Stop the Celebration of American Colonialism in the Virgin Islands of the U.S.!
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The stage has been set by policymakers, the Virgin Islands Transfer Centennial Commission and various members of the public to celebrate what has been deemed a crime by international rule. In October 1970, UN General Assembly Resolution 2621 (XXV) declared that the further continuation of colonialism in all its forms and manifestations is a crime. We are now in the International Decade for People of African Descent (Decade) (2015-2024) as proclaimed by the UN General Assembly through Resolution 68/237 . The Decade cites the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society . And as supported by the the Virgin Islands Legislature (the 31st Legislature), Resolution 1838 passed on December 20, 2016 calling for a Petition to the Governor in conjunction with the VI Legislature to conduct education and programming centered on the contributions of people of African descent throughout the Caribbean.
WE, therefore ask you to Join with other Virgin Islands activists to say NO to the Centennial! A Call to Action for the exercise of our human right to self-determination! Calling on our policymakers to:
- Establish a Commission on Decolonization to educate Virgin Islanders about our human right to self-determination (political, social, economic and cultural status).
- Honor the will of the People as set out officially in November 2, 1982 to exercise our fundamental human right to self-determination through determining our status and establishing a Constitution.
- To cease the celebration activities (balls, parades, Department of Tourism visitor vouchers and similar activities) and redirect at least 50 percent of the remaining funding to the establishment of a National Action Plan on Human Rights centered on promotion of the Virgin Islanders' exercise of our fundamental human right to self-determination (political, economic, social and cultural development and advancement).
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