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    Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 9/15/14

    “Shame on the Congressional Black Caucus” Rally

    The Israeli bombing of Gaza “was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back,” said Asantawaa Nkrumuah Ture, an organizer of a “Shame on the CBC” rally set for September 24 in front of the Washington Convention Center, where the Black Caucus opens its annual legislative conference and gala. “It’s well past time for us to hold them accountable.” The protesters want to “start a conversation, nationally,” said Nkrumah Ture, “not only regarding the Black Caucus’ support of apartheid Israel, about also their position on Internet neutrality, their ties with corporate America,” and the CBC’s overwhelming vote, in June, to continue militarization of local police forces.

    Motive: Black. Penalty: Death

    When Duane Buck faced sentencing on a murder conviction in a Houston courtroom, the judge allowed “expert” testimony that Blacks were inherently more dangerous than whites. On August 29, a federal judge called the testimony “repugnant and dangerous,” but upheld the death sentence, anyway. “It is absolutely shocking, it is stunning, it is appalling and it sets a terrifying precedent,” said Christina Swarns, litigation director for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which is handling Buck’s appeal. “This is asking a jury to rely on race to impose a death sentence.”

    New York City Needs Justice, Not More Police Training

    Police Commissioner Bill Bratton defended his “Broken Windows” policing policies before the New York City Council, claiming there’s nothing wrong with the NYPD that $30 million in training and 1,000 more cops can’t cure. Josmar Trujillo, of New Yorkers Against Bratton, disagrees. “The police department is one of the most trained in the world,” said Trujillo. “Training isn’t the issue. The systemic culture of brutality, which is reinforced by institutional racism, is really the conversation we need to be having.”

    Obama Targets Syria, Not ISIS

    President Obama’s bombing offensive in Iraq and Syria “brings humanity closer to world war than we have been, maybe, in 80 years,” said scholar and activist Dr. Anthony Monteiro. Although purportedly aimed at ISIS, Washington is actually targeting the Syrian government, Iran and, ultimately, Russia. Obama’s arming of so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels is a farce, said Monteiro. “There is no ‘moderate’ opposition to the Assad government. It is all extreme, gangster, thuggish militants who are funded by some of the very nations that are part of the ‘coalition of the willing.’” Dr. Monterio is fighting his termination from the African American Studies department at Temple University, in Philadelphia.

    U.S. Proxy Wars Empower Jihadists and Nazis

    “The United States is essentially contracting out its wars” in Libya, Syria and Ukraine, said Eric Draitser, an independent political analyst and publisher of StopImperialism.com. “The proxy wars that the United States has begun all over the world are part and parcel of a larger imperial agenda” dating from U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Central America. The Islamic State “is a by-product of U.S. foreign policy, just as the Nazis in Ukraine are a by-product of U.S. foreign policy,” said Draitser.

    September Surge in EEOC Case Dismissals

    Every year about this time, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission dismisses tens of thousands of discrimination cases, citing “lack of evidence” and a perennial backlog. “There is no backlog,” said Ricardo Jones, a former chief investigator for the EEOC in New York. “There’s been 15 years of not paying overtime” to deal with legitimate complaints, while the money “has basically gone to managers.”

    Black President Doesn’t Respect Black Culture or History

    Dr. Donald Smith, a founder of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, will be honored at a conference on Education for Liberation in the African American Tradition, in New York, October 10. Dr. Smith said Black history and culture is disappearing from classrooms around the country. “The major challenge begins in the White House, with a president who does not believe in Black culture as being essential to the education, not only of children of African descent, but of all American children,” said Smith.

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    The Treasonous 32: Four-Fifths of Black Caucus Help Cops Murder Their Constituents

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Fully 80 percent of the 40 voting members of the Congressional Black Caucus refused to defund the Pentagon’s militarization of local police departments. That means, 32 Black lawmakers are “conscious collaborators with the Mass Black Incarceration State that dehumanizes, frames, imprisons, humiliates, tortures, maims and kills Black people for a living.”

    Low Voter Turnout Didn't Kill Michael Brown

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    If you believe our black political class, low voter turnout killed Michael Brown. But then it's past Labor Day in an even numbered year, a time when the only discussion, the only question, the only answer our black political class entertains is how to ratify their privileged status with a big black vote. Do their concerns match our needs, or do they meet only their own?

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    Freedom Rider: NATO Loses Ukraine

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    President Obama provokes one world crisis after another, most of which wind up leaving the U.S. weaker and more isolated than before. “The United States and its allies won’t give up the failing strategy because they have no other plan for keeping the leaking ship afloat.”

    Obama and His Head-Chopping Friends

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Choose your head-chopper. Obama favors the Saudis, the world’s leading beheaders, and rails against ISIS, the wayward spawn of decades of U.S.-Saudi collaboration. The U.S. would prefer that ISIS confine itself to chopping off Syrian heads, but “ISIS has even bigger plans for regime change in the Arab world.”

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    CODE BLACK: Murder, Mass Incarceration, Militarization and Genocide in Progress

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Kevin Berends

    America has escalated to Code Black, signifying “the occupier's terror campaign against blacks and browns.” Legally speaking, the tripwires to genocide have already been sprung. We demand that this president “declare a permanent cease-fire in all hostilities toward African-American communities including the withdrawal of all military personnel and equipment from urban centers.

    My Wise Country Cousin on Ferguson

    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    Ahm prowd ob Fightin’ Furgasun’s po, wurkin peeples, heroic youf Dey de wonz we can count on wen we’s fightin fo’ Justus, an’ Troof—

    Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party – An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell

    by Angola 3 News

    A noted law professor argues that the U.S. government engaged in terror in its suppression of the Black Panther Party. The Panthers, on the other hand, sought to safeguard the public from the police. “Years removed, we still find ourselves in need of such intermediaries. If their work had not been cut short, would we find ourselves better off?”

    Communicative Capitalism and the Limits of Social Media Activism

    A speech by Jodi Dean

    How do “democratic” social media capture our communication and turn it into the private property of billionaires? How do social media reinforce neoliberal capiltalsm by de-politicizing us, by convincing us that our online entertainment practices are really political activism? Why is too much dependence on hashtag activism a dead end? Revolution? Is there really an app for that? Should there be?

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    Assata: A Biography – A Review and Quotes

    by Carlos Martinez

    Good news: Assata Shakur’s autobiography has been republished. The former Black Panther and escaped political prisoner with a $2 million bounty on her head speaks to us from exile in Cuba. “The first thing the enemy tries to do is isolate revolutionaries from the masses of people, making us horrible and hideous monsters so that our people will hate us.”

    Who Killed Mike Brown? What to Do?

    by Mel Reeves

    Why did Ferguson, Missouri, rebel? For the same reason that Watts rebelled, 50 years earlier. An “old soldier” knows the answer: “Too many Black folks were being sent to prison for too long, too much policing in its neighborhood, too much racism, substandard housing, poor healthcare options and a sense of second-class status.”

    All Rise: When Class Oppression Sows Democratization

    by Michelle Renee Matisons and Seth Sandronsky  

    A people’s movement is stirring. Ferguson sets the bar higher for Black protest, fast food employees engage in civil disobedience, home health care workers come out of the shadows, and “families in Newark, New Jersey, reject the crappy segregationist McEducation plan.”

    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: White American Solidarity for the Corporate Plantation

    by Danny Haiphong

    America’s rulers propagate the lie that the United States and its corporations lead the world in selfless generosity. If you believe that, you’ve probably got your head in an ice bucket. In reality, “the rich usually invest the most dollars in things like education privatization (Gates and Walton Foundation), war (National Endowment for Democracy), and right-wing think-tanks (Heritage Foundation).”

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    Week of 9/8/14

    Hundreds Arrested Demanding $15 and Hour and a Union

    Darius Cephas, a McDonald’s worker from Boston, was one of more than 500 fast food employees arrested during strike and civil disobedience actions in 150 cities, last week. “It shows how strong and how powerful our voices are; the fact that everybody is trying to find out how folks are raising children on $8 an hour,” said Cephas, an activist with the Fast Food Campaign. “We are here and we’re not going away they until they raise the pay and let us form a union without retaliation.”

    Mass Incarceration is Built into the System

    Events in Ferguson, Missouri, “have changed the way that people all across the country look at mass incarceration, police terror and the criminalization of Black youth,” said Carl Dix, of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, which has declared October a “month of resistance.” Simply adding more Black cops to the equation won’t solve the problem “because we’re dealing with something that is built into the fabric of this capitalist system.”

    Draconian Sentences Rooted in Racist White Perceptions of Crime

    A report by The Sentencing Project concludes that white people support harsh penalties for crime because they associate criminality with Blacks. “There are many instances where policymakers politicize crime and race in order to further their campaigns,” said Nazgol Ghandnoosh, co-author of the report, titled “Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies.”

    U.S. Political Prisoners Issue Passes UN Hurdle

    A United Nations panel has instructed the United States to report, five years from now, on the status of its political prisoners, said international human rights advocate Efia Nwangaza, director of the Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination, in Greenville, South Carolina. The move is significant, since the U.S. denies it holds any political prisoners, said Nwangaza, who argued on behalf of Civil Rights and Cointelpro era prisoners in collaboration with the Jericho Movement. “We’ve been building a record which strengthens the case for release of political prisoners,” she said. “It also strengthens our call for formation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”

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    Ferguson Demands a New Black Politics

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    If Ferguson represents a new beginning for Black movement politics, then any electoral efforts must aim to “create governments whose promise to the people is to cease cooperating with the machinery that enforces the New Jim Crow.” It emphatically does not mean the Democratic Party, “which has encaged Black politics for roughly the same period as the Mass Black Incarceration State has encaged Black bodies in the world’s largest gulag.”

    Freedom Rider: Liar in a Tan Suit

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    President Obama behaves as if he lives in an alternative universe, one in which ISIS and other jihadists in Syria were not armed and funded by the U.S. and its allies, and Russian-speaking Ukrainians did not rise up of their own volition against the fascist takeover in Kiev. Russian President Putin seems like a great leader, in comparison, if only because he speaks in the language of reality.

    Round Two: Fast Food Strike for $15 An Hour

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Backed by the Service Employees International Union, fast food workers will bring civil disobedience tactics to a one-day strike action targeting over 100 cities. They’re demanding $15 an hour and union representation. “Nine out of ten of the worst paying jobs are in the food services industry, which is disproportionately Black and brown.”

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    Justice Is Served

    by Raymond Nat Turner, BAR Poet-in-Residence

    Justice is served
    A la Carte, chokehold-style, or
    Fifty bullets, forty-one, or one
    Or two well placed headshots
    From killing-machine chefs

    Ferguson and the Islamic State: Two Sides of Malcolm's American Nightmare

    by Danny Haiphong

    The rulers of the United States are duplicitous and racist in both their foreign and domestic policies. “Just as Washington won't admit its complicity in the occupation of the Black community by local police, it certainty will not and cannot admit its complicity in the creation of IS,” the Islamic caliphate.

    What Divides Black America?

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    The eruption of outrage and protest in Ferguson has shown a spotlight on the out-of-touch attitudes and policies of Black political leaders. “When the Black political elite demand ‘change’ in Ferguson or other subjugated corner of this nation, the horizons for what change could look like are exceedingly narrow.”

    Deon Haywood: “Nine years after Katrina, it’s all about the takeover.”

    An Interview by Jordan Flaherty

    The meaning of urban recovery is subject to great debate. If the standard of progress celebrates expulsion of the Black and poor and welcoming of the affluent and white, then New Orleans is “recovering” from Katrina. But, “that would be a white supremacist framework, now wouldn’t it?”

    Perspectives and Concerns of Black Parents

    by Solomon Comissiong

    In addition to its many other failings, the U.S. educational system insults and devalues Black lives by force-feeding reverence for degenerate slave-holding monsters. “It should be considered mental cruelty to brainwash African/black students to revere slave masters like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson as ‘Founding Fathers.’” Combating the US’s Destructive Educational System:

    The Real News Network: Glen Ford on Police Militarization


    The militarization of US police has been a gradual process underway since the black rebellions of the late 1960s, says Glen Ford.

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 9/1/14

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    Protesters Demand Dismantling of Militarized Police

    A host of organizations presented a list of nine demands to the U.S. Justice Department, in Washington, including immediate release of “Black boys and men incinerated for minor crimes”; the imposition of “life sentences for law enforcement officials who murder unarmed boys and men”; and, “recall of all military equipment already given to cities and states.” Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, of the NO Fear Coalition, a top organizer of the rally, said events in Ferguson, Missouri, raise fundamental questions about the role of police in Black America. “Clearly, the occupying forces inside our communities are not protecting or serving the people,” she said. “They are occupying the people.”

    The Enemy Within

    “We’re looking at a two-prong attack” on the Black resistance in Ferguson, said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. “One is the obvious military organization” of the various police forces, and “the other – sometimes with their collars on backwards, sometimes not – are those who are there to pacify the people, to tamp down on militancy. They want it to go away.”

    Black Youth in Struggle for the Duration

    Young people in Ferguson are trying to build real structures of enduring resistance, said Erica Totten, an activist from Washington, DC, who has been working with HandsUpUnited.org. “They need mental health care professionals, they need attorneys, they need people to go down there and support these young men and women because they’re going to continue to make noise,” said Totten.

    Mumia: Beware of Lawyers, Preachers and Politicians

    “It is the job of the managerial class of lawyers, preachers and politicians to reduce tensions, to deradicalize movements, to make them more manageable” when crises arise in places like Ferguson, said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. However, “the masses know the essential nature of the police, fro they see them daily. And they are anxious to oppose them.”

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    To Zombie Civil Rights Organizations: Don't Like Being Called Sellouts? Then Don't Sell Out

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    An August 11 letter published by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson in the newsletter of MMTC, a notorious mouthpiece of corporate telecoms protests that this and other publications, and a growing number of activists have called our traditional civil rights organizations “shills” and “sellouts” for consistently backing the interests of their corporate funders over those of the public they supposedly represent. Is it incivility? Or is it the truth?

    Black Folks are Going Nowhere Until We Discard the Misleadership Class

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The movement in Ferguson has, once again, showed that the Black Misleadership Class acts as the “soft power” for the Mass Black Incarceration State, complimenting the “hard power” of the “world’s most formidable police and prison system.” This perfidious class “rushes to tamp down emotions in places like Ferguson and prevent Blacks from attempting to ‘occupy’ their own communities through genuine civil disobedience or other means.”

    Freedom Rider: Van Jones and Charles Blow Absolve White America

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    U.S. corporate media have made it easy to identify Black “leaders” and “spokespersons” to call on at times of racial crisis. They simply hire them. Van Jones and Charles Blow are part of well paid cadre of Blacks whose main talent is telling white people what they want to hear. “In the glare of black anger they make it clear that they are on the side of the well paying gig which means they are the enemies of the people they are alleged to represent.”

    Organizing 101: Don't Do Another Ferguson March or Rally Without Getting The Digits

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    Spontaneous demonstrations against police murder and violence are happening every day, often pulled together with social media. Is this a movement? Not really, because corporate social media networks and lists are private property. Real organizers know that whenever you get 4, 14, 40 or 400 people to come out you get their digits so you can recontact them independently of Twitter, Facebook, or the radio. It's Organizing 101.

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    Obama Schemes to Attack Syria, Under the Guise of Fighting ISIS

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    “If Obama was serious about wanting to crush ISIS, the best and most logical ally would be Syrian President Assad, whose army has so far prevailed against every flavor of jihadist the U.S. has been able to throw at it.” But the U.S. remains intent on overthrowing Assad, and will conjure up a pretext to attack Syria under cover of fighting ISIS.

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    Justice Dept Refuses For 20 Years To Comply With Federal Law Requiring It To Gather National Police Brutality Stats

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    A 1994 law requires the Justice Dept to gather national status on excessive violence by police. So why have Attorneys General under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations refused to gather the info? Why does the Obama Justice Department ignore this law while it resurrects a century-old espionage statute to prosecute truth telling whistleblowers and reporters? The president and attorney general know what side they're on. Do we?

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