Free Webinar: AFRICOM & Human Rights in Africa

When: Friday, December 4 at 11 am (PST). The program will run about two hours.

Register: For more information, including bios of the panelists, and to register (click here).

AFRICOM is the acronym for “Africa Command” and is one of the Pentagon’s “11 combatant commands, each with a geographic or functional mission that provides command and control of military forces in peace and war.” [1]

World BEYOND War (WBW) is working with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), U.S. Section, and the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) in hosting a webinar on AFRICOM on December 4th.

The webinar will feature first-hand reports from WILPF members living in Nigeria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Kenya. Additional speakers include Amanda Sperber, award-winning investigative journalist who will be speaking about Somalia, and Margaret Kimberley representing BAP and their initiative: Out of Africa: Shut Down AFRICOM.

The U.S. military established AFRICOM on October 1, 2008. They claim that combat operations in Africa are to counter violent extremist organizations which they say are finding safe haven throughout African countries. However, the truth is that the U.S. uses military force to impose control of African land, resources and labor to service the needs of U.S. multinational corporations and the wealthy in the United States.
Despite the Pentagon’s claims that AFRICOM has a “light footprint,” recent documents reveal that the U.S. has at least 29 military bases in 15 countries across the continent.

This webinar is endorsed by our Veterans For Peace Chapter and the Albany Peace Seekers, among many other groups.

We encourage our VFP members to attend. We will discuss the topic at our December 12 chapter meeting.

[1] https://www.defense.gov/Our-Story/Combatant-Commands/

About VFP Linus Pauling Chapter

Veterans For Peace (VFP) is dedicated to eliminating war as an implement of foreign policy and to that end, works to educate the public about the true costs of war. Veterans For Peace (VFP) Linus Pauling Chapter 132 is a chapter of Veterans For Peace, St. Louis, MO, which has been waging peace since 1985 and is an NGO recognized by the United Nations. The local chapter and the national organization are both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Veterans For Peace is made up of veteran and associate members. More information about the national organization, including our Statement of Purpose and contact information for a VFP chapter near you, may be found at: www.veteransforpeace.org.
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