01-17-2006, 02:43 PM
-BY KALONJI JAMA CHANGA
NATIONAL CHIEF COORDINATOR OF THE POCC & FTP MOVEMENT
“Somebody gotta explain to me why I ain’t got sh*t”.
“No Slave should die a natural death.”
-H. Rap Brown
I first met this “Black Power General” in Connecticut at a Black Power Conference, held at of all places the University of Connecticut. On the bill were Kathleen Cleaver, Askia Toure and the Brother I am speaking of, the legendary Willie “Mukasa” Ricks. Mukasa was the last to hit the stage, and, keeping in tradition, his fiery words burned it down!
Since then, I connected with Mukasa in ‘Rap Brown Georgia’ (formerly known as Atlanta) and quickly realized that when handing out Revolutionary ass kickins there’s no better tag-team partner! I’ve been living in R.B.G. for about a year and a half and have been honored to share the stage with the Brother in events like Double Trouble, Poets 4 Political Prisoners, and 3 the Hard Way featuring Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. Mukasa has hit the streets with us rockin’ many rallies, demos and often supports the POCC Feed the People Program. I caught up with the legendary Comrade for this interview, check it out…
Kalonji: What’s going on African?
Mukasa: Oh, ain’t nothing but a revolution!
Kalonji: You’ve been credited for coming up with the slogan Black Power, where and how did it come about, and what does Black Power mean to you?
Mukasa: Black Power came out of the struggle of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) when I was Willie Ricks. We had been struggling throughout the south, in this country for freedom and liberation. We had to go through the backdoor and say, “yes sir” to white people. We were being lynched, shot down and murdered, like they did Cheney, Schwerner and Goodman. Like they did Medgar Evers. They dynamited our churches, burned down our churches and just killed our people just for wanting to be free. Then in Alabama they had bombed and killed many of our workers, the governor and government were fighting a movement. In Tuskegee, Alabama, a man named Sammy Young went into a bathroom that said “whites only”, and when he came out the owner of the gas station, a white man shot him in the head with a shotgun. SNCC had begun to become somewhat militant. I remember one night, the ku klux klan came and shot in our house, the next night we went and shot in their house. We began to say long ago that the non-violent part didn’t make sense and that we did it for tactical reasons. In 1965, in Lowndes County, Alabama we formed the Lowndes County Black Panther Party. We said we were going to defend ourselves against these killers. We often preached and talked about if we had power, we would have power to defend ourselves, power to feed our people, power to stop them from shooting us down in the streets, power to have decent schools etc. Then shortly afterwards, James Meredith, a freedom fighter was shot in Mississippi. After he was shot, we had a march with Martin King, a group called the Deacons for Self Defense out of Bogalusa, Louisiana, and we met and attempted to walk 240 miles in the cause of freedom. The Big 6 met with us in Mississippi, SNCC was in charge and we said that if a white man put his hand us, we were going to knock him out. We were going to fight back! Whitney Young of the Urban League and Roy Wilkins of the NAACP, decided that they would have nothing to do with the march, because they were scared that it would be violent or that we young people would fight back. When we set out on the march, the Deacons of Defense picked up their guns and came out to protect us (Deacons for Self Defense laid the foundation for the Panther Party that Huey P. Newton started in Oakland). We marched on many occasions. On one of those occasions, I took the microphone from Stokely Carmichael; Martin King was on stage also, I said, “let’s fight for Black Power”!
Black Power became the dominant movement. At that time Black was supposed too be something negative, but we began to say “Black is beautiful”, we began to have Black culture. People like Malcolm X began to give us definition as to what we were about and what we were fighting about. But getting back to Black Power, Black People began to fight in Detroit and they began to burn the cities down. They began the riots, rebellions, burning buildings and fighting in the streets. The government would bring troops in to run men, women and children down like dogs. They would shoot down hundreds of them. The cry in Detroit and other cities was Black Power! Many of the Uncle Toms condemned the masses of the people for saying Black Power. Many people stood against us. I remember right here in Atlanta, Andrew Young, Hosea Williams, James Owens and others organized what was called “the riot stoppers”. When we rebelled, they would come out with the police and point the SNCC people out, so the police could shoot us, beat us or arrest us on serious charges. So it divided the movement, the Black Power movement became its own movement. As far as people standing for Black Power or people standing with this white racist government. Which a lot of these Uncle Toms joined the white racist government against SNCC and the Black Power movement. Black Power itself was independence. Black Power pointed us towards Africa. Black Power means Pan Africanism. Black Power means the liberation and unification of Africa as seen today.
Kalonji: As a youth we looked at the name Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and we were confused about the “Non-Violent” part. We knew you all had some very serious comrades, can you elaborate on how that fit in?
Mukasa: When we first started out, some people thought that the white people had some kind of conscience that we could deal with. That they would come and fight us, and be mean to us, and then by us being nice to them, they would have a change of heart and be sorry that they did whatever they did to us. They came and they dynamited us, shot at us and kept shooting. We came to realize they had no conscience. So it was a tactic that we used. Many of us began to see non-violence didn’t work and wasn’t going to work. We moved out of it and picked up our weapons. We began to have another philosophy and unite with revolutionary movements around the world.
Kalonji: Who were some of your Comrades in SNCC?
Mukasa: Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, just to name a few. But, there were many more. Our Comrades in SNCC were those who stood for Black Power. We had what we called “friends of SNCC”. These were people who stood for Black Power and supported the Black Power movement all across the country. Although Rap and Stokely were Chairmen of SNCC, and personalities of the 60’s, there were many names, cadres, organization, student governments and student unions that supported. A lot of student organizing on the campuses came out of the Black Power movement. Black students went to integrate white schools. We had to protest at the white schools, sometimes kidnapping the board of trustees, taking over the buildings and sometimes we had to burn a few down, until they agreed to put in Black studies and African studies in the schools. Black Power moved in many directions. We joined in with South Africa, The PAC (Pan African Congress) The Black Conscious movement there, and The ANC to end imperialism in South Africa. Not apartheid, because they ended apartheid but imperialism is still there. We are talking about getting the white man the hell out of our diamond and gold mines in South Africa. We began to say Pan-Africanism was the most logical _expression of Black Power!
Kalonji: What do you feel we could do right here on this continent, because we talk to a lot of folks and they say, we need to go take Africa back. We know a lot of these cats won’t fight their way out of a paper bag, here in the United States. What do you feel about that?
Mukasa: We got to fight wherever we are in the world. We are scattered all over the world. We got to unite and join in one big struggle against imperialism. We all know that Africa is the foundation and basis of our struggle. All revolutions are fought over land. Our land is Africa. This land we live on here today, belongs to the Native Americans. We joined in with the Native Americans (groups like AIM) and formed many peace treatise with them saying we would help them take this land back and they would help us take Africa back. Our fight, the African fight, the so-called Black Man’s fight is for Africa. Revolution is fought over land, so if you are going to be free or liberated, you have to take the land. We fight for Africa; we can then use the diamonds, the oil, the rubber and gold to solve the problems of African people throughout the world.
Kalonji: Do you feel that white people have a place in the movement?
Mukasa: Anybody can fight against imperialism. Anybody can fight for justice and anybody can fight for socialism. Our fight is not against white people. Our fight is against imperialism, racism, and colonialism and against European domination of our territories. We are fighting against a system that is much bigger and much stronger than these white people are. These multi-national corporations that have billions and trillions of dollars and resources, those are the enemies of the world. That’s why we have to break the back of imperialism and take back everything they have and give it back to the people that it belongs to. Even though we are not fighting against white people, many of them are crazy and stupid in the head and they come to fight us. They enjoy the benefits of racism and white privilege that white people have in America today, because everything they got is built off the backs of poor colored people throughout the world. That will not be tolerated.
Kalonji: Right On! It’s always good to rock with an O.G. like you, still active and full of fire. Malcolm said, “extreme conditions, calls for extreme measures”. Lately, some folks been trying to tell me to calm down, what do you think should I calm down?
Mukasa: Calm down? F*ck ‘em! This is revolution! Every time they say calm down, double up. They’ve been trying to tell me to calm down since the 60’s every time they say turn it down I turn it up!
*Recently, Mukasa was physically attacked and arrested by pigs at Morehouse University in Atlanta.
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02-26-2006, 10:50 PM
Kalonji Jama Changa - Black Cop?
Kalonji Jama Changa - Black Cop?
THE TALKING DRUM COLLECTIVE'S OFFICIAL STATEMENT:
Regarding the events on 12/20/05
Click Here: The Atlanta Community Statement Concerning Kalonji Jama Changa
Click Here: Nigel Brown's Website Screenshot
NIGEL BROWN FORMERLY KNOWN AS KALONJI JAMA CHANGA*
On December 20, 2005 Kalonji Jama Changa, a self-professed Pan-Afrikan and National Chief Coordinator of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC), headed by Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., assembled a crew of POCC members (Kofi fka "Shakur" Sunni-Ali son of Bilal Sunni Ali, Flame, Ralph Brian Jones fka "Young Chose" , Anatea Carpenter, and Leah (anti-Afrikan visitor from CA) forced their way into the home inhabited by several Atlanta organizers using guns, knives and mace.
Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa demanded that several Pan-Afrikan web sites that are collectively owned and represent grassroots efforts in the Atlanta area (but also act as coordinating hubs for other organizations in various cities) be placed under his control or dis-assembled. The activists attacked are local founding members of the FTP Movement and The Talking Drum Collective.
Using an AK-47, a Shotgun, a 9mm Handgun, Mace, and Knives Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa and his goons then forcibly invaded these activist home and stole cell phones, a computer, a digital camera, various guns, house and car keys, in addition to the stolen items Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa and his goons, whom are members of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC), purposely destroyed the activists files, flatten tires of the activists car, and pistol-whipped them in their home while they were maced during this anti-Afrikan and counter-revolutionary terrorism.
FATHER OF THREE, DADDY OF NONE COMES TO TOWN
Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa, is a father of at least 3 children by various women, is about 34 years old, pays no child support, and has been a welfare/EBT recipient for over a year and in his own words during Black August (Atlanta) 2005 its ironic he stated "you can’t be a revolutionary and work at McDonald's jack".
Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa came to Atlanta about 18 months ago as the National Chief Coordinator of POCC and immediately stated his desire to establish a local chapter of the POCC in August of 2004. He solicited the aid of The Talking Drum Collective, whose founding coordinators graciously provided with him personal financial assistance and began to loan him equipment, introduced him to local youth, young adults interested in building a new organization in the Atlanta area, and provided his organization (POCC) with a strong Internet presence.
NOT A WORKER, BUT A PARASITE
The relationship became strained when Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa took on a opportunistic demeanor i.e. claiming work he did not do, lying to the people by falsifying numbers, and constantly spewing rhetoric that far outstripped the capabilities of not only his organization, the POCC, but of those supporting organizations who came to assist. in addition he became verbally combative, divisive, arrogant, and antagonistic to the Atlanta organizing community.
BLACK AUGUST 2005 - ATLANTA
During Black August 2005 Atlanta a series of negative events occurred, things came to a head when he threaten and ordered Kofi fka "Shakur" Sunni-Ali, son of Bilal Sunni Ali, and other Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC) members to brazenly pull out guns on another Afrikan during Black August (Atlanta) 2005 finale in the presence of children, women and non-activists for a mis-communication about space arrangements at the Royal Peacock.
Atlanta organizers also discovered that Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa had labeled himself the organizer of Black August 2005 Atlanta although help had come from a cross-section of fellow Atlanta activists and technical support had come from as far as California and Missouri. It was discovered that Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa had passed out special fliers listing the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC) and himself as the chief organizers of Black August 2005 Atlanta and also listed himself as the founder of FTP Movement on his site, so that those new to the conscious community might see him as the center of political activity when he clearly wasn’t.
By September 2005 The Talking Drum Collective coordinators notified Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa that all support for him and the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC) Atlanta chapter would be terminated immediately. He indicated that he had no hard feelings and neither did The Talking Drum Collective and continued working with him on points of unity until the night Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa and five members of Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC) forced their way into the home of a local The Talking Drum Collective coordinator around 11:30pm that night of December 20th, 2005.
Shortly thereafter Atlanta elders, coordinators of The Talking Drum Collective, and Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee were involved in a sit-down to determine on what grounds and by whose authority Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa, National Chief Coordinator of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee, had acted.
During the Elders’ meeting, Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa verbally assaulted the panel, which included local leaders, founding members of several Pan-Afrikan and Afrocentric organizations, most of which are known internationally, and well-known Pan-Afrikan scholars. In the mist of trying to justify his actions he was caught lying several times by the well-respected Elders. Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa during the Elders hearing became arogant, hostile and disrespectful Nigel stated to the elders “you motherfuckers aren't listening to me” and banged his fist on the table so hard that refreshments began to fall and spill, these acts caused the hearing to conclude.
While leaving the meeting Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa even threatened one organizer and reached into his jacket to pull out his weapon that he and two POCC members with him refused to surrender at the start of the tribunal, even in the presence of Elders and indicated that Atlanta activists would see him again.
On the early morning of Februray 2, 2006 (original scheduled released date of Atlanta Community Statement) a car window of The Talking Drum Collective activists that were previously terrorized was broken.
In addition it was found that Bilal Sunni Ali's blatant liberalism and in-direct participation in the terrorizing of Afrikan People has tainted the Atlanta Community Statement so in honesty and accuracy the condemning paragraph must be changed from:
"While it is clear that both parties bear responsibility for contradictions that escalated into the December 20th incident, we are specifically condemning the behavior of Brother Kalonji Jama Changa, National Chief Coordinator of the POCC, not only for the actions of December 20th, but also for his arrogance and disrespectfulness (particularly to elders of the activist community) before and after that date. While Brother Kalonji Jama Changa has made valuable contributions while residing and engaging in activism in the Atlanta Metro Area, his leadership has contributed to the reckless and dangerous tendency mentioned above." - Click Here: Atlanta Community Statement Concerning Kalonji Jama Changa
"We are condemning Brother Kalonji Jama Changa, National Chief Coordinator of the POCC, for the actions of December 20th and his arrogance and disrespectfulness to the Atlanta activist community (particularly to elders) before and after that date. While Brother Kalonji Jama Changa has made valuable contributions while residing and engaging in activism in the Atlanta Metro Area, his leadership has contributed to the reckless and dangerous tendency mentioned above."
WHY THIS STATEMENT?
Nana Kuntu (Del Jones) once said that we are the only people who consistently fail to punish our traitors. This time we will and can not fail Our People. This statement acts as a condemnation of Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa, Kofi fka "Shakur" Sunni-Ali, Flame, Ralph Brian Jones fka "Young Chose", Anatea Carpenter, Leah (anti-Afrikan visitor from CA), and Bilal Sunni Ali. also this statement acts as a message to all traitors of Afrikan People.
In solidarity we stand shoulder to shoulder with Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., his organization (POCC) for it is on the strength of this relationship Nigel Brown was able to exploit the Atlanta community, thus the reason for this statement.
We support All Afrikans, and Freedom Fighters doing the work of Afrikan People Period!
Elders' Meeting was officiated by:
Fred Hampton Jr, Chairman of POCC
Akinyele Umoja: Co-Founder of Malcolm X Grassroots Organization
Mama Tee of MXGM - Atlanta
a Brother with Akinyele Umoja
Addis Abba - former politcal prisoner RNA-11
Hakima Ana - Afrikan Community Centers/ former Vice President of RNA, former politcal prisoner RNA-11
Marimba Ani - Author/SNNC
A Sister with Marimba Ani
Mauwali Davis - Co Pres of NCobra Atlanta/ Lawyer
Menelik NCobra - Youth Organizer of NCobra Atlanta
Sekou Hill Jr. - Pres Uhuru Movement Atlanta
Bilial Sunni Ali - Republic of New Africa/ Gil Scott Heron
Noni Norman - Afrikan Community Centers
*We are stripping Kalonji Jama Changa of his Afrikan name. He is Nigel Brown from this day forward. When you curse elders, terrorize Afrikan people and constantly lie to the People you are no longer worthy of an Afrikan name.
footnote: We also must caution any Afrikan who interacts with this terrorizer of Afrikan People, if you must interact with Nigel Brown be on guard at all times, otherwise just stay clear of this opportunistic pig of white supremacy.
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