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Contact: Nate Gilliam
Tel: (414) 405-9835
AFRICAN-LED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION ON U.S. TOUR, MAY THROUGH JULY 2013
Forwarding the African Agenda: Sustainable Development through Self-Determination
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (April 26, 2013) -The All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP) is excited to announce the US tour of its International Director, Dr. Aisha Fields, PhD. AAPDEP invites all people with a passion for self-determination and community-led development to bring the Forwarding the African Agenda (FTAA) tour to their city.
The FTAA tour will focus on building branches of AAPDEP in the US while gaining support for the overall organization.
As the development arm of the Uhuru Movement, AAPDEP’s goal is to bring together Africa’s people, resources and skills for implementation into dual and contending development programs that will help to resolve a historical dependence on oppressive institutions. All across the world Africans experience some of the highest levels of poverty as a result of not having access to their resources. While they are struggling to make a decent life of whatever opportunities present themselves, their knowledge and skills are not being utilized to enhance their collective development. Their labor and material resources go toward a system that was born out of the exploitation of African people; an exploitation that continues until this day. AAPDEP is the organization that has been working to overturn that contradiction.
In the US and in Europe, Africans are faced with chronic unemployment and underemployment, wage discrimination, gentrification, immigration issues; which isolate their communities from any meaningful community development. On the continent of Africa, discussion about development always leads to more foreign investment from former or emerging colonizing powers and/or a charitable approach which relegates Africa and African people to being perpetual wards and inhibits genuine sustainable development.
Under Dr. Fields’ leadership, AAPDEP has engaged in projects in Africa and throughout the US. AAPDEP is actively engaged in creating a new paradigm for African people worldwide, from agricultural work in Houston, TX, St. Petersburg, FL, and Huntsville, AL; to the Marcus Garvey Saturday School in Washington DC. During this tour, Dr. Fields will be sharing her experiences, as well as her wealth of knowledge regarding the struggles of African people and tangible solutions for their future.
There are a number of ways that people can contribute their skills, time and resources to this work:
- Become an AAPDEP member and utilize acquired skills for the benefit of all African people.
- Host an event and bring the Forwarding the African Agenda Tour to a local area.
- Work with AAPDEP to organize a fundraising drive within a school, work place or community.
- Support AAPDEP by making a donation here: http://developmentforafrica.org/donate.shtml
Learn more about AAPDEP’s work by visiting developmentforafrica.org.
If you would like more information about this tour, or to schedule an interview, please contact the tour coordinator Nate Gilliam at (414) 405-9835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org