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YOUNG PEOPLE SPEAK!
REPARATIONS FOR AFRICAN PEOPLE AND PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT
A call for submissions
Summer 2003

BEFORE COLONISATION and slavery, powerful kingdoms, magnificent cultures, elegant architecture and distinctly well-organised societies governed by our elders, kings and queens, dominated Africa. When we think back to the Kingdoms of Mali, Songhay, Ghana or the Stone Circles of Gambia, we see examples of this.

BECAUSE OF SLAVERY, colonisation and globalisation, Africa, African people and African descendents are continuously disadvantaged through economic, political, social, psychological damages, and loss of culture, family history and systemic, individual, internal and cultural racism

AS A RESULT, Black Youth United feels that justice must be rendered for what has happened to Africans and their descendents on the continent and in the Diaspora! It is imperative that all Africans be given the tools to empower ourselves in order to resist the pressures of the systems that attempt to control our life chances.

FOR BLACK YOUTH UNITED, reparations is a matter working within our community so that we may participate in repairing damages of slavery, colonialism and globalisation as well as holding accountable those that created these disadvantages and those who benefit from them.
Reparations therefore:
* Go beyond receiving a cheque we can t place a value on the lives and culture lost
* Seek acknowledgement and restoration from those who have benefited from slavery & colonialism
* Demands that the truth of the Slave Trade & the history of the African people be told
* Seek to identify and repair these wrongs so that people of African decent can begin to reclaim and develop our communities and nations

It is in this spirit that Black Youth United invites you to contribute to our first newsletter.

* Why do we need reparations?
* What do reparations mean to you?
* How do you see reparations coming about?
* What do reparations look like? What forms can reparations take?
* From whom are we asking for reparations?
* Why should the present generations be held responsible for the wrong doings of their ancestors?
* How did the reparations movement start?
* Your additional ideas on reparations

ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE: JUNE 1 2003, 11:30 PM

Written submissions are to be no longer than one page, visual submissions are to be no larger than 81/2 x 11

Please email submissions to: byunewsletter@yahoo.ca

Or

Send hard copies (including disk) to:
BYU Newsletter
c/o Renée Ferguson
273 Lauder Ave.
Toronto, ON  M6E 2H5
Canada