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Long Live The Dragon

Kilaika  Anayejali Kwa Baruti

Executive Director, Financial Administration, GJU
Co-host, GJU Radio
 

 

My name is Kilaika Anayejali kwa Baruti.  I changed my name in 2011.   I was fortunate enough to learn a great deal of African culture, enough to know that I should change my name.  I was given the name along with blessings from my comrades.  The name means, Angel who cares for the teacher.  The name is Kiswahili.  At a very early age, 16, I was introduced to African culture in a way that I never would have imagined.  I learned so much through working at an institution called Pan-African Connection in Dallas.  It was also here that I was introduced to Pan-Africanism and uniting with the objective of Pan-Africanism.  Here, I became a fully aware Nkrumahist- Tureist, developing my ideology through a collective process by being a member of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party.  Through years of organizing I participated in numerous activities and events.  Most of them were instances that I would not want to relive.  I have seen racism, confronted police brutality, and capitalist and imperialist cruelty head on by being engaged in protest and demonstrations throughout my teenage life.  Organizing in the AAPRP, I was a comrade of the late Bandele Tyehimba and I learned a lot through his leadership.  There was conflict in his earlier years of organizing with the AAPRP, which created issues about us existing as a Dallas Chapter of the AAPRP.  We decided collectively to change our names to The United States of Africa Revolutionary Party, while still being in solidarity to the line, principles, and objectives of the AAPRP.  I served and still serve as a member of this organization and today I am a Cadre.  Pan-Africanism pushes the idea of complete African Unity and liberation for African people throughout the World.  As a resident of Dallas, I am proud to say it has been well over fifteen years that I have served in this party.  I was very lucky to belong to this formation as a youth because it has done so much for my personal and political development.     



I am also a citizen of the Republic of New Africa.  I served as a Black Legionnaire in the RNA for in 2004 and 2005.  In the USARP, I worked with many organizations and stood in solidarity with many socio-political organizations throughout the world.  One of the most tactful movements was building the (UAF) United African Front.  In the UAF we confronted the Dallas Police Department head on for their Attack on the African Personality, it was a major and historical moment in Dallas and created a lot of progressive realities and up sprung many new activist in Dallas.  I have had the opportunity to serve as a writer with the African World Report Online.  I was introduced to this work by being a member of the Pan-African Internationalist Coordinating Committee and the Ujima’s People Collective, which I started organizing with in the summer of 2011.  I am currently the Founder of the Medase Initiative.  We initiated the movement in the year of 2013.  It is an initiative to collectively link individuals inside of the Prison Industrial Complexes providing them with study material and resources they need for every aspect of their lives, particularly a newsletter as the primary tool.  I have written and still write as needed for The New Black Panther Party Political Prisoners Magazine.  I have served as the Secretary for the Department of International Affairs in Sierra Leone in conjunction with the African Socialist Movement.  With this work my objective was to stand in solidarity with revolutionary socialist movements to get seats in parliament in Africa to take positions for presidency so the peoples of those given countries in Africa can come under the banner of Pan-Africanism and rid itself of neo-colonialist forces who's objectives are to exploit the resources of the people and the land.  I understand that the objective of African unity is the only solution to combat the harsh realities that plague us as African people, wherever we find ourselves in the world.  Just like the realities of police terrorism in our own communities, which I work with other grassroots organization, such as Guerilla Mainframe, who promotes political education and self-defense.  I am also a human rights activist that stands against the injustices of the Prison Industrial Complex and mass incarceration.  I serve as the Executive Financial Administrative Director of George Jackson University, which promotes political, social, and cultural education within the prison system.  Just like the Medase Initiative, its objective is to educate African men and women so they can be upon release, not only able to function in society, but be great contributors to their society, especially to their families and communities.  We still today uphold that same objective.  We intend on creating and maintaining a world of thinkers that can serve and make better the conditions around them. 

 

We will help them learn of things that they may not have access to inside of the prison.  They will study things such as political science, cultural studies, African history, math, science, reading, art, welding, computer engineering, health education, and a host of other things they desire to learn for their own individual growth and development, and what is selected by their study group.  We will reward them with incentives for their studies; this is intended to and will let them know they have a friend on the outside, people who love and care about them.  They will know they are not alone.  These incentives will be things such as postage stamps, envelopes, commissary, and whatever else they need or desire that is within the guidelines of the particular prison the inmate is being held.  This incentive will continue as long as they are studying and growing with George Jackson University.  Upon their release, George Jackson University’s intent is to provide them with financial and economic resources that will help them function in society.  We, collectively, will be able to do this because these financial and economic resources will be awarded to them when they come and work in their respective communities with George Jackson University.  George Jackson University, if you can envision city libraries, will function in this manner.  There will be an institution in every state in America.  These institutions will have a full functioning library, computer workstations, outside support, and resources that the people can utilize daily.  There will also be social activities for children and adults alike.  George Jackson University is built and designed off the principles of unity in the community and love for one another.    George Jackson University and all its endeavors are to serve the inmates to make them anew in their whole essence and also those in the communities.  Through this medium, which is my most critical work right now is where I practice being a servant of the people and I also have committed myself to being an editor and publisher of the works of New Afrikan Political Prisoners who are currently being held in solitary confinement in Pelican Bay State Prison, California.  I want nothing less than being their voice, the voice of the people.

 

Asante Sana,

Kiliaka Anayejali kwa Baruti


What’s worse than Slavery? Slavery Accepted.

Be Ye Uncomfortable with Slavery. Abolish the 13th Amendment.

By Kilaika Anayejali Kwa Baruti Shakur, Executive Coordinator of George Jackson University

9/9/2016

Today is September 9th, 2016. Today is the day that many people in America are wholeheartedly organizing, mobilizing, taking action, standing, and locking arms in solidarity against. What we know as Prison Slave Labor; yes legalized slavery, people are saying NO MORE! What is most compelling about this day is, even though there are many taking action and answering the call of duty to cure this particular ill of society, there still exist an overwhelmingly larger portion of U.S. Population who are absolutely clueless to the fact that slavery still exist. I am not shocked. I am not appalled, but every time this fact clicks in my brain that people don’t know, it truly takes me into an OMG moment. This is one of the biggest wow factors that I have ever experienced. Just think about it. Scenario: I am looking you square dead in your eyes and I am telling you that SLAVERY STILL EXIST. Okay, now it may take some time for you to register this information because what you see around you are shopping malls, schools, restaurants, libraries, game rooms, beaches, hotels, grocery stores, highways, camping sites, resorts, schools, movie theaters, night clubs, gas stations, amusement parks, you see a functioning society full of all of life’s joys and people who are moving about freely. Some are going left, some are going right, and some are going north, some are going south, some are walking, some are driving, some are traveling by plane, bus, and train, and some are even sitting still. You see them and they exist all around you. A large number of them are New Afrikan (black people) and they don’t have to go to the back of the bus or even use separate bathrooms, they are enjoying life’s pleasures right along with everyone else. You see them in motion and you don’t see anyone in chains, shackles, or torn and tattered clothing. This is not what you see. The idea that slavery exist doesn’t fit in the equation of what you see around you. After processing my statement and your present reality you turn to me and ask me, “What the hell are you talking about? I’m free. I am not a slave.” I proceed to tell you that what you understand is an illusion and it can change in the blink of an eye. Just one incorrect move can alter your “Amerikkkan Dream”. Now I have your full attention because you enjoy driving your vehicle that you work so hard to make the monthly payments on. You enjoy your two bedroom apartment full of nice furniture that you worked overtime to get, so that you can impress and entertain your family and friends with, inviting them over for snacks, card games, and on holidays like every family should be able to do. You enjoy that and most importantly you worked your ass off for it. To think that it could be gone in a blink of an eye and to think that you could be a slave is laughable, ha ha ha. It’s unheard of right? NO. I hate to be the bearer of bad news; i.e. the party pooper, but I have to be. My freedom depends on your understanding this undeniable fact. “We aren’t free until we are all free.” is a saying not utilized by capitalist; i.e. in this case slave owners. It is a saying used by Freedom seekers and those who seek not to exploit the labor of others, those who wish to live in a just society. All must understand that YES SLAVERY STILL EXIST. So now you are all ears. Good. The United Snakes Constitution is a legal document which lays out the system of fundamental principles according to which the North American continent is governed by overall. This document I would like to bring your attention to because it holds The 13th Amendment. It’s called an amendment because it was a law that was modified; it was changed. This happens at times because as laws change it has to be documented as well so as you the people can understand and be aware. Unfortunately, for many this modification has been one big huge oversight, making slavery acceptable to the daughters and sons of our ancestors who were enslaved and those who fought like hell not to be. It states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, nor any place subject to their jurisdiction." Now this is pretty much in laymen’s terms, but if it’s still not simple enough to understand, it’s simply saying that if you have been convicted of a crime and you are captured you can and most likely will be subjected to slavery regardless if you like it or not. Why? Because it is the law. Get it? Got it? Good. So now you say, “That’s wrong. That’s insane. That’s horrible. Why would they do that? Why would they have that there in the constitution?” The answer is; slavery was the best thing to ever happen to the United Snakes of Amerikkka. Slavery was and is today its bread and butter. To understand the U.S. and how it functions, you must understand capitalism. Capitalism at its core is a system built off and maintained on profit, profit and wealth for the individual and not the masses. In order for Capitalism to exist the people, WE the People must remain powerless while a few individuals, stakeholders, corporations control the wealth of nations. The mode of production is fueled by human labor this mode of production became rampant and well defined with the rise of slavery particularly with the enslavement of African people. As production and goods began to serve the interest of the few and wealth was being made; MORE, MORE, and MORE became the desire of those who were benefiting from slavery. They then contemplated on ways to become masters of what had become and with the growth of Industrialization and the supposed abolishment of slavery they moved to wage slave labor, which most Americans unconsciously commit their daily lives to when they go to work every day. For the Afrikan in America who was supposed to be free, there were still great and many challenges that existed. Jim Crow laws enforced and justified plenty of reasons to capture and imprison men and women who were considered free for crimes of all sorts. You could be captured and imprisoned for things like looking at a European (white person), spitting on the side walk, talking too loud, walking on the wrong side of the street or even breathing would give way to your imprisonment. Lawmakers and those who were displeased with slavery being supposedly abolished understood that they would lose money. Who would harvest their crops? Who would till their lands? Who would be the mammies for their children? Who would they release their sexual desires on? Who would they enjoy torturing? Who could they maim? No more slaves meant an end to the lifestyle they so enjoyed. This made them angry and furious. There has to be a way around this. With anger, rage, and a well thought out plan to imprison former slaves, they won again. Imprisoned people, particularly those of African descent, would be forced to work in coal mines, railroads, as indentured servants for alleged unpaid taxes or debt, and things of that nature for all the days of their lives. There were many of us who were subjected to convict leasing. Convict leasing was a system of penal labor practiced in the Southern United States. Convict leasing provided prisoner labor to private parties, such as plantation owners and corporations such as the Tennessee Coal and Iron Company. The lessee was responsible for feeding, clothing, and housing the prisoners just as it was the same situation as the slave. The state of Louisiana leased out convicts as early as 1844, but the system expanded all through the South with the emancipation of slaves at the end of the American Civil War in 1865. In 1898 some 73% of Alabama's entire annual state revenue came from convict leasing. Capitalism wealth from then up to date has every growing due to prison slave labor. Over sixty percent of the prison population consist of New Afrikan males. This is not by chance. Mass incarceration is steadily increasing as the laws are strategically in place to incarcerate men and women on a daily basis. Just the same as the Jim Crow laws that were not so long ago in place, it’s the same thing, but may be called by a different name. The 13th amendment safeguards, protects, and give the rights to profiteers, stakeholders, corporations and government entities to use slave labor for profit and not be morally responsible to the injustice of slavery. They lose no sleep at night behind the idea that we are still slaves just like the days of yesterday. Another example of the past that wasn’t so long ago operating under the same amendment are chain gangs. A chain gang is a group of prisoners chained together to perform menial or physically challenging work as a form of punishment. Such punishment might include repairing buildings, building roads, or clearing land. This system also existed primarily in the Southern United States, and by 1955 had been phased out nationwide, with Georgia the last state to abandon the practice. Chain gangs were reintroduced by a few states during the "get tough on crime" 1990s, with Alabama being the first state to revive them in 1995. The experiment ended after about one year in all states except Arizona, where in Maricopa County inmates can still volunteer for a chain gang to earn credit toward a high school diploma or avoid disciplinary lockdowns for rule infractions. The introduction of chain gangs into the United States began shortly after the American Civil War. The southern states needed finances and public works to be performed. Prisoners were a free way for these works to be achieved. This information isn’t hard to find as, I got the above on Wikipedia. I hope that you are uncomfortable now, but I am not done. So that wasn’t so long ago. America again is built off of big business. Here are a few of big businesses that are a part of most citizens everyday livelihood that participate in prison slave labor, legally, just to name a few: Victoria’s Secret, BP, Whole Foods, AT&T, Bank of America, Bayer, Cargill, Caterpillar, Chevron, Chrysler, Costco, John Deere, Eli Lilly and Company, Exxon Mobil, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, K-Mart, Koch Industries, McDonald’s, Merck, Microsoft, Motorola, Nintendo, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Pepsi, ConAgra Foods, Shell, Starbucks, UPS, Verizon, Walmart, Wendy’s. Most men and women in prison makes from anywhere from Twenty-five cents per hour up to 1.15 per hour. This is the true term of Made in America when we see it on our product labels, this is where it comes from most of the time. This legalized slavery is often called insourcing. Insourcing is the most cost effective way for the capitalist Adventurist to keep production cost low and profit high, without suffering criticism of Outsourcing, sending jobs overseas. They can keep America great by practicing that 13th amendment. McDonald’s, known for serving over 68 billion a day is the world’s most successful fast food franchise purchases. They manufacture in prison things such as their plastic cutlery, containers, and uniforms. McDonald’s also uses inmates to produce frozen foods. Inmates process beef for patties. They may also process bread, milk and chicken products. Another added incentive for the greedy amongst us is under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), employers receive a tax credit of $2,400 for every work-release inmate they employ as a reward for hiring “risky target groups.” It’s also an added plus when you don’t have to provide things like vacation days and sick days, 401k, medical and health benefits. Look at all the money that is being saved instead of using wage slave labor. Prison Slave labor is the way to go. Guess what else is made in prisons, U.S. Military equipment; a billion dollar industry. There are also sorts of everyday items, the list goes on and on. Word on the street is that prisoners are even raising seeing-eye dogs for blind people.” Aside from the private corporations low investments and heavy payouts there are even larger profitable entities that you must be made aware of; one is UNICOR, a very guilty party in this modern day slavery here in Amerikkka. Federal Prison Industries, also known as UNICOR and FPI, is owned by the United States Government. It was a corporation created in 1934 and owned by the federal government. UNICOR, oversees penal slave labor, and sets the condition and wage standards for working inmates. UNICOR’s official line is that in exchange for their slave labor, prisoners are given “vocational training.” Yet the workplace conditions are often appalling, and the transfer of skills to the private sector is dubious. Call Centers operate very heavily under UNICOR. According to my friends at Wikipedia, and I know they are not making this up in FY2014, UNICOR received over $2.7 Million in government funding, which is $51,000 over FY13. In fiscal year 1996, UNICOR had net sales of $459 million. In fiscal year 2008, UNICOR employed 21,836 inmates: 17% of eligible inmates held in federal prisons. Prisoners make between $0.23 and $1.15 per hour. The company generated US$765 million in sales. Of these revenues, 74% went toward the purchase of raw material and equipment; 20% went to staff salaries; 6% went to inmate salaries. UNICOR has 109 factories in federal prisons, producing about 175 different types of products and services, including clothing and textiles, electronics, fleet management and vehicular components, industrial products, office furniture, recycling activities; and services including data entry and encoding. So I ask you if UNICOR is supposed to be about vocational training and reentry into society; why are prisoners making under 2.00 an hour. Why aren’t they at least making minimum wage and that money being put away in an account to be there upon their release along with earned incentives that they can use upon their release? The answer is; it is not because that would be a service to humanity and a service to humanity would be a blow to capitalism. The cheapest way is the best way. Cheap and free labor keeps their bellies fat and pockets full while we the People starve and stay broke and live off of crumbs like, you know slaves. That is the way the system of slavery works. Get it? Got it? Good. Lastly, I must mention Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). CCA owns and manages private prisons and detention centers. One of its founders is Thomas W. Beasley, a leader in the Republican Party. It received its initial investment in 1983 from Hospital Corporation of America's founder Jack C. Massey, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Vanderbilt University. As of 2015, the company is the largest private corrections company in the United States. It manages more than 65 correctional and detention facilities with a capacity of more than 90,000 beds in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The company’s revenue in 2012 exceeded $1.7 billion, according to my friends at Wikipedia’s research. In the book by Rubenstein, Edwin S. "The High Cost of Cheap Detentions" Prudential securities speaking on the CCA noted that "It takes time to bring inmate population levels up to where they cover costs. Low occupancy is a drag on profits... company earnings would be strong if CCA succeeded in ramping up population levels in its new facilities at an acceptable rate” The CCA main function is to KEEP THE PRISON FULL! They are needing you to be there. You are to be locked behind bars. This is the goal. This is the mandate. In 2012, CCA sent a letter to prison officials in 48 states, offering to buy prisons from these states in exchange for a 20-year management contract and a guaranteed occupancy rate of 90%. Community organizations have criticized the proposals, arguing that the contractual obligations of states to fill the prisons to 90% occupancy are poor public policy that could force communities into creating criminals.- Kirkham, Chris (14 February 2012). "With States Facing Shortfalls, Private Corporation Offers Cash For Prisons". Huffington Post. THE RALLY CRY IS KEEP THEM FULL, this is directly tied to Mass Incarceration and Mandatory Minimums. So with all that said, I urge you to not only open your ears and your eyes, but I urge you to open your mouths and use your hands and your legs and all of your might to abolish the 13th amendment. I beg of you if you have any sense of right from wrong to challenge this system and bring an end to slavery once and for all. You must get involved there are many things that you can do. You must support the strikers right now they need you. They need us. You must deliver a gut busting blow to corporations like McDonalds and continue to expose their fallacies so that people will stop buying their products and take off their mask. It is our duty. Write us a letter at George Jackson University and ask how you can get involved. You must call and ask what’s to be done. You must remember that if not you, your child, and/or other loved ones will be next. You can very well be pulled over, forced to get out of your car, and the next thing you know dead or in jail. If you are imprisoned you just may become a 2016 slave, it’s real in the field. Tim Anderson reminds us that this is the Unites States of Incarceration. The U.S. has a huge per capita prison population—the second highest in the world. Although only 5 percent of the world’s population, the U.S incarcerates 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Racism, drug laws, mandatory sentencing, and of course, privatization of prisons all play a part. The partnership of the U.S. government with big business allows prisoners to be used as slave labor, another great incentive for filling prisons. Prison overcrowding is common. Instead of helping and rehabilitating people, the U.S use them for profit—another grotesque feature of a capitalist system fixated on making money over everything else. You must remember this as you go about your daily routine. Don’t be comfortable. You should be mad you should be angry. Michael Leibowitz writes about the nature of capitalism in his book, The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development: The logic of capital generates a society in which all human values are subordinated to the search for profits. . . .Rather than building a cohesive and caring society, capital tears society apart. It divides workers and pits them against one another as competitors to reduce any challenge to its rule and its bottom line. Precisely because human beings and nature are mere means to capital’s goal, it destroys what Marx called the original sources of wealth—human beings and nature. Don’t let Capitalism make you into a monster. The monster of all monsters is ignoring that there is a problem. If you don’t work to eradicate these crimes against humanity and you consciously know they exist, doing nothing at all…..SHAME ON YOU. Abolish the 13th Amendment. My name is Kilaika Anayejali kwa Baruti Shakur and I am of service to you. For more information on George Jackson University and how to get involved please feel free to call me at 214 861 8068 or email also you can write 1725 Ellington Drive Fort Worth Texas 76112 our website is www.georgejacksonuniersity.com. Tell your love ones to visit the site too to learn more. UHURU SASA!


The Road Towards African Liberation

The road towards African liberation has been more than just a road towards African liberation. Its struggle for complete and absolute freedom has taken many courses. From the moment Africa, through countless named and unnamed circumstances and events, encountered European and Arab invasion it has always been the responsibility of African people to counter the realities and conditions those processes created. Our paths have been marked with gruesomeness and every instance has sparked another instance. Undergoing many series of connected events, our struggle has never been an isolated one. Our struggle has been one known to the world over ever since the first African was forced to leave home in shackles and chains and even with all those years passed, it is evident that it is not over. The fact that we are living and breathing organisms with the ability to think confronts us daily with the reality that we do not and cannot just exist. We have painted pictures, told stories, and changed the courses of our realities through action in how we seen and see fit. We have never, as a collective people, been okay with what colonialism and slavery has forced upon our backs. We have always implemented strategies and tactics to shake off desperation and despair and put into our own hands what has been proven to be fruitful by our own standards. This is not, nor has it ever been, an easy task. What has been proven to be difficult of this task is to constantly create in our brothers and sisters the will to ensure that we collectively struggle against all forms of oppression that is hurled towards us; the know how to identify, understand, and eradicate contradictions wherever they may form. The only way this can be done is by knowing what we truly mean to each other and collectively moving with this understanding being our foundation. There, throughout history, have been countless rebellions, riots, movements, protest, ambushes, trials, imprisonments, deaths, births, sit-ins, massacres, losses, and victories in the plight of African people to restore even an itty-bitty tiny piece of what we had before colonialism put its ugly head in our pie and started to eat away. There have been many organizations that have been born at home and abroad. There have been many organizations that have died and there are many that have died and been resurrected. There are many that continue to be born, new. Most importantly, there are countless nameless people who will build organization that has yet to be born. As long as you find exploitation and oppression the people will struggle against it. The plans and actions implemented may not always be the best, but what it does is ignite an interest beyond certainty that we must continue to struggle. We indeed learn from the past and as change is constant so are we. We change with the tide, or else we drown. What was once required may cease to be in our present day and in our present day from sun up to sun down it is evident that we want to live. I can only tell you this from personal experience as an African person, it is me. My objective, with all my flaws and imperfections, consciously and unconsciously has been to live. The desire to live is of normalcy, like looking both ways before you cross the street, automatic. Who could argue the fact that at every instant within a person’s understanding that they shouldn’t improve their quality of life by any means…..excuse me, but by every means they can muster up to do so. I understand that for us, as African people and oppressed people throughout the world this can only qualitatively be done through unity and action. For us a people who physically, socially, psychologically, and spiritually have suffered from colonialism and slavery must struggle to create and maintain Pan-African unity: the complete and total liberation of African people throughout the world, must be obtained. Pan-Africanism is a humanist struggle first and oppressed people who understand that our oppressors are the same, knows that African liberation is monumental to the worldview to smash imperialism in all its forms wherever it exist. Unity is not cliché. Iit is key. Yes two heads are indeed better than one, but millions of heads working to defeat there common enemy is called revolution. Our common enemy is capitalism and imperialism, within its framework and elbow rubbers we have to also contend with neo-colonialism, micro-nationalism, fascism, Zionism, and tribalism. I know those are a lot of isms, but these isms that I speak of are not just rhetorical talk and ideas, they exist. They are real. I repeat, they exist. They are real. Just ask the miners in South Africa, Marikana, and their families, who were slaughtered in cold blood this year while the cameras captured it and the world was able to watch as they sipped their morning coffee or had the freedom to turn the channel to another channel, because it was too much for them to bare and they proceeded with their day without another thought of it. You can also ask the miners and youth of Sierra Leone who have had limbs blown and hacked off mining for diamonds or cutting them themselves so they don’t have to mine. Ask the ones in the Congo without arms to write a statement on this matter because of the same circumstances. Countless occurrences this year alone of police brutality and murder by U.S. law enforcers? Of course. Ask the ones whom blood have spilled in the streets parents and siblings are there nothing to struggle against in regards to their unarmed children sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers. Despite America being the place of many dreams to be, its poverty-stricken streets are enough evidence to prove to anyone walking amongst them that it’s a dream you would want to wake from. Only, if you are a genuine person who sincerely care about the welfares of others. There are those who do keep it moving without a second thought and utter the words, “Oh, well. Not my problem.” I say to them, “Your doorstep is not far away. What will you do when it comes knocking at your door?” Again, we are not and cannot be disillusioned to who our enemies are. We are faced with the question of how to confront and defeat them. Myself, like many of my comrades know the answer again is Pan-African unity. This answer set me out on a journey with my peers who understand what’s necessary just as much as I do to find more that understood what we do. We set out with understanding that organized numbers are our best defense and tool. In doing so, alliances were built and we found those hard-working individuals in great numbers, in a city called Philadelphia. The Peace House, Peace Farm, Peace Center, and the Hip-Hop Party for the People are what we found. We found strength and greatness in the year 2012. We found there what Pan-African unity looks like. At the Peace House we were cared for with great sincerity. Here you have Organizers Sis-Comrade Keturah Caesar and Brother-Comrade Tommy Joshua who day after day after day open their doors when daylight comes to feed the people. We are speaking about two individuals who by no means are wealthy or rich, but had the capacity to feed the people daily. If you are hungry not only is breakfast served but lunch and dinner as well. Capitalism doesn’t provide this. This is what socialism looks like. They are an example for us through this initiative of what we can do and be for each other minus the what can I get out of it mentality that capitalism teaches us. It is most importantly a delight to eat with the people. We were engaged at a social capacity that I yearn for regularly, over food. Most of the food comes from an open piece of land surrounded by dilapidated buildings, this is the Peace Farm. I had never seen so many dilapidated building in my whole life, directly across the street from the Housing projects. The farm has been cultivated to feed the people that look down upon it from there Housing project windows. They have at their disposal a reality where they don’t have to be hungry or worry about waiting for the first of the month to assist them with food stamps or having to worry about stealing food or whatever a hungry belly creates. They can solve their hunger simply by going down to the farm taking a basket and get what they need to eat. We did the same thing while there. The Peace Farm is steadily growing too. That means more food. Hunger eliminated. They also have classes at the Peace Center and initiatives to help educate the people on how to utilize the food and herbs that they grow and pick to serve them best. They teach the people, especially the youth, how to care for the farm so it will last as the people need it. This is good; this is an example of unity. This is an example of mapping the course that we set by our own standards. This is a model that has been set up from the model our ancestors gave us before European and Arab invasion. This is an example of the African way. Leaving from the Peace Farm we ventured over to the Peace Center. I was awe struck with all the dilapidated buildings I saw on the way, but the funny part about it is that of all the abandoned buildings that were there we passed and saw so many buildings that were historical to our struggle that were still standing. We had a chance to visit and take an oath of solidarity with the UNIVERSAL NEGRO IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, chapter Philadelphia, PA. Brother-Comrade Tommy Joshua was able to give us a lot of street by street history from identifying the names of the streets to the buildings and why they were named for such. It was again, very weird to see murals onside of buildings painted of African people in chains, bondage, a ship, and a big pink man standing guard. It made me smile. I said to myself, these people refuse to forget. This is awesome. I had never seen anything like it. In my city, they may of course paint over it, but it was there in Philly. We shall not forget, no matter how hard they have tried to make us forget. This is what the mural was screaming. I also recall walking past a recreation center called the King Center everyone has a King Center, but there I seen all these African people, elders sitting outside maybe about 150 people broad day chittering, chattering, laughing, talking, playing, maybe even doing some sneaking things I may have not seen, but it looked like a village of elders being very communal. I told Bro-Comrade Tommy in my city, the police would have run everyone off from loitering. This for me was a culture shock. I never saw so many African people, in the middle of the day like that doing what we call, shooting the breeze. To me it seemed as though they had control and Tommy said that they did. It was a joyous experience despite all the dilapidated houses that surrounded them. Upon arrival to the Peace Center I had a chance to meet two former Black Panther Party brothers whom you could tell were well respected by the youth and held position as elders there. They had their place in the minds of the youth it was evident. The Peace Center you knew upon approach that it belonged to the people. The young men and women that congregate there are not average, they are a reflection of work and constant development. You can see within them that someone truly cared for who they are and what they will be. Mannerism accompanied with intelligence, followed up with the will to work was so awesome to see. I appreciate their hospitality every step of the way. I have a home in Philly for this I am certain, Pan-Africanism I know is birth out of initiatives and it is only through proper and selfless engagement with each other that it grows. I don’t see a future with the absence of my comrades in Philly, at least not one that I would want to see. I see a great and mighty road ahead of us through continuous engagement. I salute you Peace family and Hip-Hop Party for the People. Salute to my Sis-Comrade Keturah Caesar for allowing me to read to you on the stoop under the street light! Forward MARCH!