Self-Determination Is The Highest Expression Of Democracy

Speakers

President Kalambayi Andenet

 Bio:

Kalambayi Andenet serves as the International President of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement. First appointed in 2015, Andenet has led InPDUM’s work to organize all African (“black”) and colonized people worldwide. Under her leadership, InPDUM led the historic #AfricansChargeGenocide Campaign which brought the charge of genocide on African people to the United Nations and demanded reparations to African people (per the criteria of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted by the United Nations). In 2016, InPDUM launched the Justice for the Three Drowned Black Girls Campaign in response to the brutal murders of Dominique Battle, Laniyah Miller and Ashaunti Butler at the hands of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department. In the Summer of 2017, InPDUM launched the #KEEP28 Campaign Against Ward Reduction, an anti-gentrification initiative with the aim of maintaining, and strengthening, the voting power of the black community of St. Louis. In addition to leading these dynamic campaigns, Andenet presides over the Uzi clothing line and economic development institution as well as serves as Editor of the African Resistance Now column in The Burning Spear Newspaper.

Prior to leading InPDUM, Andenet was a dedicated evangelist in the church. Today, she is still an evangelist in the black community with the intent of bringing every black and colonized person into political life

Chairman Omali Yeshitela

Bio:

From the day he ripped down the racist mural from the walls of City Hall in St Petersburg, Florida in 1966, Chairman Omali Yeshitela (then known as Joseph Waller) has never stopped fighting for freedom for African people everywhere. Mobilized in his youth by anti-colonial movements around the world and the struggle for black liberation inside the U.S., Yeshitela dedicated his life to uniting and liberating Africa and African people everywhere.In the heat of revolutionary struggle and during his early years as a political prisoner, Yeshitela was driven to discover the reasons why black people all over the world are impoverished and oppressed. Yeshitela developed the political theory of African Internationalism that understands the world through the eyes of the African working class.

In 1972, Yeshitela formed the African People’s Socialist Party which he chairs. He built the worldwide Uhuru Movement and the African Socialist International with branches now active in the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean and on the continent of Africa.Many of the most critical and legendary campaigns of the African community over the past 40 years have been led by Chairman Omali and the Uhuru Movement.The campaign to free Dessie Woods, an African woman sentenced to 22 years for killing a white attempted rapist with his own gun in the 1970s, reverberated throughout the world with its slogan, “Free Dessie Woods, Smash Colonial Violence!”The historic Measure O, the Community Control of Housing Initiative placed on the ballot in Oakland, CA as a land and housing reform measure in 1984, won 22,000 votes and raised forever the struggle for African community control of housing.In 1996, the Chairman united and mobilized the African community following the rebellions sparked by the police murder of 17-year-old TyRon Lewis just four blocks from the Uhuru House in St Petersburg, FL. The Chairman launched the demand for “economic development, not police containment,” forcing the U.S. government to send in the Civil Rights Commission for hearings.

In 1976 Chairman Omali formed the African People’s Solidarity Committee, the organization of white people under the leadership of the Party. Chairman Omali also founded several mass organizations including the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (INPDUM), which for more than 20 years has been in the forefront of defending the African community from police violence and other colonial attacks.

Other organizations created by Chairman Omali include the All-African People’s Development and Empowerment Program (AAPDEP), the African National Prison Organization (ANPO) and the Black is Back Coalition (BIB).

In 2012 the Africa People’s Socialist Party launched Black Star Industries bringing all of the economic institutions of the Party under one umbrella and creating partnerships with community members.

The Chairman and Party members organized on the ground in Ferguson, MO following the police murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The Chairman spoke to churches and to the national mobilization to Ferguson. His video commentaries summing up the situation in Ferguson went viral.

Today, Chairman Omali Yeshitela speaks to his growing base of Party organizations, members and supporters around the world. He writes and actively leads the worldwide movement for the liberation of Africa and African people everywhere.

Eritha “Akile” Cainion

Bio: 

Eritha “Akilé” Cainion, traditionally known as Akilé Anai, is a 22-year-old city council candidate, born and raised in southside St. Petersburg, Florida.

With her bold campaign slogan “Make the Southside Black Again” she intends to take the entire city government on, with a platform that speaks to empowering and restoring economic life to the black community.

Akilé was born October 22nd, 1996, just two days before the historic black community rebellions that happened in defense of TyRon Lewis, an 18-year-old young black man shot and killed by the St. Petersburg police.

At 20-years-old, Akilé took on the international campaign for justice for three black teenage girls drowned by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department, that traveled the country on a speaking tour and raised thousands of dollars towards legal fees.

At the same time, Akilé ran for city council in 2017 alongside her running mate Jesse Nevel for mayor, making them the first candidates in the world to run on a platform of reparations to the black community. This campaign made national news, getting featured in Ebony MagazineThe Washington Post and the popular radio show “The Breakfast Club.” At the height of the campaign season, Akilé led a march of over 200 people through the streets of downtown St. Petersburg demanding a city united through reparations.

Since her run, she was appointed as the Director of Agitation and Propaganda of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP), making her the youngest member to sit on the APSP’s National Central Committee.

She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Burning Spear newspaper and heads many other media institutions under this department.

Akilé has decided to enter this election because she believes the theft of the black community and forced removal of its residents can no longer be ignored. The black community is being sold to the highest bidder and in a few short years, St. Pete’s rich black history will be just that—a thing of the past.

Eritha Akilé Cainion refuses to let that happen. She is committed to fight in the interests of her community to ensure that every black child will have a future in this city.

Yejide Orunmila

Bio:

Yejide Orunmila is the president of the African National Women’s Organization an organization established as a political strategy to recruit African women to revolutionary political life. She is editor of the Burning Spear Newspaper column, Harriet’s Daughters, which is dedicated to highlighting the issues and concerns of African women.

Penny Hess

Bio: Penny Hess is the Chair of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, the organization of the African People’s Socialist Party working under the Party’s leadership in the white community. APSC leads the movement for white people’s reparations to African people. Penny is the author of the book Overturning the Culture of Violence, laying out the history of white complicity with the enslavement and colonization of African people and showing what we can do to stand in solidarity with struggle for the liberation of Africa and African people everywhere.