The African Solidarity Caravan

Reflect, Connect, Strategise, Organise, Mobilise, Transform, Consolidate, Celebrate

The African Solidarity Caravan seeks to deepen the connections of conflict transformation, peacebuilding and solidarity activists through out Africa through a series of solidarity events hosted by local networks intent on taking forward the vision of a world of justice and peace in which all the basic needs of people are met and peoples’ rights and dignity are respected. The Caravan also focuses on building and strengthening a culture of Pan African people-to-people solidarity

A series of activities will be held across Africa building up to the main event, a festival in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa that will seek to hand over a declaration of solidarity to the African Union through the chair Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Many regional blocs will also be engaged during the build up activities.

The build up activities will take the form of reflective and analysis sessions, information and experience sharing discussions, solidarity vigils, pickets, marches, blitzing, street theaters, cultural evenings and celebrations that will include live performances from local artists, poetry, drama, traditional dances, music, great African food, speeches key note addresses and other forms revelry.

Thus, the African Solidarity Caravan offers activists across Africa an opportunity to Reflect, Connect, Strategise, Organise, Mobilise, Transform, Consolidate, and Celebrate in way that contributes to a deepened culture of Pan-African people-to-people solidarity.

This will also involve taking forward the ideas around the Proudly African Campaign; a CALL TO ACTION to all African people across Africa and around the world to begin to think and act creatively and collectively and find solutions to Africa’s numerous challenges.

Thousands of activists in Africa and around the world will link arms and pledge their solidarity to all those struggling for peace and justice.

This means that everyone everywhere will be involved in some form of action that contributes to a deepened culture of Pan-African people-to-people solidarity.

There are key forms of action expected through out Africa and solidarity activists can do the following:

1. Organise a local event that contributes to building and deepening a culture of Pan-African people-to-people solidarity, justice and peace.

2. Send messages of solidarity and demands that will form part of the Declaration that will be submitted to the AU through the chair Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

3. Share organic stories of resistance, and transformation, including initiatives around peace, solidarity, African Renaissance, human and people’s rights etc. that will be posted, shared on the Caravan website and form a pool of stories in which solidarity activists can draw lessons.

4. Join the main event, which will be a festival in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. Date will be announced.

For more information on the Caravan please contact; philani@asc.org.za

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