BWFJ Statement on Charlotte Uprising


charlotte-uprising-update-suspect-protester-death9-23-16It is time for something different. According to the Charlotte Observer, the killing of Keith Lamont Scott makes the sixth in Charlotte and with Terence Crutcher, makes the 163rd killing of a Black person in the U.S. in 2016 by law enforcement or sanctioned extra-legal forces .

On the one hand, the Black (and Brown) Community is told that the problem is bad community relations, inadequate training by police to be more “sensitive”, bad equipment and that its a “few bad apples”. On the other,there is righteous outrage as yet another Black man woman father mother sister daughter son cousin is snuffed out; shot down in the street. And the youth escalate the pushback — pushing back against institution, symbolic or otherwise, of the exploitation, oppression or occupation of our community. Then, the sanctioned -so-called leaders are trotted out to “call for calm,” sensitivity training and body cameras for the police. Then another Black person gets shot down in the street, and the scenario starts all over again. Continue reading

A Draft Manifesto to Rebuild the Black Liberation Movement

A Draft Manifesto to Rebuild Black Liberation Movement

The Black Liberation Movement has reawakened. Militant activists are fighting against police terror, for jobs and a livable wage, for housing for the homeless, against environmental racism, for quality education, for human rights for our LGBT brothers and sisters, and more. This manifesto is a contribution toward uniting our diverse forces into one mighty movement for Black liberation and the transformation of the entire society.charlotte-uprising-demands-9-26-16

This manifesto is for workers in trade union locals and worker centers, students on campus and in high school, brothers and sisters locked up in the prison camps, activists on all battlefronts in every community. Capitalism stinks and is not the system that we need to lead decent and meaningful lives.

Please send suggestions for this document. Rewrite it. Create your own. The point is to have a revolutionary festival of ideas to advance our consciousness and take our struggle to a much higher level. When we can meet in a national assembly for Black Liberation, every document can be part of creating one declaration for us all.

This manifesto is the work of veterans of five decades of struggle and young activists in the current struggles. First came a 2014 version. The Black Left Unity Network revised it in 2015. Now in 2016 a national Black Left Study Group, brothers and sisters in 10 cities, studied both versions for ten months and offers this revision.

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On the Orlando Massacre

2016-06-12T131653Z_275254678_S1AETJMGPXAA_RTRMADP_3_FLORIDA-SHOOTINGThe Black Workers for Justice is outraged and saddened by the brutal attack on the patrons of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We extend our condolences to the families of those killed, and hope for healing and a speedy recovery of the wounded. We stand in strong solidarity with the LGBTQ community. While we don’t know why the shooter picked Saturday night for his heinous crime, it was a Latin Night and as such many in the club were Latinx. We extend our solidarity to that community as well. Continue reading

Commemorating the Birthday of Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz)

malcolm-x-1May 19 marks the 91st anniversary of the birth of Malcolm X, the great 20th Century leader of the African American struggle for freedom, justice and equality; for self-determination and liberation. His assassination in 1965, at the hands of those working in the interest of white supremacy, capitalism and imperialism, marked a horrible chapter in our history of struggle and the beginning of the modern Black Power Movement.

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May Day Statement by Muslims for Social Justice and Awami Workers Party Members in USA

(Muslims for Social Justice(MSJ) Muslims for Social Justice is a North Carolina based organization dedicated to Human Rights and Social Justice for all.

Two weeks ago, the Pakistani military and police launched yet another operation against landless peasant activists by raiding their houses at night and kidnapping several key members of the landless tenant association in the Pakistani province of Punjab, Anjuman Mazareen Punjab (AMP). This search and arrest operation was carried out without warrants using draconian powers given to the law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) by anti-terrorism laws. The operation was carried out on the eve of the International Peasants Day to prevent AMP from holding a large peasants’ convention. The kidnapped include women, students, peasants, and the General Secretary of AMP, Mr. Meher Abdul Sattar – these activists are being detained and tried as terrorists, while another 4,000 have been collectively charged with terrorism and colonial-era crime of disrupting of the political order. Those who have come out in support to protest against state violence and police brutality have had to face baton charges, tear gas, and armored vehicles. Continue reading