African People's Socialist Party
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The African Peoples Socialist Party (APSP) is a revolutionary African organization whose goal is to improve the living conditions of Black people in the United States and around the world. The Party was formed in May 1972 by the merger of three Black power organisations based in the US states of Florida and Kentucky. Omali Yeshitela, one of the original cofounders, leads the APSP as of 2015.
According to the APSP's website,
During the 1970s, the Party had made its main goals to keep the Black Power Movement alive, defend the countless Africans locked up by the counterinsurgency [US law enforcement], and develop relationships with Africa and Africans worldwide.
In September 1979, the Party founded the African National Prison Organization (ANPO) .
In 1981, the Party moved its national office to Oakland, California, USA, and opened the Uhuru house. The first Party Congress was held in Oakland in 1982 . At that Congress, the party passed the resolution to create the African Socialist International (ASI). The ASI seeks to be the "international party of the African working class." The ASI has activists, and has held Conferences, in various countries outside the United States.
Also in 1982, the APSP founded the African National Reparations Organization, and the First World Tribunal on Reparations for African People was held in Brooklyn, New York. The APSP claims that "through this work, the African People's Socialist Party gave birth to the modern Reparations Movement." The objective is to obtain compensation for the injustices of slavery, as well as segregation and neocolonialism since then.
Sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s, the party's national office moved back to Saint Petersburg, Florida.
Burning Spear is "the official organ of the African People's Socialist Party".
African People's Socialist Party (website), "History" . Retrieved May 2010
- APSP "History"
- Chairman Omali Yeshitela, ASI "Main Resolution" (2004). Retrieved May 2010.
- Burning Spear. 26 May 2016 https://web.archive.org/web/20160514104527/http://burningspearmarketplace.com/. Archived from the original on May 14, 2016. Missing or empty