FTP Atlanta getting down on the grassroots level, man woman and child.
Together the ants will conquer the elephant.. FTP!!!
Grassroots Movement with National Support Hits the Streets of Atlanta
ATLANTA, GA – December 1, 2010 – Every second and
fourth Sunday of each month, FTP members fellowship while creating lunches and
hygiene bags for people who have involuntarily made the streets their home. A
bounty of men, women and children crowd around tables of bread, lunchmeats,
condiments, and personal products to serve the less fortunate. After the bags
are prepared, a caravan of cars travels around Atlanta, stopping under bridges
and overpasses, walking through parks, abandoned buildings, and dropping by
shelters to serve those who have been underserved for far too long.
In Atlanta, the FTP Movement
had been laying low as members plotted a world of change. Now stronger, deeper
and still putting in work, group members have been hitting the streets with
their Feed the People initiative. Lunches are purchased, assembled and
distributed by the devoted hands of members and volunteers.
The FTP movement
was formed in response to the system’s disregard for the poor and oppressive
conditions that support poverty. With a focus on uplifting the community,
unity, justice, freedom and self-sufficiency, FTP strives to work on behalf of
the people in the absence of wealthy donors and tax write-offs. As a true
grassroots organization, FTP operates through the hearts of its members, who
consistently serve with the passion to work as activists and revolutionaries.
In an effort to
cover more ground and reach more people in need, the FTP Movement is calling
for people in Atlanta
to lend a hand and a heart. The organization provides a bit of solace for two
days out of each month. However, there’s much more need, and while the movement
serves a steady 300-500 meals when they hit the streets, many continue to
contemplate where their next meal will come from.
The Feed the
People initiative is just one program headed by the growing organization. Under
the FTP Movement umbrella sits the Siafu Youth Corps, Mama’s Army, FTP Artists
Collective, MOBBB (Mothers of Black and Brown Babies) and Behind Enemy Lines
(political prisoner program). Events in which the organization coordinates
include the Black August Commemoration, Happily Natural Day, Poets 4 Political
Prisoners and Crew Love.
of the FTP Movement is embodied by their logo, an artistic representation of the
Siafu Ant of Eastern Africa. These ants paint
the picture of teamwork. The Siafu has no eyes, no venom – only strong jaws.
Individually they are small, but as a team they can strip a water buffalo down
to the bone in less than an hour. The FTP Movement is much like the Siafu Ant –
small in size, but powerful beyond measure.
More About the FTP Movement
FTP was founded
in June of 2001 as a performance group. Their original mission was to use music
as a vessel to engage others in the struggle for liberation. In 2004, the
group’s founder, Kalonji Changa, moved to Atlanta.
It was then that the FTP Movement’s first consistent programs began.
The FTP Movement is where theory meets practice— minus the empty rhetoric,
mindless activism and fashionable militancy. The organization views the Liberation
Struggle as an ongoing process with reachable goals that could be met through
consistent dedication. With members spreading across the nation, FTP’s
foundation is built on love, respect, loyalty, discipline and principled unity.
Their mission is to raise political awareness, and engage and inspire people to
take an active role in building the community.
FTP represents globally, with active chapters in Atlanta,
Los Angeles, Oakland,
San Diego, Jacksonville,
Denver and Newark,
NJ. The movement’s list of
supporters include members of Public Enemy, Arrested Development, Dead Prez,
The Welfare Poets and a bevy of independent artists around the country.
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