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Date of birth : October 25, 1953
Birth Country: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Gender: Male
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Ajamu S. Baraka is a Yankee human rights activist and was the Green Party’s nominee for Vice President of the U.S. in the 2016 election.However, the President-elect is Donald Trump who won with a clear majority and with him Mike Pence took away the vice presidency. Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine lost to them and so did Baraka.

Early Life

Baraka was born and grew up on the South side of Chicago. After working in the U.S. military, he shifted to the Southern U.S., where he became concerned in anti-segregation policy. Baraka has noted the importance of W. E. B. Du Bios in the formation of his black internationalist worldview, and he studied at graduate school at Clark Atlanta University, where Du Bios had taught. Baraka additionally became concerned in the Central America commonality movement, organizing delegations to Nicaragua in support of the Nicaraguan Revolution. He then became an Amnesty International volunteer, finally moving up to the board of the organization.

Career

Baraka worked as the founding administrator of the U.S.A. Human Rights Network from 2004 to 2011 which is a national network that grew to over three hundred U.S.-based organizations and 1500 individual members. He’s presently an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

Activism

Baraka worked with the U.S.A. Human Rights Network and over four hundred organizations to develop a CERD Shadow Report in 2008. They felt the U.S.A. government’s reports didn’t adequately address racism, displacement from Hurricane Katrina, and land rights for the Western Shoshone, among alternative problems. An outsized delegation presented their findings. A Morton County, North Dakota judge issued an arrest warrant against Baraka and Jill Stein in September 2016, after the 2 were charged with offense criminal encroaching and criminal mischief in reference to their protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Awards and Recognition

Baraka was one of three hundred human rights employees honored by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan in 1998. Baraka was named “abolitionist of the year” by the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty for his efforts to finish the executing in the U.S. in the year 2001.

2016 U.S. vice presidential campaign

Green party presumptive presidential campaigner Jill Stein declared that author would be her running mate on August 1, 2016. Stein and Baraka were formally nominative by delegates at the 2016 Green National Convention on August 6, 2016. In his acceptance speech, Baraka aforementioned that he joined the Green party effort to “build a multinational movement here in this country based on the requirements and the aspirations of operating people”.

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