The United States led forces including the United Kingdom and France to attack Syria in pre-dawn hours Saturday over what they say is a chemical-weapons attack.
This brought out activists and organizers of many stripes over the past weekend, including Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) members.
And we were clear: Not one drop of blood from the working class and poor in defense of the gangsterism of the capitalist ruling class.
BAP members spoke and participated at Spring Action 2018 events across the United States at the following locations:
- Atlanta: Efia Nwangaza from the Malcolm X Center for Self Determination of Greenville, S.C., a BAP member organization
- Baltimore: BAP members Mekdes Ferguson and Vanessa Beck
- Greenwich, Connecticut: Maurice Carney from Friends of the Congo, a BAP member organization
- Washington, D.C.: Netfa Freeman from Pan-African Community Action, a BAP member organization
- New York City: BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka and BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberley
The Black Is Back Coalition (BiBC) for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, of which BAP is a member, also released a searing statement connecting the recent U.S.-led attack on Syria to the U.S. state’s violence against Black bodies. It starts: “The Black is Back Coalition is accustomed to the lies of the U.S. government and its several police agencies every time they murder unarmed black men, women and children throughout the U.S.”
BAP had also released a statement last week before the attack took place.
State sanctioned violence in the colonized Black and Brown zones of non-being by the domestic military force referred to as "the police" and state violence in the form of interventions, proxy wars, sanctions, destabilization campaigns and support for anti-democratic brutal regimes in Israel, Saudi Arabia and Honduras, are two sides of the same white supremacist colonial/capitalist coin. The objective is the same—maintain the dominance of the oppressive Western imperial project against all challenges, both foreign and domestic.
Young people who formed a new group in Baltimore called Youth Against War and Fascism recently blocked the entrance of a CIA recruiting event at Johns Hopkins University. It’s vitally important we keep the police, military and state agents out of our schools.
What’s normally left out of the bio circulated about physicist Albert Einstein was that he was tracked by the FBI because of his political views. If you’re in New York City, you can hear Ajamu speak about the foreword he wrote about McCarthyism—past and current—for author Fred Jerome’s new book, “The Einstein File: The FBI’s Secret War Against the World’s Most Famous Scientist”. Get details and RSVP for tonight’s event.
BAP member organization Pan-African Community Action and other organizations will host a screening of the film, “Black Cop,” and lead a discussion afterward. RSVP for this April 23 Washington, D.C. event.
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 for the National Assembly for Black Liberation, May 18-20 in Durham, North Carolina.
Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Ana, Jaribu, Kali, Lamont, Lukata, Margaret and Yolande
Black Alliance for Peace
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