IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM KUTTIN KANDI
Peace Ya'll. This is a message from my Sista DJ Kuttin Kandi, esteemed Hip Hop activist and member of The Anomolies, 5th Platoon, and founder of Hip Hop Lives Here Dot Com. Please read through this and think about it...
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To My Hip Hop Community
Peace brothers and sisters, hope you are all in good spirits when you receive this letter. I'm reaching out to all of you because I am asking that the Hip Hop community mobilize and come together to support the Anti-War movement. I am calling out to my fellow Hip Hop brothers and sisters, Hip Hop artists, Hip Hop fans, Hip Hop lovers from all cultures and backgrounds to come together and make a stance together. We all know that Hip Hop alone is a movement within itself. It's a powerful culture that has helped bring unity all around the world. I believe Hip Hop is a revolution, a revolution waiting to happen. Many of our conscious Hip Hop brothers and sisters have made many moves to make changes - whether it is in the music industry, in the streets, in our hoods, or in a third world country - we have done our parts and have tried to make a difference.
But there is so much more work to be done. We still have long ways to go. Just like every true revolutionary believes, I too believe, that the fight will never be over... not until we all have freedom.And we all know that we are all not free - not as long as our other brothers and sisters are out there suffering and dying in some senseless war. A war, that feeds off of occupancy of other countries such as Palestine, the Philippines to Iraq and so much more... a war that rapes and beats on women, murders innocent children, strips people from their homes and turn our young children into soldiers who become the murderers. But it is not just occupancy in other lands, that I am talking about...Occupancy is happening in our very own streets. They are after us, they are in our faces with their patriot acts, and their racial profiling.. because they have new reasons and rights to single us outand call us terrorists. And they're recruiting us into their army's...they're going to our schools, jotting down our informations, taking ourchildren's social security numbers and visiting them.. They're hanging out in front of the school, dressed in style in hummers with loud blasting music - Hip Hop music. They're in Hip Hop magazines and on Hip Hop radio stations trying to "be down" with their fly ads and PA's, pointing to our youth... romanticizing and glorifying the military...and you wonder why should I care?
I care, because not only are theyexploiting our beloved Hip Hop music and culture... they're taking away our young ones, in particularly our young people of color.>From the information by The People's Alliance for Justice & Change -African Americans make up about 30 percent of Army enlistees, and"Hispanics" constituted 22% of the military recruiting market, almost double their presence in the society. The Pentagon even has ad campaigns that have special Spanish-language ads targeting Latino youth. Knowing all this information makes me angry, angry enough to do something about it... and I'm talking more than just writing a poem about it, or DJing for a fundraiser... i'm talking about supporting the Anti-War movement by being an organizer, protesting, rallying with the people... i'm talking about walking to the White House with my fists upin the air chanting "1, we are the people, 2 a little bit louder, 3 we want justice 4 our people!!".>
From Saturday September 24- Monday September 26th there will be a massive 3 day action to end the war on iraq in Washington DC, which is a joint rally organized by United For Peace & Justice and the ANSWER Coalition. On Saturday, September 24th will be the march, a rally and a concert/festival. This march will be massive, this whole weekend is massive and it will send out a clear message to the White House and the Congress that the Iraq war must end, that it's time to bring our troops home, leave no U.S. military bases behind and to stop the corporate theft of Iraq's resources. Instead of draining our national treasury for endless war, we demand that our tax dollars be used to repair the damage done to Iraq and to fund services in our communities. We call for an immediate end to our government's assault on immigrants, the unethical pressures on our young people to join the military, and the undermining of democracy through relentless attacks on everyone's basic rights.
I also say, we as a Hip Hop community will no longer be exploited, we will no longer be used to sell out our people! Hip Hop I am asking all of you to do more than write a song, do a fundraiser and raise a fist at a concert - i am asking you to join me, walk with me, march with me, speak with me, mobilize with me, organize with me - all of you my fellow conscious artists who have made many stances before... all of you who just don't believe in this war, all ofyou who are tired of this persecution all around the world, tired of this occupancy, tired of imperialism, tired of the brutality, tired of the lies, tired and fed up of the exploitation... i am looking to you my Hip Hop family because you are strong, you are fearless, you are the TRUTH, you have always spoken the truth... you have always risen up.. and you are the revolution that will lead many into the light....Stand Up... with me... LEAD ME... and I will follow you.... we will all follow you. Hip Hop will be that change, if you make that stand now.
For more information on how we can mobilize the Hip Hop community onattending this rally out in DC, please email me at hiphopliveshere@ yahoo.com....peace and blessings
DJ Kuttin Kandi