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Rosa Clemente: 'From the minute our children are born, they are targets.'

Hip Hop lecturer and activist Rosa Clemente 

Well known activist and grassroots organizer Rosa Clemente told me it is her view that many have been “lulled to sleep” by the fact that there is a Black President in Barack Obama, and a Black Attorney General in Eric Holder. As a veteran activist, she was not surprised by the ‪#‎Ferguson‬ decision.

“I am not surprised as someone who has been working on these issues for twenty years, but I’m always disappointed and always so sad that I have to take my 10-year old daughter to a rally for justice right now because that’s the world we live in, and she herself can be a victim of police violence at her age,” said Clemente. “It is a profound moment for all of us of this first ‪#‎HipHop‬ political generation who have really fought to stop this and now know that we have our children to protect along with many others. They are killing our kids. From the minute our children are born, they are targets,” she added.

‪#‎MikeBrown‬, ‪#‎EricGarner‬, ‪#‎TamirRice‬, ‪#‎TrayvonMartin‬, ‪#‎TroyDavis‬, ‪#‎OscarGrant‬, ‪#‎SeanBell‬, ‪#‎RumainBrisbon‬, ‪#‎JohnCrawford‬, ‪#‎EzellFord‬.

Abel Muhammad says...'It is beyond #Ferguson.'

Abel Muhammad 

Nation of Islam Latino Representative Abel Muhammad recently spent four days on the West Coast and told me he saw graffiti there calling for “Justice for Mike Brown.” He also spent a few hours in St. Louis on a layover before his flight back to his home in Chicago and shared his thoughts with me.

“It is beyond Ferguson, it is beyond just Mike Brown. It is a national epidemic, and people have had enough.” said Mr. Muhammad. “The youth are tired—Black and Brown. They will not continue to stay in this condition. They have said they would rather die than things stay like this where their lives mean nothing.”

West Coast KAM weighs in on #Exodus #Pharoah and #Negroes!

Prominent West Coast ‪#‎HipHop‬ activist and outreach specialist KAM was very clear when he conveyed his thoughts to me about the current state of affairs. He said:

"Not only am I ready to separate and exodus from Pharaoh and his people, I'm also just as ready to separate and exodus from Pharaoh-loving Negroes!"

Wise Intelligent delivers his thoughts on #Ferguson #Garner #Justice and #Separation

Wise Intelligent
‪#‎HipHop‬ wordsmith Wise Intelligent sent me a comprehensive e-mail directly representing his views on everything that is taking place. These are straight words from a committed activist with boots on the ground in the field. He writes:

"YOU CANNOT REASON or NEGOTIATE your humanity with a nation of TERRORISTS! They quite frankly don't care, and history is clear on this fact. ...and to all the Black people with a 'good education' a 'good job' a 'nice home' and car (and the fear of losing what you 'worked so hard for') as the reason for your complacency and capitulation to all manner of injustice, none of that will insulate you or your children's children from the terrorism of these committed terrorists.

IN CONCLUSION if we are not afraid to launch and encourage mass protests across the country at the risk of being beaten, tear-gassed, shot with wooden/rubber bullets, possibly real bullets, handcuffed tossed into the back of iron walled wagons, and violently carted off to jail - then WHY ARE WE NOT AFRAID to face the same thing for withdrawing our tax dollars and support out of American agencies and institutions that do not have our best interest as part of its mission statement?

It seems to me that most of the protests and demonstrations are still hopelessly rooted in the failed precepts of integration. It appears we still protest with the desire to integrate into a white-American humanity qualifying standard? I mean we seem to ultimately desire to BE LOVED by an apparent ENEMY!" ‪#‎Separation‬

Long Range Acoustic Devices (Sound Cannons) and YOU!

Militarized Chicago Police Department personnel at NATO 2012 protests. (Photo: Ashahed M. Muhammad)

The first time I actually saw an ‪#‎LRAD‬ (Long Range Acoustic Device a.k.a. sound cannon) in person was during the ‪#‎NATO‬ 2012 protests in Chicago. It is a sonic weapon. When it rolled out, this girl started giving everyone in the area ear plugs. Some looked puzzled, but I knew exactly why she was giving them out. Things had escalated. We were on Cermak and Michigan and a few among the thousands tried to take it to the window breaking and fire starting stage in efforts to move energy in another direction.

The #LRAD was deployed by the CPD but they didn't have to use it. More battle ready troops like those in the picture above arrived, and they simply began beating protesters who would not comply and/or disperse. Neutralized the threat within three to five minutes. If you step into areas where protests are taking place, it is important for you to understand something: YOU may be 'peacefully' protesting, but the enforcers of the state are not prepared to 'peacefully' deal with you.They are wearing armor.


'America: The Surveillance State' TONIGHT on 'Take Another Look'

Everything you do is monitored. If that statement shocks you, it means you are painfully unaware of the leviathan spying and global surveillance apparatus which emanates from the United States of America. On tonight’s edition of ‘Take Another Look’ we’re going to discuss the ‘universal snoopers’ who are monitoring your cell phone calls, internet surfing habits, incoming and outgoing email traffic and yes…even your snail mail! 

Even if you ARE already aware that you are being monitored, the reach of the government's surveillance system is even MORE expansive than you think it is! We’re not conspiracy theorists, we’re your early warning system and we are armed with facts. 

We'll also discuss Glenn Greenwald's book 'No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the U.S. Surveillance State.'  Read more about the book @ http://www.glenngreenwald.net/.

Tune in tonight for your dose of Action Based Research to find out what you can do about it! 

'America: The Surveillance State' tonight 9PM CT www.know1radio.com or, to hear it via your smartphone or tablet download the Live365 app and enter 'Know1Radio.'


2014 Black Weblog Awards Finalist Voting Ends October 28th!

Final voting closes on October 28th for this year's Black Weblog Awards. Those with the highest vote totals will be named and honored at an awards ceremony in Austin, TX on June 20th, 2015

With your help, several excellent bloggers whom I admire successfully made it through the semi-final round and are now finalists in the following categories:

Best Instagram & Twitter Feeds: BrotherJesse (Brother Jesse Muhammad)
Best Hashtag:#‎AskFarrakhan
Best Health or Wellness Blog: 'Hurt 2 Healing' (Ebony S. Muhammad)
Best Personal Blog: DericMuhammad.com (Deric Muhammad)

And yes, this blog 'Take Another Look with Ashahed Muhammad' is a finalist in the Best Political or News Blog category.
Go to: http://www.blackweblogawards.com now and vote!
Thanks to all who voted in the semi-final round, and thanks to those of you who will take time to cast your votes in the finals! Your votes are needed again, and are appreciated!