In an action which is unprecedented on several levels, black, brown and white inmates of Georgia’s notorious state prison system are standing together for a historic one day peaceful strike today, during which they are remaining in their cells, refusing work and other assignments and activities. This is a groundbreaking event not only because inmates are standing up for themselves and their own human rughts, but because prisoners are setting an example by reaching across racial boundaries which, in prisons, have historically been used to pit oppressed communities against each other. PRESS RELEASE BELOW THE FOLD
What’s More Important For Black Leadership? Turning Off Fox News? Or Stopping the President’s Cat Food Commission?
While black political leaders and activists focus on turning off Fox News, and clownish disputes with Tea Partyers and the likes of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, are they missing something more important? Can any good come from a Democratic president reaching across the aisle to team up with Republicans for a bipartisan “fiscal reform” that targets “entitlements,” meaning Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security? Is the silence of black leadership on the president’s Cat Food Commission still more evidence of their irrelevance?
HR 848, cynically misnamed “Performance Rights” bill sponsored by John Conyers will not benefit most artists. It will legalize payola, suppress creativity, create more pressure among broadcasters to consolidate. And once the new toll booth is planted in broadcast radio it won’t be long before it is deployed elsewhere…
Did Barack Obama Just Appoint an Underqualified Political Hack & Privatizer to be Secretary of Education?
Black Agenda Report’s Bruce Dixon interviews George Schmidt, 28 year Chicago school teacher and activist on the appointment of Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan to Secretary of Education. Broadcast on WRFG Atlanta 89.3 Monday Dec. 22, 2008.