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This morning, I was in the final stretch of recruiting applicants for the YP4 Fellowship Program. I discussed my own Blueprints for Social Justice, a pilot program that addresses heart disease and diabetes in the Filipino community in the Bay Area with a focus on nutrition and exercise.
I left off in a previous post with a comment on how students of color should approach Ethnic Studies classes.
After coming home late with my mom from the a San Francisco precinct, I immediately went online to see the results of the last of the Democratic primaries. Yes, I will confess to breaking out in a happy dance with my mom as we witnessed history in the making. Not solely because the first African-American was selected as the presidential nominee for a major party in our lifetime (though it should be acknowledged that Obama is half Kenyan, half Caucasian); but, what he said, and what he has said throughout his campaign, as well as the public's response to his words.
Thursday, 20 September 2007 will mark its appropriate place in Black history just as many dates before it. Another march added to the repertoire of injustice stampedes faced in America. Organizations and individuals from across the United States have organized in order to provide body (moral) and financial support to the 5 young men who'll face trial and to Mychal Bell who has already stood trial. During today's society such an event should NOT be occurring. However, due to the complacent attitudes of young Black America "we" find ourselves in this re-occurring condition. Today I call upon `Young Black America' and request you to "stop wearing stunna shades, before you revert back into slaves".
Periodic Revolution "at least once every 20 years," is "a medicine necessary for the sound health of government."
Attributed to Thomas Jefferson.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.
John F. Kennedy
After reflecting on the paradoxes of America's birth this past the 4th of July, I was reminded by the quotes, above, attributed to two of the most celebrated American political figures.... advocating for the power of the people to hold its governing institutions accountable for our collective social welfare, political rights, and economic prosperity.
Have we become so docile that we are afraid of revolution?
Have we become so complacent that we are hostile to it?
Have we become so unimaginative that we are incapable for it?
A while back I was at a protest surround by a crowd chanting some boring repetitive dirge when I got to wondering, where's all the music in this revolution? Looking back at the 60's and the fight to stop Vietnam there were tons of hippies putting their feelings to music, and they were inspiring and mobilizing people with their melody and message. So as a singer, I decided to sit down and write a song, and I thought I might share it with y'all.
What follows is a song that I wrote, performed, recorded and produced one evening... Please feel free to download, enjoy and share at will.