Day 18: The training of African revolutionaries at Party Intensive in St Petersburg, Florida

Today was day 18 of 28 for APSP cadre intensive participants. We are in our third week of this month-long intensive combined with physical education, political and theoretical education, and practical community outreach work. Participants will leave this process different than what they entered by all indications.

We honored the red, black, and green African national flag to begin our day as we do routinely. Comrade Aisha Fields was tasked with being the MC today. She brought forward Secretary General Gaida Kambon who led us with call and response chants.

One such chant was "Why are you here?" the response was, "To become cadre, Comrade!" That was followed by bringing the Chairman to the mic to give a brief introduction to Negro's with Guns, a documentary about Robert Williams.

Williams was head of the Monroe, North Carolina chapter of the NAACP who believed in armed resistance to oppression and tyranny.

Many participated in summing up of the video leading most to agree with and appreciate African Internationalism and the APSP in the context of our evolving history of struggle to become free.

Following a brief break, there was a workshop on the Party's early years, by Chairman Omali Yeshitela. He emphasized how important our political line was and is.

Those who participated in Q and A expressed their appreciation of the Party maintaining its trajectory for revolution after being born out of the US counterinsurgency to destroy the Black Revolution of the 60's.

After lunch, the MC convened the afternoon session. First up was the workshop Revolutionary Significance of Chairman, led by Secretary General of the ASI, Luwezi Kinshasa.

He made an excellent presentation summing up the Chairman's significance in political terms. He stated that without the Chairman we would be caught up in a time warp.

He gave an analogy of a black box that airlines use to locate information in the event of a crash; he said African Internationalism is like a black box that contains all the necessary information for African and others to see our way forward to the final offensive to eradicate imperialism from the face of the earth.

People expressed their gratitude to Luwezi for his workshop that upheld the exemplary leadership of the Chairman. Some of the comments moved people to tears.

The Chairman in his usual candor and humor said it was sounding like a eulogy. The Chairman ended the workshop stating that we are a party of science.

Following a brief break we took to the community for door to door and tabling outreach work in the 90 degree heat. Collectively we sold 39 Burning Spear newspapers and made 64 contacts.

Each of the four units gave a report of their outreach work. Outreach was summed as good and that people were friendly and open to our organizing efforts.

After the summation of outreach we fell into formation to retrieve the flag.

The last task of the day was time allotted for team work period to work on reports and assignments before closing for the day.

After all is said and done today like the previous 17 has been a great day. Another day in steeling cadre capable of makig the African Revolution.



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