For Immediate Release
“Hip-Hop Organization G.A.ME Pays Artists”
Grassroots Artists MovEment (G.A.ME) has raised the standard of supporting artists by creating several new initiatives to help artists create meaningful recordings and performances. In their ninth year, G.A.ME has begun taking on the huge responsibility of addressing radio rotation and making the job of being an artist more hospitable. The organization begins with covering transportation and food costs for artists performing at events around the country whenever the promoter or organizer is unable pick up the tap.
“You don’t ask sanitation workers to pick up your garbage for free, nor do you ask your painter to paint for free. Why do some expect artists to perform for free.” said Executive Director, Omowale Adewale.
G.A.ME is committed to revamping how the music industry treats Hip-Hop and other recording/performing artists. Through this organization artists can find studio access, video producers, album duplication services, and a whole lot more. Artists debuting new music can receive grants for album mixing and mastering and funding for live showcases through G.A.ME’s no-interest loan program.
On Saturday October 9, 2010, G.A.ME wants to hear from the public. A mixer and networking party will begin at 6pm, followed by a 7pm meeting, and then a return to mixing and networking at 8:30pm. This is a free event at Avalon Rooftop at 11 E. 1st Street & Bowery in Manhattan, NY. Food and beverages will be served free. Artists and supporters of Hip-Hop are encouraged to attend. Attendees must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-690-3393 for more information. Donations are greatly appreciated.
Three houses in Minneapolis raided, other houses in Michigan, NC, Chicago targeted.
On Friday morning, three houses in the Minneapolis area are believed to have been raided by SWAT Teams. While we have few details right now, the F.B.I. appears to be targeting people associated with the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. Besides the raids in Minneapolis, houses in Michigan, North Carolina and Chicago were also targeted.
Raids occurred at 1823 Riverside, above the Hard Times Cafe, and the 2900 block of Park Ave. One other raid is reported, as well. Outside Hard Times Cafe, three unmarked black SUVs (one with an Illinois license plate) sat in the parking area as of 10am, when a lawyer observed 8 FBI agents sitting in the residence examining materials. Otherwise the scene was calm.
Agents had broken in the door there at 7am Friday morning, breaking an aquarium in the process.
The Federal search warrants appear to be focusing on seizing electronic devices, international travel, and allegeing "co-conspirators." They do not authorize arrests.
The search warrant for 1823 Riverside, the residence of activist Mick Kelly, sought information "regarding ability to pay for his own travel" to Palestine and Columbia from 2000 to today. The warrant hyped potential documents indicating any contacts/facilitation with FARC, PFLP, and Hezbollah – what it called "FTOs" or "foreign terrorist organizations". It mentioned seeking information on the alleged "facilitation of other individuals in the US to travel to Colombia, Palestine and any other foreign location ins upport of foreign terrorist organizations including but not limited to FARC, PFLP and Hezbollah".
The wording of the warrant appears to indicate the government seeks to create divisions among social justice and international soldarity activists by hyping alleged connections to what they call "foreign terrorist organizations."
The warant also sought information on "Kelly’s travel to and from and presence in MN, and other foreign countries [sic] to which Kelly has taveleled as part of his work in FRSO [Freedom Road Socialist Organization", as well as materials related to his finances and the finances of FRSO, and all computer and electronic devices.
The federal warrant was signed by Judge Susan Nelson at 3:30pm yesterday, September 23.
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For Immediate Release
Freedom Party Says Cuomo Plan a Disaster for the Bronx
On September 30, 2010 at 1pm in front of the Bronx Supreme Court House on 161st St. and Grand Concourse, members of the Freedom Party will be holding a press conference to discuss the impact of the “Cuomo Agenda” on the Bronx.
The Freedom Party obtained 43,500 signatures to appear on the November 2, 2010 general election ballot. Although, largely ignored by the established media, it has attracted the attention of communities of color and many progressive New Yorkers.
The Freedom Party’s gubernatorial candidate Charles Barron stated: “The Cuomo agenda includes wage freezes, pension reductions, layoffs and service cutbacks. He is silent about poverty. How can he expect any support from the South Bronx –the poorest Congressional District in the U.S.?”
Speakers at the press conference will include City Councilman Charles Barron, Ramon Jimenez, candidate for NYS Attorney General, Rosa Clemente, 2008 Vice Presidential Green Party candidate, Bob Law and other supporters.
For Media Inquiries:
Check out the Black Agenda Morning Shot for Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 featuring Efia Wangaza from the Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination in South Carolina speaking on the importance of the Universal Periodic Review Process (UPR Process) for social movements, particularly the Black Liberation Movement, in the United States. For more information on the UPR process visit www.ushrnetwork.org.
Part 1 can be viewed at
In Unity and Struggle,
Let’s Have a Real Protest, Not a Democratic Pep Rally, on October 2nd
By Glen Ford
Created 09/15/2010 – 12:03
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
“A Washington rally for jobs, justice and peace that makes no specific demands on President Obama would amount to a capitulation to the status quo on all counts.” The October 2 “One Nation” rally, initiated by the NAACP and organized labor, is a huge work in progress, drawing numbers from “nearly the entire spectrum of labor, social justice and peace formations in the United States.” Some will come to protest massive unemployment, war, bailouts and other injustices, and call out the perpetrators by name. Others want only to join in a campaign rally for Democrats.
Let’s Have a Real Protest, Not a Democratic Pep Rally, on October 2nd
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
“The character and importance of the ‘One Nation’ rally will be determined by the demands that are made on Power, most especially on the White House.”
The October 2 rally in Washington to demand jobs and “stop moving money out of education and into wars and prisons," in the words of NAACP president Ben Jealous, promises to be huge. SEIU Local 1199, a co-initiator of the event along with the NAACP, has booked 500 busses from New York City, alone, and thousands more will be rolling into the nation’s capital from around the country. Participating organizations include nearly the entire spectrum of labor, social justice and peace formations in the United States.
But big does not necessarily mean historic, or even useful. The character and importance of the “One Nation” rally will be determined by the demands that are made on Power, most especially on the White House, where one man wields the power of an entire branch of government, is the leader of the majority party in both Houses of Congress, and commands national and global attention by virtue of the presidential “bully pulpit.” A Washington rally for jobs, justice and peace that makes no specific demands on President Obama would amount to a capitulation to the status quo on all counts, no matter if half a million attended. And if the event is allowed to become wholly a pep rally for Obama and Democrats, then that will tell the world that real movements for laboring people, social justice and peace do not currently exist in the United States – just a bunch of Democratic Party groupies with delusions of relevance to the burning issues of the day.
“Tremendous pressures that have been brought to bear by the administration to avoid embarrassing the president and his party on the eve of congressional elections.”
That’s why, mindful of the tremendous pressures that have been brought to bear by the administration to avoid embarrassing the president and his party on the eve of congressional elections, strong majorities of the United National Anti-War Conference  (UNAC), held in Albany, New York, in late July, endorsed a series of demands to be put forward at the October 2 rally, and beyond. These demands will be reflected in the placards carried by thousands of demonstrators concentrated in the UNAC contingent at the “One Nation” rally:
* $Trillions for jobs and education, not wars and bank bailouts.
* Bring the troops, mercenaries and war dollars home from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, now!
* Stop government attacks on unions, Muslims, immigrants and people of color. Civil liberties for all.
* End U.S aid to Israel. Billions for jobs, not occupation. End the siege of Gaza. Free Palestine!
The Black is Back Coalition  for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations is in agreement with the four demands, and will rally alongside the UNAC contingent on the Washington Mall. Black is Back will also demand an end to the ongoing wars waged against Black people here at home, through mass Black incarceration, police terror and constant economic aggression against Black communities.
“Any peace movement worthy of the name must demand withdrawal NOW.”
There is no point in going to a demonstration for jobs, social justice and peace if you are not going to make substantive demands. It is the Obama administration that is waging wars of aggression in Asia and Africa; the Congress – including, most of the time, most Democrats –funds these wars. President Obama always claims to be in the process of ending his wars, even as he escalates, just as did George Bush. Any peace movement worthy of the name must demand withdrawal NOW.
The NAACP and labor say they want to see money moved “from war to jobs and education.” That’s what we used to call a “peace dividend.” But there is no hint of peace in Obama’s rhetoric of open-ended warfare to infinity, and no evidence of any military scale-back that could yield a peace dividend. The dividend can only come with the end of imperial warfare.
By far the biggest share of the bank bailouts that ultimately netted Wall Street $12 to $14 trillion of the people’s money were finagled by the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury, both directly or indirectly accountable to Barack Obama. If you have any complaints about the bailouts, lay them at Obama’s doorstep, where they belong. Demand he stop the wealth transfers to Wall Street, NOW!
“If you have any complaints about the bailouts, lay them at Obama’s doorstep, where they belong.”
It is the government under President Obama that entraps and frames Muslims (largely African Americans) on terror charges, harries and deports more undocumented immigrants than did the Bush regime, fails to defend working people’s rights to organize, and maintains what is arguably the most thoroughly racist criminal justice system on the face of the planet. Obama is the executive in charge. Demand in plain language that he use all his powers to end the injustices.
The plank on Israel was the most hotly contested of the Albany conference, and caused a small minority of attendees and participating organizations to leave the United National Anti-War Committee. Too damn bad. It is long past time that the American anti-war movement make a decisive break with Israel, as the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) did way back in 1967. An anti-war movement that seeks to rein in its own government’s aggressions in the world but fails to condemn apartheid Israel’s ceaseless violations of international law and crimes against humanity since the birth of the state, has no credibility.
The Obama administration’s water carriers within the October 2 rally’s sponsoring organizations will doubtless seek to transform the occasion into a campaign event for the Democrats. It is up to the crowd to demonstrate righteous discontent with the powers-that-be, and call the malefactors out by name. If that’s your preference, hang with UNAC and Black is Back. You’ll identify them by their clear and insistent demands – which is how it should be.
BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com .
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U.S. urges Arab states to drop Israel nuclear treaty demand
U.S. envoy to IAEA says resolution calling on Israel to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty would send a negative signal to Middle East peace talks.
The U.S. envoy to the UN atomic watchdog urged Arab states on Monday to withdraw a resolution calling on Israel to sign an anti-nuclear arms treaty, warning it would send a negative signal to Middle East peace talks.
Arab countries, backed by Iran, are seeking to build on a victory at an assembly meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency last year when they narrowly won support for a
non-binding resolution calling on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation treaty.
They are expected to propose a similar text to this year’s meeting of the 151-nation assembly starting on Sept. 20, diplomats say.
The United States says that zeroing in on Israel, widely believed to be the region’s only nuclear power, could jeopardize an Egyptian-proposed conference in 2012 to discuss creating a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.
Glyn Davies, the U.S. ambassador to the IAEA, said it may also have an impact on the relaunched, U.S.-backed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
"We need to send a positive impulse to that broader peace process, not a negative one," he told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the IAEA’s 35-nation governing board, which takes place in the week before the assembly session.
Israel and the United States see Iran as the region’s main nuclear proliferation threat, accusing it of seeking to develop atomic weapons. Tehran rejects the charge.
Israel has never confirmed or denied having atom bombs under a policy of ambiguity to deter its many regional foes.
It condemned last year’s resolution urging it to accede to the 40-year-old nuclear NPT, saying it was backed by adversaries that question its right to exist.
Israel’s nuclear research center at Soreq
Israel, which would have to forswear atomic arms and place all its nuclear facilities under the IAEA’s watch if it signed the NPT, says full Middle East peace is a condition for it to join.
The United States alarmed Israel in May by backing Egypt’s initiative for the 2012 conference, but the Obama administration has since pledged to keep the Jewish state from being singled out.
Davies said the priority was to make the 2012 conference possible and this would not happen by continuing to "bludgeon" one member state, referring to Israel.
"In order for 2012 to succeed all countries have to show up … right now there is one country that has very little incentive to do that because of the way they are being made a
pariah in this process," he said.
"We have been working with the Arab League but also other partners to urge them to withdraw the Israeli nuclear capabilities resolution to spare the (IAEA assembly meeting) another fight," Davies added.
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