The African Solidarity Caravan
Building and Deepening a Culture of Pan-African People-to-People Solidarity
Reflect, Connect, Strategise, Organise, Mobilise, Transform, Consolidate, Celebrate
During May 2014 Africa Week Festival the ACTION Support Centre (ASC) through its initiative the Proudly African Campaign launched the African Solidarity Caravan in Yeoville, South Africa on the 23rd of May 2014. Following this successful Launch, the ASC invites all Africans across the continent and in the Diaspora to participate in the Caravan through organising local events that contribute to building and deepening a culture of Pan-African people-to-people solidarity.
The Caravan Launch, preceded by a Public Dialogue and followed by Africa Day Celebration brought together hundreds of conflict transformation, peace, trade union, women, religious, solidarity, socio-economic and political activists, students, artists and leaders at all levels for reflections and discussions on key issues, including celebrating and developing practically implementable strategies. The following key topics drove the discussions, reflections and celebration; Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance, African Feminist thought and action, leadership, citizenship and good governance, the African political economy, including a solidarity focus with the kidnapped learners in Nigeria, and detained Swazi activists in Swaziland.
The African Solidarity Caravan seeks to deepen the connections between Africans across the continent and in the Diaspora, through a series of events hosted by local networks that will culminate into a Peace and Human Security Festival, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia towards the end of 2014. This process will also including stimulating exchange of innovative, creative and practically implementable strategies and ideas that contribute to a deepened culture of Pan-African people-to-people solidarity, African Renaissance and to the broader vision of a world of justice and peace in which all the basic needs of people are met and peoples’ rights and dignity are respected.
All Africans across the continent and in the Diaspora are invited to organise collaborative events that take the momentum of the Caravan forward. These events can take the form of reflective and analytical sessions, information and experience sharing discussions, solidarity vigils, pickets, marches, blitzing, street theatre encounters, cultural evenings and celebrations. Therefore, the ASC encourages activists to do one or more of the following:
- Organise a local event that contributes to building and deepening a culture of Pan-African people-to-people solidarity, justice, peace and development.
- Send messages of solidarity to any African struggle of their choice and or demands that will form part of the Declaration that will be submitted to the Africa Union (AU) through the Chair Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. This can be in the form of short videos and statements as well.
- Share organic stories of organisation, mobilisation and transformation, including initiatives around peace, solidarity, African Renaissance, human and people’s rights, cultural celebrations etc. This will be posted and shared on websites and social media platforms hosting Caravan information and will form a pool of stories from which solidarity activists can draw lessons and experience.
- Writing articles, short stories, graphic, art and cartoon work, poems, short videos that focus on Peace, African Renaissance, Sustainable Development, Pan-Africanism, Pan-African Solidarity and other related topics.
- Tweet and post Facebook status updates on Peace, African Renaissance, Sustainable Development, Pan-Africanism, Pan-African Solidarity adding any or all of the following #tags; #ProudlyAfriCan, #AfricanSolidarityCaravan. Proudly African T-shirts and burets have been produced to reward those who use these #tags.
- Share this information and mobilise their broad networks to participate in this initiative.
- Join the main event, a Human festival in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.