AU6RUSA AT A GLANCE

AU Sixth Region USA is duly established in the USA to assist the African Union to mobilize, galvanize, organize, structure, and empower the USA Sixth Region Chapter of the Diaspora African Descendants, residing outside of the African Continent – One Voice, One People, One Africa 

“I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me” ― Kwame Nkrumah 

“We Are The Blessings of Africa, Reshaping Our Greatness Together” ― Dr. Queen Blessing Itua

WHO WE ARE

The AU Sixth Region USA Foundation is a Network of the People of African Descent in the USA, as part of the Sixth Region of the African Continent residing outside the Continent.

AU Sixth Region USA (AU6RUSA) is established to facilitate the Africa Diaspora Initiative in America, in line with the Article 3(q) which invites the African Diaspora to participate as an important component in the building of the African Union with the sole purpose of building sustainable partnerships between the African continent and the African Diaspora through sustainable dialogue and effective collaboration with governments and peoples of different regions of the World in which the Diaspora populations are located; for the rejuvenation of the global African family as an instrument of wider renaissance; and ultimately to enable the African Diaspora increasing participation in the affairs of the African Union as observers and as the sixth region of the continent that would contribute substantially to the implementation of policies and programs.

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Mission

To galvanize, mobilize, structure, and empower the People of African Descent in America as well as reconnecting them to the motherland. One Voice, One People, One Africa

OUR AIMS

  1.  We aim at defending and maintaining the true African Heritage

2.  We aim at helping African Diasporas as well as individual organizations maintain order/unity and to be effective in  the society.

3.  We aim to support member organizations practically:

  • By organizing “Fund Raising” programs
  • By co-coordinating financial contributions among member organizations
  • By organizing programs to strengthen member organizations (e.g. Conferences, Meetings, Seminars, Tours, etc.)

By encouraging them to support in the development of our communities here and Africa

3. We aim to support member organizations practically:

  • By regularly meeting and exchanging ideas
  • By regularly conducting mobilization campaigns together

4. We aim at co- coordinating strategies for effective mobilization of  the  African Diaspora.

  • By regularly meeting and exchanging ideas
  • By regularly conducting mobilization campaigns together

5.  We aim at training and equipping leaders of member organizations for good governance by conducting/establishing:

  • Seminars   
  • Workshops     
  • Short courses 
  • Training school/centers

6. To advance social integration of the Diaspora community, through thecommissions by organizing: 

  • Youth activities

  • Entertaining programs and activities(e.g. music concerts)

7.    Information center (Public relations)ora.

  • Internet (Website)

  • Mini- library

8.    Promoting African Arts and Culture

9.    Offer advice on legal and welfare aid issues such as

  • Health care

  • Housing

  • Employment

10.   Establish project execution methodologies ( For the benefit of Africa as a continent)

THE AU CALLED, WE ANSWERED

THE CALL

The African Union (AU) has invited the African Diaspora to become “voting members” of the AU so that together African people can move toward making the unification of the African continent into the reality called the Union of African States (or United States of Africa) in the near future.

The African Union (AU) – is the linear descendent of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). The OAU ceased to exist in 2001-2002 with the birth of the AU. The AU is the African government-centred, continent-wide body of 53 member’s states (Morocco has not joined) established to represent the joint interest of African countries, and to eventually create a Union of African States, which will be a single country of Africa to replace the current 54 countries. The AU has laid out, on paper a roadmap for the creation of a real Pan African unification, and the Diaspora is a big part of those plans.

In 2003 the AU amended its constitution (called the AU Constitutive Act) to clarify its fundamental relationship with the Diaspora and to invite the Diaspora to join the organization to help African unify.

In article 3(3q) of the AU’s amended Constitution, “the AU hereby” ….. invite(s) and encourage(s) the full participation of the Diaspora as an important part of our continent, in building of the African Union”

The advent of the African Union (AU) can be described as an event of great magnitude in the institutional evolution of the continent. On September,9,1999, the Heads of State and Government of the Organisation of African Unity issued a Declaration (the Sirte Declaration) calling for the establishment of an African Union, with a view, inter alia, to accelerating the process of integration in the continent to enable it play its rightful role in the global economy while addressing multifaceted social, economic and political problems compounded as they are by certain negative aspects of globalisation.

The main objectives of the OAU were, inter alia, to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonization and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity among African States; to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of member states, and to promote international cooperation within the framework of the United Nations.

Indeed, as a continental organization, the OAU provided an effective forum that enabled all member states, to adopt coordinated positions on matters of common concern to the continent in international for and defend the interests of Africa effectively.

Through the OAU Coordinating Committee for the Liberation of Africa, the Continent worked and spoke as one with undivided determination in forging an international consensus in support of the liberation struggle and the fight against apartheid. (Source: OAU)

OUR ANSWER

As part of the preparations for this great opportunity, a number of Regional, Sub Regional, National and local meetings will be organized for the African Diaspora Community in the several parts of the defined, conceptual Sixth Region.
As in other parts of the world, formal preparation meetings have already taken place such as in the United States of America, Latin America, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean and in Europe (in the UK and in Holland).

The primary purpose of this document was to equip the African Embassies in USA with relevant information towards motivating the political and strategic decision-making process necessary to convene the up-coming first AU African Diaspora USA Regional “Town Hall” Consultation Assembly. Secondly, it is to present The  American Model for organizing the Diaspora community as a working reference to be possibly adopted in the rest of the  American  Region. 

POINT OF CONTACT

USA CHAIR
AU Sixth Region USA is Established in America by Dr. Queen Blessing Itua

Dr. Queen Blessing Itua
Chair, AU Sixth Region USA

Contact:
drqueenblessing@au6rusa.org

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