“Put The Brakes On US Empire”: Interview With Ajamu Baraka

| Resistance Report

Ajamu Baraka attended an historic meeting, with over 100 countries represented, in Caracas Venezuela in early March. Out of that meeting, the Caracas Declaration was published, which “reaffirm[ed] our solidarity and militant support of the Venezuelan people, the Bolivarian Revolution and its popular government, which is headed by Nicolas Maduro Moros.”

We discussed the current situation in Venezuela and why that solidarity by people in the United States is critical, even if we believe the process in Venezuela is not perfect. We also discussed Syria, North Korea and the Ukraine, and the serious threat of conflict with Russia and China.

Baraka placed the current discussion of gun control in the United States in the context of the need to make deeper connections between violence and weapons in the U.S. and U.S. imperialism around the world.

We also talked about the upcoming military parade in November called for by President Trump and the urgent necessity of mobilizing against the normalization of war and militarism in the U.S. As citizens of the largest empire in the history of the world, we are called to take action to put the brakes on imperialism. It is causing great harm to peoples around the world, to the health of the planet and to our communities at home. If we don’t act to stop it, then it will continue to escalate.

Websites mentioned on the program:

Black Alliance for Peace

Black Agenda Report

Divest from the War Machine

No Foreign Bases

No Trump Military Parade

  • il corvo

    Well done and thanks for the video. Would have loved if Ajamu Baraka had been asked about his relationship with the Green Party and his aspirations for 2020.

  • kevinzeese

    We wanted to focus on foreign policy, militarism and war not electoral politics.

    We work with Ajamu on the Green Party Power project which is working to build the strength of the Green Party. Electoral politics is separate from the advocacy work of Popular Resistance.

    The Green Party Power Project describes it purpose as:

    “We are a group of Green Party activists who believe the Green Party must take steps to build power so it can impact the duopoly parties, win elections and transform the nation.

    “At the foundation of creating a more effective Green Party is recognizing that we are an opposition party that challenges the political establishment. This requires the party to be independent of the two establishment parties, the Democrats and Republicans, which are funded by Wall Street, militarism and other big business interests.”

    See more http://greenpartypower.com/who-are-we/

  • Hilda J Richey

    Happy to see that it’s captioned. Thank you so much.

  • AlanMacDonald

    Unfortunately, I just saw this article by Kevin and Margaret, and had not listened to the interview.

    However, hopefully, if Ajamu Baraka and/or Jill Stein and the GREEN Party should have no problem in winning the presidential election of 2020 — by taking a firm line and fully committing to be the only Anti-EMPIRE Party, which working for ‘we the people of America’ (and the citizens of the world) to overcome this Disguised Global Capitalist EMPIRE, which is only nominally HQed in, and merely ‘posing’ as, our formerly (and sometimes promising potential democratic) country “of, by, and for the people” — and under the “consent of the governed” instead of under the ‘capture, control, and “Occupation of the EMPIRE” (as Vichy France was under the NAZI EMPIRE).

    Of course, getting there —- even after the people recognize and unify in solidarity against this EMPIRE —- will require a Second American people’s peaceful and patriotic Political/economic and social(ist) “Revolution Against Empire” — as the title of Justin duRivage’s fabulous new and revealing history of the First American Revolution Against Empire documents.