28 July 2016 — Black Agenda Report
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Obama Prepares to Reinforce the Militarized Police Occupation of Black America
Barack Obama is “responsible for the biggest escalation in the history of the one-sided war against Black America. He increased militarization of local police 24-fold before banning some kinds of Pentagon weapons transfers, but is now preparing to send more battlefield weaponry to the streets of our cities. “Clinton or Trump will surely build on Obama’s lethal legacy.”
A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon
The so-called mothers of the movement being trotted before national audiences to vouch for the motherly sincerity of Hillary Clinton are not players at the game of politics. They’re being played by Hillary and the cynical sharp tongued operatives of the black political class, and they speak for themselves and their handlers, not for the movement..
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
Emails released by Wikileaks show the Democratic Party corrupted its own primary process to elect Hillary Clinton – a politician who “has nothing to offer aside from not being Donald Trump.” The DNC deployed a full array of dirty tricks against Bernie Sanders, with the help of corporate media. The duopoly system must be dismantled. “The task of leftists is to work towards the establishment of a party that represents the interests of working people.”
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
Former NAACP chief Ben Jealous couldn’t wait to get back in the good graces of Democratic Party corporate power. Released from allegiance to Bernie Sanders, he joyously endorsed Hillary Clinton and slandered the Green Party’s Jill Stein as aiding the “fascist” Donald Trump. But, “Ben Jealous doesn’t know what a fascist is, and could care less; he only knows that his job is to keep Black people inside Hillary Clinton’s big corporate tent.”
by Danny Haiphong
In the final analysis, the nation’s First Black President has been a “great protector and arbiter of the racist state.” Not only has Barack Obama refused to indict killer cops, he won’t even compel the cops to keep track of who they kill. “Obama only began to pay attention when the movement for Black Lives forced policing and prisons into the national spotlight.”
by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner
This week our poet in residence observes the quadrennial extravaganza put on by the Democratic wing of the party of the one percent.
by Gerald A. Perreira
by Ann Garrison
Three U.S. presidents – Clinton, Bush and Obama – have honored their alliance with Paul Kagame, one of the world’s premier war criminals, by dutifully deporting his critics to imprisonment, or worse, in Rwanda. Dr. Léopold Munyakaz awaits this same fate for describing the Rwandan conflict as a class struggle, not a genocide, thus undermining the “ideological foundation of U.S. ‘humanitarian’ war ideology.”
by Colin Todhunter
Britain’s colonial empire may have passed into history, but the UK’s neocolonial grip strangles much of Africa, devouring the continent’s resources and leaving little of the profits behind. Most African countries are not even stakeholders in the companies that mine their land. “UK companies must be held responsible for their behavior in Africa and that the UK government must be held accountable for its complicity in the plunder.”
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Activists Take the Fight to Cops’ “Doorsteps”
The Fraternal Order of Police is “the most dangerous fraternity in all of America,” said Samantha Masters, spokesperson for the Black Youth Project 100 and Black Lives Matter DC activists that occupied the grounds of the police union’s lobbying operation in Washington, last week. Other activists staged a sit-in at the New York City offices of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. “The people who are protecting these killer cops are police unions,” said Masters. “They ensure there is a blue wall of silence, and that police officers are rewarded for the really horrible acts they commit. We are taking the fight to their doorsteps.”
The Sad Saga of Police Impunity in Baltimore
With yet another acquittal of police involved In the death of Freddie Gray, Blacks in Baltimore are concluding that “there is no ability to hold officers accountable for any criminal conduct when they are performing their duty as an officer,” said Jill Carter, a defense attorney and delegate to the Maryland state legislature. “My greatest fear is that police officers will become more arrogant, more cocky” in the knowledge that they are, in practice, immune to punishment.
Mumia on “Trump’s Triumph”
“The Republican National Convention was not a presidential event, but a celebration of ego, anger and gross wealth,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. Reporting for Prison Radio, he described the GOP gathering, in Cleveland, as “an echo chamber of seething hatreds, mass ego, revenge fantasies and white nationalism.” Trump’s victory over the party establishment “is the political equivalent to a hostile takeover in business. You loot the company and leave it a bankrupt shell.”
Sanders Supporters Going Green
Dr. Margaret Flowers, the Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate from Maryland, is a co-author of a series of letters urging various constituencies to break with the duopoly electoral system. “It’s already happening,” said Flowers, an honorary co-chair of the Green Party’s presidential nominating convention, in August. “For the Jill Stein campaign, it’s just been astronomical. Donations are pouring in, along with volunteers, and social media has really taken off. To me, it’s very gratifying to see that people are not falling for this lesser evil argument that is presented every four years.”
Black Men for Bernie Activist Rejects Democrats
“I have no love relationship with the Democratic Party at this point, for sure,” said Bruce Carter, a former activist with Black Men for Bernie. Carter journeyed to Philadelphia for the Democratic convention – but not to cheer for Hillary. “We want to make sure that people understand that, if there’s going to be a true level of change, it has to come from within communities and the people on the ground”
Brazil’s Coup Government Targets Blacks, Natives, Women, Poor
At about the same time in mid-August, the Olympic Games and the impeachment trial of elected president Dilma Rousseff will begin, in Brazil. The leaders of the so-called “soft coup” against the Workers Party leader have moved quickly to “transform the main institutions in the country, including ministries of human rights and racial equality, women, agricultural development, communications, and culture,” said Maria Luisa Mendonca, director of Brazil’s Network for Social Justice and Human Rights and a professor of international relations at the University of Rio de Janeiro. “We see an increasing repression against social movements, and against indigenous people that are mobilizing in defense of their land,” said Mendonca.