Ajamu Baraka has been involved in grassroots organizing, activism, and educating for over 30 years. He is the Executive Director of the U.S. Human Rights Network and serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
US Human Rights Network
Black Left Unity
On the weekend of May 31-Jun 1,2008, dozens of African American organizers, artists and activists convened the first Black Left Unity Meeting at the Sonia Hayes Center in Chapel Hill, NC.The gathering was a continuation of the Black Left Unity caucus that meet in Atlanta during the US Social Forum.
Those who attended the conference included Saladin Muhammad, Black Workers for Justice and the Black Workers League; ILWU Local 10 leader Clarence Thomas; activist and poet, Amiri Baraka; Million Worker March leader, Brenda Stokely; Ana Edwards, Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality; Ajamu Baraka, U.S. Human Rights Network; Patrisse Cullors, Labor Strategy Center; Efia Nwangaza; Theresa El-Amin; Kali Akuno from the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; Jaribu Hill, Mississippi Workers for Human Rights; Vickie White, People’s Organization for Progress; labor organizer, Angaza Laughinghouse; Larry Adams, New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW); cultural artist, Luci Murphy; educators Muntu Matsimela, T. Menelik Van Der Meer and Sam Anderson; Yvette Modestin, Afrocaribenas y de la Diaspora; Colia Clark; and activists representing Fight Imperialism-Stand Together (FIST) and the Troops Out Now Coalition.
Africa Action involvement
Letter to Obama
In March 2009 dozens of 'human rights groups' and activists in the United States, signed a statement urging President Barack Obama to rethink his decision to boycott the United Nations-sponsored anti-racism conference.
- As you know, the Durban Review Conference is one of the most important international platforms for discussing the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances. Given the brutal history of slavery and Jim Crow in the United States, your Administration has much to contribute to this discussion. A boycott would be inconsistent with your policy of engagement with the international community…
Individual signers of the statement included Ajamu Baraka.
African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel
The African Heritage Delegation to Israel/Palestine members, November 2014:
- Dele' Balogun - Portland, Oregon
- Ajamu Baraka - Cali, Colombia
- Jen Copeland - Decatur, Georgia
- Ashara Ekundayo – Oakland, California
- Anthony Grimes - Denver, Colorado
- Zaynah Hindi – Berkeley, California
- Trina Jackson - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
- Lucas Johnson - Atlanta, Georgia
- Kamilah Moore - Altadena, California
- Rebecca Pierce - Portola Valley, California
- Zarinah Shakir - Lawrenceville, New Jersey
- Tyrone Simpson - Poughkeepsie, New York
- Josette Souza - Providence, Rhode Island
- Ann Ragland - Laurel, Maryland
- James Ricks - Ithaca, New York
- Angela Wellman – Oakland, California
- A snapshot from the incredible #Law4BlackLives conference, featuring HRP Director Shani Jamila, Ajamu Baraka, Lisa Crooms, Jaribu Hill and Rev. Osagyefo Sekou.
- National gathering discusses Black community's issues By Monica Moorehead Chapel Hill, N.C. Published Jun 5, 2008
- [http://www.ifpb.org/africanheritage/statement.html African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel STATEMENT OF THE 2014 AFRICAN HERITAGE DELEGATIONApril 2, 2015]