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Omali Yeshitela Says No to FBI Targeting of Black Activists; Yes to Self-Determination
Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African People's Socialist Party and leader of the Uhuru Movement returns to Oakland Feb. 17 and 18 to discuss the struggle for black socialism and African Liberation and to organize against the FBI targeting of Black Activists under the label "Black Identity Extremists!"
Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party is returning to the Bay Area for the first time in more than a year in a whirlwind tour Feb. 17 and 18 in Oakland.
On Saturday, Feb. 17 at 6 pm an open discussion will be held with Chairman Omali in “An Evening with Chairman Omali Yeshitela: The Road to Socialism is Painted Black.”
Chairman Omali will talk about the need for self-determination and political and economic power in the hands of the African community as the only solution for the problems plaguing black people today in the U.S. and around the world.
He will also discuss the Party’s Black Power Blueprint, a self-determination, black community-led revitalization and economic development program in St. Louis, MO, built in the wake of the police murder of Mike Brown and rebellions in 2014.
On Sunday, Feb. 18 at 4 pm the Chairman will discuss the pressing need to fight the FBI’s targeting of black activists through the designation of “Black Identity Extremists.”
Yeshitela notes that the Black Identity Extremist program is nothing more than a continuation of the COINTELPRO attacks on the Black Movement of the 1960s, a program which assassinated and imprisoned beloved black leaders, some of whom are still locked up today.
Both events will be held at the Akwaaba Hall at the Uhuru House, 7911 Mac Arthur Blvd., Oakland.
During the 80s, Yeshitela headquartered the worldwide Uhuru Movement from his Party’s East Oakland base, waging community campaigns in defense of the impoverished and beleaguered black community.
In 1984 and 85 Yeshitela launched Oakland Ballot Measures O and H calling for community control of housing in a city already facing the onslaught of gentrification where tens of thousands of African people were being evicted and faced mass homelessness.
He waged community fightback against the U.S. government’s proven imposition of crack cocaine into the black community as “chemical warfare.”
He fought the government and media criminalization of black workers, battled the dislocation of African infants and children through the brutal foster care system, campaigned for reparations to African people and built the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement to “defend the democratic rights of the black community.”
From the Oakland Uhuru House he wrote many books and put out The Burning Spear newspaper which is still published monthly today.
Yeshitela also built many institutions including Uhuru Furniture and Collectibles at 3742 Grand Ave in Oakland and Uhuru Foods and Pies, which remain popular and successful self-determination institutions in the Bay Area.
Today the headquarters of the African People’s Socialist Party is located in St Petersburg, FL with branches around the world.
Chairman Omali has built the African Socialist International, organizing for the liberation of Africa and African people forcibly dispersed throughout the world.
He often speaks in Europe, the Caribbean and in Africa where the Uhuru Movement is thriving.
Chairman Omali is the chair of the Black is Back Coalition for Justice, Peace and Reparations in addition to leading the African People’s Socialist Party which will hold its 7th Party Congress in St. Louis later this year.
For more information email Oakland [at] uhurufoods.org or call 800.578.5157.