Civil Rights

Iran and the Need for Black Activism

Black Agenda Report By Margaret Kimberley January 8, 2020 Black Americans, as perpetual targets of US lies and attacks, should be the first to reject Washington’s rationales for war with Iran. Even the most disparaging Donald Trump critic, such as this columnist, can still be shocked by the president’s rash behavior and inexplicable decision making. Such was the case when Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian Quds general Qassem Soleimani and Abd Mahdi al-Muhandis, commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces. The drone attack in Baghdad killed the two men and eight others. The United States was well aware that Soleimani was on…

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Why ADOS “Reparationists” oppose free tuition and student debt forgiveness

Black Agenda Report By Bruce Dixon April 27, 2019 Reparationists have been around for a long time, but for some reason this season the bipartisan right, both Republicans AND Democrats, both insist that reparations will be the make or break issue for black voters in the 2020 election. The new cry for reparations isn’t coming from the streets, if it ever did. It doesn’t arise from grassroots black organizations with mass black followings, if any such things can be said to exist. The current reparations noise comes from David Brooks at the New York Times. It comes from Forbes magazine…


Seize The Time

Every time we view the news in the paper or on television or the internet, we are struck by the tragic politics of our country’s leaders. This, along with the epidemic of violence, poverty, racism and injustice, environmental destruction and war, is evil and oppressive. Dr. King stated, “First, non-violence is resistance to evil and oppression. It is a human way to fight back.” At sixteen, I was ten feet from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. The problem today is that too much of America is still dreaming. Today, far too…


3 years at Rikers Island pushed his brother to suicide. Now he’s running for mayor to shut it down.

circa By Reed Dunlea November 7, 2017 On June 16, 2015, Akeem Browder lost his younger brother. Kalief Browder was arrested in the Bronx in 2010, when he was 16 years old. He was accused of stealing a backpack that contained cash, a credit card, a camera and an iPod. For the next three years, Kalief was locked up at Rikers Island, a 400-acre jail complex in the East River between Queens and the Bronx. Approximately 10,000 inmates sit on Rikers every day; most have not been convicted of a crime, but are awaiting trial. Kalief was routinely beaten by…


Notes on a Green Gubernatorial Campaign

Grounded in a ‘Last Are First’ Worldview By Seth Kaper-Dale (adapted from an article appearing in the Summer/Fall 2017 issue of Green Horizon Magazine) I’m running for Governor of New Jersey on the Green Party ticket and I’m running to win. Here’s my story. My wife and I have been co-pastors of a church in Highland Park, NJ since 2001. When we arrived, our church had 35 members. Today it has grown to approximately 500 congregants. We have also gone from being a primarily white congregation to being a congregation that has over 50 nationalities represented through first generation immigrants…