Your Congresspeople Love War

Your Congresspeople Love War

“I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared and unconstitutional war. What we have today is basically unlimited war, anywhere, anytime, any place upon the globe.”

With these words, libertarian Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has become one of the few voices to oppose the obscenity otherwise known as U.S. war policies.

Only two other Senators joined him: Bernie Sanders and Ron Wyden.

The legislation that Paul is referring to is the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

It was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and includes a $75 billion increase in the military budget—well over the $54 billion that the President Donald Trump had originally proposed.

But here is the wrinkle: Paul is not concerned with the size of the military budget. He's pointing his finger at the continuation of the Authorization to Use Military Force Act of 2001, which was the “legal” basis for the U.S. global “war on terror.” He wants Congress to re-assess this legislation that has prompted our endless wars abroad.

BAP supports this position.

Yet, we are not just concerned about the AUMF, but also with the obscene theft of almost $700 billion of the people’s money.

But the two parties aren’t concerned with that.

In fact, 117 Democrats—including most of the Congressional Black Caucus—voted in favor of the spending increase.

And of course, the corporate press would rather focus on the issue of undocumented immigrants than military spending because—like the Democrats and most of the ruling class—they support U.S. militarism and war.

That is why BAP is so important. We have a historic responsibility to oppose the game being played on the people. But to do so, we must organize, we must build, and we must educate our people and the general public.

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We'd also love for you to join us for the Week of Action to oppose the escalation of the war in Afghanistan.


Thanks again for supporting BAP!

In solidarity,
Ajamu Baraka
National Organizer
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. If you are opposed to the rise in war spending, become a monthly sustainer today.

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How we’re resisting the drive to war

How we’re resisting the drive to war

We are facing an intensifying crisis in the United States.

That’s all as a result of the bi-partisan drive to use military force to prop up the declining power of the empire.

We must be clear and resolute in our opposition to these moves by redoubling our organizing and public educational activities.

Some of the work BAP has taken on over last few weeks includes:



BAP demands U.S. hands off North Korea
The increased aggression toward North Korea is dangerous. We say no justification exists for U.S. government interference on the Korean Peninsula.


Trump’s assault on Black lives
Did you hear President Donald Trump wants to unleash more military grade gear to local and state police? This means the war on Black lives is ramping up.


End the war in Afghanistan
Trump announced the longest war in U.S. history will continue. We ask that the United States admit defeat and end this war and that you join us in organizing local actions in the week of the 16th anniversary.


BAP joins CodePink in divestment program
BAP has co-sponsored CodePink’s initiative to punish those who profit from the war machine. BAP will join CodePink and other organizations during its October 21-22 Launch Summit to kick off the campaign and celebrate the national U.S. television release of “Shadow World,” a film about the global arms trade. Learn more.


BAP helped found the coalition to close military bases
Are you aware of the environmental, social and political impact of American military bases around the world? BAP is. That’s why we have joined the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases.


Thanks so much for supporting BAP as it grows and makes strides toward a peaceful future.

In solidarity,
Ajamu Baraka
BAP National Organizer

P.S. The Black anti-war movement cannot grow without your support. Become a monthly sustainer!

 

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You wouldn't believe it

You wouldn't believe it

We can’t keep up with the demand.

The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) has been inundated with speaking opportunities, and requests that we support actions and participate in community-based discussions.

In order to respond to public demand, support the needs of our member organizations and meet our capacity building objectives, BAP needs to raise $120,000 to develop its organizational and programmatic infrastructure.

Please consider committing to revitalize the Black anti-war movement.

BAP plans to:

  • produce educational materials for our members as well as the general public,
  • revamp our website to support more direct advocacy and public education,
  • purchase a communication platform for our member calls and quarterly public educational calls, and
  • create and support a training team.

In the short term, we are opposing Trump’s military expansion proposal while mobilizing against the growing threat of war with North Korea and the expansion of U.S. forces in Syria.

If we meet our fundraising goal, BAP will host its first national gathering on April 4, 2018 in Jackson, Mississippi.

But as you already know, reviving the Black anti-war movement can only occur if we remain financially independent. In fact, we hope 2,000 people commit to sustaining BAP by the end of the year.

Will you join BAP as a monthly sustainer?

As the irrational calls for more war, militarism and domestic repression increase, the mission of BAP becomes even more imperative. But we cannot meet our historic responsibility to resist this madness right here in the belly of the empire without your support. Not only can morality and rationality win, they can help us restore sanity and the rule of the people.

In solidarity,
Ajamu Baraka
National Organizer
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. The Black anti-war movement is counting on your monthly support.

Here's what went down at UNAC

Here's what went down at UNAC

We’re back and we’re fired up.
 
Because of your support, the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) was able to use the $2,915 raised in only two weeks’ time to register, transport and house at least seven BAP members who attended the United National Antiwar Coalition’s conference June 16-18 in Richmond, Virginia.
 
As we promised, we stretched every dollar by carpooling and room sharing—even yours truly slept on the floor.

I can honestly say we made huge strides for our Black-led anti-war movement on that weekend.

  • BAP members appeared on UNAC plenaries. BAP National Coordinating Committee member and UNAC Administrative Committee member Margaret Kimberley and I spoke on the opening plenary and I also had the honor of being on the closing plenary.
  • We consistently promoted UNAC’s position. The immediate priority of the anti-war movement must be to oppose the Trump administration’s proposal to increase the military budget and the moves being made by administration to deepen U.S. involvement in Syria.
  • BAP held a well attended and productive workshop that helped participants’ better understand the mission and program of BAP—that resulted in most of the over two dozen attendees committing to become active members and supporters of BAP.
  • Conference attendees also expressed support and enthusiasm for BAP’s mission.

It was a great success for an organization that launched a little more than two months ago.
 
Just so you know, we are developing BAP’s infrastructure so we can more easily support our members and get the word out when the corporate media fails us—doesn’t it always? We’re looking at revamping our modest website, building organizing and advocacy support for BAP members and allies, strengthening research and material development, and investing in strategic communications.
 
Your commitment to this movement keeps it alive, so thanks very much for all you have done.
 
In solidarity,
Ajamu Baraka
National Organizer
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. If you love BAP’s mission, become a monthly sustainer by choosing the recurring donor option.

Thank you!

Thank you!

We pulled through!

Generous people like you helped us generate $2,915 (at an average of $40 per contributor) to send several Black activists to the United National Antiwar Coalition’s conference.

Folks, we will be stretching every dollar to make sure we can get as many deserving members of the radical Black left to UNAC this weekend.
 
Between carpooling, room sharing and sleeping on the floor, we’re going to make this work.
 
And we’re doing this because we’re building a force to contend with. I know from my study of our radical past that no anti-war movement can be effective without Black folks at its center.

If you are interested in keeping our work going, consider becoming a monthly sustainer.
 
Thanks again for your generous contribution and your commitment to this movement!
 
In solidarity,
Ajamu Baraka
National Organizer
Black Alliance for Peace
 
P.S. Energized by BAP’s mission? Become a monthly sustainer by choosing the recurring donor option.

I need you to help

I need you to help

This is my final appeal to you.

As you know, the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) has been hard at work to secure $5,000 to get eight Black activists to the United National Antiwar Coalition’s conference this month.

As you may also know, many Black activists don’t show up to these kind of events simply because of a lack of resources.

I believe it doesn’t have to be that way.

In fact, I’m positive a broad anti-war movement can only be effective when Black people are actively participating at the center of that movement.

Already, we’ve generated enough to send one person to the conference. We hope you can see what’s possible in transporting seven more activists!

That’s why I’m reaching out one last time.

Please consider giving a generous tax-exempt contribution to send seven more Black activists to UNAC 2017.

And if you’re really excited about the possibilities this presents, you can take your contribution even further by setting up recurring donations. That will ensure BAP gets to continue supporting Black activists and Black movements around the world.

Most recently, we broke news on the Buenaventura protests in Colombia that are still raging as thousands of African descendants have shut down the country’s main international port, blocking millions of dollars in imports and exports.

Grassroots efforts to get the word out depends on you, not big foundations.

I appreciate your commitment to this groundbreaking work!

In solidarity,
Ajamu Baraka
National Organizer
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. Send seven more Black activists to UNAC 2017 by contributing today!

P.P.S. Forward this message to a friend who cares about building an anti-war movement with Black people at the forefront.

We broke the news on Colombia

We broke the news on Colombia

You’d think Telesur or Democracy Now would have let you know.

But I don’t need to tell you we cannot depend on anyone but grassroots folks to tell their stories.

In fact, the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) was instrumental in getting the word out that thousands of Afro-Colombians and indigenous folks had descended on that country’s largest international port and shut it down two weeks ago.