Ron Finley: Gangsta Gardener

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Meet Ron Finley, a man who will not sit still and watch a problem take root. Having grown up in the South Central Los Angeles food prison, Ron is familiar with the area’s lack of fresh produce. He knew what it’s like to drive 45 minutes just to get a fresh tomato.

In 2010, he set out to fix the problem. Outside his front door, that is. Ron planted vegetables in the curbside dirt strip next to his home. And quietly, carefully, tenderly started a revolution. I wanted a carrot without toxic ingredients I didn’t know how to spell, says Ron.

His was an exceptionally creative, cost-effective and simple solution; however, it was also an act of spirited rebellion that led to a run-in with the authorities.

The City of Los Angeles owns the “parkways” the neglected dirt areas next to roads where Ron was planting. He was cited for…

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NEW PAPER – Medium-scale farms in Africa: history lessons from Zimbabwe

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‘Medium-scale’ farms as seen as potential drivers of future agricultural growth in Africa. In Zimbabwe, much hope is vested in A2 farms allocated at land reform becoming productive, with hopes pinned on investment flowing following the election. The A2 farms, averaging around 100 ha in extent, will be a major focus of policy attention in the coming years, as attempts are made to resuscitate the commercial sector. These are also the areas where the political-military elite now firmly in power own land, and there will be multiple political and economic incentives to invest in the A2 land reform areas.

But what will be the future of such medium-scale commercial farms? Can we look to historical experience to suggest possible trajectories? What will happen to the A2 farms several generations on? Will we see a progressive evolution of increasing commercialisation and investment driven by market forces as is sometimes assumed, or will a greater diversity of outcomes arise, as chance…

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Farm labour after land reform in Zimbabwe

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A paper by myself, the late BZ Mavedzenge, Felix Murimbarimba and Chrispen Sukume is just out in Development and Change (available open access). We asked, “What happens to labour when redistributive land reform restructures a system of settler colonial agriculture?” The answer is not obvious and, surprisingly, the question is not widely debated in Zimbabwe.

Debates about farm labour in southern Africa have not caught up with the times, we argue. Discussion of ‘farmworkers’ is often framed in terms of dispossession and victimhood, focusing on the significant displacements that occurred during land reform, but has not explored what has happened next. Labour unions and NGOs, meanwhile, emphasise formal labour rights, assuming a full-time work-force under a single employer. Neither of these perspectives help in getting to grips with how those former workers on large-scale, white-owned commercial farms, often still living in farm ‘compounds’, gain their livelihoods in the post-land reform…

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It is Time to Free MumiaAbu-Jamal

One could say a lot about the unjust issue of how America has kept so many Black people imprisoned, many of who are actually innocent. But the story of Mumia Abu Jamal is not only unique because of his political opinion as well as his symbolic hold on the American consciousness. It is a travesty of international proportions that after 25 yeas, this father of three is still languishing in prison. But the aim of this post is to shine a light also on his activism and his writing. I have recently bought his latest book of short but sharp articles, titled Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? It is a harrowing read, and makes so clear the extent to which Black lives are just disrespected to say the least.

He writes under the title To Protect and Serve Whom?

The Reason Movements Emerge: “When a society reaches a dead end, when it can no longer persist in its old ways, social movements arise to push it to its next stage of development. if that social movement is able to project its ideas, and spread them widely enough, and these ideas find room in the hearts and minds of the People, such movements may make that next step, and define the era’s zeitgeist and what is and is not the common good. History shows us that social movements can transform society, but they do not go uncontested, for the status quo of the state abhors change. The state always sees change as a challenge, and it utilizes its vast power to counteract any such change.” – 

Here is a film that gives a fuller picture of this man’s story.

Why We Love Amun Ra?

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Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

In a previous post I mentioned that Akhenaten was not a Kemetic hero and how although archeologists and historians hold this heretic king in high regards because he tried to convert the Kemetic people to his own-self tailored religion (Atenism).  It was because of the valiant efforts of the faithful adherents of the Amun Ra tradition, that Kemet was rescued from the jaws of death and return her once more to a state of glory.

If you don’t know about Amun Ra you would assume that the reason the Kemetic people returned to this spiritual path is because they simply like worshipping idols and living a polytheistic life versus Akhenaten’s monotheistic peace-one-god fearing – religion.  Don’t be fooled Family. All of the monotheistic “I come in peace” religions have brought nothing but demise, which is the reason the world is in the current spiritual state…

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Beware of Kemetic Bulls***!

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You know what Family? Ever since the showing of The Hidden Color (HC) docufilm series there has been a slight elevation of consciousness but a massive elevation of BS.  Understand. When I say a slight elevation of consciousness it is because those of us who have been conscious for some time, to the point that we never even called ourselves “conscious,” that after watching HC.  We all said the same thing, “That’s good. That’s not totally correct but okay, it is a starting point.” Everyone I know said the same thing because there is a lot of good information presented in these series, but it is just that. Information. And, the interesting thing is that it barely scratches the surface of how deep our ancestors are.  Think about it. If our ancestors walking alongside the Nile almost 3000+ years ago, do you really think you…

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Africography: Metaphysics, Historiography and Decolonisation

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By Zulumathabo Zulu © 2018

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My dear followers. This is to notify you that I will be presenting a ground-breaking scholarly paper Africography: Metaphysics, Historiography and Decolonisation at the College of Human Sciences’ Decolonisation Conference at Unisa (University of South Africa) in Pretoria on Tuesday August 7, 2018 (see Decoloniality Conference Prog V02 university programme of the conference). Let me give you an analytical sense of appreciation about Africography.

About Africography

Africography is a revolutionary methodology of knowledge production and validation that I began developing at the laboratories of the School of Computer Science of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. This is a metascientific knowledge producing and analytical system based on the value systems of ancient African cosmology which infused me with endless effervescence as a logical negation of the Canadian WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) and Eurocentric ontic (ontology) and epistemic (epistemology) systems…

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African Metaphysical Science and Indigenous Innovation

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The Cultural Revolution as a Prerequisite for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

By Mocholoko, Zulumathabo Zulu
Doctoral Practitioner; Metaphysical Scientist and Cosmologist

Speaking at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

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In his book The Philosophy of History, the German philosopher George Hegel says that the Africans did not contribute and are not capable of contributing to world civilisation. George Hegel is the greatest source of influence in the Western intellectual tradition having influenced intellectual giants like Karl Marx.

The idea that the African descendants have not contributed anything to World civilisation is a dangerous one because the African child will grow up thinking that the African ancestors were consumers of other people’s ideas instead of being producers of new knowledge. This status quo, if left unchallenged, perpetuates the myth that an African has not and cannot contribute novel ideas to the scientific body of knowledge…

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