Film showing of Operation Small Axe, followed by discussion with Minister of Information JR and Malcolm Shabazz. 6-8pm
Sankofa Video & Books, 2714 Georgia Ave, Washington DC
"Operation Small Axe" takes a raw and unflinching look at life under police terrorism in Oakland. Through the stories of Oscar Grant ,Lovelle Mixon and POCC Minister of information JR Valrey, the film focuses on the occupation of Oakland’s
communities of color by militarized and racist police forces. Oscar Grant was shot in the back and killed by Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer Johannes Mehserle on January 1st of this year. On March 21st, Lovelle Mixon was killed by Oakland police after having allegedly shot five OPD officers, killing four.
JR Valrey is the director/producer of the film and also the Minister of Information for the Prisoners of Conscious Committee (POCC) which is led by Fred Hampton Jr.
Malcolm Shabazz is the grandson of Ash-Shaheed (the Martyr) El-Hajj Malik Shabazz and will discuss his recent activitities, his upcoming book, and the lost chapters of his grandfathers autobiography.
"I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory… You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. We must dare to invent the future."
-Thomas Sankara, 1985
"La ilaha ill Allah wa Muhammadan Rasulullah" (there is only one God and Muhammad is his Messenger)
-20% of the world’s population