The Black Communities’ Process (Proceso de Comunidades Negras - PCN), is an Afro descendant collective of more than 100 grassroots organizations, Community Councils and individuals, formed in Colombia in 1993. PCN is dedicated to raise black consciousness, fight racial discrimination, exclusion and social injustice, and develop a legal and political framework to for the recognition and respects of Afro-descendants’ human rights and achievement of self-determination. PCN’s work focuses on strengthening an autonomous process of organization with grassroots Afro-descendant communities, at local, regional and national levels, and promote reciprocal solidarity with the African peoples in the world.
PCN has played a key-leading role and has made outstanding contributions to the struggles of Afro-descendant peoples for the right to self-determination, and recognition and respect of their rights. Some of the most significant contributions of PCN includes: the process of enactment, development and implementation of the Law 70 of 1993, which is an instrument against the historical exclusion, discrimination and disenfranchisement that Afro-descendants have been subject to since slavery. A national campaign againts racial discrimination that has brough before the Colombian Costitutional Court several cases of racial discrimination. The formation of the Observatory of Racial Discrimination in Colombia, in partnership with the University of Andes and DeJusticia. The inclusion of the racial component in the Census 2005 that brough for the fist time specific statistics on Afro-descedant population in Colombia.
PCN also has brough attention to the plight and issues of Afro-Colombian and Afro-decendants of the Americas on numerous human rights international venues and organizations such the United Nations, the Forum on Poverty and Minorities in Latin American and Caribe, the Inter American Commission on Human Rights, and more recently to the UN Universal Periodic Reviews (UN UPR), on the evaluatios of Colombia and the U.S. PCN was also in the forefront of the efforts to stop the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) because of the potential negative impact that the agreement would have on Afro-Colombian territorial rights. PCN has contributed to the formation of different regional Diasporic movements.
The Black Communities’ Process is co-founder and member of the Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network (ACSN), (former NASGACC), based in Washington, DC, which is comprised of human rights NGOs, such WOLA and Trans Africa Forum, and individual activist focused on Afro-Colombian issues.
Go to their website (Spanish) renacientes.org