Initial Response from the Office of the UK Prime Minister to the 2016 SMWeCGE Petition
Aug 12, 2016 — 12 Aug 2016
Greetings SMWeCGE Petition Signatories, Concerned Members of the Afrikan Heritage Community & All Peoples of Good Conscience in Support of and Solidarity with the Cause of Holistic Afrikan
Reparations (Reparatory Justice)
Further to the letter to the Prime Minister Theresa May, MP dated 1st August 2016, enclosing a copy of the ‘Stop the Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide’ (SMWeCGE) Petition, we are sharing the covering letter from the SMWeCGE Campaign and a scanned copy of the initial response from the Direct Communications Unit at 10 Downing Street, dated 2nd August 2016 and received yesterday.
As you will see, this is a non-response from the Prime Minister Theresa May despite our covering letter requesting a “direct response” from her. We are not fazed by this lack of a direct response. We continue working to advance our social-movement-building endeavours within and beyond the UK; connecting into our communities of resistance in Afrika and across the Afrikan Diaspora. This is a necessary component of our people’s power-building that must occur if we are to secure the short-medium term outcomes contained in the SMWeCGE Petition that we are building consensus around.
We reiterate our call for dialogue with the British State towards establishing the UK All-Party Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry for Truth & Reparatory Justice (APPCITARJ), as part of a parliamentary and extra-parliamentary strategy to effect some form of administrative reparations. This for us is not an end in itself, but a means to a much more global Pan-Afrikan revolutionary end. However, we do see this process as being a necessary step that must be taken to demonstrate that we have tried to peacefully engage with the British Government, Parliament and other organs of State, in accordance with their global pretensions of democracy and respect for human rights.
That is the more reason why we all need to give due importance to the work being done by our colleagues outside the UK, particularly those in areas of the Continent and Diaspora of Afrika where the Maangamizi crimes of genocide and ecocide by British Government supported transnational corporations are most evident, as described by Mark Curtis in his recently published report by War on Want:‘The New Colonialism: Britain’s scramble for Africa’s energy and mineral resources’ http://media.waronwant.org/sites/default/files/TheNewColonialism.pdf?_ga=1.163857279.1562019882.1468355472.
The British Government will begin to take us far more seriously, and more seriously respond to our reparatory justice demands, when those of us in Britain are recognised as key players in catalysing the global Pan-Afrikan flexing of our people’s power. This must be done in such ways and means as to start shutting down the destructive operations of British Government supported corporate criminals and their NGO quislings wrecking Maangamizi havoc upon our people, in various parts of the Continent and Diaspora of Afrika. When the continuing disrespectful attitude towards our legitimate demands by the British Government resorts to shutting things down, we must do so far and wide and beyond the UK so that our positive action from the global flexing of our people’s power demonstrates to all, the effectiveness of the global Pan-Afrikan strategy and tactics to which we remain committed, in clear distinction from all others. In this connection, we must always remember the 1968 ‘Message to the Black People of Britain’ addressed to us by Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah. This message can be found in the book Revolutionary Path by Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah pages 429-431
We await a response from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, (as indicated by the Correspondence Officer at 10 Downing Street), before we will respond to the British Government in more depth. We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed as to the efforts we are making in regard to our actions in seeking to hold the British State to account for its continuing perpetration of Maangamizi crimes of genocide and ecocide against our Afrikan people, within and beyond the UK.
Accordingly, we invite you as SMWeCGE Campaign supporters to not rest on your laurels, as we have not yet built ourselves into the strongly connected, well-coordinated and global positive action effecting force to be reckoned with, in terms of the British Government being compelled to provide a proper response. We each have a role to play in ensuring that we glocally build support for this noble campaign.
We echo the following comments of Frederick Douglas made in reference to the second response received from the Office of the UK Prime Minister dated 16th December 2015:
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
It follows that we have to keep the pressure on and we will proactively pursue this matter with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. However, we are also interested in your thoughts about how we can enhance our response, notwithstanding the fact that we expect a further response from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. You can email us here with your thoughts and suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see these links to:
• The aims of the SMWeCGE Campaign:
• An article on what has been achieved thus far with the SMWeCGE Campaign partnering with the 1st August Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March in terms of its aims and objectives:
• More on what you can do to take action:
• The template post card to send to your MP (if you live in the UK): http://stopthemaangamizi.com/2016/01/11/stop-the-maangamizi-postcard-campaign/
• Some guidance on what can be done to support the aims of the SMWeCGE Campaign in partnership with the aims of Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March:
Please note, the total number of signatories to the 2016 version of the SMWeCGE Petition were 5811. We still have a long way to go in terms of building and sustaining public pressure on the need to ‘Stop the Maangamizi’ as the first stage towards repairing the damage and redressing the wrongs of the Maangamizi, past, present and future. We are therefore requesting your help in getting more online signatures to the petition. So far, people from 24 countries have signed this petition but we still need more numbers of people to be doing so: https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-maangamizi-we-charge-genocide-ecocide
Thanking you in advance!
In Livicated Service
Coordinator General- International Steering Committee of the SMWeCGE Campaign
Co-Vice Chair, Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee (AEDRMC)
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