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16 June, 2007- DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD
THEME: COMBAT CHILD TRAFFICKING

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The Day of the African Child is celebrated every year on June 16th.  All over the world children and adults participate in activities around a particular theme.  The celebration each year is to remember that in 1976 hundreds of young school children in Soweto, South Africa were massacred by South African police as they protested against their inadequate and inferior education and the lack of opportunities that existed. They made demands for the right to be taught in their own language which was similar to what African American students did in the 60s by demanding relevant education and Ethnic Studies. Countries across the African continent and the world observe June 16th of each year as a time to reflect on health, education, equality, and issues regarding children in Africa. 

 

I would like to share my personal activities in helping and just being a support person for an orphanage in Brazzaville, Congo. Over the past six years I have been in communication with Pastor Francis Gadenga in Brazzaville, Congo. He is the pastor for CCB Churches and runs an orphange. I have started a project that I call Crossing Borders, NYC - Project Home to Home.  I have sent seeds for growing food, school supplies and books. I encourage others to do the same. It is time to be proactive and productive.

 

I hear a lot of discussions about the buying power of Afrikan Americans. By just recycling and by going to 99 cent stores and buying small basic items like books, school supplies and seeds we can make a difference. With just a little bit of money we can build community reading rooms and libraries in Afrika. I have found thrift stores to be a great source for books.  I work a few blocks from Strand book store in New York, and I go on my lunch hour and buy dollar books. I have found some great books to read. In two weeks I have collected over 20 books. I also hear a lot of discussion at forums about how Africans on the continent and African’s in the Diaspora need to know more about each other. We can be proactive and facilitate this need by just spending a few dollars a month.

 

As I travel through the City I am proactive in collecting for my project. A couple of weeks ago I got an email from Pastor Francis Gadenga about an infant that needed medical care and the child was brought to him. The six month old infant had a hernia and the intestines were exposed.  I was so glad to hear the next day that the Pastor was able to raise needed money for the baby’s medical care. I was so happy to hear that the infant was going to live. While walking down Third Avenue, I saw a Children’s Clothing Exchange Store and walked in.  I saw a table with for sale items. I bought some baby sleepers and asked the woman at the counter if they donated to charity.  I was told that they did sometimes. I told her about the work that I do.  I really feel that people want to do something. People want to be connected to doing something that can make a difference. Eva at the counter was almost weeping when we started to talk about the plight of children and she asked me to come back in about a week, and she would see what she could do.  I came back in a week, and we were both practically weeping as I gathered the bag of baby clothes and stuffed animals.  I feel that there are forces moving us all to share and to connect in meaningful ways.

 

The UJAMMA Farming Project’s Political Education Program needs your support for their political education program. They need books about colonialism, Pan Africanism, African history, Black Nationalism, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrick Lumumba, Ahmed Seku Ture, etc.

 

Please contact: Sister Adwoa Masozi Editor of the Ujamma Report by email at: Zimbabwe_project@yahoo.com

 

Sincerely,

 

Linda Fletcher

 

AU6 New York

 

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Letter From Brother Shaka Barak

President of the Marcus Garvey Institute  

 

Fellow members of the African race greetings,

 

It is a pleasure to read the words of Africans who are so well read. I enjoy reading the hundreds of articles from my email written by the well read who do battle on the intellectual battle field. They attempt to give the solutions to the problems of our African race at home in Africa and abroad. However, if it was easy to implement these solutions that they propose, they would have been done a long time ago. Let me also join in this exercise by proposing my prescriptions for what ails the African World. Africans need leaders who can take their own ideas and make them work for them in the organizing and mobilizing the masses of our people on a local, national, and international level. Let us build institutions of our own before trying to transport those ideas abroad or tell some "leaders" hundreds or thousands of miles away what they should or should not do or criticize them for not being man or woman enough to do this or do that. Where are our new Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garveys? He was a leader who did more with less between 1914-1920 within his Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League, than any of us have been able or willing to do in the 21st century. He gave us a blue print, yet in 66 years since his death, we have not produced one who has acquired the will to build, not only talk, in the interest of the 1.2 billion African Peoples of the World that even comes close to his achievements of establishing a movement.

 

To use the idea of "will power", so often mentioned as lacking among our people, ought to help us realize that the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey had more will power in the finger nail of his baby finger than most of the intellectuals you can gather at the United Nations in one day. The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey was the perfect example of the kind of leaders we talk about, dream of and ought to be trying to imulate. The fact of the matter is that far too often we really dont want to pay the price of pain, blood and death that the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey paid for us. Our environment, our education, our research and our passion lacks the stuff that makes heroes, sheroes, martyrs, saints, statesmen, philosophers and scholars all rolled into one.

 

We have a character flaw called leaderlessness that makes us point our fingers at others and not place demands on ourselves so that through precept and example we can influence other leaders by showing them what we can do. The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey in 1914 asked where is the Black Mans government etc...Then he concluded, "I will help to make them." Where are the scholars who are saying I will help to make, build, develop and create the things that I see need to be in this new African World?  After 66 years we ought to be asking what did the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey do, how did he do it and how do we do what he did and more? That is the conversation we should have in addition to showing how great we are at researching, writing, talking and criticizing.  If our character flaws will not let us be like or be even greater than the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, then we had better start building the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey Centered Schools to train a generation of future heroes, sheroes, saints, martyrs, statesmen, stateswomen and geniuses. We have far more to work with today than the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey began with 93 years ago.

 

Today we know the price we have to pay if we seek to redeem our race and our Motherland Africa, because every trick in the book was used against not only the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey but everybody who came after him. We also know how to eat to live, and reduce our stress so that we dont leave the movement at age 52 like the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey because our health failed us. My words are to encourage, so what ever you do never stop learning. 

 

Up You Mighty Race We Can Accomplish and Not Just Talk About, What We Will.

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Sustainable Development

Natural Earth & Alternative Building Techniques:

As Empowerment Tools  for Building Communities

 

 

During our Ancient History we (Africans) were and understood sustainability. Our sciences were a part of our culture and not a separate department from everything day life. They existed within our every day existence.

 

As we look at the world’s environment and the impact of modern industrialization it because clear to any thinking person that there has to be change and our methods of growing food, energy use, etc. etc. must change.

 

Below, please find an article by Elder Linda Fletcher who has spent many years working towards a Sustainable Future.

 

Also, at the end of the article is an extensive list for group and self study.

Please Click Article - Sustainable Living and Development

FORWARD EVER, BACKWARDS NEVER!

AFRICA MUST UNITE AND AFRICANS MUST UNITE!