tv Politics and Public Policy Today CSPAN October 12, 2015 9:01am-11:01am EDT
write the reports. america, we cannot breathe. yet, in between the gasp for air, in the silent pangs between our heartbeats, we speak their names. we say their names. and we speak it because we know that their name could one day be ours. we are here today that -- to say that we choose differently. we will not allow the deaths of our brothers and sisters to go unnoticed. whether it be that they are killed by someone in our community or someone outside. now, fox news will have you believe that we came here today to provoke violence. but we are not the violent ones. we are being murdered. we gathered here today to provoke peace. to demand peace. and we are obligated to stand for those who have been lost. when we say justice or else, we
mean exactly that. so to my friends who have called me who are scared with your skepticism, step aside. ain't nobody got time for that right now. we are promising to never give up until the dream that dr. king spoke of is realized for all of us and for my 16-year-old son. he means the world to me. and i will lay down my life to ensure that he is able to live free in this country. we've got a lot of work to do, brothers and sisters. we don't have time to play games. we didn't come to washington to play games. mr. farrakhan is not here with all of you to play games. so go back and tell your brothers and sisters, the time for games is over. [ cheers and applause ]
>> now, i want to bring to you a group of people who understand what it is to have their native land stripped from them. we love the unity that we have received from our native brothers and sisters, our latino brothers and sisters, and the one who has worked to organize and bring them together tirelessly is none other than sister ynez. give her a round of applause as she comes. [ applause ] >> we're going to watch a video on behalf of the native community first, and the next voice that you will hear will be that of sister ynez the lone wolf.
greetings. i am a proud native american and black woman. we are joined today to the unity of all of us together because our issues is the same. our injustices and our common enemy is the same. so we are coming together with our indigenous family because we must unite for justice or else. i want to introduce to you my dear uncle, my warrior. he is a warrior for us, for all four directions of our people. chief ernie long walker.
i don't know what to say, my brothers and sisters. 500 years of oppression and 500 years of looking for equality and justice. when we, the red man, the black man, the red woman, the red, black woman. when the first slave escaped was taken in my by ancestors through the whole hemisphere. on day one we became black brothers, day one we fought side by side. what happened? i'm asking you today, my brothers. if we could get our minds together, the red and the black, we are the majority. we wouldn't have to ask for equality and justice because we could raise our finger and they would give it to us. the only problem we have is we've got an enemy out there.
an enemy that we see every morning in the mirror. until we straighten that one out, we don't have to worry about the white man or anybody else. we have to worry about each other. straighten ourselves out, my brother. let's come together, the red and the black. we are the majority. and whatever we want, we can have. you are the only ones, you who were brought here against force, you are the only ones we have accepted. the rest are here, we didn't bring them. so they're telling me to stop. we've given you 500 years. they only give us about five minutes. so thank you. >> islam, ready for the revolution. we've come today in the spirit
of my brother chief abdul mohammed. ready for the revolution. the elders told us when we walked across the country it took six months because there were 11 bills in front of the legislation to take away our hunting, fishing and water rights and everything else. they said this building, we were here before this building and we'll be here after this building. we want people to understand that obama needs to free leonard paltiere. he has been in prison for 40-some years. they have the whole race of indigenous people on reservations, concentration camps. they're out there killing the indigenous people spiritually. so we come here in unity because we have been invited by the minister, louis farrakhan.
with that power and with inviting us to libya, gadhafi is still alive. we say down, down usa. down, down usa. down, down. freedom to the people. there is so much we want to tell you, but you look beautiful. all of our relations. >> peace! peace! my name is josie ross. from the black people. i am proud to be here on behalf of the native american young people, young folks. standing in solidarity, demanding justice. justice or else. justice or else.
a specific justice. an injustice we must correct is that native folks have been -- we've been antagonized by the same monster that has antagonized so many people of color. it's called the papal bull. it's called the doctrine of discovery. that is a doctrine that has enslaved and has punished us for many, many years, for centuries. we demand that the catholic church revoke the papal bull and the racist doctrine of discovery. moreover, we demand that the catholic church rescind the sainthood of junipera serra. thank you.
>>. [ speaking foreign language ] >> may peace be with each and every one of you. i am chief looking horse from the buffalo nation. the black hills of south dakota. thank you for inviting all of us here, the native or the first nation's people. what to say today. it's a great honor to be here. but as we stand here at this place here, mother earth is sick and has a fever. the water of life is
my name is jay winter night wolf. i am the originator and the host of the american indians for the last 15 years on wpfw 89.3 federica mogherinfm. the only native american talk show east of the mississippi on fm radio. in 1979 i met minister louis fa fa fair acaan. they kneneed to give us more ti. you sit and you stand on land that was stolen from my people. yet, they say you can't talk but a few minutes.
excuse me. we've got a lot to say. we are tired of rules and regulations. we're tired of being told what to do. we're tired of being told what to say. when our children, the native american children, have the highest rate of youth suicide in the world. our people are the poorest people in north america. i'm going to get off the stage because my brother will be talking to you shortly, minister louis farrakhan.
i would like to introduce my brother, the latino representative of the nation of islam, minister abel mohammed. >> in the name of allah, the merciful. peace be unto you. it's an honor to be here this afternoon with our black brothers and sisters. with our aboriginal brothers and sisters. with our brothers and sisters from latin america, the caribbean and all over turtle island. it is an island to be here not just so that we could be introduced to one another but so we can be reunited as we were in the beginning. we are one people.
when we are united. but what has been missing is we have been deprived of that knowledge which will allow us to see one another as we are and see ourselves as we are. today is not a day where we're being introduced to one another, today is the day that the family is coming back together with one cry and one purpose, and that is for justice or else. [ speaking spanish ] >> it's an honor to be here with you. it's an honor to be able to present to you some members of your family and this community of brothers and sisters that struggle for justice from mexico, from guatemala, from puerto rico, from all over central and south america and to bring us further into the program, please welcome our brother who is a spoken-word artist who goes by the name of reyes. please welcome him. michael reyes. [ applause ] >> i'm going to do a little
jumble quickly. a freestyle piece. i'm from detroit, based in chicago for a number of years. i'm going to share a little piece. justice or else for our people. sometimes we speak bilingual. spit not with the gun. spit with the power of pen. sometimes we use it again. free oscar rivera. free them all. justice or else. what is else now? we show you how. rock the spot. we fighting to hear my brothers and sisters on every radio and tv station. i fight for my people. back down to chicago. we go to ny. back now. now we talking about black lives because black lives matter. not just those. we spit with tongue. not with the tip of a gun. free them now. justice or else. [ applause ] >> we want to now bring before you our wonderful sister who is the founder of. [ foreign name ]
. we know that we are not immigrants. we may have migrated here but we are not immigrants. we are in fact the original people of the planet earth. whether we call ourselves mexicans or puerto ricans. we are here. this is our land that we're sitting on now. it is ours to take care of. welcome our sister, a fighter for justice on behalf of her people and all of our people, the pastor of lincoln united methodist church, reverend emma lozano. >> justice. >> or else. >> justice. >> or else. >> we remember our history so that we know who we are. we look back so we know how to move forward. today we look back on our beginnings when we were one with our own lands. we look back on the conquerers who broke up your families, placed us in chains in slavery.
lynched our men, took our lands and imposed governments of oppression on the continents of the americas. we look back to remember that we are the original people. we remember the struggles of our ancestors that won independence in mexico and latin america. we won freedom from slavery and jim crowe here in the north but still faced oppression and discrimination. we are the people. we are mexicanos. the people of the south, make no doubt, [ speaking foreign language ] . these places were stolen from our people, but it's still our land. today i want to say on behalf of the mexicanos and the latino
community, we honor minister louis farrakhan. [ applause ] >> we know the people of the south came in a forced migration. we didn't come here because we liked the weather. we came here because we were looking for work, not the american dream. it was a nightmare that this country had placed in our countries that forced us to leave. but i tell you now and i declare that we are fruitful and we have multiplied and we have become more numerous than all the stars in the sky, united, black and brown unity. no more deportations. no more family separation. with or without papers, we join the african-american community to elect a president. then we marched in the largest, most largest mobilizations in the history of this country to
say we are a people of resistance, black and brown unity, no one is illegal. latino community has found unity, defend our families and the next generation just as the african-american community has found unity to stop the police murder and mass incarcerations. it is the love of god that gives us unity and unity which gives us power. we are united. we are the new majority of this nation. there are some that would like to deny this and they're using hatred and racism. but they can't delay the inevitable: they have created an american apartheid. we demand the end of mass deportations and mass incarcerations. we demand justice or else for
the 43 disappeared students. we demand freedom for oscar lopez, the longest held puerto rican prisoner. freedom for nelson serrano, 13 years in prison facing right now in prison and also on death row. we're asking freedom because we are the new majority. in florida they would like to execute innocent persons in nelson serrano. we are one people, one nation. thank you. gracias. [ speaking foreign language ] >> justice. >> or else! >> we want to present to speak a few moments to us. she is going to be speaking in spanish. not that that's our original language but that's the language that our conquerers imposed upon us. it's the language that the majority of people in the western hemisphere speak. it's the language that allows us
[ applause ] now we have a very special presentation, a song in spanish which will be sung by the son of the honorable elijah mohammed, who was raised in mexico. raised among our people. i say "our people" because we are one people. once we get past the lies we have been told about who we are and the deprivation of our history which has us misidentifying ourselves we can see who and what we are as family to one another once we know the truth. part of what binds us is the spirit of our cultural expression.
♪ [ singing in spanish ] ♪ ♪ >> we are all brothers! may allah bless each and every one of us. this is a song on an album that is already out. may allah bless us. justice or else. you came. god called you. and we're not leaving without an answer from him. this is the day that the lord has made. >> amen. >> i love you.
round of applause for coming out today. they said we weren't going to do it, but did we do it? are we out here? all right. so next we are going to be hearing from the haitian community. and you all know the challenges that the haitian community and the dominican community have been having. so we are going to bring together brother joseph mcindou, the nation of islam's representative for the haitian community and vladimir x, the nation of islam's representative for the dominican -- the dominican republic. let me say that again to make sure i get it right. vladimir x, the nation of islam's representative for the dominican republic. okay. all right. we've got a little change. we're going to bring the haitian-american community shortly. i'm going to bring now someone
who is responsible for all of what we have seen, all of this has been worked on by this brother and the team that was assembled by minister farrakhan. that is the nation of islam's chief of staff, brother leonard f. muhammad. [ applause ] >> y'all can do better than that. clap it up. give a round of applause. [ applause ] >>. [ speaking foreign language ] all praises due to allah. a special salute to our leader and teacher the honorable minister louis farrakhan. before i introduce the person i am assigned to introduce, i want to thank a few people. i want to thank the mayor of the city of washington d.c. for her
graciousness and kindness and assistance that she extended to us when we came into washington to begin to organize this event. i want to thank her staff person, tamika mitchell. not only that, i want to thank chief dime, chief of the capitol police. we started off things a little rocky, but we worked it out. and his staff people. janeta mitchell, captain janeta mitchell and sergeant byrd. on our team, abdul mohammed, our illustrious counsel, and member of our national board. minister byrd -- secretary
bervie mohammed. you all don't know how much it means to us to finally see this great results that i am looking at from this podium. it's a beautiful sight to see, and thank all of us and our brothers and sisters for attending this important event to hear the timely message from the honorable minister louis farrakhan. but we needed permission to be here from the government. even though we shouldn't need permission. but we did have a brother in the congress who has assisted us in the past in this regard. he went to congress and went to the senate and was able to produce a resolution, a joint resolution, a unanimous resolution for us to gather
here, again. this is a historic resolution, a resolution because we don't come this time to say atonement, reconciliation and responsibility. they like that. so that was an easy resolution for us to have. but when we wanted to introduce a resolution that said justice or else, it became a little sticky, a little difficult. some didn't like that theme. but i can't wait for the honorable minister louis farrakhan to get here. to say to the whole world what "or else" means. and so, please help me bring to this podium a man who has been here before, who has stood here three other times to take
responsibility for the resolution that we received from his office. he is a member of congress for years, and now the powerful ways and means committee. congressman, we need ways. we need what we need. and we want justice. help me bring before you congressman danny k. davis of illinois, my friend and my brother. thank you so much. [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you, thank you very much. thank you, brother leonard. 20 years ago i was not a member of congress. but i was here with three busloads of men, women and children from chicago who had come with me. three busloads of men, women and
children who had come with the hope of helping to usher in a new day. a brighter day, a new tomorrow. a new sense of fairness of justice, of equal opportunity, of equal treatment and equal protection under the law. i was here ten years ago and was pleased to have submitted the concurrent resolution obtaining use of the capitol grounds for a ten-year commemoration of the million man march. just as i am pleased to have been the sponsorer of the concurrent resolution permitting us to be here today for these activities. on the capitol grounds.
first and foremost, i want to commend and congratulate minister louis farrakhan for his visionary leadership, for his great messages promoting peace, unification, equal rights, equal justice and equal protection under the law. today's gathering is a re-affirmation of the faith that the dark past has taught us. of the hope that the presence has brought us, and so, yes, we are facing the rising sun of our new day begun. and we will march on until everyone will know that black lives do matter. we will march on to
over-aggressive law enforcement procedures w:ié not be the order of the day. we will march on until every child has access to high-quality education. we had march on so that every citizen will know that they can get health care. and we will march on with the understanding that today is our day, tomorrow is our day, and we will march with the vision and with the leadership of minister louis farrakhan, and i am pleased to be here with all of you, my brothers and sisters. [ applause ]
>> all right. thank you very much. we are now going to hear from representatives for the palestinian community. we all know him very well. and that is the reverend jeremiah wright, professor emeritus at trinity college united church of christ. he will be joined by my sister in the justice league, and that is linda sal sure, a national racial justice and civil rights activist. let us welcome reverend wright and saturday sal sur. >> to the honorable minister farrakhan. to our hosts, to our sisters and
brothers, we are grateful to god to be able to speak her ae and speak a word behalf of palestinian justice. those who put the program together just about the aboriginal people, the original people of this country, on this platform. and that was so powerful for this reason. they came here to remind us of the fact that this was their country before the europeans decided that their god had given them this country. the same issue is being fought today and has been fought since 1948, and biblical historians carry it back to the book of judges where the original people, the palestinians, please remember jesus was a palestinian. the palestinian people have had the europeans come and take their country, ignoring united
nations resolutions after resolution after resolution, over 40 resolutions in illegally occupied territories as they take the people whose countries it is and make it theirs because their god told them that they:, could have somebody else's country. the youth in ferguson and the youth in palestine have united together to remind us that the dots need to be connected. what did dr. king say? injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere has implications for us as we stand beside our palestinian brothers and sisters who have been done one of the most egregious injustices in the 20th and 21st centuries. boycott, divestment and sanction is how we fought non-violently to bring an end to apartheid in
south africa. it's going on in palestine as we sit here. there is an apartheid wall being built twice the size of the berlin wall in height keeping palestinians off of illegally occupied territories where the europeans have claimed that land as their own. dr. martin luther king said in 1967 at the riverside church, we are fighting a three-headed moiness. manifests of that deemon have been seen.mon have been seen. cu cuba, puerto rico. haiti. the natives who see foreigners come in and take their land. dr. king said we're fighting a three-headed demon.
racism, militarism and capitalism. those three-headed demons are what are causing the palestinian to have a fight just like the fight we are having here trying to get people to understand that black lives matters, palestinians are saying palestinian lives matters. we stand with you. we support you. we say god bless you. justice -- >> or else! [ applause ] >> in the name of god, the most beneficial, the most merciful, may peace be upon you. i am a palestinian-muslim-american. i have the blood of an oppressed people, a resilient people, a strong people, a courageous people that runs through my veins. i am here, sisters and brothers, to speak truth to power. we are here to speak truth to
power. we are one, sisters and brothers, and our liberation is bound up together. the same people who justify the massacres of palestinian people and call it collateral damage are the same people who justify the murder of black young men and women. the same people who want to deport millions of undocumented immigrants are the same people who hate muslims and want to take our right to worship freely in this country. that common enemy, sisters and brothers, is white supremacy. let's call it what it is. we're not here to make people feel comfortable. i'm tired of people asking us what the "else" is, "justice or else." you wouldn't have to ask that question if we already had justice.
we are angry, sisters and brothers. don't let them ask you why you're angry. ask them why are they not angry. 20 years ago millions came to this mall, 50 years ago our ancestors marched from selma to montgomery. i am tired, sisters and brothers, of coming back every decade, every 50 years, 20 years, to talk about the same things we were talking about all those years before. we need to stand tall, sisters and brothers. we need not be intimidated. we need to stay fearless. our children are watching us. we need to set an example for our children. the only time anybody should see us on our knees is when we're
praying, sisters and brothers. i stand here today as a palestinian american to tell you that the liberation of the palestinian people is bound up with the liberation of black people in america. we will be one. and i will recommit my body, my mind and soul, to black liberation which will liberate all of us. we are one, sisters and brothers. and the people united will never be defeated. power to the people. [ applause ] >> that's my sister! we walked from new york city to washington, d.c., together to protest police brutality. that's the kind of strength that the justice league nyc embodies. we are now bringing the haitian
community. we are going to hear from brother joseph mcindou, the nation of muslim's representative for the haitian community. would you come, brother, please. and also vladimir x, the nation of muslim's representative for the dominican republic. let me just say one thing. when minister farrakhan is ready to speak, all those who are waiting will be cut. so if you want to make it on this program, speak quickly. because when the minister comes out, it will be shut down. >> in the game of god, the most merciful, i bear witness that there is no god but allah who came and i bear witness that muhammad is our exalted christ. i further bear witness that the
honorable minister louis farrakhan is our divine comforter in our midst. i would like to greet each of you with a greeting word of word of peace. i am here with my brothers and sist sisters of the dominican republic. we want to show to the world that we are not going to be allowed to be divided, not anymore because the division of our people is to the benefit of the enemy. and the unity of our people is to our benefit. we will do everything necessary to keep us at one, keep us together. and this is why i'm honored that the honorable minister louis farrakhan had the vision to pull
dominicans and haitians together, to pull them together so that we can be one people as we were before. we thank the honorable minister louis farrakhan for his vision, and today you see on the stage dominican flag and the haitian flag side by side, saying to the enemy, your plan has failed! and at this point, i would like for our sister to read the bookman's prayer. please receive our sister with a well-deserved round of applause. >> this is bookman's prayer, a prayer of revolution. good god who created the sun when shines on us from above, who rouses the sea and makes the
thunder rumble. listen, god, though hidden in a cloud, watches over us. the god of the white man calls forth crime, but our god will good works. our god who is so good commands us to vengeance. he will direct our arms and help us. throw away the likeness of the white man's god who has so often brought us to tears and listen to the liberty which speaks in all of our hearts. unity is strength. unity is strength. unity is strength. >> thank you. at this point we would like to
introduce vladimir x who is the representative of the dominican republic. please receive him with a well-deserved round of applause. >> in the name of allah, the beneficent, the merciful, i bear witness that there is no god but allah, the originator of the heavens and the earth and the creator of all human beings. my name is brother vladimir x. i was born in a small island in the caribbean that goes by the name of the dominican republic and shares a border with our sister nation of haiti. for those of you who have not been following current events pertaining to what's going on on this island, there's a move afoot to divide natural allies and natural brothers and sisters, the haitians and the dominicans from one another.
we share the same history. we share the same path, the same misery and the same subhuman conditions. we are brothers and sisters by nature because we were all brought from mother africa centuries ago. the only difference between the haitians and the dominicans is a piece of cloth called the flag. that has been used by our open
so it's time to exercise our power and redistribute that pain. it's insane to do the same thing and expect a different result. the same ones who made us slaves is the ones we keep asking for help. now, ask yourself, how you gonna win fighting the court when the ones who commit the murders is the ones who write the reports? all the lives we done lost, the tears we done cried, the promises was made, all the years they lie, aren't you tired of being tired or hear one of us died? whoever killed remain guilty or don't even get tried? cops don't even get fired for choking us on camera. we're worried about black pride taking pictures with santa. you can't expect respect when you don't respect yourself. when the ones sent to protect the served or protect, you've got to protect yourself. you can't expect no one else to love you more than you. so that means the or else is totally up to you. what you willing to sacrifice so your kid can have a life?
let's take christmas from santa claus and give it back to christ. and we ain't asking nice. it's a demand. this ain't a march. we're going to stand, man, woman, child together. hand in hand. 'because we understand the facts of the matter we can't save our lives till black matters because black looifds got to matter to black people. the fact is blacks kill most of the black people. but the difference, when they kill us, they don't let it slide, you see, ray ray found guilty before he even get tried. 10-10-15, the government is on notice. they're not going to keep killing us and have us fill up your quotas giving us jail records instead of diplomas. them 40 acres, we're going to need what you owe us, or else! >> all right. that's what i'm talking about. justice or else. we are now keeping with the
hip-hop community, going to bring a young brother who's a former inmate. he spent five years in prison. he actually works for the honorable cora master berry right now. this young man picked up a book called "the destruction of black civilization" by chancellor williams. and now while he was in prison, he picked that book up, and it changed his life. and today he is a doctoral candidate in the african-american studies department at howard university. let's give it up for my brother, anton howe. >> good morning, brothers and sisters. i am anton house. i graduated with my bachelor's in 2011. i obtained my master's in 2013. and despitemy growth and accomplishments, i'm still a
convicted felon. i represent 100 million of returning citizens who are a part of the mass inkars nation racket in the most industrialized nation in the world. we're in urban communities, black and latino, men and women walk out of their homes each morning with the possibility of being politically disenfranchised. show a hands, how many convicted felons do we have in the audience today? how many people do we have whose families incarcerationed are waiting trial right now? this is the reason why we need a national campaign for felony expungement. see, growing up as a 12th street gangster disciple in racine, wisconsin, i struggled to adhere to my organization's literature which adhered to six principles, education, economics, politics, social development, organization and unity. with education being the most important. and from creating fellowship with other brothers who were vice lords, all under their five
principles of love, peace, freedom, truth and justice, we all knew these terms and ideas, but we did not have a positive outlet to show them how to use them in our volatile urban conditions. now as an adult, i understand the importance of these ideas. they were not created to be divisive. they were not created for us to terrorize our communities with. they were created for us and as human beings and solidify us as groups. ku currently i'm in the process of obtaining my doctoral degree from howard university, the same history department that teaches the responsibility of scholar activism and community responsibility. on the subject of black in the academy, i am constantly reminded of the words of our ancestor malik shabazz who asked what do you call the educated negro with a b.a. or m.a.? with a bsr ph.d.?
the answer, nigger because that's what the white man calls him h a nigger. i was one without a ph.d. now i'm one with a ph.d.. what's the difference? self-knowledge. if an individual has no knowledge of self, the degrees they obtain, all of their accolades, the balls they bounce or the balls they run will be of no progress to their people. they will be of no progress to their people if they do not have self-knowledge. so what i want y'all to take away from here today is the only way that we accomplish and whatever we establish, the only way we'll be able to keep it is if our value system is rooted in self-knowledge. thank you. black power. >> i need a video, y'all.
all right. we are now moving into a section that is very important, very important to me, very important to all of you who are here which is the women. let's give it up for the women. women for justice. and we've got two powerful sisters that you will be hearing from. but first we're going to watch a video and immediately after the video, you are going to hear from ali, the president of the naacp d.c. chapter. >> our women are the key.
>> women represent 70% of the world. today one in ten [ inaudible ] 45% live below the poverty level. [ inaudible ] the u.s. [ inaudible ] women in the united states earn, on average, 75 cents less than men. gender-based violence takes more of a toll on women's health than that of traffic accidents and malaria. over 130 million women living in the world today have undergone male domination.
many are exploited every year. 80% of which are girls. 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered kram. crime. justice for women. justice for us. >> good morning. it's an honor to stand before you on this historic day commemorating the 20th anniversary of the million man march. 20 years ago the honorable minister louis farrakhan, reverend willie f. wilson, and
nearly 2 million men from across the country joined to deliver one powerful message. we are strong when we stand together. today, i stand on the shoulders of many men and women, civil rights leaders, activists that have championed social justice. i stand on the shoulders of dorothy irene height, mary mcleod bethune, fannie lou hamer, angela davis, thelma thomas daly, rosa parks, lorraine miller, rosalyn m. brock, and our own mayor muriel bowser. all of these women have been champions continue to pave way for us to stand here today. the unprecedented success of the million man march in '95 was
based on our ability to unite nearly 2 million men from different religious, economic and political affiliations that stood together for one purpose. today, men and women all stand together. that is our strength. that is our power. together, we are strong. we did not get here alone. and no one can fight this fight alone. the issues that disproportionately affect some of us impact all of us. we all have the right to public safety, jobs, economic sustainability, education, health, criminal justice, voting rights and safe communities. now hear me, everyone deserves to live in safe communities. communities free of gun violence, communities where a
2-year-old can play in her front yard without getting shot by a stray bullet. we need to hold ourselves and our communities accountable for safe communities. we stand today for justice, safety and equality. divided we are weak but together we are strong. a million blacks, latinos whites today stand stronger together. we all stand stronger together. thank you. >> this next person that is coming i am so honored to announce today and to bring to the stage. she is the national spokeswoman for the honorable minister louis farrakhan, and her name is sister ava mohamed.
>> in the name of allah, the beneficent, the merciful, we give praise and thanks to allah for his love and mercy upon humanity. giving us his prophets and his messengers that when we go astray, through them he leads us back to the right path. we thank him for moses and the torah, jesus and the gospel and the holy koran. i thank allah for coming to us in the person of master mohamed, the great madi who raised up one we now know to be the promised messiah, the predicted christ, the honorable elijah mohamed. i am humbled and so honored to be here before you as a student
and follower of their divinely appointed and anointed representative, the honorable minister louis farrakhan. i greet all of you in the words of peace. in the holy koran, the lord of the worlds ask the question, how can you deny allah when you were without life and he gave you life? the honorable minister louis farrakhan teaches us that when allah gives you a gift, you must accept it. the greatest gift is life. therefore, we are divinely obligated to respect, protect and defend our own lives and the lives of others. you let no one take your life without a fight. islam is a religion of peace.
we agressno one, but the holy koran states fight with those who fight with you. it reads there is life for you in retaliation. there is no species on this planet, no living organism that will not come to its own defense. every species fights for its survival. insects, wildlife. it has only been the black man and woman in america who have been called upon by our former slave masters to forgive and forget while we are being slaughtered, we are taking that no longer. we are in obedience to allah, his christ and the nature in which we are created.
what is the role of the woman? every female of every species comes to the defense of her offspring. she will sacrifice herself to defend her children. she is genetically programmed to do that. when a woman does not stand up and fight for her child, she is other than herself. we thank allah that minister louis farrakhan is bringing us with allah's guidance back to the knowledge of ourselves. there is no male of any species that will not come to the defense of the female of that species. he does not think about it. it is not in the intellect. it is at the core of his being. so when a man sees his woman
under attack, it is his duty to come to her aid. why? because there is no life without the woman. it is through her womb that a man has his immortality. he has his reproductive capability, and above all, to express his dominion to exert his dominion. he cannot do that without his mate. so he will instantly lay down his life to defend the woman. and so we are here today to stand up, five black women in the month of july alone were found dead in the custody of police including sandra bland, turner, kendra chapman, joyce
ke kernell and others unnamed. we are here to say you have abducted the last black woman off the streets of america and taken her away, kill her and show us her body and claim she committed suicide. that is a modern-day lynching. these people have never changed, and they never will. it is time for us to go forth, and allah has chosen the man, one man, to lead us up out of here, the honorable minister louis farrakhan. may allah bless all of us with love and the light of understanding.
>> one more time for sister ava mohamed. the national spokesperson for the honorable minister louis farrakhan and the nation of islam. now i want to thank you all for allowing me to be here to serve you today. it is time for me to step away from this program. but i want to tell you that i cannot even see the people who are gathered here. if you turn around and look behind you as far as you can see, our people have gathered that's right. shout out from the front to the back and give each other some love. now -- back over here. back over here. you know, they like to call us 35 and 40-year-olds the rising
stars. but i'm telling you that the young men who will take us through the rest of this program is not a rising star, he is an already risen star. and that is brother nuri mohamed, student minister from indiana. >> in the name of allah, the beneficent, the merciful, i bear witness to irregardless to land, label, creed, class, color, race, religion or ritual but one god. we bear witness to that one god's bringing us moses, jesus and mohamed. however, as a student of the honorable louis farrakhan, i can never thank almighty god allah enough for his intervention in our affairs in the form of a well-made man named master farad mohamed. and we thank him for raising up his messenger, messiah, the most honorable to mohamed.
and in this hour, we know that we wouldn't be gathered here today on 10-10-15 were it not for the most beautiful and most dutiful human being walking the face of the earth today, the honorable minister louis farrakhan, our champion. god's man on scene today. we are here, brothers and sisters, and i wish you all could see what i can see, but in the street terms, we're marred deep today. we're marred deep today. and we've come together today on 10-10-15 because we are sick and tired of being sick and tired of scrolling down our time line on instagram or twitter or facebook and every other day we see a young black male being murdered by the blue klux klan. i said the blue klux klan. and we came today to tell the united states government and all the wicked white oligarchy and
you cannot kill a man with a bag of skittles and get away with it, you cannot put your neck in the knees of a 14-year-old girl just for swimming while being black and get away with it. we came to tell the whole world that black lives matter to us and we're going to make sure that you know that it matters as well. many times whenever we talk about the struggle against the power structure, the first thing that our critics say, it's always some self-appointed pro bono no insurance-having defense attorney for white folks that jumps on the table. and says well, you know, black folks are killing black people, too. and that's the truth. that's why we are fighting a war on two fronts. we came to class today with white supremacy, but we also are making war with negativity, too.
did y'all hear me? a special type of negativity that we do to one another. when ray ray kills tyrone, tyrone is dead and ray ray gets life in prison. but when officer mcgillicuddy kills unarmed 19-year-old tyrone, he gets administrative leave. is that the truth? a gofundme account is set up and the next thing you know, others that think like him donate millions to him and he ends up getting a job so we've got to stop this kind of madness, brothers and sisters. so we know that today as we've gathered for this supreme cause of justice, or what? justice? we know we wouldn't be here on 10-10-15 were it not for the great host that put the 20th or the first million man march together our great honorable
mary marian barry for life of washington, d.c. so out of love and respect for this wonderful brother, it is an honor and privilege to present to you his wonderful wife and son, sister kara master barry and brother christopher barry. let's receive our brother and sister with a warm round of applause thanking them for facilitating such a day. >> it's a great pleasure for us to give this momentary salute to my husband and christopher's father. marion s. barry rose from the son of a sharecropper, picking cotton in innovative mississippi to become one of the most popular iconic figures in american history. elected four terms -- four terms as mayor. he became known as what? mayor for life.
as the first chairman of student on violent coordinating committee, marion barry would interface with national and international political religious and civil rights leaders such as martin luther king. and presidents of nations. as a public servant, he literally and figuratively changed the landscape of washington, d.c. he is responsible for shepherding d.c. residents from deprived social positions to successful middle-class and many, many black millionaires. he also pioneered and established the minority set-aside programs, and as a result, not only did he create millionaires but he created some self-proclaimed billionaires. marion barry negotiated with to open up the washington wizards basketball team at the verizon center and we all live here and as a result of that we see all
the businesses that have grown up in washington that's transformed this city from a sleepy little town into a bustling, thriving metropolis. >> he boldly served the least, the last and the lost among us. at a time when black-on-black violence was at a high in america. the honorable minister louis farrakhan called black men to gather in washington for atonement, responsibilities and reconciliation. marion barry made all of the city services available. he used his staff to help organize the march. he made leave possible so that d.c. government employees could attend. without the vision of minister farrakhan and without marion barry, the million man march could have never happened. in the spirit of my father, marion s. gary, i am here to stand with minister farrakhan. the honorable minister has called for 10,000 fearless warriors to go into the black community and reclaim the lives of our lost youth.
by the end of this month, over 6,000 of our brothers will be re-entering our community, released early from prison. let them begin their journey to re-enter society by answering the minister's call. all across this nation, youth violence is on the rise. but what's really occurring is the rise of the young generation. but what is different from this generation, they're not like the generation of the '60s who organized the march or my generation who expressed our frustration through music. you know, this new generation has had little guidance. and they express their frustrations through violence. let us commit -- recommit our struggle to showing them a better way of living. instead of slanging and banging, let's teach them saving and building so that our black men can thrive in the 21st century. we salute mayor for life, marion
s. barry as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the million man march. thank you. >> i didn't memorize that part. >> y'all can do better than that, thousand. give them another round of applause. our next great presenter that we have coming to the podium is a man that we like to affectionately call the attorney at war, and that is none other than the great benjamin crump. let's receive our brother with a warm round of applause. benjamin crump. >> i'm attorney benjamin crump, the president of the national bar association, the largest association of lawyers of color representing the issues, concerns and opportunities of
66,000 black lawyers, judges and legal professionals in america and beyond. our theme this year is the national bar united, preserving our legacy, protecting our future. and isn't that what we're really here for, to protect our children, protect our future generations to come? and that's why i'm here on my birthday, with my children. i am reminded when i was here 20 years ago at 25 years old as a third-year law student, and i, like the rest of america, listen to the words, atonement and accountability from minister louis farrakhan. today marks an opportunity for us all to come together to achieve a common goal, the common goal of helping to make america in which we live a better america.
today is not just the 20th anniversary of the million man march. today is not just my birthday. on the same day as the million man march, a baby named kendrick johnson was born in valdosta, georgia. at 17 years old, his mother and father sent young kendrick to school with a book bag. and he was returned to them in a body bag the next day. and the only explanation that his parents have ever been given is unbelievable, inconceivable, and incomprehensible. this story that he crawled up into a rolled-up gym mat, got stuck, stopped breathing and died, and that was over two years ago. and so today before i finish these remarks, i want everyone to join me in a moment of silence on kendrick's birthday to show him and his parents who are here today that he is still alive in our hearts and that we
are committed to achieving justice and ensuring that those responsible are held accountable. a moment of silence, please. thank you. accountability, isn't that what all the parents want? i think about the countless families across america. i think about trayvon martin who was killed in samford, florida. i think about michael brown killed in ferguson, missouri. tamir rice who was killed in cleveland, ohio. i think about alicia thomas who was killed in los angeles, california. i think about jordan davis who was killed in jacksonville, florida. i think about natasha mckinney who was killed in fairfield, virginia. i think about oscar grant who was killed in california. robby toland, houston, texas. i think about monroe byrd in tulsa, oklahoma. eric gardner in staten island.
travis carter, jonesboro, arkansas. walter scott, north charleston, south carolina. victor white, new iberia, louisiana. los angeles, california. sandra bland, walter county, texas. sam dubose, cincinnati, ohio. and i even think about monroe isidore, a 107-year-old grandfather executed by the pine bluff, arkansas, police department. where all these families want, what our entire community wants, what we demand is truth and accountability. yesterday in my capacity as president of the national bar association, i met with attorney general loretta lynch, the first black woman to be appointed attorney general of the united states. we talked about accountability across the board. that means more than simply counting us when we're being put in jail, when we are being charged with life felony
convictions. when we are counting out children who have been charged as adults and being incarcerated to support the prison industrial complex. true accountability also must mean holding those who are sworn to protect and serve us when they commit illegal acts like shooting our brothers and sisters in the back, tasing our brothers and sisters to death, and placing our brothers and sisters in illegal chokeholds, ending their lives well before their time. we want that database, too. as the national bar, in conclusion, black people, we need your help, too. we need your votes to count not just at the polls but also in the courtrooms. so when you get those jury summons, don't throw them away and ignore them. don't try to come up with every cockamamie excuse just to come up with jury duty because when we go in those courtrooms, us
black lawyers don't want to be the only thing black other than the judges' robes. what we want to see is the diversity of america to be a jury of our peers. so let's mark this 20th anniversary of the million man march as a movement because black lives matter! black lives matter! black lives matter! thank you! >> i told you he was an attorney at war. the next brother that we are going to bring up is another one of those revolutionary attorneys. he also serves as the national secretary of the nation of islam. please receive with a warm round of applause our brother, your brother, brother attorney mohamed. let's welcome our brother. >> in the name of allah, the
beneficent, the merciful, i bear witness that there is no god but allah and that mohamed is his messenger. i would like to thank the honorable minister louis farrakhan for allowing me to serve. as the national secretary of the nation of islam. and when i came into the nation at 19 when i was at morehouse college, i was determined to be an attorney. and i have been an attorney now for 17 years, and i've tried cases in multiple states thanks to my mentor, attorney louis myers. but the greatest case that i ever tried was a case of police brutality. and we lost that case, but listen to the facts. before there was a freddie gray in baltimore who died in police custody, there was a fred grady in chicago who died in police custody. now, this was mr. grady's mug shot when he got arrested. you can see him, there's nothing wrong with mr. grady. three hours later in police custody, this is what he looked like.
now, we were told that mr. grady died from a heart attack. now, watch the injustice system come into play. because when the paramedics got there, they said mr. grady was already turning colors. that means he has been dead for a while. there was no blood in his cell whatsoever. then when the coroner got there, they filled out a report that said he died from a heart attack. the problem was, they hadn't done the autopsy yet. so then as the trial started going on and we started doing depositions, there were witnesses who said some things that were damaging to the police case. but when i went back to read the transcript, the court reporters had deleted it from the transcript. so then when we went to trial and the jury found for the police, we presented the case to the justice department. and the justice department said there was not enough evidence to prosecute any police for killing mr. grady.
we have all gathered here today under the sound of one man's voice who has called for justice because we know the god of justice never sleeps. so it does not matter whether or not we get any redress of our grievance in the court system because the god sees our pain, and he knows what we are going through. so when we hear the honorable minister louis farrakhan today, just know that we are not listening to any ordinary man. we are listening to a man of biblical proportions, a man whom the prophets saw thousands of years ago coming in this day, in this time to address the pain that nobody else has been able to address. so please when he comes, receive him like the man that nobody else can call all of us together here again today. thank you all. may allah continue to bless you. >> all praises are due to allah. the next is one of the brothers that represents the group that
have bengal vannize ei been gal waged by the wicked most of the time for unjust means. this is our brother that represents the veterans for justice. please receive the retired veteran and community activist brother robert brannen with a great round of applause. >> greetings and salutations, my veteran brothers and sisters and their families. i greet you on behalf of the service of all of us and demand justice for veterans and their families. and not only that, but we need justice for our young people and veterans cannot have justice if they live in the district of columbia and don't have the right to vote. if you support veterans, if you
believe in justice, if you believe in dignity and human rights for everybody, then you cannot deny statehood to the district of columbia where veterans live but cannot vote. you cannot be for justice and equality if you do not support the rights of veterans who risk their lives every day and sacrifice around the world so that everyone here can live and walk in peace and harmony if you don't support justice for veterans in the district of columbia, full representation and statehood for the district of columbia and i'm thankful that we have a mayor who is committed to ending homelessness for veterans. thank you, mayor bowser. i'm grateful we have a first lady, michelle obama, who is telling our businesses to hire our veterans.
we need to give those to grand ladies of america, a round of applause because if no one stands for veterans -- thank you. >> y'all can do better than that for our brother. let's give that soldier a round of applause, fighting for the new cause, which is his people. next coming to the mike, we have a beautiful sister representing the return citizens for justice. y'all know who that is, right? these are all the brothers and sisters that served time and are back homecoming to serve god and their people. let's receive our sister, sister andrea james with a warm round of applause. >> i bring with you greetings from the prisons across this country, our brothers and sisters today who are joining us from inside the walls who refuse to eat, who refuse to purchase from the commissary, who are standing together, who have put their beefs down today to stand with us today and to make us understand the importance of
recognizing what incarceration has done to us across this country. we have had an 800% increase in the incarceration of black women in this country in the last 20 years. we stand today to raise our voices as incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to help us know that we have got to bring an end to mass incarceration. we have got to understand that mothers are being separated from their children. >> that's right. >> we have got to understand that while in those prisons, women are reduced to a number, stripped naked, groped and videotaped. and too often raped and exploited by male prison guards. we have got to understand that in prisons across this country, when women are pregnant and incarcerated and give birth, they are shackled one limb to a bed. what kind of country locks the
mothers in far-away prisons for the duration of that child's childhood and denies visits from their children and loved ones? what kind of country incarcerates entire families, two and three generations of women from the same family, leaving all of the trusted and doubts incarcerated and taken from the children. what kind of country incarcerates every single trusted adult in a household, and we have answered that, my people, with complete silence. what kind of community allows for our women to be taken and responds with silence? so as formerly incarcerated women and men, we are coming for our sisters and our brothers. we are organizing ourselves from across this country. do you hear me, brothers and sisters? we are coming. >> do you hear?
do you hear? >> for our mother. we are coming for our grandmothers, and we are coming for our brothers. thank you. >> stand with us! partners in the community, in the nation, stand with us! >> show them hands. tell 'em. throw them hands up! >> beautiful, beautiful. brothers and sisters, every time the honorable minister louis farrakhan writes a letter, he always opens it up and says may this letter find you in the best of health and spirit. it must be something important about those two essential ingredients, health and spirit. so coming up next, to deal with justice in the health arena is none other than our own western regional minister, student minister tony mohamed. let's receive our brother with a round of applause. >> in the name of allah, the
beneficent, the merciful, i bear witness that there is no god but allah who came to us in the person of master farad mohamed. we thank him from raising from among us the most honorable elijah mohamed. we are deeply indebted to him that he would give us a leader, teacher and champion today in the honorable minister louis farrakhan. it is in their names that i greet you, my beautiful family, in the greeting words of peace. brothers and sisters, i'm here to bring to you some vital information that has happened to our community, and it has not been brought to the attention of black people throughout america. four months ago, bobby kennedy, the son of robert kennedy, met with me in los angeles to give me some shocking and revealing
and i mean terrible information on what's going on at the center for disease control in atlanta, georgia. it has been brought to our attention that the sister lead scientist for the center of disease control has admitted that the mmr of vaccines and many of the vaccine shots have been genetically modified to attack black and latino boys. i don't think you heard me. we are living in a wicked time where we are dealing with a spiritual wickedness as in high places and the pharmaceutical industry alone with the american medical association have found a way like pharaoh did during the children of israel when it was time for them to make an exit, pharaoh said let us kill all boy
babies 2 and under. and so now they're trying to force vaccines on baby boys at least 80 shots before they are 3 years old. so this is what minister farrakhan said we are going to do. on the 24th and the 25th of this month, 25,000 of us are going to march on the center for disease control in atlanta, georgia, and we're going to say not another cuss t tuskegee on our watch. we'll be damn fd we're going to stand around and let somebody else pump us up with viruses. it's time for us to stand up so take this information down as i exit. go to cdctruth.org. and on the 24th and 25th, if you're in alabama, in georgia, in south carolina, in tennessee, we need you in atlanta, georgia, where the honorable minister louis farrakhan will be leading us to march against the center for disease control. thank you and look up more
information on this heinous act by our government. >> beautiful. this next great soldier makes you to know why the most honorable elijah mohamed talked about two different types of preacher, one he called a negro preacher and the other he called a black preacher. the negro preacher always has something negative to say about them because they normally are the operators of the wheel of the enemy. but a black preacher he always spoke favorable of. and when you look at this brother who has been on the forefront as one of the national co-conveners for the justice or else movement, he is not a negro preacher. this is, without a shadow of a doubt, a revolutionary black preacher, a great disciple of jesus. please help me to bring to podium at this time the reverend jamal bryant, the senior pastor
of empowerment temple ame. let's bring him on with a round of applause. >> i bring you greetings on behalf of the name that is above every name, that at the name of jesus christ, every knee must bow and every tongue must confess. if there are any born-again christians who are here, would you give god glory even now? we stand not just by ourselves sir walter raleigh said that you can see further when you stand on the shoulders of giants. i want to warmly welcome to this commemoration the families of those who have lost their loved ones at the hands of aggressive policing and a militarized police force. would you help me warmly welcome the father of michael brown who comes to address you now. come on, give him a big hand as he comes.
>> how is everyone? peace and love. the family just want to just thank everyone for all the support. we want to thank farrakhan for inviting us here. and we can't -- we've got to begin to, you know, show love to each other. you know, that's the only way we can get strong between all this. i just want to introduce brother shahid, the originator of hands up. >> with the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, hands up! hands up! i can't hear you. hands up! hands up! >> don't shoot! >> i want to thank you first of
all, i want to thank the honorable minister louis farrakhan for doing 10-10-15. let's give the honorable minister louis farrakhan a round of applause. yes, sir. okay. >> thank you. i'm sorry. would you help me celebrate and salute for the incredible strength the family of our dear sister sandra bland, come on make some noise as they come now. >> good afternoon. i greet you on behalf of the family of sandra bland. my name is sharon cooper. i am one of the older sisters of sandra bland. i am standing in the gap this afternoon for my mother, miss geneva. i am standing in the gap for my older sister, my little sister, shavon bland and standing in the gap for my baby sister, sierra cole. the biggest message that i want to leave you all with is the world has shown us that we have to control our own narrative. i want to thank you -- say thank
you to those of you here, especially the nation for acknowledging us. and if i could just ask you to do one thing. can you say her name. >> sandra bland! >> thank you. >> for our generation, she is considered the rosa parks of the hip-hop movement, the one who really kicked this off for this new movement to get started and rolling. i need to you make a thunderous applause all over the district of columbia, help me salute the mother of trayvon martin, miss sybrina fulton as she comes now. >> good afternoon. i just want to let you guys know that a lot of times we think this is all about civil rights. but this is about human rights. this is about us knowing that we
are not three-fifths of a human. that we have feelings and we have families, too. and that we will not continue to stand by and not say anything anymore. that we will speak up and speak out. that god is watching what's going on, and i say to the families standing here before me, that don't hold your head down as if your child's life has been lost in vain. hold your head up high. your child was not the person that shot and killed someone else. your child was murdered. that person's mother needs to hold their head down. because they birthed a murderer. so stand up for who you are.
stand up for what has happened and continue to speak out. god bless you all. it's amazing to know that 20 years ago when we assembled on this same place, the time in park had to come to a screeching halt, because they are not used to seeing the picture of strong, resilient black men standing in allegiance. i want you, if you will, whoever is standing near you, would you give an overwhelming applause for every black man who is around you for their strength and their resilience. my, dear friends, we would be further along if 20 years ago, we would have brought the sisters with us. i'm thankful the sisters are
standing with the brothers today. would you make some noise for the beautiful black women who are here standing. twenty years ago when we assembled, we were not asking washington for anything. we were coming for atonement for ourselves. no signed contract but there was a covenant of men who had a conscious. immediately, the enemy knew he was in trouble, because there is power in unity. there is nothing more dangerous than a formerly oppressed man who has come to his own mind when you show you have purpose and you have a plan, adversarial forces begin to show their hand. for the last 20 years, the enemy was nervous because of what we did 20 years ago.
for the last 20 years, they have multiplied mass incarceration. they have robbed inner cities of fresh vegetation and investeded in private prisons but defunded public education. for twenty years, they have been trying to shut down historically black colleges and universities. they have been trying to criminalalize young black youth. they tried to hide the truth in these textbooks. for 20 years, since we tried to rock the boat, we have been trying to hide. it is so important. we have come to washington, d.c. behind me, you see, they are working on the roof but we came to work on the foundation. something is wrong with america and we came to fix it. appearing almost as a move of
god as we began to converge, the department of justice made up their minds they did something wrong, oversentencing. they made up their minds they are going to release 6,000 prisoners from the department of corrections. i want you in an amazing way for the strength of our brothers and sisters who are the prisoners of the war on drugs, would you give god praise for those who are incarcerated and i want you to shout for those who are re-entering into society. >> from october 30th, to november 2nd, the largest number of ex-offenders are walking out of prison. this is the very first time we are going to see trickle-down work in our favor.
when they walk out, we are walking out everywhere. we are walking out of those that do payday loans and walking out of banks that will give you loan for a car but won't give us loans to start a business. we are walking out of establishments that do not give us the dignity that we deserve. we are walking out of playing politics, of electing people that look like us but don't think like us. we want to give a warning to every person that's running for president, if you can't say black lives matter, you are not qualified to run the united states of america. there is 1 million people. we must be registered to vote and have an economic entity and a principle. we didn't come ago beg gers. we came as partners. if it weren't for black people, there would be no america. i came to speak the name of the
man that matters. his name is jesus christ. he was wounded for our transgressions. rise up, black people. it is our time now. this is not an event. it is a movement. we have to do it. come on, black people. make some noise. this is our time. one last time. when we talk about justice or else, the people that i'm bringing make up the or else. they come from groups like justice league nyc, black lives matter and hands up united in ferguson, missouri, the activists that handle the or
else business on the streets every day. let me let you hear in dr. lena abdullah and connie perez and torre russell of hands up united in ferguson, missouri. >> black lives, they matter. >> black lives, they matter, here. >> black hives, they matter, here. >> black lives, they matter, here! my name is malina abdullah. i'm an organizer with black lives matter. i want to thank the honorable minister farrakhan for having us and all he has done to struggle for the liberation of black people. i'm honored to be among those of you that have struggled for decades.
i'm honored to be amidst those of you who like my father were here 20 years ago for the 1 million man march. black lives matter is a growing movement. the night that george zipper mm was acquitted for our son, our brother, trayvon martin. it is sybrina fulton and tracy march thin that birthed him like mike brown jr. is the child of mike brown jr. and leslie spaden. andrew joseph jr. is the son of andrew joseph sr. and my cousin, deanna hardy joseph. they are all ours. they are ours. as african people, we know it is
not biology that dictates relationship, it is spirit. we know that oscar grant, megan hagaday and so many others are not individual souls but collective ones. black people are killed at least every 28 hours. we are under siege, all of us, holding our pants up won't save us. our college degrees won't save us. middle class status won't save us. they have declared war on us. the worst thing we can do is act like we are at peace when we are really at war. it is not for us, for them. black lives matter is a recognition that we have all we
need within us to win. it's an acceptance of our duty to fight, to refuse to be victims. it is a acceptance that we are rebels. we are warriors. we are the daughters of yasan techlt wan and harriet tub man. today is the day we step out deliberately, consciously and competently on to the battlefield. we have two charges. one, to radically and fiercely love ourselves and commit ourselves to the war that will dismantle the system of white supremacist, patriarchal capitalism. that's what or else means. we will no longer accept that the martyr of our folks is
unintentional. it is by design. things are going to radically change and they are going to change now. it is our duty to fight for freedom. >> it is our duty to fight for freedom. >> it is our duty to win. >> it is our duty to win. >> brothers and sisters, i am truly humbled to stand before you today. i wish all of you could be up here to witness this sea of beautiful faces representing people from all walks of lives and nations, all hear for one mission and one purpose, to demand justice for our people. ten years ago, my mentor, harry belafonte, was watching the news when he s a