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

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Greetings International Facilitator and Madam Secretariat of the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus,

I wish I could be in better spirits today in sending this communication but sadly after reviewing  this video sent form our emissary, women of all ages of Africa hearts have become harden and torn. I am requesting a report from SDRC Europe in the matters involving the French Police filmed dragging African Immigrant women & taking away their babies during a protest that occurred last week July 31 2010. Please view the video and if SDRC Europe is not aware (I know that they are), please forward this to them.

Please be advised. This video is beyond graphic. All who watch this please stand firm. I as a woman, Afrikan, and Black could only watch this once!!! And when I saw the sisters being dragged while lying on top of her babies and another dead and pregnant, I had to hold myself in my own arms for comfort. Please ask SDRC Europe if they have investigated the cause of this callous act carried out by the French authorities, who gave the orders to their police to carry out such actions in the manner in which it was handled, where are the women and children now and how can we in the Americas and elsewhere in the Diaspora assist?

This and other types of inhumane acts are taking place on our people globally because we are not protected by the Union if we are living outside of Africa. Without a strong African Diaspora government we as grassroots/community organizations are left to defend our people with varying results. In the AU as defined in its Constitutive Act, Member States must promote and protect human rights according to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Seeing the video, it appears these mothers are continental Africans so must likely their state in Africa are AU members and charges against the French authorities can be made through the AU’s , African Court Of Justice/ The African Court On Human And Peoples’ Rights.

We must strengthen the AU in an investigation of the French authorities concerning this vile matter conducted out on their people living within French boarders. Recognizing the the 25th Africa-France Summit, a two-day gathering “aimed at developing better business relations between” African and France, occurring this past April 2010 in French city of Nice were, 38 African leaders and 250 business executives gathered, discussing on “the problems of climate change, piracy, terrorism” as well as “the demand of African countries’ for a bigger say in the U.N. Security Council and the G20 forum” — All Headline News June 2 10—-, explanations must be given on how such of a inhumane act against humanity was made possible on African people in French territory.

Ambassador Francois Zimeray, France’s human rights ambassador must give an open statement concering this event and SDRC Europe can charge his office to co-lead the investigations injunction with the AU.

Our office will be sending this to the African Union in Washing D.C, New York, Addis Abba, global partners and clergy to gain awareness. Please if any sees this as a noble cause to take action, you are encouraged to do so by whatever capabilities your may have.

Most Respect

Sister Ivory Ann Black II Woletta Sellassie

Executive Secretary

Afrikan Unity of Harlem, Inc

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