SLAVERY… The Struggle Continues

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Can you believe that Orlando Jones was fired from AMERICAN GODS after this season? Well, I didn’t either. I thought to myself, “THIS CANNOT BE”… That is, until I
saw THIS

So, “ANGRY GETS SH*T DONE” is sending the wrong message to “Black America”, but they have no problem letting blacks sell dope in movies, kill each other and selling temselves?

Oh, well….
 
 
 
 

Hello Everyone,

The above video  illustrates a very serious tragedy that we as a species, are still struggling with, SLAVERY.

My friends, slavery isn’t something that happened only in the past, and end with abolition in the 19th century. Instead, it changed forms and continues to harm people in nearly every country on our planet. Whether they are women forced into prostitution, men forced to work  in agriculture or constructionchildren in sweatshops or women forced to work as maids, their lives are controlled by their exploiters, they no longer have a free choice and they have to do as they’re told.

THEY ARE IN SLAVERY.

That’s right my friends…

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It is estimated that RIGHT NOW,  27 million poeple are trafficked, and many are children… .

You see, I find it very strange that, as practitioners of CAPOEIRA, a Martial Art developed in part to free the people who developed it from slavery and oppression, almost no student or teacher in capoeira that I know talks about this subject.

Yes, in most writings in capoeira, slavery is mentioned, but mostly only the TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE, or about the institution of SLAVERY IN BRAZIL, both of which which “OFFICIALLY” ended over a century ago. But out of the many capoeira books and web sites that I’ve read and capoeiristas I’ve talked to, only one BOOK have I read  mentioned ANYTHING about slavery still happening in BRAZIL, and all over the world RIGHT NOW, even where I live in THE UNITED STATES

 
(Click HERE to read a VICE magazine article about this woman’s work. Oh, and I DARE YOU to click HERE and read this article, if any of you have the guts).
 
 
 

Well, I’m GONNA talk about it. (Well, type about it…)

I want you, the reader, to be aware of this human tragedy, and  show you a few online resources you can go to where we can help fight this.

O.K., Now we can’t change what happened in the past (Nor will we ever FORGET)…

But this article isn’t about the past. THIS is about a tremendous tragedy that is taking place  RIGHT NOW, as you’re reading these words I just typed…

 
 

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And look below, if you want to know the REAL cost…


SAMI YUSUF & OUTLANDISH – TRY NOT TO CRY

You, you’re not aware That were aware Of your despair Don’t show your tears To your oppressor Don’t show your tears

CHORUS: Try not to cry little one You’re not alone I’ll stand by you Try not to cry little one My heart is your stone I’ll throw with you.

ISAM:  Ayn Jalut where David slew Goliath This very same place that we be at Passing through the sands of times This lands been the victim of countless crimes From Crusaders and Mongols to the present aggression Then the Franks, now even a crueller oppression If these walls could speak, imagine what would they say
For me in this path that I walk on there’s only one way Bullets may kill, bones may break Still I throw stones like David before me and I say

CHORUS:  Try not to cry little one You’re not alone I’ll stand by you Try not to cry little one My heart is your stone I’ll throw with you

LENNY:  No llores, no pierdas la fe La sed la calma el que haze Agua de la arena Y tu que te levantas con orgullo entre las piedras Haz hecho mares de este polvo (Don’t cry, don’t lose faith The one who made water come out of the sand Is the one who quenches the thirst And you who rise proud from between the stones Have made oceans from this dust).

WAQAS:  I throw stones at my eyes cause for way too long they’ve been dry Plus they see what they should’nt from oppressed babies to thighs I throw stones at my tongue cause it should really keep it’s peace I throw stones at my feet cause they stray and lead to defeat A couple of big ones at my heart cause the thing is freezing cold But my nafs is still alive and kicking unstoppable and on a roll I throw bricks at the devil so Ill be sure to hit him But first at the man in the mirror so I can chase out the venom

ISAM:  Hmm, a little boy shot in the head Just another kid sent out to get some bread Not the first murder nor the last Again and again a repetition of the past Since the very first day same story Young ones, old ones, some glory How can it be, has the whole world turned blind? Or is it just cause its only affecting my kind?! If these walls could speak, imagine what would they say For me in this path that I walk on theres only one way Bullets may kill, bones may break Still I throw stones like David before me and I say

CHORUS: Try not to cry little one You’re not alone I’ll stand by you Try not to cry little one My heart is your stone I’ll throw with you
 
 
 
 
 

Sadly, this is the disturbing truth we are faced with, and the truth is not always pretty.

Now maybe it’s because I’m a practitioner of  Capoeira Angola, a martial art which was developed in part  by people in captivity, so they could fight for and WIN THEIR FREEDOM…

Or, maybe it’s because I am a great grandson of a slave.

But I feel that the institution of slavery is a shameful legacy of Humankind that MUST DIE.

Now hopefully after reading and WATCHING this,  You may be wondering, how can I help?

Well, the first step to ending human trafficking, is to be informed.

Increase public awareness of human trafficking. Learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking so that you are able to notify relevant authorities.

Support non-government organizations  that are working to end child slavery. Also support reducing poverty, as with less poverty there is less incentive for parents and others to sell children to traffickers.

Lobby your government or representatives to pass anti-trafficking in persons laws and to do more to reduce trafficking and to increase support available to victims.

Try to buy ethical products that are made by workers who received fair wages and working conditions.

To help you become more informed, I’ve listed a few resources here to help you out.

iABOLISH – The American Anti-Slavery Group

American Anti-Slavery Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating modern-day human bondage and to promoting a non-politicized, bias-free human rights community.

ANTI SLAVERY INTERNATIONAL

Founded in 1839, this group is the oldest international human rights organization in the world.

Today, they work to eliminate all forms of slavery and slavery like practices throughout the world.

THE POLARIS PROJECT

Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom.

REDEFINING REFUGE

Redefining Refuge is a non-profit organization is dedicated to fighting for women and children who have been victims of the depraved injustice of sexual abuse, with a prevailing emphasis on the abolition of the domestic sex trafficking of minors.

INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION

International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM’s mission is to protect the poor from violence by rescuing victims, bringing the criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Amnesty Internaional is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. By telling the powerful stories of the people they work with, they mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defense of activists on the front line.

FILMS FOR FREEDOM

A place to share and watch short films about human rights…

O.K., now, I have a special message for Black Americans, MY PEOPLE. If you’re black, living in the United States of America, and you’re reading this page…

I URGE YOU TO WATCH THIS VIDEO.

Now, to you, My fellow Black Americans, 

Do you understand your rights as Meek Mill has read them to you? If you don’t, then look below these words, to see what we’re faced with… in a little bit more detail.

 

OH YEAH.

And don’t let anybody tell you that the School to Prison Pipeline is not a thing…

 

Now, even though I posted those videos primarily for my fellow Black Americans, I hope the rest of you out there  were watching this too, because THIS AFFECTS YOU TOO.

Now, here are a few resources to help you get informed.

BAN THE BOX

From Wikipedia:  Ban the Box is the name of an international campaign by civil rights groups and advocates for ex-offenders, aimed at persuading employers to remove from their hiring applications the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record. Its purpose is to enable ex-offenders to display their qualifications in the hiring process before being asked about their criminal records. The premise of the campaign is that anything that makes it harder for ex-offenders to find a job makes it likelier that they will re-offend, which is bad for society.

CRITICAL RESISTANCE

From their website:  Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.

EMPTY CAGES COLLECTIVE

FROM THEIR WEBSITE: The Empty Cages Collective is a project aimed at building a movement in England, Wales and Scotland that resists the prison industrial complex and organizes towards a prison-free world.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

O.K,  we are at the end of this page. I want to thank all of you who got this far, and hopefully, you’re now a bit more aware of this tragedy that is taking place.

I’m gonna leave you with this powerful song from the band SAYREAL’s debut album “Unarmed and Ready”.  If you want to more about Say Real, Please go to their website at www.SayRealMusic.com

Based on the teachings, message and life of Abolitionist leader and Civil Rights pioneer Frederick Douglass, this song reflects the social, political and economic freedoms we all must remember to fight for, relentlessly.

Whenever I listen to this song, it always serves as a reminder to me that we human beings, as a species, are meant to thrive on our planet. Not just survive, not just live, but THRIVE, with happiness and FREEDOM, Especially with the chaotic conditions prevalent in our world today.


Frederick’s Song (Freedom) Lyrics
 
It’s not the light we need but fire, fire Not the gentle shower but thunder, thunder We need the storm, we need the trouble We need the whirlwind, the earth to rumble Without a struggle there can be no progress But where the whip is swingin ceaseless, ceaseless We sing for miles, into the forest It hears our joys and our deepest sadness
 
Give Me My Freedom, Give Me My Freedom Give Me My Freedom, Freedom Give Me My Freedom Give Me My Freedom, Give Me My Freedom Give Me My Freedom, Freedom Give Me My Freedom
 
You pour me alcohol to numb my thinkin Each drink a shackle in the chains you’re linkin I learn to read, with words I pray Cause knowledge proves no one Is fit to be a slave
 
I’m Taking My Freedom, I’m Taking My Freedom Taking My Freedom, Freedom Taking My Freedom I’m Taking My Freedom, I’m Taking My Freedom Taking My Freedom, Freedom Taking My Freedom
 
Like so many before, we must die or take hill Power don’t cede without force Never did and never will We must fight for freedom, despite the dangers that come Freedom!
 
I’ll Fight For Your Freedom, I’ll Fight For Your Freedom Fight For Your Freedom, Freedom Fight For Your Freedom I’ll Fight For Your Freedom, I’ll Fight For Your Freedom Fight For Your Freedom, Freedom Fight For Your Freedom
 
Oh, Free, Free, Free, Free yeah hey Oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh Free, Free, Free, Free yeah hey Oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh
 
We must fight for Freedom I see nothing but Freedom We must fight for Freedom I hear nothing but Freedom We must fight for Freedom I pray for nothing but Freedom Freedom, Freedom
 
 

‘Consenting to slavery is a sacreligious breach of trust, as offensive in the sight of God as it is derogatory from our honor or intrest of happyness.’ John Adams (1735 – 1826)

 
 
 
 

There is absolutely NO reason one human being should own another. Let us all come together, and END THIS.

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