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    When the System Provides No Remedies to Torture, You Must Overthrow It

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The United States got a black eye from the UN Committee Against Torture, last week, in a report that was deeply influenced by events in Ferguson and the endemic, full-spectrum criminality practiced by police in places like Chicago. However, “U.S. law does not even define what torture is, or set any standard to measure it” – proof that there is no intention of abolishing torture in the U.S. Thus, there is no alternative but to dismantle the system.


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    Bottomless Cynicism and Contempt For Immigrant Communities: Obama's Long-Awaited “Executive Action” on Immigration

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    President Obama's so-called "bold executive action" on immigration is not a victory for the grassroots movements in immigrant communities. It's an old bone with rotten meat, more evidence of their bottomless contempt for Democrats' so-called "base voters", especially those of color.


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    War on the Down-Low: Obama’s Afghan Lies

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    In secrecy and deceit, President Obama reversed his promised phase-out of the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan. Which simply proves that Obama “is no different than any other U.S. imperial leader – except that he is a more accomplished liar than most.
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    If “The Economy is Recovering” Why Is There a Surge in Homeless Children?

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Corporate media and politicians of both capitalist parties agree there is no story, no political issue on poverty or homelessness, at the same time child homelessness reached unheard of proportions. How much clearer can it be that homelessness is a fairly predictable outcome of capitalism?


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    Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton & the Arkansas Two Step

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    When former president Bill Clinton utters doubts about charter schools before an audience of “philanthropists” some want to imagine Hillary won't double down on Obama's school privatizations? Those are folks who don't remember the “peace dividend” and who can't hear the dance music playing.


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    Ferguson Struggle Has Already Altered Black Politics

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    In the three months since Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, the appeal of grassroots movement politics has grown stronger and the influence of the Black Misleadership Class has notably weakened. Black folks are remembering a lesson that had largely been forgotten: “the power is in the streets.”


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    #AfterFerguson: It's Organizing 104 – The Workshop

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    People of concern and conscience will mobilize in scores of US towns and cities the day after the grand jury announces its verdict in the case of Ferguson's Michael Brown under the flag of #AfterFerguson. In Organizing 104, the latest of our ongoing series of tips for would-be movement organizers we challenge activists who want to be organizers to make #AfterFerguson the workshop for implementing the lessons of Organizing 101, 102 and 103.


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    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.”


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    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.


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    “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.”


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