USM Chair Jesse Nevel speaks on White Solidarity with Black Power

Jesse Nevel, Chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, spoke at the 2017 Days in Solidarity with African People event in Huntsville.

My name is Jesse Nevel, I’m the Chair of Uhuru Solidarity Movement and a member of African People’s Solidarity Committee, which has the honor of working under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party and Chairman Omali Yeshitela. Firstly I just want to salute Uhuru Solidarity Movement member Kerry Porter, who’s done an amazing job for years building white solidarity with black power in Alabama.

I want to salute Chairwoman Penny Hess of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, who for 41 years has been carrying out the mission laid out by the Party and the Chairman to win other white people to the question of reparations to African people and is a role model for all of us in this generation to be able to take up this mission as our own, and as our own future, to complete this revolutionary process.

I want to salute Dr. Aisha Fields of Party and the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP). When I was 19 years old, I went to an event in Sarasota and this is the first time I met the Uhuru Movement and I saw Penny Hess, and Dr. Aisha Fields speak. And I remember something from that day that I never forgot, something that Dr. Aisha said – that African people are not suffering from a lack of charity; African people are suffering from a lack of control of their own resources, from a lack of self-determination. Being here at this event at this amazing AAPDEP conference for the last 2 days has made that so clear. That the brilliance, the genius, of African people has had a choke hold put on it by white power and imperialism. If African people had control of their resources, there would not be a single starving African child on the planet earth. There might not be a single starving person anywhere.

I also want to salute Chairman Omali Yeshitela, the brilliance of African Internationalism, and the future that Chairman Omali and the African People’s Socialist Party has made possible for the entire planet. And for the science for the understanding that despite all the horrific things we have done, as white people – that white people are still human beings that can be won to what it means to join the rest of humanity. As the Chairman has said: when given the opportunity to be the best that human beings can be, we will rise to the occasion.

We say we’re talking about reparations and not charity. Sometimes you hear this saying: “If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.” Well, African people know how to fish. It’s just that we have been stealing their fish; and their water. And then calling them pirates when they try to take it back, like in Somalia. So, reparations is to stop stealing the fish, and give back all the fish and the water that belongs to African people. That’s what we’re talking about.

White people have done some horrible things to the people and the planet earth. We’ve also done some horrible things to ourselves. We’ve isolated ourselves from the whole human race. What are white people? We isolated ourselves. We were isolated before- in poverty, under feudalism, and then we attacked the whole planet. Instead of saying, hey, can we have some resources, can we share? No; we were like, we’re gonna kill you and steal your stuff. This is beautiful, I’m gonna kill it. I’m gonna steal it, I’m gonna rape it. That’s what we did. And then we isolated ourselves in wealth, stolen from the rest of the planet.

When you go into a music store, there’s a section called World Music, like a separate category from the rest of the music store. That’s a microcosm of our relationship to the rest of the world. We separated ourselves from the rest of humanity and that’s a miserable existence, in a very twisted way. It’s a miserable existence to be alone on a mountain of bones, which is where we’ve placed ourselves by murdering the vast majority of people on the planet, which is the basis of our existence. We don’t even have the ability to define it, to explain it, without African Internationalism, the theory of the African working class. We come up with most ridiculous explanations. Or we just kill ourselves. It sucks. We commit suicide or do drugs or drink ourselves to death.

Throughout this conference there was an amazing workshop on mental health. And Kobina of the Party quoted Frantz Fanon, who said that the way for the colonized to be healed is to kill the colonizer; and I think we can add that the way for the colonizer to be healed is to kill the colonizer. That doesn’t mean kill yourself. Because national suicide means killing your whiteness. And all whiteness is, is our attachment to a white power social system that requires violence to survive. And it is going to die because African working class people are not going to take it anymore, they are going to be free, so this social system is going to die. And instead of dying with it, we can join with African people to celebrate its death. The beautiful thing is, this is not some anarchistic nihilistic vision of world destruction.

This is the process of the emergence of a new world. And the beautiful thing is, the Party is not even waiting to destroy this system to build a new world. They’re building it right now. And we can be part of it, through reparations and solidarity with black power.

UHURU!

Join us this April in St. Louis MO for our annual national convention: “White Solidarity with Black Power: Unity Through Reparations!”

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!

 

Days In Solidarity with African People: Unity Through Reparations~ Huntsville

The famous Days in Solidarity with African People national speaking tour, hosted by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, is coming to Huntsville, AL as part of its 2017 campaign themed “Unity Through Reparations.” The event will be held at the beautiful Zenzele Consignment, 2205-F University Drive on November 19th 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

Register at Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/days-in-solidarity-with-african-people-unity-through-reparations-huntsville-tickets-37157183135?aff=es2

Days in Solidarity with African People: Huntsville, AL

 

The famous “Days in Solidarity with African People” national speaking tour, hosted by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, is coming to Huntsville, Alabama as part of its 2017 campaign themed “Unity Through Reparations.”  This event will be held on Sunday, November 19th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST, at Zenzele Consignment, 2205-F University Drive in Huntsville, Alabama, 35810.  This event will also be livestreamed on Facebook!

We invite everyone to come to this “Days in Solidarity with African People: Unity Through Reparations” speaking tour event to hear the leader of the African revolution, Chairman Omali Yeshitela of the African People’s Socialist Party.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

CHAIRMAN OMALI YESHITELA, known as the “last man standing,” built this revolutionary political Party of the African working class out of the ashes of the military destruction of the Black Power Movement of the 1960s, in which the U.S. government murdered and incarcerated thousands of African revolutionaries. Mobilized in his youth by anti-colonial movements around the world and the struggle for black liberation inside the U.S., Yeshitela has dedicated his life to uniting and liberating Africa and African people everywhere.

PENNY HESS is the Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, an organization of white people created by the African People’s Socialist Party to build unwavering white solidarity with African Liberation. She wrote “Overturning the Culture of Violence” which examines the violent history of how white people built a world socio-economic system based on the enslavement of African people and the genocide of indigenous people and theft of their land. She will be presenting on white people’s role in the African Liberation movement.

AKILÉ ANAI formerly Eritha “Akilé Cainion) is candidate for District 6 City Council in St Petersburg, FL, running a joint campaign with Jesse Nevel for mayor, both on platforms of reparations and economic development to the Black Community. Akilé is a 20 year old black community organizer and member of the African People’s Socialist Party, and Chair of the Justice for the 3 Drowned Black Girls campaign.

JESSE NEVEL is candidate for Mayor of St Petersburg and national Chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement. At 27 years old he has been involved in the Uhuru Movement for almost a decade leading the work of the solidarity movement and organizing white people to pay reparations to African people.

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!

THE 2017 DAYS IN SOLIDARITY WITH AFRICAN PEOPLE SPEAKING TOUR HAS BEEN TO FIVE CITIES ACROSS THE U.S. SO FAR!

10/5 Oakland, California;

10/7 St Petersburg, Florida;

10/17 Boston, Massachusetts;

10/18 Brooklyn, New York;

10/29 Gainesville, Florida

USM members in Seattle, WA hosted a viewing party on October 28th.

We encourage those unable to attend in person to host a viewing party to watch the Huntsville Days in Solidarity with African People event (livestream will be accessible from the USM Facebook page) with friends and family!  Contact info@uhurusolidarity.org if you would like to host a viewing party for this event!

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