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Jeffrey Bezos, CEO of Amazon (@jeffbesoz | @amazon)

  • HQ: Seattle, WA
  • Company net worth $160.47 billion
  • Bezos is the richest man alive, net worth $130 billion
  • His wealth has increased $25 billion during coronavirus pandemic–a sum of money larger than the GDP of Honduras. Africans are dying with Covid-19 and he’s getting richer
  • Unsanitary and abusive working conditions with no PPE, no paid sick time and ignoring workers pleas for a safe environment
  • Forced mandatory overtime on employees who were already sick to keep up with the demand of online orders, and paid them only $2 more per hour
  • In March 2020 at a facility in Staten Island, African worker Chris Smalls organized a walkout of the intolerable conditions to demand better treatment. He was then fired and had a slander campaign made against him by Amazon.
  • Chris Smalls writes to Bezos, “My message is simple. I don’t give a damn about your power. You think you’re powerful? We’re the ones that have the power. Without us working, what are you going to do? You’ll have no money. We have the power. We make money for you. Never forget that.” (Chris Smalls writes letter to Jess Bezos)
  • In 2013 Amazon got a $600 million contract with the CIA to use voice recordings from Amazon Echo for warrants or subpoenas. They supplied facial recognition support to law enforcement.
  • Amazon owns Whole Foods, which in 2015 was exposed for profiting from prison-labor made cheese and tilapia fish farms by inmates at Colorado Correctional Industries. They were paid $0.74 per day of full time labor milking and herding goats and constructing fish tanks. (source)

James Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan (@jpmorgan)

  • HQ: New York City
  • Company net worth $2.38 Trillion; Dimon net worth $1.3 billion
  • #1 largest bank in America
  • Received funds from Coronavirus bailout CARES Act— $2 trillion total, which banks will further profit from loan interest. No oversight to ensure the $1200 stimulus checks even make it to the hands of their customers before the bank could take for themselves.
    • Between 1831 and 1865, two predecessor banks in Louisiana  accepted approximately 13,000 enslaved Africans as collateral on loans.
    • Took ownership of approximately 1,250 enslaved Africans when plantation owners defaulted on the loans
    • Investors in GEO Group private prison industry
    • In 2019 it’s precious metals desk was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with being a criminal enterprise: for 8 years JP Morgan rigged the prices of gold, silver and other precious metals. Charged with racketeering under the RICO statute that is typically reserved for organized crime.
    • Admitted to 3 criminal felony counts within the past 5 years – yet Dimon runs free. 
    • Role in the rigging of the foreign currency exchange market
    • Pressured employees to come back to work even with coronavirus, dozens openly had it on the trade floor.
    • In 2005 apologized for their banks’ ties to slavery. Sorry to say James, your apology is only acceptable in reparations to the Black Power Blueprint!
    • J.P. Morgan started a $5 million college-scholarship program for black students from Louisiana– this needs to benefit the entire African nation, 5mil is nowhere near enough what is owed!

    Getting rich from their employees dying of Covid-19 or other illness: owns Bank-Owned Life Insurance policies (BOLI) that when their employees die, the death benefit pays to the corporate owner of the policy which is the bank, not the employee or their family. Owns $11.66 billion in BOLI assets (source)

Brian Moynihan, CEO Bank of America

  • HQ: Charlotte, NC
  • Company net worth $2.38 trillion, Moynihan net worth $68.4 million
  • 2nd largest bank in the US
  • Began 1904. Admitted ties to slavery: the predecessor companies used enslaved Africans as collateral for loans given to slavemasters
  • Current bailout from Coronavirus is $33 billion
  • Opened unauthorized credit card accounts without customer consent (source)
  • $430M in settlement for stealing and misusing customers’ cash between 2009-2012. (source)
  • In 2008 financial crisis got $45 billion of taxpayer money
  • Received funds from Coronavirus bailout CARES Act— $2 trillion total, which banks will further profit from loan interest. No oversight to ensure the $1200 stimulus checks even make it to the hands of their customers before the bank could take for themselves.
  • Getting rich from their employees dying of Covid-19 or other illness: owns Bank-Owned Life Insurance policies (BOLI) that when their employees die, the death benefit pays to the corporate owner of the policy which is the bank, not the employee or their family. Owns $22.55 billion in BOLI assets (source)

Michael Corbat, CEO of Citibank @citibank @Citi

  • HQ: New York City
  • Company net worth $275.3 billion, Corbat net worth $25 mil
  • 3rd largest bank in US
  • 200+ year track record of profiting from enslavement and parasitism
  • Predecessor National City Bank of New York from 1800s on, profited from connections to sugar plantations in Cuba where Africans were enslaved by Spain
    • In 1870’s profited from clients involved in overthrowing the government of Mexico
    • Profited from the looting of Haiti
    • In 1915 lobbied for the invasion and looting of Haiti by the US Marines
    • Financed the theft of the Philippines
    • Supported colonial apartheid government of South Africa
    • 2002 involved in the biggest corporate scandal in US history when accused of helping Enron disguise debt, paid $101 million settlement.
    • The reason why it’s so important for us to expose Citibank is that most of the time, when people criticize them, it’s only in regards to their involvement in the Enron scam. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg of their colonial conquest and parasitism.
    • Received funds from Coronavirus bailout CARES Act— $2 trillion total, which banks will further profit from loan interest. No oversight to ensure the $1200 stimulus checks even make it to the hands of their customers before the bank could take for themselves.

    Getting rich from their employees dying of Covid-19 or other illness: owns Bank-Owned Life Insurance policies (BOLI) that when their employees die, the death benefit pays to the corporate owner of the policy which is the bank, not the employee or their family. Citibank owns $5.23 billion in BOLI assets. (source)

Charles W. Scharf, CEO Wells Fargo @WellsFargo

  • HQ: San Francisco, CA
  • Company net worth $365 billion; Scharf net worth $39.6 Million
  • 4th largest bank in US
  • In Baltimore: Gave bad sub-prime high interest loans to Africans, singling them out, called them “ghetto loans”, referred to African people as “mud people”
  • Federal lawsuit against Wells Fargo
  • Forced hundreds of African families into foreclosure of their homes
  • Loan officers received cash incentives to aggressively market subprime loans to Africans
  • Beth Jacobson, a top-producing subprime loan officer who is white, is quoted:  “We just went right after them… Wells Fargo mortgage had an emerging-markets unit that specifically targeted black churches, because it figured church leaders had a lot of influence and could convince congregants to take out subprime loans.” Source
  • Targeted the black community with neocolonialism to sell out their own people by hiring black people to call on black churches to further sell out their own community. 

Doug McMillon, CEO Walmart

  • HQ: Bentonville, AR
  • Company net worth $514.405 billion; McMillon net worth $100M, annual salary $22M.
  • Multinational corporation with 4500 locations worldwide, over 2 million employees
  • Hundreds of imperialist stores across Africa further participating in the denial of African people to control their own economy
  • Aggressive shoplifting crackdown policies and heavy policing, in one case employees even choked a shoplifter to death (source)

  • Disrupts the local economy of the black community with resource extraction and does not give anything back to the community, such as in the South Side of St. Petersburg FL

  • Intimidated workers not to go on strike against Walmart’s unlivable low wages, poor working conditions and lack of adequate healthcare

  • Fierce anti-union policies which discourage workers from organizing for better conditions

Jeffrey Bezos, CEO of Amazon (@jeffbesoz | @amazon)

  • HQ: Seattle, WA
  • Company net worth $160.47 billion
  • Bezos is the richest man alive, net worth $130 billion
  • His wealth has increased $25 billion during coronavirus pandemic–a sum of money larger than the GDP of Honduras. Africans are dying with Covid-19 and he’s getting richer
  • Unsanitary and abusive working conditions with no PPE, no paid sick time and ignoring workers pleas for a safe environment
  • Forced mandatory overtime on employees who were already sick to keep up with the demand of online orders, and paid them only $2 more per hour
  • In March 2020 at a facility in Staten Island, African worker Chris Smalls organized a walkout of the intolerable conditions to demand better treatment. He was then fired and had a slander campaign made against him by Amazon.
  • Chris Smalls writes to Bezos, “My message is simple. I don’t give a damn about your power. You think you’re powerful? We’re the ones that have the power. Without us working, what are you going to do? You’ll have no money. We have the power. We make money for you. Never forget that.” (Chris Smalls writes letter to Jess Bezos)
  • In 2013 Amazon got a $600 million contract with the CIA to use voice recordings from Amazon Echo for warrants or subpoenas. They supplied facial recognition support to law enforcement.
  • Amazon owns Whole Foods, which in 2015 was exposed for profiting from prison-labor made cheese and tilapia fish farms by inmates at Colorado Correctional Industries. They were paid $0.74 per day of full time labor milking and herding goats and constructing fish tanks. (source)


A movement is rising up. 
Our mission is to win reparations from the parasitic capitalist billionaires who have built their fortunes on the stolen wealth, labor and resources of African people in the U.S. and around the world!

We demand reparations from Wall Street bankers, corporate CEOs and capitalist elite must pay reparations to the black community
inside the U.S. and around the world for their history and ongoing profiting from the enslavement, imprisonment and colonization of African people and the theft of their resources. They should make their checks out to the African People’s Education and Defense Fund, earmarked for the Black Power Blueprint Project in St. Louis, Missouri, the visionary, economic program of the African liberation movement.


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to confront the bloodsuckers who are profiting from the colonial COVID-19 pandemic, raking in trillions of dollars from government bailouts while African people are dying at genocidal rates.

These criminals are getting away with murder, literally. But not for long. We call on the white community to join this movement under the leadership of the African Revolution as a revolutionary stand for social and economic justice.

Stand against imperialist wars at home and abroad. Stand against the capitalist destruction of the environment. Stand against all forms of oppression. Stand for genuine socialism, under the leadership of the colonized African working class. Join in solidarity with the African revolution to bring down the parasitic capitalist system that is the enemy to all of humanity.

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Who Built Wall Street?

In his book Uneasy Equilibrium: The African Revolution Versus Parasitic Capitalism, Chairman Omali Yeshitela posed the question:

“Would capitalism and the resultant European wealth and African impoverishment have occurred without the European attack on Africa, its division, African slavery and dispersal, colonialism and neocolonialism?”

To which he answered,  “No! No! No! and a thousand times no!”

The Chairman’s insightful analysis exposes the origins of the wealth of Wall Street, the symbolic and literal economic headquarters of parasitic capitalism.

Chairman Omali Yeshitela’s political theory of African Internationalism shows that a diseased, war-like and feudal Europe rescued and consolidated itself through assaulting and invading Africa, enslaving African people and committing genocide against the Indigenous people of the Americas.

As the Chairman has written:

“Capitalism was born in disrepute, of the rapes, massacres, occupations, genocides, colonialism and every despicable act humans are capable of inflicting.”

Obscured in the tall shadows cast by the skyscrapers of New York’s financial district is a brutal history of capture, torture and sale of African human beings. African people were forced to become the first commodities sold and traded to generate the start-up capital for the emergent colonial-settler enterprise known as the United States.

Although most depictions of African enslavement in the U.S. focus on the labor-intensive capitalism of plantation slavery in the American south, the exploitation of enslaved African people permeated every facet of the burgeoning U.S. economy. In other words, slavery was not a southern phenomenon. The hands of white colonizers in the north were also stained in blood.

New York was no exception.

Dutch and British colonizers enslaved African people in New York

The Dutch colonizers began forcing out and slaughtering the Indigenous people and stealing the land that was to be established as the “New Amsterdam” by the Dutch West India Company in 1625.

Enslaved African men were ripped from their homelands in Angola and Congo and forced onto ships to New Amsterdam.

Upon arrival, the Dutch slave masters forced the enslaved Africans into the bone-crushing labor of clearing land, building houses, and laying roads. Enslaved African women were kept in the households of the Dutch men who brutally raped them.

By 1650 New Amsterdam’s 500 enslaved Africans outnumbered those in Virginia and Maryland. By 1664 enslaved African people made up nearly a third of the population of New Amsterdam.

In late 1664, the Netherlands surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, officially establishing New York City. The trade in enslaved Africans intensified under British rule. The British trafficked thousands of chained Africans from the continent of Africa into its new colony.

According to an article published by the New York Public Library:

“Of the close to 4,000 people whose origins are known, 1,271 came from Madagascar, 998 from Congo, 757 from Senegambia, 504 from the Gold Coast (Ghana), 239 from Sierra Leone, and 217 from non-identified areas of the continent.With the aggressive increase in the slave trade and the expansion of the city, an official slave market opened in 1711 by the East River on Wall Street between Pearl and Water Streets. By 1730, 42 percent of the [white] population owned slaves, a higher percentage than in any other city in the country except Charleston, South Carolina. The enslaved population—which ranged between 15 and 20 percent of the total—literally built the city and was the engine that made its economy run.”

African people built the wall after which Wall Street was named.

Chairman Omali Yeshitela made it plain when he spoke at the Occupy Wall Street gathering in Oakland, California in 2011:

“Wall Street was built by enslaved African people. The ‘wall’ was to protect the stolen land from the Indigenous people themselves.”

Just 50 meters from the site of New York’s first official slave market, the New York Stock Exchange was formed. The first “stock” traded on the stock market was African human beings.

The New York City Council announced the formation of the slave market, declaring that  “all Negro and Indian slaves that are let out to be hired”  would be  “hired at the Market house at the Wall Street Slip.”

The first slave auction in New Amsterdam

Penny Hess, Chair of the African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC), wrote in a 2009 article in The Burning Spear newspaper:

“Today stockbrokers discuss the price of oil over martinis at lunch. Two hundred years ago they talked about the price of a shipment of African people over a pint of ale.”

At least 20,000 bodies of enslaved Africans are buried in a cemetery in the heart of the financial district, on the corner of Duane Street and Elk behind the Ted Weiss Federal Building. At the urging of African activists, a granite monument was placed there in memory of the Africans whose lives were stolen to build the settler colony of New York. The burial ground wasn’t even publicly known until 1991 when builders broke ground on the Ted Weiss federal building and found hundreds of graves.

Wall Street’s enrichment off African oppression goes beyond chattel slavery 

The scale of riches amassed by white New Yorkers from the labor of enslaved African people went far beyond the localized sale and rental of African slave labor. From the very beginning, New York’s financial industry as a whole rose to towering heights through profits of slavery.

First Dutch and then English colonizers built the city’s local economy largely around supplying ships for the trade in African people and the products of their labor: sugar, tobacco, indigo, coffee, chocolate, and cotton. New York ship captains and merchants bought and sold African people along the coast of Africa. Every white businessman in 18th-century New York had their hands in the slave trade.

During the period of chattel slavery, New York received 40 percent of U.S. cotton revenue through money earned by its financial firms and insurance companies.

Enslaved Africans toiled on the cotton, sugar, and tobacco plantations in the south. The crops were then sent to Europe or to the northern colonies and converted into finished goods. The sale of those goods was then used to fund more “voyages” to Africa by the white colonial slave drivers to kidnap more Africans and ship them to the Americas. This parasitic transactional relationship, with African oppression as its cornerstone, has been characterized as the “Triangular Trade.”

In the 19th century, U.S. banks in the north sold securities to help fund the expansion of southern plantations. The banks sold insurance policies to protect slave masters against the risk of boat capsizing or loss of “property” in the form of African people dying or becoming injured.

Some of the biggest insurance companies in the United States, including New York Life, AIG, and Aetna, cut their teeth selling insurance policies to slave owners.

By the mid-nineteenth century, raw cotton accounted for the majority of U.S. overseas shipments. What wasn’t exported was sent to fabric mills in northern states including Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The impetus for the so-called industrial revolution, in which the fabric mills of New England played an instrumental role, was the supply of cotton produced by enslaved African people in the south. Brooks Brothers wouldn’t exist without cotton picked by enslaved African hands. Nor would Domino’s Sugar have become the largest sugar refiner in the country without the sugar cane made available by back-breaking, torturous African slave labor. The trains used to move goods farmed by enslaved Africans from the south to the northern cities traveled on railroads also built by enslaved African people.

Caesar, an African man who was enslaved in New York.

The southern plantation owners who made massive amounts of money off the work of the enslaved African people deposited that cash into banks that formed the corps of the Wall Street banking industry that we know today. U.S. banks accepted deposits from slave owners and counted enslaved African people as “assets” when assessing their customers’ wealth.

In 2005, JP Morgan Chase (the biggest bank in the U.S) admitted that two of its subsidiaries–Citizens Bank and Canal Bank in Louisiana– took enslaved Africans as “collateral” for loans. This means that if a plantation slave master defaulted on a loan payment, the banks would take ownership of their enslaved Africans.

Citibank, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo also benefited from slavery.

The predecessor bank of Citibank was founded by a sugar trader who financed the illegal slave trade importing Africans into Cuba in the 1800s. When Moses Taylor died in 1882, he was one of the richest men alive, with an estate worth $70 million, or $1.6 billion in today’s dollars.

As APSC Chairwoman Penny Hess continued in her 2009 Burning Spear article:

“The abolishment of the official trade in African human beings did not end white society’s dependence on the exploitation of forced African labor. The imperialist extraction from African people today is far greater than it was during the time of chattel slavery. The U.S. outlawed the importation of African people ended in 1808, but the trade continued with African people smuggled in as contraband. Additionally, plantation owners began to ‘breed’ African people. Forcing African men and women together in hideous dungeons called ‘breeding pens,’ one Virginia slave owner boasted he had sold 6,000 African children bred under these inhumane conditions.”