Mauritanian anti-slavery activist to speak in NYC

With Darfur in the headlines, if not the minds of our policymakers, it is generally forgotten that armed attacks, forced deportations and even slavery continue against Black African peoples throughout the Sahel. On Tuesday, May 9, at 7:30 PM, the Libertarian Book Club’s Anarchist Forum will present a discussion in New York’s Greenwhich Village on “Ethnic Cleansing and Slavery in Contemporary Africa,” with an emphasis on Mauritania, Sudan and Darfur. The featured speaker will be Abdarahmane Wone of the African Liberation Forces of Mauritania (FLAM), which has been attempting to resist and expose the system of slavery in that country for a generation.

After the presentation the panel will answer questions from the audience and speak about what can be done to build solidarity with the freedom forces in Mauritania and the Sahel.

The event will take place at the Brecht Forum, 451 West Street, Manhattan (between Bank and Bethune streets) (212-242-4201). Take an A, C, E, or L train to the 14th Street and 8th Avenue subway stop or take a 1, 2, or 3 train to the 14th Street and 7th Avenue stop.

Admission is free for the presentation, but a contribution to aid the LBC is suggested.

For more information, contact the LBC/Anarchist Forum, 212-979-8353

See our last posts on Mauritania and the politics of the Sahel.