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Freedom Rider: U.S. Turns Teen into “Terrorist”

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The U.S government has sentenced a 17-year old to 11 years in a adult prison for little more than expressing admiration for ISIS. The youth’s offenses included trolling a State Department web site established to dissuade young people from jihadism. Yet Washington and its allies gave birth to the international jihadist movement. “The United States created the monster and now wants to punish anyone who interacts with it.”

Making Black Lives Matter in Riohacha, Colombia

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The organized descendants of Africans in Colombia have some lessons to share with Blacks in the U.S. For one thing, it would be “inconceivable” for any Afro-Colombian organizer, “no matter how inexperience, to get into a meeting with a presidential aspirate and frame a question around what that person ‘felt’ about their role as an oppressor.”

Glen Ford: Solidarity 2009

by the editors

Glen Ford discusses the conflict between the tendencies of Black elevation (Black faces in high places) and self determination in the Black community. He describes how many Black leftists could simultaneously be revolutionaries and support Barack Obama. Ford gives a history of right wing attempts to grab Black support through the creation of Black corporate Democrats like Cory Booker and Barack Obama.

Glen Ford at Black is Black Coalition National Annual Conference-- August 16

by the editors

Glen Ford addresses the collapse of the Left, especially the Black Left as Obama began his first campaign for president. Ford asserts that there was “liquidation of Black politics” as many Black leftists became “Obamites,” that real black politics were buried under the euphoria around the first Black president.

Glen Ford: U.S. Imperialism Hopping on Just One Leg

by the editors

Glen Ford exposes the U.S. plan to maintain economic and political power to combat China and other “third world” countries' growing economic power. Ford connects European colonization, war, and racism to U.S. imperialism in the Asian countries, and asserts that the U.S. will be unable to contain the growing economic power of China and other Asian nations.

Glen Ford at the Black is Back Coalition's National Conference on Black Community Control of Police

by the editors

Glen Ford discusses the recent murders of black people to a “Black Mass Incarceration State” and its connections to the “Black Mis-Leadership Class.” Ford holds accountable the white power structure AND the black leaders who voted and supported increased funding for police, increased weapons, and funding for the mass incarceration state.

The Fugitive Slave Act of 2015

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

The Black female mayor of the nation’s capital wants to launch a dragnet against ex-offenders in the community, targeting them for search and bodily seizure on the streets or in their homes, any time of day or night. Muriel Bowser’s draconian measure “would bring back the repressive and racist 18th Century notion that “once a ‘slave,’ always a ‘slave.’”

On Black Lives Matter, Hillary Clinton, and the Necessity of Demands

by Danny Haiphong

Why ask what lies in Hillary Clinton’s heart? She has already shown the world that she loves war and bankers. When #BlackLivesMatter activists inquired of her inner feelings, Clinton lectured them “about what she believed was their flawed strategy” and “told them to change laws and policies, not minds.” Clinton’s record is clear: “Her racist and anti-working class policies have ruined countless lives.”

South Sudan Conflict Won't End Until Oil Wealth Benefits South Sudanese: An Interview with Horace Campbell

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by Ann Garrison

Scholar Horace Campbell warns that unaccountable leaders and foreign interests cannot bring justice to the people of war-torn South Sudan. The United States bear heavy responsibility. “People around Barack Obama himself, like Gayle Smith, people from the Enough Project, Susan Rice, have been involved in this disaster from the beginning.”

Glen Ford: Corporate Assault on Public Education

by the editors

Glen Ford discusses the connections between public education and the rise of corporate Democrats. Ford specifically denounces Cory Booker, a Democrat who has ties to right wing organizations. Describing the actions and policies of Cory Booker and Barack Obama, Ford calls out the Democratic Party's agenda to privatize public education, a right wing agenda disguised as liberal policy.

Glen Ford Speaks about the Black “Mis-Leadership” Class

by the editors

Glen Ford discusses the connections between Cory Booker and Democrats to the right wing Bradley Foundation. Ford denounces the various leaders handpicked and paid by organizations like the Bradley Foundation. The rise of Black corporate Democrats who promote right wing agendas gave more power to an existing that Ford calls “Black Mis-Leadership Class.”

Rockcat Stadium “Development” Blasted by Glen Ford

by the editors

Glen Ford blasts the development of the Rockcat Stadium. Ford asserts that the burden of the costs would fall on black and brown communities. Ford connects heavily funded projects like these to ethnic cleansing due to the dynamics of racism in a capitalist system.

Organizing, Not Activism: Chicago's Dyett HS Hunger Strikers Mark 11th Day Resisting Closing & Privatization of Their School

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Activism is showing up, speaking out, demonstrating here, tweeting there, disrupting that and blogging that. But activists are only responsible to themselves. Organizing, as Chicago's Jitu Brown points out, is entirely different from mere activism. Organizers are responsible to communities, they raise up leaders from among those who've been told they cannot and do not deserve to win.  #FightForDyett

Katrina: The Logic of Genocide

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The best thing that could happen to poor Black people is for a Katrina-like catastrophe to hit their city, scattering them to the four corners of the country. So says an article in a leading “liberal” magazine, which maintains that “the forced exodus of Katrina should be replicated as public policy, for the good of both the purposely displaced and society as a whole.” In the real world, white supremacy and capitalism created the ghettos.

Freedom Rider: Bernie Sanders' Conservative Foreign Policy

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Bernie Sanders and his supporters claim he is different, a breath of fresh air. Yet he “won’t state for the record how his foreign policy differs” from Clinton and the Republicans. “He doesn’t question why the United States has the right to dictate policy to another nation” and “repeats the same discredited mantra" as Obama on the nuclear threat from Iran – a threat that even the CIA has declared never existed. Socialism? He won’t even say the word.

Carl Dix: Revolutionary Communist – Fighting the Plague of Mass Incarceration

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Veteran activist Carl Dix discusses his early incarceration and how he became a revolutionary and a major figure in the fight against mass incarceration. The capitalist system has no place for Black and brown youth in this country. Its solution has been “to unleash its police like occupying armies in the ghettos and barrios across the country, to pass laws that target Blacks and Latinos and to build prisons to warehouse them in.”

#FightForDyett -- What Real Organizing Looks Like: South Side Chicago Parents Stage Hunger Strike at Dyett High School

by the Real News Network

Call Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel's office at 312-744-3300. Tell him the whole world is watching, he can give the parents their high school back RIGHT NOW. Call Alderman Will Burns at 773-536-8103 with the same message."

Concerning Reactionaries and Thugs: The New Black Panther Party

by Elbert “Big Man” Howard

The recent assault on former Black Panther and 19-year political prisoner Dhoruba Bin Wahad reveals, once again, that the so-called New Black Panther Party is a collection of provocateurs and would-be assassins. “Although they stole our Ten Point Platform and Program and then twisted it for their own negative purposes, they have no political consciousness, no program or agenda for serving the community, the Black race, or any oppressed people.”

Hiding in Plain Sight: The History of the War on Drugs

by Paul Bermanzohn

    The War on Drugs was a direct response to the African American uprisings of the 1960s. Three hundred cities rose in Black rebellion. A a fervor for change spread across the land. Richard Nixon “emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.” The mass Black incarceration regime was set in motion.

    Non-Profits and the Pacification of the Black Lives Matter Movement

    by Brendan McQuade

    It takes many actors to pacify a rebellion. Police repression is only one tool, and often counterproductive. In Chicago, the ACLU hijacked local legislation that would have enhanced the Black community’s power over the police, in favor of an agreement that papers over the contradictions between the cops and the people.

    Black Children’s Dreams Crushed on a Field of Nightmares

    by Mark P. Fancher

    Organized Little League baseball last year stripped Chicago’s champion Jackie Robinson West team of their World Series title. The injustice blends their anguished voices “with those of today’s young black scholars who are unfairly suspended or expelled and then shoved through a school-to-prison pipeline.” Dreams can be great motivators, but “at a certain point a dream can become dangerous self-delusion.”

    Color Blind or Just Blind

    by Dr. T.P. Wilkinson

    Liberals, the Phony Left, and the supine Black Misleadership Class spread the false gospel that, as bad as things are, they are far better than they used to be. But what could be uglier than summary police murder of Black people, mass Black incarceration, or the dispossession of thousands of Blacks from their homes? The arc of in-justice is also long. “By the time Martin Luther King had finally realized that Malcolm X was right, he too was dead.”

    #BlackLivesMatter Performs a Self-Humiliation at Hillary Clinton’s Hands

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Hillary Clinton found it easy to reduce a #BlackLivesMatter delegation to “school children at an elementary civics class,” when they met with her last week. Clinton lectured the activists on the need to make demands on politicians, when all they wanted to do was talk about “what in your heart has changed that’s gonna change the direction of this country?” The #BLM set out on a path that leads inevitably to cooptation, and quickly arrived at public humiliation.

    Freedom Rider: Katrina in the White Imagination

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan could not contain his gratitude to Hurricane Katrina, which killed or permanently displaced much of New Orleans’ Black residents. Other whites “wondered why they could not have been fortunate enough to have a black population swept out of town in a matter of days.” Katrina was welcomed by millions of whites as an opportunity for economic and ethnic “renewal” – a rationale that would justify genocide.

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