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May 22-24 Washington, DC and U.K. African Liberation Day events 
demand return of African homeland and natural resources 

This weekend Africans from across the U.S. and Canada will converge on Washington, DC while Africans across Europe gather in Manchester, England for simultaneous conferences recognizing African Liberation Day with the theme, “One Africa, One Nation: Separated by Colonial Slavery, Reunited by Revolutionary Resistance!”

>> Register for African Liberation Day in Washington, DC

>> Listen to the LIVE broadcast of the conference on Uhuru Radio

The events, organized by the Uhuru (Freedom) Movement, are part of a series of conferences held in Sierra Leone, Kenya, England and the U.S., to establish the African Socialist International (ASI), a worldwide party uniting African workers to liberate African land and resources for the benefit of African people everywhere.

The organization’s North American “Revolutionary National Democratic Program” (RNDP) to unite broad sectors of the African community to end U.S. colonial oppression of African people calls for:

  • A land base within U.S. borders upon which to establish an independent African government, in democratic, anti-colonial unity with the indigenous peoples of the U.S.
  • The right to return and reparations for all Africans who lost or were forced to leave their homes at the time of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Reparations for and/or reinstatement of homes to the thousands of African people who lost their homes to foreclosure stemming from the U.S. government-supported subprime mortgage scam that targeted Africans and Mexicans as primary victims of capitalist financial institutions.
  • An end to the public policy of police containment of African people within the U.S. and its replacement with a public policy of economic development.
  • The immediate release of all conscious African political prisoners, including those who were arrested because of political actions or statements, or who were first arrested for violations of colonial laws, and subsequently became politically active in the cause of African liberation.

View the full Revolutionary National Democratic Program

Featured speakers include:

  • Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African Socialist International
  • Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, former child soldier, award-winning journalist, ASI Director of Organization

  • Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report

  • Dr. Aisha Fields, Director of the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project

  • Chioma Oruh, internationally renowned scholar and activist, speaks across the country on AFRICOM


Workshops will address the pressing concerns facing Africans in the U.S. and worldwide:

  • AFRICOM / NORTHCOM
  • Sustainable Development for African People
  • The Demand for Reparations and the Crisis of Imperialism
  • Immigration

African Liberation Day events kick off with The Black and Proud Show on Friday, May 22nd at 7pm, featuring an array of African music from traditional drumming to hip-hop and salsa meringue, including:

  • Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers
  • DC Casineros
  • Three Generationz
  • Wise Intelligent (of Poor Righteous Teachers), Hasan Salaam and Head-Roc

The 3-day event in Washington, DC is open to the public. Carlos Rosario Charter School is located at 1100 Harvard St. NW. Registration is $20 online (alduhuru.org) in advance or $30 at the door. For more information the public can contact 202-580-8276.

Uhuru Solidarity Movement Conference a Success! 

Uhuru! This is an incredible time to witness the transformation of the world right before our eyes -- as the movement of national liberation for African and other oppressed peoples is on the rise, and the parasitic system of U.S. imperialism is in its deepest crisis ever. The Uhuru Movement is leading the way in this period, building revolutionary organization all over the world. The African Socialist International just held its successful East Africa regional conference in Nairobi, Kenya, bringing together Africans under revolutionary leadership to take back Africa and all its resources! In the U.S., the attacks on the African community have been escalating, from the 2008 police murder of Javon Dawson in St Petersburg FL, to the New Year’s 2009 police murder of Oscar Grant and the March 2009 “routine traffic stop” that left 4 officers and Lovelle Mixon dead in Oakland, CA. As these attacks intensify, the Uhuru Movement is organizing resistance and more people are gravitating towards an analysis that explains the conditions faced by African people in U.S. cities and throughout the world.

It is in this context that the Uhuru Solidarity Movement -- the mass activist organization of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, which works under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party in going back into the white community to raise resources and win allies to work in solidarity with the African-led movement – held its National Conference in Philadelphia, PA this past Saturday, May 2nd, attended by comrades from St Petersburg FL, Oakland and Berkeley CA, Minneapolis MN, Boston MA, Philly and Baltimore MD. There are members of Uhuru Solidarity Movement in London UK, Hamburg Germany, Seattle WA, Salem Oregon, and San Diego CA who were unable to come, but expressed their unity with this conference and will be actively working with the organization to build worldwide.

The conference kicked off with rousing chants of “Solidarity! Not Charity!” led by MCs Alison Hoehne and Wendy Snyder, who guided the participants through a day focused on solidarity with African self-determination, justice, and liberation. The main program began with a multimedia presentation entitled “Environmental Justice Through African Liberation,” by Penny Hess, who is the national chair of the African People’s Solidarity Committee. The presentation was a critique of the environmental movement, which like many movements is opportunist, led by white people fighting for our own rights and interests at the expense of freedom and justice for oppressed peoples. The clear solution for the problems facing the environment, Chairwoman Hess showed, is national liberation for all peoples currently experiencing oppression by the same system of imperialism that has destroyed the Earth and created divisions between people. The programs of the Uhuru Movement address both national liberation and environmental sustainability, and now is the time to get behind the movement that’s changing the world! Everyone hearing this was visibly excited about the great potential for change in the air, and stayed to get involved and hear more from the leaders in the Uhuru Movement.

The keynote address was delivered by Chairman Omali Yeshitela, founder & leader of the Uhuru Movement, and a long-standing fighter for African liberation & justice for the past 40 years. He spoke about the history of the black power movement from the 1960s through today, and called on the audience to take a stand on the right side of history during this current, deep crisis of U.S. imperialism. Explaining the conditions of the African community in plain and urgent terms, Chairman Omali challenged everyone attending the conference to look beyond the concept of charity and to work in genuine solidarity with the movement that is changing the world. The call for solidarity from the leadership of the African liberation movement drew much unity with the reality of the conditions of African people, and the real solutions put forth by the Uhuru Movement.

Ironiff Ifoma, director of the African Village Survival Initiative, presented on the new economic development programs of the Uhuru Movement – an initiative that is bringing power into the hands of African working class people in the current economic crisis through collective gardening, rainwater harvesting, food banks, and solar energy, all led by the community. It was an important example of dual and contending power – the ability of the African working class to provide for themselves through self-sufficient and sustainable means, without depending on their oppressor for food, shelter, or energy. This is a major step forward for the movement and for the African community, which will be able to withstand this crisis by coming together collectively, as Africans have historically done to survive. The conference offered an opportunity for white people and other allies to support this revolutionary program through fundraising and concrete work in solidarity with the African Village Survival Initiative.

As the conference moved into the later afternoon, a panel entitled “Stop the Billion Dollar War on the African Community!” provided a glimpse into the intense conditions faced by African people throughout the U.S., particularly in Philadelphia, a city whose impoverished African community is occupied by military-style policing, with a neocolonial mayor, Michael Nutter, whose budget & policies declare all-out war on the African working class through the $1.1 billion war budget for police & prisons, heavy-handed policing, and the blatant, brutal attack on Uhuru Movement organizers Diop Olugbala & Shabaka Mnombatha, aka the City Hall 2, choked, brutalized, and arrested simply for holding up signs in peaceful protest in Philadelphia City Council on March 19th, 2009. Olugbala, one of the presenters on the panel, is also a leader in the Uhuru Movement internationally and in Philadelphia, and gave an in-depth overview on the struggle the African-led movement has been waging in Philadelphia and throughout the world. This panel engaged in a dynamic discussion on the conditions in the African community, and the role and responsibility of white people in a movement struggling to overturn these contradictions.

The call to white people and others who wish to become allies with the Uhuru Movement was clear: get to work! The last part of the conference was the opportunity for all participants to put theory into action in three different breakout workshop sessions: “Solidarity with the African Village Survival Initiative (AVSI)” - raising resources for a liberated African economy, “USM Political Action Campaigns” – the Stop the Billion Dollar War and Defend the rights of the African community campaigns, and “Build Uhuru Solidarity Movement - Outreach and Membership Campaigns.” Each workshop brought together participants to come up with campaigns and actions to carry out nationally in the newly consolidated national committees of Uhuru Solidarity Movement, and focused on how everyone can participate in building the movement and taking the stand of solidarity out to all communities where allies of African liberation can be found. Out of these workshops came resolutions for national fundraising, political action, and membership campaigns to build Uhuru Solidarity Movement.

Many current members of Uhuru Solidarity Movement attended the National Conference in Philadelphia, and one person became a new member after being moved by the presentations by Chairwoman Penny Hess and Chairman Omali Yeshitela. This conference deepened everyone’s understanding of the conditions faced by African people, the intensity and destruction of imperialism and the U.S. State, and the solutions put forth by the African working class for a future of justice & sustainability for all peoples. The people attending this conference from all over the country will now go back into their communities to organize support for this growing movement of activists in solidarity with African liberation & self-determination, and next year the conference will be even larger, with more branches of USM, more members, and more victories led by the Uhuru Movement.

Forward to victory for African people everywhere! Stop the war on the black community!

Build Uhuru Solidarity Movement!

UHURU!

Obama's Plan for Home Owners - No help for Black, Latino or Poor Communities 


The claims made by the current Administration that relief for homeowners is on the way obscure the reality that few of those most in need will find any relief from the Obama Plan. In particular few in the Black community which has been the target of more sub prime loans than any other community will benefit from these programs. A careful look at the plan reveals who benefits and who will not; It also reveals how the The Obama plan protects the interests of the banks at the direct expense of great suffering and loss of income in the black community. Far from ending the predatory practices which have ravaged black communities in the US the Obama plan continues to support additional profits earned through criminal activity by predatory banks and lenders such as Goldman Sachs supported fully by the Obama administration.

Uhuru Earth Day Fest Draws thousands 

On Saturday April 18th the Uhuru Solidarity Movement hosted the first annual Earth Day Festival and Flea Market in West Philadelphia’s beautiful Clark Park. This Earth Day was different from any other –it was a fundraiser for the African Village Survival Initiative (AVSI) a new Uhuru Movement-led project that is creating a network of community gardens and economic development institutions in urban and rural African communities. In the heat of the worldwide economic crisis that is hitting the African community particularly hard, AVSI is building real economic self-reliance.

Earth Day also set the new standard for the movement for environmental justice: it must be connected to the African working class movement for self-determination and return of the stolen resources of Africa to African people everywhere. This grassroots event was attended by thousands of people of all nationalities and walks of life, who on a sunny day in the park came out to participate in the Uhuru Earth Day Festival & Flea Market.

On the main stage, there was an entire day of community activist speakers on social justice and workshops on organic gardening and natural health. There were ongoing positive cultural performances by local musicians, over 100 vendors and info tables, special activities for children, free yoga and exercise workshops and a farmer’s market.

The featured speaker was Diop Olugbala, leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement and a member of the City Hall 2. (CH2). The CH2 were brutally arrested inside City Hall protesting the Mayor’s budget, which allocates over $1.1 billion for police, prisons, and the court system while the schools in Philly do not have enough books to go around. In this city Africans are being pushed out of their homes through the subprime mortgage scam and the new 19% property tax hike, which targets African home owners while the white people who buy new condos pay no property tax for 10 years!

Other speakers included Dr. Michelle Strongfields of the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project, Pam Africa, leader of Friends and Family of Mumia Abu Jamal, Alison Hoehne, chair of the Philadelphia African People’s Solidarity Committee. African students from University City High School led an incredible workshop on composting. Cultural presentations included Rasheed Bey Revolutionary African poet and long time friend of the Uhuru Movement who gave moving recitations of his poetry accompanied by a young African martial artist. Musicians included Coco Sol who brought her entire band, Djo and his band Os Humanos, revolutionary hip-hop by TriggaNAM, the Gold Coast Buccaneers Drill Team and many more.

There were no corporate sponsors like those who pay for other Earth Day events, but local progressive businesses and non profits such as Philly Carshare and Dhyana Yoga supported the festival by sponsoring it financially and helping promote it to their bases. We deepened our long-standing relationship with the Food Trust Farmers’ Market who led workshops, opened up their resources to contribute to the success of this event. 10th Street Hardware, LaraBar, Ethnics Furniture, ZipCar and Essene Natural Market, juju organics, and Studio 34 were among other sponsors and endorsers.

The Philadelphia branch of Uhuru Furniture cosponsored Earth Day. Uhuru Furniture is an economic development project of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) a founding organization of AVSI. Uhuru Furniture is an institution that is popular in Philly and Oakland CA for its top quality low priced ever changing inventory. Uhuru Furniture also sets the standard for a green, 100% recycled business that is a model for sustainable economic development under African leadership. UFC brought out its active base of volunteers who carried out numerous tasks to run this large successful event.

The process of building this event brought us on to campuses such as Temple and Bryn Mawr where students attempting to deal with the issues such as the conditions on the continent of Africa and the environment are hungry for this leadership. Many students came out to volunteer on the day of the festival.

This event was clearly a product of years of Uhuru Movement work in this city. There has been on going struggle against police containment led by InPDUM since 1986 when the Uhuru Movement came to Philadelphia to build a political response to the bombing of the African MOVE organization by the neo-colonial city government. Uhuru Furniture is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year and this is our 5th year of coordinating monthly successful flea markets in Clark Park.

We understand that the crisis in the world, ravaged by war, suffering, starvation, division and environmental degradation comes from an unjust economic system where white people in the US and Europe, less than 20% of the world’s population, consume over 80% of the worlds resources. The status quo unsustainable. There will never be peace until African people and colonized peoples all over the world have control over their own land and resources. The Uhuru Movement is leading the way forward!

We thank everyone one who made this event a success and call on you all to join us in making the 2010 Earth Day Fest even better.

Our next flea market is Saturday May 16th. To participate please call 215-387-0919, email us at [email protected] and check out our blog http://uhurufleamarket.blogspot.com