“Black Lives Targeted by U.S. Genocide”: St Pete Activists Demand Reparations at Upcoming Event
What: Day in Solidarity with African People
When: October 21, 2015, Wednesday, 6-9pm
Where: Akwaaba Hall, 1245 18th Avenue South St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Contact: 727-888-3797, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Saint Petersburg branch of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement will host a special event and cultural fundraiser on Wednesday, October 21 at 6:00 pm at Akwaaba Hall, 1245 18th Ave S. in support of the #AfricansChargeGenocide campaign to petition the United Nations to hold the U.S. government accountable for its treatment of black people within U.S. borders.
The event, titled “No More Genocide in Our Name”, is being held as a response to the recent police shootings and mass protests in Ferguson, Baltimore and other cities in the U.S.
The doors will be open to the public at 6pm for a thirty-minute jazz performance by local African jazz artists, Exchange Duo.
Omali Yeshitela, founder and leader of the Uhuru Movement, which leads the worldwide African liberation movement, will be the Keynote Speaker.
Yeshitela said, “If we truly believe black lives matter, then we must struggle for black power over our own black lives.” Yeshitela is the Chair of the Black is Back Coalition, a black progressive coalition planning a march to the White House in November under the title, “Black Power Matters.”
Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee and author of Overturning the Culture of Violence, will speak on the responsibility of white people to stand in solidarity with African liberation. Hess wrote, “The Day in Solidarity allows us to declare: Yes, we as white people owe reparations to African people— not as charity which keeps us in power, but as a measure of the return of the wealth, labor, knowledge and talents stolen from Africans.”
Local African organizer and poet, Akile Anai will perform a spoken word piece in celebration of African resistance.
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement, an organization of whites and other allies that works under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party and supports reparations to African people, invites everyone who wants to take stand against injustice to come to the Days in Solidarity with African People in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The October 21 event begins at 6:00 pm and is open to the public with a $5 cover charge. For more information visit uhurusolidarity.org or call 727-888-3797.