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PSA: Ajamu Baraka in Halifax, Sat., Nov. 16, Gottingen Library, 1-5 PM

The Canadian Peace Congress and Halifax Peace Council are pleased to welcome Ajamu Baraka to K’jipuktuk (Halifax)! He will be speaking on the topic of “Defeating the US / EU / NATO Axis of Domination: A Global De-Colonial Imperative” at the Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen St, between 1-5 PM.

There will be a discussion/Q&A period after his talk. This event is free and open to the public.

The North American Treaty Organization (NATO), of which Canada is a principal member, has been at the forefront of aggression against China, Syria, Venezuela, Iran, and Bolivia—to name just a few. This strategy is consistent with NATO’s aims of securing and expanding the hegemonic influence of the United States government throughout the world against those countries who seek self-determination and are trying to forge their own path of development.

This imperialist aggression by the Canadian state abroad is, furthermore, in harmony with ongoing domestic colonialism of Indigenous peoples—such as the recent federal and provincial government approval of the Alton Gas project and concomitant denial of prerequisite consent from the Sipekne’katik First Nation along the Shubenacadie River in Nova Scotia, or the expansion of oil and gas pipelines throughout British Columbia—as well as continued police surveillance of and brutality towards Black Canadians, and deportation of migrants fleeing conditions created by Canadian imperialism in the first place, such as in Haiti or Honduras.

This event seeks to take a broad, international and anti-imperialist approach to the crucial issue of peace today, focusing on the role of NATO, the European Union, and the Untied States in fomenting these conditions of instability for their own benefit.

Ajamu Baraka is a human rights defender whose experience spans four decades of domestic and international education and activism. He is a veteran grassroots organizer whose roots are in the Black Liberation Movement and the anti‐apartheid and Central American solidarity struggles. He is currently the national organizer and national spokesperson for the Black Alliance for Peace. He is also an executive member of the U.S. Peace Council (affiliated with the World Peace Council). Additionally, he ran as the 2016 Vice Presidential candidate for the Green Party in the United States.

The event will also feature Halifax’s former poet laureate El Jones. In addition to her poetry, Jones is a prison justice activist, host of Black Power Hour on CKDU 88.1 FM, sociologist and professor currently teaching in the Social Justice & Community Studies department at Saint Mary’s University.

We encourage you to get a ticket through Eventbrite. They are free and can be obtained through the link on the Facebook event page, ‘Ajamu Baraka in Halifax’.