Congressional Black Caucus Report Card for 2015, the 114th Congress

by Glen Ford with Patrice Johnson for CBC Monitor

It's been several years since the Black Agenda Report team issued what used to be our annual report card on the Congressional Black Caucus, the cream of our glittering and prosperous black political class.  We apologize, and promise you that will not happen again.

On Black Lives Matter, Hillary Clinton, and the Necessity of Demands

by Danny Haiphong

Why ask what lies in Hillary Clinton’s heart? She has already shown the world that she loves war and bankers. When #BlackLivesMatter activists inquired of her inner feelings, Clinton lectured them “about what she believed was their flawed strategy” and “told them to change laws and policies, not minds.” Clinton’s record is clear: “Her racist and anti-working class policies have ruined countless lives.”

Freedom Rider: Bernie Sanders' Conservative Foreign Policy

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Bernie Sanders and his supporters claim he is different, a breath of fresh air. Yet he “won’t state for the record how his foreign policy differs” from Clinton and the Republicans. “He doesn’t question why the United States has the right to dictate policy to another nation” and “repeats the same discredited mantra" as Obama on the nuclear threat from Iran – a threat that even the CIA has declared never existed. Socialism? He won’t even say the word.

Why Bernie Sanders is No Great White Hope for Black America

by Paul Street

It should not be surprising that Blacks are uninspired by Bernie Sanders. He has been “remarkably slow to put racial justice anywhere near the center of his campaign,” or to articulate “the very specific racial oppression experienced by Black Americans.” Like many other “liberals,” the Vermont senator is deeply implicated in mass Black incarceration, imperial foreign policy, and a “trickle-down” approach to Black economic misery.

#BlackLivesMatter and the Democrats: How Disruption Can Lead to Collaboration

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The #Black Lives Matter organization may believe that it is confronting, rather than collaborating with, the Democratic Party, by disrupting candidates’ speeches. However, the tactic inevitably leads to “either a direct or indirect, implicit endorsement of the more responsive candidate(s).” In the absence of radical #BLM demands, “all that is left are the petty reform promises that can be squeezed out of Democrats.” That's not movement politics.

Cynical Democratic Party Leaders Will Say Anything You Wanna Hear For Your Votes Or Your Cash

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

So why is the Democratic National Committee, thoroughly committed to the Hillary Clinton campaign featuring Bernie Sanders in its fundraising emails? How can the California Democratic party raise money pretending to oppose the president on TPP without even pointing in his direction, let alone mentioning his name? Are they really that cynical? Are Democrat donors that gullible?


From Roosevelt Island to Rikers Island – Hillary Clinton Can't See Mass Incarceration

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

New York City's Roosevelt Island and Rikers Island are on the same planet, but different worlds. For Hillary Clinton, the suicide of Kalief Browder, a New York city teen imprisoned for 3 years, two in solitary at Rikers who hanged himself on the eve of her inaugural New York City rally, was not important enough to mention before a friendly white audience. Apparently those are discussions reserved for black audiences only, or surrogates.


The American Liberal vs. The Revolutionary: Exposing the Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

by Solomon Comissiong

Liberals, despite their protestations, remain wedded to U.S. imperial rule in the world. They wish only that it morph into a kinder, gentler imperialism. A Revolutionary knows that the only way change will ultimately come is by way of a sustained social revolution, one that engages a critical mass to work collectively in dismantling injustice and oppression.”

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders: Sheepdogging for Hillary and the Democrats in 2016

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Vermont senator and ostensible socialist Bernie Sanders is playing the sheepdog candidate for Hillary Clinton this year. Bernie's job is to warm up the crowd for Hillary, herding activist energies and the disaffected left back into the Democratic fold one more time. Bernie aims to tie up activist energies and resources till the summer of 2016 when the only remaining choice will be the usual lesser of two evils.

The Ascent of Hillary, the $.2.5 Billion “People’s” Candidate

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The Democratic Party has become a desert where nothing grows – except the One Percent’s hold on the party machinery. No need for primaries; Hillary Clinton’s rich contributors have already locked up the nomination. “Wall Street is determined that there will be no serious Democratic deviation from the corporate agenda set by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.”


Feds Rediscover Police Brutality In City of Brotherly Love…er…Beat City

by Linn Washington, Jr.

The U.S. Justice Department’s latest report on police brutality in Philadelphia reveals much the same pattern of excessive use of lethal force as charged in a 1979 lawsuit and confirmed by a Human Rights Watch study in 1998. The city registered “an average of one citizen shot by police per week between 2007 and 2013” – five times the rate of their counterparts in New York City.

U.S. Voter Turnout is Low Because There’s Little to Vote For

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Voter suppression plays an important role in keeping Black turnout below that of whites, but does not explain why overall U.S. voter participation is far below most developed countries on the planet. The reason is simple: the rich control both political parties and, as a result, “the U.S. offers the narrowest spectrum of electoral choices in the industrial world.” Voting has relatively little impact on how the country is run.


Seattle Urban League Leader to Run Against Socialist Seattle City Council Member. Why?

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

Like the NAACP, the NAN and other corporate funded dinosaur civil rights outfits, the National Urban League mostly says and does what its wealthy donors need. So how surprising is it that Seattle's well-connected Urban League CEO on her first run for public office, thinks she needs to knock out the city council's only socialist? What's wrong with that picture?



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