The Africa’s Resources in African Hands Northeast & Canada regional organizing tour was threatened by severe winter weather warnings all up the coast to upstate New York state, but even a forecasted “Snow Hurricane” couldn’t keep the Uhuru Solidarity Movement from holding an incredible event, “Africa’s Resources in African Hands,” on Friday, February 26th.
The night kicked off with Brazilian drumming by ZapOte and the revolutionary freedom songs of T & Willetz, setting the tone for an exciting evening!
Oronde Takuma, the leader of the African People’s Socialist Party NYC, spoke on the conditions in the African community in New York and around the world, the need for revolutionary organization and the control of African resources by African people, and the role that white allies can play in solidarity with African liberation. He closed by saying, “I look at APSC Chairwoman Penny Hess and the other comrades in the solidarity movement, and I don’t see white people. I see revolutionaries. And every white person can truly be a revolutionary if they take this stand.”
Chairwoman Penny Hess delivered a riveting multimedia presentation on Haiti and the call for Africa’s Resources in African Hands, drawing from the brutal history of slavery and colonialism to lay out the analysis of Chairman Omali Yeshitela and African Internationalism and to explain the strategy of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, an organization of white people and other allies who have a principled relationship working under the leadership of the Party building genuine solidarity with African-led programs for self-determination.
The event was well-attended despite the weather, and also included a silent auction and bake sale raising many resources for the African Village Survival Initiative Programs. There was also lots of exciting culture including African uplift poet Robert Gibbons and blues/soul singer The Puge from the African band Juneteenth, who expressed deep respect and unity with the Uhuru Movement.
Chairwoman Penny Hess continued the Africa’s Resources in African Hands tour up to Toronto Canada with an event co-sponsored by InPDUM Toronto and the Canada Haiti Action Network entitled “Haiti: Solidarity Not Charity.” Also, the tour will end in Philadelphia on Tuesday March 2nd with a potluck and forum on Haiti. See more info at http://uhurusolidarity.org.
With the NYC kickoff event complete, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement will be building in New York City, with a follow-up meeting this Saturday, March 6th at The Center at 208 W. 13th St in Greenwich Village starting at 2:00pm. All New York area people are invited to attend and participate in building solidarity with Africa’s Resources in African Hands!