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The Politics Of Pesticides: Monsanto Under Fire

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Through a series of mergers, pesticide companies are consolidating, taking over seed companies and pushing genetically-engineered foods. Companies such as Monsanto, now merged with Bayer, and Dow and Dupont, which have merged, are chemical companies with a long history of producing toxic chemicals, including chemical weapons used in warfare. We speak with Mitchel Cohen and Robin Esser, authors of “The fight Against Monsanto’s Roundup: The Politics of Pesticides,” who spoke about the corruption and health impacts of pesticides as well as the connections to imperialism and colonialism.

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Guests:

Mitchel Cohen coordinates the No Spray Coalition in New York City,which successfully sued the City government over its indiscriminate spraying of toxic pesticides.He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and received his B.A. from SUNY Stony Brook, where he co-founded the Red Balloon Collective in 1969 – a radical-thinking and creatively-acting group that put their bodies and art on the line against the U.S. war machine and in defense of social and environmental justice.

Mitchel ran for Mayor of NYC as one of five Green Party candidates. That primary election fell on September 11, 2001, when life as we know it was changed forever. He was editor of the national newspaper, “Green Politix,” for one faction of the national Green Party (before being purged), as well as the NY State Green Party newspaper; chaired the non-commercial, listener-sponsored WBAI radio (99.5 FM) Local Board, and hosted a weekly show, “Steal This Radio,” for different internet-based station. His writings include: The Social Construction of Neurosis, and other pamphlets; What is Direct Action? a book that draws on personal experiences as well as lessons from Occupy Wall Street; two books of poetry – One-Eyed Cat Takes Flight and The Permanent Carnival – and scores of pamphlets; which he sells on the streets and subways of his beloved Brooklyn. His forthcoming book of poetry and short stories is called, The Rubber Stamp Man, and will be available in 2019.

Robin T. Falk-Esser, Ph.D., earned her Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics (cardiac electrophysiology, neurphysiology, and pharmacology) at SUNY Stony Brook Health Sciences Center; published papers in Science and Nature, and co-authored scientific papers published in The Journal of Physiology, The Journal of General Physiology, and The Biophysical Journal. She was a New York City high school science teacher for 30 years, teaching Advanced Placement Environmental Science, AP Bio, and Chemistry, and was a recipient of the Siemens AP Science award for excellence in teaching (subject of NY Times articles and Tom Brokaw NBC Nightly National News interview on exemplary teaching). She is a life-long political activist; working as a teenager in the 1965 anti-apartheid mobilization, 1968 Poor People’s Campaign with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., against the Vietnam War and in the draft resistance movement, and with the Red Balloon Collective at SUNY Stony Brook.

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The Racial Wealth Divide Is Vast, But It Doesn’t Have To Be

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In a new report, “Dreams Deferred: How Enriching the 1% Widens the Racial Wealth Divide,” researchers at the Institute for Policy Studies outline how the racial wealth gap has widened over the past thirty years and how this fits the long term pattern of systemic racism. We speak with one of the authors, Sabrina Terry, about the findings in the report and recommendations for closing the wealth divide. We report live from Caracas, Venezuela where the United States is continuing its aggressive efforts at regime change.

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Guest:

Sabrina Terry is the Senior Program Manager of Economic Initiatives at Unidos US.

Expertise:
Community and Economic Development: financial capability, economic inclusion, racial wealth, environmental justice, sustainable development.

Education:
M.S. City and Regional Planning, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; B.A Political Science, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Current Position:
Advance financial and economic inclusion of Latino immigrants through integrated financial capability and legal services programs

Previous Positions:
Manager of Community and Economic Development, NAACP Economic Department, NAACP; Economic Program, NAACP Economic Department, NAACP; Community Planner, UPROSE.

Selected Publications:

Afro-Latinos in 2017: A Demographic and Socio-Economic Snapshot; (February 2019).

Helping Immigrants in Chicago Reach Financial Freedom; (October 2015).  

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Demonizing Iran: An Inside Look Into What The US Is Trying To Hide

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The United States has a long history of interfering in Iranian politics. Perhaps the most famous is the coup of the democratically-elected prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953 followed by the re-installation of the US-friendly brutal shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Since the revolution in 1979, which overthrew the shah and put in place a representative theocratic government, the US has sanctioned Iran and both supported and threatened military attacks. Now, in addition to increased sanctions, Iranians are banned from traveling to the US and US citizens have great difficulty getting visas to visit Iran. We spent nine days in Iran and bring you this interview with Dr. Foad Izadi, a professor who teaches American Studies at the University of Tehran, about the impacts of the sanctions, their state of democracy and how Iranian students view the US and Iran.

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Guest:

Dr. Foad Izadi is a professor at the Faculty of World Studies and the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, University of Tehran. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics and a masters in mass communication studies from the University of Houston, and he is a PhD graduate of mass communications of the Louisiana State University. Izadi has written articles and books on political and international issues, including ” U.S. Public Diplomacy toward Iran: Structures, Actors, and Policy Communities” and “Terrorism and Peace: A Bibliography”.

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Mass Protests Again; Haiti And Revolutionary Struggle In Latin America

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After years of corruption and neglect of the Haitian people, a popular revolt is demanding the current president’s resignation. The US-led attempted coup in Venezuela played a role in sparking the protests as the Haitian government sided with the US in voting to recognize Juan Guaido, the fake president over President Maduro, the democratically-elected president. Haiti and Venezuela share a history of interconnected revolution and mutual aid since 1804. We interview Kim Ives, an editor of Haiti Liberté, who has been covering Haiti for decades, about the protests and the bigger picture of imperialism. We also report live from Tehran, Iran where we are on a peace delegation.

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Guest:

Kim Ives is a founder of the weekly newspaper Haiti Liberté, where he is a writer and an editor. The paper has offices in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Brooklyn, NY. Previously, he wrote, edited, and photographed for Haïti Progrès for 23 years. Ives has also made several documentary films about Haiti including Bitter Cane (director: 1983), Ayisyen Leve Kanpe (director: 1982), The Coup Continues (director: 1995), Killing the Dream (assistant director: 1992) and Rezistans (assistant director: 1997). He is also a member of Crowing Rooster Arts, a film collective specializing in films on Haiti. He is also a founding member of the International Support Haiti Network (ISHN), formerly the Haiti Support Network (HSN), and has led numerous delegations to Haiti since 1986 to investigate human rights violations, union struggles, peasant land conflicts, and state-enterprise privatization campaigns. In early October 2012, the ISHN organized a march by New York’s Haitian community across the Brooklyn Bridge to show solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. Ives is a co-host of the bi-weekly radio program “Lanbi Call,” previously known as “Haiti: The Struggle Continues,” which airs on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York. He used to also host a weekly Haitian TV show, produced by Haiti Liberté, entitled “Kafou Verite,” which aired on a Haitian subscription TV network. Ives has contributed to several books on Haiti including “Dangerous Crossroads” published by NACLA (1994), “The Haiti Files” edited by James Ridgeway (1993), “Haiti: A Slave Revolution” published by the International Action Center (2004), and, most recently, “Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake,” released in January 2012.
Ives has written for numerous other publications including The Guardian, The Nation, NACLA Report on the Americas, The Progressive, and Jacobin. Ives is a frequent guest on radio and television networks and shows, including Al Jazeera, Democracy Now!, RT TV, CCTV America, National Public Radio, and several
Pacifica Network programs. In the summer of 2011, Ives coordinated the editing of, as well as wrote and coauthored, over a dozen stories based on some 2,000 Haiti-related secret U.S. diplomatic cables provided exclusively to Haïti Liberté by the media organization WikiLeaks. The series generated international press attention. Ives is a frequent public speaker about Haiti at churches, community groups, schools and colleges across the U.S. and internationally. In 2010 and 2011, he spoke at the University of Edinburgh, University of London, University of Toronto, University of Vermont, and the New School for Social Research in New York, among others. In November 2011, he was invited to and attended a conference held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on the UN military occupation of Haiti. In February 2012, he did speaking tour on Haiti in Canada and Seattle.

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How Democrats Are Blocking Progressives And What To Do About It

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Progressives have been trying in earnest to make the Democratic Party move to the left and adopt their agenda since Senator Bernie Sanders started running for president in 2015. Like the many who have tried before them, they have failed. We speak with Nick Brana, the former national political outreach director for the Sanders campaign and a co-founder of Our Revolution who was on the inside of that effort, about what happened when they tried, where the party is now and what he sees as a path forward to build political power on the left.

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Guest:

Nick Brana is the Founder and National Director at Movement for a People’s Party, formerly Draft Bernie for a People’s Party, and the organizer of the Labor Community Campaign for an Independent Party. He was the National Political Outreach Coordinator on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign through the 2016 Democratic National Convention and went on to become a founding member of Our Revolution. He was previously the Deputy Director of Voter Protection on the Terry McAuliffe gubernatorial campaign in Virginia. He got his B.A. in sociology and environmental policy from the College of William & Mary. You can reach him at nick.a.brana@gmail.com.

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Finding Hope In The Midst Of Climate Disruption

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The climate crisis is no longer an abstract concept, it is here and it is getting worse. Each new report finds the temperatures are getting hotter, the ice is melting faster and the seas are rising, not to mention the storms, fires and droughts. In his new book, “The End of Ice,” Dahr Jamail takes us on  tour to the places where the impacts of climate disruption are evident. And he takes us on a tour of his personal journey through grief to acceptance and even hope. Jamail shows us the reality of the climate crisis and offers advice for how to relate to it in a meaningful way.

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Above photo by Dhar Jamail.

Guest:

Dahr Jamail – In late 2003, weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people, Dahr Jamail went to the Middle East to report on the war himself, where he has spent more than one year in Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists in the country. Dahr has also has reported from Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. He has also reported extensively on veterans’ resistance against US foreign policy, and is now focussing on anthropogenic climate disruption and the environment.

Dahr’s stories have been published with Truthout, Inter Press Service, Tom Dispatch, The Sunday Herald in Scotland, The Guardian, Foreign Policy in Focus, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Huffington Post, The Nation, The Independent, and Al Jazeera, among others. Dahr’s writing has been translated into French, Polish, German, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Turkish. On radio as well as television, Dahr has reported for Democracy Now! and Al-Jazeera, and has appeared on the BBC, NPR, and numerous other stations around the globe.

Dahr’s reporting has earned him numerous awards, including the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Award for Journalism, The Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, and five Project Censored awards.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Izzy Award, in 2018 the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) at Ithaca College awarded Dahr an Izzy for his “path-breaking and in-depth reporting in 2017” exposing “environmental hazards and militarism.” The Izzy Award, presented for outstanding achievement in independent media, is named in memory of I.F. “Izzy” Stone, the dissident journalist who launched I.F. Stone’s Weekly in 1953 and challenged McCarthyism, racism, war and government deceit.

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The Rise Of A Fake President In Venezuela

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On January 23 2019, Juan Guaidó, the current president of the defunct Venezuelan National Assembly, pronounced himself the president of the country. The United States, Canada, the European Union and a few Latin American countries immediately recognized him, while Russia, China, Mexico and many other countries support the democratically-elected current president, Nicolas Maduro. How did this relatively unknown man who barely won his race for the assembly rise to the position of fake president? We discuss that and more with Dan Cohen of The Grayzone Project.

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Guest:

Dan Cohen is a Washington DC-based journalist and RT America correspondent. Prior to joining the team, he was based in Israel/Palestine where he produced widely distributed video reports and print dispatches for outlets including Mondoweiss, Electronic Intifada, The Nation, Alternet, Middle East Eye, Grayzone Project, Al Jazeera English, and Vice News. Cohen is the cinematographer and editor of the documentary ‘Killing Gaza’, and made the mini-documentary ‘The Syria Deception: Al-Qaeda Goes to Hollywood’.

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The Yellow Vests As Part Of The Global Revolt Against Neoliberalism

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The Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) movement of workers in France just completed its eleventh act this past weekend. They are revolting against neoliberalism and austerity and rule by and for the wealthy. There are many similarities to the Yellow Vest movement and the Occupy movement. We speak with Lola Girerd, a post-doctoral student in Paris who is participating in and studying the Yellow Vests, about what the protests are like, what they are about and how the Macron government is responding to them. We also discuss recent news, including mass climate actions, strikes and the US-led coup in Venezuela.

 

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Guest:

Lola Girerd is a post-doctoral student in social psychology at the Paris Descartes University. Her thesis is on neoliberalism as an ideological barrier to feminist collective action. She has been participating in and studying the Yellow Vest movement.

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Breakthrough For Mumia Abu-Jamal And All Victims Of The Injustice System

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The case of Mumia Abu Jamal, who was framed with the murder of a police officer, has had some important breakthroughs in the last month including allowing him appeal rights and the finding of six previously undisclosed boxes of evidence in his case. This could result in the dismissal of his case and release from prison after 37 years. We talk with Rachel Wolkenstein, who has served as an attorney and advocate for Mumia since 1990. Wolkenstein explains the significance of his case in the context of racist police enforcement, mass incarceration, the myths of US justice and legal lynching and describes evidence showing Mumia was framed because of his political activism. She argues that Mumia will only get justice if a mass movement demands it.

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Guest:

Rachel Wolkenstein is a life-long political activist and an attorney for over 40 years defending civil liberties and civil rights, focused on the exercise of First Amendment rights, challenging the injustices of the American judicial system in criminal prosecutions and opposing the racist death penalty. From 1976-2010 she was staff counsel for the Partisan Defense Committee, a legal and social defense organization based on principles of non-sectarianism and class-struggle defense. 

Wolkenstein assisted in building a world-wide campaign for former death row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and was co-counsel during his post-conviction appeal proceedings from 1995-1999, responsible for much of the new evidence of his innocence and the state misconduct used to convict him and sentence him to death. Since then Wolkenstein has remained a legal and public advocate for freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Wolkenstein was the legal consultant for the 2013 short film Manufacturing Guilt by producer Stephen Vittoria, Street Legal Cinema.  In defense of the First Amendment, Wolkenstein filed <em “mso-bidi-font-style:=”” normal”=””>amicus curiae briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, including opposition to the government’s vast expansion of police powers in the “war against terror,” in Rumsfeld v. Padilla

For the past two years Wolkenstein has been an advocate with the Campaign to Free Lorenzo Johnson and since September 2014 has been representing co-defendant Corey Walker in his post-conviction appeals. Both men are serving life sentences in Pennsylvania for a murder they did not commit. Johnson and Walker were targets of the “war on drugs” and are among the over 100,000 innocent men and women who were convicted and remain imprisoned in the U.S.

 

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Canada Violently Violates First Nation Sovereignty Over Pipeline

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The Wet’suwet’en Nation, which has never ceded its territory, has been working to stop a number of pipelines that Canada wants to build through their territory for the past ten years. This struggle came to a head last week when Canadian police violated their agreement with the Gidumt’en Clan by using violence to remove their blockade and arrest fourteen members. We speak with Jennifer Wickham, who is a member of the Gidumt’en Clan, about what is happening in this pivotal fight to protect the land, water and earth and what can be done to support the Wet’suwet’en People.

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Guest:

Jennifer Wickham is a member of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation who serves as a spokesperson for the Gidemt’en checkpoint.

 

Above photo: Red Power Media.

Audio from January 7 raid from Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidumt’en Territory Facebook Page.

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After 1,600 Days Of Protest, Okinawans Bring Fight To Washington

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The United States military is building another base on Okinawa in an environmentally-sensitive area, on top of the second most diverse coral reef in the world, against the will of Okinawans who have been protesting every day for over 1,600 days. There are many reasons why this base should not be built. We discuss those with Robert Kajiwara, a Hawaiian-Okinawan human rights activist, as well as why he traveled to Washington, DC and new developments in the struggle to regain Hawaiian sovereignty. And we cover news and upcoming actions.

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Guest:

Robert Kajiwara is a composer, writer, film maker, visual artist, professional baseball player, and human rights activist from Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii. He is a Hawaiian national, and of Luuchuu (Ryukyuan) / Nahua / Ainu descent. He has been an outspoken advocate of indigenous / First Nations rights, and in 2018 he was appointed by the Hawaiian Kingdom as a Special Envoy to the Ryukyu Islands and China. He is also a cultural ambassador for his ancestral village of Nakagusuku, Okinawa.

During college, Rob studied Hawaiian and Okinawan history, where he learned about the similar histories of oppression that both Hawaii and Okinawa have faced. He began volunteering with the Hawaiian Kingdom, and would later be promoted to Hawaiian Kingdom Special Envoy to the Ryukyu Islands and China.

Rob’s personal blog – Musings of an Earth Alien
Rob Kajiwara’s Music Blog – robkajiwaramusic.blogspot.com
Robʻs baseball blog: ​https://kajiwarabaseball.blogspot.com
Old Blog – https://robkajiwara.blogspot.com

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Winning The Green New Deal

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The Green New Deal, a plan to transform the economy to one based on clean, renewable energy sources and other measures to adapt to the climate crisis and protect human rights, gained widespread attention in 2018. We speak with Howie Hawkins from New York, who brought the concept of the Green New Deal to the United States, about what the plan involves, where it is now and what it will take to win it. Hawkins, a long time activist, unionist and political candidate, also puts this struggle in the context of political history and the role of third parties.

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Howie Hawkins has been an organizer in movements for peace, justice, labor, the environment, and independent working-class politics since 1967 when he got active in “The Movement” as a teenager in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Howie is a socialist who believes self-organization, independent political action, and international solidarity by the working class and oppressed people for full political and economic democracy is the way to build a society of freedom, equality, solidarity, peace, and ecological sustainability. 

When his draft number was called in 1972, Howie enlisted in the Marine Corps while continuing to organize against the Vietnam War. He remains a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War as well as a member of the American Legion Dunbar Post 1642 in Syracuse.

After attending Dartmouth College, Howie worked in construction in New England in the 1970s and 1980s. He helped organize a worker cooperative that specialized in energy efficiency and solar and wind installations. 

When the Socialist Party of Eugene Debs, A. Philip Randolph, Helen Keller, and Norman Thomas re-established itself in 1973, Howie joined and remains a member. He is also a member of Solidarity, which promotes “socialism from below” and international solidarity because the fight for freedom against all dictators and imperialisms is worldwide and indivisible.

He was a co-founder of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976 and the Green Partyin the US in 1984. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was a leader in the anti-apartheid divestment movement to end US corporate investment in the racist system of oppression and labor exploitation in South Africa. 

Howie moved to Syracuse in 1991 to develop cooperatives for CommonWorks, a federation of cooperatives that promoted cooperative ownership, democratic control, and ecological sustainability in the local economy.

Living on Syracuse’s South Side, he has been active in the community on many issues. He is currently Secretary for the Eat To Live Food Cooperative and Treasurer for theSouthside Community Coalition .

From 2001 through 2017, he worked as a Teamster unloading trucks at UPS. Now retired, he remains a supporter of Teamsters for a Democratic Union, US Labor Against the War , the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare , and the Labor Notesnetwork. 

Howie has been a Green Party candidate for city council, mayor, and auditor in Syracuse. His vote has grown from 3% for at-large councilor in 1993 to 48% for a district council seat in 2011. In 2015, he received 35% of the citywide vote for city auditor. 

As the Green Party’s candidate for Governor of New York in 2010 and 2014, he campaigned for a ban on fracking, 100% clean energy by 2030, single-payer healthcare, an end to Governor Cuomo’s test-punish-privatize-and-segregate education agenda, and for progressive taxes and revenue sharing as the alternative to Cuomo’s austerity budgets for schools, cities, and public services. In 2014, he received 5 percent of the vote, the most for an independent progressive party candidate for Governor in New York history except the 5.7% in 1918 and 5.6% in 1920 received by the Socialist Party candidates. 

Howie’s articles on politics, economics, and environmental issues have appeared inAgainst the Current, Black Agenda Report, CounterPunch, Green Politics, International Socialist Review, Labor Notes, New Politics, Peace and Democracy News, Roll Call, Society and Nature, Z Magazine , and other publications. He is the editor of and a contributor to Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate (Haymarket Books, 2006).

 

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This Is How We Build And Fight

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As 2018 comes to a close, we bring back this interview with Kali Akuno from January, 2017, just prior to President Trump’s inauguration. Akuno has been an organizer in the South for decades and is currently active with Cooperation Jackson in Mississippi. He started a movement called “Ungovernable” to encourage resistance to oppressive policies and the building of alternatives. Akuno brings a wealth of experience and wisdom when it comes to organizing, political analysis and the state of the movement in the US. This is a must listen as we prepare for 2019 and beyond.

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Guest:

Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson.

Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction of eco-friendly and carbon reduction methods of operation, and the promotion of human rights and international relations for the city.

Kali also served as the Co-Director of the US Human Rights Network, the Executive Director of the Peoples’ Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF) based in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. And was a co-founder of the School of Social Justice and Community Development (SSJCD), a public school serving the academic needs of low-income African American and Latino communities in Oakland, California.

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You Can Handle The Truth

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Sometimes the truth is painful to hear, but if we don’t know what is going on or what we are up against, it’s impossible to change it. We speak with political comedian Lee Camp about how he began using humor to tell people the truth and his current one-hour special, “Super Patriotic Very Uncle Sam Comedy Special Not Allowed on American TV.” We also delve into his take on current issues and the state of resistance movements.

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Guest:

Lee Camp is the head writer and host of the national TV show Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp on RT America. He’s a former contributor to The Onion, former staff humor writer for the Huffington Post, and his web series “Moment of Clarity” has been viewed by millions. He’s toured the country and the world with his fierce brand of standup comedy, and George Carlin’s daughter Kelly said he’s one of the few comics keeping her father’s torch lit. Bill Hicks’s brother Steve said Lee is one of only a handful with Bill’s “message and passion.” Visit LeeCamp.com.

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Do You Know You Are A Wage Slave?

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG. -

The majority of people in the United States are in a position of wage slavery, in which they depend on their boss for the ability to survive, but it has been so normalized that many do not question this arrangement. We bring back an interview with John Curl, author of “For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements and Communalism in America.” He writes about the long history, that isn’t often taught, of people who created cooperative structures to counter the power of industry and finance. Cooperative movements often parallel social movements. We discuss why this matters today.

 

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Guest:
John Curl has been a member of Heartwood Cooperative Woodshop in Berkeley for over thirty years, and has belonged to numerous other cooperatives and collectives. His historical writings includes History of Work Cooperation in America (1980). Memories of Drop City (2007) is his memoir of the 1960s commune movement. He is a translator and biographer of Inca, Maya and Aztec poets in Ancient American Poets (2006). His seven books of poetry include Scorched BirthColumbus in the Bay of Pigs, and Decade: the 1990s. He is a longtime boardmember of PEN, chair of West Berkeley Artisans and Industrial Companies, a social activist, and has served as a city planning commissioner. He is a professional woodworker, and resides in Berkeley, CA.

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