Ajamu Baraka

Ajamu Baraka is a veteran activist and organizer. He is currently an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC and an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report. Baraka was founding executive director of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) from July 2004 until June 201.1 He has also served on the boards of various national and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA) and the National Center for Human Rights Education. He is currently on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Africa Action; Latin American Caribbean Community Center; Diaspora Afrique; and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights. His website is www.ajamubaraka.com

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:45am
The Assassination of Sandra Bland and the Struggle Against State Repression
During the struggle in South Africa black activists who were captured by the state had a strange habit of jumping to their deaths from the windows of jails and court houses whenever the authorities would turn their backs. In the U.S. the method of suicide black prisoners appear to choose is death...
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 1:30pm
Closing the Historical Circle: White Terrorism at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church
“…It is time for you and me now to let the world know how peaceful we are, how well-meaning we are, how law-abiding we wish to be. But at the same time we have to let the same world know we’ll blow their world sky-high if we’re not respected and recognized and treated the same as other human beings...
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Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 1:15pm
The Political Economy of Black Opposition to Free-Trade Neoliberalism
“ The debased conditions of black working class existence in the U.S. is produced and reproduced as a result of the inner logic of this system .” President Obama and the corporate Democrats continue to press Congress to provide Obama with trade promotion authority (TPA), or so-called “fast-track”...
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Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 8:45am
Anti-Black Racism Exposed in Israel and the US
“Ethiopian Israelis are demanding that Israeli society recognize that their “lives matter.” Just as the announcement was being made that military forces were being withdrawn and the curfew on the black community lifted in Baltimore, images of another black rebellion exploded in social media and the...
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 7:00am
Baltimore and the Human Right to Resistance: Rejecting the Framework of the Oppressor
Anti-Black racism, always just beneath the surface of polite racial discourse in the U.S., has exploded in reaction to the resistance of black youth to another brutal murder by the agents of this racist, settler-colonialist state. With the resistance, the focus shifted from the brutal murder of...
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Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 10:30am
Perpetuating Chaos and Lawlessness in Middle East: Saudi Arabia’s Invasion of Yemen
Wednesday evening Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States announced that Saudi Arabia had commenced military operations against the Ansarullah fighters of the Houthi movement in Yemen. The Saudi intervention was not unexpected. Over the last few weeks there were signs that...
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 7:15am
Netanyahu’s Victory Is a Victory for Palestinian Solidarity Movement
The cover of respectability that obscured the brutal and immoral reality of the Israeli colonial project may have been permanently ripped away by Benjamin Netanyahu’s angry declaration that if re-elected, there would never be a Palestinian state and his racist rant on election day against his own...
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 6:45am
Obama’s Legacy: Permanent War and Liberal/Radical Accommodation?
The announcement by the Obama administration that it will seek congressional authorization to expand the war on ISIS in Syria and possibly send more heavy weapons to its client government in Ukraine did not generate the kind of muscular opposition and sense of urgency that one would expect from the...
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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 7:00am
Our Girls are Still Not Home: Boko Haram and the Politics of Death
The ongoing humanitarian and human rights crisis in Northeastern Nigeria has deteriorated over the last week with the cross-border military clashes between Boko Haram and the military forces of Cameroon and Chad, and Boko Haram’s attacks on the northeastern Nigerian cities of Monguno and Maiduguri...
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:45am
With White Supremacy on Display in Paris, a Celebration of Western Hypocrisy
The "civilized" have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their “vital interests” are menaced, and think...
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