Empowered Africa Media

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CONTACT: Derrick Plummer, 301-806-4326, derrick.plummer@gmail.com


African and US Civil Society Leaders to Host Alternative Forum to White House African Leaders Summit

Progressive Activists, NGOs, and Scholars Say Obama Administration is Ignoring Critical Issues

Washington, DC– On the eve of President Obama’s historic African Leaders Summit, nearly 100 grassroots citizen-activists, scholars, progressive NGOs and community organizers from Africa and the United States will gather for US-Africa Network’s (USAN) Empowered Africa Dialogue. There, participants will critique significant issues related to US-Africa policy, and discuss alternative strategies and policies from a progressive and proactive perspective.

“People should be at the center of US policy in Africa,” said Prexy Nesbitt of the US-Africa Network in response to the criticism that President Obama’s Africa policy has been focused on advancing corporate interests.  “Leaders in Africa and the US should be responsive and accountable to the needs of their citizens and we should not assume that markets will take care of themselves. There needs to be an honest conversation about economic rights and social rights.”


WHO: Civil Society Leaders from Africa and the US [partial list]

Jacqui Patterson, NAACP, USA
Sulayman Nyang, Howard University, USA
Brenda Mofya, Oxfam International, Ethiopia
Mithika Mwenda, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, Kenya
Abel Ngigie, Firestone Agricultural Workers’ Union of Liberia
Alvin Mosioma, Tax Justice Network Africa, Kenya
Khadija Sharife, Investigative Dashboard, South Africa

WHAT: Empowered Africa Dialogue

WHEN: August 4th 9:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M
Press gaggle 12:30 P.M.-1:00 PM. Click here for full schedule.

WHERE: Howard University, Armour J. Blackburn Center, Gallery Lounge, 2400 Sixth St, NW, Washington, DC 20059

RSVP: Please RSVP to empoweredafrica2014@gmail.com.


The primary focus of the US-Africa Network is to promote progressive policies and relationships between Africa and the United States, with a particular emphasis on common issues that affect people around the world. The US-Africa Network facilitates communication and solidarity among people and groups in the United States, on the African continent, and in the African Diaspora. We work for universal human rights and global social justice, recognizing that contemporary global issues are interlinked to each other and not confined within geographical and social boundaries.