The To Do List: ” The Power to the People-The Black Panthers at 50″ Exhibit @ Oakland Museum”




In October of 1966, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale created a radical political party at the forefront of revolutionary change—the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. On the 50th anniversary of its founding, the exhibition All Power to the People provides a contemporary view of the Party and its aims to serve oppressed people and fight injustice.



In the gallery, uncover the history of the Black Panther Party—a history that is often misunderstood. Charismatic Panthers—both men and women—created programs to benefit the people, stood up against power, and earned the admiration of other struggling communities in the US and across the globe. Many still fear the Panthers and are unaware of their motivations and intent. Former Panthers admit some mistakes and acknowledge that their image as militants cast a negative shadow on their legacy.

Rare historical artifacts, never-before-seen photographs, first-person accounts from former Panthers, scholars, and community members, and contemporary art show how the Party continues to influence culture and activism locally, nationally, and internationally.


The Black Panther story is complex. The Panthers’ ideas were potent, and they continue to inspire many. Visit All Power to the People and reflect more deeply about the Black Panther Party and its place in our shared history.




All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 is supported in part by the Ford Foundation, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins and members of the Donor Forum including Eileen Ash and Frank Arthur, Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan, and Peter Pervere and Georgia Cassel.


The All Power to the People -Black Panthers at 50

Exhibit Runs until the end of February

The Oakland Museum of California

  1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 318-8400

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The Black Panthers began where many national movements begin, in the East San Francisco Bay.  I found the exhibit moving and familiar as I am from the bay area. Even though I saw members of the Panthers on a daily bases, I feared them. This was the time of Dr Kings peaceful resistance.   Some people believe affiliation with the Panthers would lead to trouble. 

Panthers the group was too radical in an area known for radicals.  Although they were cool looking with their perfect afros and black leather jackets they didn’t seem approachable.

One of my many takeaways from the Exhibit, was the age of the Panthers, most were in the twenties.   As a father and someone who remembers being in my twenties,  I remember it being a time of defiance and blind aggression.   Having said that, I didn’t know about the schools, and senior programs.  I didn’t know about food clinics.    I didn’t know.

Many in the government viewed the Panthers as modern day terrorist.  Many in the black community viewed them as saviors.    One could spend hours at the Exhibit, listening to government recordings and watching videos. 

If you live or plan to travel to Cailfornia and this fantastic exhibit to your calender.   Its quite the experience. Bring the entire family.

“Those Who Do Not Learn From History Are Doomed to Repeat it”




Drinking Water for Oil (If your watching TV News then you’ve missed the picture)

Oil Corp Funded Study: Fracking Not Contaminating Drinking Water

Bernie Sanders talked about it in September he said the oil would poison the water


Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein Protested


Donald and Hillary avoided the topic.  Major oil companies want to pipe oil underneath Indian Reservations, Lakes and yes under the mighty Mississippi River that provide drinking water to population centers and farms.   Massive daily protests have been taking place for months.  Did you see it on the ABC,CNN, FOX ?  If only the millions of people who might be affected by a leaking pipe knew?   Fracking by the oil companies has already contaminated  water sources in several states.  Some bloggers believe the government is assisting the oil companies by keeping the story quiet.  Conspiracy ?



Dakota Access pipeline protests spread as firms defend project

 Protesters have a stand off with police during a demonstration against the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Mandan, North Dakota, November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
By Liz Hampton Reuters/Houston


The companies behind the Dakota Access Pipeline asked a U.S. court to intervene in the fight over its completion as demonstrators fanned out across North America on Tuesday to protest the controversial project.

In what could be the largest demonstrations to date, people gathered outside Army Corps of Engineers offices, banks and energy companies, a day after the U.S. government delayed granting an easement for the pipeline’s construction in North Dakota. Police used mace and arrested several protesters in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, near the path of the pipeline, and the site of ongoing protests since the summer.

Energy Transfer Partners, the main company behind the pipeline, and its subsidiary, Sunoco Logistics Partners, filed papers on Monday night in U.S. district court in Washington, D.C., seeking declaratory relief to “end the Administration’s political interference in the Dakota Access Pipeline review process.” They noted that the delays have already cost them more than $100 million.

 Police arrest protesters during a demonstration against the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Mandan, North Dakota, November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith


The $3.7 billion Dakota Access project has drawn steady opposition from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe as well as environmental activists who say it could pollute nearby water supplies and destroy sacred historic tribal sites.

More than 200 protests were called by indigenous leaders in support of the tribe and to get the U.S. government to stop the pipeline, according to Dallas Goldtooth, a spokesman for Indigenous Environmental Network, one of the organizers.

Demonstrators got an early start at the main camp in Cannon Ball on Tuesday, as a black pickup equipped with a bullhorn circled the camp at 7:45 am central time (1345 GMT) asking people to get ready for protests.

“There’s a lot of bad things happening in the world and people feel like they have no control but this is a very direct example of how people can fight injustice,” said Austin Patrie, 20, who rode a motorcycle over 1000 miles (1609 kms) from his home in Kalamazoo, Michigan to take part in the Cannon Ball protest.

Police mace protesters during a demonstration against the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Mandan, North Dakota, November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

The companies are seeking an easement to tunnel under Lake Oahe, the water source at the heart of the protests. On Monday the Army Corps delayed that approval, which was seen as a partial victory for the protesters.

The Army Corps said it plans to get more input from the Standing Rock Sioux in light of the tribe repeatedly being “dispossessed” from its lands in the past. Government officials have not said how long the process would take, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Construction of the 1,172-mile (1,885-km) pipeline is nearly done. The only work left in North Dakota is the segment to run under the lake, Energy Transfer said last week. The company has been moving drilling equipment to the site in anticipation of being able to start tunneling later this month.

Energy Transfer has said the pipeline would be a more efficient and safer way to transport oil from the Bakken shale of North Dakota to the Midwest and onto the U.S. Gulf Coast.

“To propose, as the Corps now does, to further delay this pipeline and to engage in what can only be described as a sham process sends a frightening message about the rule of law,” said Kelcy Warren, Energy Transfer’s chief executive officer, late Monday.


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Analysts said Tuesday they still expected the pipeline to be completed. “What is less clear is the startup date, and the exact routes,” said Afolabi Ogunnaike, senior analyst at Wood MacKensie, a commodities consultancy.

Tuesday’s protests are taking place outside Army Corps offices and major banks financing construction of the pipeline, such as TD Bank and Citigroup.

In Houston, Texas, more than 150 demonstrators gathered outside ETP’s offices, chanting “water is life” as a jazz band played. Bridget Lois Jensen, a 53-year-old Houston resident, said Americans need to wean themselves off fossil fuels. She was not hopeful the pipeline could be stopped.

“Maybe the Army Corps will look at this, but this city and much of our economy are built on oil and gas,” she said.

The protests come as Dakota Access is expected to win the support of President-elect Donald Trump. He has expressed strong support for development of energy infrastructure projects, including oil pipelines.

Warren donated more than $100,000 to the Trump presidential campaign.

(Additional reporting from Stephanie Keith and Andrew Cullen in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, and Ernie Scheyder in Houston; editing by Andrew Hay and Jeffrey Benkoe)

Ripples in the pond


Jamaica’s LGBT community is still drowned out by colonial-era legislation.
By: Mark Campbell/The American In Italia
Persecution can be long and persistent but change toward better human rights can start like a ripple in a pond. Though their efforts and successes may go largely unnoticed by global media, individuals in smaller countries, in particular former British colonies, are taking bold steps toward improving life for LGBT citizens, who in many places still bear the full brunt of social exclusion and personal risk. Some live in states with colonial-era laws that criminalize homosexuality. England once did, setting the tone for its colonies.

Persecution of LGBT people in England appears to have begun, at least officially, with the 1533 introduction of The Buggery Act during the reign of King Henry VIII. After the separation of the Church of England from Rome, punishment for homosexual, previously under the jurisdiction of church law, became a civil matter. The Act made sex between men, and also men with beasts, punishable by hanging, a penalty not lifted until 1861. During the Victorian period, homosexual relations between men were punishable by imprisonment and hard labor. One illustrious victim was Oscar Wilde, who was jailed for two years in the 1890s for sodomy and gross indecency.

As the British Empire grew, its legal system spread to its colonies along with anti-homosexual legislation. It wasn’t until 1967 that England and Wales decriminalized homosexual acts. South Africa, Canada and New Zealand did the same.

Throughout the British Commonwealth, however, homosexuality remains a criminal act. Archaic anti-sodomy laws, vestiges of colonial rule, still govern the lives of LGBT people. India has actually regressed. In 2013 the Indian Supreme Court overturned a previous Delhi High Court ruling decriminalizing homosexual acts. In 2014, Singapore’s top court upheld a law criminalizing sex between men. In former African colonies, wanton disregard for human sexual rights is commonplace. Nigeria, Uganda and Gambia have all recently passed new and tougher anti-homosexual legislation (Uganda’s was later annulled by that country’s Constitutional Court).

Jamaican lawyer and activist Maurice Tomlinson says the English-speaking Caribbean remains “in the grip of powerful right-wing fundamentalists who [control] all levers of power.”

Anti-sodomy laws in some former British Caribbean colonies still carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. There are also laws prohibiting homosexuals from entering these countries. Trinidad and Tobago is one of nine Caribbean countries with criminal statutes against homosexuality. In 1991, the Bahamian parliament decriminalized homosexual sex. Since then, however, no other English-speaking country in the Caribbean has followed the Bahamian lead.

More onerous perhaps is a general and widespread culture of homophobic violence. In 2006, Jamaica was dubbed, “The Most Homophobic Place on Earth” by Time magazine. The image of love that Bob Marley’s music conveyed to the world has been destroyed by Jamaican “hate rappers” whose blatantly violent lyrics encourage “correcting rape” (to cure lesbians) and murder. It’s not uncommon for police to use “anti-homosexual” laws to entrap and extort money from LGBT people.

Maurice Tomlinson, a lawyer and human rights activist, has filed a claim in Jamaica’s Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of sodomy laws that ban anything interpreted a “gross indecency” between men. The Anglican Church, Catholic Church, and above all evangelical Protestant churches, many based in the United States, vigorously resist any reforms. At least eight religious groups will oppose the Tomlinson challenge, stating that the law is necessary to preserve the population from imminent moral collapse.

An earlier challenge to the law initiated in 2013 by another Jamaican was dropped due to fears for his safety. The English-speaking Caribbean world, says Tomlinson, remains “in the grip of powerful right-wing fundamentalists who [control] all levers of power.”

In 2010, a young man from Belize, Caleb Orozco, and his senior attorney, Lisa Shoman, challenged Belize’s anti-sodomy law. On Aug. 10, 2016, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin of the Belize Supreme Court ruled that the section of the Criminal Code that criminalized consenting intercourse between adults of the same sex contravened rights granted by the Belize Constitution.

“We won on all grounds,” Orozco said of the verdict, “dignity, right to privacy, right to freedom from discrimination, freedom of expression and the equal protection of the law.” Shoman spoke of “huge ripples in our small Caribbean pond.”

Along with numerous messages of support, Orozco has also been inundated with death threats. Evangelical church leaders have accused Orozco and Shoman of promoting immorality, pedophilia and rape.

Caleb Orozco challenged archaic Belize sexual laws, and won round one.

The trail of persecution is long and the fight for human rights and dignity is slow. Haters, often claiming God’s mandate, will say and do whatever they can to stall the progress towards dignity, protection and full social participation. In the end, the fight often comes down to a few brave individuals willing to risk it all in the hope of creating a collectively better human future.


Saudi Arabia: Blogger Gets 10 years and 1000 lashes

The country’s highest court confirms 10-year prison sentence, 1,000 lashes for setting up website ‘Free Saudi Liberals’

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld a 10-year prison sentence and 1,000 lashes for jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, human rights group Amnesty International said Saturday.

Badawi was arrested in 2012 in the city of Jeddah for offenses including setting up the website “Free Saudi Liberals” meant to spark debate and discussion about topics in Saudi society.

In January, Badawi was publicly lashed 50 times, despite widespread international condemnation.

The blogger has described in his first public remarks from prison how he “miraculously survived 50 lashes,” the German weekly Der Spiegel reported on Saturday.

In his remarks, 31-year-old Badawi recalled how he received the first round of lashes in January while surrounded by a cheering crowd that chanted “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest), Der Spiegel said.

“All this cruel suffering happened to me only because I expressed my opinion,” Badawi was quoted as saying in what the magazine said was his first letter since being jailed.

Badawi’s remarks are the preface of a book entitled “1,000 Lashes: Why I Say What I Think,” which was published in Germany on April 1.

Ensaf Haidar, Badawi’s wife, told Al Jazeera by email she was surprised by the ruling.

“The case has been under review for several months and my family and I were shocked by the decision,” Haidar said. “We had had some hope that maybe he would get his sentence reduced, but that didn’t happen.”

Human rights groups and several Western governments have called on Riyadh to cancel the sentence of 1,000 lashes. Saudi Arabia postponed his public lashings, supposed to be conducted weekly after Friday prayers, on medical grounds, according to Amnesty.

A group of high-ranking U.S. lawmakers slammed Saudi Arabia after it carried out the first round of 50 lashes on Badawi, saying further repression of peaceful political dissidents could jeopardize their close partnership.

Haidar said she feared the court decision meant that Saudi Arabia would not wait long before punishing him in public.

“I’m very sad about this and very worried for Raif,” Haidar said. “I believe they will start lashing him again soon — I’m almost certain of that fact.”

The Kremlin Keeps Banning Culture: an Opera, a Movie … Twerking


The Putin administration is trying to make culture in Russia conform to its idea of “moral awareness.” But the result could be the death of art.

By:Anna Nemtsova/The Daily Beast

Do you twerk in patriotic colors? Do you like movies telling of dark corners in your country’s history? Well, you’re in trouble in Russia as the 70th anniversary of the victory over the Nazis approaches. The Putin government’s hard-driving censorship machine has moved into high gear as it aims to enforce “moral awareness.”

In just the last few weeks, Russian authorities banned a Wagner opera in Novosibirsk for showing a sinful Jesus; a dance school in Orenburg for teaching unpatriotic twerking; a movie called was banned on Wednesday, only one day before it was scheduled for release, because it presented Russia as, well, Mordor. Police destroyed a piece of art and began investigating a local artist in Perm last Sunday for painting a crucified Yuri Gagarin, the first cosmonaut, onOrthodox Easter.

And Irkutsk authorities declared a list of harmful and banned children’s books and stories that included Thumbelina, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Alexander Pushkin’s The Tale of the Golden Cockerel.

Authorities also thwarted an opposition March for Truth and Freedom. Over a dozen civil groups and movements—students, scientists, doctors, and artists—asked Moscow city hall for a permit to demonstrate against the Kremlin’s politics in downtown Moscow. The answer was the same: “Nyet!” Why? “Officials told us that the city center would still be occupied by Easter events, but permitted us to march far away from the Kremlin, outside of Shukinskaya metro station in the outskirts,” one of the organizers, Olga Romanova, told The Daily Beast.

Romanova said that unhappy Russians, despite such setbacks, are remarkably resilient. They find each other in social networks and organize interest groups. “When authorities ban our marches, we choose permitted forms of protest and go to single picket lines. And if today they ban Facebook, people will distribute flyers, put stickers with information on the walls—it is useless to ban self-expression. These methods backfire.”

Was it possible to censor Russian theater and cinematography? “People won’t stop creating free art—efforts at ideological bans are just as useless as somebody’s desire to ban Putin,” says Mikhail Ugarov, a director of Theater Doc. “What will change if today we banned Russian authority? Nothing.”

The Putin administration is trying to make culture in Russia conform to its idea of “moral awareness.” But the result could be the death of art.

Last December police raided Theater Doc and forced the company out of its building right before the screening of a documentary film about last year’s events on the Maidan square in Kiev. Recently the theater company reopened in a new building with a production by a Ukrainian group.ATO, or Anti-terrorist Operation, is a play about post-traumatic stress disorders among victims in eastern Ukraine. “We feel just as free to stage what we like as before, but in our new building we are going to have much tougher control and kick out provocateurs,” Ugarov said.

Last week authorities began to check all private dance schools teaching twerking in the Russian province of Orenburg. It was decided to ban the scandalously sexy dance by long-limbed and strong-legged teen girls in orange-and-black costumes, as the bicolor pattern was reminiscent of the Ribbon of St. George, the symbol of military valor in Russia. Authorities closed the dance school where the dance staged the performance.

In a long statement published on the official website on Wednesday, Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinskiy explained why Child 44, a big-budget Hollywood movie showing “Soviet soldiers with five trophy watches on their wrists, the bloody vampires with officer epaulets of the victorious army,” had no right to come out on Russian screens, “neither in the year of the 70th anniversary of Victory nor in any other time.” The minister expressed his disappointment with all members of various commissions previously inspecting and approving Child 44for the release. “It is a principle thing, we should finally put the full stop in the series of endless schizophrenic self-reflections,” Medinsky said.

Medinsky’s statement sounded controversial, as if threatening the core idea of art. “The full stop to self-reflecting would mean the end of our profession, as that’s what we all do, we observe and study ourselves,” Ivan Ivashkin, an actor at the Chekhov Moscow Art Theater company, told The Daily Beast. Minister Medinskiy opposed art critical of Russian reality. He previously criticized the Golden Globe winner Leviathan for its “existential hopelessness.” This month Medinskiy banned the Wagner opera Tannhauser for “offending religious believers” at the Novosibirsk theater and fired the artistic director, Boris Mezdrich, in spite of protests by famous cultural figures and thousands of demonstrators on the streets of Novorsibirsk. A petition signed by 15,000 activists was addressed to both President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday. It asked the Kremlin leaders to sack the “incompetent” Medinskiy, “whose decisions overheated the atmosphere in Russia’s cultural space.”