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Alafia ! As we enjoy and in many cases celebrate this 4th of U lie holiday, a great time for families to come together ,and a need break for the working peoples of America we believe that we must place this holiday within the correct historical perspective.
We at Freedom Now believe that it is important not to get intellectually toxified by this racist,Euro capitalist notion that the 4th of July is truly Independence Day. Independence for whom ? We all know the history - One group of Europeans colonialist have a internal split between those who pledge allegiance to the British Crown versus who don’t and break from and established a very European settler colony .This so called new nation came into being at the price of terrorizing the inhabitants of this land some call turtle island. The ensuing cultural genocide and mass holocaust of these peoples does not provide the rationale for celebration. Rather mourning . So as we barbeque and set off our fireworks we think it is only right that those critical thinkers set aside some of our intellectual energy to reflect on what does the 4th of July mean to progressives. We start with Frederick Douglas “What does the 4th of July mean to Slaves” a speech given at the Anti Slavery Society in 1842.We will follow with the question What does the 4th of July mean to particular national groupings ? From the European progressive perspective we will have Michael Novick from ARA & Part, , the Chicano Perspective by Brown Beret organizer Augustine the African perspective by Broth Muniyga Lumumba. We will close out reviewing the impact of the 4th of July historically on our southern neighbors in Central and South America. Miguel Tinker Salas will provide an historical overview as well and emerging new trends. Miguel Tinker Salas is author of numerous books including “The enduring Legacy Oil, Culture and Citizenship in Venezuela. Miguel’s expertise includes contemporary Latin America society and politics. He is currently a professor of Latin America Studies at Pomona College in Claremont California.
To provide flavor we have a music mix including: Zap Mama, Marvin Gaye Instrumental, All Stars Dub,Kid frost, KRS, Waberi,Jimmin Hendrix,Nina Simone & Chief Ebenzer and Leimert parks own Wadada and the United States of America.
So stay tune and as always “We Stand Ready For The Revolution”..