Uhuru Movement Communiques
Why We Must Organize to Stop Police Terror Against the African Community
Where: Uhuru House, 7911 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA
Contact: International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-569-9620
Building a Movement for Economic Development, Reparations & Justice for the African Community
The Second of Two Events with Omali Yeshitela, Leader and Founder of the Uhuru Movement and Chairman of the African People's Socialist Party
The African community in Oakland is violated on a daily basis by the failed policy of police containment, a policy that brings heavy handed policing and with it the abrogation of the basic rights of the community. This policy has brought decades of police killings of African people from Casper Banjo to the BART transit cop killing of Oscar Grant and ensures that the African community impoverished and powerless. With this pattern of police violence and repression feeding into California's prison system. Africans make up only 5% of state population and yet represent 50% of those who are in prison in California.
On March 21st, a young African man, Lovelle Mixon, shot and killed two Oakland police officers during a "routine traffic stop." During a SWAT team raid in search of Mixon, two additional officers lost their lives.
The incidents of March 21st have brought the political and economic crisis in the city of Oakland to a head. We must examine these events within the overall economic and political context and support the right of the African community to organize to resist the brutal policies of police containment and violence they experience on daily basis.
The Uhuru Movement is building the African Village Survival Initiative in Oakland - a collective response to the economic crisis to ensure the African community can meet is own needs through self-reliant programs and institutions: community gardening, solar energy, rainwater catchment, holistic health practices and economic development.
The forum will feature the presentation of Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African People's Socialist Party, addressing the need for African working class led organization.
Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People's Solidarity Committee will present on environmental justice through African Liberation and the necessity of white solidarity with African freedom and justice.
Dinner following the event
$5 to 25 sliding scale
No one turned away for lack of funds