The United Clergy Caucus and the NAACP are hosting a Get Out the Vote Rally at Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 Odell Clark Place, Saturday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The rally will inform constituents of faith communities about the importance of voting Tuesday, Nov. 4, and particularly educate the community about two key issues: proposed legislation that will dramatically change the matter of police discipline, and voting against Ballot Proposition 1. The NAACP will inform the community about two important legislative Bills (S7801 and A9853), which will allow the control of police discipline within collective bargaining agreements.

If the legislation is signed by the governor, it will dramatically undermine police accountability by ceding substantial power to set the terms of investigation, punishment, and discipline for the bad acts of officers to police unions. These bills, which passed in both the Senate and the Assembly, would strip local public officials of disciplinary authority over the police officers they employ. The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, will serve as event host. He will be joined by pastors of the United Clergy Caucus and their church members, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, Assemblyman Keith Wright, state Sen. Bill Perkins, Council Member Inez E. Dickens and NAACP New York State Conference President Hazel Dukes.


The December 12th Movement International Secretariat will hold part two of an emergency community forum to analyze and discuss these critical developments and make an historical analysis of the biological weapons used to destabilize of Africa and Africans in the Diaspora. The forum will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at the House of the Lord Church, 415 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn.

The demand for a self-determined and consistent Pan-African resistance to the imperialist tactics to recolonize Africa and African people has manifested itself politically, economically, geographically and biologically. In the Unites States, there have been many examples of the “weaponization of disease.” The insidious “Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment” example carries much weight in this situation. Many examples of these Western “weapons of disease” will be discussed in this forum in an effort to strengthen the move toward fundamental change in the racist, imperialist medical industry.

For more information, call 718-398-1766.


Before the annual Black Solidarity Day Monday, Nov. 3, the Guillermo Morales-Assata Shakur Community and Student Center at City College is sponsoring the 35th anniversary of Assata Shakur’s liberation with several events over the weekend. The National Black Theater’s sixth annual Freedom Dance is celebrating Shakur with an event taking place Nov. 1, 8 p.m. to midnight. The event will feature food and music by DJ Lumumba (aka Revolution). Proceeds from the event go toward U.S.-held political prisoners.

The celebration of Assata Shakur will continue Sunday, November 2 at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem at the “Drum Circle” from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, the weekend wraps up with a “Hip‑Hop Open Mic” at Harlem’s City College/CUNY North Academic Center- NAC Building.

—Complied by Cyril Josh Barker