Talk Nation Radio: Ajamu Baraka on the Black Alliance for Peace

Ajamu Baraka is National Organizer for the Black Alliance for Peace. He is a human rights defender whose experience spans four decades of domestic and international education and activism. He has provided human rights trainings for grassroots activists across the country, briefings on human rights to the U.S. Congress, and appeared before and provided statements to various United Nations agencies. Baraka was the Founding Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network. He held various leadership positions at Amnesty International USA including directing Amnesty’s National Program to Abolish the Death Penalty. He has served on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Africa Action, and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights. Baraka has taught political science at various universities and has been a guest lecturer at academic institutions in the U.S. and abroad. He is an editor and contributing columnist for the Black Agenda Report and a writer for Counterpunch. He ran for vice president on the Green Party ticket. And he and I both spoke at a recent conference of the United National Antiwar Coalition.

Total run time: 29:00
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Producer: David Swanson.
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  • andrew1212

    Respect to Mr. Baraka–wish he (and many others) would be more outspoken in speaking out against allowing young generations of Americans to JOIN the US military and be sent overseas to create misery in country after country.

    Obviously, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Muhammad Ali were once very vocal in this cause…but did you know that WILLIE DIXON refused to be drafted into the US military during World War Two?

    (Willie Dixon is one of the all-time great blues musicians; he wrote for and/or performed with many of the Chess Records greats: Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry…)


    …with the advent of World War II, when he refused induction into military service as a conscientious objector and was imprisoned for ten months.[2] He refused to go to war because he would not fight for a nation in which institutionalized racism and racist laws were prevalent.[10]


    • Zartan

      Why Discriminate?

      All Americans are Slaves! Why, in most states “Slaves cannot even own property,” and are subject to Property Tax. Most Americans Live on Credits, which were invented by ROME to make Slaves of Citizens!

      Only those in the 1-percent, or so, are free.

      The only other option is to become a Rebellious Slave, Like Me. Fight their WARS? HELL NO … I am only interested in Fighting Wars that benefit ME, not some Military Industrial Complex!

      Flags and Patriotism … Hero Worship… American lacks Talent,

      Hitler was a PRO. I learned from Him.

      I am sadly dissappointed in America.

      Oh, and F the spell checker …I do not proof posts, unless there is some financial gain.

  • Bev

    I supported Bernie until he did too little to challenge the right-wing owners of voting machines who removed/hid the evidence of paper ballots, and who purged legal voters via Kobach/Koch/Trump #Crosscheck. I became a Jill Stein, Ajamu Baraka supporter when they strongly challenged 2016 election results before being stopped by Trump lawyers. See:

    A continuing effort to restore Democracy is by reporter, Greg Palast who needs EMERGENCY FUNDING, please donate:
    Greg Palast‏ @Greg_Palast
    Help me get back on the hunt for missing voters. Donations are tax-deductible & you can get some cool signed stuff:

    Greg Palast‏ @Greg_Palast
    A donor promised to cover the cost of our @DemocracyNow report on the #GA06 Runoff Election — then vanished like a #Georgia voter…

    Greg Palast‏ @Greg_Palast
    When the funding disappeared, we continued: the facts were so chilling & important, we chose to continue & put the truth on our credit cards

    We need real evidence, proof of our democracy, with physical hand counted paper ballots, and other reforms to recover our democracy which will be needed to save our future and species.
    Noam Chomsky: ‘The Republican Party Has Become the Most Dangerous Organization in World History’
    Truthout By C.J. Polychroniou

    With Trump Election, We Are Now Facing Threats to the Survival of the Human Species
    By Noam Chomsky
    Source: Democracy Now / January 3, 2017

    Greg Palast @Greg_Palast
    We’re trying to get the actual purge lists. Help us by supporting our Stolen Election Investigation: … #Crosscheck
    The Election was Stolen – Here’s How…
    Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives.

    Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP–controlled states.

    The system, called Crosscheck, is detailed in my Rolling Stone report, “The GOP’s Stealth War on Voters,” 8/24/2016. See:

    Crosscheck in action:

    Trump victory margin in Michigan: 13,107
    Michigan Crosscheck purge list: 449,922

    Trump victory margin in Arizona: 85,257
    Arizona Crosscheck purge list: 270,824

    Trump victory margin in North Carolina: 177,008
    North Carolina Crosscheck purge list: 589,393

    On Tuesday, we saw Crosscheck elect a Republican Senate and as President, Donald Trump. The electoral putsch was aided by nine other methods of attacking the right to vote of Black, Latino and Asian-American voters, methods detailed in my book and film, including “Caging,” “purging,” blocking legitimate registrations, and wrongly shunting millions to “provisional” ballots that will never be counted.

    Trump signaled the use of “Crosscheck” when he claimed the election is “rigged” because “people are voting many, many times.” His operative Kobach, who also advised Trump on building a wall on the southern border, devised a list of 7.2 million “potential” double voters—1.1 million of which were removed from the voter rolls by Tuesday. The list is loaded overwhelmingly with voters of color and the poor.
    Greg Palast @Greg_Palast
    #Trump Picks the Al Capone of Vote-Rigging to Investigate Federal Voter Fraud — My latest for @Alternet … #Crosscheck
    Greg Palast @Greg_Palast
    1. WaPo says #Trump won because “fewer blacks voted.” They left out that Black folk TRIED to vote and were blocked #Crosscheck #TrumpStoleIt #unhackthevote
    Greg Palast @Greg_Palast
    Join me on June 30 at @firstuusd in #SanDiego
    Event Page:

    In addition to Greg Palast is Bev Harris, election integrity expert:
    Fraction Magic – Part 1: Votes are being counted as fractions instead of as whole numbers
    By Bev Harris
    1 – Summary – This report summarizes the results of our review of the GEMS election management system, which counts approximately 25 percent of all votes in the United States. The results of this study demonstrate that a fractional vote feature is embedded in each GEMS application which can be used to invisibly, yet radically, alter election outcomes by pre-setting desired vote percentages to redistribute votes. This tampering is not visible to election observers, even if they are standing in the room and watching the computer. Use of the decimalized vote feature is unlikely to be detected by auditing or canvass procedures, and can be applied across large jurisdictions in less than 60 seconds.

    GEMS vote-counting systems are and have been operated under five trade names: Global Election Systems, Diebold Election Systems, Premier Election Systems, Dominion Voting Systems, and Election Systems & Software, in addition to a number of private regional subcontractors. At the time of this writing, this system is used statewide in Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Utah and Vermont, and for counties in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. It is also used in Canada.

    Fractionalized vote:
    Instead of “1” the vote is allowed to be 1/2, or 1+7/8, or any other value that is not a whole number.
    Fraction Magic – Detailed Vote Rigging Demonstration
    Bev Harris
    A real-time demo of the most devastating election theft mechanism yet found, with context and explanation.

    Quote at end:
    Q: Does Fraction Magic always use a USB?
    A: No. It can also be on the computer or use remote access

    Q: Who put it there?
    A: According to programmers and court testimony: a convicted felon; 23 counts on previous computer crimes.

    Q: Name?
    A: Jeffrey W. Dean. Previously employed by Bud Krogh, the former head of White House Plumbers unit under Richard Nixon.
    Jeffrey Dean put some other stuff in there too.

    It is not over.:
    Stand up.
    Let’s make it right.