Sunday, January 13, 2019

In 2019, Imperial Retreat or Deployment?

From Black Alliance For Peace:

Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) is under no illusions: The United States' announcement that it would withdraw from Syria and draw down military personnel from the 17-year quagmire in Afghanistan means nothing without concrete actions. So while we welcomed that announcement, we understood troops being pulled out of those countries doesn't stop the imperial imperative for military intervention and subversion. The backtracking on Syria and the subversion directed at Venezuela confirms for us that without sustained opposition, the imperial project will go on.

So we will continue to build our capacity to confront the bipartisan warmongers and the police state. We will continue because we have no other choice. Non-resistance is not an option for the oppressed.

We went to the public during the holiday season and the public responded to our independent, Black-led formation by donating $11,831. We did not quite reach our goal of $15,000, but we are thankful, nevertheless.

We also call on everyone to re-double their efforts during these final weeks of our AFRICOM petition drive, read the U.S. Peace Council’s statement on rejecting U.S. interference in Venezuela, and turn out for the United National Antiwar Coalition’s anti-NATO march on March 30 and BAP’s 2nd anniversary celebration on April 4.

BAP appeared in the media over the holidays, and as recently as yesterday:
  1. BAP member Margaret Kimberley spoke on New Year’s Day with Jamarl Thomas of The Progressive Soapbox about our U.S. Out of Africa! campaign
  2. Maurice Carney of BAP member organization Friends of the Congo explained yesterday on RT America's "In Question" why the United States is yet again interfering in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s election
  3. BAP member Mark Fancher wrote in Black Agenda Report, asking if armed struggle is still the most effective tool in resisting imperialism.
  4. BAP member Netfa Freeman interviewed BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka on the racist announcement by U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton to further exploit Africa.
  5. Ajamu wrote in Black Agenda Report about Bolton’s speech and the Trump administration’s Africa policy being cruder reaffirmations of a political stance on Africa that has always put U.S. interests first
  6. Netfa analyzed the demonization of African infrastructure partner, China, in this Foreign Policy in Focus piece.
  7. Ajamu told BAP member Nellie Bailey on Black Agenda Radio that BAP welcomes a U.S. exit out of Syria.
No compromise.

No retreat.

Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Coordinating Committee
Black Alliance for Peace

P.S. We are completely dependent on the people. Put BAP on the right track in 2019.