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    Ferguson: It is Right to Resist, By Any and All Means Necessary

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Having failed to head off the beginnings of a Black mass movement, the Black Misleadership Class and the White House cite violence in Ferguson to discredit youthful activists. However, “any movement that defies police power and rejects the legitimacy of the state – including its prosecutors and grand juries – will inevitably commit acts that are deemed illegal and which are accompanied by some level of violence.”

    Freedom Rider: Bill Cosby and Michael Brown

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Unrepentant old rapists aren’t funny. Nor are they good media investments. Karma has caught up with Bill Cosby, who slandered the Black poor as amoral criminals, but “will never have another television show or book on the best seller list and that is as it should be.”

    Marion Barry: The Unmitigated Gall to Rise from the Ashes and Come Back to Win

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

    Washington, DC, which recently lost its Black majority, last week lost the only mayor it ever had who was committed to Black empowerment. Marion Barry “was on the front line fighting to maintain black control of Washington, D.C. from the politically powerful investors bent on ethnic cleaning cum gentrification.”

    The Darren Wilson Non-indictment: Resistance to Oppression is a Human Right!

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    The U.S. State, corporate media and slavish elements of the Black community are determined to paint the most spirited resistance to white supremacy as illegitimate. Pay them no mind. “The task of the African American resistance movement is not to worry about sitting down with white people infected with the disease of white supremacy, but to build the capacity of black poor and working class folks to resist.”

    End Police Terror: Sustained Protests Begin at U.S. Justice Department December 1

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

    What do the protesters in Ferguson and their allies around the country want? The Hands Up Coalition has issued a comprehensive list, demanding demilitarization of police, systematic review of all police departments, targeted federal spending for police reform, an end to racial profiling and the criminalization of Blacks, and a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice.

    When the “verdict” drops

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    Media white-out—
    …Wilson’s shots loudest heard?

    Boston’s War of Gentrification and Homelessness is an Extension of War on the World

    by Danny Haiphong

    Boston, like most U.S. cities, is attempting to banish its homeless population. “Working class and poor people, especially Boston's Black residents, are being forced outside” the city. Dedicated activists have mobilized to “address the criminalizatiorica:n of the nation's most oppressed section of the working class, US imperialism's own wretched of the earth.”

    Police Violence in Black Toronto: Cops Act Like “Military Police in Occupied Territories”

    by Ajamu Nangwaya

    The Jane and Finch community is the epicenter of Black Toronto and, not coincidentally, the most intensive arena of police abuse. In Canada, “carding” is the equivalent of U.S. stop-and-frisk. “If the people are able to win victory on the issue of carding, it might build their resolve and confidence to take on other structural or oppressive economic and social issues.”

    Africa’s Dilemma: Transitioning From Where to Where?

    by George Mwai

    Transitional Justice seeks to enable societies to come to terms with legacies of large-scale past abuse, in order to secure accountability, serve justice and achieve reconciliation towards a future that is democratic and free from violence, but its groundings and mechanisms are fraught with multiple dilemmas.

    Freedom Rider: Jackson, Sharpton, Holder and Ferguson

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Those who seek justice for Michael Brown should ignore Reverends Jackson and Sharpton, who serve only themselves and Power. One man can order a federal prosecution of officer Darren Wilson. It’s not Eric Holder, but the attorney general’s boss. “If there is no federal prosecution of Darren Wilson, the political disaster of the Obama presidency will be made crystal clear.”

    Political Prisoners Seek Justice at UN Committee on Torture

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Supporters of U.S. political prisoners, most of them former Black Panthers and all of them senior citizens, faced off against the assembled bureaucracy of the United States, at a meeting of the UN Committee Against Torture, in Geneva, Switzerland, last week. The U.S. Human Rights Network spoke truth to power, while the official Washington delegation “engaged in non-stop obfuscation, semantic contortions, and bald denials of fact.”

    Reasserting Our Humanity in a State of Pre-Liberation

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Kevin Berends

    What’s different about Ferguson? The people of that small city “reject Al Sharpton's, and Jesse Jackson's, and Eric Holder's entreaties to work within the system,” because they know the system is rigged. Hopefully, it is a difference only of degree, and the rest of Black America will become similarly enlightened.

    Fo’ an ignut-ass Facebook ‘friend’

    by Raymond Nat Turner

    The Drone Ranger, Deporter-in-
    Chief is a vocalist—ventriloquists
    Hands up his ass, making his
    Mouth move, a mechanical man
    Sitting on knees war profiteers
    Lap-dancing Lockheed-Martin

    Ferguson - Revolt vs. Revolution – The Fire Next Time

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    Will the confrontation that is building in Ferguson and across Black America burst forth as a venting of frustration and rage, or gather the mass and velocity of a mighty movement for fundamental social transformation?

    Bobby Hutton’s Hands Were Up

    by Michelle Renee Matisons

    The modern history of militarized U.S. policing begins with the Black Panther Party’s stand against state repression in Oakland, California, where “Lil’ Bobby” Hutton became one of its first martyrs. When today’s cops “preemptively” brutalize and kill young Black people, “they are warning the next generation of Bobby Huttons to stay home and be afraid.”

    Ten Illegal Police Actions to Watch for in Ferguson

    by Bill Quigley

    Expect the police to deploy their dirtiest tactics against post-grand jury demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri: Provocateurs, snatch squads, false arrests, intimidation, kettling, church raids, noise torture, arrest of reporters – and that’s before the tear gas and rubber bullets.

    Beyond Midterms: Moment of Opportunity for the Left, Not Disappointment

    by Danny Haiphong

    The Democrats are, at least temporarily, in the toilet, and it’s up to a rejuvenated left to flush them. “The people are not yet ready to pull the plug on imperialism, but at the same time expect nothing from it.” That means there is a fertile environment for those willing to fight for transformational social change. “The demise of the Democratic Party is an opportunity to change the dominant narrative.”

    The Kagame-Power Lobby’s Dishonest Attack on BBC Documentary on Rwanda

    by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

    Rwanda has banned the BBC for airing a documentary that reveals the Big Lie told by Paul Kagame and his cronies about what happened in Rwanda in 1994. Kagame and his RPF have for 20 years concealed their primary role in setting off the genocide – in which most victims were Hutus and not Tutsis, contrary to State propaganda amplified by international media and powerful

    enablers. With publication of a new book, this Big Lie is being dismantled.

    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.

    Freedom Rider: Obama's Feet To The Fire? Not Likely. Not Ever.

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Talk about holding President Obama's feet to the fire was always empty noise, as many making it surely knew. In fact the US political system provides few or no ways for anyone except the wealthy to influence what legislators, judges, governors or presidents do, and many ways to ensure that those (s)elected to high office are disposed to protect the rights of the 1% against the 99%. Clearly, the First Black President is only serving his corporate masters, not serving us.

    Midterm…Mo’ Power to the People!

    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    “Universal suffrage is thus the gauge of the maturity of the working class.
    It cannot and never will be anything more in the modern state; but that is enough."
    —Marx or Engels?

    Corporate media doesn't tell you these things, lots more happened last week than Republican vs Democrats. Big Oil lost referenda in Denton TX, and parts of Ohio where residents banned fracking, in Richmond CA where Chevron sought to hijack local government, and other places besides.

    Rev. Edward Pinkney Convicted of Five Counts of Felony Forgery by Berrien County Jury

    by Abayomi Azikiwe

    An all white jury in Whirlpool's company town, Benton Harbor MI overcame an astounding lack of evidence to convict Rev. Edward Pinkney of forgery on petitions to recall the city's mayor. It's the latest in a long series of willful political prosecutions of Rev. Pinkney. It must not stand.

    Voters Ban Fracking In Texas, California, And Ohio

    by Mike Gaworecki

    Most election coverage tells only about the 2 capitalist parties. But last week saw the beginning of a wave of towns and cities where citizens, against overwhelming amounts of oily cash, passed fracking bans in parts of Texas, Ohio and California. Sometimes elections really do matter.

    Leading Palestinian-American Activist Rasmea Odeh Now a U.S. Political Prisoner

    by Sarah Lazare

    Palestinian activist and torture survivor Rasmea Odeh was found guilty of an immigration violation on Monday by a U.S. federal jury in Detroit, following what her supporters say was an unjust trial for trumped up charges aimed at crushing political movements.

    Fighting Sex Trafficking or Punishing Women?<

    Fighting Sex Trafficking or Punishing Women?

    Originally published at Truthout.org.

    It's time to ask whether new laws targeting "human trafficking" really protecting women, or do they simply criminalize sex workers and consumers while justifying the further expansion of America's vast police and prison states?

    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.

    Freedom Rider: The Working Families Party Must Go

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo loves to show his disdain for the left, including the fake left represented by the Working Families Party (WFP). Cuomo “expanded the number of charter schools and bragged about giving tax relief to corporations and wealthy people.” When the gutless WFP endorsed him, anyway, Cuomo created an even more bogus “party” to compete with them. Amid all this fakery, the only left choice was the Greens.

    The Real News Network: Feds Impose No-Fly Zone Over Ferguson's No-Justice Zone

    By the Real News Network

    #DC Ferguson and Kenny Nero, Jr: On the Front Lines of Fighting Police Terror in Washington, DC

    by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

    Activist Kenny Nero, Jr., of the DC Ferguson Movement, wants to “stand in solidarity with the victims of violence in Ferguson while standing in solidarity with victims of police brutality, harassment, terror or other misconducts.” That means fighting for community control of police – and much more. “The challenge of my generation is to revolutionize society in order to experience civilization.”

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