black people cannot create justice in our communities until We obliterate any traces of white supremacy until then we all considered slaves on a longer leash whenever you see black people with any power autonomy or independence it is because black people have been able to destroy white institutions & white governments I do believe it will take too long to infiltrate&neutralize white supremacy our power is controlling our own movements we must consider leaving the Western world & every black person moving back to Africa to contribute to ending white skin domination/white supremacy / white cultureas long as we live with them we contribute to the thief of First Nation land and resources we have a home but as refugees we need a critical look at the back to Africa movement
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Rapper and political activist Boots Riley to speak on WMU’s campus for Peace Week
Apr 1st, 2014 @ 10:44 am › AugustSmith
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Daniel Wood
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On Mar. 29 at 9 p.m., the 35th Annual Peace Week started.  Throughout the week, there will be numerous events such as concerts, demonstrations and speeches at the Wesley Foundation on Western Michigan University’s campus and the surrounding neighborhoods.  On Apr. 3, a keynote speech will be given by Boots Riley at the Wesley Foundation.

According to eviltwinbooking.com, Boots Riley is an entertainer who occupies a number of different roles:  musician, writer and public speaker. He has been involved with the progressive movement for years, his initial participation beginning with the Progressive Labor Party, International Committee Against Racism (InCAR) and California’s Anti-Racist Farm Workers’ Union.

In 1991, Riley founded the hip hop group The Coup, where he acts as its front man.  In 1992, Riley joined with other artists to form the Mau Mau Rhythm Collective, a group that held “Hip-Hop Edutainment Concerts” to promote the campaigns of community-based organizations like the Women’s Economic Agenda Project and the Black Panther Alumni Association.  The group also opposed select government programs, like the FBI’s “Weed and Seed” initiative and California’s Proposition 21.  He is also the front man of another music group, the Street Sweepers Social Club.  He also formed The Young Comrades, a political community group that focused on reform issues in Oakland, California, and taught a daily high school class at the School of Social Justice and Community Development called “Culture and Resistance: Persuasive Lyric Writing.”  Riley’s recent musical releases are the Street Sweeper’s Social Club’s “The Ghetto Blaster EP,” which was released July 2010, and “Sorry to Bother You” with The Coup in 2012.

“The Kalamazoo Peace Center continuously strives to bring speakers who are part of the minority community, regardless of gender, orientation or ethnicity,” said Nola Wiersma, Co-Director of the Kalamazoo Peace Center when asked why Riley was chosen to speak at the Wesley Center.  “He is a dynamic, performance-based speaker.  He has great, progressive lyrics.  Because of this, the Kalamazoo Peace Center has selected him to speak during this Peace Week event.  The issues he speaks on are issues the Kalamazoo Peace Center values, and ones we hope students appreciate as well,” Wiersma added.

For the event itself, participants can expect to “hear a meaningful discussion about the progressive movement and there will be a question and answer period, as well,” said Wiersma.  A meet-and-greet with Boots Riley will happen at the conclusion of his speech.

Boots Riley’s speech will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the basement of the Wesley Foundation.  His message, according the Kalamazoo Peace Center’s website, will focus on “capitalism, liberation and organizing for a better world.”

Further information about the Boots Riley speech and other events occurring during Peace Week can be found at the Kalamazoo Peace Center’s website: http://www.kzoopeacecenter.org.  Further information on Boots Riley may be found at http://www.eviltwinbooking.com.

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Rapper and political activist Boots Riley to speak on WMU’s campus for Peace Week
Apr 1st, 2014 @ 10:44 am › AugustSmith
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Daniel Wood
A&E Reporter

On Mar. 29 at 9 p.m., the 35th Annual Peace Week started. Throughout the week, there will be numerous events such as concerts, demonstrations and speeches at the Wesley Foundation on Western Michigan University’s campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. On Apr. 3, a keynote speech will be given by Boots Riley at the Wesley Foundation.

According to eviltwinbooking.com, Boots Riley is an entertainer who occupies a number of different roles: musician, writer and public speaker. He has been involved with the progressive movement for years, his initial participation beginning with the Progressive Labor Party, International Committee Against Racism (InCAR) and California’s Anti-Racist Farm Workers’ Union.

In 1991, Riley founded the hip hop group The Coup, where he acts as its front man. In 1992, Riley joined with other artists to form the Mau Mau Rhythm Collective, a group that held “Hip-Hop Edutainment Concerts” to promote the campaigns of community-based organizations like the Women’s Economic Agenda Project and the Black Panther Alumni Association. The group also opposed select government programs, like the FBI’s “Weed and Seed” initiative and California’s Proposition 21. He is also the front man of another music group, the Street Sweepers Social Club. He also formed The Young Comrades, a political community group that focused on reform issues in Oakland, California, and taught a daily high school class at the School of Social Justice and Community Development called “Culture and Resistance: Persuasive Lyric Writing.” Riley’s recent musical releases are the Street Sweeper’s Social Club’s “The Ghetto Blaster EP,” which was released July 2010, and “Sorry to Bother You” with The Coup in 2012.

“The Kalamazoo Peace Center continuously strives to bring speakers who are part of the minority community, regardless of gender, orientation or ethnicity,” said Nola Wiersma, Co-Director of the Kalamazoo Peace Center when asked why Riley was chosen to speak at the Wesley Center. “He is a dynamic, performance-based speaker. He has great, progressive lyrics. Because of this, the Kalamazoo Peace Center has selected him to speak during this Peace Week event. The issues he speaks on are issues the Kalamazoo Peace Center values, and ones we hope students appreciate as well,” Wiersma added.

For the event itself, participants can expect to “hear a meaningful discussion about the progressive movement and there will be a question and answer period, as well,” said Wiersma. A meet-and-greet with Boots Riley will happen at the conclusion of his speech.

Boots Riley’s speech will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the basement of the Wesley Foundation. His message, according the Kalamazoo Peace Center’s website, will focus on “capitalism, liberation and organizing for a better world.”

Further information about the Boots Riley speech and other events occurring during Peace Week can be found at the Kalamazoo Peace Center’s website: http://www.kzoopeacecenter.org. Further information on Boots Riley may be found at http://www.eviltwinbooking.com.