Morning fam,<br>Protesters have been out in the streets for weeks… Performance is getting tired. There is a build up to a climax, with no release. Activists and orgs are scrambling to come up with something, anything, a tangible they can point to as a win in order to ‘justify’ the co-opting a movement they did not start. Ditto for progressives still feeling the sting of the 2nd Democrat sabotage of Bernie Sanders…. a mixture of people who have either been exposed for exploiting black deaths, pain and suffering and/or failed high expectations leading this push. <br><br>Introducing an act, is simply introducing an act. A act does not go into effect until signed into law. This will not be signed into law. We saw this before with BLM/M4BL, Deray McKesson, Brittany Packnett and Netta with Campaign Zero. Memba the photo opps at the White House meeting with Obama? The result? Obama signing Blue Lives Matter legislation.<br><br>It would be foolish to expect a different result under Trump or with a Democrat Congress and nominee that have already publicly resisted calls to defund the police. Especially when violent crime and murders are on the rise (even more so in cities where protesters are making this demand. Coincidence? That’s a post for another day).<br><br>Don’t be fooled. This will not be passed. BLM/M4BL knew this from the onset, it is their way of trying to show something, anything they can call a win, to justify the hijacking of Ferguson and diverting hundreds of millions of dollars intended for the real grass roots into their coffers. And it allows them to solicit more grants and donations in order to fight the good fight. #HereWeGoAgain

Morning fam,Protesters have been out in the streets for weeks… Performance is getting tired. There is a build up to a climax, with no release. Activists and orgs are scrambling to come up with something, anything, a tangible they can point to as a wi…

The problem with pieces like this is that while they can adequately pinpoint the problems, their solutions fall short because they focus on black representation rather than black ownership… black employees rather than seeking black partners. We already have million and billion dollar slaves.

The problem with pieces like this is that while they can adequately pinpoint the problems, their solutions fall short because they focus on black representation rather than black ownership… black employees rather than seeking black partners. We alrea…

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#MustSee Rhonda Mary with a much needed reality check starting with people being reckless, talking about abolishing and defuding the police without any plan or idea about how to do so in a manner that doesn’t make our reality worse. She also talks abou…

“Today, it is extremely easy for activists and organizers to set up shop under the auspices of the American 501-(c) nonprofit structure. This creates a certain set of opportunities but also hindrances. The nonprofit industrial complex is a minefield of deceptive and enticing grants and foundation sponsorships that inject funding into the coffers of these newly-constituted organizations but with significant limitations on speech and policy advocacy. Unless they have a dues-paying membership system, this financial design can create a top-down power structure lacking any conduit for democratic redress of grievances and accountability. <br><br>This vacuum catalyzed a landscape wherein the leadership of the #BlackLivesMatter organization and independent political actors with dubious motives sought from the outset of their efforts to engage with the Democratic Party and its various auxiliaries in the nonprofit industrial complex. #BlackLivesMatter quickly found sponsorship from the Ford Foundation and Google [5]. DeRay McKesson, a proponent of school privatization and the union-busting Teach for America, utilized these developments to further his career and profile within the halls of neoliberal power brokers [6]. Visa launched a debit card with Black-owned One United Bank so to develop a new customer base by reviving what Dr. Jared Ball of Morgan State University calls The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power [8]. As Black radical journalist Jon Jeter wrote two years ago for Mint Press News, “Almost since its inception…the BLM leadership has come under fire for its lack of a class analysis. This lack…[is] inconsistent with a radical black polity that has been integral, historically, to the maturation of the modern state, from public education to the New Deal to open admissions at the City University of New York.”<br><br>In other words, without a viable infrastructure that is able to maintain sustained antagonism to the Democratic Party, protest movements are easily absorbed and neutralized by capital” #FollowTheMoney

“Today, it is extremely easy for activists and organizers to set up shop under the auspices of the American 501-(c) nonprofit structure. This creates a certain set of opportunities but also hindrances. The nonprofit industrial complex is a minefield of…

The cycle is repeating itself today because we ignored Malcolm’s “Message to the Grassroots” and the hijacking of Ferguson, <br><br>”On May 25, 2020, police in Minneapolis Minnesota murdered George Floyd in cold blood. Responding to allegations of counterfeit money, police arrested Floyd, with one officer kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes, ultimately suffocating him. The killing was captured on video and quickly spread across the internet.<br><br>Protests soon followed. The first protest organized in Minneapolis was on May 26. By May 28 the protests had spread to the nearby cities of St Paul and Duluth with riots occurring in Minneaopolis that evening. Mostly notably, the third precinct of the Minneapolis Police Department was besieged and burned. Minnesota activated the National Guard on May 29 in response to the unrest.1 The American state’s disastrous response to COVID-19, massive unemployment, and indiscriminate police killings that disproportionately target people of colour provided the impetus for an enormous and unprecedented outpouring of rage; protests, many of them violently targeting the police, spread across the United States like wildfire.<br><br>While the initial uprising was ferocious in its explosive anger and militancy, within just three weeks the protests seem to have been channeled largely into the decidedly less militant demand of “Defund the police.” What happened? I largely agree with what Kandist Mallett wrote in a brilliant article in Teen Vogue, in which she argued that: “those in power…are working tirelessly to destroy this wave of unrest before it becomes a tsunami they cannot control.… They are trying to kill this movement.”2 The defanging of the George Floyd Uprising was not accidental but was rather a deliberate attempt on the part of the American ruling class to regain social control in the wake of the most militant protests in recent memory—and, as a movement, possibly the largest in U.S. history.<br><br>What I want to do in this article is to examine the dimensions of how this defanging took place: how, within the space of two weeks, we went from burning down a police station to making small budgetary demands. I argue that the massive effort to defang the George Floyd Uprising should be understood as a deliberate counter-insurgency operation, combining the (sometimes coordinated) efforts of: various police forces, the capitalist media, the American military, NGOs, the Democrats, both state and federal governments, and other liberal establishment figures. What I also want to show is that these efforts were not extraordinary: there was no shadowy conspiracy to intervene. Rather, each of these apparatuses functioned exactly as intended to in order to defend the existing capitalist order. By examining the response to the George Floyd Uprising, the left can gain a better understanding of just how difficult it will be to overthrow capitalism and the capitalist state and potentially avoid pitfalls in the future.”

The cycle is repeating itself today because we ignored Malcolm’s “Message to the Grassroots” and the hijacking of Ferguson, “On May 25, 2020, police in Minneapolis Minnesota murdered George Floyd in cold blood. Responding to allegations of counterfeit …