10/21/10

Firstly we must give thanks and praises to God, whose name and attributes are just as diverse as the names, cultures, and tradition of us as Afrikan people and to our ancestors, martyrs, our saints, who all over the world, struggled to lay this foundation we have today to continue in the spirit of freedom, the spirit of liberation, and the spirit to return and maintain our integrity as a people of the Afrikan Continent. It is indeed a good day that we all have come to set down with each other in unity to advance the civilization of African and her peoples.

 Afrikan Unity of Harlem, Inc would also like to thank the African Union for its perseverance in making this African Diaspora conference a reality and we pray that we will find it inspiring. It is due to the advancement of the African nations towards a united stage that we have come together today with intentions of uniting we here in the Diaspora towards the final steps to a raising African continent.

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 and the African Diaspora Sixth Region through their Embassies, Missions, Consulates, Organizations and people of Africa, by keeping them informed of our events, invitations to participate in our community forums, letters of moral support, and community reports to also include working partnership.  Support from the international leadership for AUH, Inc. 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.

To date, Afrikan Unity of Harlem, Inc’s membership and global participation is reaching over 500 Afrikan People and Organizations of who we have directly worked and commutated with. A.U.H., Inc has been established for ten years, incorporated February 21, 2006 and is a not for profit organization. Since its forming by founder and President Brother Kassayi Hailu, an African born on the Continent, and Vice President Dr. James J. Graves, an African born in the Diaspora, the organization has produce  22 community programs and four international conferences centered on the crisis of the Horn of Africa. We have also implemented several community programs and projects under the 4 pillars supporting the A.U.H., Inc umbrella. Please view our Missions statement to read full detail of each.

We are currently voting members of PADU (Pan African Diaspora Union) and partners with SDRC (Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus). Our main objective to establish a community center tilted, “ The Center of Afrikan Unity”, in Harlem, where “ No matter where we are born, No matter what language we speak, No matter what religion we practice, We are One Afrikan People home and abroad. We are in need of a place to sit down and the center will provide this historical and cultural reflection of us all in one setting. We like to work within your initiative like in the Africa House to collectively work to establish the community center in Harlem.

Your Excellences we stand with you on the advent of peace and security in Africa. Let our people without visa be able to travel throughout the continent and for us in the Diaspora to do likewise. A.U.H., Inc. is also asking our scholars to bring the history of a united African people so that Africa can finally tell the world who and what she is. Africa feeds the whole world but it is Her children who our most hungry and begging in the streets. And globally inhumane acts continue to violate Her children’s human and people’s rights just as in France when the African women immigrates were dragged with their babies on their backs from street concerns due to the protesting the system of homelessness.

Your Excellencies, yes we need the skills bank, as well as the Center of Afrikan Unity. This center is a safe place for all of us no matter where we are from to come together in reconciliation with the world’s harms towards us, to live among each other to reacquaint out families and share our common heritage as a united people. The Center of Afrikan Unity in Harlem will utilize professionals, volunteers, student volunteers and community based activist who are blood descendants of the African continent. Each volunteer will be expected to successfully participate in a three week training program at the beginning of their work with the center. This training program will provide basic historical information pertaining to African history. We will focus on Africa’s relationship to other parts of the world through, art, culture, language, and science. The center will also give all volunteers information about African peoples and on African-centered educational methods. Volunteers who demonstrate proficiency during the initial training program will be invited to participate in an advanced training program to learn effective teaching techniques to foster the professional skills to secure their own futures. Each student volunteer will be expected to contribute 3-5 hours each week and to continue with The Center of Afrikan Unity in Harlem for a period of not less than 6 months with the benefits of college credits and field experience.

The Center of Afrikan Unity in Harlem will operate with 6 full and part time staff members. In addition, a Governing Board made up of international community leaders and Harlem activists that will provide overall operation and supervision of the Center.

We look forward in setting down with all of you to share our goals in the establishment of The Center of Afrikan Unity in Harlem, and we know you will support such timely and noteworthy event.

Most Respect

Sister Ivory Ann Black II Woletta Sellassie

Executive Secretary

Afrikan Unity of Harlem, Inc

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On Saturday, July 24, 2010 in Charleston, South Carolina at the Community Center of the International Longshoreman’s Union, a magnificent step forward for African descendants was taken within a memorable historical context: the Pan African Diaspora Union (PADU) was born. Standing on the shoulders of Pan African giants who have cut through the forest of false entanglements, confusion and lethargy to show the way  forward, this grouping of 21st century Pan Africanists met as the PADU International Diaspora Council to help organize the African Diaspora, educate the African descendant masses about the importance of African re-engagement and to do its part to help achieve the United States of Africa/Union of African States—out of 54, one.

            This was a modern achievement of unity without uniformity, a phrase many of us have used often but not carried out. The AAPRP/AAWRU (All African Peoples Revolutionary Party/All African Women’s Revolutionary Union), Honorable Marcus Garvey’s UNIA-ACL (Universal Negro Improvement Association-African Communities League, the SRDC (Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus), PerAnkh University/PerAnkh em Smai Tawi  (V.I.), AUH (Afrikan Unity of Harlem), CABO (Central American Black Organization), CBPM (Collective Black People Movement) and the UNIA-LDF (Legal Defense Fund) met as partners who have agreed to a common set of Pan African principles without losing any of their own sovereignty or status. Each group has one vote on all issues, there is a collective of talents, resources and network associations, and the huge coalition is founded on mutual respect and mutual civility for all member organizations and for African people. There are fourteen member organizations in all thus far, including NBLC, PANASTRAG, MIR (Martinique, Paris), CIPN (Guadeloupe/Antilles) and AUADS-Europe, among others.

            PADU’s primary objective is to assist greatly in organizing the 300 million-plus African descendants now living in the African Diaspora, spread over 90 countries and 70,000 miles. To do that, PADU members will focus jointly and individually on nation building (African unification), capacity building (working to expand the African Diaspora’s collaborative resources so together we can help each other as opposed to waiting for others to help us), sustainability (cooperative economics, trade, food production, healthcare, ethical decision-making, etc.), and the constant advocacy for increased integration of African women’s leadership and empowerment. On its website, PADU will maintain an up-to-date calendar of Diasporan events relevant to these aims.

            This is 21st century Pan Africanism at a higher ground, and it is part of the Decade of the Diaspora (January, 2010—December, 2020) within which the African Diaspora as a whole has to step up and take its rightful place inside the African Union and as a valued decision-maker in Africa’s future.  The African Diaspora has been invited to the table, and we must organize ourselves in order to accept it.

            For those Pan African organizations quite serious about their mission forward to help Africa unify and who are interested in working in partnership with others on the same path, we will see you in the whirlwind. Forward ever, backwards never.                                                                                                                                                                                   A Luta Continua

Greetings International Facilitator and Secretariat of SDRC and PADU Members,

Indeed these types of atrocities have occurred to us as African Diasporains for far too long. Now with the establishment of the African Sixth Region Diaspora created by the African Union, and the need of protection when our human and people rights are threaten and violated in the Diaspora (foreign lands where we reside) we now must commence suing such countries in our own courts. Thus there shall be submitted into the African Courts of Justice and the African Court of Human and People rights all charges committed on us in violation of our human and people rights.  It is time to create Policy Change for the new Africa!!! We are now looking for an international Human and People Rights African lawyer (or an African lawyer who will be willing to take up the cause) and an African Judge in the African court, who believes in the cause. We need the lawyer to assist in placing a structure and proper language to create an effective policy to be submitted into the African Court.

The African Diaspora global community must stand now in supporting and actively participating in the promotion to gain awareness of the creation of a new policy change on how Africa does business with foreign courtiers in which we reside. Under the African Union Constitutive Act Article 3 section Q, adopted by the 1st Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 3 February 2003, and by the 2nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union in Maputo, Mozambique on 11 July 2003,  states to,   “invite and encourage the full participation of the African Diaspora as an important part of our Continent, in the building of the African Union”. To this end, we as African Diasporains again must take the lead in creating a stronger and efficient Union by creating policy change to protect our human and people’s rights while residing in the Diaspora. We are going to contact key African Union members of Heads of State like Tanzania (where the African Court resides), Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Liberia and others who will take our cause into the Union and will support the policy change in the African Courts.  

We cannot just look at the case of what happened to our African Diasporain people in France, where on July 31 2010, African women and children where forcedly dragged while carrying their babies on their backs by French police in inhumane ways during a housing protest. For this is happening in all parts of the world concerning us. At this time AUH, Inc. is encouraging PADU members (and SDRC) to record and document crimes against humanity and violations against our human and people rights in the African Diaspora (some we are already facing and fighting), that have been conducted on us while living in foreign lands. These violations will be the bases for which we are going to court to create a new policy for us as African Diasporains into the African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples Rights, through the African Union.

With all humbleness and humility (these people don’t respect humility they take it for dosileness). If Africa has peace and security treaties with various foreign countries, then how can we, being members of Africa be handled with such inhuman treatments within the boards of such countries that have peace and securities treaties with Africa? Are we not protected in the treaty? Or do they just stand to make sure that the foreign residents in Africa and or their business are protected from acts of crime and inhuman acts upon it while in Africa? You never see or hear about Chinese residents or their business in Africa being treated in such manners we as African Diasporains face daily. Nor do we hear about the French in Africa, Italy, America, any…… who have been mistreated on African soil or had their human or people’s rights violated by African police or people. We know some may bring the case of what is happening to white the (initital Dutch invaders of Indigenous) South Africans to mind, however what they are facing is due to their own  ancestors going into an inhabited land, exporting the peoples resources, and placing and selling the indigenous people into captivity. Now that indigenous Africans in South Africa are gaining their rightful place in their homeland, we must not confuse white people in South Africa cause with ours. The spirit and the fullness of historical understanding are just too different.

In the Diaspora when our human and people rights are threatened  we can no longer  go to the same system that carried out the act to find justice, for it is the same structure that allowed the inhuman act to happen. We must be protected under the Union inside of Africa and in the Diaspora.  We must create policy change!!!

Africa needs a policy change of how the world does business with Africa concerning their treaties and polices agreements to include human and people rights of African people in the Diaspora who live within the boaders of courtiers who have singed such treaties with Africa. There shall be a process where if crimes against humanity and crimes against human and people rights are commit on Africa’s people while living in foreign lands, then charges shall be made in the African Court of Justice / the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights against such countries that violate our rights. When such countries are found  guilty of such crimes, then Africa has the right to sanction that country, place taxations on its foreign business in Africa and place limitations on how Africa does business with that part of the world. And!!! To include a fine placed on those countries.   

Africa conducts business and feeds the whole world!!! Diamonds, gold, oil, land, all kinds of resources even our babies are going in to foreign hands while we in the Diaspora suffer untold courts of inhumane acts by the same countries that deals and reaps from our blessed Mother Africa.  We in the Diaspora say NO MORE!!! Mother Africa will protect her children in the world just as the world protects it own in Africa.  

We will not go public until we find a proper lawyer who can help to shape the language for this policy and an African Court Judge who can give us guidance on how to work the Court systems. As we continue to formulate this effort, Afrikan Unity of Harlem, Inc is asking PADU and SDRC to assist towards strengthening the ideals of our African Diaspora approach to the Union concerning this matter. If this policy can be strengthened to include more areas of focus, please contact us immediately with additions and or corrections. It is going to take all of us in order to appeal to our international  body  to show we are serious, and we are focus in meeting the mandate of the African Diaspora to finally take our rightful place  in our Mother continent.

Most Respect

Sister Ivory Ann Black II Woletta Sellassie

Executive Secretary

Afrikan Unity of Harlem, Inc