Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Black Alliance for Peace: Why We Say The USA Is Guilty Of Crimes Against Humanity

The U.S. continues to enjoy impunity for crimes against humanity, not only for its conduct outside its borders, but against people in the United States.

That is how Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) National Organizer Ajamu Baraka recently characterized U.S. government policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and systematic police violence. He said the decision to re-open the economy after thousands of African/Black people recently died satisfies the definitions of genocide and crimes against humanity.

The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines genocide as "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: (a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part…"

With the increasing death toll, over 80 million U.S. workers without adequate healthcare, and unemployment benefits and moratoriums on housing evictions coming to an end at the end of July, we can only expect hunger, homelessness and death among Black and Brown workers and the poor to be at catastrophic levels.

It is important to note what the Trump administration has done is in line with how capitalism operates. That is why BAP says that there can be no justice without ending an economic and social system that, by its very nature, does not ensure the human rights for the people of the world.


BAP National Organizer Ajamu Baraka discussed the role of the electoral process in advancing progressive demands and building a movement.

Recent reports show the U.S. military spied on George Floyd-inspired protests in 15 cities using planes, helicopters and drones. But Baltimore has long been under aerial surveillance, according to BAP Coordinating Committee member Vanessa Beck.

Writer Danny Haiphong discusses in a Black Agenda Report piece that the movement to abolish the police must prioritize revolutionary politics. In it, he cites Netfa Freeman, who represents Pan-African Community Action on the BAP Coordinating Committee, and Max Rameau, a PACA organizer. Journalist Paul Jay recently interviewed Netfa and Max on his theanalysis.news podcast regarding Community Control of Police. Netfa also discussed the issue with Jimmy Durchslag on WMUD radio.

BAP says the oppressed and colonized must be clear peace cannot come into being without justice. Professor Nelson Maldonado-Torres writes, "Peace has to take the back seat until a new world is created."


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