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Africa is a rich continent. That wealth belongs to all our People, not to a narrow political and economic elite. We need to fight for economic development that is just and embraces social inclusion and environmental care. We have a right to the ‘better life’ our governments have promised.
[Extract from the Kilimanjaro Declaration] 
Image (below): Hunger Games, 2015, Malcolm X Jiyane
Dear <<First Name>>
 
Welcome to the growing movement of people and organisations focused on promoting and strengthening the effectiveness of African solidarity and integration. Your passion and energy for the work of Pan-Africanism is both powerful and humbling. We know that when we build trust and cooperation amongst citizens and civil society, we will build a Pan-African movement of the future. If you have not yet signed up to the Kilimanjaro Declaration online, please do so – and join us as we co-create the #AfricaWeWant. 
 
In the coming weeks, my colleagues in the small team at Africans Rising will be in touch - I ask that you look out for emails and Skype contact requests from Moses Isooba (Dr), Olusola Folayan (Ms) and Jesh Latchman (Mr). We are working to prepare for the #25May2017 day of peaceful mass mobilization across the continent to signify our common desire for the peace, social inclusion and shared prosperity. We look forward to your creativity and energy in these preparations.
 
Our current thinking is around simple, small and genuine actions of people and groups and, some examples include:
 
Start to talk to the people around you about the Kilimanjaro Declaration – what it means to you and why you signed up. Then, when you have a few people inspired and have all signed the declaration, gather to talk about what action you could take starting from today and leading up to #25May2017.
 
This could be something like:
Asking your local school, clinic, small and large businesses – even government departments and police stations for an hour to speak about the Kilimanjaro Declaration
 
Preparing for planting trees and local food gardens - they are usually green and help keep the planet and us alive!
 
Writing a letter to your local politician, civic leader, business organization, volunteer club (like Rotary, Lions), to newspapers and online sites, telling them about the Kilimanjaro Declaration and why you have signed up – tell them why you think they should sign up. If you need some inspiration, have a look at Hilma Mote's powerful blog on why she's signed up to Africans Rising.

Of course, if you can grab a quick photo and use the hashtag #AfricansRising when you’re spreading the word about the Kilimanjaro Declaration – that would be a great way to join the growing online community of @AfricansRising on Twitter. You can also connect with the other people in the movement on Facebook and Instagram - the online communities continue to grow - we invite you to add your voice. 

Vacancy: Head of Movement
As you might know, my time as a volunteer with Africans Rising is coming to a close - please share the announcement for a Head of Movement role at Africans Rising – you can share this link with people you think may be keen to take on this role, build on the consensus points of Africans Rising to date and, inspire the building of a Pan-African movement of the future. Remember the closing date for applications is 5 December.

Youth Voices at COP 22
I’d also like to share with you this short video from Interim Working Group member, Ibrahim Ceesay – a powerful youth perspective on the recent COP 22 in Marrakech.

In solidarity for the #AfricaWeWant

Kumi Naidoo
Launch Director: Africans Rising






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