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Free 'Em All Radio with Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and the Lady of Rage 2020-01-22, 2020-01-22

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Abstract

This episode of Free ‘Em All radio focuses on the crisis in Puerto Rico. After several songs play, Chairman Fred discusses the Moms 4 Housing victory in Oakland, California. He then mentions the recent release of Delbert Africa and other members of the Philadelphia Black liberation organization MOVE who were sentenced to prison in 1978 after a police shootout of their headquarters. Rosa Clemente, a Black Puerto Rican organizer, journalist, and activist calls in to discuss devastation in Puerto Rico following a series of earthquakes and overlapping crises. She provides context about the United States’ colonial relationship with Puerto Rico, the 2008 financial crisis, residual damage from Hurricane Maria, and corruption on the island. She discusses the Puerto Rican struggle for self-determination and the current mass exodus of Puerto Rican talent from the island. She shares resources about Puerto Rico with listeners and Chairman Fred wraps up the broadcast.

Dates

  • 2020-01-22

Creator

Biographical / Historical

Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. is the son of Fred Hampton and Akua Njeri (formerly known as Deborah Johnson). Chairman Fred has been organizing for the liberation of the People for decades as the leader of the Black Panther Cubs and one of the main driving forces behind defending Fred Hampton’s childhood home, the Hampton House.

Biographical / Historical

Robin Yvette Allen, known by her stage name Lady of Rage, is a rapper and actress whose career spans decades. She has been co-hosting Free ‘Em All Radio since 2016.

Extent

58.6 Megabytes

Language of Materials

English

00:00:00 -- Intro music “Neva (Remix)” by Scarface & Fred Hampton Jr.

00:04:42 -- Music: “The Lyrikal Murda/Bonus Track” by 2Pac & Makaveli The Don aka 2Pac Feat. The Lady Of Rage

00:09:43 -- Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. starts the broadcast and says they are experiencing technical difficulties with the Facebook livestream; Lists topics he intends to cover in the broadcast, including what is happening in Puerto Rico, the release of the MOVE political prisoners, and the Moms 4 Housing campaign in Oakland, California--a “sister city” with Chicago--and the political situation in Nashville

00:13:02 -- Lady of Rage states there are no callers in queue; Chairman talks about technical difficulties; Chairman discusses the Moms 4 Housing victory in court

00:17:22 -- Chairman discusses the 1978 police shootout of the headquarters of MOVE, a black liberation organization in Philadelphia, and celebrates the recent release of MOVE members who were unjustly convicted, including Delbert, Mike, Debbie, Janine, and Janet Africa; States that they will keep fighting for Chuck Africa’s release

00:18:58 -- Mentions that he was in New York City for Martin Luther King Jr. Day to speak on a panel at an event that also featured Naturi Naughton, Ryan Coogler, J. Cole, and others; Talks about technical difficulties with Facebook livestream

00:22:36 -- Mentions devastation in Puerto Rico following an earthquake in January and the state’s reluctance to send resources to help

00:25:15 -- Rosa Clemente, a Black Puerto Rican organizer, journalist, and producer calls into the broadcast; Chairman asks her about the contradictions in Puerto Rico; She explains the history of Puerto Rico since 2008, including the financial crisis, how Hurricane Maria devastated the electrical grid in 2017, and how a series of earthquakes in January 2020 caused the electrical grid to fail again; Discusses how Puerto Rico has been victimized by disaster capitalism, imperialism, and colonialism, and is now bearing the brunt of the climate catastrophe

00:30:40 -- Clemente explains the actions would alleviate the crisis, such as the cancellation of debt, cancellation of the Jones Act, moving toward self-determination, eliminating political corruption, and addressing violence against women

00:31:35 -- Chairman Fred discusses the view that the US’ support of Puerto Rico is similar to welfare and asks Clemente how the US benefits from the relationship; She answers that corporations have extracted labor and resources like uranium from Puerto Rico and used Puerto Rican women to test birth control before it had been approved on the mainland; discusses major leaders of the resistance movement

00:35:01 -- Discusses barriers to Puerto Rican self-determination including closing schools, cutting pensions, unemployment, and rolling electrical blackouts which have caused a forced exodus and “brain drain”; encourages people to go to her website PRonthemap.com to learn about Puerto Rico; talks about the importance of Black and Puerto Rican folks working together; Mentions how Fred Hampton Sr. worked with Cha Cha Jimenez who founded the Young Lords organization in Chicago

00:37:51 -- Chairman Fred asks Clemente to explain the relationship Puerto Ricans have to the United States

00:39:49 -- Clemente explains Puerto Ricans’ limited political rights; Puerto Ricans’ role in creating hip-hop; discussed a protest in the summer of 2019 that involved 1.7 million people, half the population of the island; talks about working with young people to “decolonize your mindset” and overcoming colonial corporate logic

00:43:57 -- Chairman comments on her answer; Clemente recommends reading “The Battle for Paradise” by Naomi Klein; talks about a group of white men working on a cryptocurrency who seized land to start a city called Protopia; explains how to support the struggle in Puerto Rico

00:46:25 -- Chairman wraps up the interview, discusses the parasitic nature of imperialism

00:49:09 -- Chairman invites people to call in and discusses technical difficulties; Chairman explains how to support the Hampton House Campaign through donations and working on the house; Mentions the sister cities exchange program; Discusses contradictions and housing insecurity; Recommends the book “Economic Hitman” which discusses economic imperialism and manifest destiny

00:52:40 -- Music plays: “Thugz Mansion (Acoustic)” by 2Pac

00:56:52 -- Music plays: “Hampton House”


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