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A Call for Days in Solidarity with African People: “Not One More Black Life! Stop U.S. Wars of Occupation and Police Terror!”

Not One More Black Life!
Stop U.S. Wars of Occupation and Police Terror!
Reparations Now!  A Call for Days in Solidarity with African People, 2014

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Everywhere you look around the world, war and crisis rage with intensity. Bombs labeled “made in the USA” rain down upon the suffering peoples of the world on nearly every continent.

In the wake of the brutal police murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, sustained righteous and militant African rebellions, marches and resistance have broken out in the face of intense military-style repression.

The government issued a “no-fly zone” over the town of Ferguson and declared a state of emergency, inflicting tear gas, rubber bullets and other means of coercion against the African community.

Inside the U.S., this government’s war against the African community is escalating. The rebellions in Ferguson have pushed the case of Michael Brown to the surface, but the reality is that another African is murdered by police or white vigilantes every 26 hours in this country.

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Another Michael Brown is likely being gunned down in cold blood by police right now as you read these words. As white people, we never see this happening in our communities.

Everyday there is police murder, brutality, harassment or degradation directed at black people even as Africans, especially African youth, are rounded up and herded into the lucrative U.S. prison gulag—the largest prison population on earth.

The world watches in horror as the U.S.-backed settler state of Israel murders and terrorizes Palestinian children, women and men while the U.S. intensifies its resource wars on ever expanding fronts.

Africa, with the greatest concentration of natural resources on earth, is being plundered by U.S and foreign corporations everyday while Africans live in poverty without electricity, clean water and health care.

The media gives a great deal of attention to the current Ebola virus crisis,  but  there is no mention that there are million of deaths from malaria annually, 90 percent of which are in West Africa. (http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats)

We see the volatile U.S. economy failing to “recover” as skyrocketing numbers of unemployed college graduates are forced to live with their parents and a record 50 percent of the American population can now subsist only with some form of government assistance.

What is the future for us, for all of humanity and for the planet itself today?

What are the solutions?

U.S. imperialism is a hungry parasite looking for its next victim

All over the planet—and inside the U.S.—African, Mexican and oppressed peoples are resisting U.S. war, terror and theft of their resources and land.

Black and brown peoples are fighting back against this brutal and profit-driven capitalist system built not on ideals of equality and democracy, but on hideous crimes such as the massive enslavement and commodification of African people, unimaginable genocide of the Indigenous people and colonial violence of massive proportions.

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This system and country rest on a pedestal of torture, terror and humiliation for the benefit of a minority of the human race at the expense of millions and millions of people and their cultures and social systems.

This is how capitalism was born and this is the only way it can continue to function today.

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement offers a solution to the crisis of today’s world.

There is a future for humankind being forged in the ghettos and barrios and oppressed and impoverished communities every place where people are fighting for self-determination, the freedom to live and not just grovel to survive on a dollar a day in a repressive system while others enjoy the benefits of their stolen labor and resources.

People everywhere want the right to build their own economies with their own resources that benefit their children and their people.

They want to freely associate both economically and culturally with whomever they wish.

They want a dynamic, equitable world built on true justice, peace and mutually-respected independence.

We can and must be part of that future.

As white people organized under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, working for the liberation of Africans everywhere and in solidarity with oppressed and struggling peoples across the globe, we know there will never be peace without this vision.

That’s why we say “Reparations—there can be no justice without it.”

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We must separate ourselves from identifying with the U.S. government and its expectations of unity, a white nationalist unity, and mindless apathy that has us  fighting for our own interests at the expense of the rest of the world.

As Harvard Professor Walter Johnson stated in his article “King Cotton’s Long Shadow,” published in The New York Times:

“It is not simply that the labor of enslaved people underwrote 19th-century capitalism. Enslaved people were the capital: four million people worth at least $3 billion in 1860, which was more than all the capital invested in railroads and factories in the United States combined. Seen in this light, the conventional distinction between slavery and capitalism fades into meaninglessness.”

The legacy of slavery and colonialism is alive in Africa today, where the majority of Africans are profoundly impoverished as the U.S., Europe, China and others carry out a feeding frenzy of the theft of African resources.

The legacy of slavery and colonialism is alive in the fact that white people, even in this economic downturn, have 22 times the wealth of African families who live in desperate poverty. (http://money.cnn.com/2012/06/21/news/economy/wealth-gap-race/)

The legacy of slavery and colonialism is alive in the fact that the Indigenous people live in concentration camps called reservations with a life expectancy of 47 years in the U.S. or are forced out of desperation to send their children across the border.

The legacy of slavery and colonialism is alive in the fact that we the Euro-Americans can always  aspire to send our children to college and move up the ladder of success.

But a  life lived on the backs of Africans and oppressed peoples is neither politically sustainable nor personally tolerable.

Capitalism has been built on a simple equation for the past 500 years: the price paid for the white world to have so much prosperity and opportunity is that everyone else must suffer and die as mere objects of a cruel and brutal system.

As organizers of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement inside the belly of the capitalist beast, we see reparations as the genuine method of reversing the flow of resources seized by the blood-sucking parasite.

This is one, small, very sick planet. Whether we like it or not, the future of white people is inextricably intertwined with everyone else’s.

Peace is built on a premise of the equitable sharing of the world’s resources and respect for all nations and their cultures. The U.S. and Europe make up 17 percent of the world’s population but consume 80 percent of the world’s resources (http://worldcentric.org/conscious-living/social-and-economic-injustices).

It’s time that we, white people, abandon our self-imposed isolation from the rest of the world, a damaging isolation that has enabled us to live a lifestyle that oppresses others and destroys the planet.

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For there to be peace we must pay our dues and restitution. Reparations are owed to those from whom life, livelihood and happiness have been stolen for hundreds of years, and for our part in complacency in keeping a blind eye to this deadly status quo.

Imperialism, capitalism and white power must go!

Join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement in building the Days in Solidarity with African People, a campaign which is raising reparations for the work of the African People’s Socialist Party and the Uhuru Movement, building concrete programs of African economic self-determination and power in the U.S., Africa and Europe.

The Uhuru Movement is organizing worldwide to create the basis for an independent and liberated African economy, planting the seeds of a just and socialist future with institutions like Black Star Industries and the All African People’s Development Empowerment Project.

Spanning continents, the Uhuru Movement is uniting African people as one people fighting to reclaim control of their resources and destinies.

Their struggle for self-determination represents the possibility for a future without oppression, colonialism and slavery.

White people: join the peoples of the planet in creating a healthy world of peace and equity. Build the Days in Solidarity with African People in your area.

Join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement by going to uhurusolidarity.org.

Contact us! Email info@uhurusolidarity.org or call 727-888-3797.

Reparations Now!

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Demonstrators march in the street while protesting the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson

Not another black life! Reparations for the police murder of Michael Brown!

Demonstrators march in the street while protesting the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement (USM), an organization of white people working under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party and the Uhuru Movement, expresses our outrage at the police murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, MO on Saturday, August 9.

According to witnesses, Brown and a friend were walking home from a convenience store when the cops told them to get off the street. Brown was murdered in a barrage of 8 police bullets while his hands were in the air.

In an attempt to further demean and humiliate the African community, Brown’s body was left in the street for more than four hours.

The cops, the media and the St. Louis authorities have, as usual, issued lies and false statements slandering Brown.

In the wake of the brutal murder of Michael Brown, sustained righteous and militant African rebellions, marches and resistance have broken out in the face of intense military-style repression. The government has even issued a “no-fly zone” over the town of Ferguson.

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Brown’s murder immediately follows the savage police suffocation of Eric Garner in New York on July 17 and the murder of John Crawford in an Ohio Walmart on Aug. 5 after he picked up a toy gun.

On August 13 another African was shot by Ferguson cops and critically wounded.

Ferguson, MO is a suburban town of 20,000 whose population is 67 percent African with a white mayor and a police department that is 94 percent white. (http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/8/12/5994181/ferguson-is-67-percent-black-and-its-police-force-is-94-percent-white)

Michael Brown, like so many others, is one more tragic casualty of the deadly U.S. war on the African community in a country where an African is murdered by police or white nationalist violence about every 26 hours, according to a study by the Malcolm X Grassroots Organization!

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The parents of Michael Brown

Since the formation of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement in the 1980s, we have seen countless police murders of African people whose families were defended and murders protested by the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement.

Usually the victims are young African men who were targeted and gunned down like animals when the possibilities of their whole lives should be in front of them.

More than 5000 people have been murdered by police in the U.S. since 2001. Most of them are young and black or brown. (http://filmingcops.com/cops-have-killed-over-5000-americans-since-911/)

We name just a few: Trayvon Martin, 17, whose case is well-known the world over; Javon Dawson, 18 who was murdered by police here in St. Petersburg, FL during a high school graduation party; TyRon Lewis, 18, gunned down in St. Petersburg during a routing traffic stop; Oscar Grant, 22, whose point-blank murder by a BART cop in an Oakland, CA station was caught on video; Sean Bell, 23, shot to death by cops on the morning he was to get married; Amadou Diallo, 23, murdered when cops shot him 41 times in the doorway to his apartment building.

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It goes without saying that the police do not ride roughshod with impunity in white neighborhoods, harass and gun down white teenagers and leave their bloodied bodies lying in the streets for many hours.

This exposes the bitter fact that two glaringly different political, economic, social and legal realities exist inside America. One is the reality experienced by white people and quite another for African, Mexican and Indigenous people. The American dream and the American nightmare.

Even during the current economic downturn, white families still have an astounding 22 times the assets of African families in this country, according to CNN. (http://money.cnn.com/2012/06/21/news/economy/wealth-gap-race/)

Thirty-five percent of African people live below the poverty line in the U.S. with 40% of African children growing up poor.

The U.S. has the highest prison population in the world with 2.3 million people locked down in the American gulag, half of whom are African and another third Mexican.

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African men are given sentences at least 20 percent longer than white prisoners and are 25 percent less likely to receive a sentence below the sentencing guidelines. (http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/black_prisoners_tend_to_serve_longer_sentences_than_whites)

Drug sales and use is a main reason put out by the U.S. government to justify the arrests and imprisonment of African people.

According to the Sentencing Project, Africans make up 12 percent of US. drug users, but represent 34 percent of those arrested for drug offenses, and 45 percent of those in state prisons for such offense as of 2005.

Over half the 2.5 million people in US prisons are African
Over half the 2.5 million people in US prisons are African

Since the U.S government’s COINTELPRO attack on the Black Liberation Movement of the 1960s—an attack that included assassinations of movement leaders, long-term imprisonment of political activists and the use of federal agents to disrupt and destabilize organizations—the government has attempted to salt the earth by imposing crack cocaine, heroin and other deadly drugs on African communities across the country.

Militarized police forces and SWAT teams have been deployed to stalk impoverished, jobless African neighborhoods and round Africans up for mass imprisonment in the multi-billion dollar prison economy that has created a multi-faceted political economy of jobs and business opportunities for white society.

Simmering under the surface of every statistic is the reality that the U.S. was built on the mass enslavement of African people that was lynchpin of the U.S and world capitalist economic system for 500 years.

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The political economy of slavery is the foundation of all white economic opportunity and success in the U.S.

As Harvard Professor Walter Johnson stated in his article “King Cotton’s Long Shadow,” published in the New York Times:

“It is not simply that the labor of enslaved people underwrote 19th-century capitalism. Enslaved people were the capital: four million people worth at least $3 billion in 1860, which was more than all the capital invested in railroads and factories in the United States combined. Seen in this light, the conventional distinction between slavery and capitalism fades into meaninglessness.”

Slavery created the “ladder of success” available to poor white settlers arriving daily on ships from Europe during the 19th century.

As African People’s Socialist Party Chairman Omali Yeshitela tells us, it is “the subject and colonial peoples of the world whose exploited labor and resources create the pedestal upon which all white people sit.”

All white people sit on the pedestal of slavery and genocide.
All white people sit on the pedestal of slavery and genocide.

“All white people” the Chairman stresses, because we are an oppressor nation living at the expense of colonized African, Mexican and Indigenous populations in our very midst inside the borders of the U.S.

America is no different than Occupied Palestine being assaulted by the colonial settler state of Israel—something some white people might take an active stand against.

But colonialism exists right here, even though it is never acknowledged by the white left or the majority of white people.

The so-called “war on drugs” inside the U.S. is in fact a colonial war on the African community where organized resistance and the struggle for liberation and independence are growing in this country and wherever African people are located worldwide.

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement calls on white people to open our eyes to the colonial violence being carried out in our name against African people right here and take a stand against it now!

African people have a right to resist this colonial violence just as the Palestinian people are fighting for the liberation of their land and society.

White people: Join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement in building the Days in Solidarity with African People. Fight for reparations to the African community.

There can be no justice—or peace—without it.

July goal to raise $1,000! Solidarity with African-led community programs!

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement calls on all of our ​members, supporters, and allies to make a donation by the end of July so we can reach the $1,000 reparations pledge to forward the programs of the Uhuru Movement. What can you contribute?
Any amount will make a difference!

Here’s why: The Uhuru Movement fights ​fearlessly for the rights of the African community and ​builds ​programs across the world ​through which ​African people
​are struggling to reclaim control over their own lives, land, and resources.

As Chairman Omali Yeshitela, the founder of the Uhuru Movement, explains “The rate of exploitation of Africans has been greater since slavery….The situation of Africans [in the US today] reeks of the ongoing national oppression of African people. This oppression continues just as starkly under the Obama regime as under previous US regimes…”harrison-county-juvenile-detention-center-biloxi-mississippi-20092

Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, in Overturning the Culture of Violence wrote: “The conditions in the prisons are unspeakably brutal and genocidal. African men are caged like animals in the prime of their youth, bursting with energy and the desire to experience life, raise a family, express their talents. Many of these young people have been held in the camps since their teens and are sentenced to be there until they die…. They are institutions of genocide.”

​M​any of us in the white community are looking for ways to genuinely make a difference and contribute to changing the conditions faced by African people

BABY_GARDENINGOur work as Uhuru Solidarity Movement under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party is to win support from the white community and reparations as the only way to move forward on the road to a future without oppression, violence, torture, colonialism, environmental destruction, and war.

Black Star Industries, the economic wing of the African People’s Socialist Party, is a concrete program that is paving the way toward a future for African people and all of humanity freed from oppression, poverty and colonialism.

White people have to be a part of that future. It is in our interest to join this movement that is emerging all over the world.

You can do this by donating, joining and continuing to support the Uhuru Solidarity Movement to build reparations. All of it goes towards the programs of the Uhuru Movement.
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Community Garden in D.C.

Johann, National Literature Distribution Chair, made a donation this month and added with it this statement:

“I take a stand for reparations because I recognize the right of Palestinians, Mexicans, Indigenous, and African people to resist colonial occupation by any means necessary. As white people, in our bubble of peace, we create the most horrendous violence aimed relentlessly at the oppressed. We can no longer opportunistically pretend we do not hear the screams of a mother holding a dying child, shot down by an Israeli bullet, or close our eyes when an African father is suffocated to death by the NYPD. I am part of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement because it is an opportunity to stand on the right side of humanity as the future unfolds. The Uhuru Movement is building real programs of genuine economic development for the African community.  Community gardens, childcare collectives, community centers, and a whole independent economy for Africans through Black Star Industries…I can see how the Uhuru Movement is leading African Liberation. I can be proud I take this pledge of solidarity with the liberation of oppressed peoples because I refuse to ignore my humanity.”

Support reparations to African people, join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and donate toward the programs of the Uhuru Movement today! We can reach our pledge goal this month with your contribution!

 

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Uhuru Solidarity’s Jesse Nevel speaks out against Jewish collaboration with Israeli genocide on Gaza [VIDEO]

Statement delivered by National Chair of Uhuru Solidarity Movement, Jesse Nevel, at demonstration held by Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations outside Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida in protest of Israeli genocide.

Uhuru! My name is Jesse Nevel and I am here today as a member of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, the organization of white people working under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party.
I stand with the Black is Back Coalition in condemning the Israeli state’s war against the Palestinian people.
I am here as member of APSC, but also as a Jewish person.
As a Jew, I cannot be silent when a government that calls itself “the Jewish state” is carrying out genocide on the Gaza Strip, right before our eyes.
As a Jew, I felt it was important to stand here today before the Holocaust Museum – because this museum is supposed to be a symbolic representation of the victims of Nazi genocide against the Jewish population of Europe in the 1930s and 40s, but the ugly truth is that today in 2014, the Jewish State of Israel is the culprit of mass murder and genocide against the Palestinian people.
Right now as we speak, Israel bombs the Gaza Strip.They have murdered 220 Palestinian people in nine days, including women and children. More than 1,600 people have been injured.
Yesterday, video footage was released showing four Palestinian children playing on a beach.
The four kids were between 9 and 12 years old. Suddenly, Israeli air strikes violently and horrifically rained down upon them, leaving their four small, bloodied bodies scattered across the Gaza beach.
As a Jewish person, nothing sickens me more than the fact that, under the banner of a Jewish Star of David and in the name of advancing the interests of Jewish people everywhere, the U.S.-backed State of Israel is carrying out a holocaust against the Palestinians in broad daylight.
I am deeply offended that the Israeli state would hold up the Nazi holocaust as justification for its genocide against the Palestinian people. “Never again”, the defenders of Israel will say as they obliterate Palestinian babies in the Gaza Strip.
This twisted logic begs the question: who sent the Jews into the gas chambers of Germany?
I’ll tell you who it was not: It was not the Palestinians.
And how can Jews say “never again another holocaust” and in the next breath call for more genocidal bombs, bullets and colonial violence against the Palestinian people?
Mosques have been bombed by Israeli war planes and navy. Centers for disabled people, schools filled with children. In fact, 30 percent of those murdered so far have been children.
Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian was snatched by Israeli settlers and burned alive in a Jerusalem forest.
This is no different from how white people lynched and burned alive Africans on this land we call America, or scalped, raped and murdered the Indigenous people on whose land we stand right now. Yet where there is Holocaust Museum for the
Indigenous people or the African community?
Gaza has 2 million people crammed together by the colonial state of Israel on a strip of land only 25 miles long and about five miles wide.
The 24/7 bombing of densely populated territory like Gaza is more than a war crime – it is a genocide, plan and simple. It is a crime against humanity.
The leaders of this genocide are not shy about their intentions. Ayelet Shaked, the Israeli member of parliament, said, “The Palestinians have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists…
They are all our enemies and their blood should be on our hands.”
The Israeli state enjoys the support of Jews throughout the U.S. and Europe, but I am standing here today to say that it is time to break ranks, it is high time for Jews to turn their backs on the genocidal State of Israel.
There is no future for Jews if we align ourselves to a genocidal and oppressive regime such as the Israeli state.
Every Jew on this earth should feel the weight of the Israeli genocide on our shoulders.

Every Jew on this earth should feel the weight of the suffering on the Gaza Strip on our shoulders.

Every Jew on this earth should carry with us each day the suffering of every Palestinian girl raped and shot in the head by Israeli Defense Forces.

The sobbing voice of the Palestinian father, walking toward the hospital bed saying, “Wake up my child, I have brought you a toy”, recoiling in agony when he sees that his child’s brains have been blown out of his skull by Israeli bombs—the voice of that Palestinian father and the screams of all of the Palestinian children running for cover under the hail of Israeli missiles should ring in the ears of every Jew on this planet.

We have a responsibility to condemn the Israeli state for its genocide against the Palestinian people.

We have a responsibility to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Jewish people and all forward thinking white people MUST OPPOSE the Zionist State of Israel.

To do anything less is to function as an accomplice in this holocaust that is happening right before our eyes.

Stop Israel’s holocaust against the Palestinian people!
Long Live Palestine!

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Zapatista leader murdered by US-backed counterinsurgency! Solidarity with the Indigenous people of Occupied Mexico!

Zapatista leader Galeano, assassinated by US counterinsurgency

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement (USM), the organization of white people and other allies of African liberation working under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, denounces the recent U.S. counterinsurgent murder of Zapatista leader José Luis Solís López (“Galeano”).

USM stands in solidarity with the struggle of the Mexican Indigenous peoples for their self-determination and national liberation.

On May 2, 2014, a Zapatista teacher was murdered and 15 Zapatistas were seriously injured in an attack on a Zapatista community in La Realidad, Chiapas, Mexico. Solís López (“Galeano”), was beaten and shot to death as he courageously fought back against an ambush of his community by neocolonialist paramilitary forces.

A Zapatista school and clinic were also destroyed in the attack.

Comrade Galeano was a member of a team of teachers who worked at  “La escuelita por libertad según las y los zapatistas”(“The little school for freedom according to the Zapatistas”),  a program that brings people from cities in Mexico as well as from around the world to Chiapas to learn about the conditions of the Indigenous people and the work and struggle of the Zapatistas over the past 20 years.

While the forces that carried out this heinous U.S. murder have been identified as right-wing paramilitary forces in concert with the local, state and federal governments of Mexico, the attack must be understood in the context of U.S. colonialism and counterinsurgency against the just resistance of the Mexican people.

US imperialist exploitation of Mexican people

In the 1990s the U.S., pursuing an agenda of colonial exploitation through NAFTA, forced the Mexican government to abolish land reforms won by the Mexican Revolution in 1917. These land reforms protected, to some extent, the Indigenous peoples’ ties to the land, which was their livelihood. Abolishment of land reforms forced the Indigenous people off the land and into the industrial workforce as cheap labor. On the day NAFTA took effect, the Zapatistas took over 500 farms in the state of Chiapas.

Any attempts by the Indigenous population to organize their own communities on their own terms run counter to the U.S. government’s plans for exploiting the Indigenous and poor people of Mexico. They have been under constant attack and threat of attack by U.S.-backed Mexican government forces, including the infamous Acteal massacre in 1997.

The murder of Comrade Galeano is the latest one of these attacks. This attack is a symptom of the crisis of imperialism. The U.S.is desperately intensifying the exploitation of colonized people in an attempt to save  the plummeting economy of the U.S.

The U.S. counterinsurgency against the Mexican people is no different from the U.S. counterinsurgency against the African community inside this country.  Africans inside the U.S. face hideous conditions of police violence and containment, mass incarceration, extreme poverty. Statistics released by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement revealed that every 26 hours, an African is murdered in the U.S. by police or white vigilantes.

Mexico is occupied Indigenous land

Mexico is indigenous land; all of Mexico and the so-called American southwest is occupied territory that belongs to the Indigenous people. The southwestern part of the illegitimate “United States” is land that was stolen by white people in the late 1800s. All of the violence, colonial terror involving “drug cartels” and other forces are an historical continuation of the havoc imposed on Mexico by US imperialist domination, following Spain’s brutal occupation which extracted massive resources for Europe from the 16th to the 19th century.

Today, 45.5 percent of the Mexican people live in poverty, according to the Mexican National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL). White people benefit directly from the colonization of Mexico, inhabiting stolen territory and exploiting the labor of Mexican farmworkers. Paying almost nothing to the Mexican workers makes farm owners rich while providing white people with cheap fruits and vegetables that we refuse to pick ourselves and can consume year-round.

Indigenous people of Mexico are victims of colonial terror on both sides of the false, colonially imposed “border.”  Daily, border patrol and white nationalist vigilante militias carry out vicious murders and more Mexicans are being deported by Obama than by any U.S. administration since the colonial annexation of half of Mexico in the late 1800s. Obama has averaged 395,689 deportations per year, compared with George W. Bush’s 251,567 per year.

So far Obama has deported 1,582,756 people and at the current rate, by the end of his second term, the number will exceed total deportations carried out by the George W. Bush administration (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/mar/17/janet-murguia/activist-janet-murguia-calls-obama-deporter-chief-/).

The theft of Mexico was part of the “primitive accumulation” that built parasitic capitalism and brought tremendous wealth and resources to Europe, America and white people everywhere.

Victory to the Mexican people, Solidarity African and Mexican Liberation!

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APSP Chairman Omali Yeshitela speaking at Union Del Barrio, revolutionary Mexican Indigenous liberation organization

USM, an organization dedicated to winning reparations to African people and working under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, is guided by the theory of African Internationalism.

African Internationalism recognizes the unity of interests of all colonized people and stands in unconditional solidarity with the rights of Indigenous people to reclaim their land, resources and destinies.

The APSP has for over 30 years maintained a deep fraternal relationship of mutual solidarity with Unión del Barrio the Mexican Indigenous liberation organization who are struggling to liberate the entire homeland of the Indigenous people of occupied Mexico from U.S. colonial occupation.

The struggles in occupied Mexico are a continuation of the resistance of the Indigenous peoples of this land that has included leaders such as Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, whose legacy initially inspired the Zapatistas.

We say, “Victory to the Indigenous people of occupied Mexico, victory to African people inside the U.S. and victory all oppressed and colonized peoples of the world!”

White people must stand in solidarity with Africans, Mexicans and other colonized peoples and take a stand for reparations.

We call on white people to participate in the ARMA Collective’s Call to Action, which can be found at www.anattackonusall.org.

We also call for white people to join the international campaign to build Days in Solidarity with African People, a campaign that puts us in sync with all of the oppressed and colonized people of the world fighting for their liberation. Contact us at info@uhurusolidarity.org to get organized!

Join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement!

Rastafarians in Bahamas call for reparations for the enslavement and colonization of African people

Rastafarians in Bahamas call for reparations for the enslavement and colonization of African people


Alex Morley of the African People’s Socialist Party-Bahamas
Published May 27, 2014 on UhuruNews.com

New Providence, The Bahamas—The Rastafari Rally for Reparations was held on May 5th at R.M. Bailey Park in New Providence, Bahamas.

The rally was hosted by the House of Rastafari, a coalition of various groups of Rastafarians in The Bahamas.

The purpose of the rally was to raise the public’s awareness about movement on the reparations issue throughout the region.

The event included speakers from the Elders Council of the Rastafarian community, solidarity statements from guest speakers and cultural performances.

The rally comes on the heels of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) decision to consider making a legal case against Europe for the genocide of the Indigenous people and the enslavement and colonization of African people in the Caribbean.

CARICOM has hired a British law firm, Leigh Day, to look into the matter. This is the same law firm that represented African women in Kenya in their legal case against British soldiers for the horrendous crimes, including rape, which had been committed against them.

National Reparations Commissions have been appointed in several Caribbean countries and scholar Hilary Beckles has been appointed the Chairman of CARICOM’s Reparations Commission.

In The Bahamas, the government recently appointed Alfred Sears, a former attorney general, as the Chairman of the National Reparations Commission. This commission includes, amongst others, clergymen, professors, historians, lawyers and members from the Rastafarian community.

At the Rastafari Rally for Reparations, Chairman Sears told the crowd that he was still amazed by how many people in The Bahamas did not know about the great contributions Africa has made to humanity. Sears said that he would do all that was possible to carry the case for reparations to the International Court of Justice.

Priest Blyden, from the House of Rastafari, told the crowd that Europeans gave us paper freedom and he said we should recognize the Africans in Haiti who were able to overturn their oppressors in the Haitian Revolution.

Blyden also said that before we go to England, the problems of the Rastafarian community here in the Bahamas had to be addressed, including land reform, the need for African history in schools and discrimination against Rastafarians.

Alex Morley, Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party-Bahamas, told the crowd that Point number 11 of the Party’s Working Platform states that we want the U.S. and the international European ruling class to pay Africa and African people for the centuries of genocide, oppression and enslavement of our people.

Morley said that if we are serious about creating a reparations movement in The Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean, it was essential that the movement have its own independent position and that position must recognize that the current material conditions Africans suffer worldwide have their origin in the attack that led to the capture of our homeland and our people.

Morley also said that a real reparations movement was not about fighting against racism, which is simply the ideological foundation of capitalism, but it was about African people fighting for power over their own lives.

Morley said that the African petty bourgeoisie fights against racism because they only want integration into the white capitalist word. He said that a real reparations movement must be used to expose the oppressive nature of Caribbean societies.

Morley stressed that the reparations message had to be taken to all African workers and that international support for reparations must be won.

According to CARICOM, in preparation of a legal claim, each National Reparations Commission is to gather information pertaining to each claimant state; illustrate the link between historic discrimination and present-day racial discrimination; outline modern racial discrimination resulting from slavery in areas of health, socio-economic deprivation and social disadvantage, education, living conditions/housing, property and land ownership, employment participation in public life and migration; and identity policies of the United Kingdom, which have perpetuated the discriminatory effects of slavery in the country. This is the terms of reference for the Bahamas Commission.

CARICOM’s ten-point framework for reparations includes an Apology, Reparation, Indigenous Peoples Development, Cultural Institutions, Public Health, Illiteracy Programs, African Knowledge Program, Psychological Rehabilitation, Technology Transfer and Debt Cancellation.
The African People’s Socialist Party-Bahamas has also published a Position Statement and Ten Demands on Reparations for the indigenous and African people in the Caribbean.

The demands include a demand that European companies be made to pay African workers a living wage, the demand for all counter-insurgent interventions in Africa to come to an end, a demand for France to repay Haiti for the monies Haiti was forced to pay France after the revolution, and a demand for European museums to return all artifacts stolen during the genocide of the Indigenous people and the enslavement and colonization of African people.

The complete list of the demands can be found on uhurunews.com and at www.facebook.com/apsp.bah.

The African People’s Socialist Party-Bahamas held an African Liberation Day event on May 23rd under the theme “Reparations and the African Nation.”

USM National Convention launches campaign for “Days in Solidarity with African People”

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On May 3 and 4, 2014, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, an organization of white people and other allies that works under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, held its National Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida.The convention was held at Akwaaba Hall in the Uhuru House, the international headquarters of the African People’s Socialist Party. The convention was held under the theme, “Reparations Now! Solidarity with African Liberation!” At the convention, USM launched its campaign to build the Days in Solidarity with African People.

Comrades travelled from Dallas, Texas; New York, New York and from several cities in Florida including Gainesville, Largo, St. Petersburg, and Gulfport to attend.

This convention brought together veterans and new members alike to join in solidarity with the liberation of African people in their struggle to overturn this rotten social system born of slavery, genocide, and colonialism.

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement presented on its plan of action for the upcoming year, launched the campaign to build the Days in Solidarity with African People, adopted resolutions, and elected its leadership for 2014-2015.

Challenging the DNA of capitalism

On Saturday, African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC) Chairwoman Penny Hess presented on the rise and enrichment of Europe and the white world that occured through the enslavement of Africans, the genocide of the Indigenous people and from stealing the land, labor and resources of the masses of people on the Earth.

Penny Hess, Chairwoman of APSC
Penny Hess, Chairwoman of APSC
“Capitalism was born through robbery, rape, rapine, plunder, slavery, torture, genocide, terror, terrorism, psychological warfare, theft of intellectual property, slaughter, slaughter, slaughter,” said Chairwoman Hess.Chairwoman Hess referred to Chairman Omali Yeshitela’s statement that slavery and colonialism are part of the “DNA of capitalism,” explaining, “This isn’t an aberration of it, this is what it is at its very heart. It has to be overturned, there is no way of making amends with this.”

Chairwoman Hess discussed the historic opportunism of white people who always betrayed colonized people and sided with imperialism in continuing the oppression of Africans and other oppressed people of the world.

“We are under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party so that we can be part of the strategy for African liberation which is in profound solidarity with Mexican people, the Indigenous people, the Palestinian people and oppressed peoples all over the world. This is what puts us as part of the planet Earth.”

Chairman Omali Yeshitela speaks on reparations and the African Revolution

Chairman Omali Yeshitela gave a profound keynote presentation on a wide range of topics directed towards white people to show us that we have a responsibility to join in solidarity with the African Liberation Movement under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party and join the rest of the world in the struggle to destroy U.S. imperialism, the enemy of all humanity.

Chairman Omali said, “The reality is, and always has been the case, the oppressed can never integrate with the oppressor…white people have to integrate with the rest of humanity.”

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Chairman Omali addressed the demand for reparations, saying that it is a function of revolution, a form of material solidarity with the struggle for the liberation of African people.Chairman Omali said that white people owe reparations to Africans and other oppressed people because all white people were enriched by and continue to benefit from the enslavement, colonialism, oppression and impoverishment of the masses of the people on Earth.

“Well, ‘I didn’t do it’…That’s the common refrain,” said the Chairman. “Yeah, you didn’t do it, but you didn’t ever complain about taking all the damn resources as a consequence of it being done…Yes you did it! Yes you did it! You did it! You did it! That’s the thing that we are struggling with and…what we have to have the ability to do is to say, ‘I did it and what I am going to do is overturn it and I’m going to make everybody who can be united with this understand what happened so we can be engaged in this collectively.’”

Chairman Omali speaks on reparations
Chairman Omali speaks on reparations
Chairman Omali challenged the Eurocentric notion put forward by white people, capitalists and communists alike, that capitalism was an advancement for humanity:”Capitalism was an assault on human progress! Capitalism is what killed millions and billions and billions of peoples on the planet Earth in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, in the attack on India that was talked about and all these other places. That was not production; that was kicking people out of production! And to say that capitalism resulted in this leap in human progress and production is to say that production can happen only in the hands of white people. That’s a lie!”

USM members step forward to build mass movement for reparations to African people

Johann Bedingfield, Literature Distribution Coordinator of USM
Johann Bedingfield, Literature Distribution Coordinator of USM
A workshop on the “Days in Solidarity with African People” campaign featured a training by USM members Stu Becker from Dallas, Texas and Johann Bedingfield from Largo, Florida on how to organize an outreach table in the white community with The Burning Spear newspaper.They discussed how to hook people in, demonstrating examples of how to approach people with The Spear. USM outreach tables are a key part of building the Days in Solidarity with African People.

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Day 2 featured a dynamic and lively USM resolutions process with the adoption of four resolutions for the upcoming year: “Build Solidarity with the Black is Back Coalition,” “Oppose Colonial Violence Against the African Community,” “Build the Reparations Now Campaign and Days in Solidarity with African People” and “Build the USM Membership and Sustainer Program.”Comrade Kefira Baron presented on “Uhuru Solidarity Movement and the War of Ideas,” a workshop that laid out the political significance of building support for independent African-controlled media and the USM’s website and radio show, “Reparations in Action” on UhuruRadio.com.

Kefira Baron, USM Membership Coordinator
Kefira Baron, USM Membership Coordinator
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement general membership elected its new National Steering Committee with Jesse Nevel as Chair, Kefira Baron as Membership Coordinator, Johann Bedingfield as Literature Distribution Coordinator, Wendy Craig as Treasurer/Economic Development Specialist, Stu Becker as Outreach Coordinator and Dianne Tornay as Secretary.In a powerful expression of unity with African self-determination and reparations, the USM members in attendance and online pledged and donated over three thousand dollars of material solidarity with the African People’s Socialist Party, further proving the Chairman’s theory that white people can find our long-term interest in solidarity with the African Liberation Movement, not with a dying imperialism.

The profound unity of the USM members and sustainers with the call for material solidarity represented a major step forward in the struggle to build a mass movement for reparations to African people.

As Chairwoman Penny Hess said, “Reparations is not charity. Reparations is truly a stand that says, ‘I have an interest in seeing a world without the oppressor and the oppressed, without the slave master and the enslaved.’ These resources have to go back, the system has to go. It is as simple as that.”

Forward to Days in Solidarity with African People!

Reparations Now!
Uhuru!

An Uneasy Equilibrium – Chairman Omali Yeshitela’s new book!

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The most important book of 2014!

Pre-order your signed copy of Omali Yeshitela’s new book, An Uneasy Equilibrium: The African Revolution versus Parasitic Capitalism.

Featuring Chairman Omali Yeshitela’s Political Report to the African People’s Socialist Party USA Sixth Congress – groundbreaking political analysis that shows the way forward for people looking for answers during this period of crisis for imperialism, a crisis that offers great opportunity for colonized peoples everywhere.

This commemorative edition also features resolutions, solidarity statements and color photos from the Sixth Congress.

This latest book by the founder and leader of the African Socialist International and the Uhuru Movement will be available by the first week in June.

Pre-order now and your copy will be personally signed by Chairman Omali Yeshitela.

May 19th: Happy Birthday, Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh!

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Remember that the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability.” – HO CHI MINH

“You think you can win in South Vietnam? The French were deeply entrenched. The French were deeply entrenched in Vietnam for a hundred years or so. They had the best weapons of warfare, a highly mechanized army, everything that you would need. And the guerrillas come out of the rice paddies with nothing but sneakers on and a rifle and a bowl of rice, nothing but gym shoes—tennis shoes—and a rifle and a bowl of rice. And you know what they did in Dien Bien Phu. They ran the French out of there. And if the French were deeply entrenched and couldn’t stay there, then how do you think someone else is going to stay there, who is not even there yet. Yes, all of them are brothers. They had a bowl of rice and a rifle and some shoes. I don’t care whether they came from China or South Vietnam. And the French aren’t there anymore. We don’t care how they did it; they’re not there anymore. The same thing will happen in the Congo.” – MALCOLM X ON THE VIETNAMESE REVOLUTION

“To embrace the ideas of Malcolm X is to embrace the ideas of African Internationalism and the ideas of African Internationalism are opposite and contradictory to the ideals of Americanism. The ideals of African Internationalism promote freedom from oppression and injustice. These ideals promote freedom and independence.” – CHAIRMAN OMALI YESHITELA ON MALCOLM X

On today, May 19th, the birthday of Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh, we honor and celebrate two of the most heroic and influential revolutionary leaders in the worldwide anti-colonial struggle.

Malcolm X was a major leader in the Black Liberation Movement of the 1960s whose passionate call for independence and Black Power for the African community inspired and mobilized the masses of African people inside this country.

Ho Chi Minh was one of the primary leaders of the Vietnamese Revolution who led one of the most profound anti-colonial struggles in history, serving US imperialism with a humiliating defeat and exposing imperialism as a paper tiger.

Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh are embodiments of internationalist revolutionary solidarity. Ho Chi Minh showed solidarity with the struggle for African Liberation and even attended and was inspired by meetings of the Marcus Garvey movement in the 1920s. Malcolm X strongly condemned the US war on Vietnam and called for support of the heroic Vietnamese resistance.

Today, the African People’s Socialist Party is seizing the crisis of imperialism as the opportunity to complete the struggle for which Malcolm and Ho Chi Minh fought and died– the struggle for national liberation and self-determination for the Africans and other oppressed peoples of the world.

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement calls for North Americans, Europeans or white people to stand in solidarity with the ongoing struggle of Africans and other colonized peoples to reclaim their resources, freedom and destinies and throw off the yoke of colonial domination once and for all.

Long Live Malcolm X, Long Live Ho Chi Minh!
Imperialism must go!
Join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement.

North Korea publishes report on US imperialism’s human rights abuses

Uhuru Solidarity Movement Editor’s Note:

As the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, a white organization that works under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP), we recognize that African people suffer under colonial domination by U.S. imperialism and general white population.

Racism or “Racialism” is the ideological underpinning of colonialism,  the ideas in white people’s heads. Chairman Omali Yeshitela of the APSP explains to us that Africans are not a race but a people who constitute an African nation that has been dispersed throughout the world by European and U.S. colonialism.

However, Kim Jong Un of DPRK correctly observed that ever since the ratification of the thirteenth amendment on December 1865, the condition of African people in this country has not improved since the days of chattel slavery. Continue reading

Solidarity with African Liberation!