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Dr. Jill Stein’s Running Mate: Human Rights Activist Ajamu Baraka.

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Jill Stein Selects Human Rights Activist Ajamu Baraka as Vice-Presidential Running Mate

Green Party presumptive Presidential nominee Jill Stein has offered her vice-presidential bid to international human rights scholar and activist Ajamu Baraka.

 “I am honored and excited to announce that my running mate in the 2016 presidential election will be Ajamu Baraka, activist, writer, intellectual and organizer with a powerful voice, vision, and lifelong commitment to building true political revolution,” Stein announced.

“Ajamu Baraka is a powerful, eloquent spokesperson for the transformative, radical agenda whose time has come – an agenda of economic, social, racial, gender, climate, indigenous and immigrant justice. Ajamu’s life’s work has embodied the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” Stein continued. “In this hour of unprecedented crisis, we are honored to lift up a unified movement for justice in the only national political party that is not held hostage by corporate money, lobbyists and super-PACs. We look forward to bringing this agenda for justice to the American people in the exciting race ahead.”

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Ajamu Baraka is an internationally recognized human rights activist, organizer and geo-political analyst. Founding Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (until 2011) and Coordinator of the U.S. based “Black Left Unity Network’s” Committee on International Affairs, Baraka has served on the boards of various national and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA) and the National Center for Human Rights Education. He has served on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Africa Action; Latin American Caribbean Community Center; Diaspora Afrique; and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights.

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Baraka is a member of the Green Shadow Cabinet and an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C. An editor and contributing columnist for Black Agenda Report, Baraka has appeared on and been covered in a wide-range of print, broadcast, and digital media outlets such as CNN, BBC, the Tavis Smiley Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Telemundo.

There had been earlier speculation that Stein would offer the spot to ex-Sanders surrogate and former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, who had been unfairly spurned at last week’s Democratic National Convention for her principled criticism of the DNC and Hillary Clinton. Stein confirmed that talks had taken place between her and Turner, but that the conditions were not right for a combined run.

“In the process of vetting and selecting a VP, I was honored to talk with several inspired activists,” Stein said. “Among them, I especially appreciate Senator Turner’s willingness to have discussed the VP position. The fit just wasn’t right, as Senator Turner is still committed to try to save the soul of the Democratic Party. While we may not agree on whether that is possible, I respect her passion to fight for the people and wish her the best in her effort.”

Stein said she also discussed the position with author Chris Hedges, single payer healthcare activist and US Senate candidate Dr. Margaret Flowers (Green – Maryland), economic justice advocate and TPP opponent Kevin Zeese of PopularResistance.org, and Green Party activist and former Black Panther Party leader, Aaron Dixon.

Stein added that: “Our campaign is fully committed to the fight for a political revolution in a party with a demonstrated, unwavering commitment to that political revolution. We welcome the 60% of  Americans who want a principled alternative to the Democrats and Republicans. We are also happy to continue serving as a “plan B” safety net for discouraged reformers as they tire of the disempowering, uphill battle inside the Democratic Party that was so painfully on display at the Democratic National Convention.”

Dr. Jill Stein is expected to be formally nominated as the Presidential candidate of the Green Party at their national convention in Houston on Saturday, August 6th.

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You may have already heard Jill announced her pick for vice president: Ajamu Baraka.

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We’re excited about Ajamu and you should be, too.
Here’s why:

  • Ajamu is an internationally recognized human rights activist, organizer and geo-political analyst

  • He was the founding executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network

  • Ajamu is also the coordinator of the U.S.-based Black Left Unity Network’s Committee on International Affairs

  • Ajamu has served on the boards of various national and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA), the National Center for Human Rights Education, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Africa Action, Latin American Caribbean Community Center, Diaspora Afrique and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights

  • Ajamu is a member of the Green Shadow Cabinet, an alternative to the dysfunctional D.C. establishment

  • He’s also an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C.

  • Ajamu’s media footprint is huge. He’s been an editor and contributing columnist for Black Agenda Report, and he has appeared on and been covered in a wide-range of print, broadcast, and digital media outlets such as CNN, BBC, the Tavis Smiley Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Telemundo.

Basically, Ajamu really knows what he’s talking about when it comes to the issues that matter to you and the majority of Americans: workers’ rights, sustainable jobs, a healthy environment, immigrant justice, and a foreign policy based on international law and human rights.

Now Jill is ready to take on the establishment with Ajamu, who she’s called a “powerful, eloquent spokesperson for the transformative, radical agenda whose time has come — one of economic, social, racial, gender, climate, indigenous and immigrant justice.”

Jill and Ajamu are ready to criss-cross the country to build a party that actually meets the needs of 60 percent of Americans who don’t identify with the establishment politics of Democrats and Republicans.

We’re incredibly excited to formally nominate Jill and Ajamu as our standard-bearers Saturday at the Green Party’s convention.

It’s in our hands!

The Jill Stein for President campaign team

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Green Party’s Jill Stein Names Activist Ajamu Baraka as Her VP

Ajamu Barakaan is an activist known for fighting for Black and Indigenous rights in the U.S. and abroad.

Presumptive Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein announced Monday that Ajamu Baraka will be her vice presidential running mate.

“I am honored and excited to announce that my running mate in the 2016 presidential election will be Ajamu Baraka, activist, writer, intellectual and organizer with a powerful voice, vision, and lifelong commitment to building true political revolution,” Stein said in a statement published on her campaign’s website.

Stein further stressed that “Ajamu’s life’s work has embodied the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Ajamu Baraka is known within the U.S. and abroad for co-founding the U.S. Human Rights Network, where he served as executive director until 2011.

He has also served on the boards of various national and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and the National Center for Human Rights Education.

“Ajamu Baraka is a powerful, eloquent spokesperson for the transformative, radical agenda whose time has come—an agenda of economic, social, racial, gender, climate, Indigenous and immigrant justice,” Stein added.

Now that Bernie Sanders is out of the race, Stein is hoping to attract his supporters, who have kept Hillary Clinton and the Democratic establishment on their toes for the past few months.

Since the Vermont senator’s announcement he was backing Clinton a few weeks ago, donations to the Green Party have soared, and prominent Sanders supporters such as Dr. Cornel West have switched their endorsement to Stein.

Ajamu Baraka

Ajamu Baraka is an African American human rights activist and the presumptive vice-presidential nominee of the Green Party of the United States.

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Personal details
Born Ajamu Baraka
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Green
Occupation Activist
Scholar
Website ajamubaraka.com

Career

From 2004 to 2011, Baraka served as the founding executive director of the US Human Rights Network, a national network that grew to over 300 U.S.-based organizations and 1500 individual members. He is currently an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

Baraka has served on the boards of several human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Africa Action.

Baraka has taught political science at Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, and other academic institutions.

Writing and activism

In 2005, Baraka argued that the victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita should be considered “internally displaced“, and rendered assistance in accordance with internationally recognized rights for such people.

In 2008, Baraka worked with the US Human Rights Network and over 400 organizations to develop a CERD Shadow Report, which concerned US compliance with the terms of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. They felt the US government’s reports did not adequately address racial profiling, displacement from Hurricane Katrina, and land rights for the Western Shoshone, among other issues. A large delegation presented their findings.

Baraka was critical of the Obama administration‘s decision to not attend the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism in Geneva. In 2013, Baraka stated that inviting Barack Obama to the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington “should be taken as an insult by everyone who has struggled and continues to struggle for human rights, peace and social justice.” He also criticized Obama for not labeling Dylann Roof as a terrorist for the 2015 Charleston church shooting.

Speaking in 2014 on US involvement in Iraq, Baraka characterized US foreign policy in the region over the previous 20 years as “disastrous”, and said that “what has occurred in Iraq was predictable.”

Awards and recognition

In 2001, Baraka was named “abolitionist of the year” by the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty for his efforts to end the death penalty in the United States.

2016 US presidential campaign

On August 1, 2016, Green Party presumptive presidential nominee Jill Stein announced that Baraka would be her running mate, pending approval by delegates at the 2016 Green National Convention.

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3 replies »

  1. Never heard of the guy, as I’m sure 90 % of voters haven’t either. Name recognition is very important. It appears to be a Muslim name. Like Barack Hussein Obama. Not many details in Wikipedia.
    Little googling didn’t reveal much except he was born in Chicago, and criticized Charlie Hebedo.
    He may be a nice man, but the name “Baraka” will put off lots if folks.
    Like I said, not much info on him.

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