TransAfrica Forum

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TransAfrica Forum is a partner organization[1]of the Institute for Policy Studies.

Beginnings

In 1976, during one of the Congressional Black Caucus's annual weekends of glamour and glitter in the nation's capital, CBC members Charles Diggs and Andrew Young convened a meeting of 30 leaders of national Black organizations to challenge the U.S. official policy in Rhodesia. After two days, a policy paper was produced entitled "the Afro-American Manifesto on Southern Africa" calling for democracy in Rhodesia, South Africa and Namibia. Though unofficial, it was adopted and out of that experiment came the idea of establishing an African American foreign policy advocacy organization. Thus TransAfrica was founded.

The CBC along with TransAfrica lobbied vigorously--even against a presidential veto--to get sanctions in place against South Africa, a move which hastened the fall of that apartheid regime and led to the eventual release of Nelson Mandela from prison. The Caucus was, and still is, just as relentless in its fight for human and civil rights, democracy and voting rights, freedom and justice for all disenfranchised Black people in the developing countries including Sudan, Haiti, Cuba and other countries in similar situations.[2]

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CBC support

Since its establishment in 1971, Members of the helped lead the anti-apartheid movement in America, organizing rallies, participating in protests and sponsoring more than 15 anti-apartheid bills over 14 years. The CBC was also instrumental in the creation of TransAfrica Forum, a foreign policy organization that brought attention to issues concerning Africa and the Caribbean, and that organized opposition to U.S. support of apartheid in South Africa.[4]

Haiti Advocacy Working Group

In 2012, the Haiti Advocacy Working Group, Haitian social movements and Haitian Diaspora groups were working with the U.S. Congressional allies, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus, to raise attention to the current status of Haiti’s reconstruction process at the 2 year commemoration marker.

From January 23-25, 2012, Haitians, HaitianAmericans and other Haitian development experts brought their voices to Capitol Hill.

HAWG allies advocated for a just reconstruction and development process in Haiti, one that prioritizes the needs of women, internally displacedpersons, smallholder farmers, the urban poor, immigrants and other vulnerable Haitians, includes the full participation ofHaitian grassroots groups and the Diaspora and holds the US government accountable for delivery of its commitments.

Monday, January 23 4-6pm: GBV Panel, hosted by Representatives Frederica Wilson and Barbara Lee. Tuesday, January 24 9am-10:30am: Rep.’s Barbara Lee, Yvette Clarke & Donald Payne sponsoring panel on health & cholera Noon-2pm: Rep. Yvette Clarke sponsoring and TransAfrica Forum hosting a viewing of a documentary, ‘Where did the money go?’, and follow-up briefing, on aid accountability, transparency and procurement. 2-4pm: Rep.’s Lee, Wilson, Payne and Clarke co-sponsoring panel on Land and Housing 6-8pm: TransAfrica Forum hosting Haiti event at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V St NW.[5]

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