Category Archives: Human Rights

David Koff: A Big Up to “Blacks Britannica” director (24.09.1939 – 06.03.2014)

Hail Mi Irieites,

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With more tributes out there, we pay our respects to David Koff, film director of “Blacks Britannica.” David Koff, who died just over a week ago, age 74, was said to have had bouts of depression, ultimately taking his own life.

You will be missed, David, because you spoke up for justice when few had the courage. We salute you and your work.

Blacks Britannica” is a documentary that came out in 1978, depicted the social, political and racial issues throughout the UK at that time. This film became so controversial that it was banned from the UK for many years. Before it was made, not many outside Britain were aware of the plight and hardships faced by Caribbean migrants struggling to survive in a harsh England.

Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Your spirit will be with us always. Selah.

(David and his producer was kind enough to offer any footage for us to use in the Steel Pulse film/ documentary which is now due for a late summer release.)

Pissed Off: The Oscar Pistorius Legal Circus

With reasoning, Mi Irieites.

I have been keeping an eye on the Oscar Pistorius case and it appears that the whole trial will be based on how cunning the lawyers are, once again, as opposed to truth and rights.

It is up to us, the general public to put in action our commonsense regardless of what these highly paid “Clever Clogs” are construing.

All these witnesses hearing noises before shoots or after shots and how far and how near this and that was, appears to be irrelevant to me, when all one has to do is hone in on the statement the athlete himself has made.

He claims that he shot his girlfriend Reeva, in the dark, mistaking her for an intruder; totally being unaware of her presence in the toilet.

Question: Why should Reeva, who has only been dating him for 12 weeks, leave the bed to go to the bathroom from his pitch black bedroom and walk 7metres all the way down to a dark bathroom, then go further into the “dark” bathroom to use the toilet that has a door on it, then “lock” herself in, and sit there in total darkness to use the toilet?

Question: Was Reeva fully dressed when she left the bedroom to use the bathroom? Remember, she was suppose to be assumed fast asleep next to him since 10.00pm that night.

Question: Why leave your bed to go out unto the balcony to get the fan when you have a remote control for the air conditioning lying right next to you on the same table where you have your gun and watch? I can understand if it were po’ folks like us trying to cut back on
our electricity bills.

Remember, he said it was dark from in his bedroom and he was unable to see anything. Mi Irieites, I am up to listening to any of your suggestions on this. Just do the maths and I am sure you will get an “Oscar” for your performance on this one…

‘Cause what we are all striving for, is Love and Justice through Music, right?

VIDEO: Trayvon Martin: Put Your Hoodies On [2 Year Anniversary]

Yes Mi Irieites,

Here we are on the two year anniversary of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. Martin’s parents are still fighting courageously for justice – in this unsafe climate created by the unjust “Stand Your Ground” law.  Steel Pulse issues this video on the second anniversary of the slaying of Trayvon as a plea for justice for all mankind:

We will never forget. Forward ever.

February 21, 1965

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Hail Mi Irieites, this is a day to remember.

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was preparing to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom when someone in the 400-person audience yelled “Nigger! Get your hand outta my pocket!” As Malcolm X and his bodyguards attempted to quiet the disturbance, a man who was seated in the front row rushed forward and shot him once in the chest with a double-barreled sawed-off shotgun. Two other men charged the stage and fired semi-automatic handguns, hitting Malcolm X several times.He was pronounced dead at 3:30 pm, shortly after arriving at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. The autopsy report showed 21 gunshot wounds to the chest, left shoulder, and arms and legs, of which ten were buckshot wounds from the initial shotgun blast.

More on Wikipedia

Half the story has never been told. Selah!

Hail Julia Butterfly: The Inspiration for “Global Warning”

Hail Mi Irieites,

JuliabutterflyhillmicSteel Pulse is wishing Julia “Butterfly” a well deserved Happy 40th Birthday, today.  Julia Butterfly, whose Babylonian name is Julia Lorraine Hill, was our inspiration to write the song “Global Warning.”  This came about when she took it on herself to live in a redwood tree, that she herself called “Luna,” for a period of 738 days (Dec 10th 1997-Dec 18th 1999), in Northern California.

Her purpose was to save the 1,500 year old tree that stood 180 feet tall (55metres), from being cut down as well as  the forest that surrounded it, by the Pacific Lumber Company.  Her mission succeeded.

Julia, this is just to let you know that you are a real trooper, fighting against those plentiful nights of cold and rain to get your message across.  This is just to show you the power of the individual when one truly believes in something.  You will not be forgotten.

“Global Warning, we looking for love,
Stand up and be counted, don’t ever let them chop us down.”

More on Julia >>

RASpect: Bunny Rugs [1948-2014]

Mi Irieites,

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Sorry to be the bearer of this sad news in this 2014.  Bunny Rugs, the lead singer of Third World was pronounced dead a few hours ago.  He had a long bout of cancer.

Only 3 days short of his 66th birthday, this man was not only one of reggae’s biggest voices but also a dear friend of ours. We will be paying tribute to this icon who has left an incredible legacy behind.

To Cat, Richie, Ruption and the rest of the crew, our heartfelt condolences.

Haiti: 4 Years After

Yes Mi Irieites,

Today, 12th January 2014, marks the 4th anniversary since the earthquake struck Haiti, killing more that 250,000 people and leaving over a million still homeless.

So far, out of the $9 billion US, that was promised by the “International Community,” only a small portion has been bestowed to the country, of which a good percentage of that went towards  emergency aid as oppose to reconstruction.   If it was not for the tremendous effort of the late Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Australia and the many small business’ coming from out of America, that have volunteered their services, Haiti would still be in the quagmire just as the day the catastrophe to place.  So President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe, still have a lot on their plates serving the almost 500 tent camps scattered all over the stricken vicinity.  Please excuse me for any countries that have made major contributions that I have not listed or we are not aware about.  It would be good if you the fans can give me an update on that.

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As you already know, that we have been supportive of the situation ever since by donating a song we wrote immediately after the incident while recording in Jamaica called, “Hold On [4 Haiti].”  This we’ve awarded as a digital download to raise funds for Partners In Health (PIH) to erect solar panels by S.E.L.F (Solar Electric Light Fund).  We were fortunate enough to perform in Haiti 2 years ago and visit one of the hospitals being supplied, 2 hours north of the capital, Port au Prince.

We thank you for being part of this…

R.I.P. Amiri Baraka: The Optimistic Revolutionary

“I believe you have to be true to people. You have to be writing something that people understand but, at the same time, something that’s profound enough to have meaning past, say, the six o’clock news.” - Amiri Baraka

Here, Mi Irieites, is a short list of his works; check Blues People if you have not already.

Born in 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, Amiri Baraka (Le Roi Jones) gained international stature as a poet, dramatist, essayist, and political activist. He became a leader in the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s. Much of his work considers the political situation of people of color in capitalist America.

R.I.P., brave soul, for speaking when most held their tongues. Our condolences to your loved ones and all who knew you as a friend.  In controversy you still made us think. Most of all, you were an optimistic revolutionary.

At the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean there’s a
railroad made of human bones.

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Black ivory

from Wise, Why’s, Y’z (Africa Section)