A CALL FOR WHITE PEOPLE TO TAKE THE STAND OF “UNITY THROUGH REPARATIONS”
Author: Uhuru Solidarity Movement
It is with incredible urgency that we call for white people to take up the fight for reparations to the black community.
Taking this stand is how we come into genuine, principled solidarity with African people inside the U.S. and around the world in their struggle for social justice, self-determination and genuine economic development.
This 2017 Days in Solidarity with African People speaking tour comes at a time of great turmoil and crisis for this social system, which is built on the backs of African and Indigenous peoples, the thieving of their resources and the destruction of the planet.
African and colonized people are fighting back against colonialism, shaking the foundation of this parasitic social system. Any future on a crumbling pedestal of oppression is disappearing as oppressed peoples fight to reclaim their future, lives and resources.
This is due to APSP’s strategic engagement in electoral politics, especially in St. Petersburg, FL – “the City of African Resistance.” APSP member Akilé Anai, Chair of the Committee for Justice for the Three Drowned Black Girls , ran for District 6 City Council with the slogan “A New Beginning: Radical Times, Radical Solutions.”
The Committee for Justice for the Three Drowned Black Girls fights for justice for teenagers Dominique Battle, Laniyah Miller and Ashaunti Butler who were drowned and murdered last year by the notorious Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies who this year have killed another three African children by similar means.
APSP also ran USM’s National Chair Jesse Nevel for mayor with the slogan “Unity Through Reparations.”
This joint campaign made reparations real for thousands of people, answering the question, “What do reparations look like?”
Reparations look like the center of the St. Petersburg city budget, instead of the police who terrorize African people. They look like genuine economic development in the hands of the African working class. They look like the land on which sits Tropicana Dome, which used to be the home to 800 black families and 100 black owned businesses, being returned to the black community. They look like an end to gentrification, gerrymandering and police on school campuses. They look like workers’ power and black community control of the police, schools and healthcare. They look like justice for Kundé Mwamvita, mother of Dominique Battle, and all families of black people murdered by the State.
The eyes of the world are on St. Petersburg, as the campaign was featured in The Washington Post, Ebony Magazine, BBC Radio, Press TV, The Huffington Post, BET, Teen Vogue and many other news sources. Hundreds of people, including white people, marched for reparations and black community control of the police, lead by Akilé Anai and the black working class in the March Against Hate.
White families and friends now feel free to openly discuss reparations and gentrification with each other. White people in St. Petersburg continue to exclaim how this movement for reparations has changed their lives and has given them hope for the future.
The election was rigged, as the campaign always said it was, but far more important than the election was the on-the-ground organization that the campaign built called Communities United for Reparations and Economic Development (CURED).
Akilé Anai is the Chair of CURED, Jesse Nevel the Vice Chair, and volunteers for the campaign are stepping into positions of leadership for their communities to mobilize the people of St. Petersburg.
CURED will continue the fight to achieve the goals of the electoral campaign: to win reparations and genuine economic development for the black community, for the land on which sits the Tropicana Dome to be back in the hands of the black community, for black community control of the police and of schools and to stop gerrymandering, the sewage crisis and gentrification.
CURED is organizing now to run more candidates for office in the future
Not only the people in St. Petersburg, but millions of white people around the country and the world are looking for a way to live in material solidarity with African people, instead of at their expense.
As debates rage over tearing down statues that represent a past of slavery, many white people are wondering how we can rectify our history and parasitic relationship to African people.
This is the burning question of our time and the question which the Days in Solidarity with African People will address at six different events to be held across the U.S. in October and November.
There is no greater evidence of the crisis of imperialism than the election of Donald Trump and the chaos within the white ruling class. The fading prospects of life inside this dying social system are reflected in the despair of white society, with millions addicted to opiates and alcohol and descending into suicide and overdose. It is also evidenced in the overt expressions of white nationalist violence in Charlottesville and elsewhere.
The white world is polarized and the line is drawn in the blood of African people between those who stand on the side of the oppressed and those who are on the side of the oppressor.
Just as the white nationalists in Charlottesville are loud and proud about their allegiance to a system built on slavery and genocide, it is time for hundreds of thousands of white people to be even louder about our unity with African people and our solidarity with their struggles to overturn a system built on slavery.
The way we do this is by building a movement for “Unity Through Reparations.”
The Days in Solidarity with African People campaign is our opportunity to make a self-criticism from the white population for our historic complicity in the oppression of African people for our benefit.
It is our opportunity to separate ourselves from our government and declare that the government will not kill another African with impunity in our name.
It is our opportunity to join the rest of humanity by righting the historic wrongs through the only revolutionary stance for white people: reparations to African people.
We invite everyone to come to the “Days in Solidarity with African People: Unity Through Reparations” speaking tour events to hear the leader of the African revolution, Chairman Omali Yeshitela of the African People’s Socialist Party.
The Chairman, known as the “last man standing,” built this revolutionary political Party of the African working class out of the ashes of the military destruction of the Black Power Movement of the 1960s, in which the U.S. government murdered and incarcerated thousands of African revolutionaries.
Hear the presentation of Penny Hess – Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee and author of Overturning the Culture of Violence – as the first white person to take the historic and revolutionary stand of working under the leadership of the black working class and raising reparations to African people.
Also speaking will be Akilé Anai and Jesse Nevel.
The six stops on the tour are: Oakland, CA; St. Petersburg, FL; Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Gainesville, FL; and Huntsville, Alabama.
Unity Through Reparations!
DAYS IN SOLIDARITY WITH AFRICAN PEOPLE SPEAKING TOUR 2017 COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU!
There will also be a viewing party in Seattle, Washington; (link w/ more info is forthcoming!)
We encourage everyone to attend at least one of these events and encourage those who are unable to attend in person to organize a viewing party to watch one of the livestreams on the USM Facebook page with friends and family.
White Solidarity with Black Power!