Fwd: Shut down the $$$$ from Bulldozing Harlem/ from BLACK WOMEN
Massimo A. Allamandola
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Wed Jan 30 13:19:39 GMT 2008
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> From: Johnson Agnes <aajsyr at yahoo.com>
> Subject: Shut down the $$$$ from Bulldozing Harlem/ from BLACK WOMEN
> AGAINST RACISM EMPOWERED
> Dear Community, This is an action we are calling for
> and we hope you will read this and enjoin. We are
> looking for endorsements and supporters of this
> campaign. Harlem is going fast and we must stop the
> bulldozers. Let me know what you think. Peace to
> We will be marching on Monday at 5:30 pm in a
> Rememberance of Amadou Diallo.
> Agnes Johnson aajsyr at yahoo.com
THE INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH OF US WAS BUILT ON THE BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN FREE LABOR.
February 2008: BLACK HISTORY IN ACTION
STOP THE SHOP
28 DAY BOYCOTT
Amadou Diallo's death 8 yrs ago
Alton Maddox disbarment
Michael & Evelyn Warren
Martin Lee Anderson
In Katrina, Oilfields Secured before People
Aid to Katrina Survivors Still Lacking
Columbia University Nooses
Daily Victims of Police Terrorism,
Health Crisis, Sub-prime Lending,
and the “Land Grab/Ethnic Cleansing”
in Black Communities
THE TIME IS NOW!
EACH YEAR, AS CONSUMERS, WE SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
IT IS TIME TO HALT PROFITS TO HELP BRING ABOUT JUSTICE FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY.
ENJOIN WITH ALL WHO WILL PLEDGE TO STAY STRONG WITH COMMUNITY IN THIS EFFORT TO
STOP THE PLANNERS OF GENTIFICATION.
BE A PART OF HISTORY THIS BLACK HISTORY MONTH.
FROM 2/1/08 – 2/28/08
1. SPEND ONLY ON BASIC NEEDS (IE: SHELTER, FOOD, UTILITIES, ETC.),
2. DO WITHOUT OTHER PURCHASES,
3. SPREAD THE WORD !!!!!!!
**************** ON 2/29/08 BUY BLACK!*******************
For more info call: 973-754-8271
Endorsed by: BWARE, Movement against Racial Profiling, Black Shoppers Union, Blacks for Mumia, Revolutionary Art
In support of the National No Justice, No Profit Campaign....LIST EVOLVING
2. WHY BOYCOTT
BOYCOTT FEB 1st to FEB 28TH FEB 29TH “BUY BLACK
“Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength in compelling power”
Dr. Martin Luther King
We witnessed the death and destruction in New Orleans.
We are witnessing the dismantling of Black communities all over the US.
The ferocity and magnitude of racism is building in all areas of life for a Black citizen
We drive NYC'S economic growth but are left out of the plans for its future as luxury condos take over Black
“Black America's collective wealth is currently estimated at $723 Billion per year and is expected to increase to more
than $965 Billion by 2009.”
Black People are being attacked everyday and Black communities are being dismantled.
What is at stake is the existing community in Harlem and the “Right of Return in New Orleans.
Gentification means the destruction of the black community and the City Councils are not creating policies that are
dealing with issues of affordable housing and business displacement but are most interested in helping with the plans
of major corporations.
We are facing an economy and administrative policies that are using police actions against the Black communities,
against Black lawyers, against Black activists and against Black youth.
Clearly we understand that we continue to live in complicity with the US economic system that does not care about
Black people. This must be addressed. And clearly we understand the boycott will greatly affect livelihoods but it is
time to stop the deals being worked out without the Black Community's best interest.
The Boycott is a Strategy.
We seek to withdraw our economic support and complicity with the very economy that is destroying our
communities and attacking us with police actions and administrative neglect.
We seek to use the Month of February – Black History Month – as a time of education, reflection, and action.
We seek to stress the principals of Umoja and Ujamaa. “I am because We are.”
1. Community activists would engage with the community in Harlem and to show the DVDs
2. People will knock on doors and call on individuals to engage their neighbors to watch and discuss the
3. Activists would reach out to outside NY C areas to enlist solidarity with the Boycott
4. A MySpace will be developed to reach out and establish a point of contact for community with information
5. A pledge will be requested from all, to not shop during Black History Month to help create a powerful
6. A special component of this month will be to reach out to the youth to explain where their $ go and the
history of the boycott and how it helped to end apartheid.
Conclusion: “We need the storm, the whirlwind and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be denounced.
Frederick Douglas, July 4 1852 “What to the Slave, Is the 7th of July??”
The National Black Boycott Information Bureau ( NBBIB) www.nbbib.org/organize.htm
Black Women Against Racism Empowered (BWARE)
Katrina Solidarity of NY
Youtube “New Orleans City Council protest”
NPR “Marcus Garvey Park Drummers in Harlem”
NYC Rezoning Proposal for River to River in Harlem
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2008
OPEN LETTER TO THE BLACK COMMUNITY
WHY WE CAN’T WAIT?
A CALL FOR A 28 DAY BOYCOTT – FEBRUARY 2008
The Boycott is a strategy. As a catalyst for change, it is one of the most effective ways to command the attention
of a power structure. In his final speeches, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of coupling protest with economic
withdrawal. This strategy was successfully used in the 9 month Montgomery Bus Boycott. It was also the
planned strategy in the “Poor People’s Campaign” scheduled for Memphis. Internationally,
it was economic sanctions (ie: divestments) that brought an end to apartheid in South Africa.
The multitude of injustices faced today by the Black Community make economic sanctions a necessary
response. Nationwide exists:
-escalating police terrorism irrespective of age, gender, or physical ability.
-differential treatment of blacks in the criminal justice system. From charging decisions to sentencing, blacks
are treated more harshly when they are defendants, and accorded less value as victims. Adolescent and Young
Adult Black Males are used to sustain the prison industrial complex, the modern day slave system.
-urban removal and ethnic cleansing of historical black communities (ie: Harlem, New Orleans, etc.).
-record black unemployment across cities and rural areas.
-health care disparities with a resulting health crisis.
-predatory lending and mortgage crisis eroding black wealth.
-inferior education and funding of schools in our communities.
-a school to prison pipeline with the criminalizing and over-policing of schools with a predominate black student
-pervasive stereotypes in the media that depict blacks as inferior.
-escalation of racist mob attacks and threats of racial violence with the resurgence of noose incidents.
The Black Buying Power is over 700 Billion Dollars. It is time we withdraw our economic support and
cease profits in a Nation that ignores our calls for justice.
To support the 28 Day Boycott:
1) Spend only on basic needs, ie: shelter, food, utilities, etc. Forgo all other purchases.
2) Inform family, friends, neighbors, co-workers of the boycott.
3) Forward to your e-mail list, my space page, etc.
4) Inform and present to your organizations, unions, fraternities/sororities, places of Worship, College and High
School Clubs, etc.
5) Organizations may endorse and have their name added to Boycott Flyer.
6) Print/Copy flyers and distribute at upcoming conferences, rallies, demonstrations, etc in your area.
7) DVD is available to show what happened in the City Council of New Orleans when people tried to stop
housing destruction as well as the events in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem facing gentification.
b_ware_2007 at yahoo.com and
aajsyr at yahoo.com
For more info call: 973-754-8271
"I am because We are." african proverb
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