SRDC Chapter formed in Jamaica, WI
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Six Region Diaspora Caucus
Ocho Rios, St Mary, Jamaica
Mr. Burchell James, Facilitator
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