Viola Plummer, Chair
456 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
fax (718) 623-1855 firstname.lastname@example.org
January 10, 2004 UNESCO Director-General Koïïchiro
Matsuura officially launched the International Year
to Commemorate the Struggle Against Slavery and its
Abolition in Cape Coast
(Ghana), one of the slave trade's most active centers
today a World Heritage site.
Remember it was the UN World Conference Against Racism that brought
the issue of the crime of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade to the
forefront. We're convinced that this is the year to push as broadly
as humanly possible the demand for reparations.
the international arena the demand for reparations has taken
hold. Haiti has filed a law suit against France for
restitution of the 90 million gold francs paid to France. Jamaica
has filed a suit against the Queen of England. In Namibia the
Herero people have filed against Germany. In South Africa victims
of apartheid have filed suit against corporations that profited
during the apartheid regime. And in the U S the law suits against
the nineteen corporations are still pending in the Federal
District Court in Chicago, Illinois.
They Owe Us!
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Spirited Family Demonstration Demanding Reparations from Wachovia Bank on July 4, 2005 by December 12th Movement.
The December 12th Movement Celebrates the
Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey
on the 119th Anniversary of his birth
Thursday, August 17, 2006
456 Nostrand Avenue (enter on Jefferson)
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Also commemorating the First National Reparations Rally
Remember to fly the Red, Black & Green!
Sunday, June 11th
Press Conference called by Councilman Charles Barron around the issues raised by the article and the response to it
The New York Times recently published an
article surveying jazz in Brooklyn. As usual, the Times declares something "hip" and newsworthy when white, middle-class institutions (in this case jazz clubs) and musicians join the scene. Black artists, activists, and entrepreneurs have been working mightily since 1999 and the formation of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium to spawn the recent huge, grassroots, predominantly Black, working class renaissance of jazz in Brooklyn.
How dare the Times highlight white individuals and clubs while ignoring the much longer, community-based, larger predominantly Black jazz scene? Mobilize, learn more about the ongoing struggle to promote community-based jazz and celebrate our "Music of the Soul."
Learn more, read Robin DG Kelley's excellent article, Brooklyn's Jazz Renaissance (2004).
Workers Wield Power!
The historically militant Transport Workers Union Local 100 (TWU)
has given the working class people in the New York City a renewed
sense of power. Global market-driven politics of the 21st century
demand labor resistance with a concrete political and economic
force. The TWU strike in the international hub of New York City
challenged the vice-like grip of corporate economic rule and government
collusion on both administrative and judicial levels. Black workers
took the lead and shut it down. Read
article by Amadi Ajamu.
On May 2, 2005
the New Jersey State Police and FBI publicized a $1,000,000 bounty
on the head of beloved sister and political prisoner in exile,
Assata Shakur. The government is trying to lure racist killers
in murdering her. We have always defended our sister and now increase
our efforts. Read and distribute incisive Assata's
statement (6 pages). More information
Also, a shorter
statement by Mos
return of chain gangs, as well as the return
of convict leasing, in the last decade, comes on the back of
extensive state-run prison industries and convict labor
programs. It is important to learn our history and that
there was not always a prison industry in this country. Read
Lord said to Moses: If anyone sins and is unfaithful
to the Lord... about something...stolen... - when he thus sins,
and becomes guilty, he must return what he has stolen or taken
by extortion. He must make restitution
in full, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to
the owner... Leviticus 6:1-5 (NIV). Yes, the Bible supports reparations
and so do a growing number of churches.
Morgan State University, speaks about the many cases where
the United States paid reparations for crimes against humanity
committed against its own citizens. He also addresses the
common argument against reparations: "But I wasn't alive
and had nothing to do with slavery." Be informed. Read
being kicked out of Haiti, France then shook down Haiti for 21.7
billion! And this doesn't include people stolen as slaves or
mega-amounts of natural resources -- just the cash! Pay up, France! Read
you know George Washington had slaves with him in Philadelphia?
Did you know there were many large slave plantations "Up South",
that is in New York, New Jersey and other northern states? Read
the prosperity, long life expectancies, and high standard of
living for white Americans are significantly rooted in past centuries
of exploitation and impoverishment of African Americans and other
Americans of color. But, CURRENT oppression demands reparations
as well-- read recent studies of widespread racism and its economic
consequences by David Wessel. Read more.
excerpt from a longer piece by Prof. Joe R. Feagin.
This well researched piece claims that there are close historical
connections between past and present white privileges and black
oppression, and documents these connections, with estimated
dollar amounts. Read more.
Malcolm X on reparations: "If you are the son of a man who had a wealthy estate and you inherit your father's estate, you have to pay off the debts that your father incurred before he died. The only reason that the present generation of white Americans are in a position of economic strength...is because their fathers worked our fathers for over 400 years with no pay...We were sold from plantation to plantation like you sell a horse, or a cow, or a chicken, or a bushel of wheat...All that money...is what gives the present generation of American whites the ability to walk around the earth with their chest out...like they have some kind of economic ingenuity. Your father isn't here to pay. My father isn't here to collect. But I'm here to collect and you're here to pay."
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X); November 23, 1964, Paris, France; [Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary, New York: Pathfinder Press, 1970, p123]
Millions for Reparations and December 12th Movement Forum present
Tues. October 24, 2006
The Tea Room
724 St. Nicholas Ave. (bet. 146-47)
Join us for a program on reparations with an update on the reparations law suit by Roger Wareham and presentations on proposed laws forcing corporations which want to do business with NYC to disclose their ties to slavery by Bill Perkins and Charles Barron.
For more info call (718) 398-1766.
Revolutionary Book Club meets the 3rd Friday of every month
December 12th Movement Revolutionary Book Club
Happens to a Race Deferred
By Jason DeParle
The New York Times
04 September 2005
white people got out. Most of them, anyway. If television and
newspaper images can be deemed a statistical sample, it was mostly
black people who were left behind. Poor black people, growing
more hungry, sick and frightened by the hour as faraway officials
counseled patience and warned that rescues take time.
a shocked world saw exposed in New Orleans last week wasn't
just a broken levee. It was a cleavage of race and class,
at once familiar and startlingly new, laid bare in a setting
where they suddenly amounted to matters of life and death.
ACS Admits Hundreds of Black & Latino Children
in Foster Care
as "Guinea Pigs" in AIDS Drug Experiments
months of foot dragging, the New York City Administration
for Children's Services (ACS) has finally admitted that at
least 465 HIV
positive children in foster care were used to test highly
toxic and lethal
experimental AIDS drugs during the 1980's and 1990's. These
were Phase I & II trials -- these weren't drugs to help these
children, they were experimental trials,
a number of whom were never approved for use in the manner
they were given to the children. A principal facility used
in the experiments
was the Incarnation Children's Center in Washington Heights. Some
children who refused to take the drugs due to side effects had
tubes put in their stomachs! Some foster parents that objected
to the "treatment" -- one a nurse at ICC -- had their
issue of health care in our community is a matter of life and
death. Reparations are due and we must demand them. We must
save our children
and build our own institutions," said Viola Plummer, national
chairperson of the Millions for Reparations campaign. "Everyone
must get involved. They are murdering our children," she said.
Call (718) 398-1766 for info. Download and post flyer.
Rally for Children against their abuse at Incarnation Children's
- Defend Our Children from their Tormentors
- Close This Slaughterhouse!
- No More "Tuskegee Experiments"
Click for a lot more info.
On Monday evening, February 21, the December 12th
Movement, the Black Men's Movement Against Crack and the Committee
Black Heroes held a spirited commemoration to the lives of Malcolm
El Hajj Malik Shabazz, and Sonny Abubadika Carson. See
They Sold Us,
They Owe Us!