A10 – The Decade for People of African Descent Initiative
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Cooperation Jackson and the struggle to advance the International Decade for People of African Descent
On December 10th, the United Nations (UN) will announce the launch of the International Decade for People of African Descent. The International Decade will start January 1st, 2015 and end December 31, 2024 (see http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/237 for more details).
The International Decade for People of African Descent is a follow through initiative of the World Conference against Racism, Xenophobia and Related Intolerances, last held in 2001 in Durban, South Africa (see http://www.un.org/WCAR/ for more details). Although the International Decade is being “officially” called by the United Nations and its member states, it is happening because grassroots and “civil society” organizations from around the world have applied constant pressure and demands on the United Nations and the members states – particularly those on the African continent, the America’s, the Caribbean, and the Europe Union.
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), along with the December 12th Movement International Secretariat (D12), the Durban Declaration and Program Watch Group (DDPA Watch), and the Latin American and Caribbean Community Center (LACCC), have played leading roles in the United States in maintaining this pressure and advancing various programmatic demands and follow through from the United Nations and the member states.
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement has been instrumental in advancing the Durban Declaration and Program of Action (DDPA) in the United States to raise key structural demands on the government (see http://www.un.org/WCAR/durban.pdf for the document). The primary demand raised by the organization has been for the creation of a National Program of Action for Racial Justice to address the systemic aspects of racial inequality and inequity at the heart of the settler-colonial project that is the United States. This comprehensive plan, if backed with sufficient political force, could serve as a “Marshall Plan for Black people” that would address racial profiling, mass incarceration, chronic health disparities, education disparities, housing inequities, and a range of other economic, social, and cultural rights issues (see https://mxgm.org/the-national-plan-of-action-for-racial-justice-short-explanation-of-what-it-is/ for more details).
One of our first calls for a National Program of Action was issued in 2010, in the midst of organizing for Justice for Oscar Grant (see https://www.scribd.com/doc/229245915/Contributions-Towards-a-Way-Forward-Open-Letters-to-the-Oscar-Grant-Justice-Movement and http://peopleshearing.wordpress.com/ for more details). The call was raised to a higher profile in 2012 and 2013 in the midst of organizing for Justice for Trayvon Martin and the #Every28Hours education campaign (see https://mxgm.org/trayvon-martin-is-all-of-us/ and https://www.scribd.com/doc/218033925/Operation-Ghetto-Storm for more details). The broad based Justice for Mike Brown campaign has picked up the demand is helping to elevate it to a new level.
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and Cooperation Jackson, one of the primary vehicles created by the organization to execute the Jackson-Kush Plan (see http://navigatingthestorm.blogspot.com/2012/05/the-jackson-kush-plan-and-struggle-for.html for more details), will be spearheading a series of events in January 2015 to kick off the decade and raise broad awareness regarding the International Decade, press the demand for a National Program of Action, strengthen the movement for self-determination and advance the struggle for economic democracy. The Malcolm X Grassroots Movements core programming for the Decade will be conducted in Jackson, Mississippi in conjunction with Cooperation Jackson at the Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development located at 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39203 (see https://cooperationjackson.squarespace.com/lumumba-center/ for more details).
We encourage all people of African descent to support our efforts and join us utilizing the International Decade to advance our international struggle for reparations, economic development, and self-determination.
Additional Resources and Background on MXGM’s Work and Contributions
A Decade for US: Utilizing the Decade for People of African Descent
Preserving Inequality: Obama and the Durban Review Conference
African, Asian and Latin American Majority maintain solidarity in Geneva
UN “sabotaging” meeting on racism, activists say
Durban + 10 Coalition Statement
Kali Akuno at Durban Review Press Conference – April 2009