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JR Valrey's "Block Reportin" Book Signing at Marcus Books
Date Saturday March 19
Time 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location Details
40th Street & MLK
Oakland
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/Author
The Block Report is one of the most valuable apparatuses of the POCC. POCC is an acronym for the Prisoners of Conscience Committee, known throughout the community as the Panther Cubs.

Our position is that there is a war being waged on our community, and we say what Minister Huey P. Newton said, “if we don’t fight back, it can be defined as nothing less than reactionary suicide”. And we understand in warfare, when we’re under attack, communications is one of the primary moves that the enemy will attempt to wipe out.

The Block Report, as well as a number of other apparatuses, but the Block Report in particular, has and continues to serve as one of our major communications vehicles. It is an apparatus that has taken the word from every venue that we touch, that we are able to tap into; whether it be the venue of electoral politics with updates from forces such as former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, whether it be updates on the POCC Code of Culture with Mos Def, and him coming to court to testify for our Minister of Defense Aaron Patterson, as well as day to day campaigns that we are dealing with such as the issue of police terrorism, with the case of Oscar Grant who was executed by Oakland BART pig by the name of Johannes Mehserle, January 1st of 2009.

So again the Block Report taps into every venue of our community, and is able to communicate as well as translate the contradictions, and not in a dogmatic or elitist type of way.

We commend our Central Committee, our Information Bureau that is able to, even though those in our community don’t read as much as we would like for them to read, take this information here, internalize it, and move it around in the community in laymen terms so whether it be forces at Merritt College or Yale University, or those on 47th Street in Chicago, or the streets of Cincinnatti, they can be updated with the day to day campaigns, the attacks on our community, as well as different venues where we can resist these attacks that are being waged on the community.
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