OCCUPY THE HOOD #occupythehood

Um movimento que tem por objectivo incluir Afro-americanos e hispanicos de forma a chegar a todo o universo 99%. Uma semana após o início do occupy wall street em New York,  Malik Rahsaan mostrou-se indignado com a pouca participação de afro-americans e latinos no movimento. Sempre que estava em  em Zuccoty Park (Occupy Wall Street Headquarters) reparava que "There were no blacks at all".
A partir daí, este afro-americano the Jamaica Bay (South Queens) juntamente com a activista e cabeleireira de Detroit Ife Johari Uhru, deram início, através das redes sociais e blogs, ao que seria o Occupy The Hood.

Numa fase inicial de diagnóstico, e à procura de apoio, Rahsaan entrevistou várias personalidades, uma delas foi Cornel West, Professor em Princeton e membro do Democrats Socialists of America que afirmou publicamente:

The hood ought to be the first community to be here because we have been suffering than any other community with the exception of our indigenous brothers and sisters on reservations. In terms of education, housing, not enough jobs with a living wageand the refusal of people to really come to terms with the suffering of the children. We have 42 percent of Black children 42 percent of Brown children and 42 percent of Red children living in poverty. The richest nation in the history of the world: That’s a moral disgrace.” 

 Cornel West Stencil

Com início em Outubro de 2011 em New York e Detroit com o lema: Empower, Liberate, Decolonize , o movimento já tem filiais em muitas das principais cidades americanas: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinati, Dallas, Los Angeles, Milwakee, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Seatle e St. Louis.
Localmente, cada colectivo organiza eventos que vão ao encontro do seu lema: debates, comedores populares, pressão junto das medidas assitencialistas (food stamps, etc).
Todas as acções estão anunciadas e congregadas no site www.officialoccupythehood.org.

Occupy th Hood com Zulu Nation

Para além do facebook, twitter e youtube, Occupy The Hood tem um programa de rádio em FM na Progressive Radio Network. Um dos hosts é o próprio Malik Rhassan com Almitra Gasper.
O programa é de frequência semanal, fica aqui o de 5 de Março de 2012 sobre o Occupy Album com os convidados: Immortal Technique,  George Martinez, Dj Logic, Matt Bless e Paradise Grey.

O paralelismo entre o movimento Occupy nos Estados Unidos e o dos indignados na Europa, leva-nos a interrogar das razões que impedem o despoletar de algo parecido com o Occupy The Hood na Europa.

Aqui fica o manifesto do Occupy The Hood na integra:

From Occupation to Liberation, De-Colonize, Empower The Hood. 
People of Color, and in particular Black, Brown and Native/Indigenous People, have been disproportionately affected by the issues that the Occupy Movement has recently raised. Unemployment rates double nationwide, disproportionate incarceration rates, wealth gap, subprime mortgages/foreclosures. 

OTH seeks to present solutions to our collective problems and effect changes in policy that will improve our condition. 

OTH is relying on methods of organization that have been going on prior to the origin of the Occupy Movement in the realization that we must craft a movement that uniquely and directly speaks to the issues of People of Color. Occupy The Hood looks forward to see what develops from the Occupy Movement. Occupy The Hood will work to re-establish a goal based National Black Agenda combining new energy with pre-existing efforts. 

Occupy The Hood will work to address many critical issues affecting our communities:

un/under employment, poverty, mass incarceration, political prisoners, school to prison pipeline, police brutality, racial profiling, violence/murders/illegal guns, housing/foreclosures/homelessness/gentrification, health care disparities, educational disparities, food deserts, community development, reparations, economic development, entrepreneurship, gender-specific programs, youth programs, environmental justice, civic engagement, discrimination/racism 

Occupy The Hood is officially active in the following Cities: 

NYC (NY), Detroit (MI), Pittsburgh (PA), Seattle (WA), Philadelphia (PA), Atlanta (GA), Boston (MA), Tacoma (WA), Dallas (TX), Nola (LA), Cincinnati (OH), Portland (OR), St. Louis (MO), Cleveland (OH), Washington (DC), Richmond (VA), Los Angeles (CA) and growing 

Occupy The Hood recognizes previous movements and efforts by People of Color for Liberation:

Civil Rights Movement, Black Power Movement, Poor Peoples Campaign, March on Washington, Million Man March, “Arab Spring” 

Occupy The Hood acknowledges the philosophies and ideologies of: 

Afrocentrism, Pan-Afrikanism

Occupy The Hood recognizes the tremendous sacrifice and individual revolutionary examples of: 

Martin Luther King jr., Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Black Panthers, Kwame Nkrumah, Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), Fredrick Douglass, Toussaint L’Ouverture, W.E.B. DuBois, Amilcar Cabral, Paul Robeson, A. Philip Randolph, Ella Baker, CLR James, Fannie Lou Hamer, Frantz Fanon, Anna Julia Cooper, Bell Hooks, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, Pedro Albizu Campos, Cesar Chavez, Luisa Moreno, Harry Pachon, Chicano Movement, Brown Berets, Young Lords, Che Gueverra and the numerous others from our rich, ancient and continuing History. 

Occupy The Hood recognizes the holocausts and genocides of our People: 

- The Native/Indigenous Holocaust; Jamestown, VA., Plymouth, MA., Trail of Tears; 
- Colombus’ assault on the Americas/Caribbean; W. Indies, Central, South, Latin America; - The African Holocaust; Trans-Atlantic Slave trade (MAAFA) and Slavery in America 
- Jim Crow & Over 5000 Lynchings in America, Black Wall Street, Hate Crimes 
- African genocides fueled by US & European interests theft of natural resources (Gold, Diamonds, Oil) 
- The Colonization of our people by: England, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, The Dutch 


It has been said that: “Black People are on the bottom of every list that is good, and on the top of every list that is bad” 
“When White America has a cold, Black America has pneumonia” 
* Black unemployment is almost double the national average and in many cities/states is triple and quadruple. Unemployment rates nationally for specific groups such as Black Men and Black Teenagers are even more glaring. USA Unemployment = 9.1% Black Unemployment = 16.2 % Black males = 17.5% Black teens almost 41% 
* Black and Latino incarceration rates Black man = 1 in 3 (32%) Latino man = 1 in 6 (17%) White man has = 1 in 17 (5.9%) It costs $35-50,000 annually (varies state/federal) to incarcerate 
* Black and Latino Wealth Gap The wealth gaps between whites and minorities have grown to their widest levels in a quarter-century. The recession and uneven recovery have erased decades of minority gains, leaving whites on average with 20 times the net worth of blacks and 18 times that of Hispanics, according to an analysis of new Census data 
* People of Color Poverty Rates Poverty rates for blacks and Hispanics greatly exceed the national average. In 2010, 27.4 percent of Blacks and 26.6 percent of Hispanics were poor, compared to 9.9 percent of non-Hispanic whites and 12.1 percent of Asians. 

Poverty rates are highest for families headed by single women, particularly if they are Black or Hispanic. In 2010, 31.6 percent of households headed by single women were poor, while 15.8 percent of households headed by single men and 6.2 percent of married-couple households lived in poverty. There are also differences between native-born and foreign-born residents. In 2010, 19.9 percent of foreign-born residents lived in poverty, compared to 14.4 percent of residents born in the United States. Foreign-born, non-citizens had an even higher incidence of poverty, at a rate of 26.7 percent. 

Our voices are going to blend as one.