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Spring/Summer Crop from the Houston 5th Ward Community Garden

Here’s some of this year’s spring/summer crop at AAPDEP 5th Ward Community Garden.  Fall crop in the ground.

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Zenzele Consignment: The People’s Clothing (&More) Store

On Saturday, August 6, more than 40 supporters joined AAPDEP and the Zenzele Consignment organizing committee for a pre-opening mixer and fundraiser.  The event took place at Zenzele Consignment which is located at 2205-F University Drive in the Northwood Shopping Plaza in Huntsville, Alabama.   The mixer kicked off with a meet and greet, giving the community an opportunity to browse through some of our inventory, meet the Zenzele Consignment team and enjoy a beautifully displayed and delicious buffet from the talented Chef Dayvina Duffy of Jenee Le Cuisine.

The program was opened by Kalister Banks, AAPDEP’s International Director of Information and Zenzele Consignment’s Director of Marketing. After a warm welcome and overview, Kalister introduced AAPDEP International Director and Zenzele Consignment Manager, Dr. Aisha Fields.

Dr. Fields gave a brief PowerPoint presentation on Zenzele Consignment, making the case for Zenzele Consignment as the People’s Clothing (&More) Store, explaining how consignment works, what kinds of clothing and other items Zenzele will offer and how the community can support the store. She also spent time really explaining the work and mission of the All African People’s Development & Empowerment Project (AAPDEP), the non-profit organization that Zenzele Consignment benefits.

As a non-profit clothing resale store supporting the programs of the All African People’s Development & Empowerment Project (AAPDEP), Zenzele Consignment means more than just great fashion at affordable prices, it means supporting programs that improve the quality of life in the communities where AAPDEP members serve. Come to Zenzele Consignment today and find out why we are the People’s Clothing Store and home of Confident, Revolutionary Style! 2205-F University Drive in Northwood Plaza.




Uhuru Book Fair and Flea Market

The Uhuru Book Fair and Flea Market will be held at Clark Park in Philadelphia on September 24, 2016. There will be over 100 vendors, live music, poetry, and lots of great food! Mark it on your calendars, because you don’t want to miss this event!

book fair

AAPDEP North Alabama Chapter launches community garden in Decatur

Following in a long line of true African Development projects, the All African Peoples Development and Empowerment Project has started a community garden in Decatur, Alabama, a town about 25 miles away from our organization’s headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama.  The new AAPDEP garden, located in the heart of the African community of Decatur, on land  provided by First Missionary Baptist Church, has had a successful 2016 summer inauguration planting.   Members of the local Huntsville AAPDEP chapter along with Africans from the nearby community have shown their dedication to the goal of feeding ourselves and have enjoyed a plentiful summer harvest of green beans, a variety of sweet and hot peppers, cantaloupe, watermelon, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, corn and more!  This first step of consolidating the Decatur community garden is the seed of a much larger plan to organize the African community in North Alabama to become much more self-sufficient and self-reliant.  For more information, or to find out how you can be involved with the garden or any other AAPDEP project, please contact us at info@developmentforafrica.org.





Planting Herbs and Flowers can keep away mosquitoes

With the warm weather of the summer people start to spend more time outdoors.  With this also brings on mosquitoes and other insects that tend to be pest to people.  Here are a few plants that you can grow, and or place around your living space that deter mosquitoes and other insects.

Citronella is a common natural ingredient used in mosquito repellents. Citronella is a perennial grass which grows to a height of 5 – 6 feet. It can be grown directly in the ground in climate zones where frost does not occur. In northern climate zones citronella can be grown in a large pots that can be brought indoors during winter. The plant does well in full sun and well-drained locations.

Crushed lavender flowers produce a fragrance and oil that can repel mosquitoes. You can grow lavender outside, or in indoor planters. Crush the flowers and apply the oil to areas of the body.

Marigolds are hardy annual plants which have a distinctive smell which mosquitoes find offensive. Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, a compound used in many insect repellents.  Marigolds prefer full sunlight and reasonably fertile soil, they can be planted from seed, and starter plants are inexpensive and usually available at most garden stores.

Lemon Thyme Repels mosquitoes. This hardy herb can adapt to dry or rocky, shallow soil and will thrive in your garden or as a border when grown in sunny locations. The plant oils repel mosquitoes. Bruise the leaves by rubbing them between your hands.  Find out if you are allergic first by testing a small amount on your forearm for a few days.

The pest of capitalism and imperialism can also be repelled and destroyed all together.  To find out more information on this check out The All African Peoples Development and Empowerment Project at developmentforafrica.org,  and the Uhuru movement at uhurumovement.org


Zenzele Consignment Signs Lease

Zenzele Consignment started two years ago as a vision to build an economic institution that will fund the work of our non-profit the All African People’s Development Project. Although we didn’t have any money or experience with opening a business, we had a plan and support from our Movement. So we set out to raise the money.

Our first major fundraiser was the Zenzele Online Holiday Auction  we didn’t reach our $5000 goal but we got a lot of visibility and starter funds to continue our work.

We held local fashion shows (1,2,3) and speed dating fundraisers with much success.   We hustled hard!

We had a successful month-long GoFundMe fundraiser that pulled in $8800.

Carl helping to transform the store

Carl helping to transform the store

We’ve also had some setbacks like pushing back the date for the store opening from 2014 to 2015 and now 2016; due to lack of resources, not being fully prepared, and not having the right location.

But through it all, with the support of the Uhuru Movement and our local Huntsville organizers, we’ve persevered.

Now we are happy to announce that Zenzele Consignment has a store front.     We’ve signed the lease and have the keys in hand.  We plan to open in Huntsville’s Northwood Plaza on July 15th.

Over the next few months, we’ll be redesigning the interior, signing up consignors, continuing to build up our inventory and conducting additional fundraisers.

Thanks for your patience and support. We are about to do this thang!


AAPDEP Director speaks at the Association of Raza Educators’ Conference

LOS ANGELES, CA––I had the profound honor of participating in the California Statewide Conference of the Association of Raza Educators (ARE) at the Santee Education Complex on May 21, 2016.

Founded by Union del Barrio, a Mexican liberation organization with which our Party has had a very close fraternal relationship for more than 30 years, ARE is comprised of public and charter school educators, university professors, students and community allies committed to using education as a tool for liberation.

ARE’s 2016 conference was organized under the theme “Ethnic Studies: In the Classroom and Beyond”  and had the aim of bringing together students, educators and parents who are teaching, enrolled or interested in implementing Ethnic Studies in their classrooms and communities.

I was asked to give a keynote presentation and lead a workshop on the work of the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP), a mass organization of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) responsible for building dual power development programs in Africa and African communities around the world.

The conference, which drew hundreds of mostly-Mexican and other Indigenous teachers, students and activists to Santee Education Complex in Los Angeles, officially convened at around 9:30am.

I had the tremendous honor of opening up the conference with a keynote address summing up our Party’s understanding of the role of education in a capitalist society and the role that Mexican, African and other colonially oppressed educators, intellectuals and students must play in the struggle for freedom and self-determination of our peoples.

A dynamic conference on education and freedom struggles

After the opening presentation, there was a first session of multiple parallel workshops, offering participants an opportunity to learn how to fight for and implement ethnic studies programs and curricula, something ARE has been leading the struggle around throughout California.

During the first session, I attended a workshop lead by Comrade Ron Gochez, a long-time educator and organizer in Union Del Barrio and ARE on “How to be a teacher and organizer and not get fired.”

It was an incredibly insightful presentation which laid out practical steps that should be taken by educators who desire to be or who are already on the front lines of our people’s freedom struggles.

Ron’s number one piece of advice was for teachers to join or create progressive or revolutionary teachers’ organizations, like ARE, to avoid isolation and becoming easy targets for administration.
He reminded us that being a teacher alone is not enough, it is not revolutionary in itself. Only through active participation in revolutionary organization can we as teachers do the real work that will move our peoples’ struggles forward.

After the first round of workshops, we head back to the school’s center for an absolutely delicious lunch and shopping with conference vendors who had been pulled together into a marketplace.
After lunch, during the second round of concurrent workshops, I gave a PowerPoint presentation on the work of AAPDEP to a lively group of teachers, students and organizers.

The conference wrapped up with the final keynote by brother Jitu Brown, National Director of Journey for Justice Alliance. Brother Jitu gave a powerful summation of the work to end school closures in Chicago and the recent hunger strike he participated in as part of the Fight for Dyett Campaign.

The high level of discussion, camaraderie and hospitality that I experienced as a participant in the ARE conference were extremely impactful.

I left L.A. with a better understanding of how we can organize African teachers and students into the work of AAPDEP and the APSP. I salute and thank our comrades of the Association of Raza Educators and Union del Barrio for your tremendous work!

Forward the revolution!

Uhuru in our lifetime!


APSP Cadre Intensive

The All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project will again sponsor the 30-day Summer Intensive Project to be held at Akwaaba Hall at the headquarters of the African People’s Socialist Party in St. Petersburg, FL during the month of July.

About 50 African people will be traveling to St. Petersburg from Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and from 15 states throughout the U.S. to participate in the month-long project.

Mar 8, 2016

The African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) will train a new generation of the “best daughters and sons of Africa” during a 30-day cadre-building Intensive from July 2 to 30 this year at the Party’s national headquarters in St. Petersburg, FL.

The month-long Intensive is a rigorous “elite” process targeting only those Party comrades who aspire to be leaders of the African Revolution and have an unwavering desire to win the liberation and unification of Africa and African people regardless of the personal price.

The Intensive is a challenging Party “boot camp” that grounds our forces in the theory of African Internationalism and the art and science of leading Party work.

The Intensive creates a force of dynamic self-starters and creative problem-solvers in the face of difficulties.

During the four weeks the comrades undergo a transformation, emerging from the process devoted to the African nation, the African working class and the Party, with a firm grasp of the skills of revolutionary leadership and strong links to the masses of African people.

The Intensive combines political education—much of which is led by Chairman Omali Yeshitela himself along with other Party veterans—with community organizing, workshops in organizational skills and vigorous physical training.

The comrades work together in units, elect their own leadership, give presentations on key political questions, sell The Burning Spear newspaper and hold their own event with community members whom they have organized.

Comrades will also become physically fit as most mornings begin with lively sessions of weight training and aerobics at the Party’s TyRon Lewis Community Gym or on runs through the community chanting and carrying the red, black and green flag.

As Chairman Omali Yeshitela envisioned in his important 6th Congress political report published in “An Uneasy Equilibrium,” graduates of the Intensive will become “professional African Internationalist evangelists and skilled organizers” capable of “going out into the world building local Party organizations from city to city” when called on to do so.

As the resistance and political consciousness of African people grows throughout the U.S. and the world, the ranks of the African People’s Socialist Party are swelling with new recruits who need revolutionary training.

The Party last held a 30-day cadre Intensive in July 2014, a training that ended just days before the August 9 police murder of 18-year-old Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO.

In the wake of this brutal colonial assault, young African workers in Ferguson rose up in a powerful resistance that sparked African consciousness all over the U.S.

Within a week of the first Ferguson uprising Chairman Omali Yeshitela landed on the streets of Ferguson and began electrifying and politicizing the African working class, drawing a whole new generation of young African people into the ranks of the African People’s Socialist Party.

The July Intensive is open to all Party members and by recommendation to those actively involved in Party mass work. This is your opportunity to truly rise to the stature of best children of Africa capable of playing a key role in the historic mission of the African working class to liberate our people and our Africa and govern ourselves!

Spaces are limited for the 2016 July Intensive so apply today. Email Comrade Gazi Kodzo, Director of the Party’s Office of Recruitment and Membership at  july-intensive@apspuhuru.org.

Build the APSP!

Forward the Revolution!