Number 17 - November 21, 2002
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Co-Publishers Glen Ford and Peter Gamble
e-Mail: [email protected]
The Publishers of
are pleased to announce that the Internet publication is now published
weekly. BlackCommentator.com now provides commentary, analysis and investigations
on issues affecting African Americans, twice as often as before.
began as a monthly and quickly moved to every other week publication.
Beginning with Issue number 17 on November 21, 2002, BlackCommentator.com
began publishing on Thursday of each week.
"It was always
our intention to publish on a weekly basis," said Co-Publisher
Glen Ford. "African Americans and their allies demand a publication
that helps shape the political dialogue essential to the creation of
movements for social change. Without regular forums for advocacy and
debate, a people are at the mercy of their adversaries."
Fruit of the
Poisoned Tree, the lead story of BC's inaugural issue of April
5, 2002, exposed the Hard Right's plan to capture City Hall in Newark,
New Jersey. Although this BlackCommentator.com investigation played
a critical role in defeating a Black Trojan Horse mayoral candidate,
the publishers soon discovered that rightwing money had targeted Black
officeholders and institutions, nationwide. Newark was only the tip
of the iceberg. "That poisoned tree drops so much nasty fruit we
must keep a constant eye on it," said Co-Publisher Peter Gamble.
"The struggle for social and economic justice requires an active
defense and offense. BlackCommentator.com has become an important tool
for progressive movements. We've gone weekly to meet the challenges
presented by the hyper-aggressive Right."
In addition to creating
the Trojan Horse Watch (recognized in the National Urban League's State
of Black America 2002 - August
8, 2002), BlackCommentator.com has exposed the political corruption
of the GOP's faith-based initiatives (July
11, 2002), dissected the propaganda uses of opinion polling of African
Americans (Nov 21, 2002),
documented U.S. government facilitation of the international drug trade
(April 5, 2002), and unraveled
the lies of a phony election study by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
(Nov 4, 2002).
is regularly cited and quoted in the major corporate media, despite
our relentless challenges to their authority and veracity. "When
you're consistent and effective, you can't be ignored," said Gamble.
central mission is to enhance the discussion of issues that drive the
evolving Black political agenda. As a weekly publication, we give our
readers more to think about, more often, as we continue building the
The Internet has
provided a marvelous tool for social change. We at BlackCommentator.com
act as social demographers with a mission. Using the Internet as a kind
of map, we will continue to gather together individuals, groups and
movements that share a common interest in justice and communicate with
them, directly and instantaneously.
It is also important
to share Black American perspectives with the rest of the world, a mission
uniquely suited to the Internet.
As we face the dangers
and promise of the new century, debate among Black Americans and people
of good will becomes ever more crucial. BlackCommentator.com is designed
to nurture such a dialogue, which means exposing charlatans as well
as identifying allies. We now invite our reader's participation, Thursday
of every week.