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The people who sent the present Mayor to get rid of Newark’s Home Rule

and squeeze super profits from its people are supplying Booker with big

bux (about 3 million . . .) and he has publicly stated that he will use this money 

to defeat . . . the strongest challenger the whole city knows is RAS BARAKA.



Books by Amiri Baraka

Tales of the Out & the Gone  / The Essence of Reparations / Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems  / Blues People

 Autobiography of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka / Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones / Black Music

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Why You Need to Send Some Money

to  Ras Baraka in Newark!

By Amiri Baraka


Three years ago Newark, NJ. lost most of its semblance of “Home Rule,” which was a point of pride, though always flawed and shaky at best.

The Booker  Administration raised our taxes 8%  his  first thirty days in office and has since gotten rid of the highest ranking Afro-American police officers so that the top ten Newark police officers now are Non-Black, in a city still  60% Afro American.

To emphasize this loss of self determination, both the head of the Housing Authority and Superintendent of Schools are Booker imports. The Housing Authority head says he refuses to live in Newark and the School Superintendent moved from New York City where he had been living since his appointment, he was formerly Superintendent in Washington, DC but somehow got the job here. Now he lives in a brand new luxury apartment that is actually right across the street from the Board of Education, yet he has a chauffeured limousine pick him up each morning and circle the block to take him to work.

To top it all off, not only has the Afro American fire chief been removed, but now Booker is trying to sell the city’s water. He is trying to sell the 38,000 acre parcel of land Newark’s water supply sits on to an unknown “Water Authority.” Though Newark’s citizens stopped this outrage a couple of months ago, Booker has simply submerged his plan, submarine style, but we have no doubt it will re emerge when he and his collaborators think the time is right.

There is much speculation across the city that with the water sale Booker is trying to pay off the 6.5 million dollar debt he owes to the elite groups that gave him that much to buy the City of Newark in the last election.

The most important way to stop this toxic governance at the top is to have a city council that has the welfare of Newark’s citizens as its main concern. Unfortunately the majority of Newark’s city council are there for the ride. Most came in with the Booker money and they let the Mayor do pretty much what he wants to keep their seats.

So it's up to the people to rock this boat so a few of Booker’s Aides masquerading as Councilpersons lose their seats.

The seat most needed to be filled with an actual Councilperson rather than a Booker “Aide” is in Newark’s most populous South Ward. From the filthy streets to the intimidating murder rate, the South’s present councilman is a no show. And after three years it’s no secret. Walk through the south ask the people, most don’t know him, those who do are likely to use profanity.

But the problem is Booker’s Bucks!   The people who sent the present Mayor to get rid of Newark’s Home Rule and squeeze super profits from its people are supplying Booker with big bux (about 3 million now according to Time Magazine) and he has publicly stated that he will use this money to defeat the strongest challenger to his South Ward aide. That strongest challenger the whole city knows is RAS BARAKA.

Ras, who is currently Principal of Central High School, one of the largest and newest in the city, succeeded Donald Tucker as At Large Councilman but lost his seat in 06 in the Booker debacle. He was also Deputy Mayor under Sharpe James, at no salary. Booker pays his Deputy Mayors in excess of $100,000 per, none of which are Newark people, talking all the while about Budget Deficits.

Ras, the second son of activist-artists Amiri and Amina Baraka, is eminently and obviously qualified. He was Principal at Hawthorne Middle School, Assistant Principal at Weequahic High and he is also a published poet, his book Black Girls Learn Love Hard and a CD with Lauren Hill, Shorty for Mayor.

The municipal Election of May 2010 will be one of the most important to the city’s future. Ras Baraka can provide that “single spark” of Questions and Answers to Newark’s loss of Home Rule and put us back on the path of self determination for the city’s residents once again.

$2500 is the most a single contributor can give, but any amount will help. We are making this call across the nation because our situation is that Wrong and we want to begin to turn it around. You received this letter because we felt that you would understand and moreover that you would HELP!

You can contribute online at or you can send your check to:

Payable to Friends of Ras Baraka

Friends of Ras Baraka

PO Box 912

Newark, New Jersey 07102

posted 15 December 2009

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Tracy K. Smith, author of Life on Mars has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In its review of the book, Publishers Weekly noted the collection's "lyric brilliance" and "political impulses [that] never falter." A New York Times review stated, "Smith is quick to suggest that the important thing is not to discover whether or not we're alone in the universe; it's to accept—or at least endure—the universe's mystery. . . . Religion, science, art: we turn to them for answers, but the questions persist, especially in times of grief. Smith's pairing of the philosophically minded poems in the book’s first section with the long elegy for her father in the second is brilliant." Life on Mars follows Smith's 2007 collection, Duende, which won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, the only award for poetry in the United States given to support a poet's second book, and the first Essence Literary Award for poetry, which recognizes the literary achievements of African Americans. The Body’s Question (2003) was her first published collection.

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