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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.
Members of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement traveled from St. Petersburg and Miami for the National Day of Mass Action Against US War on Iran demonstration held at the MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Florida.
The US is already engaged in warfare – economic, political, and military – against the people of Iran. The CIA and Mossad have carried out numerous assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists, imposed economic sanctions, and deployed troops in Israel to train for a military invasion of Iran.
The US attempts to justify their aggression with the claim that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Iran maintains they are developing nuclear technology for peaceful means. But the real point is, who is the US government to tell Iran or anyone else that they cannot develop nuclear technology for defense?
The US is the most repressive, violent, terrorist regime on the planet, possessing almost 10,000 nuclear warheads, the only country to ever use nuclear weapons in warfare.
We fully support the right of the Iranian people to defend themselves and their resources from colonial exploitation.
We stand in complete solidarity with the people of Iran against imperialist attacks by the United States and Israel. Read the rest of this entry
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
Members, supporters, and friends of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement attended the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations on Saturday, October 1, 2011 to organize the North American/white participants there to Take the Pledge of Solidarity with African People and sign up to participate in the Black is Back Mobilization,“Stop the Wars & Build the Resistance,” that is being held in Philadelphia on November 5, 2011.
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
“Every dream, every poem of the white world was born at the expense of African and oppressed peoples! All of us should hate this relationship. A new world is being born through the resistance and the struggles of the oppressed. This is the trajectory for human progress.”
Chairman Omali Yeshitela electrified the audience with these words in St. Petersburg, FL on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the opening event of U.S.-wide campaign for a Day of Solidarity with African People.
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.
The St. Petersburg event attracted Euro-Americans and others from all age groups, including a contingent of students who traveled from New College in Sarasota, FL to participate, along with a professor Trey Conner from University of South Florida who brought some of his students. Read the rest of this entry
NO MORE GENOCIDE IN OUR NAME
Overall poverty statistics blur the reality that African community bears brunt of economic crisis!
The poverty data released this week obscures the fact that the brunt of the current U.S. economic crisis falls squarely on the shoulders of the African and Latino communities.
Unemployment claims rose to 428,000 last week with a staggering 7.14 million people now receiving benefits. Millions of others are no longer looking for jobs, have maxed out their unemployment or working from time to time in low paying temp jobs that cannot meet their needs.
Last year 48 million people ages 18 to 64 did not work even one week out of the year. Read the rest of this entry