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Rise Up to Shut Down AFRICOM
June 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
“Today, U.S. bases, as well as military-to-military relations between 53 out of the 54 African countries and the United States, characterize the aggressive strategy of the U.S. to preserve the interests of the Pan-European, white supremacist colonial/capitalist project on the African continent,” says Netfa Freeman, IPS Events Coordinator and member of Black Alliance for Peace’s Coordinating Committee.
Join the Black Alliance for Peace for this online symposium, “Rise Up to Shut Down AFRICOM,” as part of our ongoing U.S. Out of Africa: Shut Down AFRICOM campaign. This will be a multimedia event that will include panelists from the heart of Africa. The organizational arm of the campaign, the U.S. Out of Africa Network (USOAN), calls on Africans throughout the continent and the Diaspora as well as anti-imperialists everywhere to mark June 16th, Soweto Day, with actions in the spirit of the African youth who rose up against the white supremacist South African government on June 16, 1976. We call for all to “Rise Up to Shut Down AFRICOM.” Registration required.
- Margaret Kimberley, Black Alliance for Peace and United National Antiwar Coalition
- Affiong L Affiong, Moyo Wa Taifa Pan Afrikan Women’s Solidarity Network (Nigeria)
- Martin Bunziga Azaboyi, Coordinator, Telema Youth Movement (DRCongo)
- Aziz Fall, Group for Research and Initiative for the Liberation of Africa (GRILA) (Senegal/Egypt)
- Elias Amare, an Investigative Journalist from the only African country with no AFRICOM (Eritrea)
There will be English/French interpretation.
The militarization of Africa by the U.S. colonial state is the flip side of the militarization and violence imposed on the African/Black communities and working class in the U.S. To oppose both, we must forge a powerful Pan African resistance with support from anti-imperialists everywhere.
On social media use the hashtag #RiseUpToShutDownAFRICOM
Other co-sponsors: Ujima People’s Progress Party, Black Workers for Justice, Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases, United National Antiwar Coalition, Institute for Policy Studies, Stop the Machine! Create a New World, All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (AAPRP), Africa World Now Project, All African People’s Revolutionary Party – New Mexico, Zimbabwe Movement of Pan African Socialists