ProudAfricans, a coalition of African, Caribbean and African-American activists and human rights and professional organizations, is hosting a protest rally outside the United Nations Organization at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza park on Feb. 15 to denounce the recent anti-Africa racist comments by President Donald Trump and to highlight Africa’s past and continuing contributions in the creation of wealth and prosperity in the industrialized West.
The coalition also denounces global racism and exploitation and will highlight the exploitation of African migrants whose plight was highlighted in a recent exposé on CNN showing auctions of enslaved Africans in Libya. Additionally, young Africans continue to drown during desperate voyages across the Mediterranean to seek employment in Europe. The economies of their own countries have been destroyed by policies imposed by the World Bank and IMF under corrupt regimes generally kept in power by the West.
The protest rally is Feb. 15, 2018, at 11 a.m. sharp at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, United Nations, at 47th Street between First and Second avenues in Manhattan. For more information, please call 212-340-1975 or send an email message to email@example.com Also visit Facebook: proudafricansempowerment.
The coalition’s priorities are anchored by the framework “Protest, Policy, Power” to the White House, the United Nations and other international organizations to address the socio-economic and political marginalization of Africans and African descendants all over the world. Speakers will challenge socio-economic policies that negatively affect African communities at the local, national and international levels and offer solutions. Supporting organizations will broaden and deepen alliances moving forward.
The coalition was brought together by the United African Congress, a New York-based national organization representing African immigrants in the U.S., under the leadership of Dr. Mohammed Nurhussein, chairman, and Sidique Wai, president and national representative.
“We are Africans of diverse backgrounds who are proud of our heritage, here to denounce strongly, without stooping to his level of depravity, the vile and racist characterization of people of African descent by the occupant of the house that Africans built,” said Nurhussein, a retired physician, referring to the construction of the White House, a fact not widely known.
“As an immigrant from Morocco and as a human rights activist and community organizer, I would like to denounce the hateful words used to describe my beautiful motherland Africa,” said Souad Kirama, founder and director of New Horizon Center for Advocacy and Development. “We are here in this wonderful newly founded coalition to say it loud and clear, #ProudAfrican!”
“As president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and convener of the Pan-African Unity Dialogue, I am proud to stand with sisters and brothers in the Diaspora in repudiating the foul-mouthed insults that spewed from the mouth of the current occupant of the White House,” said CUNY professor, Ron Daniels, who is one of the chief organizers of the rally. “We will not be disrespected.”
“Donald Trump represents the kind of racism toward Africans and African immigrants and brutal exploitation that we see around the world,” said Bourema Niambele, a leader of New York City-based African Diaspora Coalition for Justice, one of the protest organizers. “As the world now knows from the recent CNN expose, Africans are even being auctioned into slavery in Libya. This is the 21st century and we will not stand for it.”
The rally is expected to draw thousands of people from the African immigrant, African-American, Caribbean and Latino communities from the tristate area and from around the country.
In addition to United African Congress, the protest rally is endorsed by Institute of the Black World 21st Century, Give Them a Hand Foundation, the African Diaspora Coalition for Justice, Nextmedia.tv, the Black Star News, African Women Solidarity Action for Development, the African Hope Committee, the African Commission of Newark, New Jersey and the African Human Rights Commission.