On the tenth anniversary of the establishment of AFRICOM—the U.S. Africa Command—the Black Alliance for Peace launched U.S. Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM, a campaign demanding the end of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Africa. AFRICOM, the group argues is centered around geopolitical competition with China.
The alliance is also calling for closure of all U.S. foreign military bases as well as NATO bases on the continent. The campaign is asking people to sign a petition directed to the House Armed Services Committee and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). They also want the CBC to oppose AFRICOM and conduct hearings on AFRICOM’s impact on the African continent.
“The United States and the Pentagon claim that the purpose of AFRICOM, is to fight terrorism on the continent and to help African militaries do that. The Black Alliance for Peace sees clearly this is not the case,” explains Vanessa Beck, Black Alliance for Peace research team lead and coordinating committee member.