|Report Statement on POCC Talking Drum Collective Incident|
|Written by Robert ID2334|
|Thursday, 09 February 2006 15:33|
Atlanta Community Statement Concerning Kalonji Jama Changa:
On December 20th of 2005, members of the Atlanta chapter of Prisoners of Consciousness Committee (POCC) were responsible for physical attacks and loss of property to members of the Talking Drum Collective, some of whom were former members of POCC. This attack occurred after members of the Atlanta chapter of POCC came to the residence of Talking Drum Collective membership unannounced and uninvited.
In a conscious effort to prevent the State from becoming involved, members of the Talking Drum Collective made appeals to the Nationalist/Pan-Afrikanist Community in Atlanta to convene hearings to investigate and address these allegations.
In an act of self-governance, in an expression of self-determination, and in the spirit of healing and repair, representatives from the African Community Centers for Unity and Self-determination, NCOBRA, MXGM, The NSAA Family, the People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement and others set through eight (8) hours of testimony and answers to questions by both parties. Representatives of these organizations are persons that have been heavily involved in our people’s struggle and were invited by one or both parties to participate in a process of community mediation/arbitration. National POCC leadership was also in attendance. After participating in the hearing and speaking to both sides publicly, National POCC leadership informed members of the Atlanta activist community that the operations of the Atlanta POCC chapter was “put on hold” until a new point person could be designated.
After hearing both sides, the following statement is issued:
The events of December 20th represent a dangerous and reckless trend within our people’s movement. This type of behavior is divisive and has the potential to bring fatal harm to members of our community and severely setback efforts toward nation-building and self-determination. Violence must be avoided when resolving contradictions between organizations and individuals within the movement, unless it’s in the context of emergency self-defense. Actions which have the potential for causing bodily harm or lost of life must not be engaged in over material or intellectual property. Movement organizations, including, those involved in this conflict, have been involved in the past in efforts to resolve conflicts within the context of community processes. Resolving issues internal to the movement in an antagonistic way creates an unstable and insecure environment. We must have an environment that encourages trust, communication and cooperation. This can not be achieved if organizations take it upon themselves to physically and emotionally attack the persons and dignities of other organizations and individuals in our community.
While it is clear that both parties bear responsibility for contradictions that escalated into the December 20th incident, we are specifically condemning the behavior of Brother Kalonji Jama Changa, National Chief Coordinator of the POCC, not only for the actions of December 20th, but also for his arrogance and disrespectfulness (particularly to elders of the activist community) before and after that date. While Brother Kalonji Jama Changa has made valuable contributions while residing and engaging in activism in the Atlanta Metro Area, his leadership has contributed to the reckless and dangerous tendency mentioned above. We are specifically calling for the following:
1. That Brother Kalonji and persons under his leadership on Dec. 20th publicly apologize to members of the Talking Drum Collective and the African Community of Atlanta for this regrettable incident and for injuries resulting from it.
2. That restitution be paid to the persons injured and for loss of property and other damages. (A detailed accounting of recommended restitution will be delivered to all parties.
Our sincere hope is this Brother Kalonji and persons under his leadership and involved in this incident with him, will see the wisdom and merit in complying with both points above.
The members of the community who have invested their time and energy in this community process find it extremely unfortunate that we have to publicly criticize members of the community. It is necessary, however, when actions threaten the safety and welfare of other members and when the peace of the community and movement are endangered.
*The following organizations and members of the community join with this statement and strongly urge compliance with the points outlined above:
Sister Joan A. Davis (Abena) (Community Elder and Member of ASCAC and UBUNTU)
Mukasa Dada (Willie Ricks), Revolutionary Activist
Mawuli Mel Davis (Activist Attorney)
Sister Vivianne Hardy-Townes (Co-Chair of Atlanta Chapter of N’COBRA)
Reverend P.D. Mene-lik Harris
Hekima Kanyama, African Community Centers
Mark Ogunwale Lomax , Pastor, First Afrikan Church
Wekesa Madzimoyo (AYA Educational Institute)
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement-Atlanta
Atlanta Chapter of N’COBRA
Mwalimu Seyoum Oba Netfa (J. D. Lewis and Associates)
Sister Akilah Nosakhere-Freeman (Activist Librarian)
Menelyk Odinga, N’COBRA
New Afrikan People's Organization-Atlanta
Reverend Derrick Rice (Sankofa United Church of Christ)
Brother Mzee Kalonji Tate.
Akinyele Umoja, Educator and Community Activist
*THE TALKING DRUM COLLECTIVE OFFICIAL STATEMENT*
Kalonji Jama Changa - Black Cop?
THE TALKING DRUM COLLECTIVE's OFFICIAL STATEMENT:
Regarding the events on 12/20/05
NIGEL BROWN FORMERLY KNOWN AS KALONJI JAMA CHANGA*
On December 20, 2005 Kalonji Jama Changa, a self-professed Pan-Afrikan and National Chief Coordinator of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC), headed by Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., assembled a crew of POCC members (Kofi fka "Shakur" Sunni-Ali son of Bilal Sunni Ali, Flame, Ralph Brian Jones fka "Young Chose" , Anetea Carpenter, and Leah (anti-Afrikan visitor from CA) forced their way into the home inhabited by several Atlanta organizers using guns, knives and mace.
Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa demanded that several Pan-Afrikan web sites that are collectively owned and represent grassroots efforts in the Atlanta area (but also act as coordinating hubs for other organizations in various cities) be placed under his control or dis-assembled. The activists attacked are local founding members of the FTP Movement and The Talking Drum Collective.
Using an AK-47, a Shotgun, a 9mm Handgun, Mace, and Knives Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa and his goons then forcibly invaded these activist home and stole cell phones, a computer, a digital camera, various guns, house and car keys, in addition to the stolen items Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa and his goons, whom are members of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC), purposely destroyed the activists files, flatten tires of the activists car, and pistol-whipped them in their home while they were maced during this anti-Afrikan and counter-revolutionary terrorism.
FATHER OF THREE, DADDY OF NONE COMES TO TOWN
Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa, is a father of at least 3 children by various women, is about 34 years old, pays no child support, and has been a welfare/EBT recipient for over a year and in his own words during Black August (Atlanta) 2005 its ironic he stated "you can’t be a revolutionary and work at McDonald's jack".
Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa came to Atlanta about 18 months ago as the National Chief Coordinator of POCC and immediately stated his desire to establish a local chapter of the POCC in August of 2004. He solicited the aid of The Talking Drum Collective, whose founding coordinators graciously provided with him personal financial assistance and began to loan him equipment, introduced him to local youth, young adults interested in building a new organization in the Atlanta area, and provided his organization (POCC) with a strong Internet presence.
NOT A WORKER, BUT A PARASITE
The relationship became strained when Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa took on a opportunistic demeanor i.e. claiming work he did not do, lying to the people by falsifying numbers, and constantly spewing rhetoric that far outstripped the capabilities of not only his organization, the POCC, but of those supporting organizations who came to assist. in addition he became verbally combative, divisive, arrogant, and antagonistic to the Atlanta organizing community.
BLACK AUGUST 2005 - ATLANTA
During Black August 2005 Atlanta a series of negative events occurred, things came to a head when he threaten and ordered Kofi fka "Shakur" Sunni-Ali, son of Bilal Sunni Ali, and other Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC) members to brazenly pull out guns on another Afrikan during Black August (Atlanta) 2005 finale in the presence of children, women and non-activists for a mis-communication about space arrangements at the Royal Peacock.
Atlanta organizers also discovered that Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa had labeled himself the organizer of Black August 2005 Atlanta although help had come from a cross-section of fellow Atlanta activists and technical support had come from as far as California and Missouri. It was discovered that Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa had passed out special fliers listing the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC) and himself as the chief organizers of Black August 2005 Atlanta and also listed himself as the founder of FTP Movement on his site, so that those new to the conscious community might see him as the center of political activity when he clearly wasn’t.
By September 2005 The Talking Drum Collective coordinators notified Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa that all support for him and the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC) Atlanta chapter would be terminated immediately. He indicated that he had no hard feelings and neither did The Talking Drum Collective and continued working with him on points of unity until the night Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa and five members of Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC) forced their way into the home of a local The Talking Drum Collective coordinator around 11:30pm that night of December 20th, 2005.
Shortly thereafter Atlanta elders, coordinators of The Talking Drum Collective, and Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee were involved in a sit-down to determine on what grounds and by whose authority Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa, National Chief Coordinator of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee, had acted.
During the Elders’ meeting, Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa verbally assaulted the panel, which included local leaders, founding members of several Pan-Afrikan and Afrocentric organizations, most of which are known internationally, and well-known Pan-Afrikan scholars. In the mist of trying to justify his actions he was caught lying several times by the well-respected Elders. Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa during the Elders hearing became arogant, hostile and disrespectful Nigel stated to the elders “you motherfuckers aren''t listening to me” and banged his fist on the table so hard that refreshments began to fall and spill, these acts caused the hearing to conclude.
While leaving the meeting Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa even threatened one organizer and reached into his jacket to pull out his weapon that he and two POCC members with him refused to surrender at the start of the tribunal, even in the presence of Elders and indicated that Atlanta activists would see him again.
On the early morning of Februray 2, 2006 (original scheduled released date of Atlanta Community Statement) a car window of The Talking Drum Collective activists that were previously terrorized was broken.
In addition it was found that Bilal Sunni Ali's blatant liberalism and in-direct participation in the terrorizing of Afrikan People has tainted the Atlanta Community Statement so in honesty and accuracy the condemning paragraph must be changed from:
"While it is clear that both parties bear responsibility for contradictions that escalated into the December 20th incident, we are specifically condemning the behavior of Brother Kalonji Jama Changa, National Chief Coordinator of the POCC, not only for the actions of December 20th, but also for his arrogance and disrespectfulness (particularly to elders of the activist community) before and after that date. While Brother Kalonji Jama Changa has made valuable contributions while residing and engaging in activism in the Atlanta Metro Area, his leadership has contributed to the reckless and dangerous tendency mentioned above." - Click Here: Atlanta Community Statement Concerning Kalonji Jama Changa
"We are condemning Brother Kalonji Jama Changa, National Chief Coordinator of the POCC, for the actions of December 20th and his arrogance and disrespectfulness to the Atlanta activist community (particularly to elders) before and after that date. While Brother Kalonji Jama Changa has made valuable contributions while residing and engaging in activism in the Atlanta Metro Area, his leadership has contributed to the reckless and dangerous tendency mentioned above."
WHY THIS STATEMENT?
Nana Kuntu (Del Jones) once said that we are the only people who consistently fail to punish our traitors. This time we will and can not fail Our People. This statement acts as a condemnation of Nigel Brown fka Kalonji Jama Changa, Kofi fka "Shakur" Sunni-Ali, Flame, Ralph Brian Jones fka "Young Chose", Anetea Carpenter, Leah (anti-Afrikan visitor from CA), and Bilal Sunni Ali. also this statement acts as a message to all traitors of Afrikan People.
In solidarity we stand shoulder to shoulder with Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., his organization (POCC) for it is on the strength of this relationship Nigel Brown was able to exploit the Atlanta community, thus the reason for this statement.
We support All Afrikans, and Freedom Fighters doing the work of Afrikan People Period!
Elders'' Meeting was officiated by:
Fred Hampton Jr, Chairman of POCC
Akinyele Umoja: Co-Founder of Malcolm X Grassroots Organization
Mama Tee of MXGM - Atlanta
a Brother with Akinyele Umoja
Addis Abba - former politcal prisoner RNA-11
Hakima Ana - Afrikan Community Centers/ former Vice President of RNA, former politcal prisoner RNA-11
Marimba Ani - Author/SNNC
A Sister with Marimba Ani
Mauwali Davis - Co Pres of NCobra Atlanta/ Lawyer
Menelik NCobra - Youth Organizer of NCobra Atlanta
Sekou Hill Jr. - Pres Uhuru Movement Atlanta
Bilial Sunni Ali - Republic of New Africa/ Gil Scott Heron
Noni Norman - Afrikan Community Centers
*We are stripping Kalonji Jama Changa of his Afrikan name. He is Nigel Brown from this day forward. When you curse elders, terrorize Afrikan people and constantly lie to the People you are no longer worthy of an Afrikan name.
footnote: We also must caution any Afrikan who interacts with this terrorizer of Afrikan People, if you must interact with Nigel Brown be on guard at all times, otherwise just stay clear of this opportunistic pig of white supremacy.
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