The first day of the Black Community Control of Police National Conference in St. Louis, Mo. was immensely powerful and historic, it will be remembered as a turning point in the unfolding of the revolutionary struggle for black liberation inside this country and it was an honor to be in attendance as a member of the African People’s Solidarity Committee and its mass organization, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement.
After the first day of the conference, Chairman Omali Yeshitela, Black is Back leaders and the mother of Vonderitt Myers as well as other family members of victims of police murder took the conference attendees to Shaw boulevard in St. Louis to the exact spot where Myers was murdered by St Louis police on October 8th, and held a demonstration next to his memorial. At the conference itself the coalition members enthusiastically embraced the main resolution presented by Chairman Omali Yeshitela which laid out the political basis for putting the Black Community Control of Police demand front and center in the struggle for black freedom in this period.
The message from all of the family members of Africans murdered by police was loud, sharp and clear: they said we are sick and tired of being sick and tired, they said we are “fresh the fuck out of peace” and they are ready to fight, they want justice, they want change, and that’s why they are demanding black community control of the police.
Glen Ford also spoke at the conference and gave an incisive historical breakdown of the Panthers’ legacy of resistance to police occupation and the FBI counterinsurgency operations, harassment, infiltrations, vicious assassinations and other murderous tactics that effectively neutralized the revolutionary essence of that organization within 3 years of its inception.
Chairman Omali Yeshitela closed out the day with a sweeping summation of the origins of this disgusting social system that is driven by white state violence against black people going back centuries. His brief but potent presentation ignited the audience with revolutionary science and clarity.
One thing i know for sure is that we in the white community have a very important task ahead of us and we have to take it very very seriously: we have to shatter the white silence in our communities and function as conduits through which the struggle for Black Community Control of Police makes itself heard and gains support from within the white community.
We have a responsibility to do this, and this will one of the priorities of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement in this period.