For Immediate Release: New Curriculum, We Charge Genocide Again, notes the importance of Operation Ghetto Storm findings for younger generations
Operation Ghetto Storm, a critical report released by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) in April, calls for awareness of acts of genocide, commitment to struggle, and mobilization of the people. Crucial to all three of those tasks, is political education. The We Charge Genocide Again curriculum is a series of lesson plans generated from the Operation Ghetto Storm report that encourages the critical thinking that are necessary to stimulate and guide action against the genocidal dynamics and practices illustrated in the extrajudicial killing reports produced by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.
“This is about our future. We have to educate our youth and prepare them for struggle”, says Tongo Eisen-Martin, author of We Charge Genocide of Again. “We designed this curriculum to be used by all who struggle, as struggle makes all of us educators”. “We have to make sure that this curriculum gets into every high school and college that serves Black and Latino people” says Tongo.
We Charge Genocide Again is part of an organizing toolkit produced by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement to accompany the Operation Ghetto Storm report. The other major tool in this toolkit is Let Your Motto Be Resistance a handbook on organizing for self-defense released in March. Together these tools form a comprehensive guide for community organizers throughout the United States to challenge extrajudicial killing and repressive police tactics like “stop and frisk” that lead to the mass incarceration of Black and other oppressed people.
“The United States government is intent on creating more and more laws and practices that target Black, oppressed, and impoverished communities. The aim is social control to maintain the status quo, and they will go to whatever extent necessary, including extrajudicial killings and acts of genocide, to achieve this aim”, says Kali Akuno, and organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. “We Charge Genocide Again is a counter, one of many that we have to produce and put in the hands of our youth to give them a fighting chance to live lives free of oppression”, says Kali.
We Charge Genocide Again is issued by the Every 28 Hours Campaign and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. The curriculum can be downloaded for free at www.mxgm.org.