MLK Day Message From Angela Walker

As we commemorate the life and work and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, it's important to remember that he was a radical. Dr. King fought for the rights of cash-poor and marginalized people to live with dignity. Continue reading

Make '99% Herd Immunity' our battle cry

Disasters are usually avoidable. Weeks before Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii and Herculaneum (A.D. 79), Bay of Naples sea floors boiled and bubbled, streams and wells near the volcano went dry, and rats and other animals left both cities in droves. In 1985, a year before it exploded, engineers at Morton Thiokol warned about Challenger's O-rings. At temps below freezing, they insisted, O-ring rubber could stiffen and rocket booster sections might not seal. When Bob Eberling, Roger Boisjoly, Arnold Thompson and Allan McDonald asked to delay the space shuttle's launch for warmer weather, they were overruled. Bending to press and political pressures, executives stuck to their "go-mode" schedule, and the Challenger rocketed to oblivion on a cold January morn. Continue reading

Confronting Bipartisan Repression and the US-led axis of domination beyond election day

It was during the Obama-Biden years that the 'Black Identity Extremist' label was created Both parties are ongoing criminal enterprises No matter who sits in the white peoples' house, we will have to continue to fight for social justice, democracy, and People(s)-Centered Human Rights. Chaos, violence, legal challenges, voter suppression and party suppression all culminated in the pathetic display of democratic degeneration on Election Day. After two decades of losing wars, plus the economic collapse of 2008, the response to COVID-19, and now the election debacle, if there were any doubts the U.S. is a morally exhausted empire in irreversible decline, they would have been erased with yesterday's anti-democratic spectacle. Continue reading

Veterans Day 2020: I'm a Veteran. Here's Why I'm Also a Green

My name is Margaret Elisabeth. I’m a Co-Chair of the Green Party of the United States and a veteran of the 101st Airborne. I felt it was important to reach out to veterans this year in a way which I’ve not done before because this year has been unlike any other in my life. Few people know the horrors of war like soldiers who have been deployed to war zones and the civilians which have had to bear the brunt of those conflicts. As veterans, we recognize there are legitimate uses of our military, and the Green Party has a foreign policy which honors our veterans in a real and tangible way by advancing a Foreign Policy based on Peace and Disarmament. Continue reading

Sugarcane Nightmare: Our Children must not live in a Hazard Zone!

Florida’s Palm Beach County braces for its annual “burn season,” which begins each year in October and runs for six months at least through March to as late as May.  The Florida sugar industry begins its harvest season for 400,000 acres (625 square miles) of sugarcane fields.  Assuming a six-month burn season, this means there were approximately 43 fires per day in 2019.  During the burning, walls of fire rise from 30 to 40 feet in the air, and then create smoke plumes reaching over a half-mile high, stretching as much as 26 miles from the actual burn sites, around four small Black and Latino communities in Palm Beach south of Lake Okeechobee — Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay and Canal Point.  Hendry, Glade and Martin counties are also targets.  This is all designated as part of the “Hazard Zone.” Continue reading

Why I'm Voting Green in 2020

It is important to realize we have had two parties of the millionaires governing the United States since its founding. People have always had to pick between which of the millionaire parties we should choose from when neither put the people's interests first. Some people have found a successful third way that builds people's power. Those in the Green Party view popular movements and third-party candidates (who cannot win elections in this rigged system) working together to change the direction of the country. We would rather vote for what we want and not get it in an election but use our vote to build a national consensus for the changes we need. That is a better alternative than voting for what we do not want, i.e. "a certifiable, lying, murdering war criminal" and a racist mass incarcerator, and getting it. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Biden and liberal censorship

“The Washington Post created Propaganda or Not, Propornot, a secretive group which labeled Black Agenda Report and others as Russian assets in 2016.” It is Democrats and the technology companies which support them that are doing most of the censoring that is identified with fascist societies.  Continue reading

What we are up against: fascism in the United States

Last week, I wrote about what is needed in this moment and urged people to look more deeply, beyond the Biden-Trump spectacle, to understand where we are as a country and what we must do to change course. I cited the work of Gabriel Rockhill. Read his three recent articles in Counterpunch and the fourth in the series here at Black Agenda Report for an enhanced understanding of how we got here and what we are up against. Continue reading

What's missing from "Vote Biden, Fight Him Later"

In the past month, we’ve seen a small flood of open letters from environmental leaders and long-time leaders on the left (Noam Chomsky, Cornel West, and others), and articles, all with the same basic message: “Vote for Biden in 2020, Fight Him Later.” It’s hard to argue with them. Donald Trump needs to go. Sure, we’ll need to challenge Joe Biden to do the right thing if he wins. The signers are all too aware that Biden’s campaign platform and troubling record as senator promise another Democratic administration dedicated to war and Wall Street. Continue reading

Pandemic living

The Long Haul After all these months and 210,000 deaths, you’d think I’d be used to it all, but I’m not. It doesn’t seem even a little normal yet. I’m still full of absences, missing so much I used to take for granted: hugs and handshakes, rooms crowded for funerals and weddings, potluck dinners and house parties. I miss browsing the stacks at the library and the racks at the thrift shop. I miss going to our Unitarian Universalist congregation and the robust community connection we enjoyed every Sunday. Continue reading