Aljazeera writes: (even though I don’t use the name Uhuru anymore)
“Al Jazeera spoke with Ife Johari Uhuru, a mother and activist in Detroit, Michigan, who signed onto Rhasaan’s idea early on, and began coordinating outreach for the group.
AJE: What is Occupy The Hood and why is there a need for it?
IJU: When Occupy Wall Street started it just focused on capitalism and classism, and I think that some social issues were not brought up. You can’t separate capitalism from racism – even if we did away with capitalism there would still be racism – so I posed this question to people of colour on Twitter and Facebook: Do you think more people would be involved if racism was included in this movement along with capitalism? And the overwhelming consensus was yes.”
The Huffington Post writes:
“I’m a single mom, a small business owner, a daughter, a neighbor. I have a lot of obligations,” said Uhuru, who is black and lives in Novi, a community about 30 minutes northwest of downtown Detroit. “But trying to foster something where people who look like me, who have the same concerns as me are seen and heard? Doing that, I’ve discovered a whole new kind of busy.”
The Village Voice writes:
Strategically, Occupy the Hood doesn’t want to separate itself from Occupy Wall Street. But the leaders say that minority concerns are often left out of the OWS discussion. “I see Occupy Wall Street putting forth demands and a lot of times those demands don’t speak to the 99% that we all claim to be,” Uhuru said. “Some people can’t speak for certain people.”
We just heard about Occupy the Hood today through Twitter, which the leaders have been using to spread their message over the last two weeks. And the message has apparently started to blow up in recent days; Uhuru said she fields calls from every major city in the country and recently heard from California congresswoman Maxine Waters. According to Rhasaan, who was down at Zuccotti when we spoke, he’s been bringing in people off the street every day, and noticing Occupy the Hood’s influence in other ways.
“There are white kids out here holding signs saying ‘Occupy the Hood,'” he said. “It’s a family thing.”