Survival Programs: Hurricane Katrina, the Black Panthers and the Angola 3, an Evening with Malik Rahim of the Common Ground Collective

NEXT Monday night, August 3rd, please join us at Good Samaritan for this event that will happen at 630pm at the Church, sponsored by the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign Florida​: 

An Evening with Malik Rahim​, founder of the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans as he discusses Survival Programs: Hurricane Katrina, the Black Panthers, and the Angola 3 

Photo of Mr. Rahim was taken at Dolores Park in San Francisco October 27, 2007. Rahim, representing Common Ground, gave a speech to an anti-war crowd who had marched from San Francisco's Civic Center.

Photo of Mr. Rahim was taken at Dolores Park in San Francisco October 27, 2007. Rahim, representing Common Ground, gave a speech to an anti-war crowd who had marched from San Francisco’s Civic Center.

August 29th will mark the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In that apocalyptic atmosphere, life reorganized itself. In the face of the inaction of the public authorities and white vigilantes roaming the streets shooting at unarmed black males, forgotten forms of resistance were reborn. Malik Rahim, a former black panther, and a handful of anti-authoritarians created Common Ground Collective, and with it health clinics, tool lending library, eviction defense, roof-tarping, distribution of aid, community gardens, a woman’s shelter, tree-cutting service, community media center, bioremediation, debris clean up, radio station, they stopped house demolitions, documented police abuses and more. In effect, being “a conduit for the twenty-first century version of the Ten Point Program” These efforts led even ABC’s Nightline to call Common Ground “A very remarkable group of Americans who just may save New Orleans”.

But none of this would have been possible if it hadn’t been for the Angola 3: three panthers in Louisiana’s Angola prison wrongly convicted of murdering a jail guard. The founders of Common Ground found each other through advocating for the release of these political prisoners. Malik Rahim, will recount this history and share the struggle of Albert Woodfox, an innocent man and the sole member of the Angola 3 still in solitary confinement more than 43 years after his wrongful conviction. Every time an elder dies, it is like a library has been burned. A generation ago, Panthers organized for the self-determination of black communities by implementing survival programs, the best known of which was a kid’s free breakfast program, but also consisted of self-policing neighborhoods, political education, and food and clothes distribution, thereby becoming a threat by showing an alternative. These struggles, and the knowledge and experience learned from them, are still relevant to the ongoing struggles of today. It is a history that is lost unless it is told. Malik will join us to spread this knowledge, contributing a vital link connecting movements of today with movements of the past, in hopes of furthering the struggle for environmental peace and justice.

Good Samaritan Church Pinellas Park​ is 6085 Park Blvd. Pinellas Park, Florida, call 727 278 1547 for info about event or find it on Facebook here.

Slightly Stoopid @ Vinoy Park – St. Petersburg, FL

This shows proceeds benefit the Refuges work with Homeless and those who struggle with Poverty, in the Tampa Bay area. Tickets will be given away for this show on the Revolutionary Road Radio show next Monday, July 20th at 10pm on AM 1340. Listen on also on the web anywhere. For info go to our Facebook event.

Fight for $15 and a Living Wage 4/15/2015



PLEASE JOIN US! It is coming down to the Wire! The largest nation wide STRIKE, WALK OUT, and RALLY of Low Wage workers in US history is happening next Wed. April 15, 2015 in 190 cities across the US.

Please join us for events to happen in the Tampa Bay area starting at 6AM in the morning in St. Petersburg, then going to City in St. Pete at 10AM, then going into Tampa for several events at USF, a picnic at a park in “Suitcase City” in Tampa, a culminating in a March at 3pm near Fowler Ave. Please call at 727 278 1547 or to confirm interest. WE NEED YOU and need to know how many are covering. Transportation and Food provided, but we need to know if you are coming. Full schedule will be sent to you. Thanks, Bruce Wright, Poor People’ Economic Human Rights Campaign, My Place In Recovery, The Fight for 15, and the Green Party, and Green Shadow Cabinet. Join our Fight for 15 in Florida! We believe that low-wage fast food workers are short-changed every day that goes by that they’re not making a living wage from fast-food companies that are profiting billions per year. We believe that no matter what you’re doing, if you’re working hard and still can’t afford to live then there’s a major problem going on. The fast-food industry caters to the growing tourist economies in Florida, and these workers are the life-blood of these stores. It’s time past-due that we treat them with respect and give them the opportunity to make a living wage and the right to form a union without retaliation.

Enough is enough; communities and workers in FL, it’s time to end the fast-food struggle by joining the movement to improve the quality of life for thousands of exploited workers in the fast-food industry in Florida.

Help Support A Trip To The US Social Forum

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We are attempting to bring members of the Homeless community, formerly homeless, low income families, and students to the US Social Forum in Philadelphia ( These folks could not otherwise afford to do this trip. This Trip is being organized by Refuge Ministries and Florida PPEHRC. The webiste for PPEHRC is We are attempting to bring 50+ people. $100 covers each person, but any gift is appreciated. We will being going from June 21st -28, 2015. All gifts can be tax deductible if desired. This is a conference that happens all over the world and is intended to organize and empower low income people among many other goals. Your help would be greatly appreciated.



Or visit   This event in Phillie in June 2015 is also occurring in Jackson, MI and San Jose, CA. Please support us this a very important event to mobilize poor people from around the .

Thank you for your help!

Rev Bruce Wright
Refuge Ministries/Florida PPEHRC
Phone: 727 278 1547