Black Agenda Report 4 June 2020

4 June 2020 — Black Agenda Report

The Movement Gets BIG – and Its Enemies Reveal Themselves

Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor
The decrepit racial capitalist order appears to be unraveling under the weight of coronavirus, economic depression, and a quantitative leap in people’s willingness to confront power through the politics of the street.

Freedom Rider: Black Misleaders Seek to End Protest

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
The nationwide protests have forced the Black quisling class to reveal themselves as agents of the racial and economic status quo.

Stephen Jackson is Right: Justice for George Floyd Requires Power to the People

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
The police and the military not only protect the private property of the rich but also act as shock troops for the violent oppression of Black Americans and the racially subjugated everywhere.

No Compromise, No Retreat: Defeat the War Against the African/Black People in the U.S. and Abroad

Ajamu Baraka, BAR editor and columnist
The justice for George Floyd mobilizations today reflected the state’s worst nightmare – a multi-national and multi-racial action initiated by Black people with Black leadership.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of June 1, 2020

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Cornel West Endorses Larry Hamm for Cory Booker Seat in Senate / Blacks Need to Organize for Self-Defense / Former Black Panther Political Prisoner Hospitalized for Covid-19 / Anti-Abortion Forces Would Impose Slavery-like Controls on Black Women’s Bodies

Headline News

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
The world as we know it may be at the cusp of radical change, but right now it just looks like a blizzard of urgent headlines.

Shooting and looting started: 400 years ago

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
Shooting, looting, scalping, lynching,
Raping, torturing their way across
the continent—400 years ago—

Black Lives Extinguished, Black Ancestors’ Bodies Desecrated

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, BAR editor and columnist
We are killed in the streets while we are alive and then our bodies are dug up and thrown away like trash when businesses require the land for profit making.

Letters from Our Readers

Jahan Choudhry BAR Comments Editor
This week police brutality and the Coronavirus were on your minds.

BAR Book Forum: Sasha Turner’s “Contested Bodies”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Mothers and infants consistently experience positive health outcomes when midwives are incorporated into healthcare systems.

BAR Book Forum: Brandon R. Byrd’s “The Black Republic”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
We should see Haiti as a bellwether for what is occurring throughout the Americas and the world.

Anti-Abortion Forces Would Impose Slavery-like Controls on Black Women’s Bodies

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Black women’s bodies were property during slavery, and that power relationship “still continues today through measures to restrict women’s reproductive autonomy,” said Jill Morrison, author of a recent article titled, “Resuscitating the Black Body: Reproductive Justice as Resistance to the State’s Property Interest in Black Women’s Reproductive Capacity.” Morrison is director of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship at Georgetown University.

Blacks Need to Organize for Self-Defense

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
“Whether we’re in large numbers like we are in Mississippi, or in small numbers like in Minnesota, our lives are in jeopardy and it’s important for us to build community networks to defend ourselves,” said Akinyele Umoja, professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University and author of the book, “We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance and the Mississippi Freedom Movement.”

Cornel West Endorses Larry Hamm for Cory Booker Seat in Senate

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Larry Hamm, chairman of Newark, New Jersey’s Peoples Organization for Progress, “is one of the most consistent freedom fighters in Newark since the great Amiri Baraka,” said activist and public intellectual Cornel West. The Harvard professor said the entrance of movement leaders like Hamm into electoral politics “can help consolidate a larger mass opposition and bring about the collapse of the duopoly.” Hamm is running to unseat Sen. Cory Booker.

The Promise of Street Rebellions

Russell Rickford
The flames burned both for Floyd and for the vanishing dream of a moral economy.

We Can’t Breathe

Dante J. James
Can and should America continue to breathe if it continues to suffocate African American people and our communities?

Former Black Panther Political Prisoner Hospitalized for Covid-19

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Jalil Muntaqim, incarcerated for his political activities since 1971, contracted the Covid-19 virus and was admitted to the Albany, New York Medical Center, said Jihad Abdulmumit, chair of the Jericho Movement. While Muntaqim was being treated with oxygen and medication, a judge ordered his immediate, temporary release on medical grounds, but the state attorney general appealed the ruling. The state has also consistently blocked parole for Muntaqim, who has served almost 50 years of a 25 to life sentence.

Policing in the US is Not About Enforcing Law. It’s About Enforcing White Supremacy

Paul Butler
If we had something approaching equal justice, would we still even be the United States?

Why Hasn’t Amy Cooper Been Arrested? The Case of Pink Pussy Privilege

BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Robert Stubblefield
While most advocates focus on police abuse of the black community, we must also hold accountable the people who call police and make false claims against black people.

Murder of Black Youth in Rio de Janeiro Shows Racist Nature of Policing in Brazil

Peoples Dispatch Staff
Pandemic or not, Brazilian police kill multiples of Black youth every day of the year. Fourteen year-old João Pedro Mattos Pinto joins the list of tens of thousands.

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