Imperialist Militarism and the African Crisis

African resistance to colonialism.

By Abayomi Azikiwe, October 3, 2022

Note: The following address was delivered in part at a webinar sponsored by the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) on October 1. The event was held under the theme: “Colonialism, Compradors & The Militarized Crisis of Capitalism in Africa”. This program began an International Month of Action Against AFRICOM. Other panelists were Chris Matlhako, South African Peace Initiative; Ezra Otieno, Revolutionary Socialist League Central Committee (Kenya); and Jamila Osman, Resist US-Led War. The webinar was moderated by Salome Ayuak, BAP Africa Team.


This webinar comes at a critical period in world history where the unfolding of a shifting balance of forces between the western industrialized states and the overwhelmingly world majority of the Global South has created social and political tensions which are being manifested in numerous ways on the international scene.

There is the upcoming COP27 United Nations Climate Conference in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt during November once again providing a forum for the ever-intensifying debates over the necessity of addressing problems of atmospheric and land pollution which has resulted in extreme weather events impacting the supply of water, food and quality housing for several billion people throughout the world….

Milwaukee, October 8, 2022: Abortion Sanctuary Now! Rally & March

Event: https://fb.me/e/boldi8NHW

2288 N Lake Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202 – 4 P.M.

Demand reproductive justice in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin with the International Women’s Day Coalition and our many partners on Saturday, October 8!

Tabling opportunities involving the various organizations which make up our coalition will be from 3-4 pm, then the rally and march will begin. More details to be announced shortly.

Please reach out if you belong to an organization that would like to sponsor this action and/or join our coalition.

October 4-6, 2022: Milwaukee Tenants Union Phone Blast to Fountainhead Contracting LLC!

Milwaukee Autonomous Tenants Union

Event: https://fb.me/e/ePOJ8WmbP

Fountainhead Contracting LLC owns the rental property at 4827 N 49th St. Milwaukee, WI where MATU member Deveyon Boone lives. Michael Wyne, owner of Fountainhead has failed to maintain this property and Deveyon has lived for months with several broken windows, a broken kitchen sink that does not have running water, and a hazardous black mold problem in the basement due to a cracked foundation that allows water in when it rains without any drainage or ventilation.

In September, Fountainhead attempted to evicted Deveyon for a tiny portion of unpaid rent but because of the poor condition of the house, the courts granted a stipulation that Deveyon pay off the balance of rent owned and Fountainhead make the necessary repairs to the house. Deveyon has held up his end of the bargain. Fountainhead has not.

We are asking MATU members and all those in the community that are concerned with tenants rights to call Fountainhead at 414-260-5100 and demand that they make the necessary repairs in compliance with the court stipulation. Below is a script you can use when calling:

“Hello, my name is _______ calling from the Milwaukee Autonomous Tenants Union on behalf of your tenant Deveyon Boone. We demand that you make the necessary repairs to Deveyon’s home in compliance with the court ordered stipulation from case 2022SC018117. You have the responsibility under state law to maintain your property and if you do not comply, further action will be taken.”

This is a 3 day phone blast so call as many times as you can over the next three days to let Fountainhead LLC know we mean business!

Urgent Call To Action to Demand the Freedom of Dr. Mutulu Shakur! – D.C. Press Conference October 7, 2022

Thank you for your continued support to free Dr. Mutulu Shakur, father, grandfather, healer, human rights organizer, and revolutionary political prisoner, who has been incarcerated for 36 years. We come to you again with an urgent call to action:   

On Friday, October 7th, at 12PM EST the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, the #FreeMutuluNOW campaign, and supporters of Dr. Shakur will deliver over 60,000 petition signatures to the U.S. Parole Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice calling for the immediate compassionate release of elder Dr. Mutulu Shakur. The petition delivery will take place a week ahead of the upcoming parole hearing for the dying 72-year-old acupuncturist activist, who has stage three bone marrow cancer and been given less than 3 months to live.  Read latest Health and Legal Update

Dr. Shakur has been in custody for over 36 years and fits every possible criteria for release. Under the law he should be granted mandatory parole, which would allow him to spend the remainder of his life fighting his cancer and being with his family and community, people who love him and need him. The various agencies within the DOJ – the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Attorney, and the U.S. Parole Commission – are each abdicating their responsibility to do justice. The result is death by bureaucracy for Dr. Shakur and others like him. Join us to demand the immediate compassionate release of Dr. Mutulu Shakur!

WHAT: #FreeMutuluNOW Press Conference & Petition Drop

WHEN: Friday, October 7th, 2022 at 12PM EST

WHERE: U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20530

After delivering the petition signatures, supporters will march from the U.S. Department of Justice to Black Lives Matter Plaza where we will hold a prayer vigil honoring Dr. Mutulu Shakur.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT:

  1. Join us! If you are in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area, attend the petition drop and press conference! Bring family and friends.
  2. Each One Reach Many! Share this event announcement and graphic across your networks and on social media | https://linktr.ee/FreeMutuluNow   
  3. Help Us Reach 65,000 petition signatures by Friday! Sign and Share the Clemency Petition: bit.ly/FreeMutuluPetition 
  4. Continue to build the grassroots power of the campaign! Endorse the #FreeMutuluNOW Campaign: bit.ly/FreeMutulu 
  5. Donate to Dr. Mutulu Shakur: tinyurl.com/Donate4Mutulu

Detroit: Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Events October 15 & 18: Read-A-Thon and Film Screening

Moratorium NOW! Coalition

PLEASE post these Mumia event graphics on your social media!  If you have passages from Mumia’s writings that you want to share for the Read-A-Thon, please print or send them on over!  shakursquad.det@gmail.com 

UPDATE, Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal has been a US Political Prisoner since December 1981. This October 19, 2022, a judge in Philadelphia will decide if Mumia’s case from over 40 years ago- a case full of glaring injustices – can be re-opened due to new evidence. 

That “new” evidence is 6 boxes of papers, related to Mumia’s case, that were hidden in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s (prosecutor’s) office, dating back to Mumia’s trial. While those papers were hidden, including, for instance, a letter from one of the bribed witnesses asking the DA when he would get paid, Mumia has spent decades in prison – on Death Row for most of those years. 

A small group of folks from Detroit will be heading to Philly to rally outside the courthouse and help bring attention and necessary pressure for Mumia to be freed. (Tell us if you’re interested in going!) NOTHING happens in the courts in favor of Political Prisoners without pressure from the people.  While Mumia has wonderful lawyers, they work parallel with the people’s movement for Mumia. That movement forced the state to take Mumia off of Death Row after almost 30 years.  The people kept him from being executed. Now, it’s time to bring him home. 

OCT 15 MUMIA READ-A-THON, 1-7pm EST, Detroit

Please join us at the General Baker Institute (GBI) on Saturday, Oct 15 to read Mumia’s books, share passages out loud with each other, listen to Mumia’s radio-smooth voice and sharp commentaries, learn from each other, and celebrate our brother and elder Mumia- to bring him home. We’ll be at GBI from 1pm to 7pm. Come when you can and stay a while!

OCT 18 LONG DISTANCE REVOLUTIONARY Online Movie Screening, 7pm EST

Register to attend online here: tinyurl.com/Mumia-film The movie Long Distance Revolutionary is the first of its kind about Mumia. It came out in 2013 and instead of focusing on Mumia’s case, it focuses on his life, motivations, family, time in the Black Panther Party, his radio career, reporting on MOVE, his work, and his life on Death Row. It’s an excellent, artfully made film about Mumia, who Angela Davis calls “the 21st Century’s Frederick Douglass.” See some movie reviews here.

register for the Oct 18 film event

Meeting this Thursday (Oct 6, 7pm EST)

To organize to Free Our Movement Elders/Political Prisoners. [Detroit-based Zoom meeting]

Register here: tinyurl.com/Freedom-Meeting

Next email will be about Dr. Mutulu Shakur. He has a parole hearing on Monday, Oct 10, 2022. Please keep Mutulu in your prayers and meditations for good health, and for him to get home to his family.

FREE THEM ALL

Endorsers:

Moratorium NOW! Coalition

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement-Detroit

Detroit Anarchist Black Cross

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Commentaries from Mumia Abu-Jamal and other political prisoners: https://www.prisonradio.org/commentaries/

Madison, October 8, 2022: Women’s and People’s March – Reproductive Justice NOW!

Event: https://fb.me/e/5MctD8gKp

12 NOON – 3 P.M. – Begin at Library Mall, March to the State Capitol

JOIN US TO FIGHT FOR ABORTION RIGHTS AND BODILY AUTONOMY FOR ALL!
Today Abortion is 100 percent unavailable in WI because of a 172 year old law that Must Be Repealed! Show the politicians that we will not stand for the status quo. These are our bodies, our lives and it’s our right to decide!SATURDAY, 12:00 AT UW MADISON LIBRARY MALL (parking in the Lake St and State Street parking ramp).

Racine, WI: UAW 180 Entering 6th Month On Strike Against Case Holland – Solidarity Needed

Milwaukee Area Labor Council

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THANK YOU to everyone who brought food to Day 1 of this month’s food drive for workers on strike!

Don’t forget you can drop off food tomorrow morning from 9am-12pm.

Our union family from UAW Local 180 are entering their 6th month on strike. Unacceptable! We stand in solidarity for a good family supporting contract.

#MKELabor#1u


UAW Local 180

In A Stunning Act of Hyprocisy, U.S. Accuses Russia of Interfering in Foreign Elections

On September 12, the State Department shared the information with US embassies around the world in order to educate those countries on Russia’s activities, reveal Russia’s character and suggest countermeasures. Those countries must simply have laughed both at America’s hypocrisy and at America’s assumption of their own naiveté and short memories.

https://unac.notowar.net/

League of Women Voters Of Wisconsin: Election Observers Needed!

Help the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin monitor Wisconsin’s elections. LWV is seeking volunteers to be trained as Election Observers and placed in polling places in specific areas around the state. The League will provide training, assign volunteers their polling place(s) to observe, and provide volunteers with a reporting form to record their observations. LWV will do their best to assign you to a location near your home. You don’t need to be a League member to volunteer for this.

Learn more about our Election Observation Program here. If you have questions about this volunteer opportunity contact LWV Voter Services Coordinator, Delany Zimmer at dzimmer@lwvwi.org or (608)256-0827.