- Published on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 16:12
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Justice & Unity is extremely sad to inform you of the passing on Thursday, July 24 of Eddie Ellis, executive producer of WBAI’s "On the Count: The Prison and Criminal Justice Report," at the age of 72. Eddie was a giant in his accomplishments and in his overwhelming compassion and caring for the dispossessed. The changes he was able to achieve in New York State prison policy while he was unjustly incarcerated for 25 years (targeted by COINTELPRO for his Black Panther organizing) were remarkable, and his successes only multiplied after his release.
Eddie and the team he brought together produced a fine-quality show, covering issues in depth and thoughtfully for 12 years. And Eddie brought a humanity and gentleness, as well as common sense, to his dealings with folks at WBAI.
Eddie’s wake and homegoing service will be held on Thursday, July 31 (wake 4-7 PM; service at 7 PM) at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 Odell Clark Place (formerly 138th St.) between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvds. Tel: 212-862-7474. Please note (from the Abyssinian website): “Backpacks are not permitted inside the Abyssinian Sanctuary. Unfortunately, we cannot provide baggage-check services.” Also: "Tourists wearing tank tops, flip-flops, shorts or leggings will not be allowed to enter the Abyssinian Sanctuary. Women and men are required to cover their shoulders upon entering the church."
For a statement from the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions, which Eddie had founded, about his passing, go to http://centerfornuleadership.org/2014/07/statement-from-the-center-for-nuleadership-on-urban-solutions/
For two excellent interviews done with him in recent years, go to:
- Published on Friday, 04 July 2014 23:36
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1. International African Arts Festival – Thurs. 7/3 to Sun. 7/6, 10AM-9PM
2. WBAI Rent Party – Sat. 7/5 - 4-8PM
1. International African Arts Festival – Thurs. 7/3 to Sun. 7/6, 10AM - 9PM
Commodore Barry Park, Navy Street bet. Park & Flushing Avenues, Downtown Brooklyn
The arts and culture extravaganza begins on Thursday morning and runs daily through Sunday, from 10AM to 9PM. Get incredible African art – wood, brass and other media, African-inspired fabric and unique clothing, great food, live music and dance, and more. Strictly positive!!
World-famous reggae band Third World tears it up on Thursday. Maulana Karenga and others focus on mental health in the Saturday symposium.
Suggested festival donation: $3 adults, $1 children; none turned away. All are welcome. http://iaafestival.org/
Community Progressive Radio (CPR-Metro) will have a table (stop by and say hi to Bernard White) and will be livestreaming the festival, along with CPR Reggae, on Fri., July 4 – Sun., July 6, from 2-9 PM. Tune into http://cprmetro.org
2. WBAI Rent Party by Resistance in Brooklyn – Sat. 7/5 4-8PM
The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, bet. Hoyt and Bond Streets, Downtown Brooklyn
Join other progressive and radical people for an anti-4th of July party with proceeds going to pay WBAI’s office rent.
Suggested donation $12-$20 includes dinner. Cash beer bar. Party with spiritchild for a purpose… http://www.wbai.org/articles.php?article=2063
- Published on Saturday, 28 June 2014 03:15
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Celebrating the life of one friend and seeking help for another.
1. Celebrating the Life of Producer J.D. Livingston – Sat., June 28, 1PM
2. Helping Sharan Harper
1. Celebrating the Life of J.D. Livingston
J.D. LIVINGSTON: Humble Warrior, Ancestor
Sat., June 28, 1-5PM
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, Art Gallery, 163 W. 125th Street (at ACP Blvd.) Harlem, USA
J. D. Livingston was the longtime producer of the “GBE,” currently heard on WBAI on Saturdays from 5-7 PM. “Thank you for your kindness” was not just the way that he acknowledged our individual efforts, it was the essence of his interaction with members of the community whether one was “ordinary” or influential.
Join Imhotep Gary Byrd, Rev. Al Sharpton and J.D.’s biological, community, and radio families in celebration of the time we had with him.
To record a personal remembrance, call (212) 592-3279.
All are welcome. (Photo ID is needed to enter the building.)
2. Helping Sharan Harper
Sharan Harper served as the Producer of “Wake Up Call” for nearly 20 years until she and 18 others were laid off last August. Many of you will also remember her as a co-host of “Emanations” and, outside of WBAI, for her work with Physicians for Social Responsibility and at City College.
Sharan has faced a chronic and debilitating medical condition that has left her virtually homebound for many years. Now, after a crisis, she has been moved into a rehabilitation facility.
To express your concern and, if able, to ease her financial strain, please write to:
c/o WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign
P. O. Box 2690, Manhattanville Station,
New York, NY 10027
- Published on Friday, 20 June 2014 14:18
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This is an update on WBAI-related news, events, and people.
1. Brooklyn Tribute to Elombe Brath – Mon., June 16, 6:30 PM.
2. WBAI Update: Still Ours, but Donations Still Needed
3. Pacifica Update: Who’s Paying?
4. Celebration of Life of Producer J.D. Livingston – Sat., June 28, 1 PM
5. WBAI Rent Party / Resistance in Brooklyn's Annual Anti-July 4th Barbecue (held on Sat., July 5)
6. Settle the Central Park 5 Case Now!
7. Support CPRMetro.org (Community Progressive Radio – Online)
8. International African Arts Festival – July 3-6
9. Other Important Community News
- Published on Friday, 30 May 2014 16:09
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On May 19, our revered elder, walking world encyclopedia, and African scholar, Elombe Brath, made his transition. Much has been said and more will be said about the impact of Elombe's work on the struggle for the liberation of Africa and its people throughout the diaspora. (May 19 was the 89th anniversary of the birth of Malcolm X, whose grandson, Malcolm Shabazz, was murdered in Mexico last May.)
Elombe's homegoing services will be held on Saturday, May 31 from 10 AM to 1PM, at Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 Odell Clark Pl. (AKA W. 138 St.), bet. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcolm X Blvds. (Take 2,3,B,C trains to 135 St. The 2/3 train station has an elevator.) We will accompany the
family to Woodlawn Cemetery.
A repast will follow at the Harriet Tubman School - the site of so many of Elombe's Friday seminars - 250 West 127 St., between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvds.
Before the service, join the "Morning Walk Through Harlem Retracing Our Brother's History." Assemble, at 8AM sharp, in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Bldg. (163 W. 125 St. at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.) and together arrive at Abyssinian at 9 AM before the doors open. (Organized by December 12th Movement, Patrice
Lumumba Coalition, Freedom Party, Black Mens Movement, Committee to Honor Black Heroes, WADU, CEMOTAP, Africans Helping Africans, AAPRP (Chaka Cousins). Info: 718-398-1766.
During the course of the weekend, the online Community Progressive Radio (www.CPRmetro.org) will air the May 2013 Tribute to Elbome Brath (2-1/2 hours) several times each day. Exact times will be posted on their website by Saturday, May 31 at 9 AM.
CPRMetro will broadcast a recording of the memorial on Monday, June 2 at 9 AM.
- Published on Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:28
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WBAI’s financial crisis continues. The station was able to pay staff severance and other bills, but still owes $150,000 (3-months rent) to the Empire State Building which houses WBAI’s transmitter. Revenue in the current pledge drive is falling far short. Last year we had an even larger overall debt. But through your generosity, monies were raised and the transmitter was protected. Without the transmitter, we have no station.
We urge you to donate as generously as you can:
- Call 212-209-2950 (the Call Center).
- Make a secure online credit/debit card donation at give2wbai.org
- Mail a check or money order (with “Transmitter Fund” in the subject line) to:
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Thanks for your continued support.
- Published on Sunday, 25 May 2014 13:02
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Acie L. Byrd, Jr., co-founder of Pacifica Radio’s WPFW and Stand Up! for Democracy in DC, left this world on May 13. The funeral was conducted on May 23, 2014.
On Monday, May 26, between 10AM and Noon, WPFW will air two tribute programs. Community members are invited to share their thoughts and memories during the second period. In the D.C. area, tune to 89.3FM; listen everywhere live or archived at www.wpfw.org.
Here, from a recent Local Station Board election statement, is Acie, in his own words:
I, Acie L. Byrd, Jr. was a founding member of WPFW in 1977. I have served as a Local Station Board member; and chaired the WPFW Gala, the largest of its kind in Pacifica history, hosting Jazz master Sonny Rollins; the mayor of Washington, DC; Congressman John Conyers, and over 1,700 guests.
I served as Pacifica and WPFW commentator covering shows on W.E.B. Dubois; Paul Robeson; Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA; the Civil Rights Movement; S.C.L.C. president Dr. Joseph Lowery; Dorothy Cotton; Congressman John Lewis of Georgia; Dr. Julian Bond, founding member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Distinguished Professor in Residence at American University, and professor of history at the University of Virginia; Dr. Lani Guinier, professor at Harvard School of Law; Jack Odell, author of "Climbing Jacobs Ladder"; and Rev. Jesse Jackson, advisor to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have served as chair of the Nuclear Weapon Freeze Advisory Board of the District of Columbia. I received my BA from the University of Maryland, an ABD in political history from Walden University in Minnesota, and an MA in economics and African American studies from Howard University.