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Latest Healthcare Repeal Derailment Won't Silence Kayln Heffernan's “Rather go to jail than to die without Medicaid” Protest Chant

Posted by Billyjam, September 28, 2017 02:02pm | Post a Comment


Despite the derailment this week of the Republicans’ latest (Graham-Cassidy) stab at dismantling affordable health care after enough senators, including Susan Collins of Maine, publicly voiced their opposition to this latest repeal and replace attempt by Trump’s White House, many Americans remain wary and watchful of their government.  For example low income disabled Americans dependent on Medicaid and those with pre-existing medical conditions continue to anxiously follow the news of each attempt by the Trump administration to take away their healthcare, something that’s more than a mere political issue to them.

“It’s a matter of life and death for many people out here,” said Denver artist/activist Kalyn Heffernan of hip-hop group Wheelchair Sports Camp. Earlier this summer the popular emcee, along with several other wheelchair protestors who are part of the group ADAPT, got arrested and jailed following a sixty hour sit-in protest at the offices of Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner demanding the senator vote against the Republican-led repeal of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). “After we had seen the healthcare replacement plan that was going to gut $800 million from Medicaid in the next ten years, that was when we began our protest,” said Heffernan.

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Top Ten Best & Worst Moments of Krip-Hop in 2016 by Leroy Moore, Krip-Hop Nation Founder [Hip-Hop Artists with Disabilities]

Posted by Billyjam, November 29, 2016 11:49pm | Post a Comment

In taking a look back at krip-hop music and culture in 2016, the Amoeblog invited regular contributor  Leroy Moore, the founder of Krip-Hop Nation [pictured above], to draw up his Top Ten Best and Worst Moments of Krip-Hop in 2016. That list below was assembled by ever busy artist/activist from his Berkeley CA home/office right before heading off to South Africa this week (Dec. 1st) for a Krip-Hop Tour. In looking back over the past year, one in which a certain president elect publicly mocked people with disabilities and in which civil rights overall seemed to take a step backwards, Leroy noted that despite continued obstacles and setbacks that, "Krip-Hop Nation in 2016 continued to plant seeds both internationally and here in the U.S. through interviews, and projects." Leroy further stressed how he and fellow members of Krip-Hop Nation monitored mainstream hip-hop and continually, "called out artists on their ableism." [discrimination against those with disabilities]



Top Ten Best and Worst Moments of Krip-Hop in 2016 by Leroy Moore



1) The film documentary with Emmitt Thrower, Where Is Hope, Police Brutality and Profiling Against People With Disabilities came out in January of 2016 after which we did a whole Bay Area tour of screenings of the film.

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Neil Young, Equipto, Chill E.B., A Tribe Called Red, & Kalyn Heffernan Among Protesters of Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)

Posted by Billyjam, November 18, 2016 04:35am | Post a Comment

With the increasingly frequent number of organized protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (#NoDAPL) taking place across the nation, the number of outspoken protesters adopting the cause and taking it to the streets, online, and/or to North Dakota has similarly multiplied. Among this steadily swelling number of protesters, that culminated earlier this week with a national day of action at 300 different protests across the US, many are musicians. Hailing from varied genres and generations these include such artists as Neil Young, A Tribe Called Red, Equipto, Joan Baez, Trevor Hall, Michael Franti, Chill E.B., Buffy Saint Marie, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Indigo Girls, Dregs One, The Zotigh Singers, Raye Zaragoza, Jackson Browne, and DJ Troubleman. These are musicians who've either protested and or recorded protest music against the controversial pipeline. One high profile protester who could be added to this musician's list, considering that three decades ago he recorded a protest folk album, is Vermont senator Bernie Sanders who made a surprise appearance and speech in Washington DC during this week's (Nov 15th) national day of action.

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"Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics" by Leroy Franklin Moore Jr. (aka The Black Kripple)

Posted by Billyjam, January 5, 2016 02:15pm | Post a Comment

Hard-working krip-hop culture ambassador, activist, and author Leroy Franklin Moore Jr. (a regular subject and contributor to the Amoeblog) has just unleashed his latest project. It's the newly published The Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics, a book of original poems and song lyrics compiled over the past two decades by the author and sometime hip-hop artist. As with the rest of his body of work, this new project addresses issues that Black disabled people deal with, something the author says still only gets minimum attention. Some of the poems in the book were previously published in 1999 in his chapbook put out by Poor Magazine’s Poor Press, as Moore told me when I recently caught up with him to ask him some questions and invite him to share some excerpts with the Amoeblog.

As for specifically what subjects are covered in the new book, he said, "In this book you will find true stories of discrimination like cases of police brutality to love songs for the Black disabled community, my family, my lady, and poem songs for Black disabled people in history like Curtis Mayfield, Ray Charles, Rev. Cecil Ivory, Johnnie Mae Dunson, Barbara Jordan, Harriet Tubman, and many more.  This book also talks back to the Black community, academic scholars, and the media on why they do what they do and at the same time tries to uplift the work of Black disabled writers, musicians, and others."

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Film On Police Brutality Against People With Disabilities "Where Is Hope - The Art of Murder" Screens in Bay Area Week of Oct 19th

Posted by Billyjam, October 18, 2015 08:20am | Post a Comment

Author/activist/artist/broadcaster/Krip-Hop Nation founder and frequent guest Amoeblogger Leroy Moore, is his typical hella busy self. Always working on a new project, including new music tracks and putting the finishing touches to his accurately titled new book of poetry and prose, Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics, that will be published in December, he is also one of the subjects in the new documentary Where Is Hope - The Art Of Murder that will be screened along with an open forum at various Bay Area venues (in the East Bay and SF) over the coming week beginning on Monday, October 19th in Oakland at Perch on Grand Ave. 

Directed by Emmitt H Thrower and co-produced by Moore, the film tackles the very topical subject of police brutality against minorities with a focus on police brutality against people with disabilities. The stories of two main subjects are told, including the well publicized incident of Jason Harrison who was shot and killed by Dallas, Texas police. He was the schizophrenic 38-year-old African American man who was shot and killed by white police officers in front of his own mother on the doorstep of their home after she herself had called 911 for support with her mentally ill son so she could get him to a hospital. Instead, the police, upon seeing the calm Harrison holding a screwdriver, shot and killed him. That was last year. Then a few months ago, a grand jury in Dallas County announced that they would not indict the two officers in the fatal shooting.

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