ASI 2006 – African People’s Solidarity Committee Solidarity Statement – Penny Hess

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I salute all of the delegates and participants at this very historic meeting. And of course I want to salute Chairman Omali Yeshitela, the leader of the African People’s Socialist Party, who I know has worked the majority of his life to liberate and unify Africa.

I’m very humbled and honored to be able to be here and to see this process which is, as Luwezi said, about the future. This is the future. It is very clear and obvious to anyone who understands at all the philosophy that Chairman Omali Yeshitela has put out that Africa and all of its resources belong to African people. Everything that the U.S. and Europe has was stolen from the labor, the resources and the land of Africa and oppressed peoples around the world.

I’m very honored to be able to represent the African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC), which I think, is a very historic organization. Like the African Socialist International (ASI), it is a part of the strategy of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) to win the liberation of Africa.

Part of its strategy is to consolidate and win a sector of the white world that can be won to the understanding that our future, our genuine interest, is in the destruction of this system that is a parasite, sucking the blood of the people on the planet earth. There will never be peace or the ability of human beings to live together as long as this system exists.

The genuine interest of all European, North American and white people is in the liberation of Africa, the liberation of the Americas in the hands of the indigenous people, the liberation of Asia in the hands of Asian people and the ability for the peoples of the world to lead this struggle and us to stand in solidarity with the destruction of this system, brick by brick, that exists at the expense of everybody else on the planet.

The philosophy of African Internationalism, developed by Chairman Omali Yeshitela, is something that guides all of us. It gives us the ability, as North Americans, to begin to see the world as everybody else sees it, instead of through this lie of how the world is supposed to be that we of course grow up with and unite with, sitting on the pedestal of everybody’s else’s oppression.

“We have to not just be about saying we have support and solidarity for the liberation of Africa and African people. The essential part of our work is in the white community raising resources as a way of turning back over the stolen capital that has come at the expense of African people. ”

Everything that we have as white people is built at the expense of Africa and African people.

This whole concept that we grow up with that we benefit from that the white world is the real world these days are over.

The African People’s Solidarity Committee has four cities that we work in: Boston, Massachusetts; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Oakland, California. Hopefully, we can be here in London and in Johannesburg, Occupied Azania soon.

We believe that if any European or North American wants to be part of the future, then he or she must join the APSC. There’s no other way. We have to stand in solidarity.

We have to not just be about saying we have support and solidarity for the liberation of Africa and African people. The essential part of our work is in the white community raising resources as a way of turning back over the stolen capital that has come at the expense of African people.

We believe that this is in our interest.

We live in an alienated, violent society at the expense of everybody else. Our heads are in the sand as if we can hide from the fact that our governments are attacking the peoples on the planet earth every single day.

But the peoples on the planet earth and this process today show us that that’s not possible. The world isn’t like that anymore.

We believe that the future of all peoples is in the destruction of this violent and vicious system and in the building of a united and liberated Africa, a united Americas under the leadership of the indigenous people, a united Asia.

We salute the struggle for African liberation. We salute the leadership of African workers and peasants and the leadership of this African Socialist International and Chairman Omali Yeshitela who has worked on this for the entirety of his adult life.

Again, I want to say that I’m very honored and very proud to be able to be here today. I know that this is an extremely historical process.

Thank you. Uhuru!

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