Topics and Issues

Key Topics

In the pages of KUUMBAReport Newsletter, in editions of the Kuumba Radio Report and in this Web Site, we have been, and will continue to be, dedicated to the understanding and the pursuit of Truth and Justice.  Specific topics that have been covered include the following:

The Conditions Facing Afrikan People Worldwide.  Where to begin?  In the areas of Afrika Berlin Conference 2 Labeleconomics, crime-and-punishment, dispossession of resources, victimization by genocide, health, education and representation in the political world, Afrikan people are among the most oppressed people on Earth, despite the relative privileges enjoyed by the Afrikan-American professional and investor classes.  Much of this is because we are all disadvantaged in the area of self-knowledge.  We must learn about ourselves and remake the ties that bound us to our Brothers and Sisters in the Mother Continent and in the Diaspora.  Our disunity is our greatest disadvantage.

Organizing the Afrikan Diaspora.  There are currently thousands of organizations around the world that have dedicated themselves to educating, organizing and mobilizing the Afrikan Diaspora.  The vast majority of these organizations are doing strong, faithful, conscientious work, and many of them insist that the most important thing is that Afrikan people unite as one on the local, national and global level.  However, these organizations have not, as of yet, succeeded in coming OAAU RBGtogether to develop that Pan-Afrikan unity that they all seek.  In the pages of KUUMBAReport Newsletter we have profiled a number of these organizations, as well as promoting efforts to bring them together in coalition with each other in a Pan-Afrikan United Front.  The current effort to form global coalitions is fueled by the African Union Initiative, which has called on the Afrikan Diaspora to consolidate its many organizations into a broad coalition so that we can pursue a voice in the AU that is representative of grassroots communities around the world.  We hope to play some small part in facilitating the development of such a United Front, including support of many of the organizations with which we link from this Site.  In particular, we discuss the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC) in several issues of the Newsletter, as well as in its own page on this Web Site.  We also link to its Web Site,

Afrikan-Centered Morality and Spirituality.  Many of us are not aware of it, but there was a system of morality and spirituality that far predates the Ten Commandments and the Bible.  That system of morality was prominent in the early dynasties of KMT, which modern-day historians refer to as Egypt.  That moral code, Maat 2known as Ma’at, was comprised of 42 Declarations (the “Negative Confessions” to Westerners) that attested to a person’s fitness to join the Honored Ancestors in the afterlife.  A number of modern-day scholars are working to bring back these moral and spiritual principles in the hope that they will inspire and lead not just Afrikan people, but the people of the world, to a more just, righteous and respectful relationship with each other and with Mother Earth.

Afrikan-Centered Business.  There are Afrikan people who are engaged in business ventures, with varying degrees of success.  There are Afrikan people who work Isfet Dollar Billscooperatively with each other, usually in someone else’s business but sometimes establishing business empires of their own.  There are even examples of Afrikan people who are engaged in business that are guided by Afrikan culture and morality, but these businesses often face difficulty because they are considered “out of the mainstream” or are even perceived as a threat by those who misconstrue Black Power with Black Racism.  We have discussed Afrikan-Centered Business in the pages of KUUMBAReport Newsletter, and we hope to continue that discussion here.

History of Oppressed Peoples.  While our focus is on the oppression faced by Afrikan people on the Mother Continent and in the Diaspora, we must also recognize the Massassoit 1struggles of peoples around the world who are struggling for their freedom.  From the Indigenous American Indians of North America to the descendants of the Maya and other Indigenous peoples in Central and South America, from the Irish struggle with Britain to Asian communities and Ocean Nations facing down the corporate and military might of modern-day superpowers, from Arabs and Jews fleeing oppression to the struggles they have with each other, the history of the world has long been written as the struggle between those who have and those who have not, those who live upon the land and those who desire to take that land from them, those who yearn for true freedom and those whose only impulse seems to be domination of others.

Afrikan Holistic Health.  The first three issues of KUUMBAReport Newsletter centered around The State of Health of Afrikans in America.  To this day, that situation has changed little.  We must do what we can to learn more about the health issues that concern us, to move from “sick-care” to “wellness”, to move away from habits that steal life from us, and to heal our people and the world.

Afrikan-Centeredness and Pan-Afrikanism.  Pan-Afrikanism is thoAfrikaKuumbaGif2.gifught of as a political statement concerning the need for Afrikan people to unite, in the minds of some under the political system of Scientific Socialism, to others in accordance with the principles espoused by Dr. Amos Wilson in Blueprint for Black Power, and for others as a more general requirement for Black Unity.  This statement may or may not be expressed in a way that is decidedly Afrikan-Centered, which speaks more to a cultural and spiritual way of thinking, living and treating others.  We hope to explore both of these philosophies here, as we have in the pages of KUUMBAReport Newsletter.

Political Prisoners.  Amnesty International estimates that somewhere between 150 and 200 people are currently held in prisons in the United States not so much because they have committed crimes, but because they dared to oppose the political status quo.  Usually the charge was murder, often of a police officer, and the physical evidence against the defendant was either hotly disputed or completely nonexistent.  In several cases, there is evidence of misconduct by police, by prosecutors and by judges, as well as a political motive for their targeting.  The defendants in these cases have one key thing in common: they were important members of local and national activist organizations that spoke out in favor of the abolishment of a government system they saw as oppressive, a right that is supposedly guaranteed under the United States Constitution.  These organizations were systematically targeted for destruction by the FBI’s Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO) from the 1960’s to the 1980’s.  While these activists belonged to a number of organizations, the one with the largest number of Mondo and Edmembers who are currently imprisoned in this way is the Black Panther Party.  Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald, Marshall “Eddie” Conway, Veronza Bowers, Mutulu Shakur, Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa (pictured) are examples of veterans of the BPP who remain incarcerated for an average of 40 years or more.  Leonard Peltier is an example of an Indigenous American Indian activist who is considered a political prisoner after a fraudulent extradition and a flawed trial.  And the MOVE Organization counts nine members currently incarcerated: eight surviving members of the MOVE Nine and their strongest advocate and the most famous political prisoner in the world, Mumia Abu-Jamal.  Those who defend these political prisoners are often mocked and derided as “supporters of thugs and cop-killers”, but in reality they are citizens who believe in the importance of the principles upon which the American system of justice is supposed to be based, and are convinced that the basic tenets of due process and the presumption of innocence are being violated by those who are determined to “win at all costs”, including the fabrication of evidence of guilt, the withholding of evidence of innocence, the intimidation of witnesses and the imposition of threats and violence against those who insist on exercising their Constitutional rights.

The Death Penalty.  As of May 2013, 143 people across the United States have Troy Davis 3been found to be innocent after having initially been convicted of a capital crime and sentenced to death.  An unknown number were executed before their innocence could be proven, but several cases are indicative of wrongful convictions and wrongful executions, such as Shaka Sankofa (Gary Graham) in 2000 and Troy Davis (pictured) in 2012.  People of Afrikan descent are incarcerated on Death Row at an alarmingly disproportionate rate.  Still, the death penalty has been imposed upon Americans from other communities, as Kirk Bloodsworth, a working-class White male from Maryland’s Eastern Shore and a national spokesman against the death penalty, can attest.  Mr. Bloodsworth was convicted twice for the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl, only to be exonerated by DNA evidence nine years, 11 months and 16 days later.  Capital punishment is seen by politicians as a deterrent against crime, but in actuality it is a system under which those who are least capable of defending themselves (usually the poor and the Black) must face prosecutors who are often paid for convictions rather than for finding the truth, and pro-death penalty juries who have been statistically shown to be biased in favor of police and against defendants.

Police Brutality.  The most famous cases are those of Abner Louima, Amadou Oscar Grant 1Diallo and Sean Bell in New York City, Adolph Grimes in New Orleans and Oscar Grant (pictured) in Oakland.  These cases tore the covers off the hundreds of cases of police brutality, known and unknown, across the United States.  Even police officers who have spoken out against police brutality have often been targeted, harassed and even terrorized by their “Brothers in Blue”.  This has led many community activists to distrust law enforcement, and many others to fear the approach of the police.  Thus, a “schizophrenic relationship” has been fostered, particularly in poor and Black neighborhoods, and the “protect and serve” mission of honest police has become more difficult than ever.

War and Politics.  It was once said that “politics is war by other means”, and indeed when there is a war to be waged, politics often serves as its escort.  One of the most glaring examples of this occurred on September 11.  No, not September 11, 2001, but September 11, 1973, when the Nixon Administration targeted, Allende 1overthrew and assassinated Chilean president Salvador Allende (pictured).  But that was not the first time politics has served as the handmaiden to the war machine, nor would it be the last.  We have seen, over the last decade, how political objectives were attained first through grand pronouncements and presentations, then through propaganda using a shockingly compliant mass media, then finally through the launching of wave after wave of cruise missiles, attack helicopters, armed drones and finally “boots on the ground”.  In 2003, this formula was used to overthrow and finally execute Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, mainly by falsely accusing him of stockpiling weapons of mass destruction in service to imagined allies in Al-Qaida.  Eight years later, a United Nations Resolution was used as an excuse for NATO to go far beyond “disarming” Libya’s army to pursue the country’s president. Muammar al-Gaddafi, strike his home village with missiles, strip him of his convoy with yet another missile strike, and directly cause his execution by what were fondly called “rebels” by the international press.  While many of these heads of state do indeed have blood on their hands, what is not revealed to us is the fact that our leaders do as well, and the real reasons for many of the wars through which we have lived are a far cry from what we are told.  Which leads us to …

The Forked Tongue Files.  Someone once said. “Governments lie.”  Now, it’s governments, corporations, and those who desire to reach the status of governments and corporations.  And far too often, the major mass media seems to be “in” on the lies as they relay them to us.  And, again far too often, we believe them.  we fail to do even the most fundamental, rudimentary research to see the real truth.  We must seek and share the truth where we can find it.

List of Back Issues

This is a summary of the articles included in each issue of KUUMBAReport, from #1 in July 1997 to the present.  We’ve converted about half of them to Portable Document Format (PDF) which can be read in Adobe Reader (available free on the Internet) for easy viewing through this website.  As we continue the process of converting issues to PDF files, we will insert links to them so you will soon be able to access the entire KUUMBAReport archive right here.

Issue #1, July 1997:
‑‑The State of Health of Afrikan‑America, Part One: Description of the Problem, by Dr. Kwame SabakhuRa, an Afrikan‑centered holistic physician in Baltimore, MD
‑‑Trip to New Orleans: A Study In Contrasts, by the Editor
‑‑For Sister Betty Shabazz, a brief appreciation by the Editor

Issue #2, August 1997:
‑‑The State of Health of Afrikan‑America, Part Two: Causes of the Problem, including the Role the Medical Community Plays, by Dr. Kwame SabakhuRa

Issue #3, October 1997:
‑‑The State of Health of Afrikan‑America, Part Three: How to Improve Our Health, by Dr. Kwame SabakhuRa
‑‑The Sisters Step Up: A brief report on the Million Woman March, by the Editor
‑‑Political Prisoners: The October Political Prisoners Forum Part One, reported by the Editor

Issue #4, December 1997‑January 1998:
‑‑Political Prisoners of the United States: featuring addresses by George Edwards (New Haven CT Black Panthers); Ramona Africa (MOVE); Ra‑Nu‑Di‑Al‑Fei (for Fred Hampton, Jr.); Sister of Leonard Peltier.  Reported by the Editor

Issue #5, February 1998:
‑‑The Case of Mumia Abu‑Jamal, from various sources.  Report from the December 8, 1997 Tribunal featuring Geronimo jiJaga, Ward Churchill (AIM), etc., reported by the Editor
‑‑Assata Shakur’s Letter to the Pope

Issue #6, June 1998:
‑‑A Panther’s Struggle: Marshall Eddie Conway’s case, from various sources.  Commentary by Eddie Conway.  My Visit with Eddie Conway, by the Editor
‑‑Report from Jericho ’98, by the Editor
‑‑Merle Africa Dies in Prison: Response from MOVE; Commentary by Mumia Abu‑Jamal

Issue #7, August‑September 1998:
‑‑The Lone Ranger’s Revenge: How the US Government “Got” Leonard Peltier
‑‑Kwame Ture Visits Baltimore, by the Editor
‑‑Political Prisoner Web Pages and Contacts
‑‑Commentary by Mumia Abu‑Jamal
‑‑Appreciation for Ancestor Dr. John Henrik Clarke, by the Editor

KuumbaReport 7 August September 1998 The Lone Ranger’s Revenge

Issue #8, November‑December 1998:
‑‑Of Marches and Mumia.  Report from the two Million Youth Marches, the Harlem police attack and the Atlanta NAACP‑sponsored march, by the Editor (we went to BOTH)
‑‑Mumia Appeal Denied by Pennsylvania Courts, by the Editor
‑‑Appreciation for Ancestor Kwame Ture, by the Editor

KuumbaReport 8 November-December 1998 Of Marches And Mumia

Issue #9, February 1999:
‑‑On To New Orleans: The Historic 1811 Slave Revolt, by the Editor (I went to New Orleans for the commemoration of the revolt, to meet members of the African American History Alliance of Louisiana and to follow the route taken by the slave rebels)
‑‑Thankkksgiving?: The National Day of Mourning Protest by the United American Indians of New England (UAINE), by the Editor (I went there and met members of UAINE)
‑‑Bill Curtis on Kwame Ture
‑‑April Protests for Mumia and Eddie Conway planned, by the Editor

KuumbaReport 9 February 1999 On To New Orleans PDF

Issue #10, April 1999:
‑‑Eddie & Mumia: Updates on their Cases, April Protests planned, by the Editor
‑‑Baltimore Afrikan Centered Business Coalition plans, by the Editor ‑‑Eddie Conway commentary
‑‑Millions For Mumia Planned, by the Editor

KuumbaReport 10 April 1999 Eddie and Mumia PDF

Issue #11, June 1999:
‑‑Handle Your Business: First Meeting of Afrikan Centered Business Coalition (ACBC); The Bogolan Business Association of Brooklyn, NY, by the Editor
‑‑Report from Millions For Mumia, by the Editor
‑‑Philadelphia Goes After the United Black Fund, by the Editor
‑‑African Nationalism in America Part 1, by Sanifu Onaje Mwananchi

KuumbaReport 11 June 1999 Handle Your Business PDF

Issue #12, August‑September 1999:
‑‑Support Your Local Sheriff?: Report on the SCLC Baltimore Hearing on Police Brutality, by the Editor
‑‑Political Prisoner Updates on Eddie Conway & Mumia Abu‑Jamal, by the Editor
‑‑Editor’s Column: On Consistency.  Being consistent with one’s ideals in insidious times, by the Editor
‑‑African Nationalism in America Part 2, by Sanifu Onaje Mwananchi

KuumbaReport 12 August September 1999 Support Your Local Sherriff PDF

Issue #13, November 2999:
‑‑Self‑Defense or Out of Control? The Police Killings of Larry Hubbard, Archie Elliott III and Abdur‑Rahim Muhammad, by the Editor
‑‑Mumia Update: Recent Court Decision and Protest March in Philadelphia, by the Editor
‑‑Umoja Nyumba Shule: Birth of an Independent Afrikan Centered School, by the Editor
‑‑”The Easiest Road. … Death”, by Mumia Abu‑Jamal
‑‑African Nationalism in America Part 3, by Sanifu Onaje Mwananchi

KuumbaReport 13 November 1999 Self Defense or Out Of Control PDF

Issue #14, January‑February 2001:
‑‑Son of COINTELPRO: featuring addresses by Ward Churchill (AIM), Jean Day (Pine Ridge Indian Reservation), Sabrina Greene (MOVE), Jaime Gutierrez (Ramiro Muniz Defense Committee), Karen Pinkett (for Judi Barri and EarthFirst!), David Thibodeau (“Branch Davidians”), Bear Lincoln, Geronimo jiJaga (Pratt), reported by the Editor
‑‑Interview with W.R. Black on 1999 Day of Mourning Protest, by the Editor
‑‑Welfare and Child Support Enforcement: Commentary by Mustafa Shabazz
‑‑African Nationalism in America Part 4, by Sanifu Onaje Mwananchi

Issue #15, March‑April 2000:
‑‑Middle East Mission: Interview with “Baghdad X” on his humanitarian trip to Iraq with the International Action Center, by the Editor
‑‑”We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For”: Black History Month Commentary, by the Editor
‑‑”Black Agenda Survey” announcement, by the Editor

Issue #16, July 2000:
‑‑Siege Mentality: A Look at Police Confrontations.  1890 Ghost Dancers, 1969 Fred Hampton & Geronimo jiJaga, 1973 Pine Ridge AIM, 1978 & 1985 MOVE, 1992 Randy Weaver, 1993 Waco, 2000 Joe Palczynski, Conclusions.  By the Editor
‑‑Interview with W.R. Black Part 2: On Mumia, the International Action Center and the Need for Resistance, by the Editor
‑‑Shaka Sankofa’s Last Words (Gary Graham execution in Texas), by the Editor

Issue #17, September 2000:

‑‑Protectors or Tormentors?  Cops Who Die, Cops Who Kill: Our Schizophrenic Relationship with Police, by the Editor
‑‑Report on the Death of Dr. Kwame SabakhuRa, by the Editor
‑‑Appreciation for Ancestor Mama Khadeeja Fatou Mata, by the Editor
‑‑A Tale of Three Marches: Redeem The Dream, Million Youth March #3, Planning for Million Family March, by the Editor

Issue #18, November 2000:
‑‑Rites of Ascension: The Afrikan‑Centered Memorial for Dr. Kwame SabakhuRa, by the Editor
‑‑Million Family March report, by the Editor
‑‑Death Penalty 2000: ACLU Symposium at Widener School of Law (Wilmington, DE), featuring Bryan Stevenson (Equal Justice Institute of Alabama), by the Editor

Issue #19, January‑February 2001:
‑‑Inside Death Row: the ACLU Death Penalty 2000 Symposium with wrongfully convicted death row exonerees Kirk Bloodsworth (9 years in Maryland) and Shabaka Brown (14 years in Florida), by the Editor
‑‑Electoral PoliTricks: the 2001 Inauguration Protest in Washington, DC, by the Editor
‑‑Update on Eddie Conway’s case, by Mardon Walker, Justice for Eddie Conway Committee
‑‑December 2000 ASCAC (Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations) Eastern Regional Conference at Umoja Nyumba Shule in Baltimore: Dr. Jacob Carruthers on the History of Pan‑Afrikanism, reported by the Editor

Issue #20, April‑May 2001:
‑‑A Jury to Die For: Capital Jury Workshop, ACLU Death Penalty 2000 Symposium, by the Editor
‑‑School Shootings and White Denial: Commentary by Tim Wise
‑‑Marshall “Eddie” Conway Awareness Weekend, by the Editor
‑‑Dedication to Ancestor Lucy Lee, by the Editor
‑‑December 2000 ASCAC (Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations) Eastern Regional Conference at Umoja Nyumba Shule in Baltimore: Dr. Chinwezu on the need for “Self‑Repair”; Dr. Asa Hilliard on the Cultural War Against Pan‑Afrikanism and Afrikan‑Centricity, reported by the Editor

Issue #21, August 2001:
‑‑Think Like An Afrikan: Report from the Akoben Convention at Umoja Nyumba Shule in Baltimore, by the Editor
‑‑December 2000 ASCAC (Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations) Eastern Regional Conference at Umoja Nyumba Shule in Baltimore: Sister Yvonne Stone on Ways to Recognize Kwanzaa Year‑Round, Bro. Bill Bailey on Afrikan and European Modes of Thought, Dr. Leonard Jeffries, reported by the Editor
‑‑The Soul School Institute’s Visit to Malcolm’s Gravesite, May 19, 2001, by the Editor
‑‑Slavery or Setup in Sudan?  A Debate on the Sudan Slavery Crisis and the Civil War, featuring Rev. Walter Fauntroy, Bro. Hodari Abdul-Ali and others, reported by the Editor

Issue #22, November 2001:
‑‑”…And Let Slip The Dogs Of War”: An Analysis of 9‑11, by the Editor
‑‑Some Never Felt Safe: Commentary by Tim Wise
‑‑A Fond Farewell to “Ms. Bea” (Bea Gaddy), a short appreciation by the Editor

Issue #23, December 2001:
‑‑Holy & Unholy Days: The 2001 Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Massachusetts on “Misgiving Day”, by the Editor
‑‑Islam, Ramadan Often Misunderstood: Commentary by Mustafa Shabazz
‑‑December 2000 ASCAC (Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations) Eastern Regional Conference at Umoja Nyumba Shule in Baltimore: Bro. Ade Oba Tokunbo (Organization of All Afrikan Unity‑Black Panther Cadre, Baltimore) on Reviving Pan‑Afrikanism, reported by the Editor
‑‑Philly Cops Attack December 8th, 2001 Mumia Rally, from various sources
‑‑Umoja Nyumba In Flames: Independent Afrikan‑Centered School Arsoned, by the Editor

Issue #24, February‑March 2002:
‑‑”Pan‑Afrikanism Is Not Enough”: December 2000 ASCAC (Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations) Eastern Regional Conference at Umoja Nyumba Shule in Baltimore: Bro. Heru Ka‑Anu on Afrikan‑Centricity reported by the Editor
‑‑On Consciousness and Cowardice: Editor’s Column on the Lack of Support for Umoja Nyumba Shule, by the Editor
‑‑An Imperial War Expands, by Mumia Abu‑Jamal
‑‑The African American Natural Healers Summit, reported by the Editor
‑‑”Is Racism Dead?”  The Black History Month National Theme, by the Editor

Issue #25, April 2002:
‑‑Hearing the Evidence: The Case of Imam Jamil Al‑Amin, the April 6th Teach‑In for Mumia Abu‑Jamal, by the Editor
‑‑New Afrikan Liberation Front Political Prisoners Forum, reported by the Editor (Also spoke at the Forum)

Issue #26, July 2002:
‑‑Watching You: Surveillance from Omnivore to Magic Lantern and Beyond, by the Editor
‑‑The Forked Tongue Files: Maneuvering on McKinney, the “War On Terrorism”, US Assassinations of Foreign Leaders, by the Editor
‑‑Pax Americana and Democracy: Commentary by Mumia Abu‑Jamal
‑‑Message from Standing Deer, from the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

Issue #27, September 2002:
‑‑Represent for Reparations: NCOBRA and A Year of Black Presence; Ken Bridges (Matah Network) on the Need for Internal Reparations, reported by the Editor
‑‑Remembrances of 9‑11, by the Editor
‑‑No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Cynthia McKinney Defeated, by the Editor

Issue #28, December 2002:
‑‑Remembering Our Black Business Warrior: Ken Bridges Biography and Appreciation, by the Editor and the Matah Web Site
‑‑International Human Rights Day, by the Editor
‑‑Philip Berrigan: His Final Battle, an Appreciation by the Editor

Issue #29, March 2003:
‑‑Iraqalypse Now, on George Bush’s Push for War in Iraq, by the Editor
‑‑Illinois Gov. Ryan Shows Some Guts: On His Commutation of All Death Sentences in Illinois, by The Editor


Issue #30, July-August 2003:
–The Forked Tongue Files of War, looking at 14 misconceptions and lies that are commonly accepted regarding the war on Iraq

Issue #31, September-October 2003:
–The “Other” 9-11, on the US Intervention in Chile, September 11, 1973
–Political Prisoner Update, on the Passing of Political Prisoners’ Activist Safiya Bukhari


Issue #32, November-December 2003:
–Welcome To The Quagmire, discussing events since President Bush’s “declaration of the end of hostilities” on May Fools’ Day
–Running Away From Mumia?, on Michael Moore’s comments on Mumia’s guilt and its indication of White-Left Duplicity
–Holidays the Afrikan Way, with brief explanations of Ramadan, Day of Mourning/Misgiving Day, Gye Nyame Celebration and Kwanzaa


Issue #33, April-May 2004:
–Martin and Malcolm Reunited: a look at the parallels that existed between the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X
–Happy Birthday, Mumia: Philadelphia Activists Gather for Mumia Abu-Jamal
–The Ancestors’ Call: Mama Anditu Siwatu of INPDUM


Issue #34, October 2004:
–Reparations and Resurrection: The Reparations Ndaba at Morgan State University and the Million Woman March Anniversary in Philadelphia
–The Ancestors’ Call: Dr. John Chissell –Mumia Abu-Jamal Commentary: Vote?  For Whom?
–Editor’s Column: Vote, Anyway


Issue #35, December 2004:
–America Drinks the Kool-Aid: The Forked Tongue Files of Electoral Poli-Tricks
–Crisis in Sudan: Devastation in Darfur
–Reparations Revisited: Report on the Ndaba
–In Support of “Eddie”: Report on the Forum for Marshall “Eddie” Conway


Issue #36, March 2005:
–Political Prisoners: Mondo and Ed, about Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa and Ed Poindexter (Omaha, NE Political Prisoners)
–We Are Off Target: The Bulls-Eye Is A Prosecutor, column by Political Prisoner Muti Ajamu-Osagboro
–Revisiting Sudan: Analysis and Clarifications


Issue #37, August 2007:
–A United Afrika: The AU Diasporan Campaign Hits Stride in Maryland
–Editors Column: Why Organize?  And Why the AU?


Issue #38, February 2008:
–Champion of the Captive Afrikans: Ancestors’ Call, Elder Adunni Oshupa Tabasi NuNu Afua FrieFrie II
–Bringing Water, Fighting Disease in Nigeria: Eagle of Hope, Inc., and the Struggle for Clean Drinking Water


Issue #39, June 2008:
–Race and PoliTricks I: Bashing Barack, The Breaking of the Democratic Party’s National Unifier
–Africa Must Produce or Perish: Phillip Emeagwali Commentary


Issue #40, August 2008:
–Race and PoliTricks II: Dissin’ Cynthia, The Search for Alternatives Ignores the McKinney Campaign
–On Engaging with the African Union
–An Appeal for Appropriate Behavior: Bob Law on Supporting Our Own


Issue #41, January-February 2009:
–“Bro. Mr. President”: Black Shining Prince or Black Trojan Horse?  Progressive Thought on Obama
–SRDC Notes: Organize, Now More Than Ever


Issue #42, June-July 2009:
–“The State Wants Them Dead”, about the struggle for justice of wrongly-convicted death row prisoners Deborah Peagler, Troy Davis and Reggie Clemmons

–“Of Conferences and Racism”, the Middle East Flim-Flam and the Sabotaging of the World Conference Against Racism
–“The African Union and You” and “SRDC Notes”, on efforts by the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus to Organize the African Diaspora

Issue #43, November 2009:
–“The Barrel of A Gun”, Steal A Phrase, Silence a Movement: Propaganda and Mumia Abu-Jamal –Political Prisoner Profile: Marshall “Eddie” Conway

–“The Historical Debt to Native People Has Not Been Paid”, by Robert Robideau
–“Who’s Going To Run This Town?” by Leila Khaled of the Bronzeville Metropolis of Chicago
–“The Pan Afrikan Diaspora Coalition”, a Conversation between SRDC’s Dr. David Horne and UNIA-ACL’s Baba Senghor Jawara Baye-El

Organizational Contacts

The following is a brief list of some of the organizations with whom we have been in contact (Some are also mentioned above):

  • The Afrikan American Holiday Association (Washington, DC)
  • International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu‑Jamal (Philadelphia, PA)
  • The MOVE Organization (Philadelphia, PA)
  • New Afrikan Liberation Front (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Temple of the Black Messiah (Philadelphia, PA & Baltimore, MD)
  • Concerned Citizens of Tillery (Tillery, NC)
  • National Black Farmers Association (Tillery, NC)
  • M’Backe House of Hope (Wilmington, DE)
  • American Civil Liberties Union (Wilmington, DE)
  • Bogolan Business Association (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League
  • New Black Panther Party (Washington, DC)
  • All Peoples Congress (Baltimore, MD)
  • North East Community Organization (Baltimore, MD)
  • Baltimore Local Organizing Committee, Million Man March (Baltimore, MD)
  • Unity for Action (Baltimore, MD)
  • United American Indians of New England (Plymouth, MA)
  • Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (Boston, MA)
  • Soul School Institute (Baltimore, MD)
  • Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC)

KUUMBAReport Newsletter was an entirely self‑produced, self‑financed and self‑published effort.  As of November 2009, publication of hard copies of the newsletter were suspended because of the prohibitive expense of paper publishing.  We do, however, hope to resume hard-copy publishing if an affordable means becomes available.

Peace and Blessings.

Bro. Cliff, Editor President, Kuumba Events and Communications Editor/Publisher, KUUMBAReport Newsletter

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