An Un-Representative Democracy: How Gerrymandering Distorts Our Government

Presenter Walt Sorg, a longtime Broadcast Journalist/Communications ConsultaImagent and former Senior Advisor to the Speaker of Michigan House of Representative (Bobby Crim), will detail how our increasingly dysfunctional Congress and legislature are here to stay unless we end a system that lets politicians tailor their own districts for their own self-interests rather than the public good.

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

            7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Auditorium

Capital Area District Library

401 South Capital Avenue

Lansing, Michigan 48933

This event is a presentation of The X Foundation and the views expressed are not sponsored by, nor endorsed by, The Capital Area District Library.

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Xicano: An Autobiography

In 1969 in Denver, Colorado, the First Annual Chicano Liberation Conference was held. It was attended by over 1500 very angry participants from throughout the United States. This included school teachers, college professors, students, laborers, ex-cons, vatos and vucas. Mainstream society referred to this invisible minority by a variety of different and inaccurate names: Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, Hispanics, the Spanish-speaking, and La Raza. By the end of the three-day conference, the participants left uniformly discarding their colonial orphan identities, and announced to the world their new self-imposed identity, Chicano.

Apaxu Maiz, a conference participant and author of his book Xicano: An Autobiography, shows the origin, phonetic and political evolution of the word Chicano and the people who embrace it.

When: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

            7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Auditorium

Capital Area District Library

401 South Capital Avenue

Lansing, Michigan 48933

This event is a presentation of The X Foundation and the views expressed are not sponsored by, nor endorsed by, The Capital Area District Library.

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Dr. King’s Dream: A Nightmare 50 Years Later

mlkOn August 28, 1963, Dr, Martin Luther King Jr. led a historic march on Washington D.C. for Jobs and Freedom. Fifty years later, Dr. King’s dream of an American economic equality remains a nightmare. Dr. Cornel West describes an America that had largely turned on King after the 1963 march:

“. . . during the last years of King’s life, when 72 percent of whites and 55 percent of blacks disapproved of King’s opposition to the Vietnam War and his efforts to eradicate poverty in America. King’s dream of a more democratic America had become, in his words, “a nightmare,” owing to the persistence of “racism, poverty, militarism and materialism.” He called America a “sick society.” On the Sunday after his assassination, in 1968, he was to have preached a sermon titled “Why America May Go to Hell.”

Join the X Foundation on the 50th anniversary of the King’s March on Washington for a special “town hall dialogue” as we discuss the “Santa Clausifying” of Martin Luther King Jr. and how those efforts have served to whitewash the life of one of the greatest revolutionaries in human history.

When: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

            7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Auditorium

Capital Area District Library

401 South Capital Avenue

Lansing, Michigan 48933

This event is a presentation of The X Foundation and the views expressed are not sponsored by, nor endorsed by, The Capital Area District Library.

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Malcolm X Lansing on the Radio!

X Foundation Co-Founders, Doug Warren and Dennis Burnside, were guests of Bonnie Bucqueroux and Bill Castanier this Monday, July 1, at 7 p.m. on their program, Lansing Online News Radio. We discussed, among other things, two major U.S. Supreme Court cases from the last week. We were joined on the panel by East Lansing Mayor Pro-Tem, Nathan Triplett, and the Managing Director for Equality of Michigan, Emily Dievendorf. You can hear the show locally on WLNZ 89.7 FM in Lansing. You can hear the program live live worldwide each Monday night at this link: Lansing Online News Radio on LCC 89.7 FM and LCC.edu/Radio

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Death of the Liberal Class

DeathofLiberalClassFrom the Publisher: For decades the liberal class was a defense against the worst excesses of power. But the pillars of the liberal class— the press, universities, the labor movement, the Democratic Party, and liberal religious institutions—have collapsed. In its absence, the poor, the working class, and even the middle class no longer have a champion.

In this searing polemic Chris Hedges indicts liberal institutions, including his former employer, the New York Times, who have distorted their basic beliefs in order to support unfettered capitalism, the national security state, globalization, and staggering income inequalities. Hedges argues that the death of the liberal class created a profound vacuum at the heart of American political life. And now speculators, war profiteers, and demagogues— from militias to the Tea Party—are filling the void.

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About the Presenter: Doug Warren, a Michigan native who grew up in West Michigan’s “Right-Wing, Christian-Reformed Gulag” before moving to Lansing in 1997, is a co-founder and co-director of the X Foundation. He was instrumental in the efforts to have Lansing’s historic Main Street renamed Malcolm X Street in 2010. A radio producer by trade, his 2007 radio documentary of the 1967 Detroit Riot/Rebellion can be heard at this link. He is currently writing two books. The first book is a history of the Detroit Lions. And the second, is a comprehensive study of post-WWII Detroit, circa 1945-60. Excerpts from both books can be read at his website: waketheherd.com

When: Wednesday, July 31, 2013

            7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Auditorium

Capital Area District Library

401 South Capital Avenue

Lansing, Michigan 48933

This event is a presentation of The X Foundation and the views expressed are not sponsored by, nor endorsed by, The Capital Area District Library.

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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

Overview: “Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry ruptured the union between North and South. Yet few Americans know the true story of the militant idealists who invaded Virginia before the Civil War. Now, Midnight Rising paints Brown’s uprising in vivid color, capturing a nation on the brink of explosive conflict.

“Unlike most abolitionists, Brown was prepared to shed blood in the cause of freedom. After fighting against slavery in Bleeding Kansas, he secured money and guns from clandestine backers called the Secret Six, and convened a guerrilla band that included three of his sons, his teenaged daughter, a former slave desperate to free his wife from bondage, and a dashing poet who acted as a spy inside Virginia. Then, late one autumn night in 1859, Brown marched from his mountain hideout into Harpers Ferry, seizing the town’s federal armory and vowing to liberate every slave in the South.

“The bloody fight at Harpers Ferry prompted a counterattack by U.S. Marines under Robert E. Lee and shocked an already divided nation. While Southerners branded the raid an act of treason and terror, Brown’s bravery and eloquence made him a hero to many Northerners. The crisis also helped elect Abraham Lincoln, who later began to fulfill Brown’s dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a measure the president once labeled “a John Brown raid, on a gigantic scale.”

“In this riveting book, Tony Horwitz probes the troubled soul of Brown, the desperate passion of his followers, and the spirit of a sundered nation. The result is both a taut historical drama and a telling portrait of a fiery time that still resonates in our own.”

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About the Presenter: Dennis Burnside, a native of Kalamazoo and a Lansing resident for thirty years, is a co-founder and co-director of the X Foundation. He was instrumental in the efforts to have Lansing’s historic Main Street renamed Malcolm X Street in 2010. A dynamic speaker, debater and voracious reader, Mr. Burnside’s presentations are always a must see.

When: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

            7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Auditorium

Capital Area District Library

401 South Capital Avenue

Lansing, Michigan 48933

This event is a presentation of The X Foundation and the views expressed are not sponsored by, nor endorsed by, The Capital Area District Library.

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Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee

Overview: It’s the mid-1960’s, and everyone is fighting back. Black Americans are fighting for civil rights, the counterculture is trying to subvert the Vietnam War, and women are fighting for their liberations.

Indians were fighting, too, thought it’s a fight few have documented, and even fewer remember. At the time, newspapers and television broadcast were filled with images of Indian activists staging dramatic events such as the seizure of Alcatraz in 1969, the storming of the Bureau of Indian Affairs building on the eve of Nixon’s re-election in 1972, and the American Indian Movement (AIM)-supported seizure of Wounded Knee by the Oglala Sioux in 1973. Like a Hurricane puts these events into historical context and provides one of the first narrative accounts of that momentous period.likeahurricane

Unlike most other books written about American Indians, this book does not seek to persuade readers that government policies were cruel and misguided. Nor is it told from the perspective of outsiders looking in. Written by two American Indians, Paul Chaat Smith and Robert Allen Warrior. Like a Hurricane is a gripping account of how for a brief, but brilliant, season Indians strategized to change the course and tone of American Indian-U.S. government interaction. Unwaveringly honest, it analyzes not only the period’s successes but also its failures.

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About the Presenter: Author (Looking 4 Aztlan; Xicano: A Biography) and longtime activist, Apaxu Maiz, will recount the book with his own first hand recollections as a member of the 1960s Civil Rights struggles. He will also “dissect the differences between ‘Occupation,’ ‘Pre-Occupation,’ and ‘Re-Occupation,'” and offer lessons for the civil, human and economic rights movements of the 21st Century from Wall Street to Main Street.

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

            7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Auditorium

Capital Area District Library

401 South Capital Avenue

Lansing, Michigan 48933

This event is a presentation of The X Foundation and the views expressed are not sponsored by, nor endorsed by, The Capital Area District Library.

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Unlikely Saviors: Realizing The Positive Impact Amateur and Professional Athletes Can Have On Society Through Philanthropy

UnlikelySaviorsIt’s no question that athletes are arguable some of societies most respected, highly regarded and sometimes controversial individuals. In his book, Lindsay explores how athletes can use the admiration and notoriety they receive as a platform to have a significant impact on many of society’s ills. Lindsay will highlight specific professional athlete’s charitable foundations, and other sports related philanthropic organizations. This book will be a valuable resource to be used by everyone from the team coach to the team captain, varsity amateur player to veteran professional player, soccer mom to single mom, and community activist to charitable foundation, because unlike sports, in philanthropy, everyone wins.

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

            7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Auditorium

Capital Area District Library

401 South Capital Avenue

Lansing, Michigan 48933

About the Author/Presenter: Lindsay Huddleston is a native Detroiter, and former high school teacher and basketball coach. He has traveled the United States and Canada as a motivational speaker. Presently, along with being the Founder and C.E.O. of The Huddleston Group LLC, motivational speaking and nonprofit consulting company, Lindsay is a former lobbyist for a Fortune 1 Corporation in which he has managed over several million in charitable giving to communities throughout America.

For more information, please visit the Unlikely Saviors website.

This event is a presentation of The X Foundation and the views expressed are not sponsored by, nor endorsed by, The Capital Area District Library.

For more information visit www.MalcolmXLansing.org

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Paper Tigers Lecture Series Presents: 2013 and Beyond?

PTBClogoFrom the re-election of  President Barack Obama; the assault on organized labor and women in Michigan; the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; to the violent tragedies at Aurora and Sandy Hook – 2012 was a year of great change and challenge.

Meanwhile, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, as well as the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

With all that is swirling around us, we are reminded of the words of Dr. King, who said in 1967:

“We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values…when machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

Those words are as true today as they were 46 years ago. . . .

So what are we as Americans to do in 2013 to create a society that Dr. King and all Americans could be proud of?

Please join the X Foundation for a open dialogue to discuss the challenges as well as potential solutions to the many problems we face in Mid-Michigan, the United States and beyond.

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

            6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Auditorium

Capital Area District Library

401 South Capital Avenue

Lansing, Michigan 48933

This event is a presentation of The X Foundation and the views expressed are not sponsored by, nor endorsed by, The Capital Area District Library.

For more information visit www.MalcolmXLansing.org

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The Paper Tigers Book Club announces our October and November Events

Presenting monthly presentations/discussions America’s corporate media is afraid to talk about.

Where Did We Go Wrong?

Author/researcher, Charles Bell, is a Detroit, Michigan native and graduate of Detroit Public Schools and Wayne State University. Throughout the course of earning Bachelor and Masters degrees at Wayne State, Charles became deeply frustrated with the education and political leadership in Detroit as well as the lack of focus on “real” change in academia. Where Did We Go Wrong allowed Charles to provide an insightful analysis on the quality of education in urban cities, such as Detroit, and propose critical questions regarding the factors that contribute to the problems we see in the African American community today.

Where: Auditorium

Capital Area District Library, Lansing Public Library

401 South Capital Avenue

Lansing, Michigan 48933

 

When: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

             6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Economic Stimulus, Jobs and the 2008 Financial Crisis

Lansing Community College economics professor, Jessica Kelton, explains the global economy’s modern trend to deregulate the financial markets and how that set the stage for the 2008 financial crisis, which featured historically low interest rates and high levels of speculation leading to the housing bubble. Professor Kelton also explains how unemployment is affected by the business cycle, and how stimulus creates jobs with an emphasis on the fact that government cannot stimulate the economy forever.  In fact, long term, sustainable economic growth is possible when government is instead focused on public investment projects that promote world-class infrastructure and human capital development. Finally, the talk concludes by offering a different savings and investment model – one which keeps our assets closer to home and incentivizes local communities to buy and save locally.

Where: Auditorium

Capital Area District Library, Lansing Public Library

401 South Capital Avenue

Lansing, Michigan 48933

 

When:              Wednesday, November 28, 2012

                                    6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Both events are presentations of The X Foundation and the views expressed are not sponsored by, nor endorsed by, The Capital Area District Library.

For more information visit www.MalcolmXLansing.org

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Paper Tigers TV: “Between Ballots and Bullets: Malcolm X, Black Rhetoric, and Democratic Civic Engagement in the Global Hip Hop Umma”

On Friday night, September 21, at 10 p.m. on Lansing (Comcast) channel 16, the X Foundation and Paper Tigers Book Club presented, Between Ballots and Bullets: Malcolm X, Black Rhetoric, and Democratic Civic Engagement in the Global Hip Hop Umma.
The program was recorded on August 29, 2012 at the Capitol Area District Library in Lansing, Michigan. It is now available online for you to view at your leisure.

The program lecture/discussion was led by Austin Dorell Jackson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and African American Studies and the Director of the My Brother’s Keeper program at Michigan State University.

Portions of a lively, post-lecture, discussion with Professor Jackson and those in attendance is also included in tonight’s program.

From Harlem street corners to the urban battlefields of the “Arab Spring,” the figure of Malcolm X within Rap/Hip Hop has played a significant role in popular protest worldwide. . . . Malcolm X’s (re)appearance in contemporary popular culture raises a number of significant questions: How does the rhetoric of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz “speak” to contemporary struggles for racial, social, and economic justice?  What does it mean to the Global Muslim Hip Hop Community?  And how has Malcolm X’s message and image manifested locally, especially within grassroots movements throughout his home state of Michigan?  We will explore these questions in the backdrop of the Arab Spring uprisings abroad and the Occupy Movement here at home.  We’ll focus particular attention to the ongoing democratic crisis in Michigan, where right-wing, anti-democratic political forces seek to limit ballot access in upcoming federal elections and eliminate local voting rights in most majority-Black cities in the state.  Malcolm X’s famous “Ballot or the Bullet” speech will serve as the backdrop for our conversation on these and other major concerns.

NOTE: This event and tonight’s broadcast was/is not sponsored by the Capitol Area District Library (CADL) and the views expressed during the program do not represent those of the CADL nor any of their employees or support staff.

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For more information on this and future Paper Tigers events, please email malcolmxlansing@gmail.com or visit http://www.MalcolmXLansing.org

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Paper Tigers Book Club Presents: The ACT: A Covenant Transformation with Charles Thomas

The ACT: A Covenant Transformation

A special presentation/discussion with author Charles Thomas and his groundbreaking 2012 book.

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Location: Capital Area District Library – 401 South Capitol Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48933

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

From the author: This book came to me out of inspiration and with a lifetime of research of reading the major books of religions. Because of this study, I come to this conclusion about religion and it has become a burning desire to explain the finding. The main finding was that religion has divided the world of mankind and is controlling man’s behavior. Religion is just a word of general use, it really means that a person believes in a certain discipline of whatever his leading body is teaching. This also can apply to a whole society, but the big catch is this – That all religions are built on man’s ideologies and they have taken their toll on societies and families, especially in the African American community. You see, one has to help himself before he can help another.

In this book, I explain how vital it is according to the words of the Lord. It states in all the major books of religion, that there is a promise to us and it is free for those who live according to his Holy Covenant. And there is a divine protection given to those that are under the promise of his Covenant. You are given spiritual leverage and spiritual favors, but you have the choice to accept the Covenant and live within the protection of it, or to practice man’s religion-ideologies.

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For more information on the Paper Tigers Book Club, please email us at malcolmxlansing@gmail.com or visit our website at www.malcolmxlansing.org

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Street Talk with Ammahad Shekarakki: Election 2012 with Dennis Burnside

We are proud to present the recent 90-minute conversation that Ammahad and Street Talk producer, Doug Warren, recently had with longtime friend and fellow X Foundation co-director, Dennis Burnside. The chief topic is the 2012 U.S. presidential election and the state of Democracy in the United States. We also explore other economic and social issues of the day, such as voter registration, health care, privatization and the War on Drugs.

Street Talk airs Friday nights at 10 p.m. in Lansing, Michigan on (Comcast) cable channel 16. Replays on Ch. 16 are Saturdays at 2 p.m., world wide on our YouTube page and here at MalcolmXLansing.org.

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Street Talk with Ammahad Shekarakki – Dennis Burnside, Part One

Street Talk with Ammahad Shekarakki is back on the air in Lansing after a four-year hiatus. The program will air on Friday night, at 10 p.m. on Lansing (Comcast) cable channel 16. Replays will be Saturdays at 2 p.m. and on the internet world wide on MalcolmXLansing.org.

Here in the first of a three part series, Ammahad chats with longtime friend and X Foudnation co-director, Dennis Burnside.

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“Street Talk with Ammahad Shekarakki” returns to Lansing television Friday at 10 PM!

From 1992 through 2008, on Lansing’s local cable access channel, X Foundation co-director Ammahad Shekarakki hosted a program called Street Talk. Street Talk was a show that focused on interviews with every day folks from Lansing talking about the political, social and economic issues of the day.

Ammahad, as well as many other quality producers of local programming, were forced to end their programs when the local station’s facilities and equipment were shuttered by Comcast at the end of 2008.

The X Foundation is proud to announce that Ammahad and Street Talk are back.

This Friday night, September 7, on Lansing Cable Access Channel 16, Street Talk with Ammahad Shekarakki, returns to the airwaves at 10 PM. Replays will be Saturdays at 2 PM.

Ammahad’s first guest is his longtime friend and X Foundation co-director, Dennis Burnside.

Street Talk archives will be linked to on our website, so that those of you outside the Lansing area will be able to view, and hopefully share, the programs at your leisure via the internet.

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Malcolm X: Make It Plain (PBS 1994)

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Malaak Shabazz, Daughter of Malcolm X, Visits Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University

A nice video presentation from the folks at FSU. Visit the museum website fro more information.

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Malcolm X, Michigan State University, January 23, 1963:

On this opening day of the Spartans’ 2012 season, I just wanted to remind folks that the biggest events on the MSU campus have not always been football games.

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Still waiting . . .

for the hypocrisy to end and justice to be served.

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