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    End Police Terror: Sustained Protests Begin at U.S. Justice Department December 1

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

    What do the protesters in Ferguson and their allies around the country want? The Hands Up Coalition has issued a comprehensive list, demanding demilitarization of police, systematic review of all police departments, targeted federal spending for police reform, an end to racial profiling and the criminalization of Blacks, and a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice.

    When the “verdict” drops

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    Media white-out—
    …Wilson’s shots loudest heard?

    Boston’s War of Gentrification and Homelessness is an Extension of War on the World

    by Danny Haiphong

    Boston, like most U.S. cities, is attempting to banish its homeless population. “Working class and poor people, especially Boston's Black residents, are being forced outside” the city. Dedicated activists have mobilized to “address the criminalizatiorica:n of the nation's most oppressed section of the working class, US imperialism's own wretched of the earth.”

    Police Violence in Black Toronto: Cops Act Like “Military Police in Occupied Territories”

    by Ajamu Nangwaya

    The Jane and Finch community is the epicenter of Black Toronto and, not coincidentally, the most intensive arena of police abuse. In Canada, “carding” is the equivalent of U.S. stop-and-frisk. “If the people are able to win victory on the issue of carding, it might build their resolve and confidence to take on other structural or oppressive economic and social issues.”

    Africa’s Dilemma: Transitioning From Where to Where?

    by George Mwai

    Transitional Justice seeks to enable societies to come to terms with legacies of large-scale past abuse, in order to secure accountability, serve justice and achieve reconciliation towards a future that is democratic and free from violence, but its groundings and mechanisms are fraught with multiple dilemmas.

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 11/26/14

    Cornel West and Bob Avakian Dialogue at Riverside Church

    The nation’s foremost Black public intellectual shared the stage with the head of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) at New York’s historic Riverside Church. RCP leader Bob Avakian, an atheist “to the bone,” said: “The movement I envision is one in which people like Cornel and myself can walk together on the road of revolution and emancipation, uniting in struggle to bring about a world in which there will no longer be a wretched of the earth.” His “Christian revolutionary” interlocutor, Dr. Cornel West, of Union Theological Seminary, told the crowd: “This is a unique historical moment. Why? Because, historically, Black rage has always been the central threat to the status quo – not because Black people have a monopoly on truth, goodness or beauty, but because when Black folks wake up, all people who are subordinated and dominated can get in and wake up.”

    Roadblocks to Community Control of Police

    Activists have been trying to set up civilian boards to oversee police for almost 50 years, with only limited success, according to Larry Hamm, chairman of northern New Jersey’s People’s Organization for Progress (POP). “States must confer power on such boards, such as subpoena powers,” said Hamm. Would effective controls on police get through the state legislature in New Jersey and elsewhere? “I would dare say it would not. It’s gonna be a bumpy road.”

    Who Keeps Track of Killer Cops?

    The Black community lacks even the capacity to keep track of abuses committed against it by police departments across the nation, said author and activist Kevin Alexander Gray, of Columbia, South Carolina. “In the past, the NAACP in local areas was the place to report police abuse,” said Gray, an editor of the new book Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence. “Some organization needs to take on that role again. The way things are now, if a person has a complaint against the police department they’ve got to take it to – the police.”

    Haitians Protest Life Under Occupation

    Thousands demonstrated in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, last week, fueled by a variety of grievances, said Ezili Danto, of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network. “They were asking for an end to the U.S. occupation, behind UN guns and private military subcontractors; they were asking that the militarized, Ferguson-like police stop killing the people; and they were asking for mock elections not to continue in Haiti, but for real elections to be held.”

    Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. Click this link to download the show.

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    Freedom Rider: Jackson, Sharpton, Holder and Ferguson

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Those who seek justice for Michael Brown should ignore Reverends Jackson and Sharpton, who serve only themselves and Power. One man can order a federal prosecution of officer Darren Wilson. It’s not Eric Holder, but the attorney general’s boss. “If there is no federal prosecution of Darren Wilson, the political disaster of the Obama presidency will be made crystal clear.”

    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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    Political Prisoners Seek Justice at UN Committee on Torture

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Supporters of U.S. political prisoners, most of them former Black Panthers and all of them senior citizens, faced off against the assembled bureaucracy of the United States, at a meeting of the UN Committee Against Torture, in Geneva, Switzerland, last week. The U.S. Human Rights Network spoke truth to power, while the official Washington delegation “engaged in non-stop obfuscation, semantic contortions, and bald denials of fact.”

    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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    Reasserting Our Humanity in a State of Pre-Liberation

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

    What’s different about Ferguson? The people of that small city “reject Al Sharpton's, and Jesse Jackson's, and Eric Holder's entreaties to work within the system,” because they know the system is rigged. Hopefully, it is a difference only of degree, and the rest of Black America will become similarly enlightened.

    Fo’ an ignut-ass Facebook ‘friend’

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    The Drone Ranger, Deporter-in-
    Chief is a vocalist—ventriloquists
    Hands up his ass, making his
    Mouth move, a mechanical man
    Sitting on knees war profiteers
    Lap-dancing Lockheed-Martin

    Ferguson - Revolt vs. Revolution – The Fire Next Time

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    Will the confrontation that is building in Ferguson and across Black America burst forth as a venting of frustration and rage, or gather the mass and velocity of a mighty movement for fundamental social transformation?

    Bobby Hutton’s Hands Were Up

    by Michelle Renee Matisons

    The modern history of militarized U.S. policing begins with the Black Panther Party’s stand against state repression in Oakland, California, where “Lil’ Bobby” Hutton became one of its first martyrs. When today’s cops “preemptively” brutalize and kill young Black people, “they are warning the next generation of Bobby Huttons to stay home and be afraid.”

    Ten Illegal Police Actions to Watch for in Ferguson

    by Bill Quigley

    Expect the police to deploy their dirtiest tactics against post-grand jury demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri: Provocateurs, snatch squads, false arrests, intimidation, kettling, church raids, noise torture, arrest of reporters – and that’s before the tear gas and rubber bullets.

    Beyond Midterms: Moment of Opportunity for the Left, Not Disappointment

    by Danny Haiphong

    The Democrats are, at least temporarily, in the toilet, and it’s up to a rejuvenated left to flush them. “The people are not yet ready to pull the plug on imperialism, but at the same time expect nothing from it.” That means there is a fertile environment for those willing to fight for transformational social change. “The demise of the Democratic Party is an opportunity to change the dominant narrative.”

    The Kagame-Power Lobby’s Dishonest Attack on BBC Documentary on Rwanda

    by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

    Rwanda has banned the BBC for airing a documentary that reveals the Big Lie told by Paul Kagame and his cronies about what happened in Rwanda in 1994. Kagame and his RPF have for 20 years concealed their primary role in setting off the genocide – in which most victims were Hutus and not Tutsis, contrary to State propaganda amplified by international media and powerful

    enablers. With publication of a new book, this Big Lie is being dismantled.

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 11/17/14

    The “Whitening” of Black Colleges

    Court decisions combined with state and federal policies have led to the “whitening” of HBCUs – Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including Delaware State University, where Dr. Jahi Issa taught until his arrest at a student demonstration in 2012. “We’re looking at over two decades of strategic removal of African American faculty and students,” said Issa, whose multi-part articles titled “How Black Colleges are Turning White: The Ethnic Cleansing of HBCUs in the Age of Obama” are published in Black Agenda Report. This trend, along with falling Black enrollment in historically white institutions and assaults on African American Studies programs, poses an existential threat to Black higher education in the United States. HBCUs will likely continue to exist, but “there just probably won’t be too many Black people there,” said Issa.

    Reparations “Enforcement” is Key

    In recent decades, the struggle for reparations for Africans and their descendants has moved from simple advocacy to “a mode of activism called reparations enforcement,” in which Blacks in various localities target businesses and institutions that have profited from slavery and Jim Crow and present bills for the criminal damages that have been inflicted on Black people, said Kamm Howard, of NCOBRA, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America. The reparations movement needs a revolutionary language that speaks in terms of criminal acts historically committed against Blacks – acts for which there is no statute of limitations, said Howard, speaking at a Black Is Back Coalition teach-in at Howard University, in Washington.

    Defining and Defending U.S. Political Prisoners

    The scores of political activists still languishing in prison are testament to U.S. violation of international law and treaties prohibiting racial discrimination, said Efia Nwangaza, of the Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination, in Greenville, South Carolina. Nwanga has just returned from a United Nations forum in Geneva, Switzerland, at which the U.S. claimed, as always, that it holds no political prisoners. Since the term “political prisoners” is also not part of UN terminology, Nwangaza’s Malcolm X Center and the Jericho Movement speak, instead, on behalf of “Cointelpro and civil rights era political activists and human rights defenders.” In arguing before the UN, Nwangaza maintains that “the focus of Cointelpro” – the FBI’s campaign to neutralize political dissidents – “had a significant racial component and, as a result, a significant impact on the Black liberation struggle.”

    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.

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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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    The Obama Administration.... Standing Up For Poor and Working People Since... Never

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Federal court judges ruled workers forced to stand in line without pay several hours each week before leaving work deserved to be paid. Amazon.com, their boss disagreed and it's now in the Supreme Court. So why did President Obama's Justice and Labor Departments each file briefs agreeing with Amazon and other wage-stealing retailers that bosses should have more freedom to define “work” in ways that allow them to force more unpaid labor from their workforces.

    Freedom Rider: Obama's Feet To The Fire? Not Likely. Not Ever.

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Talk about holding President Obama's feet to the fire was always empty noise, as many making it surely knew. In fact the US political system provides few or no ways for anyone except the wealthy to influence what legislators, judges, governors or presidents do, and many ways to ensure that those (s)elected to high office are disposed to protect the rights of the 1% against the 99%. Clearly, the First Black President is only serving his corporate masters, not serving us.

    Midterm…Mo’ Power to the People!

    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    “Universal suffrage is thus the gauge of the maturity of the working class.
    It cannot and never will be anything more in the modern state; but that is enough."
    —Marx or Engels?

    Corporate media doesn't tell you these things, lots more happened last week than Republican vs Democrats. Big Oil lost referenda in Denton TX, and parts of Ohio where residents banned fracking, in Richmond CA where Chevron sought to hijack local government, and other places besides.

    Rev. Edward Pinkney Convicted of Five Counts of Felony Forgery by Berrien County Jury

    by Abayomi Azikiwe

    An all white jury in Whirlpool's company town, Benton Harbor MI overcame an astounding lack of evidence to convict Rev. Edward Pinkney of forgery on petitions to recall the city's mayor. It's the latest in a long series of willful political prosecutions of Rev. Pinkney. It must not stand.

    Voters Ban Fracking In Texas, California, And Ohio

    by Mike Gaworecki

    Most election coverage tells only about the 2 capitalist parties. But last week saw the beginning of a wave of towns and cities where citizens, against overwhelming amounts of oily cash, passed fracking bans in parts of Texas, Ohio and California. Sometimes elections really do matter.

    Leading Palestinian-American Activist Rasmea Odeh Now a U.S. Political Prisoner

    by Sarah Lazare

    Palestinian activist and torture survivor Rasmea Odeh was found guilty of an immigration violation on Monday by a U.S. federal jury in Detroit, following what her supporters say was an unjust trial for trumped up charges aimed at crushing political movements.

    Fighting Sex Trafficking or Punishing Women?<

    Fighting Sex Trafficking or Punishing Women?

    Originally published at Truthout.org.

    It's time to ask whether new laws targeting "human trafficking" really protecting women, or do they simply criminalize sex workers and consumers while justifying the further expansion of America's vast police and prison states?

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey - Week of 11/10/14

    Call for Massive Demonstrations "the NEXT DAY" If Ferguson Cop Not Indicted

    "Whatever the day is that they come back with no indictment," as widely expected, against the Ferguson, Missouri, policeman that killed unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown, "we should fill the streets of America," said Larry Hamm, chairman of the New Jersey-based People's Organization for Progress (POP). Hamm spoke at a rally and march on the White House by the Black Is Back Coalition for Social justice, Peace and Reparations, of which POP is a member. "And, it shouldn't be a one-day protest," said Hamm. "We should keep the powder lit as long as we can."

    "Peace Through Revolution"

    Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition, affirmed the organization's endorsement of POP's "Next Day" action. Yeshitela told a tech-in at Howard University on the day after the rally: The capitalist world economy is what gave rise to White Power. Europe achieved their identity as a consequence of slavery and colonialism" The fight against imperialism is a struggle for peace, but it requires a total transformation of society - "Peace through Revolution."

    Delegation Fights US Torture of Political Prisoners

    Following through on previous successes in gaining United Nations recognition of US political prisoners, a delegation of US activists, backed by the Jericho Movement, is in Geneva, Switzerland, pressing for substantive change in the treatment and status of men and women imprisoned during the Civil Rights and COINTELPRO repressions. "We know that many of the political prisoners were, in fact, tortured" and that forced confessions contributed to their convictions, said veteran people's lawyer Efia Wangaza, of the Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination, in Greenville, South Carolina. Some political prisoners have been held for four decades, largely in solitary confinement.

    Mumia: It is Right to Resist

    The nation's best known political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal, cites the example of the "Dallas 6," who were charged with riot for protesting torture at the Dallas state prison, in Pennsylvania, in 2010. The inmates go on trial, this week, in Wilkes-Barre. "Stand up for the Dallas 6 for refusing to submit to torture," said Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio. "Stand up for justice and human rights."

    Cornel West and Bob Avakian Examine Religion and Revolution

    Carl Dix, a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), has had half a dozen public dialogues with Black pu pic intellectual Dr. Cornel West, with whom he co-founded the Stop Mass Incarceration Network. This Saturday, November 15, West will engage RCP leader Bob Avakian, at New York's historic Riverside Church - a dialogue that Carl Dix expects to be "even more interesting" because it will explore questions of revolution and religious belief.

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    Midterm Madness! Zombie Dems VS Zombie Repubs, Zombie Consensus Wins Again!

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Democrats lost almost everywhere this midterm, and where they won it wasn't good news for the 99%. Pension-cutting, privatizing, mass incarcerating tax-the-poor and coddle-the-rich Democrats like the incumbent governors of California and New York are pretty hard to tell from Republicans. Both are part of a zombie consensus, animated by something other than the will of the people.

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