REPARATIONS UPRISING: A Call to Build the USM National Convention 2020

White people, let’s make a resolution. 

Starting today, we will never again look out at the world with its billions of starving, suffering human beings, and say, “That’s just the way it is. There’s nothing I can do about it.”

Here’s our next resolution: Let’s do something about it. That brings us to the “Reparations Uprising.”

“Reparations Uprising” is the national conference of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement (USM) to be held on April 18-19, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri. 

USM is the reparations organization of white people who stand in solidarity with African liberation, under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party. 

The USM National Convention is a call-to-action for white people who are sickened by what this system is doing to Africans and other peoples of the world in our name.

The keynote speaker at “Reparations Uprising” will be Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party, founder of the Uhuru Movement and world-renowned anti-colonial leader.

Reject the “normalization” of genocide! 

As Chairman Yeshitela has stated, the struggle for liberation and justice for African people is an assault on the “normalization” of imperialism: widespread suffering, genocide, war and slavery of the majority for the benefit of the few. 

In a world held hostage by parasitic capitalism, the most hideous, unnatural and inhumane realities are considered “normal.”  

Daily shootings of young African people by police and white nationalists are considered “normal.”  

The massive wealth divide between Africans and white people is “normal.” We can take it for granted that the average African family’s wealth in the city of Boston is 31,000 times less than the wealth of the average white family. 

It’s “normal” that 60,000 African people are homeless in the city of Los Angeles alone, and over half of the 2.5 million people imprisoned in the U.S. are African people. 

State sanctioned lynchings and murder of Mexican-Indigenous people at the illegitimate colonial border, abject poverty faced by Indigenous people living on concentration camps called ‘reservations’, rampant ecological destruction, drone strikes, targeted assassinations and global starvation are all normal.

Reparations is a commitment to rupture this horrific “new normal” once and forever. 

We stand for reparations because we refuse to accept that it is normal for half the people on the planet earth to live on less than two dollars a day, while white people consume and control over half the world’s resources! 

The “normal” life for white people in a system built on slavery and genocide must be replaced with a way of life built on reparations and solidarity with Africans and the rest of humanity! 

Reparations is a revolutionary stance

Reparations, as a revolutionary act, has to become the “new normal” for the white population. The line has been drawn!  It’s time to pick a side: between oppressor and oppressed. 

The stand of reparations and solidarity with African people puts us in the company of billions of human beings who are determined to liberate themselves and their future generations from having to endure another six hundred years of imperialism. 

White people, we can’t sit on the sidelines. This is the most fundamental question of our lives. 

For white people, the most meaningful decision we will ever make in our lifetime is whether we will choose to continue the legacy of our ancestors– or, commit to fighting for reparations so that the legacy of the slavemaster ends with us.

We can fight to ensure that the next generation will not inherit the legacy of the colonizer; they will inherit the legacy of reparations: peace, global prosperity, ecological renewal, and scientific and medical advancements in the interests of humanity. 

Join the Reparations Uprising. Build the USM National Convention. 

What to expect at “Reparations Uprising” 

Here is a brief summary of what you can expect at “The Reparations Uprising”, in addition to the main presentation by our leadership, Chairman Omali Yeshitela: 

  • Penny Hess, Chair of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, will deliver a keynote presentation on the role of white people in extending the African Revolution into white society through building the reparations movement.  Chairwoman Hess has worked under the Party’s leadership to build white solidarity with black power since APSC’s founding in 1976.

  • Jesse Nevel, Chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, will present a political report laying out the goals and strategy for USM in the upcoming year.

  • Interactive workshops and presentations on our campaigns to target the moneyed sector of the white ruling class including a campaign to shut down the prison industry and win reparations for the genocidal mass incarceration of African people, along with a campaign entitled “All Diamonds Are Blood Diamonds” which will target the colonial diamond industry built on the looting and enslavement of Africa.
  • Building solidarity with the Black Power Blueprint in St. Louis– the multi-faceted development project led by APSP Deputy Chair Ona Zene Yeshitela, transforming the lives and conditions of African working class north St. Louis through African self-determination and political-economic power.

The “Reparations Uprising” conference will take place in the beautiful Akwaaba Hall owned by the African People’s Education and Defense Fund. Akwaaba Hall is part of the Uhuru House, one of the most well-known projects of the Black Power Blueprint. 

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United under the leadership of the African Revolution, we can be part of changing the world. 

Unity through Reparations! 

Join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement today with a monthly contribution of reparations to the work of the African People’s Socialist Party at uhurusolidarity.org/join-usm

Victory to the people of Iran! Stop U.S. imperialist wars, at home and abroad!

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement, the white organization under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, vehemently denounces the overt assassination of Iranian General Qassim Soleimani, who was slaughtered by a U.S. air strike in Baghdad on Thursday. 

The assassination of an important Iranian general who has played a key role in organizing the struggle against U.S. occupation in Iraq and Syria, as well as defending Iran from US threats of warfare, represents a desperate act of imperialist aggression against the people of the Middle East by a bloodthirsty U.S. government. 

As the vanguard of the struggle for the liberation of Africa and African people everywhere, the African People’s Socialist Party has always stood in solidarity with all colonized peoples fighting for liberation and self-determination.

In 1953 the U.S. government and the CIA overthrew the democratically elected leader of Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh, installing the brutal Shah who tortured and tyrannized the people of Iran for decades before he was ousted by the Islamic Revolution in 1979.  Since then, the Iranian government has been in the crosshairs of the U.S. empire for refusing to submit to its will.

International solidarity: the legacy of the APSP

In the late 1970s the APSP defended and worked with Iranian students in the U.S. who were very active in demonstrating against the tyrannical Shah regime, even in the face of threats of brutal violence by the US-backed, neocolonial Iranian intelligence organization.

The murder of Soleimani comes after a week of powerful resistance held at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, the largest embassy in the entire world, where thousands of Iraqi people demonstrated their opposition to U.S. occupation and renewed bombing of Syria.  

For thirty years Iraq and the city of Baghdad have been under assault by the U.S.  The murder took place at a time when 750 U.S. troops were deployed into Iraq and 4000 more are on call. 

The U.S. continues to inflame the entire Middle East region with ongoing colonial assaults and occupation.  The U.S. military has been invading Iraq and Afghanistan for at least eighteen years. 

We call on white people to uphold the right of the Iranian, Iraqi, Syrian and all people of the Middle East to self-determination and the right to liberate themselves in the face of ongoing U.S. assaults, murder, genocide and occupation. 

U.S. government: biggest terrorist organization in the world

The U.S. government has been responsible for the deaths of millions of people in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, and throughout the colonized world through military attacks and economic warfare in the form of sanctions. 

As Chairman Omali Yeshitela has explained, imperialism is experiencing profound crisis because it is a parasitic economic system resting on the foundation of stolen land, labor, and colonization of the vast majority of the peoples on the planet earth, starting with the enslavement of African people and genocide against the Indigenous people of this land. 

Imperialist stability requires the subjugation of the colonized peoples of the world. Anti-imperialist resistance, including Iranian independence from U.S. rule, represents a mortal threat to the capitalist status quo, disturbing the balance of power and creating what the Chairman calls “an uneasy equilibrium.” 

The U.S. wars of occupation in the Middle East are a continuation of the legacy of parasitic theft of wealth and resources which forms the basis for the wealth and power of Europe and the United States from the inception of world capitalism. What the U.S. does around the world to the peoples of the planet earth is a counterinsurgency strategy honed and practiced first against the African and colonized peoples inside the borders of the U.S. 

The U.S. actions in the Middle East are motivated by strategic and economic interests including access to oil and other resources and geopolitical control of the region.

While the liberal sector of the white ruling class, including arch-imperialist war-mongers like Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, have feigned outrage over the assassination of Soleimani in order to use it as a cheap point against Trump during this upcoming election season, the truth is that the U.S. imperial savagery towards Iran and the Middle East is something that obviously predates the advent of the equally vile presidency of Trump.

A call for a genuine anti-imperialist, anti-war movement! 

The white community inside the U.S. must be loud and clear in our opposition to what our government and ruling class are doing to the oppressed peoples of the world in our name and for our presumed benefit. But more than that, we must stand against the U.S. war inside the United States against Africans, Indigenous people and colonized peoples, as the template for what it does abroad. We must demand reparations to African people as the means by which to build a world without war and imperialism. 

As Chairman Omali Yeshitela of the African People’s Socialist Party has stated, it is not enough for white people to simply call for “peace” or “stop the war” only when it takes place thousands of miles away. The war begins here inside U.S. borders. 

The African People’s Socialist Party’s call to white people is to stand in solidarity with the struggle of Iranian, and ALL oppressed peoples around the world, who are fighting righteously to be free of imperialist domination and win self-determination over their own lives. This means joining the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and building the movement against imperialism and for reparations, African self-determination and socialism, inside the belly of the beast.

We call for VICTORY to the Iranians, Africans in the U.S. and around the world, the Indigenous people, the Arab world, and all colonized peoples everywhere. Victory to Iran! Victory to Iraq! Victory to Syria! Victory to the African Revolution! 

Join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and organize for white reparations to African people as the basis of a genuine anti-imperialist and anti-war stance from the white community. Reparations to African people is a revolutionary stance that targets the foundation upon which U.S. imperialism rests: a parasitic economy and white society built on slavery and genocide.

Join USM today! 

Register for the 2020 plenary conference of the African People’s Socialist Party to be held in St. Petersburg, Florida, February 1-3. 

Make plans to attend and register for the Uhuru Solidarity Movement’s National Convention, April 18-19 in St. Louis, Missouri.  

Reparations now! Down with U.S. Imperialism! 

Uhuru! 

24-hour #GivingTuesday Webathon for Black Power Blueprint

24-HOUR GivingTuesday WEB-A-THON!
DECEMBER 3
7:00 – 8:00 am: OVERVIEW. What is Giving Tuesday? What is Reparations Tuesday? What is the Uhuru Solidarity Movement? What is the Black Power Blueprint?8:00 – 9:00 am: Matching Funds at 8! Donate Now / CULTURE OF REPARATIONS panel

9:00 – 10:00 am: No Way to the NGA! Black Community Resists Spy Agency Construction:

10:00 – 11:00 am: REVOLUTIONARY MUSIC HOUR (Part 1)

11:00 – 11:20 am: Tour the Uhuru Furniture Store!

11:20 am – 12:00 pm: Black Power will Save the Environment

12:00 – 1:40 pm: Tales from the Campaign Trail. Stories from the 2017 and 2019 campaigns to elect Uhuru Movement and African People’s Socialist Party members to office on platforms of reparations to the black community

1:40 – 2:10 pm: USM IN EUROPE. Interview with USM member Josh McDonald organizing in London

2:10 – 3:00 pm: Uhuru Foods and Pies: History, Mission, and LIVE PIE TASTING

PRIME TIME 3 – 8 pm EST
3:00 – 3:30 pm: OVERVIEW. Welcome back to St. Louis. What is the Black Power Blueprint?

3:30 – 4:00 pm: St. Louis University and the Struggle for Reparations

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Interview with African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) Midwest Members: President Kalambayi Andenet, Malika Alexander and Abdullah Alexander

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Interviews with APSP Deputy Chair Ona Zene Yeshitela and Director of Agit-Prop Akile Anai

6:00 – 7:00 pm: INTERVIEW WITH CHAIRMAN OMALI YESHITELA

7:00 – 7:30 pm: Interview with Black Power Blueprint volunteers

7:30 – 8:00 pm: Poetry block feat. Fo Feet

8:00 – 9:00 pm: Colonialism in India: Interview with Santosh Rohit

9:00 – 9:30 pm: Interview with longtime USM member Mark Anderson

9:30 – 10:00 pm: Support the Black Power Blueprint

10:00 – 11:00 pm: Report from USM Portland: No Pride in Genocide. The struggle against Fascism vs the Struggle against colonialism

11:00 – 12:00 pm: AFRICA HOUR. Speeches from African Socialist International Secretary General Luwezi Kinshasa. Speech from Chairman Omali Yeshitela at the PanAfricanist Congress in Azania.

DECEMBER 4
12:00 pm – 1:00 am: DJs FOR REPARATIONS

1:00 – 2:00 am: DJ Reparations mix “Motion of Matter”

2:00 – 3:00 am: “IF JESUS WAS A REVOLUTIONARY” Most popular speech by the Chairman

3:00 – 4:00 am: REVOLUTIONARY MUSIC HOUR (PART 2)
“Freedom in the Mix” by Elikya Ngoma (Br.A.very)

4:00 – 5:00 am: Speeches by Fred Hampton on the anniversary of his assassination by the US Government

5:00 – 6:00 am: The Story of the Black Power Blueprint

6:00 – 7:00 am: THANK YOU!!!!!!!! Special thank you to all our donors!

Let’s Raise $2500 to unleash $2500 in matching funds!
BlackPowerBlueprint.org

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.

Days of Reparations to African People (DRep) 2019 Tour Dates

Days of Reparations to African People St Petersburg Uhuru Solidarity Movement Florida 2019

Reparations: A Revolutionary Demand!
Fall 2019 Speaking Tour

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement calls on white people to stand on the side of the resistance of African and oppressed peoples.

Reparations is our self-criticism and the key to joining in solidarity with African people and all of humanity to play our role in the building of a just and harmonious world without war and suffering.

Reparations stands for our unity with the future of the majority of humanity who have been forced into hideous suffering for the past 600 years for our benefit.

Participate in the Days of Reparations to be held in Boston, Philadelphia, Gainesville, St. Petersburg, St. Louis, Seattle, Portland and Louisville this fall.

Stand on the forward side of history!

Find an event near you!

Philadelphia, PA: September 23rd

Louisville, KY: October 1st

St. Louis, MO: October 3rd

St. Petersburg, FL: October 12th

Boston, MA: October 15th

Portland, OR: October 23rd

Seattle, WA: October 24th

Gainesville, FL: November 10th

Don’t see your city listed? Reach out to us at info@uhurusolidarity.org to find out how you can host your own Day of Reparations to African People speaking event or watch party! You don’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity!