Why We Defend Afro-Venezuelans

Why We Defend Afro-Venezuelans

What we are witnessing in Venezuela is not a crisis of socialism, but of capitalism and empire. The people of Venezuela, Haiti and other places the United States intends to invade, suppress and exploit want peace—but we know there can be no peace without justice. As we at the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) say, you must be prepared to fight for justice.

The terms of struggle are quite clear when observing the spectacle at the White House this week, with two neo-fascists consolidating their murderous plans for the Latin American part of the Global South. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to the White House and Trump’s proclamation that Brazil should be a main non-NATO member revealed in a few minutes what a dozen studies couldn't have demonstrated: NATO is a U.S./European instrument for the continued colonization of the world. We saw that in the 2011 NATO-led attack on Libya, the most prosperous African country—this war destabilized the continent of our ancestors. In fact, the eighth anniversary of this invasion passed on March 19, along with the 16th anniversary of the U.S.-led Iraq invasion on March 20. And again, this Sunday, we mourn the 20th anniversary of the NATO attack on Yugoslavia.

All of this is precisely why we are making the connection in the next few weeks between the economic, political and ideological war being waged against Venezuela and the war being waged against all Africans, including the African/Black working-class and poor in the United States. It is why Afro-Venezuelans say, “We want peace, but we are ready for war!”

We invite you to join us as we head to Washington, D.C., to oppose the scheduled 70th anniversary NATO meetings April 3-4 and our coalition partners’ events from March 30 onward. BAP is organizing an action at the NATO site that will be joined by activists from across the country. For more information on the particulars, please monitor our website for information.

If you cannot make it to D.C., please sign our petition to shut down AFRICOM as well as the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s petition demanding hands off Venezuela.

Last Saturday, BAP represented at the National March on Washington to oppose the U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Below, you’ll see Coordinating Committee member Netfa Freeman speaking in front of the White House.

Netfa Freeman at National March on Washington, March 16, 2019

Because of the trouble traveling back to the United States, the U.S. delegation to Venezuela that BAP participated in has postponed two events:

  1. The group will report its initial findings at a press conference at 11 a.m., March 26, at the United Nations

  2. The U.S. Peace Council, which organized this delegation, will host a public conference call at 7 p.m., Eastern Time, on Tuesday, March 26

BAP invites all defenders of peace, social justice, international law and national sovereignty to join us on this conference call.

Please register for the March 26 public call.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please also check out an interview on RT that delegation co-leader Bahman Azad gave this week, read this article by delegation participant Popular Resistance, sign up for a March 28 public call on NATO and Latin America, and visit our Videos page to watch other delegation videos from Venezuela.

---

It is because of all we are doing that we must now come to you. Consider supporting us with a generous donation. We need to raise $5,000 to cover travel, food and accommodations for our activists during this period of agitation. Unlike the big nonprofits, we don’t get corporate funding or foundations. That is why we must go to the people for support.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We are completely dependent on the people. Contribute to BAP’s efforts to agitate around Venezuela.


Photo credit: Answer Coalition

What a U.S. Peace Delegation Learned in Venezuela

What a U.S. Peace Delegation Learned in Venezuela

We mentioned last week that to gather the full range of evidence on U.S. efforts to sabotage Venezuela, a delegation of 13 leaders from peace, civil rights and women’s organizations were heading to Venezuela for five days.

The trip flying in was difficult because many airlines have refused to fly to Venezuela over perceived “danger”. Now, the trip back has been made more difficult because American Airlines refuses to fly to Venezuela. Yet this delegation found the embattled country lively and safe. While delegation members were stuck on the ground until further notice, they livestreamed yesterday.

During their five days in Venezuela, delegation members met with movement leaders and government officials, including President Nicolás Maduro Moros, who recorded a solidarity message that is posted on Twitter and Facebook.

The delegation also visited a community garden in Caracas on the invitation of Minister of Agriculture and Lands Wilmar Castro Soteldo. Delegation members were asked to plant seeds. Check out delegation member Popular Resistance’s on-the-ground videos on its Twitter feed.

You can see below Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) National Organizer, U.S. Peace Council Executive Board member and delegation co-leader Ajamu Baraka speaking to the media. Also seen are International Action Center Co-director Sara Flounders and United National Antiwar Coalition Co-coordinator Joe Lombardo.

Delegation at Caracas community garden

Ajamu also did a lengthy interview with Telesur that will air next week.

Ajamu Baraka on Telesur

After the delegation returns to the United States, it will report its initial findings at a press conference at the United Nations that will be postponed from its original March 18 date to accommodate the delegation’s travel changes.

However, the U.S. Peace Council, which organized this delegation, still plans to hold a public conference call at 7 p.m., Eastern Time, on Monday.

BAP invites all defenders of peace, social justice, international law and national sovereignty to join us on this conference call.

Please register for the March 18 public call.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

---

Back in the United States, a BAP representative will speak at noon today at the ANSWER Coalition’s demonstration in front of the White House, in opposition to the U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Also join anti-NATO events from March 30 through April 4, which will include a BAP-organized street action and evening panel discussion on April 4.

Please consider supporting us with a generous donation. We need to raise $5,000 to cover travel, food and accommodations for our activists during this period of agitation.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We are completely dependent on the people. Contribute to BAP’s efforts to agitate around Venezuela.

Black Alliance for Peace Heads to Venezuela!

Black Alliance for Peace Heads to Venezuela!

If you’re reading this, you’re aware of some of the ways the U.S. empire has manipulated in its latest attempt at a coup in Venezuela. In an act of brazen illegality, the Trump administration has barred the Bolivarian republic from being able to access its own money in foreign banks and has transported “humanitarian aid” that was embedded with materials that could have been used by the largely white supremacist opposition to ferment violence against the Venezuelan government.

The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) has been at the forefront of efforts to uncover the truth and spread the word, whether marching in the streets; rallying a crowd as member Asantewaa Mawusi Nkrumah-Ture has done; transporting member Efia Nwangaza to serve as a 2018 election observer in Venezuela; or speaking to a crowd about the connection between Venezuela and the U.S. military occupation of Africa, as you see National Organizer Ajamu Baraka and member Maurice Carney doing March 1 at Yale University in the photo below.

We have also released statements on Venezuela that we encourage you to read and share:

  1. Why We Must Oppose U.S. Intervention in Venezuela

  2. Black Working Class Will Never Abandon Venezuela!

  3. Black Alliance for Peace Says Struggle in Haiti and Venezuela Connected (an in-depth version was published by Black Agenda Report)

To gather the full range of evidence on U.S. manipulations, interference and efforts to sabotage, a delegation of 13 leaders from peace, civil rights and women’s organizations are heading to Venezuela tomorrow for five days.

BAP will be represented on that delegation!

After the delegation returns to the United States, it will report its initial findings at a press conference held the morning of March 18 at the United Nations.

At 7 p.m. that day, the U.S. Peace Council will hold a public conference call, too.

BAP invites all defenders of peace, social justice, international law and national sovereignty to join us on this conference call.

Please register for the March 18 public call.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Finally, BAP is gearing up for actions on March 16 in opposition to the U.S. intervention in Venezuela and from March 30 through April 4 in opposition to NATO, which will include a BAP-organized street action on April 4. Please consider supporting us with a generous donation. We need to raise $5,000 to cover travel, food and accommodations for our activists during that period.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We are completely dependent on the people. Contribute to BAP’s efforts to agitate around Venezuela and NATO.

Photo credit: Reuters/Marco Bello

Uncovering U.S. Lies in Venezuela

Uncovering U.S. Lies in Venezuela

This week, representatives from peace organizations throughout the United States announced they had formed a delegation to visit Venezuela on March 10. On this four-day trip, the delegation intends to gather information from Venezuela’s elected leaders and civil society groups to demonstrate what is missing from the U.S. mainstream media narrative: Most Venezuelans oppose the U.S. intervention and CIA-trained puppet Juan Guaidó, who has announced himself Venezuela’s “interim president.” Watch the press conference and read the official statement.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced victory on February 23. That day, he spoke to tens of thousands of Venezuelans who had marched from several corners of Caracas to express their opposition to the attempted U.S. coup aiming to disrupt the Bolivarian process that began 20 years ago under former President Hugo Chavez. The opposition’s goal of taking over the country on February 23 fizzled at border entrances. Trucks supposedly carrying U.S. humanitarian aid turned out to be Trojan horses—according to Venezuelans, nails and wire were embedded in the supplies. These items are regularly used to create road traps. When the U.S. plan to send aid was announced, the International Red Cross and the United Nations denounced it as “politicized” and declined to participate. Watch Max Blumenthal of The Grayzone Project unpack the U.S. narrative of starving Venezuelans in his visit to a Caracas supermarket. RT correspondent Dan Cohen reported from the Colombian-Venezuelan border, where he spoke to a Colombian priest who said the goal is to force the internal situation in Venezuela to devolve via food and medicine shortages, which would ease the way for a coup. An Afro-Colombian activist spoke to “Redacted Tonight”’s Lee Camp about human-rights violations against Indigenous and African peoples in Colombia. The lack of U.S. intervention into the human-rights crisis in neighboring Colombia—a NATO ally no where near the northern Atlantic Ocean—highlights the hypocrisy of U.S. efforts to overthrow Venezuela’s leaders. Maduro also thanked activists who marched in New York City for demonstrating solidarity on the one-month anniversary.

We encourage you to read and re-post our statements on Venezuela:

  1. Why We Must Oppose U.S. Intervention in Venezuela

  2. Black Working Class Will Never Abandon Venezuela!

  3. Black Alliance for Peace Says Struggle in Haiti and Venezuela Connected

An in-depth version of the third statement can be found published by Black Agenda Report.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We are completely dependent on the people. Contribute to our 2019 fund.

Photo credit: V. Arun Kumar / Peoples Dispatch

Rally for Venezuela Today!

Rally for Venezuela Today!

Today, we want you to get into the streets to oppose the U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Solidarity events are taking place throughout the world today, which marks the one-month anniversary of the attempted coup. The opposition had announced it would provoke war today. That makes it all the more crucial we show solidarity with the majority of Venezuelan people who support the elected government and Afro-Venezuelans, who are particularly vulnerable to attack as the United States wages its racist, imperialist war.

You can find an event near you by heading to nowaronvenezuela.org.

For those of you who are members of the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP), please join the membership call at 11 a.m., Eastern Time. A portion of the discussion will be dedicated to Venezuela. Members will have received call-in info on the internal listserv.

If you are heading to Venezuela solidarity events today, we invite you to use language from our statements on Venezuela in your public comments:

  1. Why We Must Oppose U.S. Intervention in Venezuela

  2. Black Working Class Will Never Abandon Venezuela!

  3. Black Alliance for Peace Says Struggle in Haiti and Venezuela Connected

An in-depth version of the third statement can be found published by Black Agenda Report.

If you haven’t already seen it, check out the Facebook livestream, “Venezuela: Humanitarian Intervention or Imperialism?” It featured BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka and “The Empire Files” creator Abby Martin.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We are completely dependent on the people. Contribute to our 2019 fund.

Photo credit: Eueslei Marcelino/Reuters/Scanpix

Venezuela: A Litmus Test for the Anti-War and Anti-Imperialist Movement

Venezuela: A Litmus Test for the Anti-War and Anti-Imperialist Movement

The global Pan-European Colonial/Capitalist White Supremacist patriarchy is conspiring against the Bolivarian revolutionary process in Venezuela—and some Black folks are going along with it. Why?

The Black misleadership class and the media also piled onto Virginia politicians for wearing Blackface, yet they aren’t opposing the white supremacy of U.S. interventions. Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) National Organizer Ajamu Baraka writes about this cognitive dissonance in the West.

We at BAP are attempting to re-connect the internationalist position of the Black radical tradition to the Black masses, who represent 90 percent of Black people in the United States. That is what prompted our February 6 statement: Black Working Class Will Never Abandon Venezuela!

BAP Outreach Coordinator YahNé Ndgo read out loud our initial January 26 statement that explains why we oppose U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Watch her here: Hands Off Venezuela!

We encourage BAP members and our allies in the struggle to organize local actions (particularly targeting the district offices of Congressional Black Caucus representatives) as part of the global mobilization in solidarity with the people of Venezuela on February 23.

Mark your calendars for the evening of February 21 to watch a live discussion on Venezuela featuring a special guest. It will air on BAP’s Facebook page. Like us if you haven’t already. We’ll release the exact time and other details on our Facebook page in the coming days.

The Cuban government released a statement February 14 on Venezuela we want to lift up because of its support for abiding international law as well as a regional pact: “What is being defined today is whether the legitimacy of a government emanates from the express and sovereign will of its people, or from the recognition of foreign powers.”

---

BAP members: Please await information to register for the next BAP membership call being held February 23. Besides the usual BAP business, we will focus our discussion on Venezuela. Details to come on the member listserv.

---

Despite intervention and election interference by the United States, the Haitian people are once again taking to the streets to defend their national sovereignty. We cannot ignore our African diasporic people in the world’s first Black republic of Haiti responding to racist exploitation.

We continue our work to shut down AFRICOM and request that you continue sharing our petition online and circulate the physical version (find it here) in places you organize: schools, workplaces, houses of worship and prisons. Check out BAP member and Black Agenda Report publisher Glen Ford’s public-service announcement on the U.S. Out of Africa! campaign. Feel free to use the PSA in your community-radio programs and podcasts—and tag us online when you do!

BAP also continues our effort to dismantle the global military arm of the Pan-European colonial-imperialist project: NATO. We support the national mobilizations to oppose NATO’s decision to celebrate its 70th anniversary in Washington, D.C., on April 4—the same day as the 51st anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We see this as a desecration of Dr. King and the Black population’s opposition to war and imperialism.

The national mobilizations include:

  1. The No to NATO, War and Racism March, starting at Lafayette Square in front of the White House at 1 p.m., March 30;

  2. A Concert for Peace and to End War, sponsors include the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Concert in Franklin Square in Washington, D.C., 1 p.m.-8 p.m., March 31;

  3. World Peace Council Anti-NATO Conference, St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C., 3 p.m.-7 p.m., March 31;

  4. No to NATO—Yes to Peace and Disarmament Counter Summit, location to be announced, all day April 2;

  5. No to NATO—Yes to Peace Festival, St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 12 p.m.-10 p.m., April 3;

  6. Procession from MLK Memorial to rally at Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C., day time, April 4, details to come;

  7. BAP’s 2nd Anniversary Event: No Compromise, No Retreat in the Fight to End Militarism and War, Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Washington, D.C., 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We are completely dependent on the people. Contribute to our 2019 fund.

Photo credit: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Why We're Not Leaving Behind Venezuela

Why We're Not Leaving Behind Venezuela

This week, the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) released another statement, delving into why we as internationalists of African descent will never give up on defending the sovereignty and self-determination of another oppressed nation—the Venezuelan people. “The war and militarism being waged against us by the domestic military we call ‘the police’—along with the mass incarceration complex—is part of the global Pan European Colonial/Capitalist White Supremacist patriarchy that is now conspiring against the Bolivarian revolutionary process in Venezuela.”

Considering how dangerous a successful U.S. coup would be for Afro-Venezuelans, folks from that community reached out to us, asking for additional support. That’s what prompted this latest statement: Black Working Class Will Never Abandon Venezuela!

In fact, the drive for imperialist war is not confined to Venezuela. The increasingly wild stories that feed Russiagate are being used as bait to lure the people of the United States into what could potentially be a nuclear war with Russia—that would be devastating for all peoples of the world. BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberley writes in her latest Freedom Rider column, “McCarthyism is back and it is being led by liberals.”

We continue our work to shut down AFRICOM and request that you continue sharing our petition online and circulate the physical version (find it here) in your schools, houses of worship, prisons and anywhere else you organize. For inspiration, check out BAP member and Black Agenda Report publisher Glen Ford’s public service announcement on the U.S. Out of Africa! campaign. Feel free to use the PSA in your community-radio programs and podcasts—and tag us online when you do!

We encourage BAP members and our allies in the struggle to organize local actions as part of the global mobilization on February 23 in solidarity with the people of Venezuela.

We also must continue our efforts to dismantle oppressive structures, such as NATO. BAP supports the national mobilizations to oppose NATO’s decision to celebrate its 70th anniversary in Washington, D.C., on April 4—that’s the same day as the 51st anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We see this as a desecration of Dr. King and the Black population’s opposition to war and imperialism.

The national mobilizations include:

  1. The No to NATO, War and Racism March, starting at Lafayette Square in front of the White House, 1 p.m., March 30;

  2. A Concert for Peace and to End War, sponsored by organizations including the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, in Franklin Square in Washington, D.C., 1 p.m.-8 p.m., March 31;

  3. World Peace Council Anti-NATO Conference, St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C., 3 p.m.-7 p.m., March 31;

  4. No to NATO—Yes to Peace and Disarmament Counter Summit, location to be announced, all day April 2;

  5. No to NATO—Yes to Peace Festival, St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 12 p.m.-10 p.m., April 3;

  6. Procession from MLK Memorial to rally at Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C., during the day, April 4, details to come;

  7. BAP’s 2nd Anniversary Event: No Compromise, No Retreat in the Fight to End Militarism and War, Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Washington, D.C., 7 p.m.-9 p.m., April 4

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We are completely dependent on the people. Contribute to our 2019 fund.

Photo credit: AP

On the White Supremacy of U.S. Interventions

On the White Supremacy of U.S. Interventions

As internationalists, we don’t shy away from defending a people’s right to determine their fate. That is why we have been so ardent in opposing the illegal U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Read and share our statement on Venezuela. (If you already have done so, please share it again!)

We are proud to say BAP members have been on the forefront of U.S.-based voices against U.S interventions. BAP member and Black Agenda Report publisher Glen Ford writes this week, “The same forces that resist Black community control of police and schools in the United States seek to overthrow any government in the formerly colonized world—that is, non-white nations—that claims the right of self-determination and national sovereignty.” BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberley condemns warmongering Democrats in her latest piece, writing, “Venezuela is the proverbial line in the sand. One either supports the right of self-determination or not. The obvious fascists like Trump and Bolton and their smarter, smoother collaborators like Trudeau are cut from the same cloth. They must all be opposed.”

As you can see below, BAP member Asantewaa Mawusi Nkrumah-Ture spoke January 26 on behalf of BAP at a Philadelphia rally in opposition to the U.S. intervention in Venezuela.

Asantewaa Mawusi Nkrumah-Ture at Venezuela Rally, Philly, 1.26.2019

BAP member Margaret Kimberley also spoke about BAP’s position on Venezuela and the U.S. occupation of Africa on the Wider View Radio podcast and Sputnik Radio’s “Fault Lines with Nixon & Stranahan”. BAP Coordinating Committee member Netfa Freeman appeared on RT America’s “Watching the Hawks” to discuss the link between the United States interfering in Venezuela and in Africa.

In the coming weeks, we ask you to join anti-war groups that are organizing demonstrations to oppose NATO and the U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Check out the United National Antiwar Coalition’s rally on March 30. Sign the Alliance for Global Justice’s petition to oppose the U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Attend the “No to NATO, Yes to Peace Fest” on April 3.

Then join us April 4 for our event that celebrates both our second anniversary and condemns the 70th anniversary of NATO, which falls on the 51st anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. BAP member Glen Ford will keynote the event. He will be joined by organizers and activists including Jaribu Hill, Jacqueline Luqman, Netfa Freeman, Thenjiwe McHarris, Margaret Kimberley and Vanessa Beck. We'll provide more information on the event in the coming weeks.

Curiously, a story that should be big news is not getting the attention it deserves. The United States is involved in talks that could end the 18-year-old quagmire of Afghanistan. Soon, we will have more to say on this matter.

Another important item to follow is the Trump administration’s decision to suspend its participation in the 32-year-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which escalates the possibility for a global nuclear war. In response to this dangerous move, Russia suspended its participation as well.

PETITION ALERT: Did you know we’ve extended the deadline to April 4 for gathering petition signatures for the U.S. Out of Africa! campaign to shut down AFRICOM? We chose that date because it is the 51st anniversary of King’s assassination. You can download the U.S. Out of Africa! petition here. Print it out and circulate it in your communities, houses of worship, prisons, universities and in other places you organize. This campaign is BAP’s contribution to the Global Campaign to Close U.S./NATO Military Bases. Learn more about U.S. Out of Africa!

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We are completely dependent on the people. Contribute to our 2019 fund.

Why Hands Off Venezuela?

Why Hands Off Venezuela?

We, at the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP), have always been clear that all peoples and countries have a right to determine their fates, regardless of whether we agree with their internal politics.

As Black internationalists, we say an assault on oppressed peoples anywhere is equivalent to an assault on ourselves.

That is why we have issued this statement: Why We Must Oppose U.S. Intervention in Venezuela

Here’s a list of upcoming solidarity events you can attend:
 

ONLINE EVERYWHERE
Hands Off Venezuela Phone-Zap/E-blast

ATLANTA
Friday, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
CNN headquarters
No event page is currently available

BALTIMORE
Today, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Corner of North Avenue and N. Charles Street
U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Baltimore Protest

CHICAGO
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Federal Center and Plaza
Hands Off Venezuela! Emergency Demonstration

CLEVELAND
Tomorrow, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Willard Park
Rally in Solidarity with Venezuela (#HandsOffVenezuela)

DURHAM, N.C.
Tomorrow, 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.
CCB Plaza
U.S. Hands Off Venezuela! Emergency Rally

LONDON, U.K.
Monday, 4: 30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Downing Street
Reject imperialist coup in Venezuela

NEW YORK CITY
Today, 12 p.m.
Cuban Mission
Defend Cuba and Venezuela Rally

NEW YORK CITY
Today, 2-4 p.m.
Union Square
Emergency Rally to Support Venezuela

MIAMI
Today, 1 p.m.
Doral, Florida
Trump: Hands-Off Venezuela!

PHILADELPHIA
Today, 12-2 p.m.
City Hall
U.S. Hands Off Venezuela! Defend the Bolivarian Revolution!

RALEIGH, N.C.
Today, 1-3 p.m.
Halifax Mall
No War on Venezuela!

SALT LAKE CITY
Today, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Wallace Bennett Federal Building
Hands off Venezuela!

TALLAHASSEE
Today, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Florida State Capitol Building
Emergency Action: #HandsOffVenezuela

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Today, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Vancouver Art Gallery
Rally - No Coup in Venezuela! U.S./Canada: Hands Off Venezuela!

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Today, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
The White House
No Coup in Venezuela Protest!

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Today, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
The White House
Rally to Support the Bolivarian Revolution and President Maduro

In response to the FBI’s strange and illegal detention of Black Muslim journalist Marzieh Hashemi, an internationally respected journalist who works for PressTV in Iran, BAP made it clear we were not going to be intimidated into silence. Read our statement on her release.

BAP members called for Hashemi’s release while she was illegally detained. BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberley writes, “The demand for Marzieh Hashemi’s freedom is the new litmus test for anyone claiming to fight Trump, fascism, or racism. Those who fail to speak on her behalf are showing their true colors and are themselves unworthy of consideration. Their cowardice must never be forgotten.” Meanwhile, BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka says Hashemi’s detention shows the true nature of the bipartisan police state.

We are happy to see that while liberal totalitarianism rears its head, the people are fighting back. In Chicago, candidates for the upcoming election announced their support for a civilian-led police accountability council. BAP member organization Pan African Community Action, which organizes for community control of police in the Washington, D.C., area, is holding a popular-education event on the radical nature of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As announced last week, we’ve extended the deadline to April 4 for gathering petition signatures for the U.S. Out of Africa! campaign to shut down AFRICOM. We chose that date because it is the 51st anniversary of King’s assassination. (Don’t forget to join us in Washington, D.C., for our event that day, as well as other coalition actions organizing against the absurd celebration of NATO’s 70th anniversary. We agree with our friends at Popular Resistance that it is time to end NATO’s militarism!) You can download the U.S. Out of Africa! petition here. Print it out and circulate it in your communities, houses of worship, prisons, universities and in other places you organize. This campaign is BAP’s contribution to the Global Campaign to Close U.S./NATO Military Bases.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We are completely dependent on the people. Contribute to our 2019 fund.

Photo credit: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images

Would Dr. King Oppose NATO?

Would Dr. King Oppose NATO?

The United States attempted to co-opt the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by recognizing his birthday. The ruling elites tried to strip King of his militancy and suspend him above the mass movement that produced him. The state certainly had no intention to remain the focus of King’s opposition to the Vietnam War or even more threatening, his opposition to militarism in general and U.S. military imperialism in particular.

But we are actively liberating the meaning of Dr. King’s life and re-inserting it into the history of Black resistance. We argue with some confidence that Dr. King would be opposed to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) because it is an instrument of U.S. and European militarism. He would not be confused—and neither are we—about why the liberal establishment, neocons, military-industrial complex, corporations and the corporate media are opposed to ending an anachronistic structure. NATO’s only reason for being today is to serve as the military wing of the dying U.S.-European colonial project.

BAP will use Dr. King’s birthday on January 15 and his assassination on April 4 as bookends during 2019 to intensify our efforts to engage the public in a conversation about the bipartisan commitment to war and violence. We will raise the visibility of our campaign to shut down AFRICOM as we prepare to launch a second campaign on April 4 that will focus on ending the state violence being waged against Black, Brown and poor people across the United States.

We remind our readers and supporters of a very important development, the creation of an international campaign to oppose NATO that BAP played a key role in helping organize in 2018. The saying goes, “Follow the money.” Here you can see why NATO and keeping the U.S. public on a war-footing is so incredibly profitable for the merchants of death. The U.S. dependency on force and militarism is also becoming a major threat.

BAP member Karanja Keita Carroll, Ph.D., an organizer and African-centered academic, presented a lecture at George Jackson University this past week. He begins speaking at 20 minutes into this recording.

We are alarmed at the FBI’s arrest and detention of U.S.-born African sister Marzieh Hashemi, who anchors Iran’s PressTV. Her hijab was forcibly removed and she has only been served pork in prison while she is being detained as a “material witness.” A campaign to #FreeMarziehHashemi has kicked off on Twitter.

The Network in Defense of Humanity published a statement calling for respect for the people of Venezuela as they struggle for self-determination through the socialist government of Nicolas Maduro. His administration has recently been under attack, with various U.S. politicians claiming the right-wing president of Venezuela’s National Assembly is the real leader of the country. All this while the United States mulls another round of sanctions and a military coup in the Bolivarian republic.

And finally, please help us get to 3,000 signatures on the petition to shut down AFRICOM that we will present to the Congressional Black Caucus. Please share the petition if you’ve already signed.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We are completely dependent on the people. Contribute to our 2019 fund.

In 2019, Imperial Retreat or Deployment?

In 2019, Imperial Retreat or Deployment?

Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) is under no illusions: The United States' announcement that it would withdraw from Syria and draw down military personnel from the 17-year quagmire in Afghanistan means nothing without concrete actions. So while we welcomed that announcement, we understood troops being pulled out of those countries doesn't stop the imperial imperative for military intervention and subversion. The backtracking on Syria and the subversion directed at Venezuela confirms for us that without sustained opposition, the imperial project will go on.

So we will continue to build our capacity to confront the bipartisan warmongers and the police state. We will continue because we have no other choice. Non-resistance is not an option for the oppressed.

We went to the public during the holiday season and the public responded to our independent, Black-led formation by donating $11,831. We did not quite reach our goal of $15,000, but we are thankful, nevertheless.

We also call on everyone to re-double their efforts during these final weeks of our AFRICOM petition drive, read the U.S. Peace Council’s statement on rejecting U.S. interference in Venezuela, and turn out for the United National Antiwar Coalition’s anti-NATO march on March 30 and BAP’s 2nd anniversary celebration on April 4.

BAP appeared in the media over the holidays, and as recently as yesterday:

  1. BAP member Margaret Kimberley spoke on New Year’s Day with Jamarl Thomas of The Progressive Soapbox about our U.S. Out of Africa! campaign

  2. Maurice Carney of BAP member organization Friends of the Congo explained yesterday on RT America's "In Question" why the United States is yet again interfering in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s election

  3. BAP member Mark Fancher wrote in Black Agenda Report, asking if armed struggle is still the most effective tool in resisting imperialism.

  4. BAP member Netfa Freeman interviewed BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka on the racist announcement by U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton to further exploit Africa.

  5. Ajamu wrote in Black Agenda Report about Bolton’s speech and the Trump administration’s Africa policy being cruder reaffirmations of a political stance on Africa that has always put U.S. interests first

  6. Netfa analyzed the demonization of African infrastructure partner, China, in this Foreign Policy in Focus piece.

  7. Ajamu told BAP member Nellie Bailey on Black Agenda Radio that BAP welcomes a U.S. exit out of Syria.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We are completely dependent on the people. Put BAP on the right track in 2019.

Why Decolonize Human Rights?

Why Decolonize Human Rights?

Monday marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first major instrument created by the United Nations.

We at the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) say this tool hasn't been effective because the post-war period has been an era of human depravity. Direct and indirect state and non-state violence have caused 30 million deaths, destroyed whole nations, normalized torture, used rape as a weapon of war, displaced millions of people, and have once again sparked the rise of neo-fascist movements across Europe and in the United States.

World War II only temporarily diverted the Pan-European, white supremacist, colonial/capitalist patriarchal project because the Germans brought the horrors of European colonial domination that had been unleashed on the “Americas” in 1492 onto Europe. But once Hitler was dispensed with, the systematic brutality that created “Europe” continued. You can learn more by reading this article by BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka.

This past weekend, we celebrated a truly liberatory human-rights framework—People(s) Centered Human Rights—with BAP member Jaribu Hill, organizer of the Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC). You can watch the livestreams on SHROC’s Facebook page. We live-tweeted during the weekend, too.

Folks, we’re doing all of this without a penny of foundation funding. And yet, what we have been able to accomplish in 2018 on a shoestring budget would be unfathomable in the NGO world.

You can learn all about what we have done this year by tapping this link.

To do what we need to do in 2019, we must go to you, the people.

Only you can help us fund the movement to end war, repression and imperialism—here and around the world.

Please consider giving what you can today.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We are completely dependent on the people. Contribute to our 2019 fund.

What Kind of Human Rights Do You Want?

What Kind of Human Rights Do You Want?

Without a penny of foundation funding, we have gotten more done for peoples’ struggles than many million-dollar operations.

Since we launched the U.S. Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM campaign on October 1, more than 1,700 people have signed our petition to shut down AFRICOM; our members have appeared in media interviews to discuss our grassroots effort to end the U.S. militarization of the continent of our ancestors that is connected to the state repression U.S. Black communities face; we co-organized successful panel discussions in Atlanta and New York City; and Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) members organized and participated in the Women’s March on the Pentagon, the only women’s march calling for an end to war, militarism and imperialism.

We continued sharing our message during #AntiwarAutumn by attending the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations’ annual March on the White House and their conference, participating in the Peace Congress, Veterans Occupy Washington and Catharsis on the Mall, and organizing a well-received AFRICOM plenary in Dublin, Ireland, at the First International Conference Against U.S./NATO Bases.

Earlier in the year, we attended the National Assembly for Black Liberation, re-structured our Coordinating Committee, organized a standing-room only Baltimore program, and attended the inaugural Conference on U.S Foreign Military Bases.

These activities have been key to building up our members and organizing with other anti-imperialist forces. We do all of this because a People(s)-Centered Human Rights framework informs our work. We don’t do liberal, individualistic human rights, which centers white power and finance capital, using “Responsibility to Protect” as a cover for maintaining Full-Spectrum Dominance.

It was, in fact, National Organizer Ajamu Baraka who had developed this groundbreaking concept, which opposes the legalistic, mechanistic, state-centered liberal framework the United Nations was founded on. Orient yourself with his work.

We plow forward without asking for foundation money because we know how difficult it would otherwise be to continue to be unabashed proponents of People(s)-Centered Human Rights, to continue stating our foundational understanding that the militarization of the African continent is connected to the repression of our people on this stolen land called the United States.

To do all of the things we need to do in 2019, we must go to the people. The foundations will not support us. The mainstream media won’t cover us. Only you can help us.

We rely on the people to fund the movement to end war, repression and imperialism—here and around the world.

Please consider giving what you can today.

You are all we’ve got.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We are completely dependent on the people. Contribute to our 2019 fund.

What Are People(s)-Centered Human Rights?

What Are People(s)-Centered Human Rights?

Have you wondered about our tagline, “a people(s)-centered human rights project against war, repression and imperialism”?

Are People(s)-Centered Human Rights (PCHRs) different from human rights as we understand them?

And why the (s) in people(s)?

Over the next few weeks, as the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), we will take this opportunity to define People(s)-Centered Human Rights, and explain why BAP’s mission depends on PCHRs.

You also may not know that before BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka ran on the 2016 Green Party ticket, he was best known for developing the concept of People(s)-Centered Human Rights and putting it into practice at the U.S. Human Rights Network. Ajamu provides an introduction to the concept and its relationship to the radical Black human-rights tradition in this article.

Folks, we’ve surpassed 1,500 signatures on our petition to shut down U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), thanks to you! Please sign our petition—if you haven’t already—and share it online. If you want to be able to print out and circulate the petition in your communities, universities and elsewhere, click here. And if you would like to learn more about the connection we make between the militarization of the African continent and the domestic repression of Black folks on the stolen land called the United States, download and print out the AFRICOM factsheet you will find on our campaign page.

We’d also like to thank those of you who had contributed to us on #GivingTuesday. Because of you, we were able to raise $675. That means we now need to raise an additional $14,325 to meet our year-end goal to build our capacity for 2019. As you have seen from the coalitions we have helped developed, the high-quality information we have shared via our media interviews, and our groundbreaking U.S. Out of Africa! campaign, BAP has been able to accomplish more than million-dollar operations because we have something they don’t—a historical imperative that is rooted in being the oppressed, being the ones in the cross hairs of state violence and repression. We do not accept foundation money. Only you can help us raise the $15,000 we need for our 2019 work. Please give what you can because we depend on you.

Attend these events:

  1. BAP member organization Friends of the Congo is co-hosting a screening and discussion of documentary film “Kinshasa Makambo” until December 13 at Cinema Village in New York City.

  2. BAP Coordinating Committee member Jaribu Hill has been organizing the Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC) for 22 years. Join her and activists from the Global South Dec. 7-9 in Atlanta.

  3. Friends of the Congo is co-hosting a screening and discussion of “A Brilliant Genocide” December 13 at The People’s Forum in New York City.

  4. Celebrate BAP's second anniversary on April 4 in Washington, D.C., as we demonstrate against the transnational ruling class desecrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday by holding a huge party to honor NATO's 70th anniversary on that day.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Help us build our 2019 capacity to go up against the U.S. empire.

On Why the World Needs Black Leadership

On Why the World Needs Black Leadership

Three Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) members participated in the First International Conference Against U.S./NATO Military Bases, a historic gathering that has elevated the global anti-war movement. BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka introduced attendees to Dr. Aleida Guevara, Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara’s daughter, who is an accomplished medical activist. Attendees praised the AFRICOM plenary chaired by BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberley, which was elevated with the expert participation of BAP Coordinating Committee member Paul Pumphrey. Anne Atambo, president of WILPF Kenya, and Chris Matlhako of South African Peace Initiative also presented.

The importance of BAP was on full display. We have emerged as a critical leadership force in the global anti-war movement. What we have heard and experienced over our 18-month existence re-affirms the importance of being an autonomous Black organization based in the United States.

You can read BAP’s statement on the conference here. You can also see videos and the global coalition’s joint communiqué here.

BAP Member at White Supremacy Rally in Philly

While some of us were talking war and peace in Dublin, BAP member Asantewaa Mawusi Nkrumah-Ture represented Saturday at the No White Supremacists in Philly rally. More than 1,000 anti-fascist demonstrators turned out, scaring off the few white supremacists who showed up and enjoyed police protection (as usual). Here are more photos from the event.

This week, we heard something that almost sounded like good news. Almost. The U.S. government announced it is pulling 10 percent of its military out of Africa... to focus on threatening China and Russia. This move demonstrates why our U.S. Out of Africa! campaign to shut down U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has been and remains part of a global campaign to shut down all U.S. and NATO military bases. Please sign our petition and share it online. (We need 19 more signatures to reach the 1,500-signature mark!) If you want to be able to print out and circulate the petition in your communities, universities and elsewhere, click here.

As you can see, BAP has been able to accomplish more than million-dollar operations because we have something they don’t—a historical imperative that is rooted in being the oppressed, being the ones in the cross hairs of state violence and repression. Only you can help us raise $1,500 to support five of our activists to attend the Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC) next month in Atlanta. Please give what you can.

Attend these events:

  1. BAP Coordinating Committee member Jaribu Hill has been organizing the Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC) for 22 years. Join her and activists from the Global South Dec. 7-9 in Atlanta.

  2. Celebrate BAP's second anniversary on April 4 in Washington, D.C., as we demonstrate against the transnational ruling class desecrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday by holding a huge party to honor NATO's 70th anniversary on that day.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Help us organize our people against the U.S. empire by contributing today.

Photo credit: Ellen Davidson, top; Joe Piette, botto

We're Talking War and Peace in Dublin

We're Talking War and Peace in Dublin

As you read this, two of our members are on a flight to Ireland. There, BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka and BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberley will meet with activists from 36 countries at the First International Conference Against U.S./NATO Military Bases. Ajamu and Margaret serve on the Executive Committee of the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases, the organizer of this historic gathering. The coalition is comprised of activists from across the U.S. political spectrum, but we are unified by the hope that this weekend will further internationalize the U.S.-based anti-war movement.

Watch the conference livestream at noforeignbases.org. If you don’t want to miss a thing, remember Dublin is 5 hours ahead of the U.S. East Coast, Canada’s Quebec province, the Bahamas, Haiti, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The conference starts at 2 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. On Saturday and Sunday, the conference begins at 4 a.m., EST.

Our petition to shut down AFRICOM is now in six languages! You can read it in Arabic, English, French, German, Spanish and Vietnamese. Please sign and share it online. If you want to be able to print out and circulate the petition in your communities, universities and elsewhere, click here.

Election Day in the United States passed with no substantive discussion of war and U.S. militarism, the issue that occupies the attention of peoples around the world who face U.S. military aggression. This year, we’ve raised less than $20,000 by appealing to ordinary people like you who seek peace and justice. We have been able to accomplish more than million-dollar operations because we have something they don’t—a historical imperative that is rooted in being the oppressed, being the ones in the cross hairs of state violence and repression. By November 20, we need to raise $1,500 to support five of our activists to attend the Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC) next month in Atlanta. Please give what you can.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) asks friends of Palestine, movements for justice and liberation, and Palestinian and Arab communities everywhere in the world to demonstrate solidarity with Gaza while it is under attack.

Please also attend these events:

  1. BAP Coordinating Committee member Jaribu Hill has been organizing the Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC) for 22 years. Join her and activists from the Global South Dec. 7-9 in Atlanta.

  2. Celebrate BAP's second anniversary on April 4 in Washington, D.C., as we demonstrate against the transnational ruling class desecrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday by holding a huge party to honor NATO's 70th anniversary on that day.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Help us send five Black radicals to the Southern Human Rights Organizers' Conference by contributing today.

Photo credit: Mohammed Saber / EPA

Black Is Back!

Black Is Back!

Black is Black Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations (BIB) held its annual march on the White House and its national conference last weekend. Watch livestreams of the conference, where many activists including BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka, BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberley, and BAP members Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford spoke. Watch the videos of Ajamu and Nellie, and this livestream of Margaret and Glen.

We are happy Palestinian activist and author Susan Abulhawa has been released after being detained and deported by the settler-colonial state of Israel after trying to enter Palestine, her homeland, for a literature festival. Abulhawa had served alongside Ajamu and BAP Coordinating Committee member Jaribu Hill as a juror at the International Tribunal on U.S. Colonial Crime in Puerto Rico. The petition we asked you to sign demanding her entrance to Palestine garnered more than 2,500 signatures in just a few hours.

We have reached close to 1,300 signatures on our petition to shut down AFRICOM! Help us get to 1,500 signatures by Sunday by sharing this link. Want to be able to print out and circulate the petition? Click here. While you’re at our campaign page, check out the latest media interviews, including BAP member Netfa Freeman’s chat with The Peace Report.

Please also attend these events:

  1. Now that Trump’s military parade is canceled due to mass pressure, BAP is helping organize Peace Congress: End All U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad, being held November 10 in Washington, D.C. BAP Coordinating Committee member Netfa Freeman will speak at this event.

  2. Join BAP Coordinating Committee members Margaret Kimberley and Ajamu Baraka at the First International Conference Against U.S./NATO Military Bases, being held November 16-18 in Dublin, Ireland.

  3. BAP Coordinating Committee member Jaribu Hill has been organizing the Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC) for 22 years. Join her and activists from the Global South Dec. 7-9 in Atlanta. Book a hotel room by November 13 for the group rate.

  4. Celebrate BAP's second anniversary on April 4 in Washington, D.C., as we demonstrate against the transnational ruling class desecrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday by holding a huge party to honor NATO's 70th anniversary on that day.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Help us organize our people against the U.S. empire by contributing today.

Photo credit: Black is Back Coalition

Building a Strong Left to Combat Fascism

Building a Strong Left to Combat Fascism

Wednesday night’s #AntiwarAutumn panel discussion was a success!

Speakers from BAYAN, the Black Alliance for Peace, the Black is Back Coalition, Friends of the Congo, People’s Organization for Progress (POP) and the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) came together for one night at the Solidarity Center NYC to discuss ways to raise the consciousness of the U.S. population regarding the U.S. wars and U.S.-funded proxy wars raging around the world. Participants agreed a strong left must be built to combat the rise of fascism, which is a reaction to imperialism’s existential crisis. Attendees signed our petition to shut down AFRICOM and took home copies of our 4-page AFRICOM booklet. Find more photos here of our standing-room only event. Check out our live tweets from last night. Watch the livestream, too.

Last Saturday, BAP Coordinating Committee member Jaribu Hill and BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka participated as jurors at the International Tribunal on U.S. Colonial Crimes in Puerto Rico. Many people traveled from around the country and from Puerto Rico to attend this historic event in New York City’s Holyrood Church, which has hosted revolutionary events in the past. Watch the final verdict!

Palestinian activist and author Susan Abulhawa has been detained by the settler-colonial state of Israel after trying to enter Palestine, her homeland, for a literature festival. Demonstrate solidarity with our Palestinian sister by signing this petition demanding her release! Below, you see her posing with Ajamu Baraka at the tribunal where they both served as jurors on Saturday.

Ajamu Baraka appeared on RT’s “In Question” to discuss our U.S. Out of Africa! campaign, as well as the rationale behind the tribunal. BAP member Netfa Freeman appeared in a Facebook livestream that you can also find on YouTube.

The Black is Black Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations (BIB) Chairman Omali Yeshitela also spoke to Black Agenda Report Radio about the devastating impact of the U.S. military occupation of Africa through AFRICOM, which denies self-determination to the entire continent. “Self-determination is the highest expression of democracy,” he said. Self-determination “is what we are fighting for, and that’s what people throughout the Americas and the world are fighting for.”

Last week, several BAP members participated in the Women’s March on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., including YahNé Ndgo and Charo Mina-Rojas, who spoke to the crowd of 1,500 people marching for an end to all wars. Both women provided valuable perspectives as African diasporic women from the United States and Colombia, both settler-colonial states. Watch their talks, which were captured by Consortium News.

On Sunday, we hit 1,000 signatures on our petition to shut down AFRICOM! Help us get to 1,500 signatures by next week by sharing this link.

Please also attend these events:

  1. African peoples are asked to participate in the Black Is Back Coalition’s (BIB) November 3 March on the White House in Washington, D.C., and the BIB conference on November 4.

  2. Now that Trump’s military parade is canceled due to mass pressure, BAP is helping organize Peace Congress: End All U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad, being held November 10 in Washington, D.C. BAP Coordinating Committee member Netfa Freeman will speak at this event.

  3. Join BAP Coordinating Committee members Margaret Kimberley and Ajamu Baraka at the First International Conference Against U.S./NATO Military Bases, being held November 16-18 in Dublin, Ireland.

  4. BAP Coordinating Committee member Jaribu Hill has been organizing the Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC) for 22 years. Join her and activists from the Global South Dec. 7-9 in Atlanta. Book a hotel room by November 13 for the group rate.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Help us organize our people against the U.S. empire by contributing today.



Tribunal photo credit: Ted Kelly

A Different Kind of Women's March

A Different Kind of Women's March

BAP members Ajamu Baraka, Charo Mina-Rojas, Jose Monzon, and YahNé Ndgo joined about 1,500 of some of the most dedicated people in the country to march Sunday with Cindy Sheehan in the Women’s March on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) continues to stress war is a class issue—but it is also a race and gender issue, with people of color, women, and LGBTQIA2S and non-binary people disproportionately suffering. It is unfortunate forces associated with the “resistance,” who allow themselves to be called forth whenever the Democratic Party beckons, have failed to understand the importance of opposing the permanent war agenda of the duopoly. Opposing this agenda is also why we will be out in force to support the next mobilization in Washington, D.C., called by the Black Is Back Coalition on November 3 as well as the Peace Congress being organized for the week afterward. This really is shaping up to be an Anti-war Autumn.

As part of our #AntiwarAutumn efforts and our contribution to the work of the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases, we launched a campaign on the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). U.S. Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM demands the end of war and militarism on the continent of our ancestors. Please sign our petition to the Congressional Black Caucus and U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee (we're almost at 1,000 signatures!).

BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka also spoke with Lee Camp of “Redacted Tonight” about the importance of re-invigorating Black internationalist forces to build an anti-war, anti-imperialist movement inside the imperial core. And BAP member Netfa Freeman wrote about the connection between the attack on Black communities in the United States and the U.S. occupation of Africa in Black Star News.

Please also attend these events:

  1. BAP Coordinating Committee members Jaribu Hill and Ajamu Baraka will join esteemed revolutionaries as jurists at the International Tribunal on U.S. Colonial Crimes on Puerto Rico, being held October 27 in New York City.

  2. Join BAP member organization Pan-African Community Action for this popular-education program, “From Anacostia to AFRICOM: How Capitalism Creates Killer Cops.”

  3. Join Ajamu Baraka and representatives from the Black Is Back Coalition and the United National Antiwar Coalition for a panel discussion to “End the Wars at Home and Abroad” October 31 in New York City.

  4. African peoples are asked to participate in the Black Is Back Coalition’s November 3 March on the White House in Washington, D.C.

  5. Now that Trump’s military parade is canceled due to mass pressure, BAP is helping organize Peace Congress: End All U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad, being held November 10 in Washington, D.C. BAP Coordinating Committee member Netfa Freeman will speak.

  6. Join BAP Coordinating Committee members Margaret Kimberley and Ajamu Baraka at the First International Conference Against U.S./NATO Military Bases, being held November 16-18 in Dublin, Ireland.

  7. BAP Coordinating Committee member Jaribu Hill has been organizing the Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC) for 22 years. Join her and activists from the Global South Dec. 7-9 in Atlanta. Register by October 31 for the early-bird price. Book the group hotel rate by November 13.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Help us organize our people against the U.S. empire by contributing today.

Make It an Anti-war Autumn

Make It an Anti-war Autumn

The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) has helped kick off a new effort demanding candidates for office provide their position on war and militarization. It’s called Anti-war Autumn and it’s designed to demonstrate public opposition to the permanent war agenda of the duopoly. Use the hashtag, #AntiwarAutumn, on social media to help this campaign gain traction.

A series of actions and events have been planned during this Anti-war Autumn, including BAP launching the U.S. Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM campaign to draw attention to the increased normalization of war and militarism on the African continent. Please sign our petition to the Congressional Black Caucus and U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. Can you help us get to 1,000 signatures this week by sharing the link with your friends?

This campaign has already generated diverse media coverage, with a number of members of BAP’s Research and Africa teams giving interviews and/or publishing pieces in Black Agenda Report, the iMixWhatiLike! online show, Resumen, Sputnik International, Sputnik Radio's ”By Any Means Necessary”, WPFW’s "Voices with Vision" radio program, Sputnik Radio's ”The Critical Hour”, the "Amandla" Canadian community radio program, WPFW’s “AfricaNow!” radio program, The Washington Informer, and others.

BAP also continued our effort at building solidarity with peoples and nations in the crosshairs of U.S. imperialism on October 7. That day marked the 17th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in the U.S. empire’s so-called “War on Terror”. BAP member Jose Monzon delivered a statement at an anti-war rally in New York City called by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression NYC, International Action Center, International League of Peoples’ Struggles, and People’s Power Assemblies NYC.

BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka recently told Black Agenda Report Radio it is vitally important to give voice to Black folks’ long-held opposition to U.S. militarism abroad. A Black peace movement is necessary, “so we can determine our friends from our enemies, so we don’t allow our young people to be marched off to fight for the interests of the 1 percent against other poor and oppressed people around the world."

Please also attend these events:

  1. Join supporters from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 20 at a candlelight vigil and rally for Yemen at the Saudi Embassy, 866 Second Ave., between 46th and 47th streets, in New York City.

  2. BAP Coordinating Committee members Jaribu Hill and Ajamu Baraka will join esteemed revolutionaries as jurists at the International Tribunal on U.S. Colonial Crimes on Puerto Rico, being held October 27 in New York City.

  3. Join Ajamu Baraka and representatives from the Black Is Back Coalition and the United National Antiwar Coalition for a panel discussion to “End the Wars at Home and Abroad” October 31 in New York City.

  4. Now that Trump’s military parade is canceled due to mass pressure, BAP is helping organize Peace Congress: End All U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad, being held November 10 in Washington, D.C.

  5. Join BAP Coordinating Committee members Margaret Kimberley and Ajamu Baraka at the First International Conference Against U.S./NATO Military Bases, being held November 16-18 in Dublin, Ireland.

  6. BAP Coordinating Committee member Jaribu Hill has been organizing the Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC) for 22 years. Join her and activists from the Global South Dec. 7-9 in Atlanta. Register by October 31 for the early-bird price. Book the hotel with the group rate by November 13.

No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Help us organize our people against the U.S. empire by contributing today.

Photo credit: Joe Lombardo, UNAC