Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 10:33:31 -0700
From: Davey D <>
Subject: FNV: Will We Take Responsibility-The Hip Hop Summit

In Today's Issue: June 18 2001


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written by Davey D
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During the historic Hip Hop Summit from last week I ran into all
sorts of cats who gave me a run down of their upcoming activities..

Kurtis Blow talked to me at length about his newly launched
organization called the Alliance of Legends. He and Grandmaster Flash
who was also present, have started this as a way for them to preserve
some of the positive aspects and overall spirit of Hip Hop's old
school. Blow wants the organization to serve as a council of elders
so young cats coming up in the game can get help. He also noted that
it was extremely important for the older pioneering guys within Hip
Hop to organize and get themselves in a position where they come
correct..The AOL plan to document, chronicle and come up with an
official accounting of Hip Hop's history. Blow explained that the
process has already started with the filming of his documentary which
he's been working on for the past year and a half. He also explained
that he had put together a Hip Hop history compilation album which
hasn't been released yet..Blow also noted that the AOL will be doing a
number of shows that include artists from Hip Hop pioneering days..

Lastly Kurtis opened up and talked about the need for Hip Hop to
explore issues that have impacted the culture, but aren't often spoken
about. He noted that for years he had a substance abuse problem which
he managed to overcome. This particular aspect has been the tragic
downfall and undoing of more then a few folks within Hip Hop. It was
good he spoke on it and is speaking on it.. We wish Kurtis Blow and
Grandmaster Flash much success with the Alliance of Legends..

I suggested to Kurtis that it would be a good idea if some of the up
and coming artists especially those who wish to 'keep it real' and
preserve the culture aspects of Hip Hop, would reach out and ask cats
like Kurtis Blow or Kool Herc to help out on a track or appear on an
album. Chuck D during his closing remarks made the same suggestion,
that it would be good and maybe even advantageous if cats would reach
out and use a Rocksteady Crew to help choreograph a video scene.. or
get a Grandmaster Flash or Afrika Bambaataa to remix a record.. Just
like in the society outside of Hip Hop the old and new generation gap
needs to be bridged.. At the same time some of the old school cats
need to make themselves more accessible.. Cats like Bam and Kurtis
Blow are usually pretty open and willing to share knowledge.. There
are others who harbor a certain type of resentment or bitterness which
makes them unapproachable.. I seen some of our Hip Hop pioneers
turning down radio interviews and unceremoniously brushing off starry
eyed new comers who were in awe to see them live and in the flesh..

To a degree misgivings are understandable. Here we have an entire
generation who laid down the foundation for what is now a 10 billion
dollar a year art form who are now overlooked, forgotten and
oftentimes disrespected.. All that is compounded by many had no
opportunity to share in the riches and resources of todays thriving
rap industry..One can only imagine how that must feel.. However, I am
confident that those who possess Hip Hop's adventurous spirit of being
innovative and triumphant can and will overcome that obstacle.. For
many they have no choice.. How does one expect a younger generation
to get to know them and appreciate them if don't make themselves


Master P's former partner in rhyme King George is making moves. He is
in the process of finishing up a Hip Hop parody album. He wants to go
the direction of Bobby Jimmy and Weird Al Yankovich. Some of the
songs that are getting ready to come down the pipe include.. 'Take a
Bath' [Shake Your Ass by Mystikal], 'Who Let The Fart Out' [Who Let
the Dogs Out by the Baha Men], 'I Wish' [I Wish by R. Kelley]
'Chicken Legs' [Chicken Head by Project Pat], 'Shave My Legs' [Say My
Name by Destiny Child]. These are just a few of the cuts from his
upcoming album which from what I'm hearing is funny as hell..

I ran into Treach and Vinny of Naughty By Nature who have just signed
to TVT Records which is home to Tha Eastsidaz and Doggy's Angels..
Treach is finishing up a solo album. The group is working on a new
album. They explained that they have been staying busy by doing films
and TV appearances. Treach just finished a shooting a film in Canada
called Conviction with actors Omar Epps and Charles Dutton. He is
also scheduled to appear on an episode of Showtime's 'Soul Food'.

Vinny has been hard at work producing the Block Inside Talent Hunt
which is a traveling talk show. The group goes in the high schools
throughout New Jersey where they facilitate discussions amongst the
youth and then afterwards host a talent show. They allow the kids to
record themselves and later play it back on cable access channels..

They also explained that the group now consists of just the two of
them now that Kay Gee who is off doing stuff in the R&B arena and for
his own label Divine Mills. His absence leaves the group open for new
producers.. Hence, Naughty may be headed out west to obtain some
beats from some West Coast producers. That would be a good move for
them considering they have always had a strong base out here..It
worked for Jay-Z so why not Naughty By Nature? Ant Banks, Rick Rock,
DJ Quik, Warren G, Bosko, Sean T, Khayree, Fredwreck,.. you guys
better get ready 'cause Naughty may be getting at you real soon..

Speaking of producer Fredwreck.. I got a chance to peep a new song
that he just completed with WC called 'Get Your Walk On'. The song is
incredible.. WC is on some next level status and if all goes well we
may have an incredible anthem for the summer.. We look forward for
the release of that song..

Former BDP member D-Nice was at the summit.. He explained that he had
stepped away from the music biz for a minute because things were too
hectic and he wasn't feeling the direction in which Hip Hop was
headed. He just recently got back into producing, but his bread
butter has been on the Internet. Unlike so many dot coms that bombed,
D-Nice has managed to not only stay afloat but thrive. He has his own
website development marketing company called Boom Digital
[]. D-Nice noted that he does projects for many of the
new cats who are entering into the game..

The legendary Fab 5 Freddy is also hard at work on some Internet
projects. During the summit he was hard at work filming and
documenting much of the events for The big question on
everyone's mind is will he release another record for all of us DJs
to scratch.. Remember Fab % Freddy was the one who had the record
with the infamous 'Fresh' on it which became the signature sound for
Hip Hop back in the early days..

My man Boogie Knights of the Boogie Boys was in the house. He noted
that the have remixed their classic cut 'Fly Girls' and will include
production work from Barry B of Dougie Fresh's Get Fresh Crew and
vocals from Reggie Reg of the pioneering group The Crash Crew and KK
Rockwell of the pioneer group Funky Four Plus One More.

I sat next to dead prez during the summit and they noted that they
had recorded a song with Boots of the Coup for his upcoming album
which should be dropping this summer..

Kool DJ Red Alert has returned to the airwaves after a 3 month
hiatus. He noted his break/departure from Hot 97 was needed. It gave
him time to recharge and reflect. Now he back on his original radio
home 98.7 Kiss FM. There he will do his patented old school mixes as
well as incorporate some Hip Hop into it..

by Davey D

Here we are a day or so after what turned out to be a Historic Hip Hop
Summit in New York City and there's a lot to process and think about..
So much occurred, and it's hard to know where to begin.. Let me start
by saying, I think the effort and intent was wonderful. Russell
Simmons deserves major props for effectively using his star power to
bring so many people from all walks of life under in one room. It
wasn't a question of 'Who came there'? It was more of a question as
to 'Who wasn't there'? At the height of the 2 day event during
Minister Farrakhan's keynote address, I scanned the standing-room only
hall and saw everyone who was anyone including; Hip Hop's pioneering
Godfathers like DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, The
Nigga Twins, The Awesome Two, and Red Alert to name a few. Other
stellar individuals who packed the house included Redman, Sista
Souljah, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett, LL Cool J, dead prez, Fat Joe, Ja
Rule, JT The Bigga Figga, Jahi, Sean P-Diddy Combs, Kwesi Mfume,
Jermaine Dupri, Wyclef Jean, Professor Cornel West, author Kevin
Powell, Professor Michael Eric Dyson author Tricia Rose and Keith
Murray. Heck even former heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis stopped
through..and that was only the short list..

Just to see so many people gathered in one place was incredible..The
energy and the overall vibe was infectious. The speech from Minister
Farrakhan and the follow up remarks from Chuck D and Sista Souljah
were inspiring..Everything that needed to be said was said. There was
talk about censorship, lyrical content, political empowerment, youth
activism and media accountability, These were issues that have been
covered at various times over the years at different gatherings and
conventions.. But this time everyone was there both within and
outside of Hip Hop. From pioneers to record executives, from
politicians to professors. Everyone was there to peep game. Now the
fundamental challenge before us is what we as individuals and as a
collective are going do to move Hip Hop and the communities it
impacts, to higher levels. In other words what steps will all of us
take to live up to the theme of the conference of Taking
Responsibility. It's as simple as that.

Before I move on, we should all really reflect upon that point..
Because on one hand it sounds trite, but when we really sit back and
evaluate what has been troubling Hip Hop, we all have to look deep
within and ask ourselves how can be more responsible for ourselves and
for the presentation and dissemination of Hip Hop Culture. How can we
be more effective and impactful leaders? This was a challenge
Farrakhan issued to us time and time again throughout his speech.. If
we feel that Hip Hop is imbalanced, and being maligned and raped by
mega-corporations, what will do to remedy the situation? What is our
game plan? Will we organize boycotts? Will we start campaigns to
bring attention and highlight positivity? Will we start our own
media? Will we offer free lectures and seminars to neighborhood
youths about the history and importance of Hip Hop culture? Will we
write, call and engage offending outlets that continuously disrespect
Hip Hop? Will we become more politically active? Will we join viable
Hip Hop organizations that work for change like the Universal Zulu
Nation, Third Eye Movement, Rocksteady Crew, Lets Get Free, Detroit
Hip Hop Coalition, Bay Area Hip Hop Coalition, Black Dot Collective,
2Pac One Nation Committee. etc.. Or will we just go about our day to
day activities and try and collect all the cheddar we can? It should
be crystal clear that we can no longer sit back and not do anything?

Oftentimes we allow ourselves to get overwhelmed by the amount of
money and resources that are funneled into projects and material that
leave a bad impression of Hip Hop. I know for myself, I sometimes do
that.. However, what became plain to me at this summit was the fact
that Hip Hop has always managed to shine in spite of such
obstacles...This is an aspect we have forgotten and downplayed about
ourselves. We've always been creative, innovative and able to make
something out of nothing.. So why do we allow ourselves to fall short
in this creative process when dealing with the way corporations rape
and mis-promote Hip Hop? Minister Farrakhan spent a lot of time
reminding us just how great and impactful we can be.. In short if Hip
Hop is what we allow it to be.. Like Mos Def said in the beginning of
his album. If the people are smoked out, then Hip Hop will be smoked
out.. If its headed in a negative direction, then its up to us to to
figure out how to shine and bring it back to something more positive?

In other words if there's to much bling bling and materialism within
Hip Hop, what are we doing to change this? Some people feel the best
way to do it is to stand on a soap box and publicly condemn and
criticize artists like Puffy or Juvenile.. And while this may have
some merit at certain times, it still doesn't deal with the impact
that materialism and bling bling culture has on the community at
large. If we are not directly involving ourselves and making our
presence felt in the lives of little shorties who look up to us how
will change come? Why are we depending upon Lil Bow Wow or Lil Wayne
to raise our kids and lead them down the correct path? Who is leading
them? Who is sitting down and talking to young cats and helping them
put things into proper perspective? Fat Joe mentioned that it was
important for him to go back to his neighborhood and let the young
cats who look up to him know that what he is doing is for
entertainment and that his material is like writing a movie strip. He
felt that it was important for cats who are young and impressionable
to see and hear these remarks directly from him and not some
surrogate. He does this on the regular. Will more artists do the

It's ironic that I hear cats who back in the early days, begged,
borrowed and literally robbed people at gun point for their 300
dollar sheep skin jackets, complaining loudly that today's Hip
Hoppers are too materialistic. During the media panel, Source
Magazine editor Carlito Rodriguez noted that he runs into his
homeboys are upset with the wildness of today's young thugs who can
be seen throughout New York sporting red or blue bandanas. They will
loudly complain and somehow forget that 10 or 15 years ago they were
those same wild kids.. It's like what the Minister said in his
speech, the apple don't fall too far from the tree.. If those same
sheep skin wearing individuals have not been active in trying to
un-plant the negative seeds they sowed, then it would only be a
matter of time before they would see the fruits of their negative

Scholar Michael Eric Dyson, alluded to this in his remarks during the
Hip Hop political panel. He rhetorically asked the elders in the
audience how they can hold the young Hip Hop generation accountable
for not being more politically active, when we don't hold other
entertainers and R&B artists like Luther or Anita to similar
standards. How can we lambast the Hip Hop generation for not voting
when we ourselves turn out less then 30% of our numbers for major
elections. People who are young and impressionable will follow what
we do and not as we say.. That's a crucial point we often overlook.
Responsibility goes both ways. He wisely suggested that we all sit
down and bridge the gap between the Civil Rights and Hip Hop
generation. He suggested that we honestly look at our strengths,
weaknesses and contradictions and try to build upon some common

One of the most telling moments of the conference occurred as the
conference was ending. This young 16 year old dressed in baggy pants,
and sporting a thugged out bandanna approached Chuck D and told him he
thought much of what was going on was a bunch of BS. He admitted that
he did not get a chance to hear everything the Minister had to say,
but he did notice that many of the artists in attendance immediately
left and did not stick around to participate in the follow up sessions
which was designed exclusively for them. He seemed dismayed that many
of the big time artists had bounced and were seemingly more interested
in getting interviewed by MTV and BET then reflecting and building
upon the incredible remarks in the important follow up, closed door
artists session. He noted to Chuck that perhaps the Minister had
wasted his time talking to such artists and he might have had
more impact by speaking to the next generation of Ja Rules and Puffys.
He explained that many of the kids who he grew up with including
himself had been in and out of trouble and have come up not knowing
much more then to flip twenties [hustle] or get in the rap game.

Chuck D spent almost an hour talking with the youngster breaking down
the importance of those who are a part of Hip Hop needing to break the
vicious cycle which often leads to us not being as responsible. He
noted that it was important that Puffy and others heard the Minister's
remarks and that perhaps an important seed was planted that would help
move and inspire them to do better. Homeboy seemed to understand, but
was adamant that his young homies who are coming up should've also
been invited to be a a part of the summit. He felt they would've
gotten a lot more out of it then some of the artists and they too need
to be inspired and have some positive seeds planted with them.
Homeboy wasn't convinced that some of these artists would seriously
change their ways but he would go back and let his buddies know what
he had learned. What was so interesting about this young man
approaching Chuck was the fact that Chuck was like the only artist
around to talk to him..Second, that Minister Farrakhan ended his
incredible speech by quoting the Bible in which it noted that a young
child would lead the way. He noted how young people were watching
their every move..and this kid was living proof. Lets hope the
Minister's wise remarks did not fall on def ears.

There are no magic bullets to resolving some of Hip Hop's most
pressing issues. Russell Simmons, Chuck D or even Minister Farrakhan
won't save the day. There are no magic bullets or formulas, but
unfortunately many of us have allowed ourselves to buy into the hype
of believing in fairy tale endings that come without sacrifice and
struggle. Many of us have gotten into the bad habit of believing that
change is gonna come from the outside without looking within and being
a vital part of the solution. The question and ultimate challenge is
will we follow up on our commitments especially after such a large and
public display?

Listed below is a the press release outlining some of the
commitments put forth by the participants of the Hip Hop Summit...

JUNE 14, 2001 New York, NY--At the conclusion of the historic Hip
Hop Summit 2001, June 12-13, industry hip hop leaders, artists, and
civil rights and political organizations reached agreement on a
series of initiatives and commitments that will affect the artistic,
social and political landscape of American society and the global

1. Parental Advisory Labeling. An agreement was reached on creating
a voluntary uniform standard for marketing albums with the Parental
Advisory Label. These standards have the support of the Recording
Industry Association of America (RIAA).

* Labels are to be plainly displayed in a nonremovable form on the
front cover artwork in a standard size.

* All consumer print, television and radio advertising of products
with the Parental Advisory Label will contain a depiction of the
label or an indication that album or song being marketed carries the
Parental Advisory Label. When the album or song is available in
"non-Explicit" versions, that will also be indicated.

* Internet sites that promote or sell specific albums or songs that
have the Label should display the Label along with the album
promotion. This advisory should follow the on-line user all the way
through purchase. Websites should also provide a link to
"," an information site about media ratings.

* Samplers and posters are often used in marketing Hip Hop music. It
was agreed that all samplers and posters promoting labeled albums or
songs would carry the Label or an indication that the album being
promoted carries the Parental Advisory Label.

2. Industry Adoption of Hip Hop Mentoring Programs. Def Jam
introduced a Hip Hop Mentoring Program emphasizing the need for a
stronger focus on artist development. The programmatic mission and
goal of the Artists Personal and Career Development Program (APAC-DP)
is to provide Hip Hop artists with an all inclusive opportunity to
enhance and ensure their personal and professional development while
maximizing their career advancement in the entertainment industry.
Using Def Jam Hip Hop artist Jinx as an example, key components of
APAC-DP include:

*Assignment of a personal and professional mentor for each artist.
*Career development coaching especially designed for each artist.
*Residential and social environment enhancement.
*Artist cultivation.
*Management assistance.
*Private educational tutoring.
*Financial planning.

This mentoring program will serve as a new paradigm for the Hip Hop
industry at large; and as a result of the Hip Hop Summit, other
labels have joined Def Jam in developing similar programs at their

3. Political Empowerment of the Hip Hop Community. An alliance was
formed to help empower and promote the Hip Hop industry with the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP )
led by Kweisi Mfume, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
led by Martin Luther King, Jr. III, Million Family Movement and
Nation of Islam led by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, and
Rap the Vote led by Executive Director Mario Velasquez. Some of the
initiatives to be carried out include:

*Hip Hop Political Action Committee that will educate and address
issues important to the Hip Hop community such as freedom of speech,
racial profiling, and other issues; and help elect and raise funds
for political candidates.
*Massive Rap the Vote voter registration drive and get out the vote
campaign for 2002 and 2004 elections

*The creation of a Hip Hop Think Tanks with the initial Think Tank at
Columbia University. Dr. Manning Marable, Dr. Cornel West, Dr.
Michael Eric Dyson and other leading intellectuals will work together
to establish a forum for Hip Hop artists and executives to engage in
an ongoing dialogue with the intellectual community around questions
on the impact of Hip Hop culture and music on the global community.

For the record there are already two Hip Hop Think Tanks in
existence... One is headed by Yvonne Bynoe in New York called the
Urban Think Tank. They put a quarterly publication called Doula. The
other Hip Hop Think Tank is called Hip Hop Think Tank is here in the
Bay Area and consists of a number of writers and opinion makers
including myself, Adissa The Bishop and many others. Hopefully some
sort of synergy will be established with the formation of The Columbia
University Hip Hop Think Tank..Conversations with Dr Marable have
already been held regarding this..

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Guerrilla News Network

April 16, 2001

Water: The Coming Conflict

By Anthony Lappe <>

In the opening to the movie "Mad Max," civilization as we
know it is destroyed by a massive war over oil. Twenty years
ago, this didn't seem far-fetched. The oil crises of the
late 70s ingrained in many of us a belief that scarcity of
petroleum would bring us to the brink. It may still. But
oil, it turns out, is not disappearing as fast as what was
once thought. By some estimates, it could be another century
before we are actually faced with a real oil crisis,
especially if alternative energies are developed to augment
our reliance on petroleum.

Long before we start killing each other to gas up our SUVs,
humans will be faced with the depletion of another of the
world's non-renewable resources - fresh water.

Simply put, water is life. The human body is 70% water.
People begin to feel thirsty after a loss of only 1% of
bodily fluids and risk death if fluid loss nears 10%. Human
beings can survive for only a few days without fresh H2O.
Yet today, more than one billion people already lack access
to fresh drinking water, according to the United Nations.
Waterborne diseases account for an estimated 80% of all
illnesses in developing countries. And global consumption of
water is doubling every 20 years, more than twice the rate
of human population growth.

By 2025, two-thirds of the world's population may be living
in a state of serious water deprivation.

Already in places like China, India, Mexico, Thailand, the
western United States, north Africa, and the Middle East,
water is being pumped from underground until it is too salty
or until the supply is depleted. Since almost all of the
world's fresh water comes from ancient underground aquifers
which, like oil reserves, are non-renewable: once they're
gone . . . they're gone.

A "Mad Max"-like scenario is not hard to imagine.

According to the United Nations, some 3,000 of these basins
are already the source of current conflicts. Once the
various "water mining" practices currently being used start
to fail and the level of need rises to desperate levels,
these conflicts could escalate from acrimonious squabbling
into war.

In countries like Mexico the situation is already severe.
Roughly 12 million Mexicans, one out of eight, have no
access to safe drinking water. "Mexico's new president,
Vicente Fox, calls water "a national security issue," and it
is not hard to see why. Mexico lies along the same latitudes
as the Sahara, and nearly half its land is bone dry. It has
less drinking water per capita than Egypt, and 60 percent
less than it did 50 years ago." (NYT 04/15/01)

In Central Asia, where most foreign eyes have been on the
region's vast untapped oil reserves, water is increasingly
becoming a flash-point. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are trying
to use their control over the water supply as a way to gain
leverage in the region.

In the dry Middle East, water has been source of power since
ancient times. Israel's control over the Jordan River's
headwaters and basin has been key part of their control over
the Palestinians and their diplomatic relations neighboring
Jordan, who also must rely on Israel for much of its water.
The Israeli army maintains a special unit devoted to
destroying its enemies' dams and springs.

In 1985, former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali,
then Egypt's minister of state for foreign affairs, warned,
"The next war in the Middle East will be fought over water,
not politics."

Like anything worth fighting over, there is a lot 
of money to be made in water. Mega-corporations, 
like Bechtel and Monsanto (see NewsWire: Farmers 
Beware for more on Monsanto's other ventures
<>), are
investing hundreds of millions of dollars to buy up local
water systems and sell water like any other commodity on the
open market to the highest bidder. Many developing nations
worry that this will mean obtaining access to clean water
will increasingly become a luxury and not a right for
millions if not billions of citizens.

Many are looking to technology to address the problem: Newly
declassified satellites are helping agencies and governments
find clean water; new desalinization techniques are starting
to make what has always been a prohibitively costly process
into the realm of practicality; massive public works
programs - canals and tunnels - are being built at the cost
of billions; and more outlandish schemes, like melting polar
glaciers, are being looked at.

But just as chemical farming (the so-called Green
Revolution) was promoted as a solution to feeding the world,
no amount of technology will change the fact that political
and commercial realities shape who gets what piece of the
globalized pie. And you can bet when realpolitik and profit
are the driving forces behind control of the world's water -
the people, and the planet, are sure to lose.


For more information on this issue, check out these links:

Project Censored, a California non-profit that tracks
stories that have not been widely reported in the mainstream
media, picked Water Privatization as their #1 Most Censored
Story of 2000

The Conflict Prevention Newsletter aims to focus upon
thematic issues, which are under-exposed in other media.
Their first special is on Water and Conflict

World's Water, a site dedicated to providing up-to-date
water information, data, and web connections to
organizations, institutions, and individuals working on a
wide range of global freshwater problems and solutions

Copyright (c) 2001 Guerrilla News Network. All Rights Reserved.

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Moratorium on Genetically modified seeds urged.
Date:  Tue, 19 Jun 2001 20:48:11 +0530 (IST)
From:  K R R S <>

Bangalore, June 18(UNI) The Union Government should declare at least a
five-year moratorium on the genetically modified seeds in India till a ban
was considered like many other countries, Karnataka Rajya Ryota Sangha(KRRS)
President M.D.Nanjundaswamy demanded today.

Taking strong exception to the Union Government rushing through the
procedure of giving permission for marketing BT(Bacillus Thuringiensis)
Cotton, he told UNI that Union Environment Minister T.R.Balu had called a
meeting in New Delhi today, almost a month in advance, to accord biosafety
clearance to the BT cotton. The Union Agriculture Ministry was meeting
tomorrow to give the clearance for the cotton. The Government is in a hurry
to give clearance to enable the multi-national companies to introduce the
seeds from this sowing season itself, he charged.

Pointing out that most of the advanced and developing nations had banned
genetically engineered crops, he said the Government should follow the
precautionary principle of the biosafety protocol it signed last year in
Cartagena in Columbia. If the Government allowed the sale, it would be
violating the protocol, which says that if there were scientific
uncertainties, they should not be released commercially.

Besides, a petition filed by noted environmentalist Vandana Shiva on
genetically modified organisms with particular emphasis on BT cotton was
still pending before the Supreme Court. Morally, the Government should wait
till the petition is disposed of. Legally, it may not because there was no
stay, Prof.Nanjundaswamy, who was spearheading a campaign against
genetically modified seeds and crops said.

Quoting statistics, he said the worldwide sales of genetically modified
foods were on the decline.

He claimed that Shiv Sena had agreed to join their struggle against the
genetically modified seeds. I have already held discussions with Sena
supremo Bal Thakrey and the response was positive, he said and stressed that
Maharashtra was one of the major Cotton growing states in the country.

He said the farmers' organisations across the country would resort to the
direct action if the seeds were allowed to be sold in the shops. Already the
National Coordination Committee, which included Bharatiya Kissan Union,
would be launching the agitation, he added.

He pointed out that over 310 scientists from 36 countries had expressed
their concern about the hazards of genetically modified organisms to
biodiversity, food safety, human and animal health and demanded a moratorium
by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development Conference on Sustainable
Development, Conference on Sustainable Agriculture on Environmental releases
in accordance with the precautionary principle. 

Karnataka Rajya Ryota Sangha 
[Karnataka State Farmer's Association] 
2111,7th-A Cross,3rd Main, 
Vijayanagar 2nd Stage 
Bangalore-560 040-India 

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Hip Hop Summit Analysis

Bro. Amon   June 19, 2001

I have to say something about the Hip-Hop Summit held in New York June 12,13.

We were Blessed to be in attendance. Nearly every heavyweight player from the Hip-Hop genre was present; Russell Simmons, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Will Smith, and "founding fathers" Grandmaster Flash, Afrikaa Bambataa, Kool Herc, and Kurtis Blow. 

The spirit of the summit was genuine. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan's address was received with a strong response. Everyone got caught up in his message, even the media, camera-men, the waiters, people who were at the Hilton for something else, you get the point. I encourage all of you to get his message as soon as it is available, It will help you to see the tremendous world of Hip-Hop from a different point of view.

Hip-Hop will be going through some major "overhauls" in the very near future. Be patient while these artists and professionals try to clean up the merchandising of some executives. Most are under some contract. If you see them two months from now releasing some "funk" understand they don't own it. Someone is controlling their works. Don't start yelling hypocrites! Give it time.

I will say this. Minister Farrakhan stated, "This is probably the most important audience I have ever addressed."

You need to think about that. Let me help you put this statement in its proper context. This man has been teaching Black folk and humanity since 1955. He has had phenomenal success. He has traveled the world several times over. He has entertained or been entertained by at least 30 heads of state that I know about. The nationals of foreign nations have received him with honor, expensive gifts, and celebration. Some who willingly protected his life with their lives, even whites. They were willing to literally ready to fight a war to protect him abroad. He addressed 5 million in a celebration in Iran. Domestically, He addressed 1.8 million MEN in the capitol of the most powerful and wicked government on earth. He later addressed 1.7 million Family members in the same capitol. This is after some pulled their support due to envy and jealousy. God made him successful anyway.

That is just a little sketch of recent history. However, he said, in that little room, "This is probably the most important audience I have ever addressed."

Please think about that.

I look forward to seeing those of you who are able this weekend at Black Family Day.

Peace and One Love,
Bro. Amon

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eric Ture Muhammad 
June 15, 2001 202-225-1605


CBC, McKinney Host Discussion On Racism Conference With Activists, 
Bush Administration

(Washington, DC)  The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Task Force for the 
World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and 
Related Intolerance (WCAR) (which will be held in Durban, South Africa from 
August 31st to September 7th, 2001) and Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney 
(D-GA), Chair of the CBC Task Force, will host a roundtable discussion of 
the Conference with the Bush Administration, WCAR activists, and 
representatives of the Congressional Hispanic and Asian Caucuses. "Racism in 
the United States is a human rights issue and US participation in this 
particular conference is very important to Americans of color who have felt 
the sting of racism," McKinney stated. 

What: WCAR Roundtable Discussion

When: Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2255

Time: 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM

For additional information, please contact Eric Ture Muhammad at (202) 

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To All African (Black, African American, New Afrikan, Continental, Caribbean, Latino, etc.) Student Organizations and Leaders/Organizers


29 June marks the 60th birthday of Kwame Ture, formerly known as Stokley Carmichael. You perhaps have heard of him and his work with the
Nonviolent Action Group (NAG) at Howard University, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Mississippi Freedom
Democratic Party (MFDP), the Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO), the Black Panther Party (BPP), the Democratic Party of Guinea
(PDG), the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (A-APRP), and a host of other movements and organizations in Africa, the African
Diaspora and the world.

For four decades, Kwame inspired, mentored and organized progressive and revolutionary students in every corner of Africa, the African
Diaspora and the world. He challenged them to work, study and struggle on behalf of African and all Oppressed Peoples; and to organize,
organize, organize! He made his transition to the ranks of the Ancestors on 15 November 1998 in Conakry, Guinea, his beloved homeland.

On the occasion of Kwame’s 60th birthday, the Kwame Ture Work-Study Institute and Library, the Alliance for Global Justice, the Black United
Fund of Illinois, the National Black United Front and the Pan-African Liberation Organization invites all African Student organizations and
leaders/organizers to attend a meeting from 29-30 June 2001 at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD. The purpose of this historic meeting is to
provide African student leaders/organizers from every corner of Africa and the African Diaspora an opportunity to meet each other, to discuss
how to build a militant and massive All-African student movement for the 21st century, and to plan an All-African Student Conference to be
held in 16-18 November 2001.

The tentative/suggested agenda includes:

(a) Brief Welcome and Acknowledgement of Messages and Solidarity Statements.

(b) MicroSoft Powerpoint Presentation titled: "Did You Hear the Thunder? A Brief History of the Worldwide African Student Movement - 1900
to the Present."

(c) Discussion about the issues and concerns that affect African people in every corner of Africa and the African Diaspora, and what African
students must do to help address/resolve them.

(d) Brief reports on the movement to free political prisoners and prisoners of war the struggles: to break the embargoes and travel bans against
Cuba and Libya; to build the Student Sweat Shop Campaign and the Movement Against Environmental Racism; to demand Global Justice and
to help build the demonstrations that are planned for 29-30 September 2001 against the military-police-prison-industrial complex, the World
Bank, IMF and WTO; to free all political prisoners and prisoners of war in United States and South African jails; to help the Zimbabwean,
Azanian (South African), Palestinian, Indigenous, Dalit, Irish, and all Oppressed Peoples return to and reclaim their land; to stop the "Drug
War" and dismantle the prison industrial complex; to stop the US military exercises on Vieques Island in Puerto Rico; and other on-going
actions and struggles.

(e) Discussion about the role that African students can and must play in the struggle: (1) to demand that the transatlantic slave-trade, slavery,
colonialism, settler-colonialism, segregation, apartheid and neo-colonialism be declared crimes against humanity without statue of limitations;
(2) to demand that racism, racial discrimination, caste-based discrimination, gender-based discrimination, and related intolerance be declared
gross violations of human rights; and (3) to demand that reparations and compensation be paid to the victims of these crimes against humanity
and human rights violations, and to their descendants, collectively and individually.

(f) Report on the 3rd UN World Conference against Racism (WCAR) that will be held in Durban, South Africa from 31 August to 7 September
2001, and the efforts to build an International Day of Action Against Racism (IDAAR 2001) on 31 August 2001. Discussion about how students
can participate in the Youth Summit in Durban, and how they can help build IDAAR 2001 on their campus.

(g) Discussion about how best to organize an All-African student movement for the 21st century, and how to organize an All-African Student
Conference on 16-18 November 2001.

(h) Discussion of other agenda items and concerns.

This historic Planning Meeting starts at 5:00 p.m. on 29 June 2001 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, 30 June 2001. All African students (Black,
African American, New Afrikan, Continental, Caribbean, Latino, etc.), with a valid college ID, are invited to attend and participate. Non-student
and non-African organizations and leaders/organizers are asked to enable and empower African students to attend and participate in this
Planning Meeting; and to send messages of solidarity and support. You can send your messages to .

Registration is $50 per student, which covers overnight accommodations in the dormitory (two persons to a room) and four meals (dinner on
Friday, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday). All students must register and confirm their attendance in advance (no later than 24 June
2001), in order to reserve housing and food. The Registration Fee will be collected at the door. To register, please email us your name,
organization, address, telephone number, fax number, cell number and email address at We will send you a
confirmation reply, and further information about the Planning Meeting, including the address for the PLanning Meeting.

Students must provide their own transportation to and from Bowie, Maryland, which is 20 miles from Washington, DC. The MARC train stops
at Bowie State University, but does not run on Saturday. It costs $7.50 round trip from DC.

African Students are the Spark of the African Revolution. Light the Fire! See you at 5:00 p.m. at Bowie State University on 29 June 2001.


Thank you!

Bob Brown


Kwame Ture Work-Study Institute and Library - email

(773) 377-5001 x7053 - voicemail/fax

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May 29, 2001

Food is a Human Right, Not a Charity

By Anuradha Mittal <>

President Bush, in his recent commencement speech at the
University of Notre Dame, renewed his call for a war on
poverty. Once again, he linked this call to his tax cut
initiative. The idea is that tax benefits for the rich will
stimulate charitable giving and create a type of altruistic
market dynamic that will eventually trickle down to the

Of course, the historical record flatly defeats this logic,
and policies such as these have proven to be the fertile
soil in which poverty and hunger flourish. Feeding each
American must certainly be considered a necessity, one more
pressing than enriching the top 10 percent of the population
with nearly three fifths of the tax cut benefits.

For a nation endowed with the world's greatest acreage of
arable land, the United States is plagued by hunger and
poverty. According to USDA estimates, 10.5 million American
households (one out of ten) did not have adequate access to
food in 1998. A survey of 25 cities conducted in December
2000 by the U.S. Conference of Mayors showed an increase of
17 percent in requests for emergency food assistance, the
highest increase since 1992.

To respond to this crisis, President Bush said in his
acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, "In
the next bold step of welfare reform, we will support the
heroic work of homeless shelters and food pantries.
Government cannot do this work. My administration will give
taxpayers new incentives to donate to charity."

But relying on charity is simply not enough. The growth of
private sector food programs is a sign not of success, but
of political failure -- the failure of American policy
makers to join other nations that long ago adopted the human
right to feed oneself.

Implicit in the idea of human rights is that these rights
are guaranteed to all, not charitably bestowed on some by
the patronage of others. Human rights belong to the realm of
government, not the discretion of the wealthiest citizens.
With the United States losing seat at the United Nations
Human Rights Commission, it's time to strengthen our human
rights record at home and implement every American's right
to feed oneself.

Seeking solutions through charitable handouts fails to
address the loss of human dignity associated with the
inability to house, feed, and clothe oneself and one's
family. Of the thirty-six million food-insecure individuals
living in America in 1998 (40 percent of which were children
under the age of 18), half belong to households with at
least one full-time worker. The leading cause of growing
food insecurity is not simply joblessness, it is poverty,
low-paying jobs, high housing costs, food stamp cuts, and
welfare reform.

Cutbacks in federal food programs have created a tremendous
pressure for private food assistance programs to fill the
void. The hunger gap left by the food stamp program cuts is
four times the amount that Second Harvest, the national food
bank network of emergency food providers, could provide
every year. Most of the people requesting emergency food
assistance are children and their parents. And almost half
are employed. Yet this emergency is largely relegated to the
domain of charity while discussions are underway for a
budgetary reordering that siphons ever greater funds away
from social programs.

Leaving responsibility for human rights to the private
sector is unacceptable. Private sector programs cannot
displace the responsibility of government to the basic
social and economic human rights for its people. In the age
of "personal responsibility," does it not follow that we
each have a responsibility to hold our elected government
accountable to the universal standards it holds other
nations to? Which of the following best stands for the
values espoused by Americans -- a broad and sturdy safety
net for all members of our society, or one of five children
hungry and poor in the richest nation on earth?


Anuradha Mittal is the co-director of Oakland-based Food
First, which wrapped up its high-profile anti-poverty bus
tour on May 31. For more information, or to get involved
with Food First's local campaigns, visit

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