Sunday Oct, 21st – Creation Nation Peace & Art Parade
Hykine Johnson presents: Loving our People; Anti Gang Violence Event in Newark, NJ.
Residents from Newark donated clothes and food for the sake of Loving our People.
There were performances by Takiyah “TK” Diamond, Karima K Holloway and a few others and awards were handed out to community members who have been helping control the violence in the city and have been promoting local job growth. All were in hopes of bringing the community together to fight gang violence.
Chaos or Community @ Essex County College 1-17-2012.
The panel consist of:
- Councilman Ras Baraka
- Councilwoman Mildred C Crump
- Former Mayor of Newark Sharpe James
- Richard Cammarieri
- Marion Bolden
- Amiri Baraka
- Lawrence Hamm
- Fredrica Bey
- Mike Rodriguez
- Dr. Clement Price
- Dr. William Howard
The Panel discussed Newark Public Schools vs Charter Schools, The Community, have read excerpts from the book titled Where Do We Go From Here. The panel exchanged perspectives on what should be done to improve all that was relevant to the topic.
Former Mayor Sharpe James focused on leadership and have stated: “Too many of our leaders have a for sale sign on them. When you are or talk about capitalism is when you become a target. We need leadership to represent us.”
Fredrica focused on humanity and have stated: “We are witnessing the fall of America! They don’t have jobs for themselves, how will they find jobs for us!”
Mike Rodriguez advised all that he flew in from Florida because it was imperative that he made this discussion. He focused on Unity and a collaborative effort, he stated: ” When you put Black and Puerto Rican together, not Black and Latina but Black and Puerto Ricans, we make change!”
Dr. William Howard’s focus was knowledge and awareness, he stated: “We’re in a spiritual crisis. Were at a point where we do not know what liberation is, we do not know what pure joy is.” He then went on to say “It’s not that we don’t know, i think we have a culture that glorify not knowing. We have been domesticated from the south, all of the institutions built byBlack America has been annihilated. He also stated: “This is a Global problem, the less we take responsibility of thinking a new way, the more we’ll be in this room having this discussion 50 years from now. “
Junius Williams stated: “We don’t have clarity on what’s going on. We’ve had three Black mayors in Newark for 42 years but we have less power. We don’t have an understanding, Newark is the 6th most mismanaged city. I Don’t wanna hear what we did do, i wanna hear what we didn’t do to get us where we need to be.
Councilwoman Mildred C. Crump stated: “Polarization is alive and well and racism is alive and well. Hold us accountable, make us afraid!”
Lawrence Hamm passionately stated: “Stop privatization of Public Schools.”Ã‚Â He also says: “Funding is needed to run for office, help our leaders raise funds. We eat up our leadership then we run to people that got some glitter!” Lawrence Hamm and Councilman Ras Baraka read excerpts from the book titled Where Do We Go From Here, it was very interesting!
Mike Rodriguez weighed in again stating the following: “Respect, Communication and Dignity is important to him.” He also went on to say “I have to say Latina to respect all but Puerto Ricans are the minority. Go back to the 1950′s to get coalition and working together!”
Some of the panelists went on to give some history about Charter Schools and this is what was said: “White communities are fighting to keep Charter Schools out, they do not want Charter Schools as the children are monopolized.” “Charter Schools should not take money from Public Schools”
Fran Adubato stated: “It is imperative that we understand the circumstances of other ethnic and racial groups of the US.” Very intense and very interesting discussion, see photos below:
Chinese New Year Celebration in Atlantic City, NJ:
Watch the Throne Concert in NYC:
Newark City Council members Mildred Crump & Donald Payne along with others such as Lawrence Hamm discuss lack of jobs and the devastation of the Newark Public Schools System:
Occupy Newark in Newark, NJ:
Lincoln Park Music Festival 2011 in Newark, NJ:
On set of Growing up Hollywood in New York: