Africa

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We are now in the midst of an epoch of death and mass extinction. Conventional approaches are failing. Social and ecological regeneration must be rooted in communities of liberation and solidarity. The new book, Between Earth and Empire: From the Necrocene to the Beloved Community, by celebrated philosopher and educator John P. Clark explores significant recent progress in this direction, including indigenous movements of the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Democratic Autonomy Movement in Rojava, in West Papua, and many more. Longtime human rights activist, educator, organizer Matt Meyer joins this conversation with his own work on international and intersectional organizing. This is a call to arms for the rebirth of a libertarian and communitarian social imaginary, and the flourishing of a free cooperative community globally. Join us!

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With the end of the Trump regime in sight, it is time to bring ideas into the Democratic primary for a sharp left turn in US foreign policy. Under Trump, support has been extended to fascists, dictators and oppressors, and this obviously must end. While undermining human rights at home, China has been able to pose as friends of the environment despite building more and more coal-fired electric plants. The Belt and Road program has resulted in crushing debt burdens and eroding sovereignty for developing countries in South Asia and the Indian Ocean areas. The next US administration must therefore be pressed to adopt a policy of debt relief and debt moratorium for less wealthy countries -- a policy that will in effect be paid for by Wall Street, China, and other big money powers. Needy people cannot be free, so comprehensive economic development is necessary. Marshall Plans are part of the answer. The Belt and Road is all high-interest loans, but the original Marshall Plan was 85% grants and gifts, and only 15% loans. A good place to start is by implementing the $30 billion Marshall Plan for central America proposed by Mexican President Lopez Obrador. Zero percent financing for such Marshall Plans should come from a special Federal Reserve window, not from tax increases or new borrowing.

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This event discusses the nature of democratic and revolutionary movements in Africa today in the context of the latest dynamics of neocolonialism and global capitalism in 2019

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What does the labor movement look like in Africa today? What are the dynamics and theories of revolutionary socialism on the Continent? We explore these questions with the chairman of the African Socialist Movement, a Pan-Africanist and revolutionary socialist movement based in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

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Since the end of slavery in the United States in the 19th century the question of reparation to slaves and their descendants has been a topic of conversation. The unfinished process of Reconstruction of the South left unfilled the promise of 40 Acres and a mule to Black Americans. More recently, in the 2016 presidential campaign and currently in the run up to the nomination of the Democratic Party presidential campaign the topic of reparations has surfaced yet again. While most candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination easily gave lip service to the idea of reparations and to support for H.R. 40. which promises to study reparations, Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders was initially skeptical.This panel aims to put reparations and socialism in a historical framework which clarifies current debate by exploring three discussion questions: 1) What do meaningful reparations to descendants of slavery look like? 2) How do can reparations be won and can they be achieved under capitalism? 3) Is there is socialist case for reparations for slavery?

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What ever happened to Pan-Africanism? What has become of this once powerful current in black thought? During its heyday in the 1950s and 60s, in the vanguard of the anti-colonial struggle, it seriously vied for state power and for a minute, it exerted influence in those corridors. Is Pan-Africanism still relevant today?

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In this session we will explore the rising movement to dismantle “Francafrique,” a particularly destructive form of neocolonialism that affects 14 countries in Africa, and influences many more. Propelled into popular awareness by French activist and economist François-Xavier Verschave in his 1999 bestseller La Françafrique: le plus long scandale de la République, the critique of Francafrique has been popularized within the French left through various efforts including La France Insoumise movement and Jean Luc Melenchon’s 2017 presidential campaign. With leading strategists and organizers from throughout some of the most misunderstood parts of the continent, the panel puts modern-day resistance and decolonization struggles into historic contexts which gives hope for the future. With discussion of best-practice tactics, unity across borders, and collective visions of and end to all forms of colonialism — direct, economic, cultural, gendered, and otherwise we will explore new ways forward for solidarity and Pan-Africanism.

This panel will feature African diaspora activists from Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, DRC, Chad and Ambazonia who are working in close relationship with grassroots home-front movements against French neocolonialism. Questions we will seek to unpack include: What is happening on the ground in these countries? What is the historical context of these struggles? What is the role of Francafrique in the issues people are mobilizing around? What are the limits of the critique of Francafrique? How does the critique of Francafrique relate to critiques of other colonial and neocolonial influences, and other forms of oppression within the fabric of these societies? What coalitional work is going on to bring these voices together internationally? What forms of international solidarity are needed?

We are honored to dedicate this panel to the late Bill Sutherland, unofficial ambassador between Kwame Nkrumah’s pan-African movement and the African American civil rights movement, in this the year of his centenary. The panel will feature Matt Meyer, co-author with Sutherland of Guns and Gandhi in Africa: Pan-African Insights on Nonviolence, Armed Struggle and Liberation, one of the few texts which has sounded the alarm about Francafrique to the English-speaking world.

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NYC
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Key presentation by ANWO President Yejide Orunmila, laying out the conditions of African people in Africa, in the US and throughout the world and the role that the attack on Africa, the capture of African people as commodities, their stolen labor for 500 years and ongoing colonial oppression created the foundation of the capitalist system and the grave disparities between the black community and the white community in which white families generally have 22 times the wealth of African families. Discusses why Reparations must be a revolutionary demand. Multi-media presentation by Penny Hess, Chair of the African People's Solidarity Committee and author of the book, "Overturning the Culture of Violence," presenting the facts and data about the actual wealth generated for Europe and white America by the theft of the labor, culture, land and resources of African people here and around the world and how this is the basis for the white side of the disparity equation and the basis for our social wealth. Why it is in the interest of white people to pay reparations to African people as the basis for true socialism on this planet. Presentations followed brief videos on the Black Power Blueprint Projects for political and economic power in the hands of the African working class communities.

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LA
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The U.S. has recently sent troops to 35 African countries. We are building a drone base in Niger, supporting France in Mali, played a key role in Libya and are keeping an eye on the continued radicalization in North Africa. Panelists will discuss the increasing military moves of the U.S. in Africa. The panel will include African American antiwar leaders, Margaret Kimberly, Abayomi Azikiwe and Ana Edwards, who recently returned from Mali as well at Patrick Bond.