What: The Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations’ 15th Annual Black People’s March on the White House
When: November 4, 2023, convene @ 11am
Where: Convene at Malcolm X Park, Washington, DC
Contact: Vice Chair Lisa Davis 973.517.1405, email@example.com
On November 4, freedom-loving people from cities throughout the U.S. will march on the White House, having traveled by plane, train, bus and caravan to make their voices heard at the 15th Annual Black People’s March on the White House.
In light of the rapidly escalating genocidal war being waged by Israel on the Palestinian people, this year’s Black People’s March on the White House will declare that, “the African, Indigenous, Mexican, Filipino, Cuban, Venezuelan and other oppressed peoples of the world stand together with Palestine in a united front against colonialism, our common enemy.
“Our unity with Palestine goes beyond well-wishing. We recognize that their struggle and ours are interwoven in our shared global anti-colonial project to overturn the parasitic, bloodsucking colonial mode of production, built on the stolen labor and lives of enslaved Africans and on the stolen land and genocide committed against the Indigenous people.”
The March’s original theme “Not One Step Backwards! Black Liberation Movement Under FBI Attack…again. Drop the Charges, Now!”, stems from the July 29, 2022 military attacks on the U.S. front of the African liberation movement in St. Petersburg, Florida and St. Louis, Missouri and subsequent baseless federal indictments of three leaders of the Uhuru Movement.
Organized by the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations (BIBC), this year’s Black People’s March on the White House is co-sponsored by the Hands Off Uhuru! Hands Off Africa! Fightback Coalition composed of over 40 diverse organizations committed to building an anti-colonial free speech movement.
Marchers will also demand:
- Drop the charges against the Uhuru 3; Stop the attacks on freedom of speech and freedom of assembly!
- Denounce FBI/U.S. government raids, politically motivated indictments, arrests, surveillance, slander and attacks against the African (Black) Liberation Movement, all anti-colonial movements and social justice, anti-war, anti-imperialist and free speech activists such as Stop Cop City and the Tampa 5.
- Release all political prisoners, including Leonard Peltier, Jalil Al-Amin, Mumia Abu Jamal, Ed Poindexter and many more. Drop all charges against Assata Shakur.
- End U.S. government attacks on Mexican, Navajo and other Indigenous peoples, Occupied Palestinian people, the Filipino people, African people in Haiti; Alex Saab and the people of Venezuela, end the blockade on Cuba, lifting travel bans and the designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.
- Billions in U.S. funding of war in Ukraine be used instead to pay reparations to black people
In its announcement of the March, the BIBC explains, “There is a powerful new movement afoot. It is a movement that has been brought to life by a revitalized African liberation struggle and the re-creation of a generalized, and essential, multinational unified anti-colonial leadership.
“It is a movement that will correct the course of history that has enslaved the world under an oppressive colonial mode of production that spawned capitalism, a system generally known as imperialism.
“The assault on free speech includes the U.S. government claims that the work by the African People’s Socialist Party gathering signatures on petitions to take the U.S. to the United Nations for violation of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was initiated as part of a conspiracy by the Russian government to promote “discord” within the U.S.
“They pretend ignorance that our people have agency and do not need anyone, including Russians to explain our plight for us. We refuse to allow the black liberation movement to be isolated and, through inactivity, function objectively as colonial accomplices.
“We see the intensification of repression in every sector – Indigenous people in concentration camps euphemistically referred to as Indian reservations and barrios and the 50-year lockdown of political prisoner Leonard Peltier; the continuation of imprisonment of children in cages at the U.S. southern colonial border and more.
“We see the escalation of the U.S.-sponsored terror waged against Palestinians and other Arabs fighting the colonial project in the Middle East. A kidnapped Venezuelan diplomat, Alex Saab is being Illegally held in a U.S. prison, supporters of Cuba demanding the removal of that noble country from a bogus list of terrorism sponsors, spurious indictments of opponents of the Cop City project in Atlanta, Georgia – are all examples of the growing repression in the wake of the July 29, 2022 attack on the U.S.-based African Liberation Movement represented by the African People’s Socialist Party and Uhuru Movement.
“However, for the first time ever, on November 4th anti-imperialists of every persuasion and nationality are marching lockstep in unity with and under the leadership of African and other colonized peoples including the indigenous who live under settler-colonial domination.
“Join the Anti-colonial free speech mobilization in Washington, DC! Not one step backwards!”
For info on caravans and housing, visit BlackPeoplesMarch.com
Members of the Black is Back Coalition organizing the November 4th Black People’s March on the White House include:
- African National Women’s Organization, Yejide Orummila, President
- African People’s Socialist Party, Omali Yeshitela, Chairman
- Black Alliance for Peace, – Ajamu Baraka, Coordinating Committee Chairperson and former National Organizer
- Black Autonomy Network Community Organization, Rev. Edward Pinkney, Founder
- Black Panther Party San Diego, Robert War Williams, Chairman
- Black People’s Advancement & Defense Organization, LIFE Malcolm, Founder
- Friends of the Congo, Paul Pumphrey, Co-Founder
- Harlem Anti-War Coalition, Nellie Bailey
- International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) – Dr. Matsemela Odom, International President
- Jericho Movement, Jihad Abdulmuit
- JOKO Collective, Tasha Thomas, Yusef Doucet, Jamilla Feemster
- Louisiana United International, Inc., Belinda Parker-Brown, CEO
- Lynne Stewart Organization, Ralph Poynter
- New Abolitionist Movement – Betty Davis
- Operation STOP CPS, Amanda Wallace, Founder
- Reparations United, Kamm Howard, Founder
- Reparations United Front, Dahoud Khaliq
- Universal African People’s Organization, – Zaki Baruti, President General
Members of the Hands Off Uhuru! Fightback Coalition co-sponsoring the November 4th Black People’s March on the White House, along with March endorsers and speakers include:
- The “Uhuru 3”: Chairman Omali Yeshitela, African People’s Socialist Party; Penny Hess, Chairwoman, African People’s Solidarity Committee; Jesse Nevel, Chair, Uhuru Solidarity Movement
- Garland Nixon, nationally syndicated broadcaster and analyst
- Efia Nwangaza, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, former Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee leader and U.N. witness
- Unión del Barrio
- African People’s Solidarity Committee
- Uhuru Solidarity Movement
- Leonard Peltier Ad Hoc Committee
- United National Antiwar coalition (UNAC)
- CPI – Center for Policy and Innovation
- Louisiana United International
- American Student Union, Max Reed
- Green Party, St. Louis
- Alex Suarez, The Refuge (board member, Revolutionary Alliance (co-founder)
- Bakari Olantunji, APSP – West Region
- Barry Bendar, Green Party of New Jersey
- Charlotte Kates, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
- Janet Kobren
- Javon Tinsley
- Jeff Mackler, Socialist Action
- Jesse Todd, St. Louis Alderman
- Jesus Rodriguez-Espinoza, Orinoco Tribune
- Karpani Burns, National Jericho Movement; Spirit of Mandela
- Mark Friedman, U.S. Hands Off Cuba Committee – Los Angeles
- Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA / People’s Against Racist Terror / KPFK Interim General Manager