Schedule of Events: Tonight – Tuesday, Feb 17th – Tuesday Feb 24th
*Tuesday Feb 17, 7pm: “The Militarization of police, Islamophobia and the Black Community” with Dhoruba Bin-Wahad”:
Join us for a discussion with brother Dhoruba Bin-Wahad a former Black Panther Party & BLA member and political prisoner who has been on the frontlines of struggle for liberation since the 1960’s up to the present day. Also speaking will be Kalonji Jama Changa of the FTP Movement based in Atlanta. This event will be at the Oakland Islamic Community Center and open to Muslims and non-Muslims alike and we would request all to wear modest clothing inside the Masjid.
This event will also be on Huey P. Newton’s birthday and the same week as the 50th anniversary of the assassination of El Hajj Malik Shabazz and the legacy of both of these freedom fighters will be discussed along with the topic: “Militarization of police, Islamophobia and the Black Community”
*Wednesday Feb 18, 6pm: Black History Month at Merritt College: Dhoruba Bin Wahad: Black Liberation and the Ongoing Revolutionary Struggle in America:
Keynote Speaker: Dhoruba Bin Wahad. Meet someone who lives revolutionary action and doesn’t just talk about it! Brother Dhoruba Bin Wahad was in the Black Panther Party and cofounder of the Black Liberation Army in the 60’s with people like Assata Shakur and Afeni Shakur (Tupac’s mother), and was on the front line of the Black Freedom Struggle here in the US. If you want to understand how and why our Black Men and Women are being targeted from Oakland to Ferguson to NYC to Haiti and all over the African world, come hear this fiery, intense, funny, witty, and seriously powerful speaker, and leave motivated, energized, and READY FOR THE REVOLUTION!!! This event will start with a one-hour screening of Passin’ It On, a documentary about Brother Dhoruba’s case and struggle, followed by a lecture from Brother Dhoruba! Refreshments will be sold.
NOTE: Brother Dhoruba will also be lecturing at 10am primarily for students but community members are welcome to both the 10am lecture at the 6pm.
*Wednesday Feb 18, 7:30pm: Anti Police-Terror Project General Meeting:
Monthly APTP meeting, held on every 3rd Wednesday of the month.
The Anti Police-Terror Project is a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee that in coalition with other organizations like The Alan Blueford Center For Justice, Idriss Stelley Foundation, Workers World and Healthy Hoodz, is working to develop a replicable and sustainable model to end police terrorism in this country.
We are led by the most impacted communities but are a multi-racial, mutil-generational coalition.
*Thursday Feb 19th, 5:30pm: PRISONER WRITINGS STUDY SESSIONS “WE ARE OUR OWN LIBERATORS” BY JALIL MUNTAQIM:
EVERY THURSDAY IN FEBRUARY FROM 530-730PM
AT THE QILOMBO.
THIS WILL BE AN ONGOING STUDY SESSION EXAMINING THE WRITINGS OF NEW AFRIKAN PRISONERS OF WAR WHO ARE INCARCERATED IN AMERIKKKA’S CONCRETE PLANTATIONS (PRISONS). WE WILL BE ANALYZING THEORETICAL POSITIONS, HISTORICAL SUMMARIES AND ANY OTHER WRITINGS PERTAINING TO REVOLUTION, SELF-DETERMINATION AND INDEPENDENCE WRITTEN BY NEW AFRIKAN PRISONERS.
*Thursday Feb 19th, 8pm: Mau-Mau Tech: The Making of A Black University at Oakland’s Merritt College:
Presented by Rasheed Shabazz
On March 15, 1971, Black students took over the administration building at Oakland’s Merritt College to protest the relocation of the campus from the city’s flatlands to the hills.
During the late 1960s, Black students at predominantly white and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) radically transformed higher education in the United States. Disappointed with the failures of integration, Black students challenged racist curricula and hiring practices, and called on universities to serve their Black Communities. Merritt College, a small community college on seven acres of land in the flatlands of North Oakland, California, holds significance for the Black Studies, Black Campus, and Black Power Movements as home to the first Black Studies Department and home of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.
Unfortunately, Black students’ efforts to gain community control of Merritt College to establish a “Black University” have been overlooked. Changing demographics and a recognition of the limited power wielded by Black staff and Black Studies Department within the predominantly white institution led students to seek complete community control of Merritt College as an independent and reimagined Black university that would serve the needs of the adjacent community.
This presentation will cover Oakland history and education politics in the 1950s and 1960s, leading up to the relocation of Merritt College, but will primarily focus on the vision for what might have been called, “Huey P. Newton College.”
*Friday Feb 20th, 10 am: Black History Month at Merritt College: An Intimate Conversation with a Revolutionary Scholar: Frank B. Wilderson:
*Friday Feb 20th, 1:30pm: #RememberMalcolm 50 Years Later – Day of Events at Lighthouse Mosque
Al-Hajj Malik Shabazz, our beloved leader Malcolm X was murdered on February 21st, 1965. 50 years after Malcolm, his death now longer than his life of 39 years, is a time for us to reflect on where we are as Muslims, and for all people of faith who remember and want to live into his legacy.
Join the Lighthouse Mosque for a day of events to honor the life and the legacy of Malcolm X.
1:30 – Friday Khutba – Imam Ibrahim
2:00 – Community Walk
4:00 – 7:00 – Community Barbecue
7:00 – Isha Prayer and Prayer (Duaa) for Malcolm
7:15 – Short film clips and the Premiere of Aïdah Aliyah Rasheed short film of Ustadha Rasheeda Plenty’s poem about Malcolm
7:45 – Community Reflections – “What Does Malcolm Mean to Me?”
8:15 – Poetry and Open Mic with Featured Guests:
Alia Sharrief, Ras Ceylon, Baraka Blue, Zainab Syed, Ahlaam Abduljalil, Rasheda Plenty, Nesima Aberra and many more
* Saturday Feb 21st, 10 am MARCH FOR YUVETTE:
On Tuesday, February 3, 38 year-old mother of two Yuvette Henderson was gunned down by the Emeryville Police Department.
Her crime? Allegedly shoplifting from Home Depot.
She was chased down, cornered and gunned down by the police who executed her utilizing a hand gun, a shot gun and a military-style assault rifle in broad daylight in a residential area.
Just a week prior, a white man pulled a gun on OPD and was taken into custody … alive.
Join the APTP for a speak out/rally at the Emeryville Police Department at 10:00 am and then a MARCH FOR YUVETTE.
* Saturday Feb 21st, 1pm: From the Audubon to Ferguson: 50 years later the Struggle Continues :In affiliation with X Legacy,LLC, the official foundation for the family of Malcolm X, Black Students at UC Berkeley are honored to be able to host “From the Audubon to Ferguson: 50 years later the struggle continues”.
We invite all lovers of Bro. Malcolm to join us as we commemorate him with speeches from our elders, college students and the next generation of youth. Our program will also have poetry, prose and video presentations. We hope to connect the ideas of Malcolm X to the current issues such as Ferguson and other problems plaguing the Black Community.
We ask everyone to where Black or African attire in respect of his commitment to African People.There will also be a special tribute to sis. Yuri Kochiyama who passed away last year and her part in Malcolm X’s life.
Also the Family is calling for a nationwide “Brother Malcolm X Moment Of Transition” at 3:10pm EST which represented the time of his passing.
If you can not attend please organize an event in your area and remember the international human rights activist Malcolm X.
*Saturday Feb 21st, 7pm: Black Martyrs:In Rememberance of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz aka (Malcolm X) :
On February 21st, 1965 Our brother, comrade and martyr El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, commonly know as “Malcolm X” was assassinated. The killing of Malcolm did not destroy his message of self-determination, self-defense and worldwide revolution. On the contrary it has engrained his ideals into the consciousness of New Afrikan (Black) people forever. We believe it is important that we not only recognize the symbol of what Malcolm X stood for, but the concrete theories and analysis he brought forward and how is it applicable today.
This is why we invite you to join us at the Qilombo on the day of Malcolm X’s assasination to celebrate his memory of resistance and to build upon his legacy, which is our legacy. We invite everyone to come who sincerely wants change and revolution. Because anyone who understands Revolution will understand that no revolution in any place will happen if Black people aren’t able to determine our own destiny. This event will be for us to build unity and strength in honor of Malcolm X’s ultimate sacrifice. We ask that every who comes respect the rights of Afrikan people to determine our own ddestinyestiny and to come support without wanting to control.
This event will promote Black economic empowerment and self determination by inviting New Afrikan (Black) owned small businesses to sell, trade and/or barter their products and services with the community. We don’t believe we can buy or sell our way out of kkkapitalist oppression but by patronizing business owners in our community who are supportive and/or sympathetic to our struggle for liberation we can build a power base and work to raise the standard of living in our community. It is also important we build an alternative infrastructure while working to defeat the oppressive regime we live in now.
This event will also promote Black Political Awareness by educating the community on state of our Political Prisoners inside the U.S., particularly the case of former BPP/BLA member Jalil Muntaqim. Jalil Muntaqim has been in prison since August 28th 1971, in a shoot-out with SFPD allegedly in attempt of retaliation of the murder of George Jackson (RIP) only a week earlier. There will be a presentation on the state of Jalil’s case as well as information about his proposal for the “Million Youth Independence day” by the Bay Area Solidarity Committee For Jalil Muntaqim.
This event will also promote Black Cultural Awareness with a Consious Hip Hop Show. We would like to note that other Black Artists are welcome besides just Hip Hop artists. Black Visual artists are encouraged to sell and create art at the event as well. Artist include so far:
–Fly Benzo (Hip Hop)
– Ms. Incredible (Hip Hop)
–Audiomatic Tha Fyah Starter (Hip Hop)
– Jabari Shaw (Hip Hop)
– Judah Aton (Hip Hop)
– Richelle Scales (Keys)
– Ruth Price (Drums)
– Jah Tidal Wave (Reggae)
-…. And more to be announced soon
Tunes spun By DJ Andre “Dragon”
Food will be available for sale and for donations.
If you know of a Black Owned Business who would like to table and or speak on the importance of Black economic self determination, or if you know of a Black conscious artist who would like to perform please contact Shango at email@example.com
*Saturday Feb 21st, 7pm: 50 Year Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Malcolm X: Bay Area Unity Vigil :
In affiliation with X Legacy,LLC, the official foundation for the family of Malcolm X,
Sura 2 Ayat 154 “And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah: “They are dead.” Nay, they are living, though ye perceive (it) not”.
50 years ago on Feb 21st 1965, the world lost “a sign of Gods power” that change is always possible. Remembrance of such individuals has been something honorable in the history of religion and humanity.
It is in this respect that we invite all of the religious communities of the San Francisco Bay Area to commemorate the Martyrdom of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, Bro Malcolm X.
This program will feature short speeches from the different leaders and members of the diverse religious communities of the Bay Area. The program will also be filled with Prayers and Poetry as a way of honoring Malcolm’s sacrifice for Human Rights.
We hope to use this event not only to remember Bro Malcolm but also to unify the multiple religious communities in the Area for justice and spiritual revival.
· So there is no confusion, We are in conjunction with an afternoon program at UC Berkeley called “From the Audubon to Ferguson” which will be at 1pm. The night program will be focus around Malcolm’s religious conviction and commitment to Islam.Please feel free to attend both and make this whole day one of remembering Malcolm.
We will start at 7pm with Isha Prayers with Program starting at 730 sharp
The Islamic Cultural Center is located at 1433 Madison Street, Oakland, CA 94612
*Sunday Feb 22nd, 1pm: “Honoring El Hajj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X) 50 years since his Martyrdom”:
The Oakland Islamic Community Center presents: “Honoring El Hajj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X) 50 years since his Martyrdom”
Lecture by Amir Abdel Malik Ali
Islamic Spoken Word by Ras Ceylon, Alia Sharrief, Professor A.L.I., Ayatollah Amusic & more
*Sunday, February 22nd: Revolutionary Discussion w/ Frank Wilderson:
Dr. Frank Wilderson was one of only two African Americans who served in the Black underground military wing of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. Come join us in this intimate setting to hear about why Ferguson keeps on happening, and figure out what needs to be done about it!
Frank B. Wilderson, III
*Writer *Filmmaker *Critical Theorist
Incognegro, a Memoir of Exile and Apartheid (South End Press)
Winner of the 2008 American Book Award
Winner of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Creative Non-Fiction
Recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowhip
Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms (Duke UP)
Director of Reparations…Now (a critical documentary
Join us for the first Ilm Class of this semester during Black History Month with Imam Abdel Malik Ali. In the United States, the foundation of Islam is rooted in the lived experiences of the Black Community. Initially, Islam had a growing presence in America as a result of the persecution of Muslims who vigorously held on to their faith despite relentless persecution.
In this talk, we intend to shine light on the contribution of the black community to Islam throughout America’s history and facilitate a discussion on current events. Please come attend on Monday, 2/23/15 at 6:00 P.M. Insha’Allah this ilm class will provide knowledge beneficial to self-understanding, cross-communal collaboration, and ultimately strengthen our ummah.
Location will be posted soon.
* Tuesday Feb 24th, 7pm: History Of Struggle: “Wretched of the Earth”
A survey of human rights struggle across time and territory, facilitated by Qilombo volunteers. This will be a political examination and discussion about different analysis, strategies and tactics of different revolutionaries over time. We will be examining the successes/failures of the theories and practices of different people and groups involved in revolutionary movements.
This week we will be examining the “Wretched of the Earth” by Frantz Fanon. More specifically we will be studying revolution and counter-revolution as concepts and functions.