As members of the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party everything we take on under the leadership of Chairman Omali Yeshitela is motivated by the absolute requirement to make the revolution.
This is our starting point.
An initial decision led the Party’s NCC to propose the arrest of Chairman Omali Yeshitela as part of planned civil disobedience actions that our movement is mobilizing in St. Petersburg, FL during the “Day After” actions following the imminent Grand Jury decision on the indictment of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, MO cop who murdered 18-year-old Mike Brown on August 9.
The arrest of Chairman Omali Yeshitela was seen as part of a strategic approach to advance the ongoing mobilization and organization of the African community in the U.S.
However, the National Central Committee has come to the conclusion that a voluntary arrest of our chairman Omali Yeshitela, the leader of the African Revolution at the hands of U.S. police will not serve the interests of the African Revolution at this time.
We want to thank everyone who supported our initial call by spreading the word, donating and volunteering to be part of the international campaign to “free Chairman Omali Yeshitela” after the upcoming decision.
Although the Chairman will not participate in the civil disobedience other members of our Party and movement will be doing so.
At this moment the building and consolidation of the African People’s Socialist Party does not require the Chair of our Party to be voluntarily detained by the ruling class state apparatus.
First of all we realize that various sectors of the ruling classes have passed immigration laws that require visas or simply deny entry to Africans with criminal records, making it easy for them to deny Chairman Omali Yeshitela entrance to places like Canada, the UK and others.
In this period we can avoid decisions to embark on tactics and strategies for bold actions that are likely to get our Chairman arrested by the state.
Our ultimate goal is not to get the Chairman arrested but to advance the revolution.
We must lead our supporters to understand that we are in a new era in the history of humanity, where we can see before our own eyes the impossibility of U.S. led white power in black face to rule in the same old ways.
This only validates what most of the oppressed people have also concluded that we can no longer live in the same old ways, oppressed as usual by the status quo.
Our oppression is no longer acceptable. We must do everything to forward the revolution, which will overturn this system, built at our expense, and replace it with a social system built under the leadership of African working class.
This was the intention that motivated the leadership of African People’s Socialist Party to determine that Chairman Omali Yeshitela would take an arrest for civil disobedience during our critical international Day After action.
The arrest of the Chairman would have helped bring the spotlight to the universality of the contradiction of police violence in our colonized communities.
It could have sparked the turning point galvanizing the African community to reject the oppressive status quo and join the organized resistance of the African working class guided by African internationalism.
However, at this moment the contradictions associated with the arrest of the Chairman at this period of imperialist crisis, when imperialism is reckless and desperate, outweigh the immediate benefits that his arrest might bring.
The need for the Chairman’s leadership worldwide are greater than ever and we cannot afford to have his availability to our people undermined by his voluntary internment by our colonialist enemies under conditions over which we have no control.
We must redouble our efforts to hasten this moment when the Party of the African working class here and around the world will rise as one to end the unhealthy and unnatural relationship between our colonized people and the U.S. ruling class.
We are confident that our cause is just, our victory is unavoidable and African Internationalism revolution is the future!