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Ashraf Cassiem: South African Resistance Against Evictions

Marlon Crump
Wednesday, November 18, 2009;

“We didn’t have a name, we didn’t have an identity, but our action gave us an identity.” Ashraf Cassiem, lead organizer, chairperson of Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, explaining the birth of the community organization.

Earlier this year, my family of POOR Magazine/PNN learned of their struggles within the South African communities of Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg, among others. Since then, a series has been produced for their silenced, unheard voices.

Sistas In Savage Society: A poem about single mothers

Marlon Crump/Poverty Scholar POOR Magazine
Friday, November 3, 2006;

Did y'all see?
Did y'all see?

You reekers
of public reliefers,
when she told you
she had to work lengthy hours,
while you smiled,
a vile and vicious smile.
You knew
she had to drift a couple of miles,
with ancient shoes on her feet,
a house with no heat
and giving her a workfare
she can never complete:

You did so,
sitting in office leather upholstery,
engulfed by lies of leisures,
weekend planning of nightclubs,
stacked with papers
of promissory poverties.
You still ask

Sir, I need to see your receipt! And Your Bag...

Marlon Crump/PNN
Thursday, March 26, 2009;

Wow, I thought to myself, I just purchased some groceries, and I hadn't even gotten past the security monitor checkpoint, and here was a supermarket employee profiling me!

In the aftermath of my near-death police brutality experience surrounding "racial profiling" and even "class profling" by a dozen members of the San Francisco Police Department on October 7th, 2005 at 11:50 p.m, I felt that I wouldn't be "profiled" by any law enforcement official ever again or at least in this lifetime.

Silenced Mamas: Challenging An Anti-Mama San Francisco Family Law Court Judge

Marlon Crump/PNN
Tuesday, April 22, 2008;

We're not just members of the bar
Here in Familawt,

We're connoisseurs of the bizarre!
Best interests of the children is our watchword
We frown upon disparagement and blame
In short there's simply not, a more congenial spot

For ending your relationship than here in Fam-i-lawt

(Sung to the tune of Camelot, written by David Fink.)


Marlon Crump
Tuesday, August 7, 2007;

By Marlon Crump

"We got an issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their... their love with women all across the country."

President George W. Bush got the crowd roaring at the Kabuki Theater during Michael Moore's latest documentary, Sicko.

SF Walk Against Rape

Marlon Crump/PNN
Thursday, May 14, 2009;

"It means breaking out of the silence of crying alone!"

As I awoke, I quickly rubbed the sleep from my eyes, cobwebs from my head, and weariness from my body. I then checked the time on my cell phone:

It was 10:35 a.m.

Resisting Imperialism:The Afrikan People's Revolutionary Party speaks at Indigenous Peoples' Day

Marlon Crump/PNN
Wednesday, August 15, 2007;

"We are all living in an imperialistic country, an imperialistic government, in an imperialistic world."


Marlon Crump/PNN Revolutionary Legal Scholar
Thursday, October 2, 2008;

"The goal of this initiative is to breed widespread fear and panic among the public. It relies heavily on law enforcement strategies and incarceration as a means to promote public safety. This Prop 6 is resurrecting failed crime polices from the past in effort to promote the prison industrial complex."

Prop 6 is a proposed ballot initiative called the "Safe Neighborhoods Act" which is a "gang injunctions" gentrification tool that is aimed at youth in communities of color.

Poor People Only Have HELLthcare: Part of a PNN series on the real situation for poor people needing healthcare in Amerikkka

Marlon Crump and Laure McElroy/PNN poverty scholars in residence
Sunday, October 11, 2009

“I have cataracts in both eyes, diabetic feet, advanced periodontal disease and PTSD, “ says Mesha Monge-Irizary,a local organizer, powerful woman, and the founder of ISARC (Idriss Stelley Action Resource Center). Mesha continued, “Now that medi-Cal cut off othamology, podiatry, dentistry, and long-term mental healthcare I may be forced to die blind, with amputated feel, toothless and crazy!"


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