Shantytown Dwellers Fight for Their Humanity in South Africa

by S'bu Zikode 

In South Africa, as elsewhere in the industrialized world, the jobs and amenities of life are in the cities. For more than a decade, Abahlali baseMjondolo, which means “shack dwellers” in Zulu, has fought for the human rights of the urban poor, despite often murderous repression by the ruling ANC government. “We saw the forced removals as a new kind of segregation, this time taking impoverished people out of the cities,” writes the author.

Modern Day 'Slave' Patrols and the Ongoing Legacy of Police Terrorizing African/Black Communities

by Solomon Comissiong

The U.S. system of mass Black incarceration cannot reformed, but must be dismantled, root and branch. “The job of the police force in predominately African/black communities is to make sure those communities are contained and kept in a state of constant fear and terror.”

Modern Day 'Slave' Patrols and the Ongoing Legacy of Police Terrorizing African/Black Communities

by Solomon Comissiong

Black Agenda Radio for Week of July 18, 2016

A “New Moment” in Black Struggle

The Black struggle in the U.S. is “approaching a new moment” when the country might “become ungovernable by the political class that is tried to Wall Street and the 1%,” said Duboisian scholar Dr. Anthony Monteiro, an activist with the Black Radical Organizing Committee. President Obama is fond of claiming that Sixties-type politics is over. However, Dr. Monteiro thinks “it’s almost as though we’re starting up from the 1980s, and going forward from the militancy of the 1970s; rather than civil rights, the whole problem of human rights and self-determination is what you’re hearing on the streets, these days.”

Democrats Fear Embarrassment in Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia appears to be “starting to back down” on restrictions on protesting at next week’s Democratic National Convention, said Scott Williams, an organizer of the “Shut Down the DNC” march, set for July 26. The Democratic Party had taken over every public space in the Center City area for the entire convention,” Williams said. However, “the city, in some ways, is starting to back down, because they don’t want to see hundreds, or thousands, of Black people getting arrested at the Democratic Party National Convention, which is supposed to represent Black people.”

Armed March Set for St. Louis to Honor Slain Panther

The Revolutionary Black Panther Party will hold an armed march against genocide in St. Louis, Missouri, an open-carry weapons state, on August 5, to honor Angelo Brown, also known as General Houdari Juelani, the local party leader who was shot dead by police in nearby Belleville, Illinois, last month. The party also plans “to file human rights violations with the International Criminal Court and the World Court,” according to Chief General in Charge Dr. Ali Muhammad. Juelani died from a single bullet to the temple, but his face showed signs that he had been beaten before death. “Every time he was out he was harassed” by the cops, said Dr. Muhammad, a neurologist. “They assassinated him.”

Mumia Salutes Maroon Shoatz Court Victory

Russell Maroon Shoatz, the former Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army member who has been imprisoned since 1972, won an agreement from Pennsylvania prison authorities that they will never again place him in solitary confinement. Shoatz spent 22 years in solitary before being released into the general prison population, in 2013. Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, saluted Shoatz’s victory, which includes unspecified monetary compensation. “The struggle continues,” Abu Jamal said – “and, sometimes, you win.”

The Poor Suffer in Civil Court, Just Like Criminal Court

The nation’s civil courts process 20 million cases a year, some involving matters that are “the cutting edge civil rights issues of the day,” said David Udell, executive director of the National Center for Access to Justice, at Cardozo University. However, Udell said a survey by the center shows there is only one civil court legal aid attorney for every ten thousand poor people in the country. Although deficiencies in the criminal justice system get more media coverage, civil law is even more pervasive in people’s lives. “People are so often in court on debt collection matters, on family matters, on housing matters,” he said. The center operates a website at JusticeIndex.org.

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Sanders Didn’t Lose the Black Vote: He Never Had It, and Never Asked Why

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

On the issues, Bernie Sanders should have won the black vote. But presidential politics isn’t just about issues, it’s about entrenched alliances and relations of power. Without understanding why the most left wing constituency in the US delivers its vote reliably to the most right wing interests in the Democratic party, Bernie wasn’t even knocking on the door of the black vote. He was knocking on the wall, unable to find the door.

Rulers Shocked by Dallas Attack: Black Folks Keep on Stepping

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Blacks were righteously outraged at two horrific killings, but were then urged to stand down when a lone Black man exacted his own retribution on Dallas police officers. When activists escalated their protests, the powers-that-be and the Black Misleaders that serve them tried to change the subject to gun control. However, the problem of police shootings of Black people is not about gun control, but who controls the police.

Freedom Rider: Why We Need Black Anger

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Cop-worship seemed to be the national religion as the U.S. ruling and talking classes sanctified five Dallas policemen. “Just at the moment when rage was most needed, hand holding, candle light vigils and pleas for calm became the order of the day.” Officiating over it all was the Actor-in-Chief, playing his familiar role as philosopher-preacher (he’s an assassin on Tuesday nights), who has “never used his authority to prosecute even one killer cop.”

Bernie Sanders Endorses the World’s Greatest (Presumptive) Evil

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Bernie Sanders ran an extraordinary race, making lots of noise and causing great consternation, but never daring to leave the corporate duopoly. Now his job is to deliver the bulk of his sheep into Hillary Clinton’s enclosure. This final mission will require lots of lying, but Bernie got off to a good start with his surrender speech. “The Clintons have an infinite capacity for lying, and now they’ve got Bernie Sanders lying for them, too.”

 
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World Recoils as U.S. Slave Patrollers Kill in Defense of Empire

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo

The Bahamas has warned its citizens to be cautious in the U.S., and Black Londoners rallied in solidarity with Black American resistance to racist violence. “Leaders on the African continent, such as, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana as well as the Caribbean and South America, must also stand to account and express their solidarity with the struggle of Africans in America.”

We Must Resist Attempts to Silence Our Voices on Police Violence

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The man who targets people for assassination every Tuesday has no moral authority to counsel Black folk on how to resist oppression. “We know that Obama, the Black Mis-Leadership Class, and the majority of the U.S. public really does not believe in the equal value of all life, and certainly not in the value of poor, working class black life.” We are a peaceful people, but this will not be “a one-sided war.”

Baton Rouge: “Put Those Damn Weapons Down!”

by Bill Quigley 

Militarized cops are running amuck in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hundreds of people protesting the death of Alton Sterling have been arrested and many more had guns pointed at them by riot-geared cops seemingly unconstrained by any notion of law. Protesters, journalists and neighborhood residents are locked up for bogus reasons, unlawful reasons, or no apparent reason at all. The justice system is criminal.

My Wise Country Cousin on Commander’s Legacy

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

With the Obama era drawing to a close, it's time reflect upon what difference it all made. The poet's wise country cousin weighs in on the legacy of the First Black resident of the White House.

The Obama legacy Part III: Destroying Public Education As We Know It

by Danny Haiphong

No president has done more damage to education than Barack Obama, who has “virtually eliminated public education in service of capitalists such as Eli Broad and Bill Gates.” His Race to the Top was a mad sprint to school privatization. “Districts that fired teachers en masse, closed the most schools, and opened the most charters were favored for funds.” Charter school enrollment went up 62 percent during Obama’s first five years in office.

Blacks Pay for Police “Reforms” With Their Lives

by Bryan K. Bullock

The spectacle of wanton police killings of Black people “is carried out in public space, with public dollars, much in the way lynchings were” – a state tactic designed to inflict terror on the targeted population. But the U.S. state is never charged with terrorism. It requires massive quantities of Black suffering to make the slightest impact on the white American mind. Consent decrees and meaningless “reforms” are written in Black blood.

Micah Xavier Johnson: Made in America, a Failed Human Rights State

by Dr. Randy Short

Not all Black people are appalled at Micah X Johnson’s day of rage in Dallas. The author isn’t, and believes he has lots of company. Johnson is far from alone in his hatred of white cops. However, “unlike the majority of Blacks who complain amongst themselves, Johnson went postal – like white folks do all the time, for far less serious reasons.” He is a harbinger of things to come. 

Beyond Bernie: Socialist Alternative endorses Jill Stein

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by Ann Garrison

The Socialist Alternative party urges leftists to unite behind Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. “We are urging all Sandernistas to help us register the strongest possible vote for Jill in November and to use Jill's campaign and this historic moment to prepare the ground for a new mass party to unite the 99%."

Black Agenda Radio for Week of July 11, 2016

Cops Kill Revolutionary Black Panther Leader

Friends and comrades of Angelo Brown, also known as General Houdari Juelani, charge he was “assassinated” by police in Belleville, Illinois, near East St. Louis, last month. Police claim the 35 year-old father of 15 children menaced them with a gun, however, his face and body showed signs of having been beaten. The cops “had been harassing him,” said Edwin Chanell, a lifelong friend and founder of the New Generation Black Council, which is dedicated to uniting gang members “against the real enemy.” He said Angelo Brown “was doing nothing but good stuff: feeding the homeless, giving out clothes,” and was popular in the community. “They are murdering us out here, and covering it up,” said Chanell.

Illinois State House Asks Obama to Study Reparations Issue

In a unanimous vote, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill that “calls on President Obama to create a commission to study the harms inflicted by slavery and discrimination and to determine how that damage can be repaired,” said Kamm Howard, of the legislative commission of N’Cobra, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America. The move is historic, said Howard, “in the sense that it is the first legislation by a state body since Reconstruction that is calling on the federal government to intercede on behalf of the injuries that people of African descent today face as a result of enslavement and Jim Crow.”

Mass Incarceration in the U.S. and Palestine

On July 15, New York City’s Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Educational Center will host a public meeting on mass incarceration of Blacks in the United States, and of Arabs under Israeli occupation in Palestine. “The only way they’ve been able to silence our resistance, here and there, has been through incarceration” and assassination, said Nancy Mansoor, one of the event’s organizers and a co-founder of Existence is Resistance. “In Palestine,” said Mansoor, “I don’t think there’s any youth that hasn’t been to jail.” Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, is among the scheduled speakers.

U.S. Targets Eritrean Economy

Frustrated that years of sanctions have failed to deter the small northeast African nation of Eritrea from its fiercely independent path to development, the United States is attempting to sabotage a giant potash project that “could end up bringing in as much as $30 billion to Eritrea,” said Thomas C. Mountain, an American journalist who lives in the country. The U.S. has targeted Eritrea because it “is a socialist country, like Cuba, and could stand out as a role model for Africa,” said Mountain. Eritrea is also one of only two countries on the continent that rejects any relationship with AFRICOM, the U.S. Military Command in Africa.

Obama is Greatest Education Privatizer in U.S. History

“Basically, what Barack Obama did was turn the Department of Education into a committee on school privatization,” said Danny Haiphong, a social worker and activist from Boston and a weekly contributor to BAR who authored a 3-part series on President Obama’s legacy. “It was Shock and Awe privatization.  Charter schools increased by 62 percent under his first five years,” said Haiphong. “His whole plan was to hand the public schools over to hedge funds and capitalist interests that have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into for-profit charter schools,” and to boost “high-stakes testing scams like Common Core.”

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Made Man in a Blue Vest: Deray McKesson Is Debutante At Aspen One-Percenters Coming Out Party

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Deray McKesson, a Teach For America trojan horse who inserted himself into the Black Lives Matter Movement was one of the panelists at the Aspen Institutes's annual “ideas festival,” a social event where one percenters showcase their current crop of “thought leaders.” For the dude in the blue vest it was a kind of debutante ball, one of the official coming out parties that mark him as one of corporate America's made men.

Bakari Sellers: Hitman for Israel, Hillary and Wall Street

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

CNN talking head Bakari Sellers is a mercenary for the rich and powerful, a veteran operative of the Israel lobby, and a receptacle for whatever words kings and queens of corruption like Hillary Clinton put in his mouth. It’s all part of Sellers’ upward mobility strategy. “He has eagerly deployed himself as one of Zionism’s Black up-and-coming political stars. In return, AIPAC has helped bankroll his political career.”

Freedom Rider: Republicans Reject Trump

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

For all intents and purposes, the establishment GOP has dumped Donald Trump and joined Hillary Clinton’s corporate presidential campaign. Trump “shows all the signs of being headed for defeat,” but the Democrats hope to pile up huge majorities by pretending that he’s a threat. Anti-Trump hysteria gives Bernie Sanders cover to “sheep dog” his supporters to Clinton. The only sane choice is to reject both corporate parties.

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