A citywide “We Ain’t Going Nowhere! Tribunal on Ethnic Cleansing of the Black Community” will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, 1398 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y. Tribunal sponsor the December 12th Movement International Secretariat has led an ongoing campaign focusing on the broad range of human rights abuses aimed at pushing Black people out of urban areas.
International human rights attorney Roger Wareham said, “Black people in the U.S. are victims of ethnic cleansing. We demand a more precise definition and recognition of the current escalating criminal assault on both Black life itself, as well as on the quality of Black life.
“The popular and intentionally benign expression for the forced displacement of Black people in the U.S. states is ‘gentrification.’ Gentrification disguises the criminal nature of this displacement of Black people from the communities in which they have lived for generations to be replaced by new, largely white, occupants. Varying reasons are floated for this dislocation, but we maintain that this systemic policy of white supremacy grounded in the reality that the 21st century U.S. economy no longer has a need for surplus Black labor.”
The citywide tribunal judges will be Victor Goode, Esq., law professor at CUNY School of Law and former executive director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers; Joan Gibbs, Esq., former general counsel for the Center for Law and Social Justice Center at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y., and project director of their immigration center; and King Downing, Esq.,
director of mass defense for the National Lawyers Guild, founder of the Human Rights-Racial Justice Center and former national coordinator of the ACLU’s Campaign Against Racial Profiling.
The judges will hear testimony from experts, community organizations and individuals. The citywide tribunal will be followed by a national tribunal later this year. All testimonies will be documented and submitted to United Nations Special Rapporteur on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance E. Tendayi Achiume.
“Displacement is not simply a housing issue,” said Wareham. “The erasure of Black people is seen in many areas—e.g., health, education, criminal justice, employment, business, violation of our right to self-determination, murder by police, the all-sided attack on our culture.”
The “We Ain’t Going Nowhere” tribunal has been endorsed by the Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People, the People’s Organization for Progress, the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, the International Action Center and the World African Diaspora Union.
For more information on endorsement or submission of testimony, contact the December 12th Movement at 718-398-1766 or firstname.lastname@example.org or D12M.com.