ShowBlack Agenda Radio
Broadcast TitleDetroit water cut-offs, Mass black incarceration, Harlem housing project raids, H. Rap Brown, Renters Disadvantage, Minium Wage hike,
Broadcast Date2014-07-02
Record Date2014-07-02
SummaryDetroit Financial Dictator Uses Water as Weapon
The water cut-offs that could soon affect 30,000 Detroit households are "an effort on the part of the Emergency Financial Manager to intimidate people," said Abayomi Azikiwe, an organizer for the Moratorium Now Coalition and editor of the Pan African News Wire. A United Nations panel of experts called the shut-offs "an affront to human rights."
Empower the Urban Renting Majority
A new report on housing shows favor to homeowners over renters. Titled "Renter Nation: Solutions to the Housing Affordability Crisis," the report outlines "models of cooperative housing that allow people to build wealth and maintain investment in the community they live in," said Rachel LeForest, executive director of the Right to the City Alliance.
Socialist Takes on Washington State Speaker of House
"What's lacking in state houses across the country are unambiguous fighters for working people and others who are disenfranchised," said Jess Spear, the Socialist Alternative candidate for Washington House Speaker Frank Chopp' s seat. Spear said Chopp has failed to move a $12 an hour state minimum wage out of committee. "It really exposes him and the rest of the Democratic Party as just grandstanding and paying lip service to what working people need and deserve," she said.
Mass Conspiracy Charges in Harlem
Residents of two Harlem housing projects remain outraged a 400-officer police raid that resulted in attempted murder, weapons and conspiracy charges against more than 100 young people. " They are charging everybody with the crimes of a couple of people. "It's like you are guilty by association," said Angela Dunmore.
H. Rap Brown/Jamil al-Amin Seriously Ill in Super-Max
The former chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Minister of Justice of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, and revolutionary icon formerly known as H. Rap Brown, is seriously ill. "Jamil al-Amin's outspoken defense of self-defense earned him the eternal enmity of the government," said political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal.
Why "Freedom Summer" Activists Chose Voter Registration over Direct Action
Fifty years ago, organizers with SNCC and other civil rights organizations brought 1,000 mostly white students to Mississippi to assist in registering Black voters. "They were faced with whether they wanted to do the Nelson Mandela," said Moses. "If they were going to do direct action, then they've got to stay in jail for a long time."