20 November 2013 — Black Agenda Report
This week in Black Agenda Report
Going on five years into the Obama regime, it is clear that Wall Street is immune from prosecution, no matter the savagery of the economic crime. Attorney General Eric Holder “has ruthlessly maneuvered every case against the oligarchs into his own jurisdictional arena, in order to protect the banksters from aggressive prosecution.” JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon is a far bigger bandit than Lucky Luciano.
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
There seems always to be some combination of imperialists and Zionists available to sabotage any normalization of relations with Iran. This time, it’s the French, Israelis and Saudis, allowing the U.S. to play the role of frustrated peace-seeker. “The Saudis and the French are equal opportunity crooks,” but in terms of threats to peace in the region, nobody is more warlike than Israel.
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford
Republicans had nothing to do with passing Obamacare, and they will not bring the program down. The falsely named Affordable Health Care Act is coming undone on the strength of its own contradictions. It’s not a national health program, at all – “just Obama working a scam for the insurance companies.”
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce A. Dixon
When Barack Obama ran for president, his “progressive” supporters in the environmental movement assured us he would rein in the coal and oil companies, and lead the nation into negotiations on global climate change. But this week’s walkout of 133 nations at the UN Summit on Climate Change shows the difference between the oil soaked Bush-Cheney regime and Barack Obama on climate change. None.
by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo
Betsy Chapman, age 104, and Renisha McBride, age 19, died within a week of one another in Detroit. Ms. Chapman fled Georgia at a young age, seeking a degree of safety in the North. Ms. McBride met a ghastly end, a victim of the same racist violence that “previous generations of Black folks left the South to escape.”
by Jane Biral
If young Black minds are terrible things to waste, so is the entire infrastructure of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, now under assault like never before. Yet, the United Negro College Fund has for a generation been run by corporate-picked Black executives who have amassed personal fortunes and collaborate in the phasing out of Black educational institutions.
by Tolu Olorunda
The Black metropolis of Detroit has been brought low, its population dis-employed and disenfranchised, after 40 years of nominal Black rule. “Most of the population are already disappointed with the Black political class, and this is a view held even among the Black bourgeoisie.”
by Bill Quigley
The immigrant workers that helped rebuild New Orleans after Katrina have been targeted for removal from the city. “If they go to the laundromat or the barber shop or the grocery store, they will be targeted for nothing more than looking Latino.”
by Michael Davar Long
Only a cold-blooded
could so easily
spill life from flesh &
beat trees into
the backs of souls
by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner
Dan quizzed, “Don’t you have Dyson?”
Satan quipped, “Damn right, my son,”
“And Reverend Al and Harris-Perry—
What the hell—the more the merry!”
Uneven Results in Fast Food Drive
The largely Black, brown and female fast food workforce is well-suited to the SEIU-backed campaign for a $15 an hour minimum wage, said independent journalist Arun Gupta, since “all three of these groups favor unions.” Gupta’s article, “Fight for 15 Confidential” appears in the current issue of In These Times. The campaign, including brief strike actions, has yielded uneven results. In overwhelmingly Black Detroit, the drive has attracted about 500 “active” workers. However, despite the efforts of 10 paid organizers in both Washington DC and Seattle, only about 10 or 12 workers are actively involved in each city, said Gupta.
Obama Tries to Ram Corporate “Rights” Treaty Through Congress
WikiLeaks’ publication of secret provisions of President Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty may derail efforts to “fast track” the legislation through Congress, said Robert Naiman, policy director of Just Foreign Policy, which rewarded Wikileaks with $70,000 in crowd-sourced cash. TPP would establish corporate “rights” that would supersede regulation by sovereign governments, said Naiman. “This is a terrible dynamic from the point of view of democracy – which is why corporations love it so much.”
New Book on William Patterson, of “We Charge Genocide”
Throughout their history in North America, Blacks have sought international allies in the fight against racist oppression, said Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of African American Studies at the University of Houston. In his new book, Black Revolutionary: William Patterson and the Globalization of the African American Freedom Struggle, Horne details how the Black communist lawyer’s international organizing efforts “eventually led to the erosion of Jim Crow” in the U.S. Patterson played a central role in the famous Scottsboro Boys case and, along with Paul Robeson, presented a petition to the United Nations, in 1951, charging the U.S. with genocide against Blacks.
Crusading Black Radio Station Needs $4,600 to Survive
Radio station WMXP, a low-power FM outlet operated by the Malcolm X Center, in Greenville, South Carolina, can only broadcast an hour or two a day because of a faulty transmitter, said activist and attorney Efia Nwangaza. Even more desperate is the need to raise $4,600 to save the community center’s building from the county tax collector. “We did the radio station as an enhancement of the center,” said Nwangaza. “It has to be a vehicle that extends the voice of the people of the community. Otherwise, it has no meaning.” To help, go to www.wmxp955.com, or call 864.901.8627.