|We, at the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP), have always been clear that all peoples and countries have a right to determine their fates, regardless of whether we agree with their internal politics.
As Black internationalists, we say an assault on oppressed peoples anywhere is equivalent to an assault on ourselves.
That is why we have issued this statement: Why We Defend Venezuela
Here's a list of upcoming solidarity events you can attend:
ONLINE EVERYWHERE Hands Off Venezuela Phone-Zap/E-blast ATLANTA
Friday, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
No event page is currently available BALTIMORE
Today, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Corner of North Avenue and N. Charles Street U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Baltimore Protest CHICAGO
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Federal Center and Plaza Hands Off Venezuela! Emergency Demonstration CLEVELAND
Tomorrow, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Willard Park Rally in Solidarity with Venezuela (#HandsOffVenezuela) DURHAM, N.C.
Tomorrow, 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.
CCB Plaza U.S. Hands Off Venezuela! Emergency Rally LONDON, U.K.
Monday, 4: 30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Downing Street Reject imperialist coup in Venezuela NEW YORK CITY
Today, 12 p.m.
Cuban Mission Defend Cuba and Venezuela Rally NEW YORK CITY
Today, 2-4 p.m.
Union Square Emergency Rally to Support Venezuela MIAMI
Today, 1 p.m.
Doral, Florida Trump: Hands-Off Venezuela! PHILADELPHIA
Today, 12-2 p.m.
City Hall U.S. Hands Off Venezuela! Defend the Bolivarian Revolution! RALEIGH, N.C.
Today, 1-3 p.m.
Halifax Mall No War on Venezuela! SALT LAKE CITY
Today, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Wallace Bennett Federal Building Hands off Venezuela! TALLAHASSEE
Today, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Florida State Capitol Building Emergency Action: #HandsOffVenezuela VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Today, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Vancouver Art Gallery Rally - No Coup in Venezuela! U.S./Canada: Hands Off Venezuela! WASHINGTON, D.C.
Today, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
The White House No Coup in Venezuela Protest! WASHINGTON, D.C.
Today, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
The White House Rally to Support the Bolivarian Revolution and President Maduro!
In response to the FBI's strange and illegal detention of Black Muslim journalist Marzieh Hashemi, an internationally respected journalist who works for PressTV in Iran, BAP made it clear we were not going to be intimidated into silence. Read our statement on her release.
BAP members called for Hashemi's release while she was illegally detained. BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberley writes, "The demand for Marzieh Hashemi's freedom is the new litmus test for anyone claiming to fight Trump, fascism, or racism. Those who fail to speak on her behalf are showing their true colors and are themselves unworthy of consideration. Their cowardice must never be forgotten." Meanwhile, BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka says Hashemi's detention shows the true nature of the bipartisan police state.
We are happy to see that while liberal totalitarianism rears its head, the people are fighting back. In Chicago, candidates for the upcoming election announced their support for a civilian-led police accountability council. BAP member organization Pan African Community Action, which organizes for community control of police in the Washington, D.C., area, is holding a popular-education event on the radical nature of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As announced last week, we've extended the deadline to April 4 for gathering petition signatures for the U.S. Out of Africa! campaign to shut down AFRICOM. We chose that date because it is the 51st anniversary of King's assassination. (Don't forget to join us in Washington, D.C., for our event that day, as well as other coalition actions organizing against the absurd celebration of NATO's 70th anniversary. We agree with our friends at Popular Resistance that it is time to end NATO's militarism!) You can download the U.S. Out of Africa! petition here. Print it out and circulate it in your communities, houses of worship, prisons, universities and in other places you organize. This campaign is BAP's contribution to the Global Campaign to Close U.S./NATO Military Bases.
Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Black Alliance for Peace
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