Resolutions

The highest leading body of the USM is the National Convention. That is concretely expressed through the ability of the membership body to present, discuss and vote on resolutions that will guide the work of the entire organization in between conventions.

On June 10, 2012 the membership of USM voted to pass three resolutions: to grow the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, to build the Oakland Freedom Summer Project, and to build the campaign for A Day in Solidarity with African People. 

Resolution 1

WHEREAS, the crisis of imperialism brought about by the escalating resistance and liberation struggles of African and oppressed peoples worldwide is creating the conditions for more Euro-Americans than ever to be disillusioned with their imperialist governments and parasitic capitalist system and politically open to the leadership, vision and line of African Internationalism; and

WHEREAS, there is a void of any meaningful white left or anti-imperialist analysis or work for Euro-Americans who genuinely want real social change and an end to the vicious US-led colonial wars against African, Arab, Indigenous and other oppressed peoples inside the US and worldwide; and

WHEREAS, the APSP USA has called on the African People’s Solidarity Committee to build the Uhuru Solidarity Movement (USM) as the mass organization working under the leadership of the APSP USA, and directly led by APSC, to recruit and unite thousands of allies of African liberation to actively express solidarity with the right of African people to struggle for national liberation and self-determination, and to raise reparations for the work of the APSP USA; and

WHEREAS, because USM works under the leadership of the revolutionary African working class it is the only mass organization of Euro-Americans capable of leading other members of the oppressor nation to boldly stand up against the US counterinsurgency war against the African community;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE 2012 CONVENTION OF THE UHURU SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT, HELD IN PHILADELPHIA, PA ON THE DATES OF JUNE 9-10, 2012:

SECTION ONE: The USM will engage in national campaigns that publicize the stand of principled solidarity that Euro-Americans can take to support reparations and the resistance of African and other oppressed people around the world. This will include national political and fundraising campaigns such as participation in the Oakland Freedom Summer Project, the Days of Action during the Republican National Convention, the Days in Solidarity with African People events in the fall, and the Reparations in Action campaign. The work to build for these campaigns will include carrying out public forums, fundraisers and outreach, participation in local campaigns, and bold actions in defense of the resistance of the colonized African community; and

SECTION TWO: That the National Steering Committee (NSC) of USM will rapidly put in place a Sustaining Membership Plan of Action to grow the Uhuru Solidarity Movement to carry out its mission and role as a mass activist organization with thousands of members. This plan will therefore need to address the organization’s structure, processes and protocols needed to facilitate this growth; and

SECTION THREE: The NSC of USM will immediately launch a regular schedule of live and online new member orientations, political education sessions, organizer training classes, event informational sessions and USM branch building trainings for Euro-Americans and other allies of the African Liberation movement to participate in from wherever they are in the world. This will also include Burning Spear Newspaper study groups and coordinating the weekly “Reparations in Action” show on UhuruRadio.com; and

SECTION FOUR: The NSC of USM will also immediately launch protocols for strict followup with all contacts and our membership to ensure that no one who has expressed interest in uniting with the liberation struggle of African people falls through the cracks and that every person receives the information and tools they need to participate fully at whatever level they are able. This includes updating our contact databases within 24 hours after events, and, sending the updated contact databases to the Office of the Chairman and the National Office of AgitProp, following up with all new contacts with 5 days of meeting them, following the membership process laid out in the USM constitution, and engaging all contacts in Reparations in Action work, the USM schedule of orientations, trainings and studies, and USM national and local campaigns; and

SECTION FIVE: That this Resolution shall be in full force and effect immediately upon its adoption and approval in the manner provided by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement National Constitution and the Rules of Procedure of this Convention.

Resolution 2

WHEREAS, the present day conditions for an African child in West Oakland vs. a white child born in the Oakland hills means the African child: will live 15 years less,  is one and a half times more likely to be born premature with a low birth rate, is seven times more likely to be born into poverty, as an adult will be five times more likely to be hospitalized with diabetes, is twice as likely to die of heart disease, three times more likely to die of a stroke and twice as likely to die of cancer; and

WHEREAS, African people make up five percent of California’s population but are 50% of California’s prison system, which is the fourth largest prison system in the world; and

WHEREAS, the Oakland Freedom Summer Project will be called “Occupation for Self-Determination” recognizing the goal to rebuild a movement that will overturn this parasitic and oppressive relationship that the U.S. government has with the African community; and

WHEREAS, the Occupy Movement’s criticisms of capitalist policy do more to articulate the interests of the white community, which has become disgruntled only when the amount of resources it has become accustomed to receiving has gotten smaller, and makes little if any criticism of capitalism and imperialism as the system built off slavery, genocide and colonialism and continuing to exist at the expense of Africans and other oppressed people around the world; and

WHEREAS, the OFSP’s aim is to unite the boadest sectors of activists in the U.S. with the struggle against capitalism itself and for national liberation and self-determination of oppressed people; and

WHEREAS, the OFSP will include a month-long, daily program of hands-on, on-the-ground work to build and consolidate institutions for political and economic self-determination including: renovating the Uhuru House community center, transforming part of the Uhuru House into the Uhuru Jiko (freedom kitchen) economic development project, renovating the murals of African leaders, multi-media and street journalism classes, martial arts training, grassroots organizer training and launching of community gardens; and

WHEREAS, the Oakland Freedom Summer Project provides an opportunity for the Euro-American community to reverse our historical failure to unite in an accountable relationship of principled solidarity with the Civil Rights or Black Power movements and to reverse our opportunist attempts to organize African people under white leadership by building white centered organizations that kept the stolen resources in the Euro-American community in our control;   NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE 2012 CONVENTION OF THE UHURU SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT, HELD IN PHILADELPHIA, PA ON THE DATES OF JUNE 9-10, 2012:

SECTION ONE: USM will work to win participation in the Oakland Freedom Summer Project from various sectors of the Euro-American population from activists, youth/students, to skilled  and unskilled workers; and

SECTION TWO: USM will win Euro-Americans to participate in the fundraising and resource gathering for the OFSP and the Uhuru Jiko development before, during and after the OFSP. USM nationally will also organize our members and contacts to gather at least 40 $25 gift cards from Home Depot stores nationwide to be used for the OFSP; and

SECTION THREE: USM will work with Euro-American volunteers of the OFSP to understand the significance of participating in ongoing Reparations in Action work specifically through joining the Uhuru Foods and Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles teams and by becoming sustaining members of the USM; and

SECTION FOUR That this Resolution shall be in full force and effect immediately upon its adoption and approval in the manner provided by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement National Constitution and the Rules of Procedure of this Convention.

Resolution 3

WHEREAS, the Euro-American population lives on the accumulated and current wealth stolen from African people, where the average white household has access to loans, inherited and social wealth, jobs, access to skills; and

WHEREAS, large sectors of white communities are increasingly experiencing contradictions with white power and their governments and looking for real solutions to the crisis of imperialism and the injustices all around us; and

WHEREAS, reparations are due to African people for hundreds of years of forced slave labor, continuous torture and slavery through convict leasing, Jim Crow, lynchings and all forms of white terror; mass imprisonment today and for all the forms of exploitation and oppression forced on African people by the US and European governments, corporations and general population; and

WHEREAS, the APSP USA is building a liberated African dual power economy based on anticolonial self-reliance and independent economic development that will not only fund the African Liberation movement and provide sustainable economic solutions for the African community, but will also build a world that all progressive Euro-Americans can unite with based on national liberation and socialism led by the African working class; and

WHEREAS, USM has a special mandate to be visible, active organizers in the Euro-American community, defending African resistance to imperialism and not only taking a public stand for reparations but also participating in ongoing, accountable Reparations in Action work;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE 2012 CONVENTION OF THE UHURU SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT, HELD IN PHILADELPHIA, PA ON THE DATES OF JUNE 9-10, 2012:

SECTION ONE: That Uhuru Solidarity Movement will win members to build “Day in Solidarity with African People” (DSAP) events throughout the U.S. and Europe as large public events featuring the leadership and showcasing the work of the Uhuru Movement; and

SECTION TWO: DSAP events will expose the difference between a relationship of charity to the African community and one of principled solidarity with the African community; and

SECTION THREE: DSAP events will be Reparations in Action events, with set goals for raising material resources to support the work of the African People’s Socialist Party; and

SECTION FOUR: DSAP events will win the justness of uniting with reparations  based on unity with the right of African people to control all their resources and the responsibility Euro-Americans have to rectify the colonial relationship we have inherited as members of the oppressor nation; and

SECTION FIVE: The work to build the “Day in Solidarity with African People” will include a massive outreach campaign in the Euro-American community, forums, studies, fundraisers, door to door, phone banking, social media outreach, media, development of effective outreach materials and more, with people taking on personal fundraising and outreach goals to reach during the campaign; and

SECTION SIX: USM will do trainings, studies and orientations to develop the skills of USM organizers to build DSAP campaigns in their own areas with the ultimate goal being to build USM branches with at minimum a Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Sustaining Membership Chair; and

SECTION SEVEN: As part of the goal to build DSAP events throughout the U.S. and Europe, USM will launch a campaign for Days of Action in Solidarity with African People to take place during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida or in other areas in conjunction with the Tampa actions; and

SECTION EIGHT: That this Resolution shall be in full force and effect immediately upon its adoption and approval in the manner provided by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement National Constitution and the Rules of Procedure of this Convention.

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