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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on "How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective"
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:54:27 -0500
We speak with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor about the new collection of essays she edited that is titled "How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective." Taylor is an assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University and the author of "From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation."

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Democratic Party Faces Reckoning for Purging Sanders Supporters
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:39:18 -0500
As President Trump completes his first year in office, activists in cities across the country will hold mass protests Saturday on the first anniversary of the historic Women's March. This comes as a slew of lawmakers have joined members of the Black Congressional Caucus in backing a resolution to censure President Trump over his racist comments in which the president reportedly used an expletive to refer to African nations, El Salvador and Haiti. Several Democratic lawmakers say they will also skip the State of the Union address on January 30 over Trump's racist remarks. Meanwhile, Trump himself denies being a racist, claiming on Sunday that he is "the least racist person." To discuss Trump's first year in office, the direction of the Democratic Party and where racial justice movements go from here, we are joined by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University. She is the author of "From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation" and editor of a new collection of essays titled "How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective."

As Shutdown Looms over Immigration, Trump's Rejection of Refugees Could Have Global Domino Effect
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:14:23 -0500
As Senate Democrats say they'll vote against a government spending bill that fails to protect DACA recipients, setting up a potential government shutdown, we look at the worldwide refugee crisis. The United Nations Refugee Agency reports the number of displaced people worldwide has hit a record high, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes. As the humanitarian crisis grows, the United States and many other nations are limiting immigration and closing their borders. During his first year in office, President Trump sought to ban all refugees and citizens of many majority-Muslim nations. When federal judges struck down multiple versions of the so-called Muslim travel bans, Trump then slashed the number of refugees who could be resettled in the United States this year, capping the number at 45,000—the lowest level in three decades. We speak with David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, former British MP and author of the new book, "Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time."

Headlines for January 19, 2018
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500
Senate to Vote on Stopgap Spending Bill, with Gov't Shutdown Looming, Immigrant Activists Flood Capitol Hill, Demanding a "Clean DREAM Act", California Immigrants Left Terrified as ICE Plans Raids, Colorado: Marchers to Lend Support to Immigrant Activist Sandra Lopez, Trump Administration to Deny Temporary Work Visas to Haitians, Haitians Protest Trump's "Shithole" Comments Outside U.S. Embassy, Supreme Court Blocks Redrawing of North Carolina Congressional Maps, New Data Show 2017 was the Second-Hottest Year on Record, Trump Administration Plans "Indefinite" U.S. Troop Presence in Syria, U.S. Won't Pay $45 Million in Emergency Food Aid to Palestinians, Egyptian Activists Launch Video Archive Documenting 2011 Revolution, Trump Appointee Carl Higbie Resigns over Racist, Homophobic Comments, New Trump Admin Office Will Shield Healthcare Workers Who Deny Services, United Nations Workers Say They've Faced Sexual Assault, Harassment, L.A. Times CEO Accused of "Frat House" Behavior and Sexual Harassment, Paul Booth, Labor and Antiwar Activist, Dies at 74

Trump Biographer on the President's Cognitive Decline & Whether He Will Be Impeached
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:52:53 -0500
White House doctor Ronny Jackson said Tuesday President Trump is in good health and displayed a normal score on a cognitive exam, amid mounting questions about President Trump's mental health. But on Wednesday, medical experts said that the results from Trump's recent physical exam show the president has high levels of cholesterol and is at serious risk of a heart attack. We speak to journalist David Cay Johnston about the possibility of impeachment or the invocation of the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

How Trump's Deregulatory Push Is Harming Workers, Muzzling EPA Scientists and Unleashing Pollution
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:45:06 -0500
As President Trump's own chief of staff, John Kelly, calls his boss "uninformed," we will look at how Trump is transforming the nation by slashing taxes on the rich, gutting the nation's regulatory system and muzzling climate scientists. We speak to David Cay Johnston, author of "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America."

Trump Biographer: Trump is the "Most Racist" President in At Least 100 Years
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:39:26 -0500
On Capitol Hill, Democrats are preparing a bill that would formally censure Donald Trump over racist comments in which the president reportedly called African nations, El Salvador and Haiti "shithole countries." The effort is being led by New York Congressmember Jerrold Nadler and Representative Cedric Richmond, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. It comes as several Democratic lawmakers have announced they will skip the State of the Union address on January 30 over Trump's racist remarks. Among them are Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Frederica Wilson of Florida, Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Maxine Waters of California and John Lewis of Georgia. We speak to David Cay Johnston, author of "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America."

"It's Even Worse Than You Think": David Cay Johnston on Trump's First Year in Office
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:27:43 -0500
Uninformed. That was the word White House Chief of Staff John Kelly used to describe his boss, President Trump, on Thursday. According to The Washington Post, Kelly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that some of Trump's hardline immigration policies—including his call to build a wall along the entire southern border— were "uninformed." Kelly said, "Certain things are said during the campaign that are uninformed." Well, today we spend the hour looking at Trump's first year in office with David Cay Johnston, a journalist who has been covering Donald Trump since 1988. He is out this week with a new book titled "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America."

David Cay Johnston: Trump is Determined to Provoke War to Draw Focus from Racist & Erratic Behavior
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:18:31 -0500
The New York Times reports that the Pentagon is proposing widening the permissible use of nuclear weapons to include responding to cyberattacks and other non-nuclear attacks to U.S. infrastructure. The Pentagon has already outlined this expanded nuclear strategy in a draft document sent to President Trump for approval. It comes amid a series of moves by the Pentagon and President Trump that have escalated the threat of nuclear war. The Wall Street Journal reports the Pentagon is planning to develop two new sea-based nuclear weapons. The New York Times also reports the Pentagon is conducting a series of war games to prepare for a potential war with North Korea. We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, who has been covering Donald Trump for nearly 30 years. His latest book is just out, titled "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America."

Headlines for January 18, 2018
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500
Government Shutdown Looms Amid Congressional Fight over DREAMers, John Kelly Says Candidate Trump Was "Uninformed" on Immigration, Immigrant Rights Group Says Border Guards Destroy Humanitarian Aid, Detroit, Michigan: Immigrant Activist Jorge Garcia Deported by ICE, Immigrant Activist Ravi Ragbir Returned to New York in ICE Custody, Ohio Immigrant Activist Amer Othman Adi on Hunger Strike After ICE Arrest, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake Compares Trump to Joseph Stalin, Democrats Prepare Bill to Censure Trump over "Shithole" Comments, Israeli Troops Kill At Least 1 Palestinian in West Bank Firefight, U.N. Agency for Palestinians Appeals for Funds as US Slashes Contributions, Israeli Judge Denies Bail to Palestinian Teen Who Slapped Soldier, Russia: Ingushetia Human Rights Office Burned in Arson Attack, Ethiopia Frees Oromo Opposition Candidate Merera Gudina, Nigeria: Suicide Bombs Kill 12, Injure Dozens in Maiduguri Market, Athletes from North and South Korea to March Together at Olympics, Burma, Bangladesh Agree on Plan to Repatriate Rohingya Refugees, Photographer Fired After Pictures Show Energy Secretary Embracing Coal Magnate, Doctors Say President Trump at Serious Risk of Heart Attack, Dylan Farrow on Woody Allen: "Why Shouldn't I Want to Bring Him Down?"

"ICE Is Sending Us a Message": Activist Maru Mora Villalpando on Being Targeted for Deportation
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:53:29 -0500
We end today's show with undocumented activist Maru Mora Villalpando. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed her in deportation proceedings, in a move she calls retaliation for her political activism. Maru is a nationally known immigrant rights activist who leads the organization, Northwest Detention Center Resistance. She has engaged in multiple acts of civil disobedience to protest deportations and immigrant detentions. She says, only days before Christmas, she received a "Notice to Appear." She writes, "With the letter delivered to my house, ICE has officially made the leap from a law enforcement agency to a political repression agency, crossing a line that should concern us all." Maru has lived in the U.S. for more than 25 years.

Is ICE Targeting Immigration Activists? Family Members of Detained & Deported Leaders Speak Out
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:34:47 -0500
Ravi Ragbir, the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, was detained on Thursday when he went to his check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Ravi's detention sparked a peaceful protest that was met with police violence. Police arrested 18 people, including members of the New York City Council. He is now being held in Florida and faces deportation. We speak with his wife Amy Gottlieb, a longtime immigrant rights advocate with the American Friends Service Committee.

NYC Immigration Activist Jean Montrevil Speaks Out After Deportation to Haiti: "My Heart Is Broken"
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:23:00 -0500
On Tuesday, immigrant rights leader Jean Montrevil was deported to Haiti after residing in the United States for over three decades. He came to the U.S. from Haiti with a green card in 1986 at the age of 17. During the height of the crack epidemic, he was convicted of possession of cocaine and sentenced to 11 years in prison. He served that time. Upon his release, he married a U.S. citizen, had four children, became a successful small businessman, as well as an immigrant rights activist. He has had no further interaction with the criminal justice system. Joining us from Haiti is Jean Montrevil, who was deported to Haiti on Tuesday. We are also joined by Jani Cauthen, Jean's former wife and the mother of three of his children.

New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams: Civil Disobedience Is Needed to Protect Immigrants
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:17:35 -0500
New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams was arrested last Thursday along with fellow City Councilmember Ydanis Rodrí­guez and 16 others as they and others attempted to block an ambulance being used to transport Ravi Ragbir to detention last week. Speaking at Judson Memorial Church, Williams talked about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's inspiration and the need for civil disobedience.

"Letter from an Immigration Jail": Hear the Words of Detained Immigrant Leader Ravi Ragbir
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:13:56 -0500
On Martin Luther King Day here in New York City, hundreds gathered to oppose the detention of local activist Ravi Ragbir, who was detained last week when he went to his check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Ragbir is executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, and he helped pioneer the accompaniment program for thousands of others who face similar check-ins. Ravi's detention sparked a peaceful protest that was met with police violence. Police arrested 18 people, including members of the New York City Council. Ravi legally immigrated to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago more than 25 years ago, but a 2001 wire fraud conviction made his green card subject to review. Even though he is married to a U.S. citizen and has a U.S.-born daughter, the government refused to normalize his status. Just a week prior, Jean Montrevil, another leader with the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, was detained outside of his home. He was deported to Haiti on Tuesday. On Monday, hundreds circled Washington Square Park in a Jericho walk and then gathered at Judson Memorial Church to show support for Ravi and Jean. Rhiya Trivedi, a member of Ravi Ragbir's defense committee, read a letter from Ravi.

Headlines for January 17, 2018
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500
NYT: Pentagon Proposes Widening Permissible Use of Nuclear Weapons, Lawmakers Face Showdown over DACA & Budget, DHS Secretary Denies Hearing Trump's Racist Comment About "Shithole Countries", Mueller Subpoenas Steve Bannon as Part of Widening Probe, White House Doctor Says Trump is in Good Health, Senate Moves to Extend NSA Warrantless Surveillance Program   , Trump Admin Withholds $65 Million of Funding for U.N. Palestinian Agency, UNICEF: At Least 5,000 Children Killed or Wounded in Yemen Since 2015, DOJ: Former CIA Agent Suspected of Working with China Has Been Arrested, China: Democracy Activist Sentenced to Prison for 2014 Hong Kong Protests, Philippines: Journalists Decry Gov't Crackdown Against News Outlet Rappler, Majority of National Park Service Advisory Board Resigns, L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Charged with Running Drug Trafficking Scheme, Wisconsin: Democrats Flip State Senate District, Chile: Pope Francis Apologizes for "Irreparable Damage" of Priest Sexual Abuse, Gymnasts Who Survived Sexual Abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar Testify in Court

"When They Call You a Terrorist": The Life of Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:18:33 -0500
We turn now to a powerful new book, released today, that tells the story of one woman as she fights back against the impacts of social and racial injustice in America on her family. That woman is Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter. The book, titled "When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir," is both an account of survival, strength and resilience, and a call to action to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable. Patrisse's story follows her childhood in Los Angeles in the late 1990s and early 2000s, as her mother worked three jobs, struggling to earn a living wage. And it puts a human face on the way mass incarceration and the war on drugs hurt young black men, including her relatives and friends. Patrisse's father was a victim of the drug war. He died at the age of 50. Her brother spent years in prison for nonviolent crimes stemming from his battles against mental illness. He was once even charged with terrorism after being involved in a car accident. The police would target Patrisse, too—raiding her house without just cause. In 2013, after George Zimmerman was acquitted for the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Patrisse co-founded Black Lives Matter along with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. The movement began online but soon spread across the country. We speak to Patrisse and her co-author, asha bandele. asha is author of five books, including the best-seller "The Prisoner's Wife." She is a senior director at the Drug Policy Alliance.

Headlines for January 16, 2018
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500
Reports: Pentagon Preparing for War with N. Korea & Developing New Nuclear Weapons, Panic in Hawaii as Residents Receive False Alarm Warning of Incoming Ballistic Missile, U.S. Ambassador to Panama Resigns Amid Fervor over Trump's "Shithole" Comments, Facing International Outrage, Trump Denies Being a Racist, Report: Trump Lawyers Paid to Silence Ex-Porn Star About Sexual Encounter with Trump, Chelsea Manning Running for U.S. Senate in Maryland, Pentagon to Escalate Afghanistan War, Sending 1,000 Troops & Additional Drones, Pentagon to Back Syrian Kurds to Form Border Security Force in Northern Syria, Iraq: 27 Killed in Double Suicide Bombing in Baghdad, Libya: 20 Killed in Clashes in Tripoli, Mahmoud Abbas Rejects U.S. as Mediator Between Palestine and Israel, Mexico: Journalist Carlos Domí­nguez Rodrí­guez Murdered in Nuevo Laredo, Honduras: Protests over Election Fraud Continue, Greece: Workers Launch Day-Long Strikes Against New Austerity Measures, California: Thousands Gather to Mourn 20 Killed in Mudslides Near Santa Barbara, Aryan Nations Gang Member Arrested in Cop Shooting; FBI Charges White Supremacist with Terrorism for Amtrak Plot, Former Klansman Edgar Ray Killen Dies in Prison, Exclusive: ICE Targets Immigration Activist Maru Mora Villalpando for Deportation, NYC: Hundreds Rally in Support of Ravi Ragbir & Jean Montrevil, Florida: Prisoners Launch Prison Strike on MLK Day to Protest Unpaid Work, Rev. Bernice King Slams Trump on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid South Africa
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:30:00 -0500
In a Democracy Now! and Pacifica Radio Archives exclusive, we air a newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On December 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, King gave a major address in London on segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein's recording was recently discovered by Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives.

Time's Up: Meet Five of the Women Who Staged Protest at Golden Globes Against Gender Violence
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:46:48 -0500
Across the United States, women are declaring "Time's Up!" That's the rallying cry that's bringing together women—from Hollywood actresses to housekeepers—to demand gender and racial justice and a world free of sexual harassment and assault. The movement launched on Sunday night at the Golden Globe Awards, where the red carpet went dark, with many dressed in black to show their solidarity with the movement. And it wasn't just actors and actresses. A number Hollywood stars brought social justice activists with them to the Golden Globes this year. Meryl Streep attended the ceremony with Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Shailene Woodley was accompanied by Suquamish Tribe member Calina Lawrence. Emma Stone brought tennis champ and LGBT advocate Billie Jean King. Susan Sarandon brought media justice activist Rosa Clemente. Amy Poehler's guest was Saru Jayaraman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Center. Emma Watson brought Marai Larasi, executive director of the British anti-violence organization Imkaan. Laura Dern attended with Mónica Ramí­rez, president of the National Farmworker Women's Alliance. And Michelle Williams walked the red carpet with #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke.

Time's Up Activists Warn Trump's "Shithole Countries" Remark Will Embolden White Supremacists
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:31:56 -0500
As outrage grows over President Trump's "shithole countries" remark, we speak to five women who took part in Sunday's Time's Up protest at the Golden Globes: Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement; actress Shailene Woodley; Mónica Ramí­rez of the National Farmworker Women's Alliance; Calina Lawrence of the Suquamish Tribe; and Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

"Completely Racist": Edwidge Danticat on Trump's "Shithole Countries" Remark Targeting Africa, Haiti
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:20:12 -0500
International condemnation of Donald Trump is growing after reports the president used an expletive during a meeting about immigrants from Africa, Haiti and El Salvador. While meeting with lawmakers, Trump reportedly said, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They're shithole countries ... We should have more people from Norway." Trump also reportedly said, "Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out." Earlier this morning, Trump wrote on Twitter, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" Trump's remarks come weeks after The New York Times reported Trump had also disparaged Haitians and Nigerians during a closed-door meeting in June. Trump said Nigerians would never "go back to their huts" if they came to visit the U.S. As for Haitians, Trump said they "all have AIDS." Trump's latest remarks come just after his administration announced it is ending temporary protected status for up to 250,000 Salvadorans who have been living in the U.S. since at least 2001. Last year, the Trump administration announced it is also ending temporary protected status for tens of thousands of Haitian, Nicaraguan and Sudanese immigrants living in the United States. Trump's remarks from Thursday have been condemned across the globe. We speak to Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat as Haitians mark the eighth anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake.

NYC: Immigration Rights Activist Ravi Ragbir Detained at ICE Check-in Amid Protest, Police Violence
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:14:25 -0500
The executive director of New York City's New Sanctuary Coalition has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Ravi Ragbir is a nationally known immigrant rights activist whose wife and daughter are U.S. citizens. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Ravi has lived in the United States for 27 years, but he faces deportation because of a 2002 wire fraud. On Thursday morning, Ravi was taken into custody, sparking a peaceful protest that was met with police violence. Police arrested 18 people including members of the New York City Council. Democracy Now's Renée Feltz was there.

Headlines for January 12, 2018
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500
President Trump Calls Africa, Haiti, El Salvador "Shithole Countries", Trump Administration to Allow Work Requirements for Medicaid Recipients, Trump to Press New Sanctions Against Iran While Certifying Nuclear Deal, House Reauthorizes Sweeping Surveillance Law, Rejecting Privacy Protections, Ecuador Grants Julian Assange Citizenship as Embassy Stalemate Continues, Actor Mark Wahlberg Earns 1,500 More Than Michelle Williams for Film Reshoot, U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Grilled over False Islamophobic Remarks, Pakistan: Protests Rage After 7-Year-Old Girl Found Raped, Murdered, Israeli Forces Kill 2 Palestinian Protesters Amid New Settlement Construction, New Orleans Adopts Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Measure, Two U.S. Transgender Women Murdered in First Weeks of 2018, Walmart Touts Wage Increase Amid Mass Layoffs, Trump Medical Exam Won't Include Mental Health Screening, Puerto Rico: Armed U.S. Agents Seize Materials from Public Power Company, Peru: Protests Grow over Pardon of Former Dictator Alberto Fujimori, Trump Cancels U.K. State Visit, Falsely Accuses Obama over Embassy

Christen Smith: The Fallout of Police Violence Is Killing Black Women Like Erica Garner
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:52:42 -0500
During Erica Garner's funeral, the Reverend Al Sharpton talked about Erica's unflinching determination to get justice for her father. Sharpton said, while they say "she died of a heart attack, no, her heart was attacked that day," referring to July 27, 2014, the day police killed her father, Eric Garner. In her recent article for The Conversation, titled "The fallout of police violence is killing black women like Erica Garner," University of Texas at Austin professor Christen Smith writes, "When we think of police lethality, we typically consider the immediate body count: The people that die from bullets and baton blows. The death toll gives the impression that black men are the disproportionate victims of police killings. But these numbers do not reveal the slow death that black women experience. The long-range trauma police brutality causes can be as deadly as a bullet. The pain of loss kills with heart attacks, strokes, depression and even anemia."

As Erica Garner Is Mourned, Why Are Black Mothers in NYC Dying at 12 Times Rate of White Mothers?
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:39:00 -0500
In Harlem, hundreds of people attended the funeral Monday of anti-police brutality activist Erica Garner, who died at the age of 27 on December 30 after an asthma-induced heart attack, four months after giving birth to her second child. Erica's father, Eric Garner, was killed when police officers in Staten Island wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold in 2014. Her funeral came as a new ProPublica investigation suggests Erica Garner's postpartum death might be part of a wider national problem in which hospitals are failing African-American mothers, leading to disproportionately high maternal mortality rates. Every year in the United States, between 700 and 900 women die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. For every woman who dies, dozens more experience severe and sometimes life-threatening complications annually. We speak to Annie Waldman, a reporter at ProPublica. Her most recent article is titled "How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers." The piece is part of a larger year-long ProPublica investigation called "Lost Mothers: Maternal Care and Preventable Deaths."

NYC Sues Big Oil Companies Over Climate Change & Divests $5B From Fossil Fuel Firms
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:35:17 -0500
New York City said Wednesday it will sue five fossil fuel giants over their contributions to global warming. The suit targeting BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell, came as New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to divest some $5 billion in fossil fuel investments from the city's public employee pension fund. On Wednesday 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben tweeted, "One of the biggest days in 30 years of the climate fight. Earth's mightiest city now in full-on fight with its richest, most irresponsible industry." We speak to Subhankar Banerjee, professor of art and ecology at the University of New Mexico. Banerjee is the author of "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land" and editor of "Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point."

Trump Expands Offshore Drilling in "Assault" on Biodiversity and Coastal & Indigenous Communities
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:13:18 -0500
Bipartisan opposition is growing to President Trump's proposal to greatly expand offshore oil and gas drilling. The reversal of the Obama-era restrictions would open more than a billion acres of water in the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil and gas drilling. Initially the Interior Department moved to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all of the United States' coastal waters, but then announced it has dropped plans to open up the waters off the coast of Florida, following fierce opposition by Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott. Scott is an ally of President Trump, and the state is also home to Trump's winter resort at Mar-a-Lago. Now governors and lawmakers from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, California, Oregon, Washington and other states are asking why only Florida is being exempted. We speak to Subhankar Banerjee, professor of art and ecology at the University of New Mexico. Banerjee is the author of "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land" and editor of "Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point."

Headlines for January 11, 2018
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500
Trump Hardens Immigration Stance, Saying, "We Need the Wall", ICE Agents Target Scores of 7-Eleven Stores in Immigration Sweep, Trump Won't Commit to Interview with Special Counsel Mueller, Trump Wants Tougher Libel Laws Following "Fire and Fury" Publication, Syrian, Russian Warplanes Pound Hama, Eastern Ghouta, Tunisia: 237 Arrested as Anti-Austerity Protests Rage, Burma: Two Reuters Reporters Charged over Rohingya Reporting, Poland: Lawmakers Reject Abortion Access Bill, Plan New Restrictions, Oil Spill Disaster Looms as Tanker Burns in East China Sea, New York City to Sue Oil and Gas Giants Amid Fossil Fuel Divestment, California: Death Toll from Mudslides Rises to 17, EPA May Rescind Rule Barring Children from Handling Pesticides, Missouri Governor Admits to Affair Amid Blackmail Allegations, Fox News' James Rosen Leaves Network over Sex Abuse Charges, Washington Post Suspends Reporter Joel Achenbach for "Inappropriate" Conduct, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa Won't Seek Re-election, Tennessee Doctor Suspended over Twitter Photo Protesting White Supremacy, Peru: Families of Death Squad Victims Protest Pardon of Alberto Fujimori

"Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom": Norman Finkelstein on the Many Lies Perpetuated About Gaza
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:46:30 -0500
Israel faces a possible International Criminal Court war crimes probe over its 2014 assault on Gaza, which killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including over 500 children. For more, we speak with Norman Finkelstein, author of the new book "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom." He is the author of many other books, including "The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Human Suffering" and "Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel Is Coming to an End."

Norman Finkelstein Slams Chuck Schumer for Pushing Trump to Declare Jerusalem Israel's Capital
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:40:09 -0500
In December, President Trump announced he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and initiate a process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move has sparked protests across the Occupied Territories. The United Nations voted 128 to 9 in favor of a resolution calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Despite the international condemnation, several leading Democratic lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, praised Trump's decision.

Finkelstein: Despite Racist Policies & Corruption Scandals, Netanyahu Holds on to Power in Israel
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:33:39 -0500
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a domestic political controversy after an Israeli TV station aired a secret audio recording of his son from outside a strip club in 2015. In the recording, Yair Netanyahu can be heard talking about prostitutes and demanding money from the son of an Israeli gas tycoon. Yair implies his father—Prime Minister Netanyahu—helped push through a $20 billion deal to benefit the businessman, saying, "My dad arranged $20 billion for your dad, and you're whining with me about 400 shekels." This comes at a time when Benjamin Netanyahu is facing multiple corruption investigation

As ICC Considers Probing Israel for War Crimes, U.S. Moves to Defund U.N. Palestine Refugee Agency
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:19:41 -0500
Israel is facing a possible International Criminal Court war crimes probe over its 2014 assault on Gaza and the ongoing expansion of settlements in the occupied West Bank. Despite the threat, the Israeli defense minister announced on Tuesday Israel would approve the construction of hundreds of new settlement homes in the West Bank. This comes as Sweden criticized the Trump administration for threatening to cut off hundreds of millions of dollars of annual aid to the U.N.'s relief agency for Palestinian refugees. Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi compared President Trump's threat to cut off aid money to blackmail. For more, we speak with author and scholar Norman Finkelstein. His new book is titled "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom." Norman Finkelstein is the son of Holocaust survivors. He is the author of many other books, including "The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Human Suffering" and "Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel Is Coming to an End."

Headlines for January 10, 2018
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500
In Immigration Victory, Judge Blocks Trump from Ending DACA Program, In Reversal, Trump Appears to Endorse Sweeping Immigration Deal, Report: Trump Admin Planning to Loosen Restrictions on Use of Nuclear Weapons, South Korea's Moon Jae-in & North Korea's Kim Jong-un May Meet, Steve Bannon Resigns from Breitbart, Amid Public Feud with Trump, Feinstein Releases Transcript of Fusion GPS Congressional Interview, Notorious Racist Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Announces Senate Bid, Judges Strike Down North Carolina Congressional Map over Political Gerrymandering, As Many As 100 Refugees Have Died After Boat Sank Off Libya's Coast, Pakistan: 6 Killed in Suicide Bomb Attack on Police Officers in Quetta, Egypt Jails 262 People for 2013 Sit-In Protests Against Morsi's Ouster, Israel Faces Possible ICC Probe over 2014 Assault on Gaza & Expansion of Settlements, Ecuador Says Julian Assange's Stay in Embassy is "Untenable", Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Health Problems Suffered by U.S. Diplomats in Cuba, Report: Trump Admin Waives Part of Punishment for 5 Banks Convicted in Libor Scandal, First Fire, Then Floods: 13 Dead in Mudslides in California, Madagascar: 29 Killed and Tens of Thousands Displaced by Cyclone, New York City Moves to Divest Pension Funds from Fossil Fuels, Trump Admin Drops Plans for Offshore Drilling Off Coast of Florida, Louisiana Teacher Arrested for Questioning Superintendent Pay Raise in Now-Viral Video, Actor James Franco Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Lawmakers to Wear Black to Trump's 1st State of the Union to Protest Gender Violence

Rev. William Barber: Trump is a Symptom of a Deeper Moral Malady Behind Racist, Xenophobic Policies
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:50:43 -0500
Rev. William Barber talks about the Poor People's Campaign, the Republican Party's embrace of President Trump's racist policies, threats to voting rights and the GOP's remaking of the federal courts. Rev. William Barber is president of Repairers of the Breach and the author of "Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement."

Rev. Barber & Ex-Page to Segregationist Strom Thurmond Unite to Launch New Poor People's Campaign
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:33:58 -0500
As the nation prepares to mark Martin Luther King Day next week, modern day civil rights leaders have launched a new Poor People's Campaign, inspired by the historic 1968 action led by King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In the coming months, organizers are planning six weeks of direct action at statehouses across the country and the U.S. Capitol to call attention to systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation. For more, we speak with Reverend William Barber, president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach. He's the leader of Moral Mondays and the author of "Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement." We also speak with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, evangelical minister and director of the School for Conversion in Durham, North Carolina. He is author of the upcoming book, "Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion." Wilson-Hartgrove grew up as a white Southern Baptist, and he served as a page for the late South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, a fierce foe of the civil rights movement and supporter of segregation. Wilson-Hartgrove's political transformation began after hearing William Barber preach.

"It's a Nightmare for Us": Up to 250,000 Salvadorans Face Deportation After Trump TPS Decision
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:16:04 -0500
President Trump is meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the White House today over his offer to protect the nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers in exchange for funding to build a border wall. The meeting comes one day after the Trump administration announced it is ending the temporary protected status for as many as 250,000 Salvadorans who have been living in U.S. since 2001. The temporary protected status, known as TPS, had given the Salvadorans legal permission to live and work in the United States. It was enacted in 2001 after a devastating pair of earthquakes hit El Salvador. The Trump administration has already said it will end temporary protected status for tens of thousands of Haitian, Nicaraguan and Sudanese immigrants living in the United States. For more, we speak with a Stony Brook University student named Rodman, who is a member of Make the Road New York. He is a U.S. citizen whose parents are Salvadoran TPS recipients. He asked us not to use his last name to protect his family. We also speak with Anu Joshi, immigration policy director at the New York Immigration Coalition.

"Her Heart Was Attacked": Hundreds Gather in Harlem for Funeral of Erica Garner
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:11:45 -0500
In Harlem, New York, hundreds of people attended the funeral of anti-police brutality activist Erica Garner, who died at the age of 27 on December 30 after an asthma-induced heart attack, four months after giving birth to her second child. Erica's father, Eric Garner, was killed when police officers in Staten Island wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold in 2014.

Headlines for January 9, 2018
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500
Trump Admin Ends Temporary Protected Status for 250,000 Salvadorans, Trump Meeting with Lawmakers to Debate DREAMers & Border Wall Funding, Robert Mueller Likely to Interview President Trump for Ongoing Investigation, Ivanka Trump Tweet Celebrating Oprah's Golden Globes Speech Sparks Ridicule, Senate Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing for HHS Secretary Nominee Alex Azar, North & South Korea Officials Meet at DMZ for First High-Level Talks in 2 Years, Tunisia: 1 Protester Killed in Crackdown Against Anti-Austerity Protests, Turkey Extends State of Emergency for Another 3 Months, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Rejects Trump's Plan to Bolster Coal & Nuclear Plants, Alabama: Woman Who Accused Roy Moore of Groping Her Has Home Burned to Ground, #SayHerName: Young Black Lesbian Named Kerrice Lewis Shot & Burned Alive in D.C., "Her Heart Was Attacked": Hundreds Gather in Harlem for Funeral of Erica Garner

Time's Up: Activists Join Actresses on Golden Globes Red Carpet to Call for Gender & Racial Justice
Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:33:30 -0500
At Sunday night's Golden Globes ceremony in Hollywood, actors embraced the #MeToo movement and called for gender and racial justice in the post-Harvey Weinstein era. Eight actresses brought social justice activists with them: Michelle Williams brought #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke; Meryl Streep walked the red carpet with Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Shailene Woodley was accompanied by Suquamish Tribe member Calina Lawrence; Emma Stone brought tennis champ and LGBT advocate Billie Jean King; Susan Sarandon brought Puerto Rican media justice and former Green Party vice-presidential nominee Rosa Clemente; and Amy Poehler's guest was Saru Jayaraman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. For more, we speak with Rosa Clemente and Saru Jayaraman.

Watch Oprah Winfrey's Powerful Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech at Golden Globes
Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:15:55 -0500
Hollywood actors and actresses celebrated the #MeToo movement and demanded gender and racial justice at Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards. Many attendees answered the call to wear black and wore pins that read "Time's Up!" On Sunday, Oprah Winfrey made history by becoming the first African-American woman to win the Golden Globe lifetime achievement award. The first African American to receive the honor was Sidney Poitier in 1982. During the ceremony, Golden Globes host Seth Meyers joked with Oprah, suggesting she should run for president. The joke, and Oprah's powerful acceptance speech, fueled a wave of speculation and enthusiasm about a possible 2020 bid by the actress. In response, Oprah's longtime partner Stedman Graham said, "It's up to the people. She would absolutely do it." We air Oprah's acceptance speech, as well as speeches by Golden Globes host Seth Meyers and award winners Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern of "Big Little Lies," Elisabeth Moss of "The Handmaid's Tale," Frances McDormand of "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," and Sterling K. Brown of "This Is Us."

Headlines for January 8, 2018
Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500
Trump Demands $18 Billion for Border Wall in Exchange for DREAMer Protections, Temporary Protected Status for 250,000 Salvadorans to Be Decided Today, CDC to Hold Briefing to Outline How Public Should Prepare for Nuclear War, Trump Claims He's a "Stable Genius" Amid Mounting Questions About Mental Health, Trump Plans to Attend College Football Championships, Sparking Protests, Report: Explosion in Idlib, Syria, Kills 23, Israel Bans Members of 20 Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Groups from Entering Israel, Reports: Trump Admin Freezes $125 Million in Funding for U.N. Agency for Palestinians, NYT: Kushner's Empire Received $30 Million in New Investments from Israeli Firm, NYC: Activists Rally to Demand Freedom for Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi, Honduras: Thousands March to Protest Fraud in Re-Election of Juan Orlando Hernández, Pacifica Foundation Faces Potential Asset Seizures by NYC Landlord, BBC's China Editor Resigns to Protest Gender Pay Gap, Time's Up!: Hollywood Actresses Demand Gender and Racial Justice at Golden Globes, Owner of New York City's Massive Bookstore The Strand Dies at 89, NYC: Crews Respond to Small Fire on Roof of Trump Tower



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