Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

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


July 13, 2010
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

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

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.

•    SNEAK PREVIEW EVENT: Spencer Chiimbwe or + 1 646 730 0500
•    CAMPAIGN: Sahar Driver or 1.415.487.2000 (U.S.A.);
campaign information at
•    DOCUMENTARY SERIES: Connie Field at; information
and trailers about the series at