mass incarceration

Ferguson Versus the Counter-Insurgency State

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:57

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

If the people of Ferguson, Missouri, had remained “calm” in the police killing of Michael Brown, the nation would not be discussing the “militarization” of the police forces. “All the nation’s police departments are following the same drill, with the same tools and weapons, under the same mandate: keep the Blacks in check.” Black folks need to liberate some territory.

Rosa Clemente: On the Ground In Ferguson MO

Submitted by Rosa Clemente on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:57
Rosa Alicia Clemente

Black Agenda Report is pleased to carry the first on the ground report from Ferguson MO from Rosa Clemente, the 2008 vice-presidential candidate of the Green Party, posted 6AM August 20. When more arrive, we intend to print them as well.

Freedom Rider: American Terror Lives On

Submitted by Margaret Kimberley on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:56

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

After every police atrocity against Black people, white people react with surprise and ask, What went wrong? The answer lies in the central fact of American life and history: white supremacy. “In the absence of any desire to leave the past behind, police brutality is inevitable.”

Ferguson Unmasks the War on Black America

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:56

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Corporate media have discovered that the U.S. police are militarized. Maybe next, they will figure out who the domestic military is waging war against. “Since America tells itself and the rest of the world that it does not make war on its own citizens, the war against Black people had to be called something else – a War on Drugs, or simply a War on Crime.”

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A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The vapid 5 sentence press release of the US Conference of Mayors on the unfolding police repression in Ferguson MO shows that our black political class is in a world of its own, where all that matters is justifying their positions and careers, not restrainin, much less rolling back American's prison state or restraining its brutal police in the least.

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Ten Facts About Police Violence in Ferguson Sunday Night

Submitted by Bill Quigley on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:56

by Bill Quigley

Police provocations against the people are creating a brand new cohort of freedom fighters.

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Georgia, which already leads the nation with 1 in 13 adults in prisons, jails, court & correctional supervision of all kinds, is poised to greatly expand the private probation industry, to shield it from revealing the amounts of money and number of cases it handles, and to saddle the families of offenders with its cost. Call GA Governor Nathan Deal at 404-656-1776 and ask him to veto HB 837 which is now on his desk. Do it today.

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by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

In December 2010 GA prisoners staged a brief strike, asking for their rights as men and human beings. They depended, and still depend on support from outside, support that is yet to be organized. How much longer will they wait?

Jim Crow Lives: The Ugly Face of Racism Behind the Bars

Submitted by Latif Lamonte on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 18:37

by Latif Lamonte

Bayside State Prison is the worst-of-the-worst, administered by the most racist guards and staff the State of New Jersey can muster. The author is one of those forced to live under Bayside’s reign of terror. “These were not just any beatings, but beatings inflicting such brutal force, that one was broken to the point of sobbing, begging for his life.”

Barack Obama, the State of the Union and the Prison State

Submitted by Bruce A. Dixon on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:18

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

For a generation now, predatory policing, the war on drugs and the prison state have been government's most frequent intersection with young black Americans. The gossip before this year's State of the Union was that the president would now do by executive order all those good things Republicans have blocked him on the last 3 years. Does that include reining in or rolling back the prison state? Should we hold our collective breath?

The Living Legacy of Comrade George Jackson, September 23, 1941 – August 27, 1971

Submitted by Bruce A. Dixon on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 00:21

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

George Jackson was a pre-eminent organizer of prisoners who founded a Black Panther Party chapter behind the walls of San Quentin prison. In the 42 years since his death a black leadership class has emerged which is deeply complicit in the sixfold expansion of US prisons in that same period. Now, more minds and hands than ever are engaged in the project to which Jackson gave his life, the political organization of the prisoner class.

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by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Once or twice a year Eric Holder and/or the president discover police brutality, racial profiling, or the injustice of the drug war, or mass incarceration. Black America gets some sound bytes of “drive-by” concern, some noises about a study or a “policy change." But 55 months into the Obama administration, when we compare the prez and attorney general's words with their actions, black America looks like it's been played.  Again.

FCC To Finally Rule On Cost of Prison Phone Calls This Friday

Submitted by Bruce A. Dixon on Wed, 08/07/2013 - 15:06

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

A few years ago, one of my children was a federal prisoner in California, on the other side of the continent. I had a decent job, and could afford to fly out 2 or 3 times a year to visit, and we wrote. But there was no substitute for the Sunday night phone call. That weekly 15 minute call used to cost our family $90 every month. We couldn't afford it, but we paid anyway. Many families worse off than ours cannot pay at all.

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

For black and white liberals, a crime is only a crime when committed by Republicans. How else to explain the indifference of Obama supporters to the news that a pipeline of unknown dimensions exists connecting the NSA's vacuum cleaner surveillance of US citizens with the Drug Enforcement Administration and local cops who are directed to conceal their sources of evidence while assuring us that everything they do is perfectly legal...

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by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Our black political class wants to feed us outrage over the case of Trayvon Martin. But for 3 years the black press, advocacy organizations and the black political class have ignored the Obama administration's attempt to keep as many unjustly sentenced crack defendants in jail under old and unjust laws as long as possible. Why are they ignoring this, and more importantly, why are we?

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