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MAPTalk-Digest Friday, December 21 2007 Volume 07 : Number 134

001 Officers Surround Family at Restaurant
    From: Herb <>
002 Re: MAP: CA dpr folks...
    From: Allan Erickson <>
003 US ND: Producers renewing state hemp licenses, appealing lawsuit decisi
    From: Allan Erickson <>
004 Rasta Revealed
    From: Allan Erickson <>
005 Quote of the Week
    From: Richard Lake <>


Subj: 001 Officers Surround Family at Restaurant
From: Herb <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 22:59:56 -0800

Officers Surround Family at Restaurant 


Subj: 002 Re: MAP: CA dpr folks...
From: Allan Erickson <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 04:00:58 -0800

The email address has been dropped from the post but a telephone # 

in Modesto: 578-2235

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On Dec 19, 2007, at 7:10 PM, Allan Erickson wrote:

> The Modesto Bee is looking for folks who want to be interviewed about 
> racial disparity in drug sentencing in Stanislaus County and 
> incarceration. I know Linda Taylor (bless her pointed little head) 
> will be signing up for this one.
> Here is the story:
> Black people in Stan County Six Times More Likely to go to Prison for 
> Drug Offenses
> and you can contact Bee staff writer Emilie Raguso:
> ae
> ---


Subj: 003 US ND: Producers renewing state hemp licenses, appealing lawsuit decision
From: Allan Erickson <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 18:14:04 -0800

Producers renewing state hemp licenses, appealing lawsuit decision 


NDSU moves toward starting industrial hemp research in 2008 


Subj: 004 Rasta Revealed
From: Allan Erickson <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 19:46:09 -0800

Rasta Revealed
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A reclamation of African identity evolved into a worldwide cultural,
religious, and political movement

Smithsonian magazine
January 2008
By Jess Blumberg

The most recognizable face of the Rastafari movement is the late
musician Bob Marley, immortalized on T-shirts and posters wearing a
crocheted red, gold and green cap over natty dreadlocks in a cloud of
marijuana smoke. Yet the movement, which has more than one million
adherents, is "not about singing reggae," says Jake Homiak, a cultural=20

anthropologist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.=20

"It taps into an enormously deep root=97a sense of longing for a place 
the world by peoples of African descent."

Homiak, who has immersed himself in the culture for 30 years, is the
curator of the recently opened exhibit "Discovering Rastafari!" Nearly=20

20 Rastafarians consulted on all details of the exhibition, the first
of its kind in any major museum.

The exhibit recounts an intricate history and imparts nuance to a
movement that celebrates African liberation, global peace and "one
love." Its origins can be traced to a biblical passage: "Princes shall=20

come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch forth her hands unto
God," reads Psalm 68:31. Enslaved Africans in the American colonies
believed this foretold their emancipation. In the 20th century,
Jamaican black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey frequently cited the
passage, predicting that a savior would be crowned in Africa.

On November 2, 1930, that prophecy appeared to be fulfilled when Ras
(an Ethiopian title of nobility) Tafari Makonnen=97believed to be a
descendant of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon=97was crowned Emperor=20

Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia. Black preachers in Jamaica saw the event=20

as the second coming of Christ. Selassie was a charismatic figure who
captivated audiences worldwide, as when he declared before the United
Nations in 1963, "Until the color of a man's skin is of no more
significance than the color of his eyes...the dream of lasting
peace...will remain but a fleeting illusion." He ruled Ethiopia until
1974, when he was deposed by Marxist revolutionaries. Selassie died a
year later, although many Rastafarians remain firm in the belief that
he is still alive.

"This is a faith of extraordinary commitment," says Homiak, who
describes how early Rastafarians in Jamaica were beaten and publicly
humiliated. "People have sacrificed and struggled to keep this faith
alive." A glass case at the Smithsonian exhibit displays such
manuscripts as the Holy Piby, a proto-Rastafarian text that was widely=20

circulated across the African diaspora before being banned in Jamaica
during the 1920s.

One of the exhibit's advisers, Ras Maurice Clarke=97a Rastafarian
originally from Kingston, Jamaica, who now lives in Washington,
D.C.=97says that he wanted to "dispel the ignorance and fictitious talk=20

about all we do is smoke ganja." Because the advisers were wary of
stereotypes, they debated whether to feature Marley in the exhibit.
Ultimately, they included a small tribute to the king of reggae. "It
made no sense to do an exhibit on Rastafari and exclude the person who=20

was the most famous purveyor of the Rastafari philosophy," Homiak says.

Selassie's messages of liberation and unity are paramount in Marley's
music, as well as in the lives of Rastafarians today. Empress (a title=20

bestowed on a mother) Melanie Wright, who came from Hartford,
Connecticut, with her family to be at the opening, says that she found=20

her calling on the streets of New York after seeing countless posters
of Selassie: "He fought for the freedom of Africa, so part of saying
you're Rastafari means you're living to reclaim that history."=


Subj: 005 Quote of the Week
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 16:52:26 -0800

"Santa Claus wears a Red Suit, He must be a communist. And a beard 
and long hair, Must be a pacifist. What's in that pipe that he's 
smoking?" -- Arlo Guthrie

(From the DrugSense Weekly


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