********************* BACKGROUND. The Provisional Government of the Republic of New Africa (PG-RNA) was founded with a Declaration of Independence issued by a convention in Detroit on March 31, 1968. It was inspired by the Malcolm X Society, and the Provisional Government’s purpose has been to complete the work of revolutionaries like Gabriel Prosser, Denmark Vesey, Osborne Perry Anderson, Tunis Campbell, Edwin McCabe, El Hajj El Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X), and Queen Mother Moore, by establishing a New Afrikan state in North America. What We Seek
Under international law, the land of our nation is all the land in America where Black people have lived for a long time, which We have worked and built upon and which we have fought to stay on. Black people have met this criteria in many areas in this country, but as part of our reparations claim, we seek the five states now known as Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina as our national territory.
Reparations are the compensation owed or paid one nation by another nation which has damaged or harmed the first nation and its people unjustifiably. The U.S. owes New Afrikans and the New Afrikan nation billions of dollars for damage to Blacks through the murder of over 50 million Afrikans during the slave trade, during slavery and after slavery and for social, psychological and economic damages inflicted upon Blacks throughout the past 350 years.
A plebiscite is a vote by a people to determine or clarify their national status. A plebiscite is generally held to settle a dispute as to which nation a particular people and/or territory belong. The New Afrikan population in North America has never been afforded the opportunity to determine its national destiny. We are entitled to decide, with all relevant information, whether we and our land should be an independent New Afrikan nation or a part of the United States of America.
THE NEW AFRICAN The Republic RNA
BLACK NATIONALIST LIBERATION FIGHTERS December, 1969
THE BASIC POLICY OF THE GOVERNMENT The basic policy of the government is to establish national strength through sovereignty, effective international relations, and inherent viability, Our position is that all the land where Black people live, in what has been called “the continental U.S.,” is our land, where we have lived on it traditionally, worked and developed it, and fought for it. This is the subjugated territory of the Republic of New Africa. Our basic national objective is to free this land from subjugation: to win sovereignty.
HOW IS THE GOVERNMENT ORGANIZED?
The founders created a highly centralized government. That is-to say,-the powers of the provisional government are lodged exclusively in the national government. By January, 1970, the Constitution must be written and this will be more explicit about powers and local government. In the meantime, the basic law of the land is the Declaration of Independence and the powers conferred by the Founding Convention. These Founding Convention powers are as follows: ,
The Executive Branch
Is composed of the President, First and Second Vice Presidents, and Ministers and Ambassadors. Although appointed by the National Council of Representatives, the Ministers and Ambassadors are responsible to the President. The President is the Chief Executive Officer. Powers 1. Appoints those Cabinet Ministers, Ambassadors, their deputies, and heads and assistant heads or the government corporations not selected by the Founding Convention, with the advice and consent of the National Council.
The Cabinet President First Vice President Second Vice President Four Regional Vice Presidents: East Coast, West Coast, Mid-West, South Treasurer Minister of State & Foreign Affairs Minister of Defense Minister of Finance Minister of Justice Minister of Information Minister of Culture Minister of Education Minister of Interior Minister of Health & Welfare Minister without Portfolio
Note: Normally each Minister has one Deputy Minister and several Assistant Ministers, who ranks below the Deputy.
2. Carries out legislation and directives of the National Council of Representatives. 3. Carries out aims of the Revolution, initiating necessary actions not prohibited to the President by the Constitution or the laws of the National. 4. Prepares and submits to the National Council a budget reflecting his government’s program. 5. Serves as Commander-in-Chief of the military forces.
LEGISLATIVE BRANCH (National Council of Representatives) Consists of members elected by the Founding Convention (all delegate-partic ipants) for a term running from 2 April, 1968 through 1 January, 1970, unless sooner terminated by the Constitution.
Powers 1. Levies taxes; approves and funds budget, on an item-veto basis. , 2. Sets policy for the Revolution and makes laws affecting all areas of life, pursuant to the Declaration of Independence. 3. Approves (or disapproves) appointments made by the President, after conducting hearings (two-thirds vote necessary to reject an appointment). 4. Ratifies treaties. 5. Has sole power to declare war (requires two – thirds vote), authorizes military establishment and regulates its size. 6. Audits all operations of the Government, except its own, which are audited by the Court. 7. Meets, once every four months for period not exceeding eight days, at call of the Speaker of the Council.
JUDICIAL BRANCH (The Court)
Composed of three Justices, to be chosen by the National Council of Representatives. Three Justices will write their rules and sit as body on questions involving definition of the aims of the Revolution, legality of acts of Government, Officials, or, impeachment ,of Government Officials. They sit individually, on a territorial basis; ..on other matters.
1. Rules on constitutionality of laws and acts of :Gov’t.. Officials (including President and Representatives),
2. Has Jurisdiction in all criminal, civil, and maritime matters. ,
THE CONSTITUTIONAL COMMISSION Appointed by Founding Convention
Writes constitution and conducts vote on it before 1 December, 1969 (direct vote by all members of nation or by conventions in each Black Nationalist geographic district, simple majority governing).
THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION Appointed by-the National Council of Representatives. Hires all government employees under the rank of Minister, Deputy Minister, or Corporation Head.
POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE MINISTERS
Treasury: To receive and safeguard and release funds; to manage the government’s coin and currency programs. Finance: a. To manage the Land Certificate gram, and all borrowing programs of the Government. b. To manage the budget and authorize release of funds. c. To keep. accurate records of all financial transactions. d. To develop and supervise programs for collections of taxes and other funds. e.To develop and supervise fund-raising programs. f. To manage government-owned business.
Justice: To safeguard the Government and citizens against adverse legal processes; to develop and implement programs for meaningful defense of New Africa against the U.S. draft; to develop the New African court system; to develop New African legal codes.
Defense: To defend the lives of New African citizens and the territory and property of the Republic of New Africa, to support and promote the national objec‐tives of the Republic; to implement the un-vetoed portions of the Universal Military Training Act; to create and equip a superbly trained Black Legion, fully capable of winning any military engagement undertaken, Education: To create a New African School System, operative within the subjugated areas as well as within New African areas as they become liberated; to develop and implement methods for achieving education of persons outside the school systems.
Culture: To promote the creation of a New African culture, soundly based and consistent with the aims of the Revolution.
State and Foreign Affairs a. To conduct relations with foreign governments, including foreign aid and trade, b. To develop and pursue programs aimed at achieving early diplomatic recognitions from foreign governments and the United Nations. c. To develop and implement programs to achieve a just reparations settlement for Black people. d. To intercede directly and with the assistance of third-party governments, for New African politiprisoners in the United States. e. To promote the interest of the Republic among the U.S. Congressmen and other Black U.S. officials.
Information: To develop and implement programs of Internal Information, designed to inform and motivate citizens to support the aims of the Government; To develop and implement programs of Public Information, designed to win new citizens, create support in the Black community at large, and inform the white public of our true aims and objectives and the peace-loving non-aggressive nature of our intentions; To run the government’s printing plant.
Interior: To activate, promote, and guide the Consulates.
WHAT ABOUT THE LOCAL ORGANIZATION? The local government is, at the present time called a”Consulate” and it is headed by a Consul. The Consulate organization was created by the first, meeting of the Cabinet to carry out the programs of the National Government on the local level. lt’s officers are appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Cabinet. In practice, citizens in a Consulate elect their officers and these are almost always automatically ap‐proved by the President and Cabinet. The idea is to make these local organizations grow into local government.
1. To function as chief officer of the Consulate.
2. To carry out the government program at the local level pursuant to the laws of the Republic and the directives of the President, the VicePresidents and the Ministers.
3. To represent and speak for the Government at the local level.
4. To co-ordinate the work of the Ministry Sections and impose national priorities upon this work to assure that the priorities are accomplished and the total Consulate program runs smoothly.
The Consulate (except on some college campuses) is organized like a miniature national government. Each Consulate sets up a “Section” for every Ministry in the Government. The local head of a Ministry Section holds the rank of Assistant Minister.
THE DUTIES OF THE MINISTRY SECTION ARE AS FOLLOWS: 1. To safeguard and promote the interest of the Republic with responsibilities of the Ministry.
2. To evaluate local, national and international matters, on a continuing basis, in the Ministry’s area of responsibility.
3. To act promptly in bringing action-recomendations to the attention of the Minister whether of local recommendations are to be developed with the advice and consent of the Consul, but communications between the Section head – and Assistant Minister and the Minister may be direct.
4. To carry out faithfully and fully the specific directions of the Minister but to do so in such a way as to support the Consul and promote the integration and logic of the total Consulate effort. The effort is, of course, composed of the combined program of the various Ministry Section.
Every citizen functioning in a Consulate Will therefore volunteer for or receive an assignment to a Ministry Section. WHAT IS A CITIZEN? As a citizen of the Republic, your only national allegiance is to the Republic of New Africa. You pay taxes to our government, participate In New African elections and processes, and work for New African success. You do not vote in any U.S. elections – unless and only if your R.N.A, leaders tell you to as an act of sabotage or as a planned move to get power toward independence. Other acts which are compelled of you by the United States are Invalid and compelled only because the U.S. now has greater power than the R.N.A. Thus, we pay taxes to the U.S, at the present time not because the U.S. is entitled to taxes, or even because other aliens (e.g., Germans, Nigerians, Japanese) residing in America pay them. We pay taxes because the government of our nation wishes to time and control the battle to end unjust taxation, rather than having thousands of individual court cases to fight at one time, arising from thousands of individual refusals to pay. We are in the same position that the U.S. was in before the War of 1812; Before that war, Britain used to stop American vessels on the high ease, take off sailors as British subjects and force them to serve in the British Navy. The U.S. had to endure this indignity until they had power enough to fight a war and stop it. So, too,with us. It is a question of power, as well as right. The U.S. has no right to taxes from us until they settle and compensate us for the free labor stolen from our ancestors during slavery: in other words, they have no right to ask us for money until they pay the money that is owed to us.
The U.S. cannot rightfully compel us to serve in the U.S. military. New Africans who are threatened by the draft should consult the Republic of New Africa’s Ministry of Justice. We do not yet have the power to prevent U.S. courts from wrongfully dealing with New Africans, nor can we prevent, yet, many of the other oppressions which are visited upon us as a subjected people by an op‐pressing people and government. But we are working constantly to get that power. In fact, this is what shapes the basic policy of the Government.