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April 20, 2014


Photo I took the other day, this fish lives in a tank at Uchu Sushi & Fried Chicken, Portland Oregon USA.

Photo I took the other day, this fish lives in a tank at Uchu Sushi & Fried Chicken, Portland Oregon USA.

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Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Renaming of Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard in Portland

The King Neighborhood Association (KNA), World Arts Foundation, Inc. (WAFI), and the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) will hold a celebration on Saturday, April 26th to honor the 25th anniversary renaming of Union Avenue to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Portland. The celebration, open to the public, will be held at the Boys and Girls Club at the Blazers location, 5250 NE MLK, from 3 – 4:30 pm. A new United States flag will be raised at the Boys and Girls Club during the event.

KNA, WAFI, and NECN join together to invite the community in celebrating the naming of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Twenty-five years ago, after years of work by citizens who sought to bring Dr. King’s vision of peace, justice, and truth closer to reality in our community, Portland’s City Council voted to change Union Avenue’s name to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard on April 20, 1989.

The public is invited to join the celebration, hosted by the Boys and Girls Club at the Blazers location. We will honor past, present, and future – those who have led the way in seeking truth and justice, and in particular the community members who worked to honor Dr. King with a street naming; those among us who work for justice and reconciliation today, and the youth in our community who will lead us into the future.

Speakers at the celebration will include Donny Adair (of WAFI); Teressa Raiford; Alan Silver (of King NA); Jules Garza; organizers of the Oregon Black Museum; and Imani Muhammad (Boys and Girls Club).


“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pictured: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. walks between seven-year-old Eva Gracelemon, left, and 10-year-old Aritha Willis as he escorts black school children to formerly all-white schools in Grenada, Miss., Tuesday morning, Sept. 20, 1966. Violence erupted at the school when the schools were integrated. (AP Photo)

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April 18, 2014


Death, US Capitalism, and Huey Newton’s Theory of Suicide

Death is central to the US capitalist system, especially in the form of state-sponsored murder. Without the murderous invasions, coups, and mercenary wars conducted by the US capitalist state and its allied countries, the entire system of finance speculation and profit accumulation would come undone. Mass murder is “collateral damage” for securing markets, resources, geopolitical hegemony, and thus profit, for the capitalist class…

The study and practice of resistance has the profound effect of transforming our collective consciousness toward all aspects of humanity, including death. Huey Newton, one of the founding leaders of the Oakland Black Panther Party (BPP), brought death and revolutionary activity together in his analysis of suicide…

Newton’s examination brought him to analyze two forms of suicide: reactionary suicide and revolutionary suicide… Each concrete medical clinic, free breakfast program, and Panther school were organized to move community to confront the racist, capitalist power structure and embrace revolutionary socialism and communalism. The BPP concluded that only confidence, discipline, and concrete political education could build a powerful movement against the forces that cause reactionary suicide.

Revolutionary suicide, in contrast, develops out of the recognition that one is a “doomed man” after making the conscious choice to participate in the struggle for self-determination and freedom. Newton’s theory of revolutionary suicide placed the utmost importance not on death itself, but how it occurs…

Read more at Death, US Capitalism, and Huey Newton’s Theory of Suicide by Danny Haiphong.

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NYPD Punishes Black Victims.

In New York City, shooting victims are victimized twice if they have so much as an unpaid summons for an open container of liquor. That is what happened to Andre Daly, who survived a shooting only to be arrested himself. Daly didn’t appear in court to pay a summons for having a glass of wine in public. The unpaid fine was a misdemeanor and a mere $25, but no matter. As he lay wounded in the hospital he was shackled to his bed and became as much a prisoner of the system as an inmate in a prison cell.

Daly disputes that the police had cause to give him a summons in the first place, but police in New York City and elsewhere have one mantra, one reason for being, and that is to keep black people under surveillance and over policed.

Read more at Freedom Rider: NYPD Punishes Black Victims…

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April 15, 2014


Ear To The Streets Of Portland
Special Programming: Public Affairs
Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Ear To The Streets Of Portland

‘Ear To The Streets Of Portland’ is a dynamic broadcast with a mix of music and conversations focusing on organizers and Black/African Portlanders around building community.

Tune into the next installment of Ear To The Streets Of Portland with music and conversations featuring: Michael Hicks of ‘Black Rose Books’ and the creator of the upcoming Portland Natural Hair Expo in May. Next installment of Ear To The Streets Of Portland: Thursday April 17th starting at 7:00pm RIGHT HERE on your community radio station 90.7fm Portland or on-line at KBOO.FM

Ear To The Streets Of Portland
Special Programming: Public Affairs
Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Ear To The Streets Of Portland

‘Ear To The Streets Of Portland’ is a dynamic broadcast with a mix of music and conversations focusing on organizers and Black/African Portlanders around building community.

Tune into the next installment of Ear To The Streets Of Portland with music and conversations featuring: Michael Hicks of ‘Black Rose Books’ and the creator of the upcoming Portland Natural Hair Expo in May. Next installment of Ear To The Streets Of Portland: Thursday April 17th starting at 7:00pm RIGHT HERE on your community radio station 90.7fm Portland or on-line at KBOO.FM

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  • Grocery Store Scanner: Bacon $2.69! Thumbtacks $0.99! Kiwis $2.11! Krazy Glue $1.99! Rutabaga $16.00! Strawberry Lard Cakes $0.12! Hey what's this this all about?
  • Olly: Uh, where are we?
  • Grocery Store Scanner: You're in the grocery store scanner.
  • Olly: Oh, what's that like?
  • Grocery Store Scanner: Hey, look, I can't talk now! Prunes $4.55! Pickles $1.99! Tampons $0.17! Thermometer $2.55! Can't read it, can't read it, can't read it, Refrigerator Magnet $0.89! Rubber Bands $0.55! Melons $0.69! Melons Magazine $7.22! Jugs Of Milk $1.11! Jugs Of Milk Magazine $17.00! Vaseline $35.00! Times 1! Times 2! Times 3!
  • Olly: Stop!
  • Grocery Store Scanner: Times 4! Times 5!
  • Olly: Dude, stop!
  • Grocery Store Scanner: Times 6! Times...
  • Sifl: No!
  • Olly: Stop!
  • Sifl: Dude, why d'you want to stop him?
  • Olly: This is the worst 'via satellite' we've ever done. Why're we only connecting to things that scan things? Who wants t obe inside a grocery store scanner?
  • Sifl: I don't know. I would've liked to talk to him.
  • Olly: You broke our satellite - face it.
  • Sifl: I don't know. I just can't believe they raised the price of Jugs of Milk magazine.

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