Groundings
Groundings
Aug 24, 2020
The Grassroots VS The Misleadership Class
Play episode · 1 hr 24 min

Writer and activist Benji Hart discusses the multitude of ways grassroots movements against police in Chicago are challenging the Black misleadership class. 

We discuss the struggle around the struggle against the construction of a $95 million cop academy in Chicago, the many movements and educational moments birthed from this struggle, and how individuals like Mayor Lori Lightfoot represent the 'Black misleadership class'.

You will here audio from a 2017 Chicago City Council meeting which can be found here. In this audio clip you will also hear chants stating "NTA is here to stay" - you can find out more details about that chant and the struggle surrounding it here. You can also learn more about LVEJO's ight against environmental racism here

You can find more of Benji's work at Benjihart.com.

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48 min
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Black Agenda Radio
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54 min
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By Any Means Necessary
By Any Means Necessary
Radio Sputnik
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1 hr 55 min
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