The New York Town Hall Gathering January 15, 2007 The PAOC
Marcus Garvey, Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and a host of other Black legends all acknowledged that in
order for Blacks worldwide to change the paradigm of disrespect and exploitation we face daily, Africans in the Diaspora and
the continent had to find effective ways to re-connect and work toward the unification of the continent into a giant country.
That Union of African States would have the leverage in international relations to change for the better how Africans see
themselves and how Africans are seen.
The African Union, the current all-African body that is establishing
itself to speak for, negotiate for and work for such African unification, has invited the Diaspora to join that process as
voting members with 53 continental African countries in order to move as quickly as possible toward that future. We, in the
Diaspora, must organize ourselves in an unprecedented way in order to accept that invitation. The process of Diasporan organization--from
the community-based and grass roots levels to the Black intellectual and well-heeled levels--is underway. In every state in
the USA, the move is on to conduct widely publicized Town
Hall gatherings to educate Black folk on what this invitation means, to elect a Community Council of Elders, and to begin
to nominate experienced Black activists to be elected African Union Representatives. This is very serious business folks.
On January 6th, at WhiteRockBaptistChurch
in Harlem, from to , New York held its Town Hall meeting. A coalition of community-based
(civil society) groups, led by the Ghana Nkwanta Project organization, publicized the gathering for two months via the Internet,
phone calls, newspaper columns, radio broadcasts, flyers, word-of-mouth, etc.
For over five hours representatives from the Pan Afrikan Organizing
Committee and WHADN (Western Hemispheric African Diasporan Network) dialogued with regular community residents and members
of various Black-oriented groups such as the African National Pioneer Movement, the UNIA-ACL., the Black Panther Party, the
Nation of Islam, from all five boroughs, and from both upstate and central New York (and Maryland). The Kuumba Reporter was
there (bringing in Harambee Radio) as was the New York Beacon.
After and during a consistently lively discussion, a set of Minimum
Qualifications for the Community Council of Elders was agreed upon through African consensus, then a fifteen-member CCOE was
immediately elected, a set of Minimum Qualifications for New York's African
Representatives was agreed upon, and 25 people from all over New York were nominated.
It was agreed that on January 27th, the CCOE would meet again and finish planning out the rest of the process. Anyone who
wants to nominate himself/herself or someone else from New York should get in
touch with Sister Adunni at (718-448-8490), or Brother Ali at (917-748-7130) by or before January 27th.
The meeting on January 27th will establish a firm date for the
community Caucus at which 2 New York AU Representatives will be elected, plus up to 6 Observers (most probably February 24,
2007). A letter will be sent out by the CCOE to each nominee to submit resume material which demonstrates compliance with
the Minimum Qualifications agreed upon at the Town Hall gathering, and the CCOE will prepare an Election Ballot for the Caucus
based on that submitted information. The Black community coalition that coordinated and hosted this successful gathering needs
to be congratulated for a job very well done. New York is in the house. So is
California. So are the Central American States. Maryland
is on the way. So is Washington state and Oregon.
South Carolina and Texas are moving.
Brazil is on the way. Canada
is on the way. Are you moving ahead on this project in your state or area of the Diaspora? Do not miss this train !!