This gallery contains 35 photos.
After a long and victorious march down Crenshaw to Leimert Park in Los Angeles, attendees celebrate the hemp plant in all its glory and joy. Continue reading
This gallery contains 45 photos.
“DON’T BE SCARED”
SISTER SOMAYAH KAMBUI
16th ANNUAL LOS ANGELES GLOBAL MARIJUANA MARCH & RALLY
May 3, 2014, 10a-12 noon gathering at Coliseum & Crenshaw
High Noon marching to Leimert Park
Gathering in the park from march conclusion ’till dusk!
Get your smoke on!
10a-12 Noon: Coffee and Reefer (Mud & Bud) – Street Corner Speeches
Participants available for press interviews
High Noon: March Starting at Coliseum & Crenshaw
(Construction on Crenshaw Subway makes original route inaccessible)
1p: Speakers & Music & Crafts & Foods & Fun & Great Marijuana
at Leimert Park
4-5p: 4:20 Ceremony & Positive Vibes to Achieve Hemp For Victory
Event Conclusion: Dusk
So we can implement the hemp solution to modern problems.
This year’s historic, 16th Annual Los Angeles Global Marijuana March and Rally is being held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10 a.m. – Dusk. The event starts with a gathering at the corner of Coliseum and Crenshaw, the new launch point for the march to Leimert Park.
The last minute route change was instituted by the City of Los Angeles, who contacted event producer R. W. Akile on April 30th. Event producer and march veteran since the first Los Angeles event in 1999, R. W. Akile explained the last minute changes on his FB page. “Received this blessing – in disguise “Mr. Akile there is a two week S/B lane blockage on Crenshaw between Exposition and Rodeo Road due the need to reroute Water Lines because of the Crenshaw Subway Line – commencing on May 2. My response – “GREAT we will resort to our former formation area – Coliseum St. between Crenshaw and Wellington Rd. and Victoria Ave. between Coliseum and Rodeo. Formation – time 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.
[March] Start time remains 12:00 Noon from Coliseum and Crenshaw s/b on the Shaw to Leimert Park. We took this in like water off of a Duck’s back.”
As the Los Angeles marijuana community has done in the past at these events, voices will be raised, drums and music playing, live marijuana plants proudly displayed, hemp foods, exhibits, speeches, protests and parties heartily thrive in celebration of cannabis, weed, ganga, Mary Jane, pot, joints, hemp in all it’s forms, medical, industrial, recreational, environmental and spiritual. This May 3rd will be another day when the people of Los Angeles join with hempsters all over the world to take Time4Hemp.
Though the route has changed the purpose remains the same. Nothing will silence us. We don’t stop until Hemp For Victory is achieved. All who participate will be doing a lot of social media posts on this march and rally. On Twitter we will be using the hashtag #LAGMM . There is a Facebook Page for the event in Los Angeles! The Global Marijuana March Facebook Page for the international march is posted too.
The Los Angeles event was started and produced by legendary members of the marijuana movement, many speaking at the events over the years i.e. the great Jack Herer. The first Los Angeles Million Marijuana March was produced by the late Sister Somayah Kambui, Richard M. Davis and Jim Rosenfield plus many other activists in 1999. The event goes back to the great marijuana activists AJ Weberman plus the recently released from prison, drug war political prisoner and Ibogaine freedom fighter Dana Beal. They started the “Million Marijuana March” in the 1970’s in New York City, which in response to the magical events there, expanded in this century to become the Global Marijuana/Cannabis March held in hundreds of locations all over the world on the same day.
It was Dana who approached Somayah to do the first of the Million Marijuana March series in Los Angeles which was held at Magic Johnson Park. Somayah, Richard and Jim worked for the remainder of their lives to keep the annual event going.
Because of the tireless activism of many hemp heroes, some of whom will be producing and attending this year’s rallies including but not limited to R. W. Akile, Jeff Clark, Patrick Moore, Jeanette Perez, The Ganja Queen, Jaamiah Moori Bey, Melissa Balin, The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative, The Human Solution, The Law Offices of Bruce Margolin… 2014 could be the year we end the war on drugs, joining Colorado and Washington states in a freedom move. Both President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have expressed interest in legalization, saying let the states decide. As demonstrated by both the ballot and opinion polls, the people are ready for legalization.
Remember California was one of the first states in the nation to allow medical marijuana use and, given the level of air pollution experienced in Los Angeles, could be an extreme beneficiary of large scale hemp planting to remove excess CO2 from the atmosphere.
This event is a solid empowerment move, despite the city calling on April 30th to say the march should be postponed, which it is not. Now more than ever, it is important to show up and speak up. We all have reasons to stop the war on drugs. It is way past time for We The People to take back our relationship with Mother Nature. The government has created so many more problems with their drug war policy.
We’ve come a long way hemp babies, and we still have a long way to go. Which is why, with the victories in the pro legalization states, we must step up our games, no matter what. Like voting, it is important to show up, say your piece, and network with like minded souls.
CALLING ALL LOS ANGELES, CA HEMPSTERS
BY WHATEVER FORM OF CONSUMPTION!
THE LATE RICHARD M. DAVIS, USA HEMP MUSEUM
USA HEMP MUSEUM’S NEW WEB ADDRESS IS HEMPMUSEUM.US
Sister Somayah use to open up the rallies with her battle cry ‘Don’t Be Scared.’ Dress up or just be comfortable. Come, and bring your friends and hemp plants if so inclined to the 16th Annual Global Marijuana March in Los Angeles or wherever you are on the first Saturday afternoon in May. Know that to do so is in defiance of a legal system that wants so much control over our lives they interfere with our right to safely (as in NON-GMO) interact with plants.
Join the winning marijuana team and march in support of the end of the drug war and other counter productive policies. If you can’t walk, cars are allowed, especially the theme decorated kind.
Throughout their history, the marches and rallies thrived in an air of celebration of hemp in all its forms. At these events, as shared joints tend to do, new bonds are formed, old ones secured, joy, knowledge and respect are shared.
The 4:20 ceremony each year brings us closer to being able to fix this mess of modern society we have created with the hemp solution.
Hemp is an awesome, non toxic technology that we should be using on a grand scale. It is imperative that we implement the hemp solution now i.e. Fukushima, fracking, GMOs, illnesses that cannabis cures, industrial uses via over 50,000 items from hemp bio-fuels, building materials, plastics, papers, foods, oils, dyes, fibers, buds (all of which can be used as 4D & 3D Printing filaments/inks)…so many life improving & saving capabilities…no wonder marijuana is illegal.
“No matter what happens it can’t be the same anymore.” If you are in the greater Los Angeles area, get to Leimert Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014 between 10 a.m. and dusk to learn and say your piece on why we must stop this horrific drug war now! If you can’t get there, please find a local event in your area and be loud and clear. If you are home bound, say something on the web. We need hemp to save our lives! This is NOT a drill.
This blog coverage is written by J. Nayer Hardin, Computer Underground Railroad Ent. The railroad was Informally started in 1984 and a NYS corporation since 1996. The mission is to use computers and other technology to help people be free.’
Marijuana veterans and dynamic heroes (l to r) Moori Bey, Sahshah Kambui and Himalaya discuss the success of the Los Angeles 14th Annual Global Marijuana March.
‘In one tent we had 70 year olds and 20 year olds and folks in between smoking together, united with one purpose, implement the hemp solution to every facet of our lives. We discussed radiation, pipes and fashions in the same conversation. Our hope for the future is now.’
To all who participated in form and in prayer and in lighting up wherever on the day of the march, we have overcome this day!
The historic and insightful author Arthur Graham, who wrote
Subliminal Racism Essays
Discrete Silence Essays
The Manichean Leitmotif
and his new book that he will be speaking on at the 14th Annual Los Angeles Global Marijuana March.
Subliminal Racism – Trayvon Martin Black Child Sacrifice: Myth & Symbology
came by the 14th Annual Global Marijuana March office today and delivered copies of his books. People are invited to wear their hoodies in support of the end of lynching in all its evil forms.
Dr. Graham will be speaking at the rally on the need to end lynching in all its forms from racism to the drug war. His approach is solution based, pulling readers to the most logical conclusion, it’s repair time. When you come to the march check out Dr. Arthur Graham!
The Late Sister Somayah Kambui, founder of the Los Angeles Global Marijuana March, with a group of local activists, produced the first LA march in 1999.
She was the Executive Producer of that and all the subsequent marches until her death in 2008, which happened after she lived her life expectancy of double plus 8 years with sickle cell. Her work in the fields of both hemp and sickle cell are legendary.
Sister Somayah remains an inspiration to many long term hemp activist who understand the power of just getting things done, no matter the obstacles.
Photo by Peter Gorman. If you use it in the promotion of Sister Somayah, please credit the photographer. Thank you.