CIA/Crack Cocaine Genocide Campaign

NBUF announced the launching of a campaign charging the U.S. government with genocide based on the long held belief and the recent revelations in the San Jose Mercury News of the U.S. CIA's involvement, through its agents, of the introduction and distribution of crack cocaine into the Black community of Los Angeles, and its subsequent spread throughout the nation.

NBUF fully supports the demands of Dick Gregory, Joe Madison, Rep. Maxine Waters, and other Black leaders who have called for an investigation, and the call for a lawsuit by the Nation Of Islam. However, "If an investigation is launched it will not be one that will conclude that the U.S. government's racists practices through the CIA in the African community are genocidal," according to Dr. Conrad Worrill, NBUF chairman. After all the CIA are masters of deception and renown for covering their tracks.

The NBUF campaign will include educating, organizing, and mobilizing the Black communities through the nation by conducting meetings wherein those affected by crack cocaine can give testimonies and tribunals. It will also consist of a petition drive to present charges to the United Nations in May of 1997 demanding reparations. This is a re-enactment of the action taken by Paul Robeson in 1951 when he mounted a similar campaign. However, stated Dr. Oba T'Shaka, the NBUF national vice-chair, "This call will be different because when Robeson brought the petition, Africa was still colonized. And Blacks were under a more vicious form of repression in the South." Furthermore, he added, "In the general assembly of the U.N. we can anticipate a positive response. And this will be a means of global education and impact."

Dr. Worrill, pointed out that "charges of genocide coincide with the covenants set forth in the United Nations Convention of the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide adopted in 1948." This code reads in part:

Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and forcibly transferring children of the group to another.

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