Author Archives: Aaron Ammons

Vehicle for Hire

The twin cities of Urbana-Champaign both have ordinances which contain language that discriminates against citizens with a felony conviction. In Urbana, the Vehicle for Hire (VFH) ordinance section 26-43, under “qualifications of an applicant” reads: (a) No license shall be … Continue reading

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Cycle of Greed

Gateway through people on the street even though they paid their rent They won’t even let us live in a tent You can’t just look the other way Your silence gives consent! These brothers are sleeping in the park That … Continue reading

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History Matters, Just Ask Barack

In 1963 four little girls, Denise McNair (11 years old), Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Addie Mae Collins, all 14 years old, were preparing for their lessons at the 16th Street Baptist Church when BOOM! A bomb exploded in the … Continue reading

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What is the Struggle?

Recapturing the captives Minds lost because we’ve adapted Adopted ideas and definitions that tell us what Black is A month to discuss So we rush, Demanding holidays and a place on the bus, that don’t lead “back to Africa” Putting … Continue reading

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Why Unity?

BE, peace. In the U. S., living under a government of, for and by the people, there comes a time when groups of people must be one in spirit, sentiment and purpose. The way our Republic works is that we, … Continue reading

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Patriotism

Manifest destiny Complacency Arbitrary constructs Controlled conducts Ducks in a row Canoeing down the mainstream Stuck in a dream C.R.E.A.M. Cash Rules Everybody Around Me! Flagging me down with the star spangled banner, I recall scanners, Head explosions Erosion of … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday To All fellow Aquarians—Logic And Truth Will Take Care Of Us!

I would like to extend a happy birthday to my family: my father Jerry Ammons (Feb. 6), sister Alicia Boss (Feb. 18), grandfather Bob Bailey (Feb. 15), and Jelani Saadiq (Feb. 24) and to myself (Feb. 7). During this month … Continue reading

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Construction of Injustice

Investing in lies and blaming the youth Ruminate, Murder is designed to hide the truth Murder is designed to hide the truth Murder is designed to hide the truth 5 deaths, 5 deaths in the county jails in less than … Continue reading

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Abuse of Power

Acting upon their sincere concern for the community, Martell Miller and Patrick Thompson, founders of Visionaries Educating Youth and Adults (VEYA), have courageously taken the necessary steps toward change. Using a very popular piece of technology, a video camcorder, these … Continue reading

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