Racism, repression and resistance

Police shootings in St. Louis and nearby suburb of Ferguson, Mo. bring America’s racial crisis to the brink of explosion.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - A moment borne out of angry Black youth facing heavily armed police officers, snarling police dogs, tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray and armored military personnel carriers in the streets continues to grow into a movement.

That moment has captured some of America’s attention and exposed the country’s oppressive policing, racial failures and national shame to the world.

“Missouri is the new Mississippi,” said Tef Poe, a young activist and hip hop artist from St. Louis.

Conditions and protests over two months in the streets of “New Mississippi” mushroomed into a weekend of civil disobedience, protests, marches rallies, prayers, hip hop performances and rebellion. The Weekend of Resistance, Oct 10-13, “#FergusonOctober,” drew young people, activists, organizers and elders from across the country. » FULL STORY

The Caribbean, the Million Man March and revitalizing a people

By Starla Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

The challenges Blacks face in the Caribbean mirror ones facing Blacks in America. In many areas the situation reminds some of what faced Black America, especially Black men leading up to the historic 1995 Million Man March called by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam.


Iran Presdient: Justice and development will uproot extremism

By Iranian President Hassan Rouhani -Guest Columnist-

Extremism is not a regional issue that just the nations of our region would have to grapple with; extremism is a global issue. Certain states have helped creating it and are now failing to withstand it. Currently our peoples are paying the price. Today’s anti-Westernism is the offspring of yesterday’s colonialism.


Grand jury in Eric Garner case and new chokeholds report

By Saeed Shabazz -Staff Writer-

NEW YORK— - On Oct. 6 a special Grand Jury began to hear testimony in the ‘chokehold’ death of Eric Garner, 43, the same day, his family filed a Notice of Claim to sue the city and the NYPD and New York City Comptroller for $75 million.


Ebola enters America, continues to wreak havoc in Africa

By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

Many were alarmed but not surprised when the first documented case of the Ebola virus showed up in the United States and an American journalist arrived in Nebraska from Liberia for treatment of Ebola as The Final Call went to press.


A Muslim murdered: A brotherhood seeking justice

By Richard B. Muhammad

By every public account given Brother Arthur Hearn was an honorable man, a family man, a mentor, a barber and a pillar of the Woodlawn community where he worked for many years.


Racism, repression and resistance

By Richard B. Muhammad

Police shootings in St. Louis and nearby suburb of Ferguson, Mo. bring America’s racial crisis to the brink of explosion.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - A moment borne out of angry Black youth facing heavily armed police officers, snarling police dogs, tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray and armored military personnel carriers in the streets continues to grow into a movement.

That moment has captured some of America’s attention and exposed the country’s oppressive policing, racial failures and national shame to the world.

“Missouri is the new Mississippi,” said Tef Poe, a young activist and hip hop artist from St. Louis.

Conditions and protests over two months in the streets of “New Mississippi” mushroomed into a weekend of civil disobedience, protests, marches rallies, prayers, hip hop performances and rebellion. The Weekend of Resistance, Oct 10-13, “#FergusonOctober,” drew young people, activists, organizers and elders from across the country.


The Caribbean, the Million Man March and revitalizing a people

By Starla Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

The challenges Blacks face in the Caribbean mirror ones facing Blacks in America. In many areas the situation reminds some of what faced Black America, especially Black men leading up to the historic 1995 Million Man March called by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam.


Reconciliation is the commandment of Allah

By Jehron Muhammad

“Reconciliation,” among Muslims, said Brooklyn-based and renowned Imam Siraj Wahaj, “is the commandment of Allah. Allah wants us to do it.”


Family, supporters question police killing of Black teen

By Dr. J.A. Salaam

ST. LOUIS - "Like father like son" read the front of a black sweat shirt worn by a hurt father pained by the loss of his only son. Vonderrit Myers, Sr. and his wife Syreeta marched with over 1,200 protesters and supporters early Monday morning during the recent Weekend of Resistance in St. Louis, Mo.


Supreme Court blocks previous ruling; Blacks groups ‘disappointed’

By AP

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked a federal appeals court ruling from taking effect that would have restored same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting in North Carolina for this fall’s election.


The Caribbean, the Million Man March and revitalizing a people

By Starla Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

The challenges Blacks face in the Caribbean mirror ones facing Blacks in America. In many areas the situation reminds some of what faced Black America, especially Black men leading up to the historic 1995 Million Man March called by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam.


African leaders focus on unity, peace and prosperity during UN debate

By Saeed Shabazz -Staff Writer-

UNITED NATIONS - The president of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, Ambassador Sam Kahamba Kutesa from Uganda, spoke before the first African leader took the podium.


Militarizing the Ebola Crisis

By Joeva Rock

WASHINGTON (IPS) - Six months into West Africa’s Ebola crisis, the international community is finally heeding calls for substantial intervention in the region.


The changing face of Caribbean migration

By Jewel Fraser

PORT OF SPAIN (IPS) - Ruth Osman is attractive and well-groomed in tailored slacks and a patterned blouse, topped by a soft jacket worn open. Her demeanor and polished accent belie the stereotypical view that most Caribbean nationals have of Guyanese migrants.


'ISIS was born of Western intervention'

By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-

WASHINGTON - In what has become a tireless effort to win converts to this country’s schizophrenic Middle East policy which in the end seems to only benefit Israel, President Barack Obama acknowledged Sept. 28 that U.S. intelligence officials “underestimated” the threat posed by the radical war machine calling itself “Islamic State” and they overestimated the Iraqi army’s capacity to defeat the militant group.


The Cost of Not Doing Business

By James Clingman -Guest Columnist-

Over the past few decades Black people have been led to believe that we have “power” because we earn and spend so much money in the marketplace, now having eclipsed the $1 trillion mark.


Place the Black dollar under arrest

By James Clingman -Guest Columnist-

Here’s an intriguing concept: Arrest the Black dollar. Say what, Jim? You read it correctly. We should arrest our dollars and charge them with neglect. Put them on trial, call the witnesses to testify against them, and convict them of crimes against Black people.


Blackonomic$: Symbolism without Substance—Ferguson to Jena

By James Clingman -Guest Columnist-

Remember the Jena Six? Some 15,000 to 20,000 protesters went to Jena, La. in 2006 to demonstrate against injustice. After all the speeches, threats, marches, and church rallies, the people went home and nothing really changed.


Ending the payday lending debt trap

By Charlene Crowell -NNPA Columnist-

In just a few days, the debt trap at the core of small-dollar loans that come with triple digit interest rates and debt traps has generated an unprecedented groundswell of national and local attention.


Wage gap and income inequality growing

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

Lower wage jobs are gaining in the employment market while higher paying jobs lost during the recession have yet to return. The challenges of workers laid off during this period that find and settle for these lower paying jobs was highlighted in a new report released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM).


Let My People Go

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

“Let my people go”: What lessons can be extracted from those words? Didn’t you know that those few little words contain lessons? And did you know that in the lessons there are principles? And didn’t you know that undergirding those principles there are laws? So hidden in this command are consequences for rejecting, and hidden in this command is blessing if it is obeyed. » CONTINUE

The Lawful Captive Shall Be Delivered

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

What is "Sedition"? It is "actions or words intended to incite rebellion against government authority." I can't tell Black people to fight a war that is Israel's war! What kind of leader will you be, or should I be, to allow these babies—Black, White and Brown—to fight Israel's war because Zionists dominate the government of the United States of America, and her banking system? » CONTINUE

Justifiable Homicide: Black youth in peril, 'An Executive Decision' -Part 2 Continued

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Brothers and Sisters, you are a beautiful people. We just have to work as hard as we can to make the devil’s plan unsuccessful. The scripture teaches, “If God had not shortened those days for His elect’s sake, no soul would be left alive.” » CONTINUE

Come out of her my people -Part 2

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Brothers and Sisters, this peaceful coexistence with the murder of our people has to stop. It is alright for us to march against injustice but the time may soon come or maybe has come, for us to retaliate for injustice. Why don’t you step up to the plate Justice Department and fight for the rights of those whose rights are being trampled upon by the force and power of the army, police, FBI, ATF and sheriffs? What are you trying to force us to do? » CONTINUE

Black Youth: What Must Be Done

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

I would like to speak tonight on the subject of the attack on Black youth, especially the attack on young Black men. Why is there an apparent conspiracy to destroy Black youth? What is so different about our youth that they could become the object of a conspiracy from the highest levels of power? Why have they become a generation marked to be destroyed? » CONTINUE

The Troubled World: What Should We Be Doing? (continued)

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Have you noticed that “the target” all over America is youth? But when you look at all the revolution that’s going on in the world, look at the faces of the people that are overthrowing governments—it is youth!
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Strengthening The Black Community: Strategies for Reducing Violence

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

To this day, it is sickening and saddening that some of us are so mentally disturbed with a "plantation mentality," where we have to await for a signal from somebody else to determine what is in our own best interest. This is the reason why there is trouble in our communities.

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Justifiable Homicide: Black Youth in Peril

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

In work places today, people are coming to work killing their fellow workers, killing their bosses. You have read about children showing up in school armed, and killing fellow students and teachers, and then maybe killing themselves. This is going on in cities across the country, in work places across the country. » CONTINUE

The Troubled World: What Should We Be Doing?

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Leadership is afraid of our young people: You don’t go out among them, and you don’t know what’s going on in them! You are only seeing the repercussions of something that didn’t start with them. Leaders, teachers, preachers: What is your role? » CONTINUE

Africa Must Rise and Be Free

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

We need leaders who are strong, who are militant. Certainly we need a strong military, but all leaders must teach, because if we do not teach the people, then all we are doing is ordering ignorance, bringing order to savagery, bringing order to uncouth behavior through fear.
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