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The Kwan7aa Accord 2013

The Kwan7aa Accord 2013

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  • 1. ABSTRACT The time has come to bring closure to the social, emotional and economic wounds associated with the transatlantic slave trade. The celebration of Kwanzaa is a good way to underwrite a new beginning. Author name SANCTUM A Grassroots Model for Transatlantic Reconciliation & Transformation
  • 2. Overview The Kwanzaa Accord ("the Accord") is a grassroots social contract between the peoples of Bermuda and of the United States of America to promote the global mantra "unity in the community worldvibe, fighting with peace and not for it". The Accord was inaugurated on January 1, 2013 in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the commencement of US emancipation in 1863 and the 180th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery Act of 1833 within the former British Empire. The Accord has been designed to promote seven years of reconciliation between all peoples impacted by the African slave trade - described as a "third emancipation" from the vestiges of mental slavery. The Accord will climax on January 1, 2020 following a global commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. The people of Bermuda played a strategic role in this first experiment in slavery 3 years earlier in 1616 and they are now taking a 21st century leadership role to seek truth and reconciliation for this "original sin". As part of this global strategy, the local Bermuda organisers have proposed to rehabilitate the Royal Naval Dockyard that once hosted the British Admiralty in the 19th century as a Maritime Academy and Studio Themepark (MAST) dedicated to global peacemaking. It is proposed that MAST will be underwritten by a public private partnership between government, industry and civil society to invest a total of US $700m in financial transformation of Bermuda's economic architecture under the auspices of the Accord. The first priority of the Accord will be to demonstrate how public priorities can be restructured to promote economic expansion, job creation and community reinvestment in "marginal at risk" constituencies. MAST will serve as an offshore superhub for transatlantic cooperation in shipping, telecommunications, healthcare, entertainment and green technology industries between the Americas and other countries in CARICOM, the EU, Asia and the AU. Once this inaugural Bermuda model is in place, the Accord process will be duplicated in similar communities in the US and the developing world. The project is being spearheaded in Bermuda by Spanish Town Entertainment as part of its Sounds of Sanctuary program for social cohesion. US stakeholders include Wilcomnet LLC, GBI Inc., PVJOBS and Hargrove Engineering via the Sanctum Neighborhood Network. Andrew Williams Jr. * Skype: Andrew.williams.jr * wilcomnetllc@gmail.com * +1-424-222-1997