On Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:30pm, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement holds its Day in Solidarity with African People event. The program takes place at the Uhuru House, 1245 18th Ave S. in St. Petersburg, FL.
In the wake of the death of Michael Brown, a black unarmed teen, at the hands of Ferguson police, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement calls on others outraged by Brown’s death to attend a Day in Solidarity with African People.
A Day in Solidarity with African People aims to shed light that Ferguson is symptomatic of repressive conditions that the black community faces.
The event will examine the conditions in the black community such as:
- The 2014 updated "Malcolm X Grassroots Movement" report showing that a black person is killed by police or vigilantes every 26 hours in America
- The connection between the siege on Gaza and the siege on Ferguson, Missouri
- Imposed economic devastation on black workers such as seen in Detroit, Michigan
- More than 400 people, mostly black, are killed every year by white cops alone according to USA Today
A Day in Solidarity with African People offers an opportunity for the community to engage in building a new, sustainable and just political and economic system, raising up the African People's Socialist Party's self-determination economic programs such as Black Star Industries, independent African media, physical wellness and health care programs, community self-reliance and campaigns for social justice.
The event will provide a unique opportunity for those of us in the white community to hear from the leaders of the African Liberation Movement and to examine the true history of the relationship between white people and African and all oppressed people.
The keynote speaker will be Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African Socialist International and author of “An Uneasy Equilibrium: The African Revolution versus Parasitic Capitalism.”
A political leader who emerged in the black power era of the 1960s, Yeshitela has traveled throughout the U.S., Europe and Africa, building a movement for the unification and liberation of African people worldwide.
Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee and author of “Overturning the Culture of Violence,” will speak on the role and relationship of white people in solidarity with the African Liberation Movement.
Says Hess, “Taking a stand in solidarity and in unity with reparations for African and oppressed peoples ends our isolation from the rest of the world. It supports a process to end racism and injustice by supporting the struggle for national liberation that will end the colonial system that has oppressed so many for the past 500 years.”
During October and November, Days in Solidarity with African People events happen across the U.S. hosted by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and the African People's Solidarity Committee.
The events are themed “Not One More Black Life! Stop U.S. Wars of Occupation and Police Terror!, ” drawing the connection between the white community's affluence and the stolen lives, labor and resources of black people as a result of the police presence in their community.
P.O. Box 3630, St. Petersburg, FL 33731