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Black Agenda Radio – 09.12.16

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 say 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. Veteran anti-war activist and member of RootsAction.Org, is urging corporate media networks and cable channels to hold their own debates that include the presidential candidates of the Green and Libertarian parties.In: “There’s a petition you can find at…” Out: “…yes, exactly, and please do.”  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.  In the last two years, lots of people have RE-LEARNED the lesson, that there’s more to politics than just voting for Republicans or Democrats. Social movements have blossomed, and Black politics is re-asserting itself. The New Afrikan Independence Party recently held its annual conference, in Pittsburgh. We spoke with one of the party’s leaders, Khalid Raheem. 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 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. Our thanks to the good people at the Progressive Radio Network.

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