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"The Ballot or the Bullet Revisited" - LIVE coverage of African Liberation Day, May 25

Sunday, May 25, 2008
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Event Type:
Panel Discussion
Sandy Thompson
(727) 824-5700
Location Details:
Listen LIVE at or through your telephone at (515) 489-1670 in the U.S. or 0870 068 4407 in the UK.

Tune in to the LIVE broadcast of African Liberation Day, Sunday, 9-5 U.S. Eastern Time. Hear from representatives of today's most dynamic organizations working for African rights worldwide.

Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African People's Socialist Party. "At this time of crisis, when Africans are looking for alternatives to Americanism, Barack Obama sucks our people back into the safe embrace of the Democratic Party. In the 1960s the U.S. government assassinated our real leaders like Malcolm X, Fred Hampton and other members of the Black Panther Party, and then raised up neo-colonialists like Obama to mislead our people. It's time to rebuild our African liberation movement, this time on a united worldwide scale."

Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report. "This wholesale surrender to Clintonism with a Black face and winning smile cannot be justified on any substantive political basis. Therefore, progressives find themselves with no choice but to "hope" that progressive "change" will somehow occur, despite the fact that Obama has laid out positions that are anti-progressive by any measure. Especially among African Americans, there is a virtual refusal to allow issues to intrude on Obama's parade."

Chokwe Lumumba, Chair of the New Afrikan People's Organization (NAPO). Lumumba has served as NAPO's chairperson since its inception in 1984 and has led and/or participated in the organization's community youth programs, anti-crime patrols, political education forums, legal service clinics, and various other community service activities. An attorney, Lumumba co-founded the National Black Human Rights Coalition and the Detroit Black Human Rights Coalition.

Ivory Sobukwe-SoDaye, President of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM). Founded in 1991 in Chicago by the African People's Socialist Party, InPDUM organizes for reparations to African people for slavery and colonialism, demands an end to the police containment of our communities, pushes for real economic development instead of more police, and protects the dignity of our children as intelligent, capable and talented human beings.

Ajamu Sankofa, National Conference of Black Lawyers. Sankofa is a human rights public policy specialist, a former trial lawyer for the ACLU National Prison Project and Director of New York City PoliceWatch of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. As the Executive Director of the NYC Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, he helped to lead community campaigns against environmental racism. His expertise is in the area of criminal justice, public health, and healthcare.

Dr. Aisha Fields, Director of the All African People's Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP). A physicist, Dr. Fields coordinates AAPDEP's sustainable energy, clean water and community-controlled health care projects throughout the African world. AAPDEP is building an African Corps of Engineers, Scientists & Healthcare workers who put their expertise in water purification, waste-water treatment, well-building, rainwater harvesting, construction, sanitation, health, nutrition, renewable energy technology, farming, agribusiness, soil science and other related areas into service to benefit developing African communities throughout the world.
Added to the calendar on Fri, May 23, 2008 10:48AM
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