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AAPDEP Houston Building for a Sustainable Future

AAPDEP is growing by leaps and bounds in Houston, TX where we’ve had a community garden for the past 6 years.   The garden has been the center of our work here which is part of AAPDEP’s objective to build organizers that will carry out the work of building self-sustaining communities throughout the world.  

It is important, therefore, that we have people who are willing to lend their expertise to build branches.   This is central to the growth of AAPDEP.   We the  AAPDEP Houston Local Executive Committee are the local leadership ready answer the call!  We are taking all required steps to become self-determined people.

Won’t you answer the call and become a member of AAPDEP today.  You can do so by filling out an application here.

Watermelon A delicious Healthy Food of Africa

Watermelon is one of the superfoods that comes from Africa.  This delicious and nutritious food is enjoyed all over the word, but many people don’t know it originated on the African continent. It is widely believed that watermelons originated in southern Africa.  This vine like plant was cultivate by Africans in the Nile valley at least 5000 years ago.   It might be just a coincidence that it shares the same red black and green colors of the African liberation flag, but let’s take a closer look at this favorite of young and old.

Through migration, trade and colonialism the watermelon has been introduced to the rest of the world.   There are many varieties and cultivars of water melon, some with stripes, no stripes and dots.  There are also seedless varieties and some with red, yellow, orange and even white flesh.  Watermelon has been considered both a fruit and a vegetable.  Many parts are used for food including the flesh, seeds, and rind.  Juice and even wine can be made from the melon.  Watermelons are 90% water and contain many nutrients. Vitamins A, B6, C,

Vitamins A, B6, C, lycopene and antioxidants are some of the nutrients contained in this nourishing food.  In desert areas where watermelon grows wild both people and animals use it for water and nourishment. There are many reported health benefits that this food provides including, lowering blood pressure, being anti-inflammatory and improving erectile dysfunction.  Watermelon known by many names:“inhabe” in Zulu, “elegede” in Yoruba, “nwiwa” in Shona, “tikitimaji”, in Kiswahili, and “Georgia Ham” in the southeastern U.S.

Like all of our Natural resource watermelon can be another tool used in the development and liberation of African people. With the correct infrastructure in place, Africans growing watermelons, in Jamaica, Mississippi, Brazil or Nigeria, could send fresh melons along with medicine and clean water to drought stricken areas where African people live.  We could send the same, to places like Haiti when disaster strikes.

With the true African development Africans in parts of Haiti and the Dominican Republic would be able to provide this relief.  There are so many resources available to African people.  With true development these resources can be used to benefit African People.  Join AAPDEP so we can start to build real African development for African people.

AAPDEP Houston needs your help

Houston is AAPDEP’s long-standing agriculture project and is currently still going strong today.  If you are in the Houston area and are interested in helping to keep this project going, join AAPDEP and come out to the garden to lend a hand. This garden is here to provide for the community. Every helping hand matters. Let’s build the community, and be self-determined to do for ourselves.  There is no better time than now.  Here are a few pics of the garden and some of the comrades who are maintaining it.  We are winning!

 

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White power to blame for devastation in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

To those colonial and neocolonialist leaders, as well as parasitic organizations expressing concern for Africans in Haiti, we say “hands off of Haiti!” Hands off Haiti, hands off Africa and hands off Africans wherever we were forcefully displaced on this planet!

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by Elikya Ngoma, African People’s Socialist Party

AYITI––Over 850 (and counting) Africans lost their lives to Hurricane Matthew—a category four hurricane with sustained winds of 145 mph—on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Thousands are left homeless.

The hurricane hit Southern Haiti––“Le Sud”––one of Haiti’s ten departments. Cities in the South include Leogane, Petit-Goave, Jeremie and Les Cayes, all of which have been severely damaged by the raging waters. A key bridge in Ti Goave has been destroyed, keeping the most damages parts of southern Haiti isolated.

Prior to the hurricane, Port-au-Prince—the country’s capital—became a major safety concern. This is where the earthquake struck on January 12, 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people, injuring at least 300,000 and leaving more than 1.5 million homeless.

Our pain, white power’s gain

When news first spread about the earthquake in 2010, people everywhere donated money to major charity organizations. The American Red Cross (ARC) and the Clinton Foundation were two of the organizations that received the most money, raising $500 million and over $30 million, respectively.

It was revealed that with half a billion dollars, the Red Cross only built six houses—if you can even call them that. The Clintons, on the other hand, pocketed the money and have no response to where the money has gone.

It has been six years since the earthquake and an estimated 55,000 Haitians are still living in tents. Disgustingly enough, both of these scamming organizations have asked for donations in response to Hurricane Matthew hitting Haiti.

Rightfully so, they received heavy backlash from various people on social media. It’s clear to us that they see these disasters as just another ‘come up.’ This is why we Africans in Haiti must be able to exercise our right to self-determination and self-reliance!

Haiti is not poor; it is being looted!

Whenever colonial media speaks about Haiti, the first thing they mention is that Haiti is “the poorest country in the western Hemisphere,” without ever acknowledging why that is.

Africans in Haiti are still paying for our victory as the first successful revolutionary liberation struggle of African or oppressed people, in the world. Defeating three European superpowers—the English, Spanish and the French—the Africans in Haiti stunned the world when we took freedom into our own hands.

Since then, Haiti was to be made an example of to all other Africans. Haiti was forced—by the U.S., Britain and France—to pay reparations to France for its loss of property. The property were the Africans themselves!

Haiti paid France $90 billion in today’s gold prices. The payments took 122 years, ending in 1947. Haiti’s Africans face attack after attack, placed on us by the U.S. and its allies, making it nearly impossible for economic growth.

Some of these include the sugar quota placed in the 1980s, being forced to drop the tariffs on imported subsidized U.S. rice—a move made by Bill Clinton—and being forced to keep the minimum wage at $.24 an hour instead of raising it to $.61 an hour by Hillary Clinton in 2009.

Colonialism at fault!

Hurricane Matthew alone is not what took many African lives; the lack of proper infrastructure also played a major role. Many of the Africans are living in slums, in shack houses with corrugated pieces of metal as roofs.

Deforestation and the lack of a natural defense against aggressive weather is another thing that caused so many lives to be taken. Haitian farmers are cutting down trees to turn into charcoal to sell and raise resources, because of the various agricultural policies placed on us by imperialist powers to keep the economy from flourishing.

To those colonial and neocolonialist leaders, as well as parasitic organizations expressing concern for Africans in Haiti, we say “hands off of Haiti!” Hands off Haiti, hands off Africa and hands off Africans wherever we were forcefully displaced on this planet!

We call on all Africans to join the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP), today! We Africans must be able to build to prepare for and protect ourselves against any natural disasters.

AAPDEP’s mission is “to collectivize the vast skills of Africans around the world in order to establish community-based development projects that improve the quality of life for African people everywhere while promoting self-reliance and self-determination as key to genuine,sustainable development.”

Donate to AAPDEP’s Black Ankh Project at www.DevelopmentForAfrica.org!

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Spring/Summer Crop from the Houston 5th Ward Community Garden

Here’s some of this year’s spring/summer crop at AAPDEP 5th Ward Community Garden.  Fall crop in the ground.

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AAPDEP North Alabama Chapter launches community garden in Decatur

Following in a long line of true African Development projects, the All African Peoples Development and Empowerment Project has started a community garden in Decatur, Alabama, a town about 25 miles away from our organization’s headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama.  The new AAPDEP garden, located in the heart of the African community of Decatur, on land  provided by First Missionary Baptist Church, has had a successful 2016 summer inauguration planting.   Members of the local Huntsville AAPDEP chapter along with Africans from the nearby community have shown their dedication to the goal of feeding ourselves and have enjoyed a plentiful summer harvest of green beans, a variety of sweet and hot peppers, cantaloupe, watermelon, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, corn and more!  This first step of consolidating the Decatur community garden is the seed of a much larger plan to organize the African community in North Alabama to become much more self-sufficient and self-reliant.  For more information, or to find out how you can be involved with the garden or any other AAPDEP project, please contact us at info@developmentforafrica.org.

 

 

 

 

Planting Herbs and Flowers can keep away mosquitoes

With the warm weather of the summer people start to spend more time outdoors.  With this also brings on mosquitoes and other insects that tend to be pest to people.  Here are a few plants that you can grow, and or place around your living space that deter mosquitoes and other insects.

Citronella is a common natural ingredient used in mosquito repellents. Citronella is a perennial grass which grows to a height of 5 – 6 feet. It can be grown directly in the ground in climate zones where frost does not occur. In northern climate zones citronella can be grown in a large pots that can be brought indoors during winter. The plant does well in full sun and well-drained locations.

Crushed lavender flowers produce a fragrance and oil that can repel mosquitoes. You can grow lavender outside, or in indoor planters. Crush the flowers and apply the oil to areas of the body.

Marigolds are hardy annual plants which have a distinctive smell which mosquitoes find offensive. Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, a compound used in many insect repellents.  Marigolds prefer full sunlight and reasonably fertile soil, they can be planted from seed, and starter plants are inexpensive and usually available at most garden stores.

Lemon Thyme Repels mosquitoes. This hardy herb can adapt to dry or rocky, shallow soil and will thrive in your garden or as a border when grown in sunny locations. The plant oils repel mosquitoes. Bruise the leaves by rubbing them between your hands.  Find out if you are allergic first by testing a small amount on your forearm for a few days.

The pest of capitalism and imperialism can also be repelled and destroyed all together.  To find out more information on this check out The All African Peoples Development and Empowerment Project at developmentforafrica.org,  and the Uhuru movement at uhurumovement.org

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Growing produce in pots has many wonderful benefits

Growing vegetables and herbs in containers can be a very efficient way to add fresh healthy produce to your diet.  This technique can be done where there is not a lot of space for gardening and with people who might have difficulty accessing garden space.  You should start with a good size pot about 18-20 inches tall and wide, with drainage holes.  

Start after all chances of frost, pots can freeze easier than plants in the ground.  A potting mix should be used, over soil from your yard, the potting mix will be lighter and you can cut down on introducing weeds or disease to your soil.  Find a nice accessible location that gets at least 6 hours of sun a day.  Make sure you check the moisture in the pot and water accordingly.  

Potted plants can tend to dry out quickly.  Do not drown the plants but keep the soil evenly moist.  Give each plant enough space, even though they don’t have to meet the space requirements as if you were growing in the ground.  

It is a good idea to plant vegetables and herbs together, and do some research on what are good companion crops.   Growing plants in pots is a good way to practice low intense agriculture, efficiently use space, provides the gardener a healthy harvest, and the ability to improve their agricultural skills for even larger projects down the line.

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