By Any Means Necessary
Introduction to BAMN Congratulations on reading the Black August edition of the BAMN News Journal (issue 3). This journal will be published by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and delivered to you each quarter of the year. This journal on both the e-document platform and hard copy is an important step in the MXGM program to organize our people to fight for self-determination and human rights. It comes at an important period of our struggle when news, ideas of struggle, culture and theory will play an important part in developing and shaping a grassroots centered national consciousness and identity that will unite all of our people in the fight for freedom. Our hope is that this journal will reflect the best tradition of the revolutionary journal Soul Book of the House of Umoja/RAM, the Black Star news paper of the African Peoples Party, and The New Afrikan, the official voice of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Afrika, three of the predecessor organizations of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. Today, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is working to organize our people for liberation for the twenty-first century. The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is an organization of Afrikans in America/New Afrikans whose mission is to defend the human rights of our people and promote selfdetermination for our colonized nation and our oppressed communities throughout the U.S. Empire. We understand that the collective institutions of white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism have been and continue to be at the root of our people’s oppression. We understand that without community control and without the power to determine our own lives, we will continue to fall victim to genocide. Through this journal, we will heighten our people’s consciousness about self-determination and national independence as a human right and a solution to our colonization. The BAMN News Journal will help us build a network of every day people and is committed to the protracted struggle for the liberation of our New Afrikan Nation - By Any Means Necessary. Our Movement is defined by six key principles: 1. We actively support and struggle to defend the Human Rights of Afrikan people in the United States and around the world. We actively oppose those social, economic, political and cultural practices and structures that contribute to the violation of our people’s human rights whether it is based on ethnicity, nationality, social status, class, gender or sexual orientation (including gay, lesbian, transgender, bi-sexual, or other sexuality). 2. We demand Reparations, or repayment for four hundred years of slavery, colonialism and oppression of our people in the United States of America. 3. We promote Self-Determination and must organize for the liberation of the Afrikan nation, held colonized in the United States. 4. We oppose Genocide or the acceptable and calculated killing of our people by individuals, institutions and organizations of the United States government, through lynching, disease, police terror and any other means. 5. Freedom for All Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War. We demand the release of activists who have been imprisoned because of their commitment in seeking human rights and liberation for our people. These brothers and sisters are Political Prisoners or Prisoners of War and should be recognized as such. 6. We actively struggle to End Sexist Oppression. We oppose any form of oppression that limits women from reaching their fullest potential, as manifested in our cultural, economic, political and social institutions, practices and beliefs. We actively oppose those beliefs, ideas, terms, etc. that limit the human worth of women and contribute to violations against women. Each quarter the BAMN News Journal will cover important news stories, both national and international. Additionally, the journal will have timely discussions and reporting on our people’s culture from poetry, hip hop, music, film, theatre and literature as well as important grassroots cultural trends. You can also expect cutting edge write ups on twenty-first century theory of revolutionary Black nationalism. Our goal is to consistently reflect and deliver on the seven criteria for education of MXGM. We strongly believe that our revolutionary journal must: 1)Teach Black people who we are: We are an Afrikan nation colonized by American imperialism 2) Teach Black people what we are fighting for: We are fighting for self-determination, the right to make our own decisions about our political destiny 3) Teach Black people who we should identify with: We identify with all colonized people fighting for their own freedom around the world 4) Teach Black people where our loyalty lies: We are loyal to our nation, the Black nation and to all of our members who love freedom 5) Teach Black people what we should do: We should organize and fight for freedom by “any means necessary’ which includes all legal means, civil disobedience, economic resistance or any new solutions that will work for our collective freedom 6) Teach Black people how to do it: We will get our freedom by building social/economic institutions, organizing youth, building people’s political assemblies, organizing for collective self-defense and gaining land which will be the basis of our political autonomy 7) Teach Black people that the destiny of all Black people are inseparably linked: This means that we need all Black people who want to be free regardless of our class, gender, sexuality, skin shade or whether we are urban or rural dwellers. We expect that all of these criteria will be filled quarterly in the BAMN News Journal. We encourage you to support the journal. Support our movement and make it your own. Write to us at BAMN and tell us what you want to read. If you have a contribution that fits our principles of Unity and the criteria for education, make a contribution to the journal and to our people’s liberation struggle. To contact us at: BAMnews@protonmail.com . You can also contact us through the MXGM website at www.mxgm.org.
Black August Edition