Youth Leads the Struggle in Chicago

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The supremely arrogant Mayor “Rahmbo” Emanuel has been temporarily chastened by the drumbeat of protests against the killing of Laquan McDonald, shot 16 times by a Chicago cop. Even much of the local Black Misleadership Class has found it necessary to “take a stance in opposition to Mayor Emanuel and the white corporate forces that he represents” – if only for the moment. Young people must stand fast with their “transformative demands.”


Why Isn't Sen. Kirk's “Chicago Will Become Detroit” Threat National News?

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon


Chicago could become Detroit, an Illinois Senator threatened on March 2, if Chicago fails to re-elect Rahm Emanuel. Staring down this threat tells us a lot about how the game is, and ought to be played.


Where is the Dream? Black Progressives Face Challenges in Organizing

by James Thindwa

Despite the fact that a remarkable 90 percent of African Americans oppose the Iraq War, Black "leadership" is in full flight from the progressive agenda. "This retreat," says the author, "is implicated in black demobilization not only around the Iraq War, but in other aspects of black social, economic and political life." The corporate offensive that has cowed Black electoral and civic luminaries into shameful submission has wreaked havoc in Chicago, where progressive organizers confront corporate-erected obstacles at every turn. Wal-Mart has succeeded in suborning a host of Chicago Black elected officials and ministers on the strength of the mega-company's bottomless corporate pockets - a scenario that is replicated across the length and breadth of Black America.


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