CALL FOR THE 8TH PAN AFRICAN CONGRESS
We, Africans, of the African continent, the Diaspora survivors of the Trans- Atlantic, and Indian Ocean slave trade, and recent emigrants from Africa dispersed throughout the world, moving from objects to subjects of history at this most critical juncture of Africa’s narrative urgently and enthusiastically make the call for principled unity of all African people.
Evermore weary from the 500 years continuum of imperialist enslavement, colonialism, neocolonialism, mass incarceration, war and anti-Black racism we can no longer remain silent and passive. The global norm of the imperialist dominion of western cultural world order linked to transnational corporate capital, the military interventions of NATO/AFRICOM, xenophobic micro-nationalism and politico-religious militarist organizations undermine our efforts to create a self-actuating, prosperous and unified African world. We African peoples, Pan African activists, bring to bear our collective right and will for self-determination in making the call for the 8th Pan African Congress to bring to the forefront an agenda of action to resist and overcome the continuation of our exploitation and to reconstruct our African world.
We make the call to those at home and those abroad; those born on the continent of Africa and those of the Diaspora, all survivors whose ancestors braved invasion, kidnap, rape, forced labor, social and cultural deconstruction and dehumanization. We make the call to those who remember and will never forget our identity, our shared history and our birthright.
We recognize and salute Continental and Diaspora leadership, community organizations and institutions of African peoples at all levels of struggle that have been working to bring about closer political, social and economic aggregation and integration among Africans. We the survivors of invasion, enslavement and dispersal, colonization, anti-Black racism, internecine conflict and neo-imperialist economic exploitation seek greater mobilization, participation and inclusion in the institutions, strategic planning and implementation of actions to emancipate and reconstruct our world.
It is time now to rejuvenate the Pan African Movement to make Africa whole, To make Africa a place of prosperity, life affirming social, economic, cultural, political and spiritual justice. The situation and life conditions for African peoples on the continent and the Diaspora are in perpetual crisis and survival mode of existence. The re-balkanization, re-colonization and military occupation of the continent is currently in full swing. The life chances and living conditions of African people globally continues to occupy the bottom rung of all national and international indices as a direct result of institutional racism and economic exploitation.
We are not cowed by AFRICOM and its robot killing machines, the French Foreign Legion, NATO bellicosity, United States’ covert activities and neo-apartheid cultural hegemony, transnational corporate economic machinations or the self-indulgent political-economic elite African globalization compradors. With this in mind, with life and death urgency we bring to bear our historical legacy enshrined in the immortal words of the Rt. Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, “Africa for the Africans those at home and those abroad”.
Therefore we Pan African activists, delegation organizers, leaders, participants and attendees of the 7th PAC – including Prof. Kazu Wamba-dia-Wamba (Congo), Prof. Ikaweba Bunting (Tanzania), Deo Lukyamuzi, (Uganda), Stella Sabitti (Uganda) Khafra Kambon (one of two Diaspora members of the African Union Economic and Social Council of the Civil Society wing of the AU from Trinidad) and Felipe Noguera (Trinidad and Tobago) call for the establishment of a planning committee of principled Pan Africanists, who uphold honesty, integrity, accountability and transparency to solicit global inputs for a Pan African agenda for the 21st Century for Africa and Africans, those at home and those abroad in building the 8th Pan African Congress, to chart the way forward for unity, self-determination and social and economic justice on the African continent and for African people globally.
It was a Trinidadian, Henry Sylvester Williams who convened the First Pan African Congress in 1901 at the beginning of the 20th century. We are calling for the 8th Pan African Congress to be convened in the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago in July/August 2014 in the beginning of the 21st century.
Cognizant of the long suffering of Black people in all nations and regions wherever we live, but especially in areas of conflict, environmental degradation and economic disparity on the continent of Africa and also including the Caribbean, South America and Africa-America; aware of the revolutionary renaissance amongst indigenous peoples in South America that is engendering resistance to imperialism and a strengthened identity with the African world and oppressed peoples globally; in the spirit of the historical solidarity between Africans fighting against enslavement and South Americans fighting against colonization as exemplified by the cooperation and solidarity between Toussaint L’ouverture and Haitian Revolution and Simon Bolivar and South American Revolution we think it therefore appropriate and inspirational to convene the 8th Pan African Congress in Trinidad and Tobago the birth place of the Pan African congresses as part of the rejuvenation and resuscitation of a grass Roots Pan African peoples’ movement and the inclusion of the South American Diaspora a heretofore underrepresented constituency of the Pan African World . We are compelled to act. We are compelled to unite.
We invite you to join our effort to convene the 8th Pan African Congress.
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