Black Agenda Radio for Week of July 25, 2016

Activists Take the Fight to Cops’ “Doorsteps”

The Fraternal Order of Police is “the most dangerous fraternity in all of America,” said Samantha Masters, spokesperson for the Black Youth Project 100 and Black Lives Matter DC activists that occupied the grounds of the police union’s lobbying operation in Washington, last week. Other activists staged a sit-in at the New York City offices of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. “The people who are protecting these killer cops are police unions,” said Masters. “They ensure there is a blue wall of silence, and that police officers are rewarded for the really horrible acts they commit. We are taking the fight to their doorsteps.”

The Sad Saga of Police Impunity in Baltimore

With yet another acquittal of police involved In the death of Freddie Gray, Blacks in Baltimore are concluding that “there is no ability to hold officers accountable for any criminal conduct when they are performing their duty as an officer,” said Jill Carter, a defense attorney and delegate to the Maryland state legislature. “My greatest fear is that police officers will become more arrogant, more cocky” in the knowledge that they are, in practice, immune to punishment.

Mumia on “Trump’s Triumph”

“The Republican National Convention was not a presidential event, but a celebration of ego, anger and gross wealth,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. Reporting for Prison Radio, he described the GOP gathering, in Cleveland, as “an echo chamber of seething hatreds, mass ego, revenge fantasies and white nationalism.” Trump’s victory over the party establishment “is the political equivalent to a hostile takeover in business. You loot the company and leave it a bankrupt shell.”

Sanders Supporters Going Green

Dr. Margaret Flowers, the Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate from Maryland, is a co-author of a series of letters urging various constituencies to break with the duopoly electoral system. “It’s already happening,” said Flowers, an honorary co-chair of the Green Party’s presidential nominating convention, in August. “For the Jill Stein campaign, it’s just been astronomical. Donations are pouring in, along with volunteers, and social media has really taken off. To me, it’s very gratifying to see that people are not falling for this lesser evil argument that is presented every four years.”

Black Men for Bernie Activist Rejects Democrats

“I have no love relationship with the Democratic Party at this point, for sure,” said Bruce Carter, a former activist with Black Men for Bernie. Carter journeyed to Philadelphia for the Democratic convention – but not to cheer for Hillary. “We want to make sure that people understand that, if there’s going to be a true level of change, it has to come from within communities and the people on the ground”

Brazil’s Coup Government Targets Blacks, Natives, Women, Poor

At about the same time in mid-August, the Olympic Games and the impeachment trial of elected president Dilma Rousseff will begin, in Brazil. The leaders of the so-called “soft coup” against the Workers Party leader have moved quickly to “transform the main institutions in the country, including ministries of human rights and racial equality, women, agricultural development, communications, and culture,” said Maria Luisa Mendonca, director of Brazil’s Network for Social Justice and Human Rights and a professor of international relations at the University of Rio de Janeiro. “We see an increasing repression against social movements, and against indigenous people that are mobilizing in defense of their land,” said Mendonca.

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Ready Or Not, the Black Movement Enters a New Stage

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Black youth in the U.S. have crossed a kind of Rubicon, and the rulers are fearful — and so are their henchmen in the Black Misleadership Class. “When a Black beauty queen calls Micah Johnson ‘a martyr,’ we know that the movement’s values have been internalized by a broad strata of the Black public.” Both wings of the duopoly are issuing dark threats of repression — a clear sign that those in power feel genuinely threatened.

Blowback: Does the US Military Incubate Brutal, Abusive Cops Along With Their Deranged, Disconnected Shooters?

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

Malicious authoritarians in both parties peddle fantasies connecting Black Lives Matter and the broad movement of millions against police immunity and impunity for violent acts against civilians with the deranged shooters of cops in Dallas and Baton Rouge. The connection they won’t talk about is that both the shooters and many violent and abusive police first practiced their trade in the twisted and deranged world of the US military.

 
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Freedom Rider: Gavin Long’s Last Words

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

So-called “responsible” Black folks may dismiss the young Black veteran gunmen of Dallas and Baton Rouge as deranged, but who are really “the crazy ones” – those who believe the racist system will change under the pressure of peaceful protest, or those, like Gavin Long, who maintain that revolutions are won “through fighting back through bloodshed”? Black folks will have to wrestle with this question without interference from corporate voices.

Hillary and Bill Clinton: Specialists in Black Misery, Foreign and Domestic

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

In the 1990s the Clinton Power Couple destroyed welfare as we knew it and threw millions of poor people to the wolves, while imprisoning more Blacks than any previous administration in history. In Haiti, the Clintons rigged elections and preached that poverty is a competitive advantage. So, how in Hell did these two world class racists get a reputation as friends of Black people?

 
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Thanks, Mama Harriet

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

The finest young people of every era are always those most impatient with injustice. It is they who are the heirs of Harriet Tubman and the maroon leader Zumbi dos Palmares. On our behalf, the poet acknowledges them.

Micah Xavier Johnson and Gavin Long: Seventeen Reasons

by Paul Street

After having for centuries treated Black people, especially young Black men, as existential dangers to the (white) nation, U.S. rulers act surprised that the day of the Black American Sniper has dawned. There’s nothing complex about Gavin Long and Micah Johnson’s actions. They wanted to “exact Black revenge on, and to set limits to, racist police violence.” If racist police violence continues, expect similar responses.

AFRICOM: Ready to Sabotage the Revolution

by Mark P. Fancher

The U.S. Military Command in Africa, AFRICOM, is the West’s standing army on the continent, guardian of multinational corporations and the natural and human resources that keep the North America and Europe on top. AFRICOM claims its mission is “anti-terrorism” – a catch-all, “convenient excuse for AFRICOM to interfere with legitimate efforts to achieve African self-determination.”

“Black-on-Black Violence”: Red-Herrings and Mass Gaslighting

by Ken Peeples

In the U.S., homicide is largely segregated by race – except when police are involved. But “white-on-white violence is almost never discussed,” despite the fact that most mass killings involve white perpetrators and mainly white victims. There is a very important difference between intra-Black homicide and police killings of Blacks: “When Black people kill Black people, they go to jail.  This rarely happens with police officers.”

The “Fundamentalism” in Police Operations

by Steve Martinot

Police thinking resembles the circular reasoning of religious zealotry. “Against the pretense of an equality of persons, or equality of races, or a diversity of cultures, the police counterpose the law, but a law that has become the police as a law unto themselves through their impunity.” They command and control the rest of us. In cities and counties, “the police are a more powerful political organization than civilian government.”

Obama and Clinton Collude to Ram TPP through Lame Duck Congress

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by Ann Garrison and John Banister

Barack Obama may get one last chance to arrive at a “Grand Bargain” with the Republicans, in the lame duck session of Congress following the November election. That’s when he might push a vote for his Trans Pacific Partnership corporate rights legislation, which is strong in the GOP but weak with Democrats. Bill Clinton, Obama’s political mentor, showed the way when he rammed through NAFTA against the wishes of his own party, a generation ago.

Why the Rich Must be Expropriated

by Colin Jenkins

From the very beginning of the system, "racialized chattel slaves were the capital that made capitalism." The author traces the origins of the present day imperialist order, and concludes that “all personal wealth in the world has been built on a foundation of murder, extortion, exploitation, theft, illegal banking and debt schemes, colonialism, racism, slavery, and various artificial systems of hierarchy.”

Shantytown Dwellers Fight for Their Humanity in South Africa

by S'bu Zikode 

In South Africa, as elsewhere in the industrialized world, the jobs and amenities of life are in the cities. For more than a decade, Abahlali baseMjondolo, which means “shack dwellers” in Zulu, has fought for the human rights of the urban poor, despite often murderous repression by the ruling ANC government. “We saw the forced removals as a new kind of segregation, this time taking impoverished people out of the cities,” writes the author.

Modern Day 'Slave' Patrols and the Ongoing Legacy of Police Terrorizing African/Black Communities

by Solomon Comissiong

The U.S. system of mass Black incarceration cannot reformed, but must be dismantled, root and branch. “The job of the police force in predominately African/black communities is to make sure those communities are contained and kept in a state of constant fear and terror.”

Modern Day 'Slave' Patrols and the Ongoing Legacy of Police Terrorizing African/Black Communities

by Solomon Comissiong

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A “New Moment” in Black Struggle

The Black struggle in the U.S. is “approaching a new moment” when the country might “become ungovernable by the political class that is tried to Wall Street and the 1%,” said Duboisian scholar Dr. Anthony Monteiro, an activist with the Black Radical Organizing Committee. President Obama is fond of claiming that Sixties-type politics is over. However, Dr. Monteiro thinks “it’s almost as though we’re starting up from the 1980s, and going forward from the militancy of the 1970s; rather than civil rights, the whole problem of human rights and self-determination is what you’re hearing on the streets, these days.”

Democrats Fear Embarrassment in Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia appears to be “starting to back down” on restrictions on protesting at next week’s Democratic National Convention, said Scott Williams, an organizer of the “Shut Down the DNC” march, set for July 26. The Democratic Party had taken over every public space in the Center City area for the entire convention,” Williams said. However, “the city, in some ways, is starting to back down, because they don’t want to see hundreds, or thousands, of Black people getting arrested at the Democratic Party National Convention, which is supposed to represent Black people.”

Armed March Set for St. Louis to Honor Slain Panther

The Revolutionary Black Panther Party will hold an armed march against genocide in St. Louis, Missouri, an open-carry weapons state, on August 5, to honor Angelo Brown, also known as General Houdari Juelani, the local party leader who was shot dead by police in nearby Belleville, Illinois, last month. The party also plans “to file human rights violations with the International Criminal Court and the World Court,” according to Chief General in Charge Dr. Ali Muhammad. Juelani died from a single bullet to the temple, but his face showed signs that he had been beaten before death. “Every time he was out he was harassed” by the cops, said Dr. Muhammad, a neurologist. “They assassinated him.”

Mumia Salutes Maroon Shoatz Court Victory

Russell Maroon Shoatz, the former Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army member who has been imprisoned since 1972, won an agreement from Pennsylvania prison authorities that they will never again place him in solitary confinement. Shoatz spent 22 years in solitary before being released into the general prison population, in 2013. Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, saluted Shoatz’s victory, which includes unspecified monetary compensation. “The struggle continues,” Abu Jamal said – “and, sometimes, you win.”

The Poor Suffer in Civil Court, Just Like Criminal Court

The nation’s civil courts process 100 million cases a year, some involving matters that are “the cutting edge civil rights issues of the day,” said David Udell, executive director of the National Center for Access to Justice, at Cardozo University. However, Udell said a survey by the center shows there is only one civil court legal aid attorney for every ten thousand poor people in the country. Although deficiencies in the criminal justice system get more media coverage, civil law is even more pervasive in people’s lives. “People are so often in court on debt collection matters, on family matters, on housing matters,” he said. The center operates a website at JusticeIndex.org.

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Sanders Didn’t Lose the Black Vote: He Never Had It, and Never Asked Why

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

On the issues, Bernie Sanders should have won the black vote. But presidential politics isn’t just about issues, it’s about entrenched alliances and relations of power. Without understanding why the most left wing constituency in the US delivers its vote reliably to the most right wing interests in the Democratic party, Bernie wasn’t even knocking on the door of the black vote. He was knocking on the wall, unable to find the door.

Rulers Shocked by Dallas Attack: Black Folks Keep on Stepping

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Blacks were righteously outraged at two horrific killings, but were then urged to stand down when a lone Black man exacted his own retribution on Dallas police officers. When activists escalated their protests, the powers-that-be and the Black Misleaders that serve them tried to change the subject to gun control. However, the problem of police shootings of Black people is not about gun control, but who controls the police.

Freedom Rider: Why We Need Black Anger

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Cop-worship seemed to be the national religion as the U.S. ruling and talking classes sanctified five Dallas policemen. “Just at the moment when rage was most needed, hand holding, candle light vigils and pleas for calm became the order of the day.” Officiating over it all was the Actor-in-Chief, playing his familiar role as philosopher-preacher (he’s an assassin on Tuesday nights), who has “never used his authority to prosecute even one killer cop.”

Bernie Sanders Endorses the World’s Greatest (Presumptive) Evil

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Bernie Sanders ran an extraordinary race, making lots of noise and causing great consternation, but never daring to leave the corporate duopoly. Now his job is to deliver the bulk of his sheep into Hillary Clinton’s enclosure. This final mission will require lots of lying, but Bernie got off to a good start with his surrender speech. “The Clintons have an infinite capacity for lying, and now they’ve got Bernie Sanders lying for them, too.”

 
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World Recoils as U.S. Slave Patrollers Kill in Defense of Empire

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo

The Bahamas has warned its citizens to be cautious in the U.S., and Black Londoners rallied in solidarity with Black American resistance to racist violence. “Leaders on the African continent, such as, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana as well as the Caribbean and South America, must also stand to account and express their solidarity with the struggle of Africans in America.”

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