Saturday, June 6, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
We are calling on people to write letters and make calls to express shock and outrage at the decision by Ovations, the food coordinators for the Maker Faire 2009 to terminate the contract of Uhuru Foods, without explanation, just 7 days prior to the event.
As you may know, Uhuru Foods has been coordinating popular food concessions at fairs and festivals for 30 years to raise resources in support of the Uhuru Movement programs for African genuine economic development and self determination. The booths have offered good quality natural foods, and the opportunity for thousands of volunteers to concretely demonstrate their support for genuine economic development for the black community.
On Friday, May 22nd, Nancy Davis of Ovations notified Uhuru Foods that they were terminating our contract just one week prior to the faire. She refused to give a reason for excluding Uhuru Foods. Uhuru Foods has had an excellent relationship with Maker Faire promoters in the past.
We believe that excluding Uhuru Foods runs counter to the mission of the Maker Faire. The Maker Faire focuses on generating thought and action towards building a sustainable future.
The predominantly white middle class community that produce and attends the Maker Faire have always appreciated being able to support Uhuru Foods. Excluding Uhuru Foods ensures that the festival is an exclusive enterprise that does not include the voice, perspective and struggle of the African working class.
Without any explanation from Ovations for the cancellation, we can only assume that they do not support the independent voice and self determination struggle of the black community, They are choosing to exclude African led programs for true sustainability and justice that African people are leading through the Uhuru Movement. Just as during the early 1960s, some opposed the leading struggles of black people in the South who challenged the status quo with such bold actions as the lunch counter sit-ins.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 30th, 7pm:
390 - 27th St., Oakland, CA
The killing of four Oakland police officers and Lovelle Mixon on March 21st has brought to the surface the economic and political crisis in our city.
40% of the Oakland general fund budget goes to police services, while only a half of one percent goes towards economic development
Bakari Olatunji, member of the African People's Socialist Party presenting on the history of the Black Panther Party
Monday, April 13, 2009
Tuesday, April 14th, 7pm
Humanist Hall, 390 - 27th St., Oakland
(between Broadway and Telegraph)
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement invites people interested in learning more about the historical legacy and current campaigns of the Uhuru Movement and how to join in solidarity with the struggle for African liberation and justice.
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement will hold a study to provide an orientation to people interested in studying the history of the Black Power Movement in Oakland from the Black Panther Party to Uhuru.
We want to educate and understand COINTELPRO, the military disinformation and assassination campaign of the FBI and the tactics the U.S. government has used to discredit and undermine struggles of the oppressed for national liberation.
We are interested in discussion and dialogue about how to address the serious conditions that the African community in Oakland and the SF Bay area faces.
We believe that we must join in solidarity with the African led movement for liberation, sustainability and shared prosperity.
Come to the study and you will learn about the Uhuru Movement campaigns including:
** The struggle for economic development, not police containment in Oakland and around the U.S.
** The "City Hall 2" in Philadelphia, where the city attacked the African community's right to free speech in challenging Philly Mayor Nutter's war (police) budget
** The Campaign to Free Ajamu Bandele, Uhuru Movement organizer in York, PA who has been framed up for his work exposing the drug economy as part of the war on the black community
** The African Village Survival Initiative and its collective response to the global economic crisis through community gardening, solar energy, rainwater catchment, sustainability and economic developent
** The African Socialist International building in East and West Africa and North America, uniting African people into one organization
** The Uhuru Solidarity Movement first national conference on Saturday, May 2nd in Philadelphia, PA to build organization everywhere of white people and other allies taking a stand against police violence, economic attacks and injustice against African people everywhere.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
and violence in Oakland:
to the African community
and an end to the policy
of police containment
The killing of four Oakland police officers and Lovelle Mixon on March 21st has brought to surface the economic and political crisis in our city.
The Uhuru Movement invites concerned members of our community to discuss solutions for peace and justice.
We can develop Oakland into a model city for shared prosperity and true social justice!
Tuesday, April 14th, 7 to 9pmUhuru Solidarity Movement Study Group, Humanist Hall, 390 – 27th St., Oakland
Tuesday, April 21st, 7 to 9pmUhuru Movement & Uhuru Foods Organizing Meeting, Humanist Hall, 390 – 27th St., Oakland
Sunday, April 26th, 2 to 6pmEarth Day at the Uhuru HouseSupport the African Village Survival Initiative
Thursday, April 30th, 7 to 9pmCommunity Forum:A Solution to the Economic Crisis & Violence in Oakland: Economic Development, Not Police Containment, Humanist Hall, 390 – 27th St., Oakland
Come out to the Uhuru Foods breakfast booth every Saturday at the Grand Lake Farmers Market & Shop at Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles at 3742 Grand Ave in Oakland
For more info, email Oakland@uhurusolidarity.org or call 510-625-1106
Sunday, April 5, 2009
We can see that the economic crisis is at the root of many of these killings - people losing their jobs and with it their ability to feed themselves and their families. In these troubled times, many people are suffering. And yet, African communities across the U.S. have faced an economic crisis for a long time now. The unemployment rate in the black community has always been disproportionate to the rest of society. Joblessness, homelessness, poverty and oppression follow the historic legacy of a two tiered system and reality that maintains the wealth and privilege of white people in opposition to the impoverishment of African and Mexican communities. This oppression coincides with the lucrative prison economy of California, fueled by the lives of young black men like Lovelle Mixon who are caught up in the poverty and hopelessness and forced into a fierce struggle just to survive.
While we can only surmise what was in the mind of Lovelle Mixon when he shot and killed the Oakland police officers (what happened in the house on 74th Avenue, we still do not know), there are some things we do know. The city of Oakland spends 40% of its billion dollar budget on its notoriously brutal police department, infamous for the "Oakland Riders," fabricated search warrants, consistent killings of young black and Mexican men and unsolved homicides in East and West Oakland. This portion of the budget going to a militarized police force does not include the amount in overtime monies paid to officers nor does it include the thousands of dollars paid by the city in police brutality settlements.
We also know that the city government spends just one half of one percent of its budget on community economic development in a city one in five households in our city live on $5,000 or less. Oakland is a city of haves and have nots maintained through the violence of the state. This is a city of the hills, the cool hip, artsy neighborhoods versus the impoverished and desparate flatlands where black children live 15 years less than white children in the hills.
The Uhuru Movement has always provided a forum and a voice for the most oppressed sector of the African community. The Uhuru House community center in East Oakland provides this space through which the African community has stood up on numerous occasions for economic and social justice and struggled for community control of the police, housing and education.
The black community-led Uhuru Movement has recently initiated an international collective response to the deep economic crisis we are experiencing that is hitting the African community especially hard, called the African Village Survival Initiative.
For those of us who want to see social justice and peace in our city, the African Village Survival Initiative is a program and a vision for the future we can all support. This program is a prototype for creating green, sustainable energy, farming and economic self-reliance programs that can be reproduced anywhere in the U.S. & worldwide. This is a program that we can support that will be led by the African working class community themselves to grow their own food, build their own programs, meet their own needs and hasten the transformation of this terrible reality into something new and something good for everyone.
We can struggle for genuine economic development and an end to the failed policy of police containment that has created the volatile conditions in East and West Oakland. We can support programs like the African Village Survival Initiative in Oakland and beyond. The more of us who can participate in real community based solutions the sooner we can bring about the change our city and our world needs.
Learn about the African Village Survival Initiative and the campaigns and programs of the Uhuru Movement. Join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and Uhuru Foods that raise funds and support for the Uhuru movement. Attend our study this Wednesday, April 8th from 7 to 9pm at the Jump 'N Java Cafe, 6606 Shattuck Ave, Oakland
Call (510) 625- 1006
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
7911 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
WHAT: Uhuru Movement statement on the killing of
four Oakland officers and Lovelle Mixon
CONTACT: Bakari Olatunji, 510-304-2078
The Uhuru Movement thanks all of our friends and supporters who have voiced their concerns about the position taken by the Uhuru Movement on the March 21 killings of four Oakland policemen and twenty-six year old Lovelle Mixon.
We unite with your interest in dialog and resolution to this situation and in building unity among the various communities in Oakland through genuine social justice.
The Uhuru Movement has always understood that our friends may disagree with some of our positions—positions which always uphold justice for the African working class community.
We understand and unite with your concerns that the tense situation in Oakland must be resolved.
It is unfortunate that it takes a situation like this to bring Oakland’s real problems to the surface.
We have to take the March 21 events in the context of the long history that the Oakland police department has had with the Oakland African working class community.
It was the infamous brutality of the Oakland police that gave rise to the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in the 1960s.
There has been the exposure of the notorious Oakland “Riders,” whose brazen violence, harassment, racism and dishonesty are well known.
There have been relentless police murders of African community members young and old, such as Casper Banjo, an elderly African man and well-known, respected artist who was blatantly shot by the police last year.
There are hundreds of African and Mexican working class people who have been murdered by police over the years, real human beings whose names fade from the collective memory so quickly. Many of these victims have been blatantly slandered in the media, doubling the pain of the grieving families.
The recent cold-blooded, point blank BART police murder of young Oscar Grant was only unusual because it was caught from many angles on video.
But it is much more than this. Oakland has a very clear publicly supported policy of police containment, implementing an incessant martial law with ever-present SWAT teams and police helicopters circling over neighborhoods daily.
California’s prison population is the fourth largest in the entire world and the OPD does everything possible to feed young African men and women from Oakland into that system for their entire lives.
Discriminatory legislation such as Three Strikes locks up countless African people as young as 14 years old for things that white people get to go to rehab for.
It has long been documented in articles by journalist Gary Webb in the San Jose Mercury News, for example, that the US government is responsible for imposing the devastating crack cocaine plague in African communities, and it is well known that the police have and continue to facilitate this.
The Uhuru Movement does not support the loss of life of any person. But the loss of life at the hands of the police in the African community of Oakland has been going on for half a century.
The “tensions” in Oakland are caused by the police, not by an impoverished community struggling to survive.
Even the mainstream media sources such as the New York Times and National Public Radio have had to mention in most reports that many in the African community do not support the police’s position in this case, and understand that Mixon’s actions were the result of years of oppression of a whole community which has come to a boiling point.
Lovelle Mixon’s life, like that of thousands of young African men in the impoverished neighborhoods of Oakland, was over long before he was killed by police. He faced a hopeless dead end of joblessness, poverty and criminalization by a society that would rather lock up young African men than make college or jobs available to them.
The police are not social workers; they are a military force with the assignment to carry out a violent containment policy against a whole community. The purpose of the police is to maintain power for the status quo and uphold the relations of poverty and wealth in the city.
If we want to move forward and “build bridges” as a city there is only one road to do so. We have to truly understand the calls of a community under siege and demand an immediate end to this completely failed public policy of police containment, this war without terms waged against the African community of Oakland.
We have to demand a policy of genuine economic development for the African community—development that truly benefits and uplifts the deeply impoverished African working class of this city, and is not just another cover for gentrification and dispersal of the oppressed.
We appreciate your continued support of the Uhuru Movement and urge you to take an active stand in transforming Oakland into a model city of shared prosperity and true social justice.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Lovell Mixon (below) with his uncle Curtis Mixon
The mainstream media, for the most part, portrays Lovelle Mixon as a despicable human being beyond reform - child rapist and urban terrorist.
The comments on previous posts to this blog attest to many peoples' willingness to believe in this picture of him.
I did not know him personally but I know a little bit about what young African men face in East Oakland and I know the history of this phenomenon - some from books and some from having lived to see the Stuart Case, the acquittal of the officers who beat Rodney King, the frame up of Fred Hampton Jr. and numerous other events unfold. Mostly, however, I have learned from the brilliant teachings and campaigns of the Uhuru Movement.
I learned from young men like Lovelle in my classroom as a teacher at Castlemont High (just down the street from where the events took place and also down the street from the Uhuru House), young men and women who were brilliant, ready to take on the world, but who were treated as less than intelligent and whose pride and brilliance prevented them from putting up with the miseducation, irrrelevance and boredom that often came with being in school.
It turns out that Derrick Mixon was Lovelle's cousin. Derrick was a 9th grader at Castlemont High who was witty, hilarious and creative and only lived to age 15 before he was killed last summer. There was no outcry about this young man's death. He was one of many young men whose unexplained death was unnoticed by the outside world.
With what I have learned from the Uhuru Movement about the history of slavery, the hundreds of years of lynchings of African people by regular white folks (my people), about the everyday terror of the chain gangs, police violence and prison system, there is no possible way that I could just believe what they want me to believe. The historic figure of the black man as rapist figures into the popular imagination to such a degree to stir up white nationalist lynch mob justice and to separate him from his community. And this young man is already dead.
It is time for white people who consider ourselves forward thinking and progressive to stand with the victims, stand with the families and with the communities who have suffered enough and whose movement can overturn a system that we also hate for its inhumanity, its brutality, its perpetual war here and in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.
I encourage you to come out to support tomorrow evening - Wednesday, March 25th at 6pm at the Uhuru House, 7911 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland.
For other views diverging from that of the mainstream on Lovelle Mixon and the events in Oakland, see:
A decent letter to the editor by Sally Norvel of Alameda (at the top):
This article is mainstream but has a lot of details about his life that I haven't read about yet:
Monday, March 23, 2009
March, Candlelight Vigil and Rally for Lovelle Mixon and Family
Wednesday, March 25th, 6 to 8pm
Gather at Uhuru House, 7911 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
6:30 March to Eastmont Town Center
Rally & Return to the Uhuru House
Contact: 510-569-9620, email@example.com
Stop the Genocidal War on the African Community Now!
Economic and Social Justice for the African Community!
The International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement calls on all progressive-minded people to stand against the brutal, long-standing, publicly-supported policies of police containment that keep the African community under the grip of a colonial occupation for which the Oakland Police Department is the front line of assault.
We call for support for the African community demands for genuine economic development and social justice for the African community.
The deaths of four members of the OPD on March 21, 2009, were the result of these relentless policies, which are manifested daily in the cold-blooded police murders, brutality and harassment of African men and women, youth and elderly by the heavily armed, military style Oakland police force;
In draconian laws such as Three Strikes that discriminatorily lock up tens of thousands of African people for life in the multi-billion dollar California prison industry;
In the hostile, substandard education system that profiles African male children as young as six years old as criminals and “super-predators,” and feeds the shameful juvenile prison industry that violates every principle of international law;
In the highly-documented government-imposed illegal drug trade which is often the only last-ditch source of employment in a community whose own economic infrastructure has been destroyed by “urban renewal” and gentrification;
In the specific targeting of African homeowners for predatory subprime mortgages, thousands of which are now in foreclosure;
In the cruel foster care system that turns African babies and children, victimized by this system, into profitable commodities for the lucrative white foster-care industry.
It was the historic brutality of the Oakland Police Department that gave rise to the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in the 1960s.
We recognize that African communities of Oakland and throughout the US are locked down under a deadly colonial occupation no different than the conditions imposed on the Iraqi and Afghani people under the US military occupation and the near genocidal colonial assault on the Palestinian people by the illegitimate state of Israel.
We believe that all oppressed and colonized peoples have a right to struggle for liberation and to resist, as Malcolm X said, by any means necessary.
Just like the resistance of Nat Turner and Gabriel Prosser, enslaved Africans once vilified and today considered heroes, African people in Oakland have a right to struggle against this government-imposed terror. This is exactly what our brother Lovelle Mixon did.
We call on the citizens of Oakland to unite with the demands raised by the Uhuru Movement for genuine economic development to the African working class community, for reparations for the families of victims of police violence, for a community controlled police review board with subpoena powers and for an immediate end to these failed public policies of police containment which have brought so much suffering to the African community for so long.
We call on Oakland citizens to join us in rejecting the knee-jerk criminalization of the oppressed African community by the city and state governments, and in recognizing that in order to go forward as a city we must unite in the quest for economic and social justice for the African community.
The International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement is an organization led by the African working class to defend the democratic rights of the African community.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Stop the Billion Dollar War on the African Community!
Remember Oscar Grant, Jody Woodfox, Casper Banjo, Andrew Moppin, Gary King Jr.
and all the Victims of the Oakland Police Department Policies of Police Containment
WHEN: Sunday, March 22nd, 4 to 6pm
WHERE: Uhuru House, 7911 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
Yesterday, in what the media is calling a "routine traffic stop,” four Oakland police officers, two of whom were members of the SWAT team were shot by a young African who was later shot and killed by police in East Oakland. Following the shootings of the first two officers, hundreds of police, sheriff, highway patrol and helicopters terrorized the entire community around 74th and MacArthur. 27 year old Lovelle Mixon, the suspect described as having "an extensive criminal history" was killed at the scene.
These events are in direct response to what has been happening in the African community of Oakland. Every day, the notoriously brutal Oakland Police Department comes into the neighborhoods to attack us and we have a right to resist. Nearly half of the city's billion dollar budget goes to support a militarized policy of police containment while one in five families in Oakland communities live below the poverty line. African people are on lock down in their own communities and never see justice for the police killings of African people. Lovelle Mixon is a victim of the policy of police containment and economic embargo of our African community.
The city and the media are using these events to cover up the police violence that plagues the African community and win support for their policies.
Come out today to get organized in unity with the African working class and join the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement and unite with the following demands:
Jail the killer cops
Reparations to the families of the victims of police violence
Economic development not police containment to the African community
Stop the Billion Dollar War on the African Community!
Build a sustainable future based on justice and liberation!
Join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
We will watch a slide presentation, "All Resources Are Blood Resources" by African People's Solidarity Committee Chairwoman Penny Hess showing the foundation and ongoing collapsing system of U.S. imperialism based on slavery, colonialism and genocide from the diamonds in Sierra Leone to the prison economy in the U.S. The presentation will be followed by a discussion of the theory of African Internationalism, the philosophy of the Uhuru Movement and the programs and campaigns of the Uhuru Movement including the All African People's Development and Empowerment Projects, the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, the African Village Survival Initiative in the U.S. and the work of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and Uhuru Foods to win unity and support for these programs and building a new world based on justice and true sustainability under the leadership of the African revolution. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-295-7834 for more info.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Humanist Hall, 390 - 27th St., Oakland
With Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People's Solidarity Committee & Bakari Olatunji, West Coast Representative of the African People's Socialist Party and Chair of the InPDUM Oakland organizing committee
Many people rightfully continue to be outraged at the brutal murder of Oscar Grant III. However, the majority of the police crimes - the police killings, the brutality, the planting of guns, the falsification of search warrants - take place without any significant public outcry and with the majority of the city of Oakland's budget.
Bakari Olatunji, the West Coast Representative of the African People's Socialist Party and Penny Hess of the African People's Solidarity Committee will speak at Thursday's rally.
Olatunji will speak about the need for the African working class to lead their own struggle against the brutal daily conditions of police violence, poverty and oppression and demand economic development for the African community in Oakland, connecting to the struggle to unite with other African people for the liberation of Africa's resources to benefit African people everywhere.
Penny Hess will address the economic crisis, the continuation of U.S. imperialist wars, the escalating attacks on the African and other oppressed communities and the necessity for white people to find solutions to our problems with this social system by struggling for reparations from the white community and for a better world under the leadership of the African liberation movement. We can participate right now in building the capacity o the Uhuru Solidarity Movement's political actions and in the weekly work of Uhuru Foods farmers markets and streetfairs which help fund the Uhuru Movement campaigns and programs.
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement is calling on the white community and allies of the African working class led Uhuru Movement to embrace the struggle for justice and reparations for the family of Oscar Grant and all victims of police violence as our own. Come out to learn more and get involved. email@example.com (510) 625-1106
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Uhuru Solidarity Movement Orientation & Meeting
World Grounds Cafe, 3726 Mac Arthur Blvd (between 35th Ave and High St.), Oakland
Come learn about the theory and practice of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, organizing solidarity from the white community and other allies with the African liberation movement.
Join the work of justice and reparations for the family of Oscar Grant and all victims of police violence.
Watch the interruption by InPDUM leader Bakari Olatunji challenging Oakland Mayor's war budget:
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Check out today's San Francisco Chronicle for a decent article on the march.
Come out to an orientation of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement on this Sunday, January 25th from 10am to noon at World Grounds Cafe,3726 MacArthur Blvd (between 35th Ave and High St.) in Oakland.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
"Uhuru On Tha Move!"
Chimurenga Waller will talk live with Bakari Olatunji in Oakland, California about the police murder of Oscar Grant, and with community members in Augusta, Georgia about the police murder of Justin Elmore.
"Solidarity, Not Charity!" Hear African People's Solidarity Committee (APSC) Chairwoman Penny Hess speak live with Oakland organizer Wendy Snyder about the movement for justice for Oscar Grant and other victims of police murder in Oakland, California.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Email email@example.com to participate in the march or tribunal.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
The International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement calls on the people to come out to help organize the march on Monday, January 19th on the Martin Luther King Holiday for JUSTICE and REPARATIONS for the family of Oscar Grant III.
InPDUM membership is open to anyone united with democracy for the African community and that self-determination is the highest expression of democracy. InPDUM is known and respected around the world for demanding reparations to African people for slavery and colonialism, demanding an end to the police containment of the African community and pushing for real economic development.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
InPDUM is a grassroots organization, led by the black working-class community. It was founded in 1991 in Chicago by the African People's Socialist Party.
InPDUM membership is open to anyone united with democracy for the African community and that self-determination is the highest expression of democracy.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-625-1106 to join the work of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement