Flaring human rights abuses in Black communities across the nation have demanded a proactive, national, organized answer.
“Our money is a weapon! No justice, no money! That is our motto,” explained Cleatress Brown of the Harriet Tubman Fannie Lou Hamer Collective, based in New York City. “We have been educating our people in our communities, on the job, in subways stations, in shopping malls, to keep their Black dollars in their Black pockets. The response has been tremendous. All of the stressful situations our people share have to be met by a collective offensive act.
“We have been working closely with the December 12th Movement since we all returned from the historic Million Man March 20th anniversary on 10-10-15 in Washington, D.C. We know that we have to use our economic power to fight back. It is a matter of life and death.”
Black political activists and community organizers have taken to the streets at a national level this holiday season, advocating a national economic boycott from Nov. 27 to Jan. 2.
The impact of the boycott can be seen in a recently published consumer retail sales financial reports.
According to a U.S. Census Bureau report published Dec. 11, retail sales in November climbed only 0.2 percent from October and were up only 1.4 percent from last year. Many economists anticipated an increase of 0.3 percent from October and hoped that Black Friday would help stabilize retail sales, which have been slow in recent months.
A 2013 Nielsen Company study titled “African-American Consumers: Still Vital, Still Growing,” which was commissioned by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, shows the underrepresented potential and spending power of the African-American community. The report’s findings, presented at the National Association of Black Accountants Conference in Nashville, Tenn., found that the African-American population is an economic force to be reckoned with, with a “projected buying power of $1.1 trillion by 2015.”
“The ‘Justice or Else’ boycott has initiated a national consciousness of our collective Black power. All we have to do is use our money and our labor in our own interest,” said Roger Wareham of the December 12th Movement.
As the old proverb says, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Over 43 million descendants of enslaved Africans in the U.S. have been the constant victim of systemic U.S. terrorism for too long, noted Wareham. “The radical attack on our people requires a radical response. We will continue our campaign after the holidays by calling for a national general strike on February 1, 2016, to mark Black History Month. Now it is time to make Black history.”
For more information on the December 12th Movement, call 718-398-1766.