On March 18 & 19, 2023, The All African People’s Development & Empowerment Project (AAPDEP) will host our first International Conference to build Project Black Ankh. The conference will take place at the beautiful Akwaaba Hall, located inside the St. Louis Uhuru House, the headquarters of the African People’s Socialist Party and the international Uhuru Movement.
The theme of our two-day conference is “Building our Own Disaster and Emergency Response,” a reflection of our intent to establish Project Black Ankh as the African Nations humanitarian aid and disaster preparedness and response program. Project Black Ankh will train African communities around the world to prepare for and respond to health epidemics, weather emergencies, and natural disasters like floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes, and more.
Never has it been more urgent for African people to come together to build an organization such as Project Black Ankh.
Every day we see growing evidence of colonial capitalism’s destruction of the planet through the climate catastrophe it has caused. And although natural disasters are obviously not new, colonial climate change increases their frequency and intensity–making it harder for those affected to cope with the impacts.
Often, Africans and other colonized people are in the process of rebuilding from one disaster when we’re struck again by yet another.
Throughout our motherland, Africa, colonial climate change is disrupting rainfall patterns which affect our ability to grow food and have access to sufficient amounts of water. Rising temperatures are causing a decrease in fish in large lakes.
The U.S. National Intelligence Council wrote in its Global Trends 2040 report that “the physical effects of climate change are likely to intensify during the next two decades, especially in the 2030s. More extreme storms, droughts, and floods; melting glaciers and ice caps; and rising sea levels will accompany rising temperatures.”
Scientists warn that Africa will be the continent hardest hit by climate change, despite the fact that African people have played almost no role in creating this contradiction.
The colonial status of African people around the world makes us not only disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of colonial climate change and the intensifying weather emergencies it causes but to what are often preventable disease outbreaks and epidemics, causing untold and unnecessary illness and death.
AAPDEP is not simply content with summing up this contradiction and waiting for the next disaster to occur. We are right now building Project Black Ankh as the African Nation’s response to the growing needs of our people as we face this situation head-on.
The upcoming conference will officially launch our Project Black Ankh Community Response Teams in the United States and Africa. The Community Response Teams will be made up of Africans who are trained to understand and prepare for the types of disasters that are common in their areas and who take the responsibility to train, prepare and work with their neighbors to respond when disasters affect their local community. Black Ankh Community Response Team members can also be mobilized to participate in regional or international emergency response operations if called on by Project Black Ankh.
This Conference will prepare participants with the basic knowledge and hands-on training needed to establish Community Response Teams in their areas. Some of the workshops will include Natural Disaster Preparedness, Community Emergency Response, First Aid, Basic Survival Skills, and more.
Now is the time to launch a worldwide campaign to recruit African people with the mission to build and implement Project Black Ankh. Never again should the African Nation have to sit by and watch as our people drown in flood waters or are swept away in mudslides with no ability to mount a swift, collective response.
Only an organized African Nation can protect and defend itself. Project Black Ankh is the legitimate rescue for African people because it is part of the process of building a future of African self-reliance and self-determination.
Bring your skills, your enthusiasm, and your desire to learn and to build to the first International Project Black Ankh Conference!
Registration is available for in-person and online participation.
To register or donate, please go to tinyurl.com/pbaconference
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