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Labor Has Made Two Grave Errors; Will It Recover?

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

Above photo: From Jacobin Magazine.

An Interview with Professor Richard D. Wolff

Labor unions have been on the decline in the United States for over fifty years, which has caused a decline in wages, working environments and overall social conditions. In other countries, a strong alliance between labor unions and social movements have brought improvements. We discuss two major mistakes that labor made in the United States that caused its decline, the recent Supreme Court decision on Janus and what workers must do now to improve their situation. We also discuss recent news and cut through the corporate media fog on major issues.

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In the News:

Newsletter – Nationwide Protests: Pro-Immigrant or Anti-Trump?

North Korea

Farmer suicides

USA Tenth Most Dangerous for Women

 

Relevant articles and websites:

Supreme Court’s Fatal Attack on Public Sector Workers by Anthony DiMaggio

Janus V. Democracy by Joseph A. McCartin

RDWolff.com

Democracy at Work

 

Guest:

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City.

Earlier he taught economics at Yale University (1967-1969) and at the City College of the City University of New York (1969-1973). In 1994, he was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Paris (France), I (Sorbonne). Wolff was also regular lecturer at the Brecht Forum in New York City.

Over the last twenty five years, in collaboration with his colleague, Stephen Resnick, he has developed a new approach to political economy. While it retains and systematically elaborates the Marxist notion of class as surplus labor, it rejects the economic determinism typical of most schools of economics and usually associated with Marxism as well. This new approach appears in several books co-authored by Resnick and Wolff and numerous articles by them separately and together. Common to all of Professor Wolff’s work are two central components. The first is the introduction of class, in its elaborated surplus labor definition, as a new “entry point” of social analysis. The second is the concept of overdetermination as the logic of an analytic project that is consistently non-determinist. Professor Wolff was also among the founders in 1988 of the new academic association, Association of Economic and Social Analysis (AESA), and its quarterly journal Rethinking Marxism.

Since 2005, Professor Wolff has written many shorter analytical pieces focused chiefly although not only on the emerging and then exploding global capitalist crisis. He regularly published such shorter analytical pieces on the website of the Monthly Review magazine and occasionally in many other publications, both print and electronic. The wide circulation of the shorter pieces coupled with the deepening crisis brought many invitations to present work in public forums.

Especially since 2008, Professor Wolff has given many public lectures at colleges and universities (Notre Dame, University of Missouri, Washington College, Franklin and Marshall College, New York University, etc.) to community and trade union meetings, in high schools, etc. He also maintains an extensive schedule of media interviews (on many independent radio stations such as KPFA in Berkeley, KPFK in Los Angeles, WBAI in New York, National Public Radio stations, the Real News Network, the Thom Hartmann show, and so on). He has spoken at Occupations and local high schools, churches, and monthly at the Brecht Forum in New York.

Professor Wolff’s public speaking engagements and media interviews usually focus on one or more of the following topics:

a. The Current Economic Crisis: Origins and Consequences
b. Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capiatlism
c. The Current Economic Crisis and Globalization
d. Economic Crisis and Socialist Strategy
e. The Difference Among Economic Theories (Neoclassical, Keynesian and Marxian)
f. The History of the Marxian Theoretical Tradition
g. The Contemporary Relevance and Unique Insights of Marxian economics
h. A Class Analysis of the Rise and Fall of the USSR

Professor Wolff’s weekly show, Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff, is syndicated on over 70 radio stations nationwide and available for broadcast on Free Speech TV. Please contact the show’s Media Director if you are interested in syndicating the program: maria@democracyatwork.info

Professor Wolff enjoys french cuisine and lives in New York City with his wife, Dr. Harriet Fraad. They have two adult children.

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Red Green Revolution – Victor Wallis On The Ecosocialist Future

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, ClearingtheFOGRadio. -

Two major crises of our era are growing wealth inequality and its resultant poverty and climate change, which is connected to a variety of environmental issues. Neither of these crises can be resolved without addressing the underlying root cause of capitalism, but many people are uncertain about what an economy beyond capitalism looks like. In his new book, Red Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism, Victor Wallis explains why a livable future must be ecosocialist, what ecosocialism is and how we get there. We discuss his book and the latest news.

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In the News:

Newsletter: Assange is a Journalist, Should not be Persecuted for Telling the Truth by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers\

Thousands March with Poor People’s Campaign

Protest DHS Secretary Nielsen

Obama Immigration Policy

California Net Neutrality Bill

The US has quit the Human Rights Business

 

Relevant articles and websites:

Red Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism

Socialism and Democracy Online

Victor Wallis

Institute for Social Ecology

 

Guest:

Victor Wallis is a professor of Liberal Arts at the Berklee College of Music. He was for twenty years the managing editor of Socialism and Democracy and has been writing on ecological issues since the early 1990s. His writings have appeared in journals such as Monthly Review and New Political Science, and have been translated into thirteen languages.

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Juneteenth: Still Fighting To End Jim Crow

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

Above photo: Stop Police Terror Facebook page.

This Juneteenth, there are actions around the militarization of police and community-based efforts to create security without the police. Eugene Puryear, who works with Stop Police Terror DC, discusses the Washington DC version of “Stop and Frisk,” which involves Jump Out Squads, and the efforts to get data on how this program works. Stop Police Terror DC grew out of mass Black Lives Matter protests, which Puryer helped organize, in reaction to the police violence in Ferguson, MO and around the country. We also discuss current events including immigration issues around separating parents from their children and treatment of youth who were brought to the US as children, protests in support of Julian Assange, US regime change efforts in Nicaragua and the initial agreement between the United States and North Korea.

 

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In the News:

Newsletter: Protect Immigrant’s Rights: End the Crises that Drive Migration

Nicaragua

North Korea

Yemen

Julian Assange

 

Relevant articles and websites:

The Black American Holiday Everyone should Celebrate by Jamelle Bouie

DC Day of Protest Against Police Brutality

BLM Opposes DC Mayor’s Increase In Policing

Stop Police Terror Project

 

Guest:

Eugene Puryear is a Washington, D.C.­based activist.

As a high school student in Charlottesville, Va., Eugene organized a walkout when the war in Iraq began in 2003. Upon arriving in D.C. in 2004 to attend Howard University, Eugene immediately joined the anti­war movement, helping to organize the large­-scale demonstrations that took place against the continuing U.S. war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.

In over a decade of social justice activism, Eugene has been involved in a wide range of work. He has served as a key organizer around police brutality, prisoners’ rights, and abuses in the U.S. criminal justice system. He was a key organizer of the first demonstration outside Jena for the Jena Six in 2007, and was a founder of the Jobs Not Jails coalition and a co-­founder of the DCFerguson Movement, a Black Lives Matter organization in Washington, D.C.

Eugene is the the author of the book Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America, and the managing editor of Imperialism in the 21st Century: Updating Lenin’s Theory a Century Later and Revolution Manifesto: Understanding Marx and Lenin’s Theory of Revolution, all from PSL Publications. He is also a blogger for LiberationNews.org and a producer for LiberationRadio.org.

Eugene has appeared in a wide range of television, radio, and print media, including CNN, RT, and the Washington Post. He has lectured at colleges and universities around the country, including the University of Maryland, Morgan State University, Howard University, University of New Haven and Temple University.

He was the 2008 Vice Presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and ran for D.C. Council At­-Large as the candidate of the D.C. Statehood Green Party in 2014.

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Poor-Led People’s Campaign Marches To Resurrect Resurrection City

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

Above photo: Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign Facebook Page.

For the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign and Resurrection City, poor and houseless people marched from the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia to Washington, DC where they are setting up a Resurrection City in DuPont Circle. We speak with Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia), co-founder of POOR Magazine and a participant on the march, about the reality of poverty in the United States. Tiny describes the march and the intersections between poverty and many other areas such as mass incarceration, health and colonization. This is a poor-led people’s campaign that is not only resisting the policies and systems that drive the current crises, but is also putting forth poor people-led solutions, such as the Bank of Community Reparations and Homefulness.

 

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In the news:

HUD Plan Would Raise Rents for Poor

Housing Prices Rise at Twice the Speed of Inflation and Pay

Conspiracy Builds to Force Assange Out of Ecuadorian Embassy

Statement of Unity for US-North Korea Summit

Judge Slams Family Separation as Brutal, Offensive

Activists Blockade, Call for Abolition of ICE

No Bayou Bridge Pipeline

 

Relevant articles and websites:

Lisa “Tiny” Gray Garcia

POOR Magazine

Poor News Network

Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign

 

Guest:

Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia) is a formerly unhoused, incarcerated poverty scholar, revolutionary journalist, lecturer, poet, visionary, teacher and single mama of Tiburcio, daughter of a houseless, disabled mama Dee, and the co–founder of POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE/PoorNewsNetwork. With her Mama Dee- she co-founded Escuela de la gente/PeopleSkool- a poor and indigenous people-led skool, as well as several cultural projects such as the Po Poets Project/Poetas POBREs Proyecto (co-founded with Leroy Moore), welfareQUEENs, the Theatre of the POOR/Teatro de los pobres, Hotel Voices( to name a few. She is also the author of Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America, co-editor of A Decolonizers Guide to A Humble Revolution, Born & Raised in Frisco and her second book- Poverty ScholarShip -Poor People Theory, Arts, words and Tears Across Mama Earth A PeoplesTeXt will be released in 2018-19. In 2011 she co-launched The Homefulness Project – a landless peoples, self-determined land liberation movement in the Ohlone/Lisjan/Huchuin territory known as Deep East Oakland, ,and co-founded a liberation school for children, Deecolonize Academy

In 2016 tiny launched the Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Tours Through Turtle Island  with 1st Nations leaders and fellow poverty scholars where poor people tour “rich” neighborhoods across the US and knock on doors humbly asking that wealth hoarders redistribute their hoarded money and assets, The tour is loosely based on the Bhoodan Movement of India launched by Vinoba Bhave who walked through India asking wealthy “land-owners” to gift their land to landless peoples.

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Venezuela Needs Our Solidarity, Not Charity

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

The Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela just succeeded against the forces of US imperialism through the election of Nicolas Maduro for a second term as president. US officials were openly calling for regime change, supporting opposition forces and announcing that the recent presidential election was illegitimate before it even occurred. We spoke with Roger Harris, past president of Task Force Americas, who participated in an international delegation with Kevin Zeese to Venezuela  during the election, about the revolution, the bloodbath that will occur if US empire succeeds in regime change and the necessity of US activists to be in solidarity with Venezuela.

 

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Recent news:

Stopping pipelines means challenging systems that threaten our existence

Fossil fuel industry creates fake grassroots

The world’s first carbon free climate conference

BXE

The murder that wasn’t

Inequality made worse by cruel US economic policies

Pentagon report raises alarm

Google employee opposition derails military AI project

 

Relevant articles and websites:

Rebellion or Counter Revolution: Made in US or in Nicaragua by Telesur

Nicaragua, Venezuela: One Enemy, One Fight for Democracy by Telesur

The Re-election of Maduro – Venezuelan Voters’ Defiant Answer to US Imperialism by Roger Harris

Venezuela Defeats US in Election, Now must Build Independent Economy by Kevin Zeese

Task Force on the Americas

 

Guest:

Roger Harris from Corte Madera, California, has a special interest in Venezuela and Cuba. He is on the central committee of the Peace and Freedom Party and is involved with the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library. He is also a Certified Wildlife Biologist and conservationist, leading whale watching trips for the Oceanic Society and birding for the Marin Audubon Society. He is on the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission. He is retired from an employee-owned environmental consulting firm, where he specialized in endangered species, wetlands, and native habitat restoration. He is past president of Task Force on the Americas.

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Our Healthcare System Is So Broken, Even Non-Profits Are Failing Us

By Margaret Flowers, Clearing the FOG Radio. -

Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, there has been an unprecedented consolidation in the healthcare industry. Giant medical corporations are investing in “vertical integration,” which basically means they own everything, including the hospitals, doctor’s practices, long term care centers, pharmacies, insurances (both public and private), and more. This gives corporations the power to have control over hospitals and health professionals. Their interest is a healthy bottom line, not the health of patients and communities. Non-profits are just as ruthless as the for-profits, and on top of that they don’t pay taxes. We speak with Dr. Anna Reed about the way this is playing out in Maryland and putting children and the poor at risk.

 

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Relevant articles and websites:

Patients Protest MedStar for Terminating Their Doctor without Cause by Bill Hughes

MedStar is a Non-Profit with For-Profit Policies; Closes Critical Programs

The US is Entering a Golden Age of Corporate Medicine by Adam Gaffney

StopMedStarDiscrmination.org

 

Guest:

Dr. Anna Reed is a graduate of University of Virginia School of Medicine and Children’s Memorial Hospital Pediatric Residency in Chicago, Illinois.  Upon graduating from residency, she worked in the Children’s Memorial Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as a hospitalist and sedation attending until her family moved to Baltimore.  Here, she took a position as a Pediatric Emergency Room Physician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

After four years at GBMC, she craved more patient continuity and worked in private practice for two years. There, her interest in childhood development and nutrition intensified. She is the former Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation at MedStar Franklin Square where she evaluated patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Developmental Follow-Up Clinic. She also saw pediatric patients at the Franklin Square Family Health Center, and worked in the pediatric emergency room, inpatient unit, and nursery.

Dr. Reed organized the pediatric outpatient curriculum for the MedStar Franklin Square Family Medicine residency program and is committed to resident teaching.  She is actively involved in the Baltimore County Public Schools Health Council with a focus on nutrition as well as the Early Childhood Advisory Council to promote public awareness about the importance of early childhood health and development.  She is currently working on increasing autism screening in underserved communities.

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA
Residency: Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Professional Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University 2013 – present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics October 2006 – present
  • Childhood Obesity Section Member
  • Developmental Pediatrics Section Member
  • Member, Academic Pediatric Association 2013 – present

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Entering The ‘Brave New World’ Of Corporatized Education

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

First there were charter schools and high stakes testing, and now we are entering a whole new realm of corporate education that treats students as commodities and views schools and teachers as obstacles to profits. Education corporations are pushing computer-based learning on students and crowding out classroom-based instruction, even though studies show online learning is less effective. On top of that, new education tech also monitors students’ eye movements, vital signs and emotional state. It is mining data on students from preschool on up that can be sold to marketers and used to determine a student’s future. We speak with Morna McDermott, an educator and mom who co-founded United Opt Out of the opt out of testing and has launched a new campaign, “Classrooms, Not Computers.”

 

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In the News:

High Alert for Palestinian Slaughter and Conflict with Iran

Trump’s Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal Gives Europe a Choice: Become Vassals or be Independent

Gaza Protests: 58 Palestinians Killed and More than 2,700 Injured

Ecuador Hints It May Hand Over Julian Assange to Britain and the US

A Decisive Election for Venezuela: Will the Bolivarian Revolution Continue?

Ray McGovern Arrested and Abused Protesting #BloodyGina

Weedkiller Products More Toxic Than Their Active Ingredient, Tests Show

California Becomes First State Requiring All New Homes be Built with Solar

The Battle for Net Neutrality Continues

 

Relevant articles and websites:

Educational Alchemy

Wrench in the Gears

Classrooms, Not Computers

 

Guest:

Morna McDermott is a professor of education at Towson University and a founding administrator of United Opt Out. She has worked in and with k-12 public schools for 25 years.

As an educator devoted to the preservation of PUBLIC education as a fundamental right for ALL children, she focuses on writing essays, mad rants, and research based articles that address the concerns, fears, hopes and imaginings she shares with others. Alchemy is key. Common lore describes alchemy as the work of madmen attempting to change base metals into gold. But true alchemists know that the art of alchemy is about transformation of self and world in tandem with one another.

Known traditionally as a pseudo-science of turning lead into gold, alchemy is also according to many scholars (Jung, 1968; Highwater, 1996; Briggs, 1985) the belief in and practice of “self” as a creative aesthetic process with the aim of transforming “self” into a relational being that connects the alchemist with the world; using the sensory world of “prima materia” (the elements of earth, fire and water) as a metaphor for empathetic and socially responsible action. As an educational practice that “works from within,” alchemy uses metaphor to access and express the ineffable knowledges emerging from the complex and shifting relationships between self a other, and between our inner self and acts of social change within the world. Based on the premise that “what is within is also without,” alchemy as inquiry taps into changes within “self” to spark change within our socially constructed systems of meaning-making. As such, those of us dedicated to transforming public education, not “reforming” it,  know that “the work” is the highest goal. Profit cannot be the motivation to drive meaningful, equitable,  and sustainable educational practices. Nor can glory, fame, or self-gratification.  As people like Michelle Rhee make $30,000 a speaking engagement and Pearson bilks 45 billion dollars from educational coffers while public schools starve and communities struggle. This is unacceptable.  The alchemist knows that the work and the self are directly intertwined. The purpose must be greater than the self alone.  Creativity and the arts have the power to provoke change in the hands of communities inspired by socially responsive purposes.  Because “art enables us to glimpse a reality that lies outside the realm of what we are normally aware of” (Highwater, 1996, p. 116) alchemical inquiry draws on art from within the self to create more socially responsive modes of aesthetic meaning making.

The self becomes an agent of change only by changing the self. Using alchemical processes in arts inquiry we forge visions rather than findings, inviting others to tap into their own creative reserves and draw out other ways of seeing the world. How might we access sensory and artistic conceptions in inquiry so that they might in turn help transform our work and worlds?

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“Climate Change Is More Of A Problem Than We Anticipated”

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG -

Each new study on climate change shows that not only is the crisis here now, but changes are happening a century earlier than predicted. We speak with respected climate scientist, Dr. Michael Mann, about what we can expect in the next decades and what we need to do to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. We also cover recent movement news and upcoming actions.

 

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News

‘The Plot to Attack Iran’: A Tool to Combat Washington’s Middle East Wars

“We have the Right to Live”: Why Palestinians in Gaza will keep Protesting

Mumia seeks to show Top State Judge Doubled as Prosecutor and Jurist reviewing his Appeals

Philadelphia DA’s Office Stonewalls at Hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal

Oakland Passes “Strongest” Surveillance Oversight Law in US

Native Leaders Bring Attention to Impact of Fossil Fuel Industry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The United States has a Second Public Bank

 

Relevant articles and websites

Earth Day: Conflict Over the Future of the Planet

Michael Mann

Freedom Flotilla

Beyond Extreme Energy

 

Guest

Dr. Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).

Dr. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. His research involves the use of theoretical models and observational data to better understand Earth’s climate system.

Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He has received a number of honors and awards including NOAA’s outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012 and was awarded the National Conservation Achievement Award for science by the National Wildlife Federation in 2013. He made Bloomberg News’ list of fifty most influential people in 2013. In 2014, he was named Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) and received the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education. He received the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication from Climate One in 2017 and the Award for Public Engagement with Science from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2018. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is also a co-founder of the award-winning science website RealClimate.org.

Dr. Mann is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries, and four books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate ChangeThe Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front LinesThe Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy and The Tantrum that Saved the World.

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Historic Opportunity For Peace On Korean Peninsula

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG -

The meeting between President Moon Jae-in of South Korea and Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea resulted in an agreement to end the Korean War and work toward unity. Their declaration was a major breakthrough where the two Koreas announced Koreans will determine their own fate and end hostilities on the Korean Peninsula. We speak with Hyun Lee, an editor of Zoom In Korea and a peace activist who is a member of the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea, about the importance of their meeting and what to expect from President Trump’s upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un. We also provide news and activism updates.

 

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In the News:

Tree-sits in Virginia to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Teachers are on strike in Arizona

War on Syria continues

US closes ears to testimony on alleged chemical attack

Critical time for Net Neutrality

 

Relevant articles and websites:

Women Cross DMZ Statement of Congratulations on Historic Inter-Korean Summit 

Korean Public Service & Transport Workers Union hails Panmunjom Declaration

Panmunjeom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula

Here’s What Kim Really Wants Out of His Meeting With Trump 

Koreas Reach Agreement on Peace, Prosperity and Unity by Kevin Zeese

North Korea And US: Will Real Aggressor Please Stand Down? by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

The Long History Of US Abuses To Korea by Anthony Gronowicz

Who Really Started The Korean War? by Justin Raimondo

Popular Resistance coverage of the Korean conflict

Zoom In Korea

Korea Policy Institute

 

Guest:

Hyun Lee is the managing editor of Zoom in Korea, an online resource that provides news and analysis on peace and democracy in Korea. She is an associate of the Korea Policy Institute. Hyan is an anti-war activist and organizer who has traveled to North and South Korea  and also serves on the steering committee of the Task Force to Stop THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) in Korea and Militarism in Asia and the Pacific.

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“We Need To Act Now”: An Interview With Chelsea Manning

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG -

Chelsea Manning is running for U.S. Senate in Maryland in the Democratic Party primary against career politician, Ben Cardin. She explains why she is running, her concerns about the future, which should be of concern to all of us, and what we should be doing right now. We also bring you news and upcoming actions that you can join.

 

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News:

Earth Day Newsletter by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

Police Urging Anti-protest Bills in at Least 8 States by Simon Davis-Cohen and Sarah Lazare

Korean Peninsula in Historic Peace Talks – Thanks to Activists by Ben Norton

As Israel Marks 70 Years, What have been the True Costs? by Jonathan Cook

Views from a Changing Cuba as Raul Castro Steps Down by Nat Winthrop

Popular Resistance School

Common Censored

 

Relevant articles and websites:

Chelsea Manning: “I’m a very different person than I was ten years ago” by Ed Pilkington

The Long, Lonely Road of Chelsea Manning by Matthew Shaer

Donate to Chelsea’s Senate campaign here

 

Guest:

Chelsea Manning is a trans woman, a network security expert and former intelligence analyst who was imprisoned for seven years after providing documents to Wikileaks. Since having her sentenced commuted and being released in 2017, she has been active on a range of issues. Chelsea is currently running for US Senate as a Democrat in Maryland. Follow Chelsea on Twitter @xychelsea.

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On Syria – “The United States Is Not In Control”: An Interview With Vijay Prashad

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

We speak with Vijay Prashad, who provides insightful analysis of the situation in Syria and the aerial bombing of Damascus by the US. The US’ claims, which were used to justify the bombing, of attacking Syrian chemical weapons facilities make little sense. If the US knew of such facilities, the information should have been provided to the UN so they could be inspected. Prashad finds it strange that the US attacked Damascus while chemical weapons investigators were in Syria and had not yet completed their investigation of the alleged chemical attack. The attack did not change the balance of power. Syria continues to regain control of its territory and the rebels, along with their allies, i.e. the US, UK and France, have been routed. These and other issues around the Syrian war are discussed and Prashad also examines the impact of US actions on conflicts with North Korea and Iran.

 

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In the News:

National Days of Antiwar Actions

J20 Defendants

TransPacific Partnership

Six weeks of Protest in Palestine

Suicide Protest by David Buckel

John Boehner profiting from Marijuana

Teachers’ Strikes

 

Relevant websites:

Vijay Prashad

The Tricontinental

Black Alliance for Peace

CODEPINK – Divestment campaign

March on the Pentagon

No Trump Military Parade

No US Foreign Military Bases

United National Antiwar Coalition

World Beyond War

 

Guest:

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian, journalist, commentator and a Marxist intellectual. He is the Executive Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books.

He was the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, ConnecticutUnited States from 1996 to 2017. In 2013–2014, he was the Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut and has been a Senior Fellow of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs in Beirut.

Prashad is the author of twenty-five books. In 2012, he published five books, including Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (AK Press) and Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today (The New Press). His book The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World (2007) was chosen as the Best Nonfiction book by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in 2008 and it won the Muzaffar Ahmed Book Award in 2009. In 2013, Verso published his The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. He is author of No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism (LeftWord Books, 2015) and the editor of Letters to Palestine (Verso Books, 2015), a book that includes the writings of Teju ColeSinan AntoonNoura Erakat, and Junot Diaz. His most recent book is Red Star Over the Third World (LeftWord, 2017).

Prashad is a journalist who writes for FrontlineThe HinduAlternet and BirGun. Each Friday, he writes a column called Radical Journeys for Newsclick. He has reported from around the world for the Indian media – from Latin America to the Middle East to Africa.

In 2015, Prashad joined as the Chief Editor of the New Delhi-based publisher LeftWord Books. He is also an advisory board member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, part of the global BDS movement.

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50 Years Later, The Poor People’s Campaign Continues

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

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign, called for by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Although Dr. King was murdered a month prior to the Poor People’s Campaign, it happened anyway. Resurrection City was built on the Mall in Washington, DC and people stayed there for six weeks. Fifty years later, widespread poverty exists and the “evils” of racism, capitalism and militarism are still in crisis. Two major campaigns are organizing poor people across the country. We speak with Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign and Rev. Robin Tanner of the Repairers of the Breach.

 

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Relevant articles and websites:

Thoughts about the Greatness of Selma, Unity and King by Alan Gilbert

Huge Organizing Effort, ’40 Days of Action’ Launching to Fight Poverty by Eleanor J. Bader

America Needs a New Poor People’s Campaign by Rev. William J. Barber, II

Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign

March for Our Lives

Repairers of the Breach

 

Guests:

Cheri Honkala is an American anti-poverty advocate, co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU) and co-founder and National Coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. She has been a noted advocate for human rights in the United States and internationally.She is the mother of actor Mark Webber.

She was featured prominently in the 1997 book Myth of the Welfare Queen by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Zucchino. In 2011, Honkala was the Green Party candidate for Sheriff of Philadelphia, running on the promise of refusing to evict families from their homes. She is best known for being the Green Party’s nominee for vice-president in the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

On January 31, 2017 Honkala announced she is running for Representative of Pennsylvania House District 197 in the March 21 special election to replace Leslie Acosta, who was the second state representative in the 197th District to resign on federal fraud charges. She is considered to have more name recognition than her Republican and Democratic opponents. Honkala ran as a write-in candidate against Republican Lucinda Little; there was no Democrat on the ballot in the heavily Democratic district.

Honkala was endorsed many progressives and organizations including Bernie Sanders’ group Our Revolution, Tim Canova’s group Progress for All, environmental activist Josh Fox, progressives Rosario Dawson and Tom Morello, former Director Emeritus of Philaposh (a labor organization) Jim Moran, former Philadelphia Health Commissioner Walter Tsou, the PEOPLE Committee of the AFSCME District Council 47, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks, the Philadelphia chapter of Socialist Alternative, and many other local clergy and leaders.

In March 2017, Honkala lost a special election to represent the 197th district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to Democratic write-in Emilio Vazquez when the votes were counted. However, this election is under investigation by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the Pennsylvania Attorney General. Honkala, alongside the Green Party of Pennsylvania, Lucinda Little (the Republican candidate), and the State and City Republican parties filed a lawsuit in United States District Court against Emilio Vazquez, the Philadelphia Democratic Committee, Philadelphia City Commissioners, PA Secretary of State Cortes, and the State’s Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation. The lawsuit alleges widespread election fraud and voter intimidation on the part of Vazquez and the Philadelphia Democratic Committee, and failure to properly supervise the elections for the other defendants.

Claims in the federal lawsuit include electioneering inside the polling place, money exchange between Democratic poll workers and election officials, a ballot box being at Vazquez’s “victory” party, tables set up outside by Democratic poll works made to look like voter sign-in tables, election workers asking people who they are voting for, Democratic ward leaders handling the voting machines, Vazquez meeting with election officials on election day inside of the polling place, and other claims. Despite the investigation, Vazquez was officially sworn in as a member of the Pennsylvania state House of Representatives on April 5, 2017.

Rev. Robin Tanner is a Unitarian Universalist minister, poet, and activist who serves as the Minister of Worship and Outreach at Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit, New Jersey

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“Israel Has No Legitimacy”: An Interview With Miko Peled

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

In Palestine, on Friday, March 30, Land Day, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated. This began six weeks of protests leading up to the 70th anniversary of the Nakba on May 15. Israeli soldiers fired at the demonstrators with live ammunition killing 17 and wounding over one thousand. We speak with author and activist Miko Peled about the violent occupation of Palestine by Zionists. The United States is a top supporter of the occupation through funding of the Israeli military and providing cover for Israeli violations of international law in the United Nations. Peled emphasizes that activists in the US have a responsibility to take action to end the occupation of Palestine and outlines many ways to do this, including an aggressive BDS campaign and support for legislation in Congress. Peled says “Israel” is an illegitimate state and the area should be called Palestine. He also speaks about his newest book, “Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.”

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Relevant articles and websites:

History of Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine: the Nakba by AlJazeera

Palestinians will not Cease to Demand their Rights by Basem Naim

For the First Time in 70 Years, Palestinians return to their Villages by Shatha Hammad

Violence Continues in Palestine, Israel Denounced by AlJazeera

Miko Peled

BDS Movement

McCollum Bill HR 4391: Promoting Human Rights by ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act

 

Guest:

Miko Peled is a writer and activist born and raised in Jerusalem.  Driven by a personal family tragedy to explore Palestine, its people and their narrative he has written a book about his journey called “The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.” The book covers the work in which Peled’s family has been involved since his grandparents immigrated to Palestine in the early 20th century, describing their work and their life in detail. Peled’s maternal grandfather, Avraham Katznelson was a signer on the Israeli Declaration of Independence; his father Matti Peled was a General in the Israeli army; in the 1970’s his father pioneered an Israeli Palestinian dialogue and eventually met with Yasser Arafat in an effort to convene him to recognize the State of Israel and adopt the Two State Solution.  In 1997 Miko’s sister Nurit lost her daughter Smadar in a suicide bombing in Jerusalem and that was what finally drove Miko to embark on the journey to discover Palestine.

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Resistance Is Necessary To Overcome The Climate Crisis

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

The science is clear that we must no longer build new fossil fuel infrastructure and we must invest in clean sources of energy, yet oil and gas companies continue to receive permits to build more pipelines, compressor stations and refineries. in response, communities are organizing to stop these projects. We speak with Tim DeChristopher about how communities are using the necessity defense to defend their actions to stop the projects. And we discuss the state of the climate justice movement, how Big Greens are failing on climate justice and strategies for action.

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Relevant articles and websites:

Defendants Acquitted based on Climate Necessity Defense by Kevin Zeese

The Boston Climate Trial that Might have been by Wen Stephenson

The Futility of “Big Green” Activism: An interview with Tim DeChristopher by Richard Heinberg

Climate Disobedience

We Are Cove Point

 

Guest:

Tim DeChristopher as Bidder 70, disrupted an illegitimate Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction in December of 2008, by outbidding oil companies for parcels around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah. His actions and 21 month imprisonment earned him a national and international media presence, which he has used as a platform to spread the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for bold, confrontational action in order to create a just and healthy world. Tim used his prosecution as an opportunity to organize the climate justice organization Peaceful Uprising in Salt Lake City. Tim is a Co-Founder of the Climate Disobedience Center, and after graduating from Harvard Divinity School, continues the work to defend a livable future. Read More.

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Farming For The Health Of People And The Planet

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

Our current food system has a large negative impact on the climate crisis and our health. Factory farms produce large amounts of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs), pollute the land, air and water and deplete the nutrients in soil. We are eating foods that contain low levels of nutrients and contain hormones, antibiotics and pesticides that harm our health. Regenerative farming techniques ameliorate these problems by restoring the nutrients to the soil, lowering the need for chemicals (and water) and sequestering carbon. We speak with Pat Kerrigan of Organic Consumers Association about the growing move toward regenerative agriculture and what people need to know about the food we eat.

 

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Relevant articles and websites:

David Montgomery and Anne Biklé

Organic Consumers Association

Regeneration International

Main Street Project

Natural Resources Conservation Services

Four per Thousand Initiative

Rodale Institute

 

Guest:

Patrick Kerrigan is the Retail Education Coordinator for the Organic Consumers Association.

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