We will take to the streets against NATO, the U.S./European instrument for the continued colonization of the world.
“As Afro-Venezuelans say, ‘We want peace, but we are ready for war!’”
What we are witnessing in Venezuela is not a crisis of socialism, but of capitalism and empire. The people of Venezuela, Haiti and other places the United States intends to invade, suppress and exploit want peace—but we know there can be no peace without justice. As we at the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) say, you must be prepared to fight for justice.
The terms of struggle are quite clear when observing the spectacle at the White House this week, with two neo-fascists consolidating their murderous plans for the Latin American part of the Global South. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to the White House and Trump’s proclamation that Brazil should be a main non-NATO member revealed in a few minutes what a dozen studies couldn't have demonstrated: NATO is a U.S./European instrument for the continued colonization of the world. We saw that in the 2011 NATO-led attack on Libya, the most prosperous African country—this war destabilized the continent of our ancestors. In fact, the eighth anniversary of this invasion passed on March 19, along with the 16th anniversary of the U.S.-led Iraq invasion on March 20. And again, this Sunday, we mourn the 20th anniversary of the NATO attack on Yugoslavia.
All of this is precisely why we are making the connection in the next few weeks between the economic, political and ideological war being waged against Venezuela and the war being waged against all Africans, including the African/Black working-class and poor in the United States. It is why Afro-Venezuelans say, “We want peace, but we are ready for war!”
“BAP is organizing an action at the NATO site.”
We invite you to join us as we head to Washington, D.C., to oppose the scheduled 70th anniversary NATO meetings April 3-4 and our coalition partners’ events from March 30 onward. BAP is organizing an action at the NATO site that will be joined by activists from across the country. For more information on the particulars, please monitor our website for information.
If you cannot make it to D.C., please sign our petition to shut down AFRICOM as well as the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s petition demanding hands off Venezuela.
Last Saturday, BAP represented at the National March on Washington to oppose the U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Below, you’ll see Coordinating Committee member Netfa Freeman speaking in front of the White House.
The lawlessness of the Trump administration in its attacks on Venezuela with the full support of the Democrats mirrors the arrogant justifications for the illegal U.S. attacks on Serbia twenty years ago that was also framed as a humanitarian intervention. Perhaps with the Mueller investigation failing to result in any indictments of the Trump administration after two years of certainty on the part of the corporate media, the public might now question the official position on Venezuela after seeing how the corporate media and political class can construct an alternative reality to fit its needs.
But of course, it would be irresponsible on our part to depend on that.
That is why it is important that we take to the streets again this coming weekend. And while we are not going to put the numbers in the streets that members of the peace delegation to Venezuela witnessed in Caracas, it is still important that voices of opposition are raised not only in opposition to intervention in Venezuela but against NATO and the global criminality that it represents.
Sign the petition demanding U.S. Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM!
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