From Civil Rights to Human Rights and Self-Determination?: Proceedings of the IHRAAM (the International Human Rights Association

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While African Americans have achieved civil rights, it has not ended their collective oppression in America. This book is a premier guide to the next stage in the struggle, and key to understanding the special rights African Americans enjoy under international law. IHRAAM is the premier international UN recognized NGO doing substantive work in the United States as it relates to international law and African Americans' international legal right to self-determination. This IHRAAM-sponsored Conference sought to catalyze a turning point in the African American struggle. The Civil Rights movement that Martin Luther King assumed, five decades ago, would be "not long" in bringing "freedom" is now history. Affirmative action has shot its bolt. While its achievements are evident-Black faces appear in mainstream US politics, academia, corporations and the media - the African American people at large face ongoing discrimination, mass incarceration and unemployment, prohibitive voting laws, growing destitution and legalized vigilante terrorism. The IHRAAM Conference provided a major mechanism to engage leading African American political thinkers in examining the potential that international human rights law and norms, and best state practices on internal self-determination might hold for African American collective development within the United States in the future. Speakers focused on the key issues of the recognition, maintenance and protection of African Americans' collective identity, their need for collective social and economic development, and the significance of a territorial homeland. Most importantly, they agreed on the need for a democratically empowered political body such as a Consultative Assembly to specifically represent and act on behalf of the unique needs of African Americans. As a historically oppressed people, African Americans have the right to self-determination and this book is a path breaker for their continued struggle.

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