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Heroes and Heroines of Community Organizing

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Community organizers are our best defense against the likes of Rudolph Giuliani and Sarah Palin. "In this age of Disaster Capitalism, it is the rich that sow the seeds of ethnic cleansing in the heart of urban America," while the community organizer fights to stabilize America's cities.

The U.S. is the Worst Kind of Neighbor

The U.S. dangled Cuba
a measly $100,000 in Hurricane Gustav disaster relief - and that, with strings
attached - compared to Cuba's offer of shiploads of medical aid in the wake of
Katrina. Whatever happened to FDR's Good Neighbor Policy?

 
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The Genetically Programmed Urge to Vote

Some of the people
the rich pay to think for them believe that "genetics may motivate a citizen to
cast a ballot or not, and that one can inherit the urge to run for office."
Follow the inane logic to its bizarre conclusions.


 

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9/11 and the Great American Decline

by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford

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The author begins with his encounter with two Israelis
on the banks of the Hudson River as the second tower fell at the World Trade
Center, and proceeds through the brief euphoria at "victory" in Iraq, and
subsequent reversals in U.S. fortunes. "9/11 may one day be viewed much like
the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand, in 1914: as an occurrence that merely served to ignite the
inevitable. The Bush regime desperately wanted a global war, and it got one."
But rather than ushering in an era of unchallenged American hegemony, the U.S.
entered into irreversible decline.

It Is Better To Give Than To Receive

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by  Kemet Mawakana, a.k.a the Seven Foot Poet

While every truism ain't true, some are altogether on the real.  Some are, in fact, more real than the truths that elders and common sense teach us. 

the Seven Foot Poet knows that some are more real than the truth.  Some things you just know.

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by  Kemet Mawakana, a.k.a. the Seven Foot Poet

Why Black Agenda Report (and Your Support For It) Matters

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon
The owners of private media, and their
puppets at the FCC have decided you don't need news.  As a result,
the number of working reporters and journalists have been in free
fall for some time, as newspapers, TV and radio stations are
permitted to buy out each other, merge, consolidate and savagely
curtail their news operations in an effort to produce enough revenue
to pay back the debt it took to acquire them, along with the standard
bonuses, stock options and platinum parachutes for the geniuses who
engineer this kind of thing.
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 The honest and sometimes biting commentary and journalism we bring you every week at Black Agenda Report is no substitute for a democratic mass media or an accountable FCC, but we do our best.  At Black Agenda Report, we don't believe in "herd journalism", so we
don't necessarily follow the packs of pundits, bloggers and
journalists, professional and otherwise.

Those Who Demand Nothing, Get Nothing

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

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Having made no demands on Barack Obama's presidential candidacy, Black America should expect to reap - nothing. "For the first time since the rebellions of the Sixties, we hardly hear the call for a Marshall-type plan to rebuild the cities - once the near-unanimous, unifying demand of virtually the entire spectrum of Black ‘leadership.'" Obama, who "blames the ongoing Katrina nightmare on ‘colorblind' incompetence...will never lift a finger to derail the slow-motion displacement of gentrification elsewhere in urban America." Is it any wonder that our enemies "confidently speculate on the ‘death of Black politics.'"

Freedom Rider: America Attacks Russia

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by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The aggressive U.S. encirclement of Russia threatens a new era of Cold War, fueled by American media hogwash about "poor defenseless Georgians" who "suffered a dastardly, unjustified, sneak attack from the evil Russian bear." It does not phase the U.S. propaganda media that the facts reflect the opposite: "The recent conflict between Russia and Georgia was instigated by the United States and its partner in crime, Israel." Washington's foreign policy fictions are bipartisan. "At his acceptance speech for the Vice Presidential nomination Senator Joseph Biden parroted Bush administration lies almost word for word."

Welcome to the USA, Where All the Classes are Middle

middle-classA Black Agenda Radio commentary by

Glen Ford

Clear, concise and accurate language must be plowed under to make the American political conversation safe for corporate-speak. In place of various classes pursuing their own interests at each other's expense, the USA has been peopled by an all-encompassing "Middle Class."  This bulging super-class is said to include almost everybody - or at least, all the decent people. As a result, "there can be no class warfare." This is quite pleasing to the Ruling Class, which denies its own existence - just as does most of the Working Class, which prefers to call itself Middle.

The Skinny on McKinney

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What makes Cynthia McKinney run? Uprising Radio’s Gabriel San Roman inquires why she left the Democratic Party and what kind of home she’s found among the Greens, whose presidential banner she carries, this year. “I declared my independence from the [Democratic] national leadership that had made our country so complicit in crimes against humanity, crimes against the peace, crimes against the global community, and crimes the American people,” says the former Georgia congresswoman. “The Green Party can express the views and the values of people who want peace for a change.”

The Four-Day Campaign Commercial

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If you want to find the Mother Lode of contradictions, go to a Democratic National Convention. "Obama claims he cares about workers yet he has selected Wal-Mart supporter Jason Furman to direct his economic policy despite Wal-Mart's abysmal record on racism, sexism, fair-pay, worker's benefits, the right to unionize, and outsourcing of product manufacturing," writes Ms. Prince, a student at Dartmouth College. "Americans have to decide if they're going to base their votes on research or on candidates' slick four day commercials."

Obama and So-Called Post-Racial Politics

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News of the death of Black politics may be premature. "We will not reach a post-racialist U.S. by announcement or decree," writes the author. "The only way to get there from here is by way of racial justice." Besides, the death of Black politics presupposes the death of white politics, which is alive and kicking. "Racist expression has taken new, coded and perverse form. And the presidential campaign itself provides more than enough evidence that some white politicians recognize the power of race-based appeals."

Community College Students Need Not Apply: Our Reward for Bailing Out the Banks

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Higher education is an American Dream, but may become a "Dream deferred" for community college students. The banks are the villains. "The following lenders have started turning away from community college students: Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, SunTrust, and PNC. In the case of Citibank, it has stopped offering loans to all community college students in the state of California," writes the author, a community college student. When the bankers turn their backs on struggling community college students, "does that not mean we should have no problem turning our backs on the banks when they want the government to bail them out? "

Slavery Haunts America’s Plantation Prisons

by Maya Schenwar

Angola Prison isn't "even really a metaphor for slavery. Slavery is what's going on." The plantation prisons of Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas are the closest approximation to America's peculiar institution -  places where involuntary servitude is legal under the 13th Amendment. And like slaves, most Angola prisoners will die on the plantation, "due to some of the harshest sentencing practices in the country." Angola prisoners are paid anywhere from four to twenty cents per hour...and only get to keep half of that." The rest is put away for after their release - a day that most will never see. 

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