Black Agenda Report 29 June 2022

Wednesday, 29 June, 2022 — Black Agenda Report

Democrats Exposed By the End of Roe v. Wade
Margaret Kimberley
The full extent of Democratic Party treachery was exposed when the Roe v. Wade decision was overturned. Only right wing Americans have any expectation of getting what they want from the electoral process.

SPEECH: Revolution: It’s Not Easy, Quick, or Pretty, Pat Parker, 1980
Editors, Black Agenda Review
A 1980 speech by Black lesbian poet and activist Pat Parker provides a feminist, anti-imperialist blueprint for the present.

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Black Agenda Report 22 June 2022

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 — Black Agenda Report

The January 6th Scam
Margaret Kimberley
Democrats are using the hearings investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol as one long campaign commercial. They believe that saying the name Trump often enough will inspire disappointed and angry people to vote for them despite their lies and failures.

INTERVIEW: Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer by Jack O’Dell, 1965
Editors, The Black Agenda Review
A 1965 Freedomways interview with Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer provides an unvarnished and unsentimental portrait of Mississippi – and of the tasks of the Freedom Movement.

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Black Agenda Report 15 June 2022

Thursday, 15 June 2022 — Black Agenda Report

The Problem with Juneteenth
Margaret Kimberley
Juneteenth was a people’s holiday with deep meaning for the descendants of enslaved people. But the declaration of an official federal holiday has turned it into an opportunity for corporate exploiters and cynical politicians to show pretend concern for Black  people. At best Juneteenth provides a history lesson and an opportunity for much needed political education.

EXCERPT: On the Pan-American Congress, José Martí, 1889
Editors, The Black Agenda Review
José Martí’s account of the 1889 Pan-American Congress offers lessons for last week’s failed Summit of the Americas.

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Black Agenda Report 8 June 2022

Wednesday, 8 June 2022 — — Black Agenda Report

Black Agenda Report
June 8, 2022

U.S. Effort to Hurt Russia Undermines Itself and the World
Margaret Kimberley
The U.S. drive to dominate creates self-inflicted wounds and self-imposed crises. It also creates suffering around the world with only the most servile vassal states willing to do what Washington wants. 

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Black Agenda Report 1 June 2022

Wednesday, 1 June 2022 — Black Agenda Report

Mass Shootings, Empire, and Racist, Copaganda Dog Whistles
Margaret Kimberley
The anger and grief after mass shootings are followed by lies and pretense that violence here is somehow mysterious. Political leaders advocate state violence all the time, calling for new victims to be created here and around the world.

DOCUMENT: Resolutions Passed by the Fourth Pan-African Congress, New York City, 1927
Editors, The Black Agenda Review
The Fourth Pan-African Congress held in New York in 1927 was the first held in the Americas, and the first organized by women.

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Black Agenda Report 18 May 2022

Wednesday, 18 May, 2022 —Black Agenda Report

Liberals Drive State Censorship
Margaret Kimberley
Liberals are the force behind censorship efforts. They defend the state and seek to silence anyone who questions its narratives.

The New White Supremacist Consensus Part Two: Shootings in Buffalo Solidify the Consensus
Ajamu Baraka
The latest mass shooter in Buffalo, New York was clearly a racist, and identified with Ukrainian and other neo-Nazis. But white supremacy has a stronger hold on European and U.S. society than is commonly acknowledged. The avowed racist is not the only problem.

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Black Agenda Report 3 May 2022

Tuesday, 3 May 2022 — Black Agenda Report

The Poor Peoples Campaign Dishonors Martin Luther King
Margaret Kimberley
It is disheartening to hear movement leaders say they are inspired by Martin Luther King while also supporting the U.S. proxy war against Russia. Like all wars it endangers the lives of civilian populations, enriches the military industrial complex, and robs Americans of public resources. Once King chose an anti-war stance he did not waiver in his condemnations of U.S. empire.

The Poor People’s Campaign and the Moral Dilemma of Liberalism
Ajamu Baraka
The demands for justice at home and abroad must not be sacrificed on the altar of what is called pragmatism. The false choices presented by liberalism can undermine the movement altogether.

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Black Agenda Report 6 April 2022

Wednesday, 6 April 2022 — — Black Agenda Report

Black Political Distraction
Margaret Kimberley
Having a new Black SCOTUS justice or bringing Barack Obama out of retirement for a photo opportunity won’t raise Joe Biden’s poll numbers or stave off defeat in the mid-term elections. Only fulfilling campaign promises and giving the people what they need will help Biden and the democrats.

DOCUMENT: Covert Action Exploitation of Cuban Involvement in Angola, 1977
Editors, Black Agenda Review
A declassified CIA document outlining their strategies for covert action in Angola in the 1970s offers lessons for the present.

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Black Agenda Report 30 March 2022

Wednesday, 30 March 2022 — — Black Agenda Report

Biden Means What He Says
Margaret Kimberley
Joe Biden may appear to be a confused old man when he blurts out whatever comes to mind.  But his outbursts shouldn’t be ignored. They always reveal his plans.

Ukraine: The Afghanistan Model for the Consolidation of the Global White Supremacist Movement
Ajamu Baraka
The Biden administration is dusting off the same playbook that gave arms and money to jihadists in Afghanistan and Syria. Now the beneficiaries of American foreign policy largesse are white supremacists from around the world who have made their way to Ukraine.

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Black Agenda Report 9 March 2022

Wednesday, 9 March 2022 — Black Agenda Report

In Praise of “Whataboutism”
The word “whataboutism” is used to silence and insult opponents of U.S. imperialism. It should be embraced as a means of revealing what is too often kept hidden.

Musings from the Margins
U.S. determination to be the world’s hegemon created the crisis in Ukraine. The impacts are felt by working people in this country, who must look outside for solidarity and leadership as they struggle in a political system that offers them no representation.

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Black Agenda Report 2 March 2022

Wednesday, 2 March 2022 — Black Agenda Report

Ukraine: Black Agenda Report Special Issue
This issue of Black Agenda Report gives special attention to events in Ukraine.

Ukraine Exposes White Supremacist Foreign Policy
White supremacy is at the heart of US war propaganda. The exhortation to “stand with Ukraine” is no exception to this rule.

DOCUMENT: Of the Culture of White Folk, W. E. B. Du Bois, 1917
As the European-initiated World War I raged, W. E. B. DuBois reminded us about the destructive nature of the “culture of white folk.” It is a reminder sorely needed today.

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Black Agenda Report 18 February 2022

Friday, 18 February 2022 — Black Agenda Report

Terrell Starr and Black Support of Imperialism
Black Agenda Report’s analysis of the US instigated crisis in Ukraine makes clear that imperialism is the source of turmoil in that country. The US role in heightening tensions must be exposed and the servants of US empire must be exposed as well.

DOCUMENT: Articles of Pacification with the Maroons of Trelawny Town, Concluded March the First, 1738
The history of the Maroons of Jamaica’s Cockpit Country is a story of the difficulties of Black sovereignty and autonomy in an imperial world.

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Black Agenda Report 11 February 2022

Friday, 11 February 2022 — Black Agenda Report

Eric Adams’ Black on Black Crime
The mass incarceration state was built to lock up as many Black people as possible and discussion of even modest reforms is shut down. Such was the case in New York where the mayor and police commissioner smeared Manhattan’s district attorney, forcing him to backtrack on his campaign promise of reducing the number of prison sentences. The Black face rises to the high place because of adherence to white supremacist ideology.

SPEECH: (Re)Centring African Epistemologies: An Intellectual Journey, Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí, 2021.
Nigerian scholar Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí’s speech upon acceptance of the African Studies Association’s Distinguished Africanist Award offers an important reminder of the role of racist and sexist hierarchy in the organization of knowledge of Africa.

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Black Agenda Report 3 February 2022

Thursday, 3 February 2022 — Black Agenda Report

The U.S. Black Political Class and War
What passes for leadership is always a joke played upon Black people. The high water mark of the CBC being the “conscience of the congress” is long gone. No one can look to them on the issue of Ukraine or anything else. The people must restore the historical Black radical consensus as a matter of survival.

Crisis or Confusion? A Brief Guide for Black Folk on the Situation in Ukraine
African people are already battling against U.S. rightist forces – from the Trump/Republican supporters to the warmongering neoliberal democrats. It would be an affront to our history and people to enter this struggle on the side of empire and NATO.

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Black Agenda Report 27 January 2022

Thursday, 27 January 2022 — Black Agenda Report

Ukraine and U.S. War Propaganda
The 2014 U.S. sponsored coup against the elected government of Ukraine must be the starting point for any discussion of the current crisis. That crisis has been manufactured by Joe Biden, who was the Obama administration point person in using Ukraine as a means of destabilizing Russia.

MANIFESTO: The 1959 Pan Africanist Manifesto
The Pan African Congress of Azania’s 1959 Manifesto provides a radical blueprint for African self-determination.

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Black Agenda Report January 19, 2022 – One Year of the Biden Administration

Thursday, 20 January 2022 — Black Agenda Report

On the Biden Plantation
The idea that Joe Biden would provide harm reduction was created to help the unpopular candidate secure an electoral victory. The reality is a litany of lies and certain defeat for democrats at the polls. There is no harm reduction in a system dedicated to neo-liberalism and austerity.

SPEECH: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., All Labor Has Dignity, March 18, 1968
Martin Luther King was assassinated when he supported Black workers on strike in Memphis, Tennessee. Weeks earlier he spoke of the need for systemic change that would treat all workers with dignity and fairness.

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Black Agenda Report Thursday, 13 January 2022

Thursday, 13 January 2022 — Black Agenda Report

Nicaragua in the Multipolar World
The U.S. regime change effort in Nicaragua has failed. The people are determined to assert their rights of self-determination and the U.S. is not the only player on the world stage.

Black Alliance for Peace Condemns the Policies of the U.S./EU/NATO Axis of Domination in Ukraine
The Ukraine crisis began in Washington, not in Moscow. The Obama/Biden regime change plot against an elected Ukrainian president reverberates to this day. International law must be followed if a dangerous situation is to be averted.

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Black Agenda Report 5 January 2022

5 January 2022 — Black Agenda Report

Covid Fueled by Neoliberal Austerity
The neo-liberal austerity model of governance ensures that Covid-19 will continue spreading and producing new variants. Only people focused public health remedies will end the pandemic.

Ukraine: What Does It Have to Do with Black Folks?
“…it is imperative that everyone, in particular Black and working-class people, understand that not having an awareness of the interconnections of the “grind” (the struggle to survive in the U.S.) and U.S. white supremacist, imperialist policies, and not being prepared to commit to altering those power relations, ensures that the conditions will persist that translates into suffering and even death for the colonized, the working classes, the oppressed, and all of global humanity”

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Black Agenda Report 8 December 2021

8 December, 2021 — Black Agenda Report

Democratic Party Betrayal, Abortion, and the Supreme Court
Democrats have been fooled into thinking that only the courts can protect abortion rights. In fact, legislation could protect abortion permanently, but their party has refused to do that. Now that SCOTUS control is lost because of their corruption and betrayals, they continue to spin lies that bamboozle the party faithful.

People Centered Human Rights and the Black Radical Tradition
The West’s fiction of “human rights” has been weaponized by neoliberals to rationalize naked imperialist interventions. But if human rights are to have any relevance for the oppressed, they must be “de-colonized” and given meaning by the oppressed themselves: a People(s)-Centered Human Rights (PCHR).

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Black Agenda Report 1 December 2021

1 December, 2021 —  — Black Agenda Report

The Black Agenda” 
Glen Ford
Black politics are key to recognizing the most important social dynamics of the United States. Over the past forty years, no commentator has been as deeply insightful about the paradoxes and personalities of Black American public life as the late journalist and radio host Glen Ford.
In this stunning overview, Ford draws from his work for Black Agenda Report, one of the most incisive and perceptive publications of the progressive left, to examine competing struggles for class power and identity in the Black movement. 

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