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John Whitehead – The Raping of America: Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”–Martin Luther King Jr. There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a façade of law and order manifested by an …

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A Bowl of Soul – 08.21.15

Boot Leg – Booker T & MG’s – R&B – 1965
Spreadin’ Honey – The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – Funk/R&B – 1967
Chi Town Theme – Cleveland Eaton – Funk/R&B – 1975
It’s All Your Fault – The Supremes – (Mosotogam – Extended Remix) R&B – 2015
Trying to Survive – Harvey Scales – R&B – 1969
Running Away – Roy Ayers – Funk/R&B – 1977
Smooth 90’s Hip Hop Instrumental – One Tone – Hip Hop/R&B – 2013
Stop On By – SounDoctrine Feat. Eric Tyus – Funk/Jazz – 2015
Not So Fast – Jonathan Hoard – R&B – 2015
K Jee – The Nite-Liters – Funk/Jazz – 1971
Changin’ – Brass Construction – Funk/R&B – 1975

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John Whitehead – We Are the Government: Tactics for Taking Down the Police State

“The people have the power, all we have to do is awaken that power in the people”. We are the government.”–John Lennon Saddled with a corporate media that marches in lockstep with the government, elected officials who dance to the tune of their corporate benefactors, and a court system that serves to maintain order rather than mete out justice, Americans …

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Bree Newsome – When Oppression Is the Status Quo, Disruption Is a Moral Duty History teaches us that legislative action rarely happens without organized protest. This is why the Black Lives Matter movement is so essential today.

“When rights are consistently denied, a cause should be pressed in the courts and in negotiations among local leaders, and not in the streets.” —Alabama clergymen’s letter to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. April 12, 1963 “You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for …

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Leid Stories – 08.06.15

On the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Fifty years ago today, after a protracted civil-rights struggle that was both conciliatory and militant, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibiting all states from impeding or denying African Americans the right to vote. The legislation also strengthened existing antidiscrimination laws and gave new authority to the U.S. Attorney General to prosecute offending states.

Reflecting on the half-century since the passage of the VRA, Leid Stories observes the many ways in which both the letter and intent of the act have been violated. Moreover, the question central to the VRA and several related legal cases remains unanswered: Are African Americans citizens of the United States?

History Interrupted: Welcome to the 1970s – David Michael Green

They say that if you can remember Woodstock, you weren’t actually there. It is therefore with some trepidation that I invite readers to cast their minds back to America, circa 1970. No point in waxing Pollyannish about it. Vietnam was still raging, along with Cambodia and Laos. The Cold War was in full swing. Blacks and whites were newly made …

Protest Is the New Terror: How U.S. Law Enforcement Is Working to Criminalize Dissent – Derek Royden

It’s well established that the FBI surveilled civil rights and other activists from Martin Luther King Jr. to leaders of the National Lawyers Guild as part of its wide ranging COINTELPRO (counter intelligence program) during the 1960s and early 70s. The use of planted news stories, faked communications to create dissension within activist groups, informants to make dubious cases and …

The Geopolitics of American Global Decline By Alfred W. McCoy

A glance at what passes for insider “wisdom” in Washington these days reveals a worldview of stunning insularity. Take Harvard political scientist Joseph Nye, Jr., known for his concept of “soft power,” as an example. Offering a simple list of ways in which he believes U.S. military, economic, and cultural power remains singular and superior, he recently argued that there was no …

Gary Null Show – 05.14.15

Gary does a special 2 hour interview with Bonnie Faulkner of Guns and Butter. Bonnie Faulkner is an independent radio journalist whose regular program, Guns and Butter, has been an inspiration to many. The program investigates the relationships between capitalism, militarism and politics in the aftermath of the 911 attacks. The program is aired weekly on Pacifica stations WBAI and KPFA …