Black Agenda Report 28 November 2019

28 November 2019 — Black Agenda Report

A (Re)Born National “Black and Left-Led” Organization Fights for Community Control of Police 

Glen Ford, BAR executive editor
On the momentum of Chicago’s anti-police movement – the most advanced in the nation – the city’s Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression has gone national after a highly successful conference.

Freedom Rider: Say No to Bloomberg  

Margaret Kimberley, BAR editor and senior columnist
Bloomberg says he wants to stop Donald Trump but he’s really running to stop Bernie Sanders.

 

count ALL votes 

BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner
POW…POW…POW…POW… My leaders were voted out of office with hot lead ballots

 

Barack Obama and the Ruling Class Target the Black Vote to Smother Sanders 

Danny Haiphong, BAR contributor
Obama’s principle task is to ensure sure that Black Americans do not vote in the direction of single-payer healthcare and housing for all.

 

Black Agenda Radio for Week of November 25, 2019 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Don’t Let Democrats Water Down Our Demands / US Government and Media Collude in Propaganda / Coup Plotters in Venezuela Have no Significant Social Base / New York Activists Battle Police Brutality Underground

 

Bolivia Coup: Hatred of the Indian 

Álvaro García Linera
How did the traditional middle class incubate so much hatred and resentment towards the people, leading them to embrace racialized fascism centered on the Indian as the enemy?

 

Give No Thanks for Settlers’ Savagery 

Mark P. Fancher
The peculiar national holiday is a celebration of white settler conquest – a whitewashing of unspeakable crimes.

 

The End of American Thanksgivings: A Cause for Universal Rejoicing 

Glen Ford, BAR executive editor
The mythology that Thanksgiving nurtures is itself inherently evil.

 

Letters from Our Readers  

Jahan Choudhry BAR Comments Editor
Readers wanted to discuss police accountability, the impeachment hearings, the electoral college, and Barack Obama in this round of feedback.

 

BAR Book Forum: Gary Phillip’s “The Be-Bop Barbarians” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
This book looks at the collision of race and class in a repressive time, in this case the late 1950s.

 

BAR Book Forum: “Books I Teach” 

Tiana Reid
For me, the most generative way to read, the most thorough, is to teach a text, to read in communion with others.

 

New York Activists Battle Police Brutality Underground: Shannon Jones Speaks 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Over 1,000 protesters recently confronted police repression and high
subway fares at demonstrations in Brooklyn, under the banner “F.T.P.” Shannon Jones, of Bronxites for NYPD Accountability, said F.T.P “could mean ‘Feed the People,’ it could mean ‘Fight the Power,’ but for us at this juncture it means ‘Fuck the Police.’” Jones’ organization is part of a coalition representing activists in all the city’s boroughs.

 

Margaret Kimberley: US Government and Media Collude in Propaganda 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
The US and corporate media lie about Washington’s regime change projects around the world and about the endemic theft of Black votes at home, said BAR senior columnist Margaret Kimberley, speaking before a crowd at the Community Church of New York. Democrats blame their 2016 loss on third parties and Russians, “but there were thousands of uncounted votes in places like Detroit,” said Kimberley, “and the Democrats don’t say anything about that, either.” Acclaimed journalists Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate also spoke at the event.

 

Don’t Let Democrats Water Down Our Demands – William C. Anderson 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Activists must resist Democratic Party efforts to weaken demands for social change, said William C. Anderson, author of the book, “As Black As Resistance,” and a recent article titled, ”No Matter Who’s Elected, We Must Keep Demanding More.” Williams saysDemocratic Party mimicry of popular demands is proof of the movement’s effectiveness. “That’s why they’re trying to take what we’re doing” and dilute it, he said.

 

The Whole Damn System is Guilty as Hell: Taking Control of the Police 

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Democratic community control of the police transforms the power dynamic between police and citizens.

 

The Origins of White Supremacy 

Chelli Stanley
White supremacy is an incredibly insincere distraction that tries to erase the histories of White, Black, and Red peoples.

 

Coup Plotters in Venezuela Have no Significant Social Base 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
“It’s pretty obvious that there is no significant force that wants to overthrow” the government in Venezuela, said Dario Azzelini, a visiting fellow in Latin American Studies at Cornell University who has lived in barrios in Caracas and wrote a book titled, “Communes and Workers Control in Venezuela.” Instead, workers attempt to “build socialism from below,” said Azzelini. The people know that any alternative to the Maduro government “would be much, much worse” – like the death squads in neighboring Colombia.

 

The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages

Thomas J. Adams
Moving between the Philippines, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, and the United States, the author portrays how workers are fighting back.

 

Fascism – The Other F-Word – And Trump 

Ken Morgan
Trump is a racist and demagogic capitalist Chief of State, but the United States is not fascist – yet.

 

Democrats Play at Impeachment, But are Serious About War 

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The impeachment hearings won’t result in ousting Trump, but they scream everlasting conflict with Russia and anybody that does not bow down to American exceptionalism

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