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“Lovelle Mixon Lives! African Resistance Against Stop and Frisk Results in 2 Cops Shot in One Week!”
Oakland – Within 5 days on the week of Jan 20-26 2 cops were shot in Oakland, a feat of the African community reminiscent of the heroic resistance of Lovelle Mixon in 2009, when he killed 4 cops in less than one hour.
The Oakland Police Dept (OPD) would want the people to believe that these cops were shot in process of “fighting crime” and “protecting and serving” the African community. However, to pass judgment on this claim all one needs to do is look at the explanation the police are providing for the shootings, along with the real history of the relationship the OPD has with the African community.
According to the OPD, the second shooting, which happened on Friday, January 26, came about as a result of the police stopping a man walking down the street openly holding a gun in his hand. The story goes like this: minutes before the police confronted this “gunman” he had tried to steal a bicycle from an unidentified man and his nephew. The OPD says that this man tried to steal the bike, even firing shots, only to come up empty handed. Apparently the uncle and his nephew were willing to risk their lives to keep their bike. They didn’t even get hit! And so furious that he couldn’t come up on a bicycle, the man just kept walking down the street with a gun in his hand. When he saw the police, he suddenly learned how to shoot and hit the pig in the leg. Ok.
Four days before that happened; an undercover pig was shot, apparently during the aftermath of a car collision. Basically, the police say that one of the people in one of the cars that collided tried to flee the scene, was confronted by an undercover cop and began shooting at him. This pig got hit as well.
Both stories are hard to believe. The only thing that is undeniable is that two cops were shot last week. For this, the OPD must come up with some kind of explanation.
The pigs’ way of explaining this reality is that they are getting shot at because they are fighting crime and trying to protect all of us from the “criminals” in our community.
However, the truth is that the OPD has always been the force in the African community responsible for the violence and crime. It is the OPD that kidnaps, brutalizes murders thousands of Africans every year. In fact, the OPDs tactics became so extreme that it was summed up by the white ruling class as a “rogue” police department, to the extent that the federal government had to take direct control to avoid mass rebellion.
So, we know that OPD forces are not all of a sudden risking their lives in the name of defending the African community from bike thieves and hit and run accidents.
More evidence of the OPD’s disregard for the well being of the African community was its immediate response to both shootings. The OPD imposed a collective punishment on the entire African community – the same people whom it claims to be protecting. Following the first shooting, the SWAT TEAM locked down the entire section of East Oakland, preventing people from leaving/entering their own homes and neighborhoods. As a result of this invasion of the African community, 5 men have been arrested on the charges of shooting the cops.
The fact is that the fairy tales the OPD came up with to explain the fact that two of its troops are laid up in the hospital with gun wounds are being used to hide the real reason that Africans are shooting at the police: AFRICANS ARE ENGAGED IN RESISTANCE AGAINST THE POLICE BECAUSE THE POLICE ARE AN OCCUPYING COLONIAL ARMY IN THE AFRICAN COMMUNITY, RESPONSIBLE FOR POVERTY, VIOLENCE AND THE DISTIRBUTION OF DRUGS IN OUR COMMUNITY.
There is little difference between the manner in which the OPD functions in East Oakland and the U.S. Marines function in Afghanistan.
The Oakland uncle time city council has proven itself to be just as colonial in nature as the police they work with. It is the city council that approved a city budget that spends 40% of a $500 million budget on police, jails and courts, while it continues to close down schools in the African community.
We cannot overlook the fact that the shootings have occurred at a time where there is heated struggle between the masses of the people and the neo-colonial, uncle tom city council over the issue of brining William Bratton a red necked, tobacco chewing white nationalist counterinsurgency expert from the LADP named to come to Oakland to “advise” the OPD on how to more effectively repress the African population, including his promotion of the heavy handed tactic stop and frisk, a policy which has even been ruled unconstitutional in the state of New York.
It is clear that these shootings represent the armed wing of the mass resistance against not only this most recent attack on the African community, but a decades long all-out campaign of terror and violence that the OPD has waged against the African community of Oakland.
These most recent shootings are a response to the intensifying OPD repression of the African community, just as Lovelle Mixon’s heroic stance of resistance occurred just months after Oscar Grant was executed by the BART police force in 2008.
INPDUM holds up this heroic resistance being waged against the colonial occupation of the African community.
InPDUM believes in theory and in practice, that the African community and all oppressed people, have a right and a responsibility to resist colonial oppression and exploitation.
We call for not one, not two, but many Lovelle Mixon’s to emerge from the African community, to resist the colonial occupation of our communities – from East Oakland to East Africa!
Further, we call on the entire African community to join InPDUM and unite with the call for the building of revolutionary organization to get the power to protect and defend our own, wherever we may be, whoever we may be.
We call on the African community of Oakland to attend the upcoming international InPDUM convention, scheduled for March 23-24, where we will build an international commission for African community control of police.
We call on all of our allies and members to watch the Sunday, Feb 3 episode of African Resistance Now on inpdum.org at 4PM EST. The theme of this upcoming episode is “Lovelle Mixon Lives! African Resistance Against Stop and Frisk Results in 2 Cops Shot in One Week!”
We call on other activists, revolutionaries and anti-imperialists to unite with us in this call.
On a concrete level we demand the following:
1. The immediate release of the 5 Africans currently being detained by the OPD for the shooting of a cop.
2. Economic Development for the African community of East Oakland in the form of a farmers and flea market to be established in the parking lot of Eastmont Mall – a one time shopping center that has since the 90’s been converted into a military police station from which the OPD launches its assaults on the African community
3. African Community Control of Police: A community police review board with subpoena power and power to hire and fire police staff and administration.
4. Immediate overruling of the Oakland City Council decision to employ William Bratton. NO STOP AND FRISK!
Build for Bread, Peace and Black Power in the 21st Century!
Build the InPDUM!
Diop Kujo Olugbala
International President, International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement
U.S. War on Terror Overlooks CT Shooter While War on African Community Intensifies!
President Diop Olugbala,
December 19, 2012
OAKLAND – On December 14, 2012, a camouflage clad gunman, 24 years old, burst into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in the wealthy Connecticut suburb of Newtown with a semi-automatic assault rifle and two pistols where he fired more than 100 rounds into the bodies of 20 small children, 6 adult women, and into himself – leaving a total of 27 dead and many wounded. All of the victims and the shooter were white.
Surely incidents like this which occurred in Connecticut will be used by the State as justification to clamp down on the circulation of guns and firearms throughout this country. Of course, this repression will come under the guise of the “war on (domestic) terror”. However, what is less certain in certain circles, is that the “terrorist” targeted by the imperialist state will never be white, like the man who massacred those children in Connecticut.
In the process of writing this article a google search was conducted with the key words “terrorism in connecticut”. Out of 9,450,000 hits, only two made reference to the shooting that happened this morning. The other 9,499,999 were about the Black and Brown “terrorists”.
Even as ruling class media refers to the CT shooting as one of the worst in U.S. history, it will never do so at the cost of tainting the politically “pure” image of the white man. Pioneer, visionary, champion of democracy, civilizer and trailblazer? Of course! Terrorist? Never!
This is despite the irrefutable history of rape and pillage, the blood of Africans and indegenous people of the North American continent that white people have on their hands.
Just as the general white population has experienced unconditional exempt status from the category of criminal and terrorist, so has white power as a whole.
Most importantly, we remember that the U.S. government and military itself is the biggest terrorist to have ever existed. Just days before the CT shooting, U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama made an announcement that he was sending a convoy of troops armed with Patriot missiles to the Middle East for the expressed purpose of stopping the use of “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” the same excuse they used for killing over a half million Iraqi children. Such an offensive would be the latest page in volumes of history of U.S. terror inflicted against oppressed peoples. And with no tears shed by U.S. rulers nor the white population.
In a society ruled by the oppressor the “terrorists” are always characterized as those among the oppressed – those who represent some type of threat to the status quo. In fact, the “terrorist” is the ENTIRE oppressed population, especially when we are engaged in generalized resistance.
The Department of Homeland Security is in place to secure the political and economic interests of the white ruling class – which means carrying out a general campaign of repression against oppressed communities and the organizations who struggle in their interests.
This is evident in the State of Pennsylvania Homeland Security’s private contract with the Institute for Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR).
An article published in the Burning Spear Newspaper and Uhuru News (http://uhurunews.com/story?resource_name=the-new-cointelpro-revealed-in-documents-attacking-the-uhuru-movement) states,
“The Institute for Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR) is an Israeli based so-called “anti-terror” counterintelligence organization received a $125,000 contract from the State of Pennsylvania (homeland security) to compile a list of organizations it considers to pose a threat to the status quo.
…the list that had been compiled by the ITRR included the name Diop Olugbala/Wali Rahman, President of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM).”
The so called “war on terror” is a tactic used by the imperialist state to maintain its control of a system built on sucking the resources of virtually the entire world population. The war on terror is a means of crushing the resistance of those who would dare to struggle for their freedom. The “war on terror” keeps the big time gun manufacturers’ profits at an all time high. We must expose the true nature of the “war on terror” and the special relationship that imperialism has with African and oppressed people.
The strategic enemy of Africans and oppressed people is the U.S. imperialist State. Whether, in Uganda, Palestine, Colombia or Oakland, it is the imperialist state which stands between the people and our freedom.
If the imperialist state is to be destroyed, it will be as a consequence of the masses of oppressed and exploited Africans organized in their own organization to fight for their selfish interest. That is to say that the masses of Africans will be mobilized to the call to join the resistance based on their relationship to a program that calls for quality and community controlled housing, community control of the police, healthcare, education etc.
In the final analysis, it is a politically educated African community, informed by revolutionary theory, that will become an irreversable force that will crush imperialism.
It is for this precise reason that the U.S. imperialist state goes through such measures to deny the African community access to guns and firearms. It creates special laws applicable only to us, to ensure that we do not have access to guns. For in the hands of the oppressed, guns can be used to destroy the oppressor and its state apparatus. Therefore, the demand by Africans for the right to bear arms is met up with the response of a war against “crime, gangs, drugs, terror” etc.
Never is it allowed in the forum of public debate the notion of Africans and oppressed people having the right to pick up arms against our oppressors – and to do so can quite possibly result in extreme political repression, imprisonment and even murder. This is what happened to the Black Panther Party and other forces in the Black Revolution of the 1960s.
For these reasons InPDUM approaches the question of guns and the African community’s right to bear arms as a serious one with clear political and legal implications.
We start the discussion with the understanding that the U.S. law is colonial law. It is the opinion of the white ruling class, the slave master. It is used to maintain a system of oppression and exploitation of African people. Period. Therefore, there is no such thing as a U.S. law that the African, should respect or abide by.
However, in the absence of power, we as Africans and as a movement must recognize the constraints of colonial law. To not do so could bring serious consequences. But we must always struggle for more and more space within which we can carry out revolutionary struggle. We must push the State back through democratic struggle. This in part means that must expose the contradictory and colonial nature of the “gun laws” as means of preventing the state from justifying and enforcing them. But more importantly this will serve to help the masses come to correct conclusions around dictatorial nature of the state which enforces anti-black and colonial law only through force.
Through the campaign for African community self defense InPDUM has held “Uhuru Law schools” (http://uhurunews.com/story?resource_name=inpdum-arms-the-people-with-information-and-organization-through-the-people-s-law-school) as it relates to criminal and gun laws. SECONDARILY, this process serves to educate the people about what their “legal rights” are with regards to guns. However, PRIMARILY this process serves to expose the state’s disregard for law and thus mobilizes the people politically to challenge the colonial laws and state itself.
It is important that we understand that InPDUM is NOT an army. An army is an organization whose primary task is to make armed struggle on behalf of and in the interests of a particular social force or sector within that social force. In revolution, armed struggle is but one phase – that if carried out or initiated prematurely can result in deadly consequences for the revolutionary organization and the community it claims to represent. Further, if such struggle is carried out by forces who are not ideologically clear you will have a dangerous situation for the masses and the revolution as well.
On March 23-24 the International Peoples Democratic Uhuru Movement will hold its annual international convention. The theme of the convention is One Africa! One Nation! Protect and Defend Our Own through Organized Resistance!
The question of revolutionary resistance against the imperialist state will be dealt with during a panel called “In the struggle against colonialism any act of African resistance is an act of self defense”.
Comrades, these are very dangerous times, although they are also times filled with great opportunities. We must be responsible, strategic and HIGHLY disciplined in the way we organize – and we must ALWAYS maintain our ties to the masses.
One Africa! One Nation!
Protect and Defend Our Own Through Organized Resistance!
Forward to the InPDUM Convention!
Philadelphia, PA – On the night of Monday, December 30 at Pennsylvania Hospital located at 8th and Spruce streets in Philadelphia, a young mother was forced to give her newborn baby lethal doses of morphine as “treatment for morphine withdraw”.
Jade Nelson suffers from sickle cell anemia and uses morphine as a part of her pain management. She gave birth several days ago to baby Dillen. The hospital, under the direction of Dr. Gerdes harassed the mother, threatened her, used intimidation tactics Including a barrage of armed security guards present in the hospital room, excessive monitoring, forced removal of family unprovoked, refusal to allow family to visit during visiting hours, and later furnishing of a court order to administer morphine to the newborn. The hospital issued an amber alert despite no attempt nor threat to remove the baby, the police were called to the scene several times Channel 6 even showed up to interview the family who was denied access to visit the patient Jade Nelson and her sister Chineera Nelson (unrelated to this case except that coincidently this is Jade’s sister who is currently a patient at the hospital)
According to the child medication safety act, whose purpose is to restore parental authority in the health care provided, Jade had the legal right to refuse this risky course of treatment. FYI the hospital refused to furnish test results that would suggest
the child was experiencing “morphine withdraw” the baby acted normal the entire time and since birth per observant family including maternal mother and grandmother of the child.
Lastly, police reports were filed to document the mistreatment and abuse of power against this poor young mother.
The hospital has been consistently hostile and unprovokingly aggressive toward Jade and her family. The hospital has created a police state by refusing Jade to have any visitors, including from an attorney and Dillen’s father! Her civil rights and parental rights have been infringed upon at the hand of Pennsylvania hospital. They have refused to grant jade a transfer of baby Dillen to a children’s hospital.”
Upon hearing this story it was clear to InPDUM that what is happening to Dillen is one of many examples of a chemical and biological warfare that the U.S. colonial “healthcare” is waging against the African community. More specifically, this is an attack on the African community that is made by through attacking the African woman who stand as the primary representative of the interests of African children – especially during pregnancy or shortly thereafter. This is an attack that INPDUM’s revolutionary national democratic program (RNDP) is designed to combat with all its might.
As the RNDP states,
“We demand an immediate end to the particular abuse of African women colonial system… The oppression of African women includes forcible subjugation to the degrading U.S. “Welfare” system, which makes participation in the criminalization of African men a pre-requisite for receiving a tiny pittance. We demand an end to this degradation, as well as other forms of oppression, such as forcible sterilization through Norplant and other means, the theft of African babies from their mothers, the subjugation of African children to brutal, militarized school system, and the massive imprisonment of sons, husbands and fathers of African women.”
What is made even more clear in Dillen’s case is that the so-called “war on drugs (crack cocaine)” that the U.S. government has for so long used as a justification to kidnap African babies from their mothers is more like a war on Africans through drugs. The forcible dosing of baby Dillen with lethal amounts of morphine can only be summed up as chemical warfare.
Traditionally, the U.S. healthcare system has been incorrectly labeled as “free healthcare”. More recently it has been popularized as “Obamacare”. But the truth is that the U.S. healthcare system is a capitalist and colonialist healthcare system.
It is capitalist in that its driving force is profit. It will never provide “healthcare” if doing so does not generate profit. In
fact, if will create illness just to create the basis for more healthcare customers. And what the government labels “healthcare” is nothing but legalized drugs that in many ways are far more harmful than crack or other synthetic street drugs. This is what we see in Dillen’s case.
It is colonialist in that it is a healthcare system that preys on the misery and illness of African and other colonized and oppressed, non-white people to make its profit. What happened to Dillen never happens to white babies. What happened to Dillen’s mother never happens to white women.
This fact is illustrated in an article written by the All African Peoples Development and Empowerment Project http://uhurunews.com/story?resource_name=infant-and-maternal-mortality-a-war-on-african-mothers-and-babies
“African women in the US are four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women, and African babies die at more than twice the rate of white infants.
In Washington, DC, which has a majority black population, women are almost 30 times more likely to die than in Maine.
Many of these deaths are attributable to systemic barriers to healthcare in the US, with Amnesty International, the human rights organization, stating that nearly half of these maternal deaths are preventable.”
This is why African people must get organized to be a self determined people, capable of providing ourselves with healthcare – on our own terms. This is why we must protect and defend our own – including Baby Dillen!
Pennsylvania Hospital is owned by the University of Pennsylania, a private institution known for its disdain for the African community. UP has been the leading force in the gentrification of West Philly, forcing countless Africans out of their homes and neighborhoods of West Philly. Their recent attack on Dillen and Jade is no surprise. But we must surprise them with resistance!
Take Action! Help Save Dillen’s Life!
As part of its international campaign to “Protect and Defend Our Own” InPDUM is calling on its members and allies around the world to join the struggle to save Dillen’s life by doing the following:
Call Dr. Michael Buckley, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Hospital at 215-829-3433
Call Chief Medical Officer Dr. Daniel Feinberg at 215-829-7556,
State to them the following:
1. You are not ok with the chemical/medical genocide of African babies
2. You are to them violating Jade Nelson’s civil and democratic rights to decide what type of medication her child receives and does not receive.
3. Demand that the immediate transfer of Baby Dillen to the hospital of his mother’s choice.
Unfortunately, this story is not unusual. There are tens of thousands of African women in the United States, and millions around the world, who suffer the same colonial violence at the hands of similar institutions – from Pennsylvania Hospital to the World Health Dept.
We must build the International Peoples Democratic Uhuru Movement, and wage organized resistance to protect and defend all African women and their children from such violence.
At its upcoming International Convention, scheduled for March 23-24, InPDUM will hold a workshop titled “Protect and ORGANIZE the African Woman! Defend and Organize the African Community!” The goal of this workshop, as with the entire convention, is to bring them masses into organized struggle like that which we are waging in defense of Dillen.
Forward to the InPDUM Convention!
One Africa! One Nation!