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    Zombie Apocalypse and the Politics of Artificial Scarcity

    by Colin Jenkins

    Much of contemporary entertainment reflects the capitalist reality, “something akin to a post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled world where manufactured scarcity pits poor against poor and worker against worker, all the while pulling attention away from the zombie threat.”

    The Ongoing Impact of White Supremacy on People of Color

    by Solomon Comissiong

    European global rule was imposed by both physical and psychological means. “White supremacy has falsely set a standard that implies anything white is not only right, it is the model for excellence.” Imperialism, no matter the color of the face that presides over the empire, “is yet another tool in the arsenal of white supremacy.”

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 1/07/15

    Michael Brown’s Killer Indicted by Black People’s Grand Jury

    After two days of investigation and deliberations, a Black People’s Grand Jury handed down a first degree murder indictment against former Ferguson, Missouri, policeman Darren Wilson in the death of teenager Michael Brown. Four Black prosecutors presented evidence to the 12 St. Louis County residents, who also drew on the records of the mostly white official grand jury that failed to indict Wilson in November. “Darren Wilson is a killer, but he’s not out there by himself,” said lead people’s prosecutor Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement. “Somebody made the decision to leave the body there for 4 ½ hours” in the blazing August heat. Darren Wilson “has been rewarded with almost a million dollars by white people. The problem is institutional, and this grand jury is more capable of understanding that” than the one that was seated and manipulated by St. Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

    An Awakening People

    Dr. Anthony Monteiro, the lifelong activist and former professor of African American Studies at Temple University, said young Black people are “awakening. They’re getting a sense of their power and what they can do without any corporate-designated leaders. And, once they’ve seen that, they’re going to connect the killing of Black people by the police to the economic and social crisis that engulfs the country.” Dr. Monteiro was fired from his post at Temple for his political activism.

    Beyond Issues of Brutality: Social Transformation

    “What we’re seeing is the radicalization of a new generation,” said Ajamu Baraka, an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report and fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Through struggle, Black youth will learn that “what is absolutely required is a fundamental transformation of social relationships, and of the entire structure of oppression in this country.” Baraka was a co-founder of the U.S. Human Rights Network.

    America’s “Unworthy Victims”

    Activist scholar Paul Street, author of the recent article, “Worthy and Unworthy Victims: From Vietnam and Iraq to Ferguson and New York,” said the United States lauds its soldiers and cops as saints. The message is: “They’re policing the world and keeping chaos at bay; they’re nobly sacrificing themselves for the common good.” Meanwhile, “the folks on the other end of our guns” die in far greater numbers: millions killed in Vietnam and Iraq and untold numbers murdered under color of law in the “homeland.”

    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. Download the show here. Length: One hour.

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    Cuba sí, Jersey NO!

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    “When a thief kisses you, count your teeth.”
    —Yiddish

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 12/29/14

    Black Grand Jury to Judge Cop that Killed Michael Brown

    A Black People’s Grand Jury will convene in St. Louis, January 3 and 4, in response to a mostly white grand jury’s failure to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. “Already, there is so much evidence that the grand jury process was manipulated by the prosecutor,” said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Network. “We’ll see whether or not Africans will come to the same conclusion, with more or less the same evidence.” The Black People’s Grand Jury will call additional witnesses, including Black police officers from the region. “It’s a tool that can be used by African people in any city in this country to deconstruct the colonial relationship that we have with white power,” said Yeshitela.

    Movement Will Resist Pressures to Retreat

    The anti-police violence movement will not waver, despite calls from politicians to “tamp down” on supposedly “divisive rhetoric” out of “respect” for the two New York City cops killed by a lone Black gunman. “The fact that they seem to be more concerned with the lives of police officers than with the lives of young Black people is going to create a greater crisis of legitimacy, not just for the police, but for the American government and its local representatives around the country,” said Dr. Johanna Fernandez, professor of history and African American Studies at Baruch College. Twenty-five thousand police staged a show of force at one of the officer’s funeral. Protests have continued, however, “a sign that the movement is not going to easily disappear into the night,” said Fernandez.

    Mumia: “Respect for Whom?”

    The nation’s best known political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal, rejects calls to suspend demonstrations “out of respect” for police. “Who respects whom?” he asked. “When cops killed Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, who showed respect for them?” Concerning Eric Garner’s death at police hands, in New York, Abu Jamal said: “Choking a man to death for suspicion of selling a cigarette – real respectful, huh?”

    Rogue Cops are Terrorists

    Matthew Fogg, a former deputy U.S. Marshal, whistleblower, and activist with Hands Up Coalition DC, said the so-called War on Drugs “changed the paradigm” of police behavior, giving officers a larger “discretionary window” to use deadly force. “A rogue cop is the same as a terrorist,” said Fogg, founder of the Congress Against Racism and Corruption in Law Enforcement (CARCLE). “He has the training, the skills and the means to hurt people and to kill folks.”

    Cop-Watch in Ferguson Distributes Cameras

    The Canfield Watchmen, named for the apartment complex near the street where Michael Brown was killed, has raised thousands of dollars to equip residents with 210 body-cameras and to conduct “know your rights” classes. But the group’s first task was to prevent the police from destroying a makeshift memorial to Brown. “The Canfield Watchmen’s primary goal was to ensure that the memorial was going to be here, and that the people that come down here to visit wouldn’t have to worry about anybody attacking them,” said co-founder David Whitt.

    It’s Not Victims’ Families Job to Call for Non-Violence

    Dontre Hamilton was shot 14 times, last April, by a white Milwaukee cop who claimed the young Black man was trying to hit him with his own police baton. “This is a Beast, and only the people can take down the Beast,” said Hamilton’s brother, Nate. “So, we’re activating the power of the people.” The families of police victims are not obliged to be the voice of reason, said Hamilton. “My family doesn’t have to be that voice of reason, to come out and say, ‘No violence.’ The mayor has to be that voice of reason. The police chief has to be that voice of reason. The district attorney has to be that voice of reason – not my family, not any family that has to go through injustice.”

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    Taking the Initiative Back For the Movement After the Brinsley Killings

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The killing of 2 NYPD officers by Ismaaiyl Brinsley were the occasion for fascist cops, mostly Republicans and authoritarian liberal politicians, mostly Democrats along with their black civil rights and media spokespeople, to seize the initiative from the movement against police murder and brutality. But the movement can take the mic back. This issue of Black Agenda Report, is mostly about the movement response to the NYPD killings, along with some timely information on Cuba's present and past role in African liberation, and a remembrance of the US invasion of Panama 25 years ago, which leveled several African neighborhoods in Panama City.
    We'll be taking a break next week, and back the first Tuesday or Wednesday in January. Happy holidays and peace, to those who fight for it, and everyone else.

    Cops Threaten a Blue Coup in New York City

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    New York City’s cops “threaten mutiny if the State does not stick up for the men and women who do its dirty work.” The police say they are now on a “wartime” footing – as if a state of a war has not existed between police and Black America for the past two generations.

    Freedom Rider: Cuba in the American Imagination

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    The imperial mentality is not limited to the right wing of the American political spectrum. Some purported leftists greeted the opening to Cuba as if recognition by the U.S. was the greatest thing that ever happened to the island nation. The Cubans don’t see it that way, although they wanted the deal. “President Raul Castro stated in no uncertain terms that Cuba will remain socialist and will not extradite Assata Shakur or anyone else granted asylum by the government.”

    Political Mutiny in the New York Police Department. Does DeBlasio Order Officers to Turn in their Badges?

    By Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, BAR editor and columnist

    Ex NYC Mayor Bloomberg used to call NYPD his army. Facist thug cops are acting the part, publicly feuding with corporate media and liberal authoritarians like the mayor, the attorney general and the president over the degree of their immunity and impunity. DC's Hands Up Coalition, like the rest of the real movement, expresses sympathy and solidarity with the family of Shaneka Thompson, and vows that the demonstrations and public pressure will continue.

    Anti-Police Violence Organizing After Ismaaiyl Brinsley's Death

    by Michelle Matisons

    The three deaths in New York this past weekend – two cops, one young Black man with a gun – do not alter the issues and imperatives of the movement against police repression in Black America. However, “the corporate state's policing apparatus will do everything in its power to use this event as a further call to arms against protesting U.S. residents and communities of color.”

    December 20, 1989: The Day that Black Lives Did Not Matter in Panama

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    Twenty-five years ago, the U.S military bombed, shot and burned to death 3,000 people in the mostly Black neighborhood of El Chorillo, in the capital city of Panama. It was a war crime, within the larger crime of foreign invasion. “U.S. troops committed numerous other war crimes, from summary executions to the wanton destruction of civilian property and the failure to distinguish between civilian and military targets.”

    Bloody hands of state

    by BAR poet-in-residence Raymond Nat Turner

    Young and strong, marching
    All night long on search and
    Destroy missions, uprooting,
    Overturning, anything decayed 

    Despite Deaths of Two Officers, Movement Against Police Brutality is Just

    by Johanna Fernández

    “The police are already using the killings of these cops as an opportunity to declare war against the black community and to criminalize the growing movement against police violence.”
    In real-world America, cops are rarely killed, yet their institutional behavior is central to the “crazy-making” of a racist society.

    The Police and the Massacre of Afro-Brazilian Youth

    by Brian Mier

    Brazil has the largest population of black people outside Africa, leads the planet in police murders of young blacks. Like their US counterparts, murderous Brazilian cops enjoy immunity and impunity. Besides the article published below, our friends at This Is Hell interviewed Brian Mier...

    A Comparative Tale of Two Cop Killers - The Millers VS Ismaaiyl Brinsley

    by Davey D

    When a white couple killed two Nevada cops earlier this year, draping a tea party flag and swastikas on one of the corpses before being gunned down, we didn't hear a nationwide outcry about how cops feared for their lives. There was no pressure on open carry and tea party folks to denounce the killers. What does this kind of selective outrage tell us?

    The Politics of Language Pt. 1: Six Concepts For This Movement's Continued Political Education

    by Danny Haiphong

    The battle against the Black Mass Incarceration State will move forward through both organized, concrete action and spontaneous rebellion. The goal is social transformation. “Capitalist ideology is merely window-dressing for a genocidal, racist system built on the graves of Black America and the material conditions that brought the #BlackLivesMatter movement to life.”

    Why Shaneka Thompson's Life Matters

    by Thandisizwe Chimurenga

    In their haste to seize a political opportunity with the killing of 2 NYPD officers by Ismaiyil Brinsley, corporate media, cops and politicians have shown once again whose causes and lives really matter. Brinsley's first victim was Shaneka Thompson. Remember her name. Her life matters too.

    Jamaica and the Politics of Debt Trap

    by Jeb Sprague

    In Jamaica, as in so much of the formerly colonized world, debt strangles development and negates national sovereignty. “Jamaica’s two main political parties are largely concerned with remaking Jamaica into a more globally competitive platform for transnational capital.”

    Cuba - An African Odyssey, Parts 1 and 2

    A Cuban Odyssey: Cuba's key role in the struggle for African Liberation

    An indispensable film by by Jihan El-Tahri.

    From its beginnings, the Cuban Revolution has been the indispensable ally of liberation forces on the African continent.

    This is part of the history that most Africans, and certainly every Cuban knows, but which few of us in the US, even activists and scholars are aware. It's also key to understanding the implacable hostility of the US to the Cuban Revolution.

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio, Week of Christmas Eve, 2014

    Counter-Revolution in Cuba by Other Means

    The U.S. is establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in nearly 55 years, but Washington is still up to no good. “I think the people in the Obama administration have decided that this is just another way to overthrow the Cuban revolution,” said Netfa Freeman, of the International Committee for Freedom for the Cuban 5. “They still have the same disposition about Cuba, but they want to change how they go about destabilizing it.” The remaining three members of the Cuban 5, who were imprisoned in 1998 on espionage charges, were freed as part of the diplomatic breakthrough.

    Ferguson as Truth-Teller to the World

    Russians were shocked at Michael Brown’s killing and the scale of protests that followed, said Black Agenda Report editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley, just returned from a conference of the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russian, in Moscow. “The small suburb of St. Louis is now known around the world,” said Kimberley, “and the people of Ferguson have really done an amazing thing in telling the world the truth about life in the United States, particularly for Black people.” Kimberley traveled as part of a delegation from UNAC, the United National Anti-War Coalition.

    U.S. Power Structure Searching for Slick Black Hope

    Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, the BAR editor and columnist, renowned whistleblower and activist with the Hands Up Coalition-DC, said U.S. rulers confront a huge challenge: “How do we take control of the movement and provide it with a leader that will be accepted among the young?” Obama favorite Al Sharpton and much of the traditional civil rights leadership are vying for the job. The power structure “needs these organizations to provide a diversion away from people asking very fundamental questions about whether capitalism can meet the needs of Black people in this country.”

    The Ever-Morphing Police State

    New York police commissioner Bill Bratton, architect of the “Broken Windows” philosophy of policing, has other tricks up his sleeve, said Josmar Trujillo, of New Yorkers Against Bratton. “He’s here to figure out new, innovative ways to get into our lives,” such as “predictive policing,” a “muscled-up, proactive” approach that provides yet more forced encounters between cops and their Black and brown prey. “The police state that communities of color live in is, literally, killing people” – such as “Broken Windows” victim Eric Garner.

    Mumia Abu Jamal Daughter Dies

    Samiyah “Goldie” Davis Abdullah, the 35 year-old daughter of political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, has succumbed to cancer. The mother of two girls and spoken word artist had just finished earning her masters degree in social work at the University of Pennsylvania. At Frackville State Prison, Abu Jamal told Prison Radio that his daughter “remains with us, echoing in our souls. She is a song we will sing forever.”

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    Why I Don't Do Kwaanza

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Ron Karenga, the man who invented Kwaanza, headed the US organization, which was responsible for the murder of 4 Black Panthers in Southern California as a tool of COINTELPRO, and the torture of two of its own female members. Kwaanza may now be bigger than its inventor, but Karenga's crimes do cast a shadow on the holiday for many of us.

    Getting Rid of Al Sharpton and the Misleadership Class

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The young activists of the Ferguson “movement” may have altered the course of Black and U.S. history, “Thanks to the liberating model of Ferguson, there is the opportunity to thoroughly discredit the Black Misleadership Class” and move forward towards transformational change.

    Freedom Rider: Ferguson Reverberates Around the World

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    The whole world wants to know where the “Ferguson” movement is going, and Russians are no exception. The author just returned from Moscow, where they “were curious about Barack Obama’s relationship with the constituency that supported him the most and why their needs are still not adequately addressed.”

    Rev. Edward Pinkney Sentenced: Whirlpool and White Racism Imprison Another Black Leader

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    An all-white criminal justice process “has snatched 66 year-old Rev. Edward Pinkney away to what could become life in prison” for using the ballot to empower Black people in southwest Michigan. As far as the white authorities and their corporate overlords are concerned, that makes Pinkney a career criminal.

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    LET US SPEAK! LET US SPEAK! LET US SPEAK! Voices from Ferguson to Sharpton

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

    The spirit of the people in motion will often overcome the pretentions of their so-called leaders. Thus it was inevitable that young activists denied any part in Sharpton's stage-managed DC spectacle save that of crowd extras, briefly seized the mic to address the their peers, their elders and the world.

    December Surprise (Class struggle trumps Trail of Tricks)

    by BAR poet-in-residence Raymond Nat Turner

    With young, Black America’s sound
    New meaning to ‘boots on the ground!’
    Like a ‘surge,’ chum-rushing the stage
    Declaring: The Ferguson Age!

    Eric Garner, American Occupation, and the Decline of Empire

    ​by Danny Haiphong

    Like whole flocks of chickens coming home to roost, the deep contradictions that beset the U.S. empire have become acute, at home and abroad. “The militarized police state that is attempting to stifle the energy of the current movement has its roots in the Pentagon's efforts to put down the spontaneous Black rebellions of the mid 60's.”

    The Global Scourge of Police Killing Blacks

    by Lisa Tomlinson

    The issue of Black people being victims of systemic brutality, oppression and murder at the hands of the police is not limited to the United States. It is a global problem. If we are ever going to stop this barbaric use of authority to trample the civil and human rights of Black people we must open our eyes to what it happening on an international scale.

    Sacramento’s Black Mayor and the Minimum Wage

    by Seth Sandronsky

    If Kevin Johnson is “progressive,” then the term has become meaningless. The Sacramento mayor and charter school champion, husband of privatization zealot Michelle Rhee, has bought into the corporate argument that meaningful hikes in the minimum wage harm the economy, including the lowest paid workers. In the short term, he wants to “study” the issue to death.

    Would You Buy An Obamamobile From This Man?

    by Howard Wait

    “High Deductible Health Care Model” is President Obama’s legacy to the American people, complete with “skinny networks, overpriced medicines and more tricks and traps than a Halloween funhouse.” But, no need to worry. “After the deductible is paid, which will be never, health care is free!”

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