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President of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement
Diop Olugbala’s government name is Wali Shamsidiin Abdur-Rahman. He was born on May 4, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York. He was given this name because his parents used to be members of the Nation of Islam.
To get his family out the ‘hood Diop’s father joined the army. Because of this Diop grew up travelling from place to place. Eventually Diop’s family moved to El Paso, Texas. Diop graduated from high school there.
Regardless of the places he lived, Diop’s experiences taught him the same lessons about what it means to be black in America.
When he moved to El Paso, which is right on the imaginary line that the white man calls the U.S./Mexico “border,” he saw the struggle that the Mexican people faced. They were treated as criminals and illegal aliens just for walking on the land that the U.S. stole from them!
Diop’s understanding of the police and the government grew more and more. During this period he listened to political hip hop artists like Ice Cube, Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions. These artists were talking about what was really going on with African youth.
Meanwhile Diop and his friends saw African resistance happening around the world. When he was in the 10th grade Diop remembers viewing the video of Rodney King being beaten by the police. When the rebellions happened in Los Angeles, Diop remembers several of the kids at his high school organizing to go burn down some stores in their neighborhood. They saw a connection between the struggle in Los Angeles and the struggle they were facing even in El Paso, Texas!
Diop’s first political work as an activist started when joined the struggle to save the affirmative action programs that made it possible for him to go to school. At that time, a couple of white law school students had filed a law suit against the University of Texas for “reverse discrimination.”
This was the case that was to formally end the “affirmative action” era as defined by the so-called Bakke Movement, which purported that white people were being discriminated against in the University of California school system.
Despite the marches and protests, the white students won the case. Diop’s freshman year – 1995 – was the last year the affirmative action program at his school would be active.
Diop left UT Austin with a double major in Linguistics and African American Studies. By the time he left school Diop understood that the reason they let him go to school was to turn him into another uncle tom. While in college he remembers seeing posters in the linguistics department and other offices placed by the FBI and CIA looking for new recruits.
One thing Diop learned in school was the importance of the working class in society. He also learned some important history of the Black Power Movement. His professors in the African Americans Studies department wanted him to stay to attend graduate school. He considered it, but decided that his role was in the community – he wanted to serve the people.
Following college Diop moved back to Brooklyn in 2000. That same year he became a union organizer for U.N.I.T.E. (Union for Needletrade and Industrial Textile Employees).
In his search for the answer to his people’s struggle Diop began to see that the union he was working with wasn’t really fighting for its members. It was exploiting right along with the bosses. Even when the union would set up shop they would do nothing to stop the police brutality, the slumlords and the schools from attacking our youth.
Diop felt that he was being used as a tool by the union to get more black people to join them. He felt like a traitor. It was around this time that Diop joined the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) – after hearing Uhuru Movement founder and leader Chairman Omali Yeshitela speak at the 2001 InPDUM Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Diop was blown away by the Chairman’s words. He felt like everything the Chairman said was what he had been thinking all his life but couldn’t explain. That trip to St. Petersburg changed Diop’s life. He joined the African People’s Socialist Party later that year.
He immediately started organizing for the Uhuru Movement. He led the work in Brooklyn for a couple of years before being appointed as the International Organizer of InPDUM.
Through the aggressive style of outreach he developed on the streets of the Brooklyn Front, Diop helped transform the style of outreach the Uhuru Movement used in London. In the summer of 2004, he was sent there by the APSP to help organize a conference to build the African Socialist International.
In this period, Diop took on the name “Africa’s Trigga” because he set it off everywhere he went. Diop has been traveling throughout the U.S. and the world, building branches of InPDUM where they do not exist.
What about the Black Community, Obama?
The U.S. made a last ditch effort at tricking the world through the selection of Barack Hussein Obama as leader. This was exposed by an InPDUM demonstration in St. Petersburg, Florida, led by none other than Diop Olugbala.
The African People’s Socialist Party has recognized all along that Barack Obama was a spokesman for, and a selected leader of, the white power liberal wing of the democratic party, a party who 50 years ago Malcolm X had already defined for us.
It was this correct analysis which led the Party to make the decision to expose Barack Obama as a self-serving neocolonialist tool of imperialism. Diop would carry out the Party’s strategy to a T.
At that August 1, 2008 demonstration Diop posed a simple question to then candidate Obama, “What about the black community?” Obama, with all of his Harvard educated oratorical brilliance could do nothing but stutter on the question. It was then that Obama too was characterized as a neocolonial stooge, exercising white power through black face.
The case of the Philadelphia City Hall Two
In 2010he State, through representatives of the court and police agencies in Philadelphia, has concocted trumped up charges against Diop Olugbala and Shabaka Mnombatha.
They accuse these two perfectly sane brothers of attacking and assaulting the armed police in an open Philadelphia City Council meeting. They level these charges against the brothers although video and still photos clearly show the police attacking and assaulting the InPDUM leaders.
The assault of black people by the Philadelphia Police Department is precisely the reason Diop and InPDUM had called for an organized protest at the City Council meeting to protest Mayor Michael Nutter’s proposed city budget.
The budget would have given more than $1 billion to an already over-armed, brutal and homicidal police department.
Mayor Michael Nutter who is also African was confronted by inPDUM and called out on the question of why he would give the brutal and lawless Philadelphia Police Department more than a billion dollars while at the same time closing libraries and other essential services in an African community where unemployment hovers at 50 percent and the poverty rate is among the highest in the U.S.
The InPDUM-led protesters were characterized Nutter as a neocolonialist who was in fact exercising white power through black face. They were calling a spade a spade, as the old saying goes.
Diop for Mayor
In 2011, Diop ran for mayor of Philadelphia and won a significant percentage of the vote, challenging the neo-colonial Mayor Nutter’s policies of police containment and Jim Crow curfews for the black community. The campaign received a tremendous response from a diverse array of sectors in the city and changed the political climate showing that the people are ready for real change. He challenged the Democratic and Republican party machine in the city calling, as an independent candidate for economic development for the community and opposing the billions of dollars for police, prisons and courts.
Oakland Freedom Summer Project
Diop currently leads the Oakland Freedom Summer Project calls on students, artists, computer technicians, carpenters, plumbers and electricians, health care workers, teachers, young people and workers in general to come and participate in the Oakland Freedom Summer Project (OFSP) 2012, scheduled from July 9 to July 29.
The Oakland Freedom Summer Project is a multi-faceted project designed to advance the struggle for African freedom inside the United States and around the world.
The Uhuru Movement was formed by and is led by Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party and is based on the principles of African Internationalism.
Omali Yeshitela’s theory of African Internationalism is based on an understanding of capitalism as a “parasitic system that was born from the enslavement of African people and the oppression of colonized peoples worldwide.”
Yeshitela defines African Internationalism as a revolutionary theory through which political movements struggling to promote African liberation can understand society and social life.
African Internationalism offers a revolutionary theory that “unites the African people of the world in a revolutionary process to liberate Africa under the leadership of African workers and poor peasants.”
This concept links revolutionary movements in the continent of Africa and political movements that emerged “from within the colonized African population in the U.S.”
The Uhuru Movement is made up of several organizations that are working on diverse political fronts for the liberation of all African people everywhere. These organizations include the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project and the African People’s Education and Defense Fund.
Wendy Snyder is a member of the African People’s Solidarity Committee
The African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC) was formed and is led by the African People’s Socialist Party, which leads the Uhuru Movement working for the liberation of African people inside the U.S. and around the world. Based on the strategy and campaigns of the African People’s Socialist Party, APSC organizes in the white community to unite white people with our true human interest in overturning the pedestal of the white world and parasitic capitalism, that was founded on the enslavement of African people and the genocide of the indigenous peoples.
Wendy Snyder joined the Uhuru Movement in 1992, the same year that African people in Los Angeles rose up in rebellion following the all-white jury verdict acquitting the 12 LAPD in the beating of Rodney King. She is the National Coordinator of Sustainable Membership for the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and invites white allies and others to join the mass organization coordinated by APSC that provides an expression of white solidarity and unity with reparations to the African community and a principled relationship with the struggle of African people to overturn 500 years of oppression. She believes that the philosophy of the Uhuru Movement, called African Internationalism, is one that explains the world in order to change it for all humanity.
Kara Rupf CMT is a Holistic Massage Therapist and Doula, specializing in pregnant Mamas,(pre-natal, laboring, post-natal),and infant massage. Therapeutic touch in pregnancy, provides the developing baby with stimulating and nurturing input. It also encourages a healthy labor, eases muscular tension, increases hip flexibility and reduces swelling and other discomforts. Working with expectant Mothers, you become part of their journey. It’s a blessing and honor. Kara provides a safe space where her clients can let go, express their fears/concerns, acknowledge what may be coming up in their body and walk away feeling loved and supported.
She completed her training at The World School of Massage in Pleasanton and San Francisco and has continued on to train in Non-Violent Communitcation, Holistic Health and Living, Breakthroughs, Womens Empowerment, I.N.O.K.A. working with women of Domestic Violence, and various nutritional modalities. She is certified through CAMTC and is an active member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. As a doula she works with families starting at 36 weeks of pregnancy, developing a relationship with them, looking for where the needs are and creating a plan for the families ideal birth experience. Postpartum support is also available.
This home-birth Mother of four is available for flex. hours as she knows how complicated Mommy Life can be. Whether in her massage practice or in her doula work, whe understands the vulnerability, fears and sometimes misconceptions about pregnancy and birth, come with your questions, your lower back pain and swelling and she will do all she can to lighten your load.
Kara has a space in Pleasanton right off of 580 and also Oakland, 45th and Broadway area.
UHURU FOODS MISSION
To create, produce and sell the freshest natural food that raises resources supporting African self-determination and self-sustaining economic development projects. To educate the public on health, nutrition and the environment and build international relationships to acquire land and harness natural resources for production that benefit Africa and
UHURU FOODS VISION
“Uhuru Foods will be a leader in the global natural food market working in solidarity with the struggle of African people around the world for self-determination by building international brigades of supporters and members who aid in creating an economically sustainable future for Africa and African people for political independence.
The following organizations have helped us to spread the word about our event! Thank you so much and we look forward to working with you again!
Bay Area Birth Justice Fair Committee
How did they help? By helping us advertise: radio interviews, global events calendar, blogs, forums, facebook groups
Russ Tanner at www.herballure.com: Politicized-Activist Health Information Network
Josh at Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood: http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/:
Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) is a national coalitionof health care professionals, educators, advocacy groups, parents, and individuals who care about children. CCFC is the only national organization devoted to limiting the impact of commercial culture on children. CCFC’s staffand Steering Committeeare activists, authors, and leading experts on the impact of media and marketing on children. Most of us are also parents.
Leo Cashman at DAMS, http://www.amalgam.org/: Research-Based Politicized-Activist Health Information Network
Mamas Resource Network: http://www.mamasresourcenetwork.com/
Shona Q. Baum, LCSW
Director of Programs
Homeless Prenatal Program
Monique Sims Biography
Dr Sims is the proud mother of 2 boys and has been a Solano County resident and a public health leader for the past 25 years. Dr. Sims owned and operated a private nutrition consulting business in Vallejo entitled “Fade Away” for 8 years, where she provided nutrition and weight counseling services to individuals and organizations. Her career history includes serving as a Supervising Public Health Nutritionist for the Vallejo WIC Program and as Manager for La Clinica North Vallejo.
Dr Sims’ community service positions include serving as Vice Chairperson for the Solano County Black Infant Health Advisory Board and as choir Chaplain for Spirit of Revival Choir at Revival Center Ministries. Dr Sims founded and facilitated the “Melvin Thompson Center Walking Club” designed to target the North Vallejo Community and to encourage fitness and healthy eating habits as well as chronic disease prevention.
Ms Sims is a skilled presenter and has conducted nutrition and wellness presentations for several agencies and community groups, including the California State WIC Association, The California Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Agency, The Independent Living Program for foster children, Living the Good Life Diabetes Education Program and at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr Sims educational history includes 3 degrees from UC Berkeley, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics, Masters Degree in Public Health Nutrition and a Doctoral degree in Public Health Management.
Dr. Sims is a Registered Dietitian, Lactation Educator and currently Chief Executive Officer of her nonprofit organization, “A More Excellent Way Health” whose goal is to improve the wellness of Solano County with an aim of eliminating health inequities. MEW engages the collective faith community as partners to improve the health of the community. Its signature event is the annual A More Excellent Way Community Baby Showers that attempt to improve the health of African American infants that are twice as likely to die as other infants and suffer from generally poorer health outcomes. The Project has received several awards, including the late Pastor Ray of True Love Baptist Church receiving the Outstanding Breastfeeding Achievement Award for the 2007 MEW Project conducted at his church awarded by The Solano County Breastfeeding Coalition. In 2008, the project was awarded the Champions for Healthy African Americans Award of Excellence in Community Organizing and Capacity Building to Eliminate Health Disparities in Solano County and The California State Senate and Assembly certificate of recognition for excellence in health promotions.