Africanism or Continentalism; Unity of People or Geographical Unity
11 May 2013
Our attention has been drawn to the fact that during the last three months, some parties have set up a rival process towards an 8th Pan-African Congress. This has been done despite the fact that our process started a few years ago. Indeed, we have already had two preparatory committee meetings.
The 1st Preparatory Committee Meeting Towards the 8th PAC took place at the Garden Court, Sandton, in Johannesburg from the 7th – 8th January 2010. Present were; Prof. Dani Wadada Nabudere, Prof. Mammo Muchie, Dr. Simphiwe Sesanti, Dr. Yvonne King, Adv. Sipho Mantula, Mr. Andile Mngxitama, Ms. Alyxandra Gomes Nunes, Adv. Sabelo Sibanda, Mr. Kwasi Adu-Amankwah, Ms. Zandi Radebe, Adv. Bankie Bankie, Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba, Prof. Kenneth Simmons, Gen. Olasehinde Ishola Williams and Prof. Kwesi Kwaa Prah.
The 2nd Preparatory Committee Meeting for the 8th Pan African Congress was held at the Sandton Convention Centre and Garden Court, Johannesburg on the 31 August to September 02, 2012. Present were; Prof. Sassongo Silue, Adv. Bankie Bankie, Ms. Alyxandra Gomes Nunes, Prof. Mammo Muchie, Mr Adu Amankwah, Mr. Anthony Kalu, Dr. Jahlani Niaah, Gen. Ishola Williams, Prof. Carol Boyce Davies, Dr. Mcebisi Ndletyana, Dr. Simphiwe Sesanti and Prof. Kwesi Kwaa Prah. Prof. Dani Wadada Nabudere was deceased.
It is from the outset important to explain that in our perception the difference between the two efforts is ideological. They indeed represent two profoundly divergent understandings of the Pan-African agenda and methodological prerequisites for the achievement of a renaissance and effective unity. The contestation is healthy because it brings out into the open issues which have remained unresolved for a half-century and more. If we do not resolve or at least lay bare these disputes we will continue to gyrate in inconsequential philosophical orbits ...
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GCA Statement on Racial Killing
Note from the Ghana Caribbean Association
The Ghana Caribbean Association notes with horror the wanton killing of another unarmed black young man by a member of the police force in the USA in the line of duty.
Whether the man was guilty of a crime or misdemeanor or not, his being shot to death as if he were some dangerous wild animal was criminal; let alone his having been shot multiple times as if to make sure that he was dead.
In a society where even animals are protected from being mistreated one must come to the conclusion that in the USA black men are regarded as less than animals and treated worse than beasts.
We of the black race must of necessity regard these attacks by the police as a threat to and infringement of the rights of our members wherever they reside - within or without the USA. Indeed, most of us have sons, brothers, nephews, grandchildren or relatives in the US and must regard them all at risk: an endangered species at the hands of trigger happy racist agents of the United States.
For centuries the black race has been under siege at the hands of other races. From the horrifying days of the slave trade and slavery to the present era, the lives of people who happen to be black have been at risk, and they have been threatened with extinction even as we have survived the plague, syphilis and AIDS. Now we are battling with the dreaded killer disease Ebola and the agents of the USA – the police force. God help us.
Marcus Garvey was right when he warned that unless we come together and build up a strong nation as the Japanese and the Chinese have done we will know no peace, no justice at the hands of the wealthy and the strong, whether we live in America or Asia or Europe or a weak and impoverished Africa.