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We share this article by Uhuru Solidarity Movement organizer Harris Daniels based in Philadelphia, PA, as part of a series of personal statements to be published throughout the month of March, written by members of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement on why they carry the card of USM membership. Also check out the first in the series by comrade Wendy Craig in San Diego, CA. Uhuru!
From the White Suburbs to Solidarity With Black Power: Why I Carry the Card
by Harris Daniels, Northeast Regional Organizer of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement
Why I joined Uhuru Solidarity Movement:
I found out about Uhuru Solidarity Movement in 2005 after hearing Chairman Omali Yeshitela speak on the Dead Prez album “Let’s Get Free.” I was blown away. As a white kid from the suburbs of Connecticut, I had never had to deal with so many real life political questions faced every day by African people: the drug economy, the State, police containment, hostile colonial schools and the continued results of the attack on Africa that formed the pedestal upon which this entire social and economic system was built.
I was a teacher, and was actually coming into somewhat of a political consciousness through my students, Africans, showing me the conditions they faced every day outside and inside of school. Hearing the analysis of African Internationalism really transformed me as a person and as a member of society; what was my role? Is it enough to just carry out a job in a colonial school system – at the time, I was teaching in an actual prison, but we know all schools are prisons for Africans – and collect a paycheck at the expense of African youth? What more can I do?
Well, fortunately, I looked into the man behind the voice on the Dead Prez record, and found out about the movement behind the man. So many people – white people especially – hear that record and never take it that extra step further, but I had to. I had to know where M-1 and Sticman got their politics from, and what role (if any) I could have in living and carrying out this African revolution.
A Role for White People in the African Revolution?
I was so pleased to learn about the African People’s Solidarity Committee and Uhuru Solidarity Movement. That the strategy of the African People’s Socialist Party for reunification and liberation of African people around the world, and the strategy for reparations, extended into the isolated white community. White people – the beneficiaries of 500 years of plunder, genocide, slavery and theft of land and resources – have a defined role in making reparations to African people through daily accountable campaigns and work.
It was after learning about the organization – and reading Omali Yeshitela Speaks and Overturning the Culture of Violence — that I knew this was the next step I needed to take: to Carry the Card. I couldn’t just be a consumer of information; I couldn’t just absorb the analysis and then go on living my life as I once had; I couldn’t ignore the call being made for me to take a stand as a white person in solidarity with African liberation! I had to become a member immediately!
And so I did. And since then, I have been proud to not only call myself a card-carrying member of Uhuru Solidarity Movement, but I have also been trained as an organizer and I have won my brother, my friends, neighbors, loved ones and even complete strangers to become members too – just by sharing with them everything I know about this movement and what it means to me and to others like me.
If you’re like me and you want to do more than just clock in and clock out of a job that gets you resources at the expense of others, if you believe that liberation for oppressed peoples is the only way this world is going to have a future, if you think that the Kony 2012 campaign is propaganda for imperialism, then do what I did and join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and make a contribution to the real African Revolution.
CARRY THE CARD! Join today, and represent a real movement that’s building principled solidarity with African liberation, supporting concrete on-the-ground programs that are led by African people, for African self-determination.
AND COME TO THE 2012 UHURU SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT NATIONAL CONVENTION: “Occupy Imperialism!” In Philadelphia, PA June 9-10.
THIS SUNDAY, 11AM EST on Uhuru Radio:
Hear an exclusive interview with Ludo de Witte, the author of The Assassination of Lumumba.
De Witte’s acclaimed book provides a powerful look at the US and Belgian plot to capture, torture, and murder Patrice Lumumba, leader in the African independence movement and Congo’s first democratically elected head of state.
A beloved leader amongst the African masses, Lumumba played a leading role in the struggle for the liberation of Africa and all of Africa’s resources. 51 years after the assassination of Lumumba, the Democratic Republic of Congo remains under foreign domination, with over 7 million Africans killed in US proxy wars over the past 10 years.
Nyabinga Dzimbahwe, Agitprop Director of the the African People’s Socialist Party and host of “Africa Live”, will interview Ludo De Witte, author of Assassination of Lumumba, this Sunday (January 29, 2012) at 11AM EST on Uhuru Radio!
WINS ALLIES, RESOURCES, AND SUPPORT FOR UHURU MOVEMENT’S AFRICAN SELF-RELIANCE PROGRAMS
FOR SOLIDARITY WITH AFRICAN LIBERATION!
The Day in Solidarity with African People held in Chicago broke new ground in a city that has not seen the Uhuru Solidarity Movement for many years.
The Days in Solidarity with African People is the annual campaign of the African People’s Solidarity Committee and the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, organizations of Euro-American people working in white communities under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, which leads the Uhuru Movement. Read the rest of this entry
An appeal to the Occupy Wall Street movement
Uhuru! We begin our letter with this greeting, “Uhuru,” because it is a Swahili word that means freedom and it is the slogan of the Uhuru Movement, an international African working class movement led by the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) that is uniting African people in the U.S. and around the world in the revolutionary struggle for self-determination.
We are the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, an organization of white people and other allies of black liberation who work under the leadership of the APSP to organize in our own communities for material solidarity with the African Liberation Movement. Read the rest of this entry
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement salutes the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations that have taken place over the past 2 weeks in NYC. Uhuru Solidarity Movement is an organization of white people and other allies of black liberation who work under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party that leads the Uhuru Movement for the liberation of African people in this country and around the world.
We stand against the bankers and ruling elite who continue to line their pockets with trillions of dollars at the expense of the majority of the people in the U.S.
But we believe that we have to go deeper than this.
We believe we have to stand against U.S. imperialism, currently led by the Obama administration which is waging wars of plunder and occupation all over the world. The US wages military, political and economic terror around the world at the expense of the resources, freedom and self-determination of people in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia. We stand on the side of the oppressed peoples and say Victory to the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba. Read the rest of this entry
On Friday, September 16th, 2011, members of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement joined the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, the MOVE organization, and Philadelphia mayoral candidate Diop Olugbala in the citywide mobilization to Free Troy Davis, an African man in Georgia who faced the death penalty on September 21st.
Activists from various organizations spoke of Troy Davis’s innocence and of the corrupt nature of the “justice” system in the U.S., but it was Diop Olugbala who correctly identified this system itself as criminal, stating that it doesn’t matter what they say Troy Davis did, it’s the fact that this system was built on slavery, genocide and colonialism, and the terror that has been waged at the hands of the U.S. government, in the streets of the African community in the U.S., in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, and on the land of the indigenous peoples, and through the court systems and prisons, must be overturned if we are to ever see Troy Davis, Mumia Abu-Jamal or any other African people freed from its colonial prisons. Read the rest of this entry
September 20, 2011—U.S. colonial courts of the state of Georgia ruled today that Troy Davis will be murdered in a legal lynching tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 pm.
Davis, 42, an African man who has been on death row for more than 20 years, was framed up and convicted in the 1989 death of a white policeman in Savannah, GA.
Despite no physical evidence and the recanting of testimony by seven of the nine witnesses, plans for the execution of Davis, one of the millions of African men trapped in the colonial prison system, are moving forward.
Massive protests from African people and their allies all over the U.S. and the world and more than 60,000 letters have demanded that the state stop the state murder of Davis. Read the rest of this entry
Stop the State murder of Troy Davis on September 21!
Shared from Uhuru News, Published Sep 14, 2011
The following statement is from Kimberly Davis, the sister of Troy Davis, who was wrongfully convicted and put on deathrow in 1991 for the death of a cop. There is no physical evidence against Troy Davis, and seven of the witnesses have recanted their story — many of them saying the police coerced them into give false testimony. Kimberly has launched a campaign on Change.org to stop his execution, which is scheduled for September 21. We urge our readers to participate in the campaign through the petition, call-in and in general to stop the brother’s execution.
My brother, Troy Davis, has been on Georgia’s death row for 20 years despite strong evidence of his innocence. His execution date is now scheduled for Wed, Sept 21. He has a hearing in front of the Georgia Board of Pardons & Parole two days beforehand.We need to tell the Board strongly and clearly: There’s too much doubt to execute Troy Davis! Read the rest of this entry
On September 12, 1977, Steve Biko, a leader in the African Liberation Movement, was killed while held in police custody by the government of Occupied Azania (South Africa).
Steve Biko was a leading figure in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. Biko founded the Black Consciousness Movement, which mobilized the African working class to struggle for power in their own hands.
In 1977, Biko was arrested, tortured, and beaten to death by police.
As Fred Hampton Sr, another slain African revolutionary, once famously remarked, “You can kill a revolutionary, but you cannot kill the revolution.” Read the rest of this entry