Greetings ! This is Sista Arisa with Freedom Nows agenda for this Tues. December 29,2009. Freedom Now has a full plate tonight beginning with Brotha Obeng of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia. Brother Obeng will provide an update on Sista Birtukan Mideska the 35 year old Chairwomen of the United Democratic Party of Ethiopia the foremost opposition party. Sista Birtukan has been given a life sentence in prison as part of the repression of the opposition party by the government of Ethiopia. . . We will follow with Dedon and the African Drum Beat Historical calendar which places a special emphasis on the significant role of women historically in the age old quest for social justice. We will follow with a replay, of a better audio of Mike Novicks critique of the European in the US progressive movements.. Mike a member of the People Against Racist Terror and ARA Anti Racist Action is a regular commentary in our White/European studies segment.
Our central theme will be a panel presentation recorded Dec. 28 at WBAI in New York. This presentation was in response to the recent publication by the Miami Herald of Carlos Moore’s“Racism In Cuba” and the accompany “Statement of Conscience by African Americas. 60 prominent Black America scholars, artist and professionals have condemned the Cuban government on their allege crackdown on the country’s budding civil rights movement. Signatures such as Ruby Dee actress, Cornel West, Professor Ron Walters, Susan Taylor of Essence Magazine, Kathleen Cleaver of the Black Panther Party just to name a few. Tonights presentation will be a rebuttal to this statement by Amiri Baraka world reknown poet,playwright and revolutionary, Lucius Walker of IFCO who has send thousands of tons of medical aide in defiance of the US blockage as well a co-ordinates the Cuban medical scholarship program for African students in the US, Malika Bandelle of the Black August Hip Hop exchange program with Cuba.and Sam Anderson of the Black Left Unity Network. These Africans have a long history of travel and work inside Cuba.
Our music mix will include: Bob Dylan, Groupo Moncado,Zap Mama, Maoulama, Aswad Dub, U-roy,Ramataou Diakite and a clip from Kwame Ture on history.
So stay tune your friends. Tonights program can be reheard at KPFK.org under audio archives and as always we stand ready for the revolution.
Dedon Kamathi 323-646-4814