Black Agenda Report 8 March 2018

8 March 2018 — Black Agenda Report

Freedom Rider: Black Panther Movie: A Black Face in a High Place 

– Margaret Kimberley , BAR editor and senior columnist Fans of Black Panther call critics “haters” who don’t know how to have fun, but “the lack of political education amongst ourselves is the bigger issue here.”

Lessons, Successes and Failures of the West Virginia Teacher Strike 

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor In one of the largest labor actions of recent years, 37,000 teachers and school workers organized a strike outside the law and their own union leaders, and won a partial victory.

The Healthcare Bait-and-Switch: From the Clintons to Obama and Back Again 

– Glen Ford , BAR executive editor
The sole purpose of the Clinton Democrats’ Medicare Extra for All plan is to distract and confuse a public that is demonstrably “ready” for single payer.

A Black Radical Defense of the Second Amendment 

– Patrick D. Anderson
The author contends that the Black radical tradition of armed self-defense “is both historically important and currently relevant.”

Raining on Trump’s Parade: An Interview with Margaret Flowers  

– Ann Garrison , BAR contributor
Trump wants to stage a huge military display in the nation’s capital in November, but activists are organizing a countermarch.

Cousin On de Blak Boozewahzee 

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner
Dey cum buck dancin’, ‘bout ebry 2 ta 4 years, Afta dat, is dey ‘bout scarce as Lepercon ears?

Independent Journalist Corner: A Conversation with Daniel Patrick Welch

by BAR contributor Danny Haiphong
“Americans—even ‘woke’ ones—don’t know jack about their own history: the violence, the terror on behalf of white supremacy is simply a bottomless pit.”

Environmental racism case: EPA rejects Alabama town’s claim over toxic landfill 

by Oliver Milman
“Mere compliance with environmental permits should not negate civil rights concerns.”

Radio, Week of March 6, 2018

Click the link above for the entire one hour show, or any of the next three for the individual segments thereof

Cooperation Jackson activist Kali Akuno said the grassroots movement can count on broad aspects of unity with the overwhelmingly Black capital city’s political class.

Beware the Dangers of Reformism 
Reformers often wind up legitimizing and strengthening police power, said Dylan Rodriguez, professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside.

“Our position is that the city should provide free fares to low income people.. Everyone has to be able to use the subways to have a decent life” in New York City.”

New Legal Action is a Path to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Freedom, But a Re-ignited International Mobilization is Critical for Victory 

Rachel Wolkenstein
“It will take international mobilization of the masses, centrally labor and its allies, minorities, immigrants and youth to turn the tide…”

Legalizing Tyranny 

Chris Hedges
“The carcel state is a subculture unto itself, with an $81 billion budget and tremendous political clout.”

Will the Venezuelan Masses Still Stand with Maduro at Election Time? 

Lucas Koerner
“The people know that it’s easier to deepen a revolution while being in government than to turn it over to a right-wing that has no respect for life.”

The Funke Wisdom of Chocolate Cities 

Mary F. Corey
“The West becomes West South; the North is Up South; the Middle West is Mid South.”

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