Tendai Wenyika, who is the deputy president of the Pan African Youth Union, lit up the little town of Malabo in Equatorial Guinea June 30 when she made a presentation that left many Heads of State and Government shaking their heads in disbelief during the 17th African Union Summit, whose theme was “Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development.”
We are meeting here at the same time when imperialism dominates the world, in the framework of one of the deepest structural crises of the capitalist system, worsening the situation of the youth, which is very clear in the increasing number of young people unemployed as the profits of the big economic groups keep increasing, the number of people resisting increases everyday, in all countries, where the youth and people are victims of the imperialism and bravely resist, as well as in many countries under sanctions, blockades and occupation.
We are here at the same times when imperialist forces increase militarisation of the world, by implementing more military bases, by competing each other for markets and natural resources, increasing the firepower of armies and their budgets, developing high technology weapons, and devastate the environment and natural resources, Earth has become a more dangerous place for youth to live.
Youth should continue to call and keep calling for public, free, quality and democratic education, for the right to employment with full respect of labour rights, for democratic rights, for the right to democratic access to health, sport and culture, for the protection of the environment, for a decent life, for friendship, solidarity and peace among all peoples of the world.
We pledge our solidarity to the young people of countries under desperate circumstances such as the youth of Libya.
By Frederick Douglass Independence Day Speech at Rochester, 1852
What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour.
Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms- of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.