heading down there now. ANYONE CAN COME. apologies for the late notice

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Can the citizens of the Great Lakes region and their friends around the world project the picture of atrocities being committed by Kagame and Museveni into the homes of Westerners’ families? They know that most of these Europeans don’t have anything against them and would be appalled to learn more about those crimes, the responsibility of their governments, and do something about it

This is what the campaign Dying in the Great Lakes is trying to do. Please join us in Piccadilly Circus [London] on October 19th, 2013 from 11:00 am.

The group is inviting people especially living in London to participate to the event organised this coming Saturday 19/10/13 at Piccadilly Circus from 11:00 onward and denounce continuing atrocities being committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo where Congolese and Rwandan youth forced into fighting are killed in masses. And this has been going almost for the last 20 years. The West has become indifferent to that situation. The group is mobilizing Africans to come out in numbers to tell the West to stop their indifference.

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Today in 1977, brotha Steve Biko’s life was taken in Azania / South Africa by the racist Apartheid regime

officially

he was actually already dead from having been captured and tortured by the Police almost a month before. he was then driven to Pretoria pointlessly. all he wanted was his people to be free: mentally, spiritually and culturally. that’s all most Africans want. he gave his life for the cause. our efforts may pale in comparison but… at least make the effort

only 30 years young

BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL

© Steve Biko

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A 50 year African Development Plan: Wanna contribute? Have a read within

A 50 year African Development Plan: Wanna contribute?

as usual the ever brilliant, Rising Continent blog gives up the goods with this post born out of a Facebook group I’m a part of. written by Cecile Johnson, it’s an epic read. no TL; DR here. it’s worth your time

what I like about this impassioned essay is that it almost perfectly strikes the right balance between subjective, objective, factual and personal. I haven’t come across a balanced combination in a while

the piece uses the example of the Foreign Direct Investment of the Marshall Plan (which saved Europe after the 2nd World War) to provide cursory analysis at the hypocritical, abject lack of similar efforts across Africa

then the title is what it’s all about however with an idea of an 8 stage African Development Plan. this plan is not only active with Cecile leaving his contact details at the end (plus see end quote of this piece) but in some ways I’m reminded of the appendix to the famous The Destruction of African Civilisation by Chancellor Williams which detailed a theoretical structure of what an actual African (not a European structure maintained and run by Africans) government institution should look like. it was a bit surprising to see the African Union mentioned here as despite the rhetoric I’m not sure they really stand for the kind of PanAfrican unity and purpose Cecile is alluding to. apart from that it’s a brave attempt to encompass such a multifarious topic. critics may balk at the lack of certain hard math or stats but put them to one side… this is well worth your time. click the hyperlink at the beginning of this of you want more. I’ll end with this

We have the minds, we have the bodies, we must now have the will. I ask that you join me and sign up to be a member of the brain trust. Help fund the creation of the databases, participate in the needs assessment, recruit for the leadership academy, share your ideas for Africa with each other and seek ways to make them come true. We are only as strong as our weakest link, so let us unite and come together and work on an African Development Plan that unites all the minds of our people worldwide

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I agree... unfortunately. it would be nice for humans to not be injust without the use of power...but such is life and it has to be done

this is not a slight to the OG MLK Jr. that’s not possible from me. I’m just trying to take personal stock of what the speech means to me in 2013. as Global African people approach end game status in our various locales, there is so so much to do. however thank you Martin and all the others involved in the Civil Rights Era from small to tall however for standing up and being counted. when the bell tolled, you decided to listen

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It’s 50 yrs to the day of Martin Luther King Jr.s ‘I have a dream’ speech but I find myself thinking about Marcus Mosiah Garvey

stand up. be counted. don’t shirk responsibility

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If I go to Notting Hill Carnival tomorrow, it’ll be the first time in 10 years

and I used to live 10 minutes away from the event. in fact, we used to stand outside and just watch crowds of people (we were mainly watching girls to be honest) going from the station all the way up to Edgware Road and then all the way back in the evening. good times

my interest waned when I saw the first Trance float then a House float or something. then randoms goons with masks on scaring peeps for no reason. then too many man dem that we knew wearing those shiny Sean Jean / Bushi / Johnny Blaze jean suits (that I still have never figured out if they were fake) posted up just watching each other. then some s*** going down at the former Westwood area. these were isolated incidents however

I went back street evangelizing with my old church back in 03′ I think. one dude gave his life…then that was me done

my mood towards the event soured further when I realised that the event was a more or less a cultural safari: a lot of non – African (Black) people smiling, suddenly feeling irie, eating chicken, corn, drinking Red Stripe, wearing RGG wristbands. funnily enough these same people would transform into the same people screwing me on public transport and clutching their bags the very next day

it was around this time that I stepped back to think “what is this event really about?” I discovered Claudia Jones. then the final nail in my interest coffin was brotha Toyin getting treated like a criminal for trying to start a remembrance for her one year

I think a lot. all the time. especially the relationships of power that involve Global African people. it’s kept me in good stead. sometimes it holds you back. so I may go back tomorrow. we’ll see

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Idris is holding a rave yeah? this is like 10 minutes from where I used to live. I hear the areas in a state of gentrification. so it goes I guess

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