Highlights from the St. Petersburg, FL event
September 21, 2011 • Venue: Studio@620
“Every dream, every poem of the white world was born at the expense of African and oppressed peoples! All of us should hate this relationship. A new world is being born through the resistance and the struggles of the oppressed. This is the trajectory for human progress.”
Chairman Omali Yeshitela electrified the audience with these words in St. Petersburg, FL on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the opening event of U.S.-wide campaign for a Day of Solidarity with African People.
The Days in Solidarity with African People is the annual campaign of the African People’s Solidarity Committee and the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, organizations of Euro-American people working in white communities under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party which leads the Uhuru Movement.
The St. Petersburg event attracted Euro-Americans and others from all age groups, including a contingent of students who traveled from New College in Sarasota, FL to participate, along with a professor Trey Conner from University of South Florida who brought some of his students.
The program opened up with an energizing performance by political hip hop artists Krown and Bella with their lively songs popularizing the struggle for liberation and reparations for African people.
Jesse Nevel, the local Uhuru Solidarity Movement Organizer, gave an opening presentation following the enthusiastic welcome by Uhuru Solidarity Movement National Chair Stephanie Midler.
Chimurenga Waller, who has been active in the Uhuru Movement and the African People’s Socialist Party since he was 17 years old and who is now the Director of the National Office of Recruitment and Membership spoke on the upcoming 40th anniversary of the African People’s Socialist Party in 2012.
African People’s Solidarity Committee Chair Penny Hess gave a dynamic powerpoint presentation that graphically laid out the reality of the understanding, put forward by Chairman Omali Yeshitela, that the white population lives on the pedestal of the enslavement of African people, the genocide of Indigenous peoples and the plunder of oppressed peoples worldwide.
Hess’ presentations are based on her book, Overturning the Culture of Violence, which documents the reality behind the Party’s theory of African Internationalism.
Chairman Omali’s electrifying presentation highlighted the event as the Chairman addressed white people directly, calling on us to take up our responsibility to actively join in solidarity with the struggles and resistance of African and oppressed peoples everywhere to bring down this white power system built at the expense of the majority of humanity.
The Days in Solidarity are fundraising events, a stance of “Reparations in Action,” and through pledges and donations about $1700 were raised at this event.
As APSC chair Penny Hess stated, “The event was profoundly successful. It was indicative of this period of the crisis of imperialism and the rise of the movements of African and oppressed to take back control of their land, resources and self-determination.
“It is powerful to see a growing movement of white people who want to be part of changing the world through a stand of genuine solidarity!”