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Urgent Call-in: Make Uhuru Foods part of Maker Faire
A fundraiser of the Uhuru Movement for economic and social justice to the African Community
484 Lake Park Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 (510)-851-4492 Fax (510)217-44122 www.uhurufoods.org
Dear Uhuru Foods and Uhuru Movement Supporters,
We are calling on you to express your shock and outrage at the decision by Ovations, the food coordinators for the Maker Faire 2009 to terminate the contract of Uhuru Foods, without explanation, just 7 days prior to the event. As you may know, Uhuru Foods has been coordinating popular food concessions at fairs and festivals for 30 years to raise resources in support of the Uhuru Movement programs for African genuine economic development and self determination. The booths have offered good quality natural foods, and the opportunity for thousands of volunteers to concretely demonstrate their support for genuine economic development for the black community.
We call on supporters of the Uhuru Movement and of the rights of the African community to call or email the individuals listed here. Please take a moment to read this appeal and to contact the organizers of the Maker Faire immediately. CC: [email protected] in your emails. If you get a voice mail, leave a message, request a response. The fair takes place on May 30th and 31st.
Express your outrage at the exclusion of Uhuru Foods and support for the black community from Maker Faire
Demand that Uhuru Foods booth be reinstated at the Maker Faire:
Vice President of Ovations
Director, Maker Faire
Chris Carpenter, General Mgr. San Mateo Event Center: [email protected] 650-574-3247
On Friday, May 22nd, Nancy Davis of Ovations notified Uhuru Foods that they were terminating our contract just one week prior to the faire. She refused to give a reason for excluding Uhuru Foods. Uhuru Foods has had an excellent relationship with Maker Faire promoters in the past.
We believe that excluding Uhuru Foods runs counter to the mission of the Maker Faire. The Maker Faire focuses on generating thought and action towards building a sustainable future.
The predominantly white middle class community that produce and attends the Maker Faire have always appreciated being able to support Uhuru Foods. Excluding Uhuru Foods ensures that the festival is an exclusive enterprise that does not include the voice, perspective and struggle of the African working class.
Without any explanation from Ovations for the cancellation, we can only assume that they do not support the independent voice and self determination struggle of the black community, They are choosing to exclude African led programs for true sustainability and justice that African people are leading through the Uhuru Movement. Just as during the early 1960s, some opposed the leading struggles of black people in the South who challenged the status quo with such bold actions as the lunch counter sit-ins.
It is urgent that Maker Faire reverse the decision and allow Uhuru Foods to set up our food booth. We have already ordered and/or purchased thousands of dollars in inventory; purchased a larger grill to accommodate the number of people we serve, and secured 30 volunteers. Many are from 3 service organizations from high schools and colleges in Mateo County itself. One volunteer paid airfare and is arriving on Wednesday, May 27th. On top of that, Uhuru Foods has provided excellent healthy and vegetarian food for the past two years at Maker Faire with a great reception from the crowds.
The funds raised by the Uhuru Foods booth support the programs of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) (www.apedf.org) for economic development and an end to the disparities faced by African communities in health, healthcare, education and economic development. APEDF has built wellness programs, a community gym, Uhuru Furniture, and Uhuru youth and basketball team.
The All-African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP) brings clean water and renewable and sustainable energy to African communities internationally. A project already implemented in Sierra Leone provides 3,000 liters of water a day to a community that had no water one year ago. They have built a clinic and fishing project in West Africa, as well. A borehole well for a collective agricultural project in Zimbabwe is also on the agenda of AAPDEP. You can learn more about these projects by and for African people at www.developmentforAfrica.org.
Internationally, the Uhuru Movement convened a conference in West Africa last fall that brought together Africans from throughout the region to create a program to address the issues facing African workers and peasants. In April, a similar conference was convened in East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. A conference this weekend brought together Africans throughout Europe in Manchester, England, while Africans from throughout North America met in a similar conference in Washington, DC.
AAPDEP and APEDF are collaborating to build the African Village Survival Initiative (AVSI), which includes community gardens, renewable and sustainable energy projects, rainwater harvesting projects and economic development programs. This initiative is designed to collectively allow for the survival of African people wherever they are from East Oakland to East Africa.
African communities today, face brutal police assaults, beatings, harassment and murders. African people fill California prisons as a result of designer laws, such as the three strikes law, and the California prison system in the last period of time has fed the economy of California. The Uhuru Movement defends the African community.
The work of Uhuru Foods is extraordinarily important, especially during these dire economic times. As an Alameda County Health Department report tells us, there are grave disparities in living conditions, just inside of Oakland itself; conditions that mirror those of African communities throughout the country:
An African born in West Oakland, as compared to a white child born in the Oakland hills:
· Will live 15 years less.
· Is 1 ½ times more likely to be born premature with a low birth rate
· Is 7 times more likely to be born into poverty
· As an adult, will be 5 times more likely to be hospitalized with diabetes, twice as likely to die of heart disease, 3 times more likely to die of a stroke and twice as likely to die of cancer.
At the same time, the state government is cutting all social services, Medicare and welfare, which will only increase these disparities and bring absolute poverty to the African community. The economic situation is so dire in California that teachers are involved in civil disobedience.
We cannot settle for the exclusion of the black community from this event. We believe that the resources that Uhuru Foods raises at Maker Faire must be made available to African people. We believe the voice of the oppressed African community must be heard.
Thank you for your support for the Uhuru Movement and for justice for the African community!
A call to Africans in Europe to seize the time: Participate in African Liberation Day!
To all Uhuru Radio’s listeners based in Europe: we are requesting your participation at this week’s African Liberation Day (ALD) on May 23-24. This is the time when an ever-growing imperialist economic decline is spreading throughout the capitalist world.
It is imperative that all sons and daughters of Africa who desire to be free in a liberated and unified Africa be in attendance at this crucial ALD event in Manchester, England.
The financial crisis and the decline of capitalism, the implosion of empty and decadent political parties in Africa, the escalation of U.S. aggression against the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the rivalry between China and U.S.-led western imperialism, the shattering of credibility of the British political class, Obama’s attempt to impose AFRICOM on our Africa and other manifestations of this crisis indicate that were are living in an extraordinarily and also dangerous time.
The crisis of the oppressors is a call to the oppressed people to organize and mobilize ourselves so we will be able to deepen the weaknesses of the oppressors.
This permanent crisis of neocolonialism necessitates an urgent response. Its inability to bring social justice to the vast majority of workers, poor peasants, women, students and other oppressed sectors of the African population needs an urgent rectification.
The depressing features of powerlessness, mass rapes, and massive deaths from curable diseases call for an immediate response. The needless deaths of hundreds of Africans who die just attempting to cross the sea for a better life in Europe appeal for a pressing response. The plight of hundreds of thousands of child soldiers offered as canon fodder to an illegitimate and brutal warfare in Africa demands that we act now! The millions of Africans locked up in prisons in the U.S., Brazil, France, Britain and elsewhere because of the imposition of colonial laws and drug economies demand justice today!
The Africa Socialist International (ASI) is the urgent call from Africans with a sense of urgency that is required by the challenge imposed on us. We understand that the decline of imperialism is an invitation for an offensive movement of Africans to overturn the verdict of imperialism, which was established over 500 years ago and codified in U.S., French and other colonizers’ constitutions that designated Africans as sub-human.
Join us on May 23-24, 2009 in Manchester, England. Do whatever needs to be done to pull resources together. Get on the bus, on the train, on a plane or get in cars to join us to build a new dawn of revolutionary struggle that will be in every African community around the world fighting for One Africa, One Nation, one organization, one program and one destiny, under the leadership of the African working class in alliance with poor peasants!
African Liberation Day will be held on May 23-24, 2009 at the West Indian Centre at 74 Carmoor Road in Manchester, England. For more information contact organizers at 0786 229 4364 or 020 8265 1731 or by email at [email protected] Registration starts at 10:00am. Registraton is 6 pounds each day, 10 pounds for both days and free for anyone under 18 years old.
One Africa! One Nation!
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!”
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.
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
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.