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    Obama's Ferguson Commission a Joke: Why Liberal Proposals and "Solutions" Don't Cut It

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The Task Force for 21st Century Policing, Obama's response to public disgust with police misconduct after Ferguson is the wish list of big city cops, nonprofits, Justice Department consultants, all of whom brought us the current system. With only 600-odd days left in office, it's a contemptuous gesture on the part of the Obama administration and the black political class, whose proceduralism helped bring us where we are today.

    The People of Chicago Stun Obama's Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Now It's Round 2

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Despite support from local black & Latino politicians former Obama chief of staff and Rahm Emanuel failed to win re-election as Chicago mayor on Feb. 24. He faces an April 7 runoff election against Jesus Garcia, longime community activist who was part of the Harold Washington team in 1983 and 87. Anti-Rahm turnout was boosted by public outrage at school closings and other privatizations, and advisory referenda on an elected school board.

    Loretta Lynch is Condoleeza Rice With A Law Degree

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    In private practice Loretta Lynch was a “white collar crime specialist” keeping banksters, tax evaders and money launderers out of jail. She did exactly that at Obama's Justice Department, passing get out of jail cards in the biggest money laundering cases in history. She's pro-death penalty, against legalizing weed or demilitarizing cops, sees no evil in drone murder, war crimes or runaway surveillance. And she's the next Attorney General.

    How "Progressive Black Democrats" in Your Town and Moral Monday in GA Fight For Us. Not.

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    In Atlanta, black and progressive Democrats are congratulating each other for introducing what they call a criminal justice reform package, hailed by Moral Monday. But hype aside, the actual contents of their proposals reveal the deep contempt of the black misleadership class, and its progressive Democratic lawmakers for the plight of people and communities victimized by the prison state.

    Taking the Initiative Back For the Movement After the Brinsley Killings

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The killing of 2 NYPD officers by Ismaaiyl Brinsley were the occasion for fascist cops, mostly Republicans and authoritarian liberal politicians, mostly Democrats along with their black civil rights and media spokespeople, to seize the initiative from the movement against police murder and brutality. But the movement can take the mic back. This issue of Black Agenda Report, is mostly about the movement response to the NYPD killings, along with some timely information on Cuba's present and past role in African liberation, and a remembrance of the US invasion of Panama 25 years ago, which leveled several African neighborhoods in Panama City.
    We'll be taking a break next week, and back the first Tuesday or Wednesday in January. Happy holidays and peace, to those who fight for it, and everyone else.

    Why I Don't Do Kwaanza

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Ron Karenga, the man who invented Kwaanza, headed the US organization, which was responsible for the murder of 4 Black Panthers in Southern California as a tool of COINTELPRO, and the torture of two of its own female members. Kwaanza may now be bigger than its inventor, but Karenga's crimes do cast a shadow on the holiday for many of us.

    "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"?

    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 Obama Administration.... Standing Up For Poor and Working People Since... Never

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Federal court judges ruled workers forced to stand in line without pay several hours each week before leaving work deserved to be paid. Amazon.com, their boss disagreed and it's now in the Supreme Court. So why did President Obama's Justice and Labor Departments each file briefs agreeing with Amazon and other wage-stealing retailers that bosses should have more freedom to define “work” in ways that allow them to force more unpaid labor from their workforces.

    Midterm Madness! Zombie Dems VS Zombie Repubs, Zombie Consensus Wins Again!

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Democrats lost almost everywhere this midterm, and where they won it wasn't good news for the 99%. Pension-cutting, privatizing, mass incarcerating tax-the-poor and coddle-the-rich Democrats like the incumbent governors of California and New York are pretty hard to tell from Republicans. Both are part of a zombie consensus, animated by something other than the will of the people.

    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.

    Eric Holder: Like the Rest of the Black Political Class – Powerful But Powerless When It Comes to Black Interests

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The fulsome praise heaped upon Eric Holder at the announcement of his impending resignation is fake history. Some of it exposes the contradiction between the black political class's alleged mission to represent the black masses and its actual practice which is another thing entirely. And some of it is just plain self-serving silliness.

    Will America's Black Political Class Join In the Spoils of the Rape of Congo? Andy Young & Jesse Jackson Say It's OK.

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The table set with the loot from 5 million dead in neighboring Congo, the largest genocide on earth since World War 2, Rwandan president Paul Kagame is inviting America's black political class to join him in the profitable spoils... contracts, careers and more, blessed by the likes of Andy Young and Rev. Jesse Jackson.

    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?

    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?

    “Civil Rights” Leaders, Politic365 bloggers, CBC Members Get Paid, the Public Gets Played on Network Neutrality.

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Is there any part of the black political class that isn't for sale, or hasn't been already been leased by Comcast, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T or Time-Warner? While the old school politicos at least try to hide the hands of their paymasters, the young guns pretend being a shill is almost an honest living. It's not.

    Time For The CBC and our Black Political Class Denounce Apartheid and Ethnocracy in Israel-Palestine

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The contradiction between the supposed origin of our black political class out of the struggle against Jim Crow and its collaboration with Israeli apartheid can't be resolved. We can only save the good name of our own people by calling out the black US collaborators with apartheid, holding them up to derision and ridicule, by sustaining a storm of disapproval and opprobrium until they and the ethnocratic regime in Israel are no more. 

    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.

    Why Our Black Political Class is Paralyzed and Silent on Gaza Massacres and Israeli Apartheid

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    How did the NAACP wrap up its national conference this weekend without saying a mumbling word about the genocidal bombing of Gaza? Why did Moral Monday's Rev. Barber appear on HBO's Real Time with notorious Islamaphobe Bill Maher and not speak to the morality of apartheid in Israel? Why are the black political class and the black church, invisible on the invasion of Gaza and the fact of Israeli ethnocracy in general?

    What Corporate Media and Corporate Latino Politicians Won't Tell You About Central American Child Refugees

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Why can't Latino politicians and corporate media call the current wave of Central American children refugees, when that's what they plainly are? What's the role of the US drug war, US trained cops and military, and US funded death squads in the violence and poverty that sent them here, and why won't Latino politicians mention that either? And why are none fleeing Nicaragua, which is just as poor as Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador?

    Political Prisoner Imam Jamil Al-Amin in Declining Health, Urgently Needs Medical Care

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Politcal prisoner Imam Jamil Al-Amin was one of the leading lights of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960s rural Alabama. Wrongfully accused and falsely convicted of murder in the shooting of two Atlanta deputies, he has been buried alive in the hellhole solitary supermax prison of Florence CO the last dozen years. Though his spirits remain high, he is 70 and in declining health, and urgently needs moving to a medical facility for appropriate care.

    Why Elections Still Matter, Except When They Don't

     

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Martin Luther King once talked about how a black person in the south was unable to vote, while one in the north had nothing to vote for.  50 years later, the south as become the north too.  The two capitalist parties have gamed and subverted the electoral process to exclude real opposition and to make it meaningless, except for bestowing legitimacy upon their stooges.  So why and when to elections still matter for the left, and when not?

    Serial School Privatizer "Chainsaw Paul" Vallas Gets Ready For His Next Job

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Neoliberalism holds that all human interactions should to be disciplined and mediated by the market. Paul Vallas is the nation's neoliberal chainsaw man on public education. After savaging public education in Chicago, Philly, New Orleans and Bridgeport, he has been summoned home to Illinois by the Democrat governor as his running mate.

    Top 10 Reasons Why Corporate Social Media is Not Your Friend, and Dark Social Media Is

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    For a long time now, we've all been told, and have told each other, that corporate social media is the way to build businesses, audiences and brands. What if this is about as true as the old saw about real estate prices only going up? What is “dark social media” and how is it different from Twitter, Facebook and the rest.

    Black Lobbyists, Black Legislators Leverage Their “Brands” For Banksters, Military Contractors, Corporate Interests

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    When black politics emanated from the streets, not the suites, it was a force against imperial war, for full employment, better housing and public education. But now, black politics is a hollowed out brand, an empty signifier deployed by black lobbyists and congresscreatures to cover whatever their corporate donors want, while the black political class ceaselessly celebrates the civil rights era to renew its own legitimacy.

    Always Low Wages, More Pollution: Why Barack & Michelle Obama Relentlessly Shill For Wal-Mart

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Democrats in labor unions and figures like former Labor Secretary Robert Reich and others were justly outraged at Barack Obama's latest wet kiss to Wal-Mart earlier this month. But First Lady Michelle Obama has been in bed with the giant retailer for years. Is this a nasty bug in the Obama presidency, or a corrupt core feature?

    Jackson Rising: Black Millionaires Won't Lift Us Up, But Cooperation & the Solidarity Economy Might

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    “320 activists from all over the country, including 80 or more from Jackson and surrounding parts of Mississippi converged on the campus of Jackson State University for Jackson Rising. ”

    Has raising up more black millionaires been a successful economic development strategy for our communities?  Evidently not. What's the alternative to gentrification, to stadiums, to ruthless exploitation? It's the solidarity economy. It's cooperation. It's democratically owned, worker-run cooperatives for child care, retail, auto repair, factories, health care, you name it. It's already rising in Jackson Mississippi, and soon, near you.

    6 Reasons Why Obama's Clemency Program For Drug Offenders Doesn't Change Mass Incarceration One Bit

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The White House is reportedly considering using clemency to release a few hundred or couple thousand federal prisoners. Better than nothing, but it's in no sense a start at dismantling the prison state. Clemency changes no laws or institutions or police, prosecutorial or prison practices. The cells will be refilled in weeks. It's a cynical, empty gesture from an administration marked by utter indifference to black suffering.

    Are Black "Success Stories" Really Holding Us Back?

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Is it time to critically interrogate the black “success stories” of pro atheletes and near-billionaires? Should we be identifying with the Junior Bridgemans and Magic Johnsons or with their thousands of underpaid and cheated workers? And what would a more reproducible black “success story” really look like?

    CNN's Chicagoland: An 8 Part Miniseries Campaign Commercial For Rahm Emanuel and Urban Neoliberalism

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    CNN's Chicagoland "documentary" is an 8 part wet kiss for Rahm Emanuel & neoliberalism by the same crew that made Brick City, a propaganda flick to boost the career of Newark's Corey Booker prior to his re-election campaign.  Black Agenda Report talked to a few real Chicagoans about what it does and doesn't show or tell, and why.

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