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Join the forum on The Militarization of African Communities at Home and Abroad, Feb. 8th, NYC

Time: February 8, 2018 from 7pm to 9:30pm
Location: ThoughtWorks
Street: 99 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor
City/Town: New York, NY 10016
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Event Type: forum
Organized By: Friends of the Congo
Latest Activity: Feb 2, 2018

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The massive militarization of the African continent has occurred under the radar for the casual observer. Even though the United States has over 800 military bases in some 70 countries throughout the globe, Africa is often left out of the conversation by peace, antiwar and progressive activists for a host of reasons. The forum will explore the following:

  • How US-sponsored counter-terrorism strategies have been contributing to deaths and disappearances of hundreds of people across the African continent;
  • The increased militarization of the African continent and its implications for resistance efforts by local communities and social justice activists in Africa;
  • The connection between the militarization of the African continent and Black communities in the United States;
  • Reasons why the peace, anti-war and progressive groups have left Africa out of the discussion when challenging US global military footprint;
  • Concrete actions that social justice advocates can take to push back on the militarization of the African continent.


DATE AND TIME
Thursday, February 8, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

LOCATION
ThoughtWorks
99 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10016

SPEAKERS
Samar al-Bulushi - Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine. She works on security states, transnational governance and critical approaches to human rights.
Glen Ford - Executive Editor of the Black Agenda Report and co-founder of America's Black Forum.
Milton Allimadi - Editor in chief of the Black Star News and author of "The Hearts of Darkness: How White Writers Created the Racist Image of Africa."
Zachariah Mampilly - Director of Africana Studies and an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Vassar College.

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Sponsors: Friends of the Congo, Black Star News, Africa Is A Country, Black Alliance For Peace, Pan-African Community Action (PACA)

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