Coalition of Black Ministers & Churches Condemn Trump’s Statements About Africa and Launches “Nobody Talks About Our Mother That Way”
Petition Campaign Demanding an Apology
The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, led by Bishop Yvette Flunder, former member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS,
Creates “African-Americans for Africa”
Washington, DC – January 24, 2018 – Today, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (“TFAM”) launched a new initiative, “African-Americans for Africa” beginning with a petition campaign demanding an apology from President Trump and for the State Department to take other actions. TFAM aims to garner at least 100,000 signatures as a show of force and solidarity against Trump’s divisive, inaccurate, and racist comments about Africa (and Haiti). The strategic intent of “African-Americans for Africa” is to create a groundswell of activism among civil rights and faith-based organizations committed to a healthy and reciprocal relationship between African nations and the United States. Supporters can sign the petition at www.AfricanAmericansforAfrica.com.
TFAM also launched a crowd-speaking campaign on Thunderclap to push out its message on February 1, 2018, the first day of African-American history month in the United States (https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/67161-demand-trump-apologize). With the ongoing immigration debate in Congress, TFAM asserts that the U.S. cannot afford to let the White House racialize the debate against African nations and people of African descent across the diaspora.
Using the catch phrase, “Nobody Talks About Our Mother That Way,” the leaders of TFAM are turning their anger into action. The petition calls for: 1) a formal apology from President Trump to all people of African descent globally; 2) the nomination of an Assistant Secretary of State for Africa; and, 3) an affirmation of the importance of civility in all foreign relations discourse. “As one who has stood in the fight for freedom for decades, I am aware firsthand of the toll taken by such language and policies on our lives and souls. We have paid with our bodies shot and left in the streets for hours. Today, we choose freedom and unite with our family in Africa and throughout the Pan African Diaspora to stand against this brazen injustice and bigotry,” said Bishop Yvette Flunder, Founding and Presiding Bishop of TFAM.
Bishop Joseph Tolton echoed Bishop Flunder’s statement, “We stand and say emphatically NO! to Trump’s rhetoric and the dangerous policies the rhetoric supports. We are not afraid of [Trump]. When you come for one of us, you come for all of us.” The campaign will run throughout February and until the goal is reached. TFAM will then take the message to Washington D.C. galvanizing the citizenry support into legislative and congressional action. In a world where we have to even say, “Black Lives Matter,” we remember the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” further asserted Bishop Tolton.
Bishop Flunder was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS by President Obama, but resigned under President Trump. She explains her resignation, “I was the first person to resign from Trump’s advisory council on HIV/AIDS because Trump’s actions are diametrically opposed to the healing that we need as a country and as a world that requires all of us to stop the spread of HIV. The virus is still a major threat in the world, particularly to young African Americans, Black women, and to Africans. I know of no president whose language and actions have been as inflammatory, if not incendiary, to fuel the language of hate and marginalization against those most vulnerable in the world.” President Trump fired the remaining members of the council earlier this year. “It is not lost on me that the President’s actions are because he is in bed with the HIV/AIDS industrial complex as pharmaceutical companies make billions from the virus. This must be stopped,” concluded Flunder in her statement today!
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About The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (www.radicallyinclusive.com): The Fellowship is a coalition of Christian churches and ministries, which recognize the need for networking, accountability, fellowship and resource facilitation. We are a trans-denominational fellowship that in voluntary cooperation is self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating.