December 12th Movement celebrates 30-year history of revolutionary resistance
OMOWALE CLAY | 12/7/2017, 6:18 p.m.
The December 12th Movement celebrates “its 30-year history of revolutionary resistance to American imperialism and national oppression Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017; our movement also mourns the lost, this year, of one of its founders, Robert ‘RT’ Taylor, the son of our Chairperson Viola Plummer, whose loss we can never replace,” said Roger Wareham, attorney and December 12th Movement member.
From summer through winter, the December 12th Movement can be spotted from street corners five boroughswide, to the halls of power in the U.S. and Europe to the nations on the African continent. They are known for both impromptu organic marches as well as organized rallies on issues from police killings of unarmed residents to protecting Black businesses in Black neighborhoods. Through megaphones and posters high they are recognized for “launching the slogans in the heat of struggle, ‘No Justice, No Peace,’ ‘Whose Streets, Our Streets,’ ‘What’s Coming? War!—Who’s Going to Win? We Are,’ ‘Africa Called, Cuba Answered!’ to reviving the call for ‘Black Power,’” Wareham explained, noting that these slogans have “become battle cries, taken up around the world by people struggling to be free.”
He continued, “Our most recent campaign being to discard the clouded and misleading term gentrification for the sharp reality that it is in fact ethnic cleansing being waged against our communities across this nation and beyond. It is a time to seriously deal with the issue of self-determination and a plebiscite [referendum] on our relationship to America…a time and a call for separation. A time that author Ta-Nehisi Coates has reminded us of how Katrina should be viewed as a referendum on Black citizenship in America.”
Wareham concluded, “Please pass by our headquarters, Sistas’ Place, 456 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, this coming Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, after 6:30 p.m. for us to celebrate and wish each other strength in the coming battles before us.”