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The caption for this photo written by The Associated Press describes police-initiated violence: “Police fire teargas as protestors converge on downtown following Tuesday's police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Protesters have rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel and officers have fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. At least one person was injured in the confrontation, though it wasn't immediately clear how. Firefighters rushed in to pull the man to a waiting ambulance.” – Photo: Gerry Broome, AP

God bless Charlotte: Clergy believe protester killed by police

September 23, 2016

A few things we should all be thinking about: First of all, a young man named Cantrell was shot in the head during last night’s demonstrations in Charlotte. The first accounts came from clergy and other eyewitnesses including Eddie Thomas, who lives in Charlotte. This is what he penned on his Facebook page. “Been in Uptown Charlotte with the protesters since 7:30. It was peaceful. Then for some reason, riot cops showed up. And within 5 mins (no exaggeration) a dude lay bleeding on the ground. After the young man went down, it became chaos. The police started this though. Remember that. Don’t let the news lie to you. Don’t let CMPD lie.”

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Is the U.S. government dumping guns in the hood?

September 20, 2016

There is a well-documented history of the U.S. government supplying weapons and arms to both friends and foe for political purposes and for profit. In addition to publicly known global arms deals to U.S. political allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia, revelations about the rise of ISIS indicate that U.S. arms and military trainees have been a critical factor in the rise of the terror group. With the recent rise of violence in Chicago involving over 3,000 shooting victims in 2016 so far, it appears that another case of U.S. sponsored gun-smuggling and intentional destruction of inner-city communities may be at play.

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Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka accept the Green Party nomination at the University of Houston, Texas, in August 2016.

Green Party’s Stein and Baraka on ballot for 90% of US voters

September 18, 2016

The Green Party campaign for presidential candidate Jill Stein and vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka has completed its 2016 ballot access drive. Stein-Baraka will be on the ballot in 45 states, including Washington, D.C., and they will be official write-in candidates in three more states. Ballots cast for official write-in candidates are counted, whereas unofficial write-in ballots are not. KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke to Rick Lass, ballot access coordinator for the Stein-Baraka campaign.

Showing solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, four Miami Dolphins – Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills – kneel during the national anthem at their game Sunday against the Seahawks, who reneged on their plan for the whole team to protest. – Photo: Stephen Brashear, AP

Solidarity with Kaepernick ripples through the NFL on Sept. 11

September 12, 2016

On Sunday, a small group of National Football League players risked their careers, their endorsements and their livelihoods. They did so through the simple act of refusal. They stood in the proudest tradition of athletes who have used their platforms for social change, and they have already felt a backlash that would ring familiar, almost note-for-note, to anyone acquainted with what that last generation had to endure.

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One day after the people of Standing Rock filed for an injunction to prevent destruction of a major burial site they had just identified, the pipeline contractor sent a crew out before dawn on Saturday, Sept. 3, and bulldozed the site, destroying ancient cairns and stone prayer rings. As they do every morning – not taking the Labor Day weekend off – the people of Standing Rock and their allies from five dozen Native tribes marched to the construction site only to discover the destruction. A security firm hired by the contractor met them with attack dogs, and the scene reminded the watching world of dog attacks on civil rights protesters.

Lakota women call on President Obama to stop violence by Dakota Access Pipeline

September 12, 2016

Our Kunsi of Brave Heart, White Buffalo Calf Woman Society and Stone Boy Society, are calling on President Obama to intervene in the horrific incident at Standing Rock in which vicious dogs and pepper spray were used by Dakota Access Pipeline security to attack protectors of sacred sites near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, and to require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies to live up to their trust responsibility and stop this pipeline immediately. Our children deserve a thorough environmental impact statement based on meaningful tribal consultation. We are not invisible and will not be erased.

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San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed – Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, SF Chronicle

HUD policies threaten poor, elderly and disabled tenants with eviction

August 28, 2016

A proposal by HUD and the Obama administration that is allegedly meant to combat segregation and break up concentrations of poverty actually threatens Section 8 renters (Housing Choice Voucher holders) – the elderly, poor and disabled – with higher rents and eviction. It has many Section 8 tenants worried about their future in the Bay Area, New York and elsewhere.

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Advocates gather at the Mission Police Station to call for a 90-day Moratorium on Police Use of Force. – Photos: Poor News Network

Un-arm the paid killers and child molesters: The people call for a national Moratorium on Police Use of Force

August 27, 2016

While two heavily armed police officers stood directly across the street watching us, a group of the most impacted, unhoused, criminalized, injured, disabled, Black, Brown, Trans and Indigenous peoples gathered to demand a 90-day moratorium on the killing of our Black, Brown, disabled and unhoused residents of this city and all cities struggling with the ongoing murder of our children, youth, elders and families.

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Stokely Carmichael and Julian Bond, leaders of SNCC, in 1967 – Photo: Horace Cort, AP

SNCC Legacy Project endorses the Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform

August 19, 2016

A group of civil rights era activists have passed the torch to a younger generation, so to speak. One week after the Movement for Black Lives released a wide-ranging, and long-awaited, policy platform, the activists’ vision for change has also earned an endorsement from delegates of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a famed student organizing group that formed in the 1960s.

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Tajai of Hiero speaks on Hiero Day ’16 roster, Golden Era shoes, and raising an MC daughter

August 18, 2016

BlockReportRadio interviews the architect, businessman, and legendary MC from Souls of Mischief, Tajai Massey about Hiero Day ’16, which will be held on Labor Day in Oakland. He releases the names of the performers for this year. We talk about the passing of Phife Dawg and Prince, his life as an architect, as well as raising a daughter who is an MC headlining at Hiero Day, the Hiero Golden Era shoes and the idea behind it, and much more. Tune into BlockReportRadio.com for more.

“The Impact of COINTELPRO” – Art: Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Douglas, 1976

Fake ‘Day of Rage’: COINTELPRO action, not ‘Anonymous’ video

August 17, 2016

Many activists may not know we were supposed to rise up in national “Day of Rage” actions on July 15, but that is because the call was not really directed toward us. I believe we should look at the “Day of Rage” call, supposedly from “Anonymous,” as a COINTELPRO operation intended to damage growing support for Black Lives Matter (BLM) and to help the state evaluate how much panic could be induced from a completely manufactured threat.

Shujaa Graham speaks on the late George Jackson and Hugo Pinell

August 13, 2016

Legendary California Prison Movement activist and former deathrow prisoner, Shujaa Graham speaks on the inspiration and lessons that he received from brothers like the late Hugo Pinell and George Jackson, while he was a political prisoner in the 70’s. If you would like to hear more from the Block Report, you could tune into BlockReportRadio.com. […]

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Leader of the Black Riders speaks on police terrorism after Dallas

August 12, 2016

With police terrorism hitting the screens of televisions around the world on a weekly and sometimes daily basis due to cellphone cameras, it is obvious why a strong Black media is needed to counteract the nationwide police psychological operation, aka public relations campaign, now being employed to make the police likable and to justify police-imposed torture and genocide on the Black community.

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Protesters in Washington, D.C., last year proclaim, “Black lives matter”! – Photo: Mladen Antonov, AFP

Big Man: Reflections of my life experiences, today’s conditions

August 10, 2016

My thoughts are the reflections of my life experiences. As to whether that is a life lived well or poorly, I will leave those questions and answers up to historians, critics, the general public and you, the reader. In that respect, while time permits, I will express some of my opinions. I think that 78 years in the game we call “life” grants me that privilege. Current events and conditions demand this of me. To jump right in, take “Black Lives Matter.”

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Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka and presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein – Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle

Green Party ticket: Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka

August 7, 2016

Cheers and chants filled the room at the Green Party Convention at the University of Houston, where physician and activist Jill Stein was named as the Green Party’s presidential candidate with human rights activist Ajamu Baraka as her running mate. Stein said that too much is at stake this election for people to be voting out of fear. Stein said that if people had the courage to vote for the greater good rather than the lesser of two evils, it would be numerically possible for the Green Party to win.

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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