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Project Black Ankh – Houston Floods

On Monday, August 28 2017, sister Chiwoniso Luzolo, International Secretary for the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement and her husband, Hashim Bissalam, were in need of emergency rescue from their one  story home in Cypress, TX.

Flood waters had risen above the 12ft stilts their home sits on  and they did not have access to the roof except by using an ax to cut a hole through it (see video).

Members of the Uhuru Movement and our friends and supporters had been calling the Coast Guard, Police department, Sherriff’s office and all published numbers for rescue efforts for almost 48 hours and until Monday late afternoon had received absolutely no help!

The Harris County Sherriff’s Office told Chiwoniso that they would NOT be sending a rescue crew to save her and her husband, and when asked who she should call was coldly told to “Call Jesus.”

Concerned Africans and our allies have been hung up on and blatantly told that there would be no rescue, while it is confirmed that whites in their neighborhood were being rescued.

At one point our organization arranged to have our comrades picked up by people close by with boats, only to be turned away by the Coast Guard.

The news media is not showing  a full picture of what is going on on the ground.

Africans in need were being overlooked as the Red Cross and Coast Guard rode around searching for stranded animals.

We are clear that African people must be and are our own saviors.

AAPDEP and the Uhuru Movement are are clear that what is ultimately needed is for the African Nation to build and consolidate our own emergency response capacity and ultimately to struggle for and win African self-determination and self-government, the only way to ensure our collective future as a people.

What you can do:

  1. Donate to the All African People’s Development & Empowerment Project’s Black Ankh initiative. Initiated during the recent Ebola Crisis in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Project Black Ankh is being consolidated as the African Nation’s Emergency Response Organization. No longer do we have to be at the mercy of our oppressors or anyone else when faced with humanitarian crisis such as the flooding that is occurring in Houston or the recent mudslide that killed hundreds this month in Sierra Leone.  http://developmentforafrica.org/donate/

Please make a note that donations are for “Houston.”  ALL resources will be used to support AAPDEP & The Uhuru Movement’s effort to support the African community of Houston, Texas.

  1. If you have skills in the medical field, emergency response or other related areas, join AAPDEP and help us to expand our capacity to build Project Black Ankh as the African Nation’s Emergency Response organization.
  2. Join the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, bringing the masses of African people into political life and organizing the African Nation to protect and defend our people in Houston and around the world.

AAPDEP Houston Building for a Sustainable Future

AAPDEP is growing by leaps and bounds in Houston, TX where we’ve had a community garden for the past 6 years.   The garden has been the center of our work here which is part of AAPDEP’s objective to build organizers that will carry out the work of building self-sustaining communities throughout the world.  

It is important, therefore, that we have people who are willing to lend their expertise to build branches.   This is central to the growth of AAPDEP.   We the  AAPDEP Houston Local Executive Committee are the local leadership ready answer the call!  We are taking all required steps to become self-determined people.

Won’t you answer the call and become a member of AAPDEP today.  You can do so by filling out an application here.

Revolutionary Struggle For African Health

By William Hobson

With the new Trump administration in office, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repealed, many Africans in the United States are afraid of being left without healthcare and access to healthcare resources.

Mississippi has just reminded us Africans of how volatile the weather has become because of the destruction of the environment. Africans in the United States and abroad have the lowest life expectancies, while poverty and lack of healthcare recourses are very telling examples of our global colonized situation.

The All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project’s Health Commission, is working towards the betterment of African health and the development of a revolutionary struggle for African people’s right to live.

It is being estimated by Harvard doctors that 43,956 deaths due to lack of health insurance will occur every year in the United States. Africans have been and continue to be the hardest hit in America’s healthcare debate. It is the Health Commission’s struggle to secure resources and create programs that will meet the healthcare needs of Africans here in the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa.

We now see the revolutionary need for self-determination in the area of healthcare. Along with mental health, our physical health is being threatened, which creates the need for African people to build a contending system that works for African people’s benefit.

We lose millions of African people in the United States alone, every year to diabetes, substance abuse and cancer, while only 13.5% of African people under 65 have health coverage. We believe that African people are more than capable

Along with mental health, our physical health is being threatened, which creates the need for African people to build a contending system that works for African people’s benefit. We lose millions of African people in the United States alone, every year to diabetes, substance abuse and cancer, while only 13.5% of African people under 65 have health coverage.

We believe that African people are more than capable to solve these problems and take a revolutionary approach to meeting our healthcare needs and building our own healthcare resources.

Africans across the world find themselves powerless in the sights of natural disasters. Haiti has been devastated by earthquakes, and unseasonable tornadoes have ripped through Mississippi in January of 2017. Africans in Sierra Leone along with several other West African countries were devastated by the Ebola Crisis from December 2013 to June 2016. African communities are finding it harder to survive and rebuild. Imperialism makes the struggle for the survival of African communities around the world the

African communities are finding it harder to survive and rebuild. Imperialism makes the struggle for the survival of African communities around the world the most highest of AAPDEP’s priories. The Health Commission is now focused on the creation of Project Black Ankh, the African people’s stance against the destruction of African communities due to natural disasters, and humanitarian and health crises. This new Health Commission is now looking to lead the African poor and working class people in creating an independent and self-relying answer to the army of non-profits that exploit African people during and after the worst crises.

This new Health Commission is now looking to lead the African poor and working class people in creating an independent and self-relying answer to the army of non-profits that exploit African people during and after the worst crises.

We can now see the possibilities to develop for ourselves as African people this year, the means and recourses to reverse our conditions concerning healthcare. The All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project is winning the vision to improve the African quality of life and creating the means to safeguard our vulnerability to global imperialist politics.

This is indeed a very big year for our organization and is looking to expand its capacity to act globally for all African people. Whether its Project Black Ankh, creating and sustaining greater community access to healthcare resources or educating African people on the importance of healthcare, we have most graciously accepted this struggle.

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Trump’s inauguration and the exposing of white nationalism

“We must organize to put Africans first. Trump can drive the U.S. to hell in a hand basket. We must struggle to be self-determined.”

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By Nkashama Sankofa, African People’s Socialist Party

 

Donald John Trump was inaugurated as the president of U.S. on January 20, 2017. He became the 45th U.S. president to take office.

He began his inauguration speech by thanking the past U.S. presidents that were present at the ceremony, including Barack Obama, whom Trump claimed a fierce opposition to during his campaign.

This shows that Trump is aligned with imperialism and simply used backlash against the black president to consolidate the white working class.

His entire speech was filled with white nationalist rhetoric and outright lies to coddle the white working class, affirming their beliefs that the crises they face are the result of the U.S. somehow losing its way as opposed to being the inevitable result of oppressed people rising up against imperialism and the unstable nature of capitalism.

Trump claimed to be transferring power from “Washington D.C. to the people,” despite it still being the same government built on the theft and oppression of other nations.

He told the audience: “But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.”

Trump will never acknowledge the oppression that causes these contradictions, nor will he acknowledge that they primarily affect the African working class.

He went on to hint at our contradictions, but never calls us by who we are as Africans, and never mentions that our conditions are the result of white power colonialism.

Trump sounded ridiculous when he said “whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.”

Clearly, a child born in the so-called urban sprawl of Detroit (presumably African) has to deal with a colonial question. It doesn’t matter where in that sky he looks.

A new political era that is void of reality

The crisis of imperialism has created a political environment that is filled with myths in order to explain what white people are seeing and feeling without outright telling them it’s their own chickens coming home to roost.

Trump told the audience at the ceremony that “we’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.”

This is totally false. The U.S. owes everything it has to Africa and oppressed peoples around the world. There has never been one moment where the U.S. has made any other country rich, especially at its own expense.

He also continued to feed the audience the same lies about oppressed Muslims that helped get him elected.

He told them “we will reinforce old alliances and form new ones—and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.”

Democrats are no different. They are saying anything to undermine Trump’s presidency, from claiming Russian infiltration, to trying to get intervention from the electoral college.

White women marched on Washington D.C. the day after the inauguration to pull their faction together for the Democratic Party.

Petty bourgeoisie politician and civil rights movement veteran John Lewis boycotted the ceremony, as if all of the other presidents boots he’s licked were any better than Trump’s.

White nationalism is trendy

U.S. imperialism could not survive without Africans living under this type of everyday carnage. The white ruling class knew what a powder keg the country was, especially during the rise of the Black Power Movement.

To prevent this powder keg from exploding, they made concessions such as so-called civil rights and affirmative action.

The final tipping point was a black face representing white power. It served to fool many Africans into a false sense of safety and confidence in the U.S. government, but it backfired when it came to the white working class.

They could already see their quality of life diminishing as the ruling class hangs on to its own decadence despite dwindling resources, and now they can’t even see themselves as socially superior.

Police terror, white nationalist political narrative and the election of Donald Trump is how they have chosen to “make America great again.”

The inaugural concert that took place the night before the ceremony was a “who’s who” of white country and rock singers who promote white nationalism. One such singer performed a song about using rope to hang all of the “bad guys” in Texas.

Considering who makes up the majority of Texan prison camps, it is clear to us who the so-called “bad guys” are.

Trump promised the audience that from this moment on it will be “America first.” The U.S. has always put itself first. Working class whites are just not getting as much as they are used to, and they don’t want to accept the fact that their lives will always be an upgrade from their lives in Europe before they began raping and plundering the world.

Africans should take this opportunity to expose this and the many other blatant contradictions within the Trump regime and the U.S. government in general.

We must organize to put Africans first. Trump can drive the U.S. to hell in a hand basket. We must struggle to be self-determined.

Smash Colonialism!

Uhuru!

http://www.theburningspear.com/2017/01/Trumps-inauguration-and-the-exposing-of-white-nationalism

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Tornado Kills 4 People in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The city of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, which has a high African and Latino population, was devastated over the weekend by Tornados which killed 4 people.  We, as Africans, need to be able to respond to crisis when it happens, without the help of any government assistance.

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Four people were killed and scores of homes were flattened on Saturday when a tornado ripped through this city in southeastern Mississippi in the darkness of early morning, officials said.

The City of Hattiesburg said on its Twitter account that four people had died after the tornado came through the city and surrounding area. The tornado was part of a wall of stormy weather traveling across the region, bringing rain and unstable conditions.

The city’s mayor, Johnny DuPree, signed an emergency declaration for the city, which, in addition to the deaths, reported “significant injuries” to residents and damage to structures. The city also said on Twitter that Hattiesburg firefighters and police officers were going door to door in a rescue effort.

Greg Flynn of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said rescuers were still searching for victims in the area hit by the storm. He said “massive damage” had been reported in a three-county area that was struck by the tornado at around 4 a.m.

Photos and television images showed the intensity of the damage. Cars were flipped over and sometimes piled atop one another while parts of homes were torn into shards of wood and debris. Trees were pulled from their roots and thrown across roads.

As dawn broke over the city, rescue workers and residents walked down debris-strewn streets.

The three counties affected are Forrest, Lamar and Perry. Flash flood warnings were also in effect for northern Forrest and Lamar counties, as well as the counties of Jones and Marion. The National Weather Service said three to five inches of rain had already fallen, increasing the risk of flooding. More rain — one to two inches — was possible.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol said that Interstate 59 north of Hattiesburg had been closed because of debris. Downed power lines and debris were reported over a wide area and residents were asked to avoid traveling.

Is Your African Fashion REALLY African

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We are just days away from Black History Month which is a time when many African people make a concentrated effort to celebrate our  history and culture.

Churches, schools and community centers host a variety of cultural events where men, women and children can be seen decked out in their sharpest African attire – or at least what LOOKS like African attire.

Many popular clothing items in the US including dashikis and “African print” maxi skirts may actually be made in China, Thailand or India.

While there are many kinds of African fabrics and clothing styles to choose from, you can almost bet that if you find an African looking clothing item in a beauty supply store, nail salon or other business that is not African owned it is not really African.

While it may be possible to save a few dollars by purchasing African knock-offs, we must remember that African artisans lose when others profit from copying African cultural expressions.

This Black History Month shop with local African vendors, fashion designers and small clothing stores like Zenzele Consignment to get your African fashion.

You will look fabulous and feel good knowing that you are contributing to the economic and cultural development of Africa and African people!

Zenzele Consignment is a project of the nonprofit All African People’s Development & Empowerment Project.  AAPDEP organizes African led development projects in Africa and African Communities around the world.  So, when you support Zenzele Consignment, you support Self-reliance and Self-determination for African people world-wide!

Stop by Zenzele Consignment to shop, volunteer and learn more about how you can support African Self-determination.  We are located at 2205-F University Drive. NW, Huntsville, Alabama, 35816.

Hope to see you soon!

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AAPDEP’s MLK Day of Service honors Dr. King’s legacy

On Monday, January 16, 2017 from 10am-2pm AAPDEP and Zenzele Consignment will host our first annual MLK Day of Service.

The event  is being organized as ” A Day ON, not OFF” referring to our plan to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King through community service.

We are calling on volunteers to meet us at Zenzele Consignment (2205-F University Dr., HSV, AL) at 10am for a brief overview of the importance of Zenzele Consignment and our mission to support African community led development programs in Africa and African communities around the world.

Following the overview, we will head out in teams for community outreach that will include distributing door hangers and posters throughout the community.

After we return from outreach, we will continue the day with lunch, enjoy give-aways, thank-you’s, and fellowship.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer either as an individual or an organization, please contact us at:  info@developmentforafrica.org or call 256-469-8418.

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a Rally for Self-determination!

Thousands of black people will descend on the U.S. capital in Washington, D.C. on January 14, 2017, one day before the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and six days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

We will rally for black self-determination and declare to the world that, despite the rise of Donald Trump and his version of white nationalism, Black is Back! And we have our own National Black Political Agenda for Self-determination that we will fight for regardless of which political party or individual occupies the White House.

The Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations has been working for several years to unite our people to take responsibility for our own freedom.

On November 5 and 6 our Coalition of black people and organizations brought hundreds of Africans to Washington, D.C. to participate in our own independent National Black Political Convention.

Together we ratified a 19-Point National Black Political Agenda for Self-determination that was adopted as our own.

On January 14 we will go back to D.C., thousands strong to reaffirm our commitment to our agenda and to win the thousands of other African people to unite with a black agenda for self-determination.

We will not allow the anniversary of King’s birthday to be a celebration for the inauguration of Donald Trump!

Among other things, our agenda demands reparations for black labor and torture, black communitycontrol of the police, freedom for black political prisoners, an end to mass incarceration and immediate release of the thousands of black people in the prison concentration camps.

Our 19-Point Black Political Agenda for Self-determination calls for an end to black population removal called gentrification and support for black businesses.

Our agenda also demands proportional representation, where black people can be assured of some electoral power because we would have power throughout the U.S. that is proportionate to our population percentage.

These are just some of the demands we will be forwarding on January 14 in D.C. These are demands that neither Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton were able to raise in our interest. This is why we must fight for our own, independent power.

Forward to D.C.!

Rally for Self-determination!

We are our own liberators!

Black is Back!

 

 

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