Gainesville Day in Solidarity with African People Builds Solidarity and Wins White Reparations to Black Star Industries!

On October 29th, 2017, the fifth stop of the magnificent “Days in Solidarity with African People: Unity Through Reparations” speaking tour came to Gainesville, Florida!

The event was hosted by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, the organization of white people under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP), working in the white community to raise reparations to African people.

The event opened with an uplifting and powerful African cultural presentation setting an  optimistic mood:  Gainesville-based performance artist Mandisa Haarhoff sang a selection of songs by Miriam Makeba. Beautiful African fabrics, clothing and jewelry at the vendor’s booth adorned the room.

Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC), spoke first.

Chairwoman Hess stated that we must understand the historical and material foundation of this system in order to truly combat the current overt white nationalism in the U.S. (which had just manifested itself in Gainesville in the form of Richard Spencer forcing his way onto the University of Florida campus plus an attempted shooting of a left protester by one of his followers).

Hess laid out the basic understandings of African Internationalism, the political theory developed by Chairman Omali Yeshitela of the African People’s Socialist Party, and the view of history from the perspective of the black working class.She explained that African people are one people all around the world, wherever they have been dispersed, and that Africa must be united and in the hands of the African working class.

Hess described how the APSP has developed a strategy to win white people to support the freedom struggle of African people and has determined how to do that in the context of the history of violence and terror inflicted by white people on the rest of humanity.

It is key, Hess said, to acknowledge that all white people stand on a pedestal of the stolen resources of African people. Hess described the unique circumstances of white people: “We could transform our lives; we came to the U.S. as poor serfs or miners, and we could climb the ladder of success in a slave economy on stolen land…we are not the victims.”

She debunked the notion that racism or ideas in the heads of white people are responsible for lynchings, exposing that this notion is self-centered and white-centered. Racism is but the ideological underpinning of colonialism and imperialism, the true root of violence and genocide against African people.

Quoting from Omali Yeshitela’s book, “An Uneasy Equilibrium: the African Revolution vs. Parasitic Capitalism”, she said:

“We determined long ago that characterizing our movement as a struggle against racism was a self-defeating waste of time. What is called racism is simply  the ideological underpinning of capitalist imperialism. Racism is a concept that denies Africans our national identity and dignity, rather than defining the system of our oppression.  It relegates us to the Sisyphean task of winning acceptance from, and often becoming one with our oppressors.”

Hess echoed Chairman Omali Yeshitela’s assertion that the struggle of African people is a struggle to recapture power by a nation dispersed by imperialism.

In concluding a powerful summary of the basic tenets of African internationalism, Hess appealed to white people to end our self-imposed isolation and alienation from humanity, saying:

“If we want to have something to live for, we have to join everybody else on the planet earth, and to do that we must pay the reparations, we must do our work inside the belly of the beast, so that African, oppressed and colonized people around the world can be free and this world can be saved. I believe that that is our interest […] Unity Through Reparations!”

Next to speak was African People’s Solidarity Committee member Jesse Nevel, Chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and Vice-Chair of Communities United for Reparations and Economic Development (CURED).

He opened by explaining that the APSC and USM were both founded and organized by the African People’s Socialist Party. These white solidarity organizations, he said, are part of a strategy of the APSP, which has opened a front of the struggle to liberate Africa and African people by extending the struggle for reparations to African people into the living rooms, cafes, classrooms and libraries of the oppressor nation.

Nevel was assigned by the APSP to run for Mayor of St. Petersburg (in tandem with Akile Anai for City Council) on a platform of “Unity through Reparations.” He described the reaction of the white media, which acted as if it could not grasp the concept of a white man fighting for reparations. The “Unity through Reparations” campaign mobilized as a  call to the white community to stand for reparations and real economic development for the black community.

Nevel then put forward the reasons why “reparations has to be the center of a genuinely progressive worldview and practice for white people”, stating that “reparations make us be honest about who we are and what we’ve done,”  reminding the audience that the U.S. would not exist without the enslavement of African people.

Nevel raised the contradiction exposed by Bernie Sanders. Sanders claims he is a socialist, and yet he rejects reparations, the redistribution of resources, a basic principle of socialism. Nevel  also asked why Jews have received reparations for crimes committed against them, while African people, whose oppression is the basis for the entire parasitic capitalist world economy, have not.

Nevel then shared the APSP’s vision of a revolutionary world in which there will be no colonizers, in which “there will be human beings. There will be a liberated humanity and a liberated Africa.”

Akilé Anai, Chair of the Committee for Justice for the Three Drowned Black Girls and Chair of CURED, made the final presentation, knocking it out of the park with a call-out of the “anti-racist” politic.

Anai criticized the white left for reacting with hysteria, portraying Richard Spencer and Donald Trump as the incarnations of a white nationalist apocalypse, when in reality white nationalism started 600 years ago and has been brutally oppressing African and colonized people ever since.

Anai observed that  “the colonizer does not have the solution to colonialism”, explaining that the “fight against racism” puts white people in the center, and that putting white people’s thoughts and feelings in the center is itself an expression of white nationalism.

She then outlined how the white left has put racism in the center and also arrogantly tries to assume the responsibility of leadership of African people, declaring that  “white people have to come under the leadership of the black working class. That’s how we combat colonialism, imperialism and parasitic capitalism.”

Calling on white people to attack the material basis of colonialism by jumping off the pedestal of the stolen resources of African people, Anai closed by urging white people to join USM and “Get on the side of Unity Through Reparations!”

Following Anai’s mobilizing and winning presentation, Jesse Nevel and Johann Bedingfield led an appeal to white people in the audience to join in the active process of rectifying the relationship of white people to African people through paying reparations to support

APSP’s crucial institutions for economic self-determination.

Bedingfield and Nevel acknowledged the profound leadership and vision of Chairman Omali Yeshitela and Deputy Chair Ona Zene Yeshitela of the APSP in winning white people “to see our future in the inevitable success of the African liberation Movement, and freedom for all of humanity in our lifetime.”

Bedingfield and Nevel discussed APSP’s Black Star Industries (BSI), the Party’s programs of economic development for the African community, within the historical context of the COINTELPRO counterinsurgency, reminding the audience of the gentrification that is annihilating the black community. BSI is the way that African working class people battle this annihilation and rebuild in the face of attack.

A photo presentation showed the many programs of Black Star Industries: economic institutions that have been built, and the new ones that are being built right now.

Beautiful photos showed the buildings in St. Louis, Missouri, under renovation to become the newest Uhuru House and the Uhuru Jiko Commercial Kitchen.

Also pictured were Uhuru Furniture and Collectibles, Black Power 96 Radio Station, the Burning Spear newspaper, Uhuru Furniture stores in Oakland and Philadelphia, Uhuru Foods and Pies, Uhuru Community Health Fair and Flea Markets and the Uhuru Houses that have been in existence for decades in St. Petersburg,  FL., and Oakland.

Reminding the attendees that white people donated one million dollars to white cop Darren Wilson as a reward for murdering Mike Brown, Nevel urged the white people present to put forward resources in material solidarity with the struggle for African liberation. This return of stolen resources in the hands of the African working class underwrites the concrete programs that are building economic development and self-determination — the only way to end police murders and all other manifestations of the colonial oppression of African people.

This appeal was very successful and a total of $1972 for the year was raised to support Black Star Industries! Local members upgraded, new supporters became members and others made significant donations.

Notably, one attendee became an Ella Baker-level sustaining member, meaning she will pay $100 per month in reparations to Black Star Industries!

The appeal won a tremendous victory for reparations to African people.

Holding the Day in Solidarity with African People in Gainesville, was a victory,

providing white people with profound political education and the opportunity to unite with the struggle for African liberation in concrete material solidarity.

Reparations Now!

White Solidarity with Black Power!

Forward to the Huntsville Day in Solidarity with African People!

Uhuru!

Akilé Anai, Chair of the Committee for Justice for the Three Drowned Black Girls (3DBG) and Communities United for Reparations and Economic Development (C.U.R.E.D.)

Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee.

Johann Bedingfield, National Outreach Chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, and Jesse Nevel, USM Chair. 

Cultural performance was provided by artist Mandisa Haarhoff. 

 

In the City of African Resistance, white people take the stand of “Unity Through Reparations” at Days in Solidarity with African People event

The “Unity Through Reparations” platform, born of the Uhuru Movement in St. Petersburg, FL, brought white residents from throughout the Tampa Bay area together on Oct 7th to the St. Pete Uhuru House, the headquarters of the African liberation movement.

The St. Petersburg event was the second stop on the Days in Solidarity with African People (DSAP) national speaking tour, hosted by the African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC) and the Uhuru Solidarity Movement (USM).

The “Unity Through Reparations” platform emerged during Akilé Anai and Jesse Nevel’s joint campaign for St. Pete mayor and District 6 city council, respectively. Anai, an African woman and Nevel, a white Jewish man, still in their early and mid twenties, are both longtime and leading community activists and organizers in the Uhuru Movement.

The Uhuru Movement is a continuation of the Black Power movement of the 1960s for African liberation from parasitic capitalism,  imperialism and for unification of African people everywhere, led by the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP), the revolutionary political party of the African working class.

With revolutionary organization behind these electoral campaigns, hundreds of people, including hundreds of white people, rallied around the real issues faced by the people of St. Pete.

The electoral campaign for “Unity Through Reparations” reached white people all throughout St. Pete

Anai was born and raised in St. Pete, is a member of APSP and is the Chair of the Committee for Justice for the Three Drowned Black Girls, which seeks justice for three teenage African girls, Dominique Battle, Laniyah Miller and Ashaunti Butler, who were drowned and murdered by Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department.

Therefore it’s only natural that this revolutionary leader in the fight for African children and the entire African community would be asked to run for office, in the formerly majority African District 6, to illuminate the effects of the fierce ravages of gentrification in this district, of which police violence plays a key part.

Nevel is a member of the African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC), the cadre organization of white people under the leadership of the Party, and is the Chair of its mass organization the Uhuru Solidarity Movement (USM). In the majority white city of St. Pete, the Party asked Nevel to run for mayor to speak to white people on how “Unity Through Reparations” is in our interests and is the only progressive stance we can take.

Both APSC and USM were formed by, and work under the leadership of, the African People’s Socialist Party. APSC and USM are comprised of white people who organize in the white community for reparations to African people; returning the hoarded material resources of the white community  to African people through the Party’s myriad economic initiatives including Black Star Industries, whose institutions are the basis of a liberated African economy for, by and between African people worldwide.

The solution to the issues of St. Pete — such as gentrification, police violence, poor health care, the exploitation of African sanitation workers and many others, as raised by Anai and Nevel — is reparations and economic development for the black community and Black Community Control of the Police.

Reparations, economic development for the black community, and Black Community Control of the Police would ensure that African people have power over their own lives independent from the parasitic, exploitative status quo of gentrification and police terror. White solidarity with Black Power would also uplift all people within the city, as Black Power is inherently against a status quo that hurts all people — even white people, who live on the pedestal of this oppression and at the expense of the African community.

Anai and Nevel’s campaigns showed St. Pete what reparations and economic development looks like on the local level:

Reparations and real economic development mean that the Tropicana Dome, which was built where a black community once thrived — destroyed before there was even a baseball team to put in the dome — would be demolished and that area of the city go back to the black community for genuine affordable housing.

Real economic development for the black community means a true revitalization — not gentrification — of the communities between 16th street and 34th street in St. Pete, where African-owned businesses once maintained commerce for and between African people.

Anai and Nevel’s campaigns also championed over two dozen institutions built by the Uhuru Movement nationwide, such as the Black Power 96.3 FM radio station of South St. Petersburg, the Burning Spear newspaper, Uhuru Foods and Pies, Uhuru Jiko Community Commercial Kitchen, the All People’s TyRon Lewis Community Gym and many more.

The speakers at the Days in Solidarity with African People event moved white people to take action

The St. Pete Day in Solidarity with African People event opened with a beautiful revolutionary rendition of “Summertime” by Diakiesse Lungisani, the station manager for Black Power 96.3 FM.

The keynote speaker at the event was Chairman Omali Yeshitela of the African People’s Socialist Party and leader of the Uhuru Movement. He has been called “the last man standing” from the revolutionaries of the Black Power movement of the 1960s and is the leader of the African liberation movement and anti-colonialist movement worldwide.

The Chairman gave an overview of the historical and current conditions in which we live, summing up this political period of resistance of colonized people forcing the white oppressor nation into a period of crisis.

The Chairman stated that “When you see certain things in the world,” like a “bombastic Trump,” “they don’t frighten [the Uhuru Movement]” because “I know what I’m looking at.” That is because Trump is just one symptom of a dying imperialism in crisis and the Uhuru Solidarity Movement is a part of the African people’s strategy for not just resistance against but liberation from this system.

Chairwoman Penny Hess of the African People’s Solidarity Committee and author of Overturning the Culture of Violence — the classic revolutionary text on the legacy of European colonial violence — spoke next on the history of the African People’s Solidarity Committee and the role of white people in the African liberation movement.

In the presentation, she described revolution and liberation, using the Vietnamese revolution as an example.

Hess explained that the Vietnamese revolution, fighting French and U.S. colonialism, was not a fight for “body cameras or for [the French and the U.S.] to unlearn their racism”.

“What the Vietnamese said was, ‘We will fight you no matter how long it takes, no matter how many Vietnamese will die. We will overturn your State. We will take power over our own land and resources. And that’s what they did.’

She then continued, “This is what Chairman Omali Yeshitela is talking about — an anti-colonial struggle by the African working class inside the borders of the United States”. White people can become a part of the anti-colonial struggle by coming into organization under the Party’s leadership and organizing in the white community for reparations to African people.

Jesse Nevel then spoke about the campaign of Unity Through Reparations and what white solidarity with Black Power looks like in the Uhuru Solidarity Movement.

He explained that USM is “not a call to become like Rachel Dolezal or something like that. The point is there’s no escaping that reality [of white people as colonizers of African and Indigenous people]. The call from the African People’s Socialist Party is not to escape it, is not to escape whiteness or to deny it, but to participate in destroying it — in destroying the basis of what it even means to be a white person.”

Nevel elaborated that white people “created the whole concept of race to justify colonizing African people and stealing their resources. That’s what it means to be white. So the call is to turn loose our whiteness through unity with the African liberation movement.”

Akilé Anai then spoke on USM’s role in the overall Uhuru Movement and about USM in the context of current social conditions and the resistance of African people.

Anai emphasized that white people “don’t have to ask that question anymore” of “where [they] fit in” in the anti-colonialist movement. She continued, “I just want to really urge the white people in this room” to “join the African People’s Solidarity Committee” and USM so that “this system can die much faster” .

Building Uhuru Solidarity Movement, St. Pete!

After the main speakers, Gazi Kodzo and Kundé Mwamvita gave powerful presentations. Kodzo, APSP Director of the National Office of Recruitment and Membership, spoke about the Black is Back Coalition’s annual political conference and march on the White House in Washington, DC, as well as the upcoming APSP 7th Congress in summer 2018. Mwamvita, Party member and mother of slain teen Dominique Battle, spoke on Black Star Industries and its economic institutions, such as Uhuru Foods and Pies.

Many white people, including those who had not heard about the campaign but united with reparations and an end to gentrification, came to Days in Solidarity with African People in St. Pete. Many were introduced to the Uhuru Solidarity Movement through the electoral campaign and enthusiastically filled positions to help with food, set up, security and many other roles and contributed reparations.

The outreach done on the ground brought in resources and won membership to help build DSAP-St. Petersburg and USM. 

White people in the audience who were not already members became members that day, paying reparations monthly and asking how to become more involved in the work. Membership meant joining the St. Pete branch of USM, led by the national DSAP coordinator Jackson Hollingsworth and joining the local outreach committee led by USM National Outreach Coordinator Johann Bedingfield.

The passion of the white community in St. Pete (and of those watching the event online) for “Unity Through Reparations” led to the event surpassing its goal of reparations to African people. This proved that we as white people can get on the right side of history, that we can organize other white people like us and raise reparations to African people for African and world liberation.

Unity Through Reparations!

Uhuru!

Jesse Nevel, Chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement 

Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee

Diakiesse Lungisani, African People’s Socialist Party 

Gazi Kodzo, African People’s Socialist Party

 

 

White Solidarity with Black Power Leads at Oakland’s 2017 DSAP

Oakland, CA, a city that was once a thriving epicenter for African resistance and African self-determination, as seen through the Black Panther Movement of the 1960’s, has quickly turned into a land of white hipsters, techies, and yuppies greedily buying up African land, housing and businesses and replacing them with bourgeois restaurants and boutiques, tech start-ups, and yoga studios.

Colonialism, in the form of gentrification, is viciously driving out African people, isolating them from each other, and turning Oakland into an expensive white enclave where the cost of living has skyrocketed and the dynamic culture of the Oakland’s black community is now a shadow of itself.

Oakland’s African community, like all African working class communities in the U.S., is suffering under the conditions of colonialism, especially in stark contrast to the white community — which as of the 2010 Census, makes up over a third of the population; the largest ethnic group in Oakland.

Here are two staggering statistics from the Alameda County Health Data Profile of 2014 (http://www.acphd.org/media/353060/acphd_cha.pdf ) which show the effects of African people under white colonialism: An African child born in East Oakland lives 17 years less than a white child born in the Oakland Hills. One reason for this is due to the “food desert” of East Oakland where no fresh food grocery stores exist although it is filled with liquor stores and cheap fast food restaurants. To add to this, 75% of African students entering 9th grade do not graduate high school with a diploma.

This is why Days in Solidarity with African People (DSAP) is so critical here in Oakland and everywhere Africans have been dispersed under white colonialism. It is not only a day where white people can recognize the atrocities of the past and present, that African and all colonized people have been and are enduring, but they can pledge to pay reparations — which is the most principled way white people can stand in solidarity with African people.

Oakland was the first of the nine city DSAP tour and we had many victories that contributed to a successful and enlightening event. In late August, Oakland African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC) and Uhuru Solidarity Movement (USM) members — Maureen Wagener, Chair of Oakland DSAP, plus Jeanine Griswa, Stephanie Midler, Pete Yaroschuk, Cara Locke, and Patrick Enea– along with two experienced African forces, Bakari Olatunji and Sealli Moyenda began holding weekly meetings, breaking into committees, and creating a plan of action where each member led a committee and/or took a part in one. The training and assistance gained through weekly committee meetings with APSC & USM comrades was incredibly powerful. These trainings and meetings were essential to not only making it a cohesive event, but one that was supportive and unifying.

Thirty-five people attended Oakland DSAP, mainly Africans and seven new North Americans, several of whom became USM members and two of whom USM International Recruiting and Membership chair Rhya Fogerty organized. Most of the people stayed through the three-hour event, attentively listening to the speeches, reading the political literature, and enjoying treats from Uhuru Pies and Food. Before the event, under the astute leadership of APSC member and USM National Outreach Committee Chair Johann Bedingfield, Oakland’s outreach committee was in charge of staffing for tabling, postering and phone banking. Cara Locke led Oakland’s outreach committee, where Bakari Oltunji, Sealli Moyenda, Maureen Wagener, Patrick Enea, Stephanie Midler, Pete Yaroschuk, Wendy Snyder, and Joel Hamburger all played major roles. Victories included weekly phone banking, passing out about 3,000 postcards, hanging eighty posters around the Bay Area, organizing at three political events, presenting at a high school on the topic of white solidarity with African people, and conducting eight outreach tables. Bakari, Sealli and Jabari tabled at two African events, one being a Pan-African festival, and registered several African people to attend DSAP.

The USM Outreach Committee Media Coordinator Dianne Tornay and Social Media Coordinator Virginia Wilson did a great job of creating and scheduling postings and memes that were strategic, creative and helpful. Locally, we did not have someone who could lead the media work, but Maureen Wagener took on any media postings and attended national DSAP committee meetings. And even though much of the media graphics did not become available until the week of DSAP Oakland, Stephanie Midler and Maureen Wagener made several postings mainly through Facebook.

The goal of our planning was to build a powerful event program forwarding the culture of white reparations to African people, a dynamic and well-planned reparations and membership appeal, smooth logistics, refreshments — a sound platform for APSP and APSC speakers. This goal was achieved and we hosted speakers’ powerful presentations and a musical performance. The speakers and their presentations won the people to the role and stance of solidarity and reparations. The national USM DSAP committee leadership wrote the program and drafted the emcee script and Stephanie Midler updated it with local events including times of all speakers in the program notes.

All of the presentations were amazing and we were honored to have the Chairman of the African People’s Social Party and Uhuru Movement, Omali Yeshitela, present the theory of African Internationalism, including white solidarity with Black power and the question of reparations. APSC Chairwoman Penny Hess; Justice for the Three Drowned Black Girls Committee Chair and Communities United For Reparations and Economic Development (CURED) Chair, Akilé Anai; and USM Chair and CURED Vice-Chair Jesse Nevel also deepened the understanding of white solidarity and reparations through their compelling and critical stance.

Our cultural piece came from APSC member and DSAP Security Coordinator Jackson Hollingsworth, who sang a beautiful song about reparations that was powerful and inspiring.

Akwaaba Hall, at the Uhuru House, was a beautiful venue, with plenty of tables providing food and political literature to buy, plus a Black Star Industries (BSI) table. USM member Patrick Enea was able to secure several food donations from local grocery stores and was the key person to setting up and making the refreshments tasty and plentiful for our guests. There were more than enough refreshments and several people bought pie.

APSC member Jeanine Griswa headed up the logistics committee and secured the A/V equipment bringing in the Chairman’s presentation. The AV worked quite well with the coordination of APSC member Kyle Weiss. This was a key feature enabling us to have the Chairman in the room with us virtually since he was unable to fly out for the event due to undergoing eye-surgery.

The appeal went well thanks to APSC member KC Mackey’s thorough training and rehearsal.  APSC member Pete Yaroschuk solicited local businesses to place advertisements in our program book and led the reparations work by getting several local members including a few local USM members to hold Reparations Challenges mainly selling art pieces, giving guitar lessons and holding a garage sale. By the end of Oakland DSAP, we raised an overall total of $6,000.00.

It was an honor for all of us here in Oakland to be a part of DSAP 2017 and we look forward to strengthening our victories and correcting our contradictions for DSAP 2018. Already we’ve begun working out many of the contradictions, as we are always recruiting and meeting people with incredible skills, heart and drive. Winning them politically to African Internationalism and unity through reparations is our ultimate goal and is our leading stance.

UHURU! WE ARE WINNING!

 

Solidarity with African People is Victorious in Boston

For the second year now, the city of Boston hosted a powerful Day in Solidarity with African People (DSAP) — the Uhuru Solidarity Movement (USM)’s annual reparations fundraising campaign mandated by the African People’s Socialist Party. Last year’s DSAP in Boston was organized by three USM members, and out of that transformative event grew the Boston branch — the most active and fastest-growing branch in the country. This year, with a strong branch to build the event, USM Boston was able to bring Chairman Omali Yeshitela and Akile Anai of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP), and Chairwoman Penny Hess and Jesse Nevel of the African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC) to a room of over 70 mostly North American attendees, and raise over $6,000 in white reparations to the work of Black Star Industries, the liberated African economy of APSP.

USM Boston organizers distributed more than 2500 fliers and hung 200 posters all over the city, using a spreadsheet to keep track of which areas had been postered.  Organizers called and texted over 150 contacts and sent 50 handwritten invitations. The Boston DSAP event was announced on 2 radio shows, we placed a full-page ad in 3 issues of a local newspaper, and organizers created an outreach calendar of local events, making sure that leading up to DSAP, at least one person could go to each event with fliers.  Perhaps the biggest outreach victory was the local chair Halley Murray snagging a spot for us in the annual Honk Parade–a 2-mile march of activists and bands– where we marched with a  banner bearing the words Uhuru Solidarity Movement: White People in Solidarity with Black Power and Reparations to the Black Community as we chanted “Unity Through Reparations!” to thousands of North Americans.

The organized, on-the-ground outreach resulted in a packed house for these incredibly crucial presentations by Uhuru Movement leaders on the serious political times we are in–what the African People’s Socialist Party has called the crisis of imperialism–and, further, the responsibility that white people have to join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement.

Chairwoman Penny Hess described DSAP as a salute to African people, African resistance, and the African brilliance, wealth, and culture which has been violently stolen by white people for six centuries. DSAP is an apology for what we have done and it is a commitment to answer the call of reparations. Chairwoman Hess explained what the theory of African Internationalism, developed by Chairman Omali Yeshitela, means for white people– describing the struggle it took to create the African People’s Solidarity Committee for white people to work under the Party’s leadership and win other white people to the stand of reparations. She referenced the Chairman’s writings to describe how colonialism, not racism, is the problem in our society and cultures and that the genuine anti-colonial stand from white people is reparations to African people. White people cannot claim to be in solidarity with African people if we do not pay and build a movement for reparations to African people as part of African People’s Socialist Party’s strategy to win African liberation and self-determination.

Uhuru Solidarity Movement Chair and Communities United for Reparations and Economic Development (C.U.R.E.D.) Vice-Chair Jesse Nevel reported on the victories of the strategy of  the African People’s Socialist Party to run him for mayor alongside APSP member Akile Anai for District 6 City Council, in the city of St. Petersburg, FL –a city with a white majority– on a platform of reparations to the black community. This campaign, led by Akile Anai, forwarding an explicitly African working-class agenda, won over a thousand votes on a platform of “Unity Through Reparations”.

“Unity Through Reparations” means an end to gentrification, forwards the Party’s campaign of black community control of the police and demands genuine economic development to the African community. Jesse described one highlight of their campaigns–a march of over 200 white people behind the leadership of Akile and the African working-class community chanting for reparations in response to the overt displays of white nationalism in Charlottesville. He called on the North Americans in the audience to be brave, bold, and even louder than white nationalists about our stand in solidarity with Black power. Jesse also addressed USM’s three points of unity– which is what makes USM the only organization in which white people can have a principled relationship with African people — and made a beautiful statement that, for white people, the doorway to the human family is through reparations to African people.

Akile Anai, Chair of the Campaign for Justice for the Three Drowned Black Girls and Chair of C.U.R.E.D saluted Chairman Omali Yeshitela for creating the APSC to carry out one the Party’s strategies to win African liberation and saluted Penny Hess for her unwavering stand as APSC Chairwoman. In Akile’s presentation, she defined the crisis of imperialism as a good thing for African people,  because a foundation of a society built on the rape and genocide of African people is being brought down by the resistance of the oppressed. She explained that with resistance comes responsibility for organization to take advantage of the crisis, and strike the enemy, colonialism and imperialism,  at its weakest points:

“Not only are colonized people rising up, but for 45-plus years the African People’s Socialist Party has provided political organization. Because resistance without organization is anarchy, and organization without the leadership of the African working class is the white left, both to which only aid this system in carrying out the genocide of African people, which is stuffing us in prisons, poisoning our water, drowning our children, or gunning us down in the streets. And the Party has been engaged in crushing anarchy, and crushing the white left with the theory of African Internationalism — and providing not only a vision, but also a physical, tangible foundation for a world free from all forms of oppression.”

That tangible foundation, is Black Star Industries, the Party’s liberated economy by and for the African working class. Anai called on white people to rescue ourselves from the imperialist death hole — abandon the dying social system of colonialism and join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement.

The keynote speaker, APSP Chairman Omali Yeshitela, gave an electrifying overview of the origins of capitalism and the centuries-long European assault on Africa and African people. He shared a profound insight of African Internationalism for white people: that the white workers and white ruling class were born from the same process of the enslavement of African people. He exposed the white left, AKA the “Ku Klux Kommunists”, and their incorrect assumption that white people working under the leadership of Black people is somehow against our interest. In fact, the greatest hindrance in the anti-capitalist struggle has been the stance of white people, who have historically failed to stand in principled solidarity with the real workers of the world — the poor and working-class African and colonized masses.

“Cause white people sit on the damn pedestal of the enslavement of everybody else! You gotta jump off that damn pedestal, and join with the rest of us to overturn white power so that everyone can be free!”

He called on white people to be in genuine solidarity with Black Power and join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement:

“When we say Unity Through Reparations, we’re giving you a reason for that. When we say Solidarity- we’re talking about not ever wanting to be in a situation again, where the Black Revolution is raising its head in a very serious way and it’s possible for this government to isolate that revolution because of the stance or non-stance by white people. You’ve got to get on board, I don’t need any damn charity, I need someone who’s in solidarity with the struggle to overturn these chains that are on me and African people around the world!”

USM Boston Membership Coordinator, KC Mackey, alongside Chair Jesse Nevel, then summed up the point of the event: reparations is the only way white people can join the human family and participate in a bright, positive future built under the leadership of African people. Jesse and KC led the portion of DSAP where everything that the speakers laid out was put into practice: raising reparations from the white community. KC described Black Star Industries, the Party’s dynamic Black community programs of the liberated African economy, such as the Burning Spear, the historic Uhuru Houses, and more, including the tremendous victory of its growth in St. Louis, Missouri, a focus of African resistance, where Mike Brown was gunned down by police in 2014. It is in St. Louis that the Party is building dual contending power, as well as across the country and throughout the world. She and Jesse called on the crowd to become members of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and make pledges towards the programs that Black Star Industries is building in the hands of the African community. Almost everyone in the room became a sustaining member, the most popular level honoring the African martyr, Malcolm X, at $30 a month.

USM Boston is currently following up with all the new members and supporters by thanking them for their pledges, in addition to inviting all new contacts to the weekly national USM membership orientation, our next local branch meeting, and our next event– a viewing party of the first webinar in a new monthly series by the Committee for Justice for the Three Drowned Black Girls, to continue to publicize the case and raise funds for the campaign to sue the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department. Overall, the growth of USM Boston and the success of our DSAP 2018 event are proof that the Party’s strategy in creating the APSC. and its mass organization USM, is working, winning, and unstoppable!

Unity Through Reparations!

Join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement Boston!

Build the 2018 Days in Solidarity with African People!

Chairman Omali Yeshitela of the African People’s Socialist Party was the Keynote speaker at the Uhuru Solidarity Movement’s Days in Solidarity with African People speaking tour stop in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Akilé Anai, Chair of the Committee for Justice for the Three Drowned Black Girls and Chair of Communities United for Reparations and Economic Development (C.U.R.E.D.) spoke at the Boston DSAP event. 

Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, speaking at USM Boston’s 2017 DSAP event.

Jesse Nevel, Chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, was also a featured speaker of Boston’s “Days in Solidarity with African People” event.    

Days in Solidarity with African People: St. Petersburg, FL

The famous Days in Solidarity with African People national speaking tour, hosted by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, is coming to St Petersburg, FL – the City of African Resistance! – as part of its 2017 campaign themed “Unity Through Reparations.” The event will be held at the historic Uhuru House at 1245 18th Ave S on October 7th at 6:30pm.

Speakers:

Keynote: Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party.

Featured: Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee

Featured: Eritha “Akilé” Cainion, Chair of the Committee for Justice for the Three Drowned Black Girls and District 6 City Council candidate in St Petersburg, FL

Featured: Jesse Nevel, Chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and mayoral candidate in St Petersburg, FL

The Days in Solidarity with African People (DSAP) is the Uhuru Solidarity Movement’s most important event of the year.

The DSAP campaign is based on the principle that solidarity from the white community with the struggle of oppressed peoples must translate into dollars and cents. We must put our money where our mouths are.

All of the resources benefit the economic and social programs of the African People’s Socialist Party, and Black Star Industries, uniting Africans worldwide in the struggle for their freedom, justice and power.

Unity Through Reparations!

DAYS IN SOLIDARITY WITH AFRICAN PEOPLE SPEAKING TOUR 2017 COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU!

10/5 Oakland, California;

10/7 St Petersburg, Florida;

10/17 Boston, Massachusetts;

10/18 Brooklyn, New York;

10/29 Gainesville, Florida

and 11/19 Huntsville, Alabama.

There will also be a viewing party in Seattle, Washington; (link w/ more info forthcoming!)

We encourage everyone to attend at least one of these events and encourage those who are unable to attend in person to organize a viewing party to watch one of the livestreams on the USM Facebook page with friends and family.

*Note: the venue for the Gainesville event has changed; new info coming soon!