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Help with the Transformation of the Uhuru House in East Oakland!
by Uhuru Foods Oakland ( oakland [at] uhurufoods.org )
Thursday May 9th, 2013 9:13 AM
The Uhuru Movement is now working to transform the Uhuru House African community organizing center by painting the interior and remounting the refurbished murals of historic African leaders on the outside of the building. We need your help to make this happen. Groups of volunteers will be organized every Saturday, May 4 - June 8, 9 - 5 pm to complete this phase of work.

The Uhuru Movement is now working to transform the Uhuru House African community organizing center by painting the interior and remounting the refurbished murals of historic African leaders on the outside of the building. We need your help to make this happen. Groups of volunteers will be organized every Saturday, May 4 - June 8, 9 - 5 pm to complete this phase of work.

The ultimate goal of the Uhuru House renovation is to install Uhuru jiko - a community commercial kitchen - in the Uhuru House. We are raising the budget for this project in 2013 and expect to complete the work in time for production for our 2014 holiday pie campaign.

Uhuru House has a unique and powerful position in the history of the struggle of African people in the city of Oakland. For 12 years in the 1980s and early 1990s, Oakland was the national headquarters of the African People's Socialist Party (APSP).

In 1984, the Uhuru Movement led the Community Control of Housing Initiative, known as Measure O, which organized numerous volunteers who delivered more than 300,000 fliers to the doorsteps of Oakland residents, which resulted in winning 29,000 votes on the ballot.

Oakland was the center of many Uhuru Movement campaigns, including Tent City for the homeless in downtown Oakland and the takeover of an abandoned house in East Oakland for a homeless family a generation before the rise of the Occupy Movement.

The APSP in Oakland has waged struggles against police murders of Africans and has consistently fought for housing, economic development and reparations for the black community, and had always stood in solidarity with the struggles of the Mexican, Indigenous and Filipino peoples.

In the 1980's a young Tupac Shakur rehearsed at the Uhuru House as part of Digital Underground.

Huey Newton made his last public presentation here, passing the torch from the Black Panther Party to the Uhuru Movement.

In addition, Uhuru House has been the site of many forums and meetings, as well as the site for planning countless campaigns, marches, demonstrations, press conferences and other actions.

With African unemployment at record levels, and with studies showing that 75 cents of every retail dollar spent leaves East and West Oakland, neighborhood based economic development like Uhuru Jiko has implications for developing jobs and flourishing community commerce.

Uhuru House represents more than 30 years of campaigns led by the African community to win community control of housing, health care and education, and for social and economic justice . The Uhuru House has always represented the interests of working class African people, putting in place programs for self reliance and community economic development.

Participate in this critical campaign by volunteering on May 4, 11, 18, 25 or June 1 and 8.

For more information, check out our site at uhurufoods.org, call 800-578-5178, or e-mail oakland [at] uhurufoods.org.
§Volunteers painting the interior of the Uhuru House
by Uhuru Foods Oakland Thursday May 9th, 2013 9:13 AM