9:30 a.m.: registration, All Souls Episcopal Church, 88 St. Nicholas Ave. at 114th St., Harlem, NY
10:30 a.m.: Greetings from the December 12th Movement and the conference organizational supporters
11:30 a.m.: Keynote Address from the dynamic Fred Hampton Jr., son of the slain Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, and chairman of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee
Noon – 2 p.m.: First Panel, “The Historical Demand for Independence and Reparations,” and discussion on (i) Black people’s revolutionary battles for self-determination through independence, separation and repatriation and (ii) the political and legal battles for reparations as a remedy for the United States’ crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing (now called “gentrification”) of Black people.
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Second Panel, “The Political and Cultural Battle for Independence and Freedom” will look at how a plebiscite (referendum) can be a weapon for Black self-determination and a weapon against rising fascism in the U.S. The open discussion will examine “Which Way Forward” for Black people in the age of the Trump/Clinton platform of lies and the systemic derailing of our fight for freedom.
5:30 p.m.: Plenary to sum up the panels’ findings and propose a course of action for the future.
The conference is supported by CEMOTAP, National Black United Front, People’s Organization for Progress and Black Lives Matter of Greater New York.
For more information, call 718-398-1766 or visit D12M.com
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A CALL TO CONFERENCE ON MALCOLM X’S BIRTHDAY
In honoring the 92nd year of the birth of Malcolm X, we are challenged to apply the lessons Malcolm taught us to the rapidly deteriorating conditions of Black people in America.
Conditions founded on chattel enslavement; passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments denying Black people the right to choose their destiny, chaining Black people to a second-class citizenship of terrorism, cheap labor, and poverty.
Conditions through which Black people have been forced and educated to believe that integration is the road to equality and prosperity, while in reality, we exist just as separate and even more unequal than centuries ago.
Conditions which recognize the 12th anniversary of the Katrina Debacle, which journalist Jelani Cobb so accurately proposed should be seen as “a referendum on Black Citizenship in America”.
At any point in time, any or all our ‘rights’ are subject to arbitrary denial by any racist or ignorant bigot kowtowing to the U.S. policy of white supremacy.
Every social indicator puts us at the bottom – economic development, education, health, employment, housing, criminal and civil justice, infant mortality, and overall death rates.
Resistance at every turn has strengthened us in our struggle for freedom and today, continues to force us to clarify the meaning of fundamental change.
This history dares us to objectively define our colonized political, social and economic reality and chart a course toward our own development or perish. A mission that requires “real talk” to each other.
Those of us here in the United States have never really made a choice for ourselves as to how or by whom we should be governed. The US government has defined us as slaves, 3/5’s human, second class citizens, the underclass, underprivileged, criminals etc.
The Malcolm X Conference for Self-Determination seeks to push forward the direction of the Black Freedom Movement putting the issue of separation on Black People’s Agenda and the necessity of Black People’s right to choose; our right to a referendum/plebiscite on how our people will relate to this government on a fundamental basis.
We have a right to a “CHOICE” / we have a right to a referendum / a Plebiscite.