Statement From the Nation Black United Front on the Passing of Fidel Castro

Statement From the Nation Black United Front on the Passing of Fidel Castro

 

Former South African president Nelson Ma

The National Black United Front joins with all freedom-loving people around the world in mourning the death and celebrating the life of El Comandante Fidel Castro. Fidel and the Cuban Revolution that he led has been an inspiration to all people of the world who cherish liberation and who support independence from all oppression and tyranny. The Cuban Revolution has been a staunch example of how a small, independent nation can survive against the powerful forces of United States imperialism and chart its own path in the development of the country.

The Cuban people, under the leadership of Fidel and his comrades, successfully liberated themselves from the rule of the dictator Fulgencio Batista, who was fully supported by the US government. Cuba, one of the last countries to eliminate slavery, had a corrupt ruling class that enforced racist oppression against most of the Cuban population. The success of the revolution brought to Cuba immeasurable advancements in the living standards of the ordinary Cuban people. After the revolution, the literacy rate became one of the highest in the world. In addition, the Cuban people benefited from free healthcare, free education, and improved social services in all aspects of Cuban life – all of this in spite of the harsh embargo imposed for decades by the US government. The Cuban revolution was a beacon to many other countries in Latin and South America. Many countries, inspired by Cuba, fought valiantly to throw off the yokes of oppressive governments supported American imperialism and establish free and independent nations that benefited the majority of their people.

Fidel Castro and the Cuban people have a special place in the hearts of African people throughout the diaspora. The support that they have given African people is legend. As an example, Nelson Mandela has correctly stated that the role of the Cuban army was indispensable in the defeat of the South African armed forces in the battle against apartheid. In addition, the Cuban army supported many other struggles on the African continent for independence from European domination. Cuban support to the peoples of Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Guinea-Bissau proved to be invaluable in those countries’ fight for independence. Cuba stood with the New Jewel Movement of Grenada under the leadership of Maurice Bishop in 1983 during the Reagan administration’s armed invasion of that country. In addition to military support, Cuba has supplied doctors and other medical personal and humanitarian aid to many African and other poor countries around the world. The role of the Cuban medical teams was essential in the eradication of the Ebola disease in West Africa. Cuban medical and humanitarian aid was first on the scene after the massive earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Cuba even offered assistance, which was turned down by the Bush administration, to this country after the US government failed our people in the wake of devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Today, the Cuban government offers free medical education to low-income Americans who can’t afford the exorbitant fees of the medical schools in this country.

We know that many people who support American imperialism and white supremacy around the world will rejoice at the death of Fidel Castro. That is to be expected. The reaction, however, of the people in the world who love freedom, independence and self-determination will be that of mourning the death of one of the greatest revolutionary leaders in history. The National Black United Front stands with those people. We take inspiration from Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution as we continue our own struggle for the liberation of Black people wherever we may be.

LONG LIVE THE REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT OF EL COMANDANTE FIDEL CASTRO!

Sankofa Caravan to the Ancestors Brunch: An Intergenerational Dialogue on Institution Building

by Salim Adofo

 

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The Black Power Movement was started and fueled by the energy and fervor of many individuals & organizations that inhibited and exercised resiliency, zeal, and an undying commitment towards elevating black people and ultimately liberating them from the roots of oppression economically, politically, and socially. These leaders have left for next generations a powerful legacy through their speeches, books, and institutions. Unfortunately, as time has passed, these present elders have not been fully tapped by younger generations to share their wisdom, experience, and critique of the Black Power Movement. Over the last few years, many of these individuals have transitioned to join the ancestors. We are finding, as time continues to pass, we are continually losing access to the knowledge, resources, and recommendations from our elders.  Additionally, many of the younger generation are not getting the quality political education and firsthand accounts that are necessary from movement elders. They are in fact getting a lot of their information from social media and the internet. Therefore the National Black United Front and Rhythm and Justice Radio will convene the Sankofa Caravan to the Ancestors Brunch to facilitate an intergenerational dialogue on institution building to address the above stated deficiencies in the Black Liberation Movement.

The Sankofa Caravan to the Ancestors Brunch will provide young people with opportunity to learn and grow from committed elders with a track record of success in the movement. Through structured dialogue communal discussion, the youth will have the opportunity to learn what no textbook, no university course, nor museum exhibit could convey about building institutions for Black Power. In turn, the elders will have the opportunity to call upon the energy of the youth to revive the Black Power Movement and once again instill a collective fight towards Black empowerment and self-determination.   The intergenerational dialogue will focus on the social, economic and political issues related to building and sustaining institutions for Black Power. The conversation will also focus on the successes, ongoing failures, and recommendations for rebuilding institutions for Black Power.

The brunch will take place Sunday October 16 at 10 am at the NBUF Houston headquarters, located at 2428 Southmore Blvd Houston TX 77004.  The brunch will feature Deloyd Parker, founder of S.H.A.P.E. Community Center.  S.H.A.P.E. (Self-Help for African People through Education) Community Center was founded in 1969. For over 46 years, S.H.A.P.E. has survived the ebbs and flows of the civil rights movement. S.H.A.P.E.’s journey from a small organization to one of international scope mirrors the transition of its leadership.  Deloyd Parker is the Co-Founder and has been the Executive Director of S.H.A.P.E. for over 46 years. Deloyd worked in the Ujamaa Villages of East Africa and traveled to many countries in the eastern part of Africa, spreading S.H.A.P.E.’s philosophy. His most recent trip to Africa was in the summer of 2000. He went to The Gambia in West Africa where he met with the President of The Gambia and was able to expand relations with the government as well as grassroot community leaders. The initiation of the SHAPE philosophy was embraced by the people of The Gambia and “The S.H.A.P.E. of The Gambia” was born.  Deloyd along with countless volunteers, staff and supporters have built S.H.A.P.E., a comprehensive and holistic community institution. Deloyd Parker attributes all of these accomplishments, achievements, successes and victories to embracing the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa (Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work & Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith).  In addition to Deloyd, the brunch will feature international poet and activist Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets.

Oyewole is a founding member of the The Last Poets. On May 19, 1968, the anniversary of Malcolm X’s birthday, Oyewole and two others David Nelson and Gylan Kain read poetry in tribute to Malcolm X, and formed the group.  The Last Poets message is deeply rooted in Black Nationalism and has had a profound effect on the development of hip-hop music.

The brunch is free for NBUF members and a donation of $10 for guests is requested. All proceeds will benefit the work of S.H.A.P.E. Community Center.  For more information contact: rhythmandjustice@gmail.com.

Mugabe is Right

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Robert G. Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Chairman of the Zimbabwe National Union – Patriotic Front and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces is once again under attack from the West and its mercenary mouth-pieces.

The latest attack has a new face and a new slogan, but an old tactic to “raise the flag” in an attempt to “destroy the flag”. A Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire is the newest pawn in the relentless battle of the West to turn back the African revolution to “Free the Land” and be self-determining.

Once again, the small land locked country of Zimbabwe [12 Million people] with the 93 year old president represents “a clear and present danger” to the national security of the Western world.

Why does President Mugabe strike such fear in the West? Why their dogged opposition?

Do they want democracy for Zimbabwe? The same forces transporting Pastor Mawarire around crying out for democratic change in Zimbabwe are the same ones that supported former Dictator Ian Smith and his criminal rule over Rhodesia.

Do they oppose corruption and poverty in Zimbabwe? Europeans take no responsibility for hundreds of years of African exploitation, terrorism and criminal sanctions against a developing a country. After all wasn’t it Chester Crocker, former Assistant Secretary of State, who said to Congress at a hearing in June 2001,  “To separate the Zimbabwean people from Zanu-PF (President Mugabe’s liberation party}, we are going to have to make their economy scream, and I hope you, senators, have the stomach for what you have to do.”

Do they believe President Mugabe is too old or has been in office to long? That cannot be.  the United States has defended and provided the most advanced military weapons to Saudi Arabia, in which the Saud Family Monarchy has ruled since 1926 without a single election and inclusive of the total denial of women’s right.

The plain truth is President Robert G. Mugabe is one of the greatest African leaders who has ever lived and he participated in building and leading one of the greatest political organizations that has been produced by African people – the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front.

There are no perfect countries, perfect people or perfect parties. However, this African country, this African party and this African leader have accomplished what no other has done to date. It fought a successful national liberation struggle for the creation of Zimbabwe and its flag. It fought and resolved an internal civil war. It reclaimed and redistributed millions of acres of land to the people of Zimbabwe from Europeans who stole it. It has endured over 16 years of Western sanctions whose sole purpose was “regime change” to roll back the undeniable gains of the Zimbabwe revolution.

Zimbabwe’s history has been one of struggle.  However, as difficult as it was to tear down Rhodesia, a government built on exploitation, terror and murder, it is more difficult to build a new Zimbabwe under the conditions of Western encirclement, determined to destroy it.

Every day, with the increasing and persistent cold blooded murder of our people by the United States police forces with absolute impunity, we should be strengthened by the victories of our fellow Africans who dare to struggle and dare to win. They demonstrate, like the small city of Ferguson, that as small as we may be we can cast a huge light on the real possibilities for victory in our lifetime. We denounce with all our force the gathering of reactionaries who become agents for Africa’s enemies. Reactionaries who see no pain in the communities, streets and homes of Black people here in America.


We must rally around Zimbabwe, ZANU-PF and President Robert Mugabe, understanding what they together have down for African people worldwide. They have chartered a correct course for the meaning and content of Pan-Africanism. They have carried on Garvey’s plans, Malcolm X’s determination and Nkrumah’s vision.


President Mugabe once instructed Zimbabweans not to look for another new Zimbabwe to come. He said it was in their hands right now and their task was to build it with their own sweat and blood. Those powerful words remind and build on the words and legacy of Marcus Garvey who decades earlier said, “Up you mighty people, you can accomplish what you will.” Garvey spoke the truth and Mugabe Is Right!
                                                      


 

Therefore, we call for all  Pan-Africanist to assemble with us on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 12 PM at 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue and to march to the United Nations in support of the African Liberation Movement and in support of President Robert G. Mugabe and the victorious people of Zimbabwe.

19th Annual Sankofa Caravan to the Ancestors

19th Annual Sankofa Caravan to the Ancestors

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Saturday October 15, 2016 the National Black United Front will host the 19th Annual Sankofa Caravan to the Ancestors. The Sankofa Caravan is an interfaith ancestral commemoration. The event has three key areas of focus:

  1. To offer praise and thanksgiving to the creator and our revered African ancestors;
  2. To educate our community on African spirituality, history and culture
  3. To invoke blessings for our community in all worthy endeavors.

    Sankofa” is a word from the Akan people of West Africa which challenges people of Afrikan ancestry to “Go Back to Your Past” and bring to the present past values that are needed now. The Caravn will depart from the National Black United Front Houston Head Quarters 2428 Southmore Blvd. Houston TX at 7am, heading to the beach in Galveston TX. Participants are asked to wear all white for spirit.

    Often the concept of “Sankofa” is symbolized by a mythical bird which moves forward while looking backward. Certain depictions of the “Sankofa” bird show an egg being held within its beak, symbolizing the future of those yet to be born. If the egg is held too tight then it will break. If the egg is held too loose then it will fall. To embrace the true meaning of “Sankofa” one must move forward while gaining wisdom from the past and exacting the proper balance in preparation for the future.

    A Caravan is typically held which makes the “Sankofa” connection relevant through prayer, ritual, African drumming, African dancing, speakers and martial arts. Research reveals and history shows us that Galveston beach was a port of entry for our enslaved African ancestors. One of the Moor people, Estevanico, came to the shores of Galveston, Texas, as a servant, navigator and guide to Portuguese explorers in the year 1528. It is recorded that in the 1780s, enslaved Afrikans were transported by way of Morgan’s Point across the bay from Galveston Island. This barbaric practice of profiting from human cargo was plentiful in Galveston for many years, with slave traders skillfully circumventing laws that banned the uncivilized practice of slave trading.
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    Furthermore, Galveston is the place where General Gordon Granger delivered his decree concerning the emancipation of Afrikans held in slavery on these shores on June 19, 1865. All across this country, especially here in Texas, people commemorate this day and refer to it as Juneteenth or the Juneteenth Holy Day.

    Because the spirit and history of our Afrikan ancestors dwell on the shores and streets of Galveston Island, organizers of the Caravan sought to celebrate that spirit and history, as well as highlight the many values of our Afrikan ancestors to be brought forth for our overall use today.

    In 1998, the National Black United Front (NBUF) – Houston Chapter, hosted the 18th National Black United Front National Convention. The theme of the convention was “Sankofa” and while planning for the convention, members suggested a retreat to Galveston.

    Research was done to uncover little known history of Afrikans in Galveston and across Texas. After much discussion, a decision was made to hold an ancestral remembrance, including performing a ritual in honor of our “Holy Afrikan Ancestors.” The chosen location was near a market where our Afrikan ancestors were bartered for and sold as chattel. On the day of the 1st Caravan, Professor James Small declared the day of remembrance to be a Holy day that should be commemorated annually.

    A decision was later made to have the actual date of the Caravan be in mid-October, in order to have better weather conditions. October is also seen by many Afrikan descendants as the month of the “Maafa” or “Afrikan Holocaust” month.