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Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Pulls Out Of Monday Protest

Russell Simmons has called off his anti-Rockefeller Drug Laws march on the opening day of the Republican National Convention. The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network was supposed to co-organize a massive march with the Still We Rise coalition.

The Still We Rise march is still on but Simmons' decision is not sitting well with anti-Rockefellar Drug Law activists.

Elaine Bartlett, Executive Director of Life on the Outside said, "The people who are incarcerated right now, and their children are devastated because the light at the end of the tunnel has been put out once again. They were counting on HSAN to come through and generate the energy and attention that celebrities have the power to create... Let's not forget that our communities buy your records and your clothing lines-even though we can't really afford it. We would really appreciate it if you supported us too, like you said you would."

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It would be really nice if Russell would just come out and announce that he is jumping ship to the republican party. Despite his upbringing, I am sure that he relates a lot better to the special interest merchant-class group that support Bush.

Posted by: peter Pumpkineater | Aug 26, 2004 7:50:38 PM

Simmons must be a card carryign member of the UNCLE TOM COALITION OF THE $$$$ LOVING, FREEDOM HATING REPUBLICAN PARTY.

Posted by: tracker | Aug 27, 2004 8:07:29 AM

Russell Simmons are down with 7th generation opressor, Jacob Rothschild....
The Rothscilds owns the Federal Reserve, funded CIA and it was they who funded the Jewish terrorist operations like the Stern Gang and Irgun and committed murder to bring the State of israel into being in 1948.

some pics of Russell and jacob Rothschild:
http://www.patrickmcmullan.com/site/e2004may07_kimorarecep.html

Posted by: Per | Aug 27, 2004 8:16:31 AM

Geeze... What a bunch of parasites, social climbers and poseurs. Thanx for the URL.

Loox like this guy has had a choice to make -- and he's just demonstrated which side he's chosen.

Posted by: Comandante Gringo | Aug 28, 2004 12:46:10 PM

support the REAL poor people's march, @ 4pm at the United Nations building. put on by the poor people's economic human rights campaign (remember our march up broad street in philly in 2000?)

Posted by: joanna | Aug 29, 2004 10:45:40 PM

I think Simmons got wind of the RNCnotwelcome and IndyMedia website. There is liberal and then there are violent lefties - and the above mentioned fall into the latter category.

- published personal info on RNC delegates. Can you say voter intimidation?

- Mouse Bloc? Exploitaion of animals anyone?

- Anthing-goes protest at theatre events expecting RNC folks.

People... this is not the American way. Media, peaceful protest and a vote is what you have at your disposal. Anything beyond that, and you are going to be on the losing end of a quick revolution - you simply do not have the numbers or the money. Presonally, I am enraged at the attitudes of the RNCnotwelcome people.

Anywho... Russell is an intelligent guy. He knows better to associate himself with the a-hole wing of the ultra-liberal party.

Posted by: Don H | Aug 29, 2004 11:40:11 PM

What do you mean this is "not the the American way"? Isn't it obvious who controls the media? After 2000, can we really put all our faith in the ballot box? I support peaceful protest but history has shown us radical collective action can also attract the support of the masses. Let's face it. The lower classes have been fighting this fight even before white people set foot on this land we call The United States. Even before ultra wealthy white christian men decided who could vote. True, dissenting people don't and may never have the money. But maybe if the middle class would wake up, try to put aside the hatred, greed, fear and racism which is instilled in us since birth and acknowledge the fact that by going along complacently and without question (the American Way- as so many of us do in blissful ignorance), we in essence help to propogate this heirarchical oppressive system, then maybe, if we do that, we can get the numbers. And with numbers comes a voice. And with a voice, power. I honestly think Bush and his cronies and the oligarchy of this country which they represent is terrified. Of what? Jesus I don't know. I can only imagine (death perhaps?). But how else can you explain the greed of so few for so much money and power. Why are they never satisfied? How much will it take???

Violent lefties? People dressed up as mice singing disney corporation tunes? This stuff isn't violent. What's violent is the war in Iraq or any other war around the world -- just pick one. What's violent is the covert systematic way our government (like others which we condemn) is imprisoning, intimidating, stealing from, cheating, and killing anyone that stands in their way, including their own citizens. By trampling on the Bill of Rights, by cutting money for health care, education, environmental protection, by treating corporations better than people (through laws and legislation), and what seems like a million other things! And then they have the gall to face the public and say words like democracy, liberty, and freedom.

I can't say how intelligent Russell Simmons is, but I guess he has shown where his interests are: making and maintaining his wealth.

"Nobody wins unless everybody wins." Someone once told me that power is a relationship, not something which you do or don't have. If so, then we already have a start. we just need to tip the scale.

Posted by: dachou | Aug 30, 2004 2:06:16 AM

What a bunch of whacked out goofballs. You guys are all idiots.

Posted by: Fred | Sep 30, 2004 1:35:36 PM

The action network and BET came to my youth center where I work as a career coach on wednesday October 08, 2004. They held a panel discussion with our youth and city council members and Jeff from teen summit. The program was great. i am appreciative to BET and the action Network for coming to speak to our youth. It meant alot. However, A rap artist by the name of Jim Jones was slated to attend. Unfortunately Mr. Jones was a no show. It was brought to our attention that Mr. Jones was getting high when he was supposed to speak to our youth on the importance of being active in our community by voting and staying positive. This was heart breaking news to find out. We have youth in our center who deal with dissapointments and let downs in their personal life the last thing they need is to have people who they lookup to like the staff and so-called celebrities let them down like the people in their lives have done so many times. I am dissapointed in the fact that the action network does not screen the artist or celebrities that make an agreement to join your cause. this looks bad on your movement and our program. This experience left us as career coaches looking foolish and holding the blame for the no-show.

Posted by: Roshia Furnace | Oct 8, 2004 2:25:24 PM

Dear Simmons: My name is Samuel Cephas, in the last 3-months, I have sent information to you towards a project that is much needed in the northend section of Hartford,Ct. I know you are a very busy person with the elections, and your own business, Mr.Simmons, I need your help in this unique project helping 1500 + children in education. The Women Conference of Ministries, Inc.,want to build a technology center for these youth. Please call me at #203-532-5028.

Posted by: samuel cephas | Oct 12, 2004 12:01:36 PM

Mr. Simmons I would like to thank you for your corages efforts in helping the black community in all aspects. We need to make a change in the Urban communities in order to change the way society and the powers that be, are pursicuting our people. I have written some material that you may find very informational and would like for you to reveiw it if possible. I know you're a very busy business man but if I could e-mail you my material it would be worth your time. escshent@yahoo.com

Please consider my Plea for help!!!

Thank you,

Shannon

Posted by: Shannon Ross | Feb 24, 2005 1:55:39 PM

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Posted by: solomon | May 6, 2005 11:39:27 AM

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Posted by: solomon | May 6, 2005 11:40:13 AM

I have a son who is currently in Barehill Correctional Facility. He is soon to be released I have no knowledge of what steps to take as far as being supportive and how my younger children will react to him being a part of the family again, after such a tramatic experience for the family as a whole. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also where to I begin to assist him with employment for him to become self-sufficient?

Posted by: monetta miller | May 14, 2005 1:53:55 PM

RUSSEL, ASIDE FROM ALL THE LEFTS AND RIGHTS ON VIEWS, I ALWAYS ADMIRE YOUR ENERGY AND SAVVY--THANKS FOR FREQUENTLY VISITING HERE IN D.C.
D.C. YOU'RE ALWAYS CLOSE TO THE PEOPLE AND THE COMMUNITY AND EYES -OPEN AWARE OF THINGS
EAGLE EYE: DO WHATEVA' YOU GOTTA DO,YOU CANT HELP IT IF YOUVE HAD THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.
9-LIVES PEACE

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Posted by: Christopher Entertainment Group | Sep 14, 2005 7:44:38 PM

HELLO RUSSELL SIMMONS I WRITE TO SAY I LIKE WHAT YOU ARE DOING FOR THE COMMUNITY ALSO BUT THIS LETTER IS NOT FOR YOU I AM WRITING TO SAY I WROTE A LETTER TO ONE OF YOUR PRESS CONTACTS JODY MILLER TO TRY TO GET ING CONTACT WITH YOUR BROTHER JOESPH SIMMONS OF RUNDMC BECAUSE I HAVE A MUSIC PROJECT THAT I HAVE FOR ME HIM TO DO BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW TO CONTACT HIM SO I CAN TRY TO GET HIM TO HELP ME WITH THIS PROJECT I WROTE TO FORWARD THE EMAIL TO YOU BUT I DON'T KNOW IF SHE DID YET SO IF YOU CAN SEND ME HIS CONTACT INFO TO ronwbstudio@aim.com. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME:RONALD WHITE

Posted by: ronald white | Oct 27, 2005 12:43:22 AM

mr.simmons my heart go's out to you and the entire run dmc and jmj family.

today nov.13 and watched an episode of run's house.you were in it.you were great you let run score some points ,but he spoke about sportsmenship.for me to watch this show about real reality t.v. had me in tears.yes sir.

to whom this may concern:
rev. joesph simmons i want to thank you personally for the outstanding leadership you have taught the viewing public.

Sportsmens pardise is where i was born,
moved to ohio,in the fall of 95.
just to call the buckeyes my second home.
russ & joesph from my heart you have the most well gifted children any man or women can ask for.the gift is there father.there uncle.there family.two things left there special mother.and most of all GOD.rev.run this show has had and impact on me,because i found my mother past away after coming home from church.Rev.Run please contact me or call . the way you comunnicate can ever change a persons life.what you have given to the whole world,i would like to give to you.
i have a few songs i want to record for your family,and uncle russell.

thank you
pinky cardinale
pinky2lbs@yahoo.com
614-668-1588
p.s. please write back.

Posted by: pinky2lbs | Nov 13, 2005 2:40:56 PM

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Posted by: PATRICK SHELLEY | Mar 13, 2006 8:38:25 PM

Hello Mr. Simmons. My name is Lee and I saw (not quite meet) you in New Orleans this time last year (April 8, 2005) while Doug E. Fresh performed. I was in the front with my friends and we were from Ohio. Doug E. gave us many shout outs being from Ohio and setting it off in the front row. I was brown-skin with long hair and we made alot of eye contact. I have had regrets every since that day because I did not attempt to say hello to you. If you get a chance e-mail me an hello back (onedame1@aol.com). Take care and God Bless.

Posted by: Lee | Apr 11, 2006 8:55:05 PM

The rushcard that you have for people to get is ludacris. I thought that you were trying to help people get the feeling of having a visa card in their pockets, but I guess not. All the rules that you have for that card is shitty. It is very misleading and I would not have thought that you would be that type of person. I applied for that card and found out that the things that I needed to do the most I was unable to do. Basically the card is no good to me. Had the options been put up front instead of hidden, I would not have wasted my time with applying for it. I don't like to be mislead and I know others would not like to be either. That RushCard is tottaly misleading. You have to have a certain amount a month for you to even rent a car. I thought as long as you can afford to put on the card the total cost of the car and the coverages, what is the problem. Maybe this was a card for the more fortunate and not the single hard working mothers that can't afford to buy a car, but given a chance and a good deal to rent one every once in a while. Just to do somethings with her children on the holiday I don't think that is not too much to ask. I forget that you and your family are driven around in style and don't even know what it is like to not have a vehicle. My bad. You are a great man that does great things, so don't get me wrong. You knew what you wanted and you went out and got it. That I love about you, but sometimes we forget where we came from and all of the strugles that were made for us to get where we are today. Think about that one for a minute and change some of those policies on that card issue and maybe sometime down the line I might get another one. But right now it is no good to me.

Sincerely.


Misled

Posted by: Tonya Norfolk | Jun 29, 2006 11:04:54 PM

STAND FOR SOME THING OR FALL FOR ANY THING !

Posted by: FELON MAGAZINE | Jul 4, 2006 6:30:21 PM

Mr. Simmons,
If you are reading this I would like to thank you in advance for your time and consideration. I realize that you are a busy man and have alot ion your plate. So there for, I will not take up much of your time. Mr Simmons, I do not want any of your money/donations. I don't want you to me a rapper or anything related as such. I just want your ear for 10-20 minutes. I would like to converse with you about a very important societal concern effecting our youth across the nation in urban school districts. Most importantly to share with you my hypothetical idea and gain some insight and your perspective. I am not sure if you will respond to me but I know that if it is Gods will, It will be done!
God bless you Mr. Simmons and all the things your are trying to do for people!

Williamscam3232@yahoo.com

Posted by: Elaine | Jul 10, 2006 2:10:52 PM

Mr. Simmons I was a disciplinary supervisor in a prison for five years. As a street kid i learned that there were others like me and I used my street since to gain respect from them all. It was a tough time in my life but I enjoyed everyday learning from the old heads and helping the young bucks. I got tired of hearing the n word from prejudice people as I am child of GOD. If THe Good Lord hadn't been there for me Lord knows what would've happened. Now I have an idea that has turned thug around. As you may know I can't tell you here but I will invite your call. As you and your brother are children of God also you can probablly figure it out. Stayed up late the other night, watched your brother's show with his family and knew it would be you two who kick it off. Just give me the time of day it's already patened it's not a song it's God

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