Blackout for Human Rights

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Blackout for Human Rights (Blackout) is a network of concerned citizens who commit their energy and resources to immediately address the staggering level of human rights violations against fellow Americans throughout the United States. We have witnessed enough. We mourn the loss of men like Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, John Crawford and Michael Brown, who met their deaths at the hands of police officers. We mourn the loss of life and the absence of justice for Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride and Jordan Davis, killed by private citizens, in a climate where police action demonstrates this as acceptable. An affront to any citizen’s human rights threatens the liberty of all. So, we participate in one of the most time honored American traditions: dissent.

We demand an immediate end to the brutal treatment and inhumane killings of our loved ones; the lives of our friends, our parents and our children have value and should be treated with respect. Our right to life is secured not only by our humanity, but is protected by law both federally and internationally by the Constitution of the United States of America and the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Our Hope: to end violence against and the unjust killings of American citizens.

Our Aim: to raise awareness that builds and maintains pressure on the instruments of power until we are satisfied that the current threat has passed.

Our Goals:

  • To raise awareness about publicly funded human rights violations, through social media influence and organized grassroots events. 
  • To find lasting solutions to the root causes of this issue, through research, fundraising, and advocacy.
  • To empower citizens most at risk for these types of violations (low income, minorities, women and the disabled) by using our collective economic resources to make impact.

Our First Action: To make Black Friday (November 28, 2014) a nationwide day of action and retail boycott. Blackout will be organizing grassroots events, nationwide, for people to come out and show their solidarity in the fight for equal human rights.

 

 

Click here for more information about Blackout for Human Rights.

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The invisible sounds [Los sonidos invisibles] in Colombia

The Invisible Sounds [Los Sonidos invisibles] is a documentary by anthropologists Ana María Arango and Gregor Vanerian that focuses in the San Pacho festival as an epicenter of music culture in Colombia.

 

For more information on the film and its background, check out his article posted by Africa is a Country.

Jah9 – Avocado (Official Video)

“I am very excited to share this song and happy I was able to tell the story in my own way, honouring the light hearted nature with which it was written but still injecting important messages in a more universally appealing way. Avocado is that spoon full of sugar to make the medicine go down” – Jah9

Directed by: Samo ‘Kush-I’ Johnson
Shot by: GD Films
Styling by: Aya Wear

 

 

“Legitimate,” the track below, is from Jah9’s recent Album “New Name”. Produced by Rory Gilligan; Written by Janine “Jah9” Cunningham.

 

Visit Jah9 official website for more information about the group.

Why is my curriculum white?

This film from the UK examines Eurocentric bias in curriculum design, content and delivery from the perspective of university students in London. It offers an intelligent exposure and critique of whiteness in academia. Whiteness, however, is explained primarily through the lens of colonialism, imperialism, and empire. {The word slavery is never uttered, nor is it referred to in other ways.} CORRECTION: I somehow missed the reference to “slavery” in the film. Nevertheless, I maintain the point I made below that slavery is central to the social construction of whiteness.

Whiteness emerges through the process of racializing slavery. Europeans became “white” by “blackening” Africans and consigning them by law to permanent and hereditary servitude. For the sake of context, I thought I should add that point. But I sincerely don’t want it to detract from this fine film and the brilliant people it features.

 

 

 

John Coltrane – Offering Live at Temple University – Documentary

 

Recorded November 11, 1966
Mitten Hall, Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Available as Deluxe 2-CD digi-pack or Deluxe 2-LP Limited Edition
pressing of 2,000: http://www.resonancerecords.org/relea…

“A ninety-minute session of sustained intensity: experimental, frenzied at times, and deeply spiritual… Coltrane was pointing the way forward for generations of players to come, pushing the music to exhilarating, spiritual heights that caught most by surprise. In 1966, that wasn’t what jazz performances were about—not yet.”
– Ashley Kahn, jazz journalist & historian

Featured Artists:
John Coltrane – soprano & tenor saxophones, flute & vocals
Pharoah Sanders – tenor saxophone & piccolo
Alice Coltrane – piano
Sonny Johnson – bass
Rashied Ali – drums

Additional musicians include:
Steve Knoblauch, Arnold Joyner – alto saxophone
Umar Ali, Algie DeWitt, Robert Kenyatta – percussion