Happy Halloween from the Most Violent Ruling Class in Human History

​by Danny Haiphong

U.S. imperialism is a House of Horrors, churning out monsters of its own making, the clank of its decaying bones sounding an epochal death knell. “The horror stories emanating from the corporate media will not stop until there is a mass understanding of the source of the overall nightmare: the US ruling class.”

Transform your Global Justice Sentiments into Action to End the Military Occupation of Haiti

by Ajamu Nangwaya

On October 14, the UN Security Council extended the armed occupation of Haiti. The world body has been allowed to trample Haiti’s sovereignty and dignity “without significant mobilization and opposition from peace, global justice and international solidarity activists and organizations.” This article includes detailed instructions and advice on how to help end the UN’s crimes against the Haitian people.

Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 10/27/14

Detroit Marches in Solidarity with Dublin Over Water

On November 1, the grassroots Detroit Water Brigade will lead a march in solidarity with the people of Dublin, Ireland, who recently turned out 100,000-strong to protest the first-ever imposition of water fees. Dubliners carried signs linking their struggle with the 27,000 Detroiters that have been cut off for non-payment of water bills. “Everyone has a right to fresh, clean water,” said Detroit Water Brigade spokeswoman AtPeace Makita. “This is a global issue; this is a human rights issue.”

Bill to Silence Mumia Cannot Pass Constitutional Muster

Pennsylvania’s attempt to suppress prison inmates’ right to free speech on the grounds that it might cause “mental anguish” to crime victims and their relatives is blatantly unconstitutional, said Bret Grote, legal director of the Abolitionist Law Center, in Pittsburgh. “It is specifically designed to target otherwise lawful speech,” including protests against prison conditions or claims of innocence, said Grote. As one Pennsylvania newspaper has noted, “for many victims, the fact that the offender is still breathing causes ‘mental anguish.’”

Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, said the Victim Revictimization Act is simply another version of “The Mumia Rule,” which goes into effect whenever “the court or agency changes its rule or precedent to go against me.” Pennsylvania’s governor and legislators “know perfectly well that an unconstitutional law is no law, at all,” said Abu Jamal. “They have become legislative outlaws.”

U.S. Engaged in Biowarfare Work in Africa Since 1988

Without mentioning Ebola, President Obama announced a “temporary” halt to funding for experiments aimed at making certain diseases more dangerous – that is, making microbes into weapons of war. A Liberian newspaper charged the U.S. with responsibility for the Ebola epidemic. “I have an official Pentagon document proving that the [federal Centers for Disease Control] was doing biowarfare work in Sierra Leone as early as 1988,” said Dr. Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois. “If you look at the predicted fatalities, this will be genocidal.”

Greens Try Create a Political Base in Harlem

Daniel Vila, the Green Party’s candidate to unseat New York Congressman Charles Rangel, said that in the course of meeting thousands of Harlemites on the campaign trail, “not one of them had a good thing to say about Charlie Rangel. That tells me that Harlem wants a change.” Even if the Green ticket loses – which is a certainty – “it creates a base,” said Vila. “Capitalism is in crisis, and it is precisely in these periods that working people look for alternatives.”

Cornel West: Black Leadership Gone Wrong

“Everybody knows we’d have a different kind of Black leadership if Black middle class kids were going to jail at the same level as Black poor children,” said public intellectual Dr. Cornel West, of New York’s Union Theological Seminary. West spoke at a town hall meeting in Seattle. “We’ve got some very, very talented, smart and brilliant Black people in positions of status and prosperity and living well,” said West. “But, they’re still scared and intimidated and afraid to tell the truth, and they don’t want to reach out to the folk who are still catching hell.” West’s new book is titled Black Prophetic Fire.

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. Length: One hour. Click here to download the show.

Detroit: The Dispersal of Urban Black America Begins

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Detroit’s bankruptcy drama is a cover for ethnic and class cleansing. The city’s accelerated Black-removal plan came under scrutiny of United Nations rapporteurs, who found evidence of racial discrimination and human rights abuses. “The water disconnections and housing foreclosures are coordinated prongs of a hyper-aggressive gentrification pincer movement.”

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Freedom Rider: The New York Times Assassinates Michael Brown

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

a href="http://www.blackagendareport.com/node/14481" target="_blank">Police don’t murder Black people all by themselves; they have accomplices in media. The New York Times routinely “gives aid and comfort to American lynch law.” In the case of Michael Brown, the Times impugned Brown’s character and muddied facts to favor the accused policeman. The cop had other friends in media. “Charles Blow and Van Jones disgracefully made the case for Wilson on CNN and acted as a defense team for him and for all of white America.”

Code Black Alert: Slave Patrols Alive and Well Across America, Killing of Vonderrit Myers – Part II

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

“Policing” in America is an outgrowth of the slave patrols of yesteryear, terror-squads that protected and served the slave master and his profits. The U.S. Criminal Injustice System’s hostility to Black people’s claims to citizenship and dignity remains implacable. “The Black Panther Party was correct in its analysis of the police as an occupying force in the black community.”

A Note on the Importance of Black Agenda Report and Why It Deserves Your Support

by Danny Haiphong

A strong, independent movement for genuine social transformation, needs its own, battling media. “It was Black Agenda Report that condemned Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and the entire Black Misleadership class for supporting Israel, expanding the American empire's domestic and international war machine, and protecting the rule of Wall Street.”

University of Revolution

by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

Mass rallies, strikes, pickets, voter registration, armed

Self-defense; from flash-mobbing miserly Wal-Marts,

To slipping “Which Side Are You On?” in on the St Louis

Symphony, to unfurling anti-racist banners on Monday Night

Football, National TV, revealing inconvenient truths about cold-

Blooded murder…

How Black Colleges are Turning White: The Ethnic Cleansing of HBCUs in the Age of Obama, Part II

by Dr. Jahi Issa

Black enrollment at historically white universities continues to plummet, while federal support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) crumbles at an accelerated rate under the First Black U.S. President. Meanwhile, many historically Black institutions boast majority white faculties and student bodies – paid for with moneys intended for the education of African Americans. “The end is near as it regards America’s HBCUs.”

Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 10/20/14

Pennsylvania Enacts Bill to Silence Prisoners – Especially Mumia Abu Jamal

A new law would curtail the speech of prisoners held by the State of Pennsylvania on the grounds that their utterances and writings might cause “mental anguish” to crime victims. “It’s a backlash, it’s a repressive law,” said Dr. Johanna Fernandez, professor of history at Baruch College and a supporter of Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. “It suggests that authorities are feeling the heat of emerging movements against police brutality and mass incarceration.”

Speaking from Frackville State Prison, Mumia Abu Jamal said the legislation proves Pennsylvania’s government “doesn’t give a white about their own Constitution, nor about the United States Constitution. I welcome that, because it proves that they are the outlaws.” Police organizations were outraged that Abu Jamal was allowed to give a commencement speech at Vermont’s Goddard College.

Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration

Police and FBI personnel have reverted to throwing around the old term “outside agitators” to describe activists that have journeyed to Ferguson, Missouri, to protest the U.S. criminal justice system. “They’re picking up the terminology of George Wallace, Bull Connor and the like,” said Carl Dix, of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, who was arrested along with fellow co-founder Dr. Cornel West, in Ferguson, last week. The point “is to divide the movement to transform the status quo.” Nationwide actions to resist police brutality, mass incarceration and criminalization of Black people are set for October 22.

Prop 47 Would Dramatically Reduce Incarceration in California

The online activist outfit Color of Change has thrown its weight behind passage of Proposition 47, a ballot initiative that would reclassify some nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and redirect prison funding to programs for transition to life on the outside. “It would impact up to 10,000 people who are currently incarcerated” and spare thousands more from being “overcharged” for offenses, said Matt Nelson, organizing director for Color of Change. Moreover, said Nelson, passage would go far to “make it unacceptable to have such high rates of incarceration, which really start in a racially biased culture.”

Next Round: Rev. Pinkney vs. Whirlpool in Benton Harbor

Community activist Rev. Edward Pinkney goes on trial October 27 on charges of altering signatures on petitions to recall the mayor of Benton Harbor, Michigan, a mostly Black town long dominated by the giant Whirlpool Corporation. “They’re counting on an all-white jury that is motivated by something other than the truth,” said Pinkney, leader of the fight to recall Mayor James Hightower. Whirlpool and county police authorities “would do anything – I believe they would even kill – to keep him in office, because he is the corporate puppet,” said Pinkney.

Temple University Students Supplement “Africology” with DuBois

Students at Philadelphia’s Temple University are holding their own W.E.B. Dubois lecture series to make up for what’s missing from the new “Africology” courses instituted by Dr. Molefi Asante, chairman of the recently renamed African American Studies department. Asante refused to renew the contract of Duboisian scholar Dr. Anthony Monteiro. “We feel a critical analysis, historically, politically and economically, through the vantage of African American struggle, is lacking” under the Africology regime, said student organizer Sabrina Sample. Asante’s agenda has been to “eliminate any competition with Afro-centric ideology within the department.”

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. Length: One hour. Click here to download the show.

Obama’s Cynical, Stilted Response to Ebola vs. Cuba’s Magnificent Mobilization

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

President Obama initially offered Ebola-afflicted West Africa “a paltry $22 million to set up a 25-bed field hospital in Liberia at a time when literally thousands of beds – and health care professionals – were needed if there was to be any hope of containment.” Cuba, on the other hand, “fielded the single biggest medical force on the Ebola frontline...totally showing up the United States.”

Freedom Rider: Privatized Ebola

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has used its billions to capture control of the World Health Organization and determine who lives and dies from Ebola. As a result, “While African governments and aid organizations sounded the alarm the WHO did little” to contain the disease or mitigate the suffering. “The principles of public health should be carried out by knowledgeable medical professionals who are not dependent upon rich people for their jobs.”

Organizing 102: After Getting the Digits of Those Who Show Up, Call Everybody Back Within A Week

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

There's a myth that mass movements are born at mag moments when everybody discovers some new outrage on social media, and spills into the street. In the real world movements are built by conscious deliberate organizers extending face to face networks, and offering participants many more ways to get involved than the mere “likes” an emoticons or retweets permitted by social media. Here's the second in our series of brief organizing primers. Be sure to follow the links inside.
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FBI and Local Cops Jointly Track “Outside Agitators”

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The FBI is making no effort to hide that national counter-insurgency operation is in motion, targeting “outside agitators” who who might spread the Ferguson contagion across the country. The FBI is openly coordinating with local police chiefs in anticipation of violence if a grand jury does not indict the cop that killed Michael Brown. The larger purpose is to head off the rise of a grassroots movement for genuine social transformation.
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Code Black Alert: Slave Patrols Alive and Well Across America, Part 1 – Killing Vonderrit Myers

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

Black America long ago came to a consensus on the lawlessness and malevolence of U..S. police institutions. “We have arrived at this point in American history where we don’t need to be polite, or feign ignorance of intentional murder of black boys and men.” The only subjects worthy of debate are the root causes and how to fight our way out of this death trap called the United States.

Homage to the Freedom-Fighting Freeman Bros

by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

The Freedom-fighting Freeman Bros are
Heroes, now, just as they were back then,

Stellar, like the Nicholas Bros to tap dancing

The Alou, Alomar and knuckle-balling

Niekro and 3rd base Boyer Bros to baseball

Like the Heath, Marsalis and Jones Bros to Jazz

“It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten”—Ashanti Proverb

Ten Facts about Being Homeless in USA

by Bill Quigley 

The “unseen hand” of neo-liberal capitalism has swept millions into the streets of the United States, where authorities seek to render homelessness, itself, unseen. Below are some essential facts about the legions of Americans whose right to shelter is unfulfilled.

On October 15, the United Nations Will Fail Haiti Once AgainOn October 15, the United Nations Will Fail Haiti Once Again

by Kevin Edmonds and Ajamu Nangwaya

MINUSTAH’s “record of engaging in acts of extrajudicial murder, sexual assault, suppressing peaceful political protests, undermining democracy and introducing cholera into Haiti are more than enough grounds to revoke its mandate.” However, the chances that the UN Security Council will withdraw the “peacekeeper’s” mandate, are slim. The imperial powers oppose the very concept the Haitian sovereignty.

Critical Times: The Boston School Bus Drivers and the Necessity of Political Education

by Danny Haiphong

A courageous, overwhelmingly non-white bus drivers union is locked in struggle with the multinational Veolia corporation, a classic plunderer whose goal is to “dismember the most radical union in the city.” USW Local 8751 not only fights for children’s safety and a decent wage, “the leadership has fought for the self-determination of oppressed people all over the globe since the union's inception.”

Africans Should Demand That US Do All It Can to Rid West Africa of Ebola

by Mel Reeves

Until Ebola appeared in dense population centers, the West treated African outbreaks “like small forest fires,” hoping the virus would burn itself out. “I can’t imagine that an outbreak of a deadly virus in the West would be met with the response: Oh, we will simply let it run its course and contain those who have it.” We must demand a cure and immediate aid to those afflicted, paid for by those countries that have grown rich off Africa.

Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 10/13/14

“Baby Doc” is Dead, But Duvalierism Lives On in Haiti Regime

Haiti’s elite flocked to the funeral of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier who, along with father “Papa Doc” killed probably 20,000 people, terrorized the entire population and stole half a billion dollars over a period of two generations. Duvalier died of a heart attack at age 63, “but there are many others who were involved in the actual torture and arrests and stealing who supported that brutal system,” said Brian Concannon, executive director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. “The Duvalierist system has in many ways comes back” with the current government of Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly, who was closing associated with “Baby Doc’s” terror network.

BBC Film Implicates Rwanda’s Kagame in Assassination of Two Presidents

A recently release BBC documentary shows that Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame’s rebel forces shot down the airplane carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, in 1994, setting the stage for mass killings. “Kagame’s complicity has been known for many years by the U.S. and the UN,” said Peter Erlinder, an international lawyer who has defended Kagame’s opponents and was himself jailed by the regime for questioning the prevailing narrative, that Kagame halted the Rwandan genocide. Once in power, Kagame’s forces invaded neighboring Congo, igniting yet another genocide that has killed six million people.

Mumia Addresses Goddard College Grads

In 1996, while still on Pennsylvania’s death row, Mumia Abu Jamal earned his bachelor’s degree from Vermont’s Goddard College. “Goddard allowed me to really study what interested and moved me: revolutionary movements,” the nation’s best known political prisoner told the college’s graduating class. Police organizations across the country fought furiously to prevent Abu Jamal from making the commencement speech, in which he advised students to “take what you know and apply it in the real world. Help be the change you’re seeking to make.”

New Film on 1898 Wilmington Massacre

The last vestiges of post-Civil War Reconstruction died in the flames and carnage of Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1898, when white supremacists mounted a military assault on the city’s alliance of Black Republicans and white Populists. Hundreds of Blacks may have died, half the Black population left the city, and the last Black Reconstruction congressman fled the state. Christopher Everett hopes to complete Wilmington on Fire, his new film on these historical events, by December. He said racist Democrats carried out the massacre “to put out a signal to the rest of North Carolina that, if they can take over Wilmington, the whole state will follow.”

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. Click here to download the show. Length: One hour.

Germany Just Made College Tuition Free? Why Won't Our Black Political Class Fight For Free Tuition Here?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Germany just made college tuition free for everybody including foreign students! Free tuition here would cost about $62 billion, roughly what the US govt already spends on loans, grants and subsidies of all kinds. Black leaders preach education will lift us up, but they won't pick a fight or lead a movement to make higher education a right instead of a debt sentence.

VP Joe Biden Accidentally Tells A Little of the Awful Truth

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Vice President Joe Biden was forced to apologize to Arab emirs and kings for blaming them for arming and funding the Islamic State. He neglected to mention his own boss’s complicity. “Biden spoke from a state of deep denial, a visceral refusal to accept that the United States is no longer capable of controlling the chaos it has inflicted on the Middle East.”

Freedom Rider: The Real Ebola Conspiracy

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It would be redundant for the U.S. to “weaponize” Ebola in order to kill Africans. “The monetary and foreign policies they already have do that quite well,” resulting in the violent slaughter of millions, mortality in the tens of millions from well known diseases, and the routine theft of the continent’s resources. “That is enough conspiracy for anyone to follow without inventing tales of government plots.”

There Will be a Reckoning, from Ferguson to Gaza

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The drama in Ferguson raised – once again – fundamental questions about the Black condition in the United States, questions that must be wrestled with whether a grand jury indicts the white cop in the Michael Brown killing, or not. World events also demand that African Americans find their place in the global struggle now underway.

Race and Militarism from Ferguson to Syria: A letter to African Americans

by Ajamu Baraka

“If Congress can give unanimous consent to the murder of more than 2,000 people in Gaza, the majority of them women and children, why would anyone think that those same people would really care about a few hundred African Americans who are being murdered annually by police forces?” U.S. rulers care no more for African American lives than for the “natives” it slaughters in its endless foreign wars.

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