Action Steps for Building Black, African, Reparationist, African-American, Muslim, HipHoppas, Christian, Hebrew, Kemetic, Pan-Afrikanist, Nationalist, Moor, Nuwabian, Nubian, Rastafarian, Afro-Descendant Unity
First giving praise, honor and worship to the Most High for the unlimited blessings on the people who brought true hue man civilization to the Universe. Knowing that the human Mother originated in the lands called Africa (Eden) places a very high spiritual calling of those descendants of this Mother. It is our time to turn this world back to its original self. We must work consistently to love, heal and unify unconditional with our brothers and sisters. To live our beliefs and truths and present our true greatness back to the entire world. May the Creator continue to bless you and your loves ones and never give up. One Love.
ACTION > RESULTS OVER RHETORIC
Each individual (YOU) within (MEMBER, SUPPORTER, FRIEND, ASSOCIATE) or without (INDEPENDENT) of any group or organization should have a clearly defined vision of the present and the future with specific tasks and assignments associated with each.
Identifying specific actions, times to be present at community events and programs, and fulfilling specific measurable duties and responsibilities are keys to empowerment and unifying with others both structurally and systematically for short term and long term progress.
NOTE: Those who profess to be the leaders, initiator, convener, or facilitator must make vision, strategic planning and tactic implementation serious aspects of their position and leadership.
COMMITMENT: Those who take on these positions should be able to be evaluated in their progress towards the COMMUNITIES collective goals and objectives on an organizational and community level.
UNITY: The ability to be transparent and fully open is a major cornerstone in building partnerships with other individuals, groups and organizations within the community TO HAVE A GREATER IMPACT.
HOW?: Start with a journal which catalogues your monthly, quarterly and/or yearly goals and objectives with an openness to consent evaluation with periodic reevaluate and reassess of your personal and/or group’s vision and direction.
ACCOUNTABILITY: to ensure real impact on the problems and challenges of the community, your personal as well as group actions must be put in written form for internal and community viewing.
STRATEGIC PLANNING: Each individual (YOU), group or organization should develop a comprehensive information and media outreach campaign to keep the community well-informed and educated to the highest levels about the issues. Key media and information distribution systems should be developed. Person-to-person, telephone, emails, flyers, press releases, street work, having a presence at community events, etc. must be at least 20% OF TIME AND RESOURCES because knowledge and information are critical aspects of empowerment.
ATTENTION TO DETAIL: As a “Leader”, “Initiator”, “Convener”, “Facilitator”, “Visionary”-- be attentive to each person’s motivations and needs towards selecting your group or organization to be involved and committed. Make sure you advocate that each individual, including yourself, take quality time to bond and heal with their family, friends, partners, associates, etc. Healing is a key component of any long term community organizing and empowerment.
ACTION ITEMS: Prayers, mediation, call to ancestors, expression of love by embracing each other; men and women, congratulating students and youth, establish ancestral alter, reading and writing, spiritual and uplifting media (music, visual, magazines) etc. are very important to the spiritual, emotional and physical healing frameworks needed to build solid unity and empowerment communities.
ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE: Being a self-organized individual also gives unity more bangs for the effort. When you get involved with others, ask that the agenda, program, event, project, gathering have a serious and enduring focus and to ensure specific results at its conclusion.
TASKS: (1) Be apart of mapping out the agenda and logistics of programs, meetings, gatherings, events, etc well in advance so that measurable progress and direct action can result.
(2) Make sure everyone involved knows the agenda for the day. Be as accurate as possible.
(3) Personal contacts are a critical aspect of being self-organized. Find ways to record and manage your contacts. When you get business cards, phone numbers, etc. make sure you record where, when and under what situation you connected with the person.
MOST IMPORTANT: FOLLOW UP AND FOLLOW THROUGH. Our moral strength has always and will always be our most effective and powerful tool of real empowerment and change for our people. Being about honor, stand by your word, being honest and forthright, and committed will never go out of style.
HUMILITY: Real unity takes building a collective consciousness. Each soul is important and of value. Remember order is the first law of the Universe. There can be no unity unless order is the foundation PERIOD.
It is very important to keep the community at-large informed of all your activities and initiatives well enough in advance so that they can properly plan themselves to have impact and input.
UNSELFISHNESS: Look at CONNECTING WITH groups and organizations outside your own political, social, economic or religious views. A key aspect of unity is to show that you are willing to reach out unconditionally to others. African people are a very diverse people and cover many different aspects of life and living, however, a unity framework must respect all those who take their time and resources to do the work that is important to them. As we might think that some of us are misguided, misdirected or miseducated, we are still our brother and sisters keepers.
IMAGE IS ALMOST EVERYTHING: Look at your image and visual presentation to the community. African people are very visual. Let’s take the time to develop and create positive and affirming images and wording. Let’s stay away from negative affirmations, actions, interactions, partnerships, relationships, etc. Ensure yourself that you are doing the most to be a uplifting spirit to all those who come in contact with you. We as a people spend too much time on the negative aspects of situations. Let solutions and actions be at the forefront of your unity framework.
MOTTO: In closing, when spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.
Individual Traits Needed to Bring About Unity
ACCOUNTABILITY: Function: noun
the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions
2 a : a record of debit and credit entries to cover transactions involving a particular item or a particular person or concern b : a statement of transactions during a fiscal period and the resulting balance
3 a : a statement explaining one's conduct b : a statement or exposition of reasons, causes, or motives c : a reason for an action :
4 a : a formal business arrangement providing for regular dealings or services (as banking, advertising, or store credit) and involving the establishment and maintenance of an account; b : money deposited in a bank account and subject to withdrawal by the depositor
ADMINISTRATION Function: noun
1 : performance of executive duties : MANAGEMENT
2 : the act or process of administering
3 : the execution of public affairs as distinguished from policy-making
4 a : a body of persons who administer b often capitalized : a group constituting the political executive in a presidential government c : a governmental agency or board
5 : the term of office of an administrative officer or body
ADMINISTER: transitive verb
1 : to manage or supervise the execution, use, or conduct of
2 a : to mete out : b : to give ritually c : to give remedially
1 : to perform the office of administrator
2 : to furnish a benefit : MINISTER
3 : to manage affairs
COMMITMENT Function: noun
1 a : an act of committing to a charge or trust: as (1) : a consignment to a penal or mental institution (2) : an act of referring a matter to a legislative committee b : MITTIMUS
2 a : an agreement or pledge to do something in the future; especially : an engagement to assume a financial obligation at a future date b : something pledged c : the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled
COMMITTING transitive verb
1 a : to put into charge or trust : ENTRUST b : to place in a prison or mental institution c : to consign or record for preservation d : to put into a place for disposal or safekeeping e : to refer (as a legislative bill) to a committee for consideration and report
2 : to carry into action deliberately :
3 a : OBLIGATE, BIND b : to pledge or assign to some particular course or use c : to reveal the views of
HUMILITY Function: noun
: the quality or state of being humble
HUMBLE Function: adjective
1 : not proud or haughty : not arrogant or assertive
2 : reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission
3 a : ranking low in a hierarchy or scale: INSIGNIFICANT, UNPRETENTIOUS b : not costly or luxurious
LOVE Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English lufu; akin to Old High German luba love, Old English lEof dear, Latin lubEre, libEre to please
1 a (1) : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties (2) : attraction based on sexual desire : affection and tenderness felt by lovers (3) : affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests b : an assurance of love
2 : warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion
3 a : the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration b (1) : a beloved person : DARLING -- often used as a term of endearment (2) British -- used as an informal term of address
4 a : unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as (1) : the fatherly concern of God for humankind (2) : brotherly concern for others b : a person's adoration of God
5 : a god or personification of love
6 : an amorous episode : LOVE AFFAIR
7 : the sexual embrace : COPULATION
8 : a score of zero (as in tennis)
9 capitalized, Christian Science : GOD
MOTIVATION Function: noun
1 a : the act or process of motivating b : the condition of being motivated
2 : a motivating force, stimulus, or influence : INCENTIVE, DRIVE
MOTIVATE Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French motif, motive, from motif, adjective, moving, from Medieval Latin motivus, from Latin motus, past participle of movEre to move
1 : something (as a need or desire) that causes a person to act
2 : a recurrent phrase or figure that is developed through the course of a musical composition
ORDER Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): or•dered; or•der•ing /'or-d(&-)ri[ng]/
Etymology: Middle English, from ordre, noun
1 : to put in order : ARRANGE
2 a : to give an order to : COMMAND b : DESTINE, ORDAIN c : to command to go or come to a specified place d : to give an order for
1 : to bring about order : REGULATE
2 a : to issue orders : COMMAND b : to give or place an order
SUSTAINABLE Function: adjective
1 : capable of being sustained
2 a : of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged b : of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods
SUSTAIN Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English sustenen, from Anglo-French sustein-, stem of sustenir, from Latin sustinEre to hold up, sustain, from sub-, sus- up + tenEre to hold -- more at SUB-, THIN
1 : to give support or relief to
2 : to supply with sustenance : NOURISH
3 : KEEP UP, PROLONG
4 : to support the weight of : PROP; also : to carry or withstand (a weight or pressure)
5 : to buoy up
6 a : to bear up under b : SUFFER, UNDERGO
7 a : to support as true, legal, or just b : to allow or admit as valid
8 : to support by adequate proof : CONFIRM
TRUTH Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English trewthe, from Old English trEowth fidelity; akin to Old English trEowe faithful -- more at TRUE
1 a archaic : FIDELITY, CONSTANCY b : sincerity in action, character, and utterance
2 a (1) : the state of being the case : FACT (2) : the body of real things, events, and facts : ACTUALITY (3) often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality b : a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true c : the body of true statements and propositions
3 a : the property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality b chiefly British : TRUE 2 c : fidelity to an original or to a standard
4 capitalized, Christian Science : GOD
VISION Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin vision-, visio, from vidEre to see -- more at WIT
1 a : something seen in a dream, trance, or ecstasy; especially : a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation b : a thought, concept, or object formed by the imagination c : a manifestation to the senses of something immaterial
2 a : the act or power of imagination b (1) : mode of seeing or conceiving (2) : unusual discernment or foresight c : direct mystical awareness of the supernatural usually in visible form
3 a : the act or power of seeing : SIGHT b : the special sense by which the qualities of an object (as color, luminosity, shape, and size) constituting its appearance are perceived through a process in which light rays entering the eye are transformed by the retina into electrical signals that are transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve
4 a : something seen b : a lovely or charming sight