Africa Action

Africa Action is a national organization that works for political, economic and social justice in Africa. Through the provision of accessible information and analysis combined with the mobilization of public pressure we work to change the policies and policy-making processes of U.S. and multinational institutions toward Africa. The work of Africa Action is grounded in the history and purpose of its predecessor organizations, the American Committee on Africa (ACOA), The Africa Fund, and the Africa Policy Information Center (APIC), which have fought for freedom and justice in Africa since 1953. Continuing this tradition, Africa Action seeks to re-shape U.S. policy toward African countries.

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Friday, July 30, 2010
Congressional Leaders Unveil New Legislation on Zimbabwe
Africa Action, the oldest human rights organization focused exclusively on Africa, celebrates the introduction of the Zimbabwe Renewal Act of 2010 (H.R. 5971) in the House of Representatives. Sponsored by Congressmen Payne, and cosponsored by over 35 members of Congress, the new legislation aims to bring about a major shift in U.S. policy that is significant to the democratic transition in Zimbabwe and aligns with the latest political and economic developments on the ground.
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Friday, July 16, 2010
Africa Action Addresses Deaths in Uganda and the Flawed War on Terror and Africa
Today, President Obama announced that the U.S. will "redouble U.S. support for Africa against terror" after twin bombs exploded in two different areas of Kampala, Uganda on Sunday, killing a total of 76 civilians. In response to his speech, Africa Action warns that, as the U.S. pursues its so-called "war on terror," a greater investment in military solutions would be a grave mistake.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Event: Congo Independence 50 Years Later: The Continuing Pursuit
Today, the Democratic Republic of Congo will observe its 50th year of independence from Belgian colonial rule. While celebrations will take place throughout the globe commemorating this golden anniversary, Africa Action will join in solidarity with the Congolese Diaspora and civil society groups from the continent to reflect on the successes and challenges for the Congo to achieve full independence. The event is scheduled to take place TODAY at the True Reformer Bldg's Lankford Auditorium in Washington, DC from 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
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Tuesday, April 06, 2010
South Africans say “No” to Eskom coal
Residents located near Lephalale in South Africa’s Limpopo Province today filed a complaint with the World Bank’s independent complaint body, the Inspection Panel, stating that a proposed $3.75 billion World Bank loan to help finance the Medupi coal-fired power plant will significantly damage their health, livelihoods and the environment.
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Monday, March 08, 2010
Women's Rights Are Human Rights
Monday, March 8th marks International Women's Day, and the 15th anniversary of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing. 189 countries signed on to a Beijing Platform for Action, pledging to work towards the advancement of women and the achievement of gender equality.
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Africa Action Releases Africa Policy Outlook 2010
One year after President Obama was sworn in to office, and less than a week before his State of the Union address, Africa Action today released its Africa Policy Outlook 2010 , also published by Foreign Policy in Focus.
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Africa Action Mourns the Loss of Bill Sutherland, 1918-2010
Africa Action is saddened to learn of the death of Bill Sutherland, African American pacifist, Pan African activist elder, and a founder of Africa Action’s first predecessor organization, the American Committee on Africa. He died peacefully on the evening of January 2, 2010. He was 91.
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Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Advocacy Groups Decry Profiteering by Vulture Funds in Liberia
Leading global development and Africa advocacy groups reacted with outrage today to news that a London court recently awarded two Vulture Funds a $20 million judgment against Liberia. This amount of money represents the country’s entire education budget and 150% of their spending on health in 2008.
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Tuesday, December 01, 2009
AIDS Activists to Obama and Fenty: Your Decisions are Failing People Living with HIV: "Funeral” Staged at White House, Creative Action At DC’s City Hall: 12 noon Assembly at Lafayette Park
On World AIDS Day, December 1 2009, AIDS activists gathered in front of the White House and then marched to DC’s Wilson Building with a clear message for President Obama and Mayor Fenty: “maintain the current, flawed course and millions will die—or fix the system and they will live.”
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
AIDS Activists to President Obama, Mayor Fenty: Your Choices are Failing People Living with HIV
Following the recent announcement by the World Health Organization that HIV is the leading killer of women around the world, and reports that HIV infection rates in Washington D.C. have reached roughly one in 20 people, DC residents and AIDS activists will gather in protest in Washington, DC on World AIDS Day, Tuesday, December 1st. Activists will demonstrate, in a stark display, the choices faced by Mayor Fenty and President Obama: maintain the current course and millions will die—or fix the system and they will live.
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