Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus • State of Washington Chapter
Mission, Goals & Implementation Strategies
Updated: March 2011
In the Pacific Northwest, SRDC Washington will be viewed as one of the primary national clearinghouse models for Pan-African engagement regarding economic development/trade activities, education and cultural connections.
We value collaboration and shared decision making; and honor creativity and innovation. We consider it our duty to transfer knowledge generationally that will allow our constituents to live free, be healthy, look good and feel good about themselves and the communities they represent. We acknowledge our responsibility to those who have come before us and who have sacrificed on our behalf, and we embrace the belief that we can be the change we wish to see in the African world.
SRDC (WA) is a community-centered advocate organization, committed to building Region Six of the Diaspora towards the establishment of the United States of Africa. We are a Pan-African organization promoting teaching and learning excellence regarding the history (political, social, cultural and economic) of the indigenous peoples of Africa and their descendents throughout the Diaspora. We operate via Ten Consensus African Principals:
1. That mutual respect for colleagues and fellow workers and reverence and respect for African traditions and heritage will guide our deliberations and work;
2. That the talent, skills, intelligence and creativity needed to increase African capacity and achieve Pan African unification is not and will not be determined by political affiliation/ideology, gender, religion, language or class;
3. That African/Diaspora cultural vehicles are the primary bridge builders for achieving Pan African unification and must be encouraged, respected and supported;
4. That African peoples can be unified without uniformity and PADU is committed to accomplishing that goal;
5. That Diasporans should work consistently and relentlessly to join an fully participate in the African Union as voting members, bringing all available resources, experience, diplomacy and skills to that effort;
6. That there should be a unified Diaspora Pan African agenda to take into the African Union, and that reparations and repatriation (as a dual citizen option) continue as very significant issues within that agenda;
7. That economic projects that provide, in both Africa and in the Diaspora, real sustainable development and alleviation of poverty be supported consistently;
8. That the Diaspora has much to offer the African Union, and the African Union has much to offer the Diaspora;
9. That consistent Pan African education about the African Union and beyond should be continued by African people, for African people, in African communities; and
10. That the development of democratic institutions for implementing the principles and goals for PADU will occur.
Finally, we actively promote the engagement of indigenous and Diasporan African people in the Washington State community towards an understanding of the power of collective action regarding our economic, social and political position in the American society. To this end we strive to achieve the following:
Community Outreach Presentations: Introducing the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus, its mission vision and purpose (PowerPoint). Utilizing town halls as community forums to disseminate African Diaspora information.
Community Forums (Monthly): Establish community forums which focus on awareness and analysis of global events as they relate to Africa and the Diaspora. Theses forums will also serve as bridges for awareness and cooperation between the indigenous and Diasporan African people. Suggested themes are:
● Media Images
● Collective Economics
● Education (Best Success Practices)
● Business Development
● Financial Awareness
Community Coalition Building: Establish ties with already existing and established groups, organizations or community activists in the African community. Participate in joint-ventures and co-sponsor African community events and projects.
Youth Cultural Exchanges: Create opportunities for travel and engagement between youth on the continent with those in America.
Immigrant Reception: Develop a brochure/flyer for new immigrants which introduces them SRDC and useful community-based resources. This is about relationship-building. We must establish a presence with African and Caribbean immigrants early in their transition process.
Social Development Projects: Encourage and participate in social projects that will foster personal relationships within African communities in the Sixth Region and on the African continent. Mining, trade exchanges, water and irrigation, agriculture and urban and rural farming, survival techniques as well as youth wilderness survival will be some of the many projects that are to be implemented.
Economic Roundtable (March 2011): Development information for use in planning of a comprehensive trade agreement policy for local and regional business owners in the Northwest United States who wish to engage in bilateral trade with the African continent. This information (strategies, problems, solutions) will be shared with the AU Ambassador Amina Ali. The process will include gathering current and prospective business owners from the African American and Continental African communities for discussions about the current state of import/export, what is working and not working in the best interest of African Diaspora business owners.
Drive By Economics: Establish a program which indentifies community-based Black owned businesses. Via collective action (minimum 25 people) weekly or bi-weekly, visit and support each establishment with your hard earned dollars. Upon departure, leave a note for the proprietor which notifies them they have just experienced the impact of “Drive By Economics” or Black people supporting Black Businesses. Invite them to join the movement via a email address or website. Include youth in this project (even if we have to pay their way) in order to teach them “why” we do this and the long lasting impact it can have on the economic solvency of our communities.
● Develop a marketing/promotional campaign
● Church groups, Civic organizations, Fraternities/Sororities, etc
● Develop a data-base of Black-owned businesses (in Seattle = Black Business Directory)
● Establish a goal of 500 community members doing “Drive By’s” weekly, bi-weekly or monthly
● Sub groups of 100 each
● Target each business with a minimum of 25 people
Student Success Best Practices: Develop a media program (video interviews) of successful Black students. Capture the specifics of their success practices, i.e., time on task, hours of study per week compared to hours in class, Reading practices (average number of books read per year outside of school, specific study techniques employed (SQ3R?, Cornell Note-Taking?, Flash Cards?), how much television?, community involvement. We have many who succeed regardless of the school environment. What does their picture of success look like?
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): Develop sustainable economic practices which will allow SRDC Washington to be financially self-sustaining and function independently. The first project is a network marketing program focused on utilizing and marketing global communication technology.