Editor’s note: The following is a statement from The Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. The organization will hold its national conference this Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24 in St. Petersburg, FL. More information, including the conference program, can be found at BlackIsBackCoalition.org.
The Black is Back Conference will also be videocast live on UhuruNews.com.
Today, the stark and heinous reality that is Haiti, demonstrates for the world to see why the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations would come into existence within a year of Barack Hussein Obama's inauguration as the first African to be elected/selected president of the U.S.
Firstly, the Black is Back Coalition is united with the just demand of the African population of Haiti for the return of the democratically elected president, J. Aristide, and the demand for political power in the hands of the people.
Secondly, the Black is Back Coalition uncategorically denounces the United States' occupation of Haiti, and its military aggression and terrorizing of the African population on the island. And this being the case, we call for all U.S. military forces out of Haiti, unconditionally.
We stand united that our people in Haiti, are well capable of governing ourselves and policing ourselves. The Black is Back Coalition believes that the sole purpose of U.S. presence in Haiti is to ensure that out of the rubble people's political power and organization will not emerge.
The questions that our Coalition stands for:
(1) Social Justice – Is demanded, but cannot be attained as long as the U.S. occupation is in place. An analogy would be to say that Israeli troops should occupy Gaza to insure Palestinian justice. Self-determination was on the top of the Haitian agenda prior to the earthquake.
(2) That the people of Haiti do not need a peace that requires them to suffer and bow down to U.S., French, and Western imperialism. That the only just peace will come with the people of Haiti in control of their own political destiny and the resources of Haiti.
(3) And most profoundly, the African population of Haiti must surely be compensated in reparations for slavery and hundreds of years of stolen black labor. While the African population of Haiti is joined with the African population of the world in having built infrastructure for U.S., French, and Western imperialist nations, Haiti was left with a very, very, shaky infrastructure at best. Thereby making it very vulnerable to natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes. Therefore in addition to reparations for stolen black labor, the U.S. and must return the Haitian Treasury it looted in the 1930's, and the French must return the resources the French took with the help of U.S. military forces for so-called property lost during the Haitian Revolution, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. The Black is Black Coalition for Social Justice, Peace, and Reparations say that these resources must be returned as reparations to the Africans in Haiti.
And finally the Black is Back Coalition is calling on particularly the Africans of the world and the peace loving peoples of the world to muster all resources possible to go into Haiti so that our people can survive in dignity and not be reduced to beggars as the Obama regime would have it. We call on the U.S. government to stop the military blockade of Haiti so that good-meaning relief efforts and supplies, food, water, medicine, etc. can get inside to the people.
FORWARD WITH THE REVOLUTION IN HAITI!
Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace, and Reparations!
Out of two hundred years of existence, the United States has never gone on a mercy mission when Africans were distraught. Haiti is no exception.