BLACK SOLIDARITY DAY 2018
On Monday November 5, 2018, the Black Solidarity Day Coalition will take to the streets in commemoration of the 49th Anniversary of the work of its founder and his vision, Dr. Carlos Russell. Every year on the day before election day, Black Solidarity Day is recognized as a “A Day Of Absence” for all Back people in the United States. It is a day that we come together and make an assessment of our collective history, our current conditions, and which way forward for our people. No Work! No School! No Shopping!
THE CALL TO BLACK SOLIDARITY DAY
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2018
As we call Black People to consciousness this Black Solidarity Day, Monday, November 5, 2018, we
commemorate the passing of its visionary founder this past July, Or. Carlos Russell. In Douglas Turner
Ward’s 1969 play “Day of Absence”, when a small Southern town is suddenly devoid of its Black
population and is crippled by their absence, Dr. Russell saw a way to educate and demonstrate to our
people and this country the “Black Power” that our people have in their hands.
No Work, No School, No Shopping … became the mantra for pulling Black people out of a system from which we are much more victim than beneficiary. Or. Russell, set out to organize our community around the Monday before the traditional Tuesday election day as the time our people would demonstrate our power politically, economically and cult rally.
Today, the leaves have long fallen from the tree of Obama euphoria and landed us further back from the
recognition of our humanity- its Trump Time! – loud, vulgar and in your face. Today, every social indicator places us further down the scale of American existence. We are being “disappeared” from the American panorama.
Nowhere is safe. Black American communities, forced collectivities of underdevelopment, yet, our
economic, political and cultural centers are targets of increased repression on multiple levels. Under the
norms of international human rights laws these attacks on our housing, economy, health, education and
civil rights would be condemned as “Ethnic Cleansing.” That’s right; no sanitized, non-violent code names like “gentrification” can be allowed to replace the destruction of our communities brought on by banks, racism, corruption and greed.
The Government seeks to mute our resistance to these attacks by promoting division within us. The
manipulation of people through favoritism, fake data and the racist mass media promotes us to ..,act” and “perform” like we exist outside of our collective Blackness. They want us to divide ourselves by country, ethnicity and class, yet they deal with us as ONE. The 2020 census will be one of the tools that will be used against us if we do not collectively stand together to be counted.
Come together this Black Solidarity Oay … No Work, No School, No Shopping. Demonstrate the power of our Blackness, our unity and our resistance to the rise of Trumpism.
This 49th Anniversary of Black Solidarity Day, carry on the work and vision of its founder, Dr. Carlos Russell. This Black Solidarity Day … WE Black! Election Day … We Black! The 2020 Census … We Black!
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