AfrobeatRadio Dialogues @ Left Forum 2014

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Must attend! Three full-day Conference Sessions of Left Forum 2014 from May 30 (Fri) to June 1 (Sun) , 2014. The largest community networking conference building progressive social transformation for the 21st Century.

Venue: The John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W. 59 Street, NY, NY 10019  ( map )

Cost: $15~$35 per One-Day which includes many more LeftForum 2014 panels.
Click here to go to LeftForum 2014 Registration Page to take advantage of discounted pass. and the Council of Young African Leaders ( invite you to our series of four Panels during Sessions 5, 6 & 7 on June 1, 2014 . See the panel info below - click each panel title to open individual panel page:

Panel: Conflicts and Peace-Building: A Revolutionary Perspective

Panel Abstract: Impact of the on-going conflicts on Africa's democracy, development, stability and the youth. Who benefits from the conflicts and how? Putting an end to the conflicts, and role of entrepreneurship, innovation, education and self-sufficiency.


Panel Chair: Divine Muragijimana - The Council of Young African Leaders (The CYAL)
Divine Muragijimana is a marketing coordinator, specializing in Social Media Marketing at NYC Smile Design. Muragijimana co-founded The Council of Young African Leaders and serves as president.   

Austin Tuitt - United Peoples Inclusive
Austin Tuitt is a tutor, advisor, artist, writer and founder of the Let Go and Let God Ministry in the Brooklyn area. He is the progenitor of the Caribbean Women Social and Cultural Association of America and CEO of United Peoples Inclusive. He advocates for people empowerment from grassroots up.

Nyasha Laing - John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)
Nyasha Laing is a lawyer, documentarian, storyteller, teacher and commentator on issues of global rights, governance, and culture. Laing has worked internationally as a researcher, independent producer, and human rights consultant on global campaigns to eliminate discrimination and improve access to justice and health care for vulnerable populations in the Caribbean. She is a contributor to various digital media, broadcast, and print outlets.

Tyrene Wright - African Women for Africa
Tyrene Wright PhD is a Booker T. Washington scholar, human rights activist, poet and founder of African Women for Africa whose mission is to provide free health literacy programs to African women. Wright's work focuses on the advancement of African women and the social and political dynamics involved in harnessing the world's resources, which are concentrated in Africa. She is the author of the forthcoming "Booker T. Washington and Africa."

Tambra Raye Stevenson
Tambra Raye Stevenson is a food justice advocate, community organizer and founder of NativSol Kitchen. She believes preserving African heritage foods is the key to economic empowerment, freedom and healing. Named the “2014 Nutrition Hero” by Food and Nutrition Magazine, Stevenson has been a media source on food and community for Washington Post, NBC Nightly News, Huffington Post, CBS/WNEW Radio, WHUR-FM,, Sirius XM Radio, and NBC’s The Grio.

Maurice Carney - Friends of the Congo (FOTC)
Maurice Carney is one of the co-founders of Friends of the Congo and its current Executive Director. He has worked with the Congolese in their pursuit of peace and justice for the past 20 years.

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Session 5        1.83              Sun 10:00am - 11:50am  

Panel: Changes in Global Capitalism and Africa's Economic Development and Challenges.

Panel Abstract:   Factors behind Africa's current economic model. Impact of this model on poverty and development in Africa. Changing the current economic model and tackling inherent challenges and obstacles.


Panel Chair: Tseliso Thipanyane - www.AfrobeatRadio.Com
Tseliso Thipanyane is former chief executive officer of the South African Human Rights Commission. he is also independent human rights consultant on human rights, democracy and good governance. An adjunct law lecturer on African human rights systems at Columbia University School of Law, an adjunct lecturer on African politics at Ramapo College of New Jersey, and a co-producer on human rights at AfrobeatRadio on WBAI 99.5 FM. Tseliso Thipanyane is an Advocate of the High Courts of South Africa and Lesotho.  

Troy Vettese - New York University
Troy Vettese is a doctoral student of history at New York University, where he studies leftist thought and environmental history. His dissertation is on comparative history of capitalist and communist conceptions of economic growth in East and West Germany during the Cold War. He has studied and worked in Quebec, Germany, France, and Britain.

Gnaka LaGoke - The Revival of Panafricanism Forum
Gnaka Lagoke is a specialist in African political affairs, development, and Pan-Africanism. He is a professor of Spanish at UDC & African History at Montgomery College. As a political analyst, he has appeared on Australian Broadcast Corporation, Voice of America, Russia Today, HispanTV, & Democracy Now with Amy Goodman. He founded “The Revival of Panafricanism Forum” ( a public forum which engages a permanent conversation on Africa from a panafrican perspective.

Kevin Alexander Gray - editor of upcoming book "Killing Trayvons, An Anthology of American Violence"
Kevin Alexander Gray is a human and civil rights activist, political organizer, writer and speaker based in Columbia, South Carolina. Gray is the editor of upcoming book "Killing Trayvons An Anthology of of American Violence" and author of "Waiting for Lightning to Strike: The Fundamentals of Black Politics" and "The Decline of Black Politics - From Malcolm X to Barack Obama."

Alnoor Ladha - The Rules.Org &
Alnoor Ladha is an activist and social entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of The Rules.Org, a global citizens’ movement to address the root causes of inequality. He is also a board member for Greenpeace USA, and a founding partner at Purpose, an incubator for new types of social movements.

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Session 6         1.83             Sun 12:00pm - 01:50pm

Panel: The Role of Media in a Revolutionary Transformation of Society.

Panel Abstract: Ownership and role of the media in society. Ensuring a more transformative role of the media and an equitable ownership of the media - Let all voices be heard.  


Panel Chair: Wuyi Jacobs - www.AfrobeatRadio.Com
Wuyi Jacobs is founder and executive producer of AfrobeatRadio, a multi-media network comprising of literary and professional Journal - and News based social network platform - AfrobeatRadio.Com. He is exec producer of weekly global Africa focus current affairs news and analysis program on WBAI 99.5 FM NYC, PACIFICA Radio .

Eric Tait - EVT Educational Productions, Inc.,
Eric Tait is a veteran broadcast journalist and documentarian with credits that include ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, and the ABC News Our World Documentary Series. Tait is past President of the New York Association of Black Journalists and Founder/President of EVT Educational Productions, Inc., and EVT Productions. He is also producer of the long-running bi-monthly MEDIA WATCH Cable Access Public Affairs TV Show.  

Martin  Kirk -
Martin Kirk is Head of Strategy for The Rules. Martin leads campaign framing, strategies and delivery globally for The Rules. He co- authored Finding Frames: New Ways to Engage the UK public in Global Poverty and various related pieces that have helped challenge and evolve public campaigning models.

Basir Mchawi - Queens College & John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)
Basir Mchawi is an Educator, activist and communicator. Professor of English at CUNY's Queens College and at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Mchawi is immediate past chairperson of the board of the International African Arts Festival, Brooklyn NYC and executive producer and host of Education at the Crossroads heard on WBAI 99.5 FM.
Kambale Musavuli - Friends of the Congo (FOTC) 
Kambale Musavuli is a human rights activist, student coordinator and the national spokesperson with the Friends of the Congo (FOTC). He has written for the Washington Post, Foreign Policy in Focus, Huffington Post and numerous other academic publications.

Divine Pryor - Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions (
Divine Pryor is the Exec Dir of the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions, an independent research, training and advocacy Human Justice think tank, founded by academic professionals with prior experience within the criminal punishment system. Pryor is a social scientist with extensive expertise in the criminal justice, health and social service fields. In 2009, he co-chaired the New York State Anti-Gang Violence Reduction Commission.

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Session 7        1.81             Sun 03:40pm - 05:40pm  


Panel: Migration from a Revolutionary Perspective: Changing the Predominant Narrative.

Panel Abstract: Migration a human rights: The role and responsibilities of departure and recipient States. Impact of Climate Change and other factors on migration. Exploitation and treatment of migrants (particularly African migrants) in recipient State. Impact of migration on the youth (especially African youths in the Diaspora).


Panel Chair: Opal Tometi - Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI). 
Opal Tometi is the Co-Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) an organization that educates and advocates for immigrant rights and racial justice with African-Americans, Afro-Latinos, African and Caribbean immigrant communities. Tometi resides in New York City, where she also supports BAJI’s flagship program the Black Immigration Network (BIN), a nationwide network of Black-led organizations, programs and individuals uniting for racial justice and migrant rights.

Janis Rosheuvel - United Methodist Women & Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Janis Rosheuvel, Exec Sec for Racial Justice for United Methodist Women and teacher on migration at John Jay College. Born in Guyana, Janis has worked in the fields of international development and has served as executive director and organizer at Families for Freedom (FFF). She has worked in the field of gender rights at the Tahirih Justice Center, Women for Women International and Episcopal Relief and Development.

Aly Wane - Syracuse Peace Council
Aly Wane is an undocumented peace and economic justice activist originally from Senegal. He has worked with the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago on their Africa Initiative project which aimed to unmask the negative impacts of militarism and corporate globalization on the continent. Wane is on the Steering Committee of Syracuse Peace Council, the oldest grassroots antiwar organization in the countryand on the board of the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse, an interfaith group of institutions dedicated to progressive change in Syracuse, NY, as well as a member of the Central New York Worker's Center.

Donald Anthonyson -  Families for Freedom (FFF)
Donald Anthonyson is an organizer. Born in Antigua, he is involved in Civil Society and social issues in Antigua and the Caribbean. He is a member and past president of the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG), the largest environmental group in the Eastern Caribbean. He is member of the NGO Network (ANU), which he has represented at forums including the CARICOM Heads of Government meetings and the EU/ACP trade and development meetings.

Ninaj Raoul - Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR)
Ninaj Raoul is a co-founder and community organizer at Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR). Through education, community organizing, leadership development and collective action, HWHR members empower themselves as they struggle for social and economic justice. Ninaj is a Fellow of the Petra Foundation, a recipient of the Union Square Awards and the National Organization of Woman - Susan B. Antony award.

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Session 7    1.89            Sun 03:40pm - 05:40pm