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Haitians Need National Sovereignty Most of All

Framing Haiti as a charity case is insulting and wrong, said Pierre Labossiere, co-founder of the Haiti Action Committee. “The kind of support we need is to denounce the repression that has been imposed on the people of Haiti” since the U.S.-backed coup of 2004. Haiti doesn’t need handouts, said Labossiere; it needs solidarity in the struggle to resist the foreign “conspiracy to rob the country of its resources.”

Black Folk in Dark Times

Black academics and activists gathered at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, for a “Workshop on Sovereignty, Citizenship and Freedom.” Organized by Dr. Jemima Pierre, an anthropologist, and historian Dr. Peter Hudson, the event was titled “Black Folk in Dark Times.” Author and community organizer Kevin Alexander Gray, from Columbia, South Carolina, looks forward to Barack Obama’s exit from the White House, in two years. Under the First Black President, “we bought into this idea of endless war, and we bought into the idea of star chambers where people are denied due process,” said Gray, author of Waiting for Lightning to Strike: The Fundamentals of Black Politics.

Dr. Christina Sharpe, a professor of English at Tufts University, spoke of “ways of seeing and imagining responses to terror in the varied and various ways that our Black lives are lived under occupation.” She is author of Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects.

Dr. Maboula Soumahoro, an English professor born in France to Ivory Coast parents, told the gathering that “Afropea, Black Europe, is in the making.” “In my view,” she said, “Arabs and Muslims, sub-Saharan Africans, Afro-descended people born in France, people from the Caribbean…Asians of all kinds, Roma communities and all people of color are all Black” in France. Soumahoro is editor of the acclaimed essay collection, Constructing Black France: A Transatlantic Dialogue.

Mumia: A Half-Century of Civil Wrongs

“For the Black bourgeoisie,” the 50 years since passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act “has been a rush of opportunity and entre into doors once closed to them,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, in a report for Prison Radio. However, “for the Black poor and working class,” mass incarceration has made “civil rights as ancient and distant as Reconstruction.”

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CNN's Chicagoland: An 8 Part Miniseries Campaign Commercial For Rahm Emanuel and Urban Neoliberalism

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

CNN's Chicagoland "documentary" is an 8 part wet kiss for Rahm Emanuel & neoliberalism by the same crew that made Brick City, a propaganda flick to boost the career of Newark's Corey Booker prior to his re-election campaign.  Black Agenda Report talked to a few real Chicagoans about what it does and doesn't show or tell, and why.

Freedom Rider:Charter School Corruption

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Charter schools are the inventions of rightwing corporations and foundations, and serve as profit centers for the filthy rich. Given that these are the people who run American society, it is no surprise that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio “got his head handed to him” when he clashed with charter school interests. “The mayor’s little nod to protecting public education was no match for big money.”

Al Sharpton: King Rat

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The fact that Al Sharpton is the administration’s “made man” tells us a great deal about what President Obama’s team really thinks about Black people. The White House seems drawn to Sharpton’s amorality and infinite capacity for corruption – his usefulness as pit bull and King Rat.

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GA Poised To Greatly Expand Predatory Private Probation Industry -- Unless You Call Now

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

Georgia, which already leads the nation with 1 in 13 adults in prisons, jails, court & correctional supervision of all kinds, is poised to greatly expand the private probation industry, to shield it from revealing the amounts of money and number of cases it handles, and to saddle the families of offenders with its cost. Call GA Governor Nathan Deal at 404-656-1776 and ask him to veto HB 837 which is now on his desk. Do it today.

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Racism Sin Vergüenza in the Venezuelan Counter-Revolution

by Arlene Eisen

For sheer racist hatred, the young Venezuelan “protesters” championed by the U.S. government and corporate media could rival that found in the Ku Klux Klan or any other of the white supremacist formations that pepper U.S. history. “Racism is one of the main engines and expression of the counter-revolution.”

Examining the Existence of Fascism in the United States

by Danny Haiphong

Is the U.S. a fascist society? It’s a classic fit – a country where “the relationship between the state and corporation becomes indiscernible,” militarism is the highest value, and demonization of the Other is the organizing principle of the ruling circles and state.

Deja Vu (On Progressives Sleeping with Racists)

by Vi Ransel

So-called "’progressive,’ post-racial collaboration with overt and/or covert racists only enables the acceleration of discrimination, exploitation, impoverishment and police state tactics.” This absolutely applies to those “progressives” who seek common cause with Ron and Rand Paul. Rand’s former campaign spokesman used to wish people “Happy Nigger Day” on MLK’s birthday, while father Ron called Dr. King’s holiday “our annual Hate Whitey Day.”

Mummies

by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

I’d rather see hit men from the Five Families

Lecturing gang-bangers on gun violence,

Than see the U.S. prancing ‘round the world

Like a peacock, pontificating ‘bout democracy!

Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 4/9/14

Cornel West: Integrity is Key to Liberation

“They are closing our schools, they’re foreclosing our homes, closing our libraries, closing the factories, closing the post office,” said Larry Hamm, president of the Newark-based People’s Organization for Progress. “They continue to do it, because they have not yet met the countervailing force that can stop them from doing,” he told the Bethany Baptist Church crowd. Hamm then directed the question to the evening’s speaker, noted public intellectual Dr. Cornel West, of New York’s Union Theological Seminary. “How do we build this countervailing force?”

Organizing for liberation requires “three things,” said Dr. West. “Your vision, and the courage behind your vision. Your analysis; Do you really understand what you’re up against? And then, the organizing and mobilizing that has to take place.” Integrity is key. “When you confront a system that either buys off your leaders, lies on your leaders, or kills them, the freest persons are always those who have an absolute commitment to integrity and decency, and are willing to go under.”

Pressure Mounts on Temple University in Monteiro Firing

Students and community organizations plan a series of actions to protest Temple University’s firing of African American Studies professor Dr. Anthony Monteiro. A student walkout is set for this Wednesday and, next week, Philadelphia community groups will march on the campus seeking justice for Monteiro, a fair contract for university employees, and against gentrification of the Black neighborhoods that surround Temple. People recognize that “injustice to the community has gone hand in hand with this injustice to me,” said Monteiro. African American Studies chairman Dr. Molefi Asante has resorted to red-baiting to defend his complicity in Monteiro’s firing. Asante argues “that I am a radical, that I’m a Marxist, that I’m a socialist and, therefore, I don’t fit into his view of African American Studies at Temple,” said Monteiro.

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U.S. Deploys More Special Forces in Search of Kony, Africa’s Stand-in for Osama bin Laden

by executive editor Glen Ford

The latest deployment of U.S. Special Forces aircraft to central Africa is an escalation of an effective U.S. occupation of the continent, via AFRICOM and subservient indigenous armies. “AFRICOM’s mission is to lock the continent in a cage of steel, to imprison it in the imperial orbit.” President Obama casts Joseph Kony in the role of Africa’s Osama bin Laden, to justify the military buildup.

Freedom Rider: Obama’s Imperialism

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberly

A dying empire is a dangerous place. “The western capitalists are trying to stave off their own economic collapse by destroying nations who may be strong enough to keep them and their designs at bay, namely Venezuela, Russia, China and Iran.” The imperialists won’t go quietly.

Armstrong Williams Wants “Diversity” Favor from FCC

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Sometime in the late Seventies, the Black political class decided that ownership of media was more important than making programming that is accountable to the African American public. Today, Blacks neither own nor control the TV programming they consume. Except for Armstrong Williams, the “rightwing propagandist and hustler” who wants the FCC to favor him with a diversity ruling.

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Left-right White Solidarity? A comment on the New Face of 21st Century Neo-Fascism – Part One

by Ajamu Baraka

The U.S.-European “Left’s” tepid – and even supportive – response to NATO’s destabilization of Ukraine reveals the deep workings of white supremacy on the “western” mind. We face the specter of a “left-right convergence” to save the global imperial project. How else to explain widespread “leftist” acceptance of racist doctrines like “humanitarian intervention” and “responsibility to protect?”

Africa Beware of Imperialism’s Fatherly Advice

by Mark P. Fancher

Washington’s military tentacles daily tighten their grip on Africa, in ever deepening collusion with France. “Allowing the U.S., France and others to essentially take charge of Africa’s militaries creates or maintains an almost childlike dependence on imperialist forces.”

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