Africa Action Overview
Programs: Africa Action is engaged in advocacy and activism to stop the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, where the Sudanese government has been waging a campaign of destruction against targeted African communities since 2003. More than 450,000 people have lost their lives and millions have been displaced, their livelihoods and villages destroyed by government forces and their proxy militias. Although the U.S. government has acknowledged this genocide, it has failed to take the necessary action to protect the people of Darfur. Africa Action is calling on President Bush to assert U.S. leadership in support of a multinational intervention to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur.
Africa Action is the oldest national organization in the U.S. workingon African affairs. Our work dates back to 1953, the year our oldest predecessor organizationwas founded. Today, in partnership with activists and civil society organizationsthroughout the United States and in Africa, Africa Action is working tochange U.S. foreign policy and the policies of international institutionsin order to support African struggles for peace and development.
By changing the policies of our own government, we have proven that wecan make a real difference.
Our History - Africa Action is the name we adopted in 2001, when three of the oldestAfrica advocacy groups in the U.S. merged to become one new organization,working for political, economic and social justice throughout the Africancontinent.
Our predecessor organizations dateback to 1953, when the American Committee on Africa (ACOA) was founded. It was created by a group of black and white civil rightsactivists who had organized support for the historic Defiance Campaignin South Africa the previous year. ACOA, together with The Africa Fund, founded in 1966, provided key support for independence movementsthroughout Africa. They built strong networks of U.S.-based activiststhat became crucial partners in the anti-apartheid struggle. The Africa Policy Information Center (APIC) was founded in 1978. It pioneered the use of new information and communicationtechnology to support advocacy work on Africa.Our Mission - Africa Action’s work is guided by a set of core beliefs:
- We believe that the U.S. has a special historic responsibility towardAfrica;
- We believe that racism has been and is a major determinant of U.S.policies toward Africa, Africans and U.S. citizens of African descent;
- We value Africa and the people of Africa and seek to work in partnershipwith Africans;
- We believe in the principles of consultation, openness, accountabilityand consensus.
Our Work -
Just as our predecessor organizations took action to support Africanefforts to defeat apartheid, today Africa Action is engaged in the struggleagainst global apartheid – the international system of minorityrule that keeps Africa poor and marginalized.
- We provide information and analysis to change how people think aboutAfrica.
- We mobilize public pressure to change the policies of the U.S. andmultilateral institutions toward Africa, so that they support the effortsof Africans themselves to promote human rights, democracy and development.
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