Archive for December 2016

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The Democrats continue to blame their loss in November on the Russians, and have whipped up a new McCarthyism and a war fever of the kind that used to be peculiar to Republicans. It’s not a pretty sight. We spoke with Dr. Margaret Flowers, who ran for the U.S. Senate from Maryland on the Green Party ticket. 

Police reform activist Robert Gangi is considering a run for mayor of New York City, to challenge the “Broken Windows” policing policies adopted by supposedly liberal Mayor Bill Deblasio. Robert Gangi is director of PROP, the Police Reform Organizing Project. He’s been sending teams of young investigators and activists into the city’s courts to document what actually happens to New Yorker caught in the jaws of the criminal justice system. Gangi says that, frankly, most cause that come into the courts are “crap.”

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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Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. I’m Glen Ford, along with my co-host, Nellie Bailey.

For more than half a century, criminal justice reform advocates have pushed for community review boards to investigate and punish police brutality. It’s commonly accepted that these review board are toothless unless they have the power to subpoena witnesses. However, police unions are seeking a court injunction against Newark, New Jersey’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, established by Black Mayor Ras Baraka. The People’s Organization for Progress, POP, has a seat on the Review Board. POP chairman Larry Hamm isn’t surprised that the cops want to shut the board down.

Street protests continue, in Haiti, where all three of the nation’s largest parties charge yet another election has been rigged. The U.S.-backed candidate, Jovenel Moise, supposedly won a phenomenal 55 percent of the vote, while Maryse Narcisse, the candidate of Fanmi Lavalas, the party of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide, was allocated less than 10 percent of the vote. Observers point out that, if Moise was so popular, his supporters should be dancing in the streets. But instead, the streets are full of protesters. Pierre Labossier, of the Haiti Action Committee, has just returned from Haiti. We asked him what he thought about Moise being given 55 percent of the vote. 

The people of East Aleppp, in Syria, have finally been liberated after four years of occupation by U.S.-backed Islamic Jihadists. Fares Shehabi is an independent member of the Syrian parliament, from Aleppo. He’s also head of the Syrian Chamber of Industry. Shehabi was interview by Patrick Hinningson, of the “Sunday Wire” program on Alternate Current Radio. Shehabi has been greeting his countrymen recently freed from the jihadists.

Last month, at the Schomburg Center in New York’s Harlem, MOVE activist Ramona Africa appeared on a program organized by Inside the Activists Studio. Ramona Africa is a survivor of the mass incarceration and killing of MOVE members by Philadelphia Police. Robyn Spencer is one of the organizers of Inside the Activists Studio. Spencer was interviewed by Black Agenda Report producer Kyle Fraser.

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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Ajamu Baraka, who ran for vice president on the Green Party ticket, was a featured speaker at a conference of Southern Human Rights Organizers, in Jackson, Mississippi. Baraka was a co-founder of the U.S. Human Rights Network. He believes that progressive voters were too scared of Donald Trump to give the Greens a try.

Bruce Dixon, the Managing Editor of Black Agenda Report, is also a co-chair of the Georgia chapter of the Green Party. Dixon was recently interviewed by Ann Garrison, on Pacifica Radio station KPFA, in Berkeley, California. He was asked, Why is Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein forcing a recount of the vote in three Midwestern states?

The Democratic Party seems to have gone Russia-crazy, blaming the Kremlin for Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump, and smearing web sites that don’t toe the U.S. line on foreign policy as dupes of the Russians – including Black Agenda Report. We spoke with veteran anti-war activist David Swanson, publisher of the influential web site “War Is A Crime.”

The Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations is mobilizing for a rally in the nation’s capital, next month. While other groups will be expressing their anger at, or support for, Donald Trump, Black is Back Chairman Omali Yeshitela says the Coalition will gather to demand Black Self- Determination, on January 14 th.

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

President Donald Trump’s administration will not look anything like the picture painted by candidate Trump, who railed against the influence of corporations and special interests. A news study by the advocacy group Public Interest shows that 70 percent of the people on Trump’s transition team are affiliated with corporations. Former Goldman Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin has been nominated for Secretary of State. But, the Barack Obama and Bill Clinton administrations were also top-heavy with Wall Street bankers. We asked Rick Claypool, research director for Public Citizen, why should the Trump administration be any different? 

In Philadelphia, activists will gather for a conference, December 9 and 10, aimed at bringing a more rigorous scientific analysis to the struggle for social justice. Nandita Chaturvedi is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, and an organizer of the conference on Revolutionary Science for Radical Times.

Back in April of this year, an army of police descended on a neighborhood in The Bronx, in New York City, and arrested 120 young men on conspiracy to commit a wide range of crimes. It was the largest police sweep in New York City history, even bigger than a similar roundup, two years ago, that dragged 103 young people in Harlem to prison. Both sweeps were centered on public housing projects. Paula is the mother of a teenager swept up in this year’s police raid in The Bronx. She chose not to use her last name, in fear of police retaliation against her son.

The Syrian government, with the help of Russia and other allies, seems on the verge of winning back control of Aleppo, its biggest city, much to the onsternation of the United States, which has for years armed and financed Islamic Jihadist fighters. Black Agenda Report editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley is an activist with the United National Anti-War Coalition, and part of the Hands Off Syria Coalition. She spoke at a Coalition gathering in New York City, last week.

In Washington, last week, the anti-war group Code Pink held a two-day People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War, as a step towards making the United States accountable for its aggression against that country. The Tribunal was covered, live, for two days by The Real News Network. One of those who testified was Michael Sampson, a Florida native and co-founder of the Dream Defenders and now a labor organizer in the Washington area.

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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