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TALKING POINTS | Hands Off Uhuru! Hands Off Africa! Defense Campaign

What everyone needs to know about banks working with the FBI to crush the Uhuru Movement’s self-determination programs through economic sanctions:

  • In early March 2023, Regions Bank notified the Uhuru Movement that their “relationship would be terminated” for accounts specifically tied to funds for programs of the Black Power Blueprint in St. Louis. 
  • The Black Power Blueprint in the impoverished community of North St. Louis is building economic development programs for the African working class community. See the work of the Black Power Blueprint here.
  • Thousands of people, including the white community have donated to these programs. 
  • These attacks are an attempt to intimidate and discourage this broad base of supporters and thereby starve the programs benefiting the African working class community.
  • The Uhuru Movement has over 50 economic development institutions and has an over 20 year working relationship with Regions Bank 
  • Regions Bank is carrying out the FBI attacks on the economic fronts of the Uhuru Movement, and has former FBI assistant director of International Operations, John Boles  as the Manager of International and Cyber Investigation. 
  • This is a long-standing tactic of COINTELPRO and counterinsurgency used to crush economic power and self-determination for African and oppressed peoples, historically.
  • A hundred years ago Marcus Garvey was also charged with being a Russian agent. And economic attacks were made on the institutions of his movement which won the support of over 11 million Africans from around the world!
  • It’s clear that the U.S. government / FBI allegations of “malign Russian influence” made against the Uhuru Movement are completely BOGUS and insulting. 
  • Implementing sanctions on the programs of the Uhuru Movement is the same type of attack the U.S. government wages on other colonized countries such as Cuba, Venezuela, Afghanistan, and others, as an attempt to starve them. 
  • What we are experiencing is domestic sanctioning, which has the same implications as arrests/indictments. This is an attempt to derail and wipe out the movement for African liberation and self-determination.
  • The U.S. wants African people to only be welfare recipients and not have independent self-determination. 
  • They don’t want African people to feed, clothe and house ourselves. 
  • The U.S. government wages counterinsurgency against peoples and countries all over the world that work for self-determination. Their leaders are assassinated and coups are waged against their governments. These same tactics have historically been carried against the African Liberation Movement inside this country and around the world.
  • The actions of the banks are as serious an attack as the threat of indictments by the FBI.

What everyone needs to know about the U.S. government attack on the Uhuru Movement and the African liberation struggle:

  1. What happened on July 29, 2022?
    See the video of the attacks
    • On July 29th the U.S. government attacked the African People’s Socialist Party
      with a violent FBI attack on 7 offices and homes of APSP and Uhuru Movement,
      leaders including the home of Chairman Omali Yeshitela and Deputy Chair Ona
      Zené Yeshitela in St. Louis, the Uhuru House in St. Pete, the Uhuru Solidarity
      Center in St. Louis.
    • Chairman, Deputy Chair Ona ZenĂ©, and others were handcuffed with assault
      rifles pointed at them. The FBI used flash bang grenades, drones, battering rams,
      breaking down doors, windows, stealing property, computers, phones, files,

  2. The real basis for the attack
    • The Party was attacked because it has always fought for the liberation of Africa
      and African people everywhere and is a global anti-colonial organization.
    • This happens at a time when the Party and the Black Power Blueprint are at new heights of success after 50 years of relentless leadership fighting for
      African Liberation.
    • The FBI made the false, insulting allegations that the Chairman and the Party
      were under “Russian malign influence” in running African electoral candidates in
      the U.S. and in struggling against U.S. genocide against African people and for
      reparations. It goes without saying that no African person in the U.S. needs a
      Russian to tell them the conditions they face right here.
    • This attack on African people is a continuation of COINTELPRO, the U.S.
      government’s counterinsurgency to try to crush the African Liberation Movement.

  3. Our Movement’s powerful response: Hands Off Uhuru! Hands Off Africa!
  4. The African People’s Socialist Party continued all its work despite the attacks
    Through thousands of donations from supporters including white people paying reparations, the Party was able to successfully complete the Black community Basketball court, launch the African women’s doula program, paint the beautiful murals, maintain the community garden, the farmers market and many more projects of the Black Power Blueprint in St. Louis.

  5. Here’s what you can do:
    • Donate to the Hands Off Uhuru campaign at
    • Join the Hands Off Committee or start your own in your area
    • Sign the petition at Hands Off Uhuru!
    • Hold a fundraiser and/or print the flier!
    • Sign up for the Emergency Response!

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