Daily News Digest February 3, 2020

February is Black History Month:

The Lessons of the Montgomery Bus Boycott By Roland Sheppard

Martin Luther King  at First Montgomery Improvement Association Meeting to Organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott Holt Street Baptist Church, Montgomery Alabama 12/5/1955.
Black citizens in Montgomery begin a one-day bus boycott to protest the arrest of Rosa Parks. Black community leaders, impressed with the boycott’s success, decide to lengthen the boycott and press for summary elimination of segregation in the city bus system. The Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) is formed to coordinate the boycott, and Martin Luther Martin Luther King, Jr. of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church is elected president. In connection with the boycott, King delivers his first civil rights speech, at the Holt Street Baptist Church in Montgomery.

The boycott was successful, in my opinion, for several reasons:

  1. It had mass support and it strength developed from the unity of the Black masses to boycott the buses.

  2. In order to sustain the boycott, the MIA had organized an alternative transportation system, which gave the masses the ability to get to work for over a year, something that was crucial to the success of the boycott.

  3. The democratically organized Montgomery Improvement Association had regular weekly mass meetings of thousands to decide the strategy and tactics of the movement. The people in the struggle had control and the final say — not the leaders from on high. This helped to insured the power of the movement, for the masses saw the MIA as their organization and were committed by their votes to implement their The tactics of both mass civil disobedience (the boycott) and self defense by the MIA was key to the success of the struggle.

  4. The power of independent mass action, independent of the politicians, was demonstrated by the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This is the power that inspired and garnered support from throughout the nation and the world.

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Since World War I, ‘the war to end all wars’, there have been perpetual wars for perpetual peace, this Laura Gray’s cartoon from the front page of The Militant August 18, 1945, under banner headline: “There Is No Peace” Could Still Be Published Today!

During This Economic Crisis, Capitalism’s Three-Point Political Program: 1, Austerity,2 Scapegoat Blacks, Minorities, and ‘Illegal’ Immigrants for Unemployment, and 3.  The Iron Heel   Always Remember: That Obama

That President Obama, With a Majority Democrat Legislature Supported the Wall Street Bailout and Remember, That he Established, in writing,  the United States Capitalist Austerity Program. —  The Race to the Bottom/Pauperization of the 99%!   Democracy?:

As the Capitalist Robber Barons Steal from the 99%,  Only the 1% Voted For Austerity!   The 99% Should Decide On Austerity — Not Just The 1% Who, Profit From Austerity!!  Under Austerity, All of the World Will Eventually Be Pauperized, Humbled, and Desecrated Like Greece and Puerto Rico.!   Socialism Means True Democracy , thet the 99% Will Rule, Not the Few!

Image of the Day:

Stealing Capitalist StyleAssata Shakur

 Quote of the Day:

In the press release, Peter Rosset, executive director of Food First, said: “This award shows the enormous potential of sustainable agriculture, which is so under exploited in other countries. The whole world should learn from Cuba.” Dr. Rosset went on to say that “in Cuba, organic is for everyone, not just for those who can afford it. In past articles I have written on the importance of the Cuban developments in agriculture.  That the chemical dependent agriculture for profit in Capitalist society is making cancer part of our food chain based on an ever-increasing use of pesticides. — Organic Farming — Cuba: “The Road Not Taken”: The Other Cuban Revolution (1999)

Videos of the Day:

Modern Day Robber Barons: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner made more than $82 million while working at White House

In modern capitalism, governments routinely borrow money. They do this to finance budget deficits that occur when governments raise less in taxes than they spend. Governments also borrow to invest in long-term projects of economic development. The swindling occurs when the lenders and borrowers—usually private financiers and career politicians—negotiate loans that serve their own particular interests at the expense of the taxpayers who eventually cover the costs of repaying the government’s loans plus interest on them. — Richard Wolff: Global Capitalism Is Theft

Wealth Inequality: The Richest 1% Controls More Wealth Now Than At Any Time In More Than 50 Years. But What Does Wealth Inequality Really Look Like?

NFL’s Racism Runs Deep, All the Way to the Super Bowl For example: Teams with racist names; only three Black coaches when 70% of players are Black; players like Kaepernick are sidelined for life; billionaire owners who support Trump; and players who are treated like meat to be bought and sold.Dr. Rob Confronts Mike Pence About Medicaid Cuts


The United States is not a Democracy (A government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly)! Only the 1%, through their ownership of the Republicrats and who profit from war and the war budget, vote for War and the war budget — A policy, which Gore Vidal called a  Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace. — The 99% Should Decide On War — Not Just The 1% Who Profit From War!  Under a Democracy, The 99% would have the right to vote on the policy of Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace! The United States takes from the poor and gives to the Rich.

Trump’s ‘Deal Of The Century’ is so Absurd and Banal, It’s Impossible to Take It Seriously When the two old political fraudsters emerged at the White House this week with the most deranged, farcical tragi-comedy in Middle East history, it was difficult to know whether to laugh or cry.The 80-page “peace” plan from the White House contained 56 references to “Vision” in its first 60 pages – and yes, with a capital V on each occasion to suggest, I guess, that this “deal of the century” was a supernatural revelation. It was not, though it might have been written by a super-Israeli. It said goodbye to Palestinian refugees – the famous/infamous “right of return” and all who now rot in the camps of the Middle East; farewell to the old city of Jerusalem as a Palestinian capital; adieu to UNRWA, the UN relief agency. But it welcomed a permanent Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the total annexation of almost every Jewish colony built there against all international law. By Robert FiskBringing Back ‘Archaic and Gruesome Weapons,’ Trump Reverses US Restrictions on Landmines “The United States is doing a 180 on the near-global consensus to ban the abhorrent and inhumane use of landmines.” A picture taken on August 9, 2018 during a trip in Yemen organized by the UAE’s National Media Council (NMC) shows Yemeni children whose legs were amputated after they were injured by landmines playing in the country’s second city of Aden which is under control by the Saudi and UAE-backed government. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images) By Andrea Germanos Environment:

In Cuba, Greener Farming Means Cleaner Rivers Joint Cuba-U.S. study finds sustainable agriculture in Cuba keeps river pollution far below levels in U.S. waterways When the Soviet Union disintegrated in the early 1990s, food production on the island of Cuba was reduced—as the supply of Russian fertilizers, pesticides, tractors, and oil dried up. Under the stress of an imminent food crisis, the island quickly rebuilt a new form of diversified farming—including many urban organic gardens—that depended less on imported synthetic chemicals. Over the last two decades, Cuba blossomed into a worldwide model for conservation agriculture, with improved soils and cleaner water.At least that’s been a popular story among journalists.Now—for the first time in more than fifty years—a team of Cuban and U.S. field scientists have worked together to rigorously test a key aspect of this story: the impacts of contemporary agriculture on water quality in Cuba’s rivers. Despite centuries of sugarcane plantations and other intensive farming, the international team discovered that none of the rivers they explored show deep damage. By Joshua A Brown

Why Were Whales Increasingly Caught In Crab Lines? Because Of The Climate Crisis New study shows marine heat wave was causing marine life to cluster in an area that made feeding dangerous When humpback whales began to appear in large numbers off the Californiacoast in 2015 and 2016, people celebrated the comeback of the whales after a near-miss with extinction. However, the excitement was quickly met with new worries – the whales increasingly got caught up in fishermen’s crab ropes. By 2016, there were more than 50 recorded entanglements that left whales injured or killed. Whales got ropes tangled around their mouths, making it difficult for them to eat. Crab lines cut through tissue and caused infections. By Katharine Gammon

Murder in Chief: Critics: Trump EPA’s Formal Assertion Glyphosate Poses No Risk to Human Health Indication of ‘Troubling Allegiance’ With Bayer/Monsanto “It’s open season on clean air, water, and soil.” President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday wrapped up a regulatory review of the safety of the weedkiller glyphosate and found the chemical poses no risk to human healh—a decision that was immediately decried by advocates as another indication of the closeness between the administration and private sector interests. “The Trump EPA’s assertion that glyphosate poses no risks to human health disregards independent science findings in favor of confidential industry research and industry profits,” said Lori Ann Burd, the Center for Biological Diversity’s director of environmental health. “This administration’s troubling allegiance to Bayer/Monsanto and the pesticide industry doesn’t change the trove of peer-reviewed research by leading scientists finding troubling links between glyphosate and cancer.” By Eoin Higgins

Black Liberation/ Civil Rights:




Education, Health, Science, and Welfare:

The government of the United States can pass laws in a few days to spend tens of trillions of dollars for war and the bailout of Wall Street and the bankers. Yet, those who ‘governn’, pass universal healthcare for themselves, but they cannot spend even one trillion dollars for universal health for those who are ‘governed’! This is what is considered, by the powers the to be,  a democracy and part of the democratic way. — Roland Sheppard, Let the People  Vote on Healthcare! 

‘People, Poor Disabled People in Particular, Are Going to Die’: Trump Takes Axe to Medicaid “Trump wants to destroy Medicaid while claiming to save it. This fiendish scheme is an Orwellian fable conjured up by the most shameless pack of liars to ever occupy our government.” By Jake Johnson