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Petitioning Representative Bobby Rush and 8 others

Amend the Federal Trust Responsibility to Apply to Descendants of Slaves

Since slavery, the federal civil rights laws in the United States have not been successful in protecting the descendants of Africans living in America.  The descendants of Africans in the United States had their sovereign rights usurped by American colonists as evident in chattel slavery.  Thus, we, as Africans living in America, have never been recognized as a sovereign people who have lost their sovereign rights by way of the transatlantic slave trade. We have waited too long for equal protection and justice under the law; whereas other groups have greater protection and justice under the law than Africans living in the United States.  

Similarly, to the Native Americans, our land along with our people, resources, and our identity as a sovereign people has been usurped by American colonists. Like the Native Americans, land was promised to us as a recompense for slavery and as a major step to govern ourselves and our land as a sovereign people. However, the federal government afforded Native Americans the Marshall Trilogy which established sovereign status and protection for Native Americans; while procuring federal civil rights laws governing our American citizenship, but not our African sovereignty.

From 1823-1832, after a series of US Supreme Court cases called the Marshall Trilogy, a federal trust for sovereignty was created for the Native Americans that procured for them special essential services, status, and protection.  As such, based on similar grounds of the Marshall Trilogy, African descendants in America deserve similar and expanded legal protections and guarantees  -  for instance, a sovereign federal trust for the security and well-being of Black  people originating from Africa.  

 The legal precedent is set forth in Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, 30 U.S. 1 (1831). In that case,  the Native Americans were legally classified as "domestic dependent nations" and their geo-political relationship with the United States resembled that of a ward to his guardian according to 30 U.S. at 16-17. It is from this legal precedent and metaphor that the doctrine of federal trust responsibility to the Native Americans were federally established and secured.

The Supreme Court, in defining the trust responsibility for Native Americans has held that:

"[The federal government] has charged itself with moral obligations of the highest responsibility and trust. Its conduct, as disclosed in the acts of those who represent it in dealing with the Indians, should therefore be judged by the most exacting fiduciary standards, " as evident in Seminole Nation v. United States, 316 U.S. 286, 296-97 (1941).

We believe this language also applies to descendants of the American Slave now called "African Americans", "Black Americans" or "Blacks".

Currently, a federal trust for sovereign rights is the only vehicle that will give the African descendants in the United States a true path to independent power and supreme authority to govern our own people, community, state, and affairs. Federal civil rights legislation simply demonstrates that we are only American by name, and somewhat by citizenship where our status (rights and duties) as Americans are always being trumped as evident in the Trayvon Martin verdict and our sliding socio-economic and socio-political status.

The doleful data regarding our considerable rates of poverty, incarceration, ignorance, drug use, criminal activity, fractured families, poor health, inferior education, deplorable housing, homelessness, mental illness, unemployment, etc., have not been obstructed by the Emancipation Proclamation and federal civil rights legislation. 

Moreover, historically and presently, America has absolutely no regard for our humanity (feelings, wishes, traditions, and rights) as evident in chattel slavery, sharecropping, peonage system, Jim Crow, and post-racial America. Furthermore, this disregard is illustrated, but not limited to the Southern Lynchings, the Tulsa Race Riots - "Black Wall Street", RoseWood, New York City Draft Riots, Chicago Race Riots, Detroit Race Riots, Rodney King Race Riots, COINTELPRO, the Central Park Five, and the rape and abuse of Tawana Brawley and other Black children.   It is also amplified by the individual senseless murders of Emmit Till, Micheal Stewart, Amadou Diallo, Yusef Hawkins, Oscar Grant, Eleanor Bumpers, and now Trayvon Martin, who like the others, had absolutely no federal protection because sovereign rights are imperceptible to us, while civil rights are "democratically" manifested. Simply put, it is our belief and analysis that a federal responsibility trust based on establishing our sovereignty will remedy our sliding existence and subpar humanity in America.

Please sign the petition and ask your Congressional representative for a "Bill" to establish a "Federal Responsibility Trust" and "Sovereign Rights"  for African descendants in America.

For additional information on the "Federal Responsibility Trust" and "Africa Sovereign Rights," please read the following article: - http://www.blackstarnews.com/us-politics/justice/george-zimmerman-travesty-how-about-african-sovereignty-instead-of-constant.

Thank-you.

Petition prepared by Patrick Delices and Reginald Mabry

This petition was delivered to:
  • Representative
    Bobby Rush
  • Representative
    Hakeem Jeffries
  • Representative
    John Conyers


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