Demand merciful, compassionate release for Dr. Mutulu Shakur now! And for all our wrongfully-encaged political leaders!

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LONG LIVE THE BEAUTIFUL, BRAVE, HUMANITARIAN & REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT OF BABA ALBERT WOODFOX!!! He stands second from readers’ left. A member of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, Baba Fox left this life on the fourth day of Revolutionary Black August, a month dedicated to our powerful Black resistance and freedom movement spearheaded by our bold political leaders locked-down and tortured behind the prison walls. Baba Fox was one of three activists-advocates collectively known as the Angola (louisana capitalist prison plantation) 3 – which included Ancestor HERMAN WALLACE (who was released a few days before he succumbed to untreated liver cancer in 2013) and Baba Robert King (Wilkerson) – while being held for over 44 YEARS in solitary and torturous confinement. Baba Fox is shown in this photos with three of N’COBRA’s former National Co-Chairs Queen Mama Diana Kimble (of louisiana and now Ghana, West Afrika) and Baba Joseph Epps (of indianapolis and mississippi) after Baba Jahahara’s presentation on the 10-Point Platform and Reparations at the BPP’s 50th anniversary, in 6256/2016. Amen. Asé. – Photo: Baba Jahahara

by Baba Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma’at

6262 AAAK / September 2022 JC-PG

Africans Deserve Reparations! ‘Cause, Black Lives Matter!

Blessings of IMANI (FAITH) Beloved, Brilliant, Bold, Brave and Beautiful G-o-ds, Elders, Sis-Stars, Bro-Stars and Youthful Revolutionaries! 

May our Most High Divine Mother-Father Creator of and in All – and incredible Ancients and Ancestors from past millennia, yesteryears and, literally, yesterday – find you and (y)our extended Family thriving and in healing Spirit, Loving Every Life and seeking sacred MA’AT. 

WE are honored to share this another offering from the unceded, occupied sacred home-lands of the OHLONE Indigenous nations (named oakland-san francisco california bay area by the genocidal and racist European/united capitalist prison terrorist states of america [ucptsa] enslavers, colonizing missionaries and gentry-killers, land-grabbers and gold-seeking settlers). 

WE again encourage you to do your best to keep your immune system strong and practice proven safety measures, including wearing masks, as protection against the variety of viruses that are surging and threatening our health, futures and lives. For instance, WE share our sacred-most thoughts for the complete healing of our beloved Queen Mama Carroll Fife, Black Panther Cub, housing rights activist and my D-3 council member in OHLONE-oakland Amen. Asé. 

Honoring a few of our new Ancestors

WE pay tribute to several recent Spiritual transformations, including: Our beloved Baba Dr. JAMES TURNER – a protégé of greats like Dr. JOHN HENRIK CLARKE, Minister MALIK SHABAZZ aka MALCOLM X and others – and a key founder of Africana studies, especially in new york city and at Cornell University. In my REPARATIONS SASA! For Afrikans, the Indigenous, Women and Girls book (HOPE Publications 6248/2008), i carried a prominent photo of Dr. TURNER, with two of my other activist-scholars mentors, Ancestors Dr. MARY HOOVER of Stanford and Howard universities; as well as Baba Dr. and President IMARI ABUBAKARI OBADELE, co-founder of our Republic of New Afrika-PG, N’COBRA and a former long-held political prisoner. Amen. Asé. 

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In the Spirit of Ancestor Maestro MICHAEL MORGAN, Guest Conductor Kedrick Armstrong, no relation, performs with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra at City Hall Amphitheater. Beside him is the amazing Amaryn Olmeda, a 12-years-young virtuoso on the violin. Amen. Asé. – Photo: Baba Jahahara

WE fondly acknowledge our high-school classmate and former member of the Black Panther Party, Queen Mama KAREN (COOK) JOHNSON. Amen. Asé. MARVIN “THE BLADE” FOSTER, an inspiring friend and incredible athlete who allowed me to follow in his fast footsteps as little league baseball stars, high-school city, regional, state and “all-american” track champions and on to the University of Kansas Jayhawks – from which he continued to excel making it briefly to the National Football League. Amen. Asé. 

Also, one of our incredible track and football coaches in high school, EUGENE BURGETTE. Amen. Asé. For DAVID MOBERG, a powerful journalist who covered the people’s struggles around the world, from the factory floors to the uprisings in the ghettos, for publications like In These Times over many decades. Amen. Asé. Amen. Asé. 

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Queen Mama of OurStory of the Blues, Mrs. Faye Carrol, brilliantly teaches her master class and performs inspiring music at the Art & Soul Fest, in OHLONE/oakland. Stay in connection with this amazing woman, artist and professor at www.fayecarol.com. Preparing to follow her, up in the background, is local Maestro, Kevin “Kev” Choice and his arkestra. Amen. Asé. – Photo: Baba Jahahara

WE remember and pay tribute to WILLIAM FELTON “BILL” RUSSELL, possibly the greatest icon ever in amateur and professional team sports, as well as a human and equal rights defender. A true People’s Champion on and off the court. A west oaklander, McClymonds High and USF graduate, Mr. RUSSELL commanded R-E-S-P-E-C-T from everybody … all the time. Amen. Asé. 

And, the incredible NICHELLE NICHOLS, who used her “Lt. Uhuru H” fame on the Star Trek tv show to inspire many, especially Afrikans, women and girls, to express not only our Black Genius, but to pursue careers in science, engineering, aeronautics and visionary explorations around our multi-verse. Amen. Asé. 

Twenty years ago … on the Third of September – that day WE will always remember (yes WE will). ‘Cause that was the day that our Baba graduated (to Ancestorhood) … Our Baba is the Family Stone. The mighty rock that taught us right from wrong. And, throughout our lives… HE NEVER LEFT US, ALONE!!!” For our beloved Father, CLEVELAND LEE “The Deacon” ARMSTRONG SR. (1920-2002). Amen. Asé. 

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The annual HIERO Day is coming up on 5 September 2022, on the OHLONE/oakland waterfront, aka j. london square. Info at www.hieroday.com This mural celebrates not only the fabulous artistic and economic collective known as Hieroglyphics, but legendary Bay Area hip-hop ancestors – from DJ PAM THE FUNKSTRESS to SHOCK G to GIFT OF GAB and many more – near FRANK OGAWA/OSCAR GRANT III Plaza in downtown OHLONE/oakland. Amen. Asé. – Photo: Baba Jahahara

Finally, as always, WE offer sacred thoughts for the many lives stolen by the capitalist-imperialist-military terrorists, gangsters, murderers and polluters based in washington and wall $treet to London, Brussels, Paris, the apartheid state of isreal, Moscow and other neo-fascist dictatorships – as they continue their massive production of deadly weapons; denial of human rights; withholding of basic necessities like food, housing, healthcare, a clean environment etc.; as well as genocidal corporate wars against the people, our climate and Great-Grand Big Mama Earth … from Congo, Yemen, Sudan, Palestine, Syria, Haiti, Afghanistan, Ukraine, around Turtle Island – so-called “americas” including the ucptsa – and so many other areas of our world. Please stay informed of the latest imperialist crimes against humanity and nature, and how WE can collectively act, by visiting our Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) at www.blackallianceforpeace.com.

Long Live the Spirit, legacies and numerous contributions of these new and All our incredible Ancients and Ancestors. Asé. Asé. Asé-O!

Demand freedom and release of Dr. Mutulu Shakur now!

“Hold on Brother Jalil Muntaqim

Hold on Brothers Herman Bell and Nuh Washington

You’ve been locked-down too long

Hold on Dr. Mutulu Shakur

Hold on Sister Marilyn Buck

WE are demanding your release NOW!

Thanks for fighting for our freedom, dear Warriors

Stay Up! Stay Strong!”

Some lyrics from my 1998 composition and recording of “Stay Up! Stay Strong! Free All Our Political Prisoners Now!” by Brother Jahahara Armstrong (© [P] STRONG-ARM Productions chicago/oakland 1998) and first performed around our first Jericho Amnesty Action and RNA-PG Black Nation days.

Sadly, Baba Dr. Mutulu Shakur – our beloved commUNITY leader, healer and freedom fighter – is extremely ill with cancer. He is the father of five biological children, an adoptive Sun – famed composer and actor TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR – as well as a grand-father. Baba Dr. Mutulu, now 72, has been encaged and tortured in federal pens since 1986, and has been denied parole nine times, most recently in January 2021. There is no reason for the federal bureau of prisons to continue holding him hostage. Join the righteous effort to free him now at www.mutulushakur.com Amen. Asé. 

Condemnation

WE condemn the repressive ucptsa government and its f.b.i. attack on the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP), UHURU Movement as well as the European-American allies of the African People’s Solidarity Committee. Says Chairman Omali Yeshitela: “This is an attack on the right of Black people to struggle for our total liberation … both here and in Africa. We are not taking orders from Russians or anybody else.” 

View the support statement of our National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA), which has for decades worked with the APSP to advance our righteous multi-generational demand, at www.theburningspear.com/2022/08/NCOBRA-issues-statement-in-solidarity-with-the-Uhuru-Movement.

Pongezi! Congratulations!

CONGRATS to Baba Dr. Willie Ratcliff, publisher of our fabulous San Francisco Bay View Newspaper. Baba Willie recently turned 90 years young. WE applaud his, and Mama Mary Ratcliff’s, decades of immense wisdom, activism, sacrifice and offering of numerous opportunities in journalism, construction trades, art and organizing for justice, from liberty, texas, to alaska to the bay area. 

Please express your love for the Ratcliffs and our Bay View by sending a note of GLADitude and/or some well-deserved financial assistance to support new leadership for our incredible publication c/o www.sfbayview.com/editorial-fellowship. Amen. Asé. 

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Black Panther and Queen Mama Tiyesha Meroe supporting the currently successful campaign to SAVE POWER TO THE PEOPLE’S PARK, in berkeley. Unfortunately, on this hot August day, the university administration destroyed the sacred homes of several residents and a number of long-standing redwood trees. Amen. Asé. – Photo: Baba Jahahara

CONGRATS to Queen Mama Attorney Chenee Franklin Minor, outgoing Director of the city of oakland’s Rent Adjustment Program. i first met her decades ago when – while living in brooklyn and organizing in new york city’s five boroughs (as well as over in jersey) – she invited me as the then National Male Co-Chair of N’COBRA to speak to the Cornell University School of Law way over in ithaca. 

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PONGEZI (CONGRATS)! To Queen Jeannine Etter, as she prepares for new and exciting endeavors on her sacred life’s journey. Queen JAH-nine, as i’ve affectionately called her, is an activist, healer and long-time host and producer at KPFA/Pacifica radio since the 1990s. Here, WE are finishing up an inner-view for her special project on Reparations, at our lake merritt gardens. WE wish Queen JAH-nine continued love, blessings and success. Amen. Asé. – Photo: Baba Jahahara

SPECIAL NOTE: New Ancestor Dr. JAMES TURNER also helped facilitate my presentations and dialogue with the students, faculty and community. During our sharing, Chenee and i both learned that OHLONE/oakland had been our home and that i had worked on projects with her Grandfather, now ancestor, labor and human rights fighter JOSEPH JOHNSON. Let’s also applaud her on being appointed as a member of the u.s. Commission on Civil Rights, in 2021. WE are certain that Queen Mama Chenee will excel in her next and every endeavor that she pursues. Amen. Asé. 

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo from Azania (South Afrika) performs at annual Summerfest Jazz in san jose. This was my first time seeing them since the transformation to Spirit of founder and lead singer, Baba JOSEPH SHABALALA. Also, it was great to see and be inspired by one of my favorite singers, the good “Reverend” Charlie Wilson, former lead singer of the original tulsa, oklahoma Black Wall Street-based Greenwood-Archer-Pine (GAP) Band. Big UPs to Baba Greg Bridges of KPFA and KCSM for MC-ing it all and keepin the main stage movin.

CONGRATS to Ancestor JOHN “MR. BUCK” O’NEILL. One of baseball’s greats – as a player, manager and talent scout – he was finally selected to that corporate apartheid sport’s “hall of fame” in cooperstown, new york. He also became friends with not only my parents in kansas city, mo, but with nearly every person he ever came in contact with. As the chief visionary and co-founder of the National Black (Negro) Leagues Baseball Museum, you can help continue Mr. Buck’s legacy by going to www.nlbm.com/thanks-a-million-buck/. Amen. Asé. 

Sisters and Brothers, continue to take (y)our righteous steps … knowing our Divine will do the rest. And, always walk in the Power of IMANI (FAITH) … on each and every day. Amen-RA Hotep! Asé.

#BlackLivesMatter #AfricansDeserveReparationsNow #FreeTheLand #BringOurEldersHomeNow #AbolishPrisonsandPolice #AbortPatriarchy #LoveandDefendMotherEarth #BlackNewDeal

Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma’at is the fourth of seven Suns of Ancestors Baba CLEVELAND LEE ARMSTRONG, SR. and Queen Mother ELIZABETH ELIZANN OAKS ARMSTRONG. He traces his ancestral roots to the Yoruba and Ewondo nations in Alkebulan-Afrika. He is also the author of several books, including “Many Paths to Kujichagulia” (self-determination). Baba Jahahara is also Life Member, former National Male Co-Chair and Acting West Regional Representative of N’COBRA. Take a listen to a few songs from his musical catalog here. Invite Baba Jahahara to present at your group, school, spiritual gathering or event c/o support@africansdeservereparations.com or FONAMI, P.O. Box 10963, Oakland, CA 94610.