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    Black Folks are Going Nowhere Until We Discard the Misleadership Class

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The movement in Ferguson has, once again, showed that the Black Misleadership Class acts as the “soft power” for the Mass Black Incarceration State, complimenting the “hard power” of the “world’s most formidable police and prison system.” This perfidious class “rushes to tamp down emotions in places like Ferguson and prevent Blacks from attempting to ‘occupy’ their own communities through genuine civil disobedience or other means.”

    Freedom Rider: Van Jones and Charles Blow Absolve White America

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    U.S. corporate media have made it easy to identify Black “leaders” and “spokespersons” to call on at times of racial crisis. They simply hire them. Van Jones and Charles Blow are part of well paid cadre of Blacks whose main talent is telling white people what they want to hear. “In the glare of black anger they make it clear that they are on the side of the well paying gig which means they are the enemies of the people they are alleged to represent.”

    Organizing 101: Don't Do Another Ferguson March or Rally Without Getting The Digits

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    Spontaneous demonstrations against police murder and violence are happening every day, often pulled together with social media. Is this a movement? Not really, because corporate social media networks and lists are private property. Real organizers know that whenever you get 4, 14, 40 or 400 people to come out you get their digits so you can recontact them independently of Twitter, Facebook, or the radio. It's Organizing 101.

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    Obama Schemes to Attack Syria, Under the Guise of Fighting ISIS

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    “If Obama was serious about wanting to crush ISIS, the best and most logical ally would be Syrian President Assad, whose army has so far prevailed against every flavor of jihadist the U.S. has been able to throw at it.” But the U.S. remains intent on overthrowing Assad, and will conjure up a pretext to attack Syria under cover of fighting ISIS.

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    Justice Dept Refuses For 20 Years To Comply With Federal Law Requiring It To Gather National Police Brutality Stats

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    A 1994 law requires the Justice Dept to gather national status on excessive violence by police. So why have Attorneys General under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations refused to gather the info? Why does the Obama Justice Department ignore this law while it resurrects a century-old espionage statute to prosecute truth telling whistleblowers and reporters? The president and attorney general know what side they're on. Do we?

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    No FEAR Coalition Rallies At Justice Department for Mike Brown and Against Police Brutality and Militarization

    by Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, No FEAR Coalition

    A host of organizations will gather in front of the U.S. Justice Department building, in Washington, to tell Attorney General Eric Holder “the militarized presence in Ferguson must be withdrawn immediately. Further, the national militarization of police forces must be dismantled.” The U.S. criminal justice system behaves as if it’s 1857. “Dred Scott's core values—the very DNA of racism—remain largely the same today.”

    Hail the Heroic Mid-west Bank: Ferguson

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    Working people of Ferguson are still standing tall against
    Judas Quisling Steppin’ Fetchit house Negroz telling them to
    “Get off the streets,” “Go home, “ “Go back to sleep, watching
    Oprah, Ellen, reruns of ‘Roots’”

    The Road to Ferguson and the Necessity of Anti-Imperialist Spirit

    by Danny Haiphong

    There’s a simple reason why the police that brutalize Blacks on the streets of the America look and behave much like U.S. occupation troops abroad: it’s all part of the same global imperial mission. The so-called “’War on Drugs’ was a dual war on the Black community and the oppressed peoples of the world.“

    Rebellion in Ferguson: A Rising Heat in the Suburbs

    by Chris Hedges

    Veteran journalist Chris Hedges explores the “ebb and flow” of the Black liberation movement with veteran organizer Larry Hamm, of Newark, New Jersey’s People’s Organization for Progress. Newly Black towns like Ferguson, Missouri, may become the focus of Black revolt. “Because of demographic changes these rebellions will occur in places that did not rebel previously.”

    Historically, Black Leaders Supported Palestinians; Why Less So Now?

    by Bryan K. Bullock

    Today's silence by black leaders in the face of Israeli aggression against Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip stands in stark contrast to the historic support of the Palestinians by African and African-American leaders.

    Undercover in White America: Why Black Rage is Conscious, Justified, and Long Overdue

    by Colin Jenkins

    The logic of Black rebellion is lost on much of the privileged white population and the corporate media, which perceive Black rage as irrational. However, the Black response to white supremacy “is not ‘senseless’ or ‘visceral’; it is the product of a life full of experiences that have tried to beat them down to their knees.”

    Ferguson – Past is Prologue

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    No matter how you slice and dice the deliberately sparse data, the conclusion is inescapable: “Poor people of color are the enemy that white law enforcement officials must neutralize.”

    Venus and Serena’s Father’s Tale of Southern Injustice: Black and White - The Way I See It

    a review by Norman (Otis) Richmond

    The father who raised two of the greatest tennis players in history was himself the product of southern fried violence and hyper-racism. Richard Williams’ “episode with the Klan alone is worth the price of his autobiography.”

    Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 8/25/14

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 8/25/14

    Obama and ISIS in Dance of Death

    The growing U.S. bombing campaign against the self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria serves no one but war profiteers, said veteran anti-war activist David Swanson. “I know that ISIS had to be aware that slitting throats on camera would result in more bombing, just as President Obama had to be aware that blowing men, women and children up with 500-pound bombs would result in slitting throats,” said Swanson, publisher of the influential web site WarIsACrime.Org. “The beneficiaries of escalation, which is entirely predictable, are the weapons makers.”

    Black Strategies Must Include Self-Defense

    “First and foremost, it is right for our people to rebel,” said Kali Akuno, an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and co-author of the groundbreaking report “Operation Ghetto Storm,” which documented extrajudicial killings of Black Americans under color of law. “I think it boiled over in Ferguson as a result of a transformation in our people’s consciousness, especially our young folks,” said Akuno. “They’ve had enough of the brutality, of being systematically excluded.” Black community self-defense must be part of any organizing strategy. “This has been part and parcel of what we know we have to do in the face of white supremacy and in the face of the brutality that the capitalist system has reserved for us, in particular.”

    Black Passivity is Mentally Unhealthy

    Political protest is therapeutic for Black Americans, said Dr. Vernellia Randall, professor emeritus of law at the University of Dayton and author Dying While Black. “I want us to be less passive, I want us to engage in civil disobedience” – and not the kind of protest-like activities sanctioned by the authorities. “If they’re telling us, Here’s how you can protest, then that, to me, is not civil disobedience,” said Randall. “If you are coloring within the lines that the establishment establishes, then you are putting no pressure on the establishment.”

    Cuba Should Join in Fight for Slavery Reparations

    The young United States was a horrible example of democracy, but it did lead the way in the business of human trafficking. “After the establishment of the United States, it quickly became the leader in the African slave trade to Cuba,” said Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Houston and author of Race to Revolution: The United States and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow. “They also became the leader of the African slave trade to Brazil, helping to account for the fact that Brazil has more people of African descent than any other nation outside Nigeria,” said Horne, who hopes to enlist Cuba in “our journey to claim reparations for the enslavement of Africans in the Americas.”

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    Ferguson Versus the Counter-Insurgency State

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    If the people of Ferguson, Missouri, had remained “calm” in the police killing of Michael Brown, the nation would not be discussing the “militarization” of the police forces. “All the nation’s police departments are following the same drill, with the same tools and weapons, under the same mandate: keep the Blacks in check.” Black folks need to liberate some territory.

    Rosa Clemente: On the Ground In Ferguson MO

    by Rosa Alicia Clemente

    Black Agenda Report is pleased to carry the first on the ground report from Ferguson MO from Rosa Clemente, the 2008 vice-presidential candidate of the Green Party, posted 6AM August 20.

    Freedom Rider: American Terror Lives On

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    After every police atrocity against Black people, white people react with surprise and ask, What went wrong? The answer lies in the central fact of American life and history: white supremacy. “In the absence of any desire to leave the past behind, police brutality is inevitable.”

    No Rights that a White Man is Bound to Respect: The Occupation and Ethnic Cleansing of Africa-America

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

    "The illusion that white supremacy is dead and African-Americans integrated into US society is only sustained during periods of détente.” The people of Ferguson are saying NO to détente with white supremacy.

    Ferguson Unmasks the War on Black America

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Corporate media have discovered that the U.S. police are militarized. Maybe next, they will figure out who the domestic military is waging war against. “Since America tells itself and the rest of the world that it does not make war on its own citizens, the war against Black people had to be called something else – a War on Drugs, or simply a War on Crime.”

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    US Conf of Mayors Ferguson Press Release Shows Complicity, Irrelevance of Black Mayors, the Black Political Class

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

    The vapid 5 sentence press release of the US Conference of Mayors on the unfolding police repression in Ferguson MO shows that our black political class is in a world of its own, where all that matters is justifying their positions and careers, not restraining, much less rolling back American's prison state or its brutal police in the least.

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    Ten Facts About Police Violence in Ferguson Sunday Night

    by Bill Quigley

    Police provocations against the people are creating a brand new cohort of freedom fighters.

    What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson: Net Neutrality, Algorithmic Filtering and Ferguson

    by Zeynep Tufekci

    This timely article explains how Twitter assisted the public in knowing about Ferguson, and essentially forced corporate media to cover it, while Facebook did the opposite. It's a sobering look at how corporate social media helps and hurts public knowledge.

    “Organization is the Weapon of the Oppressed”: Ferguson, Mobilization and Organizing the Resistance!

    by Ajamu Nangwaya

    Event mobilizations may catch media attention, but history’s big footprints are left by large numbers of organized people moving in the same direction. “Our solidarity in action will emerge from us getting together in groups with a program of liberation.”

    Social Service Workers and the Grip of Neo-liberal Capitalism Part Two: Privatization and Austerity's Path of Destruction

    by Danny Haiphong 

    People who become social workers hope to alleviate the conditions that bring misery to their fellow human beings. They soon discover that the system has other plans. “Capitalists have calculated that permanent crisis and the profit-motive cannot exist together in the era of finance without gutting the public sector in the process.”

    The Real “Dirty Wars” in the Horn of Africa

    by Thomas C. Mountain

    While western progressives kept track of Obama’s drone wars around the world, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Somalis starved to death in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia, as a consequence of state policy. The Ethiopian prime minister who engineered the genocide-by-famine “was later eulogized at his funeral by none other than Susan Rice, presently National Security Advisor to Barack Obama.”

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