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Hoods participating in: Occupy Wall Street protests

Andrew Bossone sent me this link on

Darren Sands published “ Black ‘Occupy’ Protesters Start ‘Occupy The Hood” (I edited slightly and abridged the article)

Malik Rhasaan seeks to recruit, educate blacks and Latinos for Supporting Occupy Wall Street, Occupy The Hood.

“Occupy Wall Street protests” encourages openness and inclusion. So far, it seems that it attracted almost exclusively white citizen. Maybe not longer:  A growing number volunteers calling themselves “Occupy The Hood” are stepping in.

Founded by Malik Rhasaan, 39 of Queens, N.Y., and Ife Johari Uhuru, 35, based in Detroit, @OccupyTheHood has close to 3,500 followers on Twitter.  Support of notable figures and a cadre of volunteers are devoted to getting the word out about the cause of the protests to African Americans and Latinos.

Rhasaan told Loop 21, Occupy The Hood has six core volunteers, but he’s already seen “Occupy The Hood” carried by people he’s never met. Like many others, he was initially just curious about the protests.

“It was a news story and I’ve always been interested in what’s going on in our country,” Rhassan said via phone from the protests, “I was just going down and really, just being nosy to see how honest it was. I realized there was a solid movement, but that there weren’t enough black and Latinos. A police officer asked me to move along.”

He got on Facebook to ask his friends why they weren’t out getting involved. “This really was about me and my friends starting a dialogue about what was going on. I really never thought this would happen.”  Having never used Twitter, he created @OccupyTheHood.

The buzz caught the attention of Ife Johari Uhuru, who was browsing the internet at 2 a.m from her home in Detroit. She reached out to Rhasaan on Twitter and they spoke on the phone minutes later. She offered her crack social media and internet skills to complement Rhassan’s aggressive street-organizing. A partnership was born.

Ife Johari Uhuru said the onus of awareness to new communities does not fall solely on the shoulders of Occupy The Hood. “They’re gonna have a problem with people of color [getting involved] if they don’t connect (cause)/effects of capitalism to racism,” said Ife Johari.

In the meantime, Occupy The Hood says it need volunteers. It is also working on a website. Rhasaan has spoken with Cornel West, who gave him some insight and lauded their efforts. Occupy The Hood also received a phone call from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif), Ife Johari Uhuru said.

Though he does not want to take away from the core efforts of Occupy Wall Street, Rhasaan foresees “using this (objective) as an springboard to address other things, whether it be crime or health issues in our communities. But we, in the inner-city, doesn’t know how this pertains to us. We don’t tie our issues to Wall Street. Maybe if we did, we’d have less time to be beefing with each other.”

To volunteer or learn more about Occupy The Hood e-mail them at”

On Occupy Charlotte, Kumi Naidoo said: “This planet has enough to meet all of humanity’s need, but not all of humanity’s greed.” -Kumi Naidoo @Dina Badawy

Note: You may read

Why women live longer than men? Adapted to frequent bowel movement sessions

Women have far many more opportunities to trying bowel movements per day.

I discovered that humongous advantage a week ago. I decided, instead of standing for pissing, to simply sit.

It is a success story at every sitting: My bowel movement, with this new method, is smooth, creamy, of normal constituency, easy, and refreshing… No need anymore for exhausting your breath, bringing a magazine, allocating special time, fearing heart attack, a blood vein rupturing, taking enormous time and energy for this simple job.

It takes the same amount of time to doing two tasks in one session, and more efficiently at any length of term, short, medium, or long-term…

It is natural an event that comes naturally… Gone all these horror tales of gargantuan “product“, yards long, cross-sections as large as a newborn head, sewer system clogged…

Once, one of my nieces said: “If I don’t have three bowel movements a day, I don’t feel alright…” I wondered: “What?! If I can come once every two days I feel like a king and ecstatic…”

Managing a satisfying bowel movement was such a glorious event for me that I could feel the sensation many hours later: It was the actual real success story for the day!  If anyone would ask me: “What was your best memorable task today?” I had no hesitation being blunt and frank: “I had a bowel movement!”

Let us admit it: Constipation is a common ailment among the male genders, regardless of their eating habit: carnivorous, vegetarian, vegan, herbivorous… Actually, I cannot recall having a bowel movement in childhood.  How many of you male gender recall how was the toilet in your home in your childhood?  You certainly have a vivid picture of your favorite spot in the garden or the nearby forest…

Many would be surprised of my simple and bold hypothesis of “Why women live longer than men, are more enduring, cooler in their behavior…”

My conjecture is that the main reason, by far the most important of the many main causes, is opportunity for frequent bowel movements, just by having to stoop and sit… for pissing!  That is why I ticked the “lucubration” category.

Do you know that virulent bacteria and viruses normally converge toward the exit of the large intestine, and that the more frequent your bowel movements are, no matter how little is the “production”, is the best remedy for decreasing sickness frequency?

Chill out, sit down, and enjoy a normal enjoying day that would overcome many stupid and unnecessary tresses. Simultaneous multitasking should not be reserved for computer sciences…

Let me be frank: If I have a satisfying bowel movement in the morning,I feel that I own the day. Nothing can touch me for the day, and I feel confident that I will not feel sick for the day…

If I wait for the evening for a creamy and easy movement, it is difficult for me to go to sleep: I feel that I can go on for most of the night…

Do your best to Own your Day and your Health…

Note: I realized why men adopt lazy behaviors more frequently than women: Just deciding to sit for pissing is such a difficult undertaking to execute.  I am not referring to elder people finding it a problem to stooping or sitting on their buttocks, instead to standing and leaning on the wall with hands, but to youth who think that a standing position is a quicker maneuver to satisfying the urgent need for pissing.

Women acquired more stamina than men by simply having to stoop and sit for pissing

Do you prefer to take the shortcut or this magic formula?
Do you mostly look for the easy way out? Do you find it hard to accept that most things are hard to do and require hard work?  For example: “Hanane! What can I do to cut this pattern?” It is inspiring to read post:

“Will you take the shortcut or this magic formula?

As a project, my sister has to create a similar pattern to the picture above. She has to cut out all the small white spaces in between the lines.  The straight forward way is to draw by hand, take a cutter, and start cutting. She expects the whole process to be so time consuming that she won’t make it in time. She expects the process to take a week. I’ve been there. (William finished 6 years of architecture, but refused to do his final project.  He graduated in graphic design…)

William resumed: “I know from experience that the process takes a day, or two days at most.  I told my sister the realistic time frame that the project would take, but she wasn’t convinced.

So she starts looking for a shortcut.  She said: “I can cut it using a lazer cutter. But then I need to create the file digitally. I can do that. But I don’t know how to use Illustrator. I’ll have to learn how to use Illustrator. But this process will take time. I can’t do it. Hanane! What can I do to cut this pattern?” Adrea goes on like this for 3 days. Yes you read that right.  Three days of trying to find a shortcut.

If she had accepted that she has to do the hard work. If she sat down from day one and started doing the hard work, she would’ve been done is a couple of days.

Do you mostly look for the easy way out? Do you find it hard to accept that most things are hard to do and require hard work?

By searching for an easier way, you always end up doing nothing. You end up wasting a lot of time in your quest to avoid doing the hard thing. And that’s not all.

It turned out that the hard thing ends up taking a lot less time than you had ever expected. And it also turns out that the hard thing is a whole lot easier than what you expected it to be. Sometimes it’s unbelievably silly.

Cutting that pattern above is not hard. Nor will it take a week. It took me a day when I did it. Accept to do the hard work. Do the hard work. Skip looking for a shortcut. You’ll get a lot more done. Guaranteed. And there’s an up side to it.

Once you’re done with the work, people observing from the outside will be amazed. Why? Because, just like you, they too will have expected the project to take too much time and be extremely hard. Why? They didn’t do it before. They don’t know that, in reality, it takes much less time and effort than expected. And so they will amazed.

Keep doing the “apparently” hard work, consistently, and people will constantly be amazed at all the “hard” things that you keep producing. They’ll wonder where you get the time and energy. “You must have a magic formula” they say. And now you do.

It’s now the 6th day, the project is due tomorrow, my sister decided to take the lazer shortcut just yesterday. She probably won’t make it. One day is not enough for her to learn illustrator, draw the whole pattern digitally, get it cut, and then color it.

I did tell her all of this on Day One. Do you think telling someone about a lesson is enough for them to try it? Apparently not. Just like you won’t learn this lesson until the next time you take the shortcut and suffer the consequences.

In your next project, will you try the magic formula instead?” (End of quote)

I got the version of Adrea.  She said that she had two other projects to tend to, and they were even more demanding and important (at least from her perspective).  Trying to find a short cut was legitimate. Why? She knows by now that cutting the pattern by hand will cripple her hand before starting on the other two projects.

Anyway, there is no harm learning to be pragmatic by investigating for some time (not three days though) to doing a good job.  This line of thinking can help for the successive time-consuming projects that require cutting.

The problem is the lack of coordination among the teachers, before throwing around haphazardly homework and projects. There got to be a balance of mental and hand work usage among the projects:  You don’t want all the projects to physically cripple students, just because teachers work in isolation, or display their ego at the expense of hapless students.

Note: It is becoming too ridiculous to graduate in graphic design, architecture, fashion design…The expense incurred on materials, tools, and specialized graphic presses…are many folds the cost of the high tuition fees.  Teachers, parent committees, and university administrators have to work out a maximum affordable cost for every single project.  Time for universities that offer these specialties to invest in labs, equipments and affordable materials…Aren’t labs meant to using them and training students in the proper ways of executing projects?




October 2011

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