We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The “Movement for Black Lives” unveils Platform courtesy of $100 million from parasitic capitalist organizations

Click here to access article by Aaron O'Neal from The Burning Spear.

Once again we see capitalist agents trying to control an organization by funding them. O'Neal argues that capitalists are already trying to control various African-American protest movements, most especially the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization. In contrast to BLM, he favors Black is Back which has a long history of advocating Black power and Black community control over police forces.
Ironically, 50 years ago it was Stokely Carmichael who popularized the phrase "Black Power." This has widely been seen as the split that catapulted our movement from the opportunist demands of the Civil Rights Movement to the black power era that that swept the African community with such ferocity.

This movement was militarily defeated by the U.S. government with the killing of MLK 2 years later, Fred Hampton and destruction of our organizations through counterinsurgent attacks like the Black Panther Party.

Private funding sources were part and parcel
[of] counterinsurgent attacks on our movement in the 1960s that lead to the defeat of our movement. We cannot relieve the mistakes of the past.

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