Sunday, January 24, 2016

The African Union Economic, Social, and Cultural Council 2015 Global African Stakeholders Diaspora Convention 2016 Work Product Update

The 2015 Global African Stakeholders Diaspora Convention was hosted by the African Union Economic, Social, and Cultural Council (AU ECOSOCC) — an entity composed of civil society organizations that advise the African Union (AU). 

“The greatest crime committed against my people was the transatlantic slave trade. We cannot talk about economics unless we put reparations on the table,” Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely (PhD), community mayor of Harlem and FAU Senior Queen Mother, told guests in the Chesapeake II room of the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday, the second day of the convention.

Blakely counted among a slew of activists, scholars, and international leaders who spoke during the opening ceremony that morning. During her 15-minute speech, Dr. Blakely, who also serves as an ambassador of goodwill to the African continent and is Chairwoman of FAU UN Civil Society partner New Future Foundation, extolled the role of women in the Motherland’s economic growth, giving a rallying cry for African unification that included their input.
“The guiding force within you will keep you in the cradle of life [and give you the strength] to do what you’re supposed to do. Africa is what we want and is what we’ll tolerate. May you continue on the life path as we move forward,” Blakely added. Listed below is one of the work products from the convention.  It is open for additional signatories - 

BACKGROUND: In 2005, the African Union defined the African Diaspora (AU) as “... peoples of African descent and heritage living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship, and who remain committed to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union.” In 2012 The AU expanded its membership to those who do not live in its established 5 regions to a 6th region by our estimate 300M people worldwide. 

The United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent will carry out a fact-finding visit to the United States from 19 to 29 January 2016

WASHINGTON / GENEVA (15 January 2016) – The United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent will carry out a fact-finding visit to the United States from 19 to 29 January 2016, at the invitation of the US Government. The Group’s delegation will travel to Washington DC, Baltimore, Jackson (Mississippi), Chicago and New York City.

“We will gather first-hand information about the current human rights situation of African-Americans, and follow up on the recommendations to fight racism we made during our last visit to the country in 2010,” said human rights expert Mireille Fanon Mendes-France, who currently heads the expert panel.

Mireille Fanon Mendes-France is the daughter of Frantz Omar Fanon.  She a professor at Paris Descartes University and a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in international law and conflict resolution. She has also worked forUNESCO and the French National Assembly, and she serves as president of the Frantz Fanon Foundation For more than four decades, the life and works of Frantz Fanon have inspired national liberation movements inPalestineSri Lanka, the U.S. and South Africa.  In The Wretched of the Earth (1961, Les damn├ęs de la terre), published shortly before Fanon's death, the writer defends the right of a colonized people to use violence to gain independence. In addition, he delineated the processes and forces leading to national independence or neocolonialism during the decolonization movement that engulfed much of the world after WWII. In defence of the use of violence by colonized peoples, Fanon argued that human beings who are not considered as such (by the colonizer) shall not be bound by principles that apply to humanity in their attitude towards the colonizer.

The delegation, which also includes human rights experts Sabelo Gumedze and Ricardo A. Sunga III, will address current concerns, and assess progress made in combatting racial discrimination, Afrophobia, xenophobia, and protecting and promoting the human rights of African- Americans.

The experts will also promote the International Decade for People of African Descent*, which runs from 2015 to 2024 and aims both to highlight the contribution of people of African descent to societies and strengthen national, regional and international cooperation to ensure the human rights of people of African descent are respected, promoted and fulfilled.

During its eleven-day visit, the experts will meet with Government officials at Federal, state and local levels, representatives of civil society organizations, as well as academics, practitioners and individual African-Americans. Following its visit, the Working Group will present a report containing its findings and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2016.

FAU's solution for the people of African Descent in the USA is based what President Obama has said to the UN HRC is the US number 1 problem - racism. He said that in the UN Universal Periodic Review of the USA in 2015. 

Friends of the African Union and its Partner New Future Foundation through the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of the USA(#UNUPR) asked for $5 Trillion of this Authority to End Institutionalized Federal Government Racism. The President tells the federal reserve to buy debt that we and allies generate to solve the problems in the USA of the people of African Descent in the USA. This is based on the following proposed distribution of debt - 

The Universal Periodic Review "has great potential to promote and protect human rights in the darkest corners of the world.” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Friday, January 1, 2016

Community Policing the FAU Way

Based on in part  Department of Justice COPS Office is supporting national efforts to implement the recommendations outlined in the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report.  FAU will use the Task Force recommendations that provide meaningful solutions to help us manage our employees in our law enforcement agencies and empower communities strengthen to trust and create a public private collaboration with mutual funds.

WE the People will work together in ushering the United States of America into the next phase of community-focused policing and equal justice.

NOVEMBER 18, 2015 AT 6:39 PM ET BY ROY L. AUSTIN, JR. the White House worked with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) to convene a National Prosecution Summit that brought together more than 100 local, state, and federal prosecutors. Participants discussed innovative strategies that enhance public trust and confidence in the criminal justice system while also promoting safety. Specific topics included the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report, implicit bias in prosecutions, body-worn cameras, collecting and utilizing data to further facilitate criminal justice reform, and community-oriented approaches to facilitate witness and victim cooperation. 
Neil Eggleston, Assistant to the President and White House Counsel, provided opening remarks. As a former prosecutor, he emphasized the important role of prosecutors in reforming our criminal justice system: 
“Legislative reform is important – at the state and local level as well as the federal level – but so are all of you. It is no exaggeration to say that the future of our justice system depends on the efforts of dedicated prosecutors like you who are seeking to innovate in response to today’s challenges while ensuring our society stays true to the core principles that define us as a Nation.”
 Neil Eggleston
The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing report underscored the importance of trust, personal relationships, and transparency between law enforcement and the community—the principles of community policing. These same principles are key for community prosecution. The prosecutors in attendance spoke of the need to work directly in neighborhoods to develop relationships with local groups, align enforcement priorities with residents’ public safety concerns, identify community solutions to prevent crime and use data to ensure the effectiveness of prosecutive action. They expressed how increased trust goes hand in hand with public safety.  
Participants also highlighted specific initiatives that have successfully improved public trust and safety and how the Justice Department continues to provide grants in support of evidence-based, data-driven efforts to enhance community prosecution programs. As part of the Smart Prosecution Initiative, soon the Department will launch a website for prosecutors around the nation that will provide the latest research, resources, and education to the prosecutorial field.
This Summit is part of a series of convenings held by the Administration on criminal justice reform.