Africans have a diverse, rich and powerful heritage that is important to heal ourselves and repair the damage done by neoliberalism to our humanity and environment. Being African, embracing the philosophy of Ubuntu should be a source of our pride. [Extract from the Kilimanjaro Declaration]
Dear <<First Name>>
I hope you have been following @AfricansRising on Twitter and are up to date with the recent solidarity mission Africans Rising undertook to The Gambia. While we were unable to secure a meeting with outgoing President Jammeh, we managed to use the time to consult widely with civil society leaders in both Banjul, The Gambia and neighboring Dakar, Senegal where many Gambian activists have been living in exile for the past few years.
We were fortunate to meet with The Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (TANGO), The Gambia Bar Association (GBA), Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GCCI), Gambia Press Union (GPU), Gambia Teachers Union (GTU), The Gambia Supreme Islamic Council, The Gambia Christian Council and The Gambia National Youth Council. You can read the final civil society appeal to President Jammeh to avert a humanitarian crisis here.
#25May2017 Peaceful mass mobilization across the continent
As you know, 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. Our current thinking is around simple, small and genuine actions of people and groups and, some examples include:
Asking your local school, clinic, small and large businesses – even government departments and police stations for an hour to speak about the Kilimanjaro Declaration.
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.
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. As the Facebook and Instagram online communities continue to grow and we invite you to connect using the channel you enjoy using.