M1, one half of the rap group dead prez, will be on a speaking tour from September 23 through the 29th. The tour is entitled “From The Ghetto To Gaza.” The rapper is set to hit up East and West Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Sonoma, San Jose and Santa Cruz with seven events in seven days.
In “From The Ghetto To Gaza,” M1 will speak on his recent world tour where he touched down in Scandinavia, Cairo and Gaza. In Gaza M1 made his trip with former congresswoman and Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney and New York City Council Member Charles Barron. His speeches are designed to shed some light on some of the experiences of the people many of us only read about in the news and connect some of the dots between oppressed peoples from other parts of the world to the ghettos of the United States.
M1 was also recently involved in a campaign to advocate for allowing Haitian immigrants Temporary Protective Status, or TPS, to remain in the U.S. instead of being deported back to Haiti. Last year the Caribbean country was hit by four devastating hurricanes, further damaging an already fragile infrastructure. Many countries pledged millions of dollars in support though little was actually received. M1 has called for President Obama directly to take action in the matter now.
M1 has said, “I work for the People, the streets are my office.” To read more about his trip and his ideas in his own words check, click here.