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The decline and fall of the American Empire

By Editors' Choice

Instead of opening doors for American big business or supporting America’s diplomatic position in the world, the U.S. war machine has become a bull in the global china shop, wielding purely destructive power to destabilize countries and wreck their economies. By Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies— In 2004, journalist Ron Suskind quoted a Bush White House advisor, reportedly Karl Rove, as boasting, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we…

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Isn’t 400 Years Enough?

By Editors' Choice

The failure to appreciate Black history leaves our nation incomplete. By Jonathan Holloway— Many of the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 were driven by a belief that they were acting in accord with the principles fashioned at the birth of this country, that their protest embodied America’s long history of patriotic rhetoric about freedom and citizenship. And in this, they are at least partly right: Such rhetoric…

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By Bill Fletcher, Jr.

When will we cease to be presumed guilty?

By Editors' Choice

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.— BlaThe fury on the face of the woman was evident, despite the mask that she wore. And her self-righteousness that it had to have been the Black young man who took her phone was just mind-boggling. The irony, of course, is that the phone was found in the cab that she had previously used, but she had long since exited the hotel and was on her…

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Vantage Point: COVID-19, Police Murders and the State of Black America

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio June 8, 2020 — On this pledge drive edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Marc Morial and Rev. Dr. Chales F. Boyer. Premium Calling on WBAI Buddies Topics COVID-19 Pandemic and Police Murders of Black People The State of Black America Now Guests Marc Morial President/CEO, National Urban League, New York, NY Rev. Dr. Chales F. Boyer Executive Director,…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

“State of Emergency” in Black America: The Killing of Black Men Continues – A Call to Action

By Vantage Point Articles

Vantage Point Articles & Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels — When will it stop? The police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, coming on the heals of the killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man by a policeman’s choke hold in Staten Island, New York, is yet another painful, traumatic reminder of the long history of occupation, torture, abuse and killing of Black people in America, particularly Black men.

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North America’s First Freed Black Settlement Right in our NYC Neighborhood

By Reparations

By Sarah Bean Apmann, GVSHP — According to historian Christopher Moore, the first legally emancipated community of people of African descent in North America was found in Lower Manhattan, comprising much of present-day Greenwich Village and the South Village, and parts of the Lower East Side and East Village. This settlement was comprised of individual landholdings, many of which belonged to former “company slaves” of the Dutch West India Company. These former slaves, both men…

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Vantage Point: M4BL’s Policy Agenda • Pandemic Strikes POP • Professor on the Soap Box

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio April 20, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Monifa Bandele, Larry Hamm and callers. Topics: The Movement for Black Lives Policy Agenda, Coronavirus Pandemic Strikes People’s Organization for Progress and The Professor on the Soapbox.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

AOC wants coronavirus ‘reparations’ for minority communities

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Reparations

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for coronavirus reparations for minorities, claiming higher numbers of COVID-19 fatalities in low-income communities stems from underlying inequality. By Ebony Bowden, New York Post — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for coronavirus reparations for minorities, claiming higher numbers of COVID-19 fatalities in low-income communities stems from underlying inequality. “COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities,” Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted to her 6 million…

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An order was signed late Sunday authorizing the release of offenders serving certain types of sentences in county jails.

1,000 inmates will be released from N.J. jails to curb Coronavirus risk

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

No other state is thought to have taken such sweeping action to reduce its jail population in response to the pandemic. By Tracey Tully, NYT — New Jersey will release as many as 1,000 people from its jails in what is believed to be the nation’s broadest effort to address the risks of the highly contagious coronavirus spreading among the incarcerated. New Jersey’s chief justice, Stuart Rabner, signed an order late Sunday authorizing the…

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Harry Belafonte Turns 93!

By News & Current Affairs

Harry Belafonte the Entertainer, Civil Rights activist, international Human Rights Icon turn 93 on March 1st. Still active in the struggle for freedom and justice, he celebrated his birthday with a fundraiser at Apollo Theater. In attendance were hip-hop poet and Academy award winner Common, percussionist Sheila E., Grammy winner Maxwell, Gael Faye, John Forte, Talib Kweli, Thelma Plum, Yemen Blues Impact Repertory Theatre, Resistance Revival Chorus and Trinidad &…

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2020 The Year of Garvey, IBW Rally to mobilize for SOBWC V

Press Release: 2020 The Year of Garvey, IBW Rally to mobilize for SOBWC V

By News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements, SOBWC Posts

March 2, 2020, New York — Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW, IBW21) announced today that the organization will hold a Rally, Saturday, March 7th, 2:00 PM at the historic House of the Lord Church, 415 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, NY to mount a major campaign to mobilize support for State of the Black World Conference V (SOBWC V) tentatively scheduled for Newark, NJ, December 2nd – 6th

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