Wednesday, August 24, 2005

International Reparations Commission formed in Barbados

From Friday to Tuesday of last week, I was in Bridgetown, Barbados at a meeting convened by David Comissiong of the Clement Payne Movement in Barbados. The group met to fulfill one of the promises made at the Global Afrikan Congress' (GAC) Constitutional Convention in Paramaribo, Suriname in October 2004 to create an International Reparations Commission (IRC) as the arm of the GAC pressing for reparations on a global scale. The International Front of Afrikans for Reparations (IFAR) was born at the organizing convention of the GAC in Bridgetown in October, 2002 with the promise of organizing Afrikans globally to pursue justice in the form of reparations. The IRC is the natural evolution of the IFAR and will work closely with the African Union's Group of Eminent Persons (GEP) created by the late M. K. O. Abiola of Nigeria that was the Organization of African Unity's (now the African Union) arm for pressing the political agenda of reparations for Afrikan people. We spoke via phone with Dudley Thompson one of three members of the original GEP and he is enthusiastic about the GAC International Reparations Commission.

We voted to hold a 2007 meeting in London, England to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade by the UK. The meeting will be held there to counteract the propaganda machine of the UK who will no doubt indulge in the continuing orgy of "good will" toward Afrika via "Live 8" and Tony Blair's Commission for Africa. There is no doubt in any of the founding members' mind that the 2007 "celebration" will also be used by the western white powers to denounce reparations for the TransAtlantic Slave Trade, and our conference will provide the world with information on the continuing impact of slavery on Africans around the world.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:24 AM

    This is really dynamic! May God Bless you on this journey.