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