Occupy The Hood: National Effort Coordinated By Detroit Mom

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November 21, 2011 ‐ By Alexis Garrett Stodghill

Occupy the Hood

Did you know that in addition to Occupy Wall Street, there is a movement working along side it called Occupy the Hood? Meant to address the lack of diversity in the better known movement, Occupy the Hood seeks to focus on the economic devastation taking place in black communities. Learn more about the dynamic black mother who is leading this movement in her local community while organizing the national effort online in this piece from HuffPost Black Voices:

On Monday, Ife Johari Uhuru lifted the hood of one of her shop’s high-intensity hair dryers and asked her client to take a seat. As soon as the woman was comfortable, Uhuru grabbed the laptop computer sitting nearby. Uhuru, a Detroit hairstylist and burgeoning activist, had other work to do.

Uhuru, 35, is one of two core coordinators behindOccupy the Hood, a group that aims to bring the concerns of people of color to the global Occupy Wall Street movement. On Monday, she needed to add a few palliative posts to a debate raging on Occupy the Hood’s Facebook page about which issues the group should rally around. She needed to design and print a new flyer for Occupy the Hood’s ongoing food and clothing drive for Detroit’s poor. She needed to convince a few more businesses around town to serve as collection points for the goods. And, in about 20 minutes, Uhuru’s client’s hair would require her full attention. The woman was there to have her dreadlocks washed, deep conditioned and re-twisted.

“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.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

    But the OWS movement is for black people also. They are part of the 99%. OWS is for anyone who is willing to join, there is a lack of diversity, because blacks don’t want to join in the fight in large numbers.  I guess they feel it’s a “white thing” so they choose to sit this one out. They weren’t excluded, blacks chose to exclude themselves. If the big banks aren’t going to listen to the white protesters, what makes you think they will listen to the black ones. I mean I get the point, but it’s a stupid point.

    • Nicole

      I agree with you. OWS isn’t a white thing it’s about everyone. We need to realize that today’s problems are everyones. We are all struggling.

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