Africans Rising is thus a union of ordinary Africans from all walks of life who yearn to make and see the difference. It is an idea that is born out of the realisation that no constituency or grouping of people can achieve this alone. Rather, it attests to the fact that meaningful struggles are sustained and victories won by those who come together in unity of purpose and with combined efforts. [Hilma Mote, IWG member, Africans Rising]
Dear <<First Name>>
24 February 2017
In August 2016, representatives of 44 African countries and the Diaspora, including civil society, trade unions, women, young people, men, people living with disabilities, parliamentarians, media organisations and faith-based groups, from across Africa and the African Diaspora gathered in Arusha, Tanzania to give birth to a new pan-African movement.
On 25 May 2017 (Africa Liberation Day), this movement – Africans Rising for Peace, Dignity & Justice – will be launched.
Africans Rising is a de-centralised, citizen-led movement determined to foster Africa-wide solidarity and unity of purpose of the Peoples of Africa to build the future we want – a right to peace, social inclusion and shared prosperity.
It is being built by and belongs to people like you and your members, as well as by organisations like yours.
Our founding Charter, The Kilimanjaro Declaration, resolves that our work should build a local, national, continental and global campaign that is expanding space for civic and political action; fighting for women’s rights and freedoms; focusing our struggles on the right to equality and dignity; demanding good governance as we fight corruption and demanding climate and environmental justice.
With Africa and indeed Africans under assault on many fronts, there could not be a more critical time for us to join together in a pan-African movement – built from below and beyond borders – of people and organisations working for peace, justice, jobs and dignity.
Thank you for pledging your support for the Kilimanjaro Declaration and please continue to share this founding document with organisations and people that you work with and encourage them to sign up and consider organizing an activity on 25 May.
The peoples launch is on 25 May 2017 (rather than a big conference where only a fraction of people could participate) and we invite you to share any ideas you have on how we together with you can ensure a successful launch of what will become a historic movement that will help build the #AfricaWeWant and deserve.
We recommend that the local activities can be linked to ongoing struggles that people and communities are engaged with locally. For example, if there is an ongoing anti-corruption campaign, then the #25May2017 launch and its messaging can promote the campaigns already underway.
For far too long the peoples of Africa have been divided by our tragic colonial history and the time has most certainly come where all Africans including our brothers and sisters in the African Diaspora need to unite, recognising that Africa is the richest continent in the world and there is no reason why our people have to endure the levels of suffering that they do on a daily basis.
Now is the time for us to unite beyond the boundaries that colonialism burdened us with. We must have an approach of One Africa, One People and One Destiny: Together we stand a better chance to succeed, divided we run the risk of the current challenges getting much worse in a climate challenged world.
We look forward to joining efforts with you to see Africans rising for peace, justice, jobs and dignity together.