On November 3 and 4th the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations is sponsoring a rally, march and conference in Washington, D.C. to break the silence surrounding the escalation of the historical oppression of our people in the U.S. and throughout the world.
At the time when the U.S. is declaring an end to its wars against the peoples in Iraq and Afghanistan, our people are enduring oppressive conditions that can only be likened to a state of warfare in every community where we are located within the U.S.
We are being violently attacked by state-imposed poverty and joblessness intensified by the mass incarceration of our young people that takes away potential breadwinners through imprisonment and the subsequent denial of work because of past convictions.
We suffer an economic embargo as intensive as those imposed on declared enemies of the U.S. government that leads to economic sanctions that deny bank loans and trade opportunities - such as we have seen imposed on Zimbabwe, Cuba, Iran and Syria.
Our children are forced to endure brutally mind-numbing indoctrination that is euphemistically referred to as education. They are stuffed into institutions that crush their spirits and punish their curiosity with the support of police agencies that normally push the students into the cavernous jaws of a U.S. prison system that is the largest in the world, half of whose inhabitants are black.
This is the same prison system that has swallowed up some of our best men and women who have voluntarily put their lives on the line to struggle for the freedom of our people during some of our darkest days of oppression. These are political prisoners, the existence of which is denied by a U.S. government that postures on the world stage as a messenger of freedom and democracy, sometimes as justification for attacking and occupying other countries and peoples.
“Our children are forced to endure brutally mind-numbing indoctrination that is euphemistically referred to as education.”
We must break the silence surrounding the fallacious idea of a “post-racial” America that is used to muffle the cries of the dispossessed from Hurricane Katrina, of the mothers and loved-ones of black men shot down every 36 hours by the police, of thousands of our young people brutalized in children’s prisons, of the millions unjustly stopped and frisked and the thousands sentenced to life without parole while criminal bankers walk free.
We must protest the dispossession from the foreclosures caused by the subprime mortgage fraud created by prestigious financial institutions and supported by the U.S. government with the explicit intent of looting the meager resources of already impoverished black and Latino communities.
Our voices must be heard!
We must break the silence! We must rally and march and plan a future that will revoke the current trend of religious and national persecution of Muslims and Arabs who are thrown into prisons in the U.S. and elsewhere to prevent their voices being heard in protest of U.S. foreign policy objectives resulting in rapacious wars and occupation.
We must challenge the retroactive sanctity of U.S. borders that are used to prevent entry by many of the people who remain impoverished and oppressed from the moment they were robbed of their land by European interlopers who have now designated others as aliens, illegals and undesirables.
We protest the continuing deadly oppression of the indigenous people upon whose land European invaders established a parasitic economy based on slave labor and an inherently unjust State to defend its insatiable appetite for conquest. We will demonstrate our disgust and opposition to the existence of the life-sucking concentration camps that are hidden by the convenient euphemism of Indian reservations.
“We must rally and march and plan a future that will revoke the current trend of religious and national persecution of Muslims and Arabs.”
Our voices must be heard in protest of the brutal continuation of centuries of exploitation of Africa, something that was begun with our capture, dispersal and enslavement in the U.S. and throughout the world.
We must declare loudly that Africa is for Africans! Those at home and those abroad! We oppose the continuation of the historical looting of Africa that leaves our people on that continent, perhaps the richest in the world in natural and human resources, barely existing from hand to mouth while fattening the bellies and bank accounts of predators that benefit from the misery of our people.
We must vociferously oppose the U.S. created Africa Command or AFRICOM that has been tasked with the responsibility of keeping Africa and Africans impoverished and keeping the resources of Africa for the U.S. at the expense of Africans and other imperialist competitors.
Let us break the silence surrounding the plight of our brothers and sisters in Haiti who continue to be punished for having the audacity to win the first slave and worker’s revolution in history and opening its doors to the enslaved of the world during the heyday of slavery in the early 19th Century.
We will not be silent as the U.S. government continues to support the white nationalist settler state of Israel that stands on the throats of the Palestinian people.
We refuse to be a party to the U.S.-led war on Libya and the lynching of its President Muamar Ghaddafi, an advocate of the unification of Africa and an opponent of the U.S. military outpost state of Israel.
“Let us break the silence surrounding the plight of our brothers and sisters in Haiti.”
No attempts by the white ruling class media can confuse us about the U.S. threats against Iran, that secured its freedom from a U.S.-imposed, U.S.-armed and U.S.-supported tyrant in 1979. We are clear that the U.S., with the largest nuclear arsenal in the world and the only country to have ever used atomic weapons in human history, has no moral grounds to stand on as it threatens war against Iran for an unsupported claim that Iran is developing nuclear weapon capacity.
And, while most of the traditional peace and anti-war movement has been shamefully silent in the face of the imperialist aggression now being suffered by Syria, with the U.S. playing a primary role, we will not be silent.
Black is back.
After the brutal murders of our leaders in the 1960s successfully decapitated our movement, after the assassinations of Dedan Kimathi, Patrice Lumumba, Thomas Sankara, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Lawrence Mann, more than 30 members of the Black Panther Party and untold numbers of other black leaders in the U.S. and abroad, black is back!
“We are providing our movement with its greatest potential for unity since the magnificent worldwide revolution of the 1960s.”
We are here and we are becoming better organized each day. We are providing our movement with its greatest potential for unity since the magnificent worldwide revolution of the 1960s.
On November 3rd we rally in Malcolm X Park in Washington, D.C., from every community in the U.S. Here we will make our united voices heard; here we will declare our united will to join with the peoples of the world to change the course of history that has enslaved and impoverished the majority for the benefit of the parasitic few.
We will bring the issues that plague our communities and the Earth to public view. We will loudly proclaim our right to live healthy, informed lives without violence, poverty, early death, prison and fear.
We will disavow the charlatans, poseurs and sycophants who have been chosen by our oppressors as our leaders.
On November 4th we will hold a conference to organize and plan. We will collectively decide what to do to tell our own story and to place our own aspirations, values and plans on the agenda for human progress and the conquest of social justice, peace and reparations.