Stop the War Against the African Community

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The U.S. is waging war on African communities inside the U.S. and around the world.

From police containment, torture and murder to massive imprisonment, these "other" wars are comparable to commonly recognized wars such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This slideshow was produced by Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People's Solidarity Committee and based on the understandings of Chairman Omali Yeshitela, leader of the Uhuru Movement.

For more information and to join the struggle to stop the war on the African community, visit the African People's Solidarity Committee (http://www.apscuhuru.org) and Uhuru News (http://www.uhurunews.com)

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  • 2010 was the bloodiest year so far in the US war of Afghanistan. Obama has increased the operations of special forces’ death squads by 600 percent in the past year!
  • Let’s make a comparison
  • According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2006 latest data available for “police, prisons and courts”
  • 6x1 windowless cells, cattle prods, fatal beatings, burnings by toxic chemicals, stun guns, inmates stripped naked and forced to crawl on the ground, rapes, years in sensory deprivation cells 24 hours a day, exposed in BBC documentary. This happens every day!!! Abu Graib torturers were US prison guards.
  • According to FBI data found on line. http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius_04/law_enforcement_personnel/index.html Bureau of Justice Statistics 2006, police, prison and court employees.
  • St. Louis has a population of 2.5 million—you’ve got all of St Louis in prison.
  • Black Voices: Dr. Boyce: How Companies Make Money off Prisoners, July 28, 2009 Vicky Pelaez March 10, 2008, The prison industry in the US: new form of slavery, Global Research
  • Every American falls within the top 13 percent of global income (MSH)
  • Stop the War Against the African Community

    1. 1. Stop the war against the African community! © Solidarity with African resistance By Penny Hess, African People’s Solidarity Committee
    2. 2. Theory of African Internationalism Chairman Omali Yeshitela Seeing the world through the eyes of the African working class
    3. 3. Under Obama, the U.S. is escalating war in Mid-East and around the world
    4. 4. U.S./Obama has dropped hundreds of 1-ton bombs and cruise missiles on Libya!
    5. 5. U.S. bombing Pakistan under Obama
    6. 6. Atrocities in Afghanistan under Obama
    7. 7. Recent Israeli bombing of Palestinians in Gaza
    8. 8. Obama’s war budget greater than any previous president • 150,000 active duty troops • 600% increase in military operations
    9. 9. Also: U.S./Obama’s other wars Nobody talks about them! <ul><li>Congo </li></ul><ul><li>Haiti </li></ul><ul><li>Somalia </li></ul><ul><li>Sudan </li></ul><ul><li>Colombia </li></ul><ul><li>Venezuela </li></ul>
    10. 10. Obama is also intensifying the U.S. war on the African community right here
    11. 11. U.S. military budget: $700 billion U.S. spending on War on African Community: $200 billion U.S. military aid to Egypt: $1.3 billion Police budget, Philadelphia alone: $1.1 billion
    12. 12. The people of Afghanistan live in a war zone
    13. 13. African communities in U.S. live in a war zone
    14. 14. Afghanistan—a people under occupation
    15. 15. African people in US— under occupation
    16. 16. Checkpoints in Palestine
    17. 17. Stop and Frisk in the African community • 600,000/yr in NYC alone—mostly African, Latino
    18. 18. “Gang injunctions” in African, Mexican communities keep people out of their own neighborhoods!
    19. 19. U.S. tanks in Afghanistan
    20. 20. U.S. tanks in the African community (New Orleans)
    21. 21. Tanks, armored vehicles in the African community
    22. 22. Tanks on the streets in the African community—St. Petersburg, FL Homeland Security tank Jan. 24, 2011
    23. 23. Car searches in Occupied Palestine
    24. 24. Car searches by cops with assault weapons in African community (St. Petersburg, FL)
    25. 25. House searches by Israeli Army
    26. 26. House to house armed searches in African community (St. Petersburg)
    27. 27. Torture in Abu Ghraib
    28. 28. Torture in U.S. prisons (Chicago)
    29. 29. U.S. helicopters over Afghanistan
    30. 30. Helicopters over the African community (the bombing of MOVE 1985, Philadelphia)
    31. 31. Collective punishment Palestine
    32. 32. Collective punishment — U.S.
    33. 33. In Afghanistan: U.S. counterinsurgency <ul><li>The war against a colonial people struggling to be free </li></ul>
    34. 34. In U.S.: counterinsurgency against African community • The war against a colonial people struggling to be free
    35. 35. Counterinsurgency uses force and violence
    36. 36. Counterinsurgency uses brutal and violent repression St. Petersburg, FL police
    37. 37. Military / police containment
    38. 38. Police / military containment
    39. 39. Bulldozing houses in Palestine
    40. 40. Bulldozing the Lacy house in St. Petersburg, Jan, 2011
    41. 41. Mass round-ups and imprisonment in Palestine
    42. 42. Mass roundups, imprisonment of African people 2.5 million in U.S. prison system 50% African
    43. 43. U.S. murder of civilians in Afghanistan
    44. 44. Police murder of civilians in African community (the murder of Oscar Grant, Oakland)
    45. 45. Nearly 10,000 U.S. citizens murdered by police since 1980! That’s about 1 person a day! That’s more than civilians killed in Afghanistan war! (2500)
    46. 46. Children targeted in Afghanistan
    47. 47. Children targeted in war on African community 5-year-old arrested, handcuffed in St. Petersburg, FL kindergarten
    48. 48. Special forces in Afghanistan
    49. 49. Special forces in U.S. African community
    50. 50. Occupying U.S. soldiers come back in body bags!
    51. 51. Occupying U.S. police come back in body bags!
    52. 52. In Egypt and other places the people are rising up against U.S.-backed oppression
    53. 53. Arab people have a right to resist!
    54. 54. People in Afghanistan have a right to resist!
    55. 55. African people inside U.S. have a right to resist!
    56. 56. The problem is not racism The problem is colonialism: political and economic domination of African people, inside the U.S.
    57. 57. U.S. government COINTELPRO counterinsurgency program crushed Black Power Movement of 60s
    58. 58. Millions of U.S. citizens employed in counterinsurgency <ul><li>2.3 million: U.S. military personnel </li></ul><ul><li>2.4 million: U.S. federal, state and local “justice” employees inside U.S.! (BJS-2006 stats) </li></ul><ul><li>Plus countless thousands of prison jobs & spin off: administrative, construction, lawyers, DAs, prison vendors, outfitters </li></ul>
    59. 59. Wars make billions of dollars
    60. 60. Counterinsurgency involves the U.S.-government drug trade
    61. 61. U.S.-occupied Afghanistan: Now 90% of world’s opium
    62. 62. U.S. imposes drugs on the African community
    63. 63. The war against the African community has arrested 30 million: mostly African young men! But most drug users and sellers are white!
    64. 64. 76% of African men in cities will be arrested, jailed before age of 36
    65. 65. 60% of all children in prison are African <ul><li>U.S. has most child prisoners in world! </li></ul><ul><li>Schools are pipeline to prison </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of African children get life w/o parole! </li></ul>
    66. 66. More Africans tied to prisons today than were enslaved in 1850
    67. 67. Illegal drugs imposed on African community worth a trillion dollars a year—for banks, Wall Street!
    68. 68. Prisons: multi-billion dollar/year industry <ul><li>2.5 million people in U.S. prisons </li></ul><ul><li>Half of all prisoners are African </li></ul>
    69. 69. Prisons are third largest employer in rural white America!
    70. 70. Afghanistan war profiteering
    71. 71. Same in U.S.: gold rush at expense of African people <ul><li>Prison pay phones make $15,000/day </li></ul><ul><li>93% of paints and paintbrushes </li></ul><ul><li>92% of stove assembly </li></ul><ul><li>36% of home appliances </li></ul><ul><li>30% of headphones, microphones, speakers </li></ul><ul><li>21% of office furniture </li></ul><ul><li>MADE BY PRISON SLAVE LABOR </li></ul>
    72. 72. Corporations, government, make billions on African slave labor (BP clean up done by prisoners!)
    73. 73. Private prisons trade on Wall Street CCA - $21 a share • Expect 22% increase over 5 years
    74. 74. The war against African community began with the enslavement of African people and the assault on Africa
    75. 75. Capitalism was born from the enslavement of African people
    76. 76. African enslavement is the foundation of U.S. wealth, power
    77. 77. All white people sit on pedestal of slavery, genocide
    78. 78. Ongoing white colonial terror against African people in U.S.
    79. 79. White America—5% of world’s population—consumes 50% of entire world’s resources
    80. 80. This is why the African People’s Socialist Party exists
    81. 81. Liberation, unification of Africa and African people everywhere
    82. 82. Under the leadership of the worldwide African working class
    83. 83. Africa’s resources for African people !
    84. 84. Uhuru means freedom!

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