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“I Called On President Biden To Do More To Protect Voting Rights Under Attack From Republican State Legislators All Acro...
08/31/2021

“I Called On President Biden To Do More To Protect Voting Rights Under Attack From Republican State Legislators All Across The Country. President Biden Knows What The Problem Is. He Needs To Do More To Solve It.”

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“I Called On President Biden To Do More To Protect Voting Rights Under Attack From Republican State Legislators All Across The Country. President Biden Knows What The Problem Is. He Needs To Do More To Solve It.”

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The Covid-19 vaccines are a remarkable scientific achievement. They're free, they work, and they're verifiably safe, wit...
08/30/2021

The Covid-19 vaccines are a remarkable scientific achievement. They're free, they work, and they're verifiably safe, with only rare serious side-effects. We can sell this. It's called marketing. Let's do it right.
Read more here: https://bit.ly/3gKR1AR
#covid19 #covidvaccine #blackstarnews

The Covid-19 vaccines are a remarkable scientific achievement. They're free, they work, and they're verifiably safe, with only rare serious side-effects. We can sell this. It's called marketing. Let's do it right.
Read more here: https://bit.ly/3gKR1AR
#covid19 #covidvaccine #blackstarnews

A Question About The September 2021 School Reopenings | Polite On Society
08/30/2021
A Question About The September 2021 School Reopenings | Polite On Society

A Question About The September 2021 School Reopenings | Polite On Society

A Question About The September 2021 School Reopenings Posted on August 29, 2021 by Marc By Marc W. Polite Good evening, everyone. In all of the controversy about coronavirus vaccine mandates being enacted, there is an issue that is not being highlighted enough. It is the vulnerability of school chil...

Nancy Pelosi  held a press event today following a conversation with co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign, Rev. Dr. W...
08/26/2021

Nancy Pelosi held a press event today following a conversation with co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, and other religious leaders on key issues For The People, such as voting rights, the minimum wage and infrastructure at the House Triangle.
Read more here: https://bit.ly/3sWCib1
#USPolitics #newsreport

Nancy Pelosi held a press event today following a conversation with co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, and other religious leaders on key issues For The People, such as voting rights, the minimum wage and infrastructure at the House Triangle.
Read more here: https://bit.ly/3sWCib1
#USPolitics #newsreport

Follow the link bellow to read House Judiciary Committee Chairman Congressman Jerry Nadler  (D-NY) statement, as prepare...
08/25/2021

Follow the link bellow to read House Judiciary Committee Chairman Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) statement, as prepared, on the House floor in support of H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021

Read more here: https://bit.ly/2WlfN3h
#USPolitics #JohnLewisVotingRightsAct

Follow the link bellow to read House Judiciary Committee Chairman Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) statement, as prepared, on the House floor in support of H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021

Read more here: https://bit.ly/2WlfN3h
#USPolitics #JohnLewisVotingRightsAct

"For the first months alone, we need at least $15 million to provide housing support, help affected Haitians return to t...
08/24/2021

"For the first months alone, we need at least $15 million to provide housing support, help affected Haitians return to their homes, and ensure they have essential means for subsistence," said Federica Cecchet, IOM's Deputy Head of Mission in Haiti.
Read more here: https://bit.ly/3DdHYCo
#IOM #blackstarnews #globalpolitics

"For the first months alone, we need at least $15 million to provide housing support, help affected Haitians return to their homes, and ensure they have essential means for subsistence," said Federica Cecchet, IOM's Deputy Head of Mission in Haiti.
Read more here: https://bit.ly/3DdHYCo
#IOM #blackstarnews #globalpolitics

In the following article by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the issue of Black immigrants specifically fighting the #Gu...
08/23/2021

In the following article by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the issue of Black immigrants specifically fighting the #GuyerRule is examined. This rule has been used to deny citizenship for many born of fathers who are U.S. citizens--like Black Dominican Kelvin Silva who is incarcerated in Georgia and awaiting deportation.
#BlackStarNews #politics
Read more here: https://bit.ly/386kj8t

In the following article by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the issue of Black immigrants specifically fighting the #GuyerRule is examined. This rule has been used to deny citizenship for many born of fathers who are U.S. citizens--like Black Dominican Kelvin Silva who is incarcerated in Georgia and awaiting deportation.
#BlackStarNews #politics
Read more here: https://bit.ly/386kj8t

Former President Donald Trump signed the first and only legalization bill in almost two decades to pass through both cha...
08/19/2021

Former President Donald Trump signed the first and only legalization bill in almost two decades to pass through both chambers of the Congress. The bill benefited Black immigrants, specifically Liberian immigrants. This is the untold perspective about how an underfunded, marginalized group of immigrants at imminent risk of deportation won their own relief.
Read more here: https://bit.ly/3AVjifL
#politics #blackstarnews

Former President Donald Trump signed the first and only legalization bill in almost two decades to pass through both chambers of the Congress. The bill benefited Black immigrants, specifically Liberian immigrants. This is the untold perspective about how an underfunded, marginalized group of immigrants at imminent risk of deportation won their own relief.
Read more here: https://bit.ly/3AVjifL
#politics #blackstarnews

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Rep. Terri Sewell introduced #HR4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act...
08/18/2021

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Rep. Terri Sewell introduced #HR4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. This critical legislation would restore key protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) which were gutted by the Supreme Court in the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision and more recently in the 2021 Brnovich v. DNC decision.

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Rep. Terri Sewell introduced #HR4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. This critical legislation would restore key protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) which were gutted by the Supreme Court in the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision and more recently in the 2021 Brnovich v. DNC decision.

Over a nearly 20-year period, the war in Afghanistan is estimated to have cost about $2.2 trillion and resulted in more ...
08/17/2021

Over a nearly 20-year period, the war in Afghanistan is estimated to have cost about $2.2 trillion and resulted in more than 240,000 deaths, military and civilian, on all sides. Now, as we watch the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, we may pause—as we did on Vietnam in 1975—to wonder how things could have gone so badly after such an extraordinary investment of blood and treasure.
#AfghanistanCrisis #BlackStarNews #Politics

Over a nearly 20-year period, the war in Afghanistan is estimated to have cost about $2.2 trillion and resulted in more than 240,000 deaths, military and civilian, on all sides. Now, as we watch the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, we may pause—as we did on Vietnam in 1975—to wonder how things could have gone so badly after such an extraordinary investment of blood and treasure.
#AfghanistanCrisis #BlackStarNews #Politics

Nearly 1,300 people are now confirmed dead in Haiti from Saturday's devastating 7.2 earthquake---and to make matters wor...
08/16/2021

Nearly 1,300 people are now confirmed dead in Haiti from Saturday's devastating 7.2 earthquake---and to make matters worse, Tropical Depression Grace is predicted to hit Haiti on Monday night.
#Haitiearthquake2021

Nearly 1,300 people are now confirmed dead in Haiti from Saturday's devastating 7.2 earthquake---and to make matters worse, Tropical Depression Grace is predicted to hit Haiti on Monday night.
#Haitiearthquake2021

BERKELEY, CA—AUG. 11, 2021— As You Sow  today released an updated Racial Justice Scorecard for the S&P500 which assesses...
08/12/2021

BERKELEY, CA—AUG. 11, 2021— As You Sow today released an updated Racial Justice Scorecard for the S&P500 which assesses companies on racial and environmental racism.
-https://bit.ly/2UeEFJq
#BreakingNews #EnvironmentalJustice #RacialJustice

BERKELEY, CA—AUG. 11, 2021— As You Sow today released an updated Racial Justice Scorecard for the S&P500 which assesses companies on racial and environmental racism.
-https://bit.ly/2UeEFJq
#BreakingNews #EnvironmentalJustice #RacialJustice

WASHINGTON, DC - A coalition of civil rights, labor and social justice organizations including, NAACP, ACLU, AFSCME, AFL...
08/11/2021

WASHINGTON, DC - A coalition of civil rights, labor and social justice organizations including, NAACP, ACLU, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, AFT and NEA have launched a multiracial campaign that raises awareness and highlights the need for ongoing voting rights protections.
-https://bit.ly/2U8c4VZ

WASHINGTON, DC - A coalition of civil rights, labor and social justice organizations including, NAACP, ACLU, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, AFT and NEA have launched a multiracial campaign that raises awareness and highlights the need for ongoing voting rights protections.
-https://bit.ly/2U8c4VZ

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), along with House Ju...
08/10/2021

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), along with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01), sent a letter to Department of Justice Attorney General Judge Merrick B. Garland urging him to halt all federal participation in the capital punishment system and prohibit Department attorneys from seeking the death penalty.
Read more here: https://bit.ly/3jGqi9x

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), along with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01), sent a letter to Department of Justice Attorney General Judge Merrick B. Garland urging him to halt all federal participation in the capital punishment system and prohibit Department attorneys from seeking the death penalty.
Read more here: https://bit.ly/3jGqi9x

“As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies around the world, we are witnessing countries making unprecedented decisions to cl...
08/09/2021

“As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies around the world, we are witnessing countries making unprecedented decisions to close borders to non-citizens. And as days pass, national borders have become more visible and less permeable than ever.”

Read more here: https://bit.ly/3yzWJN0

“As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies around the world, we are witnessing countries making unprecedented decisions to close borders to non-citizens. And as days pass, national borders have become more visible and less permeable than ever.”

Read more here: https://bit.ly/3yzWJN0

Tuesday, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) issued the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s ...
08/04/2021

Tuesday, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) issued the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s new CDC moratorium on evictions.

Tuesday, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) issued the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s new CDC moratorium on evictions.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sunday, Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush (shown above in yellow) released the following statement aft...
08/02/2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sunday, Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush (shown above in yellow) released the following statement after more than a hundred community members gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol as the federal eviction moratorium expired. As the clock struck midnight Sunday morning, Congresswoman Bush and fellow members of Congress addressed the crowd and vowed to continue pushing to keep people and families in their homes.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sunday, Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush (shown above in yellow) released the following statement after more than a hundred community members gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol as the federal eviction moratorium expired. As the clock struck midnight Sunday morning, Congresswoman Bush and fellow members of Congress addressed the crowd and vowed to continue pushing to keep people and families in their homes.

Tuesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) delivered the following statement regarding how "vulne...
07/28/2021

Tuesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) delivered the following statement regarding how "vulnerable communities," meaning especially Black and Brown ones, are targeted for economic exploitation through fines and fee levied by police and America's court system.

Tuesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) delivered the following statement regarding how "vulnerable communities," meaning especially Black and Brown ones, are targeted for economic exploitation through fines and fee levied by police and America's court system.

Marc Polite Among Featured Author Interviews At Harlem Book Fair 2021 | Polite On Society
07/28/2021
Marc Polite Among Featured Author Interviews At Harlem Book Fair 2021 | Polite On Society

Marc Polite Among Featured Author Interviews At Harlem Book Fair 2021 | Polite On Society

Marc Polite Among Featured Author Interviews At Harlem Book Fair 2021 Posted on July 28, 2021 by Marc Binge Watcher’s Guide to Black Mirror Good afternoon, my readers. It has been a quiet summer for the most part. However, I have been promoting my work here and there. I am putting up this post to ...

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. mourns the loss and celebrates the life of Robert (“Bob”) Parris Mose...
07/26/2021

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. mourns the loss and celebrates the life of Robert (“Bob”) Parris Moses, brilliant educator, strategist, activist, and architect of the Freedom Summer Project, who also helped to lead one of the most consequential organizations in the shaping of this country.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. mourns the loss and celebrates the life of Robert (“Bob”) Parris Moses, brilliant educator, strategist, activist, and architect of the Freedom Summer Project, who also helped to lead one of the most consequential organizations in the shaping of this country.

Don’t Forget to Watch Jeopardy This Week | Polite On Society
07/26/2021
Don’t Forget to Watch Jeopardy This Week | Polite On Society

Don’t Forget to Watch Jeopardy This Week | Polite On Society

Don’t Forget to Watch Jeopardy This Week Posted on July 26, 2021 by Marc LeVar Burton Jeopardy Guest Host 7/26-7/30/21 Good afternoon, my readers. As you are no doubt aware, LeVar Burton will be guest hosting Jeopardy this week. I’m so here for this. Mr. Reading Rainbow/ Geordi La Forge guest ho...

Reminder: HWG Reading @ Bronx Book Fair 2021 | Polite On Society
07/25/2021
Reminder: HWG Reading @ Bronx Book Fair 2021 | Polite On Society

Reminder: HWG Reading @ Bronx Book Fair 2021 | Polite On Society

Reminder: HWG Reading @ Bronx Book Fair 2021 Posted on July 25, 2021 by Marc Bronx Book Fair 2021 Flyer HWG reading Good morning, everyone. This week, I will be facilitating a reading with fellow Harlem Writers Guild members for this year’s virtual Bronx Book Fair. It will be Friday afternoon. Det...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, sent a ...
07/23/2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting the U.S. Department of Justice take immediate action to address the reported existence of a rogue, violent gang of law enforcement officers, who call themselves the “Executioners,” operating within the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD).

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting the U.S. Department of Justice take immediate action to address the reported existence of a rogue, violent gang of law enforcement officers, who call themselves the “Executioners,” operating within the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD).

CLIMATE CHANGE: MILLIONS FACING HUNGER AS DROUGHT RAVAGES SOUTHERN ANGOLA. Read more: https://bit.ly/3kKBpQX -If you wou...
07/22/2021

CLIMATE CHANGE: MILLIONS FACING HUNGER AS DROUGHT RAVAGES SOUTHERN ANGOLA. Read more: https://bit.ly/3kKBpQX
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NYCHA Privatization Threatens Harlem Residents | Polite On Society
07/22/2021
NYCHA Privatization Threatens Harlem Residents | Polite On Society

NYCHA Privatization Threatens Harlem Residents | Polite On Society

NYCHA Privatization Threatens Harlem Residents Posted on July 22, 2021 by Marc Anti-RAD Rally in Harlem May 2021 By Marc W. Polite Observers of contemporary concerns have noted that the pandemic battered economy is recovering slowly. The city is reopened, and “normalcy” seems within grasp provid...

"CRISIS" is the first single and video from the 7th studio album by critically acclaimed social activist and lyricist, T...
07/20/2021
Taj Weekes - Crisis [Official Video 2021]

"CRISIS" is the first single and video from the 7th studio album by critically acclaimed social activist and lyricist, Taj Weekes. The single and video drops was released JULY 16,2021 and will be followed by the “PAUSE” album, scheduled for release on August 9.
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Taj Weekes - Crisis [Official Video 2021] https://youtu.be/dCbQNh7nQWs

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HAITI'S INTERIM PRIME MINISTER JOSEPH TO STEP DOWN-WASHINGTON — Claude Joseph, who has nominally led Haiti as acting pri...
07/20/2021

HAITI'S INTERIM PRIME MINISTER JOSEPH TO STEP DOWN
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WASHINGTON — Claude Joseph, who has nominally led Haiti as acting prime minister since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, said in a Washington Post interview published on Monday he has agreed to step down, handing power to a challenger backed by the international community.
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HAITI'S INTERIM PRIME MINISTER JOSEPH TO STEP DOWN
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WASHINGTON — Claude Joseph, who has nominally led Haiti as acting prime minister since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, said in a Washington Post interview published on Monday he has agreed to step down, handing power to a challenger backed by the international community.
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Tomorrow, Thursday August 26, 2021, Hubert Harrison will be the subject of a presentation/discussion at the Mt. Vernon Public Library at 6 pm -- see http://www.blackwestchester.com/mvpl-partnerdecypher-lecture-series-feat-dr-jeffrey-b-perry/?fbclid=IwAR0vRSCCnf6heLWKEVeRJUIbJybBfTYPC4QGzOp-fbECqLw8Xpy5bXJtA0w
August 23, 2021, marks the 102nd anniversary of the birth of the late Theodore W. Allen (1919–2005), one of he most important thinkers on race and class in the 20th century. He pioneered a class struggle-based analysis of “white skin privilege” in the mid-1960s, consistently emphasized the centrality of struggle against white supremacy to social change efforts in the U.S., and authored the seminal two-volume classic “The Invention of the White Race” in the 1990s. His work continues to grow in importance and Verso Books is scheduled to publish a new, third edition of his “The Invention of the White Race” by the end of the year and my two-hour YouTube video on Allen and that work (which opens with 12 minutes on Hubert Harrison) has recently passed 269,000 views. Allen’s work merits very careful reading and study and those interested in radical social change are encouraged to undertake that task and to share his work with others. For info on Allen see -- https://www.jeffreybperry.net/4__theodore_w__allen_br___b___font___font___center__86151.htm
15,000 views since yesterday! This video on “The Invention of the White Race” by Theodore W. Allen opens with a brief discussion of Hubert Harrison. It had 15,000 views since yesterday. Please take time to watch it, to share it, and to share it widely. See
https://whyy.org/articles/autopsy-report-pending-for-pa-prisoner-who-died-2-days-after-receiving-jj-vaccine/ CONFINED CITIZEN ALERT (8/8/2021)!!! SCI Phoenix is MANDATING Prisoners get the Johnson & J Va x and have forcibly separated them from their blocks in a mandated quarantine, despite testing negative. They institution is claiming that they are "asymptomatic" and MUST take the JJ va x!!!! Please RING THE ALARM!!!! This is not only a Human Rights & Constitutional Violation but it also is tantamount to declaring war against prisoners rights. Which directly violates the Nuremberg Principles. Please call the facility at 610-409-7890 Here is a list of personnel to ask for: Superintendent: Jamie Sorber Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services: Mandy Sipple Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services: Joe Terra Deputy Superintendent for Internal Security: Darryl Bradley Deputy Superintendent for Facilities Management: Bernard Panasiewicz Business Manager: Joe Seilus Superintendent Assistant/Public Information Officer: Kristina Owens and Gina Orlando The Central Office Chaplains & Clergy: Rev. Ulli KLEMM Religious Services Administrator (717) 728-0381 [email protected] Rev. Dr. Tami HO**ER Asst. Religious Services Administrator (724) 852-5583 [email protected] Imam Fatih AKDEMIR Asst. Religious Services Administrator (717) 728-0396 [email protected] Central Office Email to: [email protected]. Email the DOC Secretary at [email protected] Please feel free to post any updates you have here or directly in our email box @ [email protected]. THANK YOU for your time & support! NFJM -National Freedom & Justice Movement
Great News -- The 2021 Edition of "A Hubert Harrison Reader" in E-Book Form is available at https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/a-hubert-harrison-reader-perry-harrison/
Over the past quarter century, there has been a profound change in the involvement of women within the criminal justice system. This is the result of more expansive law enforcement efforts, stiffer drug sentencing laws, and post-conviction barriers to reentry that uniquely affect women. The female incarcerated population stands over seven times higher than in 1980. More than 60% of women in state prisons have a child under the age of 18. On this episode of Free Thinking, Montel talks with Qiana Johnson, the founder of Life After Release Inc, a formerly incarcerated women-led organization supporting system involved people in DC, Maryland & Virginia. She is organizing to build a post-conviction movement challenging the integrity of convictions and the judicial system. She is a local community organizer with Black Lives Matter DC, a national trainer with Silicon Valley Debug, Participatory Defense, and a proud member of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls.
Today, July 11, 2021, from 4:30-5:30 pm Hubert Harrison will be discussed by Jeffrey B. Perry and host Antonia Badon on “The Harlem Renaissance Time Travel Show” on radio station WHCR 90.3 FM in New York City. People can listen to it live on the radio or they can catch the show at https://whcr.org/whcrstream-m3u/
Jeffrey B. Perry - "Life of Hubert Harrison Father of Harlem Radicalism" Part 4 focuses on the founding of the militant “New Negro Movement” in 1916-1917. Thanks to hosts Reverend Clemson Brown, Dorell Good, and Transatlantic Productions.
Hubert Harrison books available as E-books. Now, after 20 years, Wesleyan University Press has made the popular “A Hubert Harrison Reader” available as an E-book. See https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/a-hubert-harrison-reader-perry-harrison/ Also available as E-books are – The Deutscher Prize-nominated “Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918” (Columbia University Press). -- Get 20% discount by using code CUP20 at https://cup.columbia.edu/book/hubert-harrison/9780231139106 and The Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Hubert Harrison: The Struggle for Equality, 1918–1927” (Columbia University Press). -- Get 20% discount by using code CUP20 at https://cup.columbia.edu/book/hubert-harrison/9780231182638
On July 4, 1917, at a Harlem Rally St. Croix-born Hubert Harrison put out a call for armed self-defense in the face of white supremacist attacks (such as the recent "pogrom" in East St. Louis, Illinois) and distributed the first edition of "The Voice: A Newspaper for the New Negro," which was the first newspaper of the militant "New Negro Movement." Background 104 – Years Ago -- A July 4, 1917 rally of Hubert Harrison’s Liberty League at Harlem’s Metropolitan Baptist Church on 138th Street between Lenox and Seventh Avenues drew national attention and saw the first edition of “The Voice: A Newspaper for the New Negro.” Harrison’s Liberty League was the first organization of the militant “New Negro Movement” and his newspaper, “The Voice,” was the first newspaper of the movement and a prime example of the militant new spirit that was developing. It “really crystallized the radicalism of the Negro in New York and its environs” wrote Montserrat-born Hodge Kirnon. Historian Robert A. Hill points out that Harrison’s Voice was “the radical forerunner” of the periodicals that would express the developing political and intellectual ferment in the era of World War I. It was followed in November 1917 by the “Messenger” of A. Philip Randolph and Chandler Owen and in August 1918 by the “Negro World” of Marcus Garvey and the “Crusader” of Cyril Briggs. These four publications, led by “The Voice,” manifested “the principal articulation of the New Negro mood.” The July 4 meeting came in the wake of the July 1-3 white supremacist pogrom in East St. Louis, Illinois (which is 12 miles from Ferguson, Missouri). Reports on the number of African Americans killed ranged from thirty-nine to two-hundred-and-fifty and 244 buildings were totally or partially destroyed. Historian Edward Robb Ellis reports that in East St. Louis Black women were scalped and four Black children slaughtered. These riots were widely attributed to “white” labor’s opposition to Black workers coming into the labor market and they were directly precipitated by a car of white “joy riders” who fired guns into the African-American community. Officials of organized labor served as prominent apologists for “white” labor’s role in the rioting. Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor, placed principal blame for the riots on “the excessive and abnormal number of negroes” in East St. Louis while W. S. Carter, President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, maintained that “the purpose of the railroads in importing Negro labor is to destroy the influence of white men’s labor organizations.” A subsequent House of Representatives committee found that the local police and Illinois National Guard were inept and indifferent, and, in specific instances, supported the white mobs. The Liberty League’s July 4 meeting in the largest church in Harlem came one day after a “race riot” in the San Juan Hill section of Manhattan (the third in six weeks) in which two thousand people fought after a reserve policemen arrested a uniformed Black soldier standing on a street corner who allegedly refused to move fast enough. The “New York Times” reported that at the July 4 Liberty League rally a thousand Black men and women were present and enthusiastically cheered the speakers who were “all Negroes.” Every speaker was reported to have denounced the East St. Louis rioters as ruthless murderers and each condemned the authorities for not preventing the atrocities and for not providing protection. Edgar M. Grey, secretary of the Liberty League, chaired the July 4 meeting. He informed the audience that the League had sent its message to Congress and appealed for a thorough and impartial investigation of East St. Louis, of the lynching of African Americans, and of treatment of Black people throughout the land. As president of the Liberty League, Harrison advised Black people who feared mob violence in the South and elsewhere to take direct action and “supply themselves with rifles and fight if necessary, to defend their lives and property.” According to the “Times” he received great applause when he declared that “the time had come for the Negroes [to] do what white men who were threatened did, look out for themselves, and kill rather than submit to be killed.” He was quoted as saying: “We intend to fight if we must . . . for the things dearest to us, for our hearths and homes” and he encouraged Black people everywhere who did not enjoy the protection of the law "to arm for their own defense, to hide their arms, and to learn how to use them." He also called for a collection of money to buy rifles for those who could not obtain them, emphasizing that “Negroes in New York cannot afford to lie down in the face of this” because “East St. Louis touches us too nearly.” As he later put it -- “‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,’ and sometimes two eyes or a half dozen teeth for one is the aim of the New Negro.” Harrison stressed that it was imperative to “demand justice” and to “make our voices heard.” The emphasis on a political voice ran across the masthead of “The Voice,” which proclaimed “We will fight for all the things we have held nearest our hearts--for democracy--for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own government.” Several years later Marcus Garvey, who learned from Harrison and joined Harrison’s Liberty League, emphasized that “[the] new spirit of the new Negro . . . seeks a political voice, and the world is amazed, the world is astounded that the Negro should desire a political voice, because after the voice comes a political place, and . . . we are not only asking but we are going to demand--we are going to fight for and die for that place.” According to Robert A. Hill, this demand for a political voice marked the new spirit of the “New Negro” and keyed the later radicalism of Garvey’s UNIA. This call for armed self-defense and the desire to have the political voice of the militant New Negro heard marked Harrison’s activities in 1917. “The Voice’s” editorial on “The East St. Louis Horror” argued that although the nation was at war to make the world “safe for democracy,” until the nation was made safe for African Americans, they would refuse to believe in the country’s democratic assertions. Harrison stressed that “New Negroes” would not re-echo “patriotic protestations of the boot-licking leaders whose pockets and positions testify to the power of the white man’s gold” and, despite what Black people might be forced by law to say publicly, “the resentment in their hearts will not down.” Then he described the core feeling of the new militancy developing in the wake of East St. Louis: “. . . Unbeknown to the white people of this land a temper is being developed among Negroes with which the American people will have to reckon. At the present moment it takes this form: If white men are to kill unoffending Negroes, Negroes must kill white men in defense of their lives and property. This is the lesson of the East St. Louis massacre.” For information on Harrison’s life see “Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918” (Columbia University Press) https://cup.columbia.edu/book/hubert-harrison/9780231139106 and see “Hubert Harrison: The Struggle for Equality, 1918-1927” https://cup.columbia.edu/book/hubert-harrison/9780231182638 See also “A Hubert Harrison Reader” https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/a-hubert-harrison-reader-harrison-perry/ (and in electronic book form at https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/a-hubert-harrison-reader-perry-harrison/ ) and see Hubert H. Harrison, “When Africa Awakes: The ‘Inside Story’ of the Stirrings and Strivings of the New Negro in the Western World” at https://www.jeffreybperry.net/8___i_when_africa_awakes__br__the__inside_story__br__of_the_stirrings_and_strivin_128069.htm