LETTER OF ENDORSEMENT FOR MILLION WOMEN MARCH from the National Black Council of Elders
As the newly founded National Black Council of Elders begins plans for its Unity Convention in 2018, in Los Angeles, we wish to applaud and offer solidarity and support to the upcoming Million Women March and its organizers to be held in Washington, DC, this October, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary. Black Women have always stood steadfast for the principles of Liberation, Family, and the rights of our people to define, defend and develop our interests as a people and National Community. We recognize all the Black Women whose names have been ingrained in our consciousness, and who have historically followed in the footsteps of Hatsheput, Tiye, Nzingha, the Angolan Queens, Yaa Asantewaa, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Zora Neale Hurston, Madame CJ Walker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Winnie Mandela, and Maya Angelou.
Our solidarity and support is based on the shared commitment to improve the quality of the lives of people in fundamental ways and based on shared principles. These are:
1. To expand existing Industry in our communities, and to found new industries which will empower our people, and allow our women to engage in the Cultural Development, and Family Unity which remain key to Restoring the Black Community.
2. To engage in the process of Institution Building which empowers our women to ensure an education for our children, unify our communities in the US and around the Globe, develop a health care system which speaks directly to the needs of our people and does not cater to a profit and greed motivated system, cares for our elderly, disadvantaged, orphaned, addicted and abused, and which seeks a sane social justice system free of racism and avarice.
3. We join in seeking the Unity and Solidarity of all African Peoples' the globe over, including in the Congo, West Papua, Columbia, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, Sudan, India, and Australia.
4. We support the Right and Responsibility of African Women to define their own interests as an act of Self Determination, instead of being defined by others who have neither the right or ability to define us.
5. We support the right to govern the affairs of our community, when our affairs are neglected or ignored by the dominant society. We assert this right as a matter of law, as it is defined in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
6. We reserve the right to pursue and practice the Values and Principles of our African Ancestors without interference from alien or outside forces.
7. We support the Right and Responsibility to fight for the Full and Final Liberation of African people in America, knowing that our liberation will not only free us, but bring African people globally, and the rest of humanity to realize our full potential as free, proud and productive people in the world.
Convening Elder for the National Black Council of Elders
Chair, Congress of African People