Black Agenda Report 22 September, 2010: The Beloved Black Spy / Color of Change vs. Black Caucus

22 September, 2010 — BAR

Freedom Rider: Ernest Withers the Informant

by BAR editor and senior Margaret Kimberley
The trusted “movement” photographer was a spy for J. Edgar Hoover. Ernest Withers apparently cashed in on his close relationship with unsuspecting Black Sixties activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Withers is dead, but not forgiven. “The revelation of Withers’ activity should be a reminder of the extent to which the state dedicated itself to destroying any organized effort at black empowerment.”

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Robert Scheer: Dems and Repubs Scammed America for Wall Street
Liberals, the Congressional Black Caucus, Jesse Jackson – all joined with Republicans to deregulate the financial sector, setting the stage for the “saddest chapter in American history.” Veteran journalist Robert Scheer, author of “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street,” says Democrats are at least as culpable for the financial meltdown as Republicans, because it was the Democrats who “delivered” deregulation to Wall Street under President Bill Clinton.
Mad Scramble for Chicago Mayoralty
Prof. Patricia Hill, Professor, of Northeaster Illinois University, says about 50 “alleged candidates” are jockeying for position to replace outgoing mayor Richard Daley, many of them running “phantom campaigns” that will go poof in the night. Hill’s choice is Black lawyer Christopher Cooper.
The best way to carry out a national economic makeover, is to do it all at once, says author Jon Rynn. Sounds like revolution?

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Color Of Change Takes On Black Caucus on Internet Neutrality

A Black Agenda Report commentary by Glen Ford
“Black watchdogs are most effective in unmasking and shaming the culprits within our own ranks.” We “tip our hats” to Color of Change for exposing the Congressional Black Caucus’s abysmal collective record on Internet neutrality. “Those who are most trusted by Black America are positioned to do the most serious harm to African American interests.”

October 17 through 23 is 3rd Annual Congo Week
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce Dixon

Six million Congolese have died from starvation and war since 1997. The cause has not been, as Western media would have us believe, inscrutable African ethnic conflicts, but the West’s hunger for their country’s vital mineral resources, which power our aeropsace, automotive and information tech industries.17-23 Six million Congolese have died from starvation and war since 1997. The cause has not been, as Western media would have us believe, inscrutable African ethnic conflicts, but the West’s hunger for their country’s vital mineral resources, which power our aeropsace, automotive and information tech industries.

DREAM ACT Will Extend Poverty Draft to Immigrant Youth. Such A Deal.

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce Dixon
Proponents of the DREAM Act claim it will enable countless deserving immigrant youth to pursue higher education. In reality, the movement for immigrant rights is being pimped by the Pentagon, which desperately needs access to young immigrants to replenish its ranks.

Renters: The Other Housing Crisis
Wed, 09/22/2010 – 08:40 – Keeanga-Yamahtt…

by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
The more than half of Black Americans that pay rent are the butt end of government housing policy. The U.S. makes a religion out of home ownership, but “only 4.5 million renters in this country receive some level of government subsidy. Public housing, always treated as a pariah, could wind up on the auction block under President Obama’s PETRA plan. “By forcing local authorities to take out private loans and mortgages against the value of [public housing] properties, they run the risk of those properties being lost to the banks in the case of default.”

Who was Behind the Rwandan Genocide? Rwanda’s Bloody Record and the History of UN Coverups

by Christopher Black
The riches of the Congo were always the prize for Rwandan Tutsi rebel leader Paul Kagame and his Ugandan mentor and commander, President Yoweri Museveni. When millions of Rwandan Hutus fled Kagame’s invading Tutsi forces into Congo in 1994, Kagame followed, massacring them by the tens of thousands to clear the way for exploitation of eastern Congo’s minerals. The author has a letter by Kagame to prove it.

The Latin American Revolution, Part 2 of 4: Bolivia

The Latin American Revolution, Part 2 of 4
by Asad Ismi and Kristin Schwartz
Robbed and pillaged by European and US imperialists for 500 years, Bolivia is still South America’s richest country with its poorest people. In 2005 the nation’s indigenous majority elected a socialist government under one of their own, President Evo Morales, promising to use the nation’s resources to bring education, health care, sustainable development to its people, and pursuing a policy of regional cooperation with Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil and other neighbors. In this second installment of the 4 part radio documentary, Asad Ismi and Kristin Schwartz explain how Bolivia, its leaders and their government have earned a place on Uncle Sam’s hit list by beginning to extract their country and their region from U.S. domination.
30 minutes. To listen, click the player below, or click here to download the mp3.

New Test Shows Key Witnesses Lied at Mumia Abu-Jamal Trial

by Dave Lindorff and Linn Washington
Hard science calls into question the veracity of key prosecution witnesses in the trail that convicted Mumia Abu-Jamal of killing a Philadelphia police officer. Two journalists arranged a ballistics test that “reignites questions about how police handled and/or mishandled their investigation into the murder.” Abu-Jamal’s case is back before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Why I Oppose Repealing DADT and Passage of the Dream Act

by Tamara K. Nopper
Progressives generally line up behind repeal the military’s Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell policies on homosexuality and in favor of the Dream Act, which provides a route to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants that serve in uniform. But, is it moral for anti-war folks to support measures that will result in a bigger U.S. military? The author thinks not. “If I support the DREAM Act, does this that my hands will be smeared with the same bloodshed the U.S. spills all over the world?

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