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W.A.T.E.R. 17 | 4/12/2011, 5:25 p.m.

By utilizing revolutionary concepts and implementing them within his political framework, the self-proclaimed "rebel with a cause" seeks to create unprecedented history in the electoral arena with this current campaign. "This is a great time to be African and revolutionary," Barron said. "We have to say to our people, 'There's nothing wrong with being radical, nothing wrong with embracing your Blackness, and there's nothing wrong with being progressive and radical on the issues.'"

Another elected activist, Jackson, Miss., Councilman Chokwe Lumumba paid a recent visit to New York, assessing, "You can't just elect a Black man to a white house. ... You have to have a house of your own, you got to have government of your own. African people in America have a problem, which is the same problem that Africans have around the world--they are colonized, and the answer to colonialism is nationalism, so in order to call shots, you need to govern territory. If you're a nationalist in America, then you're a revolutionary."

He continued, "In Africa, our people sought freedom on the basis of liberation principles. Lumumba, Kwame Nkrumah and Sekou Ture came into power not because they hated anybody, but because they were fighting for liberty for themselves. The government that they call the U.S.A. is not for us, and the sooner that we find that out, the better off we'll be--and we'll stop being confused. Free the land, free Sekou Odinga and all political prisoners!"

Having already established himself in the People's Republic of Brooklyn during the last decade-plus, Barron and his team are setting their sights higher. "The Freedom Party is here to stay! The Freedom Party is going to rock this state, rock this nation, we're going to take this all over this country--and New York, America will never ever be the same again!"

Cited as once again relevant and poignant was Malcolm X from "The Ballot Or The Bullet" speech from April 3, 1964, Detroit: "The time when white people can come in our community and get us to vote for them so that they can be our political leaders and tell us what to do and what not to do is long gone! By the same token, the time when that same white man, knowing that your eyes are too far open, can send another negro into the community and get you and me to support him so he can use him to lead us astray... those days are long gone too!

"So the political philosophy of Black Nationalism only means that we will have to carry on a program, a political program, of re-education to open our people's eyes, make us become more politically conscious, politically mature --and then we will, whenever we get ready to cast our ballot, that ballot will be cast for a man of the community who has the good of the community at heart!"