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July 31 T-SPLOST Referendum to Bail Out Atlanta's Racist BeltLine

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The Atlanta BeltLine, is a massive & racist gentrification scheme funded by diverting billions out of Atlanta's Public School budget to banksters and crooked developers. But those billions aren't enough. To bail out the BeltLine, the governor and Atlanta's black mayor want to levy a one-cent sales tax on Atlanta for streetcars and light rail most of black Atlanta will never ride, for Jim Crow streetcars, when black Atlanta neighborhoods don't even get 24 hour bus or train service. Can the black misleadership class really pull this off?

Searching For Radical Democracy In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: This Is Hell Interviews Henry Giroux

Flashpoint demonstrations, even demands won't be enough to bring us out of this hole, says's Henry Giroux. Under the current neoliberal order, a small elite controls the means of culture, politics and power, not just what happens but what we're taught to imagine is even possible. Neoliberalism reduces life to a struggle for individual economic survival. The left has to lift up alternative reasons and eventually alternative means to live and struggle for something better.

Bottomless Cynicism and Contempt For Immigrant Communities: Obama's Long-Awaited “Executive Action” on Immigration

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

President Obama's so-called "bold executive action" on immigration is not a victory for the grassroots movements in immigrant communities. It's an old bone with rotten meat, more evidence of their bottomless contempt for Democrats' so-called "base voters", especially those of color.

NYT Editorial Board Says End Mass Incarceration Now

Given time we repeatedly find that Green Values are Majoritarian Values, that Green Policies are embraced by a majority of this nation.  

By now we are used to the most rigorous of research from our movement being ignored by policy makers.  Community organizations calling out our nation's penal policies as genocidal are routinely ignored.  Legal scholars with a history of employment with the ACLU who label US criminal justice policies as a "New Jim Crow" are ignored.  Let us hope that the same conclusions reached by a US Department of Justice funded study by the National Academy of Sciences will not meet a similar fate.  Let us hope that when the editorial board of the nation's 'newspaper of record' writes: "The American experiment in mass incarceration has been a moral, legal, social, and economic disaster. It cannot end soon enough;" that policy makers will at long last sit up and take notice.  

End Mass Incarceration Now


MAY 24, 2014


For more than a decade, researchers across multiple disciplines have been issuing reports on the widespread societal and economic damage caused by America’s now-40-year experiment in locking up vast numbers of its citizens. If there is any remaining disagreement about the destructiveness of this experiment, it mirrors the so-called debate over climate change.

In both cases, overwhelming evidence shows a crisis that threatens society as a whole. In both cases, those who study the problem have called for immediate correction.

Real Left vs.Fake Left and a Defense of Oliver Stone

As I have pointed out in  another blog post,  Really Long Link the Democratic Party has long ago ceased to represent a real left in this country. There is in fact very little that resembles a true left wing in official Washington today.

Open Letter to the NSA

To whom it may concern:
I know that the NSA has recently drawn the ire of people from across the political spectrum and indeed from around the world. I assume that in your recent data collections, your agency has found several tweets, Facebook statuses , blog posts etc. that included messages which were addressed to it directly. In other words, they were actually meant for your eyes (unlike the vast majority of our information you receive). I have yet to write such a message, so here it comes.

Popular Self-Emancipation: Defending the Heritage of the Gullah/Geechee Coast By Matthew Quest

By Dr. Matthew Quest (Member of the State Committee of the Georgia Green Party)

The article below elevates to national news the condition and plight of the historical Gullah/Geechee community in the Georgia coast, as they struggle against racism and for economic injustice.  The continued threat of loss of homes or property through exorbitant taxation continues.  It has a long history going back to the failure of the promise of Reconstruction (1865-1877) after slavery and the Civil War.  The Green Party has taken a stand on "reparations to African Americans" (see paragraph three on the human rights section of our party platform

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This news item underscores that we continue to live under a such a regime, even where administered by people of color, women, whites, or a rainbow coalition.  It is my view that it can only be defeated not just by a program of economic reconstruction but one which strives for direct self-government where ordinary people hold the reins of society.

Far more than most realize, this is the historical legacy of the Gullah/Geechee coast.


The absence of democracy drives up American health care costs

As interesting as these facts may be, John Green manages to avoid the real issues underlying the denial of access to affordable health care to 40-some million U.S. citizens: our system of privately financed elections which guarantees that public policy (including health policy) is made in the interests of campaign contributors, not the interests of voters and citizens.


Audacity of Dope? Yes We Scan?

Steven Hill who has long advocated for proportional representation in US elections now takes on, in prose and song, the surveillance state and the criminality of the regime now occupying the government of our country. I had missed the news that  the NSA has extended surveillance to “three-hops” -- "friends of friends of friends" as Hill summarizes their policy.  These cutting, and insightful words ought to be read far and wide. 
  -- Hugh Esco

Saturday, 24 August 2013 10:11

By Steven HillSpeakOut | Op-Ed 


This president has become a tragic figure, more so every day with each new revelation of how far the surveillance state has been developed and implemented under his watch. And how far they will go -- detaining the partner of reporter Glen Greenwaldinvestigating other reporterssmashing the hard drives of a leading newspaper -- to intimidate journalists and editors trying to report on it. Big Brother is watching, and cracking down on those who want to reveal the King’s secrets. The U.S. even has bugged European Union offices -- supposedly our allies -- and world leaders at international conferences of the G-20.

Consensus wisdom: The boycott of Israel is working

The only way to stop its spread is to end the occupation, say a growing number of prominent voices (none of whom, by the way, support the boycott).

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