Take the Pledge of Solidarity with African People! -Maureen’s Reparations Pledge
Ferguson, Missouri has been at the top of the news for a month. Mike Brown was brutally murdered by the police, sparking resistance and organizing from the black community there against this shooting. Statistics show that police kill a black person in the U.S. every 26 hours! And, yet, just as we saw with the Trayvon Martin murder, only 30% of white people in this country think that the resistance of the black community to these killings is justified. The Days in Solidarity with African People (DSAP) is a campaign for reparations to African People. I am personally raising a minimum of $350 because I am tired of living on a pedestal of white power built on slavery and genocide. By paying reparations to African people, I am joining the right side of history and undoing a historic wrong. In light of the unjust police shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, this campaign is even more significant. THIS IS REPARATIONS! We do not have to wait for the government to pay reparations to African people! Help me make and exceed my goal. Day in Solidarity with African People takes place in Oakland soon. I encourage all of my family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances to help me reach and surpass my goal. Make a pledge today of $25, $50 or $100 towards African self-determination and a positive future. Today in this country, a white family has 22 times the resources on average of the black family and the gap widens. Where I live in Oakland, California, black youth are 24 times MORE likely to be arrested by the Oakland Police Department than white youth, but only have a 14% chance of being proficient in reading and writing by the 11th grade. The Alameda County Health Department says a black child born in West Oakland will live 15 years LESS than a white child born here. These conditions result from a legacy of slavery and taking this land from its rightful owners. Around the world, we see the continued expropriation of people’s resources, particularly by Europe and the U.S., from the coltan in our cell phones and laptops to the stainless steel in our kitchens and the gasoline in our tanks, to the high fees and penalties extracted from black communities by police and other government agencies. I do not want to live in a world at the expense of anyone else’s future, happiness or resources. Our reality is not separate from that of African and other peoples. The wealth that I see in my community is based on the poverty I see in East and West Oakland, Ferguson, Detroit and West Africa. Through Black Star Industries, the Uhuru Movement has a positive vision of a future, based on African and other peoples controlling their own resources for their own benefit. I see that the world’s peoples are resisting and taking back what is theirs. Black Star Industries is putting concrete programs and organization into place to develop an independent black community economy worldwide that is by and for black communities. This changes the lives and future Africans face in all walks of life, from California to East Africa to London to the Caribbean. I want to be a part of this visionary new world by standing in solidarity with this movement. Take a stand with me, contribute today!