this is me, taj anwar- jackson (aka DopestBabiesMama aka Mama Feel Good), moderator of the mobbb.org site. I am a wife (married to Amond Jackson- www.salempsalmslibrary.com), mother (5 children), activist (FTP Movement, Mothers of Black/Brown Babies, Zulu Nation), vegan/ vegetarian/ aquatarian cook (Feed The People Catering), model, physical fitness fanatic and firewoman for Atlanta Fire Rescue. you can read more about me on www.tajanwar.com.
THE MISSION OF THE M.O.B.B. The mission of Mothers of Black/ Brown Babies is to support new and veteran mothers of Black and Brown children in a variety of ways that nourish their mind thorough bringing educational workshops and forums to their communities, spirit through networking and camaraderie as well as the overall health of their families through emotional support. M.O.B.B. was established to educate and support, as well as to create a network of support for pregnant and new mothers. M.O.B.B. IS COMMUNITY MINDED, CENTERED, FOCUSED AND OPERATED
HOW WE M.O.B.B.
This program strives to bring the education to the people in their communities. Conference and meeting locations vary from community centers, religious institutions, shelters, halfway houses and public parks. One-topic workshops are held upon request.
M.O.B.B.'s emergency food program Eat Healthy is for families who have been denied government assistance or have been discontinued from those benefits because of slight increase in income. M.O.B.B. celebrates any type of elevation, and we believe that because one has made progress in one area that they should not be hindered in others. This program is for the families who fall in between- the family that is not economically abundant, but not economically destitute. It is understood that there are few to no programs out there for this type of family. Eat Healthy provides food packages consisting of wholistic products, and on some occasion will include additional items such as new recipes, hygiene products and vitamins.
MOBILE CLOTHES CLOSET
In conjunction with the FTP Movement's Feed The People Program, the Mobile Clothes Closet operates every Sunday. Additional days are scheduled through community outreach in accordance with the current need. This program is designed for those without the funds or transportation to access the various stationary clothes closets throughout the metropolitan area. Individuals in need are able to access new and used clothing for themselves and their family as well as personal hygiene kits.
In 2002, taj anwar, while still a graduate student at Georgia State University, working full time and a mother of two went to apply for financial assistance from a governmental agency. When asked of she was in school, anwar proudly told her caseworker that she was in school and what she was studying. After a 2-hour waiting period and 2 ½ hour interview process, anwar was denied assistance and told that in order for her to qualify for assistance; she would need to quit school. Angered, anwar left the office and vowed to make a change upon graduating from college. Before earning a doctorate in Sociology, she defended her Master’s degree thesis on Mother’s of Black/Brown Babies, and non- profit she hoped to start shortly after graduating.
M.O.B.B. is named after one of anwar’s favorite songs, “Steady Mobbin’” by Da Lench Mob. In the hip-hop community, that phrase means to keep it moving, no matter the circumstance. The acronym became functional term she used while working in the community and encouraging others.
In 2004, anwar put M.O.B.B. into practice. She began going to various public housing projects giving out food and hygiene care packages to families in need. She assembled these packages at home and hand delivered them in her truck. When talking with the people, she recognized that the same conditions that she worked hard to pull herself out of are still existent. Recalling her experience with dealing with governmental benefits, she could identify with their stories as well. She used her experience and learning to write People within the local hip- hop community became aware of the work she was doing and offered resources.
In 2006, M.O.B.B. mobilized in which anwar wrote and developed various programs to strengthen parenting amongst mothers. People could identify with her story and wanted to join M.O.B.B. in its efforts, thus propelling M.O.B.B. to national and international recognition. Now with a team, anwar continues to M.O.B.B. through the cities all through the nation.
M.O.B.B.'s Current Team consists of:
taj anwar jackson- National Coordinator
Mayaneye- Tri State Coordinator
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FTP STREET CODES
F.T.P. STREET CODES
1. NO SNITCHING The Police, Capitalism, the State, etc. are an enemy to the people and to work with them is criminal, Ancestral Treason! Loose lips sink ships, snitching is unforgivable.
2. NO RAPE To Rape is a violation of a person’s physical, mental and spirit. It is Barbaric and anti-African. Rapist should be dealt with.
3. BANG FOR UHURU (FREEDOM) Warriors can only be initiated by an enemy. If you are going to bang; bang on the system, not on other Africans.
4. NO EXPLOITATION Don't exploit your people. You live in the hood, they live in the hood and chances are they don't have anything more than you do. We have enough community leaches and pork chop preachers robbing the people.
5. WARRIOR CODE Security first! Protect Women, Children & Elders. Train; work out, get your fighting skills up to par. Police your own community. We don't need pigs overseeing us.
6. NO FALSE FLAGGIN' Red, white, and blue ain't never did shit for you. Don't be a star-spangled slave. Get on the right team; rally round the flag on some Red, Black and Green.
7. DISCIPLINE Get your mind right, focus and organize your life. Be committed.
8. BUILD SURVIVAL PROGRAMS The People come first. You are your Brother/Sisters keeper. Capitalism teaches individualism, which is anti-African. We have to create programs that are for the best interest of the people (especially Food, Clothing and Shelter).
9. P.E. (POLITICAL EDUCATION) EACH 1, TEACH 1! It is important for African People to have knowledge of self. We have to be able to articulate why we are in the conditions we are in, who put us in these conditions and how can we get out of these conditions.10. YOUR WORD IS BOND (DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR) Warriors are only as good as their words. Make your word your bond!