How Corporate Dollars Dominate the Black and Latino Conversation on Network Neutrality

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The utter dependence of our “civil rights” organizations like the NAACP and LULAC upon corporate donations from Big Cable and the telecom industry has caused them to weigh into FCC rulemaking processes against network neutrality and for the continued digital redlining of black and brown communities. They are joined by a substantial cohort of black and Latino elected officials on the federal and other levels. What does this mean for minority communities, whose economic development depends on the availability of cheap, accessible broadband and a relatively free and open internet?

Freedom Rider: Show Trial

fearby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
In order that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed be denied even the formalities of American justice as we once knew it, the system itself must be eviscerated. “Phony concerns about security costs and whipped up fears of impending terror attacks are used to subvert the legal system that was once held up as a model for the rest of the world to follow.”

Haitians in the Bahamas Harrassed, Hunted and Scapegoated

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Two centuries after the world's most successful slave rebellion Haitians are still being punished, both in their own country and in the nations to which they emigrate.  In the Bahamas, Professor alex Morely explains, Haitians are an underclass, over-policed, over-exploited, underpaid and under surveillance.  The Bahamian ruling elite have learned to blame Haitians like Lou Dobbs blames Mexicans.

Omali Yeshitela at Black Is Back: Creating A Broad Social Movement Based in Our Black Communties

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Omali Yeshitela of the Uhuru Movement, convenors of the January 2010 Black Is Back conference in St. Petersburg explains that the 21st century successor to the Freedom Movement must be a broad social movement firmly rooted, among other places, in black America, and describes a little of what that looks like.

Eshu’s blues: An Open Letter to President Obama on Haiti

by BAR columnist michael hureaux perez
Even when claiming to speak to the nation and world about Haiti, Barack Obama winds up talking about America – and himself. The author writes, “Mr. President…“I am always astounded to see just what a shallow and pretentious presence your elevation to the national scene has become, even at this moment of colossal tragedy.”

Obama Sec'y of Education Says Katrina "the Best Thing to Happen" to Education in New Orleans

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

If obscene utterances were a crime, education secretary Arne Duncan would be jailed for life. Like all disaster capitalists, he views poor people's catastrophes as his own golden opportunities. In Haiti and New Orleans, Black lives were a small price for (someone else) to pay for the chance to create a new order “more advantageous to the rich.”
 
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Ruling Provides New Hope for Felon Voting Rights

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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In what is being hailed as a landmark ruling, a federal court found that the criminal justice system is “infected” with racial discrimination. As a result, said the judges, disenfranchisement of felons is a violation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

War Looms in Nigeria's Oil Fields

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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A headless Nigerian state braces for renewed civil war in the Niger River Delta, where guerillas threaten “all-out” assaults on oil facilities. Attacks on vessels off the Nigerian coast are already comparable to Somalia.

Protecting Haiti's Interest

by John Maxwell
The “Big Three” tormenters of Haiti – the U.S., France and Canada – now posing as the quake-struck nation's benefactors, ponder how to rebuild Haiti without Haitian input or permission. “France, the United States and Canada owe the Haitians billions in damages. It is not for them to tell the Haitians what to spend it on.”

What Next for Haiti as “Recovery” Replaces Relief?

wrecked shantytownby Danny Schechter
The U.S. corporate media, the Empire’s mouthpieces, blame the powerless people and feeble institutions of Haiti for their plight. “Few reviewed the history of Washington’s occupations and support for dictators as a reason for why the country was kept so poor and unable to run a relief effort when they needed to.”

Obama State of the Union: Guns For the Pentagon, Butter For Wall Street, A Spending Freeze For You

state of the unionBack during the Vietnam war, Democratic presidents Kennedy and Johnson promised we could have guns and butter too. They lied. The cost of the Vietnam war and the world's biggest military machine quickly gutted the War on Poverty. At least our First Black President isn't telling us that old, old lie. Not all the time anyway. At his first State of the Union tonight, President Obama is expected to declare an across the board freeze on federal spending. But not on military spending, or on the Federal Reserve pipeline to Wall Street.  Hail to the chief.

 

Larry Hamm, Organizing Black Communities in the Age of Obama

by Larry Hamm
With chapters from Camden NJ in the south to Plainfield and Newark NJ in the north and New York City too, the Peoples Organization For Progress has established a solid tradition of educating and organizing African American communities against war, empire, privatization, and corporate power. At the 2010 Black Is Back national conference Larry Hamm explains what working for peace and justice in the age of Obama looks like.

Freedom Rider: Useless Aid, No Donation Without Agitation

from the rubbleby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
The time has come for a new paradigm: No donation without agitation.” The United States has succeeded in plunging mainstream disaster “relief” into disrepute. “No donations to groups like the Red Cross, who sit on millions of dollars but do nothing but hand out blankets and move victims away from their homes in order to convenience the powerful.” And, especially, no donations to any group associated with George Bush or Bill Clinton.

Building a Social Movement: Black is Back Coalition Meets in Florida

black is back againby BAR executive editor Glen Ford
At long last, the Black Left is on a path to organizing a new movement, to replace the one that was “wiped out” a generation ago. The Black is Back Coalition gathered “to consolidate alliances, solidify the Coalition’s organizational structure, and reaffirm Principles of Unity.”

US Military's Haiti "Relief" Ops A Rehearsal For Troop Deployments in Latin America

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
When the U.S. sent thousands of troops into Port au Prince airport, earthquake relief was clearly not the primary mission. Otherwise, ships and whole military units would not have arrived with only supplies for themselves.

Supreme Court: Humans Have No Rights That a Corporation is Bound to Respect

cold campaign cashA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

More than a century ago, a Supreme Court decided that corporations had the rights of “persons.” Last week, the High Court awarded the paper corporate avatars the right to swallow human political affairs, whole. “The more profound effect will be to complete the corporatization of the Democratic Party.”
 

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