POLITICAL ARTIST MANIFESTO
(Food for thought)
By Emory Douglas, Artist
1- Don’t be fooled by deception.
2- Don’t be deceitful or corruptible.
3- Know you get more truth from the artists than from bureaucrats.
4- Recognize that art is a powerful too, a language that can be used to Enlighten, Infrom, a guide to Actions.
5- Create art that Recognizes the Oppression of Others, and considers basic quality of life concerns and basic human rights issues.
6- Create art of social concerns that even a child can understand.
7- The goal should always be the Make the Message Clear.
8- Make an effort to not create political art dealing with social issues just because it’s a cool thing to do.
9- Create art that Challenges the Colonization of the Imagination.
10- Self evaluate ones work, and be open to constructive evaluations from others, be open to making adjustments if you choose to do so and be prepared if necessary to defend and explain what you communicate through your art.
11- Know the rules before you break the rules.
12- Do not lose sight of what the goals are.
- POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
Words to live by
Scanned and transcribed from Slingshot 110
Okay, me reblogging this without comment isn’t fair. I read this on Friday and it fucking electrified me. It’s been throbbing in my brain ever since. Reading through a Slingshot zine from this past summer and riding the Muni… I walked home in a daze and went straight to my sketchbook, grabbed some gluesticks on the way…
Making me feel more and more like any minute now, I’m just gonna shit some truth all over the place.
I wait all week for Mondays!
At 8:30 Pacific, Grinder’s Grooveyard plays rare soul 45’s from the ’50s and ’60s. Beautiful sides you’ve never heard, and some old favorites here and there. Lots of doo-wop.
Sweet sweet sounds, I wish you all could hear them.
The DJ Rockin’ Jim is such a trove of knowledge on these musical gems, and always gives interesting background (without cutting too much into the tunes).
Listen tonight! It goes until 11:30 PM, and sometimes later.
Listen online here: http://kpoo.com/hearus.html
Or hear them on your dial in San Francisco, at 89.5 FM.
Support real live human DJ’s! Support human knowledge, hidden histories, vinyl preservation, Black-owned radio stations… listen to KPOO!
Are you listening to this??? :) :) :)
Lamont Lilly: Dr. Cuevas, as only the second individual I know to describe themselves as Afro-Mexican can you share some insight on the cultural connections that exist within such a powerful ethic mix? And why have figures such as Gaspar Yanga and Emiliano Zapata been omitted from history’s reference of heralded freedom fighters?
Marco Polo Hernández-Cuevas: Well, the reason you haven’t heard many refer to themselves as Afro-Mexican is because this is a relatively new term that was first coined by Eurocentric scholars like Melville Herskovits. It was Gonzalo Aguirre Beltrán who coined it in 1945 in Mexico City, during the foundational meeting of the Institute for African American Studies. However, that doesn’t mean that a color consciousness didn’t exist in Mexico. Prior to that, we had a host of names such as “Casta,” “Chilango,” “Jarocho,” and “Boshito,” all terms that refer to the lack of blood cleanliness of non-white persons. That would explain why many people in Mexico do not identify themselves as Afro-Mexican. They refer to themselves as Casta, or any of the other names previously mentioned. Recently however, there’s been a movement in the South Pacific side of Mexico whereby Afro-Mexicans do not want to be called Afro-Mexican. They just want to be called Nĕgro — Black. It erases the science and intellectuality of such embedded complexities.
In the case of Gaspar Yanga, his omission from history obviously has to do with the revolt he led in the late 16th and early 17th centuries against the Spaniards. Mexico did not actually exist at that time, and the Spanish rulers were not eager to historicize such pursuits of freedom. Yanga and others went against their rule. Only after Gonzalo Aguirre Beltrán did Mexicans become aware in the early 1970s that the town of San Lorenzo de Los Negros would be called Yanga (in honor of this Afro warrior). So we know there was an African presence in the region.
As for Emiliano Zapata, he has actually not been omitted from history. Though not as celebrated here, Emiliano Zapata is a very prominent and well-known revolutionary. He’s one of the people who fought in the area of Morelos, a southern part of Mexico, during the Mexican Revolution. What is omitted from history is Zapata’s African descent. He was an Afro-Mexican. This can be proven even beyond appearances by the fact that his motto was that the land belongs to the people who work it. This is a millenary Bantu way of thinking, that may be as old as a couple million years.
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Thank you, Signe and crew!
Yes, that is a kid with a violin walking through a garden in Detroit. And that alone should tell you why you need to support youth leadership in Detroit. :D
But for those who need a little more convincing—some context. This picture is from the youth led garden tour of Earthwork’s gardens in Detroit that I spoke about here. This tour was a part of Earthwork and Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s yearly celebration of Harvest Time. The youth with the violin played with other youth while the community ate food grown out of this very garden. It was a fabulous event—and the multi-generational attendance of the event was especially warming to my soul.
Please support these youth attending the Allied Media Conference in late June by donating the fundraising campaign that they created and organized entirely on their own!
Because youth leadership is happening RIGHT NOW!
When we’re diminished by disharmony, when our soul cluster has taken a major hit, or when we’re in a state of stress, anxiety, or fear, we become vulnerable to intrusions entering our personal energetic field. When the intrusions are strong enough, they may take up residence, distorting the pattern of our matrix and producing the symptoms recognizable as illness.
In spirit medicine, illness is caused by intrusions — by something that comes into us from without. It could be a virus, a bacterium, an arrow, or a negative thought form. However, from the shaman’s perspective, the illness intrusion is not the primary issue. The real problem is the diminishment of our personal power or the holes torn in the fabric of our soul that allowed the intrusion to enter in the first place.
Negative thoughts, feelings, and intentions can be directed toward us like spiritual poison darts by those who hold us in disregard — an old lover or spouse who just can’t let go, a hostile neighbor who spews forth profanity at us, in-laws who find us unworthy, or a jealous sibling or co-worker who simply despises us. When this is done with outright malice, it forms the modus operandi of negative witchcraft and sorcery. The Yoruba people of West Africa call it juju.
When the negative thought forms become frequent, generated by another’s anger toward us, for example, they take on density, continually fueled by the heightened emotions of the sender. Our body soul immediately picks them up. Remember, the body soul is the perceiver of that which can be seen, as well as that which is unseen. It notices everything, even those things that we’re not consciously aware of.
Hank Wesselman (via mujerinterrumpida)
all. of. this.
Had a beautiful time at the Homestead Skillshare Festival, despite a huge oversight on the organizers’ part. Oversight may be an understatement. The corner of the farm set aside as a “Child Care” area was a bunch of sheets and yoga mats, strewn about and marginally attended. (The woman was looking at her phone screen most of the time.) No activities, and no kid or parent was interested. Empty.
If you don’t see that child care and caring about kids and parents/guardians is a central part of building “The Alternative,” I don’t know what you’re building.
(On a positive note, I abandoned my volunteer spot and made some awesome shit happen there, with the help of an intrepid 6-year-old and a whole crew of antsy, curious kids. It was amazing.)
Totally excited for this, the Bay Area Community Exchange Homestead Skillshare Festival. Check out all the workshops…!
Bike-powered machines, solar ovens, herbal medicine… and, what? Childcare provided??? Yep, that’s how it’s done, that’s what the eff I’m talking about!
Volunteering or Time bank hours get you in for free.
The inability to pay clause was removed, most recently, by the Michigan legislature back in November 1999, but it may be overturned with People v Likine.