National Black Agenda Consortium is designed to mediate divergent views within the African American and people of African descent communities to formulate mutually agreed upon strategic objectives that will allow us to incrementally improve the quality our existence.
As people of Americans of African descent, we are not on the boarder of extreme revolutionaries that seeks to overthrow or establish a separate State nor to act submissively by tolerating injustice acts against us.
As African Americans and people of African descent we will continue to demand and fight for equality and justice as our ancestors did before us. it is now our time to move the Black Agenda forward collectively and collaboratively for equality and justice!
The Black American community is evolving in spirit, in mentality and in pride. It is was our intent to convene the Historical 2012 Chicago National Black Agenda Convention to design a plan that will continue to cultivate this evolution by educating, organizing and mobilizing Black Americans and people of African descent.
The Black National Agenda has transitioned due to the strides of those leaders who fought before us in the “Civil Rights Movement” over the last 60 years. At present we have more Black American elected officials, more Black American millionaires and better technology and tools of communication than we have ever seen. We applaud this benchmark decade by empowering those who have lofty dreams to fulfill them.
The Historical 2012 CNBAC has updated a Living Agenda for Black Americans which reflects our ascension and the development of even more grandiose goals for our youth. We are striving to create a sustainable non-partisan infrastructure that will ensure progress, accountability and empowerment in our local communities.
As Dr. Ron Daniels so eloquently stated, “We need a mechanism which has as part of its mission, orienting and training individuals, constituencies and organizations in the art and science of capacity building to implement Black agendas. This is the missing ingredient in the equation.” This is the vision of the National Black Agenda Consortium Chicago (CNBAC).
The CNBAC is developing a civic engagement strategy for continuously updating the National Black Living Agenda primarily for the empowerment of Black Americans and those of African descent.
While we currently bear witness to this country’s first Black American President, he could use our help to identify and address issues that have historically and systemically relegated Black Americans to a permanent under class.
We must therefore unite to ensure that our voices are heard and our National Black Living Agenda is taken seriously by all of those that have the capacity to make a positive difference in the outcome of our Agenda. This includes individuals within our communities, non-governmental institutions, black businesses and elected officials representing our communities.
While we understand that individual responsibility is the essence of change for our communities, we also acknowledge that politics and legislation have a direct impact on the quality of life of any community.
We are proud to say that our National Black Living Agenda is built upon the shoulders of those Black Americans that have held conventions or developed Agendas (i.e. 1840 in Albany, NY – 1875 in New Orleans, 1905 in Niagara, NY, 1972 Gary, Indiana, 1995 Million Man March in Washington DC, 2004 Boston National Black Agenda, 2004 Chicago National Convention Movement, 2006 “The Covenant – Tavis Smiley, etc.) as a means to organize, focus on important issues, and demand effective action for the betterment of Black Americans and people of African descent.
Our living agenda has designed strategies for “Health and Wellbeing, Education, Criminal Justice & Police Accountability, Affordable Home Ownership, Voting & Political Education, Rural development, Economic Prosperity, Technological Advancements, Entrepreneurship and Reparations.”
Some of the main goals of the CNBAC are to assist in creating and mobilizing a unified national campaign for better jobs, quality education, improved health care, more affordable housing, increased business opportunities, ownership and wealth equity, environmental justice and equity in government.
It is vital that we operate intergenerational in order to heal the fragmented relationship between our elders and our youth. CNBAC seeks to establish a progressive long-term sustainable plan centered on a partisan National Black Living Agenda rather than party loyalty.
We are moving in the tradition of the Gary Convention of 1972: “Here at Gary we are faithful to the best hopes of our fathers and our people if we move for nothing less than a politics which places community before individualism, love before sexual exploitation, a living environment before profits, peace before war, justice before unjust ‘order,’ and morality before expediency.” As well as the tradition of the Boston Convention of 2004: “We need an Agenda that energizes and guides our movement for self-determination, self-reliance and self-respect.
Our History and the sacrifices of our ancestors call us to this task of eliminate strategically planned opposition for justice and equality of Black America and people of African descent here in American and throughout the World.
With each new generation comes a new responsibility and in this millennium our responsibility and our path is clear. The new generations of leaders are charged with the mission to build upon the previous Black American Convention’s Agendas and more importantly, develop a sustainable infrastructure for the advancement of our National Back Agenda.