International Call to Participate in the 1st August Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March 2016
On 1st August 2016 thousands of people will be on the streets in Europe’s biggest Afrikan Reparations March ever, marching from Windrush Square in Brixton to 10 Downing Street, London However in this the third year of the march taking place, we aim for there to be numerous simultaneous marches and/or other reparations actions in various countries in Afrika, the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe. This year we will be continuing with the theme ‘Education is Part of Preparation for Reparations’ as part of the mobilisation and consciousness raising of our people towards playing their part in efforts to enforce the stopping of the Maangamizi and secure reparatory justice.
The aims of the March are as follows:
1. To draw attention to Afrikan peoples’ global determination to not let the British State and other perpetrators get away with the crimes of the Maangamizi (Afrikan hellacaust of chattel, colonial and neo-colonial enslavement).
2. To raise consciousness about the fact that all the attacks on us, in both individual and collective instances, amount to Genocide/Ecocide in Maangamizi continuity necessitating reparations.
3. To increase awareness of the necessity to ‘Stop the Maangamizi’ and its current manifestations such as austerity, attempts to recolonise Afrika, mentacide and deaths in police, psychiatric and prison custody.
4. To demonstrate Afrikan peoples’ strength, capacity and determination to speak to and challenge establishment power with our growing grassroots power to effect and secure reparations (reparatory justice) on our own terms.
5. To showcase Afrikan people’s grassroots initiatives for reparations.
The 1st of August has been chosen as the day of the reparations march because it is the officially recognised “Emancipation Day”, marking the passing of The Slavery Abolition Act in the British Empire, on 1 August 1833. Further, the significance of 1st August 1833 is that it is the date that after all the years of resistance by chattelised Afrikans, torn away from the Motherland, Britain and its fellow European enslavers of Afrikan people were compelled to recognise that they could no longer continue to enslave us without severe consequences. It therefore represents a symbolic day recognising our refusal to accept enslavement, in every manner, including its present day manifestations.
We the illustrious Sons and Daughters of Afrika have to mobilise ourselves in a united front and effort to engage in the galvanising of our people in a collective ‘show of strength’ and demonstration of our principled operational unity on the cause of holistic reparations for Afrikans both at home and abroad. Come with friends and family or march with general Afrikan public and our allies.
If you are outside of the UK
We invite you to also organise a solidarity march on the 1st August 2016. If you are not able to organise a march we invite you to organise some other type of solidarity reparations action, activity or event such as a Libation Ceremony, Rally, Reparations Radiothon #Conversation Reparations or reparatory justice occupations of specific places with connections to the Maangamizi in the past or the present. For example, companies, university campuses or historic building sites.
Please view our 3-minute call to action video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR4ObeZ2QiE&feature=share and circulate it among your networks.
If you would like to donate to the costs of the Reparations March see https://www.gofundme.com/august2016.
If you would like to know more about how you can participate within the UK or internationally by amplifyng the voices of Afrikan heritage reparatory justice communities worldwide contact:
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