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Black Agenda Report for Week of Oct 24, 2016

20 Years of Genocide in Congo

Friends of Congo marked the 20th anniversary of the invasion and genocide that has killed at least six million Congolese with an all-day event at Thoughtworks, in New York City. “We’re not just fighting against our own government,” said Nita Evele, of the Congo Global Action Coalition. “We’re fighting against our neighboring countries” in the Great Lakes region of the continent “who figured out that they can make tons of money by helping the big multinationals and the big powers, the United States, France and Canada,” who are allied with the invaders, Rwanda and Uganda.

The Black Panther Party at 50, Bobby Seale at 80

On the same weekend that the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding, in Oakland, California, hundreds gathered to roast and toast former Party chairman Bobby Seale on his 80th birthday. Seale put forward a far less revolutionary version of the Party’s origins and history. “When we went out there to patrol the police, it was a tactic to capture the imagination of the people,” he told the crowd. However, it was Seale’s intent all along to “organize a political-electoral unit and to take over some of these damn cities. My objective was to get more Black politicians, and that’s what happened.” Seale also supports Hillary Clinton for president.

Better a Dog Than Clinton for President, Says Haiti Activist

“The only reason that Hillary Clinton is not in jail; the only reason that the Clinton Foundation is not shut down, is precisely because they are protected by the highest levels of government,” said Daoud Andre, a Haitian community activist and radio host in New York City. Andre said the Clintons have stolen billions from the Haitian people. “It’s like Barack Obama gave Haiti to the Clintons as a gift,” he said. “With regard to this election, whatever is able to stop Hillary Clinton, we have to support that; if it’s a dog running against Hillary Clinton, you have to vote for that dog because of the harm that this family has caused to our people.”

Theater in the Service of the Struggle

The National Black Theater, in New York’s Harlem, hosted a radical political theatrical production titled “Survival Crimes,” produced by the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home and the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC). The plot focuses on two current cases:  Mumia Abu Jamal’s legal battle to force the state of Pennsylvania to provide medical treatment for the thousands of prison inmates suffering from Hepatitis C, including himself; and the arrest in The Bronx of 120 people on gang-related conspiracy charges -- the biggest such roundup in New York City history. Activist Kyle Fraser said the play points out the “theatrics of the state, swooping in with helicopters to this neighborhood, using Shock and Awe tactics,” and perverting the rule of law in the Pennsylvania prison system.

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Western-Backed Terrorism in the Congo: Where is General Laurent Nkunda?

by keith harmon snow

Rwanda and Uganda, the U.S.-allied perpetual perpetrators of genocidal violence in the Congo, appear to have launched another false-front guerilla war in the eastern part of the country. General Laurent Nkunda, a veteran mercenary for Uganda, Rwanda and western interests, is the likely field commander. This is not a Congolese “rebellion” in any true sense of the world, but "yet another military thrust by Rwanda and Uganda to destabilize eastern Congo and seize absolute control.” 

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States and Cities Turn Criminal Justice Screws on the Poor

“Since the recession, states and municipalities are trying to regroup their deficits in the easiest way possible, and poor people are an easy target,” said Karen Dolan, lead author of the Institute for Policy Studies report, “The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty.” The proliferation of fees and fines for minor infractions is occurring “in high poverty, low income areas all across the country,” said Dolan. A recent Justice Department study showed that the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and municipal courts “were in the service of collecting money to shore up shrunken budgets.”

Running Left in America

Bernie Saunders, the nominally socialist Vermont senator, is acting as “a left sheep dog, who herds people back into the fold” of the Democratic Party, said Bruce Dixon, co-chair of the Georgia Green Party and managing editor of Black Agenda Report. Dixon was part of a conference on the Future of Left and Independent Politics, in Chicago. “We’ve seen the Bernie Sanders show before, we know how it ends,” said Dixon. “He will fold his tent and endorse Hillary, and whatever you do for Bernie will either benefit Hillary directly, or vanish in a puff of air.”

Angela Walker, who ran for sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, as a socialist and got 67,000 votes against a pistol-packing incumbent, also addressed the conference. She ran “the grassiest of grassroots campaigns” in which “race, gender and class issues were centered.”

Courageous Young Teacher Awaits Board Decision

On May 12th, the Orange, New Jersey, school board will decide whether or not to fire Marilyn Zuniga, a young teacher they suspended for helping her 3rd grade students write get-well cards to political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, who is seriously ill. Zuniga believes the board is “under pressure by the state.” Her own teachers union has also been less than supportive, perhaps due to their fraternal ties to police unions. “I really do believe that we need more teachers who are socially conscious, who are willing to take risks in the classroom,” said Zuniga.

Cuba Will Never Turn Its Back on Assata

“You can be assured that Assata Shakur will never be abandoned by us,” said Ricardo Alarcon, the former foreign minister and president of the Cuban national assembly, speaking in Havana to a U.S. visitors group organized by Code Pink. Alarcon said the former Black Panther’s political asylum status will not be a pawn in negotiations to normalize relations with the U.S. The U.S. and the state of New Jersey put bounties on Shakur’s head. “You have a lot of people in New Jersey who deserve to be in jail, beginning with [U.S. Senator] Bob Menendez,” said Alarcon. “It’s a state that has plenty of criminals, even in the highest offices.”

Kenia Serrano, a member of the Cuban Congress and president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, countered U.S. critics of Cuba’s racial policies. “The U.S. government has no moral authority to criticize any other country in the world, because the capitalist society, the imperialist society, is based on racism, discrimination and the lack of equality.”

U.S. Co-Opts Congolese Youth

The U.S. Agency for International Development is funding certain youth groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo to manipulate that country’s politics, said Kambale Musavuli, of the Washington-based Friends of Congo. “There are real, vibrant youth groups on the African continent,” he said. “But, little by little, they are being co-opted” by a U.S. “pro-democracy” campaign. “They are supporting some youth leaders, because they want to make sure that, no matter what happens, the U.S. will continue to control the Congo” and its vast resources.

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The Filimbi Affair and the #Telema Congolese “Rise Up”

by Justin Podur

The DR Congo’s people have suffered genocidal losses from both foreign and internal tormentors. Yet, the youth persevere in their fight prevent President Kabila from illegally extending his term in power. Scores of young people have been murdered and disappeared by police in service to Kabila, “who has done nothing against US interests in his 14 years in power.”

The Filimbi Affair and the #Telema Congolese “Rise Up”

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