Trial Date: September 3, 2024 - Tampa, FL

Media Kit in response to DOJ indictment

The FBI has indicted three leaders of the Uhuru Movement, they are known as the Uhuru 3 – African People’s Socialist Party Chairman Omali Yeshitela, African People’s Solidarity Committee Chairwoman Penny Hess and Uhuru Solidarity Movement Chair Jesse Nevel – each facing a maximum prison sentence of 10-15 years on charges vigorously denied as completely “bogus” of conspiring with Russia to sow discord in the U.S. (18 U.S.C. § 371, 18 U.S.C  § 951). This a precedent-setting case that spells the end of the First Amendment by criminalizing dissenting speech and opinion. These racist charges imply that Black people are incapable of developing a theory, strategy and practical programs for African liberation, as the Uhuru Movement has done over more than 50 years.

The indictments came 9 months after a militarized multi-city FBI raid used flash bang devices, drones, armored vehicles, automatic weapons and scores of flak-jacketed soldiers to seize computers, hard drives, phones and files from seven homes and offices of Uhuru Movement leaders.

The facts are:

50+ years on a consistent trajectory

The African People’s Socialist Party was founded in 1972 and has, for over 50 years, maintained a consistent world view and carried out a consistent program of organizing for the liberation of African people worldwide. It is guided by the political theory of African Internationalism, developed by Chairman Omali Yeshitela and published in numerous books as well as on the pages of The Burning Spear newspaper, issues of which can be viewed in the digital newspapers collection of the University of Florida. Chairman Omali’s groundbreaking work on the colonial mode of production as the foundation of the world capitalism system has influenced policy-makers, academics and activists.

We claim our right to organize internationally

Chairman Omali Yeshitela has traveled to over 19 countries organizing for African liberation and winning support for the African liberation struggle. He has spoken at the United Nations and represented the African Nation at gatherings in Nicaragua; Big Mountain AZ (Navajo aka Dine); South Africa; Namibia; Sierra Leone; Ghana; Kenya; England; Ireland; France; Spain; Germany; Sweden; Netherlands; Jamaica; Bahamas; Canada; Suriname; and Russia. In 2019, Chairman Omali won the “Africa Debate” at the Oxford Union in England.

We charge genocide

From its earliest days, the APSP publicized the fact that African people face genocide at the hands of the U.S. government and brought this charge before the world community and the United Nations. The APSP held the first “International Tribunal on Reparations for Black People in the U.S.” in Brooklyn, New York in 1982. The Tribunal heard testimony to show how the U.S. violates the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. For 40+ years, the APSP introduced the reparations demand into Black community struggles against police violence, unjust imprisonment, and the denial of decent housing, education, healthcare and economic development, making “reparations” the household word it is today. As part of the current U.S. government attempt to cover its own crimes against African people, an Uhuru Movement petition titled, “We Charge Genocide” with over 130,000 signatures was abruptly removed by

We are our own liberators. We can’t be bought.

The APSP has maintained economic self-sufficiency throughout its existence, ensuring that its political agenda serves the interests of its self-defined program for African liberation and is not dictated by any external force. Picking oranges, backyard fish fries and selling The Burning Spear newspaper on the street provided resources for the APSP in its infancy, soon expanding to a bookstore, restaurant, bakery cafe, graphic design business and growing a broad base of financial supporters who contribute based on their unity with the Uhuru Movement’s strategy. We set the terms!

White solidarity with Black Power and reparations

The APSP’s strategic move to create the African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC) and a mass movement for white reparations to the black community today provides resources from thousands of individual and business donors from members of the colonizer nation. This strategic front of the African revolution sends organizers from the APSC into their own white communities and puts an end to the complete unity of white people with their ruling class. It gave those born into the colonizing nation the opportunity to break from their ruling class and join with the rest of humanity in the struggle to build a new world where no one group lives at the expense of another.

FBI attacks Black community programs

The FBI is attacking the ability of the Black community to feed, clothe, house, educate and protect our community. The Uhuru Movement has created over 50 economic institutions and black community programs around the world, over the years to improve the quality of life for African people – bakery cafes, commercial kitchens, fitness gyms, community gardens, a basketball court, doula training program, radio station, farmers market, health fairs, book fairs, outdoor venues and marketplaces, childcare collectives, rainwater harvesting, disaster relief agency, infant-maternal health clinic, vocational school, free telehealth program, workforce housing and more. The government has recently enlisted the assistance of several financial institutions to impose economic sanctions attacking these black self-determination programs.

FBI attacks Black participation in elections

The FBI is attacking black community efforts to participate in the electoral arena. “They told us we should go to the polls and vote if we wanted to make change; now they arrest us for participating in the electoral system”. For decades, the Uhuru Movement has run candidates for local offices and put initiatives on the ballot, fighting to bring the needs of the African working class into the electoral arena. After the 2008 founding of the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, the Uhuru Movement’s electoral work has been influenced by the Coalition’s 19-point platform known as the “National Black Political Agenda for Self-Determination” created by and popularized through the Coalition’s annual candidate training schools. The Uhuru Movement’s electoral work is defined by the needs of the Black community, not by some foreign government.

FBI's war on African liberation

The U.S. government has a decades-long legacy of waging war on the African liberation movement. The U.S. Bureau of Investigation (later called the FBI) hired its first black agent in 1919 to infiltrate Marcus Garvey’s UNIA, framing him, jailing him, exiling him back to Jamaica and destroying that movement of 11 million Africans worldwide. Scores of Black leaders, activists, musicians, artists and organizations have been targeted by the FBI, many of them with an accusation of ties to Russia, such as W.E.B. DuBois, Paul Robeson and Martin Luther King, Jr. Others, like Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke and James Baldwin were targeted by the FBI for their support of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements of the 1960s.

Hands Off Uhuru! Hands Off Africa!

The Hands Off Uhuru! Hands Off Africa! Campaign was initiated following the July 29, 2022 violent FBI raids and is winning support from individuals and organizations throughout the U.S. and the world. The FBI raids, economic sanctions and indictments have prompted ongoing protest actions and statements of outrage spanning the political spectrum and spawned a broad-based non-sectarian anti-colonial free speech movement in the Hands Off Uhuru Fightback Coalition.

What you can do to stop the FBI attacks on the African People’s Socialist Party

Timeline of events related to state attacks on the Uhuru Movement since the summer of 2022:

Links with background on the U.S. government state attacks on the African People’s Socialist Party, Chairman Omali Yeshitela and the Uhuru Movement:

What people are saying:

“In clear violation of the First Amendment, the Department of Justice is prosecuting US citizens for domestic speech and political activities because they do not align with the policies of the US government.”National Lawyers Guild

“It is clear that the charges against the Uhuru 3 are politically motivated in that they are being applied selectively. The United States’ charges against the Uhuru 3 set a dangerous precedent threatening the First Amendment rights of all people.”U.S. Peace Council

“How dare you, the United States … say that we don’t have enough intelligence and history to organize around reparations and colonial capitalism, to organize around genocide; we need Russia to come in and do that for us?!”NYC Councilman Charles Barron

“It’s part of the war against black freedom movements… I think it’s very important to do what one can and all that one can to defend the rights and liberties of our brothers and sisters at the African People’s Socialist Party.”Dr. Cornel West

“We must demand that the FBI cease invoking the Foreign Agents Registration Act to spy on and criminalize Black social justice leaders.” Collin P. Poirot and Azadeh Shahshahani, The Nation

“This is an absolutely remarkable – and chilling – indictment.”Glenn Greenwald, System Update

“This fake and racist case flows from the Russiagate hysteria that convinced millions of Americans that Russia was paying dissident groups to destabilize the US political system.”Max Blumenthal, The Greyzone

“It is alarming. I would hope that the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the ACLU and others who we depend on at fraught moments like this, would leap to the defense of these defendants.”Dr. Gerald Horne

“The latest group of Americans to find their constitutionally protected opinions become felonies are, believe it or not, an organization of black nationalist left wingers who oppose the war in Ukraine…. That man is facing 10 years behind bars for expressing views about Ukraine that the Biden administration doesn’t want to hear. That’s terrifying.”  – Tucker Carlson