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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

ATTENDEES: SRDC Members and Facilitators, and CCOE Members (Maryland, S.C., California, N.Y.,  Washington State, Ohio, Nicaragua Central America), Elected Representatives and Observers (Ohio, Maryland, California, S.C., Washington State), and  special guests (Dr. Robert Brock, Sister Mickie, Apostle T.L. Rodgers, Rev. Arthur Pinckney, Rev. and Mrs. Leo Woodberry, Brother Hodari Kamau Omari-Church of the Black Madonna, Sister Marva Berry, etc.)  and interested members of the public. Also in attendance were officers and spokespersons for the UNIA-ACL (PG Senghor J. Baye, Zama Cook, Nyata Toure, Chuck Banks), UNIA-LDF (David L. Horne), CBPM (Ras Marvin), Per Ankh African Kingdoms Federation/Africans of the Diaspora Caribbean Region (Dr. Chenzira Kahina, Ramona LaRoche), AAPRP (Sister Moya Mzuri Pambeli, Shabaka Ture), CABO (Sidney Francis), and  AUH (Sister Ivory Ann Black, Kassayi Hailu) , all of whom were new partner-members of the International Diaspora Council, PADU which met for the first time. There were also five recently elected AU-Diaspora Representatives (Sister Aline Diakite and Kamau Ron Taplin, from Washington State,  Anita Diop and Shabaka Ture, from Ohio, and Curtis Butler from California), along with Observer Shari Harris, and new member Jackie Howard, both from Ohio. The approximate conference attendance for the three days was 135. (For an official list of attendees, contact organizingsrdc@aol.com)

THE OFFICIAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM:

Friday  July 23   9:30 am Bus Tour of Charleston and Gullah Areas                                                                1:30 pm  Welcome to the Conference:          

                                               SRDC Status Report

                                               Bringing the Youth into the Effort to Organize the Diaspora

                             6:30  pm   Charleston Community Gathering—Bringing in the Spirits

Sat.     July 24    8:15 am   The Inaugural Meeting of the PADU International Diaspora

                                                Council

.                          11:30 am  A Public Plenary—Comments by Dr. Brock, the Church and

                                                21st Century Pan Africanism, the Issue of Dual Citizenship                                                   for the Diaspora, Joining Forces to Be More Effective

                             7  pm     Community Banquet

Sun    July 25    8  am      SRDC Closed Plenary—Taking Care of Business

                             3 pm      Ball Down–Adjournment       

                                               

SPECIFIC SCROLL NOTES TAKEN AT THE CONFERENCE: (by Brother Cliff)

Washington State included in their delegation two newly-elected Representatives: Bro. Kamau Taplin and Sis. Aline Diakite (she’s from Burundi and married to a Brother from Mali), who accompanied their State Facilitator, Sis. Folashade Farr, and Bro. T. West, who served as Facilitator last year when Sis. Folashade’s husband tragically passed.  Bro. T. West had completed the fine work Sis. Folashade had done in preparing the National Summit in Seattle last year.

Ohio brought along its newly-elected Representatives, Sis. Anita Diop and Bro. Shabaka Ture, and one of its elected Observers, Shari Harris, all of whom accompanied their State Facilitator, Sis. Michele West, and a member of their Council of Elders, Mama Rihanni Aanika.

The New York delegation included Facilitators Sis. Iman Uqdah-Hameen, and Carmen Collymore along with  Elder Mama Anisa Edwards.

California’s group included the International Facilitator of SRDC, Dr. David Horne, as well as newly-elected Representative Bro. Curtis Butler, re-elected Representative Dr. Ruth Love, Observer Bro. Al Washington and three members of the Council of Elders (Mama Opal, Mama Beverly and Baba Daoud).

Maryland was represented by myself (State Facilitator and elected Representative) and Bro. Tafari Melisizwe, a new member who came on board earlier this year and perhaps SRDC’s youngest member at age 20.  He gave an inspiring talk about organizing the youth on Friday.

On Friday, we were treated to a Bus Tour of Greater Charleston, with emphasis on the nearby Sea Islands.  We visited a plantation and held a Tambiko (libation) at a large tree near the quarters where enslaved Afrikans had been held.  We learned much about the history of the AME Church, the artisans of Charleston and the issue of Black Land Loss during the tour, which culminated in a meal at the Wadmalaw Island Community Center.

That evening the Community Karamu was held.  There were Afrikan Drummers and Dancers, as well as comments made by a variety of attendees for the weekend.  Prior to that, Dr. Horne and Bro. Tafari made statements to the delegates.

Saturday morning featured what could be called a historic event: the first meeting of the new “Super-Coalition” we now call the Pan Afrikan Diaspora Union or PADU.  This group includes SRDC, as well as organizations such as UNIA-ACL, PerAnkh (US Virgin Islands), Central American Black Organization (representing Afrikan communities in 7 of the 8 countries of Central America), A-APRP, Collective Black People’s Movement, Afrikan Unity of Harlem, Black Power Media and several others.  While we in SRDC continue with our work of organizing the Afrikan Diaspora on the grassroots level to bring our voices, through elected Representatives, to the African Union, we are also partnering with these other organizations that recognize the importance of each other’s work and contributions and are working to bring those collective talents and works together in a coordinated, cooperative way.  While the concept of PADU was officially conceived last summer and agreements have been made with several organizations since then, the meeting that was held on the morning of Saturday, July 24 marked the official birth of PADU, and as such represented a historic coming-together of these strong Pan-Afrikan organizations that we expect to lead to great accomplishments on behalf of Afrikan people in the near future.

Saturday afternoon was devoted to several panel discussions, all of which were held for the general public as well as for SRDC members: The Black Church and Its Role in Furthering Pan-Afrikanism; the issue of Dual Citizenship (a panel which included Dr. Chenzira from the US Virgin Islands, Baba Senghor J. Baye from UNIA-ACL, and Dr, Robert Brock, considered by many to be the “father of the modern reparations movement” because of the class-action lawsuit he filed to beat the expiring statute of limitations on court claims for reparations); and Practical Projects, which featured Bro. Al Washington from SRDC-California, Dr. Ruth Love from SRDC-California, and Bro. Kumasi Palmer from SRDC-South Carolina, all of whom discussed specific projects they have been involved with on behalf of SRDC and the African Diaspora. Additionally, Sister Iman Hameen explained the economics of real time African repatriation by describing the experiences of her mother, who still resides in Ghana.

Sunday was devoted specifically to SRDC business and was a “closed” meeting for SRDC members only.  A few issues of importance were discussed, including clarifications of relationships between the Secretariat, the Facilitators, the CCOE and elected Representativers/Observers, and the Representatives then voted among themselves to determine the four (4) who are expected to represent the Diaspora from the US at the African Union Summit.  We fully expect to finally gain official approval of our methodology for electing Representatives this year, which means the four who were elected at the National Summit should have the opportunity to travel to the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia sometime next year to take their places in ECOSOCC (the ECOnomic, SOcial and Cultural Council).  The four Representatives who were elected were Dr. Ruth Love (California), Bro. Kumasi Palmer (South Carolina), Sis. Aline Diakite (Washington State) and Bro. Shabaka Toure (Ohio).

The other main issue that was discussed on Sunday was the location of the 2011 National Conference.  Since that weekend in South Carolina, it has been made official: The 2011 National Conference will be held in the Baltimore, Maryland area, over the weekend of August 19-21.  We’re already making preparations for next year’s Conference.  The Conference has been bigger and better each successive year, and the Conferences in Columbus, Ohio (2008), Seattle, Washington (2009) and Charleston, South Carolina (2010) have raised the bar higher and higher.  We plan to raise that bar once more in 2011.

THANKS to the great team in Mt. Pleasant and Charleston, South Carolina (D. Wright, D. Fludd, F. Lincoln, A. Pinckney, K. Palmer) for all of their dedicated work which produced an exciting and dynamic three-day gathering in the heart of the South, and especially to Mr. Ken Riley and the International Longshoreman’s Association.

                                                            Report Submitted by Brother Cliff & DLH   August, 2010

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

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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