NATIONAL BLACK UNITED FRONT

W H A T IS NBUF?

The "Black United Front" is an organization made up of concerned and committed individuals and organization who have united to assume responsibility for working and leading the struggle for a better life for themselves and their children. The Black United Front is a broad-based organization which includes all social, political, religious and cultural sections of the Black community. It is the young, the elderly, the students, the imprisoned, the workers, and the dropout all working together to overcome our common problems. In the words of Marcus Garvey, "Up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will."

H I S T O R Y

With the birth of the National Black United Front (NBUF) in June of 1980, the visions of building an organization that would represent the various elements of the Black community became a reality. Some 1500 Black people from 35 states and five foreign countries came together to form a "united front." In the space of only five and half years, NBUF grew from five local chapters to over 18 certified local chapters and a presence in 40 cities nationwide. Since 1980, NBUF and its various chapters have dealt with, most notably, quality education for Black children, police and Black community relations, electoral politics, women's affairs, economic development, housing and international affairs where NBUF established links with Grenada (under Maurice Bishop's leadership), Cuba, Iraq, and anti-apartheid organizations such as the Pan-Africanist Congress and the African National Congress. Visit some local chapters that have developed home pages. Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, Detroit, Muskegan, New York, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.

P R I N C I P L E S OF P U R P O S E

1. To struggle for Self-Determination, liberation and power for Black people in the United States.

2. To work in unity and common struggle with African liberation movements and African people throughout the world.

3. To build a politically conscious, unified, committed and effective Black mass movement.

4. To struggle to eliminate racism (including Zionism and Apartheid), sexism (the oppression, exploitation and inequality of women), monopoly capitalism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, imperialism and national oppression.

5. To maintain strict political and financial independence of the National Black United Front.

6. To build unity and common struggle with oppressed peoples in the United States and throughout the world, as long as the best interests of the Black peoples are not contradicted.

7. To continue the political/cultural revolution to create a new vision and value system and a new Black man, woman and child based on common struggle around the needs of the Black majority.

8. To continue to struggle to maximize the unity of the Black Liberation Movement and of Black people; to eliminate internal violence, character assassination and self-destruction; to establish a viable process to arbitrate all major conflicts within the Black liberation movement and the Black community.

P R I N C I P L E S O F C O O P E R A T I O N

1. Mutual respect for all participating organizations and persons, including genuine respect for difference and yet principled struggle to promote maximum unity and cooperation with the diversity.

2. Rejection of any efforts to turn the NBUF into a unitary, monolithic organization which imposes a singular leadership or ideology on the membership.

3. Strict respect and practice of the principle of collective leadership in decision making.

4. There must be a 3/4 (75%) vote for the existing General Assembly to change, in any way, the principles of unity and cooperation of NBUF>

5. Principled and peaceful struggle and settling of all disputes and issues; free, full and frank discussion before all decisions are made.

6. Collective work and responsibility in all activities.

7. Prohibition of character assassination within and outside of NBUF; while encouraging constructive criticism and self-criticism.

8. NBUF cannot be liquidated between annual and general assemblies.

9. NBUF shall programmatically develop positive Black female/male relationships culturally, politically, economically and socially.

W H Y J O I N

We believe that in order for Black people in America to become a free, liberated and independent people we must be organized. Therefore, we believe all Black people should join an organization that is working in the interests of our people. We believe that the National Black United Front (NBUF) is such an organization and we urge you to join us. Although our condition in this country may be termed critical, it is not irreversible. We must remember that we are a great people with a culture and civilization which extends to antiquity. We muse also realize that a raging river of struggle flows through our history in this country which has brought forth all of our victories against racism, political and economic oppression and cultural domination. NBUF is an extension of this river that continues to fight for our people. You should consider joining NBUF because we believe that in these critical times there is a need for bold action and strong commitment to organize for power, Self-Determination and a higher quality of human life. Don't hesitate to join

NBUF NOW!

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