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8.10.2015

‘Chosen For Change’ An Interview with Michael Brown Sr. #JusticeOrElse

His son in death, still lives as the patron saint of a movement.

Minister Farrakhan declared Mike Brown Jr. a 'patron saint' of the #JusticeOrElse movement

On August 9, 2014 the death of Michael Brown Jr., shocked and angered people to such an extent that the little town of Ferguson, just outside of St. Louis became known as “Ground Zero” and sparked nationwide protests against police brutality.

He was shot dead in the street at the Canfield Green Apartment complex by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

The young man’s death has taken an emotional toll on his father, Michael Brown Sr., in fact, just a little over two weeks prior to his son being shot down, the 18-year-old  stood by his father’s side as the Best Man during his wedding.

His son has now become the patron saint of a movement, a martyr. He shared his thoughts with me just steps away from where his son was killed.

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Ashahed M. Muhammad (AMM:) Brother Michael, we’re all with you, we’ve seen you on the front line marching and we admire your courage and bravery standing and want to tell you that we really appreciate you giving us your time to talk. We know this is really an emotional time for you.  Can you put any of your thoughts into words for us right now to let us know a little bit about how you’re feeling?

Mike Brown, Sr. (MB:) Of course I’m still hurt, I’m still grieving, I’m still going through my emotions.  This is just the beginning—for me this fight has just started.  Where I’m heading with this big thing I’m pushing is just keeping aware of what these people have been doing to us for 400 plus years; I’m about the fight.

AMM: As it relates to what has happened so far what are you happy about and what are you unhappy about as far as justice for your son?

MB: Ain’t nothing happening but me standing up for him! It’s still a lot of work to do. I’m proud of myself, the team. I’m proud of St. Louis and everybody around that’s standing with me but it’s still a loss.

AMM: In your quiet time when you are alone and you reflect on memories of your son, because of the way he was characterized and demonized in the controlled media, what is something that people don’t know about your son that they should know?

MB: That smile that goes across my brain every time I look at a picture or think of him.

AMM: Your foundation has been started. It is called Chosen for Change. That is the outgrowth of what has happened and a catalyst for activism in your son’s name. Do you want to tell us a little bit about that?

MB: It was made up one night me and my wife were just sitting up looking at pictures that kids had drew of my son. One of the pictures was from a 10-year old of a picture that he drew of my son. He had (written) across the top of it and it said “chosen for change.” And this 10-year old I’m looking for him so I thank him for the title. With this foundation we are basically based upon helping the youth empowering our youth, helping Black men and women; just keeping us strong and knowing what we need to do for ourselves to be mentally educated and the resources we need to keep going forward in life and positive.

AMM: “Justice or Else!” is the theme for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. Do you have any thoughts on that theme and Minister Farrakhan elevating your son saying he would be like our patron saint and one of the symbols of what this is all about?

MB: Yeah! I like that I like how he put that together … that’s cold. (Smiling) That’s all I’m going to say about that.

AMM: Thank you.

#JusticeOrElse


7.27.2015

Michael Brown Sr. on #JusticeOrElse: 'For me, this fight has just started.'

Michael Brown Sr., after our recent interview, just steps away from where his son was shot down at the Canfield  Green Apartments in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo: Robert E. Muhammad) 

It has been nearly one year since Michael Brown Jr. was shot dead in the streets of an apartment complex on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Mo., by former police officer Darren Wilson. His August 9, 2014 death shocked and angered people to such an extent that the little town just outside of St. Louis became known as “Ground Zero” and sparked nationwide protests against police brutality. As we approach one year since his son's death, his father Michael Brown Sr. told me he wants #JusticeOrElse!
"I’m still hurt, I’m still grieving, I’m still going through my emotions.  This is just the beginning—for me this fight has just started.  Where I’m heading with this big thing I’m pushing is just keeping us aware of what these people have been doing to us for 400 plus years; I’m about the fight."
-- Michael Brown Sr.




#JusticeOrElse

7.22.2015

Activist Tamika Mallory on the call for #JusticeOrElse: 'It's now or never'


Tamika D. Mallory
"I think it is definitely timely! It’s now or never, and clearly we see that all across the country Black folks are on fire and that’s in good ways and bad ways. We’re prepared to fight back at this point but we must be convened, we need some training, we need some understanding that is rooted deeper than us just being activist that sort of ‘pop up’ and  want to move.  We need to be able to understand how these things connect and the right way to get it done and I think what Minister Farrakhan is providing—an opportunity for all of us to come together—is significant at this time.

I remember the Million Man March. I was 15-years old. My father went, so I remember all the Black men in my family were a part of the Million Man March and it certainly was encouraging for me to see that. I think that for me to be a part of the planning of the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March is certainly a culmination for me of the work that I’ve been doing."



#JusticeOrElse

7.09.2015

An Interview with 'Trace Amounts' co-director Shiloh Levine

Shiloh Levine, is one of the filmmakers behind the important documentary Trace Amounts. Trace Amounts tells the true story of Eric Gladen (the film’s director) who became ill after getting a tetanus shot that he believes contained the controversial additive Thimerosal.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, Thimerosal is “a mercury-containing organic compound widely used for nearly a century in many biological products including many vaccines as a preservative.” Because of concerns regarding its toxicity, the FDA has vowed “to reduce or eliminate” it from vaccines.  In fact, addressing this very concern on the FDA's website it is stated: 

“Thimerosal has been removed from or reduced to trace amounts in all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age and younger, with the exception of inactivated influenza vaccine.” 

I found  the documentary Trace Amounts to be very informative while at the same time troubling. There is so much we don't know, and as a society, we place far too much trust in medical professionals. I recommend all those who have ever questioned what is contained in those small vaccine vials to watch the documentary with those you love, then discuss it.

There are many who are concerned about vaccines and their possible links to autism. There are also many involved in a serious fight to resist mandatory vaccination legislation spreading nationwide.

I spent some time discussing these important topics with Shiloh recently in Los Angeles, California.

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Shiloh Levine, co-director of the documentary 'Trace Amounts'

Ashahed M. Muhammad (AMM:) As one of the directors of the documentary “Trace Amounts,” tell us why you thought it was important to shine light on such an important topic?


Shiloh Levine (SL:) Well, when I found out about this topic I was teaching children with autism. I had started to see the connection between Mercury and the things I was reading on Autism and Thimerosal which is an ingredient in some of the vaccines. I met Eric (Gladen) because he put an ad in the paper and I—autism is very devastating; it breaks up families, it’s devastating to the children, financially, emotionally, spiritually—it’s a tough thing, so if there was a way to stop this from occurring I was certainly going to be  a part of that. So when I met Eric, he told me that there was mercury in the vaccines, and I was like: ‘What are you talking about? That’s crazy!’ So I didn’t even have to think about it. I just was on board with helping make this film and getting the information out to people because the mainstream media is not putting it out there, and so that’s why all these documentaries are popping up, because the people are saying ‘I want to get this information to the general public, so I’m going to put the information in a documentary and get it out.’

(AMM:) Did you learn anything during your time directing it that you didn’t know before.

(SL:) Oh I learned tons of things about the subject! Absolutely! We interviewed scientists, chemists, toxicologists, and government people, all over this country. I learned that Ethylmercury is not the “safe mercury,” which a lot of people like to spout in the media. It is actually more dangerous than Methylmercury, which is the type of mercury found in fish. And it gets trapped in the brain twice as much as Methylmercury and that’s where the neurological problems are.

(AMM:)  In the rest of the organs also right?

(SL:) Yes, it gets trapped in tissues and fat cells, but in the brain is where it’s going to do that neurological harm. So that’s one of the things that I learned, but I learned a ton of things. Two parts per billion is the amount of allowable mercury in our drinking water. Two hundred parts per billion is considered toxic waste. Fifty-thousand parts per billion is the amount of mercury in Thimerosal at twenty-five micrograms. In a flu shot, that amount is fifty thousand parts per billion, which is twenty-five thousand times more than the allowable amount in drinking water. You’re injecting toxic waste into babies and pregnant mothers, and that’s not okay.

(AMM:) What is your next step as it relates to—of course we know you are giving everyone the information about the movie and trying to show the documentary to as many people as possible, but what is your next step?

(SL:) Just getting the information out there. We’re also as a group the “Trace Amounts” team created #MandateTheTruth which is to help fight these bills that are mandating vaccines because the CDC is in no position responsibly to make those decisions about what’s safe, because they’re not properly exposing the findings that they are finding in their epidemiological studies. We’re not in a position as a society to say ‘let’s mandate vaccines.’ We feel that people should have the choice of whether or not they vaccinate.

(AMM:) So it would be a misnomer as the mainstream media likes to mischaracterize many people as “anti-vaxxers.”

(SL:) Right! They’re saying all of these people are “anti-vaxxers” when actually a lot of them are just people who want to slow down the amount of vaccines or maybe not get the Hepatatis B vaccines. There’s forty-nine vaccines that these children have to get and they want to do it one at a time. They don’t want to go in and get seven in one day. They want to do it on a schedule working with a doctor that they feel in their gut is safer. So they’re not anti-vaccines but they’re being portrayed as that because that’s how you demonize those people.

(AMM:) Demonization. A reliable tactic. Thank you very much.

(SL:) Thank you!

(For more information about the documentary “Trace Amounts” such as showings in your area, obtaining your own copy or to view a trailer, visit http://traceamounts.com.)

7.06.2015

#HipHop Artists Break ADL Stranglehold: Embrace Farrakhan's Call for #JusticeOrElse


NOI Research Group


The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith has launched its long-expected attack on Black youth and Hip Hop culture. In its latest communiqué its pompous and pretentious leader Abraham Foxman provides a marvelous confirmation of the potential power and effectiveness of our brilliant artists and their commitment to freedom, justice, and equality for their people.
Abraham Foxman
Jewish arrogance is spectacular. The ADL points with disdain to the massive gathering of those seeking a true justice, planned for Washington D.C. on October 10, 2015, the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. The Jewish leader decries the fact that “Louis Farrakhan has received support from well-known rap artists and others, who are helping bring Farrakhan’s message to a broader audience.”

Why is the Jewish head of the ADL, Abraham Foxman, with his $688,280 annual salary and $50 million budget, concerned about Black rappers? Because everything The Minister has told our youth about their potential power and influence is 100 percent truth.

Since its founding 102 years ago, the ADL has served as an extension of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, which sought to “neutralize” every Black leader and organization. Hoover’s notorious COINTELPRO operation declared the peace-loving Dr. Martin Luther King to be the “most dangerous Negro leader” and worked tirelessly to destroy his work. And when the US government restrained some of the FBI abuses, the ADL stepped in to pick up the slack. In 1993, the ADL was caught in a series of covert activities, including espionage, illegal surveillance, theft, and selling classified information to the most racist nation on earth and Israel’s closest friend—the apartheid government of South Africa.

The list of the ADL’s victims includes the NAACP, the Nation of Islam, the ACLU, Greenpeace, the United Farm Workers, and several Black elected officials. Nation of Islam researchers uncovered hidden ADL documents that showed it to be spying on the Nation of Islam as far back as 1942. The ADL is found congratulating itself because “a Negro employed by us” proved “quite instrumental” in an FBI raid on the Chicago mosque resulting in 82 arrests. And they did this treacherous act even though they admitted in yet another hidden memo that “We have no documentable evidence of anti-Semitism on the part of the Temples of Islam movement or Elijah Muhammad.” (Source: The Secret Relationship Between Blacks & Jews, Vol. 2)

So if “anti-Semitism” is not the REAL issue behind the ADL’s constant attacks, why have they targeted young artists who have stood up in support of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?

The answer is in our wallets. Just look at what the ADL complained about:

Instagram and Twitter posts from rap artists posing with Farrakhan or promoting his recent visits have reached a combined 10.9 million followers so far, and many more people through reposts and retweets….Some rap artists who have posted messages promoting Farrakhan or the Million Man March anniversary include Rick Ross (3.2 million Instagram followers), The Game (3.1 Million Instagram followers), Birdman (1.6 million Instagram followers), 2 Chainz (1.5 million followers), Young Thug (1.3 million Instagram followers), and Scarface (227,000 Twitter followers).

And they missed Kanye West, Dame Dash, Jay Electronica, Flex Alexander, Daphne Wayans, Dante Whitfield, Killer Mike, Big K.R.I.T., Big Boi, Ice Cube, Sway, Ezzy, Lil Bibby, Palo Mula, Bone Crusher, Kaleena Harper, Sa-Roc, CeeLo Green, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Chuck D., Russell Simmons, and many, many other artists, entertainers, and Hip Hop notables. Their combined fans, followers, and friends add another 20 million to the ADL’s count.

The ADL is upset because Farrakhan represents an end to the iron grip that Jewish businessmen have on our most popular and talented Black artists. In his book Hip Hop America, Nelson George names 17 “handsomely rewarded” individuals as among those who control the Black rap artists. He writes, “Interestingly, the majority of these men and women were Jews…” Jewish writer Seth Gitell agreed, and admitted that Jews worked as producers, marketers, and attorneys. He wrote that as rap “focused more and more on violence…Jews remained involved.”

The most famous and influential rap group of all time is Public Enemy, which found themselves almost having to hold their business meetings in a synagogue. P.E.’s business managers, tour managers, publicists, lawyers were ALL Jewish.

This exploitative state of affairs still exists today, with white Jews with no discernable artistic talent running the Hip Hop plantation while our masterful Black poets, musicians, artists and dancers generate ALL the revenues. And this leads to the kind of delirium expressed by the Jewish former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers Donald Tokowitz Sterling, who famously told his Black mistress what he thought about the Black players:

“I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have—Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?”

Just as with sports, not a single one of the 21 million fans and followers of the rappers are following these brilliant and talented Black celebrities because of their Jewish managers, agents, distributors and hangers-on—and this is frightening to a fat and wealthy gang of exploiters who sense that their slaves have been secretly visited by Harriet Tubman.

Kanye West ran head-on into this Jewish business power in his attempt to diversify and penetrate the clothing and apparel business. It earned Kanye a vicious public attack by none other than Abraham Foxman, who called him an “anti-Semite.”

And there is more that proves that the ADL attack on the Black Hip Hop world is a blessed sign that their standing with The Minister is a truly righteous bond.

1400 years ago the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) sought to unite the warring tribes into a force of righteousness. The Arab youth wanted to form a true brotherhood, but the ADL of that time—a Jewish tribe called the Banu Nadir—was dead set against it. This tribe controlled the commerce in the Middle East and made huge profits selling destructive products to the Arabs—like liquor, weapons, slaves, and gambling. To the Jews, the rise of Prophet Muhammad meant a loss of those lucrative revenue streams. So when they saw a budding unity among the Arabs, it alarmed them greatly. According to historians, the Jews went to the Arabs with the explicit mission to reignite the old angers and instigate past rivalries. The Jews actually hired poets to attack the newfound Arab unity.


The Prophet counteracted this Jewish COINTELPRO through his building a bond with the poets and artists who believed like him that unity among the Arabs was more powerful than any other force. He overcame this Banu Nadir Jewish treachery and went on to establish a civilization throughout that region unmatched in world history.

Sound familiar? All of this exists today. The ADL squawks about what they are against—but what are they for? Blacks suffer devastating conditions in their communities, yet we hear nothing of substance from the Jewish leadership. Have they shown up with an answer to the gang violence, the mass incarcerations, the police brutality, the unemployment, and the lack of education opportunities? Or are they the source of all those maladies—as they were in the time of The Prophet?


Minister Farrakhan says “Justice Or Else!” and he has forged a strong unity among our beautiful and strong Black youth where only hatreds and rivalries had existed. Songwriter and producer Sean Johnson, who is better known in the industry as “Joe Blow,” spoke for many when he told the Final Call that “Min. Farrakhan is saying a lot of things younger artists need to hear….We got the power way more now than before. You have a platform—use it,” he said. “It’s time for young brothers to wake up and put a message in the music.”

Young Thug added that The Minister’s message was “so simple, so honest, so plain….The negativity I was thinking about doing I’m not going to do.”

So who could be AGAINST that? It seems as though Abraham Foxman is—but WHY?!

7.01.2015

[AN ETHICAL ANALYSIS] 'With Liberty and Justice FOR WHITE: America’s False Flag Controversy'


By The NOI Research Group

Betsy Ross was credited with creating the first American flag, but that is doubtful. If there was any sewing going on—and there was—it was a Black woman doing it. The notorious stars-&-stripes was adopted in 1777, with its 13 stripes and circular array of thirteen 5-pointed stars.

The Confederate flag was raised in 1861 by White slave-owners in their violent attempt to preserve Black slavery. We are then told that Abraham Lincoln, having come to the decision that slavery was immoral and inhumane, “emancipated” the Black man, an action that intensified the Civil War.


This popular account may be good for Steven Spielberg’s White supremacist standards, but not for ours. A few historical realities stand in the way of this American fairy tale. Let us look at a few of Lincoln’s actions under the ol’ “RED, WHITE & BLUE”:

•               While still engaged in the war, Lincoln placed his troops at the disposal of the governor of Maryland to repress a rumored slave insurrection.

•               In 1861, when General John C. Fremont freed all slaves in the state of Missouri, Lincoln fired him. When General David Hunter freed the slaves in three states, Lincoln cancelled and then reversed the general’s order.

•               Lincoln’s military camps were closed to runaway slaves, and some poor Black souls were actually captured by Union soldiers and returned to their rebel owners!

•               Lincoln had no intention of establishing “integration” and in 1862 sent 450 “freed” slaves to an island off the coast of Haiti in an ill-fated colonization scheme. The navy had to be sent to retrieve the beleaguered Blacks.

•               Lincoln publicly voiced support for the Fugitive Slave Law, which made every American citizen—North and South—responsible for catching runaway slaves.

The lifespan of the Confederate flag was but four years, and it could have been defeated a full two years sooner had not a Jewish banker named Emile Erlanger breathed life back into the Confederacy with a $7 million loan (about $125 million in today’s money), without which the South would have been unable to pay or arm its troops. This little-known act of treachery may have cost 300,000 white lives and enabled the slave trade to continue for even longer.

Nevertheless, the Star Spangled Banner won out—and that’s when the misery of the Black, the Brown, and the Red accelerated. Ask the Native Americans whether they see any difference between the two flags. The MASSACRES that have been recorded since the Confederate flag was retired in 1865 are what put the red in the stripes of the AMERICAN flag:

• Circleville Massacre (16 dead)

• Aquarius Mountains (23 dead)

• Campo Seco   (33 dead)

• Washita Massacre (140 dead)

• Marias Massacre (173 dead)

• Kingsley Cave Massacre (30 dead)

• Camp Grant Massacre   (144 dead)

• Skeleton Cave Massacre (76 dead)

• Cypress Hills Massacre (20 dead)

• Sappa Creek Massacre (27 dead)

• Big Hole Massacre (89 dead)

• Fort Robinson Massacre (77 dead)

• Stronghold (76 dead)

• Wounded Knee Massacre (250 dead)

The Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890
There were many more massacres long before the creation of the Confederate flag or the Confederacy. The genocide and suffering of the Red Man are unforgivable.

With Lincoln dead, and the terrorist leaders  forgiven, Whites reunited under the American flag, their first order of business was to establish white supremacy for all time. The Ku Klux Klan formed under the AMERICAN flag—not the Confederate flag—and much of its violence occurred in the north. They even had a chapter at Harvard University. Slavery was over, but the United States economy was still dominated by cotton production. In the so-called “Compromise of 1877,” Whites determined that bloody violence was essential to force the ex-slaves back onto the plantation in a new form of slavery called sharecropping; thus, the Reconstruction era was literally an American Orgy of anti-Black Terror & Violence.

Wholesale killings of Blacks occurred across the South with alarming frequency and shocking depravity. Most of these open racial slaughters resulted from attempts by Blacks to assert their citizenship rights, such as by voting or seeking political office, by setting up businesses, or by acquiring land or education. But much of it was just pure race hate. As one scholar wrote of postwar Whites: “They loathed the Negro and…were ready to hunt him like an animal.” So many Blacks were slaughtered in one genocidal incident in a Texas county that “vultures became a nuisance.” Think about that.

Here are a few instances in the “proud heritage” of White America.

• In Memphis, Tennessee, in 1866, a mob of Whites was said to have exhibited “a deadly hatred of the colored race” as it joined police officers in murdering at least 46 innocents and injuring 285. Rampaging Whites raped Black women and burned four Black churches and twelve Black schools.

• In New Orleans, Louisiana, that same year, White mobs murdered 34 and injured more than 200.  Similar incidents occurred in Pulaski, Tennessee; Opelousas, Louisiana; Eutaw, Alabama; Laurens, South Carolina; and Camilla, Georgia.

• In 1871, every schoolhouse for Black children in Winston County, Mississippi, was burned, and in Meridian thirty Blacks were killed.

• In 1868, Whites began a killing spree in Shady Grove, Louisiana, and indiscriminately murdered up to 200 innocent Blacks.

• On Easter Sunday of 1873 in Colfax, Louisiana, the bloodiest single instance of racial carnage occurred when 280 Blacks were left for dead, sixty of them “terribly mutilated” and strewn throughout the countryside. Thirty-four others had been taken to a riverbank and shot through the head. Authorities tried none of the perpetrators, claiming the massacre was “a justifiable assertion of white supremacy.”

• Several Black men were murdered by a mob of 300–400 White men in an 1874 massacre in Coushatta, Louisiana.

• In 1874–75, after years of violence, White Mississippians overthrew the legally constituted interracial government. As many as 300 Blacks were murdered in Vicksburg in two separate incidents in 1874 when Whites on a killing spree swept the county.

• Between 35 and 50 Blacks along with radical White leaders were slaughtered in Clinton, Mississippi, in September 1875.

• In 1874, a murderous mob of 400 armed Tennessee Whites stormed the Trenton Jail and massacred all 16 of the Blacks confined there. Their bodies were found at the bottom of a river a mile away.

• In 1876 in Hamburg, South Carolina, Whites forced their way through a group of parading Black militia. Two dozen of the Blacks were arrested and five were murdered while in custody—they were told to run and then shot in the back.

• In Ellenton, South Carolina, federal troops helped local Whites slaughter at least 40 Blacks, including a legislator in the state’s House of Representatives.

• In 1884, a White mob murdered 56 people in Cincinnati, Ohio, and burned down the city’s courthouse.

• In 1887, in what has become known as the Thibodaux Massacre, Louisiana Whites slaughtered as many as 300 Black sugar plantation workers because they were organizing for better conditions.

• In 1890, a North Carolina mob of 400 White men, “led by prominent citizens and public officials,” killed and wounded an untold number of Blacks.

And this is merely a sample of the documented violence against Blacks. By 1893, almost thirty years after “emancipation,” Blacks in the South were being murdered at a rate of at least one every 40 hours.

Today this violent and oppressive “Jim Crow” history is represented in popular culture as no more than the mere inconveniences of water fountain and lunch counter discrimination. But this masks the real purpose and devastating effects of the many violent acts of White supremacy: the destruction of any Black aspirations for economic self-development, the confinement of the African to forced plantation and domestic labor, permanent political subjugation, and perpetual societal inferiority.

This all ends on October 10, 2015, in Washington D.C., when the “false flags” of Jim Crow, the FBI’s COINTELPRO, the anti-Asian concentration camps, the anti-Mexican wall-builders, police brutality and militarization, the mass incarceration of Blacks, the racist unemployment and discrimination all come crashing down. A new flag will be hoisted over a people who are determined never to be slaves again. Be there when The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan hoists the flag of God Himself—the one that will say forever “with Freedom and Justice for ALL!”