Black Agenda Report 8 October 2020

8 October 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Bidens and Trumps, Foxes and Wolves

Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor
The fox and wolf parties – both corporate canines – debate how best to acclimate the masses to their deepening state of precarity.

Freedom Rider: Liberal Sympathy for Trump

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
If Ava Duvernay really believes Trump is a white supremacist, why wish him well?   “Maddow and Duvernay speak and act in defense of their class interests.”

Debate Lesson: 2020 Election is a Great Corporate Thug-a-thon

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
Trump and Biden avoided policy because neither had anything to offer the masses of people.

Fight the Power: Resistance Radio at the Virtual GRC Summit

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
The Grassroots Radio Virtual Summit is for anyone looking for ways to resist heightening repression and anyone who feels that grassroots radio is vital to their community, writes Ann Garrison.

October Surprise? (or President Pence pardon?)

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
They say he could use your thoughts  and prayers; like he used your taxes  Praying to big white Buddha bottles of bleach…They say he never, ever,

AFRICOM: Deadly Deception

Friends of Congo
AFRICOM’s real aim was never peace nor stability but rather, strategic US interests.

Blacks in LA Nearly Four Times as Likely to be Cited by Police

Sam Levin
Activists say these ordinances for minor violations are rooted in racist laws and anti-homeless policies.

Letters from Our Readers

Jahan Choudhry BAR Comments Editor
This week Russophobia and the recent presidential debate were the topic of conversation.

Health Justice and Black Liberation: Shay-Akil McLean

Gwendolyn Wallace and Roberto Sirvent 
Black health is directly connected to the displacement and dispossession of our ancestors and the conditions of our neighborhoods.

BAR Book Forum: Jennifer Bajorek’s “Unfixed”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Through photography, the author asks questions about the meaning and nature of liberation.

If Breonna Were White…

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
In an essay titled “Breonna’s Deathbed,” political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal asks if the Louisville cops that killed Breonna Taylor would still be free if they had shot to death a white woman in her bedroom. Abu Jamal noted that Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton was killed by police while asleep in his bed, December 4, 1969.

Anti-Blackness Throughout the Americas

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Anti-Blackness is the common denominator underlying Black people’s high rates of death from poverty, disease and police violence on both continents of the western hemisphere, said Jameelah Imani Morris, an activist-scholar working on her PhD at Stanford University. Like the United States, many nations of Latin America were “established on violence” against Black and indigenous people, said Morris.

Black Is Back Coalition to March on White House

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
For the 12th consecutive year, the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations will march on the White House, November 7, this time under the themes “Black Power Matters,” “Down with Colonialism” and “Black Community Control of the Police.” Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela said community control of police is “the political demand that speaks directly to the issues” that have propelled unprecedented levels of protest in the United States, this year.

Black Agenda Report presents: The Left Lens

Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley
The U.S. claims to hold a monopoly on human rights despite being the most egregious human rights violator on the planet. Margaret Kimberley and Danny Haiphong discuss the domestic and international scope of U.S. human rights abuses and the hypocrisy of the evidence-free claims made against China.

When Police Violence is a Dog Bite

Abbie Vansickle
In some jurisdiction police dogs only bite Black people, but only a few that are mauled by dogs get justice.

Jalil Muntaqim Scheduled for Release from Prison

Judy Greenspan
Muntaqim is one of the longest-held political prisoners in the world.

Eyewitness to the Agony of Julian Assange

Timothy Erik Strom and John Pilger
The defendant was caged behind thick glass, and had to crawl on his knees to a slit in the glass to make contact with his lawyers.

An Indian Perspective on the Covid-19 Epidemic

Prabir Purkayastha
The pandemic shows the contradictions between the needs of capitalism and the health of the people.

Venezuela to Receive Russian Covid-19 Vaccine 

Orinoco Times staff
Venezuela will also participate in production of the “Sputnik V” vaccine. “We have received tons of drugs.”

Economically Fading US Chooses Military Confrontation

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Unable to keep up with China economically, the United States is militarily encircling its rival and “creating the conditions of a New Cold War,” said Danny Haiphong, contributing editor at Black Agenda Report and co-coordinator of the Black Alliance for Peace Supporter Network. Haiphong notes that China has already surpassed the US in “purchasing power parity” while raising hundreds of millions of its people out of poverty.

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