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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

PAN AFRICANISM IN THE ERA OF AFRICAN RENAISSANCE/REBIRTH: A CAP AND FAU APPROACH


Epistemology of Pan Africanism - how we categorize the body of knowledge around the philosophy in order to use it in a practical Nation Building process.

A. Ideology

 Philosophical Basis must be founded in African value traditions, which can be rationally adapted to current needs and aspirations of African people. 

1. 7 principles of Kwanzaa - secular
2. Civil Rights, Black Power, Sovereignty
3. On the Continent, Political Revolution for Independence, must be followed by Cultural Revolution to win the hearts and minds of the people in pursuance of their real interests as a free, proud and productive people.
4. Diop in Black Africa - Unifying Ideology - Maat as a 
basis for such as an over-arching Value System which has already begun to serve as a foundation while still allowing belief and practice of local or provincial belief systems.
5. Garvey contention - While we are a global African People, Africa is our political, cultural and historical base, and that therefore, we must break out of the provincial mindsets imposed by European domination, and begin to view our community, as an International one, and act accordingly.
6. Once we break down territorial boundaries of our identity, and view all of us as a Global African Community, we begin to structure ourselves as such in order to pursue our collective interests.
7. Each of us must become Social Engineers in Constructing not only a New Africa, but a New African Man and Woman to inhabit it. We are the change agents we have been waiting for, and that our Ancestors hoped for and spoke of in their sacrifice for a better future. In this work, we honor their memory, work and accomplishments.

B. Structure and Organization

Based on the philosophical mandates outlined above, there are several structural and organizational realities which must be considered. 

1. The African Union with its Parliament, is the only body with the capacity and vision to organize the collective resources of the Global African Community to serve the needs of all African descendants. Those who choose to work outside of this framework still must have a Plan, Agenda, organizational capacity, finance and resources. Our contention is that the AU can be structured to facilitate all of these. 
2. If we accept this premise, then there are certain elements and factors of Nation Building which must be considered and arranged into a structural formation which allows for goals and objectives to be achieved. In my reading and study, there is only one other organization which has risen to this challenge, and who has the potential and capacity to realize its aims; the Friends of the African Union (FAU).
3 The Parliament of the African Union serves as its policy making, planning, program development and implementation arm. In the Diaspora, we have no such body, yet. The FAU has designed such a structure, and is ready to implement it with proper approvals and support. In forming a Civil Society Structure for the Diaspora, the FAU, under the leadership of its Chair, Hershel Daniels Junior, has proposed the formation of a Diaspora Commonwealth, which would serve as a governing, policy making, program development, short and long term planning,  and project designer for all African descendants in the Diaspora. Each Diapora country with an African population would have the option and responsibility to form its own Congress which would be its representative body in the Commonwealth structure.
4. The component parts of the Commonwealth would include, Council of Elders (COE), Queen Mothers, Secretariat, and Ministries for Economic Development, Planning, Energy, Mining, Trade and Commerce, Security and Intelligence, Defense, Youth, Women, Men, Cultural Tourism and Travelogue, Education, Agriculture,  Communications, Health, Science, Housing, Environment and Conservation, Collective Concern,  Cultural Enrichment and Preservation and a Pan African Unity Council. These key areas would work in concert with each other, under the direction of a King and Queen who would  be accountable to the COE, in a checks and balance symbiosis. Congresses for each country would reflect this structure for implementation of programs and local and regional policy formation, and would also reflect local and regional civic and interest groups.
5. Structure would also include a system of checks and balances to insure power does not become concentrated, and that corruption is immediately investigated and purged.
6. The FAU also has established an International African Chamber of Commerce where Black businesses can join and take advantage of the great Market Potential of such a body. This body would encourage and provide incubation for new business ventures and industries which service the Global Pan African Community, and thus creates jobs within our own structures.
7. Additionally, the FAU is primed to introduce new banking institutions and development funds for joint venture projects, which benefit the larger African community, and allows for economic empowerment. Offshore banking and large financial transactions would be controlled via our financial base in Bermuda.

C. Communications

NO organization can be successful without a well equipped and staffed Communications system and network. There must be a well organized system able to receive information and to also disseminate information with speed, proficiency, and effectiveness.
1. The FAU in its relationship with the African Scientific Institute has access to a large patent pool  of state of the art communications systems which can link the continent, the continent with the diaspora, and the diaspora with itself.
2 This facility will allow not only for vital information to be shared instantly, on a global level, but will also contribute significantly to what we call the Cultural Revolution by engaging in distant and virtual learning and education, cultural exchange, and expanded trade and commerce on a continental and global level.
3. An added value to such a communications network is that its security can be assured, unlike many systems in current existence. The levels of technological and scientific expertise which exists in our global community will allow for the largest transfer of technology and knowledge in human history. This will truly advance, what has come to be known as the African Renaissance.
4. The power of communications cannot be underestimated in the process of achieving our organizational goals and objectives. And we have the best minds in the world at our disposal, once we harness our collective resources.

D. Resources

Resources must be harnessed and managed to receive the maximum benefit for the maximum number of people.
1. Financial - The FAU plan is designed to acquire assets such that their revenues become sui-
generous. This means that after expenses, profits are re-invested into the productive process, and thus generating a continuous revenue flow which allows for planning and development, and also for job growth which expands economic growth and innovativeness.
2. Material - Between the technological prowess which exists in the Diaspora, and the in ground assets on the continent our collective ability and capacity to negotiate our interests is unprecedented and limitless. This strategy will be discussed behind closed doors.
3. Skilled Personnel - One of the Legacy Requests of the African Union of the Diaspora, is to do data collection of the maximum number of resourceful persons who can contribute in any way to the development process of Africa, and beyond. With the tech capability of the FAU a process is already in motion to move this project forward.

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