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Organizing, Not Activism: Chicago's Dyett HS Hunger Strikers Mark 11th Day Resisting Closing & Privatization of Their School

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Activism is showing up, speaking out, demonstrating here, tweeting there, disrupting that and blogging that. But activists are only responsible to themselves. Organizing, as Chicago's Jitu Brown points out, is entirely different from mere activism. Organizers are responsible to communities, they raise up leaders from among those who've been told they cannot and do not deserve to win.  #FightForDyett

Katrina: The Logic of Genocide

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The best thing that could happen to poor Black people is for a Katrina-like catastrophe to hit their city, scattering them to the four corners of the country. So says an article in a leading “liberal” magazine, which maintains that “the forced exodus of Katrina should be replicated as public policy, for the good of both the purposely displaced and society as a whole.” In the real world, white supremacy and capitalism created the ghettos.

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.

Carl Dix: Revolutionary Communist – Fighting the Plague of Mass Incarceration

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Veteran activist Carl Dix discusses his early incarceration and how he became a revolutionary and a major figure in the fight against mass incarceration. The capitalist system has no place for Black and brown youth in this country. Its solution has been “to unleash its police like occupying armies in the ghettos and barrios across the country, to pass laws that target Blacks and Latinos and to build prisons to warehouse them in.”

#FightForDyett -- What Real Organizing Looks Like: South Side Chicago Parents Stage Hunger Strike at Dyett High School

by the Real News Network

Call Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel's office at 312-744-3300. Tell him the whole world is watching, he can give the parents their high school back RIGHT NOW. Call Alderman Will Burns at 773-536-8103 with the same message."

Concerning Reactionaries and Thugs: The New Black Panther Party

by Elbert “Big Man” Howard

The recent assault on former Black Panther and 19-year political prisoner Dhoruba Bin Wahad reveals, once again, that the so-called New Black Panther Party is a collection of provocateurs and would-be assassins. “Although they stole our Ten Point Platform and Program and then twisted it for their own negative purposes, they have no political consciousness, no program or agenda for serving the community, the Black race, or any oppressed people.”

Hiding in Plain Sight: The History of the War on Drugs

by Paul Bermanzohn

    The War on Drugs was a direct response to the African American uprisings of the 1960s. Three hundred cities rose in Black rebellion. A a fervor for change spread across the land. Richard Nixon “emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.” The mass Black incarceration regime was set in motion.

    Non-Profits and the Pacification of the Black Lives Matter Movement

    by Brendan McQuade

    It takes many actors to pacify a rebellion. Police repression is only one tool, and often counterproductive. In Chicago, the ACLU hijacked local legislation that would have enhanced the Black community’s power over the police, in favor of an agreement that papers over the contradictions between the cops and the people.

    Black Children’s Dreams Crushed on a Field of Nightmares

    by Mark P. Fancher

    Organized Little League baseball last year stripped Chicago’s champion Jackie Robinson West team of their World Series title. The injustice blends their anguished voices “with those of today’s young black scholars who are unfairly suspended or expelled and then shoved through a school-to-prison pipeline.” Dreams can be great motivators, but “at a certain point a dream can become dangerous self-delusion.”

    Color Blind or Just Blind

    by Dr. T.P. Wilkinson

    Liberals, the Phony Left, and the supine Black Misleadership Class spread the false gospel that, as bad as things are, they are far better than they used to be. But what could be uglier than summary police murder of Black people, mass Black incarceration, or the dispossession of thousands of Blacks from their homes? The arc of in-justice is also long. “By the time Martin Luther King had finally realized that Malcolm X was right, he too was dead.”

    #BlackLivesMatter Performs a Self-Humiliation at Hillary Clinton’s Hands

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Hillary Clinton found it easy to reduce a #BlackLivesMatter delegation to “school children at an elementary civics class,” when they met with her last week. Clinton lectured the activists on the need to make demands on politicians, when all they wanted to do was talk about “what in your heart has changed that’s gonna change the direction of this country?” The #BLM set out on a path that leads inevitably to cooptation, and quickly arrived at public humiliation.

    Freedom Rider: Katrina in the White Imagination

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan could not contain his gratitude to Hurricane Katrina, which killed or permanently displaced much of New Orleans’ Black residents. Other whites “wondered why they could not have been fortunate enough to have a black population swept out of town in a matter of days.” Katrina was welcomed by millions of whites as an opportunity for economic and ethnic “renewal” – a rationale that would justify genocide.

    Luci Murphy: Cultural Warrior for the Movement

    by BAR editor and columnist, Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

    Luci Murphy is a “cultural warrior” from Washington DC whose insights are informed by the movements and folkways of people across the globe. “Black people are constantly creating attractive new musical forms, then white people learn them and stop hiring Black people to play the same music, so the Black people go on to develop something else that white people cannot play.”

    Haiti: An Occupation in Blackface

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Jemima Pierre

    The U.S. invaded and occupied Haiti from 1915 to 1934, and again occupied the country in 2004 after overthrowing the democratically elected government. The United Nations then partnered with the aggression, installing MINUSTAH, a largely Black and brown military force that brought a cholera epidemic, looting of mineral resources, rape, assassinations and a criminally corrupt puppet regime.

    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.

    Black Lives Matter as Much as Syrian Lives Do: The Geopolitical Dimension of White Supremacy and the State

    by Danny Haiphong

    U.S. foreign and domestic policy both serve the same corporate master, whose primary pursuit is profits. “The same trillion dollar military apparatus that Washington utilizes against Syria also militarizes the police to occupy the streets of Ferguson, Baltimore, and Black cities all over the US.”

    Why is Rev. Edward Pinkney in Prison? Another Case of Political Persecution

    by Jackie Miller

    The Whirlpool Corporation, with the collaboration of local government, is engaged in ethnic cleansing and massive land piracy in mostly Black Benton Harbor, Michigan. “We call it fascism,” writes community leader Rev. Edward Pinkney, now serving 2 ½ to 10 years in prison for resisting the racist corporate onslaught. “It is part of the process underway across America in various forms.”

    #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.

    How To Hold Prominent Movement Figures Accountable – With A Private Phone Call or a Public Discussion?

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    I've been asked why I didn't pick up the phone to talk personally to #BlackLivesMatter leaders before critiquing their published statements. Last year I was asked the same about Jesse Jackson, and years before I was asked repeatedly why I didn't contact President Obama and find out what he really meant before publicly examining his public statements. The question is always the same, and so is the answer.

    Freedom Rider: Steven Salaita, Palestine and Free Speech

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Zionist power engenders “fear, silence and acquiescence” in every sphere of U.S. political life, making a mockery of freedom of speech and hallowed notions of professional ethics. Just ask Steven Salaita, a renowned Palestinian academic who discovered that, in U.S. academia, anti-Zionists have no rights that universities are bound to respect.

    Black WWII Soldiers Gassed by US Government and the Connection to Black Lives Matter

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

    The United States has always been a killing machine, slaughtering Black nonwhites by every means possible. “Human experimentation, mass incarceration, state-sponsored police murders are merely the symptoms of an oppressive white supremacist/capitalist system.”

    Posing as the Great Emancipator: Obama’s Prison-Posturing is Nothing New

    by Paul Street

    President Obama likes to give the impression that he is shocked and surprised by the horrors of the U.S. penal system. But the author knew the president back in the day, in Chicago, and can vouch that State Senator Obama “was fully up on the facts of the U.S. racist prison state in the fall of 2002.” Paul Street attests that “the deeply conservative Obama’s Republican-friendly record in the Illinois legislature was far less liberal and progressive than his subsequent liberal and progressive fans imagined.”

    US Imperialism's Corporate Media Circus: Lions, Rap Beefs, and the Psychology of Oppression

    by Danny Haiphong

    Social media, like conventional print and broadcast media, are tools in the hands of the owning class. Consumers of these media are distracted and miseducated with lies, irrelevant nonsense and phony battles between highly paid minstrels like Drake and Meek Mill, both of whom “play for the same corporate team.”

    Africa’s Problem from Hell: Samantha Power

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    by Ann Garrison

    Barack Obama will likely be remembered by history as the president that honed “humanitarian” intervention into a favored weapon of regime change. Samantha Power is the trigger. The U.S. Ambassador to the UN has set her sites on Burundian President Nkurunziza, five of whose high party members have already been assassinated.

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