Beyond OWS: Building a People’s Movement to End Imperialism

Occupy Imperialism, National Convention of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, will be held on June 9-10, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA. Register today at

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement calls on you to join us in an organizing conference June 9 and 10 in Philadelphia to target the foundation on which Wall Street rests and to stand in solidarity with the worldwide resistance of African and Indigenous peoples as the vehicle for social transformation.

This is a call to stand against imperialism and in solidarity with African, Mexican and Indigenous peoples’ demands for liberation and self-determination inside this country and around the world.

We, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, are concerned that:

  • While African, Mexican and Indigenous people strike out daily in organized and unorganized resistance against the intensifying iron hand of the police state imposed upon them, this is a non-issue for an Occupy movement concerned generally about student loans, mortgages and pensions and the rights of white people.
  • There is little outcry about the deepening Wall Street-backed terror being waged by the Obama administration against the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Iran, the Congo, Uganda, Somalia and throughout Africa, as well as in Central and South America as a desperate imperialism attempts to push back the people’s anti-imperialist movements and governments.
  • Even as this economic crisis unfolds the wealth gap between white people and African and Mexican people is growing, with white households now holding 20 times the wealth of African households and 18 times the wealth of Mexican families inside the U.S.
  • The horrific U.S. prison system, with as many as 7 million people under “correctional supervision,” and its attendant daily police violence, murders and terror is a hideous crime against humanity that goes unchallenged and uncondemned by the Occupy Movement.
  • Prisons are not about crime control but about control of oppressed, impoverished populations. White bankers whose crimes have destroyed the lives of millions of people around the world do not go to prison; poor African men do.

As Adam Gopnik wrote recently in the New Yorker magazine:

“For a great many poor people in America, particularly poor black men, prison is a destination that braids through an ordinary life, much as high school and college do for rich white ones…Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today—perhaps the fundamental fact, as slavery was the fundamental fact of 1850.”

Yet this “fundamental fact” is not even discussed in a movement concerned with the newfound contradictions of the white middle class people occupying Wall Street.

  • An imprisoned brown and black population, now nearly the size of New York City, is the basis for the ever growing, highly lucrative prison industry from which Wall Street and much of white American has benefitted for a very long time. Where is the outcry against our American gulag?

  • African people are the majority of those gunned down and brutalized every day by the highly militarized police forces who have been encamped and riding roughshod in African and Mexican communities all over the U.S. for decades before they turned their batons on white demonstrators.

As we face another election year it’s time to leave behind the electoral contest between two sectors of Wall Street-backed elite. It is time to abandon a me first agenda that in effect demands that Wall Street continue its worldwide plunder in order to keep on meeting our needs.

It is time to build a movement of white people dedicated to ending a system of oppressors and the oppressed and being part of building a world in which all human beings can live in peace and prosperity, by standing in genuine solidarity with African and other oppressed peoples who struggles for self-determination are bringing down the pedestal on which Wall Street rests.


Take the Pledge of Solidarity! – Taking the Pledge of Solidarity is a concrete way to show your support for the revolutionary struggles of African people for national liberation and self-determination. It is also a way to make your voice heard at the upcoming Occupy Imperialism: Uhuru Solidary Movement (USM) National Convention. Your statement about why you took the Pledge of Solidarity will be read aloud to the USM general membership and other convention attendees on the first day of the two-day convention on June 9, 2012.


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