We need to be open and honest about what the empire means and how we all suffer from it – and how these diverse but shared experiences can be our strength, not our fault lines. As we rattle thrones, we must build solidarity and heal – with veterans. Marine veteran and senior fellow at the center for international policy, Matthew Hoh sits down with us to talk about veteran health, suicide and recent news from the empire.
Transformation NOT Reformation. From regenerative farming to revolutionary inclusion, these voices from the Forest Convergence tell it like it is, draw connections between our struggles and unapologetically demand real and direct action. Wherever you are, that is your frontline. Know that you have an army on your side. And we must continue to fight. And build.
Recent reports suggest that eating meat isn't bad for you. But wait before you reach for that burger. Because this isn't just about you personal health - there's a planet at stake here.
PLUS deforestation gets a greenwash
AND Mei Azaad from Fight Toxic Prisons talks direct action in solidarity with prisoners, and the layers of literal and figurative toxicity driving our prison industrial complex.
How high can you go? The costs of health insurance continue to rise sharply. Our push to build power, reach out to others and rattle thrones must escalate in kind. Next, climate and environmental experts fired for researching and spreading the truth. Are we gonna let their voices be silenced? Finally, Nora Barrows-Friedman joins us to talk about her recent trip to Palestine, the farce of elections on both sides of the wall, and our vital role in justice.
We all want Trump to be held accountable for something - ANYTHING - but that's not what's going to happen here. We analyze the impeachment frenzy in a way you're not hearing – but really really need to.
Plus, the difference between a whistleblower and a status quo whistler.
Next, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap joins us to talk constitutional amendments, working inside vs. outside the system and finding hope – without optimism – in the fight.
Here's how corporate media and their warlords are spinning the genocide in Yemen into a reason to go to war with Iran: desperate attempts to manufacture consent. Next, folks are connecting issues and building bridges in order to topple US empire and secure a livable future for everyone.
Media literacy has perhaps never been more important than it is now. And as corporate media continues to dodge reality like bullets in the Matrix, some headline translations can help us to see the truth behind the lies. Next up, Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas but didn't end there. Jena from Mutual Aid Disaster Relief talks about the aid efforts happening in the southeast United States and the importance of solidarity, not charity.
A close up look at the epicenter of the nation's affordable housing crisis: San Francisco. We sit down with local residents and activists to hear about the manifold problems that gave rise to this crisis, and the creative ways in which folks are fighting for their human rights.
Indigenous lands become a testing ground for Israeli-US mass surveillance – and once again indigenous wisdom throws common sense at the blundering idiocy of empire.
Plus, kids as pre-existing conditions and detention centers as black sites.
Next up, the people are mobilizing and connecting issues and power in the face of imperialist climate change.
A look at the understorey of the Amazon fires and the long history of colonialist destruction. If we want to protect the forest, we have to protect the people, and look to them for solutions outside the confines of a system that continues to wreak havoc on all living things. Next, Anne Petermann from Global Justice Ecology Project sits down with us for some straight talk on the reforestation trend, false solutions and important upcoming actions.
Building and healing civilizations: as we stare down the 2020 presidential elections, here's a little food for thought on how our system is built – and what advanced math of all things can tell us about the pit falls of having a president, or a “democracy” like ours in general. Next up, the power of art – the power of laughter, and the power of blending that with political commentary. Comedian Krish Mohan joins us to talk more.
As ecosystems around the world fall into death spirals and scientists cry out that the point of no return is upon us, a look at our justice systems highlight the pitfalls and fallacies in our thinking. For instance, did you know that your right to clean air, water and food pales in comparison to the rights of a stack of papers? Next up, July 26th marked the 66th anniversary of the Cuban revolution. Netfa Freeman joins us to talk about building solidarity, exchanging ideas and Afro-Cuban racial justice.
The psychopathic framing of the Democratic debates are a kind of microcosm in which to view how out of touch the US is with reality. For instance, the threat of nuclear genocide is considered a policy talking point rather than an existential emergency.
Finally, Anne White Hat joins us to talk about her personal experience with the anti-protest bills that have popped up across the country.
The destruction of our planet for profit is deeply personal – so why shouldn't we treat it that way when it comes to the people perpetuating that destruction? Next up, from the streets of Puerto Rico, a look at what happened, how, why, what's next and what we can learn from this powerful push for change.
Good news from the Grand Canyon and the problem with conflating environmental protection with indigenous issues. Next, updates from the fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline and new research that shows just how vital stopping the fracking industry is. Finally, Iranian-American peace activist Leila Zand joins us to talk about the situation in Iran and recent developments.
Ongoing ICE raids are intersectional - and we have to see them in a broader context or our struggles will struggle and lose.
PLUS Ana Tiffany Devez joins us to talk fight and build in El Paso AND we apparently don't have enough fracking infrastructure.
A look at the warped thinking that perpetuates destruction and pedestals a vehemently oppressive system - and how we can creatively combat it.
Do you hear that? It's a tried and true alarm bell of a coming recession. We take a look at some recent reports on this "recovered" economy, the sadistic absurdity of wall street and what we have to do to mitigate the fall out of the coming bust.
In short, we have a much better chance of surviving the violence of capitalism through the single most anti-capitalistic thing: collaboration.
Next, Dr. Ashwin Vasan joins us to talk about an overlooked intersection between healthcare and the prison industrial complex.
An important look at the ongoing steam roller of US empire, in particular in Venezuela – yeah, remember Venezuela? Dan Kovalik joins us to look behind the propaganda and into the deep and long history of US terrorism in Venezuela and beyond.
PLUS some spoken word for this so-called "Independence Day."
Legal wins against herbicides and pesticides are often just the beginning of more battles – and could fall short of the necessary change to protect our land and our soil. Next, the number of refugees worldwide is the highest its ever been, since the the UN started keeping track some 70 years ago. As the US perpetuates war, climate change and bolsters fascism here at home, we can not turn away from the reality we are creating. Finally, Vanessa Beck with Black Alliance for Peace joins us to talk about the 1033 program and the empire's militant home game.
In the ancient forests of Northern California, a battle to protect life intensifies. Meanwhile, on the other coast, the battle against a fracked gas pipeline notches a couple of momentary wins.
The US military doesn't just perpetuate climate change through war, but through actual fuel consumption. War literally is climate change.
PLUS Diana Best, senior finance campaigner with BlackRock's Big Problem introduces us to the largest single investor in climate change in the world. Here's why they represent a vital target in climate justice work and more.
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Nick Brana, founder of the Movement for a People's Party joins us to lay out the Democratic party's playbook, based on what he's seen on the inside and built in response on the outside.
A look at the worsening emergency in the borderlands – hint: the migrants aren't the ones creating the emergency. Next up, they say dissent is patriotic – but they clearly haven't met the 'Muricans pushing hardcore totalitarian legislation that criminalizes protest. And finally, we speak with a doctor from Physicians for Reproductive Health about the recent escalation in anti-reproductive rights legislation.
Try as we might, we can't hide from climate change. And now, thanks to a legally binding UN resolution, the US can't hide from its own heaps of trash. Next up, media literacy is a vital skill set – indeed, it shapes how we see every other issue. And now, there may be a way to build media literacy and hold journalists accountable by taking a page from Yelp and Rotten Tomatoes.
Last week, tens of thousands took part in the teacher's strike in Oregon. Their list of demands throw into sharp focus not only our nation's failures inside the classroom, but throughout society. Next, a Rhode Island school district has decided to publicly shame children as a kind of twisted lunch money stickup.
PLUS Robbie Leppzer sits down to discuss his latest film, Power Struggle, which chronicles the decades-long grassroots fight against the nuclear power industry in Vermont, and why all Americans need to educate themselves on this issue.
Human rights violations are rife in Alabama prisons – meanwhile, the Alabama Department of Corrections continues to overcrowd these torture centers while blaming mistreatment on staff shortages.
Next up, we are effectively laminating our planet in plastic. And while the public recognition of plastic's evil and long life is growing, there are several aspects of this industry we don't talk about – and we really need to.