From Friday September 2nd through Sunday September 4th, 2022, the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement held its 30th annual convention in St. Louis, Missouri.
The theme of the convention was Defending the Black Community! We Are Our Own Liberators! The theme for the 2022 InPDUM Convention had historical and immediate importance to the liberation of African people.
InPDUM was created to defend the African Community
InPDUM was officially chartered as a national organization on April 6, 1991 in Chicago, Illinois. 1991 was the 23rd anniversary of the assassination of Little Bobby Hutton, the youngest founding member of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California. Chicago was also the place where Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were assassinated on December 4, 1969. These assassinations represented the counterinsurgency war that the US colonial state waged against the African Revolution of the 1960s (the Black Power Movement).
InPDUM was organized to defend the African community and bring the African community back into political life.
In recent months, white nationalist powers, and their collaborators, have increased their assaults against Africans and other colonized people. This includes the May 14, 2022 mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, the May 24, 2022 mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and the July 2, 2022 flamethrower attack on the Uhuru House in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The apex of this assault against African independence has been July 29, 2022 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) military assault against the Uhuru Movement.
The African Community Defense Panel gave practical steps forward
The convention was dynamic. Some of the highlights were the Black Star Award on Friday evening, the Black Power Blueprint tour on Saturday September 3, and the panels and elections on Sunday September 4. The convention even had a name changing ceremony. As part of this ceremony our very own Dexter Mlimwengu received a new name: Kondji.
The newly donned Comrade Kondji Mlimwengu moderated the capstone panel entitled “African Community Defense”.
This panel included:
- Chairman Omali Yeshitela, founder of the Uhuru Movement and leaders of the African People’s Socialist Party who spoke on theory and the masses of African people as our best defense;
- Chimurenga Selembao, National Director of Organization for the APSP-USA who spoke on what to do in case of encounters with federal agents and local cops, as well as social media protocols;
- Alderman Jesse Todd of St. Louis’s 18th Ward who spoke of the importance of disciple and serving the people;
- Dr. Aisha Fields, Director of the All-African Peoples Development and Empowerment Project who spoke of Project Black Ankh as the defense against the climate, natural disaster and disease epidemics caused by colonial capitalism;
- Amanda Wallace, founder of Operation Stop CPS who spoke of our defense of African children as a crucial point to our survival.
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Black Power Talks is produced by WBPU 96.3 FM “Black Power 96” in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is hosted by Dr. Matsemela Odom, Kondji Mlimwengu and Solyana Bekele bringing an African Internationalist perspective to the important issues of our world.
If you want to help us build Black Power Talks, or other aspects of InPDUM Information and Education, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer for the Hands Off Uhuru/Hands Off Africa Campaign
A mass movement in defense of the Uhuru Movement and African has been created. Get involved. Check out their website: handsoffuhuru.org. If you want to be involved in the campaign, email the campaign at: email@example.com. You can also call them at: 813-906-9274. Hands Off Uhuru/Hands Off Africa is present on social media platforms.
To register for their next mass meeting, go to tinyurl.com/handsoffmeeting.
Defend the Black Community!
Complete the Black Power Movement!
Hands Off Uhuru! Hands Off Africa!