The war on Black folks is accelerating across the United States—and around the world.

In 2018, the United States spent $267 million on military operations in Africa through its U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) program. The United States says AFRICOM is “fighting terrorism” on the continent. The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) has evidence to prove otherwise.

Monday marked AFRICOM’s 10th anniversary, the same day BAP launched our campaign to demand the U.S. government shut down this imperialist instrument. Coming on the heels of our first membership meeting, U.S. Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM is BAP’s first targeted campaign and represents a significant development in BAP’s ability to engage the warmongers, educate the public and expand our ranks. The campaign will roll out over the next few months.

Already, we’ve made an impact with interviews on Sputnik Radio’s “By Any Means Necessary” and “The Critical Hour”, Atlanta radio station WRFG’s “Revolutionary African Perspectives” program, scholar and BAP member Jared Ball’s “iMixWhatiLike”, BAP Coordinating Committee member Netfa Freeman's “Voices with Vision” program on Washington, D.C-based Pacifica radio station WPFW, Canadian radio program on African issues “Amandla”, as well as articles in Resumen and Sputnik International.

With the help of supporters abroad, we’ve obtained translations of the petition in French, German and Spanish, with more trslations forthcoming!

We hope everyone will sign the petition, reproduce the materials, organize teach-ins, write op-eds, and help us demonstrate we will not accept the normalization of state violence and U.S. global military dominance in the United States and abroad.  

Please also attend these events:

  1. BAP has endorsed an October 7 rally in New York City to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: From Afghanistan to Yemen, End the Wars: NY Tour

  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. Participate in a national conference call October 18 on militarism featuring BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, who is organizing the Women’s March on the Pentagon during #AntiwarAutumn.

  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 a hotel room 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.

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