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    Sharpton Rally Rejects Young and Rebellious

    Aside from relatives of police murder victims, the speakers list at Saturday’s “Justice for All” event in Washington, DC, was dominated by conservative, Black establishment figures. “We came with the genuine intention to see whose voices they would elevate,” said Erika Totten, part of a youthful contingent of Ferguson activists that briefly took to the stage. “We kept being dismissed, so I said, ‘Stand behind me and follow me. We’re gonna shut it down, like we always do.’” Totten was interview by The Real News Network.

    Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, the noted whistleblower and activist with Hands Up Coalition DC, said the Sharpton rally was an attempt to co-opt the growing movement. “The Obama administration has used a surrogate, Rev. Al Sharpton, to help corral that kind of energy and those kinds of issues back into the political system where those kinds of passions can die an unnatural death.”

    Obama Scrapes Bottom of Barrel to Choose Task Force Leader

    “It would have been hard for President Obama to find a more inappropriate choice” for co-chair of the new White House task force on police militarization than former DC police chief Charles Ramsey, said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund. The Fund won $20 million in damages for police abuse of demonstrators during Ramsey’s tenure as chief, during which he committed massive violations of civil rights and instituted a military style of policing. “Social change never comes in the United State because Congress or the White House suddenly, benevolently decided to do the right thing,” said Verheyden-Hilliard. “It comes because there’s a people’s struggle in the streets and in the courts.”

    Nothing New in CIA Torture Report Except “Rectal Feeding”

    Most of the information in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s highly redacted report on CIA Torture was “already part of the public record,” with the exception of revelations on forced “rectal feeding” of detainees, said Dr. Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois, at Champaign. “It’s really rape – rape-torture,” said Dr. Boyle. “The significance of this report is that we now have a branch of the United States government making official findings of fact,” which, in legal terms, amounts to “an admission against interest.” Boyle is preparing to demand an immediate investigation into CIA torture by the International Criminal Court.

    Mumia: CIA = Crime All the Time

    “The CIA, the executive hand of the president, has been involved deeply in every crime known to man,” said America’s best known political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio. The agency commits thousands of crimes every day, but is immune from prosecution under the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2001. “That’s American law: the law of the outlaw,” said Abu Jamal.

    Psychologists Earn $80 Million Torturing Detainees

    A company owned by two psychologists was paid $80 million to design and oversee the CIA’s detainee torture program. Moreover, “there’s evidence that the American Psychological Association colluded with the CIA, the Department of Defense and the White House to adjust its ethics policy so that psychologists could consult and participate in interrogations and detention operations,” said Dr. Roy Eidelson, a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. Both the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association refused to allow their members to participate in the CIA’s torture programs.

    Obama Grants Bush Iraq War Immunity

    The Obama administration filed papers granting officials of the Bush administration immunity from prosecution for waging war against Iraq. Inder Comar, a California lawyer, argues that George Bush, Dick Cheney and their crew began a conspiracy to wage an illegal war years before Bush won the presidency. However, the Obama administration claims its predecessors were acting “within the legitimate scope of their employment” when they attacked Iraq, in 2003. In the end, said Comar, “this case is going to hinge on District of Columbia employment law.”

    America Was “Torture Empire of the World”

    Those who say torture is “contrary to U.S. values really don’t know beans about U.S. history, because this used to be the torture empire of the world,” said Dr. Gerald Horne, the prolific professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Houston. Speaking on Eutrice Leid’s show on the Progressive Radio Network, Dr. Horne pointed out that “the slave owner in the United States honed methods of torture against enslaved Africans to increase productivity and profit.” Dr. Horne’s latest book is titled Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow.

    Black Caucus and “Civil Rights” Groups in Pockets of Telecoms

    President Obama’s recent statement in favor of Internet neutrality went “even further than I expected,” said Kevin Zeese, a leader of net neutrality activists who set up camp outside the offices of the Federal Communications Commission. Zeese hopes to convince the FCC’s chairman to treat the Internet like a public utility. However, the Congressional Black Caucus and traditional civil rights organizations remain wedded to telecom corporations. “They are so deep in the pockets of AT&T and other telecoms, they have always done their bidding,” said Zeese. “Whether it’s mergers or neutrality, they take the wrong position” every time.

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    "Teach For America" Trojan Horse Among Ferguson Activists?

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Teach For America has done vast and indisputable harm to black communities across the country, funded by hundreds of millions in deep corporate pockets and tens of millions of federal dollars. Could this be why the St. Louis TFA exec director was picked to meet the president, supposedly as one of the "young black activists"?

    It’s Not the Law, But Prosecutors, That Give Immunity to Killer Cops

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Attorney General Eric Holder, like his local counterparts, claims that “the law” renders him helpless to prosecute killer cops. That’s bogus, says the ACLU, which maintains there is no insurmountable bar to charges of police “reckless disregard” and “open defiance” of victims’ constitutional rights. But, don’t expect Holder to budge. “Police impunity is the domestic counterpart of the legal immunity that U.S. military personnel enjoy overseas.”

    Freedom Rider: Don’t March with Sharpton

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Al Sharpton is proud to serve as the U.S. president’s pit bull, and also doubles as a “leader” in the movement of the oppressed – the very definition of conflict of interest. Clearly, if he is to honor his pact with Power, he must betray the people, including those who rally to his banner in this weekend’s national march against police violence, in Washington.

    White House Refuses to Meet with Grieving Black Mothers Whose Son Were Executed by Cops

    by Bar Editor and Columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Kevin Berends

    This week, the political leadership of the United States will have a chance to look into the eyes of “nine African-American women who have lost family, loved ones and sons to excessive police violence.” Sadly, neither President Obama nor Attorney General Holder has agreed to meet with the mothers, whose visit to the nation’s capital was organized by CODEPINK, the Hands Up Coalition DC and Mothers Against Police Brutality.

    Black lives matter…(Too much to pimp on the Trail of Tricks)

    by BAR poet-in-residence Raymond Nat Turner

    So, why’s the War House
    Hosting you, our brilliant Black,
    Brown, Tan babies?
    Why’s the War House serenading
    You with cognitive dissonant
    Doo-Wop ‘Mistrust,’ like
    A torch song of unrequited love?

    The Need for an Ethical and Political De-Colonization of Human Rights: A Reflection on International Human Rights Day

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    The ethos of Western-based “human-rights” groups rests “on a stratification of humanity” with European “civilization” at the apex. What the world needs is a people-centered human rights “based on the communitarian principles of social solidarity, cooperation, non-discrimination in all social relationships, collective public ownership of the earth’s resources, respect for difference” and self-determination and dignity of all peoples.

    Justice for Eric Garner? From the Justice Department? Don’t Hold Your Breath

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The U.S. Justice Department’s routine refusal to prosecute killer cops is based on an erroneous interpretation of the law. The feds claim that wrongful police homicides cannot be prosecuted unless the cops intended to violate the victim’s constitutional rights. But the federal courts have ruled that such conduct constitutes “‘open defiance’ or ‘reckless disregard’ for the constitutional rights of the victims.

    From Iguala to Ferguson, Resistance requires a Global Movement against US Imperialism

    by Danny Haiphong

    The kidnapping and mass murder of students in Mexico is also a crime of U.S. imperial policy toward its southern neighbors. “It is the task of a the revolutionary movement in the US and around the globe to connect the graveyard conditions imposed on Black America to the same imperialist system committing state-sponsored mass murder in Mexico.”

    Class, Race, Gender and U.S. Policing

    by Michelle Renee Matisons

    The policing ethos in America is caught in an “omni-crisis” – an intersection of oppressions. “In a seemingly psychotic paradox, this system has all its (military) equipment, but it persists in evoking its imagined white vulnerability in the face of darker people's also imagined predatory (and highly sexualized) prowess.”  

    We Must Look Back in Order to Move Forward

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    Racial murders often begin in the mind. “Too many police forces and officers view the African American citizens that they have sworn to ‘Protect and Serve’ as enemy combatants to be ‘Feared and Eliminated.’” The mindset of U.S. cops is conditioned by a national history of institutionalized racial oppression.

    Free Haiti: Impeach Martelly

    by Ezili Danto

    The clock is ticking for Haiti to cast off the U.S.-backed regime of Michel Martelly, who will soon rule by raw decree if he is not quickly impeached. Haiti’s senate has the “authority to indict, impeach and remove Martelly immediately to protect the population, avoid a bloodbath, reinforce democratic institutions, and assure some institutional continuity.”

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    CIA and Police Impunity are Linked

    The long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture practices “could be the most important document, with respect to reviewing the crimes of U.S. intelligence agencies, since the Pentagon Papers,” said Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. “This is the cover-up underlying human rights abuses that no one has ever been held accountable for.” Yet, unarmed Black men fin the U.S. face extrajudicial assassination by police. “There is clearly no equal justice in this country,” said Buttar, “and no two things make it more clear than torture with impunity juxtaposed with mass incarceration.”

    Remove the “Instruments of Death” from Our Communities

    The new mass movement is wrestling with fundamental questions of Black life in America. “One demand is that you may not kill our children,” said Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, the noted whistleblower and activist with the Hands Up Coalition - DC, which last week presented a list of demands to the U.S. Justice Department. “It’s important that we get these instruments of death out of our communities,” said Coleman-Adebayo, who is also an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report.

    Black People’s Humanity is not Negotiable

    The Obama administration points to the numerous consent decrees it has arrived at with police departments around the country as evidence that it is serious about combating abuses in the criminal justice system. However, Carl Dix, of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, is unimpressed. “These federal consent decrees do not get to the heart of the problem, which is that this system has criminalized and demonized Black people,” said Dix – just as Ferguson cop Darren Wilson described Michael Brown as a “demon.” “We have to say No, Black life matters, and we will not allow you to erase our humanity.”

    What’s Trust Got to Do With It?

    The “impotent” Black political class mimics white politicians when they call for “restoration of trust” between Blacks and police. “When was there ever trust in the first place?” asks Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, in a report to Prison Radio. “The cruel, painful history of relations between police and the people is one of predation, not trust.” The police “are there to control Black mobility and to discipline Blacks for fear they’ll pose a threat to white wealth, life or property,” said Abu Jamal, at Frackville State Prison, in Pennsylvania.

    Fast Food Strikers Spearhead Low Wage Workers Movement

    Employees went on strike at fast food outlets in 190 cities, last week, demanding $15 an hour and union representation. The action, which also engaged airport, convenience store and other low wage workers, climaxed two years of organizing that began with a walkout at a single restaurant in New York City, said Kendall Sells, organizing director of Fast Food Forward. “Over the next six to twelve months,” said Sells, “I think people are going to see a complete explosion of low wage workers taking to the streets. That’s how we’re going to get these workers out of poverty.”

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    What Did Young Activists Gain From White House Meeting? What Did the President Get?

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    After sending an extra hundred FBI agents to Ferguson in the days just before the grand jury decision, the White House invited young activists opposing police murder and impunity to a Monday meeting with the president. Black Agenda Report spoke briefly with Mr. Phillip Agnew of Dream Defenders, asking what was gained or lost.
    NOTE: This article has been significantly amended since initial publication on Dec 3, including the insertion of several links, most notably one to Davey D's much longer interview with Phillip Agnew of the Dream Defenders at its very end, which was broadcast on KPFA-FM after our initial publication date.

    The New Movement: Are We There Yet?

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    A new movement is being born, but yet to be named. Unlike its historical predecessors, this struggle is primarily directed against the police, the armed, coercive organs of the state. Some degree of violence is inevitable. “In the final analysis, cities will almost certainly have to be rendered ungovernable before the State will accede to substantive people-power demands.”

    Freedom Rider: Ferguson’s Reckoning for Obama

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Black folks should have only one thing to say to President Obama: “’Prosecute!’ Every time Eric Holder or Barack Obama or a high profile misleader turns up in public they must be met with this very simple demand.” The only thing standing in the way of civil rights charges against Darren Wilson is Obama, himself.

    When the System Provides No Remedies to Torture, You Must Overthrow It

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The United States got a black eye from the UN Committee Against Torture, last week, in a report that was deeply influenced by events in Ferguson and the endemic, full-spectrum criminality practiced by police in places like Chicago. However, “U.S. law does not even define what torture is, or set any standard to measure it” – proof that there is no intention of abolishing torture in the U.S. Thus, there is no alternative but to dismantle the system.

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    …Come out the shadows and get Reich with some brew…

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    Reject cries for organization
    Dial down militant agitation
    Re-calibrate comments and remarks
    Empire’s prairie, your words are sparks…

    Ajamu Baraka: “Peoples in Resistance from Ferguson to Palestine: A Report Back” Dec 10-11

    by The Editors

    In an era when corporate news don't cover the existence of Palestinians as human beings, or the simple fat that Israel's apartheid regime continues to wage a genocidal war against them, nothing is more valuable than first hand reporting. Black Agenda Report's Ajamu Baraka is recently returned from a trip to Palestine, and will do his first 2 report backs Dec 10 in Atlanta GA and Dec 11 in Augusta GA.

    “Why are They Doing This to Me?”: Seattle Students Walkout on Ferguson Decision and Racism

    by Jesse Hagopian

    Ferguson is everywhere – including Seattle, where thousands of students took to the streets last week. “What is sweeping the nation—something the media cannot acknowledge without legitimizing challenges to their own supremacy—is a politicized populace of Black people, people of color, and their allies, with a goal of uprooting institutional racism.”

    The Lessons of Libya

    by Dan Glazebrook

    Led by Western self-interest, NATO embarked on a massive military intervention in Libya in 2011 that leaves many lessons for the Global South. Above all stands the lesson that Western military intervention cannot bring about the desired change, but rather creates failed states.

    Thanksgiving is the Expression of the Colonizer, Then and Now

    by Danny Haiphong

    What most Americans think they know about the historical “Thanksgiving” is a myth, yet the story is acted out on a global and domestic scale under contemporary U.S. imperialism. For example, in Syria, the U.S. invents and arms “moderate” rebels while bombing the ISIS kind. Domestically, “both the Obama Administration and the corporate media have divided Black American resistance between "civilized" peaceful protesters and "savage" looters.

    Will the Department of Justice Meet the Demands of the Movement?

    by the Real News Network

    Demonstrations of outrage in more than 100 US cities at unpunished police misconduct may be the beginning of a movement against the prison state itself. Established misleaders and the state, Glen Ford observes, try to divide and discredit this movement by labeling parts of it "violent" and "illegal". But these are shallow, hypocritical conventions which mainly serve established power, not the cause of change.

    Will the Department of Justice Meet the Demands of the Movement?

    by the Real News Network

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    Ferguson Creates Crisis for U.S. Rulers

    “This government is on edge,” said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. “This government has an incredible quandary in dealing with the re-emergence of Black people in this ‘post-racial’ situation that’s supposed to be defined by the presidency of Barack Obama.” White people are on edge, too. “There’s no editorials being written about the fact that white people are arming themselves to the teeth in the whole Missouri area,” said Yeshitela. “It’s a crisis of great magnitude and they have no idea how to deal with it.”

    Black America Must Appeal to International Allies

    “At the end of the day, if this epidemic of police killings is” to be halted, “we are going to have to appeal to the international community,” as did Blacks of past generations, said Dr. Gerald Horne, historian and professor of African American Studies at the University of Houston. “It’s no accident that RT in Moscow, CCTV in China, Telesur in Venezuela, Prensa Latina of Cuba, and Press TV of Iran have been much more incisive” on Ferguson “than many of our local and domestic outlets.” Horne was interviewed on the Real News Network, as was Kevin Alexander Gray, the Columbia, South Carolina activist and author. “What needs to change is the ability of police on the street to invoke the death penalty without due process,” said Gray. Ferguson cop Darren Wilson “got a lot of due process; Michael Brown got none. What’s gonna happen is, people are going to have to rethink what self-defense means in this country, in light of giving the police such unfettered power.”

    Mumia: Ferguson Enters Pantheon of Black Pain

    “The name Ferguson joins an ancient line of place names of pain, loss and Black death – places like Birmingham, Philadelphia and, now, Ferguson,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. In a report for Prison Radio, Abu Jamal said that some Blacks will seal away the memory of Ferguson, while “others will grow in radicalism, convinced that this case is the very epitome of racist injustice.”

    Rev. Pinkney Promises “Breaking News” Before His Sentencing

    Facing 25 years in prison following his conviction on charges of tampering with an election recall petition, Rev. Edward Pinkney “promises” to have “breaking news” before he is sentenced on December 15. The Benton Harbor, Michigan, community leader said he was “shocked” that he could be found guilty by an all-white jury “with absolutely no witnesses.” Police officer Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri, “murdered a boy with witnesses. Here, they’re about to send me to jail for the rest of my life with no witnesses, with no evidence at all,” said Pinkney, age 65. He promised revelations that will blow the case out of the water.

    Obama’s Secret Afghan War Extension

    Weeks before the November elections, President Obama secretly extended the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan through the end of 2015. The president’s conduct holds no surprises for author and anti-war activist David Swanson, publisher of the influential web site WarIsACrime.Org. “Obama has been given credit for six years for ending a war that he tripled in size,” said Swanson. “This is his war, far more than George W. Bush’s, in terms of death, destruction, injuries, refugees, money spent, time spent – and he’s gonna keep it going.”

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    Ferguson: It is Right to Resist, By Any and All Means Necessary

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Having failed to head off the beginnings of a Black mass movement, the Black Misleadership Class and the White House cite violence in Ferguson to discredit youthful activists. However, “any movement that defies police power and rejects the legitimacy of the state – including its prosecutors and grand juries – will inevitably commit acts that are deemed illegal and which are accompanied by some level of violence.”

    Freedom Rider: Bill Cosby and Michael Brown

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Unrepentant old rapists aren’t funny. Nor are they good media investments. Karma has caught up with Bill Cosby, who slandered the Black poor as amoral criminals, but “will never have another television show or book on the best seller list and that is as it should be.”

    Marion Barry: The Unmitigated Gall to Rise from the Ashes and Come Back to Win

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

    Washington, DC, which recently lost its Black majority, last week lost the only mayor it ever had who was committed to Black empowerment. Marion Barry “was on the front line fighting to maintain black control of Washington, D.C. from the politically powerful investors bent on ethnic cleaning cum gentrification.”

    War on the Down-Low: Obama’s Afghan Lies

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    In secrecy and deceit, President Obama reversed his promised phase-out of the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan. Which simply proves that Obama “is no different than any other U.S. imperial leader – except that he is a more accomplished liar than most.

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    Bottomless Cynicism and Contempt For Immigrant Communities: Obama's Long-Awaited “Executive Action” on Immigration

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

    President Obama's so-called "bold executive action" on immigration is not a victory for the grassroots movements in immigrant communities. It's an old bone with rotten meat, more evidence of their bottomless contempt for Democrats' so-called "base voters", especially those of color.

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    The Darren Wilson Non-indictment: Resistance to Oppression is a Human Right!

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    The U.S. State, corporate media and slavish elements of the Black community are determined to paint the most spirited resistance to white supremacy as illegitimate. Pay them no mind. “The task of the African American resistance movement is not to worry about sitting down with white people infected with the disease of white supremacy, but to build the capacity of black poor and working class folks to resist.”

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