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This photo of a Black Lives Matter protest in south Minneapolis illustrates a story from AFSC that offers advice to White people taking part in #BlackLivesMatter protests; examples are “Remember that you are there as an ally in solidarity – it’s not about you … It is not your job to police or tone down black protesters who have a right to express anger … Don't lead chants … Anticipate that reporters may seek you for a comment out of their own unconscious racial bias … Don’t hijack the message,” which is NOT “All Lives Matter.” – Fibonacci Blue, flickr

Do we need white revolutionaries to rise up?

July 23, 2016

The recent deaths of Alton Sterling, 37, and Philando Castile, 32, at the hands of state-sanctioned violence are additional tragedies in an endless list of Black victims, and a reminder that premature Black death continues to take center stage in the Black narrative. With our heads in our hands and our eyes swollen, we keep asking, when will Black lives matter? White silence about these atrocities is almost as dangerous as the hand that pulls the trigger.

On July 10, 2016, the Sunday after the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and the cops in Dallas, as protests engulfed the nation, in Memphis, Chanel Trice holds a sign while standing on the cement median between the eastbound and westbound lanes of the Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi River. Black Lives Matter supporters brought traffic to a standstill on both sides of the bridge by about 7 p.m. as the estimated crowd on the bridge swelled to more than 1,000. – Photo: Brad Vest, Memphis Commercial Appeal

Thanks, Mama Harriet!

July 23, 2016

I cried, “Help, Mama Harriet, help!” and you, … Beautiful young warriors, came Toyi-toying … from Ferguson, Baltimore, The Town, etc. … Through teargas clouds, pepper spray storms … You came tying traffic into hangman nooses, … shutting malls down like open and shut cases … of killer cops who walk. You came wrestling … Your minds out of the hands of exploiters!

The FBI works through local law enforcement to shut down dissent. Here, Ieshia Evans is detained during a demonstration near police headquarters in Baton Rouge on July 9, 2016. When the 28-year-old mother of a 6-year-old, who’d never before been an activist, told her son she’d been arrested, he said, “I thought only bad people go to jail.” – Photo: Reuters

FBI gives green light to crack down on Black Lives Matter protesters – BLM statement follows

July 21, 2016

The violent events of the past week have placed the country at a decisive moment. Words matter but deeds matter more. Leadership matters. President Obama spoke about the need for real change and new “practices” following the murders by police officers of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Following this story is a Black Lives Matter statement on the murder of police and escalating protests to end state-sponsored violence against Black people.

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On Democracy Now! July 18, Cornel West explains “why I endorse the Green Party’s Jill Stein over ‘neoliberal disaster’ Hillary Clinton.”

What will Bernie delegates do in Philadelphia?

July 18, 2016

The first major survey of Bernie Sanders delegates reveals big concerns about Hillary Clinton’s pending choice of a vice presidential candidate, with many delegates expressing their willingness to publicly denounce prospective running mates and even protest on the convention floor. I spoke to Jeff Cohen of RootsAction after they released the survey results.

Thousands make deposits in Black-owned banks as a way to protest recent police shootings

July 17, 2016

Reacting to the most recent wave of shootings of Black men by police officers, thousands of African-American consumers across America are directing their dollars by opening checking and savings accounts in Black-owned banks. A grassroots effort being called a “Spend Movement” found the nation’s Black banks receiving calls and on-line requests to open accounts.

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Every day since the police murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, protesters have been shutting down major streets and highways all over the country.

Michelle Alexander: Something more is required of us now. What?

July 14, 2016

I have struggled to find words to express what I thought and felt as I watched the videos of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile being killed by the police. As I was preparing to write about the oldness of all of this, I heard on the news that 11 officers had been shot in Dallas, several killed from sniper fire. My fingers froze on the keys. I could not bring myself to recycle old truths. Something more is required. But what?

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Professor Griff of Public Enemy speaks on Micah Johnson and the media

July 12, 2016

Public Enemy’s legendary Minister of Information Professor Griff speaks about mainstream media trying to link him to the alleged Black Afghan war vet sniper Micah Johnson. Although there is a photograph of Professor Griff with Micah at one of Griff’s many speaking events, Professor Griff tells us in his own voice that he doesn’t know Micah Johnson. Check out what Professor Griff has to say about the mainstream media’s character assassination attempt.

Seattle City Councilor Kshama Sawant

Beyond Bernie: Socialist Alternative endorses Jill Stein

July 12, 2016

On Saturday, July 9, Socialist Alternative and Movement4Bernie held the first of a series of forums titled “Beyond Bernie: We Need a United Party for the 99%.” Socialist Alternative is a nationwide membership organization which initially endorsed Bernie Sanders but has now endorsed Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Art: Rilo Harris

Working as intended in Dallas and beyond: The inextricably wound threads of White Nationalism and US law enforcement

July 11, 2016

Every time an innocent Black American is killed by police, the media works overtime to search through his background for any hint of disobedience. But no one ever investigates the police, until now, revealing that slain Dallas police officer Lorne Ahrens was a proud, open white supremacist. Micah Johnson didn’t know that, but, firing indiscriminately, he managed to hit a Nazi. The system is working as it was always intended.

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According to the website Heavy, this photo of Micah X. Johnson was posted to Facebook by his sister.

Was Dallas reality or psy-op?

July 10, 2016

International peace activist Cynthia McKinney brought a very important point to me recently when she asked me to think about the fact that every time Black people reach a moral high ground over the police, something tragic happens to the police. It drives home the subliminal point that other ethnicities should be sympathetic to police who are paid to control these Black animals, who, untrained or barely trained and armed, can kill multiple elite, trained officers. Consider the cases of Larry Davis in New York and Lovelle Mixon in Oakland.

Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign Organizer Cheri Honkala

Marching on the DNC, an interview with Cheri Honkala

July 8, 2016

The Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia from July 25 to July 28. City authorities readily issued permits for four marches during the convention, but the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign had to file a complaint in federal court, with the help of the ACLU, to get a permit for their march, the March for Our Lives. KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke to campaign organizer and former Green Party vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala.

Philando Castile lies dying in the driver’s seat as his girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, appeals for help livestreaming on Facebook. Just outside camera range, the officer who shot Philando aims his gun through the window at Lavish and her 4-year-old daughter. – Video: Lavish Reynolds

‘You shot four bullets into him, sir’: Girlfriend livestreams Philando Castile’s death by police

July 7, 2016

Philando Castile was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop for a broken tail light. Lavish Reynolds, his girlfriend, broadcast the aftermath of the fatal police shooting live on Facebook in an extraordinary video, in which she narrates the events while still inside the car next to her dying boyfriend as the police officer continues to point the gun at her and her daughter.

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Black Lives Matter leader Jasmine Abdullah Richards, jailed for ‘felony lynching,’ fights in the spirit of Muhammad Ali

July 2, 2016

In the wake of Muhammed Ali’s transition come the voices of praise and adulation heaped on the man for his political stance and courage for holding to his convictions in 1967, that brought him face-to-face with a racist U.S. regime. But the voices are silent in the face of Jasmine Abdullah Richards’ reality in 2016, against an identical racist regime to the one who persecuted Ali.

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San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim (left), a candidate for state senate, made a strong showing in the June 7 primary largely because of Bernie Sanders’ endorsement. Here, she dines with Bernie and his powerful surrogate Nina Turner at a San Francisco bistro called The Butler & The Chef on June 2. – Photo: Matt McClain, Washington Post

Bernie Sanders: Here’s what we want

June 24, 2016

As we head toward the Democratic National Convention, I often hear the question, “What does Bernie want?” Wrong question. The right question is what the 12 million Americans who voted for a political revolution want. And the answer is: They want real change in this country, they want it now and they are prepared to take on the political cowardice and powerful special interests which have prevented that change from happening.

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On June 16, 1966, in Greenwood, Mississippi, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Chair Kwame Ture, then known as Stokely Carmichael, addressed a crowd of youthful demonstrators and the media covering the militant March Against Fear and forcefully re-echoed our millennial and generational demand for “Black Power.”

Black Power, Black Lives and Pan-Africanism Conference underway now in Jackson, Mississippi

June 18, 2016

Fifty years ago, on June 16, 1966, in Greenwood, Mississippi, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Chair Kwame Ture, then known as Stokely Carmichael, addressed a crowd of youthful demonstrators and the media covering the militant March Against Fear and forcefully re-echoed our millennial and generational demand for “Black Power.”

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Bruce Carter and his Black Men for Bernie bus

How California is being stolen from Sanders right now

June 11, 2016

It’s not some grand conspiracy, but it’s grand theft nonetheless. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ voters will lose their ballots, their rights, by the tens of thousands. The steal is baked into the way California handles No Party Preference – “NPP” voters – what we know as “independents.” There are a mind-blowing 4.2 million voters in California registered NPP – and they share a love for sunshine and Bernie Sanders.

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Los Angeles activist Wil B is convicted of protesting police terror

June 7, 2016

Block Report Radio interviews Los Angeles anti-police-terror activist Wil B of the A14. He speaks on his conviction and upcoming sentencing date, June 8. He speaks on the police lying on the witness stand. He talks about what people can do to help and more. For the next couple of days until his sentencing on June 8, Wil is asking people to join a hashtag campaign – calling it either the “Free Wil B Campaign” or “Free the A14 Campaign.”

The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign has been denied a permit for the March for Our Lives protest they’re planning for 3 p.m. on July 25 in front of City Hall during the Democratic National Convention, Cheri Honkala tells the press on May 17. She led a similar protest at the Republican National Convention in 2000 – without a permit – and said the denial of her application won’t affect her plans this time either. Disabled people, children and elders will lead the march. – Photo: Sam Newhouse, Philadelphia Metro

Philadelphia refuses to permit poor peoples’ march at Democratic convention

June 4, 2016

The Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, from July 25 through July 28. City authorities have issued permits for four marches during the convention, but they have thus far refused to grant a permit to the March for Our Lives organized by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke to campaign organizer, Philadelphia native and former Green Party vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala.

People Magazine ran this photo in March and commented: “Back in 2005, Bill and Hillary Clinton were VIP guests at Donald Trump's wedding to his wife Melania – and it sure looks like all four had a pretty good time. … The billionaire businessman has, over the years, given at least $100,000 to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and made multiple cash donations to Hillary Clinton's various political campaigns before this one.” – Photo: Maring Photography

Voting, the final fig-leaf

May 29, 2016

As elections near, voters face the choices before them with something like dread: Donald Trump: loud, bombastic, bellicose, rich as Croesus and xenophobic, or the presumptive Democratic nominee – unless Vermont’s Bernie Sanders manages to upend her – Hillary Rodham Clinton: slick as oil, flexible as a Slinky, bottled-blonde ambition and wife of the penultimate political animal, “Slick Willie” Clinton.

AIDS activists protesting high drug prices are asked to leave.

Drug discount helping African Americans is at risk

May 28, 2016

It is well established that low-income African Americans tend to be sicker when they arrive at the emergency room. It’s the mission of safety-net providers to treat them – and all patients – regardless of ability to pay. Unfortunately, the drug industry is working hard in Washington to make that much more difficult. At issue is a little known but enormously important federal statute called the 340B drug discount program.

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