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    Ten Facts about Being Homeless in USA

    by Bill Quigley 

    The “unseen hand” of neo-liberal capitalism has swept millions into the streets of the United States, where authorities seek to render homelessness, itself, unseen. Below are some essential facts about the legions of Americans whose right to shelter is unfulfilled.

    Africans Should Demand That US Do All It Can to Rid West Africa of Ebola

    by Mel Reeves

    Until Ebola appeared in dense population centers, the West treated African outbreaks “like small forest fires,” hoping the virus would burn itself out. “I can’t imagine that an outbreak of a deadly virus in the West would be met with the response: Oh, we will simply let it run its course and contain those who have it.” We must demand a cure and immediate aid to those afflicted, paid for by those countries that have grown rich off Africa.

    Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 1/20/14

    IFCO Tax Exemption Imperiled

    The IRS is threatening to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, IFCO, the venerable anti-poverty and human rights group. The government is investigating IFCO’s aid to Palestinians in Gaza and its assistance to U.S. students that want to avail themselves of medical scholarships in Cuba. The web site of the pro-Israel Investigative Project on Terrorism accuses IFCO of links to Hamas. “To have the IRS utilize a blog to come after a 47-year old, faith-based, non-profit organization run by people of color since its inception, is an outrage and an insult,” said IFCO co-director Gail Walker.

    Health Disparities Rooted in Racist Legacy

    Racial income and wealth gaps lead to racial health disparities, said Brian Miller, executive director of United for a Fair Economy, UFE. “Vast economic disparities are still with us, and these disparities, coupled with racial segregation, create a toxic soup that is brewing up health problems and shortening people’s lives,” said Biller, at a press conference to debut UFE’s 2014 State of the Dream Report, “Healthcare for Whom? Enduring Racial Disparities.”

    War on Poverty was Great Success

    The War on Poverty accomplished many of its goals, according to Annelise Orleck, professor of history at Dartmouth University and co-editor of The War on Poverty: A Grassroots History, 1964 – 1980. President Lyndon Johnson’s community action programs made enemies. “It shook things up when poor people demanded representation in school boards and housing boards and welfare boards,” said Orleck. The War on Poverty was attacked “not because it failed, but because it succeeded.”

    White Racism Undermined Anti-Poverty Effort

    “White backlash” scuttled some War on Poverty programs, including job training for minorities in the skilled trades. White workers whose union hiring halls had “for decades hired their sons, their nephews” became Reagan Democrats, said Jill Quadango, professor of sociology at Florida State University and author of The Color of Welfare: How Racism Undermined the War on Poverty. White union members saw minority trainees as “a direct threat to their prerogative to choose who was hired.”

    Mumia on COINTELPRO

    A new book reveals the identities of three people who broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, in 1971, and made off with files on the bureau’s COINTELPRO campaign against Blacks and the Left. Mumia Abu Jamal, America’s best-known political prisoner, recalled learning of the revelations, shortly after he left the Black Panther Party. “To read about people who you’ve known for years, who were FBI informants, was absolutely mindblowing,” Abu Jamal told Heidi Boghosian, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild and host of WBAI Radio’s Law and Disorder program.

    Socialism Needed – Quickly

    Capitalism “is utterly irrational, it’s out of control, and unless we democratically organize and plan this economy, they’re going to kill us, literally, through climate change,” said Michael Steven Smith, co-editor of Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA. The new book contains 31 essays by a wide range of Left activists and writers.

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    Just Like Bush: US Under Obama, Thumbs Its Nose at the World on Climate Change

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    When Barack Obama ran for president, his “progressive” supporters in the environmental movement assured us he would rein in the coal and oil companies, and lead the nation into negotiations on global climate change. But this week's walkout of 133 nations at the UN Summit on Climate Change shows the difference between the oil soaked Bush-Cheney regime and Barack Obama on climate change. None.

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    Roots of Evil: Capitalism

     

    by Herbert Salit

    All Western societies are based on large-scale oppression and systematic theft, much of that dependent on the use of, and the threat of the use of, force, that is, armed robbery.” So, why all the fuss and worry about the decline of the West?

    Ecocide & Genocide Are The Secrets of Capitalist Efficiency

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    We hear all the time about what geniuses the masters of capital, the lords of innovative technologies and global supply chains are. But are modern supply chains really that different from the transAtlantic slave trade, which brought genocide of Native American and African peoples and destruction of natural environments?

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    Study Shows Blacks Will NEVER Gain Wealth Parity With Whites Under the Current System

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Contrary to the Big Lie that holds that Blacks have been making general progress in closing various economic “gaps” with whites since the Sixties, African American households have been getting poorer for the past 23 years. “The meter of progress is running backwards on Black America, toward greater inequality and relative poverty.”

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