WWPAM 2017 Charter
WE THE members of the WWPAM DETERMINED
- to save succeeding generations from the scourge of global war, which twice in the 20th century has brought untold sorrow and destruction to humankind across the planet, and
- to focus on ending the oppression of Africans that has taken place under the yoke of colonialism, capitalism and imperialism for the past five centuries, and
- to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nation/states large and small, and
- to establish conditions under which justice and respect for mother earth contribute to a ecological balance where all life and resources on our planet are cared for, and
- to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom, that will lead to a global society where people contribute based on their ability and receive based on their needs
AND FOR THESE ENDS
- to practice tolerance and live together in peace with all peoples as good neighbours, and
- to unite our strength as Africans to promote international justice, peace and security, and
- to employ African resources for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all Africans and other oppressed peoples, and
- to promote the rights of indigenous peoples on all continents in all efforts to overcome settler colonialism, imperialism and neo-colonialism
HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS
Accordingly, our respective organizations, through representatives assembled in the city of Soweto, Azania, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the Pan-African organizations worldwide and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the World Wide Pan-African Movement (WWPAM).
CHAPTER I: PURPOSES AND execution plan
The Purposes of WWPAM as defined by its Resolutions are:
- Resolves that Africans/Blacks in different countries and organizations should consult their constituency for the formation of WWPAM branches in their respective countries.
- Whilst acknowledging the ideological differences, it is imperative to forge closer working relations in a form of a united front to defend and advance the liberation struggle both in Africa and the Diaspora.
- Whilst acknowledging the peculiarity of individual material living condition in each country and differences in the interpretation of ideologies, these are the issues that unite us: land dispossession, white domination, capitalism and imperialism, neo-colonialism, injustice, genocide and zionism. This makes it imperative and urgent to form and establish the World Wide Pan African Movement.
- The World Wide Pan African Movement is open to and inclusive of Black/African Nationalists, Scientific Socialists and other anti-colonial ideologies. We are composed of all Black/African groups and organisations who agree with the above and previously stated issues.
- The WWPAM agrees to diligently address and attack the following problems:
- To fight for the cancellation of colonial/neo-colonial debt as a down payment on reparations
- To fight police brutality/terrorism, ethnic cleansing and genocide
- to embark on Land Reclamation efforts that includes farms, factories, mines and the banks with the intention to nationalize the resources for the benefit of the people. Land reclamation projects such as that in Zimbabwe must be supported and should be expanded and replicated to other African countries and every continent where land was stolen from Black and indigenous people
- to fight for the struggle for independence of Blacks/Africans in West Papua by supporting economic sanctions and boycotts against Indonesia; and all other means available.
- to fight for the immediate and unconditional release of all the political prisoners of the liberation movements anywhere on the planet; specifically the APLA political prisoners held in neo-colonial occupied Azania
- to lobby and advocate for the removal of colonial borders to establish a United Socialist State of Africa, and
- to lobby and campaign for the decolonization of education systems. And to establish a universally accessible systems, and self-education programmes that take into account and reflect the socio-economic conditions of Africans.
The Organization and its Members, in pursuit of the Purposes stated in Article 1, shall act in accordance with the following execution plan.
We agree that the WWPAC is a failure if it does not move beyond words, proclamations, resolutions and rhetoric. Our success shall be defined by follow-up organizing and actions:
- We must establish a coordination committee in each and every country in Africa and every country in the diapora with a significant African presense.
- We must recruit at least 100 organisations from every nation/state to be a part of the WWPAM
- We must establish a resource mobilization and fundraising mechanism for the successful implementation of our plans.
- We must establish a research and development unit for the advancement of Pan Africanism and the ideological development of our membership.
- We must lobby for support from individuals and other progressive sectors of society.
We agree on scheduled bimonthly meetings to report on the actions taken and what must be done to implement and monitor our progress.
We reaffirm and recommit ourselves to fighting the struggle for the total emancipation of all Black/African people for the establishment of egalitarian society.
We further agree that hard work in organizing is the only path to victory. Our word is our bond, and we will give our lives before our word shall fail.
CHAPTER II: MEMBERSHIP
The original Members of the World Wide Pan-African Movement (WWPAM) shall be the organizations, which having participated in the World Wide Pan-African Convention (WWPAC) held at Soweto, Azania in June of 2016, or having previously agreed to the formation of the WWPAM, have agreed to the resolutions adopted at the WWPAC.
- Membership in the WWPAM is open to all other African organizations which accept the obligations contained in the present Charter and, in the judgment of the Organization, are able and willing to carry out these obligations.
- The admission of any such organization to membership in the WWPAM will be effected by a decision of the General membership upon the recommendation of the Secretariat.
CHAPTER III: THE SECRETARIAT
The Secretariat shall comprise a Secretary-General and such staff as the Organization may require. The Secretary-General shall be appointed by the General membership of the WWPAM. He/she shall be the chief administrative officer of the Organization.
CHAPTER IV: AMENDMENTS
Amendments to the present Charter shall come into force for all Members of the WWPAM when they have been adopted by a vote of two thirds of the members.
A General Conference of the Members of the WWPAM for the purpose of reviewing the present Charter may be held at a date and place to be fixed by a two-thirds vote of the members.
CHAPTER V: RATIFICATION AND SIGNATURE
The present Charter shall be ratified by the signatory organizations in accordance with their respective constitutional processes.