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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: A new report on mass incarceration in the United States, this time focusing on the 160-thousand men and women who are serving life sentences behind bars; Mumia Abu Jamal speaks with Eddie Africa, the Move activist who has been a prisoner of the State of Pennsylvania for 38 years; and New York City organizers launch a Campaign for Community Control Over the Police. 

Donald Trump’s ban on visitors and refugees from seven mostly Muslim countries sparked protests all across the country, last week, including in Columbia, South Carolina. Black activist and author Kevin Alexander Gray was one of the organizers of the Columbia protest.

The Sentencing Project, in Washington, DC, has released a new study on the rapidly aging U.S. prison population, which now includes160,000 people serving life sentences. The report is titled, “Delaying a Second Chance: The Declining Prospects for Parole on Life Sentences.” Researcher Nazgol Ghandnoosh is one of the authors of the study. The overall U.S. prison population has decreased somewhat in recent years, but the number of men and women serving life sentences continues to go up. We asked Ghandnoosh why that’s happening.

Kerry “Shakaboona” Marshall has been incarcerated in Pennsylvania for more than 25 years, serving a life sentence for a crime committed when he was a juvenile. Marshall is edits a magazine behind the bars, at Rockview prison, and is a correspondent with Prison Radio. Marshall’s editor on the outside, Noelle Hanrahan, had trouble contacting him for several weeks, because the prison was on lockdown. Marshall explained why he was out of touch.

The nation’s best known political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal, is also locked up in Pennsylvania. Abu Jamal’s commentaries on Prison Radio have a worldwide following. This week, he has a conversation with another, but lesser known, political prisoner, Eddie Africa, who has been behind bars for 38 years.

A coalition of 26 anti-police terror organizations in New York City has launched a Campaign for Community Control Over the Police. The coalition plans a series of community organizing meetings, beginning on February 18 th . Black Agenda Radio producer Kyle Spencer spoke with Brother “Shep” Olugbala, chairman of the campaign’s outreach committee.

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: 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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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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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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