Resolutions of the 5th Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party

Below are resolutions put forward by committees and organizations of the African People's Socialist Party (APSP) for adoption at our 5th Congress, scheduled from July 10 thru 14 this year.

Like the Constitution that is to also be voted on for adoption at the Congress, we place these resolutions in your hands, the membership of the Party, to study and be prepared to make an informed decision when the time comes to vote them up or down, or make changes that are initiated by members in good standing with the Party.

These resolutions, along with the Political Report to the 5th Congress, shall provide direction for the work of our Party in this period.

Forward to the 5th Congress of the African People's Socialist Party!

RESOLUTION NO. 10-01
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. FROM JULY 10-14, 2010, SELL THE BURNING SPEAR
 
WHEREAS, It is a requirement of all members in good standing of the African Peoples’ Socialist Party to sell the Burning Spear newspaper, the official journal of the Party; and
 
WHEREAS, The Burning Spear is the most effective tool of the African working class in the war of ideas against the imperialist ruling class; and
 
WHEREAS, The Burning Spear newspaper is the longest-running black power newspaper in continuous publication in the world and that “Freedom of the press belongs those who own the press”; and
 
WHEREAS, The Burning Spear keeps the Party connected to the masses of African people and carries out the Party’s slogan “From the people to the Party; from the Party to the people; and
 
WHEREAS, The Burning Spear newspaper unites the Party, is a morale booster, keeps all struggles, campaigns and units connected to each other so each group can learn from the other; and
 
WHEREAS, The Burning Spear newspaper keeps the Party accountable to the masses through the on-going publication of its program and Party policies and decisions; and
 
WHEREAS, The Burning Spear newspaper is the Party work that is always there, that it is an organizing campaign that does not end and that The Burning Spear newspaper always gives the Party cadres work to do among the masses; and
 
WHEREAS, that by being on the streets with The Burning Spear newspaper our Party’s political line and philosophy are consistently spread to the masses for the purpose of bringing them into the Revolution; and
 
WHEREAS, selling The Burning Spear newspaper guarantees our interaction with the people and gives the masses a stance to emulate; and
 
WHEREAS, we recognize that the street sales of The Burning Spear are the main organizing tool of the African People’s Socialist Party; and
 
WHEREAS, the street sales of The Burning Spear is the primary means by which the Party acquires the money necessary for publication of The Burning Spear;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY, HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON THE DATES OF JULY 10-14:
 
SECTION ONE: That all rank and file members of the African People’s Socialist Party sell a minimum of 100 copies of the Burning Spear newspaper every month.
 
SECTION TWO: the Department of Agit Prop, led by The Burning Spear Editor, will work actively to recruit to the Spear Team to ensure the timely monthly publication of the Burning Spear newspaper (Print).
 
RESOLUTION NO. 10-02
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. FROM JULY 10-14, 2010, TO BUILD UHURU NEWS BUREAUS
 
 
WHEREAS, the ability to carry out the mandate of “From the people to the Party; from the Party to the people,” is dependent on establishing on-the-ground Agit-Prop organizations among the masses of African workers; and
 
WHEREAS, control of media and the news is a critical component of the struggle for revolutionary dual and contending state power in the hands of African workers in opposition to the colonial media which is an embedded tool of the bourgeoisie and the U.S. State;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY, HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON THE DATES OF JULY 10-14:
 
SECTION ONE: The Party will build Uhuru News bureaus everywhere that the Party is located under the leadership of the Party’s Agit-Prop; and
 
SECTION TWO: The bureaus have the responsibility to write for and distribute the Party press.
 
 
RESOLUTION NO. 10-03
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. FROM JULY 10-14, 2010, TO BUILD THE PARTY’S AGIT-PROP.
 
WHEREAS, the Party’s Department of Agitation and Propaganda is key to winning the worldview of African Internationalism among the masses of African people and oppressed and struggling people everywhere; and
 
WHEREAS, Agit-Prop provides an international infrastructure and leadership arming the entire movement to engage effectively in the war of ideas; and
 
WHEREAS, the development of the institutions of Agit-Prop are a key part of the Party’s struggle for dual and contending power;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY, HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON THE DATES OF JULY 10-14:
 
SECTION ONE: That the Department of Agit-Prop builds to become self-sustaining with independently self-sufficient institutions of The Burning Spear newspaper, Burning Spear Publications, Uhuru News and Uhuru Radio, functioning to the maximum capacity under the leadership of Agit-Prop.
 
SECTION TWO: That upon acquiring the necessary editorial, layout and distribution staff and training, the publishing of The Burning Spear newspaper, including layout, printing and distribution, be moved to Houston, Texas, so as to be carried out under the direct hands-on leadership of the Editor.
 
RESOLUTION NO. 10-04
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE 5th CONGRESS OF THE APSP ON PRISONS TO COMBAT THE MASS INCARCERATION OF AFRICAN PEOPLE AND UNITE WITH THE EFFORT TO BUILD THE AFRICAN NATIONAL PRISON ORGANIZATION
 
WHEREAS, The International people’s Democratic Uhuru Movement recognizes that there are more than 2.3 million people in prison, the United States of America has the largest prison population in the world; and
 
WHEREAS, this prison population is a direct response to the existence of internal colonies within the U.S., with Africans, who make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population according to census figures, constituting at least half the prison population; and
 
WHEREAS, the history of African people colonized in the U.S. has been characterized by incarceration, beginning with the capture and imprisonment of our whole people under the system of chattel slavery; and
 
WHEREAS, the mass imprisonment of African people subsequent to the formal end of African enslavement, has been justified and codified in law by the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution with the words: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction; and
 
WHEREAS, the prison system has functioned as a tool of economic growth and stability for the oppressor nation ruling class and population; and
 
WHEREAS, prison is also a tool of colonial domination after the formal ending of slavery, terrorizing and disrupting African families and lives; and
 
WHEREAS, during this great crisis of imperialism, the prison system has become even more omnipresent in the lives of domestically colonized African people, functioning as a system of torture and forced birth retardant threatening the actual existence of our people; and
 
WHEREAS, Whereas InPDUM has a mission to defeat imperialism and its symptoms, defined by our Revolutionary National Democratic Program (RNDP) and recognizes that prisons in the U.S. are a colonial tool to discourage the revolutionary potential of the African community and punish revolutionary and anti-colonial acts by the subjugated African population; and
 
WHEREAS, political prisoners such as Mafundi Lake, the Angola 3, Mumia Abu Jamal, Sundiata Acoli and many others have been incarcerated in U.S. prisons for decades, is proof that prisons are an integral part of the counterinsurgency methods of the U.S. capitalist-colonialist state; and
 
WHEREAS, 77 of the 100 children serving life sentences in the U.S. are African children; and
 
WHEREAS, the death penalty is another vicious tool of class oppression that expresses itself most sharply against colonial subjects, especially Africans;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY, HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON THE DATES OF JULY 10-14:
 
SECTION ONE: The African People’s Socialist Party stands in opposition the prison system and its use as a colonial tool for the incarceration of African people
 
SECTION TWO: That the African People’s Socialist Party build the African National Prison Organization (ANPO) to advance the demand of the immediate release of all African people locked down in U.S. prisons and the complete destruction of the colonial prison system.
 
SECTION THREE: That, independently and in concert with others, ANPO work to advance the interests and defend the rights of African and other colonized and working class prisoners and their families and communities.
 
SECTION FOUR: That this Resolution shall be in full force and effect immediately upon its adoption and approval in the manner provided by the Constitution of the African People’s Socialist Party and the Rules of Procedure of this Congress.
 
 
RESOLUTION NO. 10-05
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE 5th CONGRESS OF THE APSP, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A BUDGET COMMITTEE/ADVISORY BOARD THAT WILL PROVIDE LONG TERM FINANCIAL PLANNNIG FOR THE APSP USA.
 
WHEREAS, economic and financial difficulties have historically plagued the African Liberation Movement in general and the African People’s Socialist Party in particular; and
 
WHEREAS, economic and financial issues have also proved to be critical to the overall security of the movement and our Party, having proved to be a serious point of vulnerability; and
 
WHEREAS, throughout its history the African People’s Socialist Party has made every effort to develop and maintain economic and financial independence in defense of its political integrity and promotion of national self-determination for African people colonized within current U.S. borders; and
 
WHEREAS, throughout its history the African People’s Socialist Party USA, historically an organization of the African working class ideologically, politically and in actual composition, has struggled to overcome its own inadequacies in the realms of economic and financial capabilities; and
 
WHEREAS, such capabilities are crucial to the capacity of the African People’s Socialist Party USA to realize its political aims and to protect the properties and assets of the Party; and
 
WHEREAS, it is increasingly clear that all our economic and financial efforts would be seriously improved and our capabilities much enhanced with the assistance of a committee of experts with the responsibility of helping to solve the many problems associated with long-term economic strategies and financial needs; and
 
WHEREAS, such a committee would entertain discussions of financial plans designed to move the APSP USA forward to realizing its revolutionary agenda and financial obligations; and
 
WHEREAS, the committee would also help to plan the budget and solve budget problems so that offices, from local to national would be provided direct leadership around issues of economic development;
 
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:
 
SECTION ONE: A Budget Committee/Advisory Board, separate from and independent of the Office of Finance and Economic Development, will be created with the responsibility to review and analyze the annual budget of the APSP USA, engage in revenue enhancements, create new programs and/or provide assistance with program development, budget cuts, capital improvements and a host of related responsibilities.
 
SECTION TWO: At the end of each year the Budget Committee/Advisory Board will prepare a formal report for the National Central Committee with all recommendations.
 
SECTION THREE: With the advent of each National Party Congress the Budget Committee/Advisory Board will assist the National Director of Finance and Economic Development in preparation of an audited financial report to the National Party Congress.
 
SECTION FOUR: That this Resolution shall be in full force and effect immediately upon its adoption and approval in the manner provided by the Constitution of the African People’s Socialist Party and the Rules of Procedure of this Congress.
 
 
RESOLUTION NO 10-06
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. FROM JULY 10-14, 2010, FOR REPARATIONS TO AFRICAN PEOPLE FROM THE WHITE POPULATION
 
WHEREAS, the wealth and power of the U.S. and Europe are a direct result of the European assault on Africa, turning an entire continent of African people into a commodity and enslaving them, creating the parasitic capitalist system that benefits the white world; and
 
WHEREAS, the theft of African wealth through attacks on African economic centers & towns such as Tulsa, Oklahoma, historically enriched the white population, along with the history of convict leasing which used enslaved African labor to rebuild the wealth of the U.S. South after the Civil War; and
 
WHEREAS, theU.S.colonialprison industry has historically functioned as economic stimulus for the white population through kidnapping and imprisoning millions of African men, women and children, and destroying African families and communities; and
 
WHEREAS, the subprime mortgage industry targeted African people, contributing to the greatest loss of wealth for African people in the U.S. since chattel slavery while leaving a wealth gap where an African family has ten cents for every dollar a white family has; and
 
WHEREAS, the entire white population has participated in centuries of white terror against African people, carrying out lynching’s, gang and mob attacks and other forms of violence and intimidation, including complicity with the “legal lynching” of African people by the police and by the colonial court system today; and
 
WHEREAS, the wealth and power of the U.S. and Europe were built and is maintained today through the brutal colonial plunder of Africa, whereby all Africa’s vast resources have been stolen to enrich the white world – from the rubber plundered by the Belgians who murdered 10 million African people and cut off the hands of thousands more; to the coltan, gold, diamonds, oil and other resources being stolen by imperialism today through the brutal resource wars such as in the Congo where a conservatively estimated 6 million Africans have been murdered; and
 
WHEREAS, white people consequently have the highest standard of living in the world, controlling 75 percent of the world’s resources, and consistently support U.S. wars against African and colonized peoples inside this country and around the world to maintain U.S. imperial domination;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY, HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON THE DATES OF JULY 10-14, 2010:
 
SECTION ONE: The African People’s Solidarity Committee, the organization of white people formed by and working under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, calls on all white people to actively work for reparations to African people as the key to peace and justice on the planet by returning the stolen resources to the African Revolution under the leadership of the African Socialist International.
 
SECTION TWO: The African People’s Solidarity Committee calls on white people everywhere to stand in solidarity with the demand for reparations to African people as a key step in the destruction of imperialism, the enemy of the peoples on the planet that is built on slavery, genocide and colonialism.
 


RESOLUTION NO. 10-07
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. FROM JULY 10-14, 2010, TO BUILD YOUTH WING OF PARTY
 
WHEREAS, the U.S. domestic police murder, maim and kidnap African children at tender ages old with impunity such as they did to 7 years-old Aiyana Jones in Detroit; and
 
WHEREAS, only 50 percent of all African students graduate from high school in the U.S.; and
 
WHEREAS, 1 out of 9 African men in the U.S. between the ages of 15-35 are locked up in a colonial prison; and
 
WHEREAS, the U.S. government wages an intense war against young African workers under the guise of waging wars against “gangs, drugs, violence,” etc; and
 
WHEREAS, the “official” unemployment rate among African youth is more than 44 percent; and
 
WHEREAS, the future of the African community and our struggle for liberation is in the hands of young African workers; and
 
WHEREAS, we recognize that the existence of such institutions as the colonial education system, foster care system, (juvenile) courts, prisons and police are all components and weapons of counterinsurgency specifically targeting young African workers.
 
WHEREAS, the U.S. government, through its sponsorship, establishment and promotion of “non-profit” organizations in the African community, steer African youth away from revolution through liberal politics and programs that protect class peace; and
 
WHEREAS, U.S. imperialism committed itself to a counterinsurgent program in the 1960’s that explicitly stated as part of its mission to “prevent the long-range growth of militant black nationalist organizations, especially among youth”; and
 
WHEREAS, we recognize that there can be no successful revolutionary struggle for our liberation without the conscious participation of the masses of young African workers; and
 
WHEREAS, we recognize that such phenomenon as the recent youth uprisings of Philadelphia, Chicago and New Orleans and the rebellions of Los Angeles (1992), St. Petersburg, Florida (1996), Cincinnati (2000) are all evidence of growing desire among young Africans to struggle against the U.S. colonial State; and
 
WHEREAS, we recognize that the youth brought forth a revolutionary impulse of activism and resistance that spawned the Black Power Revolution of the 1960’s; and
 
WHEREAS, the African People’s Socialist Party in the form of its forerunner JOMO (Junta of Militant Organizations) successfully organized young African workers around a program for independence during the Black Power Revolution of the 1960’s; and
 
WHEREAS, the African People’s Socialist Party is a revolutionary organization representing the advanced detachment of the African working class which assumes the responsibility of organized the masses of unorganized African workers;
 
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
 
SECTION ONE: The African People’s Socialist Party, through its Youth Commission, will organize a mass organization of young African workers that will advance a program specific to the legitimate aspirations and contradictions colonized young Africans of the U.S. are confronted with.
 
SECTION TWO: This mass organization will work to introduce the revolutionary science of African Internationalism into the struggles waged by and in the interests of African youth and to make them supporters and members of the African People’s Socialist Party.
 
SECTION THREE: The mass organization of young African workers will assume the acronym of JOMO, resurrected from the Junta of Militant Organizations, a precursor to the African People’s Socialist Party that was characterized in part by the fact that it was an anti-colonial organization of young African workers.
 
 
RESOLUTION NO 10-08
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. FROM JULY 10-14, 2010, TO BUILD AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOLIDARITY DAY
 
WHEREAS, in order to be genuinely anti-imperialist or “progressive” a white person must be an African Internationalist, embracing the worldview of the organized African working class and standing in solidarity with the struggle for African liberation; and
 
WHEREAS, the fact that white people live on the pedestal of the oppression of African people demands that they take a stand in solidarity with the struggle for African national liberation as opposed to struggling against racism, which does not change the political and economic relationship of the colonial domination of African people; and
 
WHEREAS, the African revolution represents the key to the destruction of imperialism and the end to a system built on oppressor and oppressed nations;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY, HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON THE DATES OF JULY 10-14:
 
SECTION ONE: The African People’s Solidarity Committee, the organization of white people formed by and working under the direct leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, calls on all white people to participate in the African People’s Solidarity Day campaign and events as a stand of genuine internationalism, reparations and solidarity with the right of African people everywhere to liberate their homeland and resources.
 
SECTION TWO: The African People’s Solidarity Committee calls on all white people to participate in the fundraising campaign for the African People’s Solidarity Day as a concrete form of reparations to African people through its revolutionary leadership and advanced detachment, the African People’s Socialist Party.
 
SECTION THREE: The African People’s Solidarity Committee calls on all white people to unite with the Revolutionary National Democratic Program of the African Socialist International which lays the basis for African people everywhere for the revolutionary seizure of power over their lives and resources.
 
RESOLUTION NO. 10-09
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. FROM JULY 10-14, 2010, TO BUILD THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE
 
WHEREAS, living on the pedestal of the oppression of African and other oppressed peoples and controlling the majority of the resources on the planet, the white population has opportunistically sought to resolve its own contradictions with the imperialist system and the white ruling class at the expense of African and other oppressed peoples; and
 
WHEREAS, white people can only overturn the material basis of its opportunism by working under the leadership of the African working class as it struggles for national liberation and the socialist unification of Africa and African people worldwide; and
 
WHEREAS, white people, as members of the oppressor nation, cannot change their relationship with African people, a colonized and oppressed nation inside the borders of the U.S. through simply addressing the question of racism, the ideological underpinnings of colonialism;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY, HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON THE DATES OF JULY 10-14:
 
SECTION ONE: African People’s Solidarity Committee, the organization of white people formed by and working directly under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, represents the only principled political relationship of white people that addresses the issue of colonialism facing African people inside this country and around the world as the key revolutionary question.
 
SECTION TWO: The African People’s Solidarity Committee embraces the Political Report to the 5th Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party and the theory of African Internationalism as our own and in the interest of all white people in being part of destroying imperialism and creating a world in which all human beings can live together in peace and unity.
 
SECTION THREE: The African People’s Solidarity Committee, unites with the mandate of the Political Report to the 5th Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party for APSC to organize white people to their true interest in unity with the just liberation struggle of African and all the oppressed peoples, and to end their unity with imperialism and their self-imposed isolation from the majority of the peoples of the world.
 
SECTION FOUR: The African People’s Solidarity Committee is committed to developing scientific and effective strategies and political campaigns for influencing the white population to their true interests through forums, demonstrations, writings and other means, including outreaching to disaffected sectors of white people growing daily in this deepening crisis of imperialism.
 
SECTION FIVE: APSC resolves to build mass solidarity organizations providing meaningful political and material solidarity and security for the African People’s Socialist Party and the African Socialist International in this period of the final offensive and for victory for African people everywhere.
 
SECTION SIX: The African People’s Solidarity Committee is committed to carrying out all the mandates and directives of the Political Report to the 5th Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party.



RESOLUTION NO. 10-10
 
A RESOLUTION ADOPTING SAFE HOUSES, THE ABLITY TO COLLECT AND STORE FOOD AND WATER ALL OVER THE WORLD WHERE APSP- USA EXIST OR HAVE MEMBERSHIPS.
 
WHEREAS, the deepening crisis of imperialism is contributing to serious reaction by the ruling class and repressive colonial state, including greater restrictions being put on speech and travel; and
 
WHEREAS, the arrests, imprisonment and murder of African militants and former activists such as the Liberty City 7 in Miami in June 2006, the San Francisco 8 in January 2007 and Luqman Ameen Abdullah in Detroit in October 2009, represent growing evidence of a new wave of terror directed at African advocates of justice and liberation for African and oppressed peoples; and
 
WHEREAS, the escalating economic crisis adds even more fuel to the flames of panic encapsulating the body politics of U.S. imperialism and greater hardship for our people, including members of our Party; and
 
WHEREAS, the security of our Party members, movement and community is critical to the success of our revolution for happiness and the return of resources stolen from our people; and
 
WHEREAS, the acquirement of “safe houses” for emergency use by members of our Party in the event of political emergency, economic distress or natural disaster would be a prudent action in such times as these; and
 
WHEREAS, the acquisition of emergency caches of food, water and other survival materials would be to the benefit of our members and community;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY, HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON THE DATES OF JULY 10-14:
 
SECTION ONE: All organizations of the African People’s Socialist Party, USA will develop plans of actions everywhere the Party exists to facilitate the security of our members, movement and community.
 
SECTION TWO: That such plans of action include the acquisition of secure emergency safe houses and emergency stores of food, water and other necessary survival materials.
 
SECTION THREE: That this Resolution shall be in full force and effect immediately upon its adoption and approval in the manner provided by the Constitution of the African People’s Socialist Party and the Rules of Procedure of this Congress.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 10-11
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE 5th CONGRESS OF THE APSP TO UNITE WITH THE EFFORT TO BUILD THE INTERNATIONAL PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC UHURU MOVEMENT
 
WHEREAS, the Revolutionary National Democratic Program (RNDP) is the practical program of the African Socialist International (ASI) North American Region and the African People’s Socialist Party-USA; and
 
WHEREAS, The RNDP responds to the colonial conditions experienced by African people inside the U.S. and throughout North America, and recognizes that African people in North America and throughout the world are part of a dispersed African nation that must reunite with each other and with Africans on the continent to liberate Africa; and
 
WHEREAS, the masses of African workers, African students and revolutionary intellectuals. exploited African farmers, struggling to regain their land, African schoolteachers who have been prevented by colonial law and tradition from bringing liberating education to African students; African people struggling throughout the U.S. and Canada against gentrification and the destruction of our communities and in the interest of the countless African people facing job cuts, foreclosures, and chronic underemployment; African national cultural workers and proindependence democratic nationalists as well as African small business owners suffocating under the weight of disadvantageous colonial laws and monopoly capital; and millions of Africans tied to the prison concentration camps of North America and their families, friends, neighbors, and organizations founded for their defense all constitute components of the Revolutionary National Democratic Sector of the colonized African population, united in their interest in the destruction of imperialism and to achieve national self determination and self governance; and
 
WHEREAS, the Revolutionary National Democratic Program provides a concrete political basis for uniting the conscious sector of the African population around a common program for a united anti-colonial struggle for African self-determination; and
 
WHEREAS, the revolutionary National Democratic Program provides the struggle for the total emancipation of Africans within the U.S. of North America a program of our own, separate from and hostile to that of the ruling imperialist parties and other representatives of African subservience; and
 
WHEREAS, all Africans in North America — and Africans worldwide — suffer direct or indirect national oppression, a reality that establishes the objective basis for cross-class, anti-colonial unity under the leadership of the revolutionary African working class that addresses this national oppression;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE'S SOCIALIST PARTY, HELD IN WASHTINGTON, D.C. ON THE DATES OF JLY10-14, 2010:
 
SECTION ONE: The African People’s Socialist Party will struggle to win acceptance of the Revolutionary National Democratic Program by the domestically colonized African population of the U.S. as the popular program of our people to be achieved in the pursuit of democracy, political power and social justice.
 
SECTION TWO: The African People’s Socialist Party will make every effort to win the adoption of the RNDP by the anti-imperialist sector or the African Liberation Movement as the strategic program that unites our movement in the struggle for the capture of Black Power within the U.S.
 
SECTION THREE: In the struggle to win popular and movement support for the RNDP The African People’s Socialist Party will build conferences, hold forums and mobilizations and initiate other programs and projects designed to make the RNDP the popular program of the African masses colonized within the current borders of the U.S.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 10-12
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE 5th CONGRESS OF THE APSP USA, TO COMPLETELY REVISE AND MODERNIZE THE APSP USA ORGANIZATIONAL MANUAL THAT WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE POLICES, PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES THAT AFFECT MEMBERS AND LEADERS OF THE APSP USA AND THE ORGANIZATION INTERNALLY.
 
WHEREAS, The African People’s Socialist Party of the United States is experiencing tremendous growth complexity; and
 
WHEREAS, the challenges presented by this growth and complexity require that the APSP USA embrace growth polices, practices and procedures aimed at protecting its integrity and building a strong relationship with its members and between rank and file members and leadership; and
 
WHEREAS, this growth and complexity require specific policies, practices and procedures to help guide APSP USA members and leaders in a manner that will be clear and concise in solving administrative and political questions and concerns; and
 
WHEREAS, the existing Organizational Manual of the APSP USA was written in the early 1980 and is too outdated to serve the current purpose of the APSP USA during this period of growth and complexity
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY USA, HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON THE DATES OF JULY 10-14:
 
SECTION ONE:The Office of the Secretary General, in consultation with the Office of the Chair, will work to completely revise the Party’s Organizational Manual within three months of this 5th Party Congress to bring it up to date and capacity to address the complex organizational, political and administrative requirements of the Party, its members and leaders.
 
SECTION TWO:The organizational manual will provide guidelines for our entire movement on issues concerning political direction and administrative and organizational procedures and processes necessary for effective functioning within the African People’s Socialist Party USA.
 
SECTION THREE: The organizational manual will function as a supplement to the Party Constitution, providing answers and guidelines that may not be specifically outlined and spelled out in the Constitution.
 
SECTION FOUR: The APSP USA organizational manual will be subject to change at the sole discretion of the National Central Committee of the APSP USA.
 
SECTION FIVE: That this Resolution shall be in full force and effect immediately upon its adoption and approval in the manner provided by the Constitution of the African People’s Socialist Party and the Rules of Procedure of this Congress.
 
RESOLUTION NO. 10-13
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. FROM JULY 10-14, 2010 to combat the specific oppression of African women. This resolution is guided by our believe that we want an end to the political and social oppression and economic exploitation of African women, we believe in the absolute, unequivocal, political, social and economic equality of African women and men, we believe that a fundamental test of the progressive or revolutionary character of any organization, party, movement or society is its commitment, confirmed in practice, to the destruction of the special oppression of women and the elevation of women to the rightful place as equal partners and leaders in the forward motion of the development of human society and as leaders, makers, and shapers of human history.”
 
 
WHEREAS, thevast majority of African women have beenforced to either live as single parents or singles women by an assortment of social disruptions of the African community, which includes unemployment and underemployment, economic humiliation, the vicious mass incarceration of African men in U.S jails and prisons and the intervention of the colonial welfare system, which imposes the exclusion of African men from homes as a condition for government assistance; and
 
WHEREAS, the centuries of U.S. assault on African women have involved stealing her children from birth and during various stages of their development; and
 
WHEREAS, the centuries U.S. of colonial slavery meant that African women did not have the right to have a family life as they were often worked every day until they dropped of exhaustion; and
 
WHEREAS, under the rule of U.S. terror, African women saw their husbands and companions kidnapped and forcibly separated from them; and
 
WHEREAS, African women historically bore the brunt of the bestial assault of imperialism in terms of rapes, tortures, murders and other forms of human violence, humiliations and degradations; and
 
WHEREAS, the artificially created conflict between African men and women only serve to weaken our national resistance as a people; and
 
WHEREAS, the separation of African women and men by either incarceration of men or women or both is genocidal population control of African people by agencies of the U.S. colonial government; and
 
WHEREAS, African women have been raped as young girls, women and grand mothers by colonial rulers and ordinary oppressor nation citizens alike; and
 
WHEREAS, African women have been oppressed and exploited against their will as producers of material and human values, including their own children, that built the U.S.; and
 
WHEREAS, we firmly reject the concept of “women in general,” recognizing that there are fundamental differences in the material conditions and interests of women of the oppressor nation and the oppressed African nation and between the ruling and working classes; and
 
WHEREAS, there are real contradictions between African men and women that must be resolved, some of which are the consequences of externally-imposed conditions of colonialism and ideas of male superiority that undermine Africa’s general tradition of matriarchy; and
 
WHEREAS, these contradictions, though often vile and pernicious, are non-antagonistic contradictions that must be resolved through education and persuasion, unlike the contradictions between African women and our whole nation and imperialist white power, which can only be resolved by the defeat of imperialism and the total emancipation of our whole people; and
 
WHEREAS, genuine African personality and dignity can only be retrieved and developed with the complete liberation and emancipation of African women from national and class oppression;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY, HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON THE DATES OF JULY 10-14:
 
SECTION ONE: The African People’s Socialist Party stands in total opposition to all forms of exploitation and oppression of African women and to this end.
 
SECTION TWO: We resolve to fight everywhere against outdated backward ideas within and without the African community that are disguised or misused as traditions, which assert that women cannot be leaders, makers or shapers of human history by bringing to all layers of the oppressed African nation the science of African Internationalism.
 
SECTION THREE: We resolve to fight all backwards and regressive practices such as genital mutilation of women, which are disguised or misused as traditions.
 
SECTION FOUR: We firmly reject all degrading and humiliating bourgeois notions and practical impositions of humiliations of African women that would treat them as beast of burdens to be worked and exploited to exhaustion and as sexual objects and men’s properties and consequently will work for the eradication of all these retrograde and criminal views and practices in society.
 
SECTION FIVE: We resolve to defend and provide practical assistance to African women against all horizontal violence and ideas by which backward and retrogressive behavior of rapes, beatings, even murders and other forms of violence are promoted and justified as examples of manhood in our community.
 
SECTION SIX: We resolve to train millions of African women to fight for the cause of African internationalism and for the full development of women as leaders, makers and shapers of history and society.
 
SECTION SEVEN: We resolve to fight for access for all African women to scientific and technological education and equipment necessary to ease the burden of labor and enhance the achievement of equality between male and female workers at the work place, in our movement and in our homes as well.
 
SECTION EIGHT: We resolve to fight for the end of intervention of the U.S colonial state in our affairs, in the form of colonial welfare benefits that requires the absence of African men in the house as a condition for receiving the socially engineered pittance of domination.
 
SECTION NINE: We also firmly resolve to fight the massive incarceration of African men, which we recognize as part of colonial separation of African women and men that results in the break up of African families.
 
SECTION TEN: We also resolve to end the imposition of families headed by single African women and or as single breadwinners, as we recognize we need to build and sustain strong and stable families anchored in struggle for African liberation.
 
SECTION ELEVEN: We resolve to oppose with all our might the theft of our children by the agents of the U.S. colonial state in the form of the foster care system and juvenile prisons or by celebrities aided by neo colonial sates in theft by adoption in Africa, which is disguised as charitable benevolence.
 
SECTION TWELVE: We demand that the maternal right of the African mother to care for her children her on her own terms be restored and respected.
 
SECTION THIRTEEN: We clearly resolve that the struggle for the emancipation of African women is the struggle for the emancipation of the African nation from imperialist oppressor nations under the leadership of African workers, of which African women are a key component.
 
SECTION FOURTEEN: We resolve to create for every political and social event, childcare facilities, which will allow women and men to equally share the care of our African children, and create equal spaces for women to organize and fight for African liberation.
 
SECTION FIFTEEN: We propose the creation of an African women’s commission, in accord with the Constitution, to organize women to fulfil their roles as revolutionaries that will help to determine the future of women through their fully conscious, organized participation in defining and creating that future.
 
SECTION SIXTEEN: We call for an urgent establishment of the African National Women’s Organization, which, in addition to mobilizing public support for the emancipation of African women in the U.S. Will do all things possible to defend, provide revolutionary political education and bring African women into organized political life.
 
SECTION SEVENTEEN: We resolve to keep the crucial issue of specific exploitation of African women at the forefront of African international liberation struggle and propose the creation of a women department of Agit prop to strengthen the national, class-consciousnesses and revolutionary spirit of African women.
 
SECTION EIGHTEEN: We resolute to work in organizing the first all African women conference for the emancipation of Africa women on global scale.
 
SECTION NINETEEN: That this Resolution shall be in full force and effect immediately upon its adoption and approval in the manner provided by the Constitution of the African People’s Socialist Party and the Rules of Procedure of this Congress.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 14
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE 5th CONGRESS OF THE APSP, ON FIGHTING AGAINST IMMIGRATION ASSAULTS ON AFRICAN PEOPLE
 
WHEREAS, African people in Africa and throughout the world have been forcibly separated from each other and from our resources by slavery and other forms of colonial captivity and oppression; and
 
WHEREAS, borders, visas and other barriers are used to limit/ control our access to each other and our resources; and
 
WHEREAS, deportation is used as a means to punish Africans who dare to follow their resources to the UK; and
 
WHEREAS, Africans are denied the democratic right to create wealth for ourselves through our own labor in the UK, leaving us open to massive exploitation by parasitic capitalists who pay meager wages, forcing us to live in sub-standard conditions; and
 
WHEREAS, the Detention Centers which separate African children from their families and hold African migrants and asylum seekers prisoner under the pretext of being in the UK illegally, feeds the parasitic economy of the UK; and
 
WHEREAS,the massively exorbitant fees that African students are forced to pay, based on immigration status in the UK; and
 
WHEREAS, during this great crisis of imperialism, the immigration noose is ever tightening around the necks of Africans by state institutions in imperialist centre’s, using us as scape-goats to white nationalist subjectivism which blames us for the problems that have been created by imperialism and benefited oppressor nations at the expense of African people;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE 5TH CONGRESS OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S SOCIALIST PARTY, HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON THE DATES OF JULY 10-14:
 
SECTION ONE: The African People’s Socialist Party stands in total opposition to the UK immigration system and its use to deny Africans access to our own resources, both human and material.
 
SECTION TWO: The African People’s Socialist Party will do all within our power to eradicate all immigration controls within the UK and other imperialist centre’s, and to win popular support for this position, both within the U.S. and throughout the world.
 
SECTION THREE: That this Resolution shall be in full force and effect immediately upon its adoption and approval in the manner provided by the Constitution of the African People’s Socialist Party and the Rules of Procedure of this Congress.

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