Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dismantling The Political Plantation


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The futility and corruption of U.S. representative politics is currently being made known to the masses of American people, more so than at any time since the right to vote was won for all in 1965. In 2014, there is widespread confusion, anger, and disappointment over the political system in America. Is this the moment to successfully struggle for radical direct democracy, and can the black revolutionary movement serve as a platform for building a new (non)political system for dual power for poor and working class people? Join us as we discuss "Dismantling the Political Plantation: The 2014 Elections and the Need for Radical Direct Democracy."

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Why Obama Won’t Prosecute The Cop Who Killed Michael Brown

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In 1957, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, after the state's segregationist governor, backed by white racist cops and vigilantes, defied federal law in an attempt to stop black students from integrating Central High School. Today, over a half century later, cops and vigilantes continue to violate the civil rights of black and other people of color.

Nevertheless, President Barack Obama has, to date, refused to use his authority to bring federal criminal charges against police officers like Darren Wilson, who killed Michael Brown, and vigilantes like George Zimmerman, who killed Trayvon Martin. Join us for a discussion about why Obama won't take federal action against police terror in America and why community organizing led by poor and working class people of color is the only way to get justice for those murdered by cops and vigilantes.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Black Panther Reunion movement: its importance and impact


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JoNina Ervin, Chairwoman of the BAF, was one of the original organizers of the first Black Panther Party reunion in 1986, and she has just returned from a BPP reunion in Houston, TX this past weekend. Listen to her talk about the origins of the movement, its impact in creating national interest in the legacy of the BPP, and its aftermath. Rarely discussed, but its impact is felt today, join us as we talk about the BPP reunion movement.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Revolutionary Community Organizing, the alternative to reformism



In this period, pacifism and non-profit social justice work is put forward as a replacement for revolutionary community organizing. We are told that this approach to put together a mass, but peaceful, protest movement can transform the state and even beat back its worst excesses. This includes the years of fatal police shooting of Black people all in urban areas all over the USA, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands.

Upwards of a thousand people are killed each year, the majority of whom are Black, poc or poor people. We are told that the pacifist and their campaigns can stop police terrorism and can negotiate for more favorable terms of oppression or so-called reforms by the state and without loss of violence of blood can avoid the inevitable uprising by the people.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Black Panther Party, Police Terrorism Today and Building a New Movement

October, 2014, marks the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in Oakland, California. The original focus of the BPP was on police terrorism and ideas of armed self-defense. This is especially pertinent now when there is mass murder by police of black and other people of color, paramilitary policing, and widespread government spying on the people. We will discuss the ideas of police as fascist agents, the current lack of a militant protest movement against police terrorism, and how do we move forward with radical ideas to combat it.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Gender and Black Autonomy



Throughout their history in America, women and girls of African descent have been routinely subjected to racism, patriarchy, sexism and other forms of gender oppression, denied jobs and equal access to health services, among other problems. Join us for a discussion with members of the Black Autonomy Federation Women's Commission about why black women must assert their right to independently organize around and address issues of specific concern to them.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Power To The People”: It’s About The People, Not The Leaders



We are going to discuss “Power To The People: It’s About Movements of the People, Not Leaders or Vanguards.” The Black movement has been mystified and decimated over the issue of charismatic leadership and vanguard parties, rather than grassroots movements. We will talk about what a movement is, the role of leadership, and power to the people. We will also talk about mistakes of the past and present, and the real necessity of building a new grassroots movement in this period.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Unemployment and Poverty: The Road To Prison For Black People



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Join us for a discussion with Free Alabama Movement prisoner activists Spokesperson Ray and Brother Kinnetik about how unemployment and poverty push thousands and thousands of black people into slavery in America's prisons and how to organize against it.

Black Autonomy Federation Radio is an extension of the Memphis, Tennessee based Black Autonomy Federation. BAF Radio advocates building Black Liberation from below centered within the Black poor & unemployed and working-class. This assessment is based on the present social/political in the 21st Century.

Contact Black Autonomy Federation: P.O. Box 16382, Memphis, TN 38186-0382 or organize.the.hood@gmail.com

Sunday, September 7, 2014

From Plantation “Paddy Rollers” To Paramilitary Cops An Occupying Army In the Black Community



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During the enslavement of Africans in America, private armies of southern white men formed slave patrols, who were charged with stopping the many revolts that took place on plantations. These so-called “paddy rollers,” who also captured and returned runaway slaves to their owners, were the precursor to the modern police departments in America. After the Civil War, paddy rollers evolved into modern police departments. In the South, these cops became key enforcers of the new Jim Crow laws that were passed to strip the freed slaves of their civil and human rights.

During the Civil Rights Era, southern police brutally beat and killed civil rights organizers. In other parts of the USA, urban police used paramilitary police teams (SWAT) to attack the offices of the Black Panther Party and other radical tendencies during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Now, we have racial profiling, no-knock raids, and paramilitary policing, which were put in place for the last 35 years, purportedly to combat crack cocaine and drug dealing gangs. It was later discovered that the government itself helped drugs flow into the black community as part of a chemical warfare program. Paramilitary policing has cost the lives of tens of thousands and put millions in prison. The War on Drugs has destroyed many viable black neighborhoods, threatening the civil liberties of all people in the USA.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Black People Have A Right To Rebel



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Black People Have A Right To Rebel: Countering the Government’s Pacification Program Inspiring the People to Resistance. The recent rebellion over police terrorism in Ferguson, Missouri, was both a militant protest against the racist police murder of 18-year old Michael Brown Jr. by a white cop, and an act of anti-government insurrection. In response, the government threw an army of cops with military weapons at a mass of civilian resisters.

The government and its pacification agents led by Barack Obama and his proxy, Al Sharpton, tell us that we should not fight in the streets and that the cops are somehow in our communities to protect us. We must reject such calls and spread the rebellious resistance exhibited in Ferguson to other cities all over the USA. Further, we must reject pacifism as an ideology of defeat, surrender and compromise, and call upon black youth and their allies to keep fighting and step it up to armed self-defense.

In fact, we call upon them to build armed self-defense units in neighborhoods in all the cities and towns of America until we have a broad-based Black Partisan Militia as a people’s army. Join us this week on Black Autonomy Federation Radio for a discussion on issues of self-defense and a new protest and resistance movement.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Administrator of Killed By Police & Pig State News



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Ferguson, Missouri, has been on fire with days of protest over the death of Michael Brown Jr. Tens of thousands of people like Michael Brown have been killed by law enforcement officers in the United States and their deaths have been mostly covered up.

What do these large number of deaths mean? Why doesn't the government prosecute the police for violation of civil rights or murder? Why must we compile a body of statistics about citizens killed by the police?

Join us as we talk to the administrator of the two Facebook pages, Killed by Police [www.facebook.com/KilledbyPolice] and Pig State News [https://www.facebook.com/PigStateNews], which track tens of thousands of deaths of people killed by police shootings and other forms of homicide by law enforcement officers.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Building A New Movement Against Racism and Police Terror



At least 2,337 people—a large number of whom were black and poor--have been killed by law enforcement officers in America since the beginning of 2009. The police are hired guns, a corrupt, out-of-control, murderous, military occupying army. They are recruited by the government to beat and kill poor and working class people who dare to demand their rights and begin to organize to dismantle the system that was created by the government to oppress them, or just Black people murdered by racist in the cases of modern day legal lynchings. Yet, too many people in the black community believe the lie that if they “work with the police,” this will stop crime in our community. Nothing could be further from the truth since it is the government which is responsible for the poverty and desperation which breeds crime in the first place. Join us for a discussion on Black Autonomy Federation Radio about building a new grassroots, anti-racist/anti-cop movement and an organized resistance struggle to stop racist police terror.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Black Faces in High Places, Obama, Capitalism and the Fate of Black America



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This week on Black Autonomy Federation radio, we will talk about "Black Faces in High Places: Obama, Capitalism and the Fate of Black America." Many Black people (and so-called white progressives) are finally waking up to the fact after 5 years of Obama's administration, nothing has changed for Black America or the working poor. After years of massive unemployment, mass imprisonment,police killings and brutality, urban poverty, and other problems, there is no targeted programs from the Black President's administration.

We talk about why we should not expect Obama to do anything for anybody but the rich, since Wall Street put him in office and it is whom he answers to. We also talk about how electoral politics is a false road for social change by radicals or Black community activists, and that the people hold the keys to our own organization and liberation.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

World War III: The World Is A Ghetto--Part I



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Tonight we will discuss the current 3rd world war as a class war on the poor and oppressed peoples, instead of a war of nation-states. We will discuss how "world wars" have always afforded oppressed and colonized peoples the opportunity to fight for their own freedom, while their governments are fighting to restore capitalism and beat down so-called "rogue nations". Tonight, we will talk about the international class war in terms of peoples of color building a new revolutionary solidarity and liberation movement in both the so-called 3rd world and Western powers, similar to the Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton's ideas of "Revolutionary Intercommunalism and the Right of Nations to Self-Determination" in the early 1970's.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Let’s Organize The ‘Hood: Fighting Homelessness, Unemployment and Poverty


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Black people make up 12 to 15 percent of the U.S. population. However, some 45 percent of homeless people in America are black, 12 percent are unemployed, and 25 percent live in poverty. Suffering from unemployment, underemployment, poverty, lack of affordable housing, mental health problems and abuse, the homeless in America are the result of capitalism, and the division between the super-poor and the super-rich in this period. All homeless people, but particularly those who are black and other people of color, are treated like criminals because of poverty and unemployment. Listen as we talk about how to build a Poor People’s Survival movement in this period, and to fightback against a society that values the lives of rich people over the poor and low income workers.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The New Generation of Political Prisoners in America Today


In the 1960′s and the 1970′s, hundreds of radical political activists who organized against poverty and institutional racism in America were framed, convicted, and sentenced to long prison terms because of their beliefs. Many of them are still in prison and deserve support, but their campaigns can no longer dominate all prison support work. But we are in a new period, with new forms of government repression.

This is not COINTELPRO run by the FBI and used to destroy the earlier social movements. This is counterinsurgency to criminalize the entire population of young Black people and other peoples of color. Join us as we talk about how to build a mass movement based around this new reality, and who these new political prisoners are.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Mental Health of the Black Community



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The Mental Health of the Black Community is the topic for tonight. Join us for a discussion about the impact of depression on the mental health of the black community,

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Creating Radical Media Sources



The government and the big corporations brainwash a large part of the American public by spreading lies in the mass media about what the government does. Join us for a discussion about how radical media sources, like underground blogs, community newsletters, social media, and Internet radio, such as Black Autonomy Federation Radio, can organize the 'hood to fight against the propaganda of the ruling class. 

 Black Autonomy Federation Radio is an extension of the Memphis, Tennessee based Black Autonomy Federation. BAF Radio advocates building Black Liberation from below centered within the Black poor & unemployed and working-class. This assessment is based on the present social/political in the 21st Century. Contact Black Autonomy Federation: P.O. Box 16382, Memphis, TN 38186-0382 or organize.the.hood@gmail.com

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Organizing A Radical Prisoner Support Movement Prt 2


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Black and other people of color now fill the prisons and jails of America in record high rates. Yet, there is no grassroots, community-based movement to fight slavery on the 21st century plantation: prison. Join us for Part Two of a discussion about building a radical mass prisoner support movement.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Black Student and Youth Movement and Its Importance Today


Join us for a discussion about the history of the radical black student and youth movement in America, the current state of black student and youth activism, and what needs to be done to rebuild this movement.

Black Autonomy Federation Radio is an extension of the Memphis, Tennessee based Black Autonomy Federation. BAF Radio advocates building Black Liberation from below centered within the Black poor & unemployed and working-class. This assessment is based on the present social/political in the 21st Century.

Contact Black Autonomy Federation: P.O. Box 16382, Memphis, TN 38186-0382 or organize.the.hood@gmail.com

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Building A Radical Mass Movement To Stop Prison Slavery Prt. 1


Black and other people of color now fill the prisons and jails of America in record high rates. Yet, there is no grassroots, community-based movement to fight slavery on the 21st century plantation: prison. Join us for Part One of a discussion about building a radical mass prisoner support movement.

Black Autonomy Federation Radio is an extension of the Memphis, Tennessee based Black Autonomy Federation. BAF Radio advocates building Black Liberation from below centered within the Black poor & unemployed and working-class. This assessment is based on the present social/political in the 21st Century.

Contact Black Autonomy Federation: P.O. Box 16382, Memphis, TN 38186-0382 or organize.the.hood@gmail.com

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Peace Police and the Sabotage of Militant Black Protest Movements


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The peace police, better known as pacifists, dominate today's social change movement in the United States. Join us for a discussion about how the peace police are used to protect the government from militant black protests and help to ensure that white people contain radical social protest movements within a left-liberal framework.

We'll also be talking tonight about two important milestones for BAF: The 2nd anniversary of BAF's founding (June 9, 2012), and the 1st anniversary of the radio show, which started June 1, 2013.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The rise of the new American Police State and how to combat fascism



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We look at the present period with mass imprisonment, spying on the population of the USA and the world, destruction of labor unions, imperialist war, torture of prisoners, and the national security state.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

America's new system of racism and organizing against it



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More than half a century after historic court rulings and legislation that outlawed school segregation and extended voting and civil rights to black and other people of color, there is a new system of institutional racism in America. The right-wing dominated U.S. Supreme Court in recent years has gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act and upheld various state laws and ballot initiatives that effectively deny people of color of the right to equal access to a college education. Meanwhile, super-rich white supremacists use their wealth to help racist white politicians get elected to Congress and state legislatures. Join us for a discussion about the new system of institutional racism in America and what must be done to organize against it.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Campaign to Stop Police Murders and Prosecute The Cops In Memphis, Tennessee



Police officers killed at least twenty-three people in Memphis, Tennessee, between February, 2012, and October, 2013–the largest number killed by cops anywhere in America during this 18-month time period.

Join us for a discussion about the campaign to get Memphis cops prosecuted for their crimes and why the victims of police terror in Memphis, a majority black city and the poorest big city in America, are not receiving the national attention that they deserve.

Black Autonomy Federation Radio is an extension of the Memphis, Tennessee based Black Autonomy Federation. BAF Radio advocates building Black Liberation from below centered within the Black poor & unemployed and working-class. This assessment is based on the present social/political in the 21st Century. Contact Black Autonomy Federation: P.O. Box 16382, Memphis, TN 38186-0382 or organize.the.hood@gmail.com

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Nigerian kidnap crisis in the historical context of Africa



Tonight we will be analyzing the kidnap crisis in Nigeria and looking at Africa from a historical perspective. Black Autonomy Federation Radio is an extension of the Memphis, Tennessee based Black Autonomy Federation. BAF Radio advocates building Black Liberation from below centered within the Black poor & unemployed and working-class. This assessment is based on the present social/political in the 21st Century. 

Contact Black Autonomy Federation: P.O. Box 16382, Memphis, TN 38186-0382 or organize.the.hood@gmail.com

Sunday, May 4, 2014

What Happens If The Government Collapses?




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How will poor and low income people get food, clothing, and shelter and govern our communities if the government collapses? Join us for a discussion about the programs that we will need to organize in order to survive and build a new society.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

What Happened To The Left: From Revolution To Reformism




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One thing for younger activists to understand is that in this current period, individuals, groups and Leftist movements that in the past (the "radical" period of the 1960's) were posturing as revolutionary or radical, and even presented themselves as struggling to destroy the capitalist state, have now gone over to reformism and are in league with Left-Liberals to build a base in this economy and the government. Many have become businesspeople, politicians, political pundits, or administrators of nonprofit organizations. How did this happen and why did this happen, and what does it mean now? On this week's Black Autonomy Federation Radio, we talk about "What Happened To The Left: From Revolution To Reformism".

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Internal Colonialism in 21st Century Black America




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For 184 years, black activists have argued that black people in America exist as a colony within the United States. Join us for a discussion about the history of Black America as a colony of the U.S. government; how this colonization has today caused mass black unemployment, poverty, imprisonment, and other problems for poor, low income and working class black people; and what we must do to organize against it.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Direct Democracy vs. Electoral Politics II



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April 5, 2014
This week on Black Autonomy Federation Radio we will once again broach the topic of "Direct Democracy as an Alternative to Electoral Politics".

Direct Democracy part 2. What was Participatory Democracy in the 1960's and why has corporate power and money has killed liberal reformist politics in this period? The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, Black Panther Party and other radical movements in the 1960's pressed for direct democracy and "all power to the people", rather than the gov't and corporations dictating the social and political life of the country. What does all this mean, and what can we do about it on the grassroots level?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Public Education System Is Failing Our Children by Design




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The failing public education system in the United States and how the Federal and State governments are buying into the Charter School system which are being funded by state and local governments.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Direct Democracy vs. Electoral Politics




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This week on Black Autonomy Federation Radio we will deal with a Direct Democracy as an Alternative to Electoral Politics.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Looking at the criminalization of Black Youth and the Juvenile Prison System




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March 15, 2014

Most discussion and studies of the Prison Industrial Complex completely omits the conditions of Black/POC youth. Yet they are being confined in rising numbers, are being tried as adults or confined for years in juvenile prisons, which just prepare them for penitentiaries. We want to talk about organizing the Black community to deal with this, and saving our children from prison slavery.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Prisons: The New Slavery in America




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Nearly half of the people in prison in America are black. Join us for a discussion about why, like black people on 19th century plantations, black people in prison today are slaves.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Corporate Non-Profit Groups Subvert Black Protest Movements




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Join members of the Black Autonomy Federation for a discussion on how corporate non-profit groups have become a major weapon to stop the growth of radical black protest movements. Can anything be done to fight back?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

How to start a Black Autonomy Federation chapter in your city




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If you see injustice in your city and there are no non-governmental or grassroots organizations in your area to address the problems then you can start addressing the problems by starting a Black Autonomy Federation chapter in your city. Join us for a discussion on what you can do starting from scratch to get your ideas before the people in your community and together start working on solutions.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Black Community Organizing - Part 2




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How does organizing help the black community? Join us for Part 2 of our discussion about “Let’s Organize The ‘Hood,” the Black Autonomy Federation’s program to empower poor and low-income black people.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Black Community Organizing – Part 1




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What does it mean to organize the "hood"? Join us for part one of our discussion about the strategies and tactics of the Black Autonomy Federation’s program to organize and empower poor and low-income people in the black community.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

SOTU: Why Government Is The Problem, Not The Answer



In his speech to the nation on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama said nothing about what his administration will do about raging black unemployment, poverty, police brutality and mass imprisonment. Since first elected, Obama has said nothing about the overall condition of black people in America. Join us as we talk about why a black president or any government official cannot save black people.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Building a new Black movement



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Tonight the hosts of Black Autonomy Federation Radio will follow up on the “Let’s Organize the ‘Hood Black Youth & Hip-Hop Activist Conference” which was held in Memphis, Tennessee last week and has led to the establishment of new chapters of Black Autonomy Federation across the country.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Review of the Organize the Hood Memphis conference



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This weekend The Black Autonomy Federation kicked off its Let’s Organize The ‘Hood Black Youth & Hip-Hop Activist Community Organizing Conference. Tonight we will feature live interviews from the conference site in Memphis, Tennessee and talk to activists and other attendees from around the country who will share what they learned.