November 3rd, 2012 – Washington, DC – The African People’s Solidarity Committee, the cadre organization of white people and other allies that was formed by and is led by the African People’s Socialist Party and leads Uhuru Solidarity Movement, participated in the historic 2012 mobilization of the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations held in Washington DC this past weekend on November 3rd and 4th, entitled “Break the Silence: The Unreported Wars and Attacks on Africans Worldwide.”
Africans from all over the U.S. including Oakland, CA, St Petersburg, FL, Philadelphia, PA, Cleveland, OH, New York City, NY, Newark, NJ and beyond, including from Germany, gathered to oppose the unreported wars on Africans inside the U.S. and around the world. A militant stance permeated the rally and the march, challenging Obama and this entire imperialist system from its very core, with every speaker putting forward the leadership of the Black is Back Coalition and the African Socialist International, keynote speaker Chairman Omali Yeshitela, for his and the organization’s tireless fight against imperialism.
Chairwoman Penny Hess, the leader of APSC, spoke at the rally in Malcolm X Park, presenting the African People’s Socialist Party’s analysis that enables us as white people to understand that this entire system that benefits us at the expense of everyone else was built on slavery and genocide. Chairwoman Hess called on to Euro-Americans to unite with the responsibility to work under the leadership of the African Liberation Movement by joining this organization in principled solidarity to overturn our historically parasitic relationship to the rest of the world.
Along with APSC Northeast Regional Representative Harris Daniels from Philadelphia and Uhuru Solidarity Movement’s newest student member Tim Baldauf-Lenschen (also of U. Maryland’s “Yur World News” media organization), the APSC contingent organized at the rally, signing up new contacts from the white community who came out to hear the African leaders speak and get involved, and held up the banner declaring “Solidarity With Break the Silence!”
The march was lively despite the cold weather, with many forces moving through the route around the park, the noticeably gentrified African community in NW DC and around the campus of Howard University, demanding attention and responses with these powerful chants: “Imperialism! Must Go! Capitalism! Must Go! White Power! Must Go! Uncle Sam, you can’t hide we charge you with genocide!! Obama, you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide!!”
The African community responded joyfully in unity with raised fists, honking bus and taxi horns, and some even joining the march. A group of young white students joined the march as it stopped to find out more about the mobilization and interview Black is Back leader Ayesha Fleary for their high school news media. Many supportive white people watching the march from the sidelines took postcards for the January 6-8, 2013 Plenary of the African People’s Solidarity Committee.