“Black Star Action Network International (BSANI Movement) – Universal Negro Improvement Association & African Communities League (UNIA-ACL)”
Founded on July 15, 2011 in Tampa, Florida with the intentions of sparking a new movement that combined philosophical Garveyism and practical community based organizing as an implementation vehicle connecting grassroots organizers serving the global interests of Africa and African people, into a vast and expansive international activists network. Hence, the Black Star name and symbol along with the Red, Black, and Green colors of the UNIA-ACL was adopted in honor of the work and legacy of the late great Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, respectively.
We advocate for global African self determination, repatriation, reparations, community development, and nation building towards the total unification and liberation of Africa and Africans, those at home and those abroad. Politically we are anti imperialism, anti capitalism, and anti colonialism/neocolonialism all of which function in coordination to systematically and psychologically maintain the centuries of oppression and exploitation suffered by Black people worldwide until this very.
BSANI has been primarily focused on organizing grassroots community improvement activities and awareness campaigns since its launching at the historic “Black Struggle: Past Present & Future” forum hosted by the founding committee on February 19, 2012 in Tampa, Fl. featuring special guest panelist, Harold Taylor of the original Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army who was one of the San Francisco 8 alongside the late El Hajj Malcolm Latif Shabazz who was the grandson of Malcolm X.
Days later Trayvon Martin was murdered by George Zimmerman and we immediately joined the national justice campaign which included protest activities and the organizing of the “Organize The Hood: From Trayvon to Self Defense & Security in the Black Community” forum featuring presentations and a panel discussion by a cross section of the Tampa Bay activists community on April 7, 2012.
BSANI has been headquartered in Sierra Leone since early 2013 where the movement has expanded and evolved into the trailblazing catalyst group that we set out to be since our founding.
Black Star Action Network International will now function as an independent component organization and mass movement in relation to the new Universal Negro Improvement Association & African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) Peters-Blyden-Johnson #717 Division in Freetown, Sierra Leone under the leadership of BSANI Executive Director Foday Ajamu Mansaray and Chairwoman Kenya Malinke Mansaray.
Henceforth, as a newly established Division the BSANI members will be associates of the UNIA-ACL Freetown Division #717 operating under the chartered and authorized mandate of the UNIA-ACL Parent Body and President General in accordance with the Constitution, respectively.
We currently have 20 women volunteers that consist of health professionals and advocates registered to implement the education portion of the BSANI “Be Clean Campaign” through the UNIA-ACL #717 auxiliary of the Universal African Black Cross Nurses (BCN) in Freetown, which will focus on first aid & emergency preparedness training and health awareness workshops.
We will also be forming a community health board to serve as a model to improve the overall status of basic health through the knowledge of natural and traditional healing methods.
The BCN will also implement the BSANI Tools & Seeds Farming Assistance program for the growing of medicinal herbs and plants to treat common illnesses.”