The news that Democratic Congressman Chakka Fattah might run for mayor lead to speculation as to if his wife, a television news anchor with Channel 10 would have to give up her job due to conflict of interests noting that :
"…Chenault-Fattah does not report on any of her husband's activities as a congressman, but he only represents a small part of the city's population. If he was to become mayor, it would be a whole different ball game.
What would Chenault-Fattah do every time a city issue came up, defer to co-anchor Tim Lake? That might mean she would be silent for most of the newscast. Chenault-Fattah said her position has always been that there is no connection between their jobs. "He does what he does, and I do what I do," she said.
Back to the money issue, if Chenault-Fattah did have to resign, that would be a major lifestyle change for the couple. Chenault-Fattah makes a very large six-figure salary, which vastly exceeds her husband's, whose base salary is $162,100.
If Fattah became mayor, he would receive $165,000. ..."
Which begs the question if this antipathy can be attributed to Fattah as being perceived as having his loyalities lie in Arab causes, and his family's history of ‘civic activism' involving Black Nationalist groups like the National Black United Front which is linked to the Black Panthers Defense and the NOI. According to a bio of Fattah's mother, the family adopted the name because they did not want to "carry a slave name".
The name change indicates that Chaka Fattah's father was neither Arab nor Muslim, which begs the question as to why the website of the American Arab Institute Arab American Institute ( The AAI a Saudi funded ‘think tank' run by James Zogby a Marronite Christian), devotes a page to to a biography of Fattah, who gives his religion as a Baptist. http://legislators.com/arab/bio/?id=500
In February 2005 Fattah sent out a press release entitled " Fattah offers Winning Exit Strategy for Iraq" which the text of hisi letter to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice on this issue. Among Fattah's suggestions were that the United States "enter into discussions with the United Nations and the Arab League" and he urged the creation of "Arab and Muslim peacekeeping forces".http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/pa02_fattah/030205.html
This is not the first time that Chaka has taken up the Iraqi and Arab cause . In 2000 he was co signer of a petition and participant in a press conference and ‘rally' which called upon Congressmen to join together with American Muslims in ‘calling for an end to the devasting embargo on Iraq " . The event was organized American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice, and the list of co sponsors reads like a Who's Who of radical Islamist groups in the United States, and included CAIR, MAS, ICNA, ISNA, AMC, ADC,, MPAC, AAI, and Life for Relief and Development, a ‘charity' whose offices were raided in Iraq on suspicion of helping anti US forces. The head of LifeUSA (a terrorist linked charity), was Muwthanna Al Hanooti , was one of the coordinators of the event.
Closer to home, the Fattah family has direct and troubling ties to Black Nationalist organisations. Fattah's mother, aka"Queen Mother Falaka', is the CEO of "The House of Umoja' a boys shelter which she runs with her husband David, a former gang member. Both the programs and the premises of the HOF is operate on the Afro Centric fraud perpetrated by Maulana Karenga – the ex street thug turned cryto theologian who invented the hoax of Kwanzaa . A bio of Queen Mother Falaka on the HOF website informs us that it;
"operates on the principle of the extended family, guided by the African-American concept of Nguzo Saba, which provides a therapeutic methodology through which the lives of residents are successfully redirected…" As a tribute to our ancestors' cultural and educational ideals, the HOU began replicating in appearance and essence the ancient African city of Djenné on the 1400 block of Frazier Street. In its 37th year, the HOU is working to raise one-million dollars to complete this project…"
In addition to banks and corporate sponsors funders for the House of Umoja include the State of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia School District, and the Pennslyvania Department of Community and Development.
The biography also tells us that Queen Mother Falaka Fattah co- founded the National Black United Front, a radical Black Nationalist group affliliated with the Black Panthers, NOI the Pan African Movement, African National Congress, and the Truth Enterprise Institute whose webmaster disseminates anti semitic tracts . The NBUF is now officially designated as a "certified organisation of the Black Federation of Charities" .
"…Queen Mother Falaka Fattah co-founded the (National)Black United Front with the late State Representative David P. Richardson to empower the Black community.
Her greatest working endeavor is as the founder and CEO of the House of Umoja, Inc. In 1968 she founded UMOJA Magazine as a communication product of the 3rd Black Power Conference which was held at Church of the Advocate. In 1970, UMOJA Magazine was extended into the House of Umoja Boystown. …Upon discovering that one of her six sons had joined a gang, Queen Mother Falaka and, her husband, David Fattah took the bold step of inviting the gang to become a part of the family. With a promise to keep them alive and out of jail, the Fattah home became the House of Umoja Boystown, and initially operated for three years without public or private support..."
Falaka Fattah's connections to the movement may be manifest in Falaka and David's Fattah's running of the Black Nationalist oriented ‘ House of Umoja' in Philadelphia. The House of Umoja (which means Unity) in Swahili, is one of several in the United States and operates according to the Black Nationalist ideology of Maulana Karenga - the Founder of the United Slaves. Karenga was jailed for battering and torturing two women in the group and emerged from prison to take up a professorship at a California university.
While the Nguzo Saba are commonly linked to the yearly Kwanzaa celebration, they have year-round applicabilty and should be reviewed from time to time. In addition to the Nguzo Saba, other Kwanzaa components (such as libations) also come into use during the year. If you with to look at our Kwanzaa material, it can be accessed from the bottom of this page.
UMOJA (00-MOE-JAH) UNITY The first principle is a commitment to the idea of togetherness. This principle is a foundation; for without unity, neither the family nor the community can survive. National African-American unity begins with the family.
Open discussions of family problems and their probable solutions are very important.
KUJICHAGULIA (CO-GEE-CHA-GOO-LEE-AH) SELF-DETERMINATION The second principle is a commitment to building our lives in our own images and interests. If we, as a people, are to achieve our goals we must take the responsibility for that achievement upon ourselves, for self-determination is the essence of freedom. This day calls for a reaffirmation of our commitment to Black America's struggle to build a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
UJIMA (00-GEE-MA) COLLECTIVE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY The third principle encourages self-criticism and personal evaluation, as it relates to the common good of the family/community. Without collective work and struggle, progress is impossible. The family and the community must accept the reality that we are collectively responsible for our failures, as well as our victories and achievements. Discussions concerning each family member's responsibility prove helpful in defining and achieving family goals.
UJAMAA (00-JAH-MAH) COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS Out of the fundamental concepts of "African Communal Living" comes the fourth principle of Kwanzaa. In a community or family, wealth and resources should be shared. On the national level, cooperative economics can help African-Americans take physical control of their own destinies. On this day, ideas should be shared and discussed for cooperative economic efforts to provide for needs as related to housing, education, food, day care, health, transportation and other goods and services.
NIA (NEE-AH) PURPOSE The fifth day of Kwanzaa is a day for reviewing our purpose for living. Each family member should examine his/her ability to put his/her skill or talent to use In the service of the family and community at large. Take time to reflect on your expectations from life: discuss your desires and hopes with family and friends. On this day you should try to determine if this purpose will eventually result in positive achievements for family and community.
KUUMBA (KOO-M-BAH) CREATIVITY The sixth principle of the Nguzo Saba relates to building and developing our creative potential. It involves both aesthetic and material creations. It is essential that creativity be encouraged in all aspects of African American culture. It is through new ideas that we achieve higher levels of living and a greater appreciation for life. Each family member should find creative things to do throughout the year that will enhance the family as a whole. On this day, poetry reading, songfests, dance exhibitions and the like, can aid in promoting the Importance of Kuumba.
IMANI (E-MAH-NE) FAITH The seventh principle is belief in ourselves as individuals and as a people. Further, it is a commitment to the development of the family and the national African-American community. African America's goal of freedom rests significantly on our belief in our own ability and right to control our own destiny. Without Imani (faith), there is no possibility of victory.
Maulana Karenga, Ph.D. 7 September 1965
MIM: The pseudo religious principles put forth by ex felon Maulana Karenga promote black ethnocentrism and supremacism which are the fundamentals of Black Nationalism as practiced by violent groups like the NOI and Black Panthers. The House of Umoja's director Falaka Fattah's use of these 'con'cepts fight gang violence, is one example of how the House of Umoja 'henhouse' is not only being guarded by, but is producing, more 'foxes'.
II. THE PRINCIPLES
The set of principles which we put forth is the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles): Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination); Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility); Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics); Nia (Purpose); Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith). These Seven Principles are essential standards of personal and social excellence directed toward building and sustaining moral community, and strengthening and maintaining the community's capacity to define, defend and develop its interests in the most positive and productive sense. In addition to being standards of excellence, the Nguzo Saba are also categories of priorities and categories of human possibilities. As categories of priorities, they tell us some of the most important things in our lives, identifying a key set of views, values and practices which we should, even must, put first in our personal and social life. And as categories of possibilities, the Nguzo Saba, offer us a set of principles which encourage thought and practice which help define, develop and enhance our humanity in the context of community and the world.
III. THE PROGRAM
Although our overall project is broad and far-reaching, there are seven fundamental kinds of activities which serve as the hinge and hub on which the project turns. First, we have committed ourselves to continuing the cultural revolution initiated in the 60's. This involves: sustaining and always expanding and deepening the dialog with African culture; recovering, creating, recreating and circulating the best of African culture; and posing models of excellence and paradigms of possibilities from this. Secondly, our thrust is to continue and expand political education process through literature forums and social practice which defines and clarifies issues; reinforces community, and teaches and increases political participation and political action.
More about the National Black United Front Movement and it's chairman Conrad Worill:
The National Black United Front chairman, Conrad Worill, who was described as "one of the elders of the struggle for the Black liberation and self determination" who became radicalized by the Black Power movement" is a poster boy of Black Nationalism. While working to elect the first black mayor in the 1980's Worill "co-founded the Task Force for Black Political Empowerment" and ".was appointed Director of the inner-city education for Northwestern Illinois University in 2004 "where he also taught and is " working aggressively to change the American public school curriculum to be inclusive of the contributions of Africans and African Americans…"
Conrad Worill recently won an award at an event for the Black Panther Party for Self Defense where he was feted together with NOI leader Louis Farrakhan.:
"The Shrine of Black Madonna, 5309 MLK Blvd., will host a Tribute to The Ancestors & Elders, presented by the New Black Panther Party For Self Defense, on Feb. 11, 2005, from 6-10 p.m. Honorees will include: The Nation of Islam's Minister Louis Farrakhan, Conrad Worril, Deloyd Parker, Mother DeLaney, Dr.Edith Jones Roy Douglas Malonson, and more. .." http://www.aframnews.com/html/2005-02-02/commun.htm
A fact sheet on the website of the National Black United Front informs us that :
*"(The )NBUF has constantly challenged the racist and white supremacists public policy positions of the Criminal Justice System and to that end our Prison Correspondence Program keeps us in contact with our sisters and brothers behind the walls throughout America…"
*"(The )NBUF was there for Jesse Jackson's presidential runs in 1984 and 1988, and the successful mayoral bids of African in America in Chicago, New York, St, Louis, Kansas City, and Houston in the 1980s…"
*"…As a response to revelations that the CIA was involved in t he explosion of crack/cocaine in the African Communities in America in the summer of 1996, NBUF launched a historic Genocide Petition Campaign Against the United States Government…"
"…In the spring of 2003, NBUF National Chairman, Dr. Conrad W. Worrill, requested that Minister Louis Farrakhan convene a meeting of the key reparations organizers, activists, researchers, scholars, and spiritual workers. This meeting occurred in July 2003 at the Salaam Restaurant in Chicago and out of that meeting the NDABA Movement unfolded.
On September 13, 2003, NBUF joined the Millions For Reparations Rally at the United Nations in New York and helped to link the Reparations Movement with the Pan African struggle worldwide…"
Incredibly, the NBUF is now receiving Federal funding, which means the Worill and the NBUF's campaigning on behalf of Jesse Jackson , his activitities with the NOI and TIE, and the group's attempts to shakedown the United States government for ‘reparations' are being financed by the American taxpayers under the guise of a charitable enterprise.
"….Most importantly, in our organizing efforts, NBUF has maintained strict financial independence, and has recently become a certified organization with the National Black Federation of Charities, an arm of the National Black United Fund, Inc. We are now able to receive donations through payroll deduction from people in the federal workplace throughout the world. …"
Worrill is also a listed speaker at the Truth Enterprise Institute, an offshoot of the Nation of Islam whose homepage advertises the anti semitic book "The Synagouge of Satan". The webmaster for the TIE is Chabril Amilicar who is known as the author of "The Zionist Terror Network" which appeared on the Islamofacist Radio Islam site (dubbed the mother of all anti semitic websites) and copyrighted by the Institute for Historical Review which is a Neo Nazi white supremacist website. Amilicar is also the author of the notorious anti semitic track entitled "The Secret War Between the Blacks and Jews".
MIM: In 2000 Fattah and other US Congress members joined the radical Islamist organisation American Muslims for Peace and Justice to protest an end to sanctions on Iraq. Most of the groups involved are under law enforcement and U.S. Treasury scrutiny for terrorism funding .One of the sponsoring groups, The AMC - American Muslim Council, is now defunct after it's leader, Abulrahman Alamoudi was sentenced to 23 years in prison for terrorist related activities.
Marital status: Married to NBC-10 news anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah. Fattah has two children, a son and a daughter, from his first marriage and two young children from his current marriage.
Bragging rights: In his sixth term in the U.S. House, Fattah has a history of taking on incumbents and winning. He brings racial cross-over appeal and a highly regarded field organization. In policy areas, he's perhaps best- known for his efforts in education policy. He created the pre-college program GEAR UP and CORE Philly, a citywide scholarship effort.
Downsides: Some question his work ethic and commitment to the rigors of a mayor's race and the demands of the job.
Friends and enemies: Fattah has the enthusiastic backing of Mayor Street, who has all but endorsed him as an heir. But NAACP president J. Whyatt Mondesire is a sworn foe, and there's bad blood between Fattah and other African-American Democrats in Northwest Philadelphia.
Quote: "The issue is not whether I can win. I think I would do well in any campaign."
Members of Congress Call For An End to Sanctions on Iraq House February 02, 2000 American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice,
Contact: Ms. Iman Farajallah, (408)988-1011 Mr. Muthanna Al-Hanooti (202)-262-7109
Democratic Whip David Bonior (D-MI), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA), and other Members of Congress join with American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice and major Muslim and Arab American organizations to call for an end to the devastating embargo on Iraq.
Wednesday the 16th of February at 10:30 A.M House Triangle, U.S. Capitol In case of rain: U.S. Capitol HC-9
Washington D.C.- August 6, 2000 will mark the TENTH anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 661 that imposed a comprehensive embargo on Iraq. Additionally, it has been NINE years since the bombing of Iraq in January 1991 which has resulted in the destruction of the Iraqi civilian infrastructure including water, electrical and communication facilities. Water plants throughout the country are using river water with high sewage contamination. Overall poor sanitary conditions have already led to a four-fold increase in diseases such as diarrhea among children under five years of age.
Iraq "has experienced a shift from relative affluence to massive poverty. In marked contrast to the prevailing situation prior to the events of 1990-91, the infant mortality rates in Iraq today are among the highest in the world, low infant birth weight affects at least 23% of all births, chronic malnutrition affects every fourth child under five years of age, only 41% of the population have regular access to clean water, 83% of all schools need substantial repairs. The ICRC states that the Iraqi health-care system is today in a decrepit state. UNDP calculates that it would take 7 billion US dollars to rehabilitate the power sector country-wide to its 1990 capacity." - UN Report on the Current Humanitarian Situation on Iraq, submitted to the Security Council, March 1999.
"The Oil-for-Food plan has not yet resulted in adequate protection of Iraq's children from malnutrition/disease. Those children spared from death continue to remain deprived of essential rights addressed in the Convention of Rights of the Child." UNICEF Report, 30 April 1998
A letter initiated by Congressmen David Bonior, Tom Campbell, and John Conyers calling on the President to end the embargo on the Iraqi civilians was signed by the following Members of the Congress: (alphabetized by state) Earl Hilliard (D-AL), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Tom Campbell (R-CA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Sam Farr (D-CA), Bob Filner (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Ed Royce (R-CA), Pete Stark (D-CA), M. Thompson (D-CA), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Mark Udall (D-CO), John Lewis (D-GA), Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), Danny Davis (D-IL), Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), David Phelps (D-IL), Bobby Rush (D-IL), William Jefferson (D-LA), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), John Olver (D-MA), John Tierney (D-MA), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Albert Wynn (D-MD), James Barcia (D-MI), David Bonior (D-MI), John Conyers (D-MI), Dale Kildee (D-MI), Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI), Lynn Rivers (D-MI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Bart Stupak (D-MI), Bill Luther (D-MN), David Minge (D-MN), James Oberstar (D-MN), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Martin Sabo (D-MN), Bruce Vento (D-MN), Bill Clay (D-MO), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Eva Clayton (D-NC), Melvin Watt (D-NC), Donald Payne (D-NJ), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), John LaFalce (D-NY), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Major Owens (D-NY), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), David Wu (D-OR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Ted Strickland (D-OH), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Bob Clement (D-TN), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Ron Paul (R-TX), Brian Baird (D-WA), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Jack Metcalf (R-WA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Paul Ryan (R-WI), Nick Rahall (D-WV), Rick Boucher (D-VA), Bernard Sanders (I-VT).
Organizations co-sponsoring the press conference are: American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) American Muslim Alliance (AMA) American Muslim Council (AMC) American Muslims For Global Peace and Justice (AMGPJ) Arab American Institute (AAI) Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Islamic Circle Of North America (ICNA) Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Life for Relief and Development (LIFE) Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Muslim American Society (MAS)
MIM: In 2005 Fattah used his political position to write to Condoleeza Rice with a 'strategy for Iraq' and proposed using Muslim troops to replace Americans:
The following is a copy of the letter Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) sent today to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Dear Secretary Rice:
Without compromising the common welfare, security, and stability of the Iraqi people, the Bush Administration and the Iraqi government should enter into discussions with representatives from the United Nations and the Arab League to aggressively pursue all viable options that will allow for the overall reduction of U.S. forces in Iraq.
One possible option that warrants serious consideration is the creation of an Arab and Muslim security peacekeeping force operating under the authorization of the United Nations. The deployment of Arab and Muslim peacekeeping forces in Iraq would demonstrate a unified global commitment to the Iraqi people that their fledgling democracy will be given an opportunity to grow and prosper without threat from disruptive insurgents, while quelling regional fears of the permanency of the presence of U.S. troops. A U.N. authorized peacekeeping force would also encourage Arab and Muslim nations that have large, well-trained military forces, to contribute their expertise and support toward the establishment of an Iraqi force capable of defending the interests of the Iraqi people.
I urge you to take this matter into consideration, and I look forward to your response.
MIM: In 1999 Fattah took up the cause of Mumia Abu Jamal (together with Islamophile John Conyers) Jamal, a convert to Islam, was a Black Nationalist who 'executed' a 25 year old Philadelphia policeman by shooting him in the head on a city street.
For Immediate Release Thursday, October 13, 1999
CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS QUESTIONS DUE PROCESS FOR MUMIA ABU-JAMAL
WASHINGTON, DC -- Justice can only be served through a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal, concluded Congressmen Chaka Fattah and John Conyers, speaking on behalf of the entire 38 Member Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Congressman Fattah, a Philadelphia Democrat, has been closely monitoring the Abu-Jamal case for almost two decades and has concluded that a new trial is necessary in order to carry out Abu-Jamal's constitutional right to due process. Congressman Conyers, the leading Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, agrees.
Even as Governor Tom Ridge (R-PA) signs Mumia Abu-Jamal's death warrant, there are still many issues that have not been resolved. Abu-Jamal, an African-American journalist from Philadelphia known for his reporting of police brutality during the 1970's and 80's, was sentenced to death in 1982, for the murder of a white police officer. Testimony of eyewitnesses was suppressed, a witness was bribed to testify against Abu-Jamal, ballistics evidence did not match the circumstances of the case, there is no physical evidence linking Abu-Jamal to the crime, and tests which could have been done to prove his guilt or innocence were not ordered. At the trial, Abu-Jamal, a powerful orator, was denied the right to represent himself and even denied the right to confront his accuser. The judge used his insistence on his right to represent himself as an excuse to remove him from the trial. No audio transmission of the trial was provided, therefore, Abu-Jamal was unable to hear most of the prosecution's case.
There are many reasons for the CBC's reservations in the Abu-Jamal case. Even if he were guilty, there should be a more solid assurance of fact before he is put to death. If he is innocent, putting him to death on the basis of the current evidence makes the government guilty of the very thing for which it is accusing Abu-Jamal.
"The only thing we know for sure is that he has not been given due process and that alone is enough for a new trial," said Congressman Fattah.
The House of Umoja operates according to the principles developed by Black Nationalist Maulena Karenga a convicted felon who invited the hoax holiday of Kwanzaa.
Description: Founded in 1968, the House of Umoja (HOU) was officially organized in 1970 as a communication and youth development agency. At that time gang warfare was a horrendous problem and governmental authorities and community agencies were struggling to cope with the problem. Upon discovering that one of her six sons had joined a gang, Queen Mother Falaka and, her husband, David Fattah took the bold step of inviting the gang to become a part of the family. With a promise to keep them alive and out of jail, the Fattah home became the House of Umoja Boys Town, and initially operated for three years without public or private support.
Drive north on Chestnut, make a right on 56th Street, make a left on Master. The House of Umoja is located on the corner of Frazier Street, on Master between 56th and 57th Streets. Nearest Bus Stop: "G" Bus at 57th & Master, 1 minute walk For maps or information, please see http://www.septa.com/
2006: STAY ALIVE IMANI Anti-Violence Youth Conference
In the midst of the city's highest murder rate in 10 years, the House of Umoja Pulls Out All Stops In An Effort To Begin A Process of Peace
PHILADELPHIA – On Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. the House of Umoja will hold a press conference at the House of Umoja, 5625 W. Master Street, to reveal the strategies Umoja will use during its historic 2006: STAY ALIVE IMANI Anti-Violence Youth Conference.
The conference will be held on this Sunday, January 1, 2006, the last day of Kwanzaa (IMANI) from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Pinn Memorial Baptist Church located 54th Street and Wynnefield Avenue. Based on the strategies Umoja used during its peace campaign "No Gang War ‘74" which virtually eliminated street gang turf wars here in Philadelphia almost three decades ago, the conference is an intense strategic effort to compel youth to commit to peace by not engaging in acts of violence.
In developing a working model to help diffuse violence in schools, the 2006 STAY ALIVE IMANI Anti-Violence Youth Conference will target Overbrook students ages 15-18. The conference is a Kwanzaa celebration augmented by forums on barriers to peace, peace negotiations, and awesome entertainment including Hidden Beach Recording Artists, KINDRED the family soul and words of encouragement by anchorwoman, Renee Chenault-Fattah.
The media will be apprised of the detailed strategies the conference will employ, meet principles involved in making the conference happen, as well as be requested to partner with the House of Umoja and the community in supporting the IMANI Pledge.
Philadelphia Mayor John Street (invited)
Councilman Michael Nutter (invited)
Rashida Jabbar, J&R Grassroots Teen Artist Development/Mentoring
Jemele Bishop, House of Umoja resident – member of conference youth
Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, Founder and CEO (HOU)
David Fattah, Director of Community Outreach (HOU)
Press packets with photos available at conference. For more information and confirmation of attendance contact Queen Mother Falaka Fattah at 215-473-5893 or email [email protected].
For More Information, Contact: Queen Mother Falaka Fattah 215-473-5893; fax 215-879-5340 [email protected]
FAITH OF OUR FATHERS PEACE STRATEGY HOUSE OF UMOJA KICKS OFF FAITH OF OUR FATHERS PEACE CAMPAIGN WHERE FORMER GANG MEMBERS SUPPORT YOUTH IN CREATING PEACE
Philadelphia, PA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 marks the implementation of peace strategy, FAITH OF OUR FATHERS, at Overbrook High School of the Philadelphia School District.
FAITH OF OUR FATHERS PEACE CAMPAIGN is a comprehensive cultural effort to persuade today's youth to make a commitment to peace. Students are empowered to make personal commitments to be positive change agents in their school and community by acknowledging the committed actions of their forefathers to bring peace their communities, acknowledging and professing that they, the youth of today, are great people, and not engaging in violent behavior in and out of school.
The strategy for FAITH OF OUR FATHERS PEACE CAMPAIGN is based one of the House of Umoja's most powerful proven strategies; its peace campaign, "No Gang War In ‘74". "No Gang War In ‘74" called for gangs in the city of Philadelphia to sign a peace pact, the Imani Pact. Over 100 gangs in Philadelphia signed a tangible contractual agreement to the community that they would no longer engage in gang war. It is the unbroken promise of those young people who today are fathers that is the proof, reasoning and example for today's youth.
In April of 2004, Kyree Cohen, a 17 year old student of Overbrook High School, was gunned down and killed. Kyree became the 26th student to have been killed that school year in Philadelphia. This crime mobilized the community residents, businesses, and organizations of the Carroll Park community, who came to the House of Umoja to help implement proven strategies to decrease the violence in the community. The House of Umoja responded with its community outreach program, "Peace In The Hood".
After the implementation of safe corridors in the schools within the 110th district, on October 12, 2004, former gang members who were key participants in the "No Gang War In ‘74" peace campaign identified and mobilized key persons involved in serious violent conflicts that was going on at that time. These peace agents along with the House of Umoja spearheaded a private mediation between the conflicting parties. Rev. Rudolph Mills, pastor of Friendly Friends Baptist Church, opened the church doors to this needed meeting which was comprised of Christians, Muslims, and non-religious young adults.
Just as people said the sins of the father are visited upon the future generations, we are saying that the blessings of the fathers can be the blessings of future generations
Whereas, much of the work that has been done in this area has been done quietly, we hope that this proven strategy has been successful
We have established a relationship working with the schools, businesses, churches, and residents. This on-going relationship with the students and community has allowed a platform of being heard and of acceptance where we can request an action of self-empowerment by the students; pledging to peace through a contractual agreement.
Faith of Our Fathers campaign will initially be implemented in Overbrook High School beginning Wednesday, October 12, 2005.
The House of Umoja website contains this decade old posting about their funding. A more recent posting reveals their budget to be in the millions and that they are receiving funding from such corporations and businesses as the Mellon Bank, The Citizens Bank, The PNC Bank, Kraft Foods, CBS 3, The City of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia School District and the Pennslyvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
Contact: Sister Falaka Fattah 1410-26 North Frazier Street Philadelphia, PA 19131-3820 Tel: 215-473-5893 Fax: 215-879-5340
Program Type: Cultural treatment and education.
Target Population: African-American male at-risk youths ages 15-18 who have suffered from abuse (physical, emotional, psychological), neglect, or lack of family support.
Setting: Strip of 23 row houses in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Project Startup Date: September 1968.
Information Source: Provided by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) and the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) PREVline electronic data system.
Evaluation Information: N/A.
Annual Budget: $400,000.
Sources of Funding: Federal, State, local, and foundation funds.
Program Description: The House of Umoja provides a community-based residential treatment and educational program for young men who have suffered physical, emotional, or psychological abuse, neglect, or lack of family support. Referrals are made by the city's social services agency. Occupying a strip of 23 row houses that have been modeled after an ancient African city, the House of Umoja, meaning "unity" in Swahili, stresses the importance of traditional cultural norms of the African-American community and instills African-American youths with the life skills necessary to halt self-destructive behavior that results in premature death.
Among the program's activities are individual and group counseling, educational support, cultural activities, parent education, and family planning skills. To build self-esteem and promote physical, cognitive, emotional, moral, social, and sexual development, the program's activities are offered within the context of extended family as defined by the African culture. Involvement of family members and other significant persons in the treatment program is critical to the success of each individual. Although the House of Umoja provides direct social services to return youths to their families, some residents enter into independent living arrangements linked to appropriate community services
MIM: Information on the National Black United Front which is the umbrella organisation to which the Black United Front founded by "Queen Mother" Falaka Fattah is linked.
The National Black United Front (NBUF), extends a warm invitation to you to join the Black Liberation movement and join us. History demands we continue to mobilize and organize our people toward freedom, liberation and independence in America. In this context, we must link our struggle with the struggle of African people worldwide and the struggle of other oppressed peoples, as long as the interest of African people are not contradicted. The battlefield of organizing for freedom is a rough and tough challenge. We need dedicated women, men, children, youth, and elders who are willing to commit themselves to the cause of our redemption. Join the National Black United Front (NBUF) and hook-up with the Black liberation movement.
The National Black United Front /NBUF, over a twenty-five year period, has related to, and organized around, numerous issues that have impacted on the African World Community. Whether it was combating the numerous cases of police brutality in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other urban centers, NBUF was there. Whether it was fighting to save people from the death penalty in Texas and Chicago, NBUF was there.
NBUF has constantly challenged the racist and white supremacists public policy positions of the Criminal Justice System and to that end our Prison Correspondence Program keeps us in contact with our sisters and brothers behind the walls throughout America.
NBUF was at the forefront of the Free South Africa Movement and played a leading role in forcing economic sanctions against South Africa's Apartheid regime. Our picketing of entertainers who were on the South African Entertainers Hit List for performing in South Africa, against the will of the movement in South Africa, brought great public attention to the plight of our brothers and sisters in that region of the world.
Our work with the New Jewel Movement in Grenada was significant. Whether is was the Summer Work Study Project, working on the runway at the airport or volunteering in the schools, NBUF was there.
In our international work, the Commission on Women's Issues of NBUF organized a delegation of NBUF sisters who attended the United Nations World Conference on Women, held in Nairobi, Kenya in July 10-19, 1985. The NBUF sisters made a significant contribution at this conference by networking with African women from all over the world and presenting a paper on "The Presence of African Women in America."
NBUF was there for Jesse Jackson's presidential runs in 1984 and 1988, and the successful mayoral bids of African in America in Chicago, New York, St, Louis, Kansas City, and Houston in the 1980s.
NBUF participated in other electoral campaigns for seats in Congress and state offices in several districts around the country. In fact, one of our own, Rev. Jew Don Boney, won a council seat in Houston, Texas. NBUF member, Lee Barnes successfully won a school board seat on the same board in Kansas City, Missouri.
NBUF played a key role in the efforts to organize the African American Leadership Summit in 1994. NBUF members were key organizers in the historic Million Man March in October of 1995.
On the education front, over the past twenty years, NBUF has been, and continues to be, the key grassroots organizers in the African Centered Education Movement. Our World African Centered Education Plan is a model for addressing the various areas of education.
As a response to revelations that the CIA was involved in t he explosion of crack/cocaine in the African Communities in America in the summer of 1996, NBUF launched a historic Genocide Petition Campaign Against the United States Government. This Genocide Petition Campaign produced over 200,000 signatures and in May 1997, the NBUF led delegation traveled to the United Nations Human Rights Center in Geneva, Switzerland and presented these petitions and other evidence on behalf of African people in America.
Out of our successful Genocide Campaign, NBUF collaborated with the December 12th Movement that organized the Durban 400 to participate and helped successfully lobby the United Nations World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) to declare that the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery were Crimes Against Humanity in the summer of 2001.
As a follow-up to our successful participation in this conference, NBUF continued to collaborate with the December 12th Movement in organizing the Millions For Reparations Rally that was held August 17, 2002 in Washington, D.C. where over 50,000 African people attended from 38 states, 67 cities, and viewed by millions on CSPAN.
In the spring of 2003, NBUF National Chairman, Dr. Conrad W. Worrill, requested that Minister Louis Farrakhan convene a meeting of the key reparations organizers, activists, researchers, scholars, and spiritual workers. This meeting occurred in July 2003 at the Salaam Restaurant in Chicago and out of that meeting the NDABA Movement unfolded.
On September 13, 2003, NBUF joined the Millions For Reparations Rally at the United Nations in New York and helped to link the Reparations Movement with the Pan African struggle worldwide. The NDABA Movement meetings were convened in October 2003 in Jackson, Mississippi and in March 2004 in Houston, Texas. This process has greatly helped strengthened the unity in the Reparations Movement in America.
Through the NDABA Movement process, NBUF Chairman Worrill proposed the establishment of a Reparations Petition Campaign that was adopted by the NDABA forces with the goal of securing one million signatures by the fall presidential election.
Since our inception, NBUF has consistently sponsored a variety of cultural programs throughout the United States, including our Frontlines Album Project, our sponsorship of annual Kwanzaa Programs, and African Liberation Day activities. This has been a major part of NBUF's work.
Through our Frontline Newsletter, Front Page Newspaper, NBUF's website, e-mail, letters, phone calls, and the traditional grapevine, NBUF communicates with the world.
Most importantly, in our organizing efforts, NBUF has maintained strict financial independence, and has recently become a certified organization with the National Black Federation of Charities, an arm of the National Black United Fund, Inc. We are now able to receive donations through payroll deduction from people in the federal workplace throughout the world.
Green has signed a "letter of intent" to play for Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State. He was the MVP of Reebok's ABCD All-Star Game last year, leading all scorers with 20 points….
The Shrine of Black Madonna, 5309 MLK Blvd., will host a Tribute to The Ancestors & Elders, presented by the New Black Panther Party For Self Defense, on Feb. 11, 2005, from 6-10 p.m. Honorees will include: The Nation of Islam's Minister Louis Farrakhan, Conrad Worril, Deloyd Parker, Mother DeLaney, Dr.Edith Jones Roy Douglas Malonson, and more. For info, call (713) 534-4021, or (713) 645-1071….
The African American Health Coalition Inc., will hold their annual membership drive event at the Breakfast Club, 3711 Travis @ Alabama, on February 10, 2005, from 6-9 p.m. State Sen. Rodney Ellis, District 13 will be honored at the event, that will also feature opening remarks by Mayor Bill White and comments City Councilmember Ada Edwards. Dr. Karen Hill, Medical Director of Amerigroup Corp., will be guest speaker and a special performance will feature jazz guitarist Joe Carmouche, For RSVP call (713) 566-6289. If you're a jazz lover, you don't want to miss Jazz For Peace, a special benefit concert at St. Luke The Episcopal Church, 3530 Wheeler Ave. and The Wilfred O. Allen Education Foundation Inc. on Feb. 6, 2005 from 4-7 p.m. Rick DellaRatta, will be the featured artist. According to a recent article in the Savannah Times, Rick is one of the finest jazz pianist alive. For ticket in-formation call (713) 748-5974, or (713) 356-8108.
Conrad Worril National Chairman, National Black United Front (NBUF)
Conrad Walter Worrill was born on August 15, 1941, in Pasadena , California ; the eldest of two brothers. From early on, Black community life was part of the Worrill home. His mother, Anna Bell, was the first African American to sing in the Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra and his father, Walter, was a college-educated YMCA director, secretary of the local NAACP branch and one of the leaders of a multiracial group promoting integration. The family regularly hosted meetings on civil rights issues like police hiring.
For a time, one of Pasadena 's public pools was open to African Americans just one day a week, then drained and re-filled before re-opening for whites; Walter Worrill helped lead the campaign to integrate it. He and a group of organizers also successfully sued a local restaurant, forcing it to change its policy of not serving blacks. Conrad Worrill, would soon follow suit and become an activist and scholar whose goal would be to advance the cause and concept of African independence and self-determination both in the United States and internationally.
After moving to Chicago on his ninth birthday, Worrill became serious about athletics. He gained his first racial consciousness through competitive swimming when his black YMCA team faced serious heckling. In 1962, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and shipped to Okinawa , Japan .
While overseas, he read profusely about African-American history, culture and politics. After he returned to Chicago in 1964, Worrill attended George Williams College but became radicalized by the Black Power Movement. After graduating in 1968, a Chicago YMCA hired him as the program director. Worrill earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin . He began teaching at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago in 1976, where he was the coordinator and professor of inner-city studies education. While organizing in 1983 to elect Chicago 's first black mayor, Harold Washington, Worrill co-founded the Task Force for Black Political Empowerment.
As the national chairman of the National Black United Front, Worrill is working aggressively to change the American public school curriculum to be inclusive of the contributions of Africans and African Americans.
As part of the fight to win reparations for the American descendants with genocide and human right violations before the Commission on Human Rights, In 2001, he led a 400-member delegation to the U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Durban , South Africa .
The delegation presented the commission with a "Declaration of Genocide by the United States Government Against the Black Population in the United States " with 157,000 signatures.
Upon returning to the United States , Worrill presented this petition to the United Nations in New York City .
Conrad Worrill is also one of the primary organizers of the N'DABA Reparations Movement.
ALWAYS FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM
Always in the forefront of the struggle for liberation, Conrad Worrill is pictured here at the N'DABA IV Reparations Conference held in Baltimore, MD on the campus of Morgan State University. (Photo: TEI Enlightener News Service)
He writes the syndicated weekly column "Worrill's World," which is widely read in African American newspapers across the country. In August 2002, Worrill organized a national reparations rally attended by thousands. Worrill was appointed Director of the inner-city education for Northwestern Illinois University in 2004.
He is a co-convener of the Millions More Movement (The 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March.) Conrad is an experienced, committed and legendary activist. He is one of the elders in the struggle for Black liberation and self-determination.
To have Conrad Worril speak at your college, conference, church or organizational program, call 312.617.6690. Submit the TEI Speakers' Request form.
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