This Sunday in Oakland I’m performing at an event in support of the sit-in at Lakeview Elementary school. If you haven’t heard about this, the sit-in was a reaction to hearing this school and several others would be shut down. Teachers, parents, students, and activists occupied the school and began running a summer school program and teaching classes. As a result, the Oakland Police Department eventually forced them out of the school.
To me, this is an example of the people expressing their needs and being shut down by the forces who really control our society. Our youth are having less and less access to quality education and the people have used their right to speak out against that. Keeping schools open and accessible is clearly what the people want. However, instead of working with the people and hearing them out, the local government sent in the police to attack them.
Under the current system we live under now, the police who are supposed to protect and serve the people are always going to protect and serve the corporate and politcal entities that control this country. Those same entities are directly opposed to us having quality education for our youth- they would rather send us on a path to either work for them (slavery) or jail (slavery).
So with that being said, I’m very excited about this event and I’m glad that the organizers reached out to me to perform alongside great artists like Boots Riley of The Coup, Digital Martyrs, and more. If you’re in the area, definitely make sure you come through. If you’re not in the area or you just can’t make it, please do what you can to spread the word.