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Block Squad is our direct-action outreach program to assist block associations, specifically in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Earth.

[NOTE: This [program is on a hiatus to retool how we work with community organizations. Please feel free to look around at this page to see the type of work we've done in the past.]


We've had a number of successes that has proven by example that a small group of people with no outside grant funding could have a direct and lasting positive strategic impact.

We've had a number of great successes with this initiative. Our most recent effort has shown fruits much quicker than our effort on Gates Ave. We have launched a site to create a web infrastructure for the Halsey [300] Block Association community in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY

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Take One... B-4 U Make One Condom Distribution Program
With this project we believe we are getting at the heart of the condom distribution problem; where do you give them out where they will be the most effective? Our solution was barber shops, beauty salons and lock shops. In communities of color, these venues have positive status. This is aided by having the establishments staff enthusiastic about the goal of getting condoms into the hands of the people who may need them the most.


Powered by Positive Health Project [please donate what U can]

So if you're walking in Brooklyn on Nostrand Ave., btwn Halsey & Hancock Sts.,
Take One... B-4 U Make One  :)-


DOING OUR SHARE...

To name some of our efforts;
- Clean Streets Program 2002 - 9 months
        [Gates Ave. btwn Marcy & Tompkins]
- Orchestrated and facilitated the reformation and restructuring of the Gates Ave. [Marcy & Tompkins Aves.] Block Association 2002 to present
- Black History Educational CD Program 2003 - 26 CD set
        [Central Bed-Stuy]
- Free Condom Distribution Pilot Program 2003
        [Central Bed-Stuy barber shops]
- Take One... B-4 You Make One Free Condom Distribution Program
        [Central Bed-Stuy barber shops]
- Produced Gates Ave's 1st & 2nd Community Celebration 2004 & 05
        [Gates Ave. btwn Marcy & Tompkins]
- Take One... B-4 U Make One Condom Distribution Program 2006
        [Central Bed-Stuy barber shops]



Real University media series 2003
Block Squad [formally "Impact Unit"] Educational CD Series

Years ago (and it's only 42 years ago) in communities of color throughout New York you could hear Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and a host of others speaking out in churches, community centers, and on the streets. We are presenting an opportunity to have this be a reality once again.

As a part of an ongoing educational community arts project created by Darryl Hell [founder of Real University, s6k] has produced a 28-CD educational series. It features speeches and lectures by many of the queens and kings of our continued struggle for humanity. Our selections also included presentations from Gil Nobel, Amy Goodman, Faria Chideya, Elinor Tatum, Keith Beauchamp, Susan Sontag, Greg Palast, Bill Moyers, Noam Chomsky and many other well-respected investigative reporters, journalists & intellectuals. The CD production has the feel of a documentary. It's a collage of speeches, past and present, that seamlessly give examples of motivations, issues, strategies and solutions that are timeless. Our theme and background music is provided by our dear friend Lloop from his project, "Warm."

Our hope was to create an educational community dialog about issues that are important to the growth and well-being of our communities. The overall theme was [and is] collective community awareness / knowledge, collective community effort and collective community respect.

A collection of Bedford-Stuyvesant [Brooklyn] barber shops and beauty salons were supplied CD's that were played in unison from 11am to 12 noon on Sundays. The CD's were also shared with their clientel and surrounding communities. We have received wonderful testimonials from people who were honestly moved by them and felt the need to share them with others.

Feel free to contact us about the ways we can make this [in whole or in part] available to you, your family, your friends, and your community.
[e] s6kmedia@gmail.com  [p] 917.723.7281

 SERIES INDEX

RU1 Feb 23, 2003 {Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam}

   1. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam

RU2 Mar 2, 2003 {The Ballot or the Bullet}

   1. Malcolm X - The Ballot or the Bullet

RU3 Mar 9, 2003 {The Problems of the World}

   1. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Rare speech excerpts from Like It Is/Jan 2000)
   2. Gary Null - Hidden Agendas/Feb 2003 - The 1999 Murder Trial of Martin Luther King, Jr.
   3. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Rare speech excerpts from Like It Is/Jan 2000)

RU4 Mar 16, 2003 {The Eternal Struggle}

   1. Malcolm X - The Ballot or the Bullet (excerpt)
   2. WBAI/Feb 2003 - Counter Intelligence Program Then and Now (Eddie Ellis / Ward Churchill)
   3. WBAI News/Feb 2003 - Keith Ellison (Minnesota Representative - Anti-McCarthy 2003 legislation)
   4. Martin Luther King, Jr. (excerpt)
   5. Malcolm X - The Ballot or the Bullet (excerpt)
   6. Democracy Now/Mar 2003 - The Delma Banks, Jr. Execution story
   7. Malcolm X - The Ballot or the Bullet (excerpt)
   8. George Wallace - Settin' the Woods on Fire (1970 campaign story excerpt)
         1. Bob Ingram (Gov. Brewer Press Secretary)
         2. Tom Turnipseed (Gov. George Wallace Campaign Manager)
   9. Like It Is/2003 - The Emmett Till story
         1. Keith Beauchamp - Film maker / researcher
  10. Democracy Now/Mar 2003 - The Delma Banks, Jr. Execution story / The Stay of Execution
         1. Miriam Gohorrah
         2. Ellen Banks

RU5 Mar 23, 2003 {The War at Home}

   1. Martin Luther King, Jr. (intro excerpt from "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam")
   2. 60 Minutes/2000 (Mike Wallace) - The Death Penalty, Racism and its Victims
         1. Dennis Williams
         2. Anthony Porter
         3. Gary Garger
         4. Rolando Cruise
   3. Nikki Giovanni "Poems" ("Tupoc")
   4. Like It Is/1999 - "Media Report Card"
         1. Farai Chideya - ABC News
         2. Elinor Tatum - Editor and Chief / Publisher Amsterdam News
   5. Nikki Giovanni "Poems" ("That's When")

RU6 March 30, 2003 {Our March to Find Purpose and Equality}

   1. Martin Luther King, Jr. (intro excerpt from "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam")
   2. George Wallace - Settin' the Woods on Fire (1972 campaign story excerpt)
   3. Like It Is/2000 - Leadership for liberation in the Black community, Then and Now
         1. Howard Dodson - Dir. Schomburg Center for Research and Black Studies
         2. William Howard - Pres. New York Theological Studies
         3. William Strickland PhD. - Prof. University of Massachusetts
         4. Prathia Hall PhD. - Pastor Mount Sharon Baptist Church
   4. Transition message
   5. Like It Is/2000 - Diallo and Law enforcement in Black communities
         1. Lt. Eric Adams - 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care

RU7 April 6, 2003 {History is the finest Teacher ever to be Ignored}

   1. Malcolm X - (excerpt from "The Ballot or the Bullet")
   2. Like It Is/2003 - "What you should know about our government"
         1. Former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney
   3. Martin Luther King, Jr. - (excerpt from "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam")
   4. Like It Is/2003 - "What you should know about our government"
         1. Former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney
   5. Martin Luther King, Jr. - (excerpt from "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam")
   6. Like It Is/2003 - "What you should know about our government"
         1. Former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney
   7. Michael Moore - 2003 Academy awards
   8. Martin Luther King, Jr. - (excerpt from "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam")
   9. Malcolm X - (excerpt from "The Ballot or the Bullet")
  10. Like It Is/2003 - "What you should know about our government"
         1. Former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney
  11. Martin Luther King, Jr. - (excerpt from "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam")
  12. Like It Is/2003 - "What you should know about our government"
         1. Former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney
  13. Bill Moyers-Now(2003) - Conflicts of interest and corruption in Government
         1. Chuck Lewis - Center for Public Integrity
  14. Like It Is/2003 - "What you should know about our government"
         1. Former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney
  15. Bill Moyers-Now(2003) - (Bill Moyers Journal)

RU8 April 13, 2003 {The Eternal American Lynch Mob}

   1. Malcolm X - (excerpt from "The Ballot or the Bullet")
   2. PBS documentary on lynching - The Moores Ford Lynching Story
   3. Malcolm X - (excerpt from "The Ballot or the Bullet")
   4. Billy Holiday / Strange Fruit - (1958 BBC performance)
   5. PBS documentary on lynching - The Moores Ford Lynching Story
         1. Robert Howard - Moores Ford Memorial Committee
         2. The lynch experience explained
         3. Nina Simone
         4. Student analysis of "Strange Fruit"
         5. "Without Sanctuary" gallery exhibition overview
         6. The eternal face of lynching
   6. Malcolm X - (excerpt from "The Ballot or the Bullet")
   7. Like It Is/2000 - Leadership for liberation in the Black community, Then and Now
         1. Prathia Hall PhD. - Pastor Mount Sharon Baptist Church
         2. William Howard - Pres. New York Theological Studies
   8. Malcolm X - (excerpt from "The Ballot or the Bullet")
   9. Bill Moyers-Now(2003) - Media coverage of "Operation Iraqi Freedom"
         1. Greg Mitchell - Editor, Editor and Publisher magazine
  10. Martin Luther King, Jr. - (excerpt from "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam")
  11. Bill Moyers-Now(2003) - Media coverage of "Operation Iraqi Freedom"
         1. Susan Sontag - "Regarding the Pain of Others" (reading excerpt)

RU9 April 20, 2003 {Where do we Really live?}

   1. Malcolm X - (excerpt from "The Ballot or the Bullet")
   2. W.E.B. DuBois (Pacifica Network archive special presentation)
   3. Bill Moyers-Now(2003) - The state of U.S. policy & the economy
         1. Jeff Madrick - Editor, Challenge magazine
   4. W.E.B. DuBois (Pacifica Network archive special presentation)
   5. Martin Luther King, Jr. - (excerpt from "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam")
   6. Earl Caldwell-The Caldwell Chronicle/Apr 2003 - How it Looks from the Street
   7. Martin Luther King, Jr. - (excerpt from "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam")
   8. Earl Caldwell-The Caldwell Chronicle/Apr 2003 - "How it Looks from the Street"
   9. Martin Luther King, Jr. - (excerpt from "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam")
  10. F.A.I.R. Counterspin - Propaganda and your news
         1. Janine Jackson
         2. Steve Randall
               1. Prof. Michael Rattner - Columbia Law School
               2. Russell Mociber - Corporate Crime Reporter, Ari and I
  11. Martin Luther King, Jr. - (excerpt from "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam")

RU10 April 27, 2003 {Didn't this happen before...tomorrow?}

   1. Democracy Now/Apr 2003 - The Wrongful conviction of Ryan Mathews
         1. James Harrison
         2. Billy Southern
         3. Pauline Mathews
         4. Peter Newfeld
   2. Malcolm X - (excerpt from "The Ballot or the Bullet")
   3. George Wallace - Settin' the Woods on Fire (1960-62 campaign story excerpt)
         1. Richmond Flowers - College Friend
         2. Virginia Durr - Political activist, John Patterson cousin
         3. Bill Jones - Wallace campaign staff
         4. Seymore Trammell - Barbour County District Attorney
         5. Dan Carter - Biographer
         6. Rick Bragg - Writer
         7. Ace Carter - Wallace speech writer, KKK chapter founder
   4. Malcolm X - (excerpt from "The Ballot or the Bullet")
   5. W.E.B. DuBois (Pacifica Network archive special presentation)
   6. Martin Luther King, Jr. - (excerpt from "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam")
   7. Like It Is/2003 - Our cultural legacy & our world today
         1. Dr. Herbert Aptheker - Scholar, DuBois assoc.
         2. Greg Palast - Investigative reporter, News Night-BBC TV, journalist for Guardian and Observer-London
   8. Malcolm X - (excerpt from "The Ballot or the Bullet")

RU11 May 4, 2003 {The Rich Declared War on the War on Poverty}

RU12 May 11, 2003 {The World I was Given_2 Now}

RU13 May 18, 2003 {Sitting Down to Stand Up}

RU14 May 25, 2003 {Under Control of the State We Speak}

RU15 June 1, 2003 {The Seat of Power}

RU16 June 8, 2003 {The Phone Calls of LBJ, 1964}

RU17 June 15, 2003 {Malcolm X - The Message}

RU18 June 22, 2003 {Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Pt.1}

RU19 June 29, 2003 {Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Pt.2}

RU20 July 6, 2003 repeat {Malcolm X - The Message}

RU21 July 13, 2003 {CD burner down} NO CD THIS WEEK

RU22 July 20, 2003 repeat {Sitting Down to Stand Up}

RU23 July 27, 2003 {Malcolm X - The Haryou Rally}

   1. Malcolm X
   2. F.A.I.R. Counterspin - The American media war spin machine
         1. Janine Jackson (The war after the War in Iraq)
         2. Steve Randall (The peace talks in Palestine 7/25/03)
   3. Malcolm X
   4. WBAI News/Jul 2003 - The Palestine "peace talks"
   5. Malcolm X [program note] This was a speech given in Harlem, New York 1964 during a youth leadership conference. It was also where the now famous sound sample "By Any Means Necessary" came from. He had used this phrase in previous speeches, but the sample was pulled from this recording.
      His analysis of media image manipulation is quite edifying, when one takes into account this was 10 years before the documentation was released about the FBI Counter Intelligence Program and its media connection.
      There are also interesting assessments of U.S. military actions that are quite poignant in relation to our current military endeavors and interests in Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel / Palestine.

RU24 Aug 3, 2003 {The Past and Present They Forgot to Mention}

   1. Will The Circle be Unbroken
   2. Malcolm X - (excerpt from "The Haryou Rally, Harlem 1964")
   3. WBAI News/Jul 2003 - Prisoner X
   4. Malcolm X - (excerpt from "The Haryou Rally, Harlem 1964")
   5. F.A.I.R. Counterspin - Intelligence Blunders and Omissions
         1. Prof. Melvin Goodman - Ex-CIA Agent / Analyst

RU25 Aug 10, 2003 {A Lesson to Lead}

   1. Malcolm X - (excerpt from "The Haryou Rally, Harlem 1964")
   2. Tavis Smiley - (Speaking at a youth conference)
   3. Malcolm X - (excerpt from "The Haryou Rally, Harlem 1964")
   4. Tavis Smiley - (Speaking at a youth conference)

RU26 Aug 17, 2003 {East Coast power failure} NO CD THIS WEEK

RU27 Aug 24, 2003 {Strategies for Change}

   1. James E. Davis (at the National Action Network HQ's 2003)
   2. Noam Chomsky (Aug. 2003)
   3. Malcolm X - (excerpt from "The Haryou Rally, Harlem 1964")
   4. Noam Chomsky (Aug. 2003)
   5. Fannie Lou Hamer

RU28 Sept 7, 2003 {A Better Tomorrow}

RU29 Sept 14, 2003 {Our Past Our Future}

RU30 Sept 21, 2003 {Jim Crow New World Order}

Names like Angela Davis, Medger & Merlie Evers, Fannie Lou Hammer, Malcolm X, Student Non-Violent Committee, Frederick Douglass, Ella Baker, The Invaders (Mississippi), Joe Rauh, Unita Blackwell, Southern Christian Leadership Council, The Blackstone Rangers (Chicago), Martin Luther King Jr. and thousands of others have been removed from our minds and buried in our history books or reduced to short sound bites and slogans on T-shirts.

The pilot program was launched in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY February 23rd, 2003. The program officially launched in summer 2003 and included providing a community audio library service, community forums and a hyperlink library. We are now making the series into a web-based audio library as well as a physical library resource.

Without having a clear understanding of what people fought for to gain our present freedoms, we will not be able to understand our current place in history. Most of the educational and social problems we now face were spoken about as far back as enslaved people yearned for freedom and equality hundreds of years ago. This needs to be brought into our current consciousness & conversations.

We thank you for your time and look forward to the future of this community art project.

Please feel free to contact us about participating with this art project;
s6kmedia@gmail.com


 
 

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