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'Millions in Harlem March' aims to stop US, NATO warmaking in Libya BY SAEED SHABAZZ FinalCall.com

Some Libyans had begun anti-Gadhafi demonstrations in NEW YORK February in the city of Activists representing Benghazi, which a broad coalition of turned into armed anti-war rebellion. The UN organizations, the offered no proof Nation of Islam, the political left, Islamic organizations Libya’s leader was killing unarmed civilians, though he and a plethora of grassroots community organizations vowed to fight those who had taken up arms against recently stood together on the stage of the Assembly the government. Hall at the Riverside Church, The U.S. and France March 18 started bombing soproclaiming that “all roads lead to called military targets, but the damage done by a Harlem” for the Aug. 13 “Millions “peace effort,” according to some observers, was more in Harlem March” to stop the costly than what the Libyan leader had been accused bombing of Libya. of. Then came attacks on personal compounds that “Where are we going to be on killed Libyan officials as well as a son of Col. Gadhafi Aug. 13?” asked Sara Flounders, and his grandchildren. NATO bombs hit the home of Volume 2, Issue 31 2011 co-director of the International Libya’s leader at least twice as Western nations Action Center, the main sponsors of declared he had to go, pushing a policy of regime the Riverside Church event. “In Harlem!” the standing- change. room-only crowd shouted back. Cynthia McKinney, a six-term former “President Barack Obama never believed that his congresswoman from Georgia, was the keynote actions against Libya could galvanize the movement speaker for the Riverside Church rally. She told The that will be in the streets of Harlem on Aug. 13,” said Final Call she agreed with Mr. Muhammad’s Abdul Akbar Muhammad, the international assessment. “This will galvanize public opinion, as representative of the Nation of people see this as being Islam, in response to a question important to them. Obama from The Final Call. Marching certainly stumbled this time,” alongside of the Nation of Islam referring to the president’s the second Saturday in August continued support for the will be members of the “White NATO bombing of Libya. Left and other progressives, Pan According to news outlets, the Africanists, Black grassroots Obama administration is organizations and national sending $10 million a day to Islamic organizations,” he NATO for the bombing of added. Libya. The Honorable Minister Ms. McKinney had been on Louis Farrakhan will be the an 11-city tour telling packed Bro. Muammar Gadhafi and Nelson Mandela. keynote speaker at the Harlem audiences about her march. “Min. Farrakhan will experiences in Tripoli in the deliver a dynamic speech from 110th Street to 125th early days of the NATO/UN aggression. Street,” said Mr. Muhammad. The march will start at “There is definitely a buzz in the streets around Aug. 110th Street. 13,” said Larry Holmes of the Newark-based Bail Out The United Nations Security Council March 17 the People Not the Banks movement. “Expect people passed resolution 1973 by a vote of 10 in favor with to be in the streets of Harlem in numbers,” he said. five abstentions, authorizing the North Atlantic Treaty Information about the street mobilization for the Organization (NATO) to begin a “no-fly zone” over march may be found at http://www. Libyan air space, alleging President Muammar Gadhafi millionsmarchharlem.com. There are organizing teams was targeting civilians in the North African nation. in all five New York boroughs that have saturated


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neighborhoods with green posters announcing the strongly condemned the bombing of any African march. nation. “The people are very excited about the march, and The UN Secretary General’s special envoy to Libya Min. Louis Farrakhan as the keynote speaker is great. announced July 26 through a press office that the “two We are going to fill up Malcolm X Boulevard,” said sides remain far apart on reaching agreement on a one volunteer. political solution.” The two sides are the Gadhafi During a June 15 press conference at a hotel across government and the rebel Transnational Council, the street from the United Nations, Min. Farrakhan told which the U.S., France, Italy, Britain have recognized the media the “United Nations, U.S.-sponsored, as the legitimate government of Libya. NATO-led bombing of the The two sides, however, North African country of “have reaffirmed their desire Libya” was the work of “a to continue to engage with coalition of demons,” the UN in the search for a governments who have joined solution,” said special envoy together to assassinate Col. Abdel-Elah Al-Khatib, a Gadhafi. member of Jordan’s But even some who voted parliament. Libyan Prime for the initial resolutions and Minister Baghdadi Alallowed the resolutions to pass Mahmoud reiterated his have expressed reservation, if government’s previous A giant image of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi is unveiled at the not outright regret. The African positions against the NATO Green Square in central Tripoli, Libya, July 22. Photo: EPA/STR Union, in particular, has been air strikes and against the calling for and working for a removal of Libya’s president. negotiated settlement only to be disregarded by “There comes a time when people have no Western nations intent on putting a new Libyan alternative but resistance,” Viola Plummer, co-founder government in place. of the December 12th Movement, one of the The South African ambassador to the UN, Baso sponsoring organizations for the Harlem march, said Sangqu, told the 15-member Security Council July 28 July 30. that his country’s delegation “echoes the African “This march will revitalize the Pan African Union demand for an immediate pause in the fighting movement. It will broaden our people’s world view and in the NATO bombing.” and demonstrate the need for Africans to unite in our “We have noted the calls that ‘Gaddafi must go.’ own political and economic interests internationally,” We maintain that such statements do not bring us she added. closer to a political solution,” the South African “We must expose the UN Security Council ambassador said. South Africa is occupying a rotating machinations, Western imperialism; the attack on seat on the Security Council and supported the initial Black people in the U.S. and all collaborations at every resolutions. turn,” Ms. Plummer said. In a speech that was not widely March organizers say the Harlem covered by the media, Ambassador event has garnered worldwide Sangqu said, “South Africa remains attention. One dignitary supporting concerned about the implementation the march is Father Miguel d’Escoto of resolutions 1970 and 1973. Taking Brockman, a former Nicaraguan sides in an internal conflict situation foreign minister and the 63rd to institute regime change in Libya president of the UN General sets a dangerous precedent that will Assembly. surely damage the credibility of the During his speech at the press Security Council.” conference announcing the march, “Clearly action focused on a Father Brockman said the event was Bro. Muammar Gadhafi and sister bodyguards. military solution has not had its important in light of how the media intended purpose; instead it has worked to destabilize “systemically deceived” the American people. the country even further,” he added. Meanwhile the killing of a major rebel commander Gabon and Nigeria also initially voted yes on by compatriots raised questions about how the group resolutions 1970 and 1973, but the African Union has could stay together and raised again reports that


'Millions in Harlem March' aims to stop US, NATO warmaking in Libya elements of Al-Qaeda were heavily involved in the rebel effort. (See related story on page 12 of The Final Call.) The Chinese news service Xinhuanet reported July 31 NATO’s claim of bombing three satellite dishes in Tripoli to “stop” what was labeled “terror broadcasts” by President Gadhafi. However, there are Twitter messages, also July 31, that say Libya television is still on the air. Just before the Aug. 1 start of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting and prayer, NATO bombs struck Tripoli, and officials in Brussels would not rule out more strikes—though they were worried about a possible backlash in the Muslim world about strikes during the sacred month. “Tripoli shook with the sound of several explosions as NATO warplanes roared overhead doing what they have been doing since March, striking at what are supposedly Al Qathafi strategic infrastructure, particularly in the Libyan capital, Tripoli,” the Tripoli Post reported. “In normal times, much of the economy in Muslim countries world-wide shuts down as everyone enters a

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30-day period of all-day fasting, prayer and the strict avoidance of conflict. But for Libyans this year it is an altogether different proposition. Libyans worry about sanctions and NATO strikes during this month.” “There is an ongoing armed internal conflict as the rebels from the eastern part of the country battle on in order to reach their aim, of toppling or forcing Libyan leader Muammar Al Qathafi to step down from his high chair. They are involved in a battle that is barely making progress at the best of times, and with NATO forces, attempting to bomb Al Qathafi out of office,” the English-language publication said. “The NATO alliance thought it could finish it off before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in time for a new government to take shape. They failed and this month could become a perilous black hole threatening to undermine their whole campaign,” the Tripoli Post observed Aug. 1. “Muslims are not allowed to fight amongst themselves during Ramadan; they are also not allowed to attack another nation. However, they will fight back if they are attacked first, they are allowed to do that.”

Wall Street’s Ugly Beginning Wall Street, the financial center of the world, has always been the central trading point in Manhattan. Fearful of Indian and British attacks, Peter Stuyvesant forced his Black captives to clear the dense underbrush and erect a wall which stretched 2,340 feet around the early Dutch settlement. They also cut down brush and trees on what is now Broad Street and planted corn, beans, and other vegetables for their own use. The Dutch Church erected a building at 20 South William Street, to house the enslaved Africans. A slave market was established at Wall Street in 1711 to be a “place where Negroes and Indians could be bought, sold, or hired.” The Wall Street Market comprised various slave markets named after prominent families involved in slave trading, including the

Crommelins, Schuylers, Van Zandts, and Waltons. Anne Hartell romanticizes this miserable scene in the expiatory shadings typical of white historians:

The public slave market at the foot of Wall Street slip was a busy place. Auctioneers shouted prices, urging higher bids in persuasive tones. Buyers—farmers from Long Island or, perhaps, the foremen of

well-to-do plantations—wandered through the crowds looking over the coal black newcomers from Africa, who were standing bewildered and dejected on the auction blocks. From the waterfront drifted the noises of sloops unloading,—the chants of negro stevedores, the rumble of molasses kegs rolling down a gangplank, a sailor’s fight before a tavern. And the singing of the anvil drifted up from the forge on the nearby Strand of the East River. In such an atmosphere the Africans found their new masters. From the book Hidden History of New York: A Guide for Black Folks


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If The Civilized Man Fails To Perform His Duty What Must Be Done? The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad You must know that you have not been rightly civilized. No one can enslave another who has equal education (knowledge). My people lack science of the right kind. Allah is here to give you and me a superior knowledge of things and a country to ourselves. Separation of the so-called Negroes from their slave-masters’ children is a must. It is the only solution to our problem. It was the only solution according to the Bible, for Israel and the Egyptians, and it will prove to be the only solution for America and her slaves, whom she mockingly calls her citizens without granting citizenship. We must keep this in our minds at all times; we are actually being mocked. I think it is a disgrace to us for ever being satisfied with only a servant’s part. Should not we, as a people, want for ourselves what other civilized nations have? It takes a true friend or friends to help another or others to enjoy equal freedom, justice and equality. Today for the first time in our history we have that true friend in Allah (who came in the person of Master Fard Muhammad) and the Nation of Islam, if we only would submit and accept Him.

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It is written (Rev. 14:1) that 144,000 of us will accept and return to our God and people and the rest of my people will go down with the enemies of Allah. For this sad prophesy of the loss of my people I write what I am writing, hoping perhaps that you may be able to beat the old prophets’ predictions by making the truth so simple that a fool can understand it. You must be rightly civilized. You must go back to your own people and country, but not one of you can return with what you have. You must know that this is the time of our separation and the judgment of this world (the Caucasian race) that you and I have known. Therefore, Allah has said to me that the time is ripe for you and me to accept our own (the whole planet earth). What are you waiting for? The destruction? Come, let us reason together, but you cannot until you have a thorough knowledge of self. Who are you waiting for to teach you the knowledge of self? Surely not your slave-masters who blinded you to the knowledge. The white race’s civilization will never work for us.

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