Founded in April 2017 by a handful of African/Black organizations in the United States, with Ajamu Baraka at its helm, the Black Alliance for Peace is attempting to re-develop the Black Radical Tradition's anti-imperialist position. The goal is to help build the African/Black left to be strong enough to lead a U.S.-based movement to overturn U.S. imperialism. The organization's founding members agreed to ten points of unity: The right to self-defense; self-determination; anti-imperialism; working-class foundation; intersectionality; anti-patriarchy; decolonization; prisoner support; Black unity; and southern roots. In 2021, BAP's members agreed to add two more principles: Anti-capitalism and the Black Radical Peace Tradition.
Today's guest, Julie Varughese, represents the Black Alliance for Peace's Solidarity Network on BAP's Coordinating Committee. The Solidarity Network is made up of close to 180 individual non-African members and 13 non-African member organizations from the United States, Canada and Europe. She also is editor of an independent online publication that covers grassroots movements called Toward Freedom. Julie is based in Washington, D.C.
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