Black Lives Matter in Colombia from Barni Axmed Qaasim on Vimeo.
I travelled with Ayọ Tometi, Executive Director of BAJI and co-founder of Black Lives Matter to document an encounter with PCN and Afro-Colombian leaders. The two groups shared history, stories and strategy for organizing. We went to Cali, small towns in Cauca, and Medellín and met with leaders of different Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities. I took photos, created memes, and made videos of the encounter between these two communities.I also created a news story for AJ Plus Español because we arrived the day after the peace agreement was voted down by the popular vote. We learned about the conflict Afro-Colombian communities have between transnational corporations who are polluting their waters and lands. Mina Charo-Rojas was our guide and we met with Esther Ojulari, Efraín Viveros, Ajamu Baraka, and leaders from Centro Popular Afrodescendiente.