This audio segment was originally published by Black Agenda Report on January 5, 2021.

Ajamu Baraka, national organizer of the Black Alliance for Peace and 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate, said electoral politics should be treated as a “strategic question” for the Black liberation movement, depending on its usefulness in putting forward “transitional demands.” The larger mission is to build “independent political formations” that “ultimately will arrive at a socialist transformation.” Baraka said organizers should avoid “bourgeois” electoral politics that fails to confront capitalism and “colonial” rule.