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Ajamu Baraka

Opening Remarks From Ajamu Baraka At The 2024 UNAC Conference

All power to the people! All power to the people! This call that we make is not a call just as an empty slogan. But it reflects a historic objective. It reflects the kind of objective we all have to strive for. Because without power residing with the people, we can't make any kind of changes. So we have to remind ourselves why we are here. Why we, in fact, struggle. And so this evening, this is going to be sort of the beginning of a celebration, if you will. As Joe Lombardo just indicated, we are here at a very historic moment. There's something different this evening than in any of the past UNAC conferences, in my opinion.

Ajamu Baraka: An Objective Look At US Foreign Policy

Ajamu Baraka, widely respected and acclaimed community organizer, human rights defender, and peace activist, shares his most current thoughts on U.S. empire and military aggression throughout the world, the monopoly and abuse of power by our nation's ruling elite, the evisceration of democratic institutions, the dwindling prospects for peace, and what needs to be done to reverse this the tragic, self-sabotaging trajectory of U.S. foreign policy, in this interview by John Rachel of the Peace Dividend Project.

Ajamu Baraka Awarded US PEACE PRIZE

Michael Knox, Chair of the Foundation, presented the award during a forum on September 23 in New York City.  In his remarks Knox said, “Thank you, Ajamu, for your outstanding domestic and international activism to end wars and militarism.  We applaud your long and distinguished record of working for social justice, human rights, civil rights, and peace.  Many antiwar organizations have benefited from your innovative leadership and consultation.  You are a force in revitalizing the Black antiwar tradition. 

50 Years Later We Still Must Reject US Wars

By Ajamu Baraka for In his speech at Riverside Church, King not only criticized U.S. actions in Vietnam but identified the cultural pathologies at the center of U.S. society. “I am convinced that if we are to get on to the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values,” he said. “We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” 50 years later, what rational person can honestly argue against the position that the U.S. is still the greatest purveyor of violence on the planet?
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