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“Let Your Motto Be Resistance: A Handbook on Organizing New Afrikan and Oppressed Communities for Self-Defense
“Let Your Motto Be Resistance: A Handbook on Organizing New Afrikan and Oppressed Communities for Self-Defense

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Let Your Motto Be Resistance
A Handbook on Organizing New Afrikan andOppressed Communities for Self-Defense
On Occasion of the 170
th
Anniversary of Henry Highland Garnet’s speech at the1843 National Negro Convention entitled, “An Address to the Slaves of theUnited States”. To read the speech visithttp://www.blackpast.org/?q=1843-henry-highland-garnet-address-slaves-united-states.
 
A Every 36 Hours Campaign Resource
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement March 2013
 
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Malcolm X Grassroots Movement March 2013
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New Afrikan Self-Defense Network Handbook Table of Contents
General Text1.The Crisis We Face2.A Massive Movement to Fight our way out of this Crisis3.Real Organizing to meet Real Threats4.Honoring our History and Building Unity in the Present5.Self-Defense: Strategic Goals and How to Reach Them6.5 Short Lessons7.Addressing Intra-Communal Violence8.Closing NotesAddendum9.General Principles and Protocols10.Present Models of Organizing and Resistance11.Strategic Thinking Prime12.Know Your Rights Handouts from NYC People’s Self-DefenseCampaign and Copwatch13.Sample Police Control Board Referendum14.A Short history of Self-Defense organizing in the New AfrikanCommunitya.Akinyele Umoja, “
We Will Shoot Back: The Natchez Model and  Paramilitary Organization in the Mississippi Freedom Movement 
”. b.Akinyele Umoja, “
The Ballot and the Bullet: A Comparative Analysis of   Armed Resistance in the Civil Rights Movemen
”.c.Russell Maroon Shoats,
 Black Fighting Formations: Their Strengths and Weaknesses 
”.d.Russell Maroon Shoats, “
 Liberation or Gangsterism
”.15.Resources (recommended books, articles, and videos)
 
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Malcolm X Grassroots Movement March 2013
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Short DefinitionOrganizing is the process of uniting people around a common set of interests and beliefs,and building thestructures they needto carry outdemocratically agreed upon strategies and programs of action toexercise their power to solve social issuesor address their material needs.
 
New Afrikan people
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are in a heighted state of crisis. Since being brought to the shores of North America as captives fromEuropean wars of aggression we have constantly battled onecrisis after another. However, there are times that are morecritical and intense than others. We are presently livingthrough one of these super-critical periods.Since the 1980’s and the start of the rollback of the social andmaterial gains won by our people in the 1950’s and 60’s, NewAfrikans have been confronted with the crisis of a slow, butcalculated, genocide. After the urban rebellions of the 1960’scapital (mainly multi-national corporations) contributed to thisgenocidal assault by introducing more computers and robotsinto the productive process and moving more and more of their factories overseas to eliminate the need for New Afrikanworkers
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. These moves displaced large sectors of the NewAfrkan working class and turned many of our people into adisposable surplus population. To survive, large sectors of theNew Afrikan working class were forced to engage theunderground economy (drug dealing, hustling, prostitution,gambling, fencing, bartering, etc.) in the 1980’s and 90’s
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. Thegovernment’ strategy to deal with the problem of managing thisgrowing population surplus was to criminalize more aspects of the underground economy, militarize domestic lawenforcement, limit reproductive rights and warehouseincreasing numbers of the disposable sectors of the workingclass in prisons
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.Since the financial and economic collapse of 2008 and thereaction of sectors of the white settler population to the 2008presidential election, the level of these genocidal assaults hasintensified. We have been hunted and killed in cold blood bythe US government in increasing numbers and herded intoprisons like cattle in record numbers
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. We are confronting thecold reality of a jobless future and permanent economicexclusion being imposed upon us by the forces of whitesupremacy, capitalism and imperialism and our youth arefighting among themselves and with the internalization of hopelessness with deadly consequence not seen since the late1980’s and early 90’s during the height of the “crack wars”.
 
The Crisis We Face
 
Organizing

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