Dave Rankin and Simone Jennifer Smith of “Hear 2 Help You” interview Chairwoman Penny Hess of the African People’s Solidarity Committee. The APSC was created by the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP), led by Chairman Omali Yeshitela, founder and leader of the Uhuru Movement. The Uhuru Solidarity Movement (USM) is the mass organization of the African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC), organizing in the white community for reparations to African people. Join us this April 13th & 14th in St. Louis, Missouri for our 2019 national convention: “Make America Pay Reparations!” Register at USM2019CONVENTION.EVENTBRITE.COM.
White people, this is a call to stand in principled solidarity with the Black Liberation Movement for a world with no oppression, no borders and no war!
Come to the Uhuru Solidarity Movement’s National Convention on April 13-14, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.
As it becomes clearer by the day that Democrats and Republicans are the same on every issue that matters to the lives of Africans, Arabs, Mexicans, Indigenous and colonized peoples, THIS CONVENTION is our way to reject the two-faced imperialist system altogether and embrace the path toward a better world!
At a time when imperialist-instigated abrupt climate change is threatening to extinguish all living beings without a solution in sight from the white scientists who caused the problem in the first place, THIS CONVENTION is our way to fight back for the future of the planet earth!
As millions of young white people are rejecting capitalism and looking for an alternative system that puts the interests of human beings before the profit of the white ruling class, THIS CONVENTION is our way to become real socialists under the leadership of the anti-colonial black workers-led revolution!
When injustice faced by African people is deeper than ever and the “racial wealth gap” is wider than ever before — with the wealth of the median African household at $1,700 compared to $116,800 for the median white household — THIS CONVENTION is our way as white people to unite with African people in their struggle to reclaim the value of their stolen resources, labor and lives that have benefited our economy at their expense for six hundred years!
As genocide rages at the Mexican border where the Indigenous people are fighting to cross a colonial barrier separating them from their own land, THIS CONVENTION is our way to stand with the Mexican and Indigenous liberation movement and an end to ALL colonial borders!
As the US government foments chaos and a coup in Venezuela to overthrow the progressive Bolivarian government of Nicolas Maduro, THIS CONVENTION is our opportunity to take a true stance of revolutionary international solidarity with all oppressed peoples on the planet earth fighting for self-determination.
And in this era of Trump where “Make America Great Again” has become the badge of white nationalist pride, it is our time to distinguish ourselves from our white ruling class and the bloc of white nationalist unity by declaring, with pride, our commitment to “Make America Pay Reparations” and to build “White Solidarity with Black Power!”
This why we are calling on you to come to the Uhuru Solidarity Movement National Convention.
What is the Uhuru Solidarity Movement?
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement is the mass front of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, the constituent organization of the African People’s Socialist Party, which extends the struggle for black liberation into the white community through building a mass movement for white reparations to African people.
We are called upon to face the struggling peoples of the world with a principled and honest stand, one that recognizes our historically criminal behavior as the oppressor of humanity and makes a commitment to right the wrongs of the past and the present not just in words but in action.
This action must go beyond protest or getting out the vote. It must go deeper than changing the racist ideas our white brains. It must go beyond our personal relationships or our willingness to appear at demonstrations with “Black Lives Matter” signs.
As the APSC Chairwoman Penny Hess wrote in Overturning the Culture of Violence, the stance of genuine solidarity “goes right to the dialectical relationship between human bondage and wealth, genocide and land ownership, suffering and well-being, justice and atonement. It takes us to the deepest recesses of our souls to find out if we are prepared to carry out in practice what we express in words. It brings us to the question of reparations.”
We have a role to play, under the leadership of the African working class. Our job is to go back into our own white communities and win our friends, families, co-workers, neighbors and everyone else to come onto the forward side of history. Join the human family.
Be part of the struggle for a socialist future where nobody is oppressed. Where every person will have healthcare, education, a place to live, and access to quality food and water. But it won’t happen without a fight! This is our call to arms!
If you’re one of the millions of white people out there who hates to live at the expense of other people, then this convention is for you.
If you want your life to be connected to the struggling masses of African, Indigenous, Arab, Venezuelan, Cuban, Palestinian, Iranian, Korean and oppressed peoples of the world, who are fighting for their resources back, struggling for the ability of the next generation of children to grow up without fear of bombs, rape, and murder.
You are one of the millions of white people who find it intolerable that under this system of parasitic capitalism, our “every dream and aspiration,” as Chairman Omali Yeshitela has said, “requires drone strikes in Pakistan…”
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement is your organization.
The USM national convention is for you.
Chairman Omali Yeshitela, the founder of the Uhuru Movement, along with Penny Hess, the Chair of the African People’s Solidarity Committee who has organized white solidarity with Black Power for over 40 years, will be the main speakers.
Participate in exciting workshops and presentations on how to build the Uhuru Solidarity Movement in your area, a tour of St Louis-based Black Power institutions and programs, and presentations exposing the genocidal conditions of mass imprisonment faced by African people.
This event will take place in the brand new Uhuru House, a project of the Black Power Blueprint.
Register today at usm2019convention.eventbrite.com
ALL DIAMONDS ARE BLOOD DIAMONDS: THERE IS NO DIAMOND NOT COVERED WITH THE BLOOD OF AFRICAN PEOPLE!
“All Diamonds Are Blood Diamonds” is the slogan raised by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement in response to the white liberal campaign against “blood” or “conflict” diamonds during the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-backed colonial war in Sierra Leone from 1991 to 2002.
“All Diamonds are Blood Diamonds” is the theme for the Uhuru Solidarity Movement’s national tour which will take place in February and March of 2019.
The fact is there is no such thing as a diamond from Africa that is not stolen from African people and tainted with African blood shed during the ongoing colonial war against them.
The white liberal struggle against blood diamonds is, in fact, a campaign that benefited a colonial mining giant, DeBeers Diamond cartel.
The Blood Diamonds campaign fought against any diamonds sold on the open market by “rebels” or others in African countries that were not connected to DeBeers Diamonds. The cartel demanded that all diamonds be certified through what is called the Kimberley Process, controlled by DeBeers and named after the Kimberley region where the mines are located.
DeBeers is the mining company founded in the 1880’s by Cecil John Rhodes, the brutal British colonizer whose goal was to take over Africa from the Cape (Cape Town, South Africa) to Cairo (Egypt) for the benefit of British imperialism and all its citizens—the bourgeoisie and workers alike.
British colonizer Rhodes was the architect of South African apartheid modeled on the “Jim Crow” colonial conditions for African people inside the U.S.
A believer in the “Anglo-Saxon master race,” Rhodes stole about one million miles of southern African land for the British and himself personally.
Rhodes was responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of African people and the enslavement of tens of thousands more in the diamond mines, generating massive wealth that created the parasitic capitalist economic foundation for what is now known as “South Africa.”
According to the U.K. Daily Telegraph article on December 22, 2015, Rhodes’ “establishment of a paramilitary private army, the British South Africa Company’s Police (BSACP) resulted in the systematic murder of approximately 60,000 people; his amendment of the Masters and Servants Act (1890) reintroduced conditions of torture for black laborers; his infamous racist “land grabs” set up a system in which the unlawful and illegitimate acquisition of land through armed force was routine.”
BLOOD DIAMOND CAMPAIGN BENEFITS THE DE BEERS CARTEL
Fast forward to 1991 when neocolonial president Charles Taylor of Liberia was brought to trial and convicted by a special court on April 26, 2012 on charges of murder, rape and pillage of the people of neighboring Sierra Leone.
Employed by the CIA “for years” according to a 2012 article in the Boston Globe, Taylor was also convicted and sentenced to 80 years in prison for planning the 1999 attacks on Kono, Makeni and Freetown, Sierra Leone along with the Sierra Leone rebel group, the Revolutionary United Front (RUF).
The RUF, backed by Taylor and the CIA, waged a coup attempt in 1991 against the then Sierra Leone president, leading to the 11-year bloodshed that murdered 50,000 African people with millions of families forced to flee from their homes in the face of torture, rape and mutilations.
The RUF mutilations included the cutting off of hands of thousands of Africans, a vicious act mimicking the terrorism imposed on the Congo by the Belgian colonizer King Leopold in the early 20th century.
This West African colonial war was a bloody, violent fight over control of the valuable African land of Sierra Leone, where mining accounts for about 80 percent of the colonial economy (of which diamonds are nearly 50 percent) in a country where more than 60 percent of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day in the multi-billion dollar U.S. and European mining industry.
The RUF is said to have gained control of a couple of diamond mines and sold diamonds as mavericks on the open market, much to the dismay of long-time criminal De Beers cartel.
ALL WHITE PEOPLE SIT ON THE PEDESTAL OF SLAVERY AND GENOCIDE
Cecil Rhodes understood well that all white people, including all white workers, sit on the pedestal of the enslavement and colonization of African people as Chairman Omali Yeshitela has shown.
He understood that capitalism is parasitic, born and maintained at the expense of Africans and other colonial subjects.
Rhodes once stated: “I was in the east end of London (a working-class quarter) yesterday and attended a meeting of the unemployed. I listened to the wild speeches, which were just a cry for ‘bread! bread!’ and on my way home I pondered over the scene and I became more than ever convinced of the importance of imperialism…
“My cherished idea is a solution for the social problem, i.e., in order to save the 40,000,000 inhabitants of the United Kingdom from a bloody civil war, we colonial statesmen must acquire new lands to settle the surplus population, to provide new markets for the goods produced in the factories and mines.
“The Empire, as I have always said, is a bread and butter question. If you want to avoid civil war, you must become imperialists.”
The African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC) is an organization of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) as part of its strategy for nothing short than the total liberation of Africa and African people and the return of its land and minerals as well as the value of its stolen labor.
The main work of APSC, under the leadership of the Party, is to win reparations to the African Revolution from white people inside Europe, the U.S. and around the world.
APSC’s mass organization, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, continues to raise the slogan, “All diamonds are blood diamonds,” as a stand of white people’s reparations to African people.
You can join many other white people in donating your diamonds to the African Revolution at www.uhurusolidarity.org. or at any upcoming event:
Featured: Connor Voss, Northern Coordinator of the African People’s Solidarity Committee
Featured: Penny Hess, African People’s Solidarity Committee
Featured: Penny Hess, African People’s Solidarity Committee
8226 North Denver Avenue, Portland OR 97217
Featured: Jesse Nevel, National Chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement
7911 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland CA 94605
Featured: Jesse Nevel, National Chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement
Center for Divine Love – The Empowerment Center
Featured: KC Mackey, African People’s Solidarity Committee
Featured: KC Mackey, African People’s Solidarity Committee
Your diamonds will be turned over to Black Star Industries, the economic front of the African People’s Socialist Party where they will become part of the economic foundation of a liberated Africa led by the African working class for the benefit of the entire African Nation.
Unity through Reparations!
*The Revolution is Live!*This week Chairman Omali Yeshitela continues the discussion on "How the Party survived the counterinsurgency"—Chapter 3 from Vanguard: the Advanced Detachment of the African Revolution, the Political Report to the Seventh Congress.Study materials:Chapter 3: "How the Party survived the counterinsurgency"https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nCf9XbzlPWGtdKZq5DGYVJM_HAvu4MwK/view
Posted by Chairman Omali Yeshitela on Sunday, March 10, 2019
#OmaliTaughtMe “How the Party survived the counterinsurgency”—Chapter 3 from Vanguard: the Advanced Detachment of the African Revolution, the Political Report to the Seventh Congress.
The video can also be viewed from the Chairman’s Facebook page HERE.
Chairman Omali Yeshitela speaks on the struggle of colonized people to be free and the history of the US counterinsurgency against anti-colonial movements. Don’t miss An Evening with Chairman Omali Yeshitela: Report on the Oxford Debates!
Pictured from left to right: KC Mackey, Kitty Reilly, Ticharwa Masimba and Deputy Chair Ona Zené Yeshitela
This article was originally published by The Burning Spear Newspaper on Feb 27, 2019
by KC Mackey, Uhuru Solidarity Movement Midwest Regional Coordinator, Chair of USM St. Louis, and member of the African People’s Solidarity Committee.
ST. LOUIS—In 1976, Chairman Omali Yeshitela forever changed the world and the role of white people in it with the creation of the African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC). Before capitalism there was no “white people.” It was only through attacking Africa, enslaving African people, and colonizing the rest of the world that white people created “white people.”
Since then, whiteness has been nothing but attachment to a social system that requires violence to survive. We isolated ourselves in wealth, at the expense of a genuine relationship with the rest of the world. Since the European assault on Africa, African people have been resisting and struggling to regain their resources and self-determination.
In 1976, the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) solved the question of what to do with the white people. They realized that the relationship of white people to the black struggle had to be accountable, made concrete through revolutionary organization under the leadership of the Party of the African working class.
The APSC is the first time in history where white people have been organized to a genuine stance of solidarity with the struggle by the African working class to liberate and unite all of Africa and African people.
The purpose of APSC, which has been chaired by Penny Hess for over 40 years, is to function as black power in white face inside of white communities, organizing white people to pay reparations and to recognize our interest is in material solidarity with the African Revolution.
White people see no future under imperialism
The social wealth of white people has not only come at the expense of the taking away of self-determination of whole nations of peoples, it has also caused a certain kind of misery among white people ourselves, a misery that is exploding in this era that Chairman Omali Yeshitela has defined as the crisis of imperialism: the world system built on slavery and genocide is finally ending because of the resistance of African and oppressed peoples.
If white people continue to latch on to this system, we will see the crisis as our own. One expression of this is the opioid crisis. A white leftist on my Facebook timeline shared an article called “Anti-Anxiety Medication are Killing White American Women” and wrote, “these white workers are overdosing because they are being screwed over by the same system that screws over our brothers and sisters of color.”
This explanation keeps white people in the center and lets us off the hook for our history of violence against African people.
We raped, lynched, burned and tortured African people for hundreds of years.
We stole this land from the Indigenous people at gunpoint.
We cannot do this and call ourselves “brothers and sisters.” It also does a disservice to the pain of white people because it provides no real answer for how to end the isolation that leads us to drug addiction and suicide.
African Internationalism, the philosophy of the Uhuru Movement developed by Chairman Omali, gives us the opportunity to understand our pain in the context of living on the pedestal of the genocide of African and oppressed peoples.
The Chairman has said, “All the people who want to see a new world—everybody including poor white people—must turn loose their whiteness and join with the struggle of black power to overturn white power, which is the social system within which the poverty of white people occurs.
So what white people have to do is fight against white power. They must unite with the struggles of black people whose oppression and exploitation is the basis for the existing system that is oppressive and exploitative.
The world is still split between the colonized and colonizer. This relationship can’t be overturned through “multiracial working class” (a.k.a white led) movements or dating an African or “having black friends.” The solution is joining humanity in a principled way.
Reparations is our responsibility and is in our interest
We have to pay back the stolen resources. We can find the most humbling and fulfilling reason to live in the struggle for reparations to African people. This is the principled relationship that the Party has been struggling to forge since the creation of APSC in 1976.
With African Internationalism we can finally understand all the horrific violence in the world: the imperialists’ wars that kill millions each year, the neo-colonialists’ murderous repression to hold the power, the no clean water violence, etc.
African Internationalism also allows us to understand the serial killers, the school shootings and the human trafficking. Without a scientific explanation for this real-life horror movie, It is no wonder that we turn to drugs and suicide.
African Internationalism finally takes the scab off and proves the world system was built on genocidal white power and must be defeated as white power. Then we can see that whether we are discriminated in the white community as LGBTQ, or women, or disabled, white power is the enemy.
Joining the struggle for the victory of black power over white power through joining the African People’s Solidarity Committee or the Uhuru Solidarity Movement (USM) is the honest path for white people to fight against all forms of oppression.
The African People’s Solidarity Committee is the only way to be cadre as a white person
The Party created the Uhuru Solidarity Movement as a mass organization of APSC that any white person can join to take a stand for reparations to African people. As stated in the USM branch building manual, “A revolutionary mass organization means that not every person who joins the organization will be willing to contribute the same level of time and resources.
A mass organization meets the people “at their political door” and gives everyone who unites with the USM Principles of Unity a way to contribute at whatever level.”
APSC, on the other hand, is a cadre organization. A cadre is a revolutionary who has committed to the highest possible stand of responsibility and accountability and made a decision to put the African revolution before anything else.
The APSP is moving forward to a liberated world, which means they want to take everyone with them—the Mexican people, the Palestinian people, the Venezuelan people—everyone.
The African People’s Socialist Party is a cadre organization, a vanguard Party comprised of professional revolutionaries, and APSC was formed for white people who want to go to the next level and become cadres of the African Revolution!
Some USM members may never join APSC but still do incredible work as USM leaders and organizers. That’s why both organizations exist! If you have not joined APSC or USM, I implore you to do so today. And if you want to be true cadre as a white person, join APSC.
Now more than ever we must recruit steeled cadre from the white oppressor nation and organize the masses of white people to a genuine stance of material solidarity with African liberation through reparations.
White people can join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement in material solidarity with Black Power and African liberation, and register to attend our national convention this April 13th & 14th in St. Louis, MO. USM2019CONVENTION.EVENTBRITE.COM
Join us for today's study of the Burning Spear Newspaper February 2019 Kinshasa International: "Kabila’s regime shut down internet to steal elections" by African Socialist International Secretary General Luwezi Kinshasa. Learn why the entire white world owes reparations for the continued theft of African lives, resources and labor in Congo and elsewhere.
Posted by Uhuru Solidarity Movement on Saturday, March 2, 2019
Join us for today’s study of the Burning Spear Newspaper February 2019 Kinshasa International: “Kabila’s regime shut down internet to steal elections” by African Socialist International Secretary General Luwezi Kinshasa. Learn why the entire white world owes reparations for the continued theft of African lives, resources and labor in Congo and elsewhere.