Pan Africanism : Harry Belafonte honored in DC

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  1. brother Malik

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    Harry Belafonte is being honored for his lifetime of service. This event will be held in DC so any Destee members who are in the area may want to attend. Danny Glover and Julianne Malveaux will also speak at the event. It's good to see this happen for Brother Belafonte. He has been a tireless activist for Black empowerment for 40 years. And he never minces his words. His vicious attacks on racism are so bold and scathing that mainstream media try to portray him as madman. It's rare and beautiful to hear a brother speak the truth about our circumstance without the slightest concern for the white man's perception of what was said. It will be a good event.

    Malik


    TransAfrica Forum
    Events March 15, 2006

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    Legendary Harry Belafonte to be presented with the inaugural Amilcar Cabral International Freedom Award at the March 31 Luncheon
    On Friday, March 31 TransAfrica will honor Harry Belafonte for a lifetime of service to the cause of truth, peace and justice in Africa, the Diaspora and the world. Mr. Belafonte will be presented with the inaugural Amilcar Cabral International Freedom Award . Amilcar Cabral, an agronomist, political theorist and freedom fighter who led the successful movements against Portuguese colonial rule in Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau, epitomized the global struggle for cultural democracy. Harry Belafonte is a citizen-artist whose life contribution to all humanity embodies the spirit of Cabral. The award will be presented at TransAfrica Forum’s Annual Foreign Policy Luncheon at noon on March 31st, 2006 in the Blackburn Center on the campus of Howard University.

    The luncheon is a part of the two-day annual Foreign Policy Weekend that TransAfrica Forum hosts each year in Washington, D.C. during which we explore different areas of foreign policy as it relates to Africa.
    @ Howard University, Blackburn Center, Washington, DC
    Visit http://www.transafricaforum.org/luncheon.html to register for the luncheon
    (Separate Ticket Required)

    TransAfrica Annual Conference--March 31 - April 1, 2006, @ Howard University, Blackburn Center, Washington, DC

    Theme--RETURN TO THE SOURCE:
    A VIEW OF AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA THROUGH THE LENS OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN AFRICA, THE CARIBBEAN, EUROPE, LATIN AMERICA AND THE UNITED STATES

    March 31st and April 1st
    @ Howard University, Blackburn Center
    Visit http://www.transafricaforum.org/conference.html to register online

    This conference promises to be an exciting opportunity to engage in dynamic sessions for:


     Organizing the U.S. Diaspora

     Developing strategies and tactics for connecting international issues and movements to a broader and more progressive sector here in the U.S.

     Identifying and addressing the challenges to Diasporan organizing here in the U.S.

     Determining how we maintain dynamic ties across national boundaries

    On Friday, March 31st at the Foreign Policy Luncheon, we will honor the legendary entertainer and political activist Harry Belafonte for his lifetime commitment to Africa’s children throughout the world. Mr. Belafonte will be presented with the Amilcar Cabral International Freedom Award. The award is named for the African freedom fighter Amilcar Cabral who organized farmers and common people to overthrow the Portuguese government’s colonial rule in Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau in the 1960’s. The theme of the conference, RETURN TO THE SOURCE , is from Cabral’s written work. Mr. Belafonte will deliver the keynote address at the Foreign Policy Luncheon.

    Seating is limited, so please make your reservations now for this a not-to-be-missed event.

    Preliminary Conference Program

    Featured Panelists Include: Reinaldo Bolivar , Venezuelan Vice Minister for Africa; Actor-Activist Danny Glover ; Bolaji Aluko , Howard University; Brima Conteh of Diaspora Afrique (Paris); Sameer Dossani of 50 Years is Enough; James Early , TransAfrica Forum Board Member; Zeinab Eyega of Sauti Yetu Center for African Women; Chucho Garcia of Afro-Venezuelan Network; Wanjiru Kamau of African Immigration and Refugee Foundation; Malia Lazu of Progressive Majority; Julianne Malveaux of Last Word Productions; Zenaida Mendez of NOW; Luis Murillo of Lutheran World Relief; Maya Rockeymoore of Global Policy Solutions; Damu Smith of National Black Environmental Justice Network; and Emira Woods of Foreign Policy In Focus.

    Friday, March 31, 2006
    8 am – 4 pm Registration

    9 am – 10:30 Opening Plenary: Tell No Lies : Presentations and Facilitated Q&A

    10:45-12:15 Back to the Source: The Pan-African Movement 2006 : A strategic collection of informational sessions chosen to illuminate issues, dynamics, and realities in and among the nations of the African Diaspora.
    1. Migration, Immigration and Underdevelopment: Movement of African and Diasporan Peoples : This panel will look at the complicated realities of migration: its root causes, the challenges of African peoples in motion, the nations and policies that meet them at their borders, and the political and economic dynamics nurturing these new and changing diasporas.

    2. Getting to Genuine Equality: Women, Oppression, and Movements : Women and women’s movements have shaped society and history throughout time. Women play a vital role in shaping progressive democracies and fighting for economic empowerment. Yet, women still bear unique oppression locally, nationally and globally within very differing political and economic systems. This panel will offer a glimpse into the struggles women activists still face and how those activists are working to change the current paradigm.

    3. U.S. Intervention in Africa and the Diaspora: Foreign Policy Tailspin? The United States has paid no more than lip service to honest engagement in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. This panel will review recent patterns of U.S. foreign policy in critical parts of the globe, and alternative strategies from within and without the U.S.

    4. Alternatives to Neo-liberalism: Empire's End? African and African Diasporan countries and communities, especially in Latin America, are actively seeking economic and governance alternatives to the neoliberal policies of deregulation, privatization, and abandonment of the poor. Campaigns by civil society and governments against national debt in developing countries; the stringent policies of the world trade organization; and the electoral turn towards participatory democracy and new leaders hold possibilities for new economic and political paradigms.

    5. Sovereignty, Natural Resources and Environmental Justice : Oil, water, forests, plant life, and minerals are critical resources in jeopardy as a result of wasteful consumption, dwindling natural resources, exploitative economic policy, violent land theft, and foreign militarization of Africa and Diasporan countries and communities. This panel will explore the interplay between politics, economics, the ongoing exploitation of natural resources in African and Diasporan countries and the misuse and destruction of land and environment in global black communities.
    12:30 – 2:15 Luncheon: Amilcar Cabral International Freedom Award Luncheon Guest of Honor and Awardee: Harry Belafonte

    2:30 – 4:30 All Friday A.M. Sessions will be repeated Friday P.M. from 2:30 to 4:30 .

    Saturday, April 1, 2006
    8:00 – 10:00 Registration

    9:30 – 11:30 Saturday Plenary: Reports from the Breakouts/Moving the U.S. Diaspora A report and Q&A session between groups, followed by respondents addressing the intersection of the international community and the U.S., looking at potential, current dynamics in the various movements’ synergy.

    12:00 to 1:30 Special Luncheon Plenary - Haiti: A Debacle of Human Rights and Foreign Policy. Special Guest Speaker

    1:30 – 3:00 Session: " Cultural Democracy: Youth Rising!" This special session will review the role of youth culture in politics today, prospects and challenges, and global connections in Africa and the African Diaspora.

    3:30 – 5:00 Facilitated dialogue- selected commentary from participants/ Closing remarks

    CHECK FOR REGULAR PROGRAM UPDATES AT WWW.TRANSAFRICAFORUM.ORG

    Don’t Miss Out On Being A Part Of This Historic Event On March 31st and April 1st!
    Register by Friday, March 17, 2006 for the TransAfrica Forum Annual Conference and Luncheon before tickets prices rise!

    For More Information: Visit www.transafricaforum.org

    Or Call 202-223-1960 Ext. 116
     
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    That is great!

    By the way, Dr. Julianne Malveaux is one of my correspondence.

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    Definitely a well deserved honor!
     
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