Archive for January 2017

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. Coming up: There’s a new version of the Reparations bill that John Conyers introduces in Congress every year; TPP is finally dead, but NAFTA is still remains among the UN-dead, like Dracula; and, a veteran Black activist in Greenville, South Carolina, makes her case against police impunity.

But first, February 1 st is the kick-off of a national push to establish a single payer health care system by allowing everyone to join the Medicare program. The campaign is called “Health Over Profit for Everyone,” or HOPE. For decades, polls have shown that large majorities of Americans support single payer health care. Dr. Margaret Flowers, a pediatrician and veteran political activist, says single payer takes on even greater urgency with the dismantling of Obamacare.

Every year since 1989, Detroit Black Congressman John Conyers has introduced his bill on Reparations for Black Americans. This year, the bill has been updated. Kamm Howard, chairman of the Legislative Committee of ’COBRA, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, helped Conyers’ staff write the new version of the bill, HR. 40.

TPP, the Trans Pacific Partnership, President Obama’s so-called free trade bill, is finally dead. President Trump signed the papers killing the measure, last week. However, Lori Wallach, director of Global Trade Watch for Public Citizen, warns that NAFTA and other corporate trade schemes are still very much alive.

Efia Nwangazq is director of the Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination, in Greenville, South Carolina, and a leader of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network in that state. The veteran activist thought she’d be going on trial, last week, for blocking traffic, more than two years ago, in protest against the decision by a grand jury not to indict the cop that killed Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. However, Greenville authorities dropped the charges the day before her trial, depriving Nwangaza of the opportunity to put on a political defense – which she had looked forward to doing. Nwangaza wanted to show a jury why it is necessary to fight against police impunity – and also to make the case that Greenville, South Carolina is not the kind of town it pretends to be.

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. Coming up: The chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition explains what keeps the various groups in the coalition together; a new Poor People’s Campaign attempts to mobilize against global economic inequalities; and, Why are Black teachers disappearing from the classrooms in New York City? 

There was more active opposition to Donald Trump’s inauguration than, perhaps, to any president since the Civil War. In his inaugural address, Donald Trump tried to frame himself as a champion of the little. We spoke with Ajamu Baraka, who ran for vice president on the Green Party ticket.

Lot’s of groups went to Washington to demonstrate in the week before the inauguration. Most were opposed to, or in support of, Donald Trump. However, one organization -- the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations – rallied at Howard University for a very different reason. According to chairman Omali Yeshitela, two points of political unity keep the various groups in the Coalition together: their commitment to Black self-determination, and their opposition to U.S. imperialism.

Almost 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign was interrupted by his assassination, and the campaign never managed to get back on its feet. However, a range of organizations has banded together for a 21 st campaign against global economic injustice. Willie Baptist is a veteran of the welfare and housing rights movements, and is currently and organizer with the Kairos Center, at New York’s Union Theological Center. He talks about the current Poor People’s Campaign.

A leading Afro-Colombian political activist and her partner have been assassinated, as violence escalates against Black people seeking to defend their land in that South American nation. Emilsen Manyoma was a leader of CONPAZ, Communities Building Peace in the Territories. She was beheaded, it is assumed by right-wing paramilities that have stepped up their terror in the wake of a peace deal between leftist guerillas and the government. Charo Mina Rojas is also an Afro-Colombian political activist. She spoke about Ms. Manyoma’s assassination.

Sean Ahern is an activist teacher in New York City. Ahearn teaches incarcerated young people at the Rikers Island jail. He’s urging fellow union members to examine the reasons why Black and Latino teachers are disappearing from the city’s classrooms – and to do something about it.

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. Coming up: Dr. Anthony Monteiro says the U.S. political and economic system is coming apart at the seams, with the ruling class fighting among itself -- and that’s one reason the Democrats seem to have gone crazy over the imagined Russian threat. We’ll talk with Dr. Monteiro about the Democrats’ disarray, and the larger crisis of capitalism.

We’ll present some remarks by Paul Street, the activist,author and educator who’s been a long-time critic of Barack Obama. Paul Street pegged Obama, early on, as a profoundly conservative politician. Street recently spoke at the Open University of the Left, in his home town of Chicago. He talked about why the Democrats and their allies in the intelligence services are trying to destabilize the Donald Trump presidency before he’s even sworn in to office.

Back in October and early November, when almost everyone else was predicting a landslide victory for Hillary Clinton, political activist and educator Dr. Anthony Monteiro was saying Donald Trump stood a real chance of winning the White House. Dr. Monteiro is a Duboisian Scholar, and a member of the Black Radical Organizing Committee, in Philadelphia. We asked him why the Democrats are attacking the incoming Trump administration from the Right, and blaming the Russians and domestic critics for Hillary Clinton’s defeat.

The New Year brings little in the way of improvement to the lives of the 2.3 million Americans in prison – the largest gulag in the world. Political prisoners like Khalfani Malik Khaldun, at Indiana’s Wabash Valley State prison, are under constant pressure, as he explains for Prison Radio.

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. Coming up: The Green Party wrestles with ways to make itself a more effective opposition to the domination of the two corporate parties; a judge orders the state of Pennsylvania to cure Mumia Abu Jamal’s Hepatitis C infection; and, another political prisoner, Rev. Edward Pinkney, speaks out from behind bars in Michigan.

But first – the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations will hold a rally at Freedom Plaza, on Pennsylvania Avenue, in Washington, DC, this Saturday. Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela says the event is NOT about Trump – it’s about Black self-determination.

The Green Party is taking a long, hard look at itself, examining why it polled only about one percent of the vote in the November election. Dr. Margaret Flowers was a Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate from Maryland. Last week, she hosted a telephone call-in of party members from around the country. Bruce Dixon, a co-chairman of the Green Party in Georgia, and also managing editor of Black Agenda Report, presented a proposal to make the party a dues-paying organization, with officers that are accountable to the membership.

A federal judge last week ordered the Pennsylvania prison system to begin administering a cure for political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal’s Hepatitis C infection. Mumia is one of an estimated 5,000 Pennsylvania inmates suffering from the potentially life-threatening virus, but the state refuses to treat prisoners until they are at death’s door. BAR producer Kyle Fraser spoke with Bob Boyle, a member of Abu Jamal’s legal team.

Rev. Edward Pinkney is also locked up for political reasons – doing his second stint in prison as a result of his long fight against the Whirlpool Corporation, which dominates the political life of mostly Black Benton Harbor, Michigan.

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. I’m Nellie Bailey.

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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. Coming up: Tens of thousands of Haitians remain in the streets protesting yet another rigged election by the foreign occupiers of that country; tensions increase in Milwaukee between police and the Revolutionary Black Panther Party: and, after eight years of Obama, all the Hope and Change has turned out to be Hype and a lower standard of living for Black and poor people.

But first -- when Donald Trump said, “Let there be an arms race,” it cause quite a stir. However, President Obama has set the U.S. on a course for a unilateral trillion dollar upgrade of nuclear weapons. We spoke with Sara Flounders, of UNAC, the United National Anti-War Coalition.

Tens of thousands of Haitians have held nearly daily demonstrations for more than a month, rejecting the results of their country’s latest presidential election. Jovenal Moise, a protégé of former Haitian president Michel “Sweet  Mickey” Martelly, who was installed six years ago largely through the machinations of then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is purported to have received 55 percent of the vote, in four-way race. All of the major Haitian parties charge the November election was rigged, just like every other Haitian election since the U.S. backed coup in 2004. Daoud Andre is a Haitian community activist and radio program host, based in Brooklyn, New York. He says nobody believes the U.S.-backed candidate won a majority of the vote.

The clock is ticking away the remaining days of Barack Obama’s time in the White House. Counterpunch Radio host Eric Draitser invited two of BAR’s favorite people to discuss the Obama presidency. Pascal Robert is a frequent contributor to Black Agenda Report. Yvette Carnell hosts the influential web site, “Breaking Brown.” She spoke first.

Tensions were high, last week, in Milwaukee, where police disrupted a community feeding event organized by a chapter of the Revolutionary Black Panther Party. Black parents say the cops struck a 10-year- old girl in the face. Dr. Alli Muhammad, the Chief General Commander of the Revolutionary Black Panther Party, says the cops in Milwaukee were angry over an an armed demonstration by the Party, a week before.

The nation’s best known political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal, a former member of the original Black Panther Party, has a New Years message from Prison Radio. It’s about the “Magic of Black Music.”

 

Radio Close: 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. I’m Nellie Bailey.

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