Consider Kwanzaa

Hanukkah and Christmas and have come and gone. They have fulfilled their traditional missions for many of us. Consider Kwanzaa. Create your own traditions to accompany the Holiday/New Year period and light a candle to it!

  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
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We Need Voices

We need voices large as the ocean
to whisper into the piled tinder
the spark will come
flame leaping from prophetic lips
stolen from self-proclaimed gods.

We need prayers righteous as half babies
alters without sacrifice
hands that help hands
regardless of regard
love as everyone.

We need a supreme seppuku
to circumcise human nature
disembowel its apex predator
leaving an Eden gardener
believing all trees have knowledge.