Queen Mother Delaine Sims and, even over his initial objections, Baba Jahahara. Asé.

Destination Reparations

We are so grateful to those of you and your organizations who have recently become paid members of our all-volunteer, truly peoples’ supported National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA). 

H.R. 40 and S.1083, our “Commissions to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans Act,” has reached 170 endorsers in the House of Representatives of the needed 218.

Gratitude as well to everyone, including our non-Alkebulan and Afrikan allies, who continue to study, discuss, endorse, organize actions and make calls to elected officials advocating for immediate hearings and eventual passage of H.R. 40 and S.1083, our “Commissions to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans Act.” With your bold work, we have now reached 170 endorsers, the most ever, in the House of Representatives as of this writing – on our way to the needed 218. 

If you haven’t already, we invite you and your family and groups to join and help expand our N’COBRA and to contribute your best ideas and proposals for our uplifting African people. You can reach us at https://www.ncobraonline.org or contact me directly at support@africansdeservereparations.com. Also, consider supporting our Jericho Amnesty Movement at https://www.thejerichomovement.com

Free the land! Reparations right now for African Nations and Descendants and Ascendants! Asé.

Brothers Artistic of Kiss My Black Arts, Eddie Kochiyama, son of Yuri, and Baba Jahahara create and paint an image of our great Yuri Kochiyama on the new San Pablo Hotel mural. Asé.

Support the Bay View

As we prepare to commemorate International Human Rights Day and the sacred Holy Season on Dec. 10, please, please be as generous as you can in helping this critical free publication thrive. Our new leadership, headed by Baba Malik Washington and Mama Nube Brown, need our support. Make a much-needed donation of any amount at https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraiser-for-the-bay-view-newspaper. Asé. 

As always, continue to take your righteous steps, and know our Divine will do the rest. Walk in the power of Imani (faith) on each and every day. Amen-ra Hotep! Asé.

#BlackLivesMatter #AfricansDeserveReparations #BringOurEldersHomeNow #AbolishPrisonsandPolice #LoveandDefendMotherEarth #BlackNewDeal

Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Maat advocates for power to the people politically, economically and culturally and is known particularly for his leadership in the struggle for reparations. He can be reached at jahahara@newafrikan777.comTake a listen to a few songs from his musical catalog at https://soundcloud.com/search?q=jahahara. Invite Baba Jahahara to present at your group, school, spiritual gathering or event via support@africansdeservereparations.com or FONAMI, P.O. Box 10963, Oakland, CA 94610.