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AHMC365 Newsletter

July 2015 Vol 17

 

In Memory of Elombe Brath

This months' newsletter is a tribute  that honors Elombe Brath for his over fifty years of relentless dedication fighting for justice and humanity on behalf of the Global African Communities. These communities consist of the descendants of slavery as well as the victims of colonialism. Elombe life was dedicated to ameliorate the injustices that are ingrain into western culture. He began as a student within the African Nationalist Pioneer Movement under the leadership of Carlos Cooks, whom was a disciple of Marcus Garvey?

Elombe used that platform together with his brother, and AJAZZ to launch the Black is Beatuful shows in the early 60s. Then later, he became a teacher and organizer. By following the path of the honorable Marcus Garvey when he approached the socioeconomic issues universally. The evidence is that he impacted all areas of the Diaspora. He traveled from America, the Caribbean islands and to Africa, working with great leaders such as Fidal Castro, Seku Toure, Nelson Mendala and many others. 

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Featured News

What, to the American Slave, Is Your 4th of July?’


Frederick Douglass

“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” asked Frederick Douglass of the crowd gathered at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852. “I answer,” he continued, “a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which lie is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham.” .

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New Military Spending Bill Expands Empire

Miltary Spending

On Friday, the House passed a massive National Defense Authorization for 2016 that will guarantee U.S. involvement in more wars and overseas interventions for years to come. The Republican majority resorted to trickery to evade the meager spending limitations imposed by the 2011 budget control act - limitations that did not, as often reported, cut military spending but only slowed its growth.

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A Nation Built on the Back of Slavery and Racism

Why Reparations?  It began with 246 years of legal slavery in which we extracted wealth from the lives of African Americans.  At the time of the Civil War,  close to 4 million African americans were enslaved,  13 percent of american total population.  After the war,  instituional injustices focused on sealing their land and jobs and ensuring the African Americans did not build wealth as fast as the rest of Americans.

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Disapora News

Something to remember on Memorial Day’

BachataAs Memorial Day approaches our nation pauses to remember those men and women who served, and many of whom died in defense of freedom at home and around the world. I remind my fellow citizens that African Americans also fought and died in all of our nation’s wars. Even though there was great resistance by many in this country to allowing African Americans to enlist and serve in the armed forces or even to work in the defense industries, these black men and women made great contributions to the nation during the challenging times when the nation was at war.

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Lessons of Black International Internationalism from Central America

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Resistance to enslavement has been a defining characteristic of Black communities in the United States and across the Americas. From rebellions aboard slave ships, to insurrections on plantations, to maroon societies, African peoples and their descendants have challenged the horrors of white supremacy with remarkable resistance in the name of self-determination and self-defense.

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African News

Is Africa’s ‘resource nationalism’ just big business as usual?

Big mining firms in the Democratic Republic of Congo are worried. For the past decade they’ve made good money from the country’s huge reserves of cobalt, diamonds, gold and copper, and now the government wants to grab more of the action: a document leaked to Bloomberg reveals plans to raise royalties and profit taxes, and increase the state’s share in any new ventures. This is so-called “resource nationalism” in action, and the DRC is far from alone in seeking greater economic control of its natural resources. The state is back, the theory goes, and it’s taking on the multinational. From Scotland to Namibia, Zambia to Ecuador, resource rich nations throughout the world are rhetorically reclaiming gas, oil and minerals as their own.-


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Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta urges Africa to give up aid

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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged fellow African leaders to stop receiving foreign aid, saying it is not an acceptable basis for prosperity. "Dependency on giving that only appears to be charitable must end," he said in a tweet ahead of this weekend's African Union summit in South Africa. The BBC's Robert Kiptoo in Kenya says it is not a government policy but a rallying cry for African leaders. Aid is believed to account for 5-6% of Kenya's total income. Mr Kenyatta said that foreign aid "often carries terms and conditions that preclude progress".

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History Tidbits

Grim History Traced in Sunken Slave Ship Found Off South Africa

WASHINGTON — On Dec. 3, 1794, a Portuguese slave ship left Mozambique, on the east coast of Africa, for what was to be a 7,000-mile voyage to Maranhão, Brazil, and the sugar plantations that awaited its cargo of black men and women. Shackled in the ship’s hold were between 400 and 500 slaves, pressed flesh to flesh with their backs on the floor. With the exception of daily breaks to exercise, the slaves were to spend the bulk of the estimated four-month journey from the Indian Ocean across the vast South Atlantic in the dark of the hold.

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Finding the Forgotten 

I went away, I leave and I come back home. I come back to stay. I must see my way —Andre Tanker It’s not taboo to go back to what you’ve forgotten —Akan proverb If you’re tempted to do a Dry Season clean-out and burn that “old rubbish”—documents, family snaps, old newspaper clippings, tantie’s hat, tonton’s ping pong and granpappi’s washikong—think twice and before you bun dong your own and your neighbour’s house consigning more of our collective and your own personal past to the flames of forgetting, introduce yourself and that pile from the past to the Caribbean Memory Project (CMP).

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