Ep.61 – "It's Time to Dismantle the United States" feat. Ajamu Baraka
Voices for Nature & Peace
"The Vital Need to Decolonize" feat. Ajamu Baraka A human rights defender whose experience spans four decades of domestic and international education and activism, Ajamu Baraka is a veteran grassroots organizer whose roots are in the Black Liberation Movement and anti-apartheid and Central American solidarity struggles. He is an internationally recognized leader of the emerging human rights movement in the U.S. and has been at the forefront of efforts to apply the international human rights framework to social justice advocacy in the U.S. for more than 25 years. He is now a National Organizer for the Black Alliance for Peace, whose activities we discuss. Baraka has taught political science at various universities and has been a guest lecturer at academic institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Baraka has appeared on a wide-range of media outlets including CNN, BBC, Telemundo, ABC, RT, the Black Commentator, the Washington Post and the New York Times. He is currently an editor and contributing columnist for the Black Agenda Report and a writer for Counterpunch. We talked about the recent airstrikes by the US on Syria; how foreign policy was virtually ignored during the 2020 presidential campaign; the bloated US military budget; the global reach of US imperialism; neoliberalism as an expression of fascism; alternative media and social media; decolonization and the need to dismantle the United States; the structures of white supremacy; the dependency of technoindustrial culture on colonialism; following indigenous leadership; the necessity of revolutionary change; the weak organizational culture in the US; and the importance of acting in solidarity with social struggles around the world. If you like this episode, please share it on social media, and subscribe to the podcast so you'll be alerted to future episodes. To support "Voices for Nature & Peace" financially, you can make a one-time donation at paypal.me or venmo to username kollibri. You can also become a member at Patreon.com/kollibri, where you'll get early access to most episodes and to exclusive content. Now here is my conversation with Ajamu Baraka. Ajamu Baraka's website:https://www.ajamubaraka.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajamubaraka Black Alliance for Peace:https://blackallianceforpeace.com/ Music in background of introduction assembled from samples by: MieliTietty https://freesound.org/people/MieliTietty/and jaffa1970 https://freesound.org/people/jaffa1970/ RADIO FREE SUNROOT:Podcasting by Kollibri terre Sonnenblumehttps://radiofreesunroot.com KOLLIBRI'S BLOG & BOOKSHOP:https://macskamoksha.com/ ONE-TIME DONATION:http://paypal.me/kollibri https://venmo.com/Kollibri Support Voices for Nature & Peace by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/voices-for-nature-and-peace This podcast is powered by Pinecast. Try Pinecast for free, forever, no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-a50345 for 40% off for 4 months, and support Voices for Nature & Peace.
Capitol Contradictions Clarify Where State Stands—Ajamu Baraka
By Any Means Necessary
In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Kei Pritsker, journalist with BreakThrough News, to discuss the impeachment of President Donald Trump on charges of "incitement of insurrection," why the process is unlikely to remove Trump from office even if it does succeed, and how the spectacle of impeachment serves as a stand-in for substantive policy goals like Medicare For All.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Asa Winstanley, investigative journalist and Associate Editor of The Electronic Intifada, to discuss former London Mayor Ken Livingstone's rejection of the "Equality and Human Rights Commission" decision which deemed him guilty of “unlawful harassment” of Jews, the repeated allegations of racism within the commission which call into question its qualifications on such matters, and how Zionist organizations and the Israeli foreign ministry weaponize accusations of anti-Semitism against advocates for Palestinian rights.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Rune Agerhus, co-founder & general director of the Yemen Solidarity Council, to discuss the US State Department's designation of Yemen's popular Houthi government as a sponsor of terror, the motivations and implications of the move, and why Yemen's most vulnerable segments will face the consequences.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Ajamu Baraka, National Organizer for the Black Alliance for Peace, to discuss how embracing and celebrating the crackdown on Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol building legitimizes state repression, the continuing consequences of the failure to pivot towards a full socialist program by the broad social justice movement which arose in the wake of the police lynching of George Floyd, and how the silence by the 'latte left' on US government support for fascism abroad paved the way for fascist insurrection at home.
Interview | Ajamu Baraka on BLM Uprisings, Racial Justice, and Fighting Neoliberalism Under Biden Admin
An interview with Ajamu Baraka, an Associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and the former Green Party nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election. Ajamu currently serves as the national organizer and spokesperson for the Black Alliance for Peace.We spoke to Ajamu about BLM uprisings, racial justice, and how we continue to fight neoliberalism under the incoming Biden administration.
Ajamu Baraka: Young People See Through HRC, DNC & Democrat "Okey-Doke"
By Any Means Necessary
In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Ajamu Baraka, National Organizer for the Black Alliance for Peace, to talk about the third night of the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, the bizarre spectacle of failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton warning the electorate not to repeat the mistakes of 2016, the growing disconnect between establishment Democrats and the progressive groups which allegedly form the base of the party, and why he's so optimistic about the class consciousness emerging in a new generation galvanized by the uprising for Black lives and against police terror.
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR JULY 3, 2020: Ajamu Baraka: Corporate Media and MIC Change the Subject, from U.S. Police Terror to Russia…Family of Fort Hood Soldier Vanessa Guillen Comes to DC Seeking Justice…Plus Headlines
On the Ground w Esther Iverem
As the U.S. Movement Against Racism continues to claim victories, corporate media changes the subject from U.S. police terror to Russia. We speak to human rights activist Ajamu Baraka. And, after two months of being ignored, the family of a young female soldier missing from Fort Hood in Texas, travels to DC to get justice. Plus headlines, including the latest from DC protests, victories from the movement, new action from Capitol Hill and investors force the Washington NFL football team to change its racist name.The show is made possible only by our volunteer energy, our resolve to keep the people's voices on the air, and by support from our listeners. In this new era of fake corporate news, we have to be and support our own media! Please click here or click on the Support-Donate tab on this website to subscribe for as little as $3 a month. We are so grateful for this small but growing amount of monthly crowdsource funding on Patreon. You can also give a one-time or recurring donation on PayPal. Thank you!CORRECTION: Broadcast versions of this show misidentified Claire McCaskill. She served as senator from Missouri. And the trumpet solo for the recessional at the going home service for Robert Northern-Brother Ah was Paul Bailey. We apologize for our error.
In the midst of the chaos of the campaign season, it’s important to remember that there’s a whole world out there, where people are suffering in large part due to the actions of the US. Our guest Ajamu Baraka is never far from that reality and his global perspective is woven throughout this interview. He is an internationally recognized leader of the emerging human rights movement in the U.S. and has been at the forefront of efforts to apply the international human rights framework to social justice advocacy in the U.S. for more than 25 years. Ajamu is co-chair of the Embassy Protectors Defense Committee. The Washington, DC, trial will begin on February 11th, and he tells Steve the story of the events leading up to it. Many Americans are unaware of the extent of the international sanctions that have been put in place - by both parties - over the last decade or so. It’s not just Iraq and Iran; there are now around 33 nations under sanctions. Ajamu wants us to understand that US sanctions aren’t simply geared towards top officials but are structured to bring real pain to innocent civilians in hopes that they will rise up against their leaders and achieve the regime change that is the true agenda of the US elite. The problem is that sanctions don’t merely cause discomfort. People are dying. In Venezuela alone, over 40,000 have died as a consequence of US sanctions since 2017. To understand the situation in Venezuela, one must consider the history of colonialism in Latin America and the liberation struggles that emerged in the post-World War II era. Over the last few years, progressive efforts have been undermined in Bolivia, Ecuador. and Brazil. In Venezuela, a phony election in the Senate resulted in the sham “presidency” of Juan Guaidó. Despite the fact that his position is not recognized by the UN nor the majority of the world’s nations, US support for him is steadfast. Against this backdrop, a group of activists occupied the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC, with the support of the legitimate (Maduro) government. They stayed for 37 days until they were forcibly removed by federal and DC police. Ajamu and Steve talk about the stepped-up repression of progressive movements domestically as well as abroad. They discuss our need to recognize and oppose the expansion of the American empire that savages the lives of millions. Given that Ajamu was the Vice Presidential candidate for the Green Party in the 2016 election, Steve wanted to get his take on Bernie, the current campaign season, and whether it’s possible to enact a progressive agenda while the country is hamstrung by the two-party system. Ajamu continues to build support for the Embassy Protectors and is working to organize resistance to aggression towards Iran. Refusal to withdraw forces from Iraq exposes how the US has become a rogue state. Ajamu is raising awareness on the domestic front as well: A few months ago, Drumpf announced what is in effect a domestic military "surge." Under the guise of fighting crime, they will start with the infusion of federal dollars and military assistance to the first seven cities. The prime targets? The brown and black working class. Ajamu Baraka is a human rights defender, member of the leadership, US Peace Council, national spokesperson for Black Alliance for Peace, a geopolitical analyst, United Antiwar Coalition member, and co-chair of the Venezuelan Embassy Defense Committee. He is the former vice presidential candidate for the Green Party. https://www.ajamubaraka.com/about @ajamubaraka on Twitter
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