Official Launch : "Africans rising" Movement

25 May 2017 Keywords : Activities ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS - “STOP THE BLEEDING” Communique

ITUC-Africa joined a number of African civil society organizations to give birth to the "Africans Rising" movement in August, 2016. This is a movement in which we join other Africans to rise for justice, peace and dignity.

Activities
2017
May 23

For us in the trade union movement, the achievement of the objectives of Africans Rising is also essential for the attainment of our goal of decent work and decent life for all.

The Africans Rising movement has chosen Africa Day, May 25 2017, as the occasion for its popular launch.
Please find below a summary of the Action Guide for the launch.

« Africa is a rich continent. It has been impoverished by colonialism, slavery and now by new forms of economic injustice.

On 25 May – commonly know as Africa Day and officially as African Liberation Day – there will be a series of actions and events across the continent to mark the launch of the movement. Africans Rising is a catalysing movement and the launch will amplify existing struggles. We chose that day so that we can remind ourselves, our leaders and the world that we are tired of waiting for that liberation to be delivered. And to show them that we are prepared to take action and hold political and business leaders accountable and reinvigorate the journey to that better life for all.
We are calling on people to wear red on this day; and/or wear a simple piece of red cloth as a wrist band, arm band or head band. Primarily to commemorate the blood that was spilt for the freedom of the peoples of Africa. Secondly, red signifies that Africa is bleeding its wealth on a daily basis through illicit financial outflows. Thirdly, despite our various beliefs and origins, we all have the same blood and have to work together for peace and justice. »

Action #1

  • Between 12:00 (noon) and 14:00
  • Gather in your group, club, movement, office or alone
  • Wear red or have something red on you or in the background
  • Read out the Kilimanjaro Declaration
  • Read out your list of demands
  • Stand up together to signify your intention to build a new Africa and say:
    WE ARE A UNITED AFRICA. WE ARE AFRICANS RISING. FOR JUSTICE, PEACE AND DIGNITY.

Action #2

  • Between 19:00 (7pm) and 20:00 (8pm)
  • Gather in your group, club, movement, office, with your family and, friends
  • Wear red or have something red on you or in the background
  • Turn off your lights in solidarity with the millions of Africans with no access to electricity
  • Light a candle (the more people with candles the better!)
  • Read out the Kilimanjaro Declaration
  • Read out your list of demands
  • Stand up together to signify your intention to build a new Africa and say:
    WE ARE A UNITED AFRICA. WE ARE AFRICANS RISING. FOR JUSTICE, PEACE AND DIGNITY

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