Archive for October 2016

Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. Coming up: former Black Panthers celebrated the party’s 50 anniversary, in Oakland, California, where it all began; and, a Haitian political activist says Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, is the greater evil of the 2016 U.S. presidential contest. But first, It’s been 20 years since the start of the genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a bloodbath that continues, provoked, according to United Nations reports, by U.S. allies in neighboring Rwanda and Uganda. The Friends of Congo noted the 20th anniversary of the genocide with an all-day teaching session in New York City. One of the speakers was Nita Evele, of the Congo Global Action Coalition. Hundreds of former members of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense gathered in Oakland, California, to mark the organization’s 50 th anniversary. The event saw four days of intense discussion on the burning issues that confront today’s Black liberation movement. The weekend also marked the 80th birthday of former Black Panther Party chairman and co-founder Bobby Seale, who was roasted and honored. Seale said, from the very beginning, he just wanted to put more Black people in elected office. If you are from Haiti, Bill and Hillary Clinton may look like the greater evils of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Haitian community political activist Daoud Andre led a protest against New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose office has been investigating Donald Trump’s charitable organization. Andre says Schneiderman is showing his political bias by leaving Bill and Hillary Clinton’s multi-billion dollar, global fund-raising empire untouched.And that it’s for this edition of Black Agenda Radio. Be sure to visit us at BlackAgendaReport.com, where you’ll find a new and provocative issue, each Wednesday. That’s www.BlackAgendaReport.com. It’s the place for news, commentary and analysis, from the Black Left.
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This is Black Agenda Radio, a weekly hour of African American political thought and action. Hillary Clinton’s supporters having been whipping up a hysteria, claiming that Donald Trump is such a dangerous fascist, that progressives cannot afford to vote their consciences and support Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, of the Green Party. But Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford told activists of the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, in Atlanta, last week, that the world may not survive a Hillary Clinton in the White House. Ford said Clinton’s proposed “no fly” zone over Syria would lead almost immediately to a war between the United States and Russia, the world’s two nuclear super- powers. And, Glen Ford said Donald Trump isn’t the only candidate with fascist tendencies.The United States claims it is the premiere democracy on the planet, but this country has the lowest voter turnout in the industrialized world. Part of the reason is the U.S. practice of denying the vote to people with felony records. A new study by the Sentencing Project, in Washington, shows that six million Americans have been disenfranchised because of criminal records. According to the Sentencing Project executive director Marc Mauer, only the United States treats ex-felons like non-citizens. Be sure to visit us at BlackAgendaReport.com, where you’ll find a new and provocative issue, each Wednesday. That’s www.BlackAgendaReport.com. It’s the place for news, commentary and analysis, from the Black Left. 
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Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective.

A report by a United Nations panel indicted the United States 

for its history of “racial terrorism and inequality” and reaffirmed the need for 

reparations for African Americans. We spoke with Kamm Howard, of N-COBRA, 

the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America.

Nobody but Democrats and Republicans is allowed to take part in the nationally televised presidential and vice presidential debates. However, Democracy Now has been presenting “Expanded Debates” that allowed Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka to answer the same questions posed to the major party candidates. Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine were essentially in agreement about the conflict in Syria, both advocating for a “no fly zone” that could put the U.S. at war with Russia at any moment. Ajamu Baraka says the Democrats and Republicans are on a path towards global destruction.

Donald Trumps endless embarrassments make it less and less likely that he will become President of the United States. However, lots of people that claim to be progressives say they have no choice but to support Hillary Clinton because Trump will bring about a fascist regime in this country. Paul Street, the  historian and political analyst, isn’t buying that argument. He says the Democrats are engaged in scare-mongering.

Nate Parker’s film, “Birth of a Nation,” about Nat Turner’s 1831 rebellion against slavery, has been getting mixed reviews. Perhaps the movie’s biggest flaw is its failure to show Nat Turner as a revolutionary organizer. For that kind of information, we thought it was a good idea to present part of a speech, delivered this summer, by Dr. Melvin Peters, an associate professor of African American Studies at Eastern Michigan University.

By a slim margin, a deal to end Colombia’s half-century long war between the government and FARC guerillas was defeated in a referendum at the polls, earlier this month. Colombians of African descent and indigenous people have suffered most from the conflict, which has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced more than five million people from their homes. Mina- Rojas was disappointed with the vote, but not surprised.

Be sure to visit us at BlackAgendaReport.com, where you’ll find a new and provocative issue, each Wednesday. That’s www.BlackAgendaReport.com. It’s the place for news, commentary and analysis, from the Black Left.
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Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. 

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton argued for 90 minutes at week’s presidential debate, but very little emerged in terms of concrete policy proposals. Trump and Clinton clashed over police stop-and- frisk policies, which were ruled unconstitutional as practiced in New York City. Trump said the country needs more stop-and- frisk. Clinton said it was an “ineffective” way to fight crime. For those who are not schooled in the law and the history of stop-and- frisk, the whole exchange might have seemed murky. So, we spoke with Chip Gibbons, the policy and legislative counsel for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

World War Three could start at any moment in Syria, where U.S. and Russian forces are arrayed on opposite sides of the battlefield. The Russian military is in Syria at the invitation of that country’s government. The U.S. is supporting Islamic jihadists, and last month killed 62 Syrian government soldiers that were under attack by ISIS. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has long pushed for a “no fly zone” over Syria – although she didn’t bring up the idea in last week’s debate with Donald Trump. The Green Party has been frozen  out of the televised debates. Ajamu Baraka, the Green Party’s vice presidential candidate, says peace wouldn’t stand much of a chance with Clinton in the White House.

While Trump and Clinton were debating each other at Hofstra University, in New York, Jitu Brown was among the protesters demonstrating outside. Brown is a leader of the Journey for Justice Alliance, made up of 40,000m activists in community organizations in 24 cities across the country. The Alliance demands “comprehensive equality” in education, and a national moratorium on charter schools.Journey for Justice Alliance, 40,000 active members of community organizations in 24 cities around the country. He was among the protesters at last week’s debate. The Journey for Justice Alliance platform demands a national moratorium on charters schools.
 
And that it’s for this edition of Black Agenda Radio. Be sure to visit us at BlackAgendaReport.com, where you’ll find a new and provocative issue, each Wednesday. That’s www.BlackAgendaReport.com. It’s the place for news, commentary and analysis, from the Black Left.

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