Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Support the Warrior Hip-Hop West Coast Tour -- Help connect Indigenous Communities in Resistance


Warrior Hip-Hop West Coast Tour: Building A Culture of Resistance

Zro Prophet of X Vandals  * Savage Family * Alas * Shining Soul
Welcome to the Warrior Hip-Hop Tour fundraising page! The purpose of this tour is to begin to build a culture of resistance through hip hop and art, and to inspire and educate others through hip hop all throughout Turtle Island. 
This tour is bringing together conscious rebel artists from areas now known as new york, washington, arizona and southern cali. There will be tour stops at reservations and illegally occupied cities up and down the West Coast. We are taking our music to the communities where it is most sought after.  We are definitely not going on this tour to get rich, but we would like to accomplish this without going into debt. If you are able to contribute to this crowd-funding initiative, we would like your help to bring our message of strength and dignity to communities that are underprivileged and ignored.

What We Need & What You Get

The artists and organizers on this tour are working class people with a vision. We are seeking the support of folks who  understand the need for artistic endeavors that focus on decolonization, autonomy, and uncompromising truth in an era of deception.
After Indiegogo takes 4% of $10,500, we are left with $9,765. Here is what we will use it for on the 20 day tour.
  • Reserving Venues & Renting Audio Equipment  ~ $3500
  • Production Costs and Travel Expenses ~ $2700
  • Food & Lodging ~ $2100
  • Promotional Material, Merch & Materials for Perks ~ $1465
In return, we've come up with some creative ways to show you our appreciation.
Check out our perks!              >>>------------------>  >>>------------------>  >>>------------------>

The Impact

We are revolutionary artists who choose to utilize our creativity to continue to build movement and solidarity across all sectors. Our music is crafted to educate and inform, to fight oppression and stand up for our rights, to inspire and fight back. This is not just a concert tour. It is a way to share our struggles and find strength amongst impacted communities who face similar realities.  We do not just make music that fills the air with noise, our songs are stories of  how we actively engage in social justice work in our  our daily lives. Our messages remember the importance of our planet and water. We understand that is up to us to create a vision for our future. 
Other Ways You Can Help
We know what it is to broke. Even though some of us don't have money, we still have a voice! So if you can't kick down, please share this campaign widely on your social media pages and join us when our tour stops in your town.
Tentative Tour Date Schedule:

Friday May 2 Neskonlith, Secwepemc Territory
Sat May 3 Kamloops, Secwepemc Territory
Sun May 4 Cheam, Stolo Territory
Mon May 5 Chuchua, Secwepemc Territory
Tues May 6 Bonapate, Secwemc Territory
Wed May 7 Lilloet, St'at'imc Territory
Thurs May 8 Victoria, unceded Lekwungen & Wsanec Territories
Fri May 9 Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories
Sat May 10 Duwamish Territory, Seattle
Sun May 11 Indigenous Community in the North West
Tues May 13 Arcata Hupa Territory
Wed May 14 Santa Barbara Chumash Territory
Thurs May 15 Modesto, Miwok Territory
Fri May 16 Oakland, Ohlone Territory
Sat May 17 Los Angeles, Tongva Territory
Sun May 18 Santa Ana, Tongva Territory
Mon May 19 Arizona
Tues May 20 Arizona
Check back for updates!
About the Artists
ZroProphet Afro-Taino/Borikwa by way of the Bronx and occupied Puerto Rico, MC and agitator, Not4Prophet, of X-Vandals (X-Vandals.com) and the AGIT Army (Agitarmy.org). Not4Prophet is on a West Coast speaking/reading/performing tour supporting the release of his new book of poetry, Last of the Po Ricans y Otros Afro Artifacts. Not4Prophet will also be conducting workshops on the use of music/art as a form of education/outreach/inspiration/resistance and movement building. 
Ant Loc is Nəxʷsƛ̕áy̕əm̕ and a member of the controversial and influential Indigenous hip hop/rap group Savage Family Seowa. He is from the illegally occupied territory now known as washington. His music is rooted in and influenced by the many lives that he has been touched by. His voice represents that of the oppressed, the have nots, the poor and unfortunate and the unmentionables of society. His gritty lyrical ability was forged in the streets and found further strength in the spiritual/cultural foundations of his ancestors.. He spits in an intelligent and precise manner that is rivaled by few. Ant Loc is mostly unheard of as of yet outside of Indigenous/Native communities but is now prepared to share the music that fulfills the prophecies of his people that will make the cities crumble.
https://soundcloud.com/savagefambam

Shining Soul Straight outta the desert borough, Arizona's premier Hip Hop duo Shining Soul, show that the element of rap still is a conduit for revolutionary change. Fronted by MCs Liaizon of Central Phoenix/Tohono O'odham Nation and Bronze Candidate of South Phoenix, Shining Soul bring to light the social injustices that attack their daily lives, such as the criminalization and militarization of indigenous and immigrant communities, while sharing and maintaining the essence of hip hop culture. Shining Soul's emphasis on skills, style, and substance, has made them a potent force in the Arizona Hip-Hop community, which is fully exhibited in their explosive live shows. Shining Soul's latest full-length release "SONIC SMASH" exemplifies their skills, diversity, subject matter, and overall commitment in carrying on the transformative art of Hip Hop through the element of rap. So stay tuned, keep your ears low to the ground, and check for SHINING SOUL in a big city, small town, native reservation, and protest near you...WE GOT THIS.
http://shiningsoulmusic.bandcamp.com

Alas makes music that braids her lived experience as an undocumented mujer subsisting on stolen land with the theories of rebellious decolonization. Her words pump from the raw heart of a living revolutionary to heal with her double hearted mujeres en la lucha while pushing resistance movements to sustain an effective level of militancy. She struggles for a better world on and off the mic – she co-hosts a mobile free zine library, organizes against police brutality, and treads the forest to protect endangered species. Liberation is her life's goal, brutal truth is her musics vow.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dialogue and Update on Indigenous Resistance and Land Defense

Saturday, March 29th at 5:15pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/616718255048910/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Dialogue, Strategy Session and Update on the Indigenous Resistance and Land (Water, Air, Life) Defense Struggle with warrior Kanahus Pellkey.

Update on the resistance to colonialism and attacks to Mother Earth (like the Keystone XL Pipeline, Fracking, Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, Imperial Metals Lead and Zinc Mine) and support to Mi'kmaq warriors and political prisoners.

KANAHUS PELLKEY
Kanahus Pellkey is a Secwepemc and Ktnuxa warrior and spokesperson for the Secwepemc chapter of the Native Youth Movement. Kanahus is a mother of four, and has been a main organizer with the NYM in their campaign to stop the Sun Peaks ski resort from expanding further into their traditional territory, as well as their campaign to stop the 2010 winter Olympics in British Columbia. She has also written for the book Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defence of the Earth.


ES Studios
768 Boyle Ave.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Warrior Hip Hop: Building a Culture of Resistance

Savage Family (added to the entire tour) and Not4Prophet Hip Hop West Coast tour

Starting from BC kkkanada down to occupied LA and Arizona.

Dates Confirmed:

Neskonlith, Friday, May 2, Kamloops Sat. May 3
Vancouver Friday May 9 and Seattle May 10th

Word Warriors: Building Resistance Through Rebel Hip Hop

The purpose of this tour is to begin to build a culture of resistance through hip hop and art, and to inspire and educate others through hip hop.

Afro-Taino/Borikwa by way of the Bronx and occupied Puerto Rico, MC and agitator, Not4Prophet, of X-Vandals (X-Vandals.com) and the AGIT Army (Agitarmy.org). Not4Prophet is on a West Coast speaking/reading/performing tour supporting the release of his new book of poetry, Last of the Po Ricans y Otros Afro Artifacts. Not4Prophet will also be conducting workshop on the use of music/art as a form of education/outreach/inspiration/resistance and movement building.

Information on Not4Prophet:
http://2leafpress.org/online/author-not4prophet/
http://www.agitrap.com/agitx_vandals/

Ant Loc is Nəxʷsƛ̕áy̕əm̕ and a member of the controversial and influential Indigenous hip hop/rap group Savage Family Seowa. He is from the illegally occupied territory now known as washington. His music is rooted in and influenced by the many lives that he has been touched by. His voice represents that of the oppressed, the have nots, the poor and unfortunate and the unmentionables of society. His gritty lyrical ability was forged in the streets and found further strength in the spiritual/cultural foundations of his ancestors.. He spits in an intelligent and precise manner that is rivaled by few. Ant Loc is mostly unheard of as of yet outside of Indigenous/Native communities but is now prepared to share the music that fulfills the prophecies of his people that will make the cities crumble.

These artists are revolutionary artists, that use art to continue to build movement and solidarity across all sectors. To educate and inform, to fight oppression and stand up for our rights, to inspire and fight back. To remember the importance of our planet and water. It is up to us to create a vision for our future.

We are looking for communities and organizations willing to sponsor this tour. To collaborate with you and your communities to take the opportunity to work together while there are amazing artists touring the West Coast. We are currently looking for funds to help cover the travel costs and overall logistical tour costs, plus an honorarium to the artists.

If you are interested in organizing an event in your community contact us.

Tentative Dates from Late April to May.

To organize a stop in your city contact:
Joaquin
joquincienfuegos@gmail.com

and/or
agitationnation@agitrap.com

(In some cities: Performance also from Savage Family, native ancestry from northern Washington state. Also amazing lyrically, using hip hop to speak the truth about the reality of the Indigenous struggles and movement to defend lands and water and way of life).

Liberando Aguacates en Peribán, Michoacán

Friday, March 7, 2014

Nonprofit Spotlight: Cop Watch Los Angeles (CWLA)

Photo Courtesy of Copwatch Los Angeles Facebook
Photo Courtesy of Copwatch Los Angeles Facebook
Intersections’ Nonprofit Spotlight series profiles South L.A. organizations that are propelling positive change in South L.A.
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Flyer from a fundraiser to free Joaquin Ceinfuegos, the founder of Copwatch LA, from jail | Photo Courtesy of Copwatch LA
Flyer from a fundraiser to free Joaquin Ceinfuegos, the founder of Copwatch LA, from jail | Photo Courtesy of Copwatch LA
What is Cop Watch LA’s purpose?  According to our mission statement,”CWLA is a program, coalition, and network dedicated to the struggle that will end police terrorism through collecting information on and observing police activity, by offering support to those caught in the criminal injustice system, fighting for change without a reformist consciousness, and working side-by-side with oppressed communities*, and grassroots organizations to create revolutionary alternatives to policing, prisons, and all systems of domination, oppression and exploitation by building healthy, safe, and liberated communities.”
(*We see the most ‘oppressed communities’ as working class and unemployed peoples of color (third world, undocumented, immigrants, citizens, etc.), especially women, queer and transgendered folks, youth, people with disabilities, and so fourth. We organize honoring the movements of the most oppressed and demand that those of us with privileges struggle as allies, not leadership!)
When was the CWLA founded?
On July 11th, 2005 the Los Angeles Police Department murdered 19 month-old Suzie Lopez Pena in Watts, California. At the time the Los Angeles Chapter of the Southern California Anarchist Federation (SCAF-LA) was organizing and holding meetings in South Central Los Angeles at Chuco’s Justice Center, a community center that houses the offices of the Youth Justice Coalition, Critical Resistance, and the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality. In response to the Pena murder and the recent LAPD murders of Devin Brown, Deandre Brunston, and Gonzalo Martinez, SCAF-LA joined the “Stop Terrorism and Oppression by the Police Coalition,” out of which Cop Watch LA was born.
Video Courtesy of Copwatch Los Angeles
Copwatch Poster | Photo Courtesy of Copwatch LA
Copwatch Poster | Photo Courtesy of Copwatch LA
Which areas does CWLA serve?  Our chapter is based out of South Central Los Angeles.
What services does CWLA provide?  
CWLA’s goals are to…
  • Form neighborhood patrols within the communities in which we live and create community prevention methods to police terrorism
  • Offer support to people and their families who have harassed, brutalized and/or murdered by law enforcement agencies
  • Develop intelligence through research and study groups
  • Share resources, education, and training with communities interested in supporting and/or starting a Cop Watch chapter or patrol team
  • Participate in the process of building autonomy, self-determination, and the self-organization of our many communities
  • Assist with coalition-building among human rights organizations
  • Serve the people in oppressed communities (i.e. food programs, free schools, free clinics).
What are CWLA’s recent accomplishments?  We had a recent training and gathering where Cop Watch Organizations from all over Southern California came together. We are linking up to build an organized movement all over So Cal to fight and put an end once and for all to police terrorism.
In which areas could CWLA use volunteers?  CWLA is a grassroots organization, we are all volunteer-run.  The goal is to create Cop Watch communities where we encourage people to take direct action when they see police brutality and harassment.
Contact info:  copwatchla@riseup.net
- See more at: http://intersectionssouthla.org/story/nonprofit-spotlight-cop-watch-los-angeles-cwla/#sthash.XGYmsviW.UybFPnNL.dpuf

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

On Settlers, Occupiers and Warrior Societies with Sakej Ward (Warrior Alliance)

http://radio-bed.com/post/78599764906/warriors-and-warrior-societies-have-a-sacred-and


 Warriors and warrior societies have a sacred and powerful place in Indigenous culture and resistance. While colonial culture has and continues to undermine and deride the role and reality of Indigenous warriors, warrior societies have continued to form and function in order to resist the destructive and dangerous effects of occupation and settler-colonial culture. Sakej Ward sits down with Radio-BED for a conversation on the contemporary warrior and warrior societies, so leave your stereotypes at the door and pay attention. This is serious.


 https://soundcloud.com/radio-bed/on-settlers-occupiers-and