Join the Reparations Legacy Membership Program Today!

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement has officially launched the Reparations Legacy Membership Program, as a way to recognize our generous USM Sustaining Members who have taken a great  stance of material solidarity with African Liberation by contributing $2,000 or more in reparations to African self-determination and economic development programs of the African People’s Socialist Party. 

BECOME A REPARATIONS LEGACY MEMBER TODAY! 

Wooden, laser-cut USM “Reparations” magnet!

We have developed an exciting new giveback program to appreciate our members that consists of: 

  1.  Waived registration fee to the USM Convention
  2. $25 gift card to our very own Reparations Apparel Line — Uhuru Planet 
  3. A wooden, laser cut, USM Magnet  (pictured here!)
  4. Recognition at the USM National Convention

Join the Reparations Legacy Membership Program! 

The money being raised for this campaign goes to support the incredible Black Power Blueprint, who vision, as stated on their website, “is to return the majority-black North Side of St. Louis to its former economic, political and cultural vibrancy through self-sustaining economic development.”

There are three ways that you can join the Reparations Legacy Membership Program:

  1. You can pay $2,000 or more in reparations today!
  2. Join USM at our Harriet Tubman or Kwame Nkrumah sustainer levels (link to both)
  3. Upgrade your membership level to a Harriet Tubman or above by paying the balance of your membership. (i.e. if you are an Ella Baker sustainer at $1,200 for the year you can submit $800 before Dec. 31st to upgrade Harriet Tubman). 

The legacy of the slavemaster stops here!

Join the Reparations Legacy Membership Program today!

Your Reparations Legacy Membership funds the Black Power Blueprint projects, including : 

  • Uhuru (Freedom) House community center  with Akwaaba (Welcome) Hall
  • Outdoor event space and community garden as home for a One Africa! One Nation! Marketplace
  • 4-plex apartment building—housing for the African Independence Workforce Program creating jobs for those re-entering our community from the prison system
  • A building that will house a bakery, café, community commercial kitchen, outdoor event space and herb garden
  • A 50’ flagpole flying a 25’ red, black and green flag in our outdoor event space across from the Uhuru House, a much-loved symbol of our heritage, culture and pride
  • Outdoor community basketball court

Tampa Bay Times, this is What Reparations Really Is.

A response to the editorial, “Mr. President, this is what lynching really is”.

Written by Janice Kant, member of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement

I see the Tampa Bay Times finally acknowledged the lynching of John Evans in 1914 in St. Pete, but you failed to give “full disclosure” — that the St. Petersburg Daily Times and the Evening Independent completely instigated his lynching!

Inciting this violent terror was a common practice by newspapers around the country with sensational headlines and provocative, unsubstantiated charges whipping up white nationalism. They often printed the time and location like a press release to organize the white mobs to gather for the vigilante murder!  William L. Straub, owner of the St. Pete Times in 1914, and other “prominent citizens” were seen participating in the lynch mob and are directly responsible for the murder of John Evans and the terror imposed on the black residents of St. Petersburg.

This was not just a random act of racist violence. It was just like the destruction of Rosewood Florida, Tulsa Oklahoma “Black Wall Street” and countless other incidents of white mob attacks on African people attempting to survive and carve out a modicum of independent economic or political power. White people stole and destroyed the property, land, livelihood, lives and future prosperity of individuals and whole communities for economic gain and political control.

St. Petersburg was no different — for days all African men in the “black quarters” were rounded up and newspapers actually documented the frantic scramble of families forced to flee their homes. Historians have detailed that the lynching was also covered up by the newspapers to protect the economic interests of the city — the newly developing lifestyle of leisure including fishing, agriculture, tourism and real estate.

As we know, lynchings were not just hangings but often days and hours of burning African human beings alive after cutting off genitals and other body parts for souvenirs, cutting out unborn babies and more horrendous torture.

Tampa Bay Times, this is what reparations really is for.

Tampa Bay Times owes reparations for the lynching of John Evans. Tampa Bay Times owes reparations for promoting and encouraging the violence of the police against the black community, for sensational headlines and stories criminalizing and attacking the integrity of African people, for promoting gentrification of south St. Pete pushing the African community out of the city, and much more.

Tampa Bay Times should join the many individuals, corporations, universities, banks and others who are acknowledging and paying reparations to African people, so we can have a truly progressive city.

John Evans was hung from a lightpost and his body riddled with bullets on land that was in the Gas Plant District. Tampa Bay Times needs to put in at least the first million dollars to the Reparations Land Trust promoted by City Council candidate Eritha Akile’ Cainion to give this the land back to the African community of St. Petersburg. Tampa Bay Times should also lead the charge to rename Straub Park and dedicate it to John Evans.

This is what taking responsibility means — for our violent history and for the wealth of our city that continues to come at the expense of the African community here. As a member of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, I have been contributing reparations to African people for years to begin to repay this debt. Join me.