Black Nationalist Organizations Unite at Historic Atlanta

After two years of negotiation,

political prisoner defense committees, women’s groups, labor organizations,

formations met in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 18-19, 1995, to hammer out a set of working principles and agendas to unite the various Black nationalist political tendencies within the U.S.

The New Afrikan Liberation Front (NALF) is in many respects the response to the political demand made by such celebrated Republic of New Afrika ,

Liberation Army prisoners of war as Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Sekou Odinga, Geronomo Pratt, and Jalil Muntaqin. These freedom fighters called for the formation of an umbrella organization which could coordinate the varied political activities of the constituent bodies in what is often referred to as the Black nationalist community.

“The objective of the NALF is to politically engage and organize the nationalist community into an effective foil to both Black

and Black

explained Herman Ferguson, a founding member and head of the Administrative Unit of the NALF. “We stand as a fighting

alternative to


Clarence Thomases who we feel mislead and betray the political aspirations of

Ferguson said. The NALF coalesced around the slogan “Black Power, Land and Independence.” As such, each constituent member of the

determination for the descendants of enslaved Africans-whom

Front denotes

recognition of the New Afrikan nation’s right to sovereignty and political independence.”

The NALF will initiate its coordinated activities by launching a nationwide campaign


hearings on the role of the FBI and other police agencies in the assault on the Black Power Movement during the 1960s and


program) hundreds of Black activists across the U.S. were murdered, jailed, or driven into political exile. COINTELPRO was a coordinated government campaign to destroy the

nationalist movement.



(POW) status for the scores of activists who still remain behind

today. It

imprisoned Black men and women. “Given the congressional attention given the FBI’s botched raid on the white supremacist encampment of Randy Weaver-the government granted a $3 million our-of-court settlement for the killing of Weaver’s wife and son-Black legislators would be remiss in remaining silent about similar government atrocities which were and continue to



The NALF recently sent a representative to the Beijing, China, International Women’s

campaign to internationalize the struggle of Black people in the

expose the systematic



perpetrated against Black people here today. Likewise, the NALF has put its case before the United Nations and human rights conferences in Europe and Africa.

New Afrikan

outcome of its ongoing activities. Explained Ferguson, “Many people believed that Eastern Europe would remain under Soviet domination forever. But in the space of only a few years, nobody even thinks about the Soviet Union anymore. It’s gone. That tells us something. For just as the U.S. had dominated New Afrikans, Indians, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Hawaiians, and others for centuries, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.” Ferguson added that “If we work hard and take care of the day-to-day needs of New Afrikans, while fighting for a revolutionary nationalist political agenda, then we can win. There will be freedom for the New Afrikan nation.”

Principles of Unity of the NALF

1. Land. The primary objective of the NALF is self-determination through a national liberation struggle for land (territory within the historic southeastern


2. Who is the enemy? For over 400 years, our nation has been enslaved, first by the European settlers in

colonized by

represented by the government of the United States of America. We are united in fighting for the destruction of imperialism and white supremacy, the twin evils of our national oppression which is forced on our Nation by the U.S. imperialist State.

3. Self-defense/Armed Struggle. We recognize the right to self-defense as well as the right to armed struggle for self-determination.

4. Political Prisoners/POWs/Exiles. We seek amnesty for prisoners of war, political prisoners, and exiles as a non-negotiable self-determination demand.

5. Social liberation. The fight against racial, sexist, class, and all forms of social




6. Unity and autonomy of organizations-methods of resolving contradictions. We accept the

determined by a consensus of its membership organizations. The ideological integrity and autonomy of each organization



constructive criticism and self-criticism for the purpose of resolving contradictions and internal differences.

7. A New Afrikan Consciousness Movement. We recognize that culture is a weapon of resistance. In that light we are committed to building a movement to develop the national consciousness and culture of the New Afrikan people.

8. Our cultural symbols. We recognize the Red, Black and Green flag, the new Afrikan creed, the New Afrikan Declaration of Independence and the Code of Umoja as the unifying historical and cultural symbols of

New Afrikan


For information: Herman Ferguson, P.O. Box 340084, Jamaica, NY 11434, (719) 949-515