Black Agenda Report 31 October 2019

31 October 2019 — Black Agenda Report

Farewell to John Conyers Jr. – and to His Era 

Glen Ford, BAR executive editor
John Conyers’ long career is a window on the decline of Black politics in the two generations since the demise of the mass Black movement.

Freedom Rider: The Baghdadi Scam 

Margaret Kimberley, BAR editor and senior columnist
The Democrats and corporate media don’t really oppose what Donald Trump is doing in Syria or anywhere else.

 

History Demands: Turn Imperialist Wars Into Wars Against Imperialism 

Ajamu Baraka, BAR editor and columnist
US imperialism is white supremacist capital on a global rampage, and must be countered by mass mobilizations of the oppressed — like this weekend’s Black Is Back Coalition march on the White House.

 

Rwanda: Victoire Ingabire Endures Relentless Interrogation 

Ann Garrison, BAR contributor
The democratic opposition leader says “there is no space for people to speak freely and peacefully and engage in real democratic process inRwanda.”

 

Black Agenda Radio for Week of October 28, 2019 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression To Go National – Again – at Chicago Conference / FBI Never Stopped Unlawful Spying on Dissidents / Ebola and HIV as “Development” and “Security” Problems

 

Grayzone Editor Arrested on Trumped Up Venezuela Embassy Charges 

Ben Norton
Almost half a year after the siege of the Venezuelan embassy by a right-wing mob, a journalist who helped defend the embassy has been thrown in jail.

 

I Celebrate Red Roses of Resistance 

BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner
San Francisco singer sitting in a Manhattan
restaurant, ringlets trickling down ‘round
Angelic paper bag brown face, like sweat

 

Danny Haiphong, BAR contributor
BAR will never stop linking the conditions of apartheid America with the imperialist wars waged against the people of Libya, Syria, or anywhere else.

 

Letters from Our Readers  

Jahan Choudhry BAR Comments Editor
This week readers wrote about the Obama administration’s role in Syria, a recent citizens’ delegation to Russia, and BAR’s 13th anniversary celebration

 

BAR Book Forum: “Books I Teach” 

Eziaku Nwokocha
Open and constructive dialogue is critical in shaping well-rounded students, including the study of transnational feminism and visual and material culture.

 

BAR Book Forum: Derrick White’s “Blood, Sweat, and Tears”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
The inequitable power relations, in terms of race, in college sports is a byproduct of weakening of HBCU sports through desegregation.

 

Ebola and HIV as “Development” and “Security” Problems 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Epidemics don’t just kill lots of people, they “take up a lot of space in the national budget” and affect relationships of “security and power,” said Adia Benton, a professor of anthropology at Northwestern University who has done extensive field work in disease-plagued regions of Africa. Benton has authored a book, titled, “HIV Exceptionalism: Development Through Disease in Sierra Leone.” Benton says donor countries, NGOs and ruling elites often focus on every political and economic aspect of deadly epidemics except “the failure of care.”

 

FBI Never Stopped Unlawful Spying on Dissidents 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
A new report on FBI spying since 2010 shows the Bureau continues to surveil the speech and activities of peace, environmental, and racial and economic justice advocates. Report author Chip Gibbons, of Defending Rights and Dissent, said the FBI’s framing of so-called Black Identity Extremists is especially insidious. “What they’re saying is, if you’re Black and you’re angry about racism, you’re likely to commit a crime” and must be closely watched.

 

Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression To Go National – Again – at Chicago Conference 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
The Chicago-based activist organization will host a “re-founding” conference, November 22 to 24, to re-establish the national presence that was dissolved, decades ago. Alliance field director Frank Chapman said Angela Davis, an original founder, will speak, “but the overwhelming majority of the people who will be there will be young people, most of whom were not even born when the Alliance was founded” in 1973. “We’re going to build continuity in struggle, and pass it on to the next generation,” said Chapman.

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Surviving Until the Revolution Comes 

Mark P. Fancher
The non-profit industrial complex makes it possible for the capitalist class to not only contain the revolution, but to shut down revolution altogether.

 

Striking Chicago Teachers Refused to Give in, Condemn Mayor’s Austerity Budget 

Peoples Dispatch Staff
Chicago’s teachers are demanding the city fund social supports for communities, as well as teachers, but the mayor is crying broke.

 

GM Workers Ratify Contract Though “Mixed at Best” 

by Chris Brooks, Jane Slaughter
The strike failed to dismantle GM’s multi-“tiered” labor system, or to forestall plant closings.

 

Unpacking The Super Exploitation of Black Women 

Erica Caines
The liberal misinterpretation of identity politics, that favors progressive neoliberals, has dismissed the innate radicalism of a workers centered Black feminism.

 

Western Progressives and the Imperialist Inquisition 

Stephen Sefton
Most Western “progressives,” while unable to defend their own majority populations, are more than willing to attack Venezuela and Nicaragua.

 

In Sudan, Demands for Justice and Accountability Remain Unmet 

Pavan Kulkarni
Tens of thousands of Sudanese took to the streets, demanding a ban on the party of ousted president Omar al-Bashir and justice for the victimsof the June 3 massacre.

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