Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
The Final Call Newspaper has evolved from humble beginnings from its start in the basement of the home of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and his wife, Mother Khadijah, to its status as a highly respected national and international publication that is a leading voice of truth and independent news pertaining to Black and Indigenous people worldwide.
Recently, Charlene Muhammad, Final Call Western Region Correspondent of Los Angeles, California was recognized and honored by Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes and You’re Out (F.A.C.T.S.) law for her journalistic contributions and coverage of events and issues that impact the community.
Mrs. Muhammad, a multi-media journalist with an extensive background in print and broadcast mediums, said she was deeply moved and humbled to receive the award that was presented at F.A.C.T.S.’ 10th Annual Fundraising Benefit, “Get Up, Stand Up, Don’t Give Up the Fight,” at the California African American Museum in Exhibition Park on February 21st. The evening highlighted the critical work of social justice and featured art, theatre, dining and musical entertainment.
Although she earned the recognition for her individual work, Mrs. Muhammad thanked Min. Farrakhan and the entire staff of the Final Call both past and present upon acceptance of a personally inscribed plaque. It was her first journalistic award. “What makes this so significant and dear is that it came from an organization that is on the front lines of the struggle,” she said. She enthusiastically thanked her husband, Ali, for his unwavering support and assistance of her duties and responsibilities to the Final Call.
When discussing this year’s award nominees, Geri Silva, F.A.C.T.S. executive director, told the Final Call, Mrs. Muhammad was a unanimous choice as the awards committee recognized her as a representative of the media who “tells our story and gives us a voice.”
F.A.C.T.S. was founded in 1994 as a statewide non-profit grassroots organization to advocate for men and women unjustly convicted by the Three Strikes Law. The organization consists of community organizers, activists, and families working to amend the law, which automatically sentences people convicted of three “violent” or “serious” felonies to life in prison. But since instituted in 1994, thousands of Californians have received life sentences for non-violent offenses, including stealing a pizza.
Ms. Silva noted her deep admiration and respect for Mrs. Muhammad’s journalistic integrity. “I’ve been places that I know are important. There’s no other media there and I look up and there’s Sis. Charlene…..she’s just an advocate of the truth,” Ms. Silva said.
Other award recipients were State Senator Roderick Wright, Professor Gabrielle Foreman of Occidental College, the Office of Restorative Justice, the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese and Andy Furrillo, Sacramento Bee Newspaper columnist.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
According to Bloomberg.com, references to reparations for slavery have been cut from a draft declaration for the conference, all to entice U.S. and European Union participation.
In addition to references to reparations for slavery, according to reporter Bill Varner, U.S. and European envoys objected to criticism of Israel and expressions of concern about defamation of religion.
The United Nations Conference Against Racism is scheduled for April 20-24.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
It really drew me in, but the paper he wrote explaining his artwork really did it. He reminded me so pointedly about the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s 2008 Saviours’ Day message, “The Gods At War: The Future Is All About Y.O.U.th.” I just have to share it.
My Saviours’ Day experience is on its way. Meanwhile, visit www.finalcall.com
to order the Minister’s powerful message on Accepting Responsibility to Build Our Community; of course get the current edition at your local spot; and treat yourself to Southwest Region Staff Writer Jesse Muhammad’s blog (http://jessemuhammad.blogs.finalcall.com/). He has day-by-day activities posted and he conducted a live blog on Sunday. Until later, here’s Jeremy’s paper, completed for a visual arts assignment on his political interest.
Enjoy! Sis. Charlene
Hate Still ExistsBy Jeremy Vernon
I drew a picture of President Obama as a symbol of change taking place in America.
In other countries, our flag is burned as a symbol of the negative feeling towards us. The picture of President Obama shows our strong need for change and his election was meant to usher in that change.
What my picture represents is the fact that there are still hate groups in America. There are still people in the world who not only dislike the idea of a Black President; they haven’t accepted the fact that we actually have one. Times have changed yes, not all people are willing to grow with the changes. In their minds, their personal memories and image of America is also burning.
My picture basically symbolizes the division in America that is increasingly starting to show again. Since the civil rights period, people have always known that racism and segregation could not remain. We have death threats made against our new President by “God–fearing Americans”, racial jokes and hints posted on emails and in media. It only shows that much change is still needed.
Obama’s election by Americans of all races is the change that America desperately wants and needs. Our generation has made that clear. He is not "the" change, our coming together to elect him as President is the change.
The other issue my picture addresses our government’s policy regarding the return of military dead to the U.S.
America does not like to see the bad sides of war. There really is no good that comes from war, but refusing to show images of our dead heroes of war only softens the idea of death for everyone but the families who’ve lost loved ones. It hides the truth about war under the disguise of protecting the privacy of families.
Although that’s important, what’s more important is to show people what is really happening to our troops. Instead, the lack of these sad photos of our dead heroes returning home by plane in a coffin leaves the image of war as a sort of video game. It’s an honor to choose to go to war to protect our nation, but more than half of young Americans do not even know the reason why we are in the war to begin with. The old saying "The old men send the younger men to fight their wars” describes the time that we live in. The old men of the previous administration sent the nations younger men to do their bidding and fight their battles. The least America deserves is to know what is happening to our men. The coffin in my picture is symbolic of all this. It symbolizes the demand for media to stop hiding the truth of the war from the American people and stop sugar coating the sad results of war.
My medium of work was pencil and shading then scanned to a computer for color insert.