#FREEDENZEL Solidarity Statement

USM is the organization of white people working under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, working in the white community to build solidarity with African liberation and reparations.

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement calls on white people in San Diego to join in solidarity with the struggle for the immediate release of Denzel Draughn, an activist from the African community who is being held captive by the San Diego Police department for taking a stand against the colonial police murders of African people. 

 Denzel was one of nine people arrested on August 28th while attending a peaceful demonstration for Jacob Blake. The San Diego Police met the demonstrators with violence. The SDPD attacked protesters with physical violence and police-grade pepper spray and tear gas. During their attack, Denzel, without hesitation, tried to protect his fellow protestors.

Denzel has been in jail since the early morning hours of August 29th and is being held on 9 counts of obstruction/resisting, 9 counts of use of teargas against a peace officer, and 1 count of possession of projectile teargas.

USM stands in unconditional solidarity with the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement who are leading the campaign to Free Denzel. Here are their demands: 

  1. Free Denzel IMMEDIATELY
  2. Drop all associated charges
  3. Lower the bail
  4. Reparations to Denzel’s family for the direct trauma they have endured
  5. Black Community Control the Police

In San Diego, the African and Indigenous communities are forced to suffer under genocidal conditions of poverty, with no real economic development. Instead, the police and white vigilantes patrol the African and Indigenous communities, harassing, threatening and terrorizing the people.

The attack on Denzel is one more example of how San Diego and the U.S. as a whole are built on the enslavement and oppression of African people and the genocide against the Indigenous people and the theft of this land. As white people who sit on the pedestal of the oppression of African people, merely “unlearning our racism” is not going to cut it. As Chairman Omali Yeshitela says, we have to take a stand against colonialism, the system of domination of African people by a colonial state power for the benefit of the general white population. 

We have to take a stand for reparations to African people: white solidarity with Black Power! 

It is in response to these colonial conditions that USM is building a “March for Reparations to African People” in San Diego on October 17th. One of our demands is the immediate release of all African political prisoners. 

We will march in solidarity with the demand from InPDUM for a public policy of genuine economic development, NOT police containment. We march in unity with African and Indigenous people’s right to defend themselves against colonial violence. We urge all from the white community to take a stand and support justice for Denzel.

The peace and prosperity in the white community has come at a direct expense of these colonized communities. USM calls on others from the white community to say we will not accept prosperity at the expense of anyone else! White people must stand up and support all African people who are terrorized and criminalized by this system!

Join the campaign to free Denzel. Contact Claudet Isma for more information on how to get involved. Donate to Parrish Davis’s GoFundMe.

White people, join the committee to build the March for Reparations to African People.