Putting Revolution Back on the Agenda!
A Call to the 2017 Plenary of the African People’s Socialist Party
Members and supporters of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) from around the world will converge on our headquarters in the city of St. Petersburg, Florida to participate in the Party’s Plenary from January 7-9, 2017.
The Party Plenary takes place yearly between our Congress, the highest body of the Party, which takes place every five years. The next Party Congress will be held in 2018.
We are opening up our Plenary to friends of our Party and urge you to join us at this critical time in the history of the Party and our struggle.
We want as many people as possible to share in the celebration of the accomplishments of our Party and to help us critique and correct any errors we may have committed in carrying out the mandates and policies established at our 2013 Congress.
The African People’s Socialist Party was founded in 1972, more than two generations ago. It has been our work that, more than anything else, kept the African Liberation Movement alive after the U.S. government’s defeat of the Black Revolution of the Sixties.
Because of our Party’s continued existence, the struggle of our people did not have to begin anew with the August 9, 2014 Ferguson, Missouri uprising by young working class Africans following the murder of 18-year-old Mike Brown by the domestic military colonial occupation forces known as police.
Our Party has a fighting history that has provided lessons and political maturity usually denied to African people who have historically had to revive our revolutionary struggle after every setback.
After the re-emergence of revolutionary African working class militants in Ferguson, the African People’s Socialist Party has been able to prevent a host of opportunists and radical liberals from hijacking the struggle of African working people who have suffered since the 1960s without the benefit of our own revolutionary leadership.
Many of the African people entering into political life in the wake of the Ferguson rebellion are new to political life and do not have the advantage of the revolutionary era that characterized our movement of the sixties when revolution was the main trend in the world.
But our Party was there during that period. We experienced the sixties and the two subsequent generations of counterinsurgency, during which we consistently worked to rebuild a revolutionary movement.
Our organizational and political history did not begin on August 9, 2014. The African People’s Socialist Party has been fighting for the liberation of our people and engaging our oppressors in struggle since May 27, 1972!
Therefore, unlike most others, we did not respond to the youthful working class resistance on Canfield Drive with an attempt to build another middle class Civil Rights movement. The African People’s Socialist Party set out immediately to use the events of Canfield Drive to forge a political movement to complete the Black Revolution of the 1960s.
No other organization in the world is better prepared to take on this monumental task than our Party. We have solved every political, ideological and practical problem that our movement was confronted with at the time of our defeat by the guns and prisons of our oppressors.
We have developed the science of African Internationalism, the revolutionary theory explaining the rise of capitalism stemming from the European imperialist enslavement and colonization of Africa, Africans and most of the world.
African Internationalism is a revolutionary theory that not only explains the place and destiny of African people in the world, it also explains the place and destiny of the all the peoples of the world.
African Internationalism shows the inevitability of our victory over colonialist-capitalist white power.
African Internationalism has destroyed the myth and mystery of white people who as mortals, like the rest of us, are subject to the laws of society that predetermines that production of life is the primary motive force of society. Our political theory has proven that white people, unlike most of us, have captured others to produce life for themselves through the parasitic colonialist-capitalist system.
As a logical, practical response to the recognition of the role of whites in history and the tasks of our revolution, the African People’s Socialist Party organized the African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC).
APSC is a Party organization of North Americans or whites that works directly under the leadership of our Party in pursuit of the liberation and unification of Africa and African people worldwide as led by the African working class represented by its own African People’s Socialist Party.
For most of our existence the African People’s Socialist Party has also worked to build a response to the counterinsurgency war that debilitated our freedom struggle for more than four decades, pushing millions of ordinary African people out of political life through jailings, assassinations and other forms of terror.
We built the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) whose main task has been to expose and defeat the counterinsurgency and fight for the democratic rights of our people with self-determination as the highest priority.
We have initiated the development of our independent anti-colonial economy, creating an assortment of economic institutions that provide resources for our movement and create jobs for other workers while providing practical evidence of the efficacy of African Internationalism, our theory of liberation.
With each passing day the African People’s Socialist Party strives to bring African workers fully back into the political life that we enjoyed before our movement was crushed by imperialist white power.
One of the most important accomplishments of our Party has been our leadership in creating the African Socialist International. The International is the African People’s Socialist Party organized everywhere Africans are located globally. It provides advanced, organized revolutionary leadership to the struggles of our people everywhere under a single organizational structure. It makes us invincible.
We have prevented the isolation of the African working class by forging alliances and other political relationships with anti-imperialist forces around the world.
We have even travelled to Moscow, Russia on more than one occasion to participate in international conferences promoting self-determination. This gave us an opportunity to win worldwide solidarity with the international movement for African liberation.
Our Party has led the fight against slavish political reliance by the African working class within the U.S. on the Democratic party and other U.S. imperialist political institutions.
Along with the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, within which our Party plays a crucial role, we worked throughout the U.S. to organize the National Black People’s Convention for Self-determination in Washington, D.C. on November 5 and 6.
This process of building the National Convention and the Convention itself provides us an opportunity to promote a National Black Political Agenda for Self-determination that is independent of all imperialist organizations, parties and other institutions in or outside our colonized community.
However, of all the work we have done and all the accomplishments we have won, none is more important to us than the creation of the African People’s Socialist Party itself, the greatest weapon in the hands of Africans colonized every where on earth.
It is the Party that allows us to put revolution firmly back on our agenda in the U.S., Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, the Pacific Islands and everywhere we reside and experience colonial domination, oppression and exploitation.
This is a call for you to join with us on January 7-9, 2017 to celebrate, sum up our last period of work and prepare for the struggles and victories to come.
This is a call for Party members, non-members and/or supporters of the African People’s Socialist Party to consider joining our ranks.
History beckons and we have answered.