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Gary King Sr., father of Gary King--murdered by Oakland police

Gary King Sr., the father of Gary King Jr., will speak at African People’s Solidarity Day on Saturday, October 13th at Beebe Memorial Cathedral at 3900 Telegraph Ave in Oakland being held from 10am to 5:30pm.

Family, friends and community members are demanding justice and reparations for the family of Gary King Jr. and an end to the deadly police violence on the African community.

Gary King Jr., a 20 year old African man, was shot twice in the back by Officer Pat Gonzalez on 54th and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in North Oakland on September 20th. Gonzalez was part of a “crime suspression control” operation and police officials say that King “fit the description” of a suspect of another crime.

Gary King Jr. was shot and killed by the police in the streets where Huey Newton and Bobby Seale first founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense and began to organize the community against police violence. His death is part of a counterinsurgency war on African people in the United States who are resisting a system founded on slavery and maintained by the colonial violence of the schools, police and prisons.

In Oakland, California, many white people who do not consider ourselves racist participate in attacking African people by supporting a city government and police department that enforces a deadly system of police containment of the African community. Rarely are the homicides in Oakland seen in the context of the white on black violence that has been perpetrated by the white system and enthusiastically supported by the white community for decades.

From the attacks on Black Panthers offices in 1969, to the assassination of Huey Newton on the streets of Oakland in 1989, to the formation of the Oakland Riders more recently, the city of Oakland and the U.S. government have worked to suppress the movement of African workers and make Oakland “safe” for white investment and gentrification.

Many of us in the white community no longer want to participate in this system. Many of us are outraged and sickened by the death and destruction at the hands of the government. But we have to do more than go to a march. We have to unite with a larger struggle for justice on a global scale.

African People’s Solidarity Day (APSD) is a campaign for white solidarity with the African liberation movement. The APSD campaign is based on the understanding that Africans are one people worldwide, including African people in the United States, and that African people were forcibly dispersed by a system built and maintained on slavery, colonialism and genocide. Wherever African people are, they continue to face colonial violence, massive imprisonment, terror and denial of basic democratic and human rights.

The Uhuru Movement calls for economic development, not police containment in response to the problems that African people face in Oakland and everywhere else. The Uhuru (Freedom) Movement of African workers and poor peasants is leading an international struggle to liberate Africa and reclaim its vast natural resources for the benefit of African people everywhere. That struggle is about African people in the U.S. uniting with African people everywhere to end the system of slavery, colonialism and violence.

African People’s Solidarity Day is a tribute to the struggle of African people to benefit from their land and resources, recognizing that there is a direct relationship between the affluence and power of white people and the poverty and oppression of African people. The murder of Gary King, and the recent struggle of the Jena Six, make it clear that African people face an ongoing legacy of slavery and colonialism inside the United States and that it won’t be a struggle against racism, but a struggle for African unification and liberation that will free African people.

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