July 2010


Charleston, South Carolina

The South Carolina Council of Elders and the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus Secretariat

PRESS RELEASE

A Gathering of the Diaspora

JULY 23-25 , 2010

Charleston, South Carolina

The South Carolina Council of Elders and the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus Secretariat (SRDC) invite you to the annual conference of the Diaspora being held this year in Charleston, South Carolina. This SRDC gathering is held in various regions of the country and this year, for the first time, we will be in South Carolina. As most of you know, the African Diaspora was the mostly involuntary and scattered movement of Africans and their descendants, predominantly to the Americas, and is one of the largest displacements of a population in pre-modern times. It began in the middle of the 15th century, and as many as twenty million African people were transported to the Western Hemisphere and forcibly enslaved by white Europeans.

This 2010 Gathering of the Diaspora begins Friday, July 23rd, at 9 am with a guided tour of Charleston and Gullah areas, including former slave ports. Charleston and its surroundings brought in the largest contingent of captured Africans throughout most of America’s ante-bellum period, and Charleston figured prominently in Tecumseh Sherman’s Field Order 15 which provided abandoned and confiscated land to former slaves.  At 1:30 pm, the official conference will begin at the International Longshoremen Association Hall in downtown Charleston (899 Morrison Drive). There will be a community gathering Friday night, and an extraordinarily important breakfast meeting on Saturday morning, plus a public plenary, with special guest speakers from the African Union, from 11 am through 5:30 pm on Saturday at the Hall. There will be youth and economic workshops, a community forum on re-connecting South Carolina’s African American population to its African roots, the issue of African dual citizenship, discussions regarding South Carolina heroes and sheroes like Smalls, Delany, Tubman and many others who have made major contributions to American life. There will be guests from Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, Germany and the Netherlands, among others. Essentially, “We (the Diaspora) have received an invitation to be a part of the African Union, a central body that represents all except one of the 53 nations of Africa. The vision is to form what will become the United States of Africa, or Union of African States, and include those of us who live outside the African continent. The Diaspora is to participate in decision-making on determining how that new African future will look. This vision of unity is what the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus gathering is about. We want members of our community to understand and participate in this great change that is happening.”

So, we are inviting members of the Black Church, members of the Gullah community, members of the South Carolina business and professional community, youth, academics, and more to come and join us. Let’s discuss, debate and participate. We know where we are right now; are there other options for our future?  Do we want to have dual citizenship in Africa? Can we establish direct trade and commercial links with African countries that will benefit South Carolinians? What does 21st Century Pan Africanism have to say to youth about inspiring them to greatness? What is THE DECADE OF THE DIASPORA and how does it affect South Carolina and beyond? Can the Diaspora in fact organize itself in order to accept the AU’s invitation to join?

Come join us !!  Let’s break bread and talk seriously in mutually respectful tones about moving forward !!

For further information, contact Brother Kumasi Palmer (843) 452-4880 SRDC  horojoe@aol. com  or Brother Fred Lincoln (843)697-1699 flincoln@bellsouth. net  or write us at  organizingSRDC@ aol.com

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Tete Antonio,
Permanent Representative
Permanent Observer Mission of the
African Union to the United Nations
Your Excellency,

We would firstly like to thank you for inviting Afrikan Unity of Harlem, Inc. to commune with our African families during this year celebrations of Africa’s independence form colonization, at the Manhattan Center.  May 25 1963 marks the day where our ancestors collectively agreed on an independent Africa and set in motion this path of a united Africa and peoples. We would also like to congratulate you on your new leadership in being the Permanent Observer for the African Union. We know that your contributions will go on to continue achievements in unity that our ancestors worked diligently to uphold. 
Please allow us to briefly introduce ourselves to you. Afrikan Unity of Harlem, Inc. (A.U.H., Inc.) is an umbrella organizational catalyst here to spearhead the empowerment and unity of African People worldwide. There are 4 pillars supporting this umbrella which are Charitable, Educational, Scientific, and Religious. We are connected to the 54 countries of Africa through their Embassies, Missions, Consulates, African Diaspora organizations and people of Africa, by keeping them informed of our events, letters of moral support, and community activities with reports. Support from the international leadership has come from the African Union, the Missions and Embassies from Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Kenya. And our connections to South America are continual.
We stand confidently with you in ensuring peace and security in Africa through youth and sports. Indeed engaging Africa’s youth will lead to the future’s leadership who, having a more sustainable life then generations before them, will go one to serve in a brighter and stronger United Africa. Your Excellency with the establishment of the African Diaspora and with the goals of a United Africa by 2017,  the African Union must began talks with the Diaspora in structuring the process of the African Union 6th region, the African Diaspora.
Your Excellency, again we appreciate being a guest at this year’s African Day Celebrations and we look forward in meeting with you in the near future.

Most Respect


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July 13, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York Center For Conflict Dialogue to Celebrate Mandela Day with
Screening of New Documentary on the Anti-Apartheid Divestment Movement.

NYC Event Part of Global Project

The New York Center For Conflict Dialogue, together with the American
Friends Services Committee, Street Corner Resources Inc. in Harlem and
the Harlem Clergy and Community Leaders Coalition with campaign support
from Active Voice, Clarity Films and major funding from the Ford
Foundation, will host an exclusive screening of Have You Heard from
Johannesburg: Bottom Line at The Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Building
163 W 125th Street, 8th Floor on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 5:30pm. The
documentary will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:  David
Wildman- Executive Secretary, Human Rights & Racial Justice, United
Methodist Church, Board of Global Ministries, Donna Katzin- who appears
in the film and is Founding Executive Director of Shared Interest, a
social investment fund that directs resources to South Africa’s lowest
income of color, Pastor Vernon Williams- Harlem Community Leaders and
Clergy Coalition, Sister Ivory Ann Black II Wolleta Sellassie- Executive
Director, Afrikan Unity of Harlem, Dr. Delois Blakely- Ambassador of
Goodwill, Africa, Ebrahim Ndure- Columbia University Pan African Student
Movement, Vincent Booys- A South African Activist whose nephew was
killed by a stray bullet in the 1976 uprising during the apartheid era.
The Panel Discussion will be moderated by Spencer Chiimbwe- Coordinating
Chairman, New York Center For Conflict Dialogue. The film is part of a
new seven-part documentary series that tells the story of the global
movement to end apartheid. The screening and related activites
celebrating Nelson Mandela Day come at a particular relevant time as the
United States District Court for Southern District of New York considers
a crucial decision about the liability of companies for apartheid era
crimes.

The Bottom Line tells the dramatic story of people around the world who
refused to let business with apartheid South Africa go on as usual and
shows how international grassroots economic boycotts against Polaroid,
Shell, Barclay’s, General Motors and others doing business in South Africa
helped bring one of the world’s most brutally repressive governments to
its knees. “A clear and rousing study of how economic sanctions, initiated
by grassroots protests, can have a significant political effect –
especially when the boards of corporations find themselves in a forced
position of embarrassment” –Time Out London. The Have You Heard from
Johannesburg series is produced and directed by two-time Academy Award®
nominee Connie Field, an American filmmaker whose previous work includes
The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter and Freedom On My Mind. The series
is the first attempt in any medium to pull together the many threads of
global anti-apartheid action that formed the international movement.

With a story that spans 12 countries and three decades, the dramatic
series is being broadcast around the world in 2010 and is the basis of a
global campaign Field hopes will inspire audiences to think about the
legacies of the movement today and help groups reflect on long-term
activism and boost current social justice efforts. This global project
around the Have You Heard from Johannesburg series is funded by the Ford
Foundation. The organizers of the Project are working with NGOs,
community-based groups, and others in the U.S., South Africa and
internationally to bring these untold stories to communities around the
globe.

The Center for Conflict Dialogue is one of these groups and ties this
screening to the 67 minutes campaign, symbolizing the 67 years since the
former president first started fighting for human rights and the abolition
of apartheid. Different community groups including the Harlem Streen
Corner Resources, American Friends Services Committee, Harlem Clergy and
Community Leaders Coalition and student groups  will  go into  selected
places and streets in Harlem and do community service earlier in the day,
before the documentary screening. The participating groups will gather at
the State Building to participate in making symbolic hand imprints, which
is emblematic of Mandela’s commitment to positively impact people for
generations. The event calls upon each of us to give 67 minutes of our
time to help others, rooted in the idea that, like Mandela, each
individual has the ability to make an imprint and change the world around
them for the better.

The Mission of the New York Center For Conflict Dialogue is to facilitate
and coordinate platforms on which thematic areas of dialogue are addressed
with a view to educating the communities and resolve conflict.

CONTACT:
•    SNEAK PREVIEW EVENT: Spencer Chiimbwe spencer@ccdny.org or + 1 646 730 0500
•    CAMPAIGN: Sahar Driver sahar@activevoice.net or 1.415.487.2000 (U.S.A.);
campaign information at http://www.activevoice.net/haveyouheard
•    DOCUMENTARY SERIES: Connie Field at info@clarityfilms.org; information
and trailers about the series at http://www.clarityfilms.org/.