WASHINGTON - The New Black Panther Party plans nationwide rallies and a boycott of non-black businesses this weekend. The National and International Day of Action & Unity includes plans for “rallies, marches, demonstrations, programs, and confrontations” in more than 60 cities.
“As in other revolutions, protests and uprisings going on around the earth, a showdown is looming.” reads the group’s website, which compares its planned New York City demonstrations with those in Egypt’s Tahrir Square during the recent uprising.
The site, which urges participants to patronize only black-owned businesses during the weekend, says members will be “taking vigilantly to the streets, police stations, projects, courthouses, State Capitols, houses of racists, morgues, jails and anywhere our people can be found.”
The following comes from The New Black Panthers' homepage:
On the “The National Day of Action and Unity,” SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD, we will rally, march, demonstrate, protest, educate and confront injustices like never before in over 60 cities. These cities and nations include: New York, NY; South Africa (Azania); Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Gambia, Africa; Norfolk, VA,; London UK; St. Louis, MO; France; Baton Rouge, LA; Nashville, TN; Lebanon, TN; Newark, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; Lakeland, FL; Athens, GA; Guyana-South America; Charlotte, NC; San Antonio, TX; Detroit, MI, Trenton NJ, Milwaukee, WI; Hartford, Ct; Selma, AL: Oakland, CA; Houston, TX; Charleston, WV; Morgantown, WV, Birmingham, AL, Tampa, FL, Wilmington, NC; Baltimore, MD; Harrisburg, PA; Milwaukee, WI; Trenton, NJ; Jacksonville, FL; Chicago, IL; Louisvillek, KY; Watts, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Raleigh, NC; Columbia, SC ; Augusta GA; Tampa, FL, Selma AL, St. Petersburg , FL; Irvington , NJ; Brooklyn, NY; and many more.
The April 23rd Day of Action is supported by Students and Youth, membership of the of Black Church, The Ordinary peoples society, the New Black Panther Party, Nation of Islam, National Black United Front, National Action Network, Moorish Science Temple of America, Rainbow Push Coalition, 100 Black men inc, NAACP, Malcolm x grassroots movement, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Afro-American Hist. & Genealogical Soc. Inc, Black Women's Network, Blacks In Government, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc, Harvard Black Law Students Association, Nat'l. Alliance of Black School Educators, Nat'l. Assn. of Black Journalists ,Natl. Juneteenth Observance Foundation, The Organization of Black Airline Pilots Inc, Nat'l. Coalition-Blacks for Reparations in Am, and A. Philip Randolph Institute.
Our people proclaim that there are serious problems that exist within our communities and nations that if left unaddressed will continue to plague Black people all over the world.
While America bombs Libya our condition is deteriorating at home and is left largely ignored. Africa and the problems in our Motherland are blatantly ignored by the world, the U.S. Government and even us.
“The National Day of Action and Unity” will bring to attention the plight of so many who are uneducated, exploited, behind prison walls, disunited, in poor health, homeless, victims of police brutality, pimped by crooked politicians, tortured, falsely accused, under developed, morally perverse, apathetic, addicted to drugs and alcohol, victims of harsh budget cuts and genocide.
Special attention will be given to victims of neo-colonialism, corrupt governments, imperialism, Zionism, capitalism and inadequate concern for the Diaspora of Africa. The injustice of Oscar Grant and the plight of political prisoners and the wrongfully accused from Black and indigenous nations will be a key rallying point.
THE DAY OF ACTION AND UNITY ORGANIZERS ARE ALSO CALLING FOR A BUY BLACK ONLY CAMPAIGN AND A BOYCOTT OF ALL NON-BLACK BUSINESSES FOR THE WEEKEND OF APRIL 23RD.
To the Authorities, don’t worry about who is organizing it. This is organized by the people and for the people. This is organized by a new younger leadership un-approved by our former slave or colonial master. We are grassroots activists, youths, residents, union members, community residents, spiritual people, revolutionaries and freedom fighters who have decided to take a stand together April 23rd. The call of Dr. Malik Zulu Shabazz has resonated with the disillusioned all over the earth.
Historically knowing the odds against we have no choice but to take action in a manner. Our position on this is to remain silent, stagnant and on the sidelines is no longer an option.
April 23rd, 2011 we are taking vigilantly to the streets, police stations, projects, courthouses, State Capitols, houses of racists, morgues, jails and anywhere our people can be found and the fight can be found for justice! We will rattle the enemy and those who are asleep to show and prove the world we are wide-awake!
Our demands are immediate and non-negotiable.