In response to the FBI's strange and illegal detention of Black Muslim journalist Marzieh Hashemi, an internationally respected journalist who works for PressTV in Iran, BAP made it clear we were not going to be intimidated into silence. Read our statement on her release.
BAP members called for Hashemi's release while she was illegally detained. BAP Coordinating Committee member Margaret Kimberleywrites, "The demand for Marzieh Hashemi's freedom is the new litmus test for anyone claiming to fight Trump, fascism, or racism. Those who fail to speak on her behalf are showing their true colors and are themselves unworthy of consideration. Their cowardice must never be forgotten." Meanwhile, BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka says Hashemi's detention shows the true nature of the bipartisan police state.
As announced last week, we've extended the deadline to April 4 for gathering petition signatures for the U.S. Out of Africa! campaign to shut down AFRICOM. We chose that date because it is the 51st anniversary of King's assassination. (Don't forget to join us in Washington, D.C., for our event that day, as well as other coalition actions organizing against the absurd celebration of NATO's 70th anniversary. We agree with our friends at Popular Resistance that it is time to end NATO's militarism!) You can download the U.S. Out of Africa! petition here. Print it out and circulate it in your communities, houses of worship, prisons, universities and in other places you organize. This campaign is BAP's contribution to the Global Campaign to Close U.S./NATO Military Bases.
Struggle to win,
Ajamu, Jaribu, Margaret, Netfa, Paul, Vanessa and YahNé
Black Alliance for Peace