“Have the guts to step up!” – USM’s Rhya Fogerty on why she donated to “Africa Must Unite” 2015 Tour Fund

Rhya Fogerty of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement
Rhya Fogerty of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement

Below is a powerful statement written by Rhya Fogerty, longtime member of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement currently living in Chicago, on why she donated towards the “Africans Must Unite! 2015 Spring Fund Drive” to raise 15,000 dollars for Chairman Omali Yeshitela and the African People’s Socialist Party’s organizing trip to South Africa to build the African Socialist International!

Donate Today at gofundme.com/africannationtour

 

“Izwe le nu i Africa!!! UHURU4Ever!!!
“Til Victory is Won!

“When Africa and African people are free the world will be free. And it is happening Right now! Right now .

“As a white person and proud veteran since 1982, our job is simple. Grab the truth, get “uncomfortable”, have the guts to step up, step out, no cry baby excuses that our community spends alot of time and energy, money, too busy, cant seem to picture yourself making calls to other white people, door to door , face to face, hard work .

“Well you never know til you try it…but you cant give up cause you got no answer, no, not interested, etc.

“Everybody has the right to know the truth and that is our job, mission and we must fight for organization …this individualism intellectualism gobbly guck is abig luxurious and literally sick waste of time! Plus self imposed jabberjawing does nothing to make anything concrete real… And everybody knows that what it always been for. Ok… Well …lets get to it-Donate now to the tour fund! Lets all put in whatever big or small amount today. It mothers day. Do it for mothers day. In memory of someone. And believe it or not if u want to be part of making something real..this is it. UHURU and thank u for the great reparations contribution call- Uhuru salute!”

 

“The world is going to look a lot different”: Reflections on the USM National Convention

Editor’s Note:  The words below, written by Chelsea Hirsch, are a summation of the first day of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement’s National Convention, held this past weekend in Gainesville, Florida. This is shared from a post made by Chelsea on her facebook page.  This was the first USM convention that Chelsea had attended and she drove up from St. Petersburg, Florida to participate.  We are sharing these thoughts because we think they are an excellent description of the message that the Uhuru Solidarity Movement sought to get across. Join USM at uhurusolidarity.org/join-usm and become a member of this growing movement! 

Keynote speaker Chairman Omali Yeshitela speaks at USM national c
Keynote speaker Chairman Omali Yeshitela speaks at USM national convention

Reflections on the USM National Convention by Chelsea Hirsch 

Yesterday and today I’m spending at the Uhuru Solidarity Convention in Gainesville, Florida. I would like to share what is in my heart after day one. I have felt for as long as I can remember that this world, especially this culture that I was born into (American culture), is not right.

When I was younger I didn’t know quite what it was, but as I learned about the real history of the world and the West (Europe and now the U.S. & Canada) as oppressor nations built by stealing land and resources on the backs of African people stolen from their land and forced to world themselves to death for free, indigenous people who were booted off their land and violently treated and killed, and anyone whose skin wasn’t white, I can clearly see why I’ve always felt something is off.

Now, you may have heard of the Uhuru Movement and think it’s too extreme, too radical, but what I see and feel is paying reparations to all the people of the world who have been violently treated and still continue to be, who were stolen and ache to go home to a place they may have never been before, well, this is the small way we can begin to right such atrocities that can never actually be repaid as time and lives cannot be regained.

If you’re white, you may be thinking, where does this leave me? Well, first thing’s first, maybe we need to start thinking of the rest of the world before ourselves and secondly, when all subjugated people from all around the world are liberated, the world is going to look A LOT different.

The buzz words are colonialism and imperialism. These words represent the dark past that STILL exists in a very real daily way for Africans and indigenous people all around the world as the legacy is not just one of words but one that daily effects the lives of so many people from not having enough food on the table to being carelessly murdered by a law enforcement officer.

I could go on and on, but the bottom line for me is that I don’t want to live at the expense of anyone else, especially not the majority of the people on the planet and the planet herself. I want all to be free because then together we can all be truly free.

 

#ChapelHill: Exposing the roots of white violence against Muslims

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On Tuesday night, February 10th, 2015 a 46-year-old white man named Craig Stephen Hicks stalked three Muslim students outside of a condominium complex on Summerwalk Circle near the University of North Carolina and shot each one of them in the head execution-style.

Deah Barakat, 23, was a second-year student at the University of North Carolina’s School of Dentistry; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, was set to enroll there in the fall. The third victim was her 19-year-old sister, Razan, a student at nearby North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

This brutal act of white nationalist violence by a citizen of the oppressor nation population against three Muslims was quickly whitewashed by local media and the Chapel Hill police department as a “dispute over parking.”

“It was execution style, a bullet in every head,” Mohammad Abu-Salha, father of one of the victims, told the News and Observer in Raleigh.

“This was not a dispute over a parking space; this was a hate crime. This man had picked on my daughter and her husband a couple of times before, and he talked with them with his gun in his belt. And they were uncomfortable with him, but they did not know he would go this far.”

The white killer’s wife defended her husband’s actions as a response to a parking conflict, “not religiously motivated.”

This absurd, offensive and nonsensical story about the parking dispute is meant to diminish the public’s perception of Hicks’ act as one of anti-Muslim violence.

But the fact is that regardless of whether Hicks had parking or Islam on his mind when he pulled the trigger, his act was one of white colonial violence and murder against three non-white, Muslim people, consistent with the culture of anti-Muslim violence that is embedded in the DNA of American society.

Hicks saw himself as a white man reserving the right to exact a death sentence upon these three Muslims.

One cannot help but think of George Zimmerman’s execution of Trayvon Martin.

As the police and white vigilantes shed the blood of African or black people every 26 hours in this country (according to studies conducted by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement) the Muslim community inside the U.S. also finds itself under assault.

Muslim organizations and mosques have been infiltrated by FBI agents with entrapment schemes to arrest and imprison Muslims on trumped up terrorism charges.

It is not only the U.S. government that has terrorized the Muslim population but ordinary white people as well.

In the jingoistic bloodlust that swept white America in the aftermath of the 9/11 events, white people unleashed a reign of terror against Muslims. Nearly 500 Muslims were brutally assaulted by white people in the year after September 11th, 2001 alone.

According to a study conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Anti-Muslim hate crimes soared by 50% in 2010, skyrocketing over 2009 levels in a year marked by the incendiary rhetoric of Islam-bashing politicians and activists.”

This is the domestic counterinsurgency of the U.S. government against the colonized and oppressed Arab and Muslim populations inside U.S. borders.

Abroad, the U.S. military wreaks havoc across the Muslim world with drone strikes, military occupations, hideous torture and detention centers, and brutal rapes and humiliation of women and children by U.S. soldiers.

The war on Muslims is not particular to the United States. In Europe, Muslims find themselves the target of vile white terror and persecution.

The government of France has banned the wearing of the traditional burqa by Muslim women and has restricted the right of people in France to protest the illegitimate Israeli state’s murder of the Palestinians.

In the days following the shootings at the office of the anti-Muslim propaganda magazine Charlie Hedbo, French citizens ransacked masjids, firebombed them and even threw the severed heads of pigs into the Muslim place of worship.

Chairman Omali Yeshitela, founder and leader of the Uhuru Movement, has explained that the European or white nation came into existence through slavery, genocide and colonialism, including colonial plunder of the Muslim world by white invaders.

The Chairman explains that it was the enslavement of African people and genocide against the Indigenous people of the Americas that birthed the modern system of parasitic capitalism and elevated Europe from a barren and scarce land of warring tribes into a unified white empire that could tower over the rest of the world.

“Europe,” the Chairman says, “came into existence as primarily white and Christian.”

From its inception, there has always been an anti-Islamic component to the white or European identity and society, tracing back to the original theft of resources from Muslim peoples during the Christian Crusades.

The reality is that when white people like Hicks or the Frenchmen who firebomb mosques carry out their anti-Muslim violence, they are functioning as extensions of the Euro-American colonial state. They are agents of coercion whose actions serve to maintain the status quo of a social and economic system built on oppression, terror, slavery and colonialism.

There is nothing “un-American” about killing Muslims. It is squarely within the tradition of white domination and violence on which America is built. The people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Libya, Syria and other countries of the Middle East can attest to this reality.

Therefore, we reject the hypocrisy of liberal imperialists who feign outrage at the killings of three Muslims in Chapel Hill while at the same time providing cover for similar atrocities carried out by the U.S. army in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and other Muslim countries that are facing the wrath of U.S. imperialist aggression every single day.

Imperialism is in an ever deepening crisis and the peoples of the world, whether in Pakistan or Ferguson are fighting back to reclaim their lives, their resources and their destinies.

White people, we are not bystanders. Our white lifestyles are fueled (in the case of Middle Eastern oil, literally) by the stolen resources of the colonized peoples of the world.

There is a direct relationship between the wealth, prosperity and security we assume for ourselves and the brutality, oppression and murder imposed on the world’s non-white peoples.

We have a tremendous responsibility on our shoulders.

When we take an honest look at our own history, we can see that it is not just the politicians and the militarist warmongers whose hands are stained in the blood of billions of African, Muslim and Indigenous peoples.

It is also our hands soaked in blood, hands that have either partaken in this carnage for centuries, or remained idle and complicit while the rulers did the dirty work in our name, and for our benefit.

It is time to break the deadly silence that has bound us to our parasitic ruling class, for five hundred years.

Silence is complicity.

We have to take a side.

Stand on the side of the oppressed.

Join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, the organization of white people under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, organizing in the white community for reparations to Africans and oppressed peoples everywhere.

When the oppressed peoples of the world have their freedom, resources and power, a future without violence, war, oppression, slavery and genocide will flourish, a world in which all peoples have self-determination, justice, and genuine peace.

Justice for Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohamad Abu Salha, and Razan Abu Salha!

Stop the war on Muslims!
Stop the war on Africans!
Victory to the oppressed peoples of the world!
White people must Break the Silence and Refuse to be Complicit!
Uhuru!  

1977: Richard Pryor criticizes white Gay Rights activists for failure to support Black Liberation

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Summarizing this article from The Guardian on Richard Pryor’s controversial 1977 performance at the Hollywood Bowl, Oakland-based member of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, Joel Hamburger, wrote up the following observations:

Richard Pryor. In a 1977 performance at the Hollywood Bowl, he made a brave and cutting onstage criticism of white people that was roundly scorned by the audience, press and gay community at large. The star-studded show had been billed as a human rights benefit but unknown to Richard, was actually centered on gay rights. Tight restrictions were imposed on performers’ speech (including Lily Tomlin).

Before coming onstage, Pryor witnessed numerous incidents of disrespect and racism by white producers and crew toward the other African performers backstage – all amidst an atmosphere of moral superiority regarding gay rights. Fuming, he went onstage.

He paced the stage in silence for a few moments and then executed comedy and honest revelation to make his point. He first described a gay experience of his own. This was ground breaking for any celebrity at that time, especially in front of 20,000 people. Even Lily Tomlin did not go that far. He was cheered.

Having drawn them in, he launched his criticism of the mostly white, gay, male audience criticizing their silence during the Watts rebellions, twelve years earlier. He asked, “How can faggots be racists?” – earning him accusations of homophobia. He went further saying, ““I hope the police catch you motherfuckers and shoot your ass accidentally, because you motherfuckers ain’t helpin’ niggers at all.”

He was making a criticism that is as valid today as then. How can we be for rights of LGBT, Jews, women, etc. and remain silent about the rights of Africans, Mexicans, Native Americans and other oppressed nationalities? ‪#‎Ferguson‬ ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ ‪#‎icantbreathe‬

Almost exclusively white people populate many progressive and human rights groups precisely because their message only speaks to a white agenda.

Omali Yeshitela sums it up so well: “Living in a country built and sustained off slavery, colonialism and neocolonialism, the impact of victorious revolutionary struggles reaches down into the gas tanks, shopping centers and tax brackets of the North American (white) population. There is an objective relationship between world slavery and U.S. affluence, and up until now the North American population, opportunistically and demagogically led by their stomachs, pocketbooks and corrupt leadership, have chosen continued enslavement of the world.”

If we are for human rights, we must reject the pedestal upon which white wealth rests. Absent that, so-called progressive goals become nothing more than a fight for full participation in resources and rights gained at the expense of the rest of humanity.

Joel Hamburger is a member of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, the organization of white people working under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, organizing in the white community for reparations to African people.  The Uhuru Solidarity Movement will hold its national convention on March 7th and 8th, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida.  For more information and to register please visit uhurusolidarity.org/convention

“Days in Solidarity with African People” campaign builds momentum, from Florida to California!

USM organizers and volunteers in Oakland, CA
USM organizers and volunteers in Oakland, CA

Uhuru!

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement, the organization of white people and other allies of African self-determination, has been organizing across the US for “Days in Solidarity with African People,” a multi-faceted campaign of outreach, fundraising, political actions and more, with the goal of raising resources and building support for the African self-determination programs of the Uhuru Movement.

Comrades in Oakland, CA, led by the Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee Penny Hess, have been hitting the streets with dynamic outreach tables, selling issues of the Burning Spear Newspaper, the newspaper of the African People’s Socialist Party, and raising resources as reparations to the African community by winning white people to take the pledge of solidarity with African people.

USM at the Indie Market in St. Pete, FL
USM at the Indie Market in St. Pete, FL

In St. Petersburg, FL comrades kicked off a whirlwind weekend of organizing with a successful fundraising booth at the St Pete Indie Market, selling Planet Uhuru t-shirts featuring inspiring quotes from revolutionary leaders such as Che Guevara and Chairman Omali Yeshitela. The t-shirts were a hit and the booth was a great fundraiser as well as an opportunity to sign up many North Americans who share our outrage at the conditions faced by African people and are ready to take a stand in solidarity with African people.

On the same day, we traveled to Tampa for the second weekly demonstration against the war on Syria, where we spoke out to express our solidarity with the Syrian resistance to US imperialism, and invited the protesters to a forum the next day where Chairman Omali Yeshitela would address the war on Syria from an African Internationalist perspective.

From coast to coast, the “Days in Solidarity with African People” campaign is reaching the people, and the people are responding. This is what solidarity looks like: reparations in action!

Victory to Syria! USM stands with the people of Syria
Victory to Syria! USM stands with the people of Syria

The DSAP Campaign will culminate with major events throughout the country. In Oakland, the event will be held at the Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Avenue on October 13. To get involved or for more information, contact Oakland@uhurusolidarity.org ,(510) 542-9740.

In St Petersburg, the DSAP event will be held on October 24, 6:30 pm, Akwaaba Hall 1245 18th Avenue South. Contact us at 727-683-9949stpete@uhurusolidarity.org.
Take the pledge of solidarity with African people today, contribute towards the programs of the African People’s Socialist Party. 

Join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement! 

“Overturning the Racial Divide Through Solidarity with African Liberation” kicks off this weekend!

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Saturday and Sunday, June 15 & 16th, USM National Convention “Overturning the Racial Divide Through Solidarity with African Liberation” will feature a powerful program including keynote address by Omali Yeshitela, leader and founder of the worldwide Uhuru Movement as well as Penny Hess, the National Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee.

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