Kamala ‘Daughter of Oakland’

Kamala was born in Kaiser Hospital that was located two blocks from where I lived with Gloria and our female lab, Deva, which I just discovered in the middle name of Kamala Devi Harris. Devi/Deva means ‘divine godlike shiny being’. Kamala is the goddess Lakshmi. Being a follower of Meher Baba while I lived on Yosemite, I can conjure up a divine image of Kamala’s birth and life from the perspective of her mother who took her famous daughter to India. I know Kamala is concerned with the Christian Identity of America. Let us remove this block by saying I came back to Oakland with Dottie Witherspoon whose great grandfather was Signer John Witherspoon, a Presbyterian Leader from South Carolina where we visited Baba’s retreat. I clear a path for the ever-dwelling presence of The Divine Light. Kaiser was torn down and is now a empty lot. I suggest the U.S. Government purchase this property and build a college and shrine for students who want to know the culture of India.

I can not find the address for the Oakland residence that I believe the photo of Kamala and her father was taken. I am well versed in the blend of Black Politics and the existence of a Divine Transcendence that was very prevalent in the Bay Area. This energy filled the air and hovered on the borderline of Oakland and Berkeley. I am going to retrieve this light and history. Deva lived with my wife, Mary Ann Tharaldsen, and my stepdaughter, Britt, on Miles Street, which is a half-mile away from Kaiser. Deva lived there too.

“On this day I found the Cal-Oregon Rainbow Coalition.”

On September 7, 2020, a month before Kamala was elected Vice President, I posted about the Rainbow Coalition. This morning I find the ‘Rainbow Sign’. Founding the Marin Sea Cadets is part of ‘The Kamala Prophecy’.

John Presco

Kennedy Brothers at Defremery Park | Rosamond Press

Inside Rainbow Sign, a vibrant hub for black cultural arts | Berkeley News

Pete Townshend ‘Parvardigar’ – Fillmore West, San Francisco 1996 – YouTube

Meher Baba (petetownshend.net)

On any given day, visitors at the Rainbow Sign could have a meal at its restaurant, take a dance class, learn Swahili, attend a book party for Black Panther Party leader Huey Newton, make a batik print, listen to Maya Angelou read from her book of new poems or pull an all-nighter at a jazz festival after-party (with a complimentary breakfast served the next morning).

Lakshmi – Wikipedia

The Marin Shipmates | Rosamond Press

Scarlet Thread Rainbow | Rosamond Press

The winter wind caused a flutter in a new flag hanging high above city hall in Oakland, California, on Wednesday morning, as the Bay Area celebrated the history being made by one of its own.

Oakland native Kamala Harris on Wednesday was sworn in as the US vice-president, becoming the first woman in American history and the first woman of African American and south Asian descent to take up the position.Oakland ‘hella proud’ as Harris joins Biden – despite progressives’ misgivingsRead more

Harris was born in Oakland and lived in neighboring Berkeley, where her parents studied at the University of California, Berkeley, until she was 12 years old. She served as San Francisco district attorney, and California attorney general, before becoming the state’s junior senator.

Harris has frequently cited her experiences growing up in the Bay Area as foundational in her political career, including being bussed into wealthier white schools as part of an integration program. On Wednesday, residents of the region proudly watched her ascend to one of the highest offices in the land.

An Oakland-Scranton “Unity” flag, designed by Oakland artist Favianna Rodriguez and Ryan Hnat from Joe Biden’s home town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was hoisted into the heavy gusts the day before the inauguration.

On March 31, 1972, the Black cultural center Rainbow Sign welcomed local press for Berkeley’s official proclamation of “Nina Simone Day.” At this staged convergence of Black artistic and political power, the mood was formal and celebratory at once. Multicolored curtains sparkled behind black balloons. Simone listened attentively in a gold lamé dress and sky-blue headscarf as Warren Widener, Berkeley’s first Black mayor and a frequent guest of Rainbow Sign, read from a decree that exalted her artistry, her every song “an anthem to Black people, for Black people, and about Black people.” The director of the Bay Area Urban League announced an official campaign to make Simone’s song “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black” “the new Black anthem.” Simone, acknowledging the impact of the song, said that she was “pleased to be an instrument, to give it to my people. It does not belong to me.”

One of the children who had received the song was the young Kamala Harris, whose Indian-born mother regularly played “Young, Gifted, and Black” (Aretha Franklin’s version, admittedly) on the record player in their living room. Harris, 7 at the time of Nina Simone Day, frequented Rainbow Sign for several years with her mother and sister and absorbed there a sense of political responsibility—that to be “young, gifted, and Black” meant lifting up her community. “It was a citizen’s upbringing,” she writes in The Truths We Hold of her time at Rainbow Sign, “the only kind I knew, and one I assumed everyone else was experiencing, too.” (They weren’t.) Rainbow Sign was where she first “learned that artistic expression, ambition, and intelligence were cool.” It was also where she glimpsed a vision of Black empowerment, orchestrated by middle-class Black women with working-class roots—women who had broken professional barriers and were now trying to mentor a new generation of young Black people to find a vocation for themselves and transform the institutions they joined.ADVERTISEMENT

Rainbow Sign plays a key role in the opening arc of Harris’ memoir. By her own account, it’s the place where she first came into sustained contact with Black activists and started to see herself in that lineage. She spends less time, however, placing Rainbow Sign in the context of its era. On the one hand, Rainbow Sign sponsored a radical vision of Black freedom through its arts programs: The center inspired Betye Saar’s The Liberation of Aunt Jemima and hosted exhibitions by the expat sculptor Elizabeth Catlett, including one featuring her iconic wooden sculpture of a fistOn the other hand, the political organizations hosted by Rainbow Sign tended toward the liberal side of the Black Power spectrum, calling for the integration of Black people into American politics, with the understanding that better policy would follow.

Rainbow Sign’s unique fusion of culture and politics provided fuel for Harris’ rise as a politician whose every electoral victory has also been seen as a cultural breakthrough. But for Harris, as potentially the first Black, female vice president, that strategy of activism—pragmatic in orientation and at times lofty in tone—will be pressure-tested, just as Rainbow Sign was. The cultural center’s doors were open for only six years. Harris’ campaign will speak to the legacy those six years have left behind.

“My mother understood very well that she was raising two black daughters,” Harris writes in her recently published autobiography, “The Truths We Hold.” “She knew that her adopted homeland would see Maya and me as black girls, and she was determined to make sure we would grow into confident, proud black women.”

Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was keenly attracted to the civil rights movement and the African-American culture of her new home in the 1960s and 70s. At first, she marched and protested with her black husband, then alone or with the girls after they divorced when Harris was very young.

She brought her daughters home to India for visits, she cooked Indian food for them and the girls often wore Indian jewelry. But Harris worshiped at an African-American church, went to a preschool with posters of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman on the wall, attended Civil Rights marches in a stroller, and was bused with other black kids to an elementary school in a wealthier white neighborhood. When it was time for college, she moved across the country to Washington to attend the historically black Howard University.

“Her Indian culture, she held onto that,” said Sharon McGaffie, 67, an African-American woman who has known Harris and her sister, Maya, since they were toddlers living in Berkeley, California. “But I think they grew up as black children who are now black women. There’s no question about it.”

As Harris’ political profile has risen outside her home region, she will face pressure to discuss her heritage from a broader electorate seeking to fully understand her and politically connected Indian Americans who feel she has not previously put as much focus on her South Asian roots.

In her years in the public eye – seven years as San Francisco district attorney and six years at California’s attorney general before her election to the Senate in 2016 – Harris has tended to stress issues over her personal biography.

Harris, in the interview, said that was because, “It’s not about me. It’s about the people I represent.”

She said political campaigns, especially for president, require candidates to explain their background so voters “can figure out why you do what you do.” So while she “was raised not to talk about myself,” she said that is why she wrote her book to lay out the details of her heritage and career.

“I appreciate that there is that desire that people have to have context, and I want to give people context,” she said.

Harris hasn’t tried to shape perceptions of her identity as much as she has simply accepted that most people see her as black, said Robert Smith, a recently retired professor of political science at San Francisco State University who specializes in African-American politics.

“She has not used it politically,” Smith said. “She has not avoided it, she has just kind of said it and moved on: ‘I’m this, I’m this, I’m that, now let’s move on’ to talk about the death penalty or whatever is the issue of the day.”

Smith said Harris’ “blackness was never ambiguous” and she didn’t feel the need to trumpet it.

Her lack of public focus on her heritage has left many people, even in her home state, unaware of her multiracial background. Most people assume she is African-American, and even some friends didn’t know that she was also Indian.

“I had no idea,” said Matthew Davis, a San Francisco lawyer and classmate of Harris’ at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where they graduated in 1989.

“Even though we were good friends, I never really heard her talk too much about her personal life,” said Davis, who also worked with Harris in the San Francisco city attorney’s office before she was elected district attorney.

It was only when she was sworn in as district attorney in 2004, 15 years after they graduated from law school, that Davis learned Harris was half Indian.

“She introduced me to her mother, and that was the first time I knew,” Davis said. “It was a sense of pride for her, but I didn’t get the sense that it was the way she defined herself.”

Even now, Harris still doesn’t seem fully at ease discussing her personal heritage.

In her first campaign stop after announcing for president on “Good Morning America” on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Harris appeared on her old Howard campus to take questions.

Harris famously referenced her childhood in a 2019 Democratic debate when slamming Biden’s history of working with segregationists and opposing school busing.

“And, you know, there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day,” she said. “And that little girl was me.”

Senator Harris’ first grade teacher was Mrs. Frances Wilson.

“Mrs. Wilson was so committed that when I graduated from Hasting College of the Law, she was in the audience,” Harris wrote in a Twitter post. “That’s just who she was. And the truth is, I wouldn’t have made it there without her.”

Current Thousand Oaks principal Jacqueline Parker said all of Harris’ teachers have since retired but the school continues to embrace their graduate.

“The school community is super excited and proud to know that our future Vice President Kamala Harris was a former student at our school,” said Parker. “It is such a great opportunity for our students to see women of color as rising leaders in this country. Kamala Harris’s legacy at Thousand Oaks has been inspirational for our children, and we are following her very closely as she continues to excel as a woman leader.”

When Harris was 12, the family moved to Montreal, where her mother had obtained a research and teaching position.

“But by then, Harris couldn’t have helped but be deeply influenced by her Berkeley childhood in a largely Black community,” Wollenberg wrote.
“She eventually reinforced her Black identity by attending Howard University. After graduation, she returned to the Bay Area to study law at UC Hastings and then returned to the East Bay to work in the Alameda County District Attorney’s office.”

11 photos that show Kamala Harris’ childhood in Oakland and life before politics – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Kamala itself is a name that means “lotus” or “pale red” in Sanskrit (via Behind the Name). Kamala is another name of a well-known Hindu goddess, who is probably better known as Lakshmi. Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of prosperity, good luck, and beauty, and she’s often depicted with the lotus flower

Read More: https://www.thelist.com/235714/the-surprising-meaning-of-kamala-harris-name/?utm_campaign=clip

Invitation to Huey P. Newton’s Book Party

During the Rainbow Sign’s life span, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was undergoing a series of transformations before finally collapsing under an assault coordinated by the federal counter-intelligence program known as COINTELPRO, which used tactics such as forging letters in order to sow discord among the imprisoned intellectual leader Huey Newton and the de-facto leader in his absence Eldridge Cleaver.

In the early 70s, at the same time that the Panthers moved out from their storefront Berkeley headquarters and into a victorian house in the heart of Black West Oakland at 1048 Peralta Street, they were shifting away from categorical anti-capitalism and toward a conceptualization of Black business people as comrades in struggle with funds to commit toward the impending revolution. This trend, scholar Robin C. Spencer points out in her book The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender and the Black Panther Party in Oakland, put the panthers “on the same terrain as Oakland’s Black middle-class establishment, a group they had vocally condemned in the past.” This change in heart was hard for some Black business owners to swallow, particularly when they were threatening to boycott businesses that refused to donate to their cause. The Rainbow Sign existed in a liminal space between middle-class social club and radical organizing venue, a balance perhaps best attested to by the fact that the Panthers never demanded a tribute from Mary Ann Pollar.

Deva Origin and Meaning

The name Deva is a girl’s name of Hindi origin meaning “divine, shining one”.

Moonbeam and The Rainbow Coalition

Posted on September 7, 2020 by Royal Rosamond Press

The main goal of the KKK was to prevent intercourse between white and black people For this reason the Black Panthers were attacked. Bob Jones outlawed interracial couples on it campus, and lost its tax shelter. Blaming the Civil Rights Movement, Jones put together a think tank and Paul Weyrich came up with the Right to Life movement as a means to TRUMP Martin Luther King who was a Doctor of Divinity. The Rainbow Coalition was a great threat to the KKK that was still strong, and had roots in the evangelical South – as well as the Puritans church in Boston. There was a break away movement that ended up down South and the Southern Baptists – who saw the British was ending slavery, and thus began a Redneck Presbyterian Revolt against the crown. John Witherspoon brought this revolt from Scotland. I am with his great granddaughter in the pic above. I did my DNA and discovered John Wilson was a Puritan leader. In studying his history I conclude the Southern Puritans feared the North would become Abolitionists and form their own revolt. Washington and Jefferson owned slaves. So did Witherspoon. They got the Billyboys Hillbillys, and Rednecks to do most of the fighting as they did against the British on Scotland and Ireland. They knew how to fight.

What I am telling you, is, our Founding Fathers were PRO-SLAVERY and this is why they did not free the slaves in the Constitution – or give women the right to vote. Puritan Women in the North were the first abolitionists and suffragettes. They far outnumbered the Southern Puritan branch.

I declared myself the head of OCCUPY in Eugene due to the attacks by Anarchists – who do not care about black people and the big government programs that help them since the Civil War. They want to get rid of all government and have them own all the power trough terrorist.

On this day I found the Cal-Oregon Rainbow Coalition.

I demand the Anarchists relinquish their power – and stop putting Replicons in power. Fifteen years ago I discovered Jesus was restoring the Jubilee and setting Indentured Slave – FREE! Many Jews sold themselves to other Jews in order to pay for Temple sacrifices. For this reason I call most evangelicals members of a cult and heresy. Below is a video of a dance I did honoring their lunacy. My evangelical neighbors – may have seen it – which caused them to riot and harass cats. Kim Haffner said I brought it on myself by showing her this blog, which she shared with our neighbors.

https://rosamondpress.com/2019/12/10/john-wilson-has-risen/

http://www.congregationallibrary.org/blog/201301/puritans-and-gun-control

John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

https://rosamondpress.com/2017/06/26/booth-kelly-lumber-company-in-springfield/

https://sites.google.com/site/mhsyounglords/impact/short

https://rosamondpress.com/2011/09/11/the-fremonts-at-black-point/

Bill “Preacherman” Fesperman, Bob Lee, Lamar Billy “Che” Brooks, and Fred Hampton at a Rainbow Coalition rally in Grant Park, 1969.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/03/bob-lee-black-panthers-fred-hampton-chicago/

https://www.kpbs.org/news/2020/jan/22/independent-lens-first-rainbow-coalition/

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