Black Agenda Report 13 February 2020

13 February 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Free All Political Prisoners –- Including Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning 

Glen Ford, BAR executive editor
Julian Assange and his protégés have made common cause with Black
revolutionaries in their zeal to lay bare the dictatorial nature of the
omni-pervasive national security state and the sheer, racist barbarity
of the U.S. imperial project.

Freedom Rider: Trump Has No Opposition 

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
The Bloomberg cash onslaught and the anti-Bernie conspiracy have laid bare the degree of collusion among the rulers.

Kobe, Impeachment and the Coronavirus: A Study on the Dangers of White Liberal Fragility 

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
White liberalism is not a kinder, gentler form of white supremacy, or a
lesser evil to the more explicit racism of Trump and his base.

Lives Over Luxury: The Poor People’s Army Plans to March on the DNC 

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
The founder of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign invites
everyone to join them in a march against the DNC if it steals the
presidential nomination.

Rush to judgement? 

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
Ain’t it good to know that
up’s still down; bad’s still
good; black’s white; Slavers
still heroes

American Bottom 

Walter Johnson
One of the poorest towns in the nation, nearly all-Black Centreville, Illinois, floods with raw sewage every time it rains.

Prison Reform and the State: The Impending Confrontation in Mississippi 

Adofo Minka
The recent prison reform rallies at the Mississippi Capitol were more
akin to being for a Middle Passage with more efficient plumbing.

Letters from Our Readers 

Jahan Choudhry BAR Comments Editor
This week you discussed Venezuela, racism in healthcare, and regime change in Libya.

BAR Book Forum: Jeff Ferrell’s “Drift” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Late stage capitalism and its wars have imposed a permanent state of
dislocation and disorientation on much of humanity, the “drift” of an
unstable system.

BAR Book Forum: Aishah Shahidah Simmons’ “Love WITH Accountability” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Simmons explores ways we can hold harm-doers accountable without getting
involved with the very state that brutalizes Black and other
communities of color.

The Global Struggle Continues — But So Does Racism 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Students of all races should be exposed to the history of movements of liberation from colonialism and racist rule, said Nana Osei-Opare, a professor of history at Fordham University. Osei-Opare wrote a “Books I Teach” feature for the Black Agenda Report Book Forum. His reading list contains many works by luminaries in anti-colonial and socialist struggles that show “racism cuts across the fascists, the capitalists, the communists and the liberals,” said Osei-Opare. “Racism is racism, and that’s something that I want students to see.”

Black Mothers and Children Die Because of Racist Medical “Science” 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Centuries of medical experimentation on enslaved and free Blacks and scientifically erroneous assumptions about Black bodies have created “a crisis in Black maternal morbidity and infant mortality” in the US, said Deirdra Cooper-Owens, of the Humanities in Medicine Program at the University of Nebraska. The crisis is only now being recognized because “the chorus of protest is getting louder and louder.” Cooper-Owens is co-author of a paper titled “Black Maternal and Infant Health: Historical Legacies of Slavery.”

Embassy Activists Face Prison in Trial Based on Trump Venezuela Fantasy 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
The jury in the February 11 trial of four US activists charged with disobeying police orders to relinquish their occupation of the Venezuelan embassy to supporters of self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido will not be told that the actual president is Nicolas Maduro, or that Guaido “has never served a nanosecond as president,” said defendant Kevin Zeese. “The little sliver of hope we have,” based on the judge’s ruling, “is that we can say that we believed we were in the embassy with the permission of what we thought was the elected government of Venezuela.” The defendants face a year in prison and fines of $100,000 each.

Colombian Government Obstructs the Peace Agreement with the FARC Guerrilla Group 

Sebastián Navarrete Aldana 
BAR’s reporter in Colombia explores how the US-backed regime is grossly
violating the peace agreement with former FARC guerillas.

How to Yellow-Cake a Tragedy: The New York Times Spreads the Virus of Hatred, Again 

K.J. Noh 
The US corporate media, especially the Times, has turned a medical emergency into a racist campaign of ideological propaganda.

Keep War, Environmental Degradation and Profit Out of Space 

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
The US is escalating the arms race because it sees its hegemonic military and economic power weakening.

Chuck Sims Africa Freed: Final Jailed Move 9 Member Released From Prison 

Ed Pilkington
The last of Philadelphia’s most besieged, and heroic, Black political families is released, after a 42-year ordeal.

The Democratic Party’s Theatrical Performances: Fooling Black Voters for Decades 

Solomon Comissiong
The Democrats are terrible at passing legislation that helps Black and
poor people but fantastically talented at political theater.

Georgia Governor Kemp Loses Vote Purge Suit Brought by Reporter Palast  

Nicole Powers
The judge ruled that Kemp’s defense was so weak that no trial is needed.

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