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Turn imperialist wars into wars against imperialism!
This is a Call to attend the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations Annual National Conference to permanently end the wars and threats of wars being perpetrated on Africans in the U.S. and all the oppressed peoples of the world by U.S.-headquartered white nationalist imperialism in decline.
Now is the time to throw off all hesitation, open up new fronts of struggle and to launch every protest, demonstration, and anti-imperialist action – from the ballot box to the barricades — as an act to deepen the crisis of imperialism.
The history of U.S. and European imperialist white power is a history of war and violence inflicted upon the peoples of the world. It is a history of land theft and slavery that gave rise to the dominant world capitalist economy.
It is a history of the attack on Africa that led to the enslavement of an entire continent and its inhabitants, many of whom were forcibly dispersed throughout the world to work like beasts to create white wealth.
It is a history of the invasion, attack and occupation of Indigenous land now called the Americas, resulting in the annihilation and near-annihilation of whole populations whose survivors, like Africans colonized in the U.S., have been forced to endure conditions of extreme poverty, humiliation and brutality.
Now intra-imperialist rivalry and the resistance of the world’s peoples, including those of us colonized within the U.S., is undermining the stability and legitimacy of the entire imperialist system. The ‘two, three, many Vietnams” called for by Che Guevara in 1966 has profound symbolic significance for our struggle at this moment.
Since our founding 10 years ago on September 12, 2009, the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations has sought to unite our self-determination movement. We have fought every manifestation of white nationalist imperialist aggression against our people and the peoples of the world.
In 1966 during an earlier era of the crisis of imperialism, Che Guevara pointed out:
“We must carry the war as far as the enemy carries it; into his home, into his places of recreation, make it total. He must be prevented from having a moment’s peace, a moment’s quiet outside the barracks and even inside them. Attack him wherever he may be; make him feel like a hunted animal wherever he goes. Then his morale will begin to decline. He will become even more bestial; but signs of the coming decline will appear.”
The Black is Back Coalition damns the war against the Mexican and other indigenous people in the Americas, which like Africa had imperialist borders imposed on them. We recognize that all land in this hemisphere belongs to the Indigenous people, who like Africans ourselves are colonized by U.S. imperialism.
We were in Ferguson and Baltimore as a part of the black struggle being waged against a regime of police murders of our people that has finally assumed a political character thanks, in no small measure, to the work of our Coalition.
The Black is Back Coalition was the only organization that responded to the incessant police murder of our people with a coherent demand of Black Community Control of the Police, holding a national conference to that end in Ferguson/St. Louis, Missouri in 2015.
It was our Coalition that denounced the mass imprisonment of African people that continues to destabilize our impoverished communities and functions as another arm of white colonial terror.
We have created organizational Working Groups to respond to the numerous political prisoners that have given their all for our freedom; we have organized a Health Working Group to fight the health issues that are endemic to our colonial condition.
The issue of reparations is also given concrete political significance through the work of the Coalition and our Working Group dedicated to that task.
On November 6, 2015 our Coalition concluded a year-long mass campaign with a popular convention in Washington, D.C. that consolidated the democratic campaign that changed the course of our movement’s history with the adoption of the National Black Political Agenda for Self-determination.
Along with the black insurrection in Ferguson in August 2014, the National Black Political Agenda for Self-determination helped to resurrect and give definition to the revolutionary tradition of our people for liberation.
This is what has helped us to put our movement on a strategic trajectory to crush white nationalist imperialism by turning the imperialist wars into wars against imperialism.
Through the work of our Coalition, guided by the National Black Political Agenda for Self-determination, all the imperialist wars and threats of wars can be viewed as common to a capitalist social system with its origin in slavery and colonialism.
We have now provided a strategic trajectory that unites the world’s peoples on every front – in Venezuela, Cuba, and throughout South America where the U.S. is attempting to reimpose slavery on those brave people; in Palestine, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen, defiant even in the face of devastating, murderous U.S. aggression; in all of Africa that has become an underrecognized theater of war for U.S., French and others determined to keep black people permanently enslaved some 600 years after Portugal’s 1415 incursion initiated the transatlantic slave trade – in all these places our Coalition recognizes a common front in the fight against imperialism.
We have always fought for our people in Haiti who defeated French imperialism in 1804 and are still fiercely fighting for liberation today.
We are part of a conscious design to turn these and other imperialist wars into wars against imperialism and the status quo of imperialist global domination and exploitation. The U.S. gangster-like threats against Korea, Russia and China is a behavior that demands recognition as efforts by the U.S. to maintain its global imperialist hegemony over the world.
Our Coalition recognizes the imperialist battleground within the U.S. settler-colony resting on the stolen land of the Mexican and other indigenous people. It is upon this stolen land that African people are domestically colonized and suffering the consequences common to all colonized people.
On August 10 and 11, five years after the August 9, 2014 Ferguson rebellion following the police murder of 18-year-old Mike Brown and 10 years after the founding of our Coalition, we are calling on African people to join us in our Annual National Conference in Ferguson-St. Louis, Missouri to advance the common struggle of all the peoples of the world to turn the imperialist wars into wars against imperialism.
Every protest against police and white civilian murder of our people, every mass mobilization to demand the end to the cruel, bloody economic war against Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Iran, Korea and Russia must be seen as our part in turning the imperialist wars into wars against imperialism!
Our fights for democratic rights and against imperialist-imposed poverty, our demand for release of our people and political prisoners from the colonial concentration camps are parts of the increasingly organized effort to turn imperialist wars into wars against imperialism.
The U.S. and all imperialist powers – new and old – must be expelled from Africa and the U.S. domestic colonial occupation forces known as police must be driven out of our colonized communities as part of the struggle against colonialism and imperialism.
Join us in our two-day Annual National Conference in Ferguson-St. Louis, Missouri on August 10-11.
We can win!
We are winning!