Category Archives: Civil Rights

Sandy Hook Remembered

Hail Mi Irieites,

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members.  The incident was the deadliest mass shooting at a high school or grade school in U.S. history and the second-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.

Today we honor the living who are still filled with sadness, and the dead who died in vain… When will we learn?

 

Remembering Mandela

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

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It’s been a year today since Nelson Mandela passed away, and we must admit there is a void in this world without him.  It has also been 50years this year when he started his 27 year prison sentence (June 12th, 1964).  Come to think of it, it was a year to that day that another “equal rights” activist, Medgar Evers, was assassinated (June 12th, 1963).

Nevertheless, each time Mandela is remember by us, we have never forgotten the efforts of his wife Winnie and Bishop Desmond Tutu, just to name a few, who passionately kept his name alive during those 10,000 days of incarceration.
Nelson Mandela was accused of being a terrorist in his own homeland.  Yet all he was asking for was Liberty, Justice and Equality; a human right that was strongly denied during the days of Apartheid.  But as you all know there is a God and he managed to survive and beat all the odds, to be “officially released” on February 11th, 1990.  I remember it well ’cause Mike Tyson got knocked out for the very first time on that day, too.  Yes, Mandela Out!  And Tyson Out!
Within four years, Nelson went on to be the first Black President of “New South Africa” in May 1994.  This year 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Inauguration for such a historical event.
Fighting to the end, Nelson managed to reach his 95th birthday of which Steel Pulse gave a “mini” celebration to honour him on Face Book and our website. (July 18th, 2013).  At that time it was rumoured that he was very much bedridden.  He lost his battle for life five months later.
Now in his state of rest, this Nobel Peace Prize winner (1993) shall forever be revered across the globe as one of the greatest men to bless our modern era.
AMANDLA!

Ferguson, MO

Yes Mi Irieites,

I was right! Unfortunately,  I was right.  No indictment for Officer Darren Wilson. A close friend of mine relentlessly tried to convince me that “Justice” would be served and I said, “Not from where I am standing.”

But please remember that I did say that the American “Justice” system was in the balance depending on the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case….  Now this.

I hate to say I was right.

Now, Maximum Respect for Ricky Jackson, who was incarcerated waaaaay back in 1975 for a murder he did not commit.  Ricky, from Cleveland Ohio, went on to spend almost 40 years behind bars.  That doesn’t really leave “Hurricane” Rubin Carter much to really grumble about, does it?

Well, at least Ricky Jackson broke the American Guinness Book of Record by being the longest serving prisoner to be exonerated.

Ricky, Jah is good, remember that!!!  Love to your family and those that believed in you, bro.

Racism in Latin America

Yes Mi Irieites,

Trust all is well. As you know we just had a wonderful and successful mini tour of South America; in particular, Argentina and Uruguay. It was good to bond with our fans. But I must say it has been enlightening all the way, especially on my journey back to the Caribbean. Almost every single Latin American country I had to use to connect my flights, portrayed elements of racism at the airports. Sad to say, but true.

On our travels, Steel Pulse have always been accustomed to the perpetuated racism across the globe in regards to the Black Diaspora. So we totally “over stand” the ignorance that plagues the earth. We are also fully aware that in many cases where we are invited with honour and respect, it is due to the fact that we are known “super stars” of the reggae world and barely anything else.

Having said this, this last journey, while catching a total of five planes in a row, was a real eye opener for me. At this rate we ask ourselves if there’s any hope for mankind being united. One thing for sure, outside of those that love the reggae that comes from that tiny island in the Caribbean, an island which also boasts the fastest man in the world, there is still a long way to go to acquire that certain level of eduction that helps to bring together world peace.

It took so long after these incidents to air my views ’cause I was contemplating whether it would be worth my while making this an issue or not.

After learning of the great Ronaldinho‘s most recent experience in the Mexico, I deemed it necessary to do so.

Wake up and live!!!

In Memory of Peter Tosh

Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 8.56.54 PM We,the Steel Pulse family, would like you all to join us in wishing a Happy 70th Birthday and Blessed Earthstrong to Winston Hubert Mackintish AKA the legendary Peter Tosh - Original Wailer, Stepping Razor, Mystic Man, Bush Doctor, Rasta Soldier and holder of Jamaica’s distinguished Order of Merit. Peter was a true revolutionary who inspired not only us as Steel Pulse but numerous millions across the globe. Your works and memory will never be forgotten Peter, thank you for your selfless devotion to the cause of Equal Rights and Justice for the poor and oppressed.

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50 Years Ago Today: MLK’s Nobel Peace Prize

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The announcement that Dr. Martin Luther King had won the Nobel Peace Prize came on 14 October 1964, at age 35. He was the youngest person to receive it, until Malala Yousafzai.

King went to Oslo, Norway to give his acceptance speech. Here’s an excerpt:

I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the “isness” of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal “oughtness” that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.

Read/listen to the entire speech here.

Happy Birthday, Winnie Mandela

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Yes Mi Irieites,

A big shout out to Winnie Madikizela Mandela who turns 78 today. Winnie, born September 26th 1936, must never be forgotten for playing the most integral part in liberating South Africa. She kept the name of Nelson Mandela alive during his 10,000 days of incarceration. As you know, this year also holds the fact that it’s the 20th anniversary since Nelson Mandela became the first official President of South Africa.

So, no wonder you were named “WINNIE”… Simply because you’re a WINner!

Jah Bless you always, my dear.

South Carolina

This is a truly amazing, Mi Irieites!

Watch this video.  What I fail to understand is why would the officer, after shooting the individual at least three times, and the individual falling to the ground telling the officer that he was doing exactly as he said, reaching for his license, would the officer then handcuff the individual hands behind his back?
That camera scenario, should make a world of difference to how justice will be served……Well, not that it did for Rodney King.

Details here.

Thank You, Sister Lauryn

This is a shout out to MsLauryn Hill:

Thanks for being so accommodating to my three daughters, first night at the O2 Academy, in Birmingham. You can’t imagine how long they have been waiting for this occasion!!

I only wish I could have been there to enjoy your performance. Keep strong, girl and keep pushing out that positive music.

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