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AFRICA POLICY RETHINK FOR A SECOND-TERM OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
A second-term for the Obama Administration creates a unique opportunity to push for a radical rethink of U.S. engagement with Africa. Now is the time to advocate for a mutually beneficial foreign policy, one that serves the long-term strategic interests of the United States as well as the critical needs, hopes and aspirations of the African people.
Join African scholars and activists as we chart the broad outlines of this U.S. policy rethink at the upcoming African Studies Association Conference.WHERE:
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Philadelphia, PAWHEN:
Friday, November 30, 2012
Grand Salon K
Refreshments will be served! RSVP
XIX International AIDS conference (AIDS 2012)
Africa Action hosted a panel discussion at the just ended AIDS conference in Washington, DC on the issue of AIDS and Economic Justice in Africa and the Diaspora. The panel tackled everyday life issues that affect people living with AIDs, their families and society, in different communities and geographical regions.
A mobilization march for Economic Justice and Human Rights was successfully organized by the group "We can End Aids" prior to the official opening of the Conference and through out. Among other participants were Emira Woods of Africa Action and Mwiza Munthali of TransAfrica.
Makani Themba moderated the panel session , looking on as a participant gives an account of the situation in her country as a woman and an Activist.
Africa Action hosts the Africa Networking Zone
An Official Global Village Activity for the
XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012)
We cordially invite you to participate in our various thematic and networking sessions and meet with Africa-based conference delegates
What: Africa Networking Zone
Who: Africa Action in conjunction with Africa Diaspora for Change, HealthGap, and Foreign policy In Focus
Where: Africa Networking Zone, Global Village, Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Conference registration is NOT needed to enter the networking zone.
Why: Find brochures, informal networking sessions, thematic discussion and more. Speakers include leading activists from Africa and the diaspora.
When: July 25, 2012
THEMATIC PANEL: 12noon – 2:00pm AIDS and Economic Justice in Africa & the African Diaspora.
Africa Action, African Diaspora for Change, Foreign Policy In Focus, and HealthGap are leading an informal discussion with African delegates and other leaders on AIDS and Economic Justice in Africa & the African Diaspora.
Invited Speakers include representatives from Treatment Action Campaign, Sexual Minorities of Uganda, and others.
Africa Action www.africaaction.org
Africa Diaspora for Change www.ad4change.org/
Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org
The Global Justice Institute
Date and Time: August 31, 2010, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Venue: Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) Conference Room, 1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036
Details: Don’t miss this lively contest of ideas between two opposing perspectives on neo-liberalism and its impact on the Global South.
The IMF’s stated mission is to "foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world." However, there are those who assert that the IMF is actually a destabilizing force within the global economy, while others believe that the countries themselves are to blame for poor economic choices. Africa Action, TransAfrica Forum, and IPS' Foreign Policy In Focus will host this provocative contest of perspectives and analysis between Rick Rowden, a long-time critic of IMF policy, and Eugene Nyambal, former senior advisor to executive directors at the Board of Directors of the IMF.
Rick Rowden, author of The Deadly Ideas Of Neoliberalism: How The IMF Has Undermined Public Health And The Fight Against AIDS "confronts and challenges the IMF and questions its specific definition of macro-economic stability” - Mike Podmore
Eugene Nyambal, also a former Senior Strategy Officer for Latin America at the International Finance Corporation is the author of Creating Prosperity in Africa: Ten Keys to Get Out of Poverty. Frannie A. Leautier, Vice President of World Bank Institute says Nyambal’s book “is an honest account written from a perspective of deep knowledge about the continent but embedded in pragmatism that comes from experience of development from different perspectives.”
Rwandan Elections: Implications for Peace and Stability in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region
A call for Change in US Policy from Supporting Strongmen to Supporting Strong Institutions
President Obama said, in his 2009 speech in Accra, Ghana, that America should support strong institutions and not strong men. However in the case of Rwanda, this has been no more than rhetoric. Rwandans, like most Africans, cheered Obama's election, hoping that it might signal a new, more peaceful and cooperative relationship between the U.S. and Africa, but Obama has expanded AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command, and now he remains silent as Rwanda's strongman, President Paul Kagame, prepares a sham presidential election to retain his brutal grip on power.
Who: International Humanitarian Law Institute of Minnesota, Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation, Foundation for Freedom and Democracy in Rwanda , Institute for Policy Studies, Africa Faith and Justice Network, Friends of the Congo, Mobilization for Justice and Peace in Congo and Organization for Peace, Justice and Development in Rwanda and Great Lakes Region (OPJDR), and Africa Action.
What: Briefing on the August 9th Rwandan elections and its implications for the Great Lakes Region.
Speakers to include:
Paul Rusesabagina, Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation
Peter Erlinder, International Humanitarian Law Institute of Minnesota
Pascal Kalinganire, Organization for Peace, Justice and Development in Rwanda and Great Lakes Region (OPJDR)
Claude Gatebuke, Rwandan Activist
When: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Where: National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
13th Floor, Lisagor Room
Washington, DC 20045
For more information about the Press Conference, please call 202-584-6512 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.friendsofthecongo.org or www.afjn.org for more details.
On behalf of Africa Action and the Jubilee USA Network, New Rules for Global Finance, Institute for Policy Studies, and TransAfrica Forum, you are cordially invited to:
An Exit from Debt – The Need for Fair and Transparent Arbitration for Sovereign Debt in Africa and Beyond
When: Thursday August 5th, 12:00-2:00 pm
Where: United Methodist Building
Conference Room 3
100 Maryland Avenue, NE
Come join a discussion with esteemed colleagues from the African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) and the United Nations Development Program.
Greece’s dramatic debt crisis earlier this year drew attention to the failure of the international financial architecture to deal with sovereign debt crises in an orderly, fair, and transparent way. Yet, Greece’s problem is not new. Many impoverished nations struggle under crushing debt burdens, risking default or paying debts at the expense of critical domestic needs.
- Collins Magalasi, Executive Director, AFRODAD
- Tirivangani Mutazu, Program Officer, AFRODAD
- Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance, UNDP
However positive, past debt relief initiatives were far from a panacea for dealing with entrenched debt challenges for impoverished countries. Many countries struggling with massive poverty were excluded from these initiatives and the underlying issues that created the debt crises remained, and in some cases worsened due to the economic crisis.
Current frameworks available to countries struggling with crushing debts are modeled with creditors to be both judge and jury, and do not allow for arguments surrounding illegitimate or odious debts.
This timely roundtable discussion will explore alternative proposals for fair and transparent arbitration, as well as strategize on ways that civil society can influence the renewed debate on how to approach sovereign debt workouts.
Roundtable BiographiesCollins Magalasi is the Executive Director at AFRODAD. He has served as Commissioner for the Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) for four years and as a member of the Trade Negotiation Team for Malawi for over seven years. He is also the International Coordinator for the German-Partnership-with-Africa Young Leaders’ Network, a member of the Economists Association of Malawi (ECAMA), President of the Catholic University of Malawi Parents and Guardians Association, and founding member of the Civil Society Action Against Corruption.
Tirivangani Mutazu is the AFRODAD Program Officer responsible for Fair and Transparent Arbitration mechanism on debt campaign (FTA). He has been with the organization for ten years, half of which have been spend working on the FTA campaign, as a researcher, campaigner, advocate, and lobbyist. He has presented papers on FTA, regionally and internationally. Gail Hurley is a Policy Specialist on Development Finance at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in New York. She has also worked as a Policy Advisor on sovereign debt issues for the European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD). She has extensive research and advocacy experience on developing country debt and has most recently assisted the Government of Jamaica to restructure its domestic debt and the Government of Ecuador to audit its bilateral debt.
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Lafayette Park @ The White House - Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC
July 14, represents an important day for the people of Darfur and throughout Sudan. On this day, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against the Sudanese President al-Bashir for his role in orchestrating and perpetrating war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur. The indictment of al-Bashir has brought hope to the people of Darfur in particular but also other marginalized Sudanese in the South, East, Nuba Mountain, Blue Nile and the Nubia in the Far North Sudan. It ensures that no one is above the law, one day justice can be achieved and finally that impunity will not be an option in Sudan.
Therefore Sudanese community leaders and human rights activists have decided not to remain silent. We must come together and commemorate this day and call the attention of the international community that they need to live up to their commitment and honor their promise by providing the necessary support to the ICC, reinforce its effort to execute the pending arrest warrant against al-Bashir and hold him accountable for the crimes committed against the people of Darfur.
On July 14, 2008, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), submitted his request to indict Omar al-Bashir, on several counts of crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur. The indictment came as a result of enormous effort by human rights organizations and the advocacy community forcing the U.N Security Council to refer the situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for investigation.
Please join the people of Sudan in their fight for justice. Your support is extremely important to bring justice for the victims of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. We need you to help make this a priority to the leaders of the world. Please come and bring your friends with you to join in bringing Al Bashir to justice!
For more information please contact Jimmy Mulla : email@example.com, Mohamed Yahya: firstname.lastname@example.org, Fageeri Taha:email@example.com
Africa Action & Foreign Policy In Focus Present:
A Lunch Time Briefing with Emile YX - hip hop artist-activist from Cape Town’s Heal the Hood Hip Hop Youth Project
Friday, July 23, 2010
11:30am - 2:00pm
Institute for Policy Studies
1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600,
Washington DC 20036
To RSVP, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Emile YX is with a delegation from South Africa consisting of both himself and Angelo. The duo will team with DC-based hip hop artists Kokayi and DJ RBI to create a performance piece which will be performed, recorded and filmed during the visit. Their performance piece will explore contemporary history of youth, politics and hip hop in both Cape Town and DC.
The South African artists will also participate in a series of educational events IN the DC and Baltimore area. These events will allow the foreign and local artists to share experiences in working with youth from diverse communities. The first of these will be a screening of Emile YX’s “From B-Boys to Being Men”, a documentary film about how hip hop is being used for social development and community empowerment in South Africa tracing back to the pioneering b-boys of the 1980s. The film will be screened at Busboys & Poets on July 21st and Sankofa on July 25th.
The delegation is sponsored by The Artist International Exchange Program with support from Nomadic Wax, DC Commission for the Arts & Humanities, MageeFilms, Heal the Hood, Africa Action, Black Noise, Busboys & Poets, Sankofa, Bloom Bars, Hillyer Art Space, DCrap, One VS. Many, World Hip Hop Market, Fusicology and V.O.I.C.E.S.
Throughout their visit, the South African artists will be meeting with NGOs and think tanks based in the DC area. In this capacity the SA Artists serve as active diplomats to urban youth culture and issues surrounding peacebuilding, human rights, youth empowerment and hip hop culture.
About Nomadic Wax – Nomadic Wax is a fair-trade international record label and production company dedicated to producing and promoting global urban music and media. For more information visit: www.nomadicwax.com.
June 8, 2010
SEIU (1st Floor)
1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
In advance of World Day against Child Labor on June 12, join us for a special screening of the new documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate.
Shot in Mali, the Ivory Coast, Geneva and Vevey, Switzerland, Miki Mistrati and U Roberto (Robin) Romano launch a behind-the-scenes investigation into the allegations of child labor and the trafficking of children in the international chocolate industry.
Film director U Roberto (Robin) Romano will lead a discussion following the film screening.
Sponsored by: Africa Action, American Federation of Teachers, Break the Chain Campaign, DC Fair Trade, Foreign Policy in Focus, Freedom Network USA, Global Exchange, Green America, International Labor Rights Forum, Organic Consumers Association
PLEASE RSVP to Tim Newman at email@example.com or 202-347-4100 ext. 113 and please bring a valid ID with you to the screening.*
For more information about the film, please visit: www.thedarksideofchocolate.org.