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Pan-Africanism Today: A Time for Transcontinental Cooperation
October 14, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Revolutionary Pan-Africanist and President of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara was assassinated On October 15, 1987. Thirty years later, PanAfricanists throughout the globe will commemorate the monumental life of Sankara by shining a light on the vibrant PanAfrican movements unfolding in the global African community.
In Azania (South Africa) an advanced political party known as the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is leading a radicalized youth movement in ways not seen since the anti-Apartheid resistance. In Francophone Africa, grassroots movements, intellectuals, journalists and other formations have launched an intensive campaign against the CFA Franc, a neo-colonial currency used in 14 African countries. In Togo, a people’s movement spearheaded by Pan-Africanists has been protesting in the streets to bring an end the over 50-year, neo-colonial regime of the Eyadema family.
Elsewhere in the African world, thousands of Afro-Colombians and indigenous people descended on Colombia’s largest international port and shut it down last June. They protested against human rights violations carried out by the Colombian government. These are just a few examples of the struggle for self-determination, justice and dignity for African/Black lives.
The October 14th, conference will highlight the need for the Pan-African movement to forge inter-continental projects, connections and concrete working relations.
Joins us! This 30th Anniversary’s speakers include:
- Faye Joomay, Deputy Coordinator of the Pan Africanist Federalist Movement
- Amber Murrey, Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at American University in Cairo, Egypt
- Brian Peterson, Associate Professor at Union College, New York,
- Sean Blackmon, ANSWER Coalition
- Selome Gerima, writer and Pan Africanist
West African cuisine will be served.
This event is free and open to the public but a suggested $5 donation will be requested at the door to defray costs. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Endorsers: Party for Socialism and Liberation, ANSWER Coalition, Friends of the Congo, All-African People Revolutionary Party, Africa World Now Project, Revival of Panafricanism Forum, Institute for Policy Studies, Pan-African Community Action (PACA), and Black Alliance for Peace.