Congressional Black Caucus

Freedom Rider: Democrats Attack Trump from the Right

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Democratic Party has devolved into complete irrationality and irrelevance, sucking its Black followers into the idiotic abyss. “Years of capitulation to corporate interests and to Barack Obama have killed black politics,” and turned the Congressional Black Caucus into mindless CIA groupies who “use the phrase ‘intelligence community’ as if they were hypnotized cult members. Democrats carry signs that threaten war, and call it “protest.”

Is It Time To Revoke John Lewis’s Lifetime Civil Rights Hero Pass?

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

John Lewis was a hero 52 years ago. What’s he doing nowadays with his Lifetime Civil Rights Hero pass? He’s a 14 term Atlanta congressman with nary a word to say on gentrification or the privatization of schools, roads, nature and the commons. He’s a pacifist with a US Navy ship named after him who votes for the NSA, Pentagon budgets, and re-arming apartheid Israel. Now his sainthood is useful again. But to whom and for what?

 
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Freedom Rider: No Tears for John Lewis

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

John Lewis has parlayed his 1965 beating at the hands of Alabama police into a phony sainthood, and “now exemplifies everything that is wrong with the Congressional Black Caucus, the Democratic Party and the black misleadership class.” He “parrots every word” of the CIA in blaming Russia for Hillary Clinton’s defeat. There are many reasons to boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration, but “Russia” is the only one mentioned by Lewis, the party hack.

CBC Report Card 2016: Why the Congressional Black Caucus Can’t Lead Black America

by Glen Ford with Patrice Johnson for CBC Monitor

The 41 full-voting Black Democratic members of the U.S. House scored higher than last year on the new CBC Monitor Report Card, but that’s mostly because there were far fewer controversial bills crossing their desks in a presidential election season. However, some Caucus members’ names seem to forever live in infamy: Terri Sewell, Marc Veasey, Sanford Bishop and David Scott. None of the Caucus is excellent, but there’s plenty of good, bad and ugly.

Congressional Black Caucus: Deep in the Israel Lobby’s Pocket

by Jeffrey Blankfort

The Congressional Black Caucus is a bought-and-paid-for political ally of the planet’s last remaining apartheid state, Israel. “That the CBC has consistently, as a bloc, voted to send billions of US taxpayers dollars to provide weapons for a foreign government that oppresses another people of color, the Palestinians, is nothing less than shameful.” Cynthia McKinney was the last CBC member to take a principled stand on Palestine.

The Imperial Consensus, Part 1: Hillary and Trump, Republicans and the Congressional Black Caucus Agree on Israeli Apartheid

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Whether it’s gentrification, privatization, environmental destruction, threatening the planet with nukes or maintaining global empire, differences between the parties of the one percent are often less important than the bipartisan disasters upon which our masters agree. In the first of several installments, we look at the issues elite Republicans and Democrats agree on. This week it’s Israel, the world’s premiere apartheid state.

 
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The Black Caucus “Left” Wing Crumbles Before Obama’s War Machine

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

It took just three years for most Americans to conclude that George Bush’s war in Iraq should come to an end. But, after three years of failure in Syria, Congress has given Barack Obama another shot. “The reason Obama’s wars have such longer shelf-life, is that Democrats will not oppose him, including such luminaries of the Black Caucus left wing as John Conyers and Maxine Waters.”

 
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The Black Political Class? The Congressional Black Caucus? These Joes Ain't Loyal

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Why does the Congressional Black Caucus endorse Israeli apartheid? Why do our black mayors embrace gentrification, our civil rights organizations side with their funders, and our black generals and diplomats orchestrate genocide in Africa? Whoever, whatever they're loyal to, it's not the interests of African American or African people. What can we do about it?

Cowardly, Hypocritical, Subservient Congressional Black Caucus Endorses Israeli Apartheid and Current War Crimes in Gaza

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Only 2 of over 40 Congressional Black Caucus members voted against legitimizing the 2009 Israeli massacre of 1400 mostly civilians in Gaza, with seven CBC members abstaining. Last week, with the Gaza death toll climbing toward 1,000 not a single CBC member could be bothered to lift a voice against Israel's genocidal assault of the moment or its ongoing apartheid state in general. Black America should hang our collective heads in shame.

Thanks to the Congressional Black Caucus “Remy” from “House of Cards” is Real

by Pascal Robert

The truth is more evil than Netflix fiction. Staffers at the Congressional Black Caucus – doubtless mimicking the morals of their elected bosses – eventually formed their own mercenary lobbying structures to sell out the interests of African Americans. Their principal clients are “those same financial institutions and corporations that caused the Black community to be targeted during the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.”

Who Are the Minions of War in the Black Caucus?

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

For the first time in five years, “the Black Caucus was treated like royalty, rather than a nuisance, as is usual, at the White House.” The reason: Obama needs their votes to continue his rush to war against Syria. “If past voting behavior is a guide, the majority of the Caucus is likely to put Obama’s political interests ahead of their constituents’ wishes and the welfare of humankind.”

Boasting, Roasting, Coasting & Toasting: The Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference

 by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Later this month, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation will hold its annual star-studded affair in DC, commemorating old victories it mostly had nothing to do with, celebrating past accomplishments it would like to take credit for, congratulating each other, hosting “workshops” for corporate sponsors and throwing one “legendary” party. Is this all our black political class is about these days?

 
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Call Out Their Names! The Black Caucus Roster of Shame

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

A handful of Black lawmakers have joined with Blue Dog Democrats to call for $4 trillion in federal spending cuts over 10 years – far more than the congressional “Super-Committee” is required to make this month. $4 trillion happens to be the figure both President Obama and his deficit reduction commission proposed to cut. The six Black congressmen are attempting to help the First Black President seal his “Grand Bargain” with the GOP by defunding what’s left of the New Deal and Great Society.

 
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The Congressional Black Caucus Fails Afro-Colombians

by Nikolas Kozloff

Sometimes it seems the bigger the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) becomes, the worse it gets. Gone are the not-so-long-ago days when the CBC could be counted on to present a virtually unified, progressive front on domestic and foreign policy issues. While Black activists increasingly embrace the Latin American sector of the global African Diaspora, the CBC as a body remains parochial, as if unaware that millions of Blacks live in South America. Most shameful is the CBC's failure to take a firm stand on behalf of Afro-Colombians, targeted by rightwing death squads allied with the U.S.-backed government. A significant faction in the CBC supports corporate-written trade deals with Colombia that would displace and further impoverish much of the Black population, whose representatives have repeatedly beseeched the Black Caucus for help.  

Congressional Black Caucus Grades Plummet on War, “Terror” and Trade Bills

by Leutisha Stills, CBC Monitor

Votes on three bills have plunged the Congressional Black Caucus to their lowest collective grades yet, according to the watchdog group CBC Monitor. For the first time since the CBC Monitor began tracking the voting behavior of Black members of the U.S. House, no member scored higher than 80 percent. The "tripwire" bills showed great fissures in the Black Caucus on so-called Free Trade, willingness to cave to the Bush administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on funding the Iraq war, and on a bill that threatens a witch hunt in search of the sources of domestic "extremist belief systems" and violence-inciting "propaganda" on the Internet.

Fox News Rents the Congressional Black Caucus

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

Why would the Congressional Black Caucus co-sponsor presidential debates with Fox News?  How much does it really cost to rent the CBC Institute?  What else is for sale?  How much worse than the rest of mainstream media is Fox News?  And what does the CBC-Fox News scandal tell us about present-day corporate funded black leadership?   

Heroes and Hypocrites: Black Caucus Shattered on Iraq

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce A. Dixon

More than two-thirds of the Congressional Black Caucus signed on as members of the Out of Iraq Caucus, but when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic corporate cohorts turned up the fire, all but four melted into the mass of hypocrisy that joined the U.S. war machine while pretending to resist it. The heroes are mostly heroines: Reps. Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Diane Watson, and the only man in the bunch, John Lewis. The collapse of the CBC is not a morality play, but the story of a power play. The lesson: the CBC will not stand up to Power, and is a politically spent force as presently constituted. The same must be said of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, only four of whose non-Black members stuck by their guns.

Congressional Black Caucus: Divided on Trade, Immigration

CBC Monitor Report Card, Second Session 109th Congress

by Leutisha Stills, CBC Monitor

There is still reason to believe that the Congressional Black Caucus can be rescued from its slide into irrelevance - but only if energized constituents mobilize behind "bright line" issues that members dare not cross. The new CBC Monitor Report Card documents the Caucus' inability as a body to resist massed corporate power on trade issues, and a retreat by a quarter of its members in the face of mounting police state pressures. Nevertheless, the CBC's overall grades are up - most likely because only a few bills challenged them on matters of principle.

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