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!