Penny Hess is the chairperson of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, an organization of white people organizing in solidarity with the movement for the liberation of Africa and African people. APSC works under the leadership of the Uhuru Movement, led by the African People’s Socialist Party.
Penny has been a member of the African People’s Solidarity since its founding in 1976. She is a tireless organizer who speaks throughout the U.S. and Europe in an effort to educate people that white society everywhere owes its affluence and democracy to the enslavement and colonization of African and oppressed peoples.
Hess believes that the only way for white people to understand the current crisis of imperialism is to unite in solidarity with the struggles for national liberation being waged by African and other oppressed peoples.
Years of research for workshops and panels about white complicity in the enslavement and oppression of African people, and the ensuing economic benefits, led Hess to write The Culture of Violence in 1991 and an updated edition, Overturning the Culture of Violence in 2000.
Her ongoing research and analysis can be seen in videos and PowerPoints throughout the African People’s Solidarity Committee web site and on the Uhuru Solidarity Blog.