Black Agenda Report for Thursday August 29, 2018: Mourning the Manufactured McCain, Blacks May Back Bernie in 2020, Prison Strike 2018

30 August 2018 — Black Agenda Report

The Manufactured McCain: Lifting Up A Bloodstained Lying Venal Servant of Capitalist Empire 

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
John McCain was a bloodstained bribe taking, lying, war criminal and politician who constructed a myth of himself as outsider and war hero. Lifting him up justifies and sanctifies the empire of capital. Soon they’ll be naming parks and schools after him.

Rocky Road for the Corporate Duopoly if Blacks Back Bernie in 2020 

– Glen Ford , BAR executive editor
The biggest obstacle to Bernie Sanders winning the Democratic nomination in 2020 is Kamala Harris, the corporate, anti-Black prosecutor. But Black voters are now in Bernie’s camp.

Freedom Rider: Prison Strike 2018 

– Margaret Kimberley , BAR editor and senior columnist
Inmates in states across the nation are on strike against the world’s largest and most racist prison system. Hopefully, they won’t be betrayed by quisling civil rights misleaders, as in 2010.

In the Year of the Pig: The Real Vietnam War Heroes 

– Ann Garrison , BAR contributor
John McCain’s death triggered mass media regurgitations of Vietnam-era imperial racism and just plain idiocy, but also reminded us of those who risked everything to stop the war.

War Criminal Straw Spun to Fools Gold Hero 

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
Looking up at stars and stripes
flapping half staff over City College
my spirit sang, “Oh, me oh my…”
They’re honoring natural
Woman—singer of soul songs!
Celebrating gospel’s gift to the
World—giving thanks to indigo
Blues crossing borders, gathering tribes…

Black Agenda Radio, Week of August 27, 2018

Click the link above for the entire one hour show, or any of the following three links for the individual segment thereof:
The police beating and arrest of Bobi Wine, the wildly popular musician and Ugandan parliamentarian, is a major “embarrassment” for the U.S., which has supported strongman Yoweri Museveni’s regime since the Reagan era
Whether by armed struggle or mass nonviolence, liberation movements seek to “elevate the colonized people to their proper status among humankind
Climate activists should stop saying “the world will end, and we’re beyond the turning point,” said Macarena Gomez-Barris, author of The Extraction Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives.
Boots Riley
Boots Riley says Spike Lee’s new movie is propaganda designed to make police look like allies in the fight against racial oppression.

Memphis Cops Spy on Black Activists — and Dare Anybody to Try and Stop Them 

Jamiles Lartey
Memphis cops blatantly flaunt their targeting of Black activists, despite a judge’s ruling that the cops have violated a federal consent decree bycontinuing political surveillance.

Demanding an End to ‘Modern Day Slavery,’ Prisoners Launch Multi-Day Nationwide Strike 

Jessica Corbett
At root, striking prisoners demand they be treated as human beings; the rest of their demands flow logically from recognition of their humanity.

BAR Book Forum: Charlene Carruthers’ “Unapologetic” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Unapologetic lays out a case for the abolition of the prison industrial complex and a pathway towards transformation that is paired with accountability.

BAR Book Forum: Omise’eke Tinsley’s “Ezili’s Mirrors” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor

This book asks readers ‘to follow Ezili’s lead by imagining worlds in which black women, black queer folk, masisi…ev’ry body has value—

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