INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST RACISM
By Dr. Conrad W. Worrill (August 17, 2001)
The United Nations World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) that will be held in Durban, South Africa from August 31 through September 7, 2001 has stirred the Pan African Movement through the African governments, Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and the African and African Descendents Caucus to unite and fight for the inclusion of the Africa Group Resolution in the WCAR. This resolution takes the position that both the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery were Crimes Against Humanity and that adjudication of these crimes requires an examination of the Economic Roots of Racism. This position is the basis of the Movements stance regarding reparations for people of African descent.
One of the unsung Pan African organizers, activist, leader, researcher, teacher, and strategist, Brother Bob Brown of the Kwame Ture Work-Study Institute and Library, once again, has provided us with leadership. He is initiating and organizing the International Day of Action Against Racism (IDAAR) to coincide with the opening of the WCAR, August 31, 2001. As Brother Bob points out, "The governments of the world are expected to attend the WCAR, and to report on the status of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance in their countries, and on the measures and programs they have adopted to eradicate them. Hundreds of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have registered to participate in the NGO Forum that will take place from August 28th to September 1st. Thousands of youth are organizing to attend the Youth Summit that is planned for August 27th. Unfortunately, the masses of exploited and oppressed people of the world will not go to Durban, and therefore will not be able to take their destiny into their own hands."
Continuing Brother Bob explains, "We, the movements, organizations, and activists listed below call upon the masses of African, Asian, Latin American, and Indigenous peoples of the world to organize an International Day of Action Against Racism (IDAAR 2001) on August 31, 01 to coincide with the opening of the third World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban. We also ask all progressive forces in the world to join with us in organizing IDAAR 2001."
Movements and organizations around the world have enclosed the IDAAR and are planning a variety of events and activities to coincide with the opening day of the WCAR on August 31, 01. In Chicago, the Temple of Mercy Association under the leadership of Darrell "Sax Preacher" Wilson, with the Kwame Ture Work-Study Institute and Library, the Black United Fund of Illinois, the National Black United Front, the Franklin Lodge #25 and the Sister of JoeAnne Chapter #212 are organizing the International Day of Action Against Racism (IDAAR) that will be held August 31, 2001 at the Legacy Theater, 12952 South Western from noon to midnight.
A variety of speakers and cultural groups have confirmed their participation in the day long event such as, T-Smov; Positive Rap; TOMA Youth Drill Team; Rappn Tate-Positive Rap; R.F.C.A. Gospel Singers; Tyson-Gospel Rap; Sax Preacher; and many, many more. It is being recommended that on August 31st the opening day of the WCAR that a "Worldwide Stay Away Campaign (no work, no school, no shopping, no play) and decentralized self reliant Teach-ins /Rap-ins against racism." This will be the basic format of the program in Chicago and other places throughout the world.
The International Day of Action Against Racism is "Urging the governments of the world, especially those in the Western Hemisphere and Europe to:
We encourage all African people and freedom loving people to support the International Day of Action Against Racism (IDAAR) programs and events that are being organized in your local areas. This will be a great way to support those of us who are traveling to Durban to participate in the WCAR. For further information on the Chicago IDAAR call 773-483-9608 or 773-483-1535.
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