Thousands of black people will descend on the U.S. capital in Washington, D.C. on January 14, 2017, one day before the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and six days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.
We will rally for self-determination and declare to the world that, despite the rise of Donald Trump and his version of white nationalism, Black is Back! And we have our own National Black Political Agenda for Self-determination that we will fight for regardless of which political party or individual occupies the White House.
The Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations has been working for several years to unite our people to take responsibility for our own freedom.
On November 5 and 6 our Coalition of black people and organizations brought hundreds of Africans to Washington, D.C. to participate in our own independent National Black Political Convention.
Together we ratified a 19-Point National Black Political Agenda for Self-determination that was adopted as our own.
On January 14 we will go back to D.C., thousands strong to reaffirm our commitment to our agenda and to win the thousands of other African people to unite with a black agenda for self-determination.
We will not allow the anniversary of King’s birthday to be a celebration for the inauguration of Donald Trump!
Among other things, our agenda demands reparations for black labor and torture, black community control of the police, freedom for black political prisoners, an end to mass incarceration and immediate release of the thousands of black people in the prison concentration camps.
Our 19-Point Black Political Agenda for Self-determination calls for an end to black population removal called gentrification and support for black businesses.
Our agenda also demands proportional representation, where black people can be assured of some electoral power because we would have power throughout the U.S. that is proportionate to our population percentage.
These are just some of the demands we will be forwarding on January 14 in D.C. These are demands that neither Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton were able to raise in our interest. This is why we must fight for our own, independent power.
Forward to D.C.!