On April 2, 2022, New Black Nationalists launched a 14-month project to release a Draft Program for a new Majority Black-Led Nation-State on the Juneteenth 2023 national holiday observance.
We are pleased to announce this Draft Program is dedicated to Assata Shakur whose revolutionary commitment to the liberation of the Black Commons remains an enduring inspiration.
The release of the Vesey Republic's Draft Program mark's the second release of a draft program for an independent Black nation-state on the soil of American Empire. The New Black Nationalist Network walks in the footprint of the Republic of New Afrika (RNA) as a territorial Black nation-state strand, The Provisional Government of the RNA first released its program and Code of Umoja Constitution in 1969.
The draft program will consist of three components: 1) a theory of governance for a future Black majority led republics and polities, 2) a proposed governance structure that is adaptable to Black led nation-states, independent city-states, and autonomous regions, and 3) an outline of critical policies to guide the formation of its polities.
Creating a draft program for the establishment Black-majority-led polities is a task that must be completed if nation-state Black Nationalists are to be taken seriously. Ultimately, Black Nationalists will have to answer the question: 'What do we get in a new Black republic?' It's a question we should welcome the opportunity to answer.
Black Nationalists must proffer answers that make sense and are realistic. Our republic's design needs to clearly demonstrate real personal, family, and community benefits for the majority of the Black Commons. The program for a majority Black-led republic must be imbued with high ethical standards and a sense of national purpose and destiny.
The urgency driving the New Black Nationalist Network's call develop a draft program for a future Black nation-state is underscored by the accelerating pace of events that portend acute future crises. Had the brazen January 6, 2021, Capital Coup succeeded in installing Trump as dictator of an American Apartheid regime, the Black Commons and Black Nationalists would have been confronted with a precarious moment if not an existential predicament.
The failed January 6, Capitol Coup, emboldened Trump's regime change forces to prepare for another attempt to seize state power. Since New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg indicted him on 34 felony counts, Trump, FOX NEWS, GOP House Speaker McCarthy and Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan have all asserted Bragg's prosecutorial abuse of power is an attempt to interfere with the 2024 elections. We are witnessing the reincarnation of the 2020 Stop the Steal campaign as the pretext for another attempt for Trump and Republicans to take power by extra-constitutional means.
Thus, it behooves, Black Nationalists and our allies to reposition our movement to convert the impending governmental collapse into establishing the first Black nation-state. Our challenge is not fighting to survive, or preserving American democracy, or being mercenary foot soldiers of the Democrats Party. Our fight is to win real liberation, which can only mean capturing the power to determine our own destiny.
How we win and what comes afterwards to establish autonomous majority Black-led polities is not a discussion for the future but for the present. No one can save the Black Commons from the social chaos and violence coming to America's settler state in the weeks and months ahead. We must rely on our own genius and industry to win liberation and create a homeland worthy of our sacrifices.
As both vision holders and defenders of the Black Commons, Black Nationalists have an indispensable role to play in the revolutionary battles that lie ahead. To provide the intellectual and analytical weapons to match the gravity of the moment, New Black Nationalists first goal was developing a Statement of Principles [SOP] in January 2020. The Statement of Principles was designed to provide the foundation for a sense of national purpose and identity.
Because our trans-continental journey, culture, language, and history has vibrated to a distinct cosmos, New Black Nationalists developed the outlines of a philosophical system that reflects our experience and situates us as social actors with agency and brio within the Global Commons. We have a special role to play in supporting oppressed people across the planet and building new societies that eclipse the dying European-based world order.
After a one-year critical reading of Frantz Fanon's corpus of works, New Black Nationalists adopted The Fanon Arguments as a dynamic philosophical matrix to probe the frontiers of new possibilities and confront emerging global apocalypses.
Lest we forget, Hurricane Katrina and the COVID-19 outbreak visited untold and unexpected death on the Black Commons in disproportionate numbers. Nuclear wars, planetary climate change, pandemics and depleting resources can no longer be treated as "white issues" or peripheral issues "other people" will take care of. The Black Commons must think anew. Others may be able to afford a failure of imagination: we cannot.
Finally, in preparation for the days of tumult and existential crisis ahead that are battering down the doors of American Empire, New Black Nationalists have fashioned a dynamic Crisis Theory. The quickening pulse of events and the acceleration of American Empire's impending governmental collapse is creating unexpected opportunities to win and secure the creation of a new majority Black nation--The Vesey Republic.
With the completion of the Draft Program for A Majority Black-Led Nation-State in 2023, the Black Commons and the Black Nationalist movement will possess a roadmap to accomplish something the world has never seen: the establishment of the first modern non-heteropatriarchal nation-state.
The Draft Program belongs to everyone in the Black Commons and its allies. Your contributions to the discussion, debate, arguments, and spirit of compromise will produce the strongest program to unify around. The NBN Draft Program will embody our vision of who we are, what we aspire to be, where we want to travel, and the destination of our journey.
The Black Commons are deserving of the most visionary, energetic, and serviceable program to build a new majority Black-led republic and non-heteropatriarchal nation-state. Which one of us can honestly say, that's something we haven't dreamed about? Now is the time to do the work.