Black Agenda Report November 16, 2022

Wednesday, 16 November 2022 — — Black Agenda Report

Bittersweet Freedom for Mutulu Shakur
Margaret Kimberley
Mutulu Shakur has been granted parole but he is terminally ill. Black political prisoners in this country are held for 30, 40 and 50 years. Reprieve happens only when they are at death’s door.

MANIFESTO: The Nairobi Manifesto, 1985
Editors, The Black Agenda Review
In 1985, African women tried to warn us about a world in crisis. Did we listen?

Priest App
Raymond Nat Turner
The latest from BAR’s poet in residence.

Wakanda Must Fall
Jared Ball
This new film is rightly called a fantasy, and not just because Wakanda doesn’t exist. If Black moviegoers are not aware of the dangerous politics it espouses, they will find themselves believing in things far worse than non-existent kingdoms.

BAR Book Forum: Natasha Gordon-Chipembere’s “Finding La Negrita”
Roberto Sirvent
This week’s featured author is Natasha Gordon-Chipembere. Gordon-Chipembere holds a PhD in English from the University of South Africa. She was born in New York to a Costa Rican mom and a Panamanian dad. She is the founder and host of the Tengo Sed (“I am thirsty”) Annual Writing Retreats in Costa Rica (since January 2015). Her book is Finding La Negrita.

Social Democracy Will Not Save Us
Benjamin Woods
The author makes the case that liberalism is a dead end and that socialism is the only tool for Black liberation.

Colia Clark Presente!
Kim Ives
Colia Clark was a veteran of the Black Liberation Movement who worked with Medgar Evers, who was also affiliated with the NAACP and who served as Executive Secretary of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She was twice a Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate in New York State and became a fierce advocate on behalf of the Haitian people. May she rest in power!

Identity Without Responsibility
Salifu Mack
There have been endless news stories about basketball player Kyrie Irving. But insight on celebrity culture and acknowledgement of the confusion that is deliberately created in this country is sadly lacking.

Migration and Climate Emergency in North Africa
Ray Bush
Imperialist wars and capitalist predation have accelerated the pace of migration from North African nations. The climate crisis worsens structural inequality between the global south and the countries which have created the catastrophe.

COP27 Deliberations Reaffirm Imperialist States as Main Obstacle to Ending Climate Change
Abayomi Azikiwe
Developing countries and mass organizations at the COP17 summit continue to demand compensation for damage and loss created by fossil fuel production in industrialized capitalist nations. The perpetrators continue to evade responsibility.

Statement and Petition Against Inhumane Deportation of Haitian Migrants from the Dominican Republic
Socialist Movement of Workers of the Dominican Republic
Oppression of Haitians in the Dominican Republic intensifies, as deportations and discrimination against Dominicans of Haitian descent continues. The Socialist Workers Movement of the Dominican Republic and 24 other Dominican and Haitian organizations have issued this joint statement and petition.

Against Wildlife Republics: Conservation and Imperialist Expansion in Africa
Aby L. Sène
In 1972, pan-Africanist and Marxist thinker from Guyana, Walter Rodney, warned of ‘Wildlife Republics’, calling attention to wildlife conservation in Africa as a new form of imperialist and capitalist exploitation. Today, conservation is still a pretext to dispossess local communities for imperialist expansion and capitalist development.

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