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    The “Whitening” of Black Colleges

    Court decisions combined with state and federal policies have led to the “whitening” of HBCUs – Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including Delaware State University, where Dr. Jahi Issa taught until his arrest at a student demonstration in 2012. “We’re looking at over two decades of strategic removal of African American faculty and students,” said Issa, whose multi-part articles titled “How Black Colleges are Turning White: The Ethnic Cleansing of HBCUs in the Age of Obama” are published in Black Agenda Report. This trend, along with falling Black enrollment in historically white institutions and assaults on African American Studies programs, poses an existential threat to Black higher education in the United States. HBCUs will likely continue to exist, but “there just probably won’t be too many Black people there,” said Issa.

    Reparations “Enforcement” is Key

    In recent decades, the struggle for reparations for Africans and their descendants has moved from simple advocacy to “a mode of activism called reparations enforcement,” in which Blacks in various localities target businesses and institutions that have profited from slavery and Jim Crow and present bills for the criminal damages that have been inflicted on Black people, said Kamm Howard, of NCOBRA, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America. The reparations movement needs a revolutionary language that speaks in terms of criminal acts historically committed against Blacks – acts for which there is no statute of limitations, said Howard, speaking at a Black Is Back Coalition teach-in at Howard University, in Washington.

    Defining and Defending U.S. Political Prisoners

    The scores of political activists still languishing in prison are testament to U.S. violation of international law and treaties prohibiting racial discrimination, said Efia Nwangaza, of the Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination, in Greenville, South Carolina. Nwanga has just returned from a United Nations forum in Geneva, Switzerland, at which the U.S. claimed, as always, that it holds no political prisoners. Since the term “political prisoners” is also not part of UN terminology, Nwangaza’s Malcolm X Center and the Jericho Movement speak, instead, on behalf of “Cointelpro and civil rights era political activists and human rights defenders.” In arguing before the UN, Nwangaza maintains that “the focus of Cointelpro” – the FBI’s campaign to neutralize political dissidents – “had a significant racial component and, as a result, a significant impact on the Black liberation struggle.”

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    Call for Massive Demonstrations "the NEXT DAY" If Ferguson Cop Not Indicted

    "Whatever the day is that they come back with no indictment," as widely expected, against the Ferguson, Missouri, policeman that killed unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown, "we should fill the streets of America," said Larry Hamm, chairman of the New Jersey-based People's Organization for Progress (POP). Hamm spoke at a rally and march on the White House by the Black Is Back Coalition for Social justice, Peace and Reparations, of which POP is a member. "And, it shouldn't be a one-day protest," said Hamm. "We should keep the powder lit as long as we can."

    "Peace Through Revolution"

    Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition, affirmed the organization's endorsement of POP's "Next Day" action. Yeshitela told a tech-in at Howard University on the day after the rally: The capitalist world economy is what gave rise to White Power. Europe achieved their identity as a consequence of slavery and colonialism" The fight against imperialism is a struggle for peace, but it requires a total transformation of society - "Peace through Revolution."

    Delegation Fights US Torture of Political Prisoners

    Following through on previous successes in gaining United Nations recognition of US political prisoners, a delegation of US activists, backed by the Jericho Movement, is in Geneva, Switzerland, pressing for substantive change in the treatment and status of men and women imprisoned during the Civil Rights and COINTELPRO repressions. "We know that many of the political prisoners were, in fact, tortured" and that forced confessions contributed to their convictions, said veteran people's lawyer Efia Wangaza, of the Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination, in Greenville, South Carolina. Some political prisoners have been held for four decades, largely in solitary confinement.

    Mumia: It is Right to Resist

    The nation's best known political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal, cites the example of the "Dallas 6," who were charged with riot for protesting torture at the Dallas state prison, in Pennsylvania, in 2010. The inmates go on trial, this week, in Wilkes-Barre. "Stand up for the Dallas 6 for refusing to submit to torture," said Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio. "Stand up for justice and human rights."

    Cornel West and Bob Avakian Examine Religion and Revolution

    Carl Dix, a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), has had half a dozen public dialogues with Black pu pic intellectual Dr. Cornel West, with whom he co-founded the Stop Mass Incarceration Network. This Saturday, November 15, West will engage RCP leader Bob Avakian, at New York's historic Riverside Church - a dialogue that Carl Dix expects to be "even more interesting" because it will explore questions of revolution and religious belief.

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