The Zimmerman Verdict is a Reflection of the Times. The People Must ORGANIZE!

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Trayvon Martin was never going to get justice from a courtroom of the United States government. Justice for Trayvon and for the hundreds of other Black women, men, and children executed by someone employed or protected by the US government on a daily basis will only come from our people and the power we are able to wield through the strength of our organization and the resolve of our will. Zimmerman was only put on trial because millions of our people took to the streets in early 2012 and threatened to disrupt the system. The trial was a means to divert our energies and return things to the status quo.

Obama’s statement that a “a jury has spoken” encouraging what he called, “calm reflection”, is just another effort to lure Black people to sleep and keep us accepting the status quo. The status quo of white supremacy has never and will never work for Black people.  As W.E.B. DuBois stated, “a system cannot fail those who it was never meant to protect.” White supremacy and the systems that support and reinforce it like capitalism, colonialism, and patriarchy must be defeated and dismantled. We must always keep this in mind and be prepared in concrete, organized ways to ensure that there will be no peace if there is no justice. Now is the time for direct action in the form of organized Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns that disrupt the status quo systems of the US government through massive non-compliant resistance.

We must also be clear that the Zimmerman verdict is a reflection of the times. 17-year old Trayvon Martin was the 31st Black person executed by someone employed or protected by the state in 2012. As we demonstrated in Operation Ghetto Storm, 313 Black women, men, and children were executed without trials by the police, security guards or certified “neighborhood watchmen” in 2012. These extrajudicial killings have by no means stopped or slowed down, as witnessed by the execution of Kimani Gray and dozens more Black people in the first six months of 2013. With the Zimmerman verdict justifying and setting new precedent for the disposal of Black life, we should expect the number of extrajudicial killings to increase. It is now more imperative than ever for us to strengthen the organization of our communities and defend ourselves.


We must defend ourselves, and we have every right to do so by any means necessary.


Black people are in a heightened state of crisis. Since being brought to the shores of North America as captives from European wars of aggression we have constantly battled one crisis after another. However, there are times that are more critical and intense than others. We are presently living through one of these super -critical periods.


We have been hunted and killed in cold blood by the US government in increasing numbers and herded into prisons like cattle in record numbers. The facts presented in Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of Black People presents us with a deeper understanding of the utter disregard held for Black life within the United States.


The continual practice of executing Black people in the country without pretense of a trial, jury, or judge is an integral part of the government’s current overall strategy of containing the Black community in a state of perpetual colonial subjugation and exploitation. The verdict in the George Zimmerman trial is a testament to the reality that the institutions of the United States uplift and are complicit in the ongoing genocide of Black people.


The only way we are going to defend ourselves against these genocidal challenges is to create a massive social movement. We need a movement that strategically takes on the systemic oppression and exploitation that prevent Black people from exercising self-determination and human rights.


In order to fight effectively we have to organize ourselves on a higher level. One of the critical areas where we have to step up our organizing efforts to be qualitatively more effective is in the area of self-defense. We have to be clear that we cannot and should not count on our enemies – like the courts, and other forces of the US government or transnational corporations – to protect us. We have to protect ourselves.


The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) believes that an essential part of our Movement for survival must be Self-Defense Networks.


We think there are two types of Networks that we have to build:


New Afrikan or Black Self-Defense Networks are alliances, coalitions, or united fronts of Black organizations whose purpose is to defend the Black or New Afrikan community from external (the police, FBI, white terrorist organizations, etc.) and internal (agent infiltration, intra-communal violence, etc.) threats to its safety and security.


People’s Self-Defense Networks are multi-national (or multi-ethnic and/or racial) alliances, coalitions, or united fronts whose purpose is to defend their communities against mutual enemies and threats and advance a common agenda based on shared interests, hopes, and aspirations.


Oppressed peoples and communities can and will only be secure in this country when they are organized to defend themselves against the aggressions of the government and the forces of white supremacy and capitalist exploitation.


The Every 28 Hours Campaign proposes a model for organizing:


  1. The formation of Black Self-Defense Networks to defend our people and combat police terrorism. These Networks should seek to build Copwatch programs, engage in mass rights based education trainings for the community, serve as first responders to acts of Police Terrorism, and help coordinate mass resistance to these acts via mass mobilizations and direct action. These Networks should also be encouraged to engage in offensive campaigns, such as referendums to institute Police Control Boards.


  1. The formation of People’s Self-Defense Networks to defend the lives and interests of all oppressed peoples’ and exploited classes against various forms of state terrorism. These People’s Self-Defense Networks would work as multi-national alliances to engage in a broad manner all of the tasks mentioned above to defend oppressed peoples and targeted communities, such as LGBTQ2GNC communities, against institutionalized racism, white supremacy, institutionalized sexism, patriarchy and state repression be it racial profiling, gender profiling, stop and frisk, mass incarceration, or mass deportations.


  1. Waging campaigns for local referendums to institute Police Control mechanisms – i.e. community based structures that have the power to hire, fire, subpoena, and discipline the police on the local level. And waging massive, non-compliant campaigns of resistance employing BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) strategies and tactics on statewide, regional, and national levels.


  1. Forming People’s Assemblies, on local, citywide, and regional levels to engage in program and demand development initiatives that will enable the people to engage in the broad implementation of people’s programs for self-defense and mutual aid.


The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and the Every 28 Hours Campaign seeks to strengthen organizing initiatives within Black or New Afrikan communities for self-defense, by presenting these initiatives with a comprehensive analytical framework and practical organizing tools to ground and unite them.


MXGM offers to Black and other oppressed communities three resources 1) Operation Ghetto Storm, a full report on the 2012 extra judicial killings; 2) Let Your Motto Be Resistance, an organizing handbook for self-defense; and 3) We Charge Genocide Again!, a curriculum for the Every 28 Hours Campaign, to further this objective




Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of Black People


Let Your Motto Be Resistance


We Charge Genocide Again!

For more information on these resources or trainings please contact Kali Akuno at


For coalition building and Self-Defense Networks please contact Taliba Obuya at


12 thoughts on “The Zimmerman Verdict is a Reflection of the Times. The People Must ORGANIZE!

  1. shbkyn45 says:

    Obviously, black people must organize, we cannot continue to allow ourselves to be killed, there is no justice afforded black people in the courts, never have, and never will. The Trayvon verdict, is a time out call, that says to black people, or ask the question, in the words of Jim Brown, “What you going to do?” A response is required, only action, no more praying, no more begging, no more pleading, no more crying. It is time, to be about self determination, to stop the genocide against black people, otherwise, the Trayvon Martin, verdict, is a step up signal, to shot down more blacks, like animals, it is ongoing. Even in slavery, blacks refused to rise up, on a wide scale, and so we remained in slavery for 400 years, 150 since slavery, and we are still sitting around moaning, praying, begging, for justice. We are still in slavery, look at the prison system. When they caught us with a book during slavery, they put your eyes out, now they are using the curriculum, to kick blacks out of school to a life of crime, and into the prison system, and now you can buy prison stocks.


  2. alg0rhythm says:

    By any means necessary means any means. Diversity of tactics means more than rioting; it also means financial, electoral, as well as community building and planning, and of course, marching when need be with demand in hand.
    Not to mention mind and spirit, as well as a unification of similar groups; meaning not only outreach, but full on coordination with like minded groups, and further specialization of our own.


  3. Bryan Mychal says:

    I agree with the article to an extent. I feel that we are somewhat to blame for some of our trouble. Blacks have to band together in a manner similar to Latinos. We should be more incluned to help our brothers and sisters in areas if having the “I got mine” attitude. To many blacks become successful and look down on others for not having the same drive, or determination, or opportunities as they have had. We need to be I’m a habit of encouraging each other instead if being crabs in a barrel. If we rioted like the Rodney king type riots, we would only be destroying out own already impoverished and blighted neighborhoods. We must fight the onslaught of gentrification. We need to teach young people that it is okay to not wear a name brand. Teach them how to save…. Not only how, but why it is important and the meaning and value of maintaining credit!! We need to stop being caught up in having a job simply to have our own car and a payment… Stop being thirsty to kick out young folks so quickly when they have no skills to support themselves. Allow your child to work and live at home and go to school. There is nothing wrong with living modestly as a student and taking public transit and not balling. If your child has dreams of being an artist, find out how to support them, as opposed to telling them I star of acting like the world is going to end. Embrace the gays.. Whites for the most part have. We are not going anywhere. You would rather have a child killed by their parent or abused and beaten and living in poverty than raised by a same sex couple…. Yet if you go on Craigslist, you will see how many DL black men are online begging to have sex with another man! Open your eyes blacks! Stop letting the talented tenth till your head up with ideas.. Get creative and think for yourself. The black church… Lets not go there. I’m just saying, there are a few personal and social things we can do on a small scale first… And this is just my opinion..


  4. Paul Domanski says:

    The Zimmerman verdict was not “anti-black”. The system worked the way it was designed to. The defense argued that GZ shot TM in self-defense after being attacked. The prosecution needed to prove GZ “guilty beyond a reasonable doubt”. As we have only one witness to the first punch, and witnesses and all physical evidence back up GZ’s story, he CANNOT be convicted. It sucks that he may have instigated the physical altercation and then killed TM. But it’s better to let a guilty man walk free than jail an innocent.


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