How it can be done - Natl. Hip Hop Political Convention a potential model for future LP gatherings

Hi Marcy,

  I wasn't suggesting that we organize LP gatherings around hip-hop
music and culture. Simply that we could take some cues from the
organizers of the National Hip Hop Political Convention. I listed what
I thought were the "key points" in my message below, and did not
include playing hip hop among them (though a bit more than we have now
couldn't hurt). Also, my mention of having a radical, confrontational
approach was not a reference to the music, but to the rhetoric. I don't
think we should try to be rude/offensive to the general public, but we
shouldn't be afraid of telling people the truth.

  On a side not, I'm not quite sure why you put "luxury hotel" in
quotes. That's what hotels like the Marriot, DoubleTree, Hyatt, and the
other usual LP convention suspects often call themselves. There's sort
of three categories in accomodations -- those being the top end, places
like Best Wester, Comfort Inn and Days Inn in the middle, and Motel 6,
Super 8, and most of the little mom & pop places at the budget end.

Yours in liberty,
          <<< Starchild >>>

I would like to join Mike Denny in also thanking Starchild for the
inspirational article on the Hip Hop Convention. I would also like to
add a couple of observations: (1) We at the LPSF, or for that matter
most who attended the LP Convention at the "luxury hotel" are past
the Hip Hop stage; can learn from the Hip Hop activism, but not
necessarily copy the unique Hip Hop style. (2) Although Hip Hop
might have the general reputation of being "confrontational," I see
nothing radical or confrontational about signing up voters, attending
workshops on leadership, or gathering peacefully in a convention; I
propose we start with the sign up part by committing to a schedule of
tables at public places from now until the November election.

Marcy

Excellent observations Starchild...I agree completely.

Michael Denny
Libertarian Party of San Francisco
(415) 986-7677 x123
mike@M...
www.MichaelDenny.net

From: Starchild [mailto:sfdreamer@e…]
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 11:11 PM
To: libertystudents@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [LibertyStudents] How it can be done - Natl. Hip Hop

Political

Convention a potential model for future LP gatherings

  From an article about the event held June 16-19, 2004 in

Newark,

New
Jersey, as printed in The Black Commentator, July 5, 2004:

"The 3,000 young people who attended the National Hip Hop Political
Convention in Newark, New Jersey, June 16-20, were determined to

define

themselves through a politics of struggle - to begin to redraw the

map

of the world through the prisms of their own experience...

We are here today as young people under the hip hop umbrella," said

Ras

Baraka, the 34-year-old Deputy Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, and one

of

the organizers of the event. "Politics is about the seizure of

power,"

Baraka told the crowd. 'Some of us don't understand what that

means.

Our kids think that seizing power is standing on a corner and doing

the

things they usually do.' Each of the 500 official delegates from 17
states had registered 50 voters to earn the right to represent

their

generation.

With a seriousness that wholly contradicts hip hop stereotypes,
conventioneers fanned out in the scorching sun over three connected
campuses - Essex County College, Rutgers-Newark and New Jersey
Institute of Technology - to attend 50 workshops on every

conceivable

aspect of organizing."

  The following key points from the three short paragraphs above
bear
noting:

-a focus on the convergence of art and politics
-3,000 young people attending (the recent LP convention had how

many

young people out of the 800 or so attendees?)
-event held on college campuses (not in a luxury hotel)
-"workshops on every conceivable aspect of organizing"
-use of radical, confrontational approach

  Further details on the event available here...

    http://www.hiphopconvention.org/

  A radical anti-establishment youth political movement will

rise

again.
When it happens, will we be ready to ride the wave of change?

For a brighter tomorrow,
            <<< Starchild >>>

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