Occupy The Hood is a movement for the empowerment and liberation of communities of color. It was the first affiliate group inspired by the Occupy Wall Street Movement before solidarity camps began to spring up all around the world.
"On July 13, 2011, "Culture Jammers HQ" at Adbusters issued a call to action: Occupy Wall Street! The goal stated is to gather 20,000 people to Wall Street, in New York, NY on September 17, 2011, beginning a popular occupation of that space for two months and more." occupywallstreet.org
The Occupy movement has spread to every state in America and many countries around the world including Canada, England, South Africa, China, Wales, Australia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Tibet, Spain, Kenya, Nigeria, France, Russia, Japan, Haiti, Israel, India, South Korea, Egypt and Germany just to name a few. This is a true international grassroots movement to unify people of all ages, races, cultures, religions, political ideologies, education levels, sexual orientations and income levels against broken Democracies around the world where money and influence drown out the voices of the people.
Occupy the Hood was started between September 17-24 by Malik Rahsaan, Ife Johari and Preach pictured below from left to right. It focuses on the grievances of minorities and indigenous Americans in order to encourage people from underrepresented communities to become activists. Occupy the Hood has spread to several cities including Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, Richmond, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, New Orleans, New York, Detroit, Boston, Pittsburg, Seattle, Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Chicago and now the seven cities of Hampton Roads Virginia.
Occupy the Hood is just a continuation of the struggle for liberation, self-determination and equality that our ancestors began with the first slave ships over 400 year ago. From slave rebellions, civil war, civil rights and the rise of anti-war, environmental and black liberation groups of the 60's, 70's and 80's to now, Occupy the Hood is our generation's chance to challenge the current balance of power, complete the work of our ancestors and fulfill obligations to our children to make the world a better place for them. We pay homage to those that have given their lives for the struggle and strive to embody that spirit of perseverance and love for our people and their future.
Occupy the Hood Hampton Roads began in October of 2011 and has grown from its humble beginnings with the two founding administrators Aaron Thomas and Kenietta Miller into a dynamic group of activists. Our goal is to highlight the economic and social conditions in the communities of People of Color that make our involvement in this worldwide movement a necessity. This site was created, not in the spirit of divisiveness or to promote race baiting, but out of a sincere love and concern for minority communities and their future. We want to promote thoughtful, intelligent and respectful discourse about the issues facing People of Color today and how we can reclaim our communities from poverty, the prison industrial complex, fatal police brutality, employment discrimination, obesity and disease going forward.