Under the banner of “Black Nationalism, Black Nation, Pan Africanism or Perish,” the December 12th Movement founding members have stood together through thick and thin, for the past 28 years. Viola Plummer, Father Lawrence Lucas, Roger Wareham, Omowale Clay, Coltrane Chimurenga, Lateefah Carter, Colette Pean and Robert Taylor celebrate their unity and struggle, moving “straight ahead” together, fighting for the human rights of African people.
Leading founders of the December 12th Movement, Sonny Abubadika Carson, a phenomenal organizer and Elombe Brath, a great African historian, both now ancestors, are honored and cherished for their selfless lifelong struggle for the liberation of our people.
In the African tradition of “Culture As Weapon!” a very special December 12th Movement 28th Anniversary Jazz Concert was held at Sistas’ Place, featuring trombonist and one of the rare euphonium players, Kiane Zawadi. Zawadi was joined by Charles Davis Jr. on saxophone, Sharpe Radway on piano, Greg Bandy on drums and RaDu BenJudah on bass. The phenomenal quintets’ sellout performance was absolutely exquisite.
Sistas’ Place, a historic landmark established by the December 12th Movement in 1995, is located at 456 Nostrand Ave., corner of Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn N.Y.
The December 12th Movement fights for the freedom of our political prisoners, against police murder and abuse, against chemical warfare (i.e., drug infestation) in our communities and for justice in the courts, housing, single-payer health care, education, reparations and self-determination in the national and international arena.
The December 12th Movement has continued in the footsteps of Malcolm X and the struggle for human rights. From the streets of New York City, to the marbled halls of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, to reaching a cooperation agreement with the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union, they fearlessly engage in battle for African people worldwide.
As Bob Law once put it, “If you find yourself in an opposite position to the December 12th, you should rethink your position.”
Originally, the December 12th Coalition was the coming together of many organizations throughout New York State in 1987. A mass demonstration was organized on that date in response to a rise in murders of and attacks on Black people by racist police and white gangs. More than 5,000 people converged on Newburgh, N.Y. in resistance.
At that time, the founding members of the December 12th Movement were from the Black Men’s Movement Against Crack and the Harriet Tubman–Fannie Lou Hamer Women’s Collective, most were veterans of the Black Power and Black Liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s.
The Dec. 12 demonstration led to the first “Day of Outrage” on Dec. 21, 1987, which shut down the NYC subway system and the Brooklyn Bridge, paralyzing the city.
Today, the December 12th Movement employs the same audacity and acumen with every move they make.
The movement is fully engaged in the current and relentless fight against systemic racism, police murder and brutality against Black men, women and children, gentrification (forced removal) in housing, unemployment, poverty wages, inadequate healthcare and education and the criminalization of African people in the United States.
The December 12th Movement is asking the community to join in the national campaign for “Justice or Else” with the Nation of Islam and countless organizations around the country. “We will not shop! Our money is a weapon this holiday season!”
On the international front today, the campaigns for self-determination for the people of Zimbabwe and Venezuela, is principal. The December 12th Movement International Secretariat, unites and supports their persistent national struggle against external political and economic interference in their fight for human rights, independence and sovereignty.