The US Black Liberation Movement Has Always Been Internationalist
African Americans practiced an internationalist politics in their epic struggle against US white supremacism, said Paul Ortiz, professor of history at the University of Florida and author of the new book, “An African American and Latinx History of the United States.” Blacks looked for inspiration and support from Haiti and the anti-colonial struggles in Latin America and Africa. According to Ortiz, escaped US slaves “found sanctuary as much or more in Mexico as they did in Canada.”
Canada No Safe Haven for Blacks
More than half of Canada’s Black population was born elsewhere, but disproportionate stops by police “can not only end in jail, but deportation and removal,” said Robyn Maynard, a Montreal-based writer and activist and author of “Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present.” Canada has been especially harsh in its treatment of Haitians attempting to enter the country, said Maynard.
Renowned Civil Rights Fighter to Help Celebrate Gandhi’s Birthday
Rev. James Lawson, a confident and comrade of Dr. Martin Luther King and longtime student of non-violent social activism, will speak at the 150th anniversary of Muhatma Gandhi’s birth at the Philadelphia Free School, October 3. Rev. Lawson was Dr. King’s “coach” on Gandhian non-violence and invited MLK to Memphis, where he was assassinated while supporting striking garbage workers, said Free School organizer Jahan Choudry.
Tiny St. Vincent Blasts US Sanctions of Venezuela
The Prime Minister of the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines denounced US sanctions against Venezuela and called the Juan Guaido “government,” recognized by the US and its allies, “a fictitious creation of foreign powers.” In his speech to the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves noted significant moves towards Pan African unity, with Caribbean nations in the forefront.
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