Bruce Dixon “a Real Soldier” of the Movement
BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon, the former Black Panther and lifelong activist who died from blood cancer at age 68, was “ a real soldier in the sense that he was willing and eager to take on any aspect of the liberation struggle and to explore all of the questions that face us, with the aim of creating the most efficient mechanisms for movement politics,” said BAR executive editor Glen Ford, speaking at the Left Forum conference in New York City.
Money Rules in US, Not the People
“If the people who write or bundle the checks ca decide who becomes president, then that is proof-positive that we do not have a democracy,” said BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley, speaking at the Left Forum conference in New York City. This dictatorship of the rich is embedded in the raucous façade of duopoly party politics, which compels people to choose one villain or the other. “Anybody that didn’t vote for the Democrats is blamed for Trump being in the White House,” said Kimberley.
The Banks are King of the Imperial Order
BAR contributor Danny Haiphong told the Left Forum that “anti-imperialism is the only antidote” for US-led global austerity. “The leftish elements in the Democratic Party have little problem with the fact that US military supremacy is the backbone of imperialism,” said Haiphong. “Tulsi Gabbard has been blacked out just for uttering the notion of anti-interventionism”
Race to the Bottom is Imperial Plan
“The decline in US living standards and economic security is not a side effect of globalization – it is the intended effect of this global regime that is being imposed,” said BAR executive editor Glen Ford, at the Left Forum in New York City. “The capitalist imperial consensus is to destroy all impediments to the most profitable exploitation of labor and technology.” That’s why most new US employment consists of “shit jobs.”
All US White Groups Implicated in Black Oppression
Katrina Browne, a descendant of Rhode Islanders who were the “largest slave-trading family in US history,” told a congressional committee considering the HR 40 reparations study bill that all of US society was “implicated” in slavery. This includes immigrants that arrived after Emancipation, who were allowed to “leap-frog over Black families, with devastating consequences to the present day.” Browne is producer of the Emmy-nominated film, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North.”
Mumia Says He’s Going Blind
The nation’s best known political prisoner recently noticed “that I could no longer see a single face” among the “river of men passing by” in Pennsylvania’s Mahanoy prison. “I realized to my horror that I was functionally blind,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, who has faced several medical crises in his 38 years of incarceration in the death of a Philadelphia cop. “My vision has become sp poor that I’ve used voices to recognize people, as a blind man does.”
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:am ET on PRN. Length: one hour.