Black Agenda Report for 29 January 2020

29 January 2020 — Black Agenda Report

“Progressive” Dems Ought to Divorce the Duopoly, Not Badger Greens

Glen Ford, BAR executive editor
The signers reveal themselves to be as fearful for the fate of the duopoly as the corporate shills they claim to oppose.

Freedom Rider: Negroes for Bloomberg

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
Chicago’s Bobby Rush and San Francisco’s London Breed have sold themselves to super-plutocrat Michael Bloomberg, the worst stop-and-frisker in history.

Remember the Influence of Socialism on Martin Luther King Jr’s Legacy

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
King believed humanity could achieve a “higher synthesis” that rose above the social relations of capitalism and communism.

Safe-States Strategy from Hell: Greens Respond to Progressive Left Dems

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
Some Greens may fall for the “anybody blue will do” appeal, but most will not.

They came 4 Moms 4 Housing

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
Storming “Th Town’s” morning dew like badged vermin
Creeping from bent mist morning light,

Embassy Protectors: An Epic Act of Resistance & Trial of Our Times

Lauren Smith
Their true crime is their brilliant defense of international law, and Venezuela’s sovereign right to self-determination against Yankee imperialism.

Cops and Spies Chase Blacks and Leftists While Violent Whites Grow Bolder

Alice Speri
The cops can’t find white terrorists in plain sight, but they have turned technology to the task of criminalizing Black and Left dissent.

Letters from Our Readers

Jahan Chowdhry, BAR Comments Editor
This week readers discuss Democratic Party racism and the abuse of Martin Luther King’s legacy.

BAR Book Forum: Fikile Nxumalo’s “Decolonizing Place in Early Childhood Education”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
The author rejects ways of teaching that distort Black young people’s relationships with the natural world.

BAR Book Forum: Cindy Milstein’s “Paths toward Utopia”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
The author believes we are at a crossroads between fascism and/or extinction, and a path of communal care.

Claudia Jones: Black Feminist Fighter for Socialism

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Zifeng Liu, a doctoral student in Africana Studies at Cornell University, has authored a paper on Black activist Claudia Jones, who was deported from the US for her communist affiliations. Jones was an unstinting fighter for socialism and decolonization. Liu’s paper is titled, “Decolonization Is Not a Dinner Party: Claudia Jones, China’s Nuclear Weapons, and Afro-Asian Solidarity.”

Black Women Against White Supremacist Empire

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Black women played a central role in the fight against European colonization, said Annette Joseph-Gabriel, professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Michigan and author of the book, “Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire.” Joseph-Gabriel examines the lives and struggles of seven women activists who “understood that white supremacy was global in scale and scope, and that the resistance – and imagining of new worlds – also had to be global,” she said.

African Peoples Socialist Party Heightens Global Struggle

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Omali Yeshitela said his African Peoples Socialist Party’s upcoming plenary gathering is designed to “build and strengthen the regional components of our party through the world.” The APSP aims to “turn every African community in the world into a bastion of anti-colonial hostility,” said chairman Yeshitela.

Black Abolitionists Believed in Taking Up Arms

Randal Maurice Jelks
Long before the Civil War, Black abolitionists shared the consensus that violence would be necessary to end slavery.

The Forgotten Socialist History of Martin Luther King Jr.

Matthew Miles Goodrich
MLK was dreaming of a socialist future long before the tumultuous decade of the Sixties.

What’s wrong with the IHRA “working definition” of Anti-Semitism?

Tim Anderson
The idea that Israel cannot be targeted or criticized as a “racist endeavor” is an absurd suggestion.

The World Demands U.S. Out of the Middle East – Will the U.S. Listen?

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
American troops in Iraq are at increasing risk every day the US stays in that sovereign nation.

Juan Guaidó: One Year of Promises and Submission to Donald Trump

Peoples Dispatch Staff
What has happened in the year since Juan Guaidó declared himself president of Venezuela?

Blues for Jimmy: In Celebration of the Life of Jimmy Heath

Earl Hazell
The author studied jazz composition and arranging under “a funny, smart-aleck, short, kind, genius composer and tenor sax player” – a musical giant

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