Black Power meets social media! InPDUM blog goes live!
Reposted from uhurunews.com
The International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) is proud to introduce our official blog.
Located at http://inpdumresistance.wordpress.com, this blog gives InPDUM the ability to provide the people with up-to-the-minute updates on the work being carried out by the numerous branches and committees of our glorious organization.
The InPDUM Resistance Blog features a weekly column from myself, entitled Write to Resist. It features dynamic information and promotional material—including the Member of the Month. In addition, one can get information on how to register for the upcoming InPDUM Convention, scheduled for March 23-24, 2013 in St. Petersburg, FL.
The blog also features the Pledge of Resistance sustainable donor program, through which we plan on raising a sizeable amount of our international budget.
Breakthrough in organizing
The new INPDUM Resistance online blog represents a critical breakthrough in our online organizing efforts. In the age of Facebook and YouTube, where all ideas and individuals become equalized, the question of revolutionary organization often becomes secondary to one’s ability to say and promote anything they want to, regardless of whether it contributes to our struggle for liberation or not.
More than equalizing all ideas, the ruling class media promote Facebook, You Tube, and Twitter precisely because these social media 99 percent of the time are promoting the ideas of ruling class philosophy and ideas. At the moment when the ideas of the Black Revolution appear to become prominent, we know that they will attempt to shut it down.
We also know that the creativity of the people just might neutralize all by the bourgeoisie at shutting the Revolution down.
In addition, under Facebook and YouTube, when we do “post” in favor of revolution we are not able to do so in a way that advances an organizational strategy to make a revolution. After all, there has never been a revolution without organization.
Therefore, the goal of InPDUM’s activity online, no matter how sharp our analysis may be, is to mobilize the people to plug in to revolutionary organization and/or support its activities.
Internet possibilities and limitations
Through Facebook, the most we can do towards this goal is setting up event pages and posts fliers with the hope that they won’t get taken down or marked as spam.
We understand that Facebook and YouTube are both institutions owned and controlled by the white ruling class. These institutions exist primarily for the purpose of generating profit. Further, Facebook or YouTube will cooperate with the state when it becomes politically necessary to do so.
For example, Facebook cooperated with the U.S. imperialist counterinsurgency of the so-called “Arab Spring” of 2011. Various countries shut down the internet, and Facebook itself restricted communication capacities in certain areas after it discovered how it was being used by the masses as an organizing tool.
In that same year, Blackberry cooperated with the UK government and state to restrict the communication among African youth engaging in the righteous Black August Rebellions, which threatened to burn the entire city of London down at one point.
It would be politically naive of us to simply expect to be able to accomplish all that we aim to accomplish through Facebook alone.
Therefore we created the InPDUM Resistance Blog with the goal of establishing a dual and contending “Facebook” and “YouTube,” through which the African revolution can engage in our own revolutionary discourse, on our own terms, under the leadership of revolutionary organization—as opposed to Mark Zuckerberg.
Of course, the internet can never and will never serve as a substitute for the streets—for in the final analysis, the internet as a whole is an instrument controlled by the state.
At best, InPDUM Resistance is the forum through which INPDUM reports on the work that we are doing in the streets of our colonized communities worldwide—from the ghettos of North America to the slums of South Africa. That work will continue, with or without the internet.
While the internet is here, we will use it to our advantage to the highest degree possible. For, as it was once said by a great revolutionary of the past, “The capitalist will sell you the rope to hang him with.”
With that said, on behalf of the International Peoples Democratic Uhuru Movement, we present to you: InPDUM Resistance. The “rope” in the hands of the oppressed and exploited African working class.
At the upcoming International InPDUM Convention, a workshop will be held entitled “From Facebook to Freedom—From Youtube to Uhuru: Using Social Media and the Internet for Revolution.”
InPDUM’s plans and strategies for waging resistance through the internet will be discussed during this workshop. To register for the convention go to inpdum.org or call 510-569-9620.
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