Archive for September 2016

Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. the national prison strike that began on September 9, continues, although the corporate media has almost completely ignored the story. Pastor Kenneth Glascow is the chief spokesman, on the outside, for the Free Alabama Movement, which spearheaded the strike. Glascow says the revolt against slave labor behind the bars began in Alabama’s Holman Prison. The Obama administration has spent billions of dollars waging a proxy war against the government of Syria, in a conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and now threatens to ignite a war with Russia. Two weeks ago, U.S warplanes attacked a Syrian military base, killing over 60 government soldiers who were fighting the Islamic State. We spoke with Duboisian scholar and veteran political activist Dr. Anthony Monteiro, and asked if he believed Washington’s claim that the bombing was a mistake.The Uhuru Movement held its annual conference in Ferguson, Missouri, this month. Kalambayi Andenet is president of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement. She says the liberation movement must be based among the same people that it wants to set free.The International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement is part of the African People’s Socialist Party, led by Omali Yeshitela. He said the current movement is a continuation of the struggle that began 600 years ago, with the European assault on Africa. In recent months, the one-party ethnic dictatorship in Ethiopia has killed hundreds of protesters from the Amhara and Oromo groups. Ethiopia is a main U.S. ally in Africa, despite its horrific human rights record. Tsigereda Mulugeta is the U.S. based vice president of the Ethiopian People’s Congress of Struggle, or SHENGO. And that it’s for this edition of Black Agenda Radio. Be sure to visit us at, where you’ll find a new and provocative issue, each Wednesday. That’s It’s the place for news, commentary and analysis, from the Black Left.
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: Black Youth 100 take their legislative demands to the U.S. Capital, in Washington, The Uhuru Movement celebrates a 25 th anniversary, in Ferguson, Missouri, and, the U.S. Justice Department continues its near-perfect record of refusing to indict cops in the killing of unnamed Black people. But First professional football player Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to honor the U.S. flag and national anthem has reignited a discussion of the historical relationship between Black people and the U.S. government, past and present. Dr. Gerald Horne is a professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, and probably the nation’s most prolific writer on the subject of Black folk’s loyalties – and opposition to – the United States, since Colonial times. Dr. Horne says Kaepernick’s example has caught on like wildfire. BYP100 and the National Black Justice Coalition held their first “lobby day” – Build Black Futures Advocacy Day – on Capitol Hill, presented a list of legislative demands. Black Virginia congressman Bobby Scott was on hand. Chairman, People’s Organization for Progress, Newark, New Jersey. U.S. Justice Department refused to bring charges against the Bridgeton, New Jersey cop that killed Jerame Reid, an unarmed Black man who had his hands raised – in full view of video cameras – when he was shot down at point blank range. How could the Justice Department avoid this case? On March 31 of this year, a swarm of Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy pursued a car carrying three Black teenaged girls, aged 15 and 16, and chased it into a small lake. The girls drowned, while video tape shows officers standing around, talking to each other at the edge of the water for the five minutes it took for the girls’ care to sink into the pond. 25th anniversary of the Independent People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, annual conference, in Ferguson, Missouri. Kunde Ngudi Mwamvita, mother of 16  year old Dominique. He first lawyer wanted her to get a makeover, speech lessons, so that she would appear more acceptable. Uhuru movement got her a new lawyer, and embraced her cause.
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: vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka says the

Green Party will fight for the rights of all oppressed people; Blacks in Ferguson,

Missouri, suspect the cops are behind the killing of a young activist; and, Blacks

in Colombia want to make sure that a peace deal between the government and

rebels also safeguards the rights of African descended peoples.

Veteran anti-war activist David Swanson is urging corporate
media networks and cable channels to hold their own debates that include the
presidential candidates of the Green and Libertarian Parties.
The Green Party held a massive rally in Chicago, recently, for Jill Stein

and Ajamu Baraka, their candidates for president and vice president. Baraka

says the people are demanding answers to some serious questions.Twenty-year- old Black political activist Darren Seals’ body was found shot

and burned inside his car in Ferguson, Missouri, last week. No one has been

charged in Seals’ murder, but folks on the street suspect that the police are

involved. We spoke with Edwin Chanell, whose New Generation Black Council

works with gang members in the St. Louis area. Chanell was a close associate of

Revolutionary Black Panther Party local leader Houdari Juelani, also known as

Angelo Brown, who was shot to death by cops in nearby Belleville, Illinois, earlier

this year. Chanell also collaborated with Darren Seals, and believes the cops

played a role in his death. Colin Kaepernick’s name is by now a household word, after the football

player’s refusal to stand and honor the national anthem. But, 31 years ago,

Hardy Williams lost his position as a Los Angeles high school coach when he

turned his back on the national anthem. Williams sued his school principle and

the school district, and won a $25,000 settlement. The life-long educator says

he’d been shunning the flag and the anthem for years before the authorities

finally took action against him, in 1985. On September 26 th , the Colombian government and FARC guerillas will

sign a peace deal to bring an end to more than 50 years of civil war. Shortly

afterwards, a national referendum will be held on the peace deal. However, Afro-

Colombians and indigenous peoples worry that their rights may be disregarded in

the process. Charo Mina-Rojas is a spokesperson for the Afro-Colombian

struggle to maintain their territorial rights. Mumia Abu Jamal, the United States’ best known political prisoner is

making an appeal for Prison Radio, which carries his commentaries and reports

from other activists locked up in the American Gulag. And that it’s for this edition of Black Agenda Radio.

Be sure to visit us at, where you’ll find a new and

provocative issue, each Wednesday. That’s It’s

the place for news, commentary and analysis, from the Black Left. I’m Nellie

Bailey. Our thanks to the good people at the Progressive Radio Network.

20th Anniversary of Clinton’s War Against the Poor

It’s been 20 years since President Bill Clinton and the U.S. Congress destroyed “welfare as we knew it” by replacing Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with the “workfare” regime called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The result, saidMaureen Taylor, chairperson of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, is growing poverty in the United States. Taylor says TANF should be changed to DANF, standing for “Disappearing Aid for Needy Families.” Residents of Michigan are only eligible for cash assistance for five years in their lifetimes. It’s a shame, said Taylor, how the political class is “turning, not against poverty, but trying to turn the nation against poor folks.”

Judge Finds Way to Avoid Ordering Hep C Cure for Mumia

A federal judge agreed that it is unconstitutional for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to deny curative medical treatment to Mumia Abu Jamal and thousands of other prisoners suffering from Hepatitis C. However, the court then ruled that Abu Jamal’s suit was technically flawed. Noelle Hanrahan, a director of Prison Radio who works closely with Mumia, was outraged that the state has condemned thousands of prisoners to early and unnecessary deaths. “You can’t construct a situation that is more grossly inhumane,” she said.

Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, was more upbeat about the ruling. “It’s a good beginning that a federal judge recognizes that what the Commonwealth is doing, and has been doing for years, is not only unjust but unconstitutional, a violation of fundamental fairness and the human right to life,” he said.

Clinton and Trump Fear TV Debate with Stein and Johnson

“Our view is that if you have the potential for 270 Electoral College votes -- if you are on enough ballots to achieve that -- then you should be in the debate,” said Kevin Zeese, the veteran activist recently named as senior advisor to the Green Party’s Jill Stein-Ajamu Baraka presidential ticket. Zeese notes that polls show half the American public wants the televised debates open to Stein and Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate. However, the debates are a joint venture of the Democratic and Republican parties, who call the shots. “It’s a disgrace to democracy,” said Zeese, “that they can choose who they will debate.”

Obama Neutralized Blacks for Most of His Term

Barack Obama’s presidency has been “the highest expression” of the U.S. government’s long campaign to “neutralize the Black liberation movement,” said BAR regular contributor Danny Haiphong, who this week posted the ninth in his ten-part series on the Obama legacy. “It really wasn’t until 2014, when Obama was in his last years, that any semblance of a movement against issues like police brutality and racism began to come back to the fore,” said Haiphong. Black liberationist politics has been suppressed for two generations, said Haiphong, “with the help of a Black misleadership class that has diluted, sanitized and almost destroyed, up until recently, the Black Radical Tradition.”

U.S. Anti-War Movement Under Attack

A recent article by Terry Burke in the leftish magazine In These Times attacked a broad range of anti-war activists and groups for opposing the U.S. war against Syria. Burke claims U.S. activists aren’t listening to “the Syrian people.” In response, Sara Flounders, of the United National Anti-War Coalition, said the U.S. insists on regime change in Syria, and “anyone who has any confusion as to where that leads has only to look at Libya and at Iraq and see the howling wasteland that has been created” by U.S. intervention.

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. 

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