Black Power Matters Conference convenes August 22-23 in Philadelphia

On August 22-23, the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations holds its annual conference with the them: Black Power Matters, Organizing for Black Community Control of the Police! 

The event is located at Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles, 832 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA. It's free to attend and the Black is Back Coalition welcomes community participation.

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The program features black community leaders and activists from around the U.S.:

  • Herdosia Bentum (Ferguson, MO), International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement   
  • Toni Taylor (St. Louis, MO), Mother of Cary Ball Jr. who was shot 25 times by the St. Louis Police 
  • Chairman Omali Yeshitela, Founder and Leader of the Uhuru Movement
  • Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report
  • Chairman Lawrence Hamm, People’s Organization For Progress
  • Yejide Orunmila, African National Women’s Organization  

Black is Back Coalition calls on African people to fight back

From the Black is Back Coalition website:

This is a call to fight back. This is a call to every living African or black woman, man and child to join with the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations at our National Conference in Philadelphia on August 22 and 23 to develop the strategy to move us forward in this struggle against a cruel and merciless white power system.

This is a call to all African people who are fed up with the empty explanations that continue to follow each white nationalist attack on our happiness and our physical well-being.

It is a call to those who want to repudiate the massacre of nine of our people in church in South Carolina and the outpourings of white hypocrisy and black forgiveness that followed in its wake.

This is a call to all those Africans who are tired of the police murders of our people and the lying explanations suggesting that police murder is new.  A look at history shows us the police murders of Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Fred Hampton and a host of other black men and women who have tried to lead us to freedom and a better way of life.

This call is to every African or black person who recognizes the lies from Obama, his administration and the host of other liberals of every stripe and nationality that would offer police body cameras, police review boards and police cultural sensitivity training as appropriate responses to the brutality and murder inflicted on our people by these agents of the U.S. colonial state.

The Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations is holding our annual international conference in Philadelphia under the slogan: Black Community Control of the Police! Black Power Matters!

This is the call for all of us to demand more than the slogan Black Lives Matter when the truth that stares us in the face is that our lives do not matter to most white people and the U.S. government.

All those who believe that the clearest evidence that black lives matter to black people ourselves should respond to this call to come to Philadelphia and organize to achieve black power over our own black lives.

The Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations wants you to join with us in our Annual Conference. We want you to voice your support for the struggle for Black Community Control of the Police and for Black Power and self-determination.

We are tired of the treatment of our people on every level of existence.

Open the prison cages where scores of African or black people who dared to dream of and fight for a better way of life for our people are rotting away as political prisoners in this country that also uses mass incarceration as a means of containing the resistance of our people against the domestic colonialism that crushes the life and spirit of our people!

Free the aged and infirm from the prisons and houses of torture and death that pose as nursing homes and hospitals but which in reality function as waiting rooms for the mortuary!

We demand reparations for the stolen labor that includes our enslavement, underpayment, underemployment and unemployment and general mistreatment up to this day!

This call is for all those black people who reject the heightened threats of war by the U.S. against the people of Russia and China in an attempt to forestall the obvious decline of U.S. white power that has dominated the world for the last several generations.

We won’t fight their wars – neither against the Russians and Chinese nor against the Afghans, Iraqis, Yeminis or the other oppressed peoples who are fighting like we are to seize control of their lives and future, free from U.S. and European white power domination.

This call is for all those Africans who understand that we must fight for and achieve self-determination and that self-determination is the just, democratic demand for every people who suffers foreign domination and economic exploitation.

This is a call to those African people who say “no” to imperialist war!

No! to war against the oppressed peoples of the world!

No! to the ongoing wars against the Mexicans, Indigenous and African peoples within the U.S. and around the world!

No! to war against China!

No! to war against Russia!

Stop the war against African people in the U.S. and worldwide!

Black Community Control of the Police!

Black Power Matters!

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