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National Action Network (NAN), Muhammad Mosque #15, Unite or Die Campaign and the Atlanta LOC joined forces and took to the streets to “Occupy the Corners” near the West End and AUC Area, which includes Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. NAN led this initiative behind the leadership of The National Youth Director, Mary Pat-Hector. NAN is a civil rights organization founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, and they work with the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of Justice, decency, and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender. This mission is what brings NAN and the Nation of Islam together because through What the Muslims Want #2, We want justice. Equal justice under the law. We want justice applied equally to all, regardless of creed or class or color, in fact this proves we all are fighting for the same thing.
Student Minister Abdul Sharrieff Muhammad heard Ms. Mary Pat- Hector speak at the Atlanta LOC meeting regarding the increasing violence in the West End and AUC towards college students and the elderly. Immediately, Student Minister Sharrieff put a call out for FOI and the Atlanta LOC to join forces and back NAN in their efforts to secure the Corners for the students and residents. On both nights of November 6th & 7th from 6-9pm, Ms. Hector and Student Minister Sharrieff led everyone to “Occupy the Corners” and on both those nights there were no reports of violence or crime in the area. Mary Pat- Hector stated, “As we are occupying the corners we want to give our community resources that will strengthen them. I am just disappointed in the local pastors for not doing what they personally told me they would do and stand with us as we occupied the corners. What happened to your word is your bond? We held down 6 corners with NAN, NAACP, Unite or Die, Spelman, Morehouse and Minister Sharrieff and the Nation of Islam.”
During the time on the corners, at one point the FOI helped push a woman’s car to the nearest parking lot after it broke down at one of the lights. It was just a great night of love and unity as people with the same love and passion came together to help to transform a community and follow the instructions of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. This effort was a great demonstration of what Minister Farrakhan said, “What the black community needs is true faith in God, not guns, and men who love God! When you are unafraid of Man and you love God in Man, you can go in the hood like we do and stand in the gap between the guns. That’s what the 10,000 fearless men & women can do in our community.”
(By Kenetta Muhammad)