BLF remembers Thomas Sankara

BLF remembers Thomas Sankara

On  October 15, 1987 the black world lost one of its best sons. On this date, the white world used the hand of one of us to assassinate Thomas Sankara. Blaise Campaore allowed himself to be a traitor of black liberation by giving effect to a white conspiracy to murder Sankara. But as the people’s leader said one week before he was killed, “[w]hile revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas”.

Black First Land First(BLF) believes in and is inspired by a Sankarist leadership practice. Sankara taught us that it is possible to resist the temptation of using political office to serve oneself before serving the people. Sankara went into the highest office in Burkina Faso when he became President, but he didn’t use it to enrich himself. 

We learn from Thomas Sankara that the leaders of the people must not live lifestyles which are parasitic on the people. A leader of the poor shouldn’t live luxuriously while the people suffer. The love for bling and brands by leaders is counter the spirit of Sankara. Let the people be served first!

In the few years that Sankara was in power, he turned his country into a model society of self reliance. He stopped privileges for leaders and made women liberation a reality. He was anti imperialist and called on Africa to free itself from the yoke of Western imperialism. His message and example inspired the youth all over the world. Imperialism panicked and conspired with Campaore to murder Sankara. They were too late because Sankara lives on via his revolutionary legacy. 

BLF declares this month “Sankara Month” and calls upon the youth of our country to take time to honour and educate itself about who Thomas Sankara was. The most basic lesson that Sankara teaches us is that “a solider without political education is a potential criminal”. BLF shall be hosting public screenings of the documentary, “Thomas Sankara: the Upright Man” followed by discussions as well as public education on Thomas Sankara, The Sankara Oath and the People’s Manifesto.

Thomas Sankara lives!

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First

15 October 2016

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail:[email protected]

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 486 9087
Mail: [email protected]

Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957
Mail: [email protected]

BLF FORGIVES PRESIDENT ZUMA WITH CONDITIONS – JOIN BLF, ITS THE RIGHT TIME!

BLF FORGIVES PRESIDENT ZUMA WITH CONDITIONS – JOIN BLF, ITS THE RIGHT TIME!

BLF yesterday accepted President Zuma’s apology on “Nkandla” and called on him to do the right thing. It gave clear political direction. Here’s an extract from BLF’s press statement titled “Political Questions Facing The Country” delivered in Yeoville on 2 April 2016:

“President Zuma has last night took full responsibility for his actions or lack of actions on the Nkandla matter. We welcome this humble move by President Zuma. He has asked to be forgiven. We forgive him and say for us the Nkandla thing should never have detained the nation so long – its a side issue and detracts from the important work of national reconstruction. Continue reading “BLF FORGIVES PRESIDENT ZUMA WITH CONDITIONS – JOIN BLF, ITS THE RIGHT TIME!”

BLF PAYS TRIBUTE TO BLACK PANTHER WOPASHITWE MONDO EYEN WE LANGA

BLF PAYS TRIBUTE TO BLACK PANTHER WOPASHITWE MONDO EYEN WE LANGA

“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill,

of things unknown, but longed for still,

and his tune is heard on the distant hill,

for the caged bird sings of freedom.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

 

Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa died in the maximum-security Nebraska State Penitentiary on 11 March 2016  while serving a life sentence for the murder of an Omaha police officer. Right up to his death he remained loyal to the revolutionary perspective of the Black Panthers. Mondo was convicted and imprisoned in the early 1970’s  at the age of 23 as David Rice along with Ed Poindexte for a murder they didn’t commit –  together they were known as the Omaha Two. They were both at the relevant time leaders of the “Omaha’s Panther Chapter” referred to as “the National Committee to Combat Fascism”. We note that the person who confessed to the said murder concluded a deal with the state that resulted in him being released for falsely implicating  Mondo and Poindexter.

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While in prison Mondo continued to speak out. His revolutionary offerings has featured in countless literary and other publications including his 1994 compilation,  “A View from Taney’s Place” and his poetry anthology “The Black Panther Is an African Cat”. He also contributed regularly to the “The Omaha Star” and was a columnist for the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper for a brief time.

It is reported that “Great Bateleur” a revolutionary poem by Mondo was featured in “Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary” by Walter Dean Myers. Also many of Nebraska’s youth theatre groups have performed Mondo’s revolutionary plays. He was a proud  member of the Harambee Afrikan Cultural Organization while in prison.

 

The finding of the trial court in respect of  the “Omaha Two” was overturned by the Federal District Court. To this end Judge Warren Urbom held that the “Omaha Two” should be acquitted as there was insufficient reason to issue a warrant to search Mondo’s house. Arising from the “search” the state claimed to have found the dynamite that was employed to make the “suitcase bomb” that was used to kill the police officer. However on appeal the Supreme Court upheld both the finding and sentence of the trial court. In this regard the ruling of Judge Urbon was overruled by the Supreme Court.

 

From 1968 to 1970 the FBI evidently led an onslaught against the Omaha Black Panther Party. In 1974 when the FBI confessed to violating the human rights of hundreds of US  citizens through COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) the state apologized but did nothing to rectify the situation.

 

We know that, as with the cases of Mondo and Ed, being black before the justice system under a white supremacist system means you are operating on the principle of  “guilty until proven innocent”. This situation will continue to prevail until white supremacy is completely obliterated!

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As a revolutionary before and during his incarceration Mondo demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the cause of the black revolution. BLF Salutes Mondo for his life’s service to the revolutionary cause and for his contribution to the revolutionary legacy of the Black Panther Party!

 

Long Live The Revolutionary Spirit Of Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa!

 

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT

 

28 March 2016

 

Contact Details

 

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

 

Zanele Lwana

(National Spokesperson)

Cell: +27 79 486 9087

Mail: [email protected]

 

Lindsay Maasdorp

(National Spokesperson)

Cell: +27 79 915 2957

Mail: [email protected]

LENIN’S WARNING FOR SA TODAY: REVISIONISM VERSUS REVOLUTION!

LENIN’S WARNING FOR SA TODAY: REVISIONISM VERSUS REVOLUTION!

We live in a pre-revolutionary moment. A rupture may occur any moment from now, triggered by the flimsiest of triggers. The right wing and political conservatives have moved first – they are fighting for the supremacy of the streets. They are thrown into a vortex of events bigger than themselves but they are only hoping to settle their narrow differences. There is no intention to resolve the national and historical questions.

Continue reading “LENIN’S WARNING FOR SA TODAY: REVISIONISM VERSUS REVOLUTION!”