Public School Privatization Strategies: What Teachers, Unions, and Public Education Stakeholders Should Know

by Dr. Walter C. Farrell, Jr. Phd, M.S.P.H.

The future of public education is not guaranteed. A corporate-financed “Cartel has infiltrated every level of the political structure by utilizing targeted campaign contributions and has cultivated major backing among public education’s traditional supporters.” The privatizers target heavily minority school districts and do not hesitate to manipulate data “to show fraudulent academic gains.”

Clinton and the Benghazi Committee: Dancing on a Tightrope

by Cynthia McKinney

Hillary Clinton, who takes credit for the invasion and regime change in Libya, claims to be blameless for the war’s consequences, including the spread of Islamic jihad in the region. “Hillary’s War” expanded to claim hundreds of thousands more lives. “After destroying Libya, the US policy was to use that ‘success’ to roll right into Syria for that country’s destruction.”

Benghazi Smokescreen: Hiding Western War Crimes in Libya

by Thomas C. Mountain

Republicans and Democrats at the Benghazi hearings collaborated to disguise what the U.S. was really up to in Libya: regime change and the empowerment of Islamic jihadists in north Africa. As a result of the U.S.-NATO aggression, “fanatics from the entire region have a haven to rest and recuperate, and rearm, before returning to the front lines to commit more murder.”

Free Education: The Right to Call Our Souls Our Own

by Veli Mbele

The South African student struggle is about much more than high fees and limited Black representation at universities. “Black students are fighting against a system whose foundation is white supremacy, capitalism, anti-Blackness and now neo-liberalism.”

Rwandan Parliament Makes US Ally and Military Partner Paul Kagame President for Life

by Charles Kambanda 

Paul Kagame, the military leader of the Tutsi minority-dominated regime in Rwanda, has engineered a constitutional coup to keep himself in power – mocking his Euro-American sponsors’ claims that Kagame is a force for democracy in Africa. The rewritten constitution would give the strongman “a chance to rule for 17 years after 2017” – effectively making him president for life.

The Final Leaked TPP Text Is All That We Feared

By Jeremy Malcolm

The TPP, or Trans-Pacific Partnership is a body of secret law so odious that the Obama administration seeks to enact it into law without its content made known to the public for 5 years afterward. The only way the public can know what it contains is for courageous whistleblowers to steal and deliver it to real journalists like those at Wikileaks, which has now released the final draft of TPP's “intellectual property” section. It's not good news...

Black Agenda Radio for Week of November 2, 2015

Kick the Cops Out of Schools

Parents and citizens outraged at the manhandling of a 16 year-old female high school student by a white policeman in Richland County, South Carolina, are pressing for dismissal of all charges against the victim and dismissal of the teachers and administrators “who allowed that cop to maintain a reign of terror in that school for years,” said Efia Nwangaza, director of the Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination, in Greenville. The policeman has already been fired. “We will be organizing people’s movement assemblies throughout the state to build the Dignity in Schools Movement, to get cops out of schools,” said Nwangaza. “The call is for culturally competent counselors in, cops out.”

Black Pre-Schoolers Pushed Into School-to-Prison Pipeline

African American kids make up 42 percent of students suspended and expelled from U.S. pre-schools, and a majority of those suspended more than once, according to a study by the Center for American Progress and the National Black Child Development Institute. “If we’re pushing children out as early as 3, 4 and 5, then of course we will see some of the things we see in K-12,” when the harms inflicted on Black kids “throughout their educational careers” propel them into the criminal justice system, said researcher Maryam Adamu.

Newark Police Review Board Faces Moment of Truth

The Civilian Complaint Review Board crafted by Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Ras Baraka must have broad subpoena power, said Larry Adams, vice-chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress, one of the community organizations that is to be represented on the board. “If it can’t look into the records of individuals, if it can’t look into the records of the organization, then it is very difficult to provide oversight. And, that’s essentially what these bodies have floundered over in other cities,” said Adams. Community organizations would prefer to have “the authority to impose discipline upon the police,” but that power will reside with the mayor-appointed police director.

Massive Voter Suppression In Haiti

Haiti held presidential elections on October 25, following disastrous legislative elections this summer that were wracked by violence perpetrated by allies of the U.S. backed government. The failure to punish those responsible for the repression on August 9 produced a “catastrophically low” turnout of 20 to 30 percent in October, said Brian Concannon, of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. His interpretation is disputed by Pierre Labossiere, of Haiti Action, who was part of a human rights and fact-finding mission to the island nation. Labossiere believes supporters of the Family Lavalas party of former president Jean Bertrand-Aristide, who was deposed in a 2004 U.S.-backed coup, turned out in huge numbers in October, but that many were denied access to the polls. He predicts that vote tallies to be released this week will show Lavalas was able “to overcome a lot of these fraudulent practices that were carried out.”



Garza vs. McKesson: The Great Debate Over How the Democratic Party Will Liberate Black People

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

One side wants the Democrats to sponsor a town hall meeting on racial justice, the other prefers that the Party hold a Black issues oriented debate. Both #BlackLivesMatter and Campaign Zero have earned semi-official status as Democratic Party affiliates. The question is: Who is taking care of the “movement”?

Freedom Rider: White Settler Gentrification

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Black urbanites are under siege “because the dictates of capitalism and racism demand that white people return to the cities they fled.” Landlords break every law in the book to rid themselves of Black tenants to make room for the newcomers. Once a neighborhood is penetrated, white settler entitlement goes into high gear to chase out the remainder of Black residents, who are expected “to keep quiet and disappear without complaint.”

FBI Chief Gets the “Ferguson Effect” All Wrong

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Cops that think they’ve been abandoned by the Obama administration are out of their minds. “Obama is only seeking to put a smiling face on an even more intrusive, higher tech Mass Black Incarceration State.” His so-called “community policing” schemes would increase police penetration of Black America, while leaving police impunity essentially intact.


Miners Shot Down!: “The Marikana Massacre Represents the Beginning of the End of the ANC”

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

The tombstones of apartheid were laid at Sharpeville in 1960 and Soweto, 1976. History will record that the death knell for the African National Congress regime was sounded at Marikana, in 2012, where ANC honcho and mine stockholder Cyril Ramaphosa was in regular contact with the killers of striking miners. Rehad Desai’s film “has blown the whistle on the illicit, deadly relationship between multinational mining concerns and the Zuma government.”

War Abroad Breeds Homicidal Indifference At Home: St. Louis Garbage Fire Creeps Toward Nuclear Weapons Waste Dump

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

In 1973 radioactive waste from Manhattan Project which built the world's first nuclear weapons was secretly just outside St. Louis. An underground garbage fire raging for years in an adjacent landfill is now less than a quarter mile from that unprotected radioactive waste, potentially threatening millions with exposure to radiation. 


The Glen Ford Report: High Stakes Testing is a Weapon for School Privatization

by the Real News Network

White House pledges to reduce standardized testing are bogus, says Ford. Administration policy is to use standardized testing to "fail" public schools and replace them with charters.

Brazil Welcomes Dr. Carl Hart

by Julian Cola

Brazil, with the largest Black population outside of Africa, attempts to perpetuate the myth that it is a “racial democracy.” If so, it is an incredibly violent one. “Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General, stated that 50,000 people are killed in Brazil every year,” many by police, and most Black and brown. Columbia University neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart traveled to Brazil to speak on the evils of racism – and, instead, became a witness.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of October 28, 2015

Three Days of Protest Against Police Violence in New York City

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network’s Rise Up October campaign brought thousands into the streets of New York for three days of actions against police lawlessness. At a “Say Their Names” rally, Kadeem Williams, whose brother O’Shane was killed by San Francisco police, told the crowd: “It’s time to fight back, people. Quit asking your oppressor for something that you’re not gonna get. Quit putting your hands up and saying ‘Don’t shoot.’ Put that fist up and fight back.”

Internationalizing the Struggle

Family members of victims of police violence testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, agency of the Organization of American States, in Washington, DC. Martinez Sutton, the brother of Rekia Boyd, who was killed by a Chicago cop in 2012, said he is constantly harassed by police in retaliation for standing up for his sister. “At times I feel I am the next to die, and that it could happen to me at any moment,” said Sutton. “I’m still trying to find justice, but – what is justice? To me, it’s ‘just ice’ to numb the situation.”

Justin Hansford, a professor at St. Louis University School of Law, told the commission that racialized policing in the U.S. cannot be reformed, but must be abolished. “At some point, we will have to muster the courage as a society to demand more than simply asking to retrain the monster, or set up a review board for the monster, or put a body camera on the monster,” said Hansford. “Eventually, global civil society will have to defang this monster and put it to sleep once and for all.”

Black Is Back Coalition to March on the White House

On November 7, the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations will march on the White House to demand Black community control of the police. A conference will follow on the next day at Howard University, under the theme “Black Power Matters.” “It is about Black self-determination,” said Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela. “If we want people to stop killing us, then we have to have the power, ourselves, to stop it. We have to drive the movement in the direction of Black people accepting responsibility for our own future.”

Blacks Get No Protection from Obama

The National Black Church Initiative, a coalition of African American denominations, denounced the Obama Administration for appearing “impotent” in the face of seven church burnings in St. Louis and ongoing attacks against Blacks by racist police. “The Administration does not see a pattern, or launch a systematic investigation against this mentality,” said Initiative director Rev. Anthony Evans. “There has been absolutely no movement.” Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch “have failed consistently to protect the Black community from these white racist murderous thugs who are in our law enforcement.”

Faizan Syed, director of the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Israeli Relations, expressed solidarity with the Black Christian community. “As American Muslims, we recognize that our liberation is completely linked with the African American struggle for justice, fairness and equality in this country,” he said. “Until everybody is free from terror, then nobody can be free of it.”

Mumia and the Cuban Health Model

The nation’s best known political prisoner, like thousands of Pennsylvania prison inmates, has been denied effective treatment for hepatitis-c, the disease that brought Mumia Abu Jamal to the brink of death, earlier this year. This could not have happened in Cuba, according to Dr. Melissa Barber, who runs the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization’s program that sends U.S. students to Cuba for free medical school. In Cuba, doctors learn not to treat patients “like a dollar bill,” said Barber. Sick or injured prisoners “wouldn’t have cracked jaws or be beaten up on the way to the hospital; they would be treated humanely by physicians that can see them when they need health care, in a country with little resources.” Free health care is a right in Cuba, which has been very successful in treating hepatitis-c.



Blacks Will Transform America, and Free Themselves, But Not at the Ballot Box in 2016

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

It is paradoxical that African Americans, who politically most resemble the Scandinavian social democrats Bernie Sanders claims to admire, are not supporting Sanders for president. Based on a “calculus of fear,” African Americans “cast their votes in national elections seeking protection from the Greater Evil, rather than voting their line-item policy preferences, or even considering the platforms of parties that challenge the duopoly system.”

TFA/BlackLivesMatter/CampaignZero Activist Brittney Packnett (Almost) Tries to Defend the Indefensible

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Stung by growing public recognition of Teach For America's heinous role in destabilizing communites and destroying public education, CampaignZero/BlackLivesMatter activist & TFA's Brittney Packnett took to Huffington Post last week to defend herself and TFA's mission. But school privatization is so unpopular she had to resort to misdirection and mumbling about her St. Louis orgins and supposed conspiracy theories against her instead.

Freedom Rider: Black Lives Don’t Matter in Israel

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If you want to observe a racist lynch mob, go to Israel, the “world’s worst apartheid state.” After being shot by police, an innocent Eritrean immigrant was pursued by an Israeli mob that “kicked him, threw chairs and benches at his head and shouted ‘son of a whore,’ ‘break his head’ and more to the point, ‘Kill him!’” But of course, no one will be punished, and the U.S. Black Misleadership Class will say nothing.

Find Out What the “Or Else” Is: March with the Black Is Back Coalition in Washington, Nov. 7

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

If Black people are engaged in a renewed “movement,” what are the demands? The Black Is Back Coalition will bring the demand for Black Community Control of the Police to the White House, on November 7. The Coalition will march and rally under the banner “Black Power Matters,” because only the power of a mobilized people can change a domestic army of occupation into public servants of the Black community.



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