Revolution in Burkina Faso and the Downfall of Blaise Compaore: Significance and Prospects for a New Burkina Faso and a New Africa
The community of social activists of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area organizes a panel discussion about the significance of the ongoing Burkina Faso Revolution characterized by the modern day African youth movement. The conference will be held at the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road NW Washington, DC on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 3:30 pm.
The new phase of the Burkinabe Revolution, nurtured and fueled with Thomas Sankara’s Spirit and Energy, coined “Compaore Must Go Movement” ended the 27 year rule of President Blaise Compaore on October 31, 2014. The former president of Burkina Faso sought to change the Constitution to extend his time in power. The people of Burkina took to the streets and took their destiny in their hands against a western-backed leader. The conference will analyze the insurgency, contingencies, development, and impact of the “Compaore Must Go Movement” on panafricanism, on Africa and on the world. The conference will also critically discuss the repercussion of the Burkina Faso people movement and power on other African countries namely Benin, Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. The respective leaders of these countries, after more than a decade of rule, plan to maintain themselves in power through constitutional changes.
Prior to the discussion, the conference will feature a powerhouse of the Burkinabe Revolution, Hip Hop Singer and founding member of Le Balai Citoyen (Civic Broom), Smockey. He will give a 10 minute phone recount of the popular uprising that put an end to Compaore’s rule.
Speakers of the panel discussion: Heather Benno (Answer Coalition), Bill Fletcher (Host of “Global African”, Writer/Activist), Paul Sankara (Thomas Sankara Brother and Member of Committee against Impunity in Burkina Faso), Gnaka Lagoke (Revival of Panafricanism Forum), Mary-Alice Waters, President of Pathfinder Press and Leader of the Socialist Workers Party).
The Conference is organized and endorsed by Revival of Panafricanism Forum, Friends of the Congo, All-African Revolutionary Party, Le Balai Citoyen-USA, Mouvement du Peuple pour le Progres-USA, Institute for Policy Studies, Socialist Workers Party, Answer Coalition, Party for Socialism and Liberation.
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