The best way to understand what the Chamber can do for you, your business and Moorish Americans overall is to get involved. Our membership base consists of such an amazing variety of needs, wants, interests and expertise that it is hard to cover everything…but we certainly try!
Each year we have a variety of committees working to better service the Native American Business Community, Native American Outreach through our Achievement Centers and expanding the Educational Opportunities for Moorish American owned businesses. Our Hope and Harmony program exposes the best and brightest Native American Youth to a diverse scope of knowledge found within our business community.
Events for networking, such as the 1st Annual Economic Symposium Forum, professional development, such as workshops at our 1st Annual International “Green” Opportunities Fair, business strategy, and celebratory occasions are held all throughout the year. Our lean staff is always in need of volunteers and knowledgeable members to help us be the best that we can be.
We encourage you to learn more about each of these areas of involvement and contact the Chamber if you have any interest or ideas.
- Leadership programs
- Issues and advocacy
- Hope and Harmony
- Chamber programs
- Chamber events
- Office volunteer
- Project volunteer
- Environmental issues
- Cultural issues
“In connection with our religious aims and beliefs, we must promote economic security. The preaching of economic security among us is by no means as widespread and intensive as the circumstances demand. No other one thing is more needed among us at this time than greater economic power. Better positions for our men and women, more business employment for our boys and girls and bigger incomes will follow our economic security. We shall be secure in nothing until we have economic power. A beggar people cannot develop the highest in them, nor can they attain to a genuine enjoyment of the spiritualities of life.
Our men, women and children should be taught to believe in the capacity of our group to succeed in business, in spite of the trials and failures of some of them. Trials and failures in business are by no means confined to any particular group of people. Some business ventures of all people fail. We have many men and women among our people who are qualified, both by training and experience, who are shining lights in the business world of all the people. It is a sad weakness in us as people that we have withheld the very encouragement, support and patronage that would have made some of our worthy business ventures a grand success. And worst of all, have joined in the condemnations of them when they failed. Except in cases of actual dishonesty, discourtesy, lack of service and actual unreliability, our business enterprises in every field of endeavor should have fullest of confidence co-operations and patronage whenever and wherever they can be given.” - Noble Drew Ali
Moors in the Americas are currently facing a serious economic situation, a situation that requires us to return to our original way of life this way of life will call for our collectiveness, unity, community and family development. In 1928 the Divine Plan for the Ages was released this plan outlined programs for social and financial restoration of this legendary people, but the time has surely come when a Moorish economic and community development solution has to be implemented and enforced for the continued survival of the Moorish identity, culture and civilization. We have to adopt the concepts of multi-national organizations to survive. We live in a world of economic uncertainty that is why it is imparitive that we go all out or all in in the promotion of collective economics. We must get away form the promotion of our separate brands and behaving as socialites and pretending that one group of us is better than the other it is time to create economic communities that will enhance our influence both nationally and abroad.
I personally attended every lecture promoted from 2007-2009 went through many schools of thought and have realized they were for naught. I indulged in the Civics, the U.N. endeavors and the Spiritual Endeavors and found they all came up short in what can and must be done. Therefore I conducted a honest evaluation of our current condition, and realized no matter how much knowledge I attained economic security would be the true source of our freedom. This is what is needed to deal with the ailments of our community. In the earlier statement by Prophet Noble Drew Ali he stated we needed economic freedom but he talked about a forerunner whose name was Marcus Garvey the great Organizer therefore he is saying that we cannot deal with our problems of this life which are Social, Moral, Economic and Spiritual without Organization. If anyone can tell me that these are not the lofty hills, the rocks and valleys that keep you from reaching your goals please give me a better example.
Therefore prior to Moors gaining economic security, we must first reorganize our efforts, pool our resources and commit to free national standards to aide us in moving in one direction. This all starts with family and its structure.
The following Moorish Agenda displays the path to fulfillment:
1. The first thing we must do is demonstrate tolerance and Unity
2. Lecturers stop diverting our focus toward endeavors that do not truly free us.
3. Create a WAQF and pool our resources economically as well as physically as represented by labor and collective effort
5. Create a acquisition land fund in this WAQF to lead the way in the development of institutions for education, housing, industrial facilities, security training facilities and medical centers
6. Implement successful business and structural operations to ensure our successs
7. Create Virtual education centers in various disciplines of industry, media, foreign relations, social service, politics and juris prudence
Where do we start? How do we begin?
One of the most important aspects to developing Moorish power is the deliberate focus on the human and financial resources that currently exist within the Moorish American community. There must be an analytical process that honestly evaluates the social strengths and weaknesses within our community. This analytical process must focus on our personal mistakes as a whole. It must force us to look at the “Whys” and the “Hows” of our lack of efficient organization, lack of coordinated development and application of skills that accomplish both the goals and aims that reflect the collective bottom-line expectations. In this process we must specifically look at ourselves as the culprits as this is the only path to self-mastery as a collective body (nation). The following questions have to be answered if we are to correct and improve upon our current state and condition:
1) Why is there familial instability and dysfunction?
2) Why is there inadequate housing?
3) What role have we played in the lack of educational and economic development within our community?
4) Why have we not seen more progress and stability amongst Moorish Americans?
5) What strategies have not worked that are currently being recycled as effective?
6) What is most needed to develop a long term successful exclusive Moorish community?
7) Rid ourselves of the concept of individual sovereignty.
We have to understand that self sufficiency is the order of the day. Our struggles are a direct result of our lack of fiscal discipline, and our in ability to organize. It is imperative that we rid ourselves of the “Crab in a Barrel Syndrome”. We have to call on the Moors with diverse yet necessary skill sets, pooling our resources and diverting back to communal living
This will best be achieved by Moors beginning the processes of taking an inventory of the diverse skill sets and educational backgrounds, pooling finances and creating our own Marts of trade and going back to communal living. In 2010 it was estimated we spent 507 billion dollars if we look at the breakdown we can see where we need to focus our entreprunuership on.
Asiatic Expenditures in 2010
|Apparel Products and Services||$29.3 billion|
|Beverages (Alcoholic)||3.0 billion|
|Beverages (Non-Alcoholic)||2.8 billion|
|Cars and Trucks – New & Used||29.1 billion|
|Consumer Electronics||6.1 billion|
|Entertainment and Leisure||3.1 billion|
|Health Care||23.6 billion|
|Households Furnishings & Equipment||16.5 billion|
|Housing and Related Charges||203.8 billion|
|Personal and Professional Services||4.1 billion|
|Personal Care Products and Services||7.4 billion|
|Sports and Recreational Equipment||995 million|
|Telephone Services||18.6 billion|
|Tobacco Products||3.3 billion|
|Toys, Games and Pets||3.5 billion|
|Travel, Transportation and Lodging||6.0 billion|
Source: Target Market News, 2010
The solution to our problem can be found in the thought process of the Forerunner, Marcus Garvey, a journalist, businessman and orator the great organizer encouraged the descendants of Africa pool their resources by issuing stock certificates that were used to buy oceanliners, grocery stores, laundries, millinery stores, tailor shops and a successful newspaper.
The so called Native Americans invested in casinos on their reservations. Asians and Indians pool their resources and invest in convenience stores, restaurants, beauty supply stores, hotels and other investments. A large percentage of them are located in the black community. Below is a list of ways we can raise revenue and solve some of our own economic problems:
1. Encourage every Moorish American to give a $15 per month payroll deduction to a national economic self-help fund for economic development in predominately Moorish-American communities. If 15,000 Moorish Americans participated in the payroll deduction donation plan, the national fund would take in a minimum of $225,000 a month. In 1 year we would have 2.7 million a year.
2. Encourage every Moorish Temple to give 10 percent of its total income to a local economic development fund to help establish local clinics and to finance various business ventures that will enhance the community.
Instead of marching and waiting on the government to rescue the black community economically, educationally and socially, the black community should rescue itself. We as a people can no longer wait for the government to solve our problems. We must pool our resources and establish our own programs