Just days right after the Oakland PD made downtown Oakland look like a war zone, Michael Moore made a guest appearance. After listening to his inspiring talk, I joined a conversation with, Bay Area activist and emcee Sellassie (http://www.myspace.com/sellassie), J.R. from KPFA, Prison Radio, and the Block Report (http://www.blockreportradio.com/), and others about the current status of the Occupy Movement and if/how it could serve people of color. In the midst of all the discussion a few of us became more committed to create a plan to do more direct service for our community versus expecting the government to fulfill our needs.
We took inspiration from the Black Panther Party Free Breakfast Program (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Breakfast_for_Children). It was the perfect example of the community taking power into their own hands. It is clear why the Panthers and their community program were such a threat: nourish the people, grow the movement. The
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Panthers pointed out the failure of a society who could pay for bombs but not breakfast for children. A secondary threat was that such community programs that were proliferating across the country were nuturing the next generation of youth committed to self-determination. Futhermore, addicted and undernourished people are not in a strong position to lead a nation toward sustainability and justice. We have all heard the statistics regarding health in low income black and brown communities: obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. are all symptoms of poverty, lack of access to healthy food choices and nutritional education. We owe this awareness to a powerful and growing food justice movement. We occupy to decolonize. In order to effectively decolonize our minds we must detox or bodies and restore our souls. We must get the system out of our system.
Earth Amplified, as artivistas inspired by the Black Panthers, the principles of Landmark Education (http://www.landmarkeducation.com), indigenous wisdom and medicines, and documentaries such as Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/) and Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days (http://www.rawfor30days.com/index5.html) is creating a live juice, nutritional education, and urban healing series to combat the illness in our communities.
S.O.S (System out of your System) Juice is happening every last Friday of the month. From 3-6pm Earth Amplified is offering FREE live juice and food, nutritional/health education, and music for the youth and staff @ United Roots: Oakland’s Green Youth Arts and Media Center. (www.unitedrootsoakland.org). This is a partnership between Food Not Bombs (http://www.foodnotbombs.net/), RBG Fit Club (http://www.rbgfitclub.com/), Green For All (www.greenforall.org), Phat Beets (http://www.phatbeetsproduce.org/), Planting Justice, People’s Grocery, the Regenerative Design Institute, Pursuit of a Green Planet, and countless other local farms, farmers, and community supporters.
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