Occupy the Hood


Occupy The Hood

The growth of a community campaign that joins the Occupy Wall Street protests, representing minorities. It started as a twitter profile (@OccupyTheHood), and grew from there.

From a statement on their Facebook page:


It is the Mission of Occupy The Hood (in solidarity with Occupy Wall St) to get POC more involved in the Occupy Movement

Occupy The Hood stands in Solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street
movement… It is imperative that the African American voice is heard
at this moment! We must not be forgotten as the world progresses to the next economical stage. We can all agree that the voices in our
communities are especially needed in this humanitarian struggle. We
are our future and we posses the energy needed to push the occupy
movement to the next phase.

More at their Facebook Page

The first time I visited an Occupy camp in the first month of the movement, I was completely mesmerized. Occupy Dallas had what seemed to me to be an enormous camp, an endless colorful sea of tents bustling with optimism and energy. Almost immediately I got to be a part of a HUGE march and really discover firsthand what was so special about the Occupy Movement. Across the camp, people seemed to be thoughtful, active, informed and energized. I eagerly absorbed their enthusiasm but understood instantly that I could not contribute to the conversations that were going on across the camp with the level of expert knowledge that many others seemed to have. Instead I listened and tried to understand everything I could and tried to remember what I needed to learn more about. I wanted to know more. And so I made a list of books that I thought were directly relevant to the Occupy Movement that I wanted to read and began the process almost immediately. Two months later (alright, I may be a slow reader) I’m four books down the list and ready to begin BOOK CLUB WEDNESDAY. Every Wednesday (at the very least for the next five weeks) I’ll be reviewing one of those books.


There is something that happened in America in the 1960s and 1970s that gets no mention in classrooms across American schools. This thing, this important event in history gets very few mentions in history books. In fact, it is this strange media cover-up that is exactly why I turned to this book (and other autobiographies of black revolutionaries) for the real stories of what happened during the great insurgency led by black leaders that swept this country in the 60s and 70s. The United States backlash to this movement was so severe that hundred of revolutionaries from the Black Liberation Movement lost their lives (much more than today’s Occupy Movement thus far) and MANY MANY more have ended up living out their lives behind bars. Among the real survivors of this movement are Angela Davis (whose autobiography I will review later) and arguably Assata Shakur. Through powerful writing and poetry, ASSATA tells the story of the horrors that Shakur experienced throughout her time as a prisoner of the United States. It also paints a grim picture of growing up in the 50s as a black girl in America. Additionally it gives insight into socialist ideology and how it relates to black communities. After escaping from prison, Assata now lives in Cuba and the United States continues to have a $1 MILLION bounty on her head. She continues to occasionally write essays from Cuba.

This book has fundamentally changed the way I see white racism. To see how disgustingly overt, extreme and endorsed by the United States violent racism has been as recently as the 1970s (and undoubtedly still today) has been a revelatory experience for me. Additionally, this book is full of stories and information that can help the current revolution refine tactics. After reading this book I understand that the Occupy Movement MUST look at the Black Liberation Movement to emulate its successes and avoid its failures. Read it.

The Passion of The Occupation

This movement has the potential to make unprecedented change.

There is no coincidience that there are occupations ignighting in cities as large as Chicago, LA and Philadelphia and as tiny as Ashland, KY and Muncie, IN.

We are all enraged with the direction the we are headed, and that despite how hard we work, our earned rewards are minimal in comparison to the financial requirements to survive.

Americans do have expectations from life. We expect that if we work hard, keep our heads up and behave in a manner that deserves respect, we will earn respect. We expect that if we persist, we will earn rewards. We expect that the pursuit of education will earn a career that earns a decent wage.

We are collectively furious that despite how hard we have worked, and continue to work to earn these things, the basic rewards we earn seem to shrink. In fact, the only things we seem to have earned is a right to increased debt, and paying more for less substance.

This movement has a clear message: People should come before dollars.

This may seem ambiguous to those who have an obscene level of financial privilege. This may also seem ambiguous to those who have been conditioned to sheepishly agree with what the financially privileged have taught them to accept. What is truly obscene is an intense and overwhelming lack of compassion emanating from our own brothers and sisters who suffer along with us.

I implore the financially privileged to allow themselves to look beyond their sociopathic desire to control all others to maintain their status and consider the effects of their behavior. I implore the conditioned minds to clean the clouded windows they have been watching the world from, and examine the global situation surrounding them.

This movement is not about complaining. It is about demanding that the essential human needs of everyone who breathes the air of this planet are considered before the needs of a bank account. 

This movement is not ambiguous. All issues stem from a twisted culture built around respecting the dollar more than our brothers and sisters:

  • education
  • health care 
  • job creation
  • massive amounts of debt
  • foreclosure 
  • rapid inflation
  • the continued marginalization of ethnic minorities
  • the continuation of a culture which normalizes the marginalization of women
  • the dismissal of civil rights based on who we love

These are basic issues that a rational and considerate culture would strive wholeheartedly to address, and provide solutions of which to every single person within it.

The list of frustrations could easily span this great continent and color our highways with a million expressions of discontent. Instead, we will indefinitely occupy our cities, colleges, workplaces, parks, homes, blogs, twitter feeds and conversations with voices that refuse to allow dismissal of our message because it does not fit the needs of the privileged few.

A people united will never be defeated!

Nonviolence can be your ‘goal’ if you are already sitting in a comfortable house being brought the news of your oppression over television. It can be the normal conduct of rational men if they can believe in the literalness and effectiveness of what they are trying to accomplish by such conduct. But walk, on any night, from one end of 125th Street (in New York’s Harlem) to the other, and count the hundred policemen and figure out the climate of rational conduct that is being cultivated by such an environment.
—  Amiri Baraka, “What Does Nonviolence Mean?” (1966)



Occupy Detroit has several neighborhood projects we are pursuing. We are working on restoring the neighborhoods that our government has neglected.

This Tuesday, November 29 we are asking for more hands involved in the restoration of our location around 160 Goldengate, located 4 blocks south of 7 Mile Rd, between Woodward Ave and John R Rd in Highland Park. The space is being prepared as a work to live location and we anticipate branching out to work on additional homes in the area. Lets work at creating the neighborhoods we desire.

We need people that can lend skills like carpentry, masonry, plumbing. We need resources like wood, plastic, insulation, brick, mortar, nails, screws, caulk, and more. Bring tools that fit your hands.

FACEBOOK EVENT LINK - Work in the neighborhood will continue 9am-5pm through Saturday.

Stop Da Gun Violence + Save The Babies

I found this today at a bus stop that I frequent and I was horrified, not in a “oh my gosh I’m gonna get shot” kind of way, but a “I want to help this but I am only one person” kind of way. I am not from this neighborhood, I didn’t know any of the 53 people murdered in Dorchester in 2011, but I just can’t ignore this. It’s incredibly frustrating that I have never had the urge to help people more in my life, but I have absolutely no clue what I can do to help. So I guess I’ll start by bringing attention to the matter. As I said, 53 people have been murdered in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston in 2011 and many more have been shot or stabbed or beaten. Keep in mind that this problem goes beyond just the people that were killed, it hurts their friends, their families, and the violence simply fuels more violence. It’s a vicious cycle and it needs to stop. I look at the lovely children that I work with in this neighborhood, and I hope that they never become part of this situation, I hope they never have to feel the hurt and loss, and I certainly hope they don’t become a part of the problem as they grow older. I hope that by the time these beautiful 2-4 year olds are teenagers, that this problem can somehow be resolved, because these kiddies deserve a better place to live in. That’s not to say that people aren’t trying to make a difference, they are, just look at the sign, but more people need to get involved, more people need to be informed. People can’t continue to turn a blind eye to this kind of situation because if they do nothing will change, and CLEARY  something needs to change.


Occupy Jacksonville (by FCgargoylevideos)

African American Coalition to Support the Occupy Movement

The Occupy Wall Street movement is gaining allies. Our reporter tells us who they are and what they plan to do.

Protesters of the Occupy movement are spreading their wings - joining forces with veterans of the American civil rights movement of the 1960s, and African-American churches.

In Washington, civil rights icon Benjamin Chavis announced the formation of Occupy The Dream.

David Degraw is with Occupy Wall Street in New York.

“This is a very diverse movement as it stands right now,“ said Degraw. "But obviously we need to do more work to get into the African-American communities and to get into all different ethnic backgrounds, the Latino community as well.”

The African American leaders were drawn in by the issue of income inequality.  More than 15 percent of black Americans are unemployed, compared with an overall jobless rate of 8.6 percent.

Occupy The Dream has three immediate demands: an increase in federal grants for university education, a halt to home foreclosures, and a $100 billion fund from Wall Street banks for new jobs and neighborhood investment.

I can definitely get behind their three demands! :)


Queen Mother of Harlem #OWS #OccupyTheHood #OccupyHarlem (by adele pham)

Stand with Queen Mother Dr. Blakely and the Shareholders, Tenants of 477 West 142 Street HDFC (low -income housing for women and children) as she fights for justice against known, indicted predatory lenders and mortgage fraud.

 ‘Occupy the Hood’: Including all of the 99% - Features - Al Jazeera English

“Just one week into the Occupy Wall Street movement, some activists identified what they considered a major flaw in the organising process, saying that people of colour in the United States were left out of the initial mobilisation.

From the start, the Occupy movement has prided itself on representing "99 per cent” of the population, meaning they have vastly different experiences from the highest earning one per cent, who have a much stronger ability to control and affect both the financial system and the government.

But some activists view the 99 per cent claim critically, saying that they were not included, and therefore the claim is problematic.

As soon as Malik Rhaasan began to use Facebook and Twitter for his idea of “Occupy the Hood”, an Occupy sub-organisation that would aim to bring people of colour into the organising process, it began to catch on… (Read More)“