DSAP Tour Raises Reparations for the African Revolution!
African People’s Solidarity Committee and Uhuru Solidarity Movement hit the road for the “Days in Solidarity with African People”
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement (USM) toured the U.S. to hold the historic Days in Solidarity with African People events of October 2016!
We completed a seven-city tour across the U.S. to build white solidarity with Black Power and organize members of the white community to unite with the growing demand for reparations to African people.
DSAP 2016 commemorated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC) in 1976, a groundbreaking move by the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) and its Chairman Omali Yeshitela.
Reparations to African people is the cornerstone of APSC’s work. The Uhuru Solidarity Movement (USM) is the mass organization of APSC.
APSC is assigned to go into the white community to raise resources as material solidarity for the economic programs of Black Star Industries, the revolutionary foundation of a liberated African economy.
The Days in Solidarity raise the essential question for white people in these times: how do we resolve the relationship of white people to African people, one that has historically been soaked in the blood of slavery, genocide and colonialism?
It is a self-criticism from the white population that recognizes that every dream and aspiration of white people comes at the expense and in complicity with the oppression of African, Indigenous and oppressed peoples of the planet Earth.
The tour is building support for the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement’s (InPDUM) campaign for “Justice for the Three Drowned African Girls” and features Kundé Mwamvita, the mother of Dominique Battle, a 16-year-old who was murdered along with her two friends by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department on March 31st of this year.
DSAP TOUR SPANS FROM COAST TO COAST
Chairman Omali Yeshitela, APSC Chairwoman Penny Hess and Kundé Mwamvita were the featured speakers at the kick-off DSAP event in St. Petersburg, Florida, the city where APSC was founded in 1976.
After a packed-house event that raised $8000, viewed by thousands of people online, Kitty Reilly of APSC gave a plaque in recognition of Chairwoman Hess for her 40 years of principled unity with African revolution and her profound leadership as Chair of APSC.
Chairwoman Penny presented a plaque to Chairman Omali for the founding of APSC, followed by a surprise birthday celebration for Chairman and Deputy Chair Ona Zené Yeshitela complete with chocolate cake, singing and salutes from Party members in Europe and Africa!
A week later on October 7th we hit the road to Huntsville, AL where USM organizer Kerry Porter and other comrades held a DSAP event at the Lowe Mill art studio. There was a full house at the Day in Solidarity with African People (DSAP), which took place in Huntsville, Alabama on Friday, October 7 at Lowe Mill. The event featured a dynamic lineup of speakers: local leaders of the African People’s Socialist Party, Dr. Aisha Fields and Kobina Bantushango; and organizers traveling from the national headquarters in St. Petersburg, Chairwoman Penny Hess of the African People’s Solidarity Committee and special guest Kunde Mwamvita.
Leading up to DSAP, Huntsville consolidated its Uhuru Solidarity Movement (USM) branch over the summer. A high priority for the organizers was reaching students from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Toward this end, more than a dozen students were in attendance, with two of them plus a professor joining Uhuru that night. In addition to these students, another 30 plus were in attendance from various branches of the movement as well as community guests. For many, it was a first time hearing the analysis of the Party. For others, it was a reiteration. The event raised over $700, not including the diamond ring returned to its rightful guardians!
Uhuru Solidarity Movement San Diego held two mobilizing events for their Days in Solidarity with African People on Oct 15 & 16, 2016! The March for Reparations moved from City College to MLK Promenade Park, with loud chants of Reparations Now! and Jail the Killer Cops! The Rally saw African People’s Socialist Party Chairman Omali Yeshitela speak to the elections, the illegal border & theft of Mexican & Indigenous lands. African People’s Solidarity Committee Chair Penny Hess inspired the crowd with her story about answering the Reparations demand, beginning forty years ago, stepping up to work under the leadership of the Party & the African working class! Mother Warrior Kundé Mwamvita shared her tragic story of the Pinellas County Sheriffs in Florida murdering her three daughters, and her promise to bring the Killer Cops to justice! Under Secretary General Benjamin Prado of Union del Barrio & President Ivan Penetrate of AnakBayan gave their revolutionary support to the Speakers & the Uhuru Movement! The following day brought dozens more people to the world famous WorldBeat Center to learn more from the Speaker’s Tour about the dire need for white Reparations to the Black Community & an end to colonialism & parasitic capitalism! Also speaking was the father of Alfred Olango, another unarmed African slain by police in San Diego suburb of El Cajon on September 27, 2016. Local White Solidarity with Black Power is building! Uhuru!
The fourth event of the Days in Solidarity with African People’s 7-city tour was in Oakland, California. For two months before the Day in Solidarity with African People, members of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement in the Bay Area organized in the North American community for Reparations and to win support for the Three Murdered African Girls campaign. We set up outreach tables at farmer’s markets, handed out flyers at events, made announcements at forums, put up posters in stores and reached out through social media.
The Oakland DSAP event was held at Akwaaba Hall in the historic Oakland Uhuru House. Attendees were taken through a political process throughout the program which featured presentations by Chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, Jesse Nevel, Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, Penny Hess, Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party and a special presentation by Kunde Mwamvita, mother of Dominique Battle, one of the three drowned African teenagers.
Through this process North Americans were won to the stance of reparations. The goals of the event to raise resources supporting the independent African economic development programs of Black Star Industries were exceeded. And participants were also won to volunteer with Uhuru Foods and Pies, one BSI institution, which is hosting its annual holiday pie sale in November and December 2016. Visit uhurupies.org to help bake, sell and buy pies to support Black Star Industries.
On October 19th, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement – Gainesville held the 5th Day in Solidarity with African People of 2016. Several months of organizing brought members and supporters out to street tables, an “anti-fascist” rally at the University of Florida, “anti-racist” group meetings and a fundraising garage sale. New forces participated in outreach and contributed labor, a venue and items for the sale.
Throughout the campaign to build for the Day in Solidarity, white people united with the demand that was put forward for Justice for the Three Drowned Black Girls and many remarked on the cover-up of the case by the mainstream media.
Chairman Omali Yeshitela made a profound presentation at the event summing up the current historical period, the crisis of imperialism and the Uhuru Movement’s program for African independence in our lifetime. He also provided information about the deep roots of the Uhuru Movement in Gainesville and the struggles of African people here. Esteemed local poet and author E. Stanley Richardson evoked the flight from slavery and shed light on the dialectical relationship of African history to African culture with his poems “Jazz People” and “Blues People.”
Chairwoman Penny Hess of the African People’s Solidarity Committee explained reparations as the way for white people to express solidarity with black power and presented the facts of the recent horrific drowning of Dominique Battle, La’Niyah Miller and Ashaunti Butler by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies.
Kunde Mwamvita courageously shared the story of her daughter Dominique’s tragic death and the impact on her family, exposing the Pinellas County Sheriff and his deputies as murderers who cannot hold office and should face charges. She called on white people to reject complicity and stand in solidarity with her family and with African people by joining the fight for reparations.
The DSAP campaign put forward the Reparations demand in a city heavily under the influence of white left opportunism and won people to continue to struggle for reparations with a benefit concert for Black Star Industries in the near future! Uhuru!
Because of the brilliant organization and education built into the Uhuru Movement, our small Boston USM chapter was able to host a powerful speaking event on Monday, October 24th. Our DSAP event raised $3500 in white reparations to the African Liberation Movement. Abandoning all self-doubt, we tirelessly and creatively raised the resources to make this possible. We fiercely passed out fliers in the streets, submitted to online calendars, and spoke on the radio, ultimately winning a turnout of about 40 people to hear the powerful messages of our speakers. Penny Hess started off by sharing with white people our right to know how to rectify our bloody relationship to the rest of the world through material solidarity with oppressed people, and assured the crowd of the inevitable victory of the African working class. Yejide Orunmila spoke on the special oppression of African women, weaving fluidly between the realities of slavery and her own experiences and driving home the message of fighting colonialism, not racism. Kunde Mwamvita bravely re-told the nightmare of her daughter’s murder by Florida sheriffs and asked the crowd for real solidarity, telling us how the Uhuru Movement has supported her and painting a clear picture of what the Uhuru Movement is really about- unity and freedom. USM president Jesse Nevel and Boston USM leader Halley led an appeal for reparations before the night closed with a dynamic Q&A. Uhuru!
The DSAP event in Seattle was a huge victory for the Uhuru Movement. On Saturday, October 29th, there were over 50 people in attendance at any given time. It was the first time that Chairman Omali had spoken in Seattle in over 30 years and it was also the first time that many people in the audience had ever heard the Chairman speak; it was an historic event. After hearing APSC Chairwoman Penny Hess, Chairman Omali and comrade Kunde speak, the audience was very galvanized. Seventeen new members signed up to be part of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and we raised $4,000 in reparations! Although the even was a success, it was just the beginning of what is to come in Seattle under the leadership of the Uhuru Movement, led by the African People’s Socialist Party and Chairman Omali Yeshitela!