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    Naming-and-Shaming the Black Caucus

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Silence implies assent, which is why activists in Washington, DC, will loudly and clearly denounce the Congressional Black Caucus for its collective crimes against Black people, social justice and the cause of world peace. The “Shame on the Congressional Black Caucus” will give the Black lawmakers the credit they deserve for supporting Apartheid Israel, working to end Net Neutrality, and militarizing local police.

    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?

    Freedom Rider: Theodore Roosevelt and American Racism

    By BAR Editor and Senior Columnist Margaret Kimberley

    As a settler state built with stolen labor on stolen land, the US has found it necessary to invent a fake history sanitizing and justifying its genocidal wars of conquest and empire. The currently airing PBS series Roosevelts: an Intimate History fulfills this need by mostly ignoring Teddy Roosevelt's venal and vicious racism and the pervasive criminality of his family and class.

    Red Salute to Cousin, Comrade Wayne Pharr

    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    Living on 81st and 83rd Streets between Avalon and
    Central we learned the Devil wore dark blue, not red,
    Delivered hell up South, out South in black and white

    "Celebrating Hispanic Heritage" is Latino For "No Democrat Is Safe"

    by Roberto Lovato

    Candidate Barack Obama promised Latino voters an accessible road to citizenship for the undocumented. He has delivered 2 million deportations, and with his Latino enablers, nearly as many excuses. Will Hispanic Heritage Month be the time to call out the Latino political class for being just about as venal, slavish and useless as the black political class?

    Sign the Petition! We Demand the Congressional Black Caucus Denounce Apartheid in Israel & Endorse Network Neutrality

    Despite its constant and relentless celebrations of our people's historic Freedom Movement, the CBC's claim to stand for the interests of African Americans is an empty brand, for lease to whichever corporate donor willing to pay the price. Demand that the CBC revoke its deal with the devil and stand against apartheid and ethnocracy in Israel, and side with the people over the telecoms by embracing network neutrality, the reclassification of broadband internet to a public utility available to all without corporate toll booths, or so-called fast and slow "lanes".

    Click here to sign the petition.

    Unlike the petitions at causes.com and change.org, this petition is locally hosted. No giant Big Data firm will use it to map your contact patterns for marketing purposes. We just don't do that.

    And Then Came Sharpton: Helping Keep Blacks in Their Place

    by Paul Street

    Al Sharpton polluted the air of Ferguson, Missouri, on a mission to restore peace and tranquility, i.e., the racist order. He castigated Blacks for indulging in self-pity, “as if engaging in days and nights of street battle with the forces of white supremacist order and marching in the street under the banner ‘No Justice, No Peace’ is ‘sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves.’”

    Cities of Opportunity? When Walmart and a Mayor Meet

    by Seth Sandronsky

    The Black mayor of Sacramento, California, claims he runs an Opportunity City. But Kevin Johnson solicits big dollars from Wal-Mart, the anti-union megacorp, which is also a sponsor of his wife, Michelle Rhee, the fire-breathing hit-woman for school privatization. Opportunities for whom?

    Globalization Advocates Were Wrong: The US-NATO Alliance is the Heart of Imperialism

    by Danny Haiphong

    “Globalism” was a cute term coined as a cover for worldwide corporate expansion and penetration. With the U.S. has the sole superpower, globalism shows its true face: imperialism, a system that “is in permanent crisis and can only be maintained by the war-making capabilities of nation-state alliances.” Washington’s “coalitions of the willing” now wreak chaos, war and destitution around the globe.

    Ethiopia: Desalegn’s distraction?

    by FikreJesus Amahazion

    Ethiopian strongman Hailemariam Desalegn, like the late dictator (and darling of Washington) Meles Zenawi before him, threatens to overthrow the government of neighboring Eritrea. The regime in Addis Ababa has plenty of reasons to divert attention from its internal problems: ethnic rebellions, grinding poverty, scandalous land giveaways and forced relocations, and upcoming elections that few will regard as fair and legitimate.

    The Treasonous 32: Four-Fifths of Black Caucus Help Cops Murder Their Constituents

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Fully 80 percent of the 40 voting members of the Congressional Black Caucus refused to defund the Pentagon’s militarization of local police departments. That means, 32 Black lawmakers are “conscious collaborators with the Mass Black Incarceration State that dehumanizes, frames, imprisons, humiliates, tortures, maims and kills Black people for a living.”

    Freedom Rider: NATO Loses Ukraine

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    President Obama provokes one world crisis after another, most of which wind up leaving the U.S. weaker and more isolated than before. “The United States and its allies won’t give up the failing strategy because they have no other plan for keeping the leaking ship afloat.”

    CODE BLACK: Murder, Mass Incarceration, Militarization and Genocide in Progress

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

    America has escalated to Code Black, signifying “the occupier's terror campaign against blacks and browns.” Legally speaking, the tripwires to genocide have already been sprung. We demand that this president “declare a permanent cease-fire in all hostilities toward African-American communities including the withdrawal of all military personnel and equipment from urban centers.

    My Wise Country Cousin on Ferguson

    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    Ahm prowd ob Fightin’ Furgasun’s po, wurkin peeples, heroic youf Dey de wonz we can count on wen we’s fightin fo’ Justus, an’ Troof—

    Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party – An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell

    by Angola 3 News

    A noted law professor argues that the U.S. government engaged in terror in its suppression of the Black Panther Party. The Panthers, on the other hand, sought to safeguard the public from the police. “Years removed, we still find ourselves in need of such intermediaries. If their work had not been cut short, would we find ourselves better off?”

    Assata: A Biography – A Review and Quotes

    by Carlos Martinez

    Good news: Assata Shakur’s autobiography has been republished. The former Black Panther and escaped political prisoner with a $2 million bounty on her head speaks to us from exile in Cuba. “The first thing the enemy tries to do is isolate revolutionaries from the masses of people, making us horrible and hideous monsters so that our people will hate us.”

    Who Killed Mike Brown? What to Do?

    by Mel Reeves

    Why did Ferguson, Missouri, rebel? For the same reason that Watts rebelled, 50 years earlier. An “old soldier” knows the answer: “Too many Black folks were being sent to prison for too long, too much policing in its neighborhood, too much racism, substandard housing, poor healthcare options and a sense of second-class status.”

    All Rise: When Class Oppression Sows Democratization

    by Michelle Renee Matisons and Seth Sandronsky  

    A people’s movement is stirring. Ferguson sets the bar higher for Black protest, fast food employees engage in civil disobedience, home health care workers come out of the shadows, and “families in Newark, New Jersey, reject the crappy segregationist McEducation plan.”

    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: White American Solidarity for the Corporate Plantation

    by Danny Haiphong

    America’s rulers propagate the lie that the United States and its corporations lead the world in selfless generosity. If you believe that, you’ve probably got your head in an ice bucket. In reality, “the rich usually invest the most dollars in things like education privatization (Gates and Walton Foundation), war (National Endowment for Democracy), and right-wing think-tanks (Heritage Foundation).”

    Ferguson Demands a New Black Politics

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    If Ferguson represents a new beginning for Black movement politics, then any electoral efforts must aim to “create governments whose promise to the people is to cease cooperating with the machinery that enforces the New Jim Crow.” It emphatically does not mean the Democratic Party, “which has encaged Black politics for roughly the same period as the Mass Black Incarceration State has encaged Black bodies in the world’s largest gulag.”

    Freedom Rider: Liar in a Tan Suit

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    President Obama behaves as if he lives in an alternative universe, one in which ISIS and other jihadists in Syria were not armed and funded by the U.S. and its allies, and Russian-speaking Ukrainians did not rise up of their own volition against the fascist takeover in Kiev. Russian President Putin seems like a great leader, in comparison, if only because he speaks in the language of reality.

    Justice Is Served

    by Raymond Nat Turner, BAR Poet-in-Residence

    Justice is served
    A la Carte, chokehold-style, or
    Fifty bullets, forty-one, or one
    Or two well placed headshots
    From killing-machine chefs

    Ferguson and the Islamic State: Two Sides of Malcolm's American Nightmare

    by Danny Haiphong

    The rulers of the United States are duplicitous and racist in both their foreign and domestic policies. “Just as Washington won't admit its complicity in the occupation of the Black community by local police, it certainty will not and cannot admit its complicity in the creation of IS,” the Islamic caliphate.

    What Divides Black America?

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    The eruption of outrage and protest in Ferguson has shown a spotlight on the out-of-touch attitudes and policies of Black political leaders. “When the Black political elite demand ‘change’ in Ferguson or other subjugated corner of this nation, the horizons for what change could look like are exceedingly narrow.”

    Deon Haywood: “Nine years after Katrina, it’s all about the takeover.”

    An Interview by Jordan Flaherty

    The meaning of urban recovery is subject to great debate. If the standard of progress celebrates expulsion of the Black and poor and welcoming of the affluent and white, then New Orleans is “recovering” from Katrina. But, “that would be a white supremacist framework, now wouldn’t it?”

    Perspectives and Concerns of Black Parents

    by Solomon Comissiong

    In addition to its many other failings, the U.S. educational system insults and devalues Black lives by force-feeding reverence for degenerate slave-holding monsters. “It should be considered mental cruelty to brainwash African/black students to revere slave masters like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson as ‘Founding Fathers.’” Combating the US’s Destructive Educational System:

    The Real News Network: Glen Ford on Police Militarization


    The militarization of US police has been a gradual process underway since the black rebellions of the late 1960s, says Glen Ford.

    To Zombie Civil Rights Organizations: Don't Like Being Called Sellouts? Then Don't Sell Out

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    An August 11 letter published by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson in the newsletter of MMTC, a notorious mouthpiece of corporate telecoms protests that this and other publications, and a growing number of activists have called our traditional civil rights organizations “shills” and “sellouts” for consistently backing the interests of their corporate funders over those of the public they supposedly represent. Is it incivility? Or is it the truth?

    Black Folks are Going Nowhere Until We Discard the Misleadership Class

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The movement in Ferguson has, once again, showed that the Black Misleadership Class acts as the “soft power” for the Mass Black Incarceration State, complimenting the “hard power” of the “world’s most formidable police and prison system.” This perfidious class “rushes to tamp down emotions in places like Ferguson and prevent Blacks from attempting to ‘occupy’ their own communities through genuine civil disobedience or other means.”

    Freedom Rider: Van Jones and Charles Blow Absolve White America

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    U.S. corporate media have made it easy to identify Black “leaders” and “spokespersons” to call on at times of racial crisis. They simply hire them. Van Jones and Charles Blow are part of well paid cadre of Blacks whose main talent is telling white people what they want to hear. “In the glare of black anger they make it clear that they are on the side of the well paying gig which means they are the enemies of the people they are alleged to represent.”

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