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    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.”

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    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.”

    The Naked Class Politics of Ebola

    by James Robb

    Imperialist responses to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa have featured high rhetoric and fear-mongering. It is these same forces that are responsible for the plunder of Africa that exposes the continent to epidemics. In contrast, Cuba has shown outstanding internationalist solidarity.

    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.

    Andrew Young: Prophet of Urban Renewal or Big Oil’s Reverend for Rent?

    by Steve Early

    Former civil rights activist, mayor and congressman Andrew Young spends his octogenarian years in the service of corporations like Nike, Wal-Mart and Chevron, which last year cut Young’s foundation a check for $550,000. Campaigning for Chevron’s favored politician in Richmond, California, “Reverend Young’s rambling after-dinner speech stressed themes dear to the heart of his major donor.”

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    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.

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    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="http://www.blackagendareport.com/node/14481" 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.”

    A Note on the Importance of Black Agenda Report and Why It Deserves Your Support

    by Danny Haiphong

    A strong, independent movement for genuine social transformation, needs its own, battling media. “It was Black Agenda Report that condemned Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and the entire Black Misleadership class for supporting Israel, expanding the American empire's domestic and international war machine, and protecting the rule of Wall Street.”

    University of Revolution

    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    Mass rallies, strikes, pickets, voter registration, armed
    Self-defense; from flash-mobbing miserly Wal-Marts,
    To slipping “Which Side Are You On?” in on the St Louis
    Symphony, to unfurling anti-racist banners on Monday Night
    Football, National TV, revealing inconvenient truths about cold-
    Blooded murder…

    How Black Colleges are Turning White: The Ethnic Cleansing of HBCUs in the Age of Obama, Part II

    by Dr. Jahi Issa

    Black enrollment at historically white universities continues to plummet, while federal support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) crumbles at an accelerated rate under the First Black U.S. President. Meanwhile, many historically Black institutions boast majority white faculties and student bodies – paid for with moneys intended for the education of African Americans. “The end is near as it regards America’s HBCUs.”

    Will the War on Terror Be the Template for the Ebola Crisis?

    by Karen J. Greenberg

    The U.S. response to Ebola already bears similarities to its “war on terror”: the deployment of thousands of troops for an “Ebola surge” in Africa; beefed up border protection and screening; massive security at airports; the tracing of people’s of contact patterns; resort to a policy of detention, i.e. quarantine; and an aura for secrecy about the nature of the “threat.” The mood is becoming eerily similar to the post-9/11 period.

    From the Simbas to Ebola: Homage to Havana

    by Mandisi Majavu

    Cuba’s phenomenal response to the Ebola crisis is just the latest in a half century of unwavering commitment to the people of Africa. “Havana’s involvement in Africa has always been based on solidarity, while European colonizers like the Belgians plundered Congo and murdered millions of Congolese in order to gain access to its natural resources.”

    If You Think Ebola Is Dangerous…

    by Reverend Reynard N. Blake, Jr

    >Fear-mongering
    Corporate media transmits Ebola
    Instead of promoting health
    Sensationalism turns people into victims
    Emergency rooms overflow
    Reaction to those that really need help--slow

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    Pennsylvania Enacts Bill to Silence Prisoners – Especially Mumia Abu Jamal

    A new law would curtail the speech of prisoners held by the State of Pennsylvania on the grounds that their utterances and writings might cause “mental anguish” to crime victims. “It’s a backlash, it’s a repressive law,” said Dr. Johanna Fernandez, professor of history at Baruch College and a supporter of Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. “It suggests that authorities are feeling the heat of emerging movements against police brutality and mass incarceration.”

    Speaking from Frackville State Prison, Mumia Abu Jamal said the legislation proves Pennsylvania’s government “doesn’t give a white about their own Constitution, nor about the United States Constitution. I welcome that, because it proves that they are the outlaws.” Police organizations were outraged that Abu Jamal was allowed to give a commencement speech at Vermont’s Goddard College.

    Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration

    Police and FBI personnel have reverted to throwing around the old term “outside agitators” to describe activists that have journeyed to Ferguson, Missouri, to protest the U.S. criminal justice system. “They’re picking up the terminology of George Wallace, Bull Connor and the like,” said Carl Dix, of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, who was arrested along with fellow co-founder Dr. Cornel West, in Ferguson, last week. The point “is to divide the movement to transform the status quo.” Nationwide actions to resist police brutality, mass incarceration and criminalization of Black people are set for October 22.

    Prop 47 Would Dramatically Reduce Incarceration in California

    The online activist outfit Color of Change has thrown its weight behind passage of Proposition 47, a ballot initiative that would reclassify some nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and redirect prison funding to programs for transition to life on the outside. “It would impact up to 10,000 people who are currently incarcerated” and spare thousands more from being “overcharged” for offenses, said Matt Nelson, organizing director for Color of Change. Moreover, said Nelson, passage would go far to “make it unacceptable to have such high rates of incarceration, which really start in a racially biased culture.”

    Next Round: Rev. Pinkney vs. Whirlpool in Benton Harbor

    Community activist Rev. Edward Pinkney goes on trial October 27 on charges of altering signatures on petitions to recall the mayor of Benton Harbor, Michigan, a mostly Black town long dominated by the giant Whirlpool Corporation. “They’re counting on an all-white jury that is motivated by something other than the truth,” said Pinkney, leader of the fight to recall Mayor James Hightower. Whirlpool and county police authorities “would do anything – I believe they would even kill – to keep him in office, because he is the corporate puppet,” said Pinkney.

    Temple University Students Supplement “Africology” with DuBois

    Students at Philadelphia’s Temple University are holding their own W.E.B. Dubois lecture series to make up for what’s missing from the new “Africology” courses instituted by Dr. Molefi Asante, chairman of the recently renamed African American Studies department. Asante refused to renew the contract of Duboisian scholar Dr. Anthony Monteiro. “We feel a critical analysis, historically, politically and economically, through the vantage of African American struggle, is lacking” under the Africology regime, said student organizer Sabrina Sample. Asante’s agenda has been to “eliminate any competition with Afro-centric ideology within the department.”

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    Obama’s Cynical, Stilted Response to Ebola vs. Cuba’s Magnificent Mobilization

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    President Obama initially offered Ebola-afflicted West Africa “a paltry $22 million to set up a 25-bed field hospital in Liberia at a time when literally thousands of beds – and health care professionals – were needed if there was to be any hope of containment.” Cuba, on the other hand, “fielded the single biggest medical force on the Ebola frontline...totally showing up the United States.”

    Freedom Rider: Privatized Ebola

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has used its billions to capture control of the World Health Organization and determine who lives and dies from Ebola. As a result, “While African governments and aid organizations sounded the alarm the WHO did little” to contain the disease or mitigate the suffering. “The principles of public health should be carried out by knowledgeable medical professionals who are not dependent upon rich people for their jobs.”

    Organizing 102: After Getting the Digits of Those Who Show Up, Call Everybody Back Within A Week

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

    There's a myth that mass movements are born at mag moments when everybody discovers some new outrage on social media, and spills into the street. In the real world movements are built by conscious deliberate organizers extending face to face networks, and offering participants many more ways to get involved than the mere “likes” an emoticons or retweets permitted by social media. Here's the second in our series of brief organizing primers. Be sure to follow the links inside.
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    FBI and Local Cops Jointly Track “Outside Agitators”

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The FBI is making no effort to hide that national counter-insurgency operation is in motion, targeting “outside agitators” who who might spread the Ferguson contagion across the country. The FBI is openly coordinating with local police chiefs in anticipation of violence if a grand jury does not indict the cop that killed Michael Brown. The larger purpose is to head off the rise of a grassroots movement for genuine social transformation.
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    Code Black Alert: Slave Patrols Alive and Well Across America, Part 1 – Killing Vonderrit Myers

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

    Black America long ago came to a consensus on the lawlessness and malevolence of U..S. police institutions. “We have arrived at this point in American history where we don’t need to be polite, or feign ignorance of intentional murder of black boys and men.” The only subjects worthy of debate are the root causes and how to fight our way out of this death trap called the United States.

    Homage to the Freedom-Fighting Freeman Bros

    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    The Freedom-fighting Freeman Bros are Heroes, now, just as they were back then,
    Stellar, like the Nicholas Bros to tap dancing
    The Alou, Alomar and knuckle-balling
    Niekro and 3rd base Boyer Bros to baseball
    Like the Heath, Marsalis and Jones Bros to Jazz

    “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten”—Ashanti Proverb

    Ten Facts about Being Homeless in USA

    by Bill Quigley 

    The “unseen hand” of neo-liberal capitalism has swept millions into the streets of the United States, where authorities seek to render homelessness, itself, unseen. Below are some essential facts about the legions of Americans whose right to shelter is unfulfilled.

    On October 15, the United Nations Will Fail Haiti Once AgainOn October 15, the United Nations Will Fail Haiti Once Again

    by Kevin Edmonds and Ajamu Nangwaya

    MINUSTAH’s “record of engaging in acts of extrajudicial murder, sexual assault, suppressing peaceful political protests, undermining democracy and introducing cholera into Haiti are more than enough grounds to revoke its mandate.” However, the chances that the UN Security Council will withdraw the “peacekeeper’s” mandate, are slim. The imperial powers oppose the very concept the Haitian sovereignty.

    Critical Times: The Boston School Bus Drivers and the Necessity of Political Education

    by Danny Haiphong

    A courageous, overwhelmingly non-white bus drivers union is locked in struggle with the multinational Veolia corporation, a classic plunderer whose goal is to “dismember the most radical union in the city.” USW Local 8751 not only fights for children’s safety and a decent wage, “the leadership has fought for the self-determination of oppressed people all over the globe since the union's inception.”

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