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By Francesca Guerrier, Haiti Liberte,
March 4 - 10, 2009

POMPANO BEACH, FL: Over 500 demonstrators gathered in front of the remote
immigrant detention jail known as the Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach,
Florida on Saturday, Feb. 28 to demand that the Obama administration stop the
threatened deportation of some 30,000 Haitians back to their strife and storm battered

The protest was called by Haitian Women of Miami (FANM), Haitian Citizen United Taskforce
(HCUT), the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC), the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC),
and the union Unite for Dignity. Officials of Miami Dade County, where most Haitians in South
Florida live, assisted by providing buses for protestors coming from Miami, 30 miles south.

The rally was boisterous but peaceful and well-organized. The crowd demanded TPS (Temporary
Protected Status) for Haitians, which was previously denied by the Bush administration. TPS has
been granted in recent years to nine countries plagued by war or natural disasters: El Salvador,
Honduras, Liberia, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Somalia, and Sudan. It allows refugees
from those countries to live and work legally in the US. The designation is effective for a minimum
of six months and a maximum of 18 months.

After four storms in August and September 2008 brought widespread death and destruction to
Haiti, the U.S. government suspended Haitian deportations for three months. But expulsions
resumed after Dec. 5, sending dozens of Haitians back to their homeland since then. Between
January and December 2008, 1024 Haitians were repatriated, said Barbara Gonzalez, a
spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement or ICE.

In February, U.S. immigration officials announced that 30,299 Haitians were subject to immediate
deportation back to Haiti.

Jonel Lemy, a Haitian-American lawyer with the Haitian Lawyers Association, told the Sun Sentinel
that he has seen an increase in deportation cases in the last six months, even taking the three
month reprieve into account.

"Arrests are up," Lemy said. "People are being arrested as they drop their kids off at school or on
their way to work."

Lending visibility to the rally were hip-hop star Wyclef Jean and his younger sister Melky Jean, who
is also a singer. She performed a passionate song in Krey l and said that TPS for Haitians was
"only fair." She founded and helps run the CARMA Foundation which provides shoes and other
relief to poor children in Haiti.

Farah Juste, another well-known Haitian singer and activist, took the microphone after Melky to
lead the crowd in an improvised song in Krey l: "Prezidan Obama, se TPS nou mande." (President
Obama, we demand TPS).

Lavarice Gaudin, a leader with the long-standing grassroots organization Veye Yo based in
Miami's Little Haiti, addressed the hundreds of demonstrators on behalf of the group's founder
Father Gérard Jean Juste, who couldn't attend the rally due to poor health. Lavarice telephoned
Jean-Juste, who then addressed the crowd by phone, which received him with warmth and

"What do we want?" Jean-Juste asked. "TPS," the crowd loudly responded.

"When do we want it?" Jean-Juste continued. "NOW!" the crowd came back.

Other speakers and singers communed with the crowd, expressing solidarity with the Haitians held
in the nearby detention center.

Wyclef Jean made a surprise appearance at the rally, which delighted the crowd.. Speaking in
English and Krey l, he said he had a message for President Obama, "my President, our President."

"Haitians are strong in number but not in politics," he said. "Haiti is the poorest country in the
hemisphere. If they deport 30,000 people back to Haiti, we will see 60,000 coming to the USA the
following week, only because the country is in bad shape. I left Haiti when I was 9 years old and I
believed in the American dream. I think giving justice to Haitians is the American dream. My
President Obama, when my parent came here, they didn't have papers, but they worked hard for
15 years. Like in this situation, if they had been sent back to Haiti, America and the world wouldn't
have had the gift of Wyclef Jean. This is not a Haitian cause. This is a human cause."

In an interview with Fox TV after his intervention, Wyclef noted that Haitians should receive the
same treatment and rights as "my Cubans brothers and sisters."

"Haitians need to be politically empowered in Florida," he continued. "Otherwise we will keep on
having the same problem."

"I want to let young people know that if you don't stand for something, you stand for nothing," he
told Haiti Liberté. "We need to be strong politically, I encourage young Haitians to study... We have
to take part in the Haitian struggle otherwise we fool ourselves if we don't stand up for ourselves."

FANM's Marleine Bastiene asked Wyclef why he had felt compelled to attend a rally that was not in
his schedule.

"When I found out this [rally] was happening, I decided to come and ask President Obama to stop
deportations to Haiti," he replied. "Even though he's dealing with the economic crisis we are facing,
Haiti is in extreme crisis, he has to act immediately to stop all deportations to Haiti; otherwise they
will have huge problems in the island which will have repercussions back in the US ultimately."

Of the 30, 000 Haitians with deportation orders against them, 600 are in detention centers and
260 are allowed to stay at home and in their communities, although their movements are
monitored with ankle bracelet transmitters.

Haitian President René Préval, who has also asked Washington to grant TPS to Haitians in the
U.S., has effectively blocked deportations by having his government refuse to grant would-be
deportees travel documents.

"President Obama, the time has arrived to right this wrong," said Marleine Bastien to the crowd.

The world capitalist crisis and soaring jobless rate in the US put great pressure on Obama to
deport undocumented workers, as right-wing politicians urge. But Obama has lots of political
capital to lose with Haitian-Americans, one of his power bases, if their undocumented compatriots
are deported. Conversely, his administration gains lots of easy political capital if it grants TPS, a
very short-term measure which does nothing to address the fundamental injustice of U.S.
immigration restrictions and their enforcement.

Clearly, many in the crowd had high hopes that their continued mobilization would sway the
Obama administration to grant the TPS that the Bush administration denied. "We will continue to
protest and take our message to Washington, and we expect President Obama to support us,"
lawyer Jonel Lemy said.

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Please credit Haiti Liberte.

Forwarded by Ezili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network

HLLN is mobilizing legislative and international support for Haitian-American foreign policy
concerns  |
Recommended HLLN Link:
HLLN's Letter to Esther
Olavarria about a stop of
all deportations to Haiti

Asking President Obama to
Assist Haiti's Recovery
Efforts by Granting Haitian
Nationals TPS

HLLN on the report that
30,000 Haitians have been
ordered deported by US
Federal immigration judges

Haiti Policy Statement for
the Obama Team
NEW YORK, New York, Oct. 21-22 - The
African Union took a giant step on Thursday
and Friday, October 21 and 22, in its efforts
to galvanize Africans in the Diaspora by
convening the African Diaspora Meeting at
the offices of the Permanent Observer
Mission of the African Union to the United
Nations. The African Diaspora Meeting,
labeled "Building Bridges Across the
Atlantic," was organized by the African Union
Commission, the main administrative body of
the African Union, through its offices in the
United States, including the Permanent
Observer Mission of the African Union to the
United Nations, New York, and the African
Union Embassy to the United States,
Washington, DC. Taking charge of the
two-day meeting was a strong delegation
from the African Union Commission in Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia. The African Union
Permanent Observer Mission's Conference
Hall was the venue of the meeting. The high
powered officials from the African Union
headquarters, led by Mr. Anthony Okara,
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Bureau of the
Deputy Chairperson, included Dr. Jinmi
Adisa, Diaspora Director of the African
Union Commission (Citizens And Diaspora
Directorate (CIDO); Dr. Fareed Arthur,
Advisor (Strategic Matters, Bureau of the
Deputy Chairperson of the Commission), Mr.
Wuyi Omitoogun (Expert, Diaspora
Relations, CIDO) and Ms. Nadia Roguiai
(Expert, ECOSOCC, CIDO). The two African
Union Ambassadors in the United States,
who attended, were Ambassador Tete
Antonio, Permanent Observer of the African
Union to the United Nations; and
Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, Ambassador
of the African Union to the United States,
Washington, DC. In his second welcoming
address within minutes, the Ambassador
and Permanent Representative of the
Republic of Malawi Mr. Brian Bowler
delivered a most explosive and rousing
speech, in which he called on his colleagues
in dealing with the Diaspora, especially when
it comes to economic well-being of the
group. "For example," he said, "during the
UN General Assembly meeting each
September, let's assume that each of the 53
African countries spend just $500,000, we
are talking of $25 million that could go to an
African Diaspora company. That's $25
million in less than one month," he said.
Ambassador Bowler, who was speaking as
Chairman of the African Ambassadorial
Group in his capacity as a representative of
President Binbu wa Mutharika of Malawi as
current Chairman of the African Union,
challenged his colleagues to begin looking
for African Diaspora companies to do
business with, as he felt that the relationship
with the Diaspora should not be a one-way
street, "especially as a businessman who
owns three breweries in three different
African countries." After Ambassador
Antonio welcomed the group, Ambassador
Amina Ali took over and delivered an equally
forceful presentation of what the African
Union office in Washington, DC, has
accomplished since opening in 2007. She
informed the group that she has
aggressively moved to deliver the essence
of the AU Diaspora Initiative by traveling all
across the United States, Canada as well as
the Caribbean and Central/ and South
American countries in bringing a message of
the need for the Diaspora to recognize its
important role to Africa and the African
Union, especially as the Sixth Region of the
Union. Ambassador Ali stayed throughout
the two-day meeting in helping to guide the
deliberations of the meeting. Consequently
CIDO Director, Dr. Adisa, provided more
reasons of why the meeting had been
called. Dr. Adisa began by calling the
meeting a "precedent setting event, which
we hope will set the pace for an annual
consultation process with the African
Diaspora in US, the Caribbean and
Central//South America, Europe and the
Middle-East, amongst others. In
organizational terms, this is also an exercise
in inter-collegiality that serves as an
inspiration for the Commission and various
organs of the Union to work together as one
in the spirit of cooperation and solidarity that
underpins the purpose of the African Union."
Dr. Adisa went on to discuss the different
sectors of the African Union, including
"Objectives of This Dialogue," "The Initiative
Within the Context of the Development of
the African Union," "Rebuilding the Global
African Family," "Definition of the African
Diaspora," "Engagement
Strategies,""Organizational Processes," and
ending with the "Global African Diaspora
Summit." Dr. Adisa discussed the processes
that led to the recognition of the Diaspora as
a Sixth Region of the African Union. "Soon
after the launching of the African Union in
Durban, South Africa in 2002," he said, "the
Assembly of Heads of States met in Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia to establish, among other
things, a legal framework that would create
the necessary and sufficient conditions for
putting this decision into effect. Hence, it
adopted the Protocol of the Amendment to
the Constitutive Act of the Union which in
Article 3 (q) invited the African Diaspora to
participate fully as an important component
in the building of the African Union. In
adopting the decision," he continued, "the
Protocol symbolically recognized the
Diaspora an important and separate but
related constituency outside the five
established regions of Africa - East, West,
Central, North and South. Thus, although
there is no specific legal or political text that
states this categorically, it, in effect, created
a symbolic sixth region of Africa." Regarding
the definition of the African Diaspora, Dr.
Adisa said that a meeting of Experts from
Member States had met in 2005 and
adopted the following definition, "The African
Diaspora consists of peoples of African
origin living outside the continent,
irrespective of their citizenship and
nationality and who are willing to contribute
to the development of the continent and
building of the African Union." Dr. Adisa
informed the group that there had been a lot
of debates and disagreements on the
definition. There were those who felt the
need for an "academic" and "intellectual"
aspects to the definition and the other that
would be related to the political needs of the
Union. Another group, he said, preferred the
need to add "permanently" to "living outside
the continent. "Others," he said, "argued
that the phrase "willingness to contribute to
the development of the continent and the
building of the African Union" should be left
out." Nothing, they felt, should be demanded
or expected from the Diaspora. The African
Union preferred its earlier definition, as
according to Dr. Adisa, it encompasses the
following: (a) Bloodline and/or heritage: The
Diaspora should consist of people living
outside the continent whose ancestral roots
or heritage are in Africa;

(b) Migration: The Diaspora should be
composed of people of African heritage, who
migrated from or are living outside the
continent. In this context, three trends of
migration were identified - pre-slave trade,
slave trade, and post-salve trade or modern
migration; (c) The principle of inclusiveness:
The definition must embrace both ancient
and modern Diaspora; and (d) The
commitment to the African case: The
Diaspora should be people who are willing to
be paid of the continent (or the African
family). Finally, with regards to the
importance that the African Union attached
to the Diaspora, Dr. Adisa informed the
group that 60% of the Recruitment
Committee of the African Union consisted of
individuals from the African Diaspora, and
how he himself attained his present position
after interviewing with two recruitment
committees chaired by African Diaspora.
After the addresses, the group spent a lot of
time making comments, asking questions
and expressing their concerns about one
issue or another. After the deliberation, the
group was informed that it was necessary for
the group to establish a Task Team, which
should consist of five members, but later
changed to six members due to numerous
organizations represented at the meeting.
Earlier, five elements had been identified as
a guide to what the Task Team should
consist of, including Afro-Latinos,
Community, Gender, Media, and Youth.
After the group was separated into its
different elements to choose their
representative, the following individuals
emerged as members of the Task Team,
including Dr. Georgina Falu for Afro-Latinos,
Mr. Sidique Wai and Mr. Omowale Clay, for
Community, Ms. Kathy Jenkins Ewa for
Gender, Dr. Chika A. Onyeani for Media,
and Engr. Daniel Ochweri for Youth. The
Task Team was later given their terms of
mandate within which to work, report and
conclude their assignment within three
months. Later on Thursday evening the 21st
October, there was an Award Dinner Gala
organized by Nation to Nation Networking
(NNN), whose CEO is Ms. Abaynesh Asarat,
in collaboration with the African Union at 3
West 51st Street at Club 51st Street,
attended by the African Union Commissioner
for Peace and Security, His Excellency
Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra. Those who
received awards included Ms. Elinor Tatum
of the Amsterdam News; Dr. Kwame Akonor,
Director of the African Development
Institute; Dr. Muriel Petioni, M.D., known as
"Mother of Medicine in Harlem"; Mr. Dabney
N. Montgomery, Member of Community
Board 10; and Mr. Seri Remy Gnoleba,
Chairman of the African Chamber of
Commerce in the U.S. A special thanks must
go to His Excellency Ambassador Tete
Antonio, and his hardworking staff at the
African Union office in New York, as well as
Her Excellency Ambassador Amina Salum Ali
of the African Union Embassy in
Washington, DC, for assisting the African
Union Commission in putting together such a
successful African Diaspora meeting.

Chika A. Onyeani Chair,
African Diaspora Task Team of the AU
c/o The Permanent Observer Mission of the
African Union to the United Nations
305 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
Tel. : 212-319-5490, Fax: 319-7135 email:


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The War Against Libya in Historical Perspective
the London Conference of 2011

The leaders of 14 capitalist powers in Europe plus
the United States met for a conference in Berlin
126 years ago to decide how all of Africa's land
and vast resources would be divided as colonies
and zones of control among themselves. No
Africans were invited to the conference.

The 1884 Conference of Berlin, more than any other single
event, became emblematic of the dynamic transformation
of capitalism into a system of global imperialism.

By 1902, 90 percent of Africa's territory was under European
control. African self-governance was wiped off the map in most
of the continent. Only Ethiopia remained an independent state.
Liberia was technically independent too, but it was in fact under
the control of the United States.

The so-called "Scramble for Africa" by Britain, France, Belgium, Italy,
Germany, the United States and the other capitalist powers was essential
for the growth and enrichment of the modern-day capitalist class, which
included the owners of the biggest banks, syndicates and monopolies.

Africa was plundered and looted and, as a result, the western capitalists
entered the 20th century with the largest fortunes in the history of the
human race.

The 'Scramble for Africa' continues

One cannot help but think about the Berlin Conference of 1884 when
analyzing the London Conference of 2011 that took place on March 29. It
was convened by the same imperialist governments that took part in the
1884 meeting. Africans were invited this time, but the African Union
refused to attend. Almost all African nations were absent. Only Tunisia and
Morocco sent representatives.

Although China, Russia, India and Pakistan decided not to attend the
London Conference on Libya, the Washington Post's front page headline
reads, "World leaders indicate military campaign will continue until his
[Gadaffi] ouster." The Post suggests that "leaders" of the world met
together and decided to keep bombing the country until they crush the
current government and replace it with one that they find acceptable to

It is hard to beat that for imperial arrogance. The great thinkers at the
Washington Post declare who the "world leaders" are, even though most
of Africa, China, Russia and India are absent and, in fact, oppose the
brutal bombing of Libya that is designed to eliminate its sovereignty.

So as to avoid the impression that we are making an exact analogy
between the Berlin Conference of 1884 and the one that took place on
March 29, it is worth recognizing that some things have changed since

The imperialists who met in Berlin, for instance, did not have to waste any
time pretending to care about the human rights of Africans or democracy in
Africa. The bankers and corporate tycoons in the 19th century could speak
bluntly about their "vital interests" as nothing other than naked colonial
ambitions to loot Africa's territories, resources and labor. They did not have
too much concern about "public opinion" back in 1884.

That is a definite difference. Public proclamations by imperialist
governments today have to pledge that they have no imperial or material
incentive when they invade, bomb and occupy countries, and that their
motives are pure - saving lives and promoting freedom. In the case of
Libya, they are moved by the need "to protect civilian lives."

Another primary difference is the emergence of neocolonialism as a
replacement for the old colonialism. The anti-colonial uprisings in the
1940s, 1950s and 1960s of the peoples of Africa, Asia and the Middle East
coincided with the weakeningof Britain, France and the rest of European
capitalist powers as a consequence of the destruction wrought from World
War II. While the imperialist powers tried to suppress the anti-colonial
movements, those resisting colonialism received material support from
the USSR, China, North Korea, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and later
Cuba. Formal independence was achieved by the former colonies.

'Vital interests' in Libya

Libya had been a colony of Italy and was occupied by British and French
forces in 1942. The United Nations declared Libya to be an independent
country in 1951 under the leadership of a hereditary monarch. The
monarchy was overthrown by a military coup, led by Gadaffi, in 1969.

Libya has Africa's largest oil reserves. It is also part of the oil-rich Middle
East, which U.S. imperialism considers to be a pivotal region that requires
the exercise of colonial-type control. That is what Secretary of Defense
Robert Gates means when he repeats every few hours on television that
Libya is being bombed because the region represents a "vital interest" of
the United States.

The London Conference is under the domination of the imperialists and
former colonial powers. They want to install a puppet government in Tripoli
or, as an alternative, partition the country and create client or puppet
government that would rule over Benghazi and the oil-rich eastern territory
of Libya. The new military leader of Libya's rebel forces just arrived in
Benghazi after having spent the past two decades in suburban Virginia,
according to a March 26 McClatchy Newspapers report.

The United States, Britain and France have spent over $600 million
dropping bombs and missiles on Libya in just the past week. But they do
not expect, if victorious, to necessarily become the colonial power on the
ground. The exercise of their control would likely take a different form.

Neocolonialism: Old masters, new methods

Classic colonialism featured the acquisition by the colonial entity of the
formal state power, and with it the formal and legal administrative and
military obligations that belong to government. The indigenous population
provides personnel, administrators, bureaucrats and soldiers under the
command of the hierarchal authority of the colonizers.

Classic colonialism also featured the complete control and direction of the
indigenous economy by the colonizing entity for the purpose of acquiring
natural resources, cheap labor and access to markets for the industrial
and commercial capitalist interests of the colonizer. This characteristic is
equally present in both classic colonialism and neocolonialism.

Kwame Nkrumah, the first president and prime minister of Ghana, and a
leader of the Pan-African movement, described the features of what he
called neocolonialism: "The essence of neocolonialism is that the State
which is subject to it is, in theory, independent and has all the outward
trappings of international sovereignty. In reality its economic system and
thus its political policy is directed from outside."

Nkrumah prophetically described the many variants of the new
colonialism, but placed the primacy of economic penetration as the
"normal" and central method whereby the old colonial powers retain
control over the former colonies.

"The methods and form of this direction can take various shapes. For
example, in an extreme case the troops of the imperial power may
garrison the territory of the neo-colonial State and control the government
of it. More often, however, neo-colonialist control is exercised through
economic or monetary means."

Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown in a CIA-backed military coup in 1965
while he was on a state visit to China and North Vietnam. Nkrumah was a
Marxist and a Pan-Africanist. A founder of the Organization of African Unity
(OAU), Nkrumah was the recipient in 1963 of the Lenin Peace Prize, the
Soviet Union's version of the Nobel Peace Prize. When he was ousted by a
CIA-backed military coup, all of the imperialist governments of the west
were jubilant. So much for their embrace of democracy.

The bombing war against Libya today should be condemned without
hesitation by all progressive people. This is a rich man's war. The global
imperialist order that took shape in the 1880s and continues today is the
greatest violator of human rights everywhere and the U.S. government is,
in the salient words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "the greatest purveyor of
violence in the world today."

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MEDIA ADVISORY: US Delegation to Black Arts
Festival in Senegal Next Week

High-Powered US Delegation Heading for World Festival of
Black Arts in Senegal

African American Artists, Mayors, Senators, Scientists to

For only the third time in 50 years, an unprecedented gathering
of black artists, writers, filmmakers, academics, scientists, and
other leaders in many fields will convene in Africa for an historic
celebration. The World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures,
under the auspices of President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal
and his fellow African leaders, begins Dec. 10 in Dakar,
Senegal, and will continue through Dec. 31.

A high-powered U.S. delegation of more than 200 African-American
leaders will participate in the Festival, including groups from the National
Conference of Black Mayors, the National Black Caucus of State
Legislators, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher
Education, and the African American Unity Caucus (AAUC), who will travel
to Senegal from Dec. 8 - 17 for the event. In all, thousands of delegates
from 80 countries will converge on Dakar.

Among U.S. delegates are Dr. Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey; actor
Richard Gant; jazz legend Randy Weston; Professor James Turner,
Cornell University; Dr. Johnetta Cole, Director of the National Museum of
African Art at the Smithsonian Institution; Professor Leonard Jeffries, City
University of New York; Runoko Rashidi, noted historian; Dr. Elsie Scott,
the President & CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation,
Mississippi State Sen. Frazier Hillman; New York State Sen. Bill Perkins;
Columbus (Ohio) Mayor Michael B. Coleman; Wayne Watson, president,
Chicago State University; and Ron Himes, founder/director, The Saint
Louis Black Repertory Theater.

In a letter to members of the delegation, President Wade said he looked
forward to welcoming them to Senegal. "The African Union has requested
that Senegal organize the Festival, which will be the largest global
gathering to date of black artists, writers, filmmakers, intellectuals,
scientists and other luminaries, and we anticipate that people will travel
from all over the world for the occasion,'' said President Wade.

Dr. Djibril Diallo, Coordinator of the U.S. Committee for the World Festival
of Black Arts and Cultures and Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of
UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS), said the size
and depth of the delegation underscore the historic nature of the Festival.
Melvin Foote, the President and CEO of the Constituency for Africa and the
Founder of the African American Unity Caucus, was also pleased with how
the delegation came together. Said Foote, "I think that the quality of
participants taking part in the delegation to Senegal speaks volumes
about the potential of the African Diaspora. I think the visit will provide a
unique opportunity to build trust and collaboration amongst Diaspora
leadership in the United States."

"The Festival will be a landmark event, bringing together great artists and
intellectuals from around the world to celebrate the theme of African
Renaissance," Dr. Diallo said. "The Festival will also be an important
opportunity to highlight the role of art and culture in promoting
development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
by 2015, including progress in reversing the AIDS epidemic."

One highly anticipated event is a discussion involving President Wade and
members of the National Conference of Black Mayors, the National Black
Caucus of State Legislators, the National Association for Equal
Opportunity in Higher Education and the National Basketball
Association/Africa (NBA/Africa) at the recently completed Monument of
African Renaissance on the theme of African Renaissance, looking
towards the creation of the United States of Africa in 2017, as declared by
the African Union.

While in Senegal, the delegation will meet privately with President Wade
and participate in myriad Festival activities, including attending concerts by
Rihanna, Jay-Z, Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N'Dour, and Baaba Maal; a
soccer match between Senegal and Brazil; a visit to Gorée Island,
designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in commemoration of the
painful history of the Atlantic slave trade; and participation in the Forum on
African Renaissance.

A Roundtable on Friday, Dec. 17 at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Méridien
President Hotel will focus on ways that the Festival and other cultural
activities can contribute to the achievement of the MDGs by 2015, with the
campaign against AIDS as entry point. Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of
UNAIDS and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, will give a
keynote statement, and participants will include Professor Iba Der Thiam,
Forum Chairman of the Festival; Lebohang Morake (Lebo M), Eminent
Member of the Advisory Board of the Festival and UNAIDS Goodwill
Ambassador; and Syndiely Wade, Deputy General Coordinator of the

The Festival will foster dialogue between Africa, its Diaspora, and the
entire world regarding the contributions of black cultures to humanity. The
guest of honor will be Brazil, which has one of the largest black
populations in the world. A delegation of more than 200 Brazilians is
expected in Dakar for the festivities.

This is the third World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures, following
previous festivals in Dakar in 1966 and Lagos, Nigeria in 1977. Former
Senegalese President Leopold Sedar Senghor initiated the festivals to
highlight the visible and tangible products of African peoples' struggles to
win back their dignity in a land that had only recently been returned to
African rule.

Among musical stars who will perform are Hugh Masekela (South Africa),
Salif Keita (Mali), , Bembeya Jazz (Guinea), Marcus Miller (U.S.), Habib
Koité (Mali), Chucho Valdes with the Afro-Cuban Jazz Messengers (Cuba),
Lokua Kanza (Congo),Kassav (Martinique/Guadeloupe), Alpha Blondy
(Côte d'Ivoire), Orquesta de la luz (Japan), Haitian Toubadors (Haiti),
Chico Freeman (U.S.), and I Jah Man (Jamaica).

Dr. Diallo expressed thanks to Melvin Foote, President of Constituency for
Africa; Dr. Gloria Herndon, President of GB Herndon and Associates;
Vanessa R. Williams, Executive Director of the National Conference of
Black Mayors; and LaKimba Desadier, Executive Director of the National
Black Caucus of State Legislators , for assistance with arranging for
participation by political leaders in the U.S. delegation; and to Professor
Leonard Jeffries for assistance with participation by academic experts.
Map of European Colonies in Africa
Another giant warrior
elevates to the ancestral

Transition of warrior Geronimo Pratt

Elmer 'Geronimo' Pratt, a former Black
Panther leader, dies in Tanzania



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My name is Akili Malik Nkrumah (also known as Anthony
Murphy).  As a student of Universal African Nationalism
and Pan Africanism for more than two-thirds of my life and
as the current 1st Assistant President General of the
Universal Negro Improvement Association and African
Communities League (UNIA-ACL), I share with you that
despite the accomplishments of the Honorable Marcus
Mosiah Garvey over the past 97 years, we stand today in
the midst of an internal “war” amongst the Negro race,
amongst African people.  This war seeks to divide and
destroy the powerful and historical legacy created by the
blood, sweat and tears of Mr. Garvey and the millions who
made the development of the UNIA- ACL possible.

Earlier this year in March 2011, I received a letter from one Neal
Cox who stated that he was the Counsel General for an entity
using the name UNIA-ACL that is incorporated in the state of
Ohio.  Mr. Cox advised me that he and members of his group
had federally registered the name “Universal Negro
Improvement Association and African Communities League”.  In
his letter, Mr. Cox stated that I was forever barred from using
that name in the work that I do for African people.  Mr. Cox sent
a similar letter to several other dues-paying members of the
UNIA-ACL, including elders of the UNIA-ACL – elders whose
unswerving participation in the UNIA-ACL preceded the birth of
Mr. Cox and many, if not all, of the members of his group.

When I first learned of this group’s attempts at the United States Patent
and Trademark Office, I immediately vowed to fight for the UNIA-ACL which
belongs to the “Race”. The movement spawned by our Ancestors is one in
which we all belong.  It is my fervent belief that in an attempt to further the
division amongst African People, no member of our race should attempt to
use the very governmental systems that incarcerated both The Honorable
Marcus Garvey and millions of others of our race. African people must
continue to fight to be free even against “our own” as Mr. Garvey directed
when he told us:  “ . . . [to] turn our eyes towards Africa, our ancestral home
and free it from the thraldom of alien oppression and exploitation [and from
even our own] . . . “ [From The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey
(hereinafter “Philosophy”)].  

I question what the Ohio group hopes to accomplish by its attempt to
“kidnap” for themselves alone the services and programs of the UNIA-
ACL.  They seek to stop the work of thousands in the cause for liberation.  
More specifically, they seek to keep me from doing the work that I have
done for over 40 years, the work I continue to do now and the work I will
seek to do until the day that I die on behalf of African people here in the
United States and elsewhere globally.   These persons also seek to have
me continue this struggle with them amongst the white governmental
system, seeking to have that system and those people determine what we
as African/Negro people will do with the words, works and deeds of Mr.
Garvey.  Their present actions bring truth to the words that Dr. Tony Martin
wrote in the Preface to Philosophy when he quoted Mr. Garvey as saying
that “The Negro is his own greatest enemy”.  These persons collaborate
with the enemies without to effect the downfall of the works, words and
deeds of Mr. Garvey and those who work in his name.

You all should know that I am an African warrior – born on a foreign land,
seeking in earnest to return Africa to African people, those at home and
those abroad – the same timeless dream that Mr. Garvey had and fought
for!  In my life and in my history is the life of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah
Garvey and “ . . . those countless millions of Black incarcerated in America
and  those who died in America and the West Indies and the millions in
Africa to aid [us all] in the fight for Liberty, Freedom and Life. . . “  In my life
and in my history is the story of all African people – wherever they were
born and wherever they live now!    I will forever fight for the right to retain
the right to do the work that I do – to pay the price of leadership and be the
spear of opposition to the “work” of this Ohio group.  No ruling from the
United States Patent and Trademark Office or any other legislative or
judicial branch of the United States will stop me from this work!  The
Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities
League is alive and well and the President Generals, those past, present
and future, will not falter or fail.

On the field of battle we all need to stand – together!  If we disagree, then
on the anvil of reason, we should hammer out our differences and as Our
Ancestors did in the 1970’s bring about Unity – United then we would be
the greatest entity ever attributed to African People, short of a United States
of Africa!
We can do this!  I stand ready to reason and ready to breathe Life for Us to

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