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Nov 11

Panel Discussion on Burkina Faso

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Revolution in Burkina Faso and the Downfall of Blaise Compaore: Significance and Prospects for a New Burkina Faso and a New Africa

 The community of social activists of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area organizes a panel discussion about the significance of the ongoing Burkina Faso Revolution characterized by the modern day African youth movement. The conference will be held at the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road NW Washington, DC on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 3:30 pm.

The new phase of the Burkinabe Revolution, nurtured and fueled with Thomas Sankara’s Spirit and Energy, coined “Compaore Must Go Movement” ended the 27 year rule of President Blaise Compaore on October 31, 2014. The former president of Burkina Faso sought to change the Constitution to extend his time in power. The people of Burkina took to the streets and took their destiny in their hands against a western-backed leader. The conference will analyze the insurgency, contingencies, development, and impact of the “Compaore Must Go Movement” on panafricanism, on Africa and on the world. The conference will also critically discuss the repercussion of the Burkina Faso people movement and power on other African countries namely Benin, Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. The respective leaders of these countries, after more than a decade of rule, plan to maintain themselves in power through constitutional changes.

Prior to the discussion, the conference will feature a powerhouse of the Burkinabe Revolution, Hip Hop Singer and founding member of Le Balai Citoyen (Civic Broom), Smockey. He will give a 10 minute phone recount of the popular uprising that put an end to Compaore’s rule.

Speakers of the panel discussion
: Heather Benno (Answer Coalition), Bill Fletcher (Host of “Global African”, Writer/Activist), Paul Sankara (Thomas Sankara Brother and Member of Committee against Impunity in Burkina Faso), Gnaka Lagoke (Revival of Panafricanism Forum), Mary-Alice Waters, President of Pathfinder Press and Leader of the Socialist Workers Party).

The Conference is organized and endorsed by Revival of Panafricanism Forum, Friends of the Congo, All-African Revolutionary Party, Le Balai Citoyen-USA, Mouvement du Peuple pour le Progres-USA, Institute for Policy Studies, Socialist Workers Party, Answer Coalition, Party for Socialism and Liberation.

God Redeem Africa!

Apr 16

“Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy: a Panafricanist Perspective” Conference

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“Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy: a Panafricanist Perspective” Conference

Apr 16

Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy: A Panafricanist Perspective

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Aug 31

Julius Nyerere Underreported Panafrican Legacy

Posted by msiaclark in Africa

Msia Kibona Clark is an Assistant Professor of Pan African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. Originally from Tanzania, she has a Phd in African Studies from Howard University.

Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the first President of the United Republic of Tanzania, was one of Africa’s giants. He stood amongst leaders like Kwame Nkrumah, Amilcar Cabral, and Patrice Lumumba as a revolutionary thinker who helped lead his nation to political independence. Nyerere was known for many accomplishments, but his two biggest legacies may have been in the areas of Pan Africanism on the international front, and nationhood building domestically. As a Pan Africanist, Nyerere took African liberation seriously. Under Nyerere, Tanzania was the head of the Frontline States (FLS); which was formed in 1970 to bring about majority rule in southern Africa, and to support liberation movements in the region. The FLS had its roots in the Pan-African Freedom Movement for East, Central and Southern Africa (PAFMECSA), which was formed in Tanzania (then Tanganyika) in 1958. Members of PAFMECSA would go on to form the FLS in the 1970s.

Nyerere provided land and resources to the African National Congress (ANC), the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU), the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), the South West African People’s Organisation (SWAPO), FRELIMO and the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). For many years South African exiles worked and organized in Tanzania. Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the ANC, set up training camps in Tanzania in the 1960s. Many also arrived in Tanzania to study and work at the ANC’s Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (SOMAFCO).

Jan 18

Welcome to RPF Blogs

Posted by rpforum in myblog

The Revival of Panafricanism is a tool through which a novel articulation of panafricanism in the 21st century is being promoted: the Vision for the Redemption of Africa. The vision is comprehensive, progressive, and holistic. It puts into motion the universal principle of unity that unfolds into eight dimensions constituting the eight pillars upon which rests the vision: philosophical, spiritual, cultural, educational, social, technological, economical, and political.

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