I had always wondered what caused life to be hard for Africans regardless of our efforts. The murder of Mike Brown opened the way for answers when Chairman Omali Yeshitela introduced InPDUM to answer my questions and put my consciousness into action. InPDUM StL “We Doing The Damn Thang.”
I remember feeling helpless and hopeless about my future and that of my, now 8 month son, to really have the power over our own lives. When I found InPDUM I saw this is an organization that is dedicated to empowering Africans to create food, clothing, shelter, and educational institutions for our people.
I joined InPDUM in 2003 from a relationship I developed with a Mexican-Indigenous revolutionary organization called Union del Barrio. After attending an event at San Diego State University where Chairman Omali spoke, I joined InPDUM because I was drawn to the uncompromising revolutionary science of African Internationalism.
I joined INPDUM only a few months ago but I have seen the work done and I felt compelled. INPDUM is an organization with principles. The people I have met who are part of INPDUM help me grow as a revolutionary every day.
I joined the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement in 2006 right after the NYPD murdered Sean Bell. InPDUM was the organization that was able to explain to me what happened to Sean, why it happened to Sean, why these attacks on our people keep happening and what we need to do to stop it.
I grew tired of the endless cycle of hashtags, protests and marches which riled the people up but led them nowhere and offered no solutions. I hungered for something with substance, something that not only stirred the people up but truly ORGANIZED them toward their liberation. InPDUM is that organization.
Before I joined inPDUM in 2011, I had no idea of what it meant to be a revolutionary. I had never been exposed to a theory that speaks to the interests of and explains the world through the eyes of the African working class. I joined InPDUM and have been organizing for freedom ever since.
Something happened with me after Trayvon Martin. As an African mother, my entire world was rocked. To think that I had absolutely no power to protect my child forced me to join InPDUM. I couldn’t stay on the sidelines any longer. I had to get involved.
After seeing the relentless killing of Africans in America by police without justice being served, I realized that there is no American dream for a black person in America. InPDUM’s saying “Africans have a right to resist” reached me and in December 2011, I decided to join InPDUM.