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The Public Banking Movement Is Taking Off In The U.S.

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

Public Banks exist around the world. They are used to hold public dollars, such as taxes and fees, to keep the money local so it serves the public interest, instead of giving it to Wall Street banks who charge high fees and interest rates. There is only one public bank so far in the United States, the Bank of North Dakota. It has been in existence for almost 100 years. Now, thanks to the work of the Public Banking Institute, there is a vibrant movement to create more public banks in the U.S. at the city and state level. We speak with Walt McRee and John Comerford about the reasons to support public banks, how they would serve people instead of Wall Street profits and current efforts across the country.


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Relevant articles and websites:

Public Banking Institute

Banking on New Jersey

Washington Public Bank Coalition



Walt McRee was Chair of the Public Banking Institute (PBI) Board from 2015 – 2017. He continues to donate his time to PBI by coordinating the monthly coalition and coordinator calls. Prior to becoming Chair, Walt was a Senior Advisor to PBI from its earliest days in early 2011 while also serving as a Director of the Pennsylvania Public Bank Project. Following a career in broadcasting, Walt became a media strategist and consultant, writer, producer, marketing entrepreneur, voice talent. In these roles, he developed national media campaigns for world hunger, the environment, public broadcasting and the arts. As Founder and CEO of the Alliance for Public Broadcasting, Inc. he pioneered and implemented new fundraising principles and programs for use in public radio and TV stations nationwide. Walt produces and co-hosts the bi-weekly radio program “It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown,” hosts PBI’s TV program “The Public Bank Solution” and has written and produced a number of videos for PBI.

John Comerford is the President of The United States Retirement Corporation, a Seattle based pension consulting firm ( Both John’s business career and his academic research have been focused on the interrelationship between public policy and organizational/individual decision making. John graduated from the University of Massachusetts (1970) and has earned graduate degrees from Harvard University (1984), the American College (2002), the University of London (2006) and the University of Cambridge (2008). 

Over the course of his career, John has served as founder and CEO of several successful banks, including the National Cooperative Bank, Prime Bank and The Bank of Massachusetts. He began his career overseeing the outside managment of trust fund assets for the City of Boston. He has also served as a Managing Director of StockAmerica, Calvert Group and Farmers New World Life Insurance Company, a Zurich Financial Services subsidiary.

John recenty served a six year-term as Vice Chair of the Investment Advisory Board for the $3 billion City of Seattle’s Public Employees Retirement System. He is currently Treasurer and Trustee of the Seattle World Affairs Council and Chair of the Queen Anne Food Bank at Sacred Heart. Governor Inslee has appointed John to his second term on the Board of the Washington Economic Development Finance Authority and the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate have appointed John to the Task Force on Infrastructure and Public Banking. John also serves on the Finance Committee of the Rainier Club and is a founding member of the Northwest Friends of the Carter Center, having served in the Administration of President Jimmy Carter, where he organized a White House Conference on Economic Development.

John has also served as a member of the University of Cambridge Governing Board and on President Obama’s Committee for Retirement Security as well as on the National Community Investment Advisory Board. Through the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, John currently provides pension and retirement related financial counseling to military service members.

John holds honorable discharges from the U.S. Air Force and was nominated for the U.S. Congress in 1992 and 1994 and Washington State Treasurer in 2016.

John and his wife Sheia live in Seattle and have one daughter.

Earned Industry Designations

ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) 

CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter)

RHU (Registered Health Underwriter)

GPHR (Global Professional in Human Resources) 

REBC (Registered Employee Benefits Consultant)

RF (Registered Fiduciary

AIF (Accredited Investment Fiduciary)

PPC (Professional Plan Consultant)

CEBS (Certified Employee Benefits Specialist)

FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute)

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Marches On Washington To End The Wars

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

President Trump formally requested the Pentagon to organize a military parade in Washington, DC on November 11, celebrated as Veteran’s Day. However, groups of veterans want to stop the glorification of war and are organizing to reclaim the holiday as Armistice Day. This November is the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. We speak with Brian Becker of the ANSWER coalition about the many groups organizing opposition to the military parade and calling for an end to wars at home and abroad. We also speak with Cindy Sheehan about the October Women’s March on the Pentagon, which was organized in response to the Democratic Party-affiliated Women’s Marches that omitted anti-war messages. Both Becker and Sheehan expose the bipartisan nature of the war machine in the United States.


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Relevant articles and websites:

Mass Mobilization Against Trump Military Parade by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

Trump gets his Unpopular Military Parade, Counter March Planned by Walter Gelles

ANSWER Coalition Mobilization Against Trump Military Parade

No Trump Military Parade

Raining on Trump’s Parade: An Interview with Margaret Flowers by Ann Garrison

Cindy Sheehan and the Women’s March on the Pentagon: A Movement, Not Just a Protest by Whitney Webb

Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox

March on Pentagon

Women’s March on Pentagon Facebook Page



Brian Becker. is the National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition and a leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Becker has been a central organizer of the mass anti-war demonstrations that have taken place in Washington, D.C. over the past decade. He is a convenor of the People’s Congress of Resistance and co-hosts Loud and Clear with John Kiriakou.


Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Specialist Casey Austin Sheehan who was killed in Iraq on 04 April 2004, in the USA’s illegal and immoral occupation for profit and control of natural resources.

Cindy was a liberal Democrat before Casey was killed, but in her quest for answers as to why her son was killed and why the people who were responsible for his death were not held accountable, Cindy has had a political transformation that eventually led her to Revolutionary Socialism as the solution to the Imperialist/Capitalist two-party stranglehold on not only US politics, but, by extension, the world.

Cindy has traveled all over the world and has seen Socialism in practice and is convinced that a new world is not only possible, but also practical and desirable.

In 2008, Cindy Sheehan, challenged then House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for her Congressional seat, and although a political novice and independent, Sheehan received 2nd place in a field of seven with almost 50,000 votes. Pelosi had not seen such a fierce challenger before and has not been challenged to such a successful degree, since.

Cindy’s platform called for, among other things: end to all wars and profound reduction of US military bases around the world; nationalization of banks and the Federal Reserve; single-payer health care; heavily subsidized education from Pre-School through University; electoral reform; democratization of the economy and the work place; decriminalization of marijuana and the end to the Federal Government’s drug wars and harassment of California’s growers and medicinal dispensaries; sustainable and renewable energy free from fossil fuel production and usage; freedom of political prisoners held in US prisons; and much more. Sheehan had a labor platform that was hailed by workers all over the world.

Cindy learned a lot from that campaign and she has no delusions or illusions about the current US paradigm, but Cindy believes in Roseanne Barr’s commitment, intellect and heart and is honored by the nod and excited to have a larger platform to talk about peace and Socialist Revolution. Sheehan has been a registered member of the Peace and Freedom Party since 2009.

Sheehan has published seven books, is the host and director of Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Radio Show. Cindy still travels the world working for peace and justice and her home base is Vacaville, CA where she loves spending time with her three surviving children and four grandchildren.

Cindy is here for the long haul to insure her grandbabies and all the grandbabies of the world have a sustainable and peaceful future.

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Public Unions Under Attack Fight Back

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

Above photo: Erik McGregor.

The Supreme Court has entered the final phase in its deliberation of Janus vs AFSCME and is expected to announce its decision this June. If the decision is made against public sector unions, as is expected, it will be one more nail in the coffin of collective bargaining and protection of worker’s rights. Union leaders and workers are taking this assault seriously. They recently held a national day of action, #UnrigTheSystem. Unions are educating their workers about the case to overcome billionaire-funded propaganda being aired in support of it. And in West Virginia, teachers and other public school employees are now in the eighth day of a wildcat strike for better pay and health benefits. Oklahoma teachers are planning to go on strike too. We speak with Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers Union and Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association.


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Relevant articles and websites:

The Radical Roots of Janus by Joseph A McCartin

Union Busters Set Themselves Up for Janus Backfire by IUOE Local 150

Billionaires behind Supreme Court Case Poised to Dismantle Public Sector Unions by Mary Bottari

Worker’s National Day of Action for Unions, #UnrigtheSystem by Kevin Zeese

West Virginia Teachers are Now out on a Wildcat Strike by Kate Arnoff

West Virginia Teachers Occupy Streets in Statewide Strike by RT

West Virginia Strike continues as Teachers Reject Union’s Back-to-work Order by Joseph Kishore

DONATE: West Virginia Teachers’ Strike Fund



Elizabeth A. Davis – After winning an upset election on a platform of reform, Elizabeth “Liz” Davis was sworn into office August 1 as President of the Washington Teachers Union. In her successful campaign, Davis promised to…

  • Restore democracy and involve more members in the union to strengthen teachers’ voice.
  • Build strong alliances with parents and community organizations round issues of common concern, from the need for more transparency and fairness in school budgets to the ways in which the district’s alarmingly high teacher churn negatively impacts learning.
  • Engage on the content of education reform, teaching and learning within DCPS, including curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Work to improve the climate in schools to create a more respectful place to work and for students to learn.

Davis, an award-winning educator, has taught in DC Public Schools for 41 years, most recently as an Information Technology teacher at Phelps High School. After being recruited to teach drafting at Jefferson Junior High School in 1972 by the superintendent who was impressed by a course she designed, the school’s principal tried to bar her from the job because she was female. Fighting for her right to teach – and her female students’ right to take classes – in a male dominated vocational education field set the tone for a life as an activist.

During decades when many DCPS facilities were literally falling down around students and staff, Davis became known as a teacher who was unafraid to stand up to unsafe conditions, from water contaminated with unsafe levels of lead to tar fumes that were sickening students and teachers forced to stay in a school with a collapsed roof.

While working at Sousa Middle School, a National Historic Landmark associated with the struggle to desegregate schools in the nation’s capitol, DCPS put forth plans to close the school. She inspired her students to create their own design for a new school building and organize their parents, community, and political allies to save their school. After helping students and teachers lobby city officials to pass then-Mayor Fenty’s school modernization bill, speak out for much-needed resources like adequate books in their library, and even taking her class to Capitol Hill to speak before the Congressional Black Caucus, DCPS officials changed course, invested in modernizing the school, and even integrated student ideas into their renovation plans. A donor funded much-needed books for the school library.

When DC Voice was trying to understand the concerns of the community on school issues, the organization asked Davis to convene roundtables with parents and teachers. She has also been active in Empower DC, Save Our Schools, and the Ward 5 Education Council as well as the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Women Educators and the National Commission on Writing.

After watching strong students struggling to write, Davis developed a keen interest in nurturing literacy and writing skills among the youth she taught. She became a teacher consultant to the DC Area Writing Project in 1995, and also has been active in the Telling Stories Project of Teaching for Change.

In 2008, Davis co-authored an op-ed “Bargaining for Better Teaching” in The Washington Post about the failure of the WTU to bring good ideas to the bargaining table with Michelle Rhee on how to support and improve teaching and the quality of education in DCPS. Her union activism has included many years as a Building Representative for the WTU and service on the union’s contract negotiating team in 2007-2008. Her tenure in nine different DC public schools included a stint working alongside Jason Kamras, DCPS’s Chief of Human Capital.

Davis has been honored by DCPS as a highly effective teacher, and awards over her long career have included the MetLife Foundation Ambassador in Education Award and the Masonic Scottish Rites Excellence in Teaching Award. She is a graduate of DC’s Eastern High School and holds a BS in Technology Education from American University and a MA in Educational Administration.

Dale Lee – A native of Wyoming County, Dale Lee is a graduate of Clinch Valley College (Wise, VA) and obtained his special education certification through the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies (WV COGS). He is completing his Master’s degree through Salem International University. A veteran teacher of 22 years, Dale’s assignment was teaching special education at Princeton Senior High School. He is currently on a leave of absence to serve as WVEA President. As WVEA President, Lee is the leader of the state’s largest education employee organization. He first assumed the full-time duties of WVEA President on June 15, 2008. His was recently reelected to his fourth three-year term. Lee will serve as WVEA President through June 15, 2020. Prior to being elected WVEA President, Lee served for three years as Vice President, five years as WVEA Treasurer and was a member of the WVEA Executive Committee for three years. He has also been active in the Mercer County Education Association since he began teaching in 1986 including serving as its president. Lee’s immediate priorities include a salary increase for all school employees to begin to move teacher salaries to the national average. In addition, Lee wants to ensure public education funding remains a priority for our elected leaders at both the state and local level. He also wants to increase the level of respect shown to education employees for the tremendous jobs they do. Lee’s wife, Brenda, recently retired from her teaching position in Mercer County. They are the parents of two daughters. Danielle is a teacher in Mercer County. Jessica is a 2008 graduate of Princeton High and a graduate of Concord University. She works in the Princeton area.

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Indigenous Wisdom Provides Path For Positive Change

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

Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot, an Indigenous lawyer, writer and activist, has a new book, “Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change,” which explains her personal journey to activism and both how our societies have arrived at this time of grave threats and what we can do to create change. Some of our tasks are to recognize that colonization has not ended, the ways it manifests itself and how to begin the process of decolonization. We can do that, in part, by working to protect water sovereignty. Sherri talks about the mobilization at Standing Rock and the rise of Water Protectors. Then we speak with RaeLynn Cazelot, United Houmi and Pointe-au-Chien, who is a Water Protector working to stop the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP). The BBP is being built by Energy Transfer Partners, the same company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline in the Dakotas. Currently, Water Protectors are holding a week of action against the BBP in Louisiana.


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Relevant articles and websites:

Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change

Publisher’s Weekly Review of Sacred Instructions

Sacred Instructions on Facebook

NoBayouBridge.Global (for the week of action)

L’eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp Facebook Page

Louisiana Bucket Brigade Facebook Page



Sherri Mitchell was born and raised on the Penobscot Indian reservation. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine, and received her Juris Doctorate and a certificate in Indigenous People’s Law and Policy from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. Sherri is an alumna of the American Indian Ambassador program, and the Udall Native American Congressional Internship program. In 2010, she received the Mahoney Dunn International Human Rights and Humanitarian Award, for research into Human Rights violations against Indigenous Peoples. In 2015, she received the Spirit of Maine Award, for commitment and excellence in the field of International Human Rights. In 2016, Sherri’s portrait was added to the esteemed portrait series, Americans Who Tell the Truth, by artist Robert Shetterly. And, she is the recipient of the 2017 Hands of Hope award from the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine.

Sherri was a longtime advisor to the American Indian Institute’s Healing the Future Program and currently serves as an advisor to the Indigenous Elders and Medicine People’s Council of North and South America. She is the Founding Director of the Land Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to the global protection of Indigenous rights and the preservation of the Indigenous way of life. Prior to forming the Land Peace Foundation, Sherri served as a law clerk to the Solicitor of the United States Department of Interior; as an Associate with Fredericks, Peebles and Morgan Law Firm; and a civil rights educator for the Maine Attorney General’s Office, and; she was the Staff Attorney for the Native American Unit of Pine Tree Legal.

Sherri speaks and teaches around the world on issues of Indigenous rights, environmental justice, and spiritual change. Her broad base of knowledge allows her to synthesize these many subjects into a cohesive whole, weaving together the legal, political, and spiritual aspects surrounding a multitude of complex issues. Her work is featured in the documentary film titled Dancing with the Cannibal Giant, released in October of 2017 by New Story Film, and her first book Sacred Instructions is now in print. Sherri is also the cohost of the radio program Love (and revolution) Radio, which focuses on real-life stories of heart-based activism and revolutionary spiritual change.

RaeLynn Cazelot (United Houma Nation, Pointe-au-Chien) is a Water Protector from Louisiana.

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Latin American Resistance And US Imperialism

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

Latin America is described as the back yard of the United States. There is a long history of US intervention in Latin American countries and vibrant resistance both to the US and to vicious right wing governments. Current hot spots are Venezuela, where the US is now openly advocating regime change, Colombia, which is struggling to live up to its peace agreement, and the Honduras, where the new president is being heavily protested after a fraudulent election. We speak about these countries and more with James Jordan and Chuck Kaufman, co-coordinators of the Alliance for Global Justice.

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Relevant articles and websites:

Regime Change Fails: Is A Military Coup or Invasion of Venezuela Next? by Kevin Zeese

Venezuela Prepares After Tillerson’s US Tour of Latin America to Gain Support for a Venezuela Coup

Alliance for Global Justice



James Patrick Jordan has lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1983. He has a long history of grassroots organizing in peace, labor, international solidarity and environmental movements. James has published articles on these subjects in a variety of outlets and has authored or co-authored two plays about Colombian prisons. His main duties at AfGJ are in regards to Colombia solidarity, ecology, labor and prison issues.  He serves on the Board of the Liberty Tree Foundation and represents AfGJ in the Coordinadora Americana por los Derechos Humanos y las Víctimas de Prisión Política (American Coordination for Human Rights and the Victims of Political Imprisonment) and the Observatorio de Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos (Peoples Human Rights Observatory).

Chuck Kaufman is National Co-Coordinator of the Alliance for Global Justice. He has been a leader of the Central and Latin America solidarity movements since joining the staff of the Nicaragua Network in 1987. He gave up his successful advertising business out of disgust at Congress’ cowardice during the Iran-Contra scandal. He went on his first coffee picking brigade to Nicaragua that same year. Chuck has been in the front ranks of the movements to support the right of people in Latin America and the Caribbean to dignity, sovereignty, and self-determination. He has led delegations to Nicaragua, Venezuela, Haiti and Honduras.

Chuck has written and spoken often about US democracy manipulation programs through the National Endowment for Democracy and US Agency for International Development as well as what he calls the need to look to the Abolition Movement as our inspiration to change the culture of US militarism. He is a board member of the Latin America Solidarity Coalition and a leader of the LASC’s effort to build a stronger movement to oppose US militarism and the militarization of relations with Latin America. He was a founder of the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition and has spoken at most of the major Washington, DC anti-war demonstrations. He is a board member of the Honduras Solidarity Network and a founder of the Venezuela Solidarity Network. He has a B.A. in Government and Politics from George Mason University. His first political activism was as a high school student in 1969 when he organized student walk-out in four county high schools in his native Indiana.

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Why AFRICOM Matters And What You Can Do About It

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

U.S. Military Quietly causing Devastation in Africa.

The United States has a long history of intervention in Africa that is not widely discussed. Africa is a continent with tremendous resources that has been colonized and exploited by Western countries for more than 100 years. True to the practices of colonizers, the United States and its allies have made sure that African governments are controlled and the population is kept in poverty. These efforts expanded with AFRICOM (Africa Command) after its creation in 2008. We discuss AFRICOM with Margaret Kimberley of Black Agenda Report and the Black Alliance for Peace. Then Maurice Carney, co-founder of Friends of the Congo, digs deep into the history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and U.S. involvement, which continues today.

Take Action – Sign the petition in support of protesters against the violent Kabila government.

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Relevant articles and websites:

AFRICOM is the Question by Margaret Kimberley

Africa – Where the Next US Oil Wars will be by Bruce A. Dixon

AFRICOM Expands Mission in Africa, Real News interview with Maurice Carney

Black Agenda Report

Friends of the Congo

Take Action:



Margaret Kimberley is Editor and Senior Columnist at Black Agenda Report. She is a regular guest on radio and internet talk shows and has appeared on Al Jazeera English, RT, WBAI, KPFK, Presstv Iran, and Govorit Moskva (Moscow Voice Radio). Ms. Kimberley serves on the Administrative Committee of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), the Coordinating Committee of Black Alliance for Peace and the Advisory Board of She is writing a book about racism and the American presidency. She is a graduate of Williams College and lives in New York City.

Maurice Carney is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo. He has fought with Congolese for over twenty years in their struggle for human dignity and control of their country. Mr. Carney worked with civic associations in West Africa providing training on research methodology and survey. He served as the interim Africa working group coordinator for Reverend Jesse Jackson while he was Special Envoy to Africa. He has provided analysis on the Congo for Al Jazeera, ABC News, Democracy Now, Real News Network, Pambazuka News, All Africa News, and a host of other media outlets.

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Our New National Defense Strategy: Great Power Conflict and Arms Race

By Margaret Flower and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG Radio. -

The new National Defense Strategy announced last week moves from the ‘war on terror’ toward conflict with great powers. The move from military conflict against non-state actors, i.e. ‘terrorists’, to great power conflict means more military hardware, massive spending on weapons and a new arms race. We speak with Nicolas Davies and Mike Whitney about reasons for the change in defense strategy, the broad impacts it will have and how it will affect areas of conflict around the world.


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Relevant articles and websites:

New Defense Strategy: War with great nations and arms race by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

A National Defense Strategy of Sowing Global Chaos by Nicolas J. S. Davies

Robert Parry’s Legacy and the Future of Consortiumnews by Nat Parry

Consortium News/Nicolas Davies

Turkish Invasion Pits Neocons Against Traditional Imperialists by Mike Whitney

Counter Punch/Mike Whitney

Redacted Tonight on General Mattis’ announcement of the new National Defense Strategy



Nicolas “Sandy” Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq. He also wrote the chapter on “Obama at War” in Grading the 44th President: a Report Card on Barack Obama’s First Term as a Progressive Leader, and he writes regularly for Consortium News.

Mike Whitney is a freelance writer living in Washington state. He writes for a variety of outlets on foreign policy and other issues.  He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (2012, AK Press).

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The Fight For Immigrant’s Rights; DACA And Beyond

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

In 2017, President Trump repealed Obama’s executive order for young immigrants, Dreamers, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allowed them temporary status in the United States. The repeal took effect in September and advocates have been fighting since then to restore DACA and pass the Dream Act, which would create a path to citizenship. We speak with two immigrant’s rights advocates, Mani Martinez of Cosecha Movement and Juan Escalante of America’s Voice, about the impacts of current immigration policies and what it would take to permanently protect immigrants in the United States.

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Relevant articles and websites:

Cosecha Movement

United We Dream

Cosecha New Jersey Facebook Page

America’s Voice

DACA 101: What It Feels Like To Be A Dreamer, by Juan Escalante

The White House Dreamer Deal Isn’t A Compromise. It’s A Racist Ransom Note, by Juan Escalante



Mani Martinez is a grassroots artist and activist with the Cosecha Movement in New Jersey. Mani also works for Popular Resistance.

Juan Escalante: With much foresight to the oncoming political violence, Juan Escalante’s parents fled Venezuela, with Juan and his two brothers in tow, for the United States in 2000. In 2006, an immigration attorney mishandled the Escalante’s case, and they lost status. After six years of legal fees and paying taxes, the Escalantes were unable to gain legal status.

By the time President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, Juan had graduated from Florida State University with a political science degree, fought (and lost) two legislative fights in support of the Dream Act, and helped organize thousands of Dreamers from all across the country. Since 2013, Juan and his brothers have been protected from deportation under DACA.

With DACA, Juan was able to return to FSU for a Master’s degree in public administration and get a job in immigration advocacy, as the Communications Manager for America’s Voice. Juan is a Tallahassee resident and a coffee fanatic.

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Jeff Seesion’s Assault On Mariujuana Legalization

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

Jeff Sessions, head of the Department of Justice, reversed the “Cole Memo” that allowed states to pursue marijuana legalization without fear of the federal government stepping in and prosecuting the marijuana industry. Sessions is leaving it up to each state’s federal prosecutor to decide on how to proceed. This happened just as California moved to implement legal marijuana and Vermont voted to legalize marijuana. We speak with Justin Strekal, policy director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), and Doug McVay, a long time advocate for drug law reform at the state and national level and editor of Drug War Facts, about what lies ahead for the movement to end marijuana prohibition.

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Relevant articles and websites:

What now? Experts and politicians weigh in on potential impact of Sessions’ rollback of marijuana policy by Alicia Wallace

Sixty-nine Members Of Congress Sign Letter To Congressional Leadership by Justin Strekal

Marijuana Law Reform Efforts Advance in States Despite a Hostile Attorney General by Kevin Mahmaliji


Drug War Facts

Common Sense for Drug Policy

Century of Lies


Justin Strekal is the Political Director for NORML, where he serves as an advocate to end the federal prohibition of marijuana and to reform our nation’s laws to no longer treat marijuana consumers as second-class citizens. Before working on drug policy, he worked on tax, wage, and campaign finance reform as well as electoral campaigns throughout the country for positions in every level of government.

Doug McVay is the host of Century of Lies on Drug Truth Network and the editor of Drug War Facts for Common Sense for Drug Policy. He became active in NORML in college in 1983 and has been active ever since at the national level and in Oregon.

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The United States Empire Is Falling. What Does That Mean?

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

In his latest book, “In the Shadow of the American Century: The rise and decline of US global power,” Alfred McCoy writes about the tools used by the United States to maintain global domination and how its status is declining. McCoy predicts that China will replace the US as the dominant global power holder by 2030. We speak with him about US Empire, what the decline will look like and how it will impact people in the US and around the world.


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Relevant articles and websites:

The World According to Trump; or how to build a wall and lose an empire by Alfred McCoy

In the Shadows of the American Century by Alfred McCoy

A book review of In the Shadows of the American Century by Paul Street

Ensuring Justice in the Era of Transformation by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers



Alfred McCoy is the Harrington Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and the author of many books on the global opium trade, the CIA and its use of torture, surveillance and the Philippines. Here is his bio from the UW website:

After earning a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian history at Yale, my writing on this region has focused on two topics — Philippine political history and global opium trafficking. My first book, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia (New York, 1972), sparked controversy when the CIA tried to block publication. But after three English editions and translation into nine foreign languages, this study is now regarded as the “classic” work on the global drug traffic.

My more recent work on covert operations, A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror (New York, 2006), explores the agency’s half-century history of psychological torture. A film based in part on that book, “Taxi to the Darkside,” won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2008. My latest study of this topic, Torture and Impunity (Madison, 2012), explores the political and cultural dynamics of America’s post 9/11 debate over interrogation.

The Philippines remains the major focus of my research. An investigation of President Marcos’s “fake medals,” published on page one of the New York Times (January 23, 1986) just weeks before the country’s presidential elections, contributed to the country’s transition from authoritarian rule. Analyzing the many coup attempts that followed, my book Closer Than Brothers (New Haven, 1999) documents the corrosive impact of torture upon the Philippine military.

Three of my edited volumes on Philippine historiography have won that country’s National Book Award. In 2001, the Association for Asian Studies awarded me the Goodman Prize for a “deep and enduring impact on Philippine historical studies.”

My recent book, Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State (Madison, 2009), draws together these two strands in my research — covert operations and modern Philippine history — to explore the transformative power of police, information, and scandal in shaping both the modern Philippine state and the U.S. internal security apparatus. In 2011, the Association for Asian Studies awarded Policing America’s Empire the George McT. Kahin Prize, describing the work as “a passionate, elegantly written book that owes its mastery to McCoy’s narrative and analytical gifts, his years of painstaking research and his sure sense of the ominous global implications of his story.”

In 2012, the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association awarded me the Wilbur Cross Medal which is presented annually to “a small number of outstanding alumni” to recognize “distinguished achievements in scholarship, teaching, academic administration, and public service.” Simultaneously, the University of Wisconsin-Madison gave me the Hilldale Award for Arts & Humanities for 2012.

My most recent book, In the Shadow of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power, focuses on the key instruments in its exercise of this hegemony—including, geopolitical dominion, control of subordinate states, covert operations, worldwide surveillance, torture, and military technology. The work concludes by analyzing China’s challenge and the complex of forces that will likely lead to an eclipse of U.S. hegemony by 2030.

My teaching interests include: Modern Philippine social and political history; U.S. foreign policy; colonial empires in Southeast Asia; global illicit drug trafficking; and CIA covert operations.

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Special Report: Are Long-Term US Regime Change Efforts Behind Iran Protests?

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance -

This is our first Special Report recorded in the new Popular Resistance Studio.

We talked to Mostafa Afzalzadeh from Tehran about what the current protests in Iran are about and where they are going. Mostafa has been an independent journalist in Iran for 15 years and a documentary filmmaker. One of his documentaries is Manufacturing Dissent, about the US, UK and their western and Gulf State allies that launched a covert war in Syria in early 2011, dressed up by the media as a “revolution,” to remove Assad from power and the role of western media in creating support for the war.

Mostafa said the US has been trying to change the Iranian government since the 1979 Iranian revolution. He described how the Bush administration and former secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, created the Office of Iranian Affairs (OIA) which had offices not only in Tehran but also in many European Cities. Iran hardliners were appointed to run the office which reported to Elizabeth Cheney, vice president Dick Cheney’s daughter. The office is tied to other US regime change agencies, e.g. the National Republican Institute, National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House. Related to the OIA was the Iran Democracy Fund of the Bush era, followed by the Near East Regional Democracy Fund in the Obama era, and the US Agency for International Development. There is no transparency in these programs, so we cannot report where US funding of opposition groups is going.

The OIA was used to organize and build the Iranian opposition to the government, a tactic the US has used in many countries. One of the roles of the office, reportedly, was to be “part of an effort to channel funds to groups that could aid opposition factions within Iran.”  Rice testified in February 2006 about the State Department budget for Iran before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, saying:

“I want to thank the Congress for giving us $10 million to support the cause of freedom and human rights in Iran this year. We will use this money to develop support networks for Iranian reformers, political dissidents and human rights activists. We also plan to request $75 million in supplemental funding for the year 2006 to support democracy in Iran. That money would enable us to increase our support for democracy and improve our radio broadcasting, begin satellite television broadcasts, increase the contacts between our peoples through expanded fellowships and scholarships for Iranian students, and to bolster our public diplomacy efforts.

“In addition, I will be notifying that we plan to reprogram funds in 2007 to support the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people.”

Mostafa told us that the OIA was also involved in the mass protests in 2009, the so-called “Green Revolution”, that occurred after the election. The US hoped to replace hard line conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a more US-friendly leader. The protests were against the re-election of Ahmadinejad, which protesters claimed were based on fraud.

Mostafa explained why the current protests began outside of Tehran in smaller cities near the border, telling us that this made it easier to smuggle weapons and people into Iran to infiltrate in the protests. Groups using social media to promote the protests, like the MEK, now known as the People’s Mojahedin of Iran, have no support in Iran and primarily exist on social media. After the 1979 revolution, the MEK was involved in assassinations of Iranian officials, was labeled a terrorist organization and lost political support. While the western media made the 2018 protests look much bigger than they were, the reality is the protests had small numbers of 50, 100 or 200 people.

The protests began around economic issues due to rising prices and high unemployment. Mostafa discussed the impact of sanctions on the Iranian economy as making it harder to sell oil and invest in economic development. As other commentators have pointed out “. . . Washington blocked international clearing for every Iranian bank, froze $100 billion in Iranian assets overseas, and curtailed Tehran’s potential to export oil.  The consequence was a severe bout of inflation in Iran that debilitated the currency.” Mostafa said that in this new era  “tanks have been replaced by banks” in US foreign policy. He predicted that sanctions will build independence and self sufficiency in Iran as well as create new alliances with other countries, making the US less relevant.

Mostafa was concerned that infiltrators allied with outside powers were changing the messaging of the protest to suit their agenda. After a few days, the messages of the protests were against Iranian support for Palestinians, as well as people in Yemen, Lebanon and Syria, which are not consistent with the views of the Iranian people. Mostafa says people in the Iran are proud their country supports revolutionary movements against imperialism and proud they were part of defeating the US and its allies in Syria.

The protests seemed to have died down and were dwarfed by much larger protests organized in support of the Iranian revolution. While the protests have finished, Mostafa does not think that the United States and its allies will stop trying to undermine the government. These protests may have served the purpose of giving the United States an excuse to pursue more sanctions. The US knows that a war with Iran would be impossible and regime change from within is the better strategy for changing the government, but is still unlikely. Mostafa sees significant differences between Iran and Syria and does not expect a Syrian scenario to occur in Iran. One major difference is that since the 1979 revolution, the Iranian people have been educated and organized against imperialism.

He warned to be careful who people in the US listen to as spokespersons for the Iranian people. He specifically mentioning the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), the largest Iranian-American group. He claimed that NIAC was started by funding from Congress and some of its members had ties to government or regime change organizations. When we said we did not know that NIAC had received US government funding and that Trita Parsi, the executive director of NIAC, is a widely respected Iranian commentator (indeed, he recently appeared on Democracy Now and Real News Network), he said, “You should research it for yourself. I’m just alerting you.”

We researched NIAC and  found on NIAC’s website that they received money from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). NED is a private organization primarly funded by an annual allocation from US government and Wall Street interests and has been involved in US regime change operations in the Middle East and around the world. In their More Myths and Facts section NIAC acknowledges receiving funding from NED but claims that was different from the Bush administration’s democracy program, the Democracy Fund, designed for regime change. NIAC also says it does not receive funding from the US or Iranian governments on its site.

NIAC research director, Reza Marashi, mentioned by Mostafa, worked at the State Department’s Office of Iranian Affairs for four years prior to joining NIAC. And, field organizer Dornaz Memarzia, worked at Freedom House before joining NIAC, an organization also involved in US regime change operations, tied to the CIA and State Department. Trita Parsa has written award winning books on Iran and foreign policy and received his Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced Economic Studies under Francis Fukuyama, the well known neocon and advocate for “free market” capitalism (we put free market in quotes because there has been no free market since modern economies have developed and because this is a marketing term describing transnational corporate capitalism).

Mostafa had two suggestions for US peace and justice movements. First, he urged US movements to work together because they need to be coordinated and unified to be effective. At Popular Resistance we call this creating a “movement of movements.”  Second, he urged activists to seek out information on Iran and share it because Iranians do not have a strong voice in the media and most reporting comes from US and western media sources.

We hope to bring you a variety of voices from Iran so that we can better understand what is happening in this pivotal country.

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Movement Strategy For Our Times

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, -

In 2017, more people became activated for social justice. At the same time, white supremacist groups became more visible, marching with torches and chanting words of hatred. There were conflicts between people who disagreed over what tactics would be most effective in stopping the rise of white supremacy and fascism and achieving greater equality and justice. We speak with Rivera Sun about her novels, which use fiction to teach lessons of movement strategy, and about organizing for social change in our times. Her newest book is “The Roots of Resistance: Book Two of the Dandelion Trilogy.”


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Relevant articles and websites:

Love (and Revolution) Radio

Review of the Roots of Resistance by Tom Hastings

Ensuring Justice in the Era of Transformation by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

Infiltration to Divide, Disrupt and Mis-direct are Widespread in Occupy by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

Infiltration of Political Movements is the Norm, Not the Exception, in the United States by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers



Rivera Sun is the author of three novels and many essays, plays, and poems. Most of her essays are archived on this website. Her writings have appeared in, Popular, Dandelion, the Fayetteville Free Zone,, and many others. All of Rivera Sun’s published novels (including Steam Drills, Treadmills, and Shootings Stars and The Dandelion InsurrectionBillionaire Buddha), as well as her  plays, and poetry can be found here.

Rivera Sun travels nationwide, and offers workshops in writing, and making change through nonviolent action. Please visit her upcoming workshops page to find an event near you or contact her.

Rivera Sun is the cofounder of the Love-In-Action Network, a nationwide set of nonviolent study and action groups. She is also a graduate of the James Lawson Institute on Strategic Civil Resistance and has written many essays on the subject of nonviolent action. Learn more about how ordinary people can make extraordinary changes in our world! Here. 

Using collaborative social media approach, Rivera Sun and her partner, Dariel Garner, work to grow organizations’ social media outreach, allowing these groups to unite, connect, and inspire their participants and allies. In 2014, they expanded the social media outreach of the Metta Center for Nonviolence, and currently they serve Pace e Bene’s rapidly growing Campaign Nonviolence project, working with their organizers, staff, endorsing groups, and participants to develop social media skills, support and uplift the movement, and build sincere relationships through the medium of social media. For more information about our approach, or to bring these techniques to your organization, please contact us!

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Issues that Drive the Coming Transformation

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, -

The year 2017 has been another active year for people fighting on a wide range of fronts. The Trump administration has brought many issues that have existed for years out into the open where they are more difficult to deny – racism, colonialism, imperialism, capitalism and patriarchy and the crises they create. There will be a backlash against overreach by the power holders on a number of issues, including wealth inequality, health care, Internet freedom, militarization at home and abroad, mass incarceration, climate change and human rights abuses. This backlash provides an opportunity to organize a broader movement of movements and clarify our demands so that we are well-positioned to demand transformative policies. We discuss two of these areas today in greater depth: US imperialism and the fight against fossil fuel infrastructure.


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Relevant articles and websites:

Preparing for the Coming Transformation by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

New Campaign: Close All US Military Bases on Foreign Soil by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

Another Pipeline Affecting Tribal Communities Heads Toward Final Approval by Indianz

North Carolina Hits the Brakes on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by Johnathan Hahn

Groups Take Legal Action Against FERC on Atlantic Coast Pipeline by Southern Environmental Law Center

Clean Water for NC

Flawed Environmental Justice Analysis by Dr. Ryan Emanuel: emanuel2017 (click on link to view and download)

Native Environment (blog by Dr. Emanuel)



Leah Bolger serves as the Chair of the Coordinating Committee of  World Beyond War. She retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Commander after twenty years of active duty service. She was elected as the first female President of Veterans For Peace (VFP) in 2012, and in 2013 was selected to present the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Peace Lecture at Oregon State University. She is the Chair of the VFP working group on drones, and is the Coordinator of the Drones Quilt Project. She founded the Corvallis Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) in January 2014. She is also a Board member of the War Prevention Initiative.


Dr. Ryan Emanuel is a member of the Lumbee Tribe and an Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and a University Faculty Scholar at North Carolina State University.  His research team uses fieldwork, geospatial analysis and numerical models to study ecohydrology in both natural and human-modified ecosystems. Ryan also works on environmental issues that have disproportionate impacts on American Indian communities. Examples of geoanalytical research within his group include studies of plant water use in the northern Rocky Mountains, runoff generation in the southern Appalachian Mountains, salinization of coastal environments of North Carolina, and climate change impacts on waters of cultural significance to the Lumbee Tribe. Ryan collaborates with teams of other scientists to study geospatial dynamics of processes such as the spread of mountain pine beetle and the distribution of soil microbes involved in methane cycling. Follow him on Twitter @WaterPotential.

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Organizing For Our Rights To Internet Equality

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, -

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), lead by chairman Ajit Pai, voted to dismantle the hard-won net neutrality rules, going against widespread public support for those rules. The public organized in a massive effort to stop the vote, and now organizations, states and people are taking action to revoke and challenge the FCC’s decision. This decision and the public activation around it provide an opportunity to build power not only to win net neutrality, but also to put laws and structures into place that go much farther to create the universal right to high quality, affordable Internet access and equality.

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Relevant articles and websites:

Popular Resistance Newsletter: Creating the 21st Century Internet by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

Net Neutrality: What’s Next and How We Win the Fight by Collette Watson

Speech on Broadband as a Public Utility by Harold Feld

Five Fundamentals for the Phone Network Transition by Harold Feld

Free Press

Public Knowledge

Wet Machine (Harold Feld’s Blog)


Jessica Gonzalez is deputy director and senior counsel for Free Press. She works closely with the executive team and key stakeholders to develop and execute strategies to advance Free Press’ mission. Jessica has been a key voice in the fights for Net Neutrality, affordable internet service and media diversity. Previously, she was the executive vice president and general counsel at the National Hispanic Media Coalition, where she led the policy shop and helped coordinate campaigns against racist and xenophobic media programming. Prior to that she was a staff attorney and teaching fellow at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Public Representation, where she represented public interest and civil rights groups before the FCC, the NTIA and in the courts of appeal. Jessica has testified before Congress on multiple occasions, including once before the House to support Net Neutrality while suffering from acute morning sickness, and another time before the Senate while eight months pregnant to support affordable internet access for low-income people. Follow her on Twitter @JGo4Justice.

Harold Feld is senior vice president of Public Knowledge. Before becoming Senior Vice President at Public Knowledge, Harold worked as Senior Vice President of Media Access Project, advocating for the public interest in media, telecommunications, and technology policy for almost 10 years. Prior to joining MAP, Harold was an associate at Covington & Burling, worked on Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, and accountability issues at the Department of Energy, and clerked for the D.C. Court of Appeals. He received his B.A. from Princeton University, and his J.D. from Boston University Law School. Harold also writes Tales of the Sausage Factory, a progressive blog on media and telecom policy. In 2007, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin praised him and his blog for “[doing] a lot of great work helping people understand how FCC decisions affect people and communities on the ground.”

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Corporate Assaults on Our Rights and the Environment

We discuss two of the many assaults on our communities by corporations that put their profits above the health and safety of people. The first is the re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by the Trump administration. Bill Waren of Friends of the Earth explains how this process is more secretive than the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. The corporations and Wall Street financiers are using the NAFTA negotiations to slip in the worst of the TPP and TTIP. Then Peggy Chase of the Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation describes how Nestle is taking public water in Michigan and other states and other efforts at water privatization.


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Relevant articles and websites:

Ten Ways that Trumps New NAFTA Threatens People and the Planet by Bill Waren

Friends of the Earth

Trade for People and Planet

How Michigan Water becomes a Product inside Nestle’s Ice Mountain Plant by Garrett Ellison

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation



Bill Waren is a senior analyst at Friends of the Earth.

Peggy Case is the President of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation.

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