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From Ali Michael and Mary Conger: "Members of [a particular White affinity group] have complained that they never quite know how to describe our meetings—“I’m off to my white group tonight!” The thought of white people convening to discuss race conjures images of the KKK and other supremacist organizations. How ironic, given that white people routinely gather in monochromatic groups to discuss just about everything—except race— in our segregated society. Somehow, white people discussing race together can seem wrong or threatening. Because of this inherent fear, white people often wait to talk about race until we are in interracial dialogues."

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What happened in 1971? ... It simply shifted from exploiting one group of people to exploiting everyone as much as it could.... We had a dream once, too. An American dream. But if we see the past carefully, we will see that it never was at all. The economy went from segregation to stagnation, seeking to replace cheap labour lost. The dream hides that ugly truth with a pretty lie, as all dreams of the past do.

Dreams of the past prevent us from having dreams about the future.

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What follows is a presentation of one such project actively being conducted by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and its parent organization the New Afrikan Peoples Organization (NAPO) called the Jackson – Kush Plan. The Jackson – Kush or J - K Plan is an initiative to build a base of autonomous power in Mississippi concentrated in Jackson and the eastern Black belt portions of the state that can serve as a catalyst for the attainment of Black self-determination and the democratic transformation of the economy.

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People denied their agency and power and subjected to external authority need vehicles to exercise their self-determination and exert their power. A People’s Assembly is a vehicle of democratic social organization that, when properly organized, allows people to exercise their agency, exert their power, and practice democracy....

When considering these functions and how they are executed In Jackson, it is critical to note that our model makes clear distinctions between the Assembly as an “event”, the Assembly as a “process”, and the Assembly as an “institution”. In Jackson, the Assembly, as an event, is where we take up general questions and issues and deliberate and decide on what can, should, and will be done to address it. The process of the Assembly, where the more detailed questions of strategy, planning, and setting concrete timelines, measurable goals, and deliverables are refined is conducted through the People’s Task Force and the various committees and working groups of the Assembly. The Assembly as an institution is a product of the combined social weight of the Assembly’s events, processes, actions, and social outcomes.

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"The rise in student debt is potentially a bigger concern, because it has been going on for more than a decade with no end in sight," Pearce added. "The sharper increase in average debt among older borrowers suggest that there is a rising share of the population struggling to repay legacy student debt."

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B Stevenson: There are narratives we have that we rely on to feel comfortable with the status quo. I mean, the people who came to this country as settlers didn't think of themselves as inhumane or barbaric or killers or mass murderers. They just didn't see the native people that they forced off their land as fully human. They said those people were savages. They used that narrative of racial difference to justify their comfort. We used that same narrative of racial difference to justify centuries of enslavement.

I actually think the great evil of American slavery wasn't involuntary servitude and forced labor. The true evil of American slavery was the narrative we created to justify it. They made up this ideology of white supremacy that cannot be reconciled with our Constitution, that cannot be reconciled with a commitment to fair and just treatment of all people. They made it up so they could feel comfortable while enslaving other people.

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Today a social aid and pleasure club is a club that's brought together by people who are friends -- many of them went to high school together -- and who have a common goal of sharing conviviality and pleasure as well as mutual aid. Most historians trace the origins to the 19th century, around [the time of] emancipation.

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