Black Agenda Radio for week of September 11, 2017
Peace and Enviro Activists Seek Collaboration
Anti-war and environmental activists will hold a joint conference at American University, in Washington DC, September 22 and 23, to foster closer collaboration between the two movements. Historically, said veteran peace activist David Swanson, the big environmental groups “don’t think it’s strategic to get involved with offending funders and media outlets by taking on the ‘patriotic’ public warmongering machine.” The U.S. military is the world’s biggest polluter.
U.S. Rulers Seen As Illegitimate
American government, business and media institutions have lost legitimacy in the eyes of the people, said Duboisian scholar Dr. Anthony Monteiro. “This is a real opportunity for movement building, for coalition building,” said Montiero. “The growing contradiction between the majority of the American people and the elite is probably sharper than at any time in the last 70 years.”
Make the Cops Accountable
The Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations and its allies will present a resolution to the Philadelphia City Council, this week, demanding Black community control of the police. Coalition spokesman Diop Olugbala said the resolution proposes that a commission, “democratically elected on the block and neighborhood level,” would be empowered to “hire, fire, train and discipline police forces in our community.”
“Swiping It Forward” in the NYC Subways
The Coalition to End Broken Windows Policing has been descending into the New York City subway system, urging folks with unlimited fare cards to swipe entrance for young and poor riders, so they won’t be swept up by the cops for turnstile hopping. “We’re also highlighting the increase in homelessness because of increasing rents,” said activist Lauren Concepcion.
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