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commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. Your hosts are
Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey, here they are with a weekly hour of African
American political thought and action.
- In two three weeks, Philadelphia will host the Democratic National
Convention and thousands of protesters who would like to shut the whole
thing down. We spoke with Erica Mimes, of the Philly Coalition for REAL
Justice, part of the People of Color DNC Resistance Against Police
Terrorism and State Repression. They’ve teamed up with “Shut Down DNC”
for a march at the height of the convention, on Tuesday, July 26th. But Philadelphia officials have not yet granted them a parade permit. Mimes doesn’t expect fairness of the city.
makes the world of the Democrats and the Republicans go round,
according to Dr. Thomas Ferguson, professor of political science at the
University of Massachusetts, at Boston. Dr. Ferguson is author of the
book, “The Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party Competition and
the Logic of Money Driven Politics.” He says says this election season
has been quite unusual, on both sides of the two-party system. Bernie
Sanders mounted a challenge to the Democratic establishment with mostly
small campaign contributions, and Donald Trump used his personal fortune
to raise issues that Republicans hardly ever talk about. Does that mean
Donald Trump marches to a different drummer?
- Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, is among
the speakers who will address a mass meeting on “The Politics of
Incarceration in Palestine and the United States,” on July 15th,
at the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Educational Center, in New York
City. Nyle Forte, a young minister and Phad candidate from Newark, New
Jersey, is also a speaker, along with others who recently traveled to
Palestine. We asked Nyle Forte what Israeli treatment of Palestinians
has to do with mass Black incarceration in the United States.
- On the 4th
of July in the year 1852, the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass
said, “There is not a nation on earth guilty of practices more shocking
and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour.”
We spoke with Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report editor and senior
columnist, and asked her if Frederick Douglass’s assessment sounds
familiar, in the present day.
- Holidays like the 4th
of July don’t mean much to the 2.2 million people locked up in this
country’s prisons. Political prison Yan Lahman has for months been
denied direct communication with the outside world. His commentary, for
Prison Radio, is titled “Prisoners’ Voices Blocked and Censorship of
U.S. Prisons.” It’s read by Lynn Stewar, the people’s lawyer who has
also been a political prisoner, herself.