[News] Zimmerman Verdict is a Reflection of the Times. We Charge Genocide!
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Mon Jul 15 12:03:36 EDT 2013
*The Zimmerman Verdict is a Reflection of the Times. WE CHARGE GENOCIDE!*
The People Must ORGANIZE!
Trayvon Martin was never going to get justice from a courtroom of the
United States government. Justice for Trayvon and for the hundreds of
other Black women, men, and children executed by someone employed or
protected by the US government on a daily basis will only come from our
people and the power we are able to wield through the strength of our
organization and the resolve of our will. Zimmerman was only put on
trial because millions of our people took to the streets in early 2012
and threatened to disrupt the system. The trial was a means to divert
our energies and return things to the status quo.
Obama's statement that a "a jury has spoken" encouraging what he called,
"calm reflection", is just another effort to lure Black people to sleep
and keep us accepting the status quo. The status quo of white supremacy
has never and will never work for Black people. As W.E.B. DuBois
stated, "a system cannot fail those who it was never meant to protect."
White supremacy and the systems that support and reinforce it like
capitalism, colonialism, and patriarchy must be defeated and dismantled.
We must always keep this in mind and be prepared in concrete, organized
ways to ensure that there will be no peace if there is no justice. */Now
is the time for direct action in the form of organized Boycott,
Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns that disrupt the status quo
systems of the US government through massive non-compliant resistance/*.
We must also be clear that the Zimmerman verdict is a reflection of the
times. 17-year old Trayvon Martin was the 31^st Black person executed by
someone employed or protected by the state in 2012. As we demonstrated
in Operation Ghetto Storm, 313 Black women, men, and children were
executed without trials by the police, security guards or certified
"neighborhood watchmen" in 2012. These extrajudicial killings have by no
means stopped or slowed down, as witnessed by the execution of Kimani
Gray and dozens more Black people in the first six months of 2013. With
the Zimmerman verdict justifying and setting new precedent for the
disposal of Black life, we should expect the number of extrajudicial
killings to increase. It is now more imperative than ever for us to
strengthen the organization of our communities and defend ourselves.
*We must defend ourselves, and we have every right to do so /by any
Black people are in a heightened state of crisis. Since being brought to
the shores of North America as captives from European wars of aggression
we have constantly battled one crisis after another. However, there are
times that are more critical and intense than others. We are presently
living through one of these super -critical periods.
We have been hunted and killed in cold blood by the US government in
increasing numbers and herded into prisons like cattle in record
numbers. The facts presented in Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual
Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of Black People presents us with a
deeper understanding of the utter disregard held for Black life within
the United States.
The continual practice of executing Black people in the country without
pretense of a trial, jury, or judge is an integral part of the
government's current overall strategy of containing the Black community
in a state of perpetual colonial subjugation and exploitation. The
verdict in the George Zimmerman trial is a testament to the reality that
the institutions of the United States uplift and are complicit in the
ongoing genocide of Black people.
The only way we are going to defend ourselves against these genocidal
challenges is to create a massive social movement. We need a movement
that strategically takes on the systemic oppression and exploitation
that prevent Black people from exercising self-determination and human
In order to fight effectively we have to organize ourselves on a higher
level. One of the critical areas where we have to step up our organizing
efforts to be qualitatively more effective is in the area of
self-defense. We have to be clear that we cannot and should not count on
our enemies -- like the courts, and other forces of the US government or
transnational corporations - to protect us. We have to protect ourselves.
*The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) believes that an essential
part of our Movement for survival must be Self-Defense Networks. *
*We think there are two types of Networks that we have to build:*
*/New Afrikan or Black Self-Defense Networks/* are alliances,
coalitions, or united fronts of Black organizations whose purpose is to
defend the Black or New Afrikan community from external (the police,
FBI, white terrorist organizations, etc.) and internal (agent
infiltration, intra-communal violence, etc.) threats to its safety and
*/People's Self-Defense Networks/* are multi-national (or multi-ethnic
and/or racial) alliances, coalitions, or united fronts whose purpose is
to defend their communities against mutual enemies and threats and
advance a common agenda based on shared interests, hopes, and aspirations.
*Oppressed peoples and communities can and will only be secure in this
country when they are organized to defend themselves against the
aggressions of the government and the forces of white supremacy and
*The /Every 28 Hours/ Campaign proposes a model for organizing:*
1. The formation of* Black Self-Defense Networks* to defend our
people and combat police terrorism. These Networks should seek to
build Copwatch programs, engage in mass rights based education
trainings for the community, serve as first responders to acts of
Police Terrorism, and help coordinate mass resistance to these
acts via mass mobilizations and direct action. These Networks
should also be encouraged to engage in offensive campaigns, such
as referendums to institute Police Control Boards.
2. The formation of *People's Self-Defense Networks* to defend the
lives and interests of all oppressed peoples' and exploited
classes against various forms of state terrorism. These People's
Self-Defense Networks would work as multi-national alliances to
engage in a broad manner all of the tasks mentioned above to
defend oppressed peoples and targeted communities, such as
LGBTQ2GNC communities, against institutionalized racism, white
supremacy, institutionalized sexism, patriarchy and state
repression be it racial profiling, gender profiling, stop and
frisk, mass incarceration, or mass deportations.
3. Waging campaigns for local referendums to institute *Police
Control mechanisms* -- i.e. community based structures that have
the power to hire, fire, subpoena, and discipline the police on
the local level. And waging massive, non-compliant campaigns of
resistance employing *BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction)
strategies and tactics* on statewide, regional, and national levels.
4. Forming *People's Assemblies*, on local, citywide, and regional
levels to engage in program and demand development initiatives
that will enable the people to engage in the broad implementation
of people's programs for self-defense and mutual aid.
The *Malcolm X Grassroots Movement* (*MXGM*) and the /Every 28 Hours/
/Campaign/ seeks to strengthen organizing initiatives within Black or
New Afrikan communities for self-defense, by presenting these
initiatives with a comprehensive analytical framework and practical
organizing tools to ground and unite them.
MXGM offers to Black and other oppressed communities three resources 1)
*Operation Ghetto Storm*, a full report on the 2012 extra judicial
killings; 2) *Let Your Motto Be Resistance*, an organizing handbook for
self-defense; and 3) *We Charge Genocide Again!*, a curriculum for the
/Every 28 Hours Campaign/, to further this objective
*Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killing
of Black People*
*Let Your Motto Be Resistance*
*We Charge Genocide Again! *
For more information on these resources or trainings please contact Kali
Akuno at kaliakuno at mxgm.org <mailto:kaliakuno at mxgm.org>.
For coalition building and Self-Defense Networks please contact Taliba
Obuya at taliba at mxgm.org <mailto:taliba at mxgm.org>.
In Unity and Struggle,
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