by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
No Black organization in the history of the United States has put more energy into forming a Black political party with ballot access than United African Movement. This effort started by the United African Movement in 1990 with the United African Party and continuing in 1994 with the Freedom Party.
In 1998, New York was going after me as the lead defendant in Steve Pagones’ defamation lawsuit. The state attorney general’s office was Pagones’ co-counsel. Both Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Charles Barron have opposed Tawana Brawley since 1987. A female member of the House of the Lord Church was on the legal staff of New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams.
Similarly, neither Rev. Herbert Daughtry nor Charles Barron supported the “Central Park 6” initially. They were praying for Patricia Meili at Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan. To be sure, something had happened to Meili but it was a “hoax” as to these Black and Latino boys and I said so without a choir. Most Blacks questioned my integrity.
For a handful of reasons, I have never viewed Charles Barron as being the gubernatorial candidate of a political party funded only by Blacks. It never dawned on me to ask Charles Barron to run as a gubernatorial candidate on a third-party ticket. In 2010, I supported Michael Greys who later stepped aside in favor of Charles Barron.
When Charles Barron became the gubernatorial candidate, he immediately asked me to co-chair the Freedom Party with Viola Plummer. I declined. The chairperson of a political party must be elected. By appointing Viola Plummer and Jitu Weusi to co-chair the Freedom Party, he disenfranchised its supporters.
Despite my repeated requests for a sit-down, Charles Barron has refused to speak to me since I refused his request on November 3, 2010 to leave the New York Police Department alone in its role in miscounting the votes of the Freedom Party. There were 195,000 votes missing and the New York Board of Election has refused to open its files to any interested party.
The “D-12 and BUF factions” of the Freedom Party have called a political convention on Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 in Harlem. This is like putting the cart before the horse. The Freedom Party has no current constitution nor any by-laws as is required under state law and Charles Barron has erased the black panther as the party’s symbol and changed the its mission.
Before there is a political convention, there must be a constitutional convention. White supremacists held a secret, constitutional convention in 1787 in Philadelphia. It would be the next century before a political convention was held in Baltimore. The Freedom Party must not be a fly-by-night operation.
Everyone should attend a historic meeting on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at Elks Plaza, 1068 Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street) nr. Classon Ave. in Brooklyn. Take the “C” train to Franklin Ave. Two blocks to Elks Plaza. It is important to bring paper, pen, pad and clipboard. You must get it right.
Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471