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A VOICE FOR THE AFRICAN BRITISH COMMUNITY The Ligali Party was initially set up in September 2003 by Emma Pierre-Joseph, Oleander William and Funmi Womack of the Ligali Organisation. It's purpose is to function as a self funded, self determining political institution for the Pan African community across Britain. Toyin Agbetu was elected spokesperson for the body with a remit to build a unifying political voice for the Pan African community in Britain. By bringing together African people of Continental and Caribbean heritage, traditional, Christian and Islamic faith, old and young, women and men, the aim of the Ligali party is to utilise our collective strengths to better tackle our weaknesses and socio-political obstacles in order to achieve political, economic and spiritual liberation and justice for our families in the UK and back home.We welcome all those who support our aims and objectives. The Aims of the Party are: 1. To work in partnership with individuals and organisations for a fair and just society which gives Africans in Britain an equal chance to work, learn and live free from negative discrimination and covert and overt prejudice based on gender, race, culture and/or class. As such, we seek to;Increase employment opportunities for African people Increase access to higher education for African people Increase access to quality health care for African people Reduce civil rights violations by police and other associated central and local government institution on African people. 2. To reduce the misrepresentation of African people in the British media;Monitoring, investigating and publicly challenging all media institutions that publish, broadcast, perform, or distribute content harmful and offensive to the African community. Encouraging media institutions to include sufficient quantity of quality monocultural African British programming into their schedules. Establishing independent monocultural African British national TV and radio channels. Establishing media resources of diverse educational, historical, social, artistic and current African British interests presented and produced by African people 3. To reduce social exclusion and achieve institutional acknowledgment of African Britons as stakeholders in Britain by;Seeking central and local government usage of 'African British' as an official legal identity for a British national with African ancestry. Seeking central and local government renaming of 'black' History Month to African History Month. Annually marking every August as African Remembrance Month and NOT slavery month. 4. To raise the academic achievements of African British pupils by;Seeking Inclusion of Africentric mentoring programmes within all schools. Seeking enrichment of the national curriculum by the inclusion of African and African diasporic history. Reducing pupil exclusions and establishing the procedure to only be used as LAST resort Establishing a national African British student’s forum. Establishing a national African British teacher’s forum. Advocating the training and education of all teachers in cultural diversity. Supporting other organisations that promote high academic and creative achievement of young African Britons. 5. To reduce and tackle the root causes of youth violence and crime within the African British community by;Discourage the use of redundant initiatives and instead implement workable and practical solutions to crime Seeking a sufficient quantity and quality of community youth provisions with a sustainable development plan. Examples include supplementary schools/services, after school programs and youth clubs offering a safe environment for culturally rich programmes. Supporting other organisations that deal effectively with crime affecting/involving the African British community. 6. To act as an independent and representative body, campaigning, protesting and debating issues relevant to the African British community’s social, economic and political concern’s. 7. To promote better relations with different ethnic groups within the UK and the African British community. 8. To support initiatives that allow the African British voice to be heard undiluted in multiple formats. We aim to do this by;Encouraging and supporting African Britons of all ages to use art (spoken word / film / music / photography) as a means of political, cultural and spiritual expression. Creating and maintaining our own media. 9. To encourage productive Pan African relations by forging strategic relationships with Africans in the Diaspora and in Africa by assisting organisations such as those involved in the African Reparation movement and supplying aid to directly to Africa. 10. To increase social awareness and promote enhanced facilities and/ or treatment for, but not exclusively, the following health issues; mental health, quality of care for the elderly, disabilities, Sickle cell, and other health concerns specific to the African British community. 11. To reduce African British disengagement with the political processes and reduce voting apathy by;Monitoring and holding central & local government accountable for the delivery of solutions addressing African British concerns made in Manifesto pledges and public statements. Monitoring and holding African British politicians accountable for the delivery of all public statements made regarding delivery of local services for the African British community. Monitoring and reporting on the frequency African British politicians & high profile community representatives highlight, address and implement solutions to community concerns in the political arena.

UK BASED RECORDING TRIO UK based trio of Zambian song bird Elaka, DJ Marlon "The Raging Bull" and veteran song writer Mukuka aka "San Saan" recently got together in a London studio and recorded a political song. The track called 'Tulemibechula' was penned by Mukuka who is the lead singer in the track. Backing vocals are by the sexy Elaka and a powerful voice message by Marlon."I have decided to come out rather than being in the back ground as a song writer, this is the begining, more is on the way" said Mukuka. "It was quite amazing and exiting being in a proper studio"added the "Raging Bull""All is fine I liked the song thats why I jumped on the wagon, Im looking foward to more projects like this" Elaka hinted.Photos on the left are of the trio in a recording studio in London.Listen to the song and send your comment.

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song - "Tulemibechula"lead singer/writer - Mukukabacking vocals - Elakamessage voice/writer - Marlon

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ANGER OVER DOG EATING CHINESE MAN ANIMAL welfare activists have expressed their outrage after a Chinese national, accused of cruelly killing at least three dogs, was let off with nothing more than an official police warning.The Chinese man was taken into police custody last weekend after investigations by the Veterinarians for Animal Welfare Zimbabwe (VAWZ) group found he had killed the dogs for meat. Another Chinese man was questioned in connection with the incident. But no official charges were laid, despite evidence of the cruelty the animals had suffered.Local residents in West Nicholson outside Gwanda town in Matabeleland South had raised the alarm weeks ago, after three Chinese engineers, hired to install transmitters in the area, were said to be buying dogs for $10 each, then killing and eating them. Dog meat is considered a delicacy by some Chinese nationals, who brutally kill the animals so that they die slowly, to flavour the meat with adrenalin and other hormones.A team travelled to the town to investigate the claims, and found evidence of dog killings at the Chinese nationals’ camp.A Chinese man feasts on a live frog. The Chinese people usually only eat dogs raised specifically for meat“On investigation inspectors found the wire in a tree, a pool of dried blood underneath the tree, several pieces of dried dog meat hanging up and, some distance away, a dog’s paw and tail,” she said, explaining how the dogs are usually tied by their necks to trees and slowly beaten until they die.Harrison said a fourth dog was to be killed the following day, but was rescued. A report was made to the police, leading to the arrest of two Chinese men, although a third man had relocated to Mutare. Only one man admitted to killing the animals, and the VAWZ team tried to have animal cruelty charges laid against him for the suffering the animals were put through.VAWZ supplied the police with a copy of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Harrison said that the man should have been charged under sections 3(i)(d) that criminalises any action that “causes any unnecessary suffering and 3 (i)(g) which deals with a person who “cruelly causes or permits any animal to be tied up or confined”.Harrison expressed anger that the Chinese national was released on a warning, despite promises by the police that the matter was ‘serious’. She explained that the police were struggling to find grounds to prosecute the Chinese man, saying there is no legislation on the slaughter of dogs.“Fine this is true, but we wanted this man charged on the grounds of the suffering the dogs underwent,” Harrison said. “We are horrified he was let off with a warning, because we were hoping this would send a strong message to stop this happening.”

A Chinese man chews frog

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