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Two African American children at a gang summit.
Imagine
By John Lennon
There's no heaven
its easy if you try
No hell below us, above us only sky
imagine all the people living for today
imagine there's no countries.
it isn't hard to do
Nothing
to Kill
or die for
no religion too.
Imagine all the people
living life in peace.
Imagine no possessions.
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger,
a brotherhood of Man.
Imagine all the people
sharing all the world.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.


The Fire This Time             
Although the 1992 Los Angeles uprising slipped into the recesses of memory, Randy Holland, brought what fueled the uprising to the forefront of the public consciousness, with a critically acclaimed film, The Fire This Time; but it was shunned by major networks, the Public Broadcast System, affiliates. Holland, a television writer and independent filmmaker who avoids sensationalize with trite sound bites but investigates historical roots; contributing links leading to the tragic inevitability of the eruption of rage that surfaced in reaction to the Rodney King trial. Chronicling the arrival of fugitive African Americans to California in 1850, evolution of ghettos, the 1965 Watts riot, Cointelpro, (FBI counterintelligence program,) the rise of gangs from the void created by the crushed Black Panther Party.  Paranoid delusions? The legacy of despair and decay that unravels in the film shows the deep underpinnings of disenfranchisement and the deliberate oppression of African Americans. Failure to remedy the insidious problems of poverty, racial injustice, interracial tension, unemployment, lack of education and health care, police brutality, guaranteed; predestined the consequences that arose: the deliberate arresting of small boys to mark them with a criminal records for the rest of their lives; bank and insurance companies unfair loans, insurance and mortgage policies; sprinkling of more liqueur stores in South Central then any other kind of business, loss of 200,000 factory jobs; crumbling and disintegration of the community. After the Watts riots, Lyndon Johnson created a commission to restore the city and they specifically cited, white indifference and complicity contributed to the dismal state of race relations at the time. The LA city government plan was to implement over a 25 year period. The old plan is similar to Rebuild LA, which is on the same track to nowhere. The first 25 year master plan brought a riot. The plan was misdirected, the little bit of the plan they did implement failed miserably. After the Watts riots, community empowerment programs like the Watts Writers Workshop began, but was sabotaged by FBI and LA Police Department and burned to the ground by an agent provocateur who later admitted it. The Black Panther Party and the United Slaves organization were pitted against each other to cause their obliteration and to prevent the rise and spread of black self-empowerment. “The FBI had 400 agents spying and sabotaging the community, this is all documented evidence from the Church Committee and by Louis Tackwood’s book, “The Glass House Tapes,” Holland said. From the onset the media's swift concerted blitz gilded over the surface of the LA rebellion; no historical background; nothing on Cointelpro which removed the entrails of a community- creating a vacuum that left youth with no leadership, paving the way for gangs, benefiting the FBI’s/CIA’s divide and conquer tactics as was done to others. Cointelpro ruled by assassinations, infiltration, bogus, forged letters, leaflets, media stories, break-ins, vandalism, beatings, false imprisonment, surveillance of mail and telephones, etc. “Its the same strategy they are doing today by keeping the gangs at war.  The CIA, law enforcement on the national, state, county, city level provide arms to warring factions to control resources in territories, arming both sides of Iran/Iraq, countries in Central America, Africa and elsewhere. The giving of weapons to inner city youths so that they will kill themselves off, annihilate themselves, in other words. Drop the guns in, let them all kill themselves and then we'll come in and clean up, because there's a resource involved and that's the land. So much history, so much pain, so much sabotage and indifference has gone into creating the fire bed of the recent disturbances,” said Holland.

The CIA imports and dispenses heroin and cocaine in the ghettos to narcotize; drive up crime rates- to rationalize repressive legislation and police state sentiments; confirmed by John Stockwell, the highest CIA officer to leave the Agency and others. Similarly weapons, as a youth attests are mysteriously deposited by the boxcar load into communities free for the taking. “How the guns get into the projects, is that the tracks, the trains run down Willington and across Compton Avenue. They stop, no conductor, nothing, nowhere in sight. Its open house, people go up there and grab guns, mop pads, car parts, anything inside. The crates are stocked way to the top full of guns. You might go to another car; it might be box's, crates full of shells, cases of shells. Nobody knows where it came from; everybody hears the train, we know there's something on the train; run straight to the train and whatever is on there, we come upon, we take.”

“They drop guns from helicopters, they use the Union Pacific Railroad and the kids broke in and its loaded with guns,” said, Bobby Lavender, founding member of the Bishops Nine Deuce and the Pueblo Bishops, (Bloods). He talked about the trains stopping with guns.

“If we do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare and achieve our country and change the history of the world. If we do not now dare everything the fulfillment of the prophecy re-created from the Bible in song by a slave, is upon us: ‘God gave Noah the rainbow sign/no more water, the fire next time.” James Baldwin.