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Mithika Mwenda testifies on Climate Justice on Our Common Planet, 4 August


9:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Registration and Resource Tables

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Toward an Inclusive Dialogue on US-Africa Relations
William Minter, AfricaFocus Bulletin
Brenda Mofya, Oxfam International Liaison Office with the African Union
Sulayman Nyang, Howard University
Anyango Reggy, US-Africa Network
Anita Plummer, Spelman College, Moderating

10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Break and Resource Tables

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Discussion Group Sessions

Climate Justice on Our Common Planet
Mithika Mwenda, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance
Jacqui Patterson, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Brandon Wu, ActionAid
Katherine Philipson, US-Africa Network, Moderating

Militarism and Human Security
Horace Campbell, Syracuse University
Maurice Carney, Friends of the Congo
Brenda Mofya, Oxfam International
Michael Shank, Friends Committee on National Legislation
Emily Williams, US-Africa Network, Moderating

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
(Buffet lunch will be available on site for $10.05 per person.)

1:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Please proceed to your next discussion group.

1:45 to 3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Discussion Group Sessions

Agribusiness and Land Grabbing
Jacques Bahati, Africa Faith and Justice Network
M. Jahi Chappelle, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Kysseline Cherestal, ActionAid USA
Nina Moses, ActionAid USA, Moderating

Trade Unions and Democracy from Below
Bill Fletcher, American Federation of Government Employees
Abel Ngigie, Firestone Agricultural Workers’ Union of Liberia
Nancy Parker, United Steelworkers International Union
Oretha Tarnue, United Workers Union of Liberia
Janet Checkley, Solidarity Center, Moderating

Rising Inequality and Illicit Financial Flows
William Minter, AfricaFocus Bulletin
Alvin Mosioma, Tax Justice Network Africa
Khadija Sharife, Investigative Dashboard
Evelyn Sallah, Unchain Africa Press, Moderating

3:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Break and Resource Tables

3:45 to 5:30 p.m.
An Alternative Vision of US-Africa Relations
Kari Miller, US-Africa Network, Moderating
Prexy Nesbitt, US-Africa Network, Moderating

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Informal Networking Dinner
6:30 PM
Addis Ababa Restaurant
8233 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Empowered Africa Working Group: US-Africa NetworkHoward University African Studies Department, American Friends Service CommitteeActionAid USA,Oxfam InternationalAfricaFocus BulletinPriority Africa Network, and Unchain Africa Press.

21 July 2014

Empowered-Africa-2014-Concept-Paper.pdf A group of civil society organisations will be converging at Howard University, Washington DC, to deliberate on the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit, which they consider very critical to Africa’s sustainable development efforts.

The forum dubbed “Empowered Africa Dialogue – a progressive dialogue on sustainability, peace and democracy”, will be held on 4th August, and seeks to highlight key issues on sustainability, democracy, peace and security, and will bring together participants from diverse backgrounds from both US and Africa.

It is organised by US-Africa Network in collaboration with an array partners, including the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, which will be leading a panel on climate justice and sustainability. Other organisations involved in convening the Forum are Africa focus, Ground work, Howard University, Action Aid, Unchain Africa press and Priority Africa Network.

The empowered Africa dialogue will provide an alternative space where grassroots citizens, activists, scholars, progressive NGOs and community organizations will critique from a progressive and proactive perspective, significant issues related to US-Africa policy.
“The dialogue is an important opportunity to focus on renewed attention on Africa by bringing new energy from young activists and organizers in the continent”, Said Mithika Mwenda, PACJA Secretary General.

Positioned as a counter to the African Leaders summit, the Empowered Africa will gather a broad range of constituencies and multi-issue organizations from the US-Africa relations. These organizations will include those working on human rights, conflicts, labour, gender, climate justice, health and sustainable development locally and transnationally.

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