FINAL RITES FOR DR. IMARI OBADELE:

 

FINAL  RITES FOR DR. IMARI OBADELE:

First Afrikan Church,  Lithonia, GA

(1st African Presbyterian Church, 5197 Salem Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038, 770-981-2601)(The Church has a maximum seating of 300 )  The Service will begin at 12noon, Saturday, January 30, 2010. The PG-RNA will have a speaker. The program will allow for speaking time for others  who wish to do so. The BLA/Legionnaires will have an Honor Guard and present the RNA Flag to the family.

Any additional questions should be directed to the PCC-Chairperson ( who will contact Sis. Marilyn or her cousin C. Roberts in Philly) or Chokwe Lumumba’s office secretary, Sis. Halima Olufemi at 601-353-4455. The family is still requesting that all donations are sent to the “OBADELE PROJECT;”  c/o MARILYN OBADELE ,  3142 VISTA BROOK DR , DECATUR, GA 30033

Alvin V. Brown-Chairperson

People’s Center Council

Provisional Government , Republic of New Afrika

Alvin V. Brown, 1st. Vice President

People’s Center Council- Chairperson

314-838-1982 * Fax 839-0422

E-mail: abantu@swbell.net

BLACK IS BACK COALITION SALUTES DR. IMARI ABUBAKARI OBADELE AND HIS LEGACY OF STRUGGLE: Long Live Dr. Imari Obadele, Brother, Warrior, Scholar, Teacher!

Brother Imari Obadele, 79, former U.S. political prisoner, anti-U.S. military draft activist, leader of the Republic of New Africa, co-founder of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (NCOBRA), and the subject of U.S. government persecution since 1948 died of a stroke, Monday, January 18th, in Atlanta, Georgia.

At the pinnacle of the U.S. Black Power Movement for Self Determination, late 1960’s, brothers, Imari Abubakari Obadele and Gaidi Obadele (fka Richard and Milton Henry, respectively) called a national meeting in Detroit, Michigan to discuss the creation of a Black state within the southeastern United States; the area known as "The Black Belt," given the high concentration of Afrikans, primary site of enslavement, and symbol of continued national oppression.  On March 31, 1968, 100 of the 500 conferees signed a Declaration of Independence, elected a provisional government, and named the nation the Republic of New Africa (RNA). Robert F. Williams, a human rights revolutionary and former president of Monroe, NC branch of NAACP, then living in exile in China to avoid lynching and government persecution, was chosen as the first President of the provisional government (PG); attorney Gaidi Obadele was named First Vice President and Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, served as Second Vice President. All were comrades and students of Malcolm X.

The Declaration of Independence asserted the right of self determination of the descendants of Afrikans kidnapped and formerly enslaved in North America.  Among other things, it demanded the cession by the United States of the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina, the payment of $400 billion in reparations for the kidnapping, enslavement, and continued injustices suffered by Afrikans in the United States.  Members of the Republic were constantly under assault by every form of U.S. state and federal government.  The U.S. government began monitoring Dr. Obadele in 1948, when he urged Afrikans in the U.S. to resist the draft as a protest against the segregated military. In July of that year, President Harry S. Truman ordered the desegregation of the armed forces.

In 1968, Dr. Obadele was labeled a "key black extremist" by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover because of his civil rights activism.  Three years later, August, 1971, as part of the U.S. government’s COINTELPRO program to "expose, disrupt and otherwise neutralize" black nationalist and other radical dissident organizations, the FBI conducted a pre-dawn raid on the Jackson, Mississippi headquarters of the Republic of New Africa.  In the ensuing gun battle, a Jackson policeman was killed and another, along with an FBI agent, was wounded.

Imari Obadele and several other RNA officials were tried and sentenced to long prison terms. He was imprisoned for five years and released, along with others, after a national grassroots mobilization and legal campaign. Following his 1980 release, Imari Obadele, as from prison, continued his work with the RNA and became its president.

Dr. Obadele attended Temple University and, at age 55, earned a PhD in political science. Throughout his life, he worked with and impacted the lives of thousands of youth to insure the next generation of struggle.  In addition to the RNA, he  served the Afrikan liberation struggle by providing material and political support to independence movements here and abroad, lecturing and teaching at various universities, conferences and gatherings, publishing books and articles upholding the aims of the RNA and the Afrikan’s right of self determination.  Dr. Obadele taught at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, William Paterson University in New Jersey, and the College of Wooster in Ohio. His subject areas included U.S. government, constitutional law, international relations, and African American politics.

THE BLACK IS BACK COALITION for SOCIAL JUSTICE, PEACE, AND REPARATIONS SALUTES DR. IMARI ABUBAKARI OBADELE AND HIS LEGACY OF STRUGGLE. May we prove ourselves worthy of the legacy we’ve inherited, Long Live Brother Dr. Imari Obadele!

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Employment Opportunities
for those committed to self-determination of our African community

Part-time Manager and Promoter,
TyRon Lewis All People’s Community Gym,
St. Petersburg, FL

Part-time Receptionist and Promoter,
Uhuru House Community Center,
St. Petersburg, FL

The African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) is looking for individuals who believe that now is the time to deal with the question of self-determination in our community.

Applicants for these part-time positions should be dedicated individuals who are committed to building these economic development institutions of APEDF and should firmly believe in APEDF’s mission statement:

"The African People’s Education and Defense Fund strives to develop and institutionalize programs to defend the human and civil rights of the African community, and to address the grave disparities in education, health, healthcare, and economic development faced by the African community."

The TyRon Lewis All People’s Community Gym has been open at its current location in the heart of the African community in St. Petersburg, Florida since 1999 and requires the management and promotional skills of someone that understands and is passionate about the importance of affordable, quality healthcare facilities in the African community. Certification and/or background in healthcare, fitness, nutrition is a plus.

The Uhuru House Community Center needs an enthusiastic, part-time receptionist and promoter who will be the first contact that the community has with the Uhuru House, who will network and develop relationships with the community, promote the use of our community center and someone who shares the vision that the Uhuru House should be the center of activity in our community.

Both positions offered are paid positions but neither of these part-time positions is offering substantial payment. There is the possibility of 6 months collective housing. The ideal candidates will see the unique and powerful opportunity in having the ability to go to work each day for the community. To know that your best talents, your labor, your greatest efforts are being used to move the entire community forward! You can wake up in the morning knowing that you will make a difference that day, and go to bed at night knowing that you did!

Those interested in applying should contact Ironiff Ifoma, APEDF President,
at 727-821-2437 or email at office@apedf.org
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Fwd: Do you know who Sekou Odinga is?

 

Greetings all,

On Sunday we will host our monthly PP/POW letter writing workshop.  This month we will feature Sekou Odinga.  It will be at Sankofa Cafe from 4-6pm, upstairs.  This is a program that takes place at the same place and time every last Sunday of the month.  We are doing Sekou again this month because of an organizational error last month.  It is important that we maintain contact with our comrades that are behind enemy lines.  It is more important that we are able to articulate their situation to others.  And beyond that, it is even more important that we organize to try to get them out.  Meetings such as the one this Sunday are an important first step in that process. 
"any movement that doesn’t support its political prisoners is a sham movement" — Ojore Lutalo (former POW)
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Below is a brief autobiographical sketch  of Sekou Odinga…..
"My name is Sekou Mgobogi Abdullah Odinga. I am a Muslim and a POW. I was born in Queens, N.Y., on June 17, 1944. I was raised in a family of nine — Father, Mother, three brothers, and three sisters. I was kicked out of school in the tenth grade for defending myself against an attack by a teacher.
"At age 16 I was busted for robbery and sentenced to three years as a ‘Youthful Offender.’ I spent 32 months at Great Meadows Correctional Institution (Comstock) in upstate New York, where I finished my high school education. In 1961-63 Comstock was very racist. No Blacks worked in any capacity at the prison. One of the sergeants working at Comstock was the head of the KKK. My first political education came at Comstock. In 1963, I was caught in a serious race riot at Comstock.
"The teachings of Malcolm X, who was then with the Nation of Islam, became a big influence on me at that time. After my release, I became involved in Black political activity in New York, especially revolutionary, nationalist politics. In 1964, I also became involved in the Cultural Nationalist movement. By 1965, I had joined the organization of African American Unity, founded by El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X). I began to move with and among many young African Nationalists. My political consciousness was growing daily. I was reading and listening to many Afrikan Nationalists from Africa and the U.S. and became convinced that only after a successful armed struggle would New Afrikans gain freedom and self-determination. I also became convinced that integration would never solve the problems faced by New Afrikans.
"After Malcolm’s death, the OAAU never seemed to me to be going in the direction I desired. By late ’65 or early ’66 I hooked up with other young Revolutionary Nationalists to organize ourselves for the purpose of implementing what we felt was Malcolm’s program. We organized the Grassroot Advisory Council, in South Jamaica, New York. We were all very young and inexperienced and got caught up in a local anti-poverty program.
"By 1967 I was thoroughly disillusioned with that, when I heard about the Black Panther Party (BPP) in Oakland, California. Myself, along with some of my closest comrades, decided this was the type of organization we wanted to be a part of. We decided that some of us would go to California, investigate, and join the BPP if it was what it claimed to be. By the spring of 1968, we heard that representatives from the BPP were coming to New York and there was a possibility of organizing a chapter. I attended the meeting and decided to join and help build the BPP in New York. I became the section leader of the Bronx section, sharing an office with the Harlem section.
"On January 17, 1969, the day Bunchy Carter and John Huggins were murdered in Los Angeles, I went underground. I was told that Joan Bird, a sister in the party, had been busted and severely brutalized by the police and that the police were looking for me in connection with a police shooting. On April 22, 1969, I awoke at 5:30 AM to the sound of wood splitting around my door. When I investigated, I found that my house was completely surrounded with pigs on my roof, fire escape, in the halls, on the street, etc. I was fortunate enough to evade them and go deeper into hiding.
In 1970, I was asked to go to Algeria to help set up the International section of the BPP. After the split in the Party, caused by the COINTELPRO program, I decided to come back to the U.S. to continue the struggle. I continued to work until my capture in October of 1981.
"In 1970, I was asked to go to Algeria to help set up the International section of the BPP. After the split in the Party, caused by the COINTELPRO program, I decided to come back to the U.S. to continue the struggle. I continued to work until my capture in October of 1981. I was charged with six counts of attempted murder of police, for shooting over my shoulder while being chased and shot at by police. I was also charged with nine predicate acts of a RICO indictment. I was convicted of the attempted murders and given twenty-five years-to-life for it. I was convicted of two counts of the RICO indictment (the liberation of Assata Shakur and expropriation of an armored truck) and given twenty years and $25,000 fine for each RICO charge. All sentences run consecutively. "  – Sekou Odinga, in Can’t Jail the Spirit, 4th edition, March 1998.

Sekou recently finished his federal sentence and is now serving his 25 to life New  York sentence.


"I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory… You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. We must dare to invent the future."
Thomas Sankara, 1985


"I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory… You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. We must dare to invent the future."
Thomas Sankara, 1985

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The Social Engineering of Black People by Secret U.S. Government

 

Social Engineering of Black People by Secret U.S Government
The American government has a secret element within it. This secret element equates to being a secret government concealed within an existing government. This covert government is secretly committed to ensuring that America’s white dominance and control is maintained –regardless of who is actually President. Moreover, it has secretly developed classified programs for meeting this racist agenda, and is actively working in communities across America implementing it.

This secret government has been covertly working behind the scene to ensure the continuance of America’s white dominance and control for the last several decades. This secret government is engaged in social engineering by way of mass media manipulation. It is engaged in domestic operations across America that is changing and shaping the American society into what it believes America should look like.

The secret government has been in the business of creating propaganda that perpetuates white superiority and racially devalues other targeted groups. Government agents who are implementing this secret government’s agenda are using the media’s proven mass manipulating capabilities to carry out their missions. Those government agents who specialize in psychiatry, propaganda, and social engineering analyze surveillance information gathered about the targeted group. Decisions are then made on which fraudulent stories to produce to best negatively define and engender certain psychological feelings within the targeted group. The secret government then creates fraudulent news report, hoaxes and deplorably negative statistics about the targeted group. These false deplorable depictions, stories and news reports about the targeted group are then displayed on news reports across America. These depictions are deliberately designed to garner certain psychological feelings among the targeted group that benefits the secret governments agenda of maintaining the U.S. white dominance and control.

By subjecting them to seeing only the fraudulent worst in themselves, the negative propaganda causes disunity, division and self hatred among the targeted groups. It also implies that they trust and respect only whites. This psychosocial program/technology provides the secret government with a very sophisticated and covert method of controlling the targeted group.

The next stage of the government’s operation against the targeted group will be the attack stage. The government agents will use the deplorable depictions gathered about the targeted group to justify their mistreatment or to make others insensitive to their plight. After several years of this negative psychosocial program about the targeted group, the American public after hearing and seeing these stories will have their opinions formed regarding the targeted group. The American people will be convinced that the mistreatment of the targeted group is not only justified, but is also absolutely necessary. The secret Government creates fear and hatred towards the group. Then it will use this fear and hatred the American people feel to deliberately foster a national consensual setting for the mistreatment of the targeted group. This is what mass manipulation experts refer to as engineered consent. Hitler’s Propaganda experts implemented the same program against the Jews as a precursor to the gas chambers.

This mass manipulation technology is a very sophisticated method of control. Furthermore it is the same classified technology used against foreign adversaries. The technology was developed to protect national security and is now secretly being used domestically to defend the white race’s position of power and dominance against its growing minority group. This mass media driven psychosocial program goes completely undetected by the group targeted. However its effects are detrimentally real and very proficient at adversely effecting the self perceptions of the targeted groups. The targeted group will never know they are being mass manipulated and socially engineered (programmed) to hate themselves. Most people who have been victims of this social engineering remain totally oblivious of it even when it is destroying their lives. Some have bought into the conditioning so much that they have disdain for those who are determined to break free from the this psychosocial program. Since these methods of socially engineering mass populations are classified, no one locally to the targeted group will understand it or believe it is being used against the targeted group. Basically if this classified mass manipulation program is used against a group, they have no way to detect it or anyone to report the unethical activity to.
The secret government’s agents operate above the law. In the eyes of federal, state, and local law enforcement, this technology doesn’t exist. Groups targeted by the secret government agents are on their own.

Although most Blacks will never suspect that government agents are doing this to them, this mass manipulation program is deplored most tenaciously against America’s Black population. America’s Black communities are covertly targeted by the secret government in order to ensure that white dominance and control is continued.

Black people are seeing through lenses that have been deliberately assigned to them by white social engineering experts. They are being conditioned to hate themselves and to admire only whites through a deliberately designed psychosocial program. The constant relentless bombardment with deplorably negative images of themselves that of which African Americans are so subjected to throughout the U.S. media is a deliberately applied psychosocial program. It deliberately inundates its Black population with fraudulent misinformation that perpetuates and frames the myth of Whites’ racial, moral, intellectual and ethical superiority. It is a covert and sophisticated system of ensuring the continuance of White racial hierarchy by way of mass manipulation that shapes the minds and collective perceptions of its Black population by subjecting them to seeing only the fraudulent worst in themselves. It is an insidious method of control that misleads African Americans to believe that it is now themselves that are their own worst enemies and that therefore they require whites to govern over their lives. It uses the media’s proven mass manipulation abilities to divide and condition African Americans to accept white dominance over their lives. This psychosocial program is disseminated unrelentingly everywhere through news releases in magazine articles, radio, television, press releases, documentaries, and false census reports. It is being deployed in all sectors – government, media, health and welfare, entertainment, and education, etc. Furthermore, it is the most detrimentally proficient racist system ever deplored against African Americans because most remain totally oblivious of its existence.

This concept of manipulation works by affecting the unconscious mind through deception. Its weapon is the message that it carries and the way that it adversely affects the targeted recipient group in terms of their behavior. To the detriment of many African Americans this system of applied psychological conditioning has been an extremely effective. Its unrelenting daily assault on the Black psyche engenders feelings of self-doubt, self-loathing, and distrust among their group. It also develops profound feelings of internalized self contempt that pulverizes Black unity and halts Black upward mobility. It totally detaches African Americans’ sense of racial unity and cohesion and also totally detaches them from their sense of power and reality while insinuating that they admire, respect, and trust only Whites.

This method of control provides America’s secret government with a more socially acceptable means of ensuring the continuance of its White racial hierarchy given that it is not as easily recognized. Unlike the blatantly brutal forms of racism used in the past, which Blacks were able to identify easily and therefore unify and form counter strategies, this modern system is more covertly deplored and works from a psychological perspective.

This massive psychosocial program also creates a national climate that is insensitive to the plight of African Americans —thus fostering a consensual national setting of where in which Blacks are more easily mistreated and suppressed. This psychosocial program’s distorted deplorable depiction of African Americans changes the root problem of racism in America to be due to Black’s behavior rather than White’s proclivity for racism. This creates a shift of victimization—in favor of whites– that engenders acrimonious beliefs about African Americans that makes the nation and the entire world insensitive to their plight, tranquilizes efforts on their behalf, lessens pressure for social change on their behalf and makes any serious criticism of White racism almost impossible today.

This produces false justifications for the legal system’s mistreatment of African Americans. Wherein they are disproportionately incarcerated, given stiffer sentences, and are more likely than other racial groups to be treated brutally, beaten, and fired upon by police officers while they are unarmed. These injustices now goes ignored because the perception has become that it’s all now justified.

When contempt of Blacks is made to appear to be justifiable, it is the most fiercest and effective type of racism because its witnesses, bystanders, and even world audiences will sit by idly allowing African Americans to be brutally mistreated disproportionately incarcerated under the belief that it is justified.] It also affects attitudes that when enacted through governmental policies, laws, and other legislation actions, serve to ensure that African Americans will not advance. Its effects are manifested in ideas, education, governmental policies, economic stratification, social segregation, housing markets, hiring and promotion practices, psychological issues, and minority access to a variety of social services and opportunity.

The objective of the United States government has always been to maintain its White dominance over its Black population, and clearly, this mass media psychological manipulation campaign meets this need—because it covertly manipulates the self perceptions of African Americans and creates a national climate that allows the government to consensually suppress the advancement of its African American population-thus maintaining its White racial dominance and control.

Most African Americans have no idea of the influence the secret American government has had on their lives. I wonder what would these people do if they discovered that their perceptions were the result of the secret government’s social engineering? This posting has only mentioned a few of the social engineering programs orchestrated by the secret American government against its Black population over the decades. It’s unknown how the African American people would react if they discovered how they were manipulated over the decades. What is known is that in order for those who have been misled to begin to see “correctly”, they must have a clear, anal

Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations!

 

Build the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations!

Advance the struggle for Bread, Peace, and Black Power!

 

 

The Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations is an organization comprised of otherwise independent groups and institutions that fit within the general anti-imperialist, self-determinist tendency of the African community.

 

While the immediate cause of our organizing has been the escalation of the U.S. wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, we are representative of a people whose introduction to the U.S. and to imperialism in general has been our own experiences as victims through the attack on our African Motherland and the subsequent enslavement and colonization from which we still suffer today.

 

It has been our own historical experiences as victims of imperialism that help to inform our views of imperialist aggression by the U.S. and others against the peoples of the Middle East, including Palestine and the Persian Gulf; It has been our own experiences that help us to recognize imperialist aggression by the U.S. and others against the people of South America, especially Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia and the growing anti-imperialist bloc.

 

These experiences have also made us opponents of U.S. and other imperialist involvement in Africa and the African world at large, especially the economic quarantine of Zimbabwe, the proxy wars in Congo, Ivory Coast and other places and the imposition of Africom as a means to guarantee the never-ending profit taking emiseration of African people.

 

We recognize the current imperialist involvement in Africa and the African world as continuation of the initial assault on Africa. In addition, the colonization of the African continent that transformed Africa into a source of stolen labor and resources, resulted in the export of African misery and colonization to the far reaches of the earth that include North and South America and the Caribbean where Haiti continues to be a glaring example of the consequences of this relationship.

 

In fact, the current expression of capitalist exploitation and oppression, known as imperialism by some, is but the development of capitalism and the relations of exploitation that were born of the first accumulation of capital stemming from our enslavement and colonization and the accompanying rape of Asia and what is now known as the Americas.

 

This why the Black is Back Coalition is uniquely positioned to assume a leadership role in the struggle against the current expressions of U.S. imperialist aggression being directed against the struggling peoples of Afghanistan Pakistan and Iraq. This is why we stand in solidarity with the Mexican people, the indigenous people of the U. S., the people of Cuba and Venezuela, etc.

 

It is because we recognize their struggles, like our own, are simply efforts to reverse the verdict of imperialism that requires the vast majority of the world’s peoples to live in perpetual misery and poverty for its success.

 

It is because we know that the prisons of the U.S. are filled with the masses of our people because U.S. imperialism recognizes us as an internal colony and since the formal emancipation of our people, has maintained a public policy of police containment, most often with the democratic consent of the general white population.

 

This is why the brave men and women who organized themselves and boldly struck out to win our happiness and the return of our stolen resources have all been victims of character assassination, forced exile and murder. This is why scores of such men and women are now rotting in prisons or living furtive existences as hunted prey even as the U.S. preens on the world stage pretending social equality, having hidden its historically recognized white power behind a black face in the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama.

 

Unemployment and an imposed drug economy, the ongoing theft of value through home foreclosure and other means, reveal the use of our people as a reserve labor force as well as a reserve source of capital accumulation. The police murder of our young men and the denial of any meaningful health care – all of these factors contribute to our ability to characterize our status in the U.S. as subjects rather than citizens.

 

While many have been moved to protest the U. S. foreign and domestic policy agendas for a variety of reasons, the Black is Back Coalition is motivated by a genuine hatred of imperialism that is responsible for most of the misery being experienced by the majority of the peoples within the U.S. and around the world.

 

We protest the wars and injustices directed at the peoples of the world by U.S. imperialism, but more important, our existence represents the reentry of our people into public life as an organized, conscious act of anti-imperialist resistance that has its basis in circumstances similar to those that have motivated the peoples of Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

 

Our coalition is uniquely positioned and has a special responsibility to provide leadership in the resistance against U.S. foreign and domestic policies. The fact that Obama represents the latest, most desperate ploy of imperialism by allowing the oppressor to represent himself in the guise of the oppressed would have confused and paralyzed many opponents of imperialism if not for our intervention.

 

We have not simply called for “peace” as much of the U.S. anti-war opposition has done. More importantly we have been able to express solidarity with those who resist U.S. imperialism, to the victims of imperialism.

 

Our list of demands do not assume that peace and social justice can be conferred on the world by simply demanding the resources going to make imperialist war be diverted to “domestic” use. We are opposed to imperialism itself. Our existence as a coalition marks the initiation of united resistance to imperialism, a resistance that advances the interests of oppressed and exploited African people within the U.S. and worldwide.

 

Ours is a resistance for Bread, Peace and Black Power. Obviously the demand for bread calls for self-serving employment that contributes to the development of our community and a return of all the recently stolen resources due to our people from U.S. actions that accompanied and followed the catastrophe of Katrina and other Gulf region weather systems. We want restitution and repair for the sub prime mortgage fraud that resulted in the greatest theft of African wealth since slavery. But the demand for bread also means reparations for all the stolen wealth that has accumulated to the coffers of U.S. imperialists from slavery up to now.

 

Nor should the demand for peace be interpreted to an imperialist peace, the type of peace that the slave master can appreciate as long as the slaves are not resisting and the system of slavery goes unchallenged. When we say peace we mean the peace that accompanies social justice, a peace that can only come through fierce uncompromising resistance designed to overturn the relationship between the oppressed and the oppressor.

 

We want Black Power, self-determination. And, while we may have differences among ourselves within the coalition about what that self-determination should look like, we do all agree that the fate and future of our people should not be determined independent of the will of our people whose conditions of existence owe themselves primarily to the fact that this critical democratic requirement has been forcibly appropriated by our oppressors.

 

We are approaching the consolidation of our coalition conscious of the historical basis for our unity, but also aware that there are some political and ideological differences among us. Some of us are self-declared revolutionaries, while others do not harbor a criticism of imperialism or the U.S.  that would lead to revolutionary conclusions. Moreover, there may be differences among us concerning the nature and objective of revolution even when we agree that revolution must be on the agenda.

 

For some of us religion has been a major incentive to become organized as a part of the resistance against war and injustice.  We are black nationalists, Pan Africanists, communists, social democrats, African Internationalists and just plain fed up black folks who recognize that united action among our people is a must.

 

It is this diverse character that gives our coalition its strength. For, such diversity is representative of the character of our community and offers us the opportunity to build a real, genuine, social movement such as those that existed in the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s.

 

For this reason we recognize that the Black is Back Coalition must be one that respects the ideological and political differences among us, even as we participate in the most serious discussions to advance our cause. While we do not require any group participating in the coalition to abandon its belief system as a condition for participation, we do require all its member organizations to advance the agreed upon principles, goals and actions of the coalition without relinquishing their right to independent actions, ideological and political expressions outside the coalition itself.

 

For a coalition such as ours to be successful and victorious in its objectives it must be based on democratic principles. This is why we must be open to serious political discussion and debate and not struggle that degenerates into personal insults and slander, and all disagreements must be resolved through majority vote.

 

On November 7th, 2009 the newly-formed Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations violated all notions of conventional wisdom by organizing the first national mobilization in opposition to U.S. actions domestic and abroad since the inauguration of the country’s first black president. Hundreds of mostly African People answered the call by our coalition to rally in Washington, D.C and march on the White House under the slogan: Resist U.S. Wars and Occupation in the

U.S. and Abroad! Reparations Now!

 

The principles of unity that united our coalition and facilitated our ability to organize our rally and march proved themselves in practice and should be maintained as the foundation for any further discussion at our conference. This is also true of the revolutionary national democratic demands around which the coalition was initially organized. These principles and demands fundamental to our unity, but they are also principles and demands that confront imperialism; they indicate the initiation of a new social movement, a new period of resistance from a historically oppressed and exploited people. They state for our people and the world that despite the recent bloody past that has resulted in the imprisonment and assassination of our leaders and destruction of our freedom-seeking organizations; despite the establishment of a black U.S. president that has proclaimed a post-racial U.S., Black is Back and the struggle for Bread, Peace and Black Power is on.