Monday marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first major instrument created by the United Nations.
We at the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) say this tool hasn't been effective because the post-war period has been an era of human depravity. Direct and indirect state and non-state violence have caused 30 million deaths, destroyed whole nations, normalized torture, used rape as a weapon of war, displaced millions of people, and have once again sparked the rise of neo-fascist movements across Europe and in the United States.
World War II only temporarily diverted the Pan-European, white supremacist, colonial/capitalist patriarchal project because the Germans brought the horrors of European colonial domination that had been unleashed on the “Americas” in 1492 onto Europe. But once Hitler was dispensed with, the systematic brutality that created “Europe” continued. You can learn more by reading this article by BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka.
This past weekend, we celebrated a truly liberatory human-rights framework—People(s) Centered Human Rights—with BAP member Jaribu Hill, organizer of the Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC). You can watch the livestreams on SHROC’s Facebook page. We live-tweeted during the weekend, too.
Folks, we’re doing all of this without a penny of foundation funding. And yet, what we have been able to accomplish in 2018 on a shoestring budget would be unfathomable in the NGO world.
You can learn all about what we have done this year by tapping this link.
To do what we need to do in 2019, we must go to you, the people.
Only you can help us fund the movement to end war, repression and imperialism—here and around the world.
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Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Black Alliance for Peace
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