WASHINGTON, DC, November 3, 2018 — It was a chilly autumn afternoon in Washington, DC as my mother Maggie Gouldin and I wandered to Malcom X Park for the Black Is Back Coalition’s annual march to the White House. As colorful fall leaves crunched beneath our shoes, I saw an African flag — the Red, Black and Green waving triumphantly in the distance and I knew we had found our destination. The chill in the air didn’t dampen the red hot revolutionary spirit of that crowd as they gathered to demand nothing less than the total liberation of Black people and all the colonized people of the world.
We are very pleased to feature a guest post by Michael Clarkson, a “70 years young” Afrikan International Freedom Fighter. He works with KonsciousKontractors which focus its primary work inside Ti Ayiti ( Lil Haiti ). That French-Creole-speaking neighborhood, settled by Haitian exiles, has long been a lively cultural center for Haitian and Caribbean culture. Clarkson references Wilfrid Deleus, a renowned Haitian painter who died last year while unable to pay his rent. Little Haiti now faces the eradication of its rich and distinct culture, as it has become one of the prime targets of the Miami Gentrification machine, along with other poor Black communities such as Overtown, Coconut Grove and Liberty City. They call it “Climate Gentrification,” as wealthy Miami residents flee rising sea levels, and drive out poorer residents, while turning the city into an ever-expanding playground for the tourist industry. Clarkson and others are fighting back, and he states that he is “still standing as an example of resistance to continued oppression & exploitation by capitalist/imperialism worldwide!”
The domesticated colonies of Black, Brown, Poor & Working Poor inside North amerikkka, have become the victims of the War of Gentrification.
I first ran this piece on November 11, 2015. I will keep running it until there is no need to run it ever again.
At the front, there was no celebration …
From the account of Colonel Thomas Gowenlock, an American intelligence officer on the front line that November morning:
“All over the world on November 11, 1918, people were celebrating, dancing in the streets, drinking champagne, hailing the armistice that meant the end of the war. But at the front there was no celebration. Many soldiers believed the Armistice only a temporary measure and that the war would soon go on. As night came, the quietness, unearthly in its penetration, began to eat into their souls.
In reporting on the Green Party of Florida (GPFL) election results for the August 28, 2018 primary, we reported that Elijah Manley got 43,000 votes (18.49%) for Broward County at-large School District 8 and Robin Harris netted 4,720 votes (24.8%) for Orange County Commission District 6. We remarked:
“To put it simply, this year’s numbers show that where Greens run and run hard, they now represent an identifiable voting bloc that duopoly candidates can only ignore at their peril. They call that power.”
Tuesday is the day we can make a difference. But frankly, it is clear that we already have.
My opponent is getting nervous. First of all, he has been adopting my positions. In our first side-by-side radio interviews on WJNO, Joel Malkin interviewed me first, and latched onto my founding Black Lives Matter in Palm Beach County. Joel then asked Silvers about that and pointed out that Silvers was touting his endorsements from the FOP (Fraternal order of Police) and the BPA (Benevolent Police Association). Suddenly, Silvers is all like “Cops? I… pfft… no, man, I don’t get down with cops. I mean, sure, they endorsed me, but I don’t know them.”
“I’m going to shake this county up,” says 23-year-old Francisco Pierre-Louis, the Green Party’s candidate for Hillsborough Soil and Water District Group 3 Supervisor.
RIVIERA BEACH, FL, October 24, 2018 — The Palm Beach Post reports:
“Two people are facing charges of inciting a riot at the Stonybrook Apartments in Riviera Beach on Oct. 18 as law enforcement was attempting to make arrests, according to a police report. The situation became so dangerous for Riviera Beach police officers and Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies that they were forced to ‘grab all arrestees and get out of there as quickly as possible for safety reasons,’ according to a PBSO report. Robert Graham, 26, of West Palm Beach and Collisha Ward, 35, of Riviera Beach are each facing a charge of either inciting or encouraging a riot.” …
Just another day in the life in the virtual prison known as Stonybrook Apartments in Palm Beach County’s Riviera Beach.
or the Sad State of the Unheeded Planner.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL, October 16, 2018 — It is as though the Archangel St. Michael looms over the Florida Panhandle, gazing upon mile after mile of devastation, while the lead article by columnist John Romano in the Saturday Tampa Bay Times plaintively asks:
“Why is Florida risking future hurricane misery?”
He then goes forth to blame the people of Florida:
“When it comes to storms, we’ve got the best experience misery can buy. We’ve been hit by major hurricanes in the Southeast (Andrew) and the Southwest (Charley). We’ve had hurricanes slowly creep south to north (Irma) and east to west (Jeanne). We’ve taken repeated hits (Opal, Dennis and Michael) in the panhandle every 10 years or so.
“So let me ask you this: Why are we so slow to learn? … The problem is our leaders get lax. We allow them to be forgetful.”
- Yes on 2018 Constitutional Amendment #4
- No on 2018 Constitutional Amendment #1
- No on 2018 Constitutional Amendment #2
- No on 2018 Constitutional Amendment #6
… to the Constitution of the State of Florida …
… which is the document that establishes and describes the powers, duties, structure and function of the government of the State of Florida, and establishes the basic law of the state.
Or why we need to pay attention to what is happening with the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court.
We all know the lines from the Second Coming by WB Yeats:
“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;”
Indeed the centre is falling apart. I recall Rose and I watching from our 15th floor Jersey condo as the flames destroyed the Twin Towers on 911. I was on the phone to my brother in Ohio, telling him that one tower had just gone down, while Rose was frantically trying to get my attention and pointing out the window. I looked. There were NO towers. Only an unending plume of smoke that hovered for days.