The African People’s Socialist Party Sixth Congress is almost here and we at AAPDEP couldn’t be more excited. It will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, December 7-11.
The Congress is a time when we come together as the Uhuru Movement
to discuss the way forward for African revolution and how that should look in the different areas of the movement. As the work of AAPDEP becomes more focused, it is beneficial for AAPDEP members and supporters to participate in this revolutionary event.
AAPDEP would not exist today if it were not for the forethought of the Chairman of the Uhuru Movement, Omali Yeshitela, who saw parasitism manifest itself in the modern day NGO and charity machines. This parasitism is born from the overall capitalist system, which benefits from the exploitation of African and other oppressed people for profit. While we are subject to some of the worst levels of poverty, parasitic charity organizations grow rich from their encounters with us. Essentially they need the poor in order for their organizations to exist.
AAPDEP does not want to have to exist!
We want to be obsolete and we are hard at work creating the conditions for our organization to be unnecessary. How?? By not just focusing on the poverty but through the injection of revolutionary theory into everyone we come across. Because we understand that it’s not projects that will change our world, it is a complete dismantling of the capitalist system which was born and is maintained off our oppression.
Our work has not only been an attempt to alleviate the poor conditions we face, but to expose and overturn them by empowering our people; creating solutions that directly contend with capitalist influence, while showing African people how we can solve our own problems.
This Congress will be a chance for us to connect with other movement forces so that we can bolster our common goal of realizing a free and prosperous Africa and African people.
At the Fifth Congress, which was held in Washington DC in 2010, AAPDEP joined Africans from around the world in recognizing the significance of the political theory of African Internationalism and the impact it has had on revolutionary thought and action.
It was at this Congress that AAPDEP’s Director, Dr. Aisha Fields was reappointed to her position and has since led the struggle for AAPDEP to carry out its work. Since that Congress we saw the work of AAPDEP explode in Sierra Leone and expand in the United States in places like Washington, DC and Houston. We also received renewed interest from Africans on the Continent from the countries of Ghana, South Africa, Kenya and Sudan.
AAPDEP’s “Road to the Congress” blog series has a three-fold goal; it’s about making people aware of our place within the Uhuru Movement, a revolutionary organization; encouraging our members and supporters to register, attend and participate in this event; and a way for us to establish regular updates for our work.
As we have just announced our AAPDEP Uhuru Spring Project 2014 and are set to announce other initiatives, we encourage people to find ways they can get involved. Attending the Congress is a step in the right direction.
Build the Sixth Congress of the African People's Socialist Party!