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Diaspora Repatriation Bylaws  

Group Name:
Purpose of the Group:
                                                                                                                                                                                             1. All members will be required to contribute a fee of (D  ) towards the membership of the (group name?). This will go towards the costs associated with the running of the group in terms of administration, committee meetings along with benefits and privileges afforded to members. Patricia Alleyne
                                                                                                                                                                                             2. Membership rights to participate with the 'community' should be classified as honourary or privileged and benefits attached to that. Patricia Alleyne

3. Create an induction pack of local cultural traditions, laws, and customs, that are respected for positive integration. Sonia Thompson
                                                                                                                                                                                             4. Create affiliate business relationships within the group. Give our community of vendors the first right of refusal to keep dollars within the community. @kwesiboyd
                                                                                                                                                                                             5. Each well-established business must actively mentor at least 1 new repatriate business for 1 year to support its solid foundation. As I see this in my mind it could even be 2 or 3 established businesses that mentor a small group of new repatriate businesses to ensure a solid business community. I believe this to be in the best interest of the entire community. Contributor Phoenix Reign
                                                                                                                                                                                             6. All businesses with employees should hire a mix of locals and repatriates. Doing so shows goodwill toward the community and lets them know we are no takers. It also allows for cross-training that is instrumental in uplifting all involved. Martell On A Mission
                                                                                                                                                                                             7.  All businesses should be required to pay a freedom tax to help build infrastructure for the community such as roads, medical facilities, and emergency services. Ahmed Hadi
                                                                                                                                                                                             8. Maintain flourishing networks for sourcing suppliers of tools, manufacturing, and development opportunities to maintain financial growth independence and give back to the local populous. Sonia Thompson
                                                                                                                                                                                             9. May seek out emerging social media/ tech start-ups as an investment strategy in digital technologies to promote the purpose of influencing social-economic change, Sonia Thompson

10. Should establish strategies to acquire the goods and services needed for the fulfillment of the products that are driven by the residents’ economic needs Sonia Thompson

11. Should make available relevant training and professional opportunities for development Sonia Thompson


12. All currency denomination that are contributions, payments, the debt must be signed by the treasurer or deputy treasurer and recorded and these funds physical or otherwise from internal or external sources must be deposited within 7 days minimum and 10 days maximum in a public community fund or other named entity location to be agreed upon Sonia Thompson

13. Must keep correct records of accounts and make these available for inspection by members of the board where necessary and for purpose of transparency at a reasonable time Sonia Thompson
                                                                                                                                                                                          14. Set up a committee for the Community as part of a Land Reform, to assess in discussion the valuation activity to understand local natural resources, i.e. water sources, to ensure a thriving local ecosystem and a flourishing society. Sonia Thompson
                                                                                                                                                                                          15. Dumping of refuse is prohibited and must not be discarded/burnt in any part of the streets/community or public area, recycling to maintain the growth area. This includes throwing any rubbish in the water source and or mixing drainage to cause damage to the surrounding areas that may have a detrimental effect on wildlife animals' water and ecosystem is strictly prohibited Plastic use will be controlled. Sonia Thompson
                                                                                                                                                                                                16. It must be prohibited for any animal, livestock or person singular or in groups to urinate or defecate in our community  Sonia Thompson
                                                                                                                                                                                          17. It must be prohibited for any animal or livestock to roam any residential footpath, street(s), or public place. Dogs/pets are to be kept off the road to roam unattended and kept on a leash or muzzled, - (discussion around methods of security as 100 dogs barking particularly at night is unreasonable and is in violation of noise bylaw...) Sonia Thompson

18. Must create “designated areas” meaning “footway”, being away over which the public have a right of way on foot only.
   ‘Pathways - planted or sown with grass, trees, or plants, or otherwise to be maintained in an ornate decorative condition by the community (could include competitions through a gardening society)
   ‘Social garden(s) - open spaces/play area / recreational circuit, planted or sown with grass, trees, or plants, or otherwise to be maintained in an ornate decorative condition by the community or authorized person (s)  Sonia Thompson

19. The community may use satellite images and sketch maps to support land management plans that connect the bylaws to the physical landscape ensuring that the community increasingly develops according to potential future visions that encompass the conservation of the natural resources and using our bylaws to keep our children's future at the forefront of our ideology. Sonia Thompson


20. Healing - To face our trauma and thrive our community must reflect on the past, present and future conditions of our well being, lands, natural resources and diverse culture, and record our customary/ indigenous history which will be updated to align with national law and evolving conditions in a library to commemorate our legacy. Sonia Thompson

21.Should organize tours/presentation to identify local African foods source and dietary vegetation as a nutritional alternative  Sonia Thompson

22. As a society, we must maintain security and honor our children's wellbeing avoiding Polygamy as part of the custom of child marriage. Marriage of a couple with huge age gaps is not permitted in children and young girls and boys.  Sonia Thompson


23. We must eliminate discrimination, sexual harassment, and violence to or between any member of the community is prohibited and specifically, domestic violence must be denounced and local multidisciplinary/ functional security /homeopathic therapy/ social distancing and compensation protocols enacted as part of the healing process. Sonia Thompson

24.  Must establish regulations that will govern the operation of all vehicles, both motorized/non-motorized mechanically propelled vehicles (trucks, scooters, mopeds, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades in the context of traffic flow the use of the vehicle including parking requirements, speed leaving and entering the community for the well being of all who enter  Sonia Thompson

25. It is not permitted for any unreasonable levels of noise to take place during the day or at night other than for recreational (to be defined) purposes at a designated area. Night hours are to be defined as 2200hrs until 0700hrs and includes in relation to any building work taking place or noise pollution of any kind  (to be discussed) Sonia Thompson

26. Bylaws may outline public complaint procedures. For example, bylaws may define a complaint and possibly adopted by separate resolution that may preclude a forum for concerns as a prevention measure. Sonia Thompson

27. A reminder to the community of the need to integrate positively pertaining to respect for the Gambia and its culture as a whole and to refrain from behavior which has no place in the group such as drug and alcohol abuse/dependency and all gambling activities which may impact negatively the personal circumstances of the individual. Patricia Alleyne

28. How would we supervise drug and alcohol abuse of someone who bought the land. By making a referral to the authority's meaning as a community we will make a positive hard-line response and not turn a blind eye. This could also mean rehabilitation. Don't know how that would work. Cannabis for example whilst it's not legal it is a global recreation. Patricia Alleyne

29. Elect members of the repatriation group to sit on dispute forums on a rotational basis to govern community disputes for which they feel their skill set or expertise can fulfill the required solution. Patricia Alleyne
30. It is incumbent of all members to engage in familiarisation of data protection protocols. To address internal security measures a mutual agreement will be required once repatriated. Sonia Thompson
Note - Facebook has not changed their business model; rather, they have hired more lawyers to defend their model and adopted language that makes it easier to obtain consent, disregarding the fact that most Facebook users have little choice but to consent if they want to communicate with friends and family. Similarly, Google has not changed its business model around search or YouTube but instead has added language so that people better understand why they receive customized results (and why the service will be inferior if they don’t opt-in and provide their personal information for customization). Combine this with poor board-level awareness and superficial efforts at compliance, and it is no wonder that the GDPR instigated new bureaucracy and not a culture change for corporate practices. Jeanette Herrle, PhD

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