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Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Ten Years Later - Millions More Movement

This upcoming Saturday, organizers will be having an event in Washington D.C. commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Million Man March.  Some of you may have missed the first Million Man March, but living in Detroit, I actually remember the news coverage at the time.  It was fairly controversial in my neighborhood, where wealthier Jews, Arabs, Blacks and Whites lived in some isolation from the urban issues of Detroit, but were nonetheless vocal about the Million Man March, and its organizer, Naton of Islam spokesman, Louis Farrakhan.

Personally, I like Louis Farrakhan.  I have taken the time to listen to his speeches on radio and C-SPAN, instead of just listening to some people taking selected, controversial soundbytes out of context for the purpose of discrediting him, or labeling him anti-semitic, or racist, or whatever.

While I may not agree with Farrakhan on every specific issue, I appreciate the fact that he seems to have the confidence in his activism (he has a pair of balls) to speak bluntly and criticize the status quo about the problems we all face as a nation.  Here are the many issues that will be addressed Saturday:
The Issues of "The Millions More Movement"

1. Unity

We call, first, for the unity amongst Black peoples and organizations. We call for unity amongst all African peoples and peoples of African descent worldwide. We call for unity with our Brown, Red, disenfranchised and oppressed Brothers and Sisters in America, Caribbean, Central and South America, Asia and all over the world. “The Power of One” is the synthesis of men, women, youth and elders working in unity for our total liberation.

2. Spiritual Values

We call for Atonement, Reconciliation and Responsibility. We organize in the name of our God (The One Creator) and on sound ethical, moral principles and values. Our Movement affirms the rich legacy and diversity of our spiritual traditions and calls for unity and understanding among our religious faiths and spiritual traditions.

3. Education

We demand an end to substandard education in our community. The Millions More Movement advocates, and will develop, a new, independent educational paradigm for our people. We must have a knowledge of self, our history, and the best education in civilized society. We will build a skills bank, the talent of which will be used in the development of our people.

4. Economic Development

We will establish a Black Economic Development Fund, with the support of millions, to aid in building an economic infrastructure. We will also offer housing ownership opportunities to check the adverse tide of gentrification. The Millions More Movement will produce and distribute its own products and supports “Buy Black” campaigns.

5. Political Power

The Millions More Movement is the political voice of the poor and disenfranchised. We are resolved to take an independent political path in order to achieve political power. The Millions More Movement will be an organized political force of consequence in America and all over the world.

6. Reparations

We demand full and complete Reparations for the descendants of slaves. We demand that America take the appropriate steps to help in the repair of the damage done from 300 years of slavery, 100 years of segregation, and 50 years of the misuse and abuse of governmental power to destroy Black organizations and leaders.

7. Prison Industrial Complex

We demand freedom for all political prisoners held in U.S. prisons and detention facilities, both foreign and domestic. We demand an end to police brutality, mob attacks, racial profiling, the herding of our young men and women into prisons and the biological and chemical warfare perpetrated against our people.

8. Health

We demand an end to the lack of adequate health care in our community and we demand free health care for the descendants of slaves in this nation. The Millions More Movement will present a Preventive Health Care Plan to our people that will begin with a campaign to educate our people on healthy dietary, eating and exercise habits.

9. Artistic/ Cultural Development

We demand a greater accountability and responsibility of our artists, entertainers, industry personnel and executives, for them to commit to the redevelopment and upliftment of our people. We demand an end to the exploitation of our talent by outside forces. We will make strides in obtaining greater control over the means of production and distribution of our immense artistic talent and creative genius. We advocate for cultural development, and for the knowledge of our original culture to be used as a model for future advancement.

10. Peace

We call for the establishment of peace in the world. We demand an end to wars of foreign aggression waged by the United States Government against other sovereign nations and peoples. We demand an end to senseless violence, and advocate peace amongst street organizations (gangs) and youth.

[Fullscreen] ::  Get Real!  Million Man March Message - Louis Farrakhan

Posted at 06:05 pm by John Furie Zacharias

J f Z
October 14, 2005   08:56 PM PDT
Look. I know that when people look at my "JfZ reloaded" image in the header, sometimes they simply yet another dumb ass brick layer from Detroit. Why should this sutipd white guy from Detrot even have a valid opinion to consider concerning black Americans?

Growing up and witnessing the riots and white flight of Detroit as a kid, working in the city and living in the metro Detroit suburb for decades might give me some credibility.

More importantly, it's as simple as watching Fox news where Geraldo and O'reilly set up an entire web site for tips about a little lost white girl from the Bible belt, while no one seems to be reporting that hundreds, or even thousands of little black kids are missing, or lost, or orphaned from hurricane Katrina.

Hey, I'm sorry that Natalie Holloway was likely drugged, raped, murdered, and then disposed of while on her high school trip to Aruba. At the same time, I'm sorry that urban middle school kids don't even have school supplies and are more likely to be gunned down in front of their mothers than ever take a holiday trip outside their neighborhood.

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