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Video: Nomadic Wax Global Ciphers - New York City
The Global Ciphers: NYC session features emcees from six different countries spitting in Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and English, all of which have been translated and subtitled for international readers.
“Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Benjamin Spock lead an anti-war march to the United Nations, on 15 April 1967. The protest began in Central Park, where over 150 draft cards were burned, and concluded at United Nations with a speeches by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others.” (link)
“Stop worshipping celebrities so much. Just don’t listen, pay attention. I remember right around September 11th, Ja Rule was on MTV. They say, “We got Ja Rule on the phone, let’s see what Ja’s thoughts are on this tragic-” Who gives a fuck what Ja Rule thinks at a time like this? Nigga this is ridiculous! I don’t wanna dance, I’m scared to death! I want some answers that Ja Rule might not have right now.”
The Young Lords in New York
The Young Lords Party (formed in the early 1960’s in New York City by mostly Puerto Rican students and immigrants, inspired by the Black Panther Party) looked to defend the rights of Puerto Rican immigrants and to struggle for National Liberation. Many became involved in student and anti-war movements and wanted to apply the skills gained in that work to creating a community-based revolutionary organization.