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Full Program Announced: USM Convention 2023

Thursday, March 9th: 7pm Meet the Author of “Overturning the Culture of Violence”: Book Reading & Signing with Penny Hess

at Spine Bookstore & Cafe, 1976 Arsenal, St. Louis MO 63118


Friday, March 10th: 6:00-9:00pm Meet & Greet at Uhuru Solidarity Center, 2654 Gravois Ave, St. Louis MO 63118

Day One ● Saturday, March 11, 2023

8:00 am Doors open, Meet & Greet with breakfast

9:00 am MC Convening Day 1

9:10 am VIDEO: Actual Footage of FBI Raids on Uhuru Movement

9:15 am “Building the Movement of Reparations ‘Co-Conspirators’” Political Report from USM National Chair, Jesse Nevel

9:30 am Spoken Word Poetry by Grace Jones

9:40 am “African Internationalism: The Science of Liberation”

Keynote Presentation by Chairman Omali Yeshitela, African People’s Socialist Party 

10:40 am  “Sharing the Same Fate: White Solidarity with Black Power” 

  • African People’s Solidarity Committee Chairwoman Penny Hess

11:10 am Q&A

11:30 am Break

11:45 am “Building Black Power, Brick by Brick”

  • APSP Deputy Chair Ona Zené Yeshitela 

12:15 pm “The FBI Can’t Stop African Self-Determination: Reparations Now!”           Convention Coordinator Leah Fifield, USM Chair Jesse Nevel

1:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm “A Moment of Peril and Promise: Crisis, Colonial Wars and Humanity’s Future

  • APSP Chairman Omali Yeshitela

  • ASI Secretary General Luwezi Kinshasa

  • APSC Chairwoman Penny Hess

  • Nancy Mansour, Existence is Resistance 

3:00 pm Q&A

3:20 pm Spoken Word Poetry by FoFeet 

3:30 pm “Stop the Legal Lynching of Chairman Omali Yeshitela! Put the FBI On Trial! “

  • APSP Director of AgitProp Akilé Anai

  • #HandsOffUhuru Chair Mwezi Odom

  • APSP Chairman Omali Yeshitela

  • St. Louis Ward 18 Alderman Jesse Todd

  • APSC Chairwoman Penny Hess

  • USM Chair Jesse Nevel

  • Susan Armstrong, Green Party of St. Louis

5:00 pm Recognition & Awards 

5:30 pm Closing remarks

6:00 pm Close Day 1

Day Two ● Sunday, March 12, 2023

8:00 am Doors open, Meet & Greet with breakfast

9:00 am Welcome and Summation of Day 1

9:15 am Black Power Blueprint Tour Introduction

  • Deputy Chair Ona Zené Yeshitela

9:45 am Walking/ Bus Tour: Black Power Blueprint Projects & Sites of the FBI Attacks

  • Gary Brooks Community Garden & Murals

  • Community Basketball Court

  • African Independence Workforce Program & Housing

  • Redbud Ave Church Burning

  • Uhuru wa Kulea Health Center

  • Uhuru Jiko Kitchen & Bakery/ Cafe

  • Uhuru Solidarity Center

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm “Reparations for Black Star Industries”

  • USM National Secretary Sarah Ritterspach

1:40 pm Solidarity Statements

1:50 pm USM Goals, Calendar and Strategy for 2023-2024

  • USM Chair Jesse Nevel

  • USM Vice Chair & Treasurer Amanda Carlozzi

2:15 pm Q&A

2:25 pm Appointment of Chair

2:30 pm Election of USM National Steering Committee

2:50 pm Closing Remarks, Transition to Event with Hands Off Uhuru Lawyers

3:00 pm Special Event with Hands Off Uhuru Lawyers 

5:00 pm Close Day