Join with African Liberation Day 2014 in building dual and contending power!
This is a call by the African Socialist International (ASI) to join with the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) and the Uhuru Movement in holding African Liberation Day (ALD) events in North America and Europe, on May 24th in Washington, D.C. and May 31st in Paris, France.
These events are being held in two of imperialism’s main centers of parasitic wealth and power. Paris, France and Washington, D.C. have headquartered world imperialism for hundreds of years. They are responsible for untold millions of slaughtered Africans and the misery, death and degradation associated with slavery and white power colonialism.
Today, however, there exists a worldwide uprising against our colonial masters that is challenging the once world dominant and unchallenged reign of white power colonialism.
The oppressed nations of the world are rising up against the oppressor nations and have created what ASI Chairman Omali Yeshitela has correctly termed “An Uneasy Equilibrium” between the former slaves and slave masters.
African Liberation Day 2014 follows the African People’s Socialist Party’s Sixth Congress by six months. At that Congress, held on December 29, 2013 in St Petersburg, Florida, the basic theme or foundation for African Liberation Day 2014 was revealed in the Chairman’s Political Report.
Keeping with Party tradition of integrating practical struggle while institutionalizing ALD as a tool of the African Revolution, was put forward in the section of the Political Report on Dual and Contending Power. The basic premise is that the struggle for self sufficiency and economic independence must be made and won if there is to be African freedom.
Some history of ALD
In the 2013 call to African Liberation Day we wrote on some of the history of ALD:
“We have finally internationalized a consciousness of African Liberation Day as more than ceremony and commemoration; it is an organizing opportunity that is especially important in the context of today’s crisis of imperialist white power and its growing, desperate attempt to rescue itself through deepening it’s parasitic hold on the continent of Africa and African people everywhere.
When the first African Liberation Day (ALD) demonstration was held in 1972, the U.S. Front of the African Liberation Movement was reeling from deathblows being delivered by the U.S. government in a counteroffensive that had littered the international landscape with the bodies of murdered, black, freedom fighters around the world.
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of others were rounded up at gunpoint and herded into concentration camps, jails and prisons in the U.S.
This was the U.S. response to the changing world that was reducing the list of hosts that U.S. and European parasitic capitalism relied on for its existence.
It was on May 25, at the founding of the OAU, that it was resolved to make that date African Liberation Day. Despite that historic declaration, however, liberation struggles of African people remained unresolved in Africa and elsewhere.
1972 African Liberation Day marked the founding of revolutionary Party of African liberation, unification.
Our movement for the liberation and unification of Africa and African people has suffered many setbacks since the heady days of the founding of the OAU and the presumed victories of the 1960s.
The first 1972 ALD mobilization obscured the defeat that had been dealt to the organized African resistance in the U.S. and some other places. The imperialists succeeded in installing neocolonial puppets in power throughout the world, to preside over the looting that keeps a parasitic imperialist world system alive at the expense of the resources, dignity and sovereignty of Africans and others.
But the tables have surely turned, and the future of our people looks brighter than ever, as a desperate imperialism fights for its very life. White power is on the ropes and nothing it can do will save it.
Today, a haggard, gun-wielding imperialism staggers through its shrinking domain, weakened by its loss of extorted colonial sustenance and increasingly isolated in a world being changed by the growth of free and rebellious peoples who are declaring that the days of colonial slavery are over.”
Build dual and contending power
The cutting edge for the success of the African Revolution rests in the questions of organization and economic development. The crisis state of the imperialist economy does not automatically translate to economic prosperity for Africa and African people.
In our struggle for national liberation, our mission is to build the African economy as we participate with the other oppressed peoples of the world in defeating the parasitic, capitalist economy that has meant nothing but misery, poverty and death for the vast majority of the people on the planet.
As our independent economy rises, the capitalist economy that requires our exploited labor and resources collapses. That is the dual and contending power, the “Uneasy Equilibrium” that must and will certainly end, as one power rises and the other meets its end.
While the capitalist leadership is forcing austerity measures on their citizenry, the African masses in Africa and throughout the world have lived off of less than survival resources for the past 400 years.
As Chairman Omali stated at the Sixth Congress, “Africans believe in economic development. The masses are materialists.”
This means, concretely, that programs and initiatives that can provide our people with the basics of food, clothing and somewhere to live must be put down solidly on the ground, by our revolutionary movement.. It is the African People’s Socialist Party’s stated position that we stand for developing an economic plan for the entire African nation that is scattered all over the globe.
The Political Report to the Sixth Congress says of this plan, “We recognize this as a bold proposition, but no bolder than a program for the total liberation and unification of Africa and Africans the world over. This is the role enthusiastically accepted by our Party. We have always prided ourselves in our ideological commitment to economic self-reliance, reflected in our history of practice.”
At last year’s African Liberation Day, Black Star Industries was introduced to the African world, in Washington, D.C. A week later, in Paris, this same economic project was put on the ground in Europe.
That economic project is continuing on an upward spiral, and has since included Freedom Horizons Travel Agency to its already impressive list of African owned businesses.
Black Star Industries has upgraded projects in Philadelphia, Oakland, California, and St. Petersburg, Florida.
This year marks the 42nd Anniversary of African Liberation Day mobilizations. As we approach this ALD 2014, there are millions of Africans who are forced to live off of less than two U.S. dollars a day.
This year in Paris and Washington, D.C., the Africa Plan of the African Socialist International is being moved forward by the African People’s Socialist Party, which is also marking its 42nd year of existence.
It is the Africa Plan that calls for total political and economic emancipation from white, Western and U.S. imperialism. This is a call for the African masses to join this call to build dual and contending power!
Forward to Paris and D.C. We Will Win!
ALD Paris May 31 and June 1, 2014.
Both Events begins at 11:00 am
Venue: University of Paris Quest Nanterre La Defense
200 Avenue dela Republique, 92000 Nanterre, Paris, France
Contact: African Liberation Day Europe, firstname.lastname@example.org