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Pan African Business & Trade Seminar in Ethiopia

Pan African Business & Trade Seminar in Ethiopia

SRDC-Washington State in association with Africa-USA International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AF-USA) and MERITA Technology Solutions-Ethiopia to host a Pan African Business and Trade Seminar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 18, 2013.  PRESS RELEASE

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A NECESSARY LETTER TO PAN AFRICANISTS

A NECESSARY LETTER TO PAN AFRICANISTS

Correcting False Information: A Necessary Letter to Pan Africanists

Dear Pan African Activists of The Black List (and Members of the Pan African Community):

 When members of the World Afrikan Diaspora Union (WADU) first sent out the public letter titled Declaration Urging Support for AU Diaspora Representation, originally dated January 21, 2012, in which the Pan-African community was urged to support the nomination of several hand-picked Pan-Africanists as Representatives of the African Diaspora in the African Union, we initially chose not to respond to it. It was surely a concern to us, but we thought it would simply fade away, as have other such missives. Sadly, however, the piece found its way to The Black List this week, and we are now forced to make a definitive response.

In the spirit of operational unity, and with all due respect for the writers and distributors of that WADU letter, we will take the position that their intention was honorable in sending out that letter. However, regardless of the intent, the actual damage done by the massive misinformation in the letter, and the potential for even more damage to result from it, is a very strong motivator to engage this issue at a high level.

To begin with, the WADU letter states a falsehood and promotes it as truth. The ECOSOCC Statues of the African Union (anyone can search for that document using Google on the Internet) do not state in any Article, Section or Subsection that African Diaspora representatives can be appointed or recommended by petition. The Statues mention the African Diaspora at least 11 times in its 12-14 pages. On page 5, Article 5, number 3, the Statues state explicitly that African Diaspora representatives (numbering 20 in all) must be elected, and they must be elected by an approved process. The Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC) has been working alongside other Pan-African organizations toward that end.

The ECOSOCC Statues do allow for CIDO (the ECOSOCC Citizens Directorate, the AU agency directly responsible for the Diaspora’s coming into the AU) to appoint two ex-officio representatives from the African Diaspora — those two have been appointed since 2008, and are Khafra Kambon from Trinidad-Tobago and Marta Johnson from Costa Rica. Except for their actual work inside the AU, these two have nothing to do with electing the 20 designated African Diaspora representatives chosen to join the AU as voting members as is specified in the ECOSOCC Statutes.

The WADU letter lists a number of people who have collectively and individually done great things for the Pan African community. Each of them can easily qualify to be elected as an AU African Diaspora representative from a community that supports them. However, not one can be appointed as part of the 20 designated seats in ECOSOCC for the Diaspora. (The long list of Ph.Ds among the nominees in the letter also suggests that one has to have an advanced academic degree to be an AU African Diaspora representative, and that is patently untrue.)

On December 16, 2011, the African Union Ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Amina Salum Ali, speaking to the diverse gathering of African Diaspora groups she had invited to a Unity Symposium, said more than once from the podium that the African Diaspora representatives to the AU must be elected through an AU-approved process. In his last public speech, WADU President and Honored Ancestor Dudley Thompson (may he rest in peace and satisfaction for a job well done) spoke to Ambassador Ali’s gathering and answered several questions from the participants, and three other WADU representatives attended the Ambassador’s Unity Symposium, so it was not as if the organization was unaware of the facts.

This point makes it much harder to understand why the WADU letter of January 21, 2012 was distributed broadly when the writers certainly had accurate information to the contrary available to them.

The WADU letter spreads confusion and misinformation to hundreds, even thousands of people. The AU-African Diaspora process is already confusing enough to those who are interested in learning about it. This letter severely compounds that confusion and at a time when the African Diaspora needs to be clarifying its assets, strategies and readiness for the upcoming May 25, 2012 African Diaspora Summit in South Africa. The African Diaspora should not and cannot show up to that international Summit unorganized and ill-informed. The WADU letter has already had a chilling effect on several Pan African activists we have talked with who had been working diligently toward organizing portions of the Diaspora, and doubtless many more who have been stunned into silence and non-participation. The letter has also been read by several AU members — some of whom do not desire the African Diaspora as participants in AU proceedings. For those AU members who were already opposed to the Diaspora’s participation, the WADU letter gives them fresh ammunition to argue for the rescission of the AU’s invitation to the African Diaspora. Even for friends of the Diaspora inside the AU, the letter makes the Diaspora appear arrogantly uninformed and significantly unready for AU diplomatic engagement.

The letter, along with some previous missives from this same group (“… the Diaspora’s responsibility is to save Africa …”), revives a long-standing stereotype within African diplomatic circles that the African Diaspora, particularly its African American portion, simply cannot raise itself to the appropriate diplomatic level needed to participate in discussions to determine Africa’s future.

A few months ago, The Black List posted a PADU Ma’at article which elucidated a code of honorable Pan African conduct expected of leaders and participants in the ongoing 21st Century Pan African Movement. We strongly urge the writers and distributors of the WADU letter to re-visit that Black List posting, and to refrain from doing further damage to the integrity and reputation of the African Diaspora as its members try to move forward positively.

Forward Ever, Backward Never,

The National Secretariat
Office of Public Relations
Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus
E-mail: srdcpub@gmail.comorganizingsrdc@aol.com
February 2, 2012

 

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Nova Scotia Town Hall

Nova Scotia Town Hall

“Remember the Ant”: Town Hall Meeting Makes History

North Preston, Nova Scotia, Canada
In recognition of the United Nations declaring 2011, the “International Year for People of African Descent”, on August 22, 2011 at the North Preston Recreation and Community Centre, the African Nova Scotian Community made history by being the first in Canada to elect a council of Elders and unanimously voted to form a Nova Scotia Chapter of the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC).  “By being the first to form a Chapter of the SRDC in Canada and by extension, our province is the sole representative voice thus far to accept the African Union’s invitation to participate.”  Remarks Allen, the Nova Scotia SRDC Facilitator.  This particular town hall is the result of a series of “Remember the Ant” Town Halls that took place earlier. The first was held in Africville, during the annual Africville Reunion and festival, which each year honours the historic Black Community that was destroyed and displaced the residents through so-called “urban renewal” in the 1960’s.
The second Town Hall: “Remember the Ant” , was held during the annual Sydney Days of Action, Wednesday, August 3rd, at the Menelik Hall.  SRDC is a direct response to the African Union (AU) invitation to partipate collectively in the affairs of the AU.  The AU is an organization that links together 55 of 56 countries on the African continent and is intended to create a common voice for African people in international affairs. Until recently, representation in the African Union was limited to African people living on the continent. The estimated 350 million Africa-descended people living in the worldwide Diaspora were excluded. But the African Union now wants to reach further. In addition to the five regions of the continent, the Union aims to create a “sixth region”: the worldwide Diaspora. 
For Horne (the International Facilitator for SRDC) the creation of the sixth region is an acknowledgement of the affinities and commonalities that have endured among African people, wherever they happen to live in the present. “You aren’t an African because you were born in Africa,” he tells the town hall audience. “You’re African because Africa was born in you.” The sixth region initiative, is offering the Diaspora an official role in the African Union and promises to create a venue large and inclusive enough for African people to come together and plot a better, collective future.  At this point, the sixth region is only an invitation. It remains to be accepted, Horne explains, “And that means, organizing ourselves to present ourselves and represent ourselves.” Canada is one of many countries with a significant African Diaspora, and the sixth region initiative calls for African Canadians to decide if they want to be included.
Allen hopes that the African Nova Scotian community will play a leading role amid the Canadian-based Diaspora. Recognizing Nova Scotia as the one of the first homes of African People in the country now called Canada, and the African  residents of the province as the “elders” of the overall African Canadian population.

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What is SRDC? Who is SRDC?

What is SRDC? Who is SRDC?

Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus wishes to thank all participants, speakers, organizations, naysayers and passersby for attending and eagerly taking part in the Jan. 30, 2010 Town Hall/Forum recently at White Rock Baptist Church, Harlem NY.

The following is the full text delivered by Sis. Iman Uqdah Hameen as the Welcoming Statement.

“ Many of you ask- What is SRDC? Who is SRDC? SRDC, SIXTH REGION DIASPORA CAUCUS (Coalition) is a Pan African organization consisting of members from six (6) states in the United States and that list is growing. We are a four (4) tiered organization. We have a national Secretariat and a Community Council of Elders in each of the six states. We have members and chapters  in Europe, Canada, and Central America.  We hold forums, Town Halls and  Elections for Representatives and an Annual Conference. We are people who are seriously committed to a UNITED States of Africa and a liberated Africa that we will have an INTEGRAL , DECISION-MAKING part in.  We honor our Ancestors and our Elders.

You have seen many of us in the community. We are supporters, members and sponsors of many veteran organizations, your organizations. You may have seen us at Rev. Sharpton’s NATL Action Network, African Nationalist Pioneer Movement, NAACP, Nation of Islam, All African People’s Revolutionary Party, or The Black Panther Party – Old and NEW, and even the National Black Theatre, BAM, Jazzmobile, Liberty Lounge and Brooklyn’s International Arts Festival and at lectures at UAM, First World, CEMOTAP, Dec. 12, African Poetry Theatre, or other places, not only in NY but across the country. We are Muslim, Christian, Akan, Fulani, Ewe, Ibo, Spiritualists, etc. We are Elders, Mothers, Fathers, Queen Mothers and Chiefs, professionals, students, social workers, professors, artists, architects, advisors, scientists, scholars, entrepreneurs, educators, consultants and laborers. We have protested with you, marched, attended lectures, forums, conferences, festivals, bus rides, parades, cruises and made trips to the Motherland. We have also been jailed! We’ve reached in our pockets, drained our bank accounts, retirement accounts and savings and donated to all of these causes without asking for receipts or a paycheck or your resumes.

We’ve added our voices to discussions and outrage, feeling the same barbs, jabs, stabs, gunshots, vicious attacks and deaths. We have cried the same tears as you, crying for Biafra, Malcolm X and Martin, Darfur, Sudan, the Congo, Elinor Bumpers, Rodney King, Thomas Sankara, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, his son Imam Warith Deen Muhammad, Michael Jackson, Michael Griffith, James Hill, Nicholas “Ashanti” Bartlett, Elder Adunni Tabasi, Dr. Clarke, the Panthers, Mumia, Rwanda, South Africa, Angola, Grenada, New Orleans, Katrina and now Ayiti (Haiti).

And we cry for our, Mother Africa and all Mothers, and we cry and grieve deeply for our children, yours and mine. We cry with you because we are a part of the community. We are you.

Through it all we have rolled up our sleeves, through it all we have worked in our communities for years, many for our entire lifetimes, some in the forefront, some behind the scenes but the bottom line is we have worked.

So today we come again, seriously committed and ready to work along with you. And again, you see our faces among you.  We love you and we welcome you.  Roll up your sleeves!”

Sister Iman Uqdah Hameen is Co-Facilitator, SRDC New York Chapter.

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Summer Youth Education-Seattle, WA

Summer Youth Education-Seattle, WA

SRDC – Washington State & Nu Black Arts West Theatre

SUMMER YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAM

Class Schedule

Orientation: Monday June 27, 2011, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m

Fridays:

(Life Sciences)
July 15th, 22nd, 29th August 5th and 12th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Saturday Classes:
(Economics, History, Literary Arts, Math)

July 9th , 16th , 23rd , 30th August 6th , and 13th
9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Location
:
Hiawatha Arts Space (Community room)
843 Hiawatha Place,  South
Seattle WA 98144

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ECONOMICS: Mr. T-West, Instructor

Objective:

Economic Awareness – Collective Self Interest

To provide a basic understanding of how the economic system locally and internationally works.  To learn how to bring economic benefit to themselves and others.  To learn and follow what is called the first law of nature, self preservation while building good relationship with others.  To bring all of this into the context of true Pan Africanism.

High Level Outline

·         Agricultural and the first law of nature

·         Mathematics and its importance

·         Strategic Resources

·         Importance of strategic skills

Some of the above will include special guests.

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LIFE SCIENCES: Mrs. Deborah Vanderhorst, Instructor

This 5 week course will be a hands on introduction through experimentation to Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
Students will receive basic knowledge of Electricity,Molecular Structures, Photosynthesis,Toxins/common diseases, Our planet and the Universe we live in. All supplies will be provided by instructor. Requirements: Regular and Punctual attendance.

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HISTORY: Nana Kibibi Moni
é, Instructor

This six week history course is created to enhance the learning experience of World History for 5th – 8th grade students.  By coupling drama and history you’ll enjoy the hands on methods of re-enactments of ancient and modern day history.

•  Washington State History
•  United States History
•  World History
•  Important historical dates and times
•  Impact on significant periods of our history
•  What’s in store for us historically (without change)?
•  How will knowing our pass prepare us for the future?

Nana Kibibi Monie, is a native of Seattle and the Executive Director of Nu Black Arts West Theatre, the oldest African American Theater Company in the Pacific Northwest.  Ms Monié is the first African American to be President of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (A.F.T.R.A.) Seattle local. She is an accomplished writer, actor, singer and director.  A graduate of Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington with a BA in Communications, holds a Masters from the Seattle University in the Executive Director Masters Program and holds a diploma in cinematography from The New York Film Academy.  She’s written several one-act plays and her dynamic range of acting and singing has made her one of the most powerful talents to emerge from the West Coast.  Ms. Monié has been blessed with a captivating talent in storytelling and is legendary for capturing her audiences with grace and style.  Kibibi is the only woman that has had the privilege and honor of directing the double Pulitzer prize winner August Wilson in a reading of his play “The Homecoming” performed at Seattle’s A Contemporary Theatre as a fund raiser for Nu Black Arts West Theatre in 1997.  She is also the only woman to be given permission by Mr. Wilson to portray “Hambone, a lead character in his award winning play”Two Trains Running’.  Kibibi is a Nana for the Cape Coast people in Ghana West Africa and has for several years been in partnership with The National Theatre of Ghana and the Twedaase Primary School in Tema, Ghana.    She’s developed a Cultural Heritage Program for the children of Ghana along with children here in the US.
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LITERARY ARTS: Jamal Farr, Instructor

Objective: Poetry, music, thought, and emotions are the heartbeat of life. In this course there will be a safe and open space to build on these and other ideas. It will be 6 weeks of learning different styles of writing, poetry and discussing creativity ideas to present your thoughts. Using stories, fictional and non-fictional, of African history as the base to which this course will happen!!

Jamal “JACE” Farr is a veteran of the Northwest hip hop scene. He has established himself as an artist, half of the Legendary tandem, The Silent Lambs Project.  Now, has joined forces with Felicia Loud and Silent Lambs Project to create the soulful, conscious, inspiring and talented collective, Black Stax As an organizer, is the founder and voice of the Northwest hip hop festival, Dope Emporium. As well as an activist, works with youth in the inner city establishing programs and empowering them to use art as a creative expression.

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MATH: Curriculum & Instructor To Be Announced

Additional information about the Math course TBA

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Contact information:

• Nana Kibibi Monié, Executive and Artistic Director of the Nu Black Arts West Theatre
SRDC-WA Youth Leadership & Young Adults Committee
206-329-3328

•Mr Jamal “Jace” Farr, Producer and MC of Black Stax Music
Chairman of SRDC-WA Youth Leadership & Young Adults Committee
206-229-5825

•Ms. Linda Battles, SRDC Elder, SRDC-WA: Education Committee
206-323-0184

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SRDC Chapter in Jamaica

SRDC Chapter in Jamaica

SRDC Chapter formed in Jamaica, WI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Six Region Diaspora Caucus
Ocho Rios, St Mary, Jamaica

Mr. Burchell James, Facilitator
srdcjamaica@gmail.com

The SRDC now has a chapter in Jamaica WI

As a part of the initial organizing team for the Jamaica SRDC Diaspora and International Trade Conference, and on behalf of the newly appointed SRDC Jamaica facilitator, Mr Burchell James, it gives me great pleasure to announce the formation of the SRDC International Jamaica Chapter.

The Six Region Diaspora Caucus, SRDC, a Pan African organization that is in the process of galvanizing people of African descent in the Diaspora, with the goal of having a representative group at the Africa Union, saw it fitting to have an event in Jamaica to bring awareness and to provide an opportunity for the island nation to participate in this historic process. Jamaica has affected the world with its Pan African efforts for decades, and  with the recent  United Nations General Assembly vote to approve 2011 as the International Year for the People of African Descent (including the African Diaspora), the timing was excellent to stage such an event.

The Conference which was held April 27th in Kingston, and April 29th in Ocho Rios – focused on introducing the SRDC to Jamaica; reminding the Jamaican community of the invitation from the Africa Union to the African Diaspora to participate in the AU; and to discuss and orchestrate international trade between the Diaspora and African countries.

The conference had informative presentations by – Dr. Ruth Love, SRDC International Facilitator; Mr. Al Washington, of the Africa-USA International Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Mrs. Folashade Farr, along with Sis. Deborah Wright, and Sis. Kibibi Monie, all three of the individuals representing the SRDC Team; with guest speakers – Herpw Bikbaye Inejnema from The Earth Center; Steven Golding, President of the UNIA-ACL Jamaica Chapter;  Mr. Ferdinand Nwonye of the Nigeria High Commission to Jamaica; and greetings from the Hon. RO Walters, Custos Rotolorum of St Ann.  – which led to the attendees been anxious and ready to create their own chapter.

The nominations were taken, and the community voted for their Community Council of Elders (CCOE) – forming the SRDC International Jamaica Chapter.

The SRDC Jamaica CCOE:

Mr. Rudolph Williams
Ms. Enid Courtney

Mr. Eustace Bloomfield
Mr. Norris Williams
Ms. Angela Aaron

Now begins the task of continuing the community outreach with informational meetings, participating in community events that are in line with the SRDC mandate, increasing our membership and eventually electing our Observer and two Representatives.

Jamaica, the birth place of the Hon. Marcus Garvey and Bob Marley, to mention a few of our Pan African leaders of the past – has now joined this coalition of Diasporan activists, working directly to further the dream of our ancestors. We are looking forward to participating at all levels to contribute to the goal of making African Unity a reality.  For additional information please visit www.srdcinternational.org

Abena Grace James, SRDC Facilitator

To view photos from the Jamaica events visit the gallery.

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All African/African Liberation Day in Seattle

All African/African Liberation Day in Seattle

ALL AFRICAN/AFRICAN LIBERATION DAY
IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

SRDC Washington State in collaboration with the Pacific
Northwest Diaspora Community, celebrated African Liberation Day
on Saturday, May 28, 2011.

All African/African Liberation Day Celebration Report
by Kamau Ron Taplin
Representative, Washington State Chapter
June, 2011

In Seattle, Washington, on a picturesque Saturday morning (May 28th), people of African descent began gathering at a local pre-K/elementary/middle school to participate in what was billed as the All African/African Liberation Day celebration. This event was hosted by the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus of Washington State (SRDC-WA) and the Pacific Northwest African Diaspora Community.

The event commemorated the successful movement for independence from European colonial rule which occurred on the African continent during the 1950’s and 60’s. Wikipedia provides us with this brief summary of the colonial period: “During the Scramble for Africa in the late nineteenth century, European powers divided Africa and its resources into political partitions at the Berlin Conference of 1884-85. By 1905, African soil was almost completely controlled by European governments, with the only exceptions being Liberia (which had been settled by African-American former slaves) and Ethiopia (which had successfully resisted colonization by Italy). Britain and France had the largest holdings, but Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, and Portugal also had colonies. As a result of colonialism and imperialism, Africa suffered long term effects, such as the loss of important natural resources like gold and rubber, economic devastation, cultural confusion, geopolitical division, and political subjugation. Europeans often justified this using the concept of the White Man’s Burden, an obligation to “civilize” the peoples of Africa.”

The All African/African Liberation Day event was indeed a celebration and recognition of the many giants of the African soil who led the way out of darkness imposed by the European. Forever to be remembered are such names as Kenyatta (Kenya), Nkrumah (Gold Coast, now Ghana); Senghor (Senegal); and Houphouët-Boigny (Côte d’Ivoire), Patrice Lumumba (Zaire/Congo), Winnie and Nelson Mandela (Azania/South Africa) and the many lesser known African leaders who risked liberty and sometimes ultimately their lives to live as free, self-determining human beings in the age of European imperialism. In 2011 we now know that the freedom sought was never freely given. It was hard won on the blood of millions of African men, women and children. We also now know that freedom and independence carry an enormous responsibility to vision the future while living in present day reality, to lead where the path is seldom clear and to govern by African principles which have stood the test of time for thousands of years.

The schedule of events that day brought together the African Diaspora Community as one family to celebrate freedom in Africa by way of the Arts, Science & Technology, Literature, History, Crafts and Tradition. The program opened with Drum Talk by local drummers, M’Shenga A Babu (Ancestral Messengers), which was then followed by the Pouring of Libation. This was followed by a ‘Parade of the Flags of Africa’ by community youth representing the Six Regions  of the African Union (North, South, East, West, Central and The Diaspora).  Back and forth through the day, we heard from Griot Elders and “New Jack” Wordsmiths representing the Hip-Hop and Spoken Word communities. The theme for the day was “Self-Reliance.” There were presentations on economic self-sufficiency and health and wellness. The highlight for the day was a special guest presentation by Yao

Khepra Felix Wilson, SRDC Facilitator for the State of New York. Brother Khepra presented an original conception entitled “Crisis Preparedness of the African Diaspora is 21st Century Pan Africanism.” In his presentation, Brother Khepra introduced the P.A.S.S. System (Prepare Autonomous Sustainable Solutions). He challenged all African people to Prepare for the collective survival of OUR people, by creating an Autonomous infrastructure that will remain Sustainable indefinitely, and ensure that future generations are empowered so that they can develop appropriate Solutions of both predictable and unpredictable crises. As a witness, I can only assure you that the Brother created serious buzz in the room. Over a week later, and people are still talking about the presentation and event.

The success of this 1st Annual Event is credited to the State Facilitator for Washington, FolashadeFarr, the State Representatives, Aline Diakite and Kamau Ron Taplin, the Council of Elders led by Cal Spates, other SRDC-WA team members (Jamal, Sonya, Kibibi, Linda, Afua, Vicki, T West) and numerous Community volunteers working within the committee structure of SRDC. A special “Thanks” is due to Anita Mwamba for her efforts in securing a fabulous site for this event. Last, but certainly not least, we give “Thanks” to Keisha Scarlett, the Principal of the Southshore School, which was the site of the event.

As principal Keisha Scarlett has great vision for the children she serves and we cannot say thank you enough for her embrace of the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus. She announced at the Event’s closing that she would like to become a community partner with SRDC!

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Message from the SRDC Washington State Facilitator

Greetings:

On behalf of the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC) of Washington State, we extend greetings and gratitude for your participation in this “All African/African Liberation Day Celebration”.  Our purpose is to highlight the many contributions people of African descent have made to the Pacific Northwest and the world. This year’s theme of “Self-Reliance” showcases the determination, ingenuity and perseverance with which the African Descendant Community has successfully demonstrated its ability to overcome tremendous obstacles and challenges time and time again.

Historically, again and again, physical domination was traded for psychological and economic dependence; and it is against this very dependence that the need for the African Diaspora to come together in the spirit of cooperation and community highlights this celebration. The United Nations’ resolution that marks year 2011 as the “International Year for People of African Descent” has helped focus attention on the many social and institutionalized systems of injustices and disparities to which African Descendants around the globe have been subjected. Today, we bear witness to the need for the world to address these problems and make an honest effort to involve Africa and its people toward a more just world society.

The African Union (AU) has invited descendants of Africa living throughout the Diaspora to organize among themselves as individual states, regions or countries as Diaspora delegates for future involvement in the work of the African Union. Complementing the African Union’s existing five regions (North, South, East, West, and Central) of the continent, the Diaspora represents Region Six.  The collective intellectual and economic capital of the Sixth Region strengthens the AU voice on critical global issues affecting the continent. The SRDC represents one of the many voices today, a sort of echo from the past, exhorting the African Diaspora to “Do for Self” and “Be the Change You Wish to See in the African World.”  Join us in creating this preferred future.

Corinne Folashade Farr, State of Washington SRDC Facilitator

Cal Spates – State of Washington, SRDC Community Council of Elders, Chair
Aline Diakite – SRDC State of Washington Representative
Kamau Ron Taplin – SRDC State of Washington Representative



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Town Hall UPDATES

Town Hall UPDATES

Town Hall Meeting Updates…

Town Hall Meeting UPDATED LIST

Updated as of March 30, 2011 – Year 2010 marked the beginning of the ‘Decade of the African Diaspora.’ The Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC) has committed itself for Year 2011 to accelerating its grassroots organizing efforts. The methodology of hosting town halls and caucus-elections  has been quite successful.

During the course of this year we will host in the United States town halls in Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia,  and Washington D.C.

Outside of the United States,  SRDC has upcoming town halls scheduled for:

Africa: Nigeria, Guinea Conakry, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania
Caribbean: Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad
Canada: Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia

~Submitted by Folashade, SRDC-WA


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The Tennessee Chapter of the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus held a Town Hall Meeting and the chapter was implemented on November 13, 2010 under the leadership of Ms. Gloria B. Conley, newly elected Facilitator for the State of Tennessee. Dr. David Horne, Dr. Ruth Love and Mrs. Folashade Farr were the guest speakers and also assisted Ms. Gloria Conley with this event.

There were 22+ attendees of the Tennessee Community Town Hall meeting. The community attendees ranged from a retired grandmother to a community activist pastor. There were three elected Community Council of Elders, Mrs. Willa Doss, Evangelist Phyllis Smith and Mr. William Young. In the midst of the election the community counselors of elder’s election decided to nominate a Youth Community Council of Elders. According to Dr. Horne and Dr. Love and Mrs. Farr stated, “that this was the first of such a creation/nomination of a Youth Community Council of Elders ever during the election process”.

Tennessee Community Council of Elders is excited about the New Year of 2011, following the mission of the SRDC. Implementing new ideas and goals are definitely apart of bringing forth the ideas, task and programs to help make Tennessee a successful chapter.

~Report by Ms. Gloria B. Conley, Tennessee Chapter Facilitator

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Economic Roundtable

Economic Roundtable

ECONOMIC ROUNDTABLE ACTION PLAN

Report by Kamau Ron Taplin
Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC)
State of Washington Representative

On a drizzly Saturday morning on March 26, 2011 on the campus of Seattle University, members of the Greater Seattle area began trickling in to an event billed as an Economic Roundtable Action Plan. This was a first time event in the Greater Northwest with a focus on International Trade with Africa. The goal of the event was to increase awareness among the participants of recent Federal legislation which has opened the American economy to several thousand products from the African continent which can now be imported “duty free.”  The conference further enlightened participants on the importance of organizing to do business on the continent and the many opportunities which may emanate from such endeavors.  Some notable voices gave impressive presentations and answered numerous questions.

SRDC is a Pan-African organization with a chapter’s in various locations nationally and internationally.  The Seattle Chapter which hosted the national SRDC Conference in 2009, also hosted this event.  SRDC’s  International Facilitator, Dr. David Horne (Los Angeles) was present at the Roundtable event and gave the opening address which focused on the history of the SRDC, its current work and the vision for its future.

Also in attendance was Mr. Al Washington (Los Angeles), Executive Director of the Africa-USA International Chamber of Commerce & Industry.  Mr. Washington spoke on the need for Diasporan Africans to organize for engagement with the continent around business and economics first.  In October of 2010 in Los Angeles, Al Washington organized the “First Annual Pan African Global Trade Conference: Unifying Africa and the African Diaspora Through International Trade and Commerce.”

Another key presenter was Mr. Peter Gishuru, President & CEO of the African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest.  Mr. Gishuru provided insight into the Federal legislation which brought into being the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  Additionally, he provided background to the origin of the African Chamber of Commerce in the Pacific Northwest.

The Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus of Washington State (SRDC) co-sponsored this event with the Global African Studies Program (GASP) of Seattle University.  The Director of the program, Dr. Femi Taiwo opened the event with greetings on behalf of Seattle University and the Global African Studies Program.  Feedback from numerous participants was very positive and future Economic Roundtables are now in planning at the international level for Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.

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Elder Adunni Oshupa Tabasi

Elder Adunni Oshupa Tabasi

REMEMBERING:

Our Beloved Elder Adunni Oshupa Tabasi NuNu Afua Frie-Frie II


Elder Adunni was the Ghana-Nkwanta Projects’ driving force, motor, engine and all those that were close to her and worked with her know that Elder was always about US – Afrikan people doing the work that we need to do to create our future. A future in establishing self-sufficient communities. She knew deeply the predicament that our people are in and the depth of our psychological enslavement.  Her efforts were full of energy, action and force. She believed deeply that we must go home to Mother Afrika or at least be a part of Afrika’s development and be a Pan-Afrikan people in building and not just in what she would call “hot air talking”.

 

Communicating with her was all about planning, vision and consistent work to reach goals and objectives.  All of those that were fortunate to talk with her on a regular basis also know how deeply her commitment to her people is/was. She knew very well that most of us are asleep. Elder was never asleep at the wheel. I know it must have been difficult for her guiding us in our sluggishness. She had the energy of a lioness and was always ready and always planning. She taught many of us, how to just love the work that needed to be done – and to stay focused, stay focused.

 

Elder was very adamant in purpose and the freeing of our minds was her life goal and purpose. She knew quite well that we must see ourselves as Afrikans therefore we become connected to who we are and where we are from, and that we should not settle for being Blacks, Afrikan Americans, etc.  She believed that when we use these terms we are in fact disconnecting ourselves from our history.  Why settle for the daily degradations and disconnect ourselves from the fact that we were and are an enslaved people. She did not like for us to use the term ‘slaves’ that was seen as blasphemy to her and totally incorrect and destructive towards a view of self. We were ENSLAVED and still Enslaved and held Captive.  She did not just say ‘Free the Land’ she knew that we must repatriate and free ourselves from this place of bondage.

 

Our Elder was also a creative genius in African attire and the lost art of clothing using draping techniques. She saw clothing ourselves as a liberating tool that we must use. Recently, I attended a couple of her workshops for the Afrikan Burial Ground’s Kwanza and she discussed the history of fashion, showing and teaching the women where the roots of fashion come from – from us Afrikans. Sophisticated dressing in draping and gowns came from us. She took two pieces of fabric and showed how two pieces of cloth could be arranged and rearranged into eight different ways to make a dress, tops, pants and skirts. It was a creative an awaking moment for us – releasing our creative potential and our history in creative dress. She said “this is what you do” when you do not have a sewing machine. Also, that it is enfranchising in being able to create your own clothes.

 

Elder was long on philosophy and understanding, but it all had a point, a direction directing us to take up the challenge for our liberation. She would instill in us that we are not to be tied to being Americans. She detested the restraints that this society places on us. The challenge is that we must extend our identity and to not settle for being this thing this product of America enslavement. We were not made in America and that we must dismiss this limited view of ourselves. These mental traps of enslavement, these disconnects to our reality. She use to say “Stop trying to make a better Jail”. Some times it was live having conscious Mama who had her switch out on you, always pointing out our confusion and our lack of trusts and our enslavement. Her goal was for us to pick up the mantel, the switch, whatever you got and make the moves to live your commitments daily. She brought us together, made us close, and would say “we got to be as so close that water cannot get through in our vision, efforts and beliefs. She preached that we have to understand our psychological enslave here and on the continent, and how it retards our ability to act and do what we got to do.

 

She was always giving us leads to probe, to dig, to dig to dig and then you know. It is about the education that we give ourselves a life of scholarship, action and involvement in which Elder Adunni practiced fully in Afrikan art, fashion, cuisine, history and her crowning joy of activism in regards to the Land Issue and developing the Land Gift in Ghana.  She would say pick up the mantel of knowledge – we cannot have a movement of thought if we think it can only come from getting Ph.D. and credentials from this system that oppresses us. Another one of her favorite sayings was “we are out of our minds”.  She knew that certain thought processes that we have got to change in order for us to be fully productive in our activities of activating change and shaping our lives. She would say learn to think, read, continue to find the truth, depth, your greatness, and build Afrika in the spirit of  Pan Afrikanism.

 

Many of us are so fortunate to have had a mother in struggle. It was a privilege to walk beside her and to sometimes just listen and be of service. To talk with her and to work with her was a bonding experience. Sometimes to just sit next to her and hear her wisdom planted so deep from experience, as she would drop pearls, gold and diamonds of though and knowledge.

 

Elder would say “See What I See”! She would say “Stop being slaves to someone else’s ideals of so-called Democracy, a mental trick bag enslaving us and making us slaves to others. Her mission was and is to train us to think and act. We were not slaves but enslaved.

Elder Adunni had a view!

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They Come Amongst Us

They come amongst us,
they are unrelenting
they are on fire.

They are intense with the truth,
they know the immediacy of our predicament.

They may seem brash,
but they are bold,
and bolder with the truth,
We are new age slaves,
who were once and still are,
Captive African Survivor Refugees,
thinking that we can find comfort in material enslavement.

Slaves of consumption, that were once the currency,
the objects of ruthless inhuman materialism,
selfishness, and ugliness,
and now consuming our own demise…
Trapped and captive and even trapping each other…
We would not know a Harriet Tubman,
if we saw her today,
nor would we know a Malcolm X,
or understand the messages beneath the bold face ….

A Harriet Tubman or a Malcolm X would seem strange or odd,
by not being complacent, not conforming, or consumed by an Ipod,
Not waiting for the next gadget or pacifier of lies …
Complacency does not understand “a driving force,”
Many are afraid of it .. not wanting to wake up,
wanting to be drugged by things instead …
Some come between us and amongst us …
Possessed with the truth.

On a mission to wake us up,
and to give our enemy hell.

Knowing fully well that we are on a battle gr0und.
Those bold spirits so fortunate to have never accepted
or wallowed in enslavement.

ELDER ADUNNI OSHUPA TABASI WAS ONE OF THEM…

I must humble myself with humility,
and honor to have known a powerful force,
as her spirit moves on,
Elder Adunni Oshupa Tabasi ….

~Adjoa Linda Fletcher

 

 
 
 
 

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