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Culture and Movement Building lessons... "Keep always in mind that the people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone’s head. They are fighting…..for material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children. National Liberation, War on Colonialism, building of peace and progress – independence – all that will remain meaningless for the people unless it brings a real improvement in the conditions of life." Amilcar Cabral, from “Destroy the economy of the enemy and build our own economy”, 1965

Read more: http://navigatingthestorm.blogspot.com/2012/12/linking-struggles-amilcar-cabral-and.html

For months now, New York officials have been highlighting how the city has regained all the jobs lost during the long recession and then some. But by several measures, the city’s recovery has left black New Yorkers behind.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/nyregion/blacks-miss-out-as-jobs-rebound-in-new-york-city.html?_r=1&hp&gwh=00B87DF996592BF237A87C51845B8EF4

Another Black boy murdered by police, how do we take our rage and organize...

Read more: http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2012/07/04/guardian-voices-place-rage

I do believe that something akin to a racial caste system is alive and well in America. For reasons that have stunningly little to do with crime or crime rates, we, as a nation, have chosen to lock up more than two million people behind bars.

Read more: http://www.zcommunications.org/the-irrational-race-bias-of-the-criminal-justice-and-prison-systems-by-michelle-alexander

Why can't a county or city dig a hole, or lay a mile of light rail without making new millionaires out of half a dozen bankers and their favorite lawyers? Why does all urban development have to be gentrification? Is government's real function to guarantee that a layer of banksters and lawyers get paid their cut before anything else moves?

Read more: http://blackagendareport.com/content/imagine-urban-economic-development-without-bankers-our-backs

What can you possibly do for social justice when you have MILLIONS and fame!

Read more: http://www.kulturekritic.com/?p=6941

A message for the sponsors of Occupy... there has been and will continue to be much radical work before you and after you...DaveyD gives a brief history lesson

Read more: http://www.dominionofnewyork.com/2012/08/10/ny-times-underestimates-oaklands-radicals/#.UCVoUa10BNQ.delicious

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