Earth Uprising: USM supports African Liberation by Hosting Earth Day Events around the U.S.
Through the Earth Uprising campaign, Uhuru Solidarity Movement recognizes that the struggle for the environment cannot be separated from the struggles for justice and self-determination for oppressed peoples.
Today we see African and Arab people and the peoples of the world rising up in resistance to the colonial conditions imposed on them by imperialism, where over 3 billion people live on less than $2 a day so that white power and Euro-American people can prosper.
African people are showing us that a system where less than 20% of the the world's population consumes 80% of the world's resources is unsustainable! The just liberation struggles led by African and oppressed people will heal the environment, not the parasitic system that created the destruction of the earth and the earth's people! Join the campaign demanding that "Oppressed People and the Planet Must Be Free!"
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement is currently involved in a variety of events for the 2011 Earth Day. Events took place or will be held in Philadelphia, PA, St. Petersburg, FL, San Francisco, CA and Columbus, OH.
Philadelphia, PA - 3rd Annual Earth Day Fest and Flea Market
In Philadelphia we held the Third Annual Earth Day Fest and Flea Market in beautiful Clark Park on Sunday April 17th, with the support of the entire community! The event drew hundreds who came to support the fundraising efforts of Uhuru Solidarity Movement in raising resources for the economic and social justice programs of the Uhuru Movement, and the program featured live music from Coco Sol and other outstanding bands, as well as powerful political presentations from leaders in the struggle for African self-determination.
Diop Olugbala, president of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, captured the crowd's attention and drew massive support for the understanding of environmental justice through African liberation with his powerful presentation, which you can watch HERE. Other speakers, including Russell Shoatz (son of African political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz), who expressed support saying, "if you are interested in freeing political prisoners, or supporting African people in any way, you have to join the Uhuru Movement!"
On Thursday April 21, USM is hosting a dynamic panel discussion on environmental justice at the University of South Florida! This event will feature a diverse panel of speakers addressing topics under the theme “Earth Uprising, Oppressed People and the Planet Must be Free!” The panel and discussion will focus on such diverse topics as the effects of globalization on the environment, the role of education in the struggle for environmental justice, and the relationship between environmental destruction and the dominant social-economic system.
USM is teaming up with a student organization on campus to host a poetry and spoken word open mic night in honor of Earth Day on Friday, April 22nd. Students as well as anyone else in the community is invited to let their voices be heard on the theme of "Earth Uprising" by reading their own original work or their favorite poems. All of these events will benefit the programs of the Uhuru Movement for economic and social justice for the African community.
Spoken Word Event
By organizing these Earth Uprising! events, USM is taking a stand against oppressive acts against the Earth and the people! Oppressed people and the planet must be FREE! Uhuru!