Notes Supporting Organogram
Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee (AEDRMC)
The AEDRMC (‘The Committee’) is the central organising body accountable for facilitating the organisation of the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March (AEDRMC) on 1st Mosiah (August), including all events and tasks carried as part of the committees agreed annual work programme.
Each member of the AEDRMC must have at least one portfolio area relating to the operations of the committee. These portfolio areas ensure that the leadership of all the committee operations is linked to the executive committee although leadership of a Task Action Group (TAG) or Bloc can be co-led by person who is not a committee member.
Each AEDRMC member must undergo an induction and orientation process, this may be the expedited express version, providing there is a commitment to attend a full day induction at a later date. Non-attendance at a full induction within a year may place the person’s place on the committee at risk.
Each AEDRMC member, TAG Leads & Bloc Co-ordinators must undergo a skills audit as part of their induction and orientation process.
Task Action Group Leaders – Summary Brief
Each Task Action Group (TAG) is ideally co-led by a member of the AEDRMC. Each AEDRMC member must lead on an area. The exemption applies only to our honourable Elder Ras Prophet Kweme Abubaka who leads on developing the AEDRMC Council of Elders. The task action groups (TAG’s) are operational all year-round and relate to the core aims and operations of the AEDRMC. Each TAG leader must undergo an express induction as a minimum with a full induction being optional, but encouraged.
The TAGs meet according to an agreed cycle and the co leaders report to the Executive committee or their representatives. TAG co-leaders may live in any part of the UK and be of Afrikan Heritage. The role of the TAG co-leaders is to: Facilitate an agreed work programme and tasks for the year; convene regular meetings to ensure effective co-ordination of group tasks; facilitate the drafting of a strategy document relating to the task area; ensure the executive committee or representatives thereof are regularly updated on the work of the task group and consulted on key decisions of finance, operations or regulations; ensure TAG participation in the evaluation and scrutiny of its work.
The following is a summary of the roles which will be developed into full role descriptions.
Admin Finance and Regulatory Compliance
To keep all administrative records, databases and minutes pertaining to AEDRMC operations. To ensure records of committee meetings are taken and recorded and sufficient notification of meetings are given and agendas circulated in conjunction with Co-chairs of the AEDRMC. To keep financial records of the committee, including annual budgets ensure regular reporting to the committee. To ensure all compliance paperwork is completed for the march in a timely fashion. To issue mail-outs and social media updates on behalf of the committee.
Health Safety and Security
To ensure the standards of health and safety are met according to AEDRMC and local authority standards. To lead on the recruitment, training and supervision of a security and stewarding team to ensure they are fit for purpose on 1st Mosiah (August). To work with Admin on a health and safety annual inventory, compliance documents, stock replenishment and personnel database.
Event Planning and Logistics
To source and assess venues for all the AEDRMC’s year-round activities in or out of London, ensuring they are fit for purpose (education workshops, training, public & committee meetings etc.) and hospitality arrangements are in place for all attendees. To locate and liaise with local contacts out of London to ensure all venue, hospitality and equipment requirements are in place.
To work to the AEDRMC fundraising strategy and with committee guidance in the pursuit of funds to carry out the objectives of the AEDRMC. To ensure AEDRMC co-chairs are regularly consulted on all funding sources & methodology being pursued and that the committee is regularly updated.
To ensure the AEDRMC works in harmony with the Stop the Maangamizi (SMWeCGE) Campaign, ensuring overstanding of the link between implementation of the aims of the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March (AEDRM), ‘The March’ and the SMWeCGE Petition and International Social Movement for Afrikan Reparations (ISMAR)-building. In addition, to ensure that all Ambassadors are clear on the key messages, mission and purpose. To assist the SMWeCGE Campaign in the collection of valid signatures for the petition. To liaise with admin regarding the promotion of SMWeCGE campaign tools.
Education, Media and Public Relations
To counter the denial and marginalisation of the UK contingent of the ISMAR by improving the way the AEDRMC and its companion project, the SMWeCGE Campaign, are represented in the media. To increase awareness and visibility of the AEDRMC as facilitators of the annual 1st Mosiah (August) March. To work to the AEDRMC Media Strategy to ensure the key messages of the AEDRMC purpose are communicated as widely and accurately as possible, including the partnership aspect with the SMWeCGE Campaign. To mobilise political and public support for the March, the SMWeCGE Petition and the campaigning goals of establishing All-Party Parliamentary Commission/s of Inquiry for Truth & Reparatory Justice (APPCITRJ) at the levels of the UK and European Union Parliaments as well as the Ubuntukgotla: People’s International Tribunal for Global Justice (U-PITGJ). To ensure all designated spokespersons are fully briefed prior to live media engagement. To ensure public education work is developed and delivered to an agreed standard in terms of content. To ensure synergy with Publicity, Sales and Marketing enabling clearly communicated messages to be disseminated in the public domain utilising all available online, audio or hard copy media platforms, including merchandise.
National Grassroots Education and Outreach Teams (GREOTs)
To plan in conjunction with the Education, Media and PR Leads, a rolling programme of reparations education and outreach both for potential Ambassadors supporting the March, its aims, the SMWeCGE Campaign as well as the general public. To liaise with the Regional Planning & Bloc Leads on targets and roll out of GREOTs.
Regional Planning & Bloc Coordination
To recruit key regional coordinators and teams to assist with national mobilisation of communities, dissemination of information and planning of local activities such as education or banner workshops or fundraising events in relation to pre-March and 1st Mosiah (August) programme of activities.
Blocs are special interest groups identified as having some solidarity with the March and its aims. Blocs are ideally co-led by a member and non-member of the AEDRMC and works with teams to fulfil bloc functions. The non-committee member must undergo an express induction. The role of the Bloc Coordinators are to: Develop and execute a clear plan to mobilise their interest group (e.g. students) to participate in the March on 1st Mosiah (Aug); ensure banner making workshops are held as part of bloc mobilisation, Encourage participation in the March and its associated activities, e.g. education programme; support the dissemination of information about the march and its associations, namely fundraising events, education events and the SMWeCGE Petition; ensure the AEDRMC or representatives thereof are regularly updated on the work of the bloc and consulted on key decisions of finance, operations or regulations; facilitate bloc participation in the evaluation and scrutiny of its work.
To be an active task force ensuring all audio visual and other equipment e.g. stages, PAs, banners are in place and fit for purpose on 1st Mosiah (August) and in place – ahead of event start. All team members must have relevant DIY or technical experience. Linked also to Health & Safety Team.
Induction & Orientation
The full day induction shall consist of:
- Reparations General Knowledge Quiz
- Presentation – The March is NOT the movement
- March Aims
- Core documents overview – Constitution, Code of Conduct, Security Protocol and Organogram
- Stop the Maangamizi Petition & Why a Commission of Inquiry?
- Skills & Competencies Audit
Time: 6 hours including breaks
The Express Induction shall consist of:
Two executive members having a face to face (could include any video facility e.g. Skype) meeting with the Task Action Group Lead or Bloc co-ordinator.
(The inductee should be asked to complete the quiz and read core documents ahead of the meeting)
- Intros & discussion on motivation for being involved & how they felt about doing the quiz (30 mins)
- March aims & core documents (emailed in advance) – overview and Q & A (30 mins)
- Discussion on Maangamizi terminology and website/petition strategy/Commission of Inquiry (40 mins)
- Skills Audit (emailed with core docs) reminder, discussion and general Q&A – Next Steps (20 mins)
Time: 2 hours.
Please note, the original April 2016 version of the organogram and supporting notes has been replaced with this updated version for clarity.
Jendayi Serwah, Co-Chair, AEDRMC
12th August 2016
“Organisation is the weapon of the oppressed“
-Kwame Ture (aka Stokely Carmichael)-