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Max Rameau Papers

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Local Activsm (I)

Brothers of the Same Mind

Local Activism (II)

Take Back the Land

UMOJA

Audio-Visual Materials - VHS, DVD, CDs (I)

Audio-Visual Materials - VHS + DVD (II)

Posters & Photos (oversize)

News Articles

News Articles II

Banners

Banners

Banners

Banners

Interviews (Oral History)

Case 4

Box 16

T-Shirt: Take Back the Land UMOJA Village



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Max Rameau Papers, 1992-2011 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Beatrice Colastin Skokan and Rudo Kemper

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Collection Overview

Title: Max Rameau Papers, 1992-2011Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: ASM0084

Creator: Rameau, Max

Extent: 17.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement:

I. Activism (various)

II. Brothers of the Same Mind

III. Umoja Village

IV. Take Back the Land

V. Audio-Visual Materials

VI. Posters/Banners

VII. Interviews (oral history)

Formats/Genres: Audiovisual materials, Videocassettes

Languages: English, French, Haitian;HaitianCreole

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Max Rameau papers (1992-2010) document his extensive activism for the homeless and the poor within the South Florida communities of the African diaspora. The collection  will be of interest to scholars and students of movements such as the Umoja Village, the Scott-Carver Tenant Council, Miami Dade Election Reform and Take Back the Land. The materials document advocacy work on behalf of people displaced from their homes as a result of  low income housing policies, gentrification, and the U.S. foreclosure crisis at the beginning of the 21st century.  The Max Rameau papers also point to connections between activist groups promoting the economic rights of the diverse constituency  of the African diaspora which reside in Liberty City and Little Haiti. Finally, the collection serves as a record of Mr. Rameau's work with organizations such as Brothers of the Same Mind,  the Haitian American Grassroots Coalition and the Center for Pan African Development.

Biographical Note

Max Rameau is the foremost and most publically known activist with Take Back the Land. He also leads the Center for Pan-African Development, and has worked extensively with Brothers of the Same Mind and Cop Watch in the past. At the cusp of the housing crisis, Rameau invited several other South Florida-based black activists to meetings held at Marleine Bastien's office, a group that later became known as the Black Response to the Crisis Group. The group decided on taking action in the form of taking over public land and asserting black political leadership over that land. The first action taken was the erecting of the Umoja Village Shantytown, and later housing liberations and eviction defenses. As Take Back the Land progressed to the national level and took on the shape of a movement, Rameau remained its most vocal proponent and figurehead. He has since relocated to Washington D.C. to take on the role as an alternative voice on the housing crisis more strongly. Rameau is a Pan-Africanist by worldview and in political theory, although he no longer frames Take Back the Land as a Pan-Africanist or Black nationalist project.

Subject/Index Terms

Miami (Florida) - Politics and government - 20th century
Miami (Florida) - Race relations
Overtown (Miami, Fla.)
Social movements
Urban renewal - Florida - Miami-Dade County

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 17 boxes

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Related Materials: Archiving the Fringe by UM Libraries For more information please see http://vimeo.com/23267802.

Preferred Citation: Max Rameau Papers, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Processing Information: Processed by Grace Castro  under the supervision of Beatrice C. Skokan, 2011.

Finding Aid Revision History: Additional audiovisual descriptions by David Rodriguez, May 2016


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Local Activsm (I)],
[Box 2: Brothers of the Same Mind],
[Box 3: Local Activism (II)],
[Box 4: Take Back the Land],
[Box 5: UMOJA],
[Box 6: Audio-Visual Materials - VHS, DVD, CDs (I)],
[Box 7: Audio-Visual Materials - VHS + DVD (II)],
[Box 8: Posters & Photos (oversize)],
[Box 9: News Articles],
[Box 10: News Articles II],
[Box 11: Banners],
[Box 12: Banners],
[Box 13: Banners],
[Box 14: Banners],
[Box 15: Interviews (Oral History)],
[Case 4],
[Box 16],
[Box 17: T-Shirt: Take Back the Land UMOJA Village, 2006],
[All]

Box 1: Local Activsm (I)Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Police Brutality, 1994-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Hope VI Public Housing for Scott-Carver Homes, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Voting Reform, 2000-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Coalition Against the War, 2001-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Haitian Immigration Reform, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Arthur Teele Rally Photos & News Clipping, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Civilian Investigative Panel, 2001-2006Add to your cart.
Box 2: Brothers of the Same MindAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Weed and Seed Program, 1992-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Brothers of the Same Mind, 1997-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Brothers of the Same Mind, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Brothers of the Same Mind and Leroy Jones (Founder), 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Brothers of the Same Mind (Clippings), 2001-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Brothers of the Same Mind : Correspondence, 2001, 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Brothers of the Same Mind : Flyers and Photographs, 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Brothers of the Same Mind : ProposalsAdd to your cart.
Box 3: Local Activism (II)Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Advocacy Correspondence: Support of Anti-Discrimination Laws (I), August 2002Add to your cart.
Various letters supporting anti-discrimination laws.
Folder 2: Advocacy Correspondence Support of Anti-Discrimination Laws (II), August 2002Add to your cart.
Various letters supporting anti-discrimination laws.
Folder 3: FTAA Protest, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Center for Pan-African Development, 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 5: HOPWA: Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Fliers (miscellaneous), 2001-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Rameau's correspondence, publications, awards, photos & court notices, 1995-2010Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Take Back the Land, 2002-2008Add to your cart.
Collection of Pictures and Flyers Illustrating the Take back the Land Movement and the fight for decent public housing in New York. Also, a collection of Articles describing the struggles of special interests from 2002-2008
Box 4: Take Back the LandAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: News clippings, 2004-2010Add to your cart.
Folder 2: News clippings, 2006-2009Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Flyers, 2006-2007Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 4: Petitions & sign-in sheets, 2006-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Take Back The Land : land, gentrification and the the Umoja village shantytown" book and notes., 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Organizational stages, 2007-2010Add to your cart.
Box 5: UMOJAAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: UMOJA : Property Information Reports, 2004-2010Add to your cart.
Folder 2: UMOJA : Flyers, 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 3: UMOJA : Residence Information, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 4: UMOJA : Electronic Correspondence, February-August 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 5: UMOJA : Meetings, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 6: UMOJA : Court Case Information, 2007-2009Add to your cart.
Folder 7: UMOJA : News Articles, 2003-2010Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs, 2006Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Box 6: Audio-Visual Materials - VHS, DVD, CDs (I)Add to your cart.
Item 1: VHS: Black History Month Lecture Series: Dr. Kwame Ture, A.K.A. Stokely Carmichael, February 24, 1993Add to your cart.
Dr. Kwame Ture gives a speech at Florida International University. In his speech, he criticizes the capitalist system and discusses the worldwide suffering of the African diaspora.
Item 2: VHS: Black Affairs Forum, February 27, 2002Add to your cart.
This is a video recording of a panel hosted by the Black Affairs Forum. One of the featured panelists is Max Rameau, and he addresses the question of how the color line continues to exist in Miami in the 21st century.
Item 3: VHS: Max Rameau Presentations- FTAA Roundtables, October 23, 2003Add to your cart.
Max Rameau participates in a panel discussion at the University of Miami Law School, on behalf of the Miami Workers' Center, to discuss the FTAA protests in Miami.
Item 4: DVD-R: Brothers of the Same Mind Press Meeting, August 27, 2004Add to your cart.
Commissioner Arthur Teele meets with the organization's leaders and men interested in working with Brothers of the Same Mind. The commissioner explains the mission of the organization.
Item 5: CD: UMOJA Village, October 23, 2006Add to your cart.

"Liberated October 23, 2006." Disc contains photos of the UMOJA site during the construction phase. There are also video recordings of interviews with Max Rameau, a CBS segment of Miami's housing crisis and interviews with UMOJA residents following the fire.

2 copies.

Item 6: VHS: UMOJA Village, City Manager meets Coalition Leaders & Residents of the Village Speak, November 23, 2006Add to your cart.
Item 7: VHS: UMOJA Village: The Community Shares Gifts with the Village Residents, December 23, 2006Add to your cart.
Item 8: VHS: Construction on UMOJA Site, 2006Add to your cart.
Item 9: VHS: UMOJA Village Demo after Burndown of Village, 2006Add to your cart.
13 arrested
Item 10: DVD: "Miami, La ville de tous les excès", May 13, 2007Add to your cart.
A film by Daniel Lainé. PAL formatted disc. RT 48 minutes.
Item 11: CD: The Story with Dick Gordon, "New Life in a Foreclosed Home", March 20, 2008Add to your cart.

Interview with a homeless family from Miami, FL, who moved into a foreclosed home with the help of Take Back the Land.

North Carolina Public Radio 91.5 WUNC Bringing the World Home to You

4 CD copies

Item 12: CD: Voices with Vision, November 9, 2008Add to your cart.
Interview with Max Rameau on Take Back the Land and UMOJA Village. WPKW 89.3FM DC.
Item 13: DVD-R: Victims of Police Violence Candlelight Vigil Memorial, November 12, 2008Add to your cart.
Vigil held for victims of police brutality. 2 discs.
Item 14: NOW on PBS: Homes for the Homeless?, June 26, 2009Add to your cart.
Item 15: FTAA Protest: The Miami ModelAdd to your cart.

This is a documentary on the FTAA protests that took place in Miami in November of 2003. It includes an interview with Max Rameau as well as footage of the Root Cause People's March.

91 minutes

Item 16: CD: How We Survive - The Deepening Homeless CrisisAdd to your cart.
Program #07-09. Interview with two homeless families from Santa Barbara, CA and Miami, FL.  Max Rameau from Take Back the Land discusses the organization's mission and work. Making Contact: a weekly series from the National Radio Project.
Item 17: CD-R: Mary Trody & Family Take Back their Home., February 2009Add to your cart.
Disc contains images of Mary Troday and her family moving into a foreclosed home with the help of Take Back the Land.
Item 18: VHS: Pan AfricanistAdd to your cart.
Item 19: VHS: Welcoming Remarks/ Surviving "The Miami Model"Add to your cart.
Panel on FTAA at UM Law School. Max Rameau is one of the panelists and speaks as a CopWatch representative about the project, RootCause.
Item 20: CD-R: Radio spot for Election rally against President Bush, October 2004Add to your cart.
Announcement in Haitian Creole of a voting rally in Little Haiti and Charles Hadley Park.
Box 7: Audio-Visual Materials - VHS + DVD (II)Add to your cart.
Item 1: Weed & Seed, May 17, 1998Add to your cart.
Max Rameau and Leroy Jones, founder of Brothers of the Same Mind speak about police brutality at the second annual Arthur McDuffie vigil.
Item 2: Arthur McDuffie Candle Light Vigil, May 12, 2001Add to your cart.
Taking place at 4055 NW 17th Ave., Liberty City.
Item 3: VHS: Brothers of the Same Mind, March 24, 2004Add to your cart.
Revolving Micro-Loan Program Designed to Help Ex-Felons Go into Business by Miami Commissioner Teele and Leroy Jones of NANA. Commissioner Arthur Teele explains program objectives to members and participants from Brothers of the Same Mind.
Item 4: VHS: Court Hearing for Restoration of Voting Rights for Ex-Felon, April 9, 2003Add to your cart.
Item 5: VHS: Memorial Service for Justice - Eddie Lee Macklin, Jr., January 31, 2002Add to your cart.
Presented by the Coalition Against Police Brutality and Harassement, Brothers of the Same Mind and the Community at Large in honor of Eddie Lee Macklin, Jr. (January 8, 1982 - January 21, 2002).
Item 6: DVD: The Jena 6, 2008Add to your cart.
Sealed. Created by Big Noise Films and narrated by Mumia Abu Jamal, this is a documentary on the racially charged criminal activities and large civil rights demonstration that occured in Jena, Louisiana in 2006. RT - 30 minutes.
Item 7: DVD: Capitalism: a Love Story, 2009Add to your cart.
Sealed. A DVD of the documentary film by Michael Moore in which Max Rameau appears. RT - 127 minutes.
Box 8: Posters & Photos (oversize)Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Box 9: News ArticlesAdd to your cart.
Box 10: News Articles IIAdd to your cart.
Box 11: BannersAdd to your cart.
Box 12: BannersAdd to your cart.
Box 13: BannersAdd to your cart.
Box 14: BannersAdd to your cart.
Box 15: Interviews (Oral History)Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 1: Max Rameau, May 31, 2011Add to your cart.

Max Rameau is the foremost and most publically known activist with Take Back the Land. He also leads the Center for Pan-African Development, and has worked extensively with Brothers of the Same Mind and Cop Watch in the past. At the cusp of the housing crisis, Rameau invited several other South Florida-based black activists to meetings held at Merleine Bastien's office, a group that later became known as the Black Response to the Crisis Group. The group decided on taking action in the form of taking over public land and asserting black political leadership over that land. The first action taken was the erecting of the Umoja Village Shantytown, and later housing liberations and eviction defenses. As Take Back the Land progressed to the national level and took on the shape of a movement, Rameau remained its most vocal proponent and figurehead. He has since relocated to Washington D.C. to take on the role as an alternative voice on the housing crisis more strongly. Rameau is a Pan-Africanist by worldview and in political theory, although he no longer frames Take Back the Land as a Pan-Africanist or Black nationalist project.

Lenght: 156:46

Folder 2: John Cata, June 11, 2011Add to your cart.

John Cata is a Vietnam War veteran and former civil rights activist who lived at Umoja Village for almost its entire duration. He was one of the Village’s most well-known residents whose story was often covered by the media. Born in New York City, Cata played an important part in the civil rights era in Miami by signing the first labor contract for Jackson Memorial Hospital as the chairman of the negotiating committee. Shortly after, he was drafted for the Vietnam War. Cata later returned to Miami to do research on himself at the downtown library. In the process, he ended up living outdoors. He drifted into Umoja Village one day, and decided to stay. Over time, Cata became an ardent believer in the cause and was noted by others to have become completely transformed during his stay at Umoja Village. He gradually became invited to TBL organizers’ meetings. When the Village burnt down, Cata was one of the most vocal protesters and was arrested by the police (he was later arrested again in relation to a housing liberation).

Lenght: 49:38

Folder 3: Poncho, June 18, 2011Add to your cart.

Poncho is an activist and organizer with Take Back the Land, originally from Washington, DC. Early on, she took part in the Black Response to the Crisis Group, and remained a core organizer with Take Back the Land during Umoja Village. She herself lived at Umoja Village as well. She continued to be involved as the movement shifted priorities to housing liberations and eviction defenses.

Lenght: 15:42

Folder 4: Jonathan Baker, June 23, 2011Add to your cart.

Jonathan Baker was a resident at Umoja Village for its entire duration, known as one of the most active and outspoken residents. He gradually came to take on a leadership role at the Village and was often interviewed by the media. He was homeless at the time that he took residence at the Village, and is currently still homeless.

Lenght: 39:14

Folder 5: Jewel Parham, July 17, 2011Add to your cart.

Jewel Parham is a community activist originally from Miami, although she lived outside the city for much of her life. She started volunteering with Brothers of the Same Mind in 2000, becoming a board member in 2004 until 2008. She was invited early on to partake in the Black Response to the Crisis Group and remained a constant presence at Umoja Village. She and her mother were involved in securing donations from local churches. She later became involved with Lower Income Families Fighting Together (LIFFT), N'COBRA (National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America), and the Provisional Government for the New Republik of Afrika (PG-NRA). She currently works as a City of Miami VISTA at Curley's House of Style.

Lenght: 52:23

Folder 6: Rebecca Wood, July 18, 2011Add to your cart.

Rebecca Wood is an activist and organizer with Take Back the Land, originally from Arlington, VA. At the time of Umoja Village, she was in charge of construction, logistical planning, and gardening. She continued to be involved with Take Back the Land in Miami as the movement shifted priorities to housing liberations and eviction defenses.

Lenght: 44:22

Folder 7: LaRhonda Odom, July 19, 2011Add to your cart.

La Rhonda Odom is an organizer with Take Back the Land in Miami after the Umoja Village fire. Odom, originally from Mississippi, was trained as an urban planner. She took on a position at the ACLU-Florida in Miami, through which she became involved with Take Back the Land. She currently works with Catalyst Miami (formerly known as the Human Services Coalition).

Lenght: 40:42

Folder 8: General Rashid, July 23, 2011Add to your cart.

General Rashid is a long-time stalwart activist in a variety of organizations, including N’COBRA (National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America), Brothers of the Same Mind, and the PG-NRA (Provisional Government for the New Republic of Afrika). He played an important role with Take Back the Land early on, being a core member of the Black Response to the Crisis Group and a key strategist. He was also a constant presence at Umoja Village, providing security and important infrastructural support to the construction of the village due to his experience and work in construction.

Lenght: 90:06

Folder 9: Junior (Pops), July 26, 2011Add to your cart.

‘Junior’ also known as  ‘Pops’ is a man in his sixties who lived at Umoja Village for the majority that the Village stood. Junior was homeless before Umoja Village, and continues to be homeless. He was not one of the more vocal residents, but a constant presence throughout and an ardent supporter nevertheless.

Lenght 9:35

Folder 10: Shabazz, August 1, 2011Add to your cart.

Shabazz was a resident at Umoja Village for the last three months. Shabazz, an African-American man in his thirties from Alabama with a penchant for storytelling, has lived a hard life marked by drug abuse and prison time. Not one of the more vocal or involved residents during Umoja Village, Shabazz became more actively involved with Take Back the Land after the fire. He credits the fire as propelling him to awareness about the larger purpose of the Village, and as spurring him to get involved with community organizing.

Lenght: 46:40

Folder 11: Mary Trody, August 2, 2011Add to your cart.

Mary Trody's mother, Carolyn Conley, had lived in her house for 30 years when she got an eviction notice. Trody, an activist with the LIFFT (Lower Income Families Fighting Together) campaign organized by the Miami Worker's Center, learned about Take Back the Land and got in touch with Rameau about her family's situation. Take Back the Land organized a public housing liberation of Trody's home, which was featured on national media and in Michael Moore's documentary Capitalism: A Love Story. A self-described freedom fighter, Trody continues to be active with Take Back the Land and the fight to elevate housing to the level of a human right.

Lenght: 42:57

Folder 12: Mamyrah Prosper, August 8, 2011Add to your cart.

Mamyrah Prosper is a Haitian-born Ph.D.  student in Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University (FIU), who was a key movement activist and organizer during and after Umoja Village. She was an active volunteer at first and later became invited to organizers' meetings of Take Back the Land. As an organizer, Prosper was particularly involved in theory- and strategy-building. She serves as a liaison between Take Back the Land and groups with similar interests in Haiti, where she spends much of her time today.

Lenght: 84:56

Case 4Add to your cart.
Drawer 12Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Poster-"Capitalism: A Love Story"Add to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Movement Catalyst, 2013Add to your cart.
"Movement Catalyst provides technical and strategic support to grassroots groups in the fight for racial and economic justice." -- Descriptions from Movement Catalyst website.
Folder 2: Typescript: Moving Forward from Ferguson - A Proposal, 2014Add to your cart.
A collection of documents, addressing the 2014 fatal shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the community's response to it. The texts  provide an overview of solutions and ways to cope with the incident in its ongoing aftermath, mainly by stressing a need to develop a proper political dialogue regarding Civil Rights.
Folder 3: Forward From Ferguson by Max Rameau, M Adams and Rob Robinson, September 2014Add to your cart.
An analog copy of an e-book addressing the 2014 fatal shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the community's response to it. The authors provide an overview of solutions and ways to cope with the incident in its aftermath, maily by stressing a need to develop a proper political dialogue regarding Civil Rights.
Folder 4: Black Community Control Over Police, 2016Add to your cart.
The paper is organized into sections labeled "The Moment: From Uprising to Organizing", "Principles & Objectives", "Analysis", "The Proposition", and "Power Versus Reform."
Folder 5: Community Control Over Police, an Organizer's Guide, n.d.Add to your cart.
Donated by Max Rameau
Box 17: T-Shirt: Take Back the Land UMOJA Village, 2006Add to your cart.
Donated by Max Rameau

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Local Activsm (I)],
[Box 2: Brothers of the Same Mind],
[Box 3: Local Activism (II)],
[Box 4: Take Back the Land],
[Box 5: UMOJA],
[Box 6: Audio-Visual Materials - VHS, DVD, CDs (I)],
[Box 7: Audio-Visual Materials - VHS + DVD (II)],
[Box 8: Posters & Photos (oversize)],
[Box 9: News Articles],
[Box 10: News Articles II],
[Box 11: Banners],
[Box 12: Banners],
[Box 13: Banners],
[Box 14: Banners],
[Box 15: Interviews (Oral History)],
[Case 4],
[Box 16],
[Box 17: T-Shirt: Take Back the Land UMOJA Village, 2006],
[All]



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