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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?

Astigmatism Afflicts our Nations Racial Vision

This article was originally published at: Green Papers: Diverse Views from a Green Perspective.  It was written by one of the Party's more brilliant legal thinkers, Asa Gordon, who I am proud to count as a political ally.  Since retiring from a career as an engineer at NASA, Asa and his family have lived in Washington DC where he remains active with the DC Statehood-Green Party, and has led the Party's efforts to enforce the mal-apportionment penalty provided by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (see background here, here, here, here and elsewhere).  

 

With his usual clear thinking, Asa in the piece below poses for us the following:

But the most devastating example of a contemporary bias in the “human practice” of our courts, which is intuitive to blacks but oblivious to a consensus of whites, is our court’s devaluing of black political testimony embodied in the judicial tolerance for the “practical construction” of State Voter ID laws. Our court justices have valued testimony pleading for redress from potential electoral fraud to address the ungrounded fears of a white electorate admittedly unsupported by any data, while the court has devalued testimony grounded in incontestable facts that Voter ID laws have a real, not a potential, disparate impact on a non-white electorate. If our courts have exercised such clearly astigmatic racial judgment in adjudicating our most precious political right in a democracy, the exercise of the franchise, is there in any wonder that our courts racially astigmatized political judgment has metastasized throughout our judicial system.

 

The Real News Network Interviews 2012 GP Presidential Candidate Jill Stein, Part 2 of 3

This is part two of a three part interview conducted by the Real News Network's Paul Jay with Jill Stein, the Green party's 2012 presidential candidate. Stein has undertaken an exploratory campaign for the 2016 election cycle.

Anchor Double Dealing Kills Cannibus Reform Bill, Not Activism

Last year, Cannabis law reform activists were surprised and somewhat encouraged by the uncharacteristic bipartisan support for HB-885. Seeking to avoid the controversy of reform leading to the legal ability to get high, the narrowly scoped bill did not allow for “whole plant” or any substance containing therapeutic doses of THC, excluding any relief for those suffering from cancer/chemotherapy, AIDS, glaucoma, PTSD, chronic pain, etc.

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 Truthout.org'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

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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 http://www.greens.org/georgia.static/pdf/GvrnDocs/Platform-2003.pdf

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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.

 

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