Rev. Pinkney Convicted, Threatened with Life in Prison

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The prosecution is pushing for life imprisonment of Rev. Edward Pinkney, convicted of forging dates on a recall election petition in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The giant whirlpool corporation pulls the strings in the mostly Black town. Yet, “even when the rich effectively hold total power, they still feel it necessary to crush those who question their right to rule.”


Organizing 103: Recruting the Next Wave of Leaders & Activists With the Volunteer Card

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

This is Organizing 103, the 3rd in our series of how-to's for organizers. The illustration on this commentary is a sample of a volunteer card, a tool used to identify and lock down the commitments of future activists and leaders from among the people you the organizer, bring together.


#DC Ferguson and Kenny Nero, Jr: On the Front Lines of Fighting Police Terror in Washington, DC

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Activist Kenny Nero, Jr., of the DC Ferguson Movement, wants to “stand in solidarity with the victims of violence in Ferguson while standing in solidarity with victims of police brutality, harassment, terror or other misconducts.” That means fighting for community control of police – and much more. “The challenge of my generation is to revolutionize society in order to experience civilization.”

Zombie Politics Takes Center Stage After Midterms Debacle

By Roberto Lovato

The first black president never explicitly promised blacks ANYTHING, the logic of some apologists goes, so we're foolish to expect anything. But what of the Latino community, to whom he promised a road to citizenship and delivered instead a vicious policy of 2 million deportations and counting, shattering families and communities on an unheard of scale?

Song Parody: Teaching White People What Racism Means

by Reverend Reynard N. Blake, Jr.

See harmful loan schemes and tricks black folks go through

Criminal justice makes prison work fruitful

Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 11/3/14

Black Agenda Report Celebrates Its 8th Anniversary

The internal struggle over political direction is a “primary struggle” for Black America, said Black Agenda Report executive editor Glen Ford, at BAR’s anniversary celebration at New York City’s historic Riverside Church. Many activists understand the threat posed by “the capitalist state,” but are unclear about “how we deal with a Black Misleadership Class which acts in collaboration with the powers-that-be,” said Ford. “For example, four out of five members of the Congressional Black Caucus this summer voted to continue Pentagon transfers of weapons and military gear to local police departments.”

U.S. Wages War on Blacks

“I’m a revolutionary because I came to the conclusion a long time ago that America and capitalism and imperialism have no redeeming qualities at all,” said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations and an honored guest at the BAR affair. “Twice a week a white policeman kills an African in this country,” according to the FBI’s own data, said Yeshitela. Yet, “somebody wants to convince us that Barack Hussein Obama represents some kind of progress in the struggle of our people. It is nonsense.”

Free All Political Prisoners!

Lynne Stewart, the people’s lawyer who served 28 months in federal prison for the crime of zealously defending her client, was an honored guest and speaker at BAR’s anniversary. “Is the ice beginning to crack” under the pressures of a growing movement against the U.S criminal justice system? “I sure hope so, because I dedicated the rest of my life to fighting for prisoners, and particularly, for political prisoners,” said Stewart, who was incarcerated at Carswell federal prison, in Texas, until her release for treatment of breast cancer, last New Year’s Eve. “I told the women at Carswell, never give up. Fight, fight, fight!”

Obama and Holder Uphold Status Quo

“The first Black president and attorney general hold their positions precisely because they have no intention of rocking the boat or changing the status quo,” said BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley. The corporate media are spreading Justice Department “leaks” that a grand jury does not have enough evidence to indict the Ferguson, Missouri, cop that killed Michael Brown. “The narrative has changed from ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ to ‘Brown had it coming, he deserved it,’” said Kimberley. “Their hope is to poison the well of public opinion and dampen expectations of Black people that anything resembling justice will come about.”

Eject the Police from Black Communities

Whistleblower, author and BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman Adebayo said U.S. police forces are direct descendants of pre-Civil War slave patrols, and Black people should view them as such. “Would it really be a surprise that 92 percent of all arrests in Ferguson and 83 percent of all arrests in Washington, DC, are of Black folks, carried out by 21st century slave patrols,” asked Adebayo? “When will we begin to demand that these communities come under some kind of receivership until they can develop their own system of civilian protection? Because, we need to get rid of the police in these communities, immediately.”

Sellouts, Old and New

“Our Black political class has made an historic deal with the devil,” said Bruce Dixon, BAR managing editor. Booker T. Washington and his ilk “agreed that there would be no disturbing of the economic and social peace for at least a generation or two” – a betrayal that elevated them to Black leadership at the turn of the 20th century. “The current Black leadership class has a deal that they will not challenge capitalism, they will not acknowledge apartheid in Israel, they will not question America’s imperial wars,” said Dixon. “They put all their eggs in the basket of electing Black faces to high places.” Does Ferguson represent a new movement? It depends on whether young activists are able to organize alternatives to the current Black political class.

The 500-Year Continuum of White Supremacist Violence

“It was the conjoining of race and violence that resulted in the hegemony of the West,” said Ajamu Baraka, a BAR editor and columnist and former director of the U.S. Human Rights Network. “So, for us, Ferguson is not something that is unique. What makes Ferguson different is that, for the first time in 15 or 20 years, we had an effective fight-back. When they did that, the rest of us stood up, also,” said Baraka. The “end-game” is, “we’ve got to believe in the possibility of us winning. Revolutionary change is still on the table.”

We Charge Genocide

Dr. Anthony Monteiro, a frequent BAR contributor who was fired from his position at Temple University’s Department of African American Studies because of his activism, hopes that “Ferguson will be the beginning of what W.E.B. Dubois called ‘the dusk of dawn,’ the end of the dawn and the beginning of the full daylight of resistance and struggle.” The U.S. should be charged with genocide under international law, as was advocated by Black left activists more than 60 years ago. “Extreme poverty, lack of education, imprisonment, murder in the streets and gentrification...when you put all of this together, what we’re looking at is genocide against African American,” said Monteiro.

Poetic Justice

BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner threw down lines of struggle:

“Drawing unemployment is like drawing straws

We came up short under rich folks laws

Living on nothing while hunger works full time

No wonder some brothers stumble into crime

And the rich cry crime, crime, CRIME every day

While cocaine is being trafficked by the CIA.”

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: One hour. Click here to download the show.

For Moment, the World Embraces the Cuba Model – and Slaps the Empire

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The United Nations’ yearly vote against the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba has evolved into a “singular opportunity for all the world body’s members to chastise the superpower that seeks full spectrum domination of the planet.” The Cuban model of behavior in the world – exemplified in the fight against Ebola – was ceremonially saluted, while “the world’s biggest economic and military power could neither buy nor bully a single ally” except Israel.

Freedom Rider: The World Must Judge America’s Human Rights Abuses

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

For Black people in America, getting justice has little or nothing to do with facts or evidence or common sense. White supremacy trumps all, even if the president and the top federal lawman are Black. “Obama and attorney general Eric Holder have no intention of prosecuting police murder, no matter what videos or other evidence show.”

“Peace Through Revolution”: Black Is Back Coalition March and Rally Nov 1 and 2

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Five years after its founding, the Black Is Back Coalition returns to the scene of its defiant birth, with a march on the White House and a teach-in at Howard University. Allies in struggle are now far more abundant. “It was critical that, when the fog and confusion of the Age of Obama finally lifted, at least some Black folks could be identified as having been right all along.”


Code Black Alert: Vonderrit Myers “Shot in Back” – Slave Patrol Officials Continue Disinformation Campaign

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

“The St. Louis police department is engaged in a massive cover-up, falsifying documents, perhaps tampering with materials and iniquitous lying” in the death of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers. Nevertheless, the police version of events is rapidly falling apart, with the evidence showing Myers was shot six times in the back while running away.

Estranged Careerists of the Corporate Black Cash-hounds (CBC)

by BAR poet-in-residence Raymond Nat Turner

Once upon a time the CBC called itself the "conscience of the congress". That, observers our poet in residence, was a long time ago indeed. CBC stands for something quite different these days.

Happy Halloween from the Most Violent Ruling Class in Human History

​by Danny Haiphong

U.S. imperialism is a House of Horrors, churning out monsters of its own making, the clank of its decaying bones sounding an epochal death knell. “The horror stories emanating from the corporate media will not stop until there is a mass understanding of the source of the overall nightmare: the US ruling class.”

Transform your Global Justice Sentiments into Action to End the Military Occupation of Haiti

by Ajamu Nangwaya

On October 14, the UN Security Council extended the armed occupation of Haiti. The world body has been allowed to trample Haiti’s sovereignty and dignity “without significant mobilization and opposition from peace, global justice and international solidarity activists and organizations.” This article includes detailed instructions and advice on how to help end the UN’s crimes against the Haitian people.

Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 10/27/14

Detroit Marches in Solidarity with Dublin Over Water

On November 1, the grassroots Detroit Water Brigade will lead a march in solidarity with the people of Dublin, Ireland, who recently turned out 100,000-strong to protest the first-ever imposition of water fees. Dubliners carried signs linking their struggle with the 27,000 Detroiters that have been cut off for non-payment of water bills. “Everyone has a right to fresh, clean water,” said Detroit Water Brigade spokeswoman AtPeace Makita. “This is a global issue; this is a human rights issue.”

Bill to Silence Mumia Cannot Pass Constitutional Muster

Pennsylvania’s attempt to suppress prison inmates’ right to free speech on the grounds that it might cause “mental anguish” to crime victims and their relatives is blatantly unconstitutional, said Bret Grote, legal director of the Abolitionist Law Center, in Pittsburgh. “It is specifically designed to target otherwise lawful speech,” including protests against prison conditions or claims of innocence, said Grote. As one Pennsylvania newspaper has noted, “for many victims, the fact that the offender is still breathing causes ‘mental anguish.’”

Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, said the Victim Revictimization Act is simply another version of “The Mumia Rule,” which goes into effect whenever “the court or agency changes its rule or precedent to go against me.” Pennsylvania’s governor and legislators “know perfectly well that an unconstitutional law is no law, at all,” said Abu Jamal. “They have become legislative outlaws.”

U.S. Engaged in Biowarfare Work in Africa Since 1988

Without mentioning Ebola, President Obama announced a “temporary” halt to funding for experiments aimed at making certain diseases more dangerous – that is, making microbes into weapons of war. A Liberian newspaper charged the U.S. with responsibility for the Ebola epidemic. “I have an official Pentagon document proving that the [federal Centers for Disease Control] was doing biowarfare work in Sierra Leone as early as 1988,” said Dr. Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois. “If you look at the predicted fatalities, this will be genocidal.”

Greens Try Create a Political Base in Harlem

Daniel Vila, the Green Party’s candidate to unseat New York Congressman Charles Rangel, said that in the course of meeting thousands of Harlemites on the campaign trail, “not one of them had a good thing to say about Charlie Rangel. That tells me that Harlem wants a change.” Even if the Green ticket loses – which is a certainty – “it creates a base,” said Vila. “Capitalism is in crisis, and it is precisely in these periods that working people look for alternatives.”

Cornel West: Black Leadership Gone Wrong

“Everybody knows we’d have a different kind of Black leadership if Black middle class kids were going to jail at the same level as Black poor children,” said public intellectual Dr. Cornel West, of New York’s Union Theological Seminary. West spoke at a town hall meeting in Seattle. “We’ve got some very, very talented, smart and brilliant Black people in positions of status and prosperity and living well,” said West. “But, they’re still scared and intimidated and afraid to tell the truth, and they don’t want to reach out to the folk who are still catching hell.” West’s new book is titled Black Prophetic Fire.

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: One hour. Click here to download the show.

Detroit: The Dispersal of Urban Black America Begins

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Detroit’s bankruptcy drama is a cover for ethnic and class cleansing. The city’s accelerated Black-removal plan came under scrutiny of United Nations rapporteurs, who found evidence of racial discrimination and human rights abuses. “The water disconnections and housing foreclosures are coordinated prongs of a hyper-aggressive gentrification pincer movement.”

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Freedom Rider: The New York Times Assassinates Michael Brown

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

a href="" target="_blank">Police don’t murder Black people all by themselves; they have accomplices in media. The New York Times routinely “gives aid and comfort to American lynch law.” In the case of Michael Brown, the Times impugned Brown’s character and muddied facts to favor the accused policeman. The cop had other friends in media. “Charles Blow and Van Jones disgracefully made the case for Wilson on CNN and acted as a defense team for him and for all of white America.”

Code Black Alert: Slave Patrols Alive and Well Across America, Killing of Vonderrit Myers – Part II

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

“Policing” in America is an outgrowth of the slave patrols of yesteryear, terror-squads that protected and served the slave master and his profits. The U.S. Criminal Injustice System’s hostility to Black people’s claims to citizenship and dignity remains implacable. “The Black Panther Party was correct in its analysis of the police as an occupying force in the black community.”


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