Seasonal Greetings Family,
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As the year draws to a close it is a good time not only to look back in reflection, but also to plan for what comes ahead.
First, we would like to thank all of you who have sent emails, cards and made kind donations in appreciation of our work, it is your generosity of spirit and loving support that helps enable us to keep going. We are currently still working through a backlog of queries and requests so please accept our apologies if you have not yet received a response.
This newsletter is a brief one containing a few news and event details as well as including a reminder of the short run return of the Pan African Drum on Nyansapo radio starting tonight, 9pm, Tuesday 20 December 2011.
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Centreprise Arts & Community Centre fights closure...
HELP SAVE CENTERPRISE
On 20 January 2012 Centerprise will be at Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court to defend a possession hearing instituted by Hackney Council who claim to be owners of the building, 136-138 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2NS, our home from 1974.
Although Hackney Council bought the building, it bought it with a grant awarded to Centerprise. If you don't help us in a few weeks all our work over the past 41 years will come to nothing. Although Hackney Council has agreed to Mediation they have not allowed time for mediation to take place and are using the power of its legal purse to shut us down.
Mediation for 2 days will cost approximately £6,000. However, if you think this is expensive, the hearing itself will cost over £20,000. Centerprise does not have the funds for the mediation let alone, the hearing on 20 January.
You can make donations directly into our bank account:
Please sign our on line petition at:
Timeline of Proceedings
14 October 2011 Centerprise received summons for a hearing on 11 November 2011 for a hearing at Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court for eviction from property.
27th October Dalston Ward Cllr Michelle Gregory writes to Gifty Edila to re-consider action. Gifty Edila responds that Ian Williams is the person responsible. To date no word from Ian Williams
1st November Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone, MP for Haringaey writes to Hackney Council Chief Executive, Tim Shields reminding him of their Statutory Duty to conduct an Equality Impact Assessment before any decision is made.
3 November Centerprise issues a press release and calls a public meeting on 4th November to and launches a Defence Fund aimed at raising £20,000 to fight the Local Authority legal action for eviction.
5 November Hackney Council releases a press statement calling off the hearing on 11 November and proposes talks with Centerprise to discuss the issues.
8 November 2011 Centerprise issues another press statement rebutting issues raised by Hackney Council's press statement.
Centerprise invited by Hackney Council for a meeting on 15th Nov at 4pm.
16 November 2011 Cllr Michelle Gregory writes to Iam Williams Corporate Director of Finance, Hackney, complaining asking for
20 November 2011 Centerprise receives another summons for eviction hearing schedules for January 20, 2011
You may write to the Mayor of Hackney: Jules.Pipe@hackney.gov.uk expressing your feelings and asking him what happened to the £50,000 grant awarded to Centerprise for the purchase of their building
Please sign our on line petition www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/savecenterprise
Carnival Knife Attacker Jailed
The knife attacker pictured fleeing with a bloody blade sparked sentencing concerns fury this week after he escaped with 4½ years jail for knifing a student.
Riot Kingpin Faces Prison
A man who was caught on CCTV throwing missiles at the police is facing the threat of a stiff custodial sentence after committing a string of offences at the height of the August disorder.
Protect Osita Mba Campaign
Osita Mba is a solicitor at HMRC and earlier this year he blew the whistle on secret tax deals that the department were doing with big business. He testified to two parliamentary committees that the Permanent Secretary for Tax, Dave Hartnett, let Goldman Sachs off £10million in owed tax payments.
Despite speaking out in the public interest and following whistleblowing protocols, Osita is now subject to an internal HMRC investigation and faces possible disciplinary action and even prison for his actions. For telling the truth -- he is being threatened with the sack.
Instead of being protected, Osita Mba has been targeted for his crucial role in uncovering HMRC’s secretive relationship with big corporations and now risks losing his job for standing up and speaking out the truth.
HMRC have shown that they are influenced by public pressure. In November, Dave Hartnett said he had no intention of standing down. But last Friday, following public outrage about the revelations, HMRC announced that Hartnett would be retiring next summer.
Another public outcry can force senior management to drop the investigation into Osita and to protect future whistleblowers. Will you speak out and add your name to Maria’s campaign?
Africans murdered after racist shooting attack in Italy
Protest: Some two hundred Africans march in outrage
Italian police have confirmed the killing of two African street sellers and wounded of three others by a european on a racist shooting rampage in Florence, Italy.
At lunch time the killer, Gianluca Casseri, 50, drove to crowded marketplace in Dalmazia Square, Florence, parked his Volkswagen Polo car and then got out and started shooting at African people with a large .357 Magnum gun execution style.
Read Full Article: http://www.ligali.org/article.php?id=2268
Brutal police response to DR Congo protests
Police cordon closing in on peaceful sit-down (Credit: Indymedia)
Pro democracy protesters across the Pan African world face violent assault from state police as they challenge the widely contested re-election of President Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Over 130 people were arrested and placed in custody at various police stations across London after a demonstration held in Trafalgar Square on Saturday turned ugly. As almost a thousand people peacefully gathered, sang and danced whilst calling for genuine democracy, elsewhere tensions rose after a very small group young Africans became excitable near a choir singing Christmas songs to collect money for the Macmillan charity.
British Police arrest DRC protester
Read full story: http://www.ligali.org/article.php?id=2267
Oprah wants black audiences to back OWN
By Kia Miakka Natisse on 12/12/2011
Dear black people,
Oprah wants you back.
Not to say that she completely abandoned the African-American community over the course of her rising career, but we did become less of a priority. It wasn’t personal, it was business - good ratings equals good money, and shows geared towards Middle-American white women fortified her brand.
However now that The Oprah Winfrey Show is kaput, the tables have turned in our favor. There is a crack in Oprah’s titanium empire, and that crack is her struggling TV network. It seems her core audience from her daytime talk show, its various spin-off entities, and the magazine couldn’t find the time to dial in to the OWN network. As much as white middle American loved Oprah the talk show host, interest waned in Oprah the network executive.
"Two people in accord are strong than eight who disagree"
Anyway, Truth is or was... I’m still writing it. I’ve got a radio program to host in a few hours and I’m not yet prepared (other than a cool selection of nice tunes to play when I’m lost for words).
Nonetheless, I’m often told off when I release a newsletter without even a tiny excerpt of the insane thoughts that travel around in my head so I’ve decided to try and stick to my intended theme of togetherness and leave the topic of waking up and deciding whether we want to be the drivers or passengers of our future for later on tonight.
Likewise, where we have seen the Court of Appeal reject appeals challenging the overzealous nature of excessive sentences handed down to those convicted of civil disorder during the English Riots / London Uprisings we have more evidence of a judiciary that only feigns independence from politicians such as the Theresa May and David Cameron who want to scrap the UK’s legal commitment to universal human rights.
Which leads us to the incidents where all this years injustice started, the unlawful shooting of Mark Duggan by armed officers and the so called Independence Police Complaints Commission (IPCC nee PCA) that tried to cover up the facts with its “mistake”.
Now, the IPCC has stated its investigation will be finished by April 2012 and in an attempt to make this go away and not interfere with the forthcoming Olympics, an inquest has been planned with the start date of September 2012.
Without doubt, the state hopes it will have dug up enough dirt to smear Mark's reputation and failing that by scheduling it so far away that we will have forgotten or at least become bored of the news on his murder.
Think I’m exaggerating? Well take a look at what has occurred with the David “Smiley Culture” Emmanuel investigation. Despite claims of a thorough, fair and impartial investigation, the IPCC couldn’t even find it within them to even recommend prosecution of a single officer for criminal negligence let alone manslaughter. According to them the death of an African in police custody does not justify charges. Any charges.
Britain is clearly a country with an unaccountable police and judicial system that only shames itself when proclaiming itself civilised and developed. Most of us are unaware of what is going on, and our collective response against it. Consider the recent DRC protests that despite causing the temporary shut down of Londons west end still failed to secure a significant presence in the mass media. Whilst we await the outcome of the new Stephen Lawrence trail we must not allow ourselves to lose focus on any of these outstanding issues.
Anyway as I said, this time round we were stumped, I had had thrown the repairers card away and removed his sticker from our machine so we would not use him again and I had already vowed to myself if we were going to buy a new machine it would be something with a rock solid reliable reputation like a German made Bosh, but the cost was too high.
Suddenly I could feel it, inside there was something squishy, soft enough to squeeze but too big to move, I had to get inside but how, I didn’t have the required tool to remove the clips and I couldn’t access the pipe from the back or front.
There are a whole load of other stuff I want to write about a few weeks ago I learned that the Equinox Supported Flats and 24hr mental health care home is being threatened with closure by Southwark Council. What can we do to help. Yet there are also some positives such as the two recent pre-Kwanzaa events organised by BIS publications and the Mellow Campaign through their Sterohype project, the powerful Truth event where I was invited to speak at the Occupy Movements wonderful Bank of Ideas or the ground breaking Liberation 1838 programme that promises to be both educational and motivational.
There are many more positive initiatives to report back, but im too tired to recall them all.
You see despite our many challenges there is still much to be grateful for, soplease, over the next few days take the opportunity to reconnect with a loved one -, family or friend, take advantage of the seasonal break to pause, reflect and exhale.
I suspect 2012 will be a very busy year, let’s come together and make plans to take the driving seat and steer it our way.
May the Ancestors guide and protect us.
Toyin Agbetu is a writer, film director, poet, and founder of Ligali, the pan African human rights based organisation.
Seasonal Community Dinner
Where: Cummin Up Caribbean Takeaway, 389 Lewisham High Street (opposite Lewisham Hospital)
Once again Cummin Up Caribbean Takeaway throws its doors open to ALL whom would like to share the Love of Jesus this Christmas DAY. Please let those on the streets know, those in centres and Hostels, those whom you think may otherwise be alone - in fact anyone lets spread the joy!! and the good news
Many thanks for helping us to get the information out .
A young people's Evening of Poetry, Debating and Dinner
Where: The Power League, Canadian Avenue, Catford, London SE6 4SW
Greetings to all
LBFSG Proudly Present a young people's Evening of Poetry, Debating and Dinner for further information and to reserve your place to enter the Poetry Competition Contact: Lewisham Way Youth & Community Centre, 138 Lewisham Way, London, SE14 6PD
Tel no: 0208 692 1577 or 07946 423 431 or 07946 457 642
Tel: 0208 692 1577
For those who routinely claim they don't know African history, BTWSC provides a short, focused course which provides a handy overview of global African history, and an opportunity to gain an OCN Level 2 certificate upon successfully completing a written assignment.
Our Heritage Magazine
We invite you to visit us at www.OurHeritageMagazine.com to browse our JUST PUBLISHED December 2011 Online Edition. We have something for everyone in our new online edition. You will find many new entertaining and informative articles, as well as the incredible images of yesterday and today that Our Heritage Magazine has become known for.
The Sesa Wo Suban Storytelling Festival
Greetings Divine Being
Affirming you are all well! Please take 3 minutes to read the following inspiring email!
Please find attached details for the Solstice Storytelling Ritual 2011 Oxleas woods starting 8pm sharp. As well sharing Afrakan stories, singing, drumming and dancing around a warm fire I will be sharing a project idea that has been developing the last 3 years and while I was in Ghana came to fruition. We are still in process of writing all the information. Here is a brief outline with some of the relevant dates and information.
The oral tradition of storytelling is important to inspire community and individual visions, which unites communities. To pass down knowledge, wisdom, and to educate the next generation so they remember their roots, to connect communities with divine integrity.
One of the major issues in Afraka today is self forgetfulness, loss of ancient rites and rituals leading to low self esteem. It is for this reason we want to implement our simple yet magnificent plan The “Sesa Wo Suban” Storytelling Festival tour 2012 starts in Britain Summer Solstice 22nd to 24th June 2012 and travels to Ghana Battor Kekpo Volta Region for Equinox 20th to 24th September 2012. The Afrakans in Ghana are calling for our return and we, Ghana and Britain are working in collaboration to present Sesa Wo Suban Storytelling festival. There will be an open day March 2012 London to discuss further & answer questions. We will also be having weekly Thursday meetings starting in 12th January 2012 for anyone who wants to get really involved with unifesting this powerful vision.
We, Our Heritage Afrakan Foundation founded by Kweku Kyei Donkoh in Ghana and Chi Creations Griot Circle founded in Britain by Chinyere Nwaubani, see this as an opportunity for artists, self employed, creators in all areas to develop ideas and ways that they can work with and unite with our sisters and brothers on the continent. This is an investment in Afraka and our future links with Afraka. We see other nations investing in Afraka and then taking over. We sit back and complain and do what? This is the time to invest in our original motherland. We have a committee of 7 executives and a whole village in Battor donating their time and energy to invest in us returning and to support the vision. They want to see this happen! Remember the biggest resource is people and our skills.
They are calling for us to come home. This is one of the projects we are developing to make repatriation a viable and permanent possibility for those who are ready. We also have a Redemption Repatriation program which you can read more about click http://www.shanti-chi.com/#!__redemption-repatriation/rrp - We suggest if you are coming to be part of the festival, plan to stay in Ghana for at least 2/3 weeks. Those start and end dates will be confirmed. Individuals should budget in the region of £1200/£1800 for 2/3 weeks for flight, accommodation, food, guidance and protection in the Volta region. This is not the definite price but it is in the ball park of.
The reason it is important we have two festivals of the same name in different parts of the Globe is to unite Afrakans worldwide. Since colonization and exploitation of our resources we have forgotten ourselves. And this self-forgetfulness needs a trigger to unlock our unconsciousness so we can remember who we are and why we are here. We are here to share love between the Afrakans on the continent and those in the Diaspora. We are here to create and develop a market for made by Afrakan products. We are here to unite the 1 billion 8 million divine beings in the physical, spiritual and ancestral realms. The trigger is to inspire visions through the oral tradition of storytelling. The Sesu Wo Suban Storytelling festival is a celebration of Afrakan culture and ancient traditions. Sesa Wo Suban is an Adinkra symbol and literally means transform your life. All activities during the festival will tell the story of Afrakan people, their power and how we as a people can realign ourselves spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically with what we do, think, eat and say.
This is just a basic outline and it will be more detailed as time passes by. If there are any questions you have right now that I can address I will be pleased to do so. I would really apprecilove you passing on the news to all conscious sisters and brothers in your life that can either contribute a skill, see below, or just want to attend the festivals.
AFRAKA NEEDS VOLUNTEERS AND INVESTORS TO INVEST IN MOTHER AFRAKA THROUGH THE SESA WO SUBAN FESTIVAL:
Griot Chinyere (B'eng MA) Director - www.shanti-chi.com - 07765 070042
International Early Years Vacancies: Abuja
A highly reputable pre-school and primary school (9 months - 5 years) in Abuja, Nigeria has an exciting opportunity for a Key Stage One Co-ordinator and Early Years Teacher. The positions will start in January 2012 and the school are looking for lively and dynamic people who relish the challenge of working in a highly diverse environment. The school is situated in the heart of the thriving capital of Nigeria. The school follows a structured programme of learning based on the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum. With a unique balance of work, rest and play, this programme hopes to engage children appropriately in a comfortable and nurturing setting. The vision of the school is to establish itself as one of the leading Early Years settings and Primary Schools in Nigeria.
Key Stage one Co-ordinator:
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a passion for excellence, and have the creativity and drive to lead the Early Years and Primary team. You will need to be able to work cooperatively and imaginatively using the EYFS and National Curriculum (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) as a framework. Classroom practice needs to be exemplary with considerable experience of observations and appropriate formative assessment tools. Must have PGCE in Primary.
An inspiring and passionate Early Years teacher, with at least 2 years teaching experience to join their team in the Foundation Stage. Applicants should have extensive knowledge of teaching and learning in the Early Years and should be able to demonstrate team working and inclusion. Must have the relevant professional qualifications in EYFS (not necessarily QTS)
Salary and Benefits
Interested? Please email CVs to email@example.com
African Women's Rights of Passage Programme January 2012
Greetings and Elevation family,
Payments must be made by 30th December 2011
What will you achieve?
Over three sessions, you will be introduced to a number of themes and topics, which will guide you on your journey into personal development and spiritual growth including:
The multiple selves; Womb wellness; Communication; Movement; Consumption; Beauty; Environment; Healing; Relationships; Your Kingman; Your Destiny
During the fourth session you will report back to the group to share your experiences of the 21 day challenge.
OPEN THE GATE is moving out!
From 2nd January 2012 OPEN THE GATE will be moving out of the premises at 33-35 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston East London, in order to bring Open The Gate's recognised trademark of African cultural events and activities around London, the UK and internationally.
OPEN THE GATE is an organization whose objective is to promote African & Diaspora arts, crafts, music, design and culture; offering accessible cultural programs across the communities.
In 2010 and 2011, the organization has established a venue in the heart of Dalston bringing together a unique programme of cultural awareness, accessibility and a celebration of all aspects of "Black Arts" - all in a vibrant homely atmosphere.
OPEN THE GATE will continue nurturing the creative networking platform and keep bringing together artists, musicians, promoters, art & music lovers and community. OPEN THE GATE is keen and available to collaborate with other organizations and entities sharing the same aims so link us up!
2012: A new year, a new year chapter!
Proud To Be African
Proud To Be African Clothing is marking its first year of business with a 15% online discount (code at bottom) for all customers on all purchases!!
Proud to be African Clothing has had a crazy tumultuous year since concept and start up in December 2010, to trading in July 2011, watching sales increase monthly and our brand awareness grow and grow.
During this period we were nominated for the New Business Award at the Black Business (BB) Awards in October, collaborated with rising jazz star Femi Temowo on his second album launch, with BBC3 ‘Welcome to Lagos’ star Vocal Slender, actress, singer and poet Oneness Sankara, UK hip hop legend Ty, Estelle, FOKN Bois, Nigerian grime artist and underground sensation Afrikan Boy, Nollywood producer Obi Emeleonye and many many others who have supported, appreciated and represented the brand.
Our first line of male and female T shirts and hoodys with the Proud to be African logo, Afrobeat tribute and Born in the UK Made in Africa logo, have found a strong resonance not just with people of African descent in the diaspora but with a wide variety of people, it is often surprising to us that at some of the events and markets we attend, the greatest enthusiast are actually from Asia, the middle east or Europe, who all seem to love the designs and resonate with the message.
As summer turned to autumn we branched out with sweatshirts and poloshirts and to commemorate Nigeria’s Independence Day in October a line of Proud to be Nigerian hoodys, T shirts, and sweatshirts.
Our T shirts are still made from 100% reactive dyed cotton with male crew neck style T shirts and fitted female T shirts, the baby’s and children’s clothing is made from 100% organic ethical cotton from Tanzania and fits kids from 0-18 months (for babygros) and 2 to 12 years (T shirts) Bigger and better things are promised for next year, with more African National day tributes, more designs and more offers and events.
We’d like to thank the various people who have supported us, Ty, Afrikan Boy, Estelle, Caroline and Greg for photography, Nathaniel, Fayola, Bimpe, Ayo and Fatimatou for modelling, WOMATT, The Shrine, Afro News for the lovely article, Chinelle and Amaechi of Africa Rocks Expo, Kiskirine Events, Open the Gate Dalston, Bola Agbaje, Inua Ellams, Tayo Fatunla, 100 Black Men of London and so many others but most importantly our fans and customers
To show our appreciation we are giving everyone a 20% discount on the website www.proudtobeafrican.co.uk with the code LEWI15 from 5th December 2011 to 9th January 2012.
Have an extra merry Christmas and a Super Groovy New Year!!!!!
Proud To Be African Clothing
Screenings: The Story of Lovers Rock
When: December 2011
The film that's "bringing back the LOVE" into the community!
The smash hit film "The Story of Lovers Rock" is still in cinemas now!
Screening: Story of Lovers Rock
Africa Centre Comedy on Sundays:
Nyansapo - In service to our family, with the spirit of our Ancestors
LIGALI is a Pan African, human rights organisation. It is maintained and funded entirely by friends and family of the Ligali organisation, donations are welcome as we need your help to keep it running.
NYANSAPO is the name of one of the many Adinkra symbols in Akan culture, it is a knot that is so intricately tied it is said that, “only the wise can untie the wisdom knot”. This ebe (proverb) points to the fact that only wisdom affords one the ability to see parts in relation to the whole within which they belong. Wisdom breeds patience, and the insight needed to untangle complex issues and arrive at just solutions grounded in divine order without profaning Ancestral culture in the process.
Ligali, PO Box 1257, London E5 0UD. Tel: 020 8986 1984