Monthly Archives: May 2013

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NYPD out of Bed Stuy – U.S. Marines Out of Africa! The Struggle for Reparations and Economic Development over Parasitism and Colonial Occupation!

LeftforumimageCurrently it is well accepted that the U.S. government is engaged in wars of aggression in various parts of the world, including Africa. What is becoming equally apparent is that these wars are motivated by the economic interest of the U.S. ruling class, an interest that can only be fulfilled through an ongoing process of theft and brigandage of oppressed nations and the resources that come from them. The need to steal oil from the Middle East and coltan from Congo are the basis for U.S. and European military occupation and wars in such places. Further, through this panel we will draw a parallel between the wars of U.S. and European imperialist aggression occurring throughout the world and what is clearly a colonial military occupation of African and Latino communities by U.S. police forces in places like Detroit, LA and Brooklyn, NY. This panel is being held to explore this question more deeply; to provide a forum in which empirical evidence and objective discussion can be heard and discussed regarding this topic, to see how the findings of such evidence impact on the consciousness as well as material conditions of the general U.S. population whose opinion of such wars determine their success or failure and lastly, to present the opportunity for panel attendees to participate in activism and organizing work designed to effect the development of this phenomenon being defined as imperialism.
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STOCKHOLM TO HARLEM CUBA TO DC! AFRICAN RESISTANCE NOW! FORWARD TO AFRICAN LIBERATION DAY!

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Resistance Against Police Brutality in Stockholm, Sweden!

InPDUM Stockholm

 

Swedrebellion2As you might have heard this past week in Husby, Stockholm Sweden there have been rebellions against the police. People from the oppressed communities have been throwing rocks at the police; they have burnt down garages and different stores and cars. This have internationally been noticed.

Since the past four years there have been major cuts in the welfare system which has affected the people at the bottom the most. There have been cuts in health care, schools, major unemployment, youth centers and many privatizations. As we all know these cuts will affect the community in every way. All of this has made the oppressed people desperate and the last drop was the execution of a 69 year old man. The police shot him 15 times in his own apartment. The reason why the police killed him was allegedly because of a machete he was holding. Other facts show that the man was holding a butter knife.

Inpdum Stockholm was there the third day after the two day riots. We will still go to Husby and report but also organize the rebellions and the people. We recognize that this is a natural form of resistance against this oppressive system which we live under. But in order for it to be able to challenge the system we need to resist in an organized revolutionary manner. Read the rest of this entry

Some Questions. . . A Subpoena. . . An Arrest. . .

by: Peter Rugh is an independent journalist based in Brooklyn
Subpoena to appear at the Court for Black Justice served to the 67th precinct of the NYPD.

Subpoena to appear at the Court for Black Justice served to the 67th precinct of the NYPD.

I’ve been working on a film project documenting Kimani Gray’s death and efforts by his family, activists and the East Flatbush community for justice. On Thursday night, myself and two other people involved in the film attended a monthly Community Relations Board meeting overseen by Deputy Inspector Kenny Lehr at the 67th Precinct.  We were told that we were not allowed to film, but we surreptitiously made an audio recording of the forum anyway.

These meetings basically serve as an outlet for older, mainly West Indian community members who are generally supportive of the NYPD to complain about noise, graffiti and the scent of marijuana on their blocks. A handful of activists did turn up, however. I’ll get to them in a minute.

When I was called on I asked Lehr if he was investigating the shootings of Kimani Gray and Shantel Davis. I also mentioned that the city had paid $335,000 to settle claims for excessive and false arrests against officers involved in the shootings before they occurred, and asked how many other officers at the precinct have a history of brutality that the community should be concerned about. Additionally, I inquired as to the whereabouts of the killer cops, asking Lehr to confirm reports that the two officers involved in the Gray slaying are still clocking in at his precinct. Read the rest of this entry

InPDUM Serves NYPD Subpoena for Court for Black Justice and Reparations!

On Thursday, May 16, 2013, InPDUM served subpoena for the Court for Black Justice and Reparations  to the NYPD. President Diop Olugbala was arrested shortly after, an apparent rebuttal when Diop shook them up as he served notice that they had been charged. Not knowing what to do, they resorted to what they always do, attack! After an extensive call-in campaign from around the world, victory was won and President Diop was freed the following day!

The NYPD has been served notice that it has been charged with murder, brutality and hate driven tactics of ‘stop and frisk’ against millions of Africans in New York City and that it’s slated representatives are to appear in the Court for Black Justice and Reparations before the People of New York City.

President Diop reads the charges and serves the pigs!

INPDUM PRESIDENT DIOP FREE! BUILD THE COURT FOR BLACK JUSTICE! TODAY ON AFRICAN RESISTANCE NOW!

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**URGENT** INPDUM PRESIDENT DIOP OLUGBALA WAS ARRESTED BY THE NYPD! TAKE ACTION NOW! CALL-IN TO DEMAND THE RELEASE OF WALI “DIOP OLUGBALA” RAHMAN!

InPDUM President, Diop Olugbala

InPDUM President, Diop Olugbala

InPDUM President Diop Olugbala was arrested by the NYPD tonight, 5/16/2013 during a political action led by the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement to serve the people’s subpoena during the 67th Precinct Community Council meeting.

The people’s subpoena was issued as part of the process to build a Court for Black Justice in response to the police terror waged against the African community of NYC, including the recent murder of Kimani Gray and the murder of Shantel Davis in last year.

Diop Olugbala is the President of InPDUM and a respected activist and leader in defense of the democratic rights of the black community.

The police are saying that President Diop has 11 warrants against him which is completely bogus!

TAKE ACTION:
Call-in to 718-287-3211 for Commander Lehr!

-Demand the immediate release of Wali “Diop” Rahman
-Let the NYPD know that we hold them responsible for President Diop!
-Let them know where you are calling from! Tell them, “The eyes of the world are watching you.”
-We have a right to protest the police brutality and murders against the African community in New York!

Uhuru! Let us know when you call. If you are a lawyer or you know one, please contact info@uhurunews.com

Black is Back Coalition Storms Harlem in Defense of Assata Shakur!

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InPDUM International President, Diop Olugbala

On Thursday, May 9, 2013 the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice Peace and Reparations (BIBC) held a demonstration in front of the Harlem State Office Building to protest the U.S. government’s recent announcement of the increased bounty placed on the life of Assata Shakur from $1 million to $2 million and her addition to the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list.

The demonstration included participation from numerous activists and organizations including Jaime Fuentes of Casas de las Americas – a Cuban organization that has fought tirelessly for the freedom of the Cuban 5 and that played an instrumental role in the logistics of Che Guevara’s trip to NYC when he addressed the UN.  Other speakers included Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report, Nellie Bailey of Occupy Harlem, Ralph Poynter of the Lynn Stewart Defense Committee, Diop Olugbala of the International Peoples Democratic Uhuru Movement, Khalil Khan Vasquez of the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee, Shaka Shakur of the Black Souljahz and Sadiki “Shepp” Olugbala of the Peoples Survival Program.  There were numerous other activists in attendance, including Pam Africa of MOVE and the Free Mumia Movement, Agnes Johnson and the December 12th Movement.BIB crowd

The BIBC held this important mobilization as an immediate response to what is clearly an attempt on the part of the U.S. government to criminalize the African Liberation Movement.  The characterization of Assata Shakur as a terrorist is not only untrue, but is also an attempt to isolate the people from the revolution. Read the rest of this entry

Donate now to the One Africa Tour Fund! Rapid growth of Uhuru Movement in Africa and world spurs urgent need for resources!

OneAfricaTourIf you believe that the only solution for African people everywhere is a united and liberated Africa, then you must contribute to this urgent call for the One Africa Tour Fund.
We must seize the time!
With your support, and thanks to 40 years of tireless work by the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) building the African Independence Movement worldwide, our people everywhere can see a future of justice, prosperity and self-determination. Read the rest of this entry

InPDUM To Serve People’s Subpoena to NYPD 67th Precinct!

kelly wanted posterOn this Thursday, May 16 the International Peoples Democratic Uhuru Movement (INPDUM) will serve the People’s Subpoena to the 67th Precinct to appear at the upcoming pre-trial hearing of the Court for Black Justice and Reparations (CBJR).

The subpoena will be served during the “67th Precinct Community Council” at which concerned members of the community are given the opportunity to voice their concerns about “police-community” relations.

INPDUM is calling on everyone to meet in front of the 67th Precinct of the NYPD, located at 2820 Snyder Ave at 7:00PM to participate in a demonstration and protest.  Following the demonstration, CBJR organizers and supporters will go into the Community Council Meeting to serve the Peoples Subpoena.

The CBJR is a court that is being organized by INPDUM to put the NYPD on trial for crimes of colonial genocide being committed against the African community.  Most recently these crimes have included the murders of Kimani Grey and Shantel Davis, both murdered by forces of the 67th Precinct of the NYPD.

INPDUM is organizing the CBJR because it is clear that the U.S. court and prison system has no interest in serving justice to African and other oppressed peoples.

In fact, the Brooklyn District Attorney has yet to indict the cops who murdered Shantel and Kimani, despite eye witness accounts of the murders told by people in the community.

In addition the same cops who murdered Kimani and Shantel have a total of 12 lawsuits filed against them by the people who have been victims of their terroristic activities, including harassment, entrapment and excessive force.  At least 4 of those cases ended in settlement by the City to the victims as a means to avoid the irreparable political damage to the NYPD and city government that would have surely been caused through an actual legal trial

Despite this track record these pigs have been allowed to continue to function in the African community of East Flatbush, the 67th Precinct of the NYPD has been allowed to stay open without any type of intervention from its superior offices.  The Brooklyn DA has yet to prosecute any of the pigs involved in the murders of these two young Africans, despite the fact that there were countless eye witnesses in both murders.  As a justification for its delay in prosecuting the killer cops in either case the DA’s office claims that it could not find any witnesses to step forth.  However, this is hard to believe, considering the fact that many eye witnesses have spoken to ruling class media about both cases.  There is strong evidence that indicates to INPDUM that the DA, the NYPD and the NY City Council have no interest in prosecuting these pigs, or the NYPD as a whole, for its attacks on the African community.

This deafening silence from every agency of the U.S. government (local, state and federal) regarding the activities going on in East Flatbush is clear indication to INPDUM that the U.S. government encourages this type of conduct from its foot soldiers and local military outposts.

This understanding is reinforced by the reality that right now in the U.S., every 36 hours another African is murdered by the police.  Through the historic consistency of the tactics of repression and injustice for African people by the U.S. government through its prison, police and court system – INPDUM is clear that this is a colonial government and state power through which African people will never know protection or justice.

Therefore INPDUM is building the Court for Black Justice to expose who the criminal is.  The following strategic steps will be carried out to achieve justice for the African community:

  1. Thursday, May 16 – Serve the Peoples Subpoena to a representative of the NYPD 67th Precinct.  Location: 67th Precinct, 2820 Snyder Ave
  2. Saturday, May 18 – Hold Pre-Trial Hearing at which the community and the movement will bring forth testimonial statements used to determine whether or not the case should go to trial.
  3.  Saturday, June 29 – hold the citywide Court for Black Justice and Reparations at Medgar Evers College.