Archive for July 2011

Guest Commentary by:

Dorsey Nunn, director of the non-profit organization Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, also an ex-inmate. Says the goal of the people who run the prisons is not to gather evidence on crime or to improve security; it’s to psychologically destroy the individual.

Christian Parenti, journalist and author, “Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.” To understand the disaster in the Horn of Africa, one must know something about the history of the region.

Kevin Alexander Gray - Activist and writer, based in Columbia, South Carolina. On Obama’s quest for a “Big Deal” with the Republicans.

Doug Henwood, Editor of Left Business Observer. Why are hedge funds so interested in charter schools?

Efia Nwangaza, Black Is Back Coalition. Obama says the United States is not at war with Libya.

Ben Manski, one of the Liberty Tree Foundation, one of the organizers of the Democracy Convention, August 24 to 28 in Madison, Wisconsin. What’s different about this gathering?

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Comments today from : 1. CliveYoung - Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition 2. DonnaSmith - National Nurses United. The union is pushing for a tax on Wall Street stock trading, instead of cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Says it’s a no brainer. 3. Tonya Ward Jordan - Coalition4Change, a grassroots organization for Black federal government employees. Coalition has noted a marked increase in complaints of racial discrimination in the federal workforce – up 4 percent in 2010. 4. Sabrina Shupe - Educators and supporters of public education from around the country will converge on Washington, DC, on July 30, for a rally and march to “Save Our Schools.” Former teacher Sabrina Stevens Shupe says high stakes testing and assaults on teachers are a clear and present danger to American public schooling. 5. Sikivu Hutchinson - The same anti-abortion forces that put up posters targeting African Americans, declaring that the most dangerous place for a Black baby is the womb, have launched a similar campaign among Latinos. Sikivu Hutchinson, a frequent Black Agenda Report contributor, has followed those developments closely. 6. David Cobb - On August 24, a convention on and about democracy will be convened in Madison, Wisconsin. The event, which is billed as the first national democracy convention, will include no less than nine mini-conventions on subjects such as Economic Democracy, Media Democracy and Education for Democracy. David Cobb is one of the organizers. He says the convention is designed to attract the widest constituencies for radical change.

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Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, analysis and commentary from a Black Left perspective.

Today commentary by great guests like:

David Swanson, peace activist and publisher of the influential web site War Is A Crime.

Joyce Schon, of BAMN’s Equal Opportunity Now Caucus of the NEA and AFT.

George Washington, who argued the winning case for Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (BAMN.)

Tom Stephens an attorney and activist in Detroit.

Andy Kroll, an investigative journalist in Washington, DC. Wrote an article titled “Racism is at the Root of the Black/White Jobs Gap.” What it all finally boils down to, is racism.

Ed Mead, publisher of Prison Focus, former inmate. Explain “SHU”

Eligah “Ricky” Byrd created the documentary “Byrd: The Life and Tragic Death of James Byrd.” Dragged behind truck by chain in June, 1998.

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Comments today from : 1. CliveYoung - Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition 2. DonnaSmith - National Nurses United. The union is pushing for a tax on Wall Street stock trading, instead of cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Says it’s a no brainer. 3. Tonya Ward Jordan - Coalition4Change, a grassroots organization for Black federal government employees. Coalition has noted a marked increase in complaints of racial discrimination in the federal workforce – up 4 percent in 2010. 4. Sabrina Shupe - Educators and supporters of public education from around the country will converge on Washington, DC, on July 30, for a rally and march to “Save Our Schools.” Former teacher Sabrina Stevens Shupe says high stakes testing and assaults on teachers are a clear and present danger to American public schooling. 5. Sikivu Hutchinson - The same anti-abortion forces that put up posters targeting African Americans, declaring that the most dangerous place for a Black baby is the womb, have launched a similar campaign among Latinos. Sikivu Hutchinson, a frequent Black Agenda Report contributor, has followed those developments closely. 6. David Cobb - On August 24, a convention on and about democracy will be convened in Madison, Wisconsin. The event, which is billed as the first national democracy convention, will include no less than nine mini-conventions on subjects such as Economic Democracy, Media Democracy and Education for Democracy. David Cobb is one of the organizers. He says the convention is designed to attract the widest constituencies for radical change.

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