Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 18:02:19 -0500
Sender: The African Global Experience <AGE-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Marpessa Kupendua <nattyreb@IX.NETCOM.COM>
Subject: Jericho Rant!

Jericho Rant!

By Marpessa Kupendua <nattyreb@IX.NETCOM.COM>, 24 February 1998

I am consistently running into when promoting Jericho ’98. I am gonna try real hard to make this short. First of all, I think we (ALL of us, not just folks working on Jericho) need to help promote this mobilization by putting Jericho posters on signs, just like folks do when running for political office, and strongly encourage folks to put them out in front of their front yards, businesses, temples, churches, etc. so that we do not have to hear the excuse come March 27 that folks did not support it because they did not know about it.

I CANNOT understand why more folks are not organizing around Jericho that are supposed to be down for the cause of advancing black people, people find every reason under the sun to not support this effort. And it needs to be shouted from the ROOFTOPS that this effort is not about any individual or personality conflict, it is not about whatever disagreements you have with the way this thing is being organized and the disagreements with the focus of the March, it is about the PP/POW’s that we are all supposed to be about freeing from jail. Anything beyond that is just an EXCUSE. I have had untold numbers of people tell me that they can’t even put a flyer in their store because it is too political. THAT’s bullshit and we all know it. But when these cultural activists who are always running around with sweet-smelling oil, incense, ankhs and everything else that is supposed to represent US, a culture of STRENGTH, of SURVIVAL, calling the names of our ancestors who we pay homage to, cannot get behind Jericho, then I have a SERIOUS problem with our cultural/religious activists and historians, and I am about to BLOW UP on all of those type of excuses for inactivity. God/Allah/Jah or nobody else ain’t trying to watch us running down verses, etc., all the time, those verses/teachings are SUPPOSED to be catalysts towards us advancing the cause of justice, to teach us to make the conditions of our people BETTER.

Yeah, I’m ranting, every black-oriented list I get mail from is talking about everything but organizing for Jericho, other than announcing events that I doubt that even half of the subscribers to these lists attend. If we are not serious about making a UNIFIED loud noise about our PP/POW’s then we NEED to stop fronting about giving a damn about any of them, we need to NOT be talking about Mumia or Sekou or geronimo and appearing to be so down because you have a little bit of information but ain’t doing a damn thing with it! When will we run out of EXCUSES for not able to commit the slightest scintilla of energy and effort on behalf of our freedom fighters who have been COUNTING on us for 30+ years to get our shit together on their behalf. What must they think of us? What must WE think of us?


Sis. Marpessa