A Call for Militant, Positive Action!

“4.9 Million African People in Colombia Don’t Have Weapons, They Have Dignity!”

“There is No Peace in Colombia!”

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Source: Telesur.net

By the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC)

September 18, 2019

Permit the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) to bring to your attention the crimes of aggression, the crimes against peace, the war crimes, and the crimes against humanity that have been waged for six centuries and continue to be waged against 48 million people who live, suffer, and struggle in Colombia. They need our principled, uncompromising, and unyielding support. They deserve militant, positive action.

Permit us to remind you that:

1. With 48 million people in 2019, Colombia is the third-most populous country in Central America. More than 52.4% of its population are Indigenous, 37% are European, and 10.6%, 4,944,400, are African.

2. War has been waged against the Colombian People for more than 600 years, especially since April 9, 1948, when presidential candidate Jorge Eliécer Gaitán was assassinated, launching a period in the 1940s and 1950s known as La Violencia (“The Violence”). At least 180,000 Colombians were murdered during this period. United States complicity in this and other crimes is documented.

3. For more than 55 years, from May 27, 1964 to the present, armed repression has been waged against the people of Colombia and their movements and organizations, struggling for social change by, the military and police, right-wing paramilitaries, and death squads. These Colombian state institutions are armed and financed by the United States government and multinational corporations, including Chiquita Banana International. See:

  1. All Money Ain’t Good Money
  2. John Doe 1 v. Chiquita Brands International, Inc.
  3. The Chiquita Papers: Banana Giant’s Paramilitary Payoffs Detailed in Trove of Declassified Legal, Financial Documents“, National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 340
  4. Documents Implicate Colombian Government in Chiquita Terror Scandal, National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 217

4. According to studies by Colombia’s National Centre for Historical Memory, the United Nations Human Rights and Refugee Agencies, and UNICEF:

  • 16.9% of the population in Colombia, especially Indigenous and African People, has been a direct victim of the war;
  • 5 million civilians, including 2 million Africans, were forced from their homes between 1985 – 2012, generating the world’s second largest population of internally displaced persons, 7.3 million;
  • 2.3 million children were displaced from their homes, 45,000 children were killed, and 8,000 children are missing;
  • 340,000 Colombian refugees live in Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama and Costa Rica;
  • 220,000 people (177,307 civilians and 40,787 fighters) died in the Colombian conflict between 1958 and 2013; and
  • 27,023 people were abducted, 25,007 victims have been disappeared, and 10,189 have been injured by anti-personnel mines.

5. On November 24, 2016, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, (FARC), the country’s largest rebel group, signed a revised peace agreement . One week later, on November 29 & 30, 2016, the Colombian Senate and House, respectively, approved it. On 27 June 2017, FARC disarmed itself handing over its weapons to the United Nations. The National Liberation Army (ELN) and FARC dissidents refused to disarm, and the war for social justice continues.

6. Since 2016 Peace Accord, over 700 social movement leaders and more than 150 former guerrillas have been assassinated In 2018, 34 union organizers were executed, more than twice the number killed in 2017. In the first six months of 2019, 10 members of the Federación Nacional Sindical Unitaria Agropecuaria (FENSUAGRO) were murdered.

The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) strongly encourages you to:

  1. Sign and forward the Peoples Travel Advisory on Colombia.
  2. Join and support the Coalition for Peace in Colombia.
  3. Participate in and help build the September 27th International Day for Peace in Colombia.

We invite you to travel with the A-APRP (GC) as a part of the USLAW – AFGJ Solidarity Delegation to Colombia from November 24 to December 4, 2019. This Delegation will “visit national and local leadership of oil, agricultural, miners, flower cutters, port workers, and other leading unions, and will meet with injured workers from the GM plant in Bogota. We will engage with popular movements leaders, human rights defender, and rural, Indigenous, and African communities. The Delegation will spend half its time in the capital city of Bogota, and half based out of Cali and Buenaventura, traveling throughout the Departments of Cauca and Valle de Cauca, where political violence is at the highest rate in the nation.”

We also invite you to travel with the African Awareness Association, the National Network on Cuba, and the A-APRP (GC) to the Meeting of Anti-imperialist Solidarity for Democracy and against Neoliberalism which will take place in Havana, Cuba from November 1st to the 3rd, 2019.

Through these and other work-study-and-struggle tours, the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) will help forge principled people-to-people and movement-to-movement relationships worldwide. For information, contact us at info@a-aprp-gc.org.

 

Message to 1.5 Billion African People Worldwide!


(21 February 1924 – 6 September 2019)

A Tribute to Robert Gabriel Mugabe!

By All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC)

11 September 2019

It is with our deepest sadness that the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) learned of the passing of our Comrade, older Brother, and Friend Robert Gabriel Mugabe. We offer our sincere apologies and condolences to the Mugabe family, our revolutionary sisters and brothers in the ZANU-PF, in Zimbabwe and throughout Africa and the African Diaspora. Africa and the World have lost a true and noble revolutionary leader.

Robert Mugabe, like so many of his predecessors and contemporaries, was forged in the fire of the ant-racist, anti-colonial and anti-imperialist, nationalist, Pan-Africanist and socialist struggles which engulfed the African continent and world during the 20th century and still burns in the hearts and minds of more than 1.5 billion of Africa’s and the African Diaspora’s oppressed and exploited masses into the 21st century. The liberation of Zimbabwe dealt a crippling blow to racism, colonialism and imperialism that helped shape the course of events in Africa since. With a population of barely 12 million people, Zimbabwe under Mugabe’s leadership, became a spear of Pan-Africanism to strike a blow against imperialism on multiple fronts – militarily, educationally, agriculturally, economically and politically. That spear is now passed on!

Not only did Mugabe lead the forces of liberation to remove the illegal, racist, settler-colonial regime of Rhodesia, one of England’s colonial spawns, he and the revolutionaries of ZANU-PF aided the struggle for liberation against the forces of colonialism across Southern and Central Africa – in Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, the Congo, and throughout Africa and the African Diaspora. He defended liberation movements and helped beat back forces of imperialism, colonialism, and racism worldwide. They should not sleep to deep or long, celebrating his transition. He championed African and world liberation in all international forums, challenging the African Union and the United Nations against Africa’s continued subjugation.

During the early days of independence, Mugabe reached out to the progressive and revolutionaries of the African world, inviting all who wished to build a strong and united Africa, to come home and help build Zimbabwe. Several members of the A-APRP and allied organizations enthusiastically took up his call and returned home. They are still living there today. He fought against forces, European and African, within and around Zimbabwe to secure the future of liberation. He championed mass education that has made the Zimbabwean population among the most well educated on the continent.

In spite of all the negative criticism and propaganda around Zimbabwe’s land reform, the policy of land indigenization is historically and morally correct. It is proving to be the most practical and expedient solution to two of Africa’s and the world’s many problems—homelessness and hunger. Were it not for the courage and steadfastness of Mugabe, the legacy ZANU-PF and the persistence of Zimbabwe’s working masses, the seeds of land indigenization without compensation may have gone generations more without taking root? These seeds have spread to every corner of the African world, and they will blossom one day; a glorious sight to behold.

The Zimbabwean Revolution did not begin with Mugabe, and it will not be entombed with his mortal remains, as his enemies hope. It is one of countless revolutions whose promises, and demands have not yet been completed or won. It is an idea, a movement whose time has come; and no force on earth can contain or crush it for long. And despite any setbacks and attacks that such just and righteous policies must endure, we are eternally grateful to our Comrade “Gushungo” Mugabe for his tenacity, wisdom, and steadfastness to lead us on this revolutionary path. Mistakes and errors have and will be made during that journey; victories have been and will be won.

Throughout the last half-century, most Africans in all parts of the world, have looked to Zimbabwe with pride and loyalty because of Zimbabwe’s fight against the international and domestic criminal enemies of Africa! Dear comrade Mugabe, we will continue to look for your guidance and wisdom among our ancestors as we continue our revolutionary, Pan-Africanist struggle, in which you have served us so completely. It is with the utmost admiration, respect, love, and honor that we pay tribute to you, one of Africa’s most noble and enduring Fighters. We thank you and all the revolutionary fighters of Zimbabwe, living, dead and as yet unborn, for your and their eternal contributions to the cause of African unity, liberation, and socialist transformation.

Osagefyo Kwame Nkrumah’s revolutionary, Pan-African vision of a truly liberated, unified and socialist Africa, from Cape Town to Cairo, will be materialized one day; and your contributions to the struggle will be remembered. In the meantime, the revolutionary youth of Africa, living and yet unborn, will remain steadfast, unbending and unyielding, faithful and true to our revolutionary, Pan-Africanist values and principles, objectives and beliefs. The masses of African People, 1.5 billion of us worldwide, are the true makers of history.

Nothing can stop the African winds and rains, that nourish our lives and feeds our graves!

Long Live the Pan-African Revolution!

Izwe Letu!