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Woke!: Black Resistance to US Domestic and Foreign Policy

June 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Black radical tradition has always been about fundamentally transforming the whole system and rooted in igniting connection across the global south under the recognition that our liberation is intrinsically tied to the liberation of Black and Brown people around the world.

Join us for a deep digging panel discussion, a week after the Black Worker’s Initiative’s State of Black Workers Conference at Howard University and on the eve of the conference Building a Movement Against War, Injustice & Repression to take place in Richmond VA. The panel will address the role of Black organized resistance to build an even broader independent movement that addresses both the economic needs of poor and working people and the escalating attacks on oppressed communities.


  • Marc Bayard, Director of IPS’ Black Worker Initiative, who will discuss his work with We Dream in Black (WeDIB), a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), and with the German auto industry, linking the Jim Crow Era conditions of Black women domestic workers in South with strengthening the international organizing efforts of Black diasporic domestic workers.
  • Charo Mina-Rojas, Afro-Colombian human rights activist a member of the national leadership and international coordinator of the Black Community Process and Afro-Colombian National Council of Peace as well as a member of the Ethnic Commission, who will explain why trans-American unity is espceilly imporant for Black people in the current moment as people of African descent in the South and Central Americas continue to resist oppression and offer rich histories of struggle.
  • Ajamu Baraka, former IPS Associate Fellow and current National Organizer of the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP), will present on recapturing and redeveloping the historic anti-war, anti-imperialist, and pro-peace positions of the radical Black movement, and why domestic state repression and U.S. foreign policies of de-stabilization, subversion and permanent war must been seen as going hand in hand.
  • Msia Clark PhD Assistant Professor in the African Studies Department at Howard University. Professor of the course Hip Hop and Popular Culture in Africa, will discuss how radical politics out of the Black/African experience has influenced shaped younger generations of the Black world.

Moderated by Nia Nyamweya, Project Associate for Black Worker Initiative.

Please RSVP. Doors open at 6:15 PM. NOTE: If you arrive after 7 pm, for entry you will need to call 202-234-9382

This is part of the Summer event series, IPS on the Offense: Big Visions for State and Local Power.”


June 14, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Washington, DC 20036
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