HOWARD UNIVERSITY BLACKBURN CENTER - GALLERY LOUNGE
This is a call is for a unified African Liberation Day to unite the African organizations and individuals who are committed to self-determination for our people. This is a call to end the sectarianism that has plagued the celebration of African Liberation Day in the past. It is a call to end the isolation of African Liberation Day being celebrated by only the“conscious” community but to bring a broad base of the black community to this celebration and closer to the call for self-determination.
The first ALD mobilization was held on May 27, 1972 was called to support the many liberation struggle that were still being fought in Africa particularly in Southern Africa, from Mozambique to Occupied Azania (South Africa). African Liberation Day is not just a celebration of the end of colonial rule but the call for the total liberation of African people throughout the world. More than 40 years later, Africa is still unfree and under assault by neo-colonial governments throughout the continent. On the US front of the struggle of black people, the crisis of imperialism has undeniably deepened by the response of the African working class in Ferguson, MO to the killing of young Mike Brown.
The black community has been awakened and there is a burgeoning movement around the police killings that are ubiquitous in our communities throughout the country. The black community is being pulled into reformism and passivity by varying of interest from the Democratic Party lead by Barack Obama who wants to pass the imperial torch to Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. To the white left organizations who have attempted to control various black organizations through donations and paternalistic solidarity. To even black intellectuals and politicians who attempt to speak for this movement but were not among the black working class who rose up in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD. We must give our community leadership as the pro-independence movement to prevent those who are nothing more than 21st century integrationists.
We, members of the pro-independence movement for African people, must be the force to give coherence to the movement around the question of the police. We must intervene in the discussion that implicitly reinforces white people caring about our lives as the solution to combat State violence.
We must raise up slogans like “Black Power Matters”, “Black Community Control of Police” and any other slogan that attempt to win our people to the notion of independence. We are killed in the streets not from a lack of compassion from white imperial power in the form of the police, but because we are not self-determined and do not have power over our own lives.
We call on all who are committed to self-determination for our people to make the demand that Black Community Control of Police and unite for self determination and resistance. This is a call to participate in the resurgence of the African Liberation struggle through African Liberation Day 2016!
Northeast Regional Representative
African People’s Socialist Party – USA