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Black is Back! Coalition demands end to Obama's wars against peoples of the world, Africa and the African community in U.S. 

On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States to the obvious joy of millions of African people in the U.S. and around the world, especially in Africa. (Talk live with Coalition members on UhuruRadio.com on Sunday, September 20.)

Other peoples of the world also welcomed the election of Obama, partially because of relief at the end of the hated Bush regime. Many believed that Obama’s election represented a drastic change for the better in the conditions existence of African people in the U.S. and an end to the United States’ predatory relationship towards most of the world.

However, it has become dramatically clear to many that the formal change of complexion at the head of the U.S. government has done nothing to change the nature of the government and little if anything to change U.S. policies toward African people in the U.S. or in the world.

The continuing brutal U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and the expansion of war into Pakistan represent an escalation of the foreign policy objectives of the Bush regime. The placement of U.S. military forces–including the euphemistically-characterized “private contractors”–in Columbia, are a direct threat to the security of the government of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and to the democratic governments and movements emerging throughout South America.

Obama has carried out his campaign promises to go beyond traditional U.S. support for Israeli white settler colonial aggression against the rights of the Palestinian people. He continues the Bush government’s efforts to undermine the Hamas leadership elected by the Palestinian people.

In addition, under Obama there has been an escalation of the attempt to establish the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), a comprehensive military presence on African soil, to defend the impoverished status quo in Africa against efforts of African liberation and imperialist competitors.

Moreover, Obama has continued the proxy wars in Africa that have already cost millions of African lives in places like Somalia and Congo. He continues to promote U.S. foreign policy objectives that require the permanent subjugation of Africa for ongoing imperialist success.

While Obama has opposed the demand for reparations for African people in the U.S. for the history of slavery, exploitation and terror, he has handed over trillions of dollars of taxpayer’s money to the banking elite. Meanwhile millions of African people have lost their homes after being targeted by these same bankers for subprime mortgages that have resulted in the loss of billions of dollars of African community wealth in the form of the mass home foreclosures.

While more than a quarter million jobs are being lost in the U.S. monthly, African people face 15.9 percent official unemployment. African teenagers with 38.9 percent unemployment are jobless at four times the overall U.S. unemployment rate.

In the U.S., where Barack Obama also told us that racial exploitation and oppression are no longer factors in life, the black-white health gap costs the lives of more than 83,000 African people each year. Additionally, African men in the U.S. are incarcerated at rates 8 times higher than white men and one out of three African males in his 30s has a prison record. One out of eight African men in his 20s is now in prison or jail on any given day.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the conditions of existence for African people, most of whom are workers, in the U.S. Clearly the election of Obama is not a sign that things are better for African people. Nor has Obama initiated any policy or made any statements that recognize the dire conditions of existence for African people in the U.S.

In fact, it has been just the other way around. Obama has gone out of his way to appease the most reactionary sectors of the U.S. population by absolving the U.S. government or the capitalist social system of any responsibility for our oppression and exploitation, both in the U.S and in Africa.

In the U.S. he has attacked black fathers for failure to provide for African children while overlooking the horrors and deprivations imposed on African families, including fathers. Obama ignores the chronic unemployment, the CIA-imposed crack cocaine drug economy within our communities, the criminalization and imprisonment of young African men and the pre-determined justifiable killing of growing numbers of African people at the hands of the police.

Obama has also apologized for colonialism and neo-colonialism in Africa by characterizing our poverty there as due to corruption and lack of transparency on the part of African leaders. Obama overlooks the fact that the current leaders in Africa were either put there or allowed there by imperialism, including U.S. imperialism that has never hesitated to murder and/or overthrow African leaders that attempted to provide honest, transparent leadership and government for our people.

Obama has refused to criticize the U.S. for its participation in the murder of Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba in 1961 that allowed for U.S. hireling Joseph Mobutu to bleed the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo dry in the interests of Mobutu and U.S. imperialism. He has overlooked the fact that the U.S. government played the primary role in the 1966 overthrow of Ghana President Kwame Nkrumah whose life work contradicted U.S. interests by attempting to destroy the colonial borders separating Africans from each other and from our resources.

Throughout the world people are struggling to overturn their oppressive relationship to the U.S. These are struggles that have been ongoing for some time now and were highlighted in the past by the glorious struggles of the Vietnamese and Cuban peoples. Today these struggles are evident in the resistance to U.S. occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and the challenge to U.S. hegemony by growing numbers of peoples and countries in the Middle East and Persian Gulf.

In South America the growing resentment of the people to U.S. domination and expropriation of their wealth can be found in the policies and popularity of Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela along with the governments and people of Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Nicaragua and others.

Historically African people in the U.S. have stood with the oppressed peoples of the world in their struggles against imperialism. Historically the colonized African population of the U.S. has provided objective solidarity with the world’s oppressed by constantly confronting imperialism in our own interests within the U.S.

However, the election of Obama as president has undermined our solidarity with the oppressed peoples of the world as well as our own efforts for liberation. Among those of us who are least politically astute Obama’s election represents the pinnacle of achievement and an illusion of black power while others who know better celebrate his election as the advent of opportunity for the African middle class.

Many Africans are defensive of Obama because even without proper reporting by the ruling class media it is evident that there is great hatred of Obama by a significant sector of the white population, many of whom have taken to openly displaying weapons at community events promoting his agenda. Even simple attempts by Obama to play presidential by broadcasting to school children has run into a barrage of resistance by white groups and school officials around the U.S. And, if there ever was an organic disposition for presidential assassination in the U.S., Barack Hussein Obama is its target.

However, the hatred of Obama is transference of the white racial hatred of African people that is experienced daily in life by Africans in the U.S. and the world. It is a racial hatred that is part and parcel of the ideological fabric of the U.S. and the imperialist world, a hatred that is encouraged by Obama’s pandering to white anti-African sentiments and his denial of the existence of continuing white racial animosity toward African people.

The election of Obama and the blank check of approval given him by almost all African leadership in the U.S. has paralyzed the African liberation movement and the struggle for black self-determination. By giving blind support for Obama the African liberation movement has acceded leadership to the imperialist Democratic Party and left the African masses defenseless in the face of the growing racial animosity being demonstrated daily by many whites in a country with a proven track record for mass and official violence against our people.

In the meantime, many people around the world are confused by Obama’s election or intimidated by the unconditional support he has acquired from African people. Even within the U.S. there are those who initiated mass mobilizations against the war policies of past U.S. president George W. Bush but are reluctant to do so against the Obama regime for fear of alienating African people.

This is why we must act. We must act in our own interests and self-defense. We must act because of our responsibility to our people and to the peoples of the world that are being brutalized and destroyed by the policies of the U.S. government, the most vicious imperialist government in the world.

The Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations is calling for an African-led mobilization in Washington, D.C. in opposition to the escalating war efforts of the Obama regime and for social justice and reparations for African people in the U.S.

We demand the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the Middle East and especially from Iraq and Afghanistan, and the cessation of U.S. military aggression against the people of Pakistan.

We demand the end of U.S. support for the illegitimate white settler colonial government of Israel and recognition of all rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to an independent, sovereign Palestinian state and the right to return for all Palestinian refugees.

We demand reparations for the hundreds of years of slavery, colonial oppression, exploitation, terror and deprivations that continue to be experienced in the U.S. by African people to this day.

We demand that the so-called “bailout” money given to U.S. auto corporations from public funds by the U.S. government be returned for just distribution to the exploited African auto workers of Detroit and Flint Michigan and other cities and communities where African workers have suffered because of the predatory, profit-driven mismanagement of the auto industry by the auto corporations.

We demand reparations for and/or reinstatement of homes of the scores of thousands of African people who lost their homes to foreclosure stemming from the U.S. government-supported sub prime mortgage scam that targeted Africans and Mexicans as primary victims of capitalist financial institutions.

We commit ourselves to relentless struggle against the state and municipal budget adjustments in the U.S. of North America that attempt to respond to the economic crisis by cutting benefits and services to the African community while maintaining or increasing resources to occupying army police organizations and other institutions of state repression.

We demand 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 through massive capital infusion that would be used to uplift the entire community by supporting existing African businesses, establishing new African businesses, including cooperatives, and by contributing to the general self-reliance of the African community.

We demand the right to return and reparations for all Africans who lost or were forced to leave their homes by the actions of the U.S. government leading up to, during and subsequent to Hurricane Katrina.

We demand the release of all political prisoners held in U.S. prisons, especially those African men and women such as Sundiata Acoli and other members of the Black Liberation Army who sacrificed their freedom in the struggle against the world-recognized historical oppression of African people within U.S. borders.

We demand immediate, free healthcare for all Africans in the U.S. to deal with the colonially based plethora of illnesses and diseases that afflict our people subsequent to slavery, colonialism and the continued abrogation of our right to self-determination.

We demand freedom of religion, press and the right to free speech, assembly and political association with any group and/or organization, inside North America or elsewhere that has been determined by our people to be beneficial to our struggle for revolutionary national democracy.

We demand immediate reparations for African farmers and an end to the land theft and discriminatory laws and practices used against African farmers within the U.S. that result in land and livelihood loss and the eradication of farming as a viable choice for African people.

We demand prosecution for U.S. government officials for torture of people in the Middle East and of African and other colonized peoples in U.S. prisons.

We recognize the Northern Command or NorCom, the thousands of battle-hardened troops stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia, as counterinsurgent preemption to frustrate the efforts of Africans and others of the oppressed nations within current U.S. borders to win our liberation, and demand its immediate elimination.

We demand the immediate removal of all U.S. intelligence and military forces from African territory, including the Africa Command or AFRICOM, the newly formed military command formed to prevent revolution and African unification and to oppose foreign competition, especially by China, to U.S. economic and strategic interests in Africa.

We demand that the U.S. government, corporations and financial institutions renounce any claims of debt from Africa, which has been responsible for the development of the U.S. economy and, through the enslavement of African people, centuries of free, near-free and underpaid labor for which reparations are due to Africans in the U.S., throughout North America and Africa.

We demand the removal of U.S. troops and contractors from Colombia and an end to counterinsurgent intervention in Venezuela and South America.

We recognize the ongoing U.S. economic quarantine of Cuba as an act of war and demand its immediate end and the normalization of relations with Cuba that will allow normal commerce with and travel to and from the Island.

These are just some of the demands that we think necessary to advance in our struggle for social justice, peace and reparations. These are demands that distinguish our movement from those reactionaries whose opposition to Obama are motivated by opposition to any symbol of black power.

This is also our statement that we recognize that the election of Barack Hussein Obama did not represent an ascendancy of black people to power, but instead, a new face for white power in black face.

This call to action is a statement to the world that Black is Back, that we have reentered political life as an independent force with our own agenda for self-determination in solidarity with the struggling peoples of the world.

Take the new <i>Burning Spear</i> Newspaper to the streets! 

Uhuru, Comrades, Friends and Supporters of the Burning Spear Newspaper,

   It’s been three weeks since The Burning Spear went to press and most of you still haven't had the opportunity to read, analysis, and study it yet. This is due to a number of reasons, the major one being financial. The other major factor is the distribution organization/apparatus, which needs human bodies and organization. Both of these are problems of the Party's Agit-Prop Committee, and are presently on the table for resolution.

   Therefore it is imperative that when you get this Spear in your hands that you immediately take it to the streets. All proceeds must immediately be turned over to the National office so that we can alleviate to the extent we can the financial burden. And of course the African Working Class needs this mighty weapon in their hands. Take it to the streets!

   Would also suggest that fund raisers (bake sales, pot lucks, car washes, fish fries, raffles, etc. be pulled together as a way to support and sustain The Spear. These things can be organized around the Best Spear Salesperson of the Month, which would acknowledge our comrades’ hard work, and earn them a “mug shot” and praises in The Burning Spear Newspaper.

   So, as we move to ensure the timeliness of The Spear, your contributions to this effort are indispensible.

   Lets Build The Burning Spear Newspaper!

   Uhuru,

   Omowale Kefing

   Editor

Uhuru Solidarity Movement Denounces attack on Uhuru Movement by Philadelphia Coalition to Save the Libraries! 

Philadelphia, PA - USM calls for the white community and all allies of African Liberation to support & participate in the October 2nd “They Say Cutback, We Say Payback!” March against Nutter’s budget, led by the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement.

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement in Philadelphia agrees fully with the serious political criticism made by the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, (InPDUM), of the Coalition to Save the Libraries for attempting to silence the voice of the African working class by refusing to allow InPDUM to speak and attempting to stop InPDUM from holding up their banners at the supposedly open “People’s Hearing” at City Hall on Thursday, August 27th, 2009.

This was despite the fact that the Uhuru Movement was invited via email to participate along with other organizations, and followed the procedure given in the email to speak at the hearing.

The Uhuru Movement has actively attempted to build unity with all groups working to oppose the Nutter administration’s budget cutbacks that attempt to solve the economic crisis it faces by targeting the African community for even deeper exploitation and misery.

This is why InPDUM and Uhuru Solidarity Movement have invited the Coalition to Save the Libraries, The Coalition to Save Essential Services and other groups formed to oppose the budget cuts to participate in public forums, a Tribunal and numerous meetings and actions called by InPDUM.

InPDUM is not calling for liberal reforms of Nutter’s budget. They are not calling for things to simply stay in place, in other words for “peace on the plantation”. The African working class-led Uhuru Movement is demanding an end to the colonial war being waged against the black community of Philadelphia, the U.S. and worldwide.

InPDUM has exposed from the beginning of the public struggle around the budget cuts in Philadelphia that the entire city budget is indeed a war budget, where over a quarter of the people’s resources are being spent every year to attack, contain and imprison African and Latino people.

The Uhuru Movement is demanding that the $1.1 billion currently being spent on the police, prisons and courts go instead for economic development, education and housing to uplift the entire African community.

The reality in Philly is clear. The 2009 Pew report stated that in some African communities up to 76% of families live under the poverty level! Over 50% of African men in Philly are unemployed, and the truth is that the majority of young Africans coming out of the brutal colonial school system cannot find jobs. African students in West Philly High are forced to raise money themselves so they can get school books, yet the city is spending millions of dollars building a new juvenile prison in West Philly!

Nutter invests billions of dollars revitalizing Center City and the Avenue of the Arts, giving tax and mortgage breaks to corporations while putting nothing into community development, as Africans are forced into foreclosures and pushed out of South, North, Northwest and West Philly by developers, Penn and Temple universities and white gentrifiers, eagerly taking over traditional African communities as colonial settlers.

The economies of Philly and PA are totally dependent on the exploitation and oppression of African people. Any day you can go to one of the hundreds of courtrooms in the Criminal Justice Center and witness thousands of African and Latino people being railroaded through the court system into prison. Every room has at least 30 people getting a salary from this parasitic “justice” system – from the bailiffs (overseers), DAs and defense attorneys, stenographers, people getting coffee & donuts, court clerks, the police getting overtime for testifying against the people etc, etc.

The Pennsylvania Economic Development Commission has stated publicly that, “Prisons are economic development for rural Pennsylvania”. In an economy where manufacturing and mining has failed or moved, white people in Philly and in PA are employed largely in the colonial prison economy. While only 11% of the PA population is African, African people make up 70% of the PA prison population, and 40% come from Philadelphia!

Political Position of the Coalition to Save the Libraries unites with Nutter Administration and Ruling Class Attacks on the African Working Class!

The Coalition to Save the Libraries has consistently refused to acknowledge the reality of the colonial conditions and exploitation of African people in Philadelphia that is the basis for InPDUM’s just demands for reparations and real economic development for African people, to replace the cynical current policy of police containment that benefits the white population at the direct expense of African and Latino people.

By doing so, the Coalition maintains that all that is needed is to keep the libraries open, and everything will be fine. The truth is that all the libraries that have already been cutback and that are targeted for closure are in the African community.

The reality is that even if all the libraries stay open, the African community will still suffer the same conditions of total poverty, unemployment, homelessness, displacement and powerlessness that has been imposed on it even when the economy is thriving for white people!

The Coalition’s position objectively states that it’s ok for the police to keep murdering and locking up African people, just as long as the libraries stay open!

By consistently taking the stance of opposition to InPDUM’s call for real justice for the African working class in Philadelphia, the Coalition to Save the Libraries has objectively united with the neocolonial Nutter administration’s attacks on the African community and its leadership, the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement.

Never has this been clearer than at the August 27th “People’s Hearing” at City hall. As Philadelphia InPDUM leader Diop Olugbala raised in InPDUM’s criticism of the Coalition, what is the difference between this blatant attempt to silence the Uhuru Movement, and Nutter’s when on March 19th he sent the police to violently arrest Diop Olugbala and Shabaka Mnombatha for peacefully protesting at the City Council budget meeting?

City Council chambers was full of people protesting, including members of the Coalition to Save the Libraries, holding up signs and speaking out. Yet it was only the leadership of the African Liberation Movement, the Uhuru Movement, that was targeted for arrest, and now face imprisonment for courageously standing up for the rights of the African community!

It is in the interest of all progressive people who want to see an end to the Nutter administration’s attempt to solve the economic crisis by targeting the African community for even deeper exploitation to work together.

However, instead of working in unity with the Uhuru Movement, the Coalition has attempted to silence InPDUM and at the same time has imitated InPDUM’s powerful tactics and used them to forward their own reformist aims. For example while refusing to participate in InPDUM’s People’s Tribunal that put the city on trial for genocide against the African community, they imitated it with a farcical “People’s Injunction” featuring court jesters.

Uhuru Movement calls for all supporters of justice, reparations and liberation for African people to participate in the African-led “They Say Cutback! We Say Payback” March Against Nutter’s War Budget, on Friday, October 2nd, 2009

The Uhuru Movement is calling for the white community and all allies to take a principled stand on the side of African and all colonized and oppressed people! We can and must denounce the U.S. colonial war against the black community, just as we must stand against the U.S. colonial war against the peoples of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestine.

We cannot continue the opportunist role the white left has historically played in attempting to control, limit and define the African liberation struggle for it’s own reformist aims.

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement calls on our community to join under the leadership of the Uhuru Movement to bring about real change in this city. This can only come through the struggle for justice, economic development, and reparations, and for the African community to control their own education, healthcare, housing and the police!

Unite with the demands of the “They Say Cutback, We Say Payback!” Uhuru Movement-led March Against Nutter’s Budget on October 2nd. Defend the right of African people to resist their oppression and organize for liberation!

  1. Reparations & economic development for African people, not police containment
  2. No budget cuts at the expense of the black community
  3. African community control of schools & police
  4. Restore all black community jobs & services cut by Nutter
  5. No jobs based on oppressing African people
  6. Hands Off the City Hall 2 - drop all the charges!
  7. Impeach Mayor Nutter

To join the coordinating Committee for the October 2nd march or for more information about the "They Say Cutback, We Say Payback” March and Convention call: 215-387-0919 • email: [email protected] • or visit http://uhurusolidarity.org

Come to weekly meetings on Tuesday nights at 7:30PM at 3733 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Uhuru!
Uhuru Means Freedom.