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The Trump Administration is doubling down on war policies which have developed during the Bush and Obama administrations. We now have international crises in Syria, Korea, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Niger, Palestine and more. The military budget and nuclear weapons spending are increasing, as is US military intervention in Africa. Militarization of the police is affecting Black and other communities at home. In this context, Ajamu Baraka will address the relationship of the Black liberation movement to the struggle for peace.
Ajamu Baraka is the national organizer for the Black Alliance for Peace, which was launched on April 4th of this year, the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “Beyond Viet Nam” speech where he came out against the Viet Nam war. Baraka will talk with us about this work and about re-building the anti-war movement in the face of a government which is devoted to “full spectrum dominance”.
Baraka is an internationally recognized advocate for human rights with roots in the Black Liberation Movement and was the Green Party Vice Presidential candidate in 2016. He was the Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network from 2004 to 2011 and his political analysis has been covered by CNN, BBC, Washington Post, RT, and New York Times. He is a contributing columnist for Black Agenda Report and Counterpunch. Baraka is currently working with Code Pink, WILPF, World Beyond War, the United National Anti-war Coalition, and others to build the “Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases”. Baraka emphasizes that “placing people, planet, and peace before profit has to be not just a slogan but a political objective that is realized.