Africa’s Future in African Hands Tour in St Pete, FL on May 2nd was a huge success!
Mother’s Day Event: Don’t miss your last opportunity to attend an AFIAH tour event. Nurse-Midwife Mary Koroma will be speaking at the final event of the nationwide tour on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm. Location: Akwaaba Hall, 1245 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. More information: 727-821-6620.
The St. Pete stop on the international “Africa’s Future in African Hands” tour was a huge success, winning resources and support for the programs of the African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP), an organization of the Uhuru Movement. The AAPDEP in Sierra Leone, West Africa, is headed up by Nurse-Midwife Mary Koroma.
Nurse Mary was the main speaker at the event. Her presentation, exposing the conditions of poverty and oppression faced by Africans and the wide array of projects that are being built by Africans in AAPDEP in West Africa, profoundly impacted everyone in attendance, and moved many to contribute resources to this work, which was the goal of the tour.
In a country that is plagued by the ongoing legacy of colonialism, Sierra Leone has the highest rate of infant and maternal mortality rates in the world. While NGOs and “charity” organizations assume that the problem is some kind of deficiency of African people, AAPDEP correctly understands that the problem faced by Africans is a lack of self-determination. Africa is the richest continent on the planet in terms of natural resources. Sierra Leone produces the highest quality diamonds in the world, but those diamonds do not benefit the people of Sierra Leone. If Africans had control of their own resources, it is Europe and the United States who would be asking for charity. Africans would be the richest people on the planet.
Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, gave a presentation exposing how the real problem is colonialism, a system of plunder and theft of Africa’s resources. The solution, as AADPEP and Nurse Mary are proving, is African self-determination.
“Africa’s Future in African Hands” (AFIAH) was a tremendous opportunity for those of us in the US and Europe, particularly in the white community who benefit from all of the resources stolen from African people, to take an active stand of solidarity with the struggle of Africans for self-determination and freedom from colonial rule.
Gaida Kambon, Secretary General of the African People’s Socialist Party, which leads the Uhuru Movement, gave a presentation that placed the work of AAPDEP in the context of the APSP’s overall strategy to build programs that empower African people to seize control of the means of production. Comrade Gaida’s presentation laid bare the difference between a charity organization, which demoralizes the African population and treats them as needy and helpless, and the self-determination programs of AAPDEP, built on the principle that Africans in control of their own destinies will be able to solve the crises faced by Africans around the world.
Camilla Hippolyte, organizer of the AAPDEP organization in the US and one of the key leaders of the AFIAH tour, presented on the vision of AAPDEP to build self-reliance projects from farming ventures to community gardens whereever Africans are located, including inside the US. Camilla explained that Africans possesses all of the skills and knowledge of the work that is needed to address the issues of poverty, disease and lack of genuine economic development. What is needed are the resources.
Participants of this event had the chance to ask questions direclty of Nurse Mary and other speakers in a lively discussion that ended with a rousing statement from Nurse Mary who said, “If you touch one, you must touch all. One Africa! One Nation!”
Be sure to tune in tonight for a live study of The Burning Spear Newspaper at 7:30PM EST at www.livestream.com/reparationsinaction where the Uhuru Solidarity Movement will be discussing the piece, “Birth justice for African women means an end to colonialism,” by Ayesha Fleary of AAPDEP.
Don’t miss your last opportunity to attend an AFIAH tour event. Nurse-Midwife Mary Koroma will be speaking at the final event of the nationwide tour on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm. Location: Akwaaba Hall, 1245 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. More information: 727-821-6620.
Africa’s Future in African Hands! Long Live AAPDEP!
Solidarity with African Self-Determination!