California AG Kamala Harris Rejects Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

CA AG Kamala Harris

In a major development, California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, has broken off from the proposed 50-state settlement over foreclosure fraud. If the talks weren’t dead already, and if you’ve read this space you’d know that I think they were, this surely puts them to bed.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris will no longer take part in a national foreclosure probe of some of the nation’s biggest banks, which are accused of pervasive misconduct in dealing with troubled homeowners.

Harris removed herself from talks by a coalition of state attorneys general and federal agencies investigating abusive foreclosure practices because the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers were not offering California homeowners relief commensurate to what people in the state had suffered, a person familiar with the matter said.

The big banks were also demanding to be granted overly broad immunity from legal claims that could potentially derail further investigations into Wall Street’s role in the mortgage meltdown, the person said.

Harris spent the entire day last Friday in a room with representatives of the big banks, giving them every opportunity to come up with a solution that presented California homeowners with relief commensurate to the liability release they wanted. I think that Harris would have signed on to a deal if she got what she needed out of it. But the banks clearly would not deliver that level of relief, and they still wanted a sweeping liability release, which Harris was unwilling to provide.

Harris’ full letter to Thomas Perrelli of the Justice Department and Iowa AG Tom Miller is here. As far as where she goes from here, she writes:  [cont’d.] (more…)

Bipartisan Pootie Heads

Jesus or Jail, ‘Pay the Pastor on Your Way Out’
Bay Minette, AL Police Chief Mike Rowland wants to let misdemeanor criminal offenders work off their sentences in jail and pay a fine or go to church every Sunday for a year – where they presumably pay the fine off by way of the collection plate.

 

There’s the expected uproar and plenty of genuine Constitutional questions – not least of which is that while there are 56 churches participating, there are no mosques, Temples, or allowances for other religions. No word on how Scientologists would fare. Sure they’re misdemeanors, but isn’t not offering the choice to those not of the Christian faith sort of a de facto, “one strike, you’re out” conviction for everyone else?

Knock, Knock, Who’s in There
The Congressional Super Committee charged with closing the partisan divide over budgets has set to work and they’ve found a bipartisan way to piss off everyone – keep the public out entirely.

The committee has already met several times in secret and mum’s the woid on what they’re doing in there. According to Sen. John Kerry (D-Masshole), “I don’t want to discuss what we discussed“, or as his partner across the aisle, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Azzhole) put it, “If you want to talk to somebody, talk to our two co-chairmen.” But, that might be a bit tough when they’re behind a closed frickin’ door!

Elections? Elections? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Elections

Gov. Bev Perdue, (D-North Crapweaslia) has the perfect way to end the fighting over budgets – suspend elections for two years while the Democans and Republicrats hammer out a bipartisan budget compromise.

“You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things,” she said.

No word from Perdue yet on just how you get more ability into Congress by suspending the very mechanism for getting ability into Congress – elections.

Hello, YIKES! That’s the Biggest Damn Palmetto Bug I’ve Ever Seen
Gov. Nikki Haley (R-South Stupidistan) put on her thinking cap this week and is now requiring SC state employees to answer the phone, “It’s a great day in South Carolina. How can I help you?”

“As hokey as some people may think it is, I’m selling South Carolina as this great, new (founded in 1663), positive state,” Haley says. I bet that’s a hard sell when the DMV answers your 35 minute call hold with, “It’s a great day at the DMV…”

The unfortunately named state Democrat party chair and SC-booster, Dick Harpootlian, begs to differ. “She believes that if you say the lie enough, people may begin to believe it. But we know the state is in the toilet,” he said when citing SC’s fourth highest unemployment rate of 11.1%.

Webernets bloggernaut Gawker agrees. If this doesn’t fix everything, Gawker suggests, “Haley will rename the state ‘The Awesomer Carolina, Bitches’ and then just hope for the best.”

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Live Blog of #OccupyWallStreet: Day Fourteen, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Expresses Support

(photo: beelaineo )

The occupation has rapidly picked up union support in the past few days. The latest indication that big unions are willing to encourage their members to participate in Occupy Wall Street comes from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who The Nation‘s John Nichols reports has said it is “a valid tactic to call attention to a problem. Wall Street is out of control.”

Understanding that the real power the occupation has is how it could “shift the dialogue,” he added, “I think being in the streets and calling attention to issues is sometimes the only recourse you have because, God only knows, you can go to the Hill, and you can talk to a lot of people and see nothing ever happen.”

Occupy Wall Street owes a lot of its success to big unions like AFL-CIO or SEIU not being involved. The bottom-up nature of the protest is something that big union leaders might have been leery toward permitting. It will certainly be important to follow how organizers of Occupy Wall Street use the new support from union leaders. Big union leaders should not expect to be able to join the occupation and take over the process.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his weekly appearance on “The John Gambling Show” on AM WOR710 addressed the persistence of those participating Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park. It was an example of a member of the power elite voicing his or her contempt for protest. It was also clear that Gambling has scorn for the protest too as the discussion began with the question, “How do you end that thing?”

Bloomberg answered:

The protesters are protesting against people who make $40-50,000 a year and are struggling to make ends meet. That’s the bottom line. These are the people that work on Wall Street in the finance sector. Most of these companies are no longer on Wall Street. We just use that as a catch-all term. And people in this day and age need support for their employers. We need the banks. If the banks don’t go out and make loans, we will not come out of our economic problems. We will not have jobs. So, anything we can do to responsibly help the banks do that encourages them to do that is what we need.

A full report on what Bloomberg said can be found here.

Firedoglake’s premier live blog on all things occupy continues. There is a march at 5:30 am ET. Right now, around 2000 people are said to be in the park. Here is a Twitter list to follow for the latest updates.

LIVESTREAM OF OCCUPY WALL STREET VIA GLOBAL REVOLUTION

10:28 PM Occupy Boston marching. Now the account for the occupation tweets cops are coming from everywhere.

10:25 PM Torrential rain. They have tarps and some things are covered. The tarps have caused tension because for some reason codes for the park do not allow the tarps (?) Or maybe the cops just decided they can’t have tarps to cover equipment, etc.

8:29 PM

8:25 PM Critical Mass rides by:

8:15 PM Round up of updates on other “Occupy” actions: Occupy Chicago had Critical Mass ride by on their bicycles. They have around 100 out. Occupy Boston is holding first General Assembly. There are

8:13 PM Too big for media to ignore anymore (via @jeffrae)

7:48 PM AdBusters on a movement being born: “People are realizing it’s time to live.”

7:43 PM General Assembly is about to begin with more people than ever.

7:28 PM May be one of the best signs yet. (In fact, FDL should probably be producing a blog post of the top signs so far — post any links in the comments thread). [via Dustin Slaughter]

7:13 PM The people have stood up and are leaving NYPD headquarters. You can hear their chant echoing as they move down the street: “We are the 99%! We are the 99%! We are the 99%!”

7:11 PM African American women speaks: “Twenty years ago, my friend Michael Stewart was beaten to death by the traffic cops of New York. We honor him and his spirit. God bless you Michael Stewart.”

7:07 PM A message to the cops: “It has been ten years since 9/11. We know that you have families. We know that you think you’ve got that job to do. We urge you to find the peace, to find the nonviolence, to find the fun in the First Amendment.”

7:04 PM In a way, there are so many people it is now comical to watch a rally because the speaker must say what he has to say, then the closest people repeat, then the people behind that group of people repeat it and then another group behind repeats it. It’s like a wave.

7:00 PM The rally at the headquarters is against police brutality. Members of Cop Watch in front of the crowd talking about the upcoming annual rally against police brutality on October 22. They say “if we ever want justice, we must continue like this.”

6:54 PM From @AllisonKilkenny, protesters sitting down:

6:36 PM At NYPD headquarters

Report that many of the protesters have sat down in the plaza in front of headquarters.

5:50 PM @DustinSlaughter has this photo, says the march is huge:

5:31 PM Context: David Macaray on how US lags far behind on worker protections.

5:22 PM

5:30 PM Somewhere between three and five thousand people marching from Liberty Park to NYPD headquarters (or as close as police will let them get).

5:15 PM Marching to NYPD headquarters. The march is supposed to be a silent march.

4:45 PM Transit Workers Union speaks to the crowd (via @ANIMALNewYork )

3:45 PM List of all occupy events around the world. Via @SabzBrach

3:42 PM No, Radiohead is not playing Occupy Wall Street

3:20 PM There’s a Rosh Hashanah peace gathering at 4 pm.

3:10 PM Senator Bernie Sanders on Occupy Wall Street

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmdmoA-dLo0

California AG Kamala Harris Rejects Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

In a major development, California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, has broken off from the proposed 50-state settlement over foreclosure fraud. If the talks weren’t dead already, and if you’ve read this space you’d know that I think they were, this surely puts them to bed.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris will no longer take part in a national foreclosure probe of some of the nation’s biggest banks, which are accused of pervasive misconduct in dealing with troubled homeowners.

Harris removed herself from talks by a coalition of state attorneys general and federal agencies investigating abusive foreclosure practices because the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers were not offering California homeowners relief commensurate to what people in the state had suffered, a person familiar with the matter said.

The big banks were also demanding to be granted overly broad immunity from legal claims that could potentially derail further investigations into Wall Street’s role in the mortgage meltdown, the person said.

Harris spent the entire day last Friday in a room with representatives of the big banks, giving them every opportunity to come up with a solution that presented California homeowners with relief commensurate to the liability release they wanted. I think that Harris would have signed on to a deal if she got what she needed out of it. But the banks clearly would not deliver that level of relief, and they still wanted a sweeping liability release, which Harris was unwilling to provide.

Harris’ full letter to Thomas Perrelli of the Justice Department and Iowa AG Tom Miller is here. As far as where she goes from here, she writes:

I intend to continue to investigate the mortgage practices that I believe have contributed to the growing housing crisis in my state. Months ago, I began California’s independent work in this respect by establishing a Mortgage Fraud Strike Force, and I have given the Strike Force attorneys a broad mandate to investigate all stages of the mortgage lending process, from origination to servicing and foreclosures to securitization of loans into investments in the secondary market. I am committed to doing as thorough an investigation as is needed – and to taking the time that is necessary – to set the stage for achieving appropriate accountability for misconduct.

I will also push for additional legislation and regulations that enhance transparency and eliminate incentives to disregard borrower’s rights in foreclosure. Many of these reforms have been identified in the multistate talks, and I hope that in good faith the banks will adopt these reforms immediately.

Fat chance of that. But overall, this is a great pledge to seriously investigate the banks on a wide range of mortgage and foreclosure issues, and to seek the appropriate remedies. Bravo to Harris, and that comes from a constituent.

I have to think that the public pressure, particularly what we saw in the last couple days with even Gavin Newsom stepping in to challenge Harris to reject the settlement, had a huge impact. Harris was a surrogate for the Obama Administration from way back. She spoke for him at the 2008 Democratic Party convention in the state, with her counterpart for Hillary Clinton being the 43rd 42nd President of the United States. She’s been mentioned as a potential US Attorney General in a second term. For her to defy the Administration on this issue is a huge turn of events.

As for Tom Miller, his dream of getting the banks off the hook for their crimes is dead and buried. Without California and New York, you’re not going to be able to have a settlement that means anything. He’s probably looking for a way out right now.

The investigations have to be followed through. But this is a victory so far for accountability and against the whitewashes that have characterized the nation’s response to systemic fraud in an increasing and troubling fashion over the past several years.

UPDATE: A very legitimate question was raised in the comments about the status of the Mortgage Fraud Strike Force, which Harris in her letter stated would handle the investigation. Earlier, because of budget cutbacks, it was reported that the Strike Force was gutted. But Harris’ office says that personnel and funding was moved around to make the investigation a priority. There were 25 people in the Strike Force when it launched; now there are 30, according to the AG’s spokesman, Shum Preston.

Live Blog of #OccupyWallStreet: Day Fourteen, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Expresses Support

The occupation has rapidly picked up union support in the past few days. The latest indication that big unions are willing to encourage their members to participate in Occupy Wall Street comes from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who The Nation‘s John Nichols reports has said it is “a valid tactic to call attention to a problem. Wall Street is out of control.”

Understanding that the real power the occupation has is how it could “shift the dialogue,” he added, “I think being in the streets and calling attention to issues is sometimes the only recourse you have because, God only knows, you can go to the Hill, and you can talk to a lot of people and see nothing ever happen.”

Much of Occupy Wall Street’s success has had to do with big unions like AFL-CIO or SEIU being involved. The bottom-up nature of the protest is something that big union leaders might have been leery toward permitting. It will certainly be important to follow how organizers of Occupy Wall Street use the new support from union leaders. Obviously, they should not expect to be able to join the occupation and take over the process.  [cont’d.] (more…)

Music and the EM Field cont. Jedi Training: Using The Force.


In this screenshot, note the fourth peak from the left. This seems to be the harmonic connection between the thinking mind and the feeling heart, that hovers between 7.5 and 9 cycles per second (hz) Look at how far off the chart it goes! I do this consciously, partially through manipulation of the wave and partly in cooperation with it. As Obi Wan said, the Force controls your actions, but also obeys your commands.

I’m amazed at how simple this is becoming. In the screen capture above, the wave that goes off the chart in this Polarity Burst, is me EXPERIENCING A HIGHER LEVEL OF AWARENESS for about 8 seconds. I can make this happen 10 to 15 times in a 45 minute session. Two more of these amazing bursts are seen below.



Concentrating on the music and watching my EM Field dance is both an enlightening and empowering experience. It also feels great and it’s loads of fun.



Mayor Bloomberg’s Scorn for Occupy Wall Street

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (photo: Center for American Progress )

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in his weekly appearance on “The John Gambling Show” on AM WOR710, addressed the persistence of those participating Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park. It was an example of a member of the power elite voicing his or her contempt for protest. It was also clear that Gambling has scorn for the protest, too, as the discussion begins with the question, “How do you end that thing?”

Bloomberg answers:

The protesters are protesting against people who make $40-50,000 a year and are struggling to make ends meet. That’s the bottom line. These are the people that work on Wall Street in the finance sector. Most of these companies are no longer on Wall Street. We just use that as a catch-all term. And people in this day and age need support for their employers. We need the banks. If the banks don’t go out and make loans, we will not come out of our economic problems. We will not have jobs. So, anything we can do to responsibly help the banks do that encourages them to do that is what we need.

But, what about the systemic corruption of the financial services industry and the executives whose actions collapsed the economy in 2008?

I think we spend much too much time in this country worrying about why we got into problems as opposed to how we go forward. We are worried about why we had mortgage problems as opposed to worried about how we’re going to get more people to buy houses and take mortgages. Mortgage trades are at an all-time low and yet we don’t see a lot of new starts in housing, certainly not what we had before. And, also we always tend to blame the wrong people. We blame the banks. They were part of this but so was Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and Congress and you and me and everybody.

This may be true of the population, but it is certainly not true of the power elite or establishment media. The Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi has feverishly worked to expose Goldman Sachs. He has examined financial services getting away with mortgage fraud while the media has, after cutting a few book deals on “what really happened” in 2008, gone back to mostly pretending all is well again.

And, in general, this is not true at all. When it comes to civil liberties, President Barack Obama & Congress have not been willing to investigate and prosecute torture. They have not been willing to hold any sort of truth commission. They have opposed “re-litigating” the past. There has been no debate about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and how they are both illegal wars of aggression. There has been no serious look at how 9/11 was blowback, a result of America having military forces occupying land in the Middle East. So, it appears Bloomberg is upset that the American population is forcing him to address issues he would rather pretend are non-existent.

Gambling asks, “Will you let them stay as long as they want to stay or is there ultimately an endgame?” Gambling appears to want Bloomberg to divulge when the city will be sending forces in to disperse the occupiers.

Bloomberg replies:

We’ll see. It’s—You know, people have a right to protest. You know people have a right to protest but we also have to make sure that people who don’t want to protest can go down the streets unmolested. We have to make sure that while you have a right to say what you want to say, people who want to say something very different have a right to say that as well. That’s what’s great about this country.

With all the police on the scene, there is absolutely no way that any person is being molested or that New Yorkers are being obstructed in their effort to walk the sidewalk and get to where they need to go. This is but another example of Bloomberg’s contempt for protest. What may be getting in New Yorkers’ way are the vehicles and equipment moved down to lower Manhattan to turn Wall Street into a “Green Zone” and protect the financial elite.

Bloomberg suggested there could be sanitation problems. A city sanitation representative has actually praised Occupy Wall Street for being clean.

Gambling chimed in, “It’s also a private park.” Bloomberg explained it is a private park but is open to the public. This affirms what the NYPD has said which is there is nothing they can do to shut it down. Brookfield Properties, which owns the park, can make regulations and establish codes for conduct but it is to be open 24/7.

Finally, Bloomberg decides to bring the history of Vietnam War protests on Wall Street into the mix to further disparage the protesters:

I remember in the Vietnam War there were enormous protests on Wall Street. And I’ve always thought one of the sad things was when the Vietnam veterans came back we didn’t treat them the way they deserved to be treated. Today our army’s are volunteers. Those days it was conscription. And they went over and some didn’t come back to protect the very freedoms that we have. And you can say whether you’re for or against the war, but I guess nobody’s in favor of a war. Whether you think it is necessary or not is a better way to phrase it. Our vets deserve respect when they got back. I just always thought that’s what America is about.

The occupation is in protest of Wall Street so it is fascinating that Bloomberg takes a pot shot at the occupiers by recounting his memory of protests during Vietnam that had to do with a war. This is a nice effort on Bloomberg’s part to make it seem like the occupiers are the kind of people who hold profound disrespect for veterans. Since Americans are to believe all who are down there are “dirty hippies” and not working or middle class Americans,  Bloomberg tries to score a political point here by exploiting veterans and reminding people in the Sixties these people were “disrespectful.” The only problem is there are, in fact, veterans down on Wall Street participating in the action.

Bloomberg appears to reflexively fall back on this right wing talking point, which is that people wouldn’t have the right to protest if soldiers didn’t go fight wars and so we should support the troops. That has little to do with why Wall Street should be protested but has everything to do with Americans’ understanding of dissent.

If anything, having soldiers deployed puts limits on dissent. Americans cannot speak up about wars of occupation if the powers that be deem them essential to American foreign policy. They cannot condemn the presence of more than 800 bases in countries all over the world. They cannot be allowed to unapologetically support Palestine and oppose Israel without propaganda or coercive measures being used to discredit and silence people. That is because if such criticisms gained traction the US might have to change its policies and then there would be global complications for the US.

The right to dissent is not ordained by the presence of the military in nations around the globe. That is what the power elite like Bloomberg and talking heads in the media like Gambling wish to believe. The right is afforded to citizens by the government. It can be violated if the government chooses to violate that right. One’s right to dissent can be violated in a court of law. The police can also choose to brutalize Americans for protesting and say they had to control the crowd to justify their action.

The occupation has been going on for about two weeks now. Mayor Bloomberg can say, “We’ll see,” when asked if he will let the protests continue, but the reality is that a moment is upon New York City. That moment has spread across America. He may be able to run these people out of a public park but they will reappear in some other area. These people have had enough. And, Bloomberg’s bad memories of the Sixties won’t keep them from demonstrating.

The Poodle ‘I could cash in a lot more than I do’ Blair is Deemed ‘persona non grata’ in Palestine

As Ma’an recently reported…

PLO to declare Quartet envoy ‘persona non grata’

The senior echelons of the PLO are expected to meet in the coming days to discuss a proposal to declare Quartet envoy Tony Blair “persona non grata,” a UK newspaper reported Wednesday.

The Telegraph said PLO officials were predicting unanimous support for a motion intended to isolate the former prime minister to such an extent that his position would become untenable.

We have been extremely unhappy and dissatisfied with Mr Blair’s performance since he became envoy, but particularly in the past few weeks,” a senior Palestinian official told the London-based daily.

There is no one within the Palestinian leadership that supports or likes or trusts Tony Blair, particularly because of the very damaging role he played during our UN bid,” a second official was quoted as saying.

“He is considered persona non grata in Palestine. Although we can’t prevent him from coming here, we can hopefully minimise the role he can play because he is not a mediator, he is totally biased on one side.

Outstanding…! It’s about f*cking time…!

As an avid detractor of the Poodle, ever since the run-up to the Iraqi war, one of my favorite euphemisms being the ‘Butcher of Basra’, it is with great glee, that I’ve been reading the UK Telegraph’s recent reporting…

Tony Blair responds to Telegraph allegations about his ‘jet-set’ lifestyle

In an interview broadcast last night on India’s CNBC-TV18, in which he also defended his relationship with Rupert Murdoch and blamed the children of alcoholics, drug addicts and prostitutes for Britain’s recent riots, Mr Blair said recent allegations against him had been inspired by a left wing media establishment which resented him for creating New Labour, and a right wing establishment which hated him for winning three general elections.

His comments were made amid growing controversy surrounding his ‘billionaire lifestyle’ and alleged pro-Israel bias in his role as envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East – in which he mediates on behalf of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations. […]

I probably spend two-thirds of my time on pro-bono activity, I probably spend the biggest single chunk of my time on the Middle East peace process which I do unpaid,” he said, adding that he raises money for his foundation to fight poverty Africa and his India-based interfaith foundation. “I left office [in 2007] with two people and a mobile phone, I’ve now got about 150 people working for me. So if what I was interested in doing was making money I could make a lot more and have a very gentle and easy life. When you talk about a jet set life, it means I spend a lot of time in jets, which is true” he said.

He rejected claims that he had benefited from a deal to establish a second mobile telephone network in the Palestinian Authority, whose operator borrowed $2 billion from the merchant bank JP Morgan, which employs Mr Blair as an adviser, or from a $6 billion gas project in Gaza, where the operator British Gas is also linked to the bank.

The UK press sure can be relentless…

The Wonderful World of Tony Blair

…On the day Tony Blair resigned as Prime Minister, he was appointed the official representative Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East. By January 2009 he had set up Tony Blair Associates – his international consultancy – which handles multi-million-pound contracts in the Middle East. It is so secretive we don’t know all the locations in which they do business.

Dispatches shows that at the same time as Blair is visiting Middle East leaders in his Quartet role he is receiving vast sums from some of them. If Blair represented the UK government, the EU, the IMF, the UN or the World Bank, this would not be permitted.

He would also have to declare his financial interests and be absolutely transparent about his financial dealings. But no such stringent rules govern the Quartet envoy.

However, he could opt to abide by the rules and principles of public life. They were introduced by John Major, and Tony Blair endorsed and strengthened them for all holders of public office – but chooses not to himself.

Mondoweiss’s Ira Glunts has offered up some great analysis on the Tool’s current plight…

PA says Tony Blair has lost all credibility (though he’s better than Dennis Ross)

When asked about his contribution to the peace process, Tony Blair, the Quartet envoy, former British Prime Minister and Bush poodle, can only point to the closing of a few Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank and the gentrification of Ramallah. But then again peace is hard, to paraphrase our President and Hopemeister Barack Obama, who is a great Blair supporter.

Despite his glaring lack of success, it is said that Tony Blair revels in his role as envoy for the Quartet. Blair has apparently mixed his diplomatic position with his rapidly expanding business interests and some claim his private pleasure, in a manner which calls into question his ability to make any meaningful and unbiased contribution to resolving the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis…

One can only hope that the Poodle’s last flight is straight to Schiphol, and into the Docket…! For something at least, if not war crimes…!

*gah*

WWL Radio #124 Bruce A Dixon Interview

SPECIAL GUEST BRUCE A DIXON live with Diane Gee on WWL Radio Friday, September 30th at 6pm EDT!

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Tonight I have the honor of interviewing Bruce A. Dixon co-founder of the wonderful (and wildly left) Black Agenda Report. His bio there:

PhotobucketPhotobucket“Managing Editor Bruce Dixon:Longtime Activist, Habitual Troublemaker

A habitual troublemaker and incorrigible activist, Bruce Dixon has been comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable since 1968.

As a rank and file member of the Black Panther Party in 1969-1970, a 1970s rank-and-file union activist in a string of factories, plants and workplaces, a 1980s community organizer in what were then some of the nation’s poorest neighborhoods, to organizing and consulting through the 1990s Dixon has built an impressive record of service in and to the cause of human liberation.

In 2002 he began writing articles for Black Commentator, the predecessor of this publication, and broke the first accurate analyses of the phenomena around the election of Denise Majette over Cynthia McKinney in Georgia that year.

As managing editor at BAR Dixon is chiefly responsible for maintaining this web site. He currently resides in metro Atlanta. (more…)