Black Agenda Report for August 20, 2014: Ferguson VS the Counter-Insurgency State, On the Ground From Ferguson, American Terror

20 August 2014 — Black Agenda Report

Ferguson Versus the Counter-Insurgency State 

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

If the people of Ferguson, Missouri, had remained “calm” in the police killing of Michael Brown, the nation would not be discussing the “militarization” of the police forces. “All the nation’s police departments are following the same drill, with the same tools and weapons, under the same mandate: keep the Blacks in check.” Black folks need to liberate some territory.

Rosa Clemente: On the Ground In Ferguson MO

Rosa Alicia Clemente

Black Agenda Report is pleased to carry the first on the ground report from Ferguson MO from Rosa Clemente, the 2008 vice-presidential candidate of the Green Party, posted 6AM August 20. When more arrive, we intend to print them as well.

Freedom Rider: American Terror Lives On

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

After every police atrocity against Black people, white people react with surprise and ask, What went wrong? The answer lies in the central fact of American life and history: white supremacy. “In the absence of any desire to leave the past behind, police brutality is inevitable.”

Ferguson Unmasks the War on Black America

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Corporate media have discovered that the U.S. police are militarized. Maybe next, they will figure out who the domestic military is waging war against. “Since America tells itself and the rest of the world that it does not make war on its own citizens, the war against Black people had to be called something else – a War on Drugs, or simply a War on Crime.”

US Conf of Mayors Ferguson Press Release Shows Complicity, Irrelevance of Black Mayors, the Black Political Class

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The vapid 5 sentence press release of the US Conference of Mayors on the unfolding police repression in Ferguson MO shows that our black political class is in a world of its own, where all that matters is justifying their positions and careers, not restrainin, much less rolling back American’s prison state or restraining its brutal police in the least.

No Rights that a White Man is Bound to Respect: The Occupation and Ethnic Cleansing of Africa-America

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Kevin Berends
“The illusion that white supremacy is dead and African-Americans integrated into US society is only sustained during periods of détente.” The people of Ferguson are saying NO to détente with white supremacy.

Ten Facts About Police Violence in Ferguson Sunday Night

by Bill Quigley

Police provocations against the people are creating a brand new cohort of freedom fighters.

What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson: Net Neutrality, Algorithmic Filtering and Ferguson 

by Zeynep Tufekci

This timely article explains how Twitter assisted the public in knowing about Ferguson, and essentially forced corporate media to cover it, while Facebook did the opposite. It’s a sobering look at how corporate social media helps and hurts public knowledge.

“Organization is the Weapon of the Oppressed”: Ferguson, Mobilization and Organizing the Resistance!

by Ajamu Nangwaya

Event mobilizations may catch media attention, but history’s big footprints are left by large numbers of organized people moving in the same direction. “Our solidarity in action will emerge from us getting together in groups with a program of liberation.”

Social Service Workers and the Grip of Neo-liberal Capitalism Part Two: Privatization and Austerity’s Path of Destruction 

by Danny Haiphong 

People who become social workers hope to alleviate the conditions that bring misery to their fellow human beings. They soon discover that the system has other plans. “Capitalists have calculated that permanent crisis and the profit-motive cannot exist together in the era of finance without gutting the public sector in the process.”

The Real “Dirty Wars” in the Horn of Africa 

by Thomas C. Mountain

While western progressives kept track of Obama’s drone wars around the world, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Somalis starved to death in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia, as a consequence of state policy. The Ethiopian prime minister who engineered the genocide-by-famine “was later eulogized at his funeral by none other than Susan Rice, presently National Security Advisor to Barack Obama.”

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Police Brutality is Built into the System 

“Police brutality is not caused by a few aberrant, rogue cops. It is a systemic problem that arises from the system of social, economic and political oppression that we live under,” said Larry Hamm, chairman of the Newark, New Jersey-based Peoples Organization for Progress. Abuses persist, even in those cities that have community police review boards “because the use of violence against Black people has been necessary and condoned since the creation of the United States of America.” You can’t keep people in slavery, or commit genocide against Native Americans, without massive applications of violence, said Hamm, speaking at the annual conference of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, in Philadelphia.

Black Is Back Coalition to March on White House

The police response to Black protest in Ferguson, Missouri, has called attention to the massive militarization of U.S. police behavior and equipment. “They call it surplus military equipment that they have given to police departments, but that’s not surplus,” said Black Is Back Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela. “The military budget includes the resources they are shooting into communities to control African people. It’s not surplus when you understand that the local police department is an extension of the same state apparatus that’s functioning today in places like Afghanistan. That’s colonialism,” said Yeshitela. The Coalition announced plans to march on the White House, on November 1, under the banner “Peace Through Revolution.”

Justice Department Should Review Every Police Killing of Unarmed Blacks

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund called on the U.S. Justice Department to mount a “comprehensive review of all police-involved assaults and killings of all unarmed individuals, with a particular focus on the killings of unarmed African Americans,” said associate director Janai Nelson. The review is one of four recommendations outlined by the LDEF in a letter to the Justice Department. “There are concerns of over-policing in these communities, of ‘broken windows’ policing, of racial profiling, that has led to this disparate number of killings among African Americans,” said Nelson.

Mumia: “We are All Michael Brown”

The Black people of Ferguson, Missouri, “have resisted every attempt to sidetrack or silence their efforts to achieve the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the white cop who shot and killed Mike Brown,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, in a report for Prison Radio. “The face of sweet-talking politicians promising peace; police with dark faces promising protection; preachers praying for placidity,” did not deter the protesters. ”They kept on marching for justice.”

“Broken Windows” Policing Must Go

Robert Gangi, director of New York City’s Police Reform Organizing Project, has documented the racial bias inherent in the NYPD’s pursuit of so-called “quality of life” offenses. “Police in New York arrest people for occupying two seats on the subway, even though it’s 2 o’clock in the morning and there’s nobody else in the subway car,” said Gangi. “Far too much of the NYPD’s resources focuses on activities that are not criminal, that are not dangerous, that are not predatory; activities that are engaged in by people of color,” like selling loose cigarettes. “The senseless death of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD is a worst-case scenario of what can happen with the aggressive application of broken windows po licing.”

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.

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