AfrobeatRadio Presents 4 Panels at the Left Forum 2015

  • We aim to mobilize the public to address the question of historical and continued violence against people of African descent globally both from within the community and from without, and to challenge the place of Africa and Africans within global economic and political systems.
  • We intend to help activate the process of healing, reconciliation and reparations. This is a collective effort involving many community organizations, activists and scholars. We have already began with a series of radio programs and intend to continue with other public events.

Theme of Left Forum 2015: 

No Justice, No Peace: Confronting the Crises of Capitalism and Democracy.

Panel: "Slave Routes: A Global Vision"

Panel: AfroCrowd Call To Action Workshop

Panel: "Seeking Truth in the Balkans" (& Africa)

Panel: "Concerning Violence"

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The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (resolution 68/237) citing the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society. For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history.

“We must remember that people of African descent are among those most affected by racism. Too often, they face denial of basic rights such as access to quality health services and education. ” BAN KI-MOON, United Nations Secretary-General

Panel: "Slave Routes: A Global Vision"

  • Session 1, Room 1.108

  • Date Sat May 30, 2015

  • Time 10:00am - 11:50am

Slave Routes, A Global Vision is an educational and informative documentary film produced by UNESCO. It presents the diverse histories and heritages stemming from the global tragedy of the slave trade and slavery. Slave Routes provides an overview of the massive deportation of African populations to different parts of the world including the Americas, Europe, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, and Asia. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (resolution 68/237) citing the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society. For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. 

Panelists:

Facilitator: Sheila S. Walker, PhD - Afrodiaspora, Inc. * Manbo Dòwòti Désir - The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) * Tyrene Wright - AfrobeatRadio, African Women for Africa, Inc. * Wuyi Jacobs - AfrobeatRadio. Click Here For Event Page.

Panel: AfroCrowd, A Call To Action Workshop

  • Session 4 Room 3.304N (North Hall)

  • Date: Sat May 30

  • Time: 5:10pm - 7:00pm

Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) is a new initiative which seeks to increase the number of people of African Descent who actively participate in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. AfroCrowd aims to further the educational goals of the International Decade for People of African Descent by mobilizing, building and training people of African descent to take control of African and Diaspora narratives, and by writing and editing Wikipedia / WikiMedia content related to African narratives. Afrocrowd also seek to provide access to Wikipedia’s multilingual crowdsourcing platform which can help transfer and share free knowledge to populations of African descent all over the world while maintaining online bodies of relevant knowledge in native languages such as Garifuna, Haitian Kreyòl, Igbo, Spanish or Yoruba, etc., thereby contributing to the survival of and increasing proficiency in those languages.

Panelists:

Facilitator: Alice Backer - AfroCROWD, (www.afrocrowd.org) * Nana-Ama Kyerematen - www.afridiaspora.com * Ololade Siyonbola - Yoruba Cultural Institute (www.yorubaculturalinstitute.org). Click Here For Event Page.

 

Panel: "Seeking Truth in the Balkans" (& Africa)

  • Session 7 Room 1.101    

  • Date: Sun May 31, 2015

  • Time: 03:40pm - 05:40pm

The documentary film Seeking Truth in the Balkans explores the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Over 100 ICTY prosecutors, ICTY defense counsel, international law/human rights law experts, journalists, human rights advocates, and others were interviewed regarding their thoughts on what the ICTY has or has not contributed to peace, justice, reconciliation, and truth/memory in the Balkans and the ICTY's overall enduring legacy.

Panelists:

Facilitator:  Gnaka La Goke, PhD - Revival of Panafricanism Forum * June E. Vutrano - seekingtruthinthebalkans.com * Bradley McCallum (Portraits of Justice) - Conjunction Arts * Jennifer Trahan NYU-SPS, Global Affairs * Erin K. Lovall - Graduate of New York University's Center for Global Affairs and Duke University School of Law. Click Here For Event Page.

Panel: "Concerning Violence"

  • Session 7, Room 1.87       

  • Date: Sun May 31, 2015

  • Time 03:40pm - 05:40pm

Concerning Violence is a 2014 documentary film written and directed by Göran Olsson and narrated by American singer and actress Lauryn Hill, Concerning Violence is based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late ‘60s and ‘70s. The film explores the mechanisms of decolonization through text from Frantz Fanon's essay, Concerning Violence, from his seminal 1961 book “The Wretched of the Earth”. Fanon’s landmark book, written over 50 years ago, is still a major tool for understanding and illuminating the neocolonialism happening today and we will arg as well as the violence and reactions against it. It also arguably the most important analysis providing insight to understanding police brutality against black bodies, continued suppression and the incarceration of masses of young black people in the United States of America today.

Panelists:

Facilitator: Maurice Carney - Friends of the Congo (FOTC) * Omowale Clay - Dec 12th Movement * Bruce Dixon - The Black Agenda Report (blackagendareport.com) * Benjamin Bowser, PhD - California State University East Bay * Kymone Tecumseh Freeman - We Act Radio (www.weactradio.com). Click Here For Event Page.