Black Genocide.......

They were stolen from their homes, locked in chains and taken across an ocean. And for more than 200 years, their blood and sweat would help to build the richest and most powerful nation the world has ever known.

But when slavery ended, their welcome was over. America's wealthy elite had decided it was time for them to disappear and they were not particular about how it might be done.

What you are about to see is that the plan these people set in motion 150 years ago is still being carried out today. So don't think that this is history. It is not. It is happening right here, and it's happening right now.




By Joyce van Genderen-Naar

On 10 and 11 December 2009 the 3rd ACP Civil Society Forum was held at the ACP House in Brussels. Representatives from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Civil Society came together to discuss how to move forward after many years of silence and inactivity. In 1997 the Forum was established by ACP Civil Society organizations from the ACP regions in Entebbe, Uganda with the aim to provide a platform for civil society actors in the ACP countries, where they could articulate views and concerns, share information and facilitate dialogue with official ACP-EU institutions in order to support and strengthen the participation of ACP Civil Society in the ACP-EU development cooperation. The follow up was an impressive and unique Conference on the Participation of Civil Society in the implementation of the Cotonou Agreement, organised in July 2001 by the Belgian EU Presidency and the ACP Secretariat in Brussels. For almost a week, from July 2nd – 7th 2001, more than 150 representatives of ACP civil society came together in Brussels to discuss their role in the ACP-EC cooperation and the ACP-EC-Agreement, signed by the EC and the ACP countries a year before in Cotonou on 23 June 2000.

This first ACP Civil Society Forum adopted a Plan of Action.
However, between 2001 and 2006 there was no follow up and no implementation. Only in 2006 the 2nd ACP Civil Society Forum was organised. During a 4-day meeting in April 2006 at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels a Declaration and Plan of Action was adopted, and never implemented during the years to follow.

The participants of the 3rd ACP Civil Society Forum, a two day meeting in Brussels, organised in December 2009, three years later after the second one, concluded that the remaining 10 years should not be wasted, being aware that the Cotonou Agreement will expire in 2020. They decided to create a network for the exchange and sharing of information and dialogue through internet and any other appropriate media, connecting Civil Society organizations and their focal points in 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. They agreed upon a coordinator for each of the six ACP regions: four in Africa, one in the Caribbean and one in the Pacific. According to the ACP rotation system the Caribbean chaired the 3rd ACP Civil Society Forum and appointed Mr. Lawman Lynch (Jamaica). In 2006 the Chair of the 2nd ACP Civil Society Forum came from Africa (Cote d’Ivoire) and the next Chair will be from the Pacific.

ACP Secretary-General, Sir John Kaputin, at the opening of the 3rd ACP Civil Society Meeting in Brussels, urged the participants to make the most of this all-ACP platform of stock-taking, policy dialogue and planning. He said that a high priority for Civil Society at the national, regional and all-ACP levels, is the aspiration to be involved in the consultation in the Programming, Implementation of National and Regional Indicative Programmes and all-ACP Programmes, consultation in the Mid-Term Review process of the Country Strategy Papers and the National and Regional Indicative Programmes; consultation in the review of the Cotonou Agreement (which is taking place now); the negotiation and Follow- Up of the Economic Partnership Agreements and the impact of the current Financial Crisis.

He encouraged the participants to exchange views evaluating the types of consultations that target the existing wide range of Non-State Actor Organisations, and to discuss and agree amongst themselves on the most appropriate working mechanisms for future cooperation at the national, regional and all-ACP levels.

As said before the participants of the 3rd ACP Civil Society Forum agreed upon a virtual network as the most appropriate working mechanisms for future cooperation at the national, regional and all-ACP levels. Through internet discussions they will deal with the questions raised by the ACP Secretary General Sir John Kaputin, such as: How satisfied are we with our Governments approach to active policy dialogue with the wide range of Civil Society actors? Has significant progress been made, since our last all-ACP discourse, to greater include Civil Society in the consultation processes on Capacity Building needs? Have Civil Society Capacity Building requirement been addressed to facilitate greater involvement in the policy dialogue on issues highlighted in the thematic areas discussed at the last meeting? Are Civil Society stakeholders present at the negotiating table on Economic Partnership Agreements?

Mrs. Dominique DELICOUR of the EuropeAid cooperation office (AIDCO) of the European Commission made a presentation on the participation of ACP Civil Society in the 9th and 10th European Development Fund (EDF). She gave an overview of the ACP programmes adopted, approved and the budget foreseen (191,6 million Euro for the 10th EDF). She said that there is a strong appeal and push for better and more involvement and engagement of Civil Society and that it is important for Civil Society to seize this momentum and to participate in the regional seminar, planned by AIDCO.F1 in Mali, Africa, in 2010 in the framework of structured dialogue. She also informed the participants about the EC study on Civil Society participation and urged them to read this. The study is available on the site:

All ACP participants stressed the complexity and bureaucratic procedures of the EC procedures, the problems they experience in dealing with the European Commission, the National and Regional Authorizing Officers. They asked why the EC sees capacity building as the solution of all ACP problems. They even suggested that the EC in its turn needs capacity building too in order to deal with the ACP countries and their population. They made an urgent appeal upon the EC to involve ACP experts, ACP Universities and ACP research institutions for the design, implementation and monitoring of studies, research and capacity building programmes in the ACP countries. The practice followed by the EC to send EU consultants to the ACP countries has not resulted in capacity building nor exchange and transfer of knowledge, in contrary the many reports they wrote are not used and are a waste of time and money.

The second presentation was made by Dr. Stephanie Diakité, International Expert, on the Evidence Based Knowledge Sharing (EBKS) as a tool for Civil Society to influence ACP-EU policy. Once again the ACP participants of the Forum noted that there is enough expertise and experience in ACP countries and that nothing new was placed on the table.

Brussels, December 14, 2009
Joyce van Genderen-Naar, Lawyer/journalist

Winners of the Women of the African Diaspora Website & Social Network 2nd Anniversary Survey

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Being Black and Becoming European: Un/Settled Migration and Hidden Histories

Call for Papers Deadline: 2010-02-28

Being Black and Becoming European:
Un/Settled Migration and Hidden Histories

"Striving to be European and black requires some specific forms of
double consciousness"

Paul Gilroy - The Black Atlantic, 1993

The Editors of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal(Routledge)announce a Call for Papers on Being Black and Becoming
European:Un/Settled Migration and Hidden Histories
to examine the
intersection between Being Black and Becoming European in the context
of a changing Europe.

In the last decade, the presence of African Diaspora populations has
drawn increased attention from scholars and the public at large.
Although the systematic study of the history of what is now generally
referred to as Black Europe has just begun, the history African
Diaspora populations in Europe remains neglected and hidden.

The Editors encourage a range of contributions that critically examine
Being Black and Becoming European amid contestations, negotiations,
and competing identity claims through a range of perspectives that
touch on questions such as: What does it mean to be Black and Becoming
European in a changing Europe? How have processes and dynamics of
racialization and gendering of Black subjects materialized and been
contested? What are the historical legacies of European colonialism on
Being Black and Becoming European? In what ways has Blackness been
constructed and negotiated across Europe? What sort of state
strategies has been deployed to police, regulate and manage Blackness
in Europe? What discursive frameworks are emerging to examine Being
Black and Becoming European?

Contributors are encouraged to explore being Black and Becoming
European: Unsettled Migration and Hidden Histories in Europe through
various disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches such as
literature, history, music, performance and cultural studies,
photography and visual art, and anthropology etc...

African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal (Routledge) is
devoted to a critical interrogation of the trans/national movement,
locations and intersections of subjectivity within the African
Diaspora in the context of globalization as well as in different
discourses, political, social, historical and cultural contexts. The
journal maps and navigates the theoretical and political forces set in
motion by nation-state and provides a counter-narrative of subject
positions regarding resistance, negotiation and cultural production of
African descendant populations.

The aim of the journal is to advance the analytical and interrogative
discourses that constitute the distinctive interdisciplinary field of
African and Black Diaspora Studies in the production of knowledge
about the deterritorialised and transnational nature of the African
and Black Diaspora. Eschewing essentialist modes of theorizing, the
journal situates the movement of African descended populations
(geographic, cultural, social, political and psychological) in the
context of globalized and transnational spaces by emphasizing the
centrality of African and Black Diaspora as a unit of analysis as well
as the development of diasporic identities across time and space.

Abstracts should be 400-500 words in length. Authors should send their
material with the abstract attached as a Word document. The abstract
should also be included in the body of the message. Please be sure to
include the following information in the e-mail as well: Full name,
university affiliation, and the title of your abstract.

Deadlines: submission of Abstracts, February 28, 2010 and submission
of completed papers, July 30, 2010. Authors of accepted abstracts will
receive e-mail notification no later than March 15, 2010.

Proposals should be sent to:
Fassil Demissie,
DePaul University

Fassil Demissie, Editor
African and Black Diaspora
Department of Public Policy, Suite 150.1
DePaul University
2352 N. Clifton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

Sandrine Joseph, une femme de tête et d’engagement

Cadre supérieur, Sandrine Joseph, 37 ans, se nourrit de défis, de convictions et de son engagement au sein de différents réseaux européens.

Il est difficile de résumer le parcours de Sandrine Joseph tant il est riche et varié ! Une chose est sûre : elle s’est toujours donné les moyens de sa réussite et de ses ambitions.

Dès 20 ans, elle commence à travailler pour financer ses études (Maîtrise de finances et DEA de stratégie industrielle à la Sorbonne) et fait ses premières armes au sein de la fonction publique : ministère des finances et l’ENA. Mais plutôt que de tenter d’intégrer un grand corps de l’Etat, Sandrine Joseph préfère se tourner vers un cabinet de conseil en stratégie spécialisé dans Internet, un secteur alors naissant.

Repérée et embauchée par France Télécom – Orange en 1998, elle occupe successivement des postes à dominante marketing, finance et technique. « Ce qui me guide et me motive, c’est l’innovation, l’accompagnement du changement et le relationnel. Je recherche les défis et apprécie d’avoir une vision stratégique des choses ». En 2007, elle devient marketing manager au sein de l’incubateur d’Orange (Orange Labs) où elle travaille sur des projets innovants, utilisant à la fois ses compétences en finances et marketing.

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Directrice Talent management et développement des cadres chez un opérateur télécom.

Sur quels réseaux sociaux êtes-vous inscrits ? Pourquoi ceux-là ? A quoi cela vous sert-il (vous a-t-il servi / pensez-vous que ça vous servira) ?

Je suis inscrite sur des réseaux professionnels généralistes (Linkedin, Viadeo, Xing) pour développer ma visibilité et trouver rapidement des informations me permettant d'être performante dans le cadre de mes missions, créer des opportunités pour bouger. Ayant mon hobby - RISKANGEL (financement des start-ups), Linkedin me permet de cibler mes invitations, de trouver des angels pour mes porteurs de projets, ainsi que des spécialistes pour faire mûrir des projets. Dans le cadre de la promotion des femmes de couleur en entreprise (Black Women in Europe), je trouve des relais internationaux, tant en capitalisation des bonnes pratiques, qu'en brainstorm sur des problématiques internationales.

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