Call to Our Members, Supporters and Allies!

Let’s March on Washington, DC, One More Time!

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Osagefyo Kwame Nkrumah suggests that “there are moments in history that are hard to discern, yet fatal if let slip by.” The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party(GC) suggests that there are also moments in history that are equally as hard to discern, yet pregnant with the potential for re-birth, revitalization, renewal and Revolution.

imageThe October 15, 1995 Million Man March was the largest march in the history of Washington, DC. More than 1.2 million Africans “marched” by plane, train, bus, van, car and on foot to DC, and gathered at the West Steps of the United States Capitol on the National Mall.

The 1995 Stay-at-Home Campaign was the largest general strike in United States history. More than 4 million African People, including men and women who marched to DC, those who refrained from working and shopping, and children/youth who stayed at home participated in this historic action. Other people, like 400,000 federal workers in DC, stayed home as well as the whole world watched!

These twin and conjoint events were one moment in the African protest tradition, in our repertoire of contention with police brutality and murder, mass incarceration, poverty, political powerlessness, war and racism. We believe that the 20th Anniversary Commemoration on October 10, 2015 should and can be a larger and more powerful, movement-changing and life-changing moment in history.

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The A-APRP(GC) issues a call to our members, supporters and allies to join an help build the Kwame Ture Brigade, an independent, radical and revolutionary, Pan-African and International contingent to the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March. We will:

  • Assemble in and Rally at Malcolm X Park in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 7:00 am to 11:00 am
  • March on the White House, from 11:00 am to 12:00 (noon)
  • Join the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March at the National Mall from 12:00 (noon) to 6:00 pm

Encourage your family and friends to attend!

The A-APRP(GC) also issues a call to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Stay-at-Home Campaign by organizing local actions on Friday, October 9, 2015. Shut it Down!

Kwame Ture, and other members of the Non-violent Action Group (NAG) at Howard University, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), the Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO), the Black Panther Movement worldwide, the Movement to Take Nkrumah Back to Ghana, the Democratic Party of Guinea (PDG), the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC), the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party and you have struggled, sacrificed and suffered together. We have made history, and changed the course of history together, over the past 55 years. Let’s do it again!

If you do not to want to join the Kwame Ture Brigade, help build a Local Organizing Committee, or build your own independent contingent. See you in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Encourage your family and friends to attend!

Our Perspective on the 20th Anniversary Theme

The theme of the 20th Anniversary Commemoration is Justice or Else! "Its black lives that are being slaughtered," Minister Louis Farrakhan, the National Spokesperson of the Nation of Islam, said at a recent press conference. . "We know what justice is: it’s fair dealing; it’s the law that distinguishes between right and wrong."

"It’s not about just black men," Rev. Willie Wilson, the pastor of Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington DC, and the Director of the 20th Anniversary Commemoration, "But black men, women, children, Latinos, Asians, and Caucasians." This Commemoration is not just about the Nation of Islam or African People in the United States. It is about African and Other Oppressed Peoples in every corner of the world.

The A-APRP(GC) knows that Black (African) lives matter in the United States, Azania (South Africa), Brazil, Burundi, Colombia, Congo, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Haiti, India, Libya, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tunisia, West Papua New Guinea and in every corner of Africa and the African Diaspora. We know that Indigenous, Chicano and Latino lives matter in every corner of the Americas; that Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi, Palestinian, Syrian and Yemeni lives matter in the Middle East; and that lives matter in every corner of Oceania, Asia and Europe.

Justice for the People is one of our demands, but for us, justice means that economic and political power is solely in the People’s hands, nothing less. Kwame Ture is correct: “black visibility is not Black Power,” and “revolutionary Pan-Africanism is the highest political expression of Black Power!” We oppose imperialism, capitalism, colonialism, settler-colonialism, neo-colonialism, balkanization, sexism, racism, tribalism, Zionism, Apartheid, and all forms of ethnic cleansing and religious intolerance.

The A-APRP(GC) is Marching on Washington, DC on October 10, 2015, Why?

Because:

Washington, DC belongs to the Piscataway Indian Nation, the only true Caretakers of that land; and because of this fact, we do not need and do not ask anyone’s permission to march on and gather in DC except the Piscataway People.

Washington, DC, whose real name is Nacotchtank, and all of its historic buildings and monuments was built by enslaved African labour; because it was and continues to be the political capital of slavery and slave-like conditions and practices in every corner of the World; and because it is soaked with red, black and brown blood, sweat and tears.

Washington, DC is the Rome of our time, the capital of crimes against African and World Humanity, the citadel of ecocide, genocide and mentacide; because Barack Obama is the new Tiberius Caesar Augustus, the new Pontius Pilate; because the National Mall is the Calvary, the Golgotha of our time.

The Highway grid in the United States, 160,955 miles of roads and highways, and the DC Metro System is our Via Dolorosa, the Selma to Montgomery March (1965), the Black Power March (1966) of our time.

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We are philosophers and ideologues of Revolution, not theologians; but we know that genuine Believers fight for justice and support Revolution. Genuine Believers follow the axiom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

We are organizers, and we build work-study groups and conduct revolutionary political education classes. We are not prophets or messengers, pastors or preachers. We are seeking to build a mass Pan-Africanist revolutionary political party and we are conscious participants in movements for revolutionary social change. We are not qualified, by calling or training, to conduct Bible or Koranic study groups, or build churches and mosques, synagogues and temples. We are socialists, members of the People’s Class, and our principles are not for sale.

As we are not perfect, we atone for the crimes that we have committed and or continue to commit, voluntarily and under duress. We demand that every People, government, corporation and non-governmental organization atone for the crimes that they have committed and continue to commit against Humanity, as well. These crimes will be stopped, and the anti-People class will be held accountable in the Court of World Humanity.

It is unconscionable and unacceptable to demand material or financial compensation as reparations for the crimes that have been and continue to be committed against African and Oppressed Humanity. See Kwame Ture’s Position Paper on Reparations. We could never accept a “tribute penny.” [Bible: Mark 12:14-15] The debt that is owed cannot and will not be paid, due to the ethics of the anti-People class. We will not “condemn future generations to be perpetual beggars for reparations!”

We agree fully with Kwame’s self-authored obituary, “If Africa’s children cannot alleviate her suffering; we can at least share them fully.” We also agree with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., suffering, [sacrifice and struggle], is redemptive!

The African Protest Tradition

“I have seen [slavery] hanging over [this country] like a black cloud for half a century," John Quincy Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson on February 3, 1821. "If I were as drunk with enthusiasm as Swedenborg or Westley, I might probably say I had seen Armies of Negroes marching and countermarching in the air, shining in Armour. I have been so terrified with this Phenomenon …”

The National Mall in Washington, DC, 23 blocks totaling 1.9 miles of open and green space between the United States Capital and the Lincoln Memorial, is a stage for national events, a space for public protests, and for the exercise of our human and civil rights. Armies of African and other Oppressed Peoples, marching and countermarching, in their traditional clothing have terrified the United States government, and its colonial predecessors, for more than 500 years. We offer a few recent examples.

In 1941, during World War II, Franklin Delano Roosevelt feared the call for a March on Washington to desegregate the U.S. military-industrial complex. Many forces in the civil rights, nationalist and left communities denounced this Call. In 1963, John F. Kennedy was petrified by the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, the nationwide wave of demonstrations by youth and women that erupted in its wake, and the 1963 March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs.

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Members of the Nation of Islam, under orders from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, did not participate in these historical moments. Malcolm X, the National Spokesperson for the Nation, denounced the Children’s Crusade and the 1963 March on Washington. He called it a “picnic, “a farce on Washington,” a “circus, with clowns and all.”

We wonder what the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X and the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU), A. Phillip Randolph and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Whitney Young and the Urban League, James Farmer, Jr. and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Roy Wilkins and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and John Lewis and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) would call the 1995 Million Man March, and its 20th Anniversary Commemoration.  We wonder what Kwame would call them?

In 1968, Lyndon Baines Johnson was scared stiff by the Poor People’s Campaign and Resurrection City. In November 1969, Richard Nixon declared that in regards to the Moratorium March on Washington against the War in Vietnam “under no circumstances will I be affected whatever by it." A few years later, he was defeated in the War and, subsequently, impeached. In 1978, Jimmy Carter was distressed by the American Indian Movement’s Longest Walk. In 1983 Ronald Reagan was reminded of the power of African voices and feet during the 20th Anniversary of the 1963 March.

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The 1995 Million Man March and Stay-at-Home Campaign

The 1995 Million Man March and Stay-at-Home Campaign are part of our culture, tradition and repertoire. It just so happened that this protest was called for, and organized by Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. To his credit, for two years before the 1995 March, the Nation of Islam organized meetings in every major city in the United States, and Minister Farrakhan spoke to thousands of African men and women under the theme Stop the Killings!

Organizers for the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party(GC) helped build the 1995 March and Campaign, at the national and local levels. We are honest, we are Nkrumahist-Toureist; we work with humility and do not exaggerate or mystify our role in 1995, or our capacity now.

Kwame and the then A-APRP boycotted it. He did not believe that the Nation of Islam could mobilize 1 million African men. He was wrong! Some of his criticisms of the March and of the Nation of Islam, in 1995, were correct. To our knowledge the problems he spoke of have not been corrected. However, those problems have no bearing on our decision to march and protest! He and we did not understand that moment in history, and the revolutionary role we should have played in the March and Campaign. He and we did not understand his mortality. We have corrected that error; and it has taken 2 decades to correct it.

Minister Farrakhan promised to enable and empower Kwame and Khalid Muhammad to deliver students and youth to the 1995 March, from every campus and community in America. A-APRP(GC) cadre were poised to organize a once-in-a-life-time mobilization and recruitment drive. Four caravans of buses, red, black, green and gold, were chartered, and positioned on paper, waiting for Kwame and Khalid to fill them. Kwame and the then A-APRP let that momentous moment slip by. He corrected his error however, and spoke at the 1st Anniversary of the Million Man March in 1996 in New York.

Imagine 500,000 African youth, the brightest, best and most militant, marching on DC. Imagine hundreds of campuses shutting down, like they did during the Student Strike of 1970 in the wake of the police killings at Orangeburg State, Kent State and Jackson State Universities.

The 10,000 buses carrying Ezekiel’s Army of 500,000 African men from coast to coast, would have tied up the national highway grid for two days before and after the 1995 March. These buses, according to CNN, would have “stretched for 100 miles if parked end to end. Washington’s RFK Stadium [could] hold only 2,500 buses, and the Pentagon told organizers the buses [could not] park in its huge lots.” The 1995 March Committee did not have the vision or will to implement this bus plan. They let that moment slip by; and they have never said one word in 20 years about the Stay-at-Home Campaign, one of our greatest moments in the history. The 20th Anniversary March will be successful. It could be much larger however, and even more powerful with your participation.

Matter is a plenum of forces in tension. It is this tension that is the basis of change. In society, it is this tension generated through conflicting and competing forces that give rise to change. It is this law that informed Kwame as he always said, “[to not] run from struggle, [but rather] run to struggle.” The A-APRP(GC) is intensifying our struggle to understand this moment in history, and to define the revolutionary role that we must play in helping to make that history. This is an arduous task. Mistakes are inevitable. They are being made, but also corrected in the process.

We will not compromise our 55 years of struggle to build and maintain our revolutionary relationships with forces in every corner of the World. We will change our strategy and tactics when, where and as often as needed. No one would buy a car, a train or a plane that does not have brakes or a reverse, and that cannot maneuver and turn left or right, when needed and where possible. We will “seize the time,” but we are not opportunists. We will not be disruptive or disrespectful, and we will not be disrespected. We will not commit political suicide.

The 2015 Kwame Ture Brigade

The Kwame Ture Brigade is an independent, radical and revolutionary, Pan-African and International contingent to the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March which will gather in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 10, 2015. The A-APRP(GC) issues a call to our members, supporters and allies, and their families and friends to join and help build this Brigade.  We will:

  • Assemble in and Rally at Malcolm X Park in Washington, DC from 7:00 am to 11:00 am.
  • March on the White House, from 11:00 am to 12:00 (noon).
  • Join the 20th Anniversary Gathering at the Mall from 12:00 (noon) to 6:00 pm.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) Silent March Protest Parade against Lynching on 5th Ave in New York in 1914, and the Universal Negro Improvement Association’s (UNIA) Parade on 125th Street in Harlem in 1924 are two examples of this weapon in our repertoire of contention, our arsenal of confrontation.

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The A-APRP(GC) also issues a call to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Stay-at-Home Campaign by organizing local actions on Friday, October 9, 2015. Shut it Down!

Click here, to join and support the Kwame Ture Brigade!

Click here, to support and help organize the Shut It Down Campaign!

Click here, to make a secure, online Donation to help support these actions!

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