Please make time in your busy schedules to attend a most important screening of a documentary film by Yusef Shakur entitled: "In the Belly of the Beast." Yusef is a son of our community (Northwest Goldberg-Zone 8) who has survived the deprivation and madness of racialized genocide, including a long prison abduction, that has claimed so many of our sons and daughters-generations of family. He has survived clearly because he has a mission to educate and inspire our youth, their parents and our collective communities! His story is our collective story. His story, because he is here to testify it, is our collective HOPE. His story is told in a soon to be released written autobiography that is accompanied by the film that we will view on 11/10/07 (11am) at the historical King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church! The Church is located at: 6125 14th Street Detroit, MI 48208.
It is fitting that Yusef's testimony be viewed in the same auditorium that our beloved prophet Malcolm X first recorded his "Ballots or Bullets" Speech as Yusef's weapon is the Truth of his testimony. Come and bear witness to his remarkable story. Bring your youth with you. We will have conversation following the film. Our goal is to develop plans to action that can and will be activated within 30 days.
We have invited activists, OG's of various experiences who will also share and most importantly, we have put a shout out to the local community with a special call to men and women who are involved in "underground economies." We are offering opportunities to have criminal records evaluated for expungement and we will also offer to assist in filling out the paperwork on site! We will also offer opportunities for food baskets for the holidays and other essential needs.
Sisters, the immediate area is saturated with our sisters who are working the streets. We are appealing to them to come in from their labors and share with us. To this end, we are offering the opportunity for food baskets and clothing as many of them are living in abandoned buildings-often with children. So, if you have extra clothes, canned goods, can openers, toiletries-including sanitary pads, toilet paper, water, heat in a can (basically, stuff one needs to get ready for the cold months ahead or anything else that you can think of)-please bring what you can. Try to come early (10am) so that we can set the give away items up.
Brothers, there are many homeless men in this area. Some of these men will benefit from the donations to the sisters, others will not. Many of them are on drugs; they have become scavengers-hunters. To some extant helping them will help the women and children; because at least for the time that they have some resources, they will not be so inclined to take from those who are weaker. We will meet them where they are at and then we can learn how to walk with them to where we are going, together-amen.
Please circulate this appeal: Join with us and share this most important and life affirming experience.
Peace and blessings to you
Baba Charles and Mama Sandra Simmons, Directors of The Hush House: Museum and Cultural Center (6179 Wabash Detroit, MI 48208) 313 896-2521
If you are interested in helping with a pot-luck meal, please email me back what you will bring. We will post a large sign outside advertising Hot, Free Food! So, think Chili, Spaghetti, drinks, bread, something sweet, paper goods. Thanks again--Mama Sandra (firstname.lastname@example.org
*COME ON OUT YALL, ILL BE MAKING SOME OF MY INFAMOUS VEGGIE CHILI, Jefani