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APSC National Conference — Jan. 10-12, 2010 in St. Pete, FL

African People's Solidarity Committee Annual National Conference
Sunday, January 10 - Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Uhuru House
1245 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33705

PROGRAM

Day I—Sunday, January 10
8:30  Registration and Breakfast

9:30 Welcome

9:45  A New Kind of Relationship for White People in Solidarity With the African Liberation Movement
African People’s Solidarity Committee Chairwoman Penny Hess opens the conference with an introduction to the philosophy of the Uhuru Movement and its program for a just and sustainable world based on an end to a system of oppressors and the oppressed. She will present an overview of the current crisis of global capitalism, the rise of anti-colonial struggles and the principled role for white people in the growing international movement for African freedom. Hess is author of Overturning the Culture of Violence and longtime leader of the movement for “white solidarity with black power” under the leadership of Chairman Omali Yeshitela and the African People’s Socialist Party.

10:05
Uhuru on The Move; Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going
The director will present a multi-media review of the political and economic accomplishments of the Uhuru Movement in 2009 and its plans for 2010. Ifoma is the Director of Economic Development for the African People’s Socialist Party and a longtime member of the Party’s Political Bureau. She has guided the development of the Uhuru Movement’s economic self-reliance institutions throughout the U.S. for decades.

10:25 Chairman Omali YeshitelaA New Day: Beyond Protest to a Genuine Anti-Imperialist Movement Struggling for Power
African Socialist International Chairman Omali Yeshitela will deliver the conference’s keynote presentation. His visionary analysis of world events is expected to include commentary on the Obama presidency, the new Black is Back! Coalition, the causes of the global economic crisis, and the growing struggle of African workers against imperialism. The prolific theorist and revolutionary strategist explains the role of growing people’s movements in oppressed countries around the world in weakening U.S. and European world dominance. Having completed successful organizing tours this year in Kenya and Sierra Leone, Yeshitela will discuss the centrality of Africa to the world-wide anti-imperialist movement, the unity of African people everywhere and the significance of the African People’s Socialist Party.

11:25 Discussion, Questions and Answers

12:00 Lunch

1:00  Pictoral Review of Uhuru Movement African Community Programs
Presented by Kitty Reilly and Janice Kant. Enjoy a beautiful slide show presenting the dynamic community empowerment programs of the Uhuru Movement in the U.S. and Africa, including the economic development institutions of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund, the international technical and scientific collaborations of the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Projects, the sustainability work of the African Village Survival Initiative, and the independent media programs of Uhuru News. Share and appreciate the on-the-ground fruition of the African “do-for-self” philosophy of the African People’s Socialist Party.

1:45 Fundraising Tradition
Facilitated by Kitty Reilly (St. Petersburg, FL), Bill Canada (Oakland, CA) and Maureen Wagener (Oakland, CA). At the core of solidarity is active reparations to African people. This is our chance to give back and contribute to a growing and vibrant African liberation movement that is changing the world.

3:00 Penny HessThe Day of Reckoning: Colonialism, National Liberation and Solidarity
African People’s Solidarity Committee Chairwoman Penny Hess explains why “it’s colonialism, not racism” at the root of the oppression of African people in the U.S. and around the world. Using a dynamic slide presentation, she will illustrate how the U.S. was born from the enslavement of millions of African people and the genocide and theft of the land of the indigenous people of the Americas. She will chronicle the actions of white people across the right-left political spectrum in relation to the black rights struggles in the U.S. and internationally. She will review the various fronts in the current re-emergence of national liberation struggles and present a challenge to white people seeking change today to join in solidarity with the anti-imperialist resistance movement under the leadership of the African revolution.

5:30 Dinner and Get together

7:00 Video of the African People's Socialist Party in Sierra Leone


Day II—Monday, January 11
8:30  Registration, Breakfast

9:00 Welcome

9:15 The Colonial Police State and Counterinsurgency
View and discuss a video presentation prepared by the Uhuru News team of the African People’s Socialist Party on the State, the institution of violence protecting the status quo for the powers that be. What is the role of the State’s fronts in enforcing oppression: the police, the army, the prisons, the courts, and how does the State function differently in white and African communities?

10:30  Gaida KambonWhat We’ve Been Struggling for All These Years – It’s Happening!
African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) National Secretary Gaida Kambon will speak about the heroic legacy of the APSP and recent advances in its revolutionary trajectory both in the U.S. and in Africa. Kambon is a fiery fighter for African liberation, having led numerous Uhuru Movement campaigns over the years. Born in Panama, she grew up in Brooklyn and was an organizer for the 1st World Tribunal on Reparations for African People held in NYC in 1982 and a leader in many of the Uhuru Movement campaigns for the democratic rights of African people over the years. A powerful example of women’s leadership in the African revolution, Kambon inspires courage and optimism in all who aspire to take up the struggle for freedom and justice.

12:30 Lunch

1:30  Build the Uhuru Solidarity Movement 2010: Practical Grassroots Organizing
Uhuru Solidarity Movement organizers will provide an overview of the major events, fundraisers and campaigns of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement for 2010. They will review the USM’s membership program and how to build a branch in your area. Learn how you can participate in recruitment and fundraising through USM events, institutions and programs like Earth Day, African People’s Solidarity Day, the Week of Action, Yoga with a Purpose, online auction, flea markets, and food booths.

5:00 Dinner

6:30 The Power of the People: Why We Are Socialists
African People’s Socialist Party Chairman Omali Yeshitela and APSC Chairwoman Penny Hess will explain what socialism means according to the philosophy of African internationalism. How does socialism as led by African workers differ from the European/white model? How is the struggle for socialism expressed through the growing movements for national liberation? What is neo-colonialism and what part does it play in the struggle of African workers for power? Hear the African revolutionary perspective on these questions and more.


Day III—Tuesday, January 12
8:30  Registration, Breakfast

9:30 Welcome

9:45  Annual Reports
African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC) organizers present an analysis of the political environment of their communities, report on the work of 2009 and discuss plans for 2010. How you can join the solidarity work on all its fronts including Uhuru Foods, Uhuru Solidarity Movement, UhuruNews.com and The Burning Spear newspaper.

1:00 Lunch

2:00 Using Social Media for Outreach and Organizing
Learn protocols and share tips for getting the word out online about the campaigns and fundraisers of the Uhuru Movement.

3:00 Adjourn

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