AEDRMC & SMWeCGEC Newsletter 2019
Welcome to the Kwanzaa season newsletter from the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee (AEDRMC) and the ‘Stop the Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide! Campaign (SMWeCGEC)
In this edition:
• Introduction – We cannot march forever!
• Stop the Maangamizi! Campaign Update
• The theme for this year’s March
• Call to Action for monthly public actions
• Public Meeting Thursday 23rd January 2020 – Brixton
• Introducing the Maangamizi Education Trust
We cannot march forever!
As we approach a new year we are also powering up towards #Reparations2020 from now leading up to 1st August and beyond and it will be a year to remember! This is year 7 – but WE CANNOT MARCH FOREVER! We are embracing this year’s theme of Kwanzaa, Living Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles: An All-Seasons Celebration and Practice of the Good.” Implicit in the theme is the question of how we make Kwanzaa and by extension the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March more than an annual event, or indeed our reparations activism an episodic engagement!
As we immerse ourselves in this celebration of our Afrikan identity, history and proud heritage during the Kwanzaa season, we must also recall the strategies and tactics of our Ancestors and so see the Nguzo Saba in a reparatory justice framework for action:
Kujichagulia – Defining for ourselves what it means to be a repaired Nation/people and securing the means for guarantees of non-repetition of Maangamizi Criminality.
Ujima – Knowing what part you can play however big or small – taking personal responsibility for your part in our collective reparatory goals – one milestone being the All-Party Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry for Truth and Reparatory Justice (APPCITARJ) called for in the ‘Stop the Maangamizi!’petition.
Ujaama – Investing in and organising for our own liberation and as well as contributing resources to collective goals. One of such goals are the goals objectives and activities of the SMWeCGEC whose aims can be found here. The Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March (AEDRM) – also requires your investment to fulfil its aims of raising awareness of our self-determined goals whilst also working with the SMWeCGEC to hold the Maangamizi Criminals to account in the process of resisting “the plunder, pollution and depletion of the shared resources of Mother Earth and the monopoly of wealth for the few at the expense of the shared good of society and the world that belong to all in common.”
Nia – Purpose and keeping focused on our goals. We are on a long journey started by our Ancestors. We are given our lives for a purpose and that purpose can only be to serve our own collective interests of reparation, reconstruction, recovery and rejuvenation. We must work to build our own or others will have us building theirs!
Kuumba – Our creativity can do much more than entertain! Let us use it to alert the world to our quest for reparatory justice – let it illuminate and amplify the voices of Freedom, Justice, Liberty or Death!
Imani – Together we can build our trust confidence in each other so we are no longer defeated in the race of life and finally stand tall as a people who have regained their power and authority on the world stage. Can we do? Yes we can!
Indeed, our Ancestors called us in Swahili, not only watu – human beings, but also walimwengu – world beings. They also taught us the Maatian ethical imperative of serudj ta, to constantly repair, renew and remake the world, making it more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it, and leaving it as a rich legacy for those who come after us.
So, if we are to utilise the Nguzo Saba beyond seven days we need to call on our Ancestors to furnish us with the courage and fortitude that they possessed so we can progress our goals. Marching will not be enough, letter writing will not be enough – these tactics have to be developed into seriously disruptive strategies & tactics that put the noble cause of Reparations on the world stage – are you ready for that?
Stop the Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide! Campaign (SMWeCGEC) Update
The SMWeCGEC has been busy:
• Supporting individuals who have been lobbying their MPs with the 3 demands on the back of the SMWeCGEC postcard.
• Interfacing with politicians and political parties.
• Working with the Global Afrikan Peoples Parliament to build support for the Global Afrikan Family Bloc of the Reparations March.
• Making international connections in pursuit of our Pan-Afrikan reparatory justice agenda.
• Working with the AEDRMC on the programme of action up to and on 1st Mosiah (August) 2020.
• Building alliances with various constituencies concerned with ecocide and its impact on our genocide.
You can find out more about the SMWeCGEC here.
Our 2020 Theme
It cannot be emphasised enough that there will be no reparatory justice on a dead planet! Afrikan people have been the chief custodians of flora and fauna and all the earth’s natural resources that are now at risk due to the Maangamizi Criminality of Western imperialism. So this year’s THEME for our reparatory activism AND the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March on 1st August 2020 is: Seizing the Time to Stop the Maangamizi – Planet Repairs NOW!
With our partner the SMWeCGEC, we will be working with you, our allies and supporters to raise awareness of the links between Ecocide and Genocide and the imminent risk to Our People, Our Continent and Our World! Read more about this here.
Public Meeting: Thursday 23rd January 2020 – Karibu Centre Brixton 5pm
4C (4°C) PLUS WORLD ECOCIDE ALARM: Now is Our Time to Seize Together for Planet Repairs!
This is the theme for Brixton Thursday 23rd January 2020 Special Meeting from 5.30pm-10pm
The SMWeCGEC is supporting the co-organisation of this event by the Extinction Rebellion Internationalist Solidarity Network in United Kingdom (XRISNUK), together with XR Scientists and the XR Movement of Movements Working Group. The event is being hosted at the Karibu Education Centre by Brixtonics@Brixton, one of the local community group partners of the XRISNUK Global Justice Rebellion Roadshow (GJRR).
The purpose of the event is to discuss and launch the GJRR 4C Plus World Ecocide Alarm Programme (GJRR-4C+WEAP) of the XRISNUK. This is an opportunity to kickstart the New Year with a special XR Internationalist Solidarity event, led by Afrikan Heritage Community and Global South Diasporan Activists that will highlight the urgency of accelerating campaigns like Stop the Maangamizi! before Planet Earth burns beyond 4C out of control to wipe out all Life.
So, the GJRR-4C+WEAP will see XRISNUK advance its Movement of Movements’ collaboration with our partners engaged in building networks like XR Affinity All-Afrikan Network (XRAAAN), XR Affinity Network of Asia (XRANA) and XR Red de Afinidad de Abya Yala de Sur (XRRAAYS) in South Abya Yala (South America), to develop further their own aspects of the programme, devoted to glocally raising even higher the Worldwide alarm about the worsening of the Genocide/Ecocide being experienced right now, mostly by the Majority World members of our Family of Humanity, with the escalating danger of a 4C Plus World in the very near future!
Attendance at the event is strictly upon XRISNUK invitation only because of limited space, security and other necessary considerations.
For more information contact Bro Kofi Mawuli Klu by WhatsApp 07960958456.
Introducing the Maangamizi Education Trust
The Maangamizi Educational Trust was set up as the charitable arm of the ‘Stop The Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide!’ Campaign in 2018 to:
• educate and raise awareness and understanding amongst the public of the Maangamizi its causes, contemporary impacts and redress including endeavours of community repair at local, national and international levels.
• provide advocacy/advice/information about the racism of Afriphobia and other manifestations of the Maangamizi; and
• develop teaching resources and deliver educational programmes about the Maangamizi and initiatives to stop and redress it.
One of our current projects is working with the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Futures Institute as a community partner to co-create a publicly accessible digital Reparations Archive. This archive will narrate the wealth of work that has been undertaken by UK-based activists since 1987 in their struggle to achieve reparative justice for the enslavement of Afrikan people. The project builds on the strengths of an existing collaboration between academics and activists, funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) research networking grant (May 2017-Feb 2019), in recognition of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent which has led to the establishment of the International Network of Scholars and Activists for Afrikan Reparations (INOSAAR).
Call to Action
Do we have the courage and determination of our Ancestors that we pour libation to?
Do we have what it takes to take their works to another level?
The time has long since come for us to be making great sacrifice to build on the legacy of the few freedoms and privileges we have today as a result of the efforts of our indomitable Ancestors.
We are calling on YOU to join us making our quest for reparatory justice louder, more visible, more dread and terrible in the eyes of the Maangamizi Criminals who continue their actions right under our noses. Are you ready to enact your #Reparations2020 Vision? Leading up to the Reparations March on 1st Mosiah (August) we intend to bring it to them on a monthly basis – and we need you! More details will be released in the near future but firstly you are advised to attend the meeting in Brixton on 23rd January to find out more contact
Please give to support the work of our 365/24-7 Reparations Campaign and to the 5K cost of organising the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March. You can donate via the Reparations March 2020 Go Fund Me link.
The contacts for the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee are:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ReparationsmarchUK/
Facebook Group: The Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March
Tel: 07922 035 446
The contacts for the ‘Stop The Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide!’ Campaign can be found here.
‘Stop the Maangamizi We Charge Genocide/Ecocide!’ Campaign & Global Afrikan Peoples Parliament
Statement on the Relevance of Roger Hallam’s Comments Regarding the Shoah to Recognising, Counteracting & Preventing the Recurrence of the Maangamizi
Songs we would never hear! Histories we would never know! Art we would never see! Because the European had the capacity to destroy and didn’t have the moral restraint not to.
Professor Maulana Karenga
As an Afrikan Heritage Community-based formation engaged in building an affinity relationship with Extinction Rebellion (XR), our ‘Stop the Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide!’ Campaign (SMWeCGEC) and its sister body the Global Afrikan Peoples Parliament (GAPP) feel compelled to say for history something about the globally significant conflict now brewing in Extinction Rebellion (XR) pertaining to one of its co-founders, Roger Hallam.
In the English-language interview in Die Zeit published on the 20th November 2019 it is reported that Roger Hallam said: “The fact of the matter is, millions of people have been killed in vicious circumstances on a regular basis throughout history.” He listed other mass killings in the past 500 years, including the Belgians’ slaughter in the Congo Free State; which was a corporate state in Central Afrika that King Leopold II of Belgium claimed private ownership of and evolved into evolved into a colony (the Belgian Congo) in the land now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Roger Hallam pointed out: “They went to the Congo in the late 19th century and decimated it.” For the information of those not yet aware of this conflict, it is necessary to note that he was also quoted as having said that, seen in this context, the Jewish Holocaust was “almost a normal event … just another fuckery in human history”.
Nsala, the man in the picture, was photographed by English missionary Alice Seeley Harris after he arrived at her mission in The Congo (1904) clutching a parcel that contained what was left of his five-year-old daughter. She’d been killed and dismembered as a punishment when his village failed to meet the rubber quotas demanded by the imperial regime. The Harris Lantern Slide Show © Anti-Slavery International
For some context about Roger Hallam’s reference to the Congo see:
Children who had been mutilated through amputation under the regime of King Leopold II
It is also important to read King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa written by Adam Hochschild, of which a documentary version is available. Just last week it was announced Ben Affleck would be producing and directing a film inspired by this book.
As organisations campaigning on our Afrikan Heritage Community experience of the particular manifestations of a special type of genocide and ecocide that we refer to as the Maangamizi, which is not only in the past but continues into the present, and to which Roger Hallam was making reference to, we cannot keep silent on this matter. For us, the issue that is being missed, if you read Rogers comments in context, and which none of the statements being issued officially by XR have recognised or commented on so far, is the reference to the genocide of Afrikans in the Congo which is only one of the many heinous crimes of what we in the SMWeCGEC and GAPP refer to as the Maangamizi. The Maangamizi has represented an existential threat to the peoplehood, self-determination and agency of Afrikan people for the past 500+ years of world history.
This is not a Genocide Olympics. In the rush to condemn Roger Hallam for his comments there is an equally epistemically and structurally violent denial of the omnicides against Afrikan, Aboriginal and Indigenous Humanity, (non-European humanity in short). In the reactions to Roger Hallam’s quoted comments in newspapers, what is inferred is the view that the Shoah, (Jewish Holocaust) was exceptional above all other Holocausts and genocides. Whilst it is true, as the axiom goes “no one cries more than the bereaved”, from the quoted comments, it is clear that Roger Hallam, like many others especially from the affected communities take the view that other genocides also need recognition prevention and redress. To do so is not to deny, denigrate or reduce the significance of the Shoah.
At the International Conference on Genocide Prevention that took place in Brussels from 31 March – 1 April 2014, Yehuda Bauer stated that “The Holocaust is not unique; it is unprecedented, and that means that it is a precedent that can be repeated (though not in the same way), unless we prevent that ”
A Matter of Comparison, The Holocaust, Genocides and Crimes Against Humanity: An Analysis and Overview of Comparative Literature and Programs by Koen Kluessien & Carse Ramos, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance
Incidentally, the Committee on the Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) was established to work on how best to support teachers who choose to relate the Holocaust to other genocides and crimes against humanity. According to the above report: A Matter of Comparison, the Holocaust, Genocides and Crimes Against Humanity a central accomplishment of the Committee was the publication of the series of documents including The Holocaust and Other Genocides which offers ideas and recommendations to educators teaching about the Holocaust and its relationship to other genocides and crimes against humanity. In the Why relate the Holocaust to other genocides and crimes against humanity?
section of the aforementioned report, the authors “summarise a number of important reasons why it can be valuable to offer such a comparative approach, points out some challenges, and concludes with some reasons or agendas that should not lie behind a comparative approach.”
So, we in the SMWeCGEC and GAPP are making this statement to highlight the fact that whilst not in favour of the unacceptable type of language that accompanied the main point in Roger’s original statement, we seek to highlight the most important fact is drawing attention to the currently ongoing genocide and ecocide, of which our continuing present-day Maangamizi is part of. This is the first time that someone racialised as white in a prominent campaigning organisation in Europe, a campaign that is currently in the global mainstream media limelight, has dared to lend support to something that our Afrikan Heritage Communities across the world has been drumming up for centuries. Our Maangamizi is one of the most horrendous, traumatizing and long-enduring up until now special types of genocide and ecocide of over 500 years duration. It continues into the present, even though the white supremacy racist establishment of Global Apartheid has terroristically compelled even some among our own Afrikan Heritage Communities and most Peoples of the world to be in denial of it.
The Shoah has quite rightfully been recognised and there are laws that protect against Jewish Holocaust denial. Yet people deny the Maangamizi of the past and present every day with impunity. We in the SMWeCGEC partner with the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee to co-organise the annual 1st August Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March and hand in the ‘Stop the Maangamizi!’ Petition to the Office of the UK Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street simply with a demand supported by thousands that we can have a dialogue with the British state and society via the establishment of the All-Party Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry for Truth & Reparatory Justice (APPCITARJ).
Yet from 2015 until now, we have been denied a fair hearing and consistently been told “we do not believe that reparations are the answer” by officials of the British State. Speaking about the Afrikan case, we have no recognition and no justice!!!, even in this United Nations declared International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), in which the United Nations on behalf of the international community recognises that that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected. Despite this progressive declaration the British State has said it will not recognise the Decade. Even within XR our demands for recognition of our Afrikan humanity gone unmet, with some pushing unto us the unfairly homogenizing descriptor ‘People of Colour’ as a way of not recognising the specific experiences of People of Afrikan heritage.
So, Afrikan Heritage youths, who have been raised in a society and world order where they are shown every day that their Black humanity and Afrikan lives do not matter have internalised this and are now the agents of what Black Panther Party Co-Founder Dr Huey P. Newton referred to as Reactionary Suicide (the act of Black self-murder) or what Scholar-Activist Psychologist Professor Amos Wilson refers to as Black-On-Black Violence: The Psychodynamics of Black Self-Annihilation in the Service of White Domination as was exemplified in the theme of the 2019 Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March: ‘Continuing Our People’s 500 + Years Reparations Rebellion – Stop Terminating Our People: Rebelling Against and Redressing Youth Mentacide/Ecocide!!!’
We therefore overstand why, to those insisting on this denial of our Maangamizi, particularly in its present phase of neocolonial enslavement, with all of its horrors of Afriphobic and anti-Black racism, Roger Hallam is being lynched for being a ‘white race traitor’.
We dare all those all those who are ganging up to lynch Roger Hallam, beyond assisting him to correct his errors, to act in accordance with the XR demand to ‘tell the truth’. This means to confess truthfully that, actually, the one unspoken thing they are ganging up to mercilessly assassinate the character of Roger Hallam for, without any of the XR compassion for his human errors, is his daring to put the case we are making about our present-day experience of life as Afrikan People across the world as being a Hellacaust of continuing genocide and ecocide; of omnicide crimes continuing for centuries into the present as our Maangamizi!
Yes, this open pointing to the current situation of Afrikans and other still oppressed and super-exploited Peoples of the Global South, who are still being terrorised with genocide and ecocide by those in the Minority World of the Global North holding the reins of so much Global Apartheid racist power as to be perpetuating the vestiges of colonialism and the ravages of neo-colonialism, including forms of eco-fascism, against the will of our Peoples of the Majority World, is his real offence to them and others of their ilk.
We are not deceived by the claims being made by some of these elements condemning Roger Hallam that they are doing so in pursuit of Global Justice. What we really mean in our long-standing, painstaking and experiential learning Pan-Afrikan Freedom Fighting for Global Justice bears no resemblance to what they are claiming. As Activist-Writer Alice Walker says: “No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.” A climate of fear is being created within and around XR to terrorise those who do not share views similar to those now putting out blanket condemnatory statements about Roger Hallam’s comments.
Part of the context in what is being claimed to be hateful anti-Semitism and Jewish Holocaust denial on the part of Roger Hallam by some, is the Maangamizi against the OvaHerero and Nama People (1904–1908) by Germany’s Second Reich, under Kaiser Wilhelm II, which was a precursor to the Jewish Holocaust. True champions of Global Justice would know that the OvaHerero and Nama People have an ongoing movement for genocide recognition and redress.
As the article: In Germany’s Extermination Program for Black Africans, a Template for the Holocaust in the Times of Israel highlights – decades before the Nazis turned to the Jews, German colonialists who seized land and made it into a colony they called German Southwest Africa, (now known as Namibia) dehumanised, built death camps for, and slaughtered tens of thousands of OvaHerero and Nama People in a systematic genocide which was the “odious precursor of the Shoah.” As stated by the Post Conflict Research Center:
“How far back can the roots of the Holocaust be traced? The events that took place from 1941 – 1945 bore a striking resemblance to atrocities carried out years before in German South West Africa. Many of the ideologies that fuelled the Holocaust, as well as the means of systematic confinement and extermination of a people, began at the turn of the 20th century with the Herero and Nama.”
“Key perpetrators of this African genocide became high-ranking Nazis 30 years later. Names are chillingly familiar: Dr. Heinrich Ernst Goering was Namibia’s governor. His son, Hermann Goering, became a top Nazi leader. Eugen Fischer, a physician and professor of medicine, conducted experiments on the Herero that included forced sterilizations and injections of smallpox, typhus and tuberculosis. One of Fischer’s students was Dr. Joseph Mengele, known as the “angel of death” for sending people to the Auschwitz gas chambers and performing cruel medical experiments that he learned from Fischer. Franz Ritter von Epp commanded German troops against the Herero and later was a Nazi leader until he was captured by the U.S. Army in 1945. The list of names linking the Herero genocide to the Holocaust is horrifying.”
See also the following articles available on the worldwide web:
• European Holocaust Had Roots in Africa, Now Namibia is Suing Germany – Without Understanding What Happened to the Herero and Nama people, it is Impossible to Understand What Occurred Right Before and During World War II.
• Article on ‘Black People’ and the Holocaust on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website.
• It is also recommended one reads Germany’s Genocide of the Herero: Kaiser Wilhelm II, His General, His Settlers, His Soldiers by Jeremy Sarkin in which he argues that the history of the OvaHerero genocide remains a key issue for many around the world partly because the German policy not to pay compensation for the genocide contrasts with its long-standing Jewish Holocaust reparations policy.
“We Jews champion the phrase “Never Again” in regard to the Final Solution. We also enshrine throughout our religion and culture the principle of remembrance or zachor. We should make every effort to hear the pain, and to validate the suffering, of other ethnic groups who also anguished under the nightmare of genocide. To do so is not to diminish our own tragedy. It is not to make comparisons or parallels. It is not to engage in an absurd exercise in gamesmanship over who suffered more terribly, us or them. It is, instead, to ennoble our own perseverance as a people. For if we fail to remember the genocides of the Armenians and the Herero, then we abdicate our own moral standing to ask the same of ourselves.“
It is clear to see that in the case of the Genocide of Afrikans in the Congo as well as that of the OvaHerero and Nama, Afriphobic racism belittles the memory of its victims and accounts for the differential outcomes of struggles for redress by their descendants.
These are photos from Esther Stanford-Xosei’s 2017 trip to Namibia as a guest of honour of the Ovaherero & Ovambanderu Genocide Foundation (OGF) for the 111th Commemoration of the Extermination Order which ushered in the OvaHerero-Nama Genocide
Our very track-record of activism on counteracting the Maangamizi demands that we do not succumb to this climate of epistemic and structural violence growing in XR at this time around this issue; but must rather truthfully speak in defence of those from amongst our allies who are seeking to do what the likes of: Abolitionists John Brown, Thomas and Lydia Hardy, Thomas Spence, Thomas Clarkson, Mary and John Estlin; Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst; Scholar-Activist Historians Basil Davidson, Noel Ignatiev and Peter Fryer; as well as Black Liberation Army member, Marilyn Jean Buck have. Despite risking public condemnation we know, as Warrior-Poet Audre Lorde in her ‘Litany for Survival’ says, for those of us who have been “imprinted by fear“… it is better to speak, remembering we were never meant to survive.”
We hope the likes of Roger Hallam will be inspired and strengthened by such gallant predecessors and unswervingly walk their talk with striving even harder in internationalist solidarity with our Afrikan and all other oppressed Peoples, to finally put a full-stop to the Maangamizi and other continuing forms of genocide and ecocide. This is necessary to unify truly progressive forces in addressing the Climate and Ecological Crisis with holistic Planet Repairs in their Reparatory Justice meaningfulness; with a view to delivering the Global Justice for All that will enable us to win our own Maatubuntuman as one of the cornerstones for building Ubuntudunia together with all Humanity.
Stop the Maangamizi!
Build Maatubuntuman for Ubuntudunia!
‘Stop the Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide!’ Campaign (SMWeCGEC)
Global Afrikan People’s Parliament (GAPP)
Leadership Facilitating Team
Kambanda Veii, Jendayi Serwah, Esther Stanford-Xosei & Utjuia Esther Muinjangue Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March (2017)
On Saturday 22nd June 2019 the Stop the Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide! Campaign (SMWeCGEC) took an important step towards ONE of its campaign goals to establish an All-Party Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry for Truth and Reparatory Justice (APPCITARJ).
On this day a film project given the name #IAmWitness by #JoanJoanLondon a film-maker, but conceptually co-produced with the SMWeCGEC commenced. Filming took place at the Kuumba Centre in Bristol. The ‘I AM WITNESS’ project is being developed out of the Ubuntukgotla People’s International Tribunal for Global Justice (U-PITGJ) programme of ISMAR-building, which the SMWeCGEC has been promoting in partnership with the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee (AEDRMC), the Global Afrikan Peoples Parliament (GAPP), PARCOE (Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe), Vazoba Afrika & Friends Networking Open Forum and the Global Afrikan Family Reunion International Council(GAFRIC).
A crew of 1 Director, (Joan Joan), 2 camera men (Sean Cassell #RastaCamp and Khevyn Ibrahim) and 1 photographer (John Matthews/JM Photography) filmed content to be used for an APPCITARJ promotional video consisting of over 25 people from Afrikan Heritage Communities, including children, youth, adults and elders, willing to give their time to support this project.
We really appreciate all those witness who took part in the filming. We are particularly thankful to Brothers Caul Grant and Sibusiso Tshabalala for being the first to be willing to speak to camera and tell their stories of the impact of the Maangamizi on them, their families and their future, unless we #StopTheMaangamizi!
Many thanks also to the John Lynch Afrikan Education Programme for their coordination of the day and sponsorship provided, Ital Garden Caribbean Vegan Café Kuumba Centre for their generous support and hospitality which contributed to making the day possible.
We are truly grateful to Pastor Michael Maddix for his sponsorship also.
Below are some other pics of the filming, pictures are copyright © copyright of John Matthews/JM Photography, sponsored by Joan Joan and must be accredited as such.
#I AM WITNESS
Big-Up! Bristol Massive, you are making us all proud!
BBC- Victoria Derbyshire Show
CLIVE SMITH – AS IT IS TV
NATION OF ISLAM – London Study Group
We in the ‘Stop The Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide!’ Campaign (SMWeCGEC) would like to extend our deep thanks and appreciation for the coverage Got Kush TV provided in preparation for the 2019 Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March and its all-year round campaigning work conducted through the SMWeCGEC as well as coverage of the March itself.
Although the 2019 Reparations March pre-March interviews below are relevant to the all-year round activism in advancement of the cause of reparations and strengthening the International Social Movement for Afrikan Reparations (ISMAR).
The following videos are coverage of the actual 2019 Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March including some of the speeches:
The above image is the © copyright of photojournalist Thabo Jaiyesimi and must be accredited as such.
Please note, only copies of the additional 2,828 signatures collected between last year (14,590) and this year (17,418) were handed in with a copy of the ‘Stop the Maangamizi!’ Petition. Every year we tend to copy the same petitions and re-submit them with additional signatures collected. For environmental reasons, it was determined that we would only hand in the additional signatures collected this year until we reach 100,000 signatures that will be handed in all together when that figure is reached. Or in the alternative that the lobbying efforts of MPs and other elected officials via the ‘Stop The Maangamizi!’ Postcard yield the desired results. However, the SMWeCGEC is not relying on securing 100,000 to secure the campaign objectives, as ultimately reparatory justice will be effected, secured and taken by our own People’s Power, supported by other People’s of Conscience as well as our non-Afrikan Allies as part of PRIM-building.
In total 17,418 people have now signed the petition, this includes those who sign the online petition and the paper version.
Although 6 Petitioners were present as identified in the covering letter to the UK pRIME Minister which accompanied the petition, only 4 of the 6-member delegation were able to hand in the petition this year due to 2 members of the delegation unfortunately forgetting their ID.
This is a link to info about the petition hand-ins in the three preceding years:
This is a copy of the letter that accompanied the 2015 petition hand-in: