18 - 20, 1996, the San Jose Mercury
News published a three part series
entitled, “Dark Alliance” written by Gary Webb. Webb
explained in this series that “Throughout its 49 year history,
the CIA has defended having to deal with unsavory characters in the
hope of furthering U.S. interest.”
further wrote— “This usually has involved dictators and thugs who
brutalized people in their own countries, which was bad enough. But now
it appears that the CIA has done business with - and protected
criminals whose victims were not in foreign lands but in the inner
cities of the United States of America.”
almost a decade, Webb reveals that “beginning in the early
1980s, a drug ring based in the Bay Area sold thousands of pounds of
cut-rate cocaine to Los Angeles street gangs and then used the lucre
to buy arms for the Contras, the so-called freedom fighters that Lt.
Col. Oliver North all but canonized during the Reagan
Contra-run drug network according to Webb, “opened the
first contact between Colombia’s notorious cocaine cartels and
L.A.’s Black neighborhoods. The flood of the insidious white
power helped to make crack affordable in poor communities where its
use eventually became epidemic.”
this series addressed the evolution of crack cocaine in the inner
cities of America, for the most part the white mainstream media did
not pick the story up. It was not until the September 3, 1996 issue
of the Final Call
that featured a front page story on “The CIA Drug Pipeline”
did the African community in America,
in a mass way, begin to discuss this issue and
organize around it.
response to these revelations of the CIA involvement in cocaine
distribution to the Crips and Bloods in Los Angeles, in which
profits were used to finance the CIA backed contra army in
Nicaragua, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and a
host of African leaders in America demanded the CIA be investigated.
Dick Gregory led protests at the CIA headquarters in Virginia.
response by the CIA, through its Director, John Deutch was to
attempt to cover up and deny any knowledge of CIA involvement in
this affair. The Justice Department, through Attorney General Janet
Reno, took the same position.
careful consideration of the historical trends and developments
surrounding the devastating impact of the importation of drugs in
the African Communities of America, the National Black United Front
(NBUF) determined it was important to identify what the real issue
was. We identified the real to be genocide on African people in
this country by the policies and practices of the United States
Friday, October 25th, 1996, the National Black United Front, of
which I was, at that time, the National Chairman, held a press
conference in Chicago to announce our campaign to submit petitions
to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and New York City in
May of 1997, charging the United States Government with genocide.
This campaign took off immediately as we developed a petition and
began circulating it through NBUF chapters across the country and
other Black movement forces.
campaign was modeled after the 1951 efforts of William L. Patterson
who was National Executive Secretary of the Civil Rights Congress,
Paul Robeson, Dr. W.E.B. DuBois and a host of others organized a
genocide petition campaign that “was first presented to the
world in 1951. Addressed to the United Nations it was submitted to
that body in Paris, France at Palais Chai1lott where the Fifth
Session of the General Assembly had gathered.”
in the important book, We Charge
Genocide, edited by William L.
Patterson and first published in 1951, explained “Simultaneously
a delegation led by Paul Robeson presented copies to the office
of the Secretary General of the UN in New York.”
am proud and honored that more 157,000 people from throughout the
United States signed the Petition/Declaration on behalf of NBUF and
the suffering masses of African people in the United States and
throughout the diaspora.
Petition/Declaration was officially submitted on May 21, 1997 to Mr.
Ralph Zacklin, Officer in Charge of High Commission of Human Rights,
Centre for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Also, this same
Petition/Declaration was submitted to the High Commission of Human
Rights in New York on May 27, 1997.
are so many people to thank who made the first phase of
this campaign successful.
I want to thank all the ancestors who paved the way for us to seek
release for our condition at the international level. Marcus Garvey,
Malcolm X, the Black Panther Party and the leaders of SNCC and
all the leaders of the 1951 efforts to name a few.
I’d like to thank the masses of people and organizations
who circulated and sent in Petition/Declarations in a timely manner.
I’d like to thank all the NBUF Chapters who worked so
diligently the last several months on this campaign.
I’d like to thank Dorothy Leavell, President of the National
Newspaper Publishing Association and the members of NNPA who
supported this campaign through their newspapers. In this same
connection we must thank WVON radio station for the support they
gave us in Chicago.
I’d like to thank Minister Louis Farrakhan who aggressively
endorsed this campaign and urged his followers and others to support
the campaign throughout the world.
finally, I’d like to thank our delegation who travelled to
Geneva with me and who worked extremely hard on this campaign. Bill
Grace of Kansas City/ NBUF, Valerie Michaud of Houston/NBUF, Bob
Brown of Pan African Roots whose work on the campaign was unsung.
Also, I’d like to thank James Muhammad, Editor of the Final
Call who traveled with us and
reported an outstanding accounting of
our trip and mission.
II of the Human Rights and Genocide Project has begun. Please
continue to circulate and send in