Black Agenda Report June 29, 2017: Where’s Bernie’s Single Payer Bill? Trump Tries to Out-Warmonger Hillary, Pelosi Sends Dems Over the Cliff

29 June 2017 — Black Agenda Report

The Tide Is Turning on Single Payer, With or Without Bernie Sanders

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Obamacare, was such a huge favor to the insurance companies that Republicans can’t outdo it, they can only make it a little meaner. Liz Warren is telling Democrats that Medicare For All is the issue to campaign on for 2018. But where is Bernie Sanders? Why hasn’t he introduced his long promised Medicare For All bill in the senate? What’s he waiting for? More Democratic unity?

Trump Competes With Hillary in U.S. War of Lies and Terror Against Syria

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Donald Trump is out to prove that he is as bloodthirsty as Hillary Clinton and better than anyone at brinksmanship. Has he gone “play-crazy,” or is it the real thing? “By pushing Trump into a corner and demanding that he display his most bellicose self, or be ceaselessly mocked as a ‘puppet’ and minion of Russia, a lesser power, the War Party and its media and clandestine services have created a perfect storm of mayhem that may consume us all.”

Freedom Rider: Nancy Pelosi Sends Democrats Over a Cliff

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Democrats can’t serve their Black and working class base because they get their money from the 1%. “Their allegiance to global elites prevents them from making even small changes.” Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi brags that no change is coming because “we’re capitalist.” But Pelosi’s fund-raising power “won’t bring victory to a party that has been thoroughly discredited.”

Urban Shield: A Federal Protection Racket

by Ann Garrison

“Police repression is big business, heavily subsidized by the U.S. government, and promoted by “war games” enterprises like Urban Shield. “Israel, Bahrain, Qatar, and China have all sent police to learn about how to subdue their own populations.” Activists at a city council meeting in Berkeley, California, “unfurled a banner that read ‘Stop Urban Shield, End the Militarization of Our Communities” – and were promptly roughed up and arrested.


The Ghosts of Grenfell: Genocide in the Mainland of Capitalism

by Danny Haiphong

The fire that killed an unknown number of mainly Black and Asian Londoners has plunged Britain’s right-wing government deeper into crisis. Brits are connecting the capitalist dots. “Parliament has spent years enforcing austerity cuts on every public service that exists as a safety net for poor and working people,” leaving housing projects like Grenfell unsafe and unsound.

Look Away, Look Away….
by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

For us living in the US, our poet reminds us, imperial atrocities are at worst collateral damage, and most often invisible. Only when they come into sight need we look away…. look away…


Black Agenda Radio, week of June 26, 2017
The United National Anti-War Coalition’s recent conference in Richmond, Virginia, featured the most Black participation and speakers in UNAC’s history. The theme of the conference was “Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad.” Black Agenda Radio presents excerpts of remarks by Charo Mina-Rojas, Ana Edwards, Maurice Carney, Glen Ford, Clarence Thomas, Ralph Poynter, Ajamu Baraka, Larry Hamm, Margaret Kimberley, and Jaribu Hill. UNAC welcomed the founding of a new affiliated organization, the Black Alliance for Peace.

 

Philly School Holds 3-Day Focus on James Baldwin

The Saturday Free School, a center of community organizing and transformative political thought and study, will celebrate the life of James Baldwin on July 7, 8 and 9, at Philadelphia’s historic Church of the Advocate. The legendary author, essayist and playwright, who died in 1987, “is one of the most important thinkers of our time,” said student and activist Elias Gonzales. His colleague, Kayla Watkins, explained: “We’re connecting Baldwin to Coltrane, we’re connecting Baldwin to Dubois.” Although Black historical movements are often viewed as separate, “in reality, different questions are posed in order to find the same solutions.”

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: one hour


Highlights of the 2017 United National Antiwar Coalition conference, part 1 of 2

Part Two: Speakers at the UNAC Conference in Richmond, Virginia
Ralph Poynter, New Abolitionist Movement; husband of the late political prisoner and people’s lawyer, Lynne Stewart
Ajamu Baraka, co-founder, Black Alliance for Peace; editor and columnist, Black Agenda Report; Green Party 2016 vice-presidential candidate
Larry Hamm, co-founder and chairman, People’s Organization for Progress, Newark, New Jersey
Margaret Kimberley, member of UNAC administrative committee; editor and senior columnist, Black Agenda Report
Jaribu Hill, Founder and Executive Director of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights

Highlights of the 2017 United National Antiwar Coalition conference, part 2 of 2

Part Two: Speakers at the UNAC Conference in Richmond, Virginia
Ralph Poynter, New Abolitionist Movement; husband of the late political prisoner and people’s lawyer, Lynne Stewart
Ajamu Baraka, co-founder, Black Alliance for Peace; editor and columnist, Black Agenda Report; Green Party 2016 vice-presidential candidate
Larry Hamm, co-founder and chairman, People’s Organization for Progress, Newark, New Jersey
Margaret Kimberley, member of UNAC administrative committee; editor and senior columnist, Black Agenda Report
Jaribu Hill, Founder and Executive Director of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights

Philly School Holds 3-Day Focus on James Baldwin
The Saturday Free School, a center of community organizing and transformative political thought and study, will celebrate the life of James Baldwin on July 7, 8 and 9, at Philadelphia’s historic Church of the Advocate. The legendary author, essayist and playwright, who died in 1987, “is one of the most important thinkers of our time,” said student and activist Elias Gonzales. His colleague, Kayla Watkins, explained: “We’re connecting Baldwin to Coltrane, we’re connecting Baldwin to Dubois.” Although Black historical movements are often viewed as separate, “in reality, different questions are posed in order to find the same solutions.”

CARICOM Deals a Blow to US Plans for Regime Change in Venezuela

by Gerald A. Perreira

The US uses the Organization of American States to recruit Latin American allies for its campaign to overthrow the government of Venezuela. However, the Caribbean Community of nations rejected Washington’s regime change offensive, effectively telling the diplomats: “Your country and its government is no way fit to point the finger at anyone when it comes to infringement of democracy, democratic values and human rights.”

Cuba Will Not Bow to Trump’s Threats

by Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla

In a retreat back into self-isolation, President Trump partially reversed his predecessor’s “opening” to Cuba. Surrounded by anti-Castro exiles, Trump claimed to act on behalf of human rights in Cuba. But the author, Cuba’s top diplomat, says his country will not be intimidated. “The United States government has no moral authority…there are numerous and systematic murders, brutality, and abuses by police, particularly against Afro-Americans.”

Herstory: The Soweto Uprising and the Erasure of Black Women
by Thando Sipuye

There are many distortions in the dominant narratives around the 1976 students’ uprising. One of the most critical of these is the persistent, subtle projection of that uprising as the exclusive initiative of young men, to the complete exclusion and erasure of the invaluable contributions and sacrifices of young women. This constitutes epistemic violence against Black women.