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NCORE-Miami, FL and Town Hall Meeting, San Jose

Posted Mar 29 2006

Jun 12 2004 - Pics related to the recent National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) that was held in Miami Beach. I was fortunate enough to co-present a workshop on hip hop and social justice, alongside Ann Pham, the Assistant Director of the Multicultural Student Center at the University of Wisconsin. Omari from the Detroit spoken-word group Third Eye Open also did an impromptu performance for the workshop. For those not familiar with NCORE, it attracts more than 1,500 participants from around the U.S. and abroad to address issues of diversity related the educational system. After the conference, I was able to spend some time exploring South Florida, including the Everglades and Key West, which were absolutely amazing. If you haven’t had a chance to make it down there you should definitely add it to your short list. I also made it out to an island about 70 miles east of Key West, where I nearly drowned. That was fun. Click here to read an account of that excursion. Upon my return to the Bay I attended a town hall meeting in San Jose, which was sponsored by the Zulu Nation, 5th Element, and Lyrical Discipline. Panelists included hip-hop commentator Davey D, legendary MC Prince Whipper Whip, Leon Brown of Hoops and Hip Hop, the daughter of Rudy Cardenas, who was shot and killed by the San Jose police, and Hector Gonzales of Debug magazine. Topics included the state of hip hop and police brutality. It was a great example of grassroots organizing.

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