This month, Regions Bank, a financial institution with branches in the U.S. South and Midwest, notified the Black nonprofit, African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF), that the bank was “exiting” its 20-year relationship, closing accounts, withdrawing lines of credit and canceling mortgage loans. This comes on the heels of the FBI's raid in July of the African People's Socialist Party in Saint Louis, Missouri, as well as reported pending indictments against members of the party and its global network, the Uhuru Movement.
An estimated couple of thousand of people to "several thousand" marched on March 18 in downtown Washington D.C. The weekend marked the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The demonstration aimed to link the lack of funding for people's needs in the United States with the diversity of tactics the United States uses to perpetuate wars on people around the world. TF editor Julie Varughese reports from Washington.
Hundreds of mostly women gathered at Washington, D.C.-based Catholic University's Maloney Hall during the first weekend of March to convene the first U.S.-based conference of an international grassroots women's alliance and help strengthen its U.S. chapter. TF editor Julie Varughese reports.
A court in Washington, D.C., has entirely dismissed a lawsuit against the American Studies Association over its support of an academic boycott of Israel. The lawsuit, which was filed in 2016 by Israel advocates, has now failed three separate times in court—a significant defeat for the Israel lobby’s attempt to punish scholars who back Palestinian rights. Nora Barrows-Friedman of Electronic Intifada reports.
At least 23 people, including a legal observer, have been charged with domestic terrorism as protests against a $90 million police-training facility in Atlanta continue.
African Stream did a round-up of February's news from Africa.