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Occupy The Nation

Occupy Wall Street was formed to draw attention to the role powerful financial interests played in wreaking havoc on America’s economy. “The participation of every person, and every organization, that has an interest in returning the US back into the hands of its individual citizens is required.”

Occupy Wall Street is a “leaderless resistance movement” orchestrated through Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools. The Twitter hashtags #OccupyWallStreet and #TakeWallStreet lit up with coordination messages and solidarity tweets.


Look at the links below and join your city’s occupation movement and take back your freedom!  And remember to keep it peaceful.  Viva la rEVOLution!



@OccupyWallSt (New York, NY)           LIVESTREAM

@OccupyWallStNYC (New York, NY)     LIVESTREAM

@OccupyInfo (New York, NY)               LIVESTREAM

@Occupy_Boston (Boston, MA)           LIVESTREAM

@OccupyBaltimore (Baltimore, MD)

@Occupybuffalo (Buffalo, NY)            

@OccupyVermont (Vermont)

@OccupyBGM  (Binghamton, NY)

@OccupyUtica (Utica, NY)

@OccupyIthaca (Ithaca, NY)

@occupyhrva (Hampton Roads, VA)

@OccupyPhilly (Philadelphia, PA)

@OccupyRichmond (Richmond, VA)

@OccupyKSt  (Washington, DC)

@OccupyNewark  (Newark, NJ)

@OccupyProv (Providence, RI)

@occupypitt (Pittsburgh, PA)


@OccupyMaine (Portland, ME)

@OccupyNewHaven (New Haven, CT)

@OccupyHartford (Hartford, CT)


@OccupyChicago (Chicago, IL)             LIVESTREAM

@OccupyMadison  (Madison, WI) 

@OccupyCincy  (Cincinnati, OH) 

@OccupyMilwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)

@occupygreenbay (Green Bay, WI)

@OccupyMemorial  (Kansas City, MO)  LIVESTREAM

@OccupyKC (Kansas City, MO)             LIVESTREAM

@occupywichita  (Wichita, KS)

@OccupyMN (Minnesota)

@OccupyMpls (Minneapolis, MN)

@OccupyCleveland (Cleveland, OH)

@OccupySTL (St. Louis, MO)

@OccupyAppleton (Appleton, WI)

@OccupyCOMO (Columbus, MO)

@OccupyIndy (Indianapolis, IN)

 @OccupyFortWayne  (Fort Wayne, IN)  

@OccupyOsu  (Oklahoma State University)

@OccupyYoungstow (Youngstown, OH)

@OccupyTulsa (Tulsa, OK)

@OccupyToledo (Toledo, OH)

@OccupyIowa  (Des Moines, IA)

@OccupyDetroit21 (Detroit, MI)

@OccupyStJoseph (St. Joseph,MO)


@OccupyLexKy  (Lexington, KY)

@OccupyLou (Louisville, KY)

@OccupyBham (Birmingham, AL)

@OccupyNOLA (New Orleans, LA)        LIVESTREAM

@OccupyCharlotte (Charlotte, NC)

@OccupyRaleigh (Raleigh, NC)

@OccupyHouston (Houston, TX)          LIVESTREAM

@occupyarkansas (Arkansas)

@OWSAtlanta (Atlanta, GA)

@Occupy_N_GA_now (Northern Georgia)

@occupycolumbus (Columbus, GA)

@OccupySavannah (Savannah SC)

@OccupyAustin (Austin, TX)                LIVESTREAM

@OccupyFlorida (Florida) 

@OccupyTampa (Tampa, FL)

@OccupyNashville (Nashville, TN)

@OccupyMiami (Miami, FL)

@OccupyJax (Jacksonville, FL)

@OccupyOrlandoFL (Orlando, FL)

@OccupyTallie (Tallahasee, FL)

@OccupyPensacola (Pensacola, FL)

@OccupySarasota (Sarasota, FL)

@OccupyGvilleFL (Gainesville, FL)

@OccupyPSL (Port St. Lucie, FL)

@OccupyAVL (Asheville, NC)

@OccupyNCGBORO (Greensboro, NC)

@OccupySanAnto  (San Antonio, TX)

@occupyelpaso (El Paso, TX)

@OccupyClarksvil (Clarksville, TN)

@OccupyCHA  (Chattanooga, TN)

@OccupyKnoxville (Knoxville, TN)

@OccupyJackson (Jackson, MS)

@OccupyColumbia (Columbia, SC) 

@OccupyFlorence (Florence, SC)

@OccupyHsv (Huntsville, AL)


@OccupySacto (Sacramento, CA)

@OccupyDenver  (Denver, CO)

@Occupy_SEATTLE (Seattle, WA) 

@OccupyWA  (Olympia, WA)

@OccupyTacoma  (Tacoma WA)

@OccupySanJose (San Jose, CA)

@OccupySantaCruz (Santa Cruz, CA)

@Occupyportland (Portland, OR)           LIVESTREAM

@occupyeugene (Eugene, OR)

@OccupySF (San Francisco, CA)            LIVESTREAM

@OccupyLA (Los Angeles, CA)              LIVESTREAM

@OccupyLasVegas (Las Vegas, NV)       LIVESTREAM

@OccupyReno (Reno, NV) 

@occupyphoenix (Phoenix, AZ)

@OccupyTucson (Tuscon, AZ)

@OccupyCSU (California State University)

@occupy_slc  (Salt Lake City)

@OccupyBurque (Albuquerque, NM)

@OccupySantaFe (Santa Fe, NM)

@OccupyRiverside (Riverside, CA)

@OccupySR (Santa Rosa, CA)

@OccupySpokane (Spokane, WA)

@OccupyHawaii (Hawaii)


@OccupyToronto (Toronto, ON)

@OccupyVancouver (Vancouver, BC)

@OccupyOttawa (Ottawa, ON)

@OccupyWinnipeg (Winnipeg, MB)

@OccupyVictoria (Victoria, BC)

@OccupyNB (New Brunswick)

@OccupyNS (Halifax, NS)

@OccupyHalifax (Halifax, NS)

@OccupyMontreal (Montreal, QB)

@OccupyYEG (Edmonton, AB)

@OccupyPEI  (Prince Edward Island)


@OccupyMCR  (Manchester)

@OccupyGlasgow (Glasgow)

@OccupyEdinburgh (Edinburgh)

@OccupyStAndrews (St. Andrews)

@OccupyLondon (London)

@OccupyBelfast (Belfast)

@OccupyNorwich (Norwich)


@occupySYDNEY (Sydney)

@OccupyPerth (Perth)

@OccupyBrisbane (Brisbane) 

@OccupyMELBOURNE (Melbourne)

@OccupyAdelaide (Adelaide)


@occupyadam (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

@OccupyDenHaag (The Hague, Netherlands)

@OccupyRotterdam (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

@OccupyParis (Paris, France)

@OccupySwiss (Zurich, Switzerland)

@OccupyDublin (Dublin, Ireland)

@OccupyLjubljana   (Ljubljana, Slovenia)  LIVESTREAM

@occupybrussels (Brussels, Belgium)

@OccupyFrankfurt (Frankfurt, Germany)


@OccupyTokyo (Tokyo)


@OccupyTijuana (Tijuana, Mexico)

 @OccupyBrazil (Brasilia, Brazil)

@OccupyArgentina (Buenos Aires, Argentina





Blessings to the World

Rebel Artistry is sending condolences and blessings to the family and friends of the victims of the Norway shooting and bombing. Please take some time out of your day to say a prayer or speak positive words of peace for the lives lost.

We are also sending prayers and support for the crisis in the horn of Africa. This famine currently affects 4.5 million people in Ethiopia, 3.6 million people in Kenya, 80,000 in Djibouti, and almost 3 million in Somalia. Somalia is suffering its worst drought in 50 years. Running from conflict, and sick with hunger and thirst, people are fleeing to the borders or the aid camps in Kenya, and many children are dying on the way or too weak to survive once they get there. Please do not turn a blind eye just because it does not directly affect your life.

UNICEF is asking for $31.8 million for relief efforts. This money will help give treatment for women and children with severe malnutrition, access to clean drinking water and vaccinations to prevent deadly diseases like measles and polio.  To help UNICEF’s efforts, text “FOOD” to 864233 to donate $10 from the United States or visit the website.

Governments and the international community must address the issues that make people vulnerable in the first place. The food crisis in East Africa, like in many other parts of the world, is the result of recurring long-term problems.Sign a petition asking congress fight poverty and not to cut programs that fight the root causes of world hunger and keep families healthy for the long-term.   ONE Petition

 While there are still tragedies that occur miracles happen every day. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Accepting that life is hard comes with accepting that you have the responsibility to make it better. Along side words of hope and encouragement your positive actions are needed to change the world.

Rebel Spotlight- Good hair is healthy hair.

“Women of other ethnicities, their hair falls by nature. It drops, and drapes, and hangs loosely. But a Black woman’s hair rises by nature. It blossoms against the current of life. At its best, it swirls and spins like the earth, or the sun – a supernova of sublimity and strength. And like any other heavenly body, a Black woman’s natural hair demands nothing less than orbit: total praise from every physical thing within her influence, all revolving around her omnipotence – instinctively, humbly, and altogether. Whether dynamically drifting, or stationary and rooted, every living thing that finds itself before a Black woman’s natural hair is designed to stare and wonder.”

Women who rock natural hair are claiming their natural beauty and showing the world that curly, kinky, loc’d and braided hair is beautiful too. These are Rebel women that are breaking the mold about what society believes to be ‘good hair”; straight, soft and long hair. These women are lawyers, doctors, actresses, teenagers, mothers, everyday women. For years black women have been told that their natural hair is not good, not worthy to be worn. Now black woman want healthier hair and are shedding the perms and weaves. No more chemicals causing burns, hair damage, or temporary to permanent hair loss. Natural hair is fun and versatile.

In 2007 it was reported that Ashley Baker, a fashion editor at Glamour Magazine told a group of female attorneys at a law firm that African / Black-oriented hairstyles were a fashion ‘don’t’ – “no offense, but those ‘political hairstyles’ really have to go.” Society is uncomfortable with ethnic hair, and it is uncomfortable about race. We have been socialized to believe that straight hair is the preferential “professional” look of choice for woman. An undertone that natural hair is unacceptable, unprofessional and even ugly continues to exist. Society associates natural hairstyles with black empowerment, and with women of color standing up for themselves and for their rights.

Going natural is an outward expression of a woman’s inward journey to her wholeness and wellbeing. For many women it means embracing fully who you are, including a head full of hair not traditionally regarded as beautiful. Natural hair for many is about confidence, a journey of self-discovery, and an overall healthier relationship with their hair as it naturally grows. We should encourage our daughters to embrace their own natural beauty. We need to be mindful of the images we parade—or allow to be paraded in front of them. We need to drop the mentality that you must have a certain kind of texture to go natural. Learn to embrace whatever hair grows from your scalp! Good hair is hair that is healthy and makes you feel beautiful. Women wear natural hair with a crown of honor. 


“Don’t remove the kinks from your hair; remove them from your brain. —  Marcus Garvey

A rebel company promoting positive images and outlets for natural hair women: “The Curly Girl Collective (CGC) strives to create innovative experiences that foster acceptance and celebration of curls, kinks and everything in between. Through targeted events, a unique web portal, and focused digital marketing initiatives, CGC connects women internationally and serves as a tangible resource of information within the natural hair movement. CGC aims to create a platform ripe for conversation, affecting more than just hair choices, but addressing the spectrum of subjects that start with hair, and end with self-actualization.”

Natural Hair Resources

-There are many sites, Blogs, Vlogs like Youtube to educate you.  We all have different reasons for wanting to have natural hair. Get excited about what you want! Options for different styles and hair care routines… (,,

– There is a whole world of natural hair care products locally and overseas. They are ‘natural’ with the ingredients they put IN the bottle! You can even make your own..(,

-Be Bold! Be Confident! Be Proud!

Rebel Spotlight on Lyrical Genius Will “Da Real One” Bell

So I Run…

Mental Miming.. A letter to the artist in me.

In order to be considered for the Rebel Spotlight, one must have done something epic, something that resonates in the souls of many and inspires positive change.  Over the last few weeks we have felt many greats such as Gill Scott Heron and Elmer “Geromino” Pratt former Black Panther Party member transcend to the next level.  Both were rebels and revolutionaries  in their own right. The cause of the deaths are unknown.

This weeks spotlight, however, will feature Will “Da Real One” Bell.  He transcended on May 29th in the early morning hours. Bell was walking to his car when another vehicle pulled up and opened fire.  I know it took some time for reality to set in and has yet to do so for others. We are acknowledging this literary soldier because his movements, thoughts and words touched the lives and hearts of so many.  His story is truly inspirational.  Bell’s grind from the bottom to the top is an example that we can make it and assist others along the way.  He was an activist and also focused on advancement for battered and abused women. He participated and initiated many fundraisers to support this cause.  Will “Da Real One” Bell is missed and we are grateful for those who knew him personally and gave him flowers while he could still smell them.

Home going Services will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 1pm @ Upper Room Ministries (formerly Cooper Temple, 3800 NW 199 Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33055). The viewing will be on Friday, June 3 @ Wright & Young Funeral Home from 9am-9pm (15332 Northwest 7th Avenue, Miami 33169).

by Will Bell on Thursday, April 21, 2011

I used my pen, to escape from the pen,

fixed myself among broken men,

I was broken then,

so I wrote from with in, self confession produced hope in the end,

had to walk away from most of my friends,

and it seems that life has me walking again,

hopelessness like a crazy ex is stalking again,

voices in my head is talking again,

vivid memories of the coroner chalking my friend,

I take sleep medication hoping to see my Mother again,

hug my woman only to wish to be her lover again,

and you knew me when?

By way of smile not produced by joy but by amazement of my ability not to cry,

my level of faith not allowing me to ask God why,

you register the times I fail yet forget to credit me when I try,

do you know that on most days i don’t even care if I die?

Therefore who cares if you lie in the mentioning of my character, when the ear that listens is just as foul as the mouth that speaks it,

your life is what you sow so dont be a bitch when its time for you to reap it,

and your apology you can keep it,

because i forgave you long before you knew that I was even aware of your wrongful judgement against me,

and i still wish you peace…

Promised God upon my release that I wouldn’t be back,

so i’m using my pen to escape again,

walking away from some friends all over again, so i can mend,

and I prayed the whole time writing this so i guess, the end,


(This was his last Facebook note.)

Rebel Malcolm X

Today is Malcolm X’s birthday.  He was a  teacher, leader, and inspirer. We are celebrating his life and the important social and political lessons that he left with us. He went through many personal stages of growth; of realization and understanding of truth.

Malcolm reminds us that the movement is more important than the man. We should invest our energies and efforts in the movement itself rather than invest in blind loyalty to any single person. Malcolm reminds us that we must always lead, even as we follow. He displayed the capacity to learn, to grow, and to change direction. Once a young white woman approached Malcolm and asked him what role sincere white people could play in the struggle for racial equality. He told her that there was no role for whites at all. Years later, he commented that he regretted his response and spoke of the difficulty in building workable interracial partnerships. We can take that lesson and learn from his humility. He taught us that we must acknowledge human interdependence if we hope to build enduring movements out of the fragile and complicated interests that we share.

There are so many more lessons that we could take from Malcolm’s life. He taught us the importance of naming ourselves; telling our stories honestly so that we create a historical record of our work; questioning our leaders; and the importance of knowing that the people we think are our allies may ultimately destroy us.

Malcolm X even admittedly changed his views on women. In his last years he rejected the sexism of conservative tradition and moved toward a revolutionary position that insisted on the principle of absolute equality between men and women. He felt that special effort should be made to develop women as leaders. Women should master the skills of public speaking and political analysis.

In The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Alex Haley recounts a reflection Malcolm X shared: “I believe that it would be impossible to find anywhere in America a black man who has lived further down in the mud of human society than I have; or a black man who has been any more ignorant that I have been; or a black man who has suffered more anguish during his life than I have. But it is only after this deepest darkness that the greatest joy can come; it is only after slavery and prison that the sweetest appreciation of freedom can come. I do believe that I have fought the best that I could, with the shortcomings that I have had. I know that my shortcomings are many.”

Malcolm X is controversial to some maybe even called a rebel. He did not cower and hide. He spoke truthfully and was able to admit when he was wrong. Everyone may not agree on all of his principles but it should be agreed that he was a man of strength and bravery that stood tall in the face of adversity. His words will continue now to be lessons to us as individuals and as a community to uplift and fight for what you believe in.

 “The social philosophy of Black nationalism only means that we have to get together and remove the evils, the vices, alcoholism, drug addiction, and other evils that are destroying the moral fiber of our community. We ourselves have to lift the level of our community, the standard of our community to a higher level, make our own society beautiful so that we will be satisfied…. We’ve got to change our own minds about each other. We have to see each other with new eyes. We have to see each other as brothers and sisters. We have to come together with warmth so we can develop unity and harmony that’s necessary to get this problem solved ourselves..  (Malcolm X Speaks; April, 1964)

The Honor Rebel Spotlight – Revolutionary Musician Bob Marley

Mortimer Planno, Rastafarian elder and spiritual mentor to Bob Marley among others, gave a speech at the University of West Indies in 2002.  During which he spoke about the concept of the term honorable and how we should honor our rebels.

So in this weeks Rebel Spotlight we would like to highlight the Honor Rebel Berhane Selassie more popularly known as Bob or Robert Nesta Marley.  On May 11, 1981 this world class musician transcended due to cancer.

Bob was amazingly talented and influenced a politically conscious movement through his music.  This soulful singer and crowd rocker was also very famous for the example and courage he displayed at the One Love Peace Concert in 1978 when he asked two men to join him on stage as a sign to the people that unity would come.  The opposing men were Michael Manley, member of the People’s National Party and Prime Minister since 1972 and Edward Seaga, member of the Jamaican Labour Party.  Both had involved heavy gangsters and corrupt police officers to gain power in Jamaica.  Lots of blood was shed and lives lost during this era.   Some of the issues a majority of Jamaicans were concerned about were financial instability and the need for development all over the country.  Bob simply wanted unity and equality for his beloved people.  After some local acts, Jacob “Killer” Miller and Peter Tosh blessed the stage Bob was ready.  While performing the song “Jammin” Manley and Seaga joined Bob on stage.

Bob had well established himself as a revolutionary.  His entire career prepared him for this moment. He was no stranger to injustice or speaking for those who couldn’t. A true striva for the people.  Music was his gun and he used it well to spread the truth about the peoples struggles. Bob spoke out against those who subscribed to oppression.  No matter how much sorrow he expressed, Bob always had a lyric to pull us back up.  The ammunition he has is endless because his music lives on generation after generation through memorable melodies that soothe the soul and motivate us to “push on through.”

Rebel Artistry’s Top Ten list of Bob Marley’s most politically charged and influential songs.

1. War
2. Get Up, Stand Up
3. Wake Up and Live
4. Buffalo Soldier
5. Ambush in the Night

6. Slave Driver
7. Africa Unite
8. Zimbabwe
9. Stiff Necked Fools
10. Concrete Jungle
The Honor Rebel Robert Nesta Marley was a great man and had so many uplifting songs so we thought we’d share the rest of our long list. Enjoy!

Rat Race
Who the Cap Fit
400 Years
Burnin’ and Lootin’
Coming in from the Cold
I Shot the Sheriff
Duppy Conqueror
The Heathen
So Much Trouble in the World
One Love/People Get Ready
No More Trouble
Them Belly Full, But We Hungry
Zion Train

The Reality of a Teachers Worth


 Now whats wrong with this??

Rebel Spotlight

The word rebel to some has a negative connotation but to us a true rebel stands up for what they believe is right. To rebel is to resist to a constituted government such as the educators and students in California fighting for the right to have an affordable education.

California students and faculty have been protesting state budget cuts that could lead to larger class sizes, higher tuition, and lower enrollment. Rallies, marches and teach-ins were scheduled at all 23 California State University campuses. Similar events are planned at campuses in Michigan, Massachusetts, New Jersey and other states where legislators are cutting education spending. Thirteen of the 23 CSU campuses attended a rally to the Sacramento capital. They are San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, San Diego State University, California State University, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Maritime Academy, Northridge and Sacramento. Preliminary figures reported that 5,000 to 7,000 people marched and participated in the rally. The governor’s budget proposal aims to cut $500 million each from the CSU and UC systems and students can expect up to 10% increase in tuition. $100 of that cut may come from UCLA alone.  In 2001 students paid $3,700 in tuition fees. In 2011 that number will increase to $11,600 and could shoot up between $20-$25,000.

Last year California spent $9 million incarcerating illegals, $700 million to medically treat illegals. California recognizes ‘drug addiction’ and “obesity’ as disabilities for which they’ll send a monthly check with no expectation that the recipient ‘get healthy and work their way out of the system’. A lot of the consensus is for California to support education and try to cut budgets elsewhere. Cut the bad programs that do not work, cut the overpaid salaries, cut the unequal distribution of funds (more funds go to wealthier communities), and increase the emphasis on overseeing expenditure records.

In Washington the education system is experiencing cuts all across the board but approvals for projects such as a $4 billion highway tunnel, which is a 10 year commitment and obstruction to traffic was approved and should start relatively soon.

These budget cuts reduce access to education and the ability for educators to address student needs.  Each year states have increased tuition fees making it harder for students to pay for college. The cuts toward education seem to get drastic every year. The art programs were first to go and now school curricula have become completely test- driven. A quality education is being sacrificed for a quality budget. In the past few months students and teachers across the country are letting their voices heard in the demand for less budget cuts. These cuts are happening on every level of education from elementary school to college. More schools are closing and teachers jobs are disappearing and this has a negative impact on the education system.  So many of the people making the decisions would not be where they are had they not gone to college and acquired the credentials they have.  By limiting the accessibility to education and creating enormous debt for those who can really afford to attend college?  In our society the concept of each one teach one is very important but a foundation and a degree is usually validates one’s ideals in the professional world.

What can we do to assist  in this detrimental situation?


Lots of rallies have been held across the country to promote awareness about the budget cuts, tuition increases and the effects on all parties involved.

When voting for anything or anyone be fully aware of the their stance and ideals regarding education.

Find a local community center or radio station that posts information regarding rallies/protests and PARTICIPATE!

Write your local and state government officials

Go to the school board and make some noise.

Start support groups who will go into the community and express their concerns and move towards a solution.

Remembering A Fallen Rebel-Bobby-Hutton

Most of these people will never make the headlines and their names will not appear in Who’s Who. Yet when years have rolled past and when the blazing light of truth is focused on this marvelous age in which we live — men and women will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better people, a more noble civilization — because these humble children of God were willing to suffer for righteousness’ sake. -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today is the birthday of Little Bobby Hutton- the first recruit  to join the newly formed Black Panther Party for Self Defense. In December of 1966 he was only 16 years old when he became the first treasurer. On May 1967 he led a Black Panther march in Sacramento to protest against a new gun bill, The Mulford Act, Which made it illegal to carry guns in public. Lil’ Bobby Hutton was killed two days after the April 4th assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.

The Negro youth and moderate[s] must be made to understand that if they succumb to revolutionary teachings, they will be dead revolutionaries.” J. Edgar Hoover, FBI Director

On April 6, 1968 police opened fire on a car of Black Panthers returning from a meeting. The Panthers escaped their vehicle and ran into a West Oakland house. Several Black Panther members including Eldridge Cleaver were trapped in the house after trading gunfire for 90 minutes with police. The police threw a tear-gas canister into the basement that caught fire, forcing them to put down their guns and surrender. Bobby Hutton stripped off his clothes and walked out the house to show that he was unarmed and met a barrage of gunfire, shot more than a dozen times. He was seventeen years old. Police later admitted to shooting an unarmed Bobby. He is remembered as having a thirst for knowledge and even taught himself how to read. He had a serious demeanor and high sense of discipline. Bobby Hutton truly believed in the Black Panther Party and its principles and should be an example to youth today. He is to be remembered and celebrated for his sacrifice.