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    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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    After Ferguson: It's a New Day. Join the Black Agenda Report Team at NYC's Riverside Church Oct 24, or Support Black Agenda Report With a Donation

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    There have never been this many black faces in high places, or this many black bodies in prison. There's never been this amount of wealth stripped from black families, this many black youth growing up in poverty and a large part of the process happened and is still happening under a black president.

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    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.

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    US Headed For “China Syndrome” Meltdown in Syria

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    America’s crimes, and its failures, are uniformly described as “mistakes” – so as not to tarnish the national mythology with the truth. However, contrary to President Obama’s assertions, the U.S. “mistake” in Syria was not to “underestimate” ISIS, but the CIA’s failure to control its own jihadists. The result is “a China-Syndrome of holy war that has left Washington’s regime-change-by-proxy scheme in ashes.”

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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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    Who’s Your Daddy, ISIS?

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Poor little ISIS, the orphan with so many fathers. President Obama is trying to assemble a coalition of parents to kill the wayward child, but some of the other baby-daddies are busy fighting among themselves over who is going to bring up the next generation of jihadists. Where did it all go so very, very wrong?

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    Low Voter Turnout Didn't Kill Michael Brown

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    If you believe our black political class, low voter turnout killed Michael Brown. But then it's past Labor Day in an even numbered year, a time when the only discussion, the only question, the only answer our black political class entertains is how to ratify their privileged status with a big black vote. Do their concerns match our needs, or do they meet only their own?

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    Obama and His Head-Chopping Friends

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Choose your head-chopper. Obama favors the Saudis, the world’s leading beheaders, and rails against ISIS, the wayward spawn of decades of U.S.-Saudi collaboration. The U.S. would prefer that ISIS confine itself to chopping off Syrian heads, but “ISIS has even bigger plans for regime change in the Arab world.”

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    Round Two: Fast Food Strike for $15 An Hour

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Backed by the Service Employees International Union, fast food workers will bring civil disobedience tactics to a one-day strike action targeting over 100 cities. They’re demanding $15 an hour and union representation. “Nine out of ten of the worst paying jobs are in the food services industry, which is disproportionately Black and brown.”

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    Organizing 101: Don't Do Another Ferguson March or Rally Without Getting The Digits

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    Spontaneous demonstrations against police murder and violence are happening every day, often pulled together with social media. Is this a movement? Not really, because corporate social media networks and lists are private property. Real organizers know that whenever you get 4, 14, 40 or 400 people to come out you get their digits so you can recontact them independently of Twitter, Facebook, or the radio. It's Organizing 101.

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    Justice Dept Refuses For 20 Years To Comply With Federal Law Requiring It To Gather National Police Brutality Stats

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    A 1994 law requires the Justice Dept to gather national status on excessive violence by police. So why have Attorneys General under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations refused to gather the info? Why does the Obama Justice Department ignore this law while it resurrects a century-old espionage statute to prosecute truth telling whistleblowers and reporters? The president and attorney general know what side they're on. Do we?

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    Ferguson Unmasks the War on Black America

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Corporate media have discovered that the U.S. police are militarized. Maybe next, they will figure out who the domestic military is waging war against. “Since America tells itself and the rest of the world that it does not make war on its own citizens, the war against Black people had to be called something else – a War on Drugs, or simply a War on Crime.”

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    US Conf of Mayors Ferguson Press Release Shows Complicity, Irrelevance of Black Mayors, the Black Political Class

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

    The vapid 5 sentence press release of the US Conference of Mayors on the unfolding police repression in Ferguson MO shows that our black political class is in a world of its own, where all that matters is justifying their positions and careers, not restraining, much less rolling back American's prison state or its brutal police in the least.

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    Is Democrats For Public Education Just a Toothless, Cynical Sound Byte?

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

    Last month the DNC's Donna Brazile announced the formation of Democrats For Public Education. But with their own Democratic president being the chief pusher of school privatization, nobody really imagines Brazile and other top Dems will publicly oppose the White House and the Department of Education. So is DFPE just a cynical sound byte to liven up teacher union rank and file to go door to door for Democrats in the next presidential election?

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    America: Young Black Men Have No Right to Life

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Over the past 50 years, Black America has gone from fists in the air to arms raised in surrender; from assertion of the right to self-defense, to pleas for sensitivity from militarized police occupiers. Black America has been turned into a vast Constitution-free zone.

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    Long Live Gridlock and Paralysis of Both Big Business Parties

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    With Wall Street in firm control of both major political parties, why would anyone on the Left want the Republicans and Democrats to make nice with each other and collaborate more closely to pass legislation? We should thank our lucky stars for gridlock, which has prevented President Obama from consummating a Grand Bargain with the GOP.

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    Black Is Back Coalition Holds National Conference in Philadelphia

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The Black is Back Coalition came together in 2009, “determined that the first politician in history to spend a billion dollars to win the presidency would not get a free pass from all of Black America.” The Coalition’s upcoming national conference will map strategies to confront Power in the waning days of the Age of Obama, and beyond.

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    Obama’s Hot War

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The deeper the U.S. slips into economic decline, the higher it ratchets up the pace and stakes of armed conflict. Washington appears to have crossed some kind of Rubicon, to embark “on a mad, scorched earth policy to terrorize the planet into submission through relentless escalation into a global state of war.”

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    The Big Sell-Out: The Congressional Black Caucus and the Internet

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Before the pivotal elections of 2002, when corporate money started systematically wooing Black Democrats, the Congressional Black Caucus was a consistent voice on the (relatively) leftish side of the Congress. Only a few years later, the Black Caucus was more firmly in the pockets of huge telecom corporations than the rest of the Party. As a bloc, the CBC is no friend of Internet neutrality.

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    4th of July Fireworks, In Marietta GA, and in Gaza

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

    There were flag waving fireworks displays in Marietta GA, where they make the Lockheed F-16s. Some of those F-16s took part in another fireworks display last weekend over Gaza. The fireworks in Marietta smelled like gunpowder and burnt paper. What do white phosphorus, high explosives, depleted uranium, burning libraries and schools smell like?

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    Coming to America: Mercenary Justice

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    There is as yet no legal barrier to wholesale deployment of mercenary soldiers to U.S. cities. Such forces occupied New Orleans in 2005, two years before Blackwater troops massacred Iraqi civilians in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square. Could Times Square be next?

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    At the Core of the U.S. Supreme Court, A Cabal of Corporate Hit Men

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s concept of corporate “personhood” apparently means that corporate religious rights – corporate gods – trump “the religious or secular beliefs of working people – specifically, working women.”

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    White Supremacy and the Central Park 5

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Although New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has OK’d a $40 million settlement with the Central Park 5, who were wrongfully imprisoned for brutal rape, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg insists the police acted in “good faith.” “In a sane, non-racist society, the fact that five innocent children had been made to confess to a horrible crime that they did not commit would be viewed as a prima facie case of police misconduct.”

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    What Black Lobbyists & CBC Members Mean When They Say “We Are Not A Monolith”

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

    When I hear the word monolith I think of the mumbling, floating slab of rock left behind by ancient extra terrestrials in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Are black lobbyists & CBC members being mistaken for alien artifacts? If not, what does “we are not a monolith” mean in the mouths of black faces in high places?

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    Ta-Nehisi Coates, Blackwashing, the Reparations Brand, and a Last Refuge For Scoundrels

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

    No sensible person should doubt the fundamental justice of arguments for reparations for the historic crimes of slavery, Jim Crow, and today's prison state. Accomplishing reparations would require a massive political realignment. But is reparations today a political movement, or is it an empty brand available for African American public figures in need of a little blackwashing?

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    U.S. Funds “Terror Studies” to Dissect and Neutralize Social Movements

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Since the meltdown of 2008, U.S. universities have collaborated with the Pentagon to study dynamics of social movements, worldwide. The goal of “terrorism studies” is “to find possible vectors of resistance, which are to be identified and eradicated, like a disease.” The Minerva Initiative, like NSA spying, sees the entire planet as “enemy territory.”

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    Black Leadership Response to the Koch $25 Million “Gift” Should Be a Movement For Free College Tuition

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

    Seven generations after the founding of our first historically black colleges and universities, they are still dependent on the whims of white philanthropy, just begging smarter and/or harder. If black leaders won't pick the necessary fight and demand higher ed as a human right for everybody HBCUs will not survive the current crisis. Do they have the vision, the will, the courage? Do we?

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    CA Supermax Prisoners Win Right To Sue As A Class Over Torture, Decades-Long Solitary

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The state of California may soon have to defend the indefensible. A federal judge has allowed inmates at the dreaded Pelican Bay supermax prison to challenge the constitutionality of decades-long terms of solitary confinement. The state will be compelled to prove that it is not in the business of mass torture.

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    Act NOW! Obama FCC "Fast Lane Internet" Proposals Are The End of the Open Internet

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

    The pending “internet fast lane” proposal advanced by President Obama's FCC chairman and telecom lobbyist Tom Wheeler isn't the end of the world, but it is the end of the internet as we know it. The FCC's proposal establishes the legal right of telecom monopolies to apply “market-based” charges for any kind of internet service they choose, for any reason they might invent.

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