No One Hands Out Human Rights

No One Hands Out Human Rights

This week marks the third anniversary of Sandra Bland's death.

The 28-year-old Black woman died in police custody and her demise illustrates the "historically-rooted brutal experience of Black women within the U.S. prison industrial complex," according to Black Perspectives.

We at the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) have been committed to connecting the mass incarceration and militarization of Black communities to the workings of the criminal U.S. state that serves the transnational capitalist class. We will be releasing materials on our work in the coming months.

In an interview about the role of the Supreme Court, BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka, historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, historian Rudy Acuna, and National Lawyers Guild leadership sought to put into historical context the anxiety many felt regarding the vacancies Donald Trump is able to fill.

Ajamu said:

“The Supreme Court has never been an institution beyond and above the politics of white supremacy … as are all the elements of the U.S state.”

“In other words, the court as an instrument reflecting the race and class power of the ruling elite should never be seen as source of protection for the long-term collective human rights of Black/African people in the United States.”

Ajamu went on to say:

“Non-state alternative power is the only path open for resistance at this moment in history. The articulation of a set of rights that people are prepared to struggle for as part of a transitional program is a first step that will need to be followed up with intensified organizing.”

“Nothing has changed for us because of Trump’s nomination. Our task continues to be to organize, educate and build resistance.”


The BAP bi-monthly conference call will take place July 21. Information to register for the call will be sent to the BAP member listserv.

We are also moving toward our first in-person membership meeting, scheduled for September 21-22 in Atlanta, Georgia. Members, save that date and look out for more information.

The Black Is Back Coalition will hold its annual conference in Saint Louis, August 11-12. BAP is a member of this coalition and we encourage everyone to attend.

If you’re in Washington, D.C., attend BAP member organization Pan-African Community Action’s event on Sunday, “Ending Gun Violence: The Power of Community”.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret, Netfa, Paul and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Help us re-build the Black anti-war movement in the tradition of Black internationalism by contributing today.



 

Independence for Who?

Independence for Who?

We at the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) ask the white-supremacist imperialists’: Independence for who? Certainly not for the oppressed.

An independence day means nothing to those of us who have been the victims of their crimes on this stolen land and around the world.

The young slave owners in the “American” colony wanted independence from their colonial government, so they could be free to steal more indigenous land and expand slavery. Once freed from King George, they embarked on a murderous rampage, where they raped, enslaved, burnt villages, and killed men, women and children from one coast to the other. Their crimes against humanity earned them a continent 200 years ago and their ongoing violent criminality is what maintains their fragile dominance today.    

For us, independence must mean independence from them if we want life, justice and peace. As long as we are under their control, our children and the children of countless others will never know peace. That is why we struggle, that is why we build, and that is why we come to you and ask you to support us. But it is also why we come to you and ask you to join us in struggle.

If you have not donated to BAP, please consider becoming a monthly sustainer for just $10 a month. You can also give a generous tax-exempt donation of any amount. Remember that we don’t receive any corporate or foundation money—we exist completely on support from our members, supporters and the public.

We are moving toward our first membership meeting scheduled for September 21-22 in Atlanta, Georgia. Members, save that date and look out for more information.

The Black Is Back Coalition will hold its annual conference in Saint Louis, August 11-12. BAP is a member of this coalition and we encourage everyone to attend.

Puerto Rican sister Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled an electoral upset in New York, knocking off an entrenched leader of the Democratic Party. Ocasio ran as a socialist and has a strong platform on what she calls the peace economy. However, she ran as a Democrat and took some troubling positions, including repeating Democratic Party talking points on Russia-gate and not quite finding her grounding on presenting her socialist politics. BAP Coordinating Committee member and Black Agenda Report Senior Editor and Contributor Margaret Kimberley provides an insightful analysis of this campaign, the challenges Ocasio-Cortez faces, as well as what seems to happen in the left community when a leftist enters a space usually denied to us.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret, Netfa, Paul and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Help us re-build the Black anti-war movement in the tradition of Black internationalism by contributing today.

No Migration Without Economic Exploitation

No Migration Without Economic Exploitation

Why are thousands of Central Americans fleeing violence and economic devastation and flocking to the United States? Because of the American dream? Because the streets are paved in gold?

If you’ve been following us over the past year, you know we keep it real.

U.S. multi-national corporations’ and finance capital’s penetration of nations and control of peoples have wreaked the economic distortions, social violence, austerity and lack of democracy that push and pull people to leave their countries in search of security, peace and material survival.

Yet these issues are presented as if they just descended from the heavens.

What we are seeing is the inevitable and predictable consequences of the policies of successive U.S. administrations over the last three decades—all with the understanding that the neoliberal agenda would require a wall be built on the U.S.-Mexico border.

NAFTA caused the first wave of migration, wherein millions of farmers were uprooted, thousands of women were forced into the slave conditions of the Maquiladoras and thousands of men sought sometimes dangerous work in the United States and Canada.

Members of the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) understand the link between the U.S.-backed coup in Honduras during the Obama administration and the subsequent violence and social instability that compelled so many to make the long trek from that embattled nation.

And we don’t forget the irony that the one nation in Central America in which conditions didn’t force people to leave is Nicaragua, a state now engulfed in an intensifying social conflict that many suggest is being supported by elements of the U.S. state and its affiliated institutions.

Migration is a class issue and migrants have human rights that must be protected. They don’t lose their human rights just because they cross a border and are “undocumented.” Unfortunately, U.S. officials’ understanding of what constitutes human rights is incredibly narrow. The United States doesn’t respect the human rights of migrants because they don’t even recognize the human rights of their own citizens. This was reflected in the recently released United Nations report on growing U.S. poverty.

BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka writes that this narrow understanding of human rights ensures the United States will continue to violate human rights.

Here is an analysis that makes the link between war, economic exploitation and migration.

And while people are outraged—as they should be—that families were being busted up and children were being taken away and objectively imprisoned, it is important to note this classist and racist assault is not anything new for Black people. This leads BAP Coordinating Committee member and Black Agenda Report Senior Editor Margaret Kimberley to ask why the public has no sympathy for Black people.

No compromise.

No retreat.

In struggle,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. The oppressors won’t dismantle the U.S. war machine—that’s our job. Contribute today!

 

Photo credit: Associated Press

It's Official: The United States Is a Rogue State

It's Official: The United States Is a Rogue State

It is clear U.S. officials have no intention of operating within the rule-based international order designed to govern relations between states and between people and governments.

As one of the few nations on the planet having avoided signing and/or ratifying most major human-rights treaties, it appears the United States decided pretending to be a defender of human rights—even for domestic propaganda purposes—would no longer be credible. And so, it ended the charade.

The decision by the Trump administration to quit the United Nations Human Rights Council should not have been a surprise. This step as well as the revelation that it has been engaging in the barbaric practice of detaining everyone at the border—including people with refugee and asylum claims, and separating them from their children—only solidified the United States is the number one human-rights abuser in the world.

For those of us in the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP), the need for organizing and education could not be more clear.  The hands of both capitalist parties are dirty. They have shown a cynical disregard for the human rights of working-class and poor people in the United States and abroad. Keeping the focus on those abuses and building alternative power to one day build a real democracy and a society dedicated to the protection of human rights and a global system of justice free of war, repression and domination is our historic task.

What’s been occurring in Yemen should further solidify the position that the United States is a rogue state. It has funded the Saudi Arabian kingdom of thugs, which has been bombing the poor coastal country of Yemen for three years. Hunger and genocide have raged since, with millions dying. BAP has long taken a position against this U.S.-funded genocide.

Over in Colombia, the right wing was strengthened with the election of Ivan Duque. Analyzing the vote results shows Afro-Colombians overwhelmingly chose the left-wing candidate, Gustavo Petro. Major paramilitary groups have since threatened Black leaders who supported him.

Here on this stolen land called the United States, human-rights violations are a daily occurrence for some of us. We can point to the story of Debbie Africa, who was imprisoned when she was 8 months pregnant, gave birth in a prison cell, had her son taken from her a few days after giving birth, and was reunited with him this week after 39 years apart.

BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka spoke about the racist roots of the U.S. empire on Black Agenda Radio. “For the Democrats, operating from this mangled, white supremacist consciousness and world view,” Trump’s willingness to call off scheduled war games in Korea, “felt like giving the natives too much.”

Our Research Team has been moving the campaign-development work forward. If you’d like to join this team, apply to be a member or supporter.

 

Research Team:

Work collaboratively with BAP action teams and National Organizer to provide relevant information and analysis related to BAP programmatic work. Team will analyze data and write research findings for BAP public educational and advocacy materials, including policy briefs, blogs, toolkits, petitions and special issue reports. If you are interested, send a message to info@blackallianceforpeace.com with the subject line “Research Team”.

 

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,

Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret, Netfa, Paul and Yolande

Coordinating Committee

Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Help us re-build the Black anti-war movement in the tradition of Black internationalism by contributing today.

 

Photo credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/AP

Upholding Black Radical Internationalism

Upholding Black Radical Internationalism

A wise person said being attacked by one’s enemies means you have become effective. Events over the last weekend at the Left Forum in New York City prove the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) is now seen as a threat, making our 1-year-old organization a target.

It started with an article circulated against BAP’s national organizer, Ajamu Baraka, calling him an “Assadist” and a Trump supporter for opposing U.S. imperialist intervention in Syria. The weekend ended with a demonstration organized by an obscure group during Ajamu’s presentation at the closing plenary.

We welcome the attacks because we understand why they would see an independent, politically clear formation like BAP as a threat. But we also know that we need to be ready for even more attacks.

A revolutionary formation that upholds peace, social justice, and the struggle against war and militarism within the context of an anti-imperialist frame is a deep threat. But when you consider the base we are attempting to politicize and organize is African/Black working class-oriented activists and organizers, why, that is just too much for the system to handle.

Here are the recorded livestreams of panels we spoke at:

  1. A joint UNAC/BAP panel, “Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad”
  2. A Black Agenda Report panel, “Russiagate: Muzzling the Black Left and the March to War”
  3. “Venezuela Resists the U.S. Empire: Task Force on the Americas”
  4. Ajamu’s statement at Sunday’s closing plenary


BAP in Venezuela

BAP member Efia Nwangaza represented BAP as an election observer in the Venezuelan presidential election, which was closely observed around the world as the revolutionary Latin American state faces pressure from the United States to yield to transnational capitalist forces. Efia reported on her trip last week on a national call.


African Liberation Day

BAP commemorated African Liberation Day on May 25 with a statement demanding the United States get out of Africa. We followed up with a call for the Congressional Black Caucus and leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign to demand AFRICOM be dismantled.


Action Teams

We thank our research and Africa teams for meeting and moving the campaign development work forward. If you’d like to join these teams, apply to be a member or supporter.

Research Team:
Work collaboratively with BAP action teams and National Organizer to provide relevant information and analysis related to BAP programmatic work. Team will analyze data and write research findings for BAP public educational and advocacy materials, including policy briefs, blogs, toolkits, petitions and special issue reports. If you are interested, send a message to info@blackallianceforpeace.com with the subject line “Research Team”.

Social Media and Communications Team:
Provide support for press and social media work. Coordinate with staff to develop and maintain press list and update press sections of website. Press component of team will assist with producing press releases and pitch BAP actions, spokespersons and events to press, with special emphasis on developing contacts and pitching to alternative press. Social media component of team will gather news links for circulation, work with communications consultant to maintain our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts. If you are interested, send a message to info@blackallianceforpeace.com with the subject line “Social Media and Communications Team”.

We are only able to do this revolutionary work with support from anti-imperialist folks like yourself. Can we count on you to keep building the Black anti-war movement in the United States?

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret, Netfa, Paul and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Help us re-build the Black anti-war movement in the tradition of Black internationalism by contributing today.

Black Left Unity and Venezuela's Election

Black Left Unity and Venezuela's Election

Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) members and member organizations from Baltimore, New York City and Washington, D.C., attended the National Assembly for Black Liberation in Durham, North Carolina, this past weekend—they made a significant impact on the historic proceedings to develop a unified Black left in the United States. Below are just some of our members who were in attendance.

BAP members at National Assembly for Black Liberation!

BAP introduced a resolution to include anti-militarism and anti-imperialism as part of the reinvigorated effort’s demands. Other resolutions presented by members of the Black left include one censuring the Zionist, genocidal settler-colonial state of Israel, which is armed with nuclear weapons with the help of the United States.

BAP was recognized for bringing a strong presence to the assembly and for leading the discussion during a breakout session called “End All Wars.” The assembly also agreed to abide by BAP’s Principles of Unity.

Sending a delegation of about a dozen people to the assembly cost BAP $3,000. We have already raised close to $1,000.

Can we count on you to help BAP cover the cost of this historic trip to re-build the Black anti-war movement?


BAP in Venezuela

BAP member Efia Nwangaza took a detour this past weekend. Instead of joining us for the assembly in Durham, she got on a plane to Caracas to represent BAP as an election observer in a presidential election being closely observed around the world as the revolutionary Latin American state faces pressure from the United States to yield to transnational capitalist forces.

BAP member Efia Nwangaza in Venezuela for the presidential election!

Register for a call to hear Efia’s reportback and ask her questions at 7 p.m., Eastern Time, on Tuesday, May 29.

Folks in Venezuela have long admired BAP’s work, having also invited BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka as a BAP representative to another historic gathering in March.

Ajamu also recently explained the racist pattern that has helped the pan-European colonial project loot the world’s resources and oppress peoples of the world in this CounterPunch article.

BAP member Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture delivered a statement on behalf of BAP on May 14 at a demonstration against the Philadelphia Orchestra, which has chosen to perform in Israel despite great opposition from the community. The campaign to stop the orchestra is called Philly Don’t Orchestrate Apartheid and it is now in its eighth week. You can watch the video of Asantewaa on this page.

BAP member Netfa Freeman interviewed Ajamu on the “Blue Lives Matter” bill on Netfa’s radio program “Voices with Vision”. Watch the video here.


Join BAP’s Action Teams

This is an opportunity for both members and supporters to build BAP’s body of work to combat militarism and imperialism. You can become a member or a supporter by applying here.

Research Team:
Work collaboratively with BAP action teams and National Organizer to provide relevant information and analysis related to BAP programmatic work. Team will analyze data and write research findings for BAP public educational and advocacy materials, including policy briefs, blogs, toolkits, petitions and special issue reports. If you are interested, send a message to info@blackallianceforpeace.com with the subject line “Research Team”.

Social Media and Communications Team:
Provide support for press and social media work. Coordinate with staff to develop and maintain press list and update press sections of website. Press component of team will assist with producing press releases and pitch BAP actions, spokespersons and events to press, with special emphasis on developing contacts and pitching to alternative press. Social media component of team will gather news links for circulation, work with communications consultant to maintain our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts. If you are interested, send a message to info@blackallianceforpeace.com with the subject line “Social Media and Communications Team”.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret, Netfa, Paul and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Help us re-build the Black anti-war movement in the tradition of Black internationalism by contributing today.

The Ugly Face of Racist Settler-Colonialism

The Ugly Face of Racist Settler-Colonialism

During this historic week, we remained in solidarity with the oppressed people of Gaza, who so valiantly resisted Israel’s U.S.-subsidized military might to re-claim their right of return to their homeland. Although they weren’t able to pass through the fence and fend off Israeli snipers, their noble efforts to do so once again revealed the reality of the Israeli settler-colonial project.

The Black Alliance for Peace says the United States is just as complicit in the murders of more than 50 Palestinians during the 70th anniversary of the Nakba. “The systematic violence of ethnic cleansing, house demolitions, exile, assassinations, land thefts, bombings, and the denial of water and other vital services that provide basic dignity could not have occurred without ongoing support from the United States, as well as both major political parties in the United States, the corporate press and every major institution of U.S. society, including many churches.” Read our complete statement.

We also say the United States has no one to blame but itself for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) refusing to now meet with the Republic of Korea (RoK). Why, you ask? Because the United States continues to arrogantly pursue its goal of conducting joint military exercises with the vassal state of RoK, right on its border with the DPRK. Imagine a so-called “war game” against you happening right outside your house. That’s what is being done here. Read our complete statement on this matter.

This week, BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka spoke to Black Agenda Radio about how peace is unattainable without an anti-imperialist position. Indeed, the United States is so arrogant, it can lose up to $21 trillion (mind you, the U.S. GDP is $18 trillion) with little public uproar.

This is your last chance to register for the National Assembly for Black Liberation, being held May 18-20 in Durham, North Carolina. A delegation of a dozen radical Black activists from BAP will attend. If successful, this historic gathering will unify and strengthen the Black left in the United States. BAP is introducing a resolution at the assembly to include anti-militarism and anti-imperialism as part of the reinvigorated effort’s demands. We have already raised close to $1,000 toward partial support for our delegation. But we really need $3,000 to be able to provide partial support to these BAP members.

Can we count on you to help re-build the Black anti-war movement?

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret, Netfa, Paul and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We’re sending 12 radical Black activists to the National Assembly for Black Liberation. Help us re-build the Black anti-war movement in the tradition of Black internationalism by contributing today.

 

Photo credit: Mohammed Abed/AFP-Getty Images

Trump Destroyed the Iran Deal

Trump Destroyed the Iran Deal

In pulling the United States out of the Iran deal, we can say the only ones happy are the neocons, liberal interventionists, Israel and Saudi Arabia. This is a clear move toward war. After President Donald Trump’s irresponsible announcement, revealing the United States again cannot be trusted to keep its word, he took it further and threatened Iran not to build nuclear weapons. Saudi Arabia renewed its threat that it would build a bomb if Iran did so. Meanwhile, Israel attacked Iranian positions in Syria as the world reeled from Trump’s immature move.

At the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP), we remain steadfast internationalists. We will continue to defend the right of oppressed peoples and states under attack by U.S. imperialism. It is not our place to get into the weeds and critique other states’ business. It is for us to stand to dismantle the U.S. empire.

May Day just passed, and we will continue to stress workers of the world must include anti-militarism and anti-imperialism in their demands. It might sound cliché to say we are living in dangerous times. But with the Iran deal ripped up and Korean peace and re-unification in jeopardy as the U.S. empire insists on keeping its military bases on the peninsula, it is up to the workers to take down this oppressive global structure.

We also wanted to bring your attention to our friend, former CIA agent-turned-activist Ray McGovern, who was brutalized while being arrested for protesting at the U.S. Senate hearing of Gina Haspel. Haspel had authorized the black site in Thailand where CIA detainees from the around the world had been tortured. The United States being in such a weak geopolitical position has decided to let its civilized mask fall and is now unleashing every weapon against humanity.

BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka also spoke with progressive journalist Tim Black about the dangerous game the United States is playing around the world and how the struggles of the African diaspora around the world and on the continent are connected to the struggles of Blacks in the United States.

As you’ve seen in previous weekly updates, BAP is preparing to send a delegation of a dozen radical Black activists to Durham, North Carolina, to attend the National Assembly for Black Liberation, being held May 18-20. If successful, this historic gathering will unify and strengthen left Black forces in the United States. BAP is introducing a resolution at the assembly to include anti-militarism and anti-imperialism as part of the reinvigorated effort’s demands. We must raise $3,000 to be able to provide partial support to these BAP members. Can we count on you to help re-build the Black anti-war movement?

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We’re sending 12 radical Black activists to the National Assembly for Black Liberation. Help us re-build the Black anti-war movement in the tradition of Black internationalism by contributing today.

War Is a Working-Class Issue

War Is a Working-Class Issue

Workers from around the world took to the streets on May 1—International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day—to proclaim on their day they were not going to surrender to the logic of capitalist dehumanization and plunder that the ruling class imposes on the peoples of the world.

Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) joined in by declaring our solidarity with those workers because we are those workers. In our statement, we reminded everyone that it is the working class and poor who end up being the cannon fodder for imperialist wars. We repeated once again what is now becoming our slogan: “Not one drop of blood from the working class and poor in defense of the gangsterism of the capitalist ruling class.”


Read our May Day statement here.


Imperialist wars abroad are linked to capitalist-induced class repression on the stolen, occupied land called the United States. On May Day in 2008, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) proved labor strikes can stop these attacks on humanity.

The people of the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico have suffered since September due to a lack of electricity that is a direct consequence of colonial destruction and austerity measures. On May Day, they faced further violence at the hands of goons who work for the colonial overseer when Puerto Ricans rightfully expressed their indignation in the streets.

In France, the neoliberal policies of President Emmanuel Macron sparked massive demonstrations on May 1. Thousands of workers poured into the streets in opposition to his support for an even more militarized agenda than what his predecessors had proposed. This includes a plan to re-introduce a military draft.

Meanwhile, people in the Cuban socialist state 90 miles from the U.S. imperial core say they don’t need to demand their rights as workers because they already have them in place.


Black Activists Still Imprisoned

Afro-Colombians fear for the lives of two leaders of the Black Communities Process, or PCN, the main organization defending the collective land rights of descendants of African slaves. Sara Quiñonez and her mother, Tulia Maris Valencia, were detained on false charges of collaborating with the ELN guerilla group—an allegation that could mark them for assassination. But the PCN is an organization that “promotes peace and peaceful struggle,” said PCN organizer and BAP member Charo Mina-Rojas, who called on leftists everywhere to demand the two women’s release during an interview with BAP member Glen Ford on Black Agenda Report Radio.

You can find information on how you can support these two freedom fighters here.


Upcoming Event

War, revolution and organizing the Black left is on the agenda for the National Assembly for Black Liberation. We encourage Black left forces to participate. Information on the conference can be found here.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. The oppressors won’t dismantle the U.S. war machine—that’s our job. Contribute today!

 

Afro-Colombian Activists Need Your Help

Afro-Colombian Activists Need Your Help

The U.S.-supported reactionary state of Colombia has been hunting down Afro-Colombian and Indigenous activists who have been struggling for their human rights on ancestral territories. After the Transatlantic Slave Trade began forcibly transporting Africans to Colombia in the 1520s, some Africans were able to break away and settle in rural environments, where they have lived for centuries as self-sustaining people.

Sara Quiñonez and Tulia Marys Valencia—daughter and mother, respectively—were arrested on April 20 on phony charges of narcotics trafficking and terrorism.

The Colombian government has already received so many messages of support for these sisters, the state apparently has disabled the email account.

The best way you can support Sara and Tulia is by posting messages on social media. Tap this link for language you can use.


Hands Off Syria

In our continued effort to expose the lies and rally folks on the left, BAP members have been relentless.

BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberley wrote in Black Agenda Report: “The Nuremberg trials after World War II established that planning aggressive war is a crime and so is the propaganda that promotes it. May, Trump and Macron are guilty but so-called journalists are as well. The criminals could not commit their dirty deeds without their help.”

BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka was interviewed on RT about the neoliberal militarization that allows U.S. gangsterism to run amok.

Of course, one reason so much ideological confusion and imperialist collaboration exists is Black left thought is as threatening to faux-left white radicals as it is to the bourgeoisie. Read this piece in Black Agenda Report.

BAP member Glen Ford writes in Black Agenda Report, “Most white Americans bought into the lie because they wanted to: imperial-mindedness is white privilege on a global scale.”

That is why information about the United States using biological weapons on the Korean peninsula during the early 1950s was suppressed. It’s also why the U.S. imagination only allows one of two depictions of its main economic rival: a capitalist, imperialist China or an authoritarian, human-rights violating China.


National Assembly for Black Liberation

Join us in taking a conscious step to unite the battlefronts of the Black working class into a national movement for Black liberation and radical transformation of the capitalist system—a system that oppresses and exploits multitudes throughout the world and threatens the sustainability of the Earth. Register for the National Assembly for Black Liberation, May 18-20 in Durham, North Carolina.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. The oppressors won’t dismantle the U.S. war machine—that’s our job. Contribute today!

The People Confronted U.S. Gangsterism

The People Confronted U.S. Gangsterism

The United States led forces including the United Kingdom and France to attack Syria in pre-dawn hours Saturday over what they say is a chemical-weapons attack.

This brought out activists and organizers of many stripes over the past weekend, including Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) members.

And we were clear: Not one drop of blood from the working class and poor in defense of the gangsterism of the capitalist ruling class.

BAP members spoke and participated at Spring Action 2018 events across the United States at the following locations:

  1. Atlanta: Efia Nwangaza from the Malcolm X Center for Self Determination of Greenville, S.C., a BAP member organization
  2. Baltimore: BAP members Mekdes Ferguson and Vanessa Beck
  3. Greenwich, Connecticut:  Maurice Carney from Friends of the Congo, a BAP member organization
  4. Washington, D.C.: Netfa Freeman from Pan-African Community Action, a BAP member organization
  5. New York City: BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka and BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberley

Watch videos of their talks.

Check out photos from the day.

The Black Is Back Coalition (BiBC) for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, of which BAP is a member, also released a searing statement connecting the recent U.S.-led attack on Syria to the U.S. state’s violence against Black bodies. It starts: “The Black is Back Coalition is accustomed to the lies of the U.S. government and its several police agencies every time they murder unarmed black men, women and children throughout the U.S.”

BAP had also released a statement last week before the attack took place.

State sanctioned violence in the colonized Black and Brown zones of non-being by the domestic military force referred to as "the police" and state violence in the form of interventions, proxy wars, sanctions, destabilization campaigns and support for anti-democratic brutal regimes in Israel, Saudi Arabia and Honduras, are two sides of the same white supremacist colonial/capitalist coin. The objective is the same—maintain the dominance of the oppressive Western imperial project against all challenges, both foreign and domestic.

Young people who formed a new group in Baltimore called Youth Against War and Fascism recently blocked the entrance of a CIA recruiting event at Johns Hopkins University. It’s vitally important we keep the police, military and state agents out of our schools.
 

Upcoming Events

What’s normally left out of the bio circulated about physicist Albert Einstein was that he was tracked by the FBI because of his political views. If you’re in New York City, you can hear Ajamu speak about the foreword he wrote about McCarthyism—past and current—for author Fred Jerome’s new book, “The Einstein File: The FBI’s Secret War Against the World’s Most Famous Scientist”. Get details and RSVP for tonight’s event.

BAP member organization Pan-African Community Action and other organizations will host a screening of the film, “Black Cop,” and lead a discussion afterward. RSVP for this April 23 Washington, D.C. event.

Join us in taking a conscious step to unite the battlefronts of the Black working class into a national movement for Black liberation and radical transformation of the capitalist system—a system that oppresses and exploits multitudes throughout the world and threatens the sustainability of the Earth. Register for the National Assembly for Black Liberation, May 18-20 in Durham, North Carolina.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,

Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret and Yolande

Coordinating Committee

Black Alliance for Peace


P.S. Only your support can help beat the U.S. war machine.

 

Photo credit: AP/Hassan Ammar

Say No to U.S. Gangsterism

Say No to U.S. Gangsterism

What power has given the U.S. gangster state the right to unilaterally attack any nation on this planet?

The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) answered that question in a statement we released Tuesday.

That some who call themselves radicals can remain silent about the consequences of a possible U.S. military intervention into Syria is a reflection of the bankruptcy of the imperial left that continues to collaborate with the Western and U.S. white supremacist, colonial/capitalist patriarchy.

The children of Yemen have been starving and the U.S.-supported apartheid state of Israel murdered two dozen Palestinians. Yet, we heard nothing in response from the ruling class and its collaborators in the corporate media.

We are now supposed to believe the racist Trump administration is so committed to Syrian Arab life that it feels morally compelled to intervene. Do you see the obscenity? Some Westerners apparently don’t, hence the race to war.

We would laugh, but this is a matter of life and death. And we’re on the side of justice. That’s why we don’t accept the imperialist nonsense coming out corporate-media outlets.

In fact, warmongering Democrats are on a quest to start World War III, using former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s book tour to rationalize “humanitarian intervention.” Thankfully, a few anti-imperialists who organize in the center of the empire made sure she would not get to spread that propaganda in peace. Check out the five times Albright was disrupted during her New York City event on Tuesday. It warms our hearts that a few brave humans continue to speak out under the weight of imperial propaganda.

The sentiment seems to be spreading beyond political circles. More than 3,000 Google employees demanded the technology company cease its drone project for the Pentagon.

Now for once, it would be fantastic if the United States acted with decency. But based on its history, we don't expect that to happen without exceptional public pressure. That’s why we ask you to show up this weekend in your city for a Spring Action to demand the United States exit Syria and other oppressed nations, and end its slaughter of innocents abroad as well as right here in the belly of the empire: springaction2018.org

Although Spring Actions are occurring across the United States, BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka can only be in one place at one time. Catch him at the New York City demonstration, which will include a march to Trump Tower.

We say not one drop of working-class blood for the capitalist oligarchy!


Upcoming Events

BAP member organization Pan-African Community Action and other organizations will host a screening of the film, “Black Cop,” and lead a discussion afterward. RSVP for this April 23 Washington, D.C. event.

Did you know physicist Albert Einstein was tracked by the FBI because of his political views? If you’re in New York City, you can hear Ajamu speak about the foreward he wrote about McCarthyism—past and current—for the new book, “The Einstein File: The FBI’s Secret War Against the World’s Most Famous Scientist”. Get details and RSVP for the April 19 event.

LeftRoots Cadres & Compas will report back on a recent delegation that went to Vietnam. Register for this April 19 event that takes place online.

Join us in taking a conscious step to unite the battlefronts of the Black working class into a national movement for Black liberation and radical transformation of the capitalist system—a system that oppresses and exploits multitudes throughout the world and threatens the sustainability of the Earth. Register today for the National Assembly for Black Liberation, May 18-20 in Durham, North Carolina.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. The oppressors won’t dismantle the U.S. war machine—that’s our job.

 

Photo credit: AFP/STR

MLK, Winnie and More

MLK, Winnie and More

Yesterday was the Black Alliance for Peace’s first anniversary as well as the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We began this people(s)-centered human-rights project recognizing just as he did that the largest human empire to ever exist—subjugating millions of people across the globe with its brute, military force—was and is unsustainable.

In his memory, we have set out to accomplish a few things, one of which is to educate folks on the U.S. invasion of Africa. We have dedicated ourselves to developing an organizer’s toolkit on AFRICOM. We will soon hold regular national calls for the public. And our members are speaking to inspire acts of human liberation, as our National Organizer Ajamu Baraka did yesterday in Colorado to commemorate the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.

Would you be willing—for BAP’s first anniversary—to contribute what you can to help support this vital work?


Free Palestine

In a recent statement, the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) condemned Israel in the murder of 18 Palestinians and attempted murder of about 1,500 Palestinians as 30,000 peacefully marched on Land Day (March 30). The Israeli government even bragged about the killing in a now-deleted message posted on Twitter, proclaiming they "know where every bullet landed." Israel has no reason to fear retribution. As a client state of the United States, it acts with complete impunity. Every gun, bullet, bomb and tank in Israel is paid for by our government. The United States uses its seat on the United Nations Security Council to protect Israel and to defend it against the international law it violates on a daily basis.

BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberley writes, “Israel would not exist at all without U.S. support. But its supporters have turned the dependency upside down.”

The killings in Gaza occurred as people across the United States continued to demand justice for Stephon Clark, the Sacramento, California, man killed by police in that city. He is one of over 1,000 people in the United States who die at the hands of police every year. Police departments across the country are trained by the Israelis, who are expert at subjugating and terrorizing their colonized population.

That violence is what Black students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students were murdered by a gunman a few weeks ago, demanded must be addressed.

Unfortunately, as Ajamu writes, “The opportunism of the Democrats made these students and their pain easy targets.”


National Assembly for Black Liberation

Join us in taking a conscious step to unite the battlefronts of the Black working class into a national movement for Black liberation and radical transformation of the capitalist system—a system that oppresses and exploits multitudes throughout the world and threatens the sustainability of the Earth.

Register today for the National Assembly for Black Liberation, May 18-20.


R.I.P., Winnie Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela died Monday. The same liberals who are silent in the face of the barbarism in Gaza, who tell you that Barack Obama was a godsend, who supported the white supremacists Bill and Hillary, are the same ones now telling us how problematic our dear revolutionary sister Winnie Mandela was. Winnie Mandela was our mother, the mother of our nations yet to be born. Our sister, Mother Winnie, was a freedom fighter who paid with her blood, her reputation, her life for standing with the masses of the oppressed. And for that, liberals—white and Black—turned on her. But for us who struggle, who will never surrender our dignity, we say we love you and we will continue the fight until we defeat the 500 year-old dominance of the white supremacist, colonial/capitalist patriarchy—and liberate the world.

No compromise.

No retreat.

In struggle,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. BAP is now 1 year old. Contribute today to keep the struggle for human liberation going!

MLK's Assassination and BAP's Anniversary

MLK's Assassination and BAP's Anniversary

April 4 marks 50 years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated.

The Black Alliance for Peace also launched last year on the 50th anniversary of his 1967 Riverside Church speech. It was then that Dr. King announced his opposition to the Vietnam War, connecting it to the domestic war on Black and poor peoples.

He said in his opening, “I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice.”

Similarly, we at BAP say we are doing this work because we have no other choice as we see our kinfolk murdered domestically and in Africa, while other oppressed peoples bear unimaginable burdens.

Our common enemy? Imperialism.


Spring Actions

In honor of Dr. King’s call to defend oppressed peoples, we invite you to join us in demonstrating against war and against the empire April 14-15. Spring Actions will be held nationwide. If you are part of a group, we invite you to endorse and organize events. If you’re in or near New York City, you’ll see BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka speaking at that demonstration, which includes a march to Trump Tower.
 

Upcoming Events

“The Black liberation movement is still fragmented in various alignments whose programs and demands have much in common,” according to the Labor Fightback Network Steering Committee. To build toward unity, the National Assembly for Black Liberation will be held May 18-20 at North Carolina Central University in Durham. There, participants will discuss the Draft Freedom Manifesto as a unity document, along with resolutions submitted by battlefront committees, so a program of action can be drafted. Register for the National Assembly for Black Liberation.

Ajamu will speak at the Black is Back Coalition Electoral School being held April 7-8, in St. Louis, Missouri. The theme is “Can Electoral Politics be a Path Towards Black Self-Determination?” Register today.


Afro-Colombians Need International Support

Consider signing on in your individual organizational capacities to a letter by Proceso de Comunidades Negras (a coalition of Black organizations in Colombia). The letter asks the Geneva-based NGO, UPR-INFO, to allow an Afro-Colombian representative to address a briefing to members of the United Nations Human Rights Council in advance of its UPR review of Colombia. Right now, UPR-INFO has slated someone who is not from the Afro-Colombian community to include talking points on Afro-Colombian issues in their speech.

As Black internationalists, we say Afro-Colombians must have the opportunity to speak for themselves about the lack of human rights in Colombia. To sign on, please send an email with your organization's complete name, city and country to advocacy@madre.org.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Only your support can help beat the U.S. war machine. Contribute today.

Fifteen Years in Iraq

Fifteen Years in Iraq

Monday marked the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. “Humanitarian intervention” to depose a “dictator” was the excuse. Now Iraq—home to a major civilization—is littered with military waste that has caused birth defects in Iraqi infants and has been a breeding ground for armed, right-wing Islamic groups. The bill for re-constructing Iraq is estimated at $100 billion. The United States says it will not pay a cent. Keeping Iraq in ruins allows the United States to control the oil Iraq produces and keep that crucial resource out of the hands of China and Russia, both of which have been demonized by the ruling class with the help of the Western press.

Voices from around the world lamented the anniversary. Here’s journalist Ben Norton on Twitter:

Iraqi Sami Ramadani mourned the destruction of his homeland:

 

Close to a half-million people (civilians and combatants) have been documented as casualties, according to the Iraq Body Count. Although many people associate the Iraq War with U.S. President George W. Bush, it was under Barack Obama’s reign that most deaths took place.

Here’s then-FBI director Robert Mueller lying about weapons of mass destruction being detected in Iraq. He’s now Special Counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections—basically, he’s helping concoct another lie to mislead the U.S. public into what could be another war to maintain Full Spectrum Dominance and loot resources, as the United States is doing in Afghanistan.



Oppose U.S. Imperialism—in Washington, D.C.

Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) is supporting an action as part of the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases at the Japanese Embassy this Friday to oppose the repressive sentence handed down by the court against Okinawan activists fighting for Okinawa’s self-determination and demanding the closure of toxic U.S. military bases.

Join the action in Washington, D.C., 1-3 p.m., March 23, at 2520 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Bring your signs and banners.



Say Her Name: Marielle Franco

A number of Black communities are under military occupation in Brazil because of the U.S.-supported right-wing government that is also persecuting a revolutionary candidate for president. Black human-rights activists organizing opposition have been targeted. This is not isolated. It is happening in Honduras, a nation where the United States—under Obama—gave a green light to a coup and is imposing a terroristic government on the people now. This is also the reality that the United States wishes for Venezuela, as it supports an opposition that has burnt alive Black people because they assumed the victims were supporters of the government. The latest fatality is Marielle Franco, a lesbian, Black Brazilian woman raised in a favela (Brazilian shanty town) who fought police brutality against the Black community. Thousands of Brazilians have since marched in the streets, protesting her state-sponsored murder.

Everywhere the people are resisting the dying—but dangerous—racist, Western, colonial/capitalist patriarchy, women are emerging in the leadership and paying a price as a consequence. From the racist apartheid state of Israel to Brazil, Colombia and South Africa, to the streets of the South Side of Chicago and Detroit, they have struck a rock as revolutionary women are assuming their rightful place at the center of our global resistance. Palestine’s Ahed Tamimi has been offered a plea deal of eight months in prison for bravely fighting Israel.

And here in the United States, Black folks are resisting the same white-supremacist apparatus that has been oppressing our people since we were stolen from Africa.

The Intercept reported the FBI tracked an activist who was involved with Black Lives Matter as that person traveled across the United States.

Radio program Law and Disorder interviewed BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka on these issues on a recent episode.



Free Herman Bell

The New York State Board of Parole granted parole for Black political prisoner Herman Bell, who has been imprisoned for 45 years. Since the Board’s decision, right-wing forces, including the Police Benevolent Association, have been angered.

It is important politicians and policymakers know public support exists for the release of Black political prisoners, many of whom have been jailed for over four decades.

Herman has a community of friends, family and loved ones eagerly awaiting his return. At 70, after decades inside, it is time for Herman to come home.

Here are three things you can do right now to support Herman Bell:

  1. CALL New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office: 518.474.8390
  2. EMAIL Governor Cuomo’s office here
  3. TWEET at Governor Cuomo using the following sample tweet: “.@NYGovCuomo: stand by the Parole Board’s lawful & just decision to release Herman Bell. At 70 years old and after more than 40 years of incarceration, his release is overdue. #BringHermanHome”



Gun Control and Militarism

While the U.S. public tries to figure out why gun violence is so prevalent, Ajamu placed that discussion in a larger context: That we need to make deeper connections between violence and weapons in the United States and U.S. imperialism around the world.

If you’d like to say no to militarism, get involved in opposing Trump’s military parade, a brash show of imperialist power.

You can also join a Spring Action near you. These events for April 14-15 were called by the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases—which BAP helped found—and are being endorsed by dozens of organizations across the country.

Twitter has been blocking the use of the Spring Action website. Help get the website unblocked by tweeting:

Hey, @Twitter. Stop blocking the revolution and unblock our website. In the meantime, head to springaction2018 DOT org if you’d like to get involved in taking down the empire. #SpringAgainstWar

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Only your support can help beat the U.S. war machine. Contribute today.

Defending the Bolivarian Process

Defending the Bolivarian Process

BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka represented the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) at a gathering in Caracas, Venezuela, March 5 to 7. It marked the fifth anniversary of the passing of Bolivarian revolutionary Hugo Chavez.

Bringing together grassroots activists from 116 nation-states, the gathering produced the “Caracas Declaration,” a document that forcefully asserts revolutionary peoples from around the world will stand with the Venezuelan people to defend their sovereignty and revolutionary process. Here is a piece that captures the spirit of the gathering.

Below, you see Ajamu sitting in the front row, second from right, while Venezuela's current president, Nicolás Maduro, addresses an audience.
 

Ajamu and Maduro 1.jpg

Trump’s Military Parade

BAP was one of the lead formations that met on February 28, 2018, to collaborate on actions to oppose the Trump administration’s plan to hold a $22 million military parade. Meeting participants were united in opposition to the military parade and intent to mobilize people to Washington, D.C., or to any location if plans for the military parade change. For now, Trump wants the parade to take place on Veterans’ Day. Our plan is to outnumber parade supporters. However, it is important BAP determine the best way we respond as an organization to this provocation, which is an attempt to normalize war on the part of the Trump administration. In the meantime, for more information, you can go to http://notrumpmilitaryparade.us.


Upcoming Events

BAP is a member of the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. It will hold its second electoral school from April 7 through April 9 in Saint Louis, Missouri. The electoral school is a means by which the coalition opens up a new front in the struggle for Black self-determination in the United States and elsewhere. It challenges the monopoly on the electoral arena by a select sector of our community with special ties to capitalist white power. You can register here.

Planning is heating up for the Spring Actions to oppose all wars scheduled to take place in the Bay Area, Chicago and New York City. Dozens of organizations have signed on to endorse this national call for regional actions. Check springaction2018.org or how to get involved in organizing before April 14-15, to get your organization signed on as an endorser and to download flyers.


Monitoring the World
BAP members and activists should closely follow the situation in Syria. Unlike others who might have the luxury of being confused about the world, we must at all times be crystal clear on global events. While the attention of the U.S. public was diverted to the Syrian Army battle with insurgents in East Ghouta, Turkey has busily recruited right-wing Islamic extremists and deployed them against the population in the Afrin region of Syria, with the result being a massive ethnic cleansing. Patrick Cockburn captures some of the horror of the latest assault on collective human rights in Syria.

BAP member Margaret Kimberley reminds us we need to continue to monitor the situation with North Korea. But she also points out the bi-partisan reality of militarism in the United States, as Democrats appear to be opposed to any efforts to de-escalate the situation with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

BAP member Mekdes Amare wrote a piece on the devastating impact of war on people of color around the world, making connections the Western media and many Western leftists don’t.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. The oppressors won’t dismantle the U.S. war machine—that’s our job. Contribute today!

Venezuela Needs Your Help

Venezuela Needs Your Help

This week, BAP has been on the move to defend the Global South.

National Organizer Ajamu Baraka has been at a historic conference in Venezuela with organizers from all over the world. In the photo below, you see him meeting with Manuel Zelaya, former president of Honduras and a friend of the Left.

Ajamu and Manuel Zelaya.jpg

Folks, Venezuela needs people living in the belly of the U.S. empire to demand the predatory United States end its interventions and bullying in Latin America and around the world.

Being in revolutionary spaces outside of the United States is vitally important for activists of color. The revolutionary centers left Europe and the United States years ago.

Our collective responsibility must not be forgotten: It is to the struggling peoples of the world and must not be influenced by the class collaborationist, pro-imperialist, arrogant faux-left.

But if you are in the United States, you must join BAP and other anti-war organizations that are planning mass actions against Trump’s military parade. We also hope demonstrations take place at U.S. embassies around the world. You can learn more about this parade by reading this interview with one of the organizers, Margaret Flowers.

And we need these mass organizing efforts because as this piece in Foreign Policy notes, the U.S. empire is in a perpetual state of war over money and power.

One of the places the United States has been invading and militarizing for the past decade is the African continent. Download BAP’s four-page fact sheet on the U.S. Africa Command, aka AFRICOM. Use it to educate your people.

Finally, BAP member Maurice Carney spoke at the 60th anniversary celebration of the All African People’s Conference in Washington, D.C. Check out the Q&A discussion that followed.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Only your support can help beat the U.S. war machine. Contribute today.

The Gun Debate and Military Parades: A Culture Gone Mad

The Gun Debate and Military Parades: A Culture Gone Mad

Is it really possible to debate gun control and the violence that is supposedly the result of unregulated guns without connecting it to the public’s acceptance of the global U.S. arms industry and the normalization of war? Certainly, Donald Trump believes the two are not connected. Judging from the absence of any real opposition to the U.S. war machine over the last few decades, one might think he is correct.

BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberley provides one of the few analyses that links the gun debate to militarism in U.S. culture.

BAP was part of a national call Wednesday night to strategize on how the people can reject Trump's mad call for a military parade. Look out today for a media statement from the anti-war and peace community in the United States.

Beyond mobilizing to stop the latest madness, we continue pushing out the work with our meager resources and volunteer labor.


National Actions Against Guantanamo Occupation

February 23, BAP along with dozens of other organizations that are part of the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases organized public educational events across the country calling for the closure of the U.S. base and torture dungeon in Guantanamo, Cuba, and its return back to the rightful owners of that land—the Cuban people.  

BAP conducted a national conference call on the topic that can be heard here.


Divest from the War Machine

We encourage members and supporters to support the Divest from the War Machine campaign, of which BAP is a co-sponsor.

The campaign seeks to educate the public on the incestuous relationships that make up the military-industrial complex (MIC). CODEPINK is providing materials and direct support for organizations that want to target the corporations, Congress, colleges and universities, churches, and local and municipal governments that generate their profits from the war industry.

With more resources, BAP would target city governments run by Black folks, members of the Congressional Black Caucus who are supported by the MIC, and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that are invested in the war industry.


Korea

While the contradictions between the economic and social systems of the two Koreas are real, it is clear that absent the colonialist interventions and agitation of the United States the two Koreas might be able to reduce some of the tensions that are providing pretext for U.S. intervention.

BAP supports South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s efforts to avoid military conflict by attempting to encourage talks between the United States and North Korea. The Trump administration demanded North Korea disarm itself before entering talks, which means no discussion will take place at this point.

We say no war with the peoples of Korea.


Venezuela

The United States continues to make moves that indicate it is committed to a policy of armed intervention against the government of Venezuela. BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka provided a critical analysis of the efforts by the Obama and Trump administrations to undermine the Venezuelan experiment at socialist construction.

The work is only getting more difficult and BAP is stretched to our limits. We would really appreciate it if you were able to help us with a generous donation. This is our first ask of the new year but it won’t be the last because we are depending on the people to support our work.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win.

In struggle,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Only your support can help beat the U.S. war machine. Contribute today.

Keeping the Focus on Real-World Oppression

Keeping the Focus on Real-World Oppression

“Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation.”



We don’t have luxury of mindless diversions while the United States is aggressively using the awesome power of its military and financial weight to subvert, destabilize and destroy nations and people’s movements around the world.

Our responsibility—as we always emphasize—is to remain clear that we, the members and supporters of BAP, stand in fundamental solidarity with peoples and nations of the world against U.S. imperialism and aggression.

Here are a few efforts we would like you to support this week.


U.S. Out of Guantanamo!

BAP is organizing a national teleconference call 7 p.m. tomorrow (February 23) to commemorate the 115th anniversary of the capture of Cuba and Guantanamo. On this call, we will discuss efforts to close the torture chamber being run by the U.S. state on the island, as well as the militarization of the Caribbean and Latin America. You can register here. Speakers will include BAP member Netfa Freeman of the International Committee for Peace, Justice & Dignity and Pan-African Community Action (PACA) and James Patrick Jordan from the Alliance for Global Justice.


Defend Venezuela, No to U.S. Destabilization and Military Intervention!

The United States has openly called for a coup in Venezuela and has encouraged neighboring countries to move military equipment and troops to the border of Venezuela. Popular Resistance, one of BAP’s organizational supporters, developed actions that we should support.


New York Regional Planning Meeting for a Spring Action

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7-9 p.m.
CWA Local 1180, 6 Harrison Street, New York, NY 10013

If you are a member of an organization with members in the New York City area, please ask them to attend this meeting to plan for a massive anti-war action to be held this spring.

For more information on the New York meeting, email springactions@gmail.com.


Reject AFRICOM

BAP’s Africa Team is working hard to develop our campaign to counter the military recolonization by the U.S./EU/NATO axis of domination. BAP already has a factsheet for you on the AFRICOM encroachment. We are also seeing disturbing reports that Germany has returned to Africa as part of the expanding European presence in Africa. Stay tuned for more information from the team.

Read BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka’s take on the impending crisis in Venezuela as a result of U.S. intervention in the region.

Rolling Stone published an article that makes the connection between gun violence in the U.S. and militarism. This is one of just a few articles in the media that draws the link.

No retreat.

No compromise.

In struggle,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Only your support can help beat the U.S. war machine. Contribute today.

We Stand in Solidarity with a Venezuela in Crisis

We Stand in Solidarity with a Venezuela in Crisis

Friends,

The Black Alliance for Peace has received troubling news of an impending military assault on the sovereign nation of Venezuela by states and forces allied with the United States.

The objective is to remove the elected government of Venezuela and turn over the country to the right-wing oligarchy. This move is in line with the strategic objective of the last two U.S. administrations that identified Venezuela as a threat to U.S. national interests, which means the Venezuelan process is seen as a threat to the interest of the Euro-American colonial/capitalist project.

We are calling on folks to closely monitor this situation. We will provide as much information on this as possible. Please alert the forces you work with about the situation as you receive it from us or acquire it for yourself, and let’s assist in raising the level of awareness on this situation. We are all part of the “Americas” and as our BAP principles reflect, we stand in solidarity with the struggling peoples of the global South who are resisting U.S. imperialism.

The Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases—which BAP helped found—is organizing actions Feb. 16-23 for the 115th anniversary of the United States occupying Guantanamo. We demand the United States return Guantanamo to Cuba.

If you or your organization coordinate an action next week, please reply to this message with that information so we can include it in the weekly blast and on our event page.

As for BAP, we are organizing a national teleconference call for 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Feb. 23 on the U.S. presence in Guantanamo. We will announce our featured speakers in the next email blast. Tap this link to register for the call.

You will find value in this podcast episode of “Clearing the Fog Radio” that discusses amped up U.S. militarism—going from targeting so-called “terrorists” to outright war with nations. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, founders of Popular Resistance, also interviewed BAP members Margaret Kimberley and Maurice Carney about the significance of the U.S. military invasion of Africa and what you can do about it.

BAP recently co-sponsored an event in New York City called “Militarization of African Communities at Home and Abroad.” Get insights you won’t hear in the corporate Western media in Part 1 and Part 2 of the recorded livestreams.

If you’re in Washington, D.C., join BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka and BAP member Maurice Carney on Saturday for the “All African Peoples Conference 60th Anniversary”. This event was coordinated by BAP member Netfa Freeman.

Finally, we appreciate the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) recognizing BAP’s work as part of the larger radical Black anti-war movement.

No retreat.

No compromise.

In struggle,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret and Yolande
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Help BAP bring together Black organizers and organizations to beat the U.S. war machine. Contribute today.