HERSTORY

The voices of women are raising in an alarming quantity. Women poets. Women musicians. Women speakers. Women teachers. Women with messages that must be heard are stepping in the limelight beautifully.

For centuries, it’s been “a man’s world”. The tide is changing and the voices of women are rising with a message of harmony, sanity and peace. Violence by hand, gun, chemical, pure neglect is diminishing. We are happy people on Earth, again.

According to Herstory, things are as we make them. We make them peaceful. We make them harmonious. We make things from abundance that surrounds us. We are co-Creators with the Universe. It is ours to create within. We create happiness and peace.

Reframing His-story

OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE  INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT

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2011 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT

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The Age of Destiny

santa fe schoolIn light of the foolery going on in the country and worldwide, particularly with the government, law enforcement, and the media, I choose not to believe anything put forward by mass media and come up with my own ideas of what is going on. There have been 22 shootings in five months. Have you ever see the movies Bourne Identity (2002), Bourne Ultimatum (2007), and Bourne Legacy (2012)? There is much more going on here than what we are being told. Boys get rejected by girls every day of the week. Is that a good reason to shoot and kill people? If so, mental illness is at an all-time high.

Each of us has a choice how we use our life. There is so much to heal from in this country. However, we must be able to identify the sickness before we can prescribe treatment. The planet suffers from the insanity of human beings who are presumed to be humane, which they are not.

The stench of the crimes against humanity in the USA and worldwide cannot be treated with a blindfold. We must open our eyes and see the devastation that mankind heaps upon each other, the environment, and the universe. We are no longer in the Age of Karma. The Piscean age of guilt and suffering is over. We live in the Age of Destiny, when we may choose the direction in which we are traveling.

Media is a mechanism to control the masses. As co-Creators with the Universe, it is our duty to reflect upon, define, and reject negativity. First, we must put a face on the demons that terrorize our neighborhoods, communities, cities, and countries. Mass murder is a symptom, not a cause.

Terrorism is homegrown and the fact that black children can be shot down for nothing while white children go unharmed for committing horrendous acts is deplorable. There must be an explanation and until we are brave enough to question these atrocities, they will persist.

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Consider this: White people account for about 62% of the population and White Hispanics are about 12% of the population. That chart does not include White Hispanics, so I can only assume 74% of the population is accountable for 67% of all mass shootings. Unless of course they are bunched up with Latinos in this chart. More White people commit mass shootings because there are more of them. There are also more White people living in poverty, more White people who commit rape, et cetera. [Source]

Note that in the chart below, Asian countries are not represented, except Japan (0).

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percentage of mass shooters by race [Source]

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What is the difference between Karma and Destiny? Deepak Chopra gives one explanation, here:

In conclusion, everything we think, say, or do is a choice. Our destiny is tied up with our intention. We do not live in a vacuum. Each of us is a part of the puzzle, even those who commit horrendous crimes against humanity. Perhaps, their actions are intended to make us think about our own destiny so we may act better toward each other, consciously.

About The Clotilda

By now, those who have been following the story of the recent discovery of what seemed almost certain to be the remains of the Clotilda, the last known vessel to bring African captives, illegally, into the U.S. (whose survivors established Africatown, near Mobile, AL, where descendants still live) have learned that the wreck being investigated has now been revealed by closer examination not to be the Clotilda, but a much larger, and evidently newer vessel.
In many ways, this is a disappointment, as the remains,  mostly buried in mud, discovered some weeks ago as a result of record low tides, were thought to be almost certainly the Clotilda, which had been burned to the waterline and sunk, in an attempt to hide the evidence of her illegal mission, evidently close to the location of this find, based on what scarce records and oral history are known, because the finding of the actual vessel in which Africatown’s Ancestors made the horrific ocean crossing would have been an extremely valuable tangible link to the past, not only  for those descendants but for the nation and the world as well. (The ambassador of the Republic of Benin, West Africa, from which the Africans aboard the Clotilda were taken, has visited the site, and performed a very moving remembrance ceremony.)
However, any sense of disappointment is very much mitigated by the more important facts that a) the discovery brought much-needed global attention to Africatown, both for this unique and compelling history and for its present struggles with very serious economic and environmental injustice issues that might otherwise have continued to be largely overlooked; and b) that this discovery, and the numerous journalists, distinguished and expert scientists and researchers it brought to the site, has laid the groundwork for a diligent search to be undertaken in earnest for the actual location of the Clotilda’s remains.  The modern story is far from over, and, in many ways, has only just begun.
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This resurgence of the Clotilda story, which is inseparable from that of Africatown itself, is made even more timely and significant as it comes just as the UNESCO Slave Route Project prepares to hold its first-ever conference in the U.S., at the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello forced labor camp in Charlottesville, VA, on March 19-22, 2018, to explore “New Approaches to Interpreting and Representing Slavery in Museums and Sites: International Perspectives.”   The emphasis on “sites” is especially significant as nations and communities increasingly recognize the importance of history being preserved and made known in the actual places where it occurred, where we may “walk in the footsteps of Ancestors.”
Although it has been relatively little known in the U.S. before now, the Slave Route Project is a global  initiative launched in 1994, in Benin, as a call to all nations which were touched by the centuries of this human trafficking to identify and conserve all historic sites, artifacts, archival record, oral histories and other evidence, so that the history of the Middle Passage or so-called “slave trade, “and its Abolition will not ever be lost or forgotten by future generations.
The discovery, the investigation, the conference, and all of the discussion that has now been newly inspired by the Clotilda story are made much more timely and significant in this milestone 50th anniversary year of the assassination of Dr. M.L. King Jr. — also a keen reminder of the unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign for economic justice, which he did not live to see launched, and this Bicentennial year of the birth of Frederick Douglass, arguably the most effective, powerful, and influential Abolitionist, whose eloquent wisdom still resonates today, perhaps even stronger than ever, as we witness deepening divisions, widening disparities, and new, broader forms of enslavement by other names encroaching on the rights of the majority of humanity for the benefit of the few.
The significance of these latest developments is well summed up by the statement from Africatown’s own residents (which is included in the larger story at the link below:

“We would like to express our deep appreciation to the Alabama Historical Commission, the community of Africatown and the many individuals and groups who made it possible for our team to work on this important project, said David L. Conlin, Ph.D., National Park Service, Submerged Resources. “Finally, we would like to acknowledge the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Slave Wrecks Project for their support of this work.”

“While the news is disappointing to the community, we are so grateful and hopeful that the process of investigating the shipwreck has brought global attention to our historic community and the compelling story of those who settled Africatown,” said ACDC President Cleon Jones. “The possibility has tremendously boosted efforts that were already underway here to beautify our community and to preserve and protect those historical assets that help tell our story. And we continue to be encouraged by the state historical commission’s statement that it is renewing efforts to find the CLOTILDA.”

See: http://www.wkrg.com/news/ mobile-county/shipwreck-found- in-mobile-delta-not-the- clotilda/1009972254

We must conclude this message with very special thanks to our brother Kamau Sadiki, current president of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS), who was also a key player in the investigation of the Sao José slave shipwreck off the coast of South Africa, which yielded artifacts on display at the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington D.C., for providing updates on this story.  (He is pictured in this article; by oversight, his name was not listed in the earlier Press Release that went out announcing the impending investigation, but credit must be given where it is due to our outstanding achievers and contributors to knowledge.)
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Women are not guys!

We must stop lumping women into the term GUYS. It is a rule in my Speech class. Students may NOT refer to their classmates as YOU GUYS during a speech. They lose two  points (-2) each time they say that. WHY? Because if I walk into a classroom with 3 men and 3 women, I cannot say, “Hi, Gals. How are you today?” That is unacceptable. Degendering women by calling them GUYS is just wrong and it MUST stop!

 

A Day of Awareness

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY MORE TIMELY THAN EVER

By Dinizulu Gene Tinnie

It is a fair guess that most Americans consider slavery to be a thing of the past, officially ended in the US in 1865, although more thoughtful minds among us are keenly aware that “the peculiar institution” of slavery, which defined most of this country’s history, lives on today in many forms, such as the prison system, sharecropping, migrant labor camps, under the cover of the foster care system, and among the millions of workers who are not paid a living wage. 

And perhaps most Americans are vaguely aware of global worker exploitation to produce everything from raw materials and components for our most sophisticated technological gadgets to the cheapest novelties and trinkets possible, but few dare call this system of production by its truthful name of slavery.

It may also be easily forgotten that slavery, as we will recall from the history of the Middle Passage which forcibly brought millions of Africans across the ocean, also includes human trafficking, and the brutal, exploitative practices of that barbaric business, such as extortion of the wages of the survivors who find illegal employment in wealthy nations, not to mention those, often children, sold into sex trafficking.

A Day of Awareness

It is with such concerns in mind that the United Nations, has designated December 2 (a date known in American history as the anniversary of the 1859 hanging of Abolitionist John Brown) as an International Day of awareness to call global attention to the pervasive crimes of slavery in our time.

According to the UN, “The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317[IV] of 2 December 1949).”

The UN further explains:

Slavery is not merely a historical relic. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery. Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. Essentially, it refers to situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power.

In addition, more than 150 million children are subject to child labour, accounting for almost one in ten children around the world.

Facts and figures:

• An estimated 40.3 million people are in modern slavery, including 24.9 in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriages.

• There are 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world.

• 1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children.

• Out of the 24.9 million people trapped in forced labour, 16 million people are exploited in the private sector such as domestic work, construction or agriculture; 4.8 million people in forced sexual exploitation, and 4 million people in forced labour imposed by state authorities.

• Women and girls are disproportionately affected by forced labour, accounting for 99% of victims in the commercial sex industry, and 58% in other sectors.

(Further information from the UN is available at these links:

On the Homefront

While the International Day is welcomed for calling attention to the many forms and magnitude of modern slavery, it is even more important as an occasion for awareness of actions and solutions, as those who are victimized, directly or indirectly, find ways to address the problem.

For example, in a timely fashion, the regular “Building Bridges” program on independent nonprofit New York radio station WBAI-FM, shares this notice via the Internet:

Farmworker women launch their “Harvest Without Violence” campaign to end sexual violence in Wendy’s fast food supply chain featuring The Coalition of Immokalee [Florida] Workers

Now, amidst the stories that are surfacing about sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape against women, too often low-wage woman workers have been subjected to sexual violence against their person in their workplace, but their voices have oftentimes been eclipsed.  And, we barely think about the workers who are responsible for the bounty of food on our tables. 

So, “Building Bridges” is off to join the formidable farmworker women leaders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (“CIW”) for a major “Harvest without Violence” march.  The CIW Women’s Group traveled to the Big Apple to demand a meeting with Wendy’s Board Chairman and major shareholder Nelson Peltz to share their powerful stories and demand Wendy’s do its part to end sexual violence in the fields. Join the farmworkers in their Boycott Wendy’s march through Midtown Manhattan to Trian Partners, the multi-billion dollar asset management firm founded by Nelson Peltz, the non-executive chairman of The Wendy’s Company, based in New York.  Declare that farmworker women should not have to surrender their dignity for the right to put food on their families’ tables!

 

Year-Round Awareness, Action, and Support

This single example, like the single day dedicated to the Abolition of modern Slavery, serves as a reminder of how many similar situations exist and how many more days of the year there are which demand awareness and resolve by thoughtful citizens everywhere to abolish all forms of modern slavery and ensure social justice, as articulated in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In America, these concerns become increasingly timely as traditional jobs are increasingly lost to automation or shipped overseas, real wages remain flat while living costs increase, graduates enter limited job markets burdened with student loan debt, and the great divide between the wealthiest few and the vast majority continues to widen, aided and abetted by complicit political leadership, all of which threaten us with new, much broader forms of actual slavery by other names.

Unabomber’s Life Matters

When you watch the Netflix series about Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, pay attention to the first time he hurt someone, intentionally. That’s when the problem should have been nipped in the bud. However, the practice of allowing white males to get away with malicious, vicious acts, during childhood, led to their more horrific acts later in life. If Ted had been African-American, he would have been punished sufficiently in primary school for passing a note filled with explosives to his hurt childhood friend. If he was African-American, he would have been shot to death, when they first arrested him. However, white lives matter and Ted got to spend the rest of his days in solitary confinement, costing tax-payers hundreds of thousands of dollars for his upkeep. unabomber1