From the front lines of our issues - from indigenous rights to the prison industrial complex - from the Black Panthers to tree-sitters in Appalachia - from hacking human psychology to growing industrial hemp, this has been a year of Acting Out!
The climate summit COP24 has just recently ended. Here's a recap of the stranger than fiction realities that framed and dictated this supposed meeting for humanity's future. Next, a look at what makes the necessary change we need and finally, a pedestrian inspiration for the fight.
A special episode all about the most militarized land in the world – one that you may not even have ever heard of. Yet despite the seemingly global indifference, this place, and these people are calling out for recognition. For basic human rights, for an end to a violent and brutal occupation. It's well past time that we listen.
Policing is a public health issue. Some recent victories combined with ongoing grassroots organizing outline the importance of addressing state-sponsored violence as a health hazard that has distinct causes and therefore, distinct solutions. Next, Extinction Rebellion wants to save humanity. Here's how they're going about it. You in?
Our addiction to militarism has to end. From millions-strong protests in Yemen to carte blanche for military force at the border, our violent empire has no dimmer switch – and no self restraint. Next up, the impossible always seems so till you invoke - Planck's constant? This and other news of “impossible change.” Finally, Margaret Flowers from Popular Resistance and Trade for People and Planet sits down with us to discuss the USMCA – what you might know as NAFTA.
Thousands of refugees are seeking asylum from both our foreign policy and climate change. How will we greet them? And how does this moment offer an opportunity for powerful solidarity and paradigm-shifting growth?
Next up, Reverend Edward Pinkney is on a corporate most-wanted list – because he demanded, and still demands human rights and justice for his community.
It might sound like common sense that poverty affects our overall health – but did you know that income inequality catalyzes wear and tear on a micro molecular level? Science has a disturbing new scoop. Next up, please please PLEASE don't go to these kind of protests. And finally, a local grassroots initiative to address an often overlooked aspect of our immigration crisis.
The Pentagon broadens its horizons to domestic surveillance and “insurrection” - the all seeing eye is focused on the home front. Next, if we wanna survive humanity's demise that our choices designed, we have to start making different choices – at the dinner table. Finally, Dr. Sheila Vakharia joins us to talk harm reduction, addiction and drug policy.
Amazon gets cozy with the CIA, DHS and ICE – here's what the Silicon Valley beast has to gain and to offer in this growing Orwellian nightmare we call the US of A. Next up, the Nobel Peace Prize winner you didn't hear about and why – hint: Uncle Sam and white so-called feminism don't like talking about genocide. Finally, Dezeray Lyn joins the show again – this time to talk about the situation on the ground in both North Carolina and Florida after first hurricanes then the government battered and beat the residents.
The next recession and/or crash is nigh. And one of the architects of the last crash wants you to pencil in 2020. We dive into some new old news on how we got here and what we need to make it through. Next, the trial of the century was supposed to start on Monday October 29th but we love black gold. And finally, Native Activist Allison Renville joins us to talk about the authoritarian move to disenfranchise indigenous voters in North Dakota.
Women's health and rights are under attack. A backwards, theocratic reworking of Title X threatens women's already dwindling rights over our bodies and our life choices.
Plus the purge is here. Facebook, Twitter and the silencing of anything that goes against the state.
Finally, the Women's March on the Pentagon – challenging militarization at home and abroad.
On the front lines of the fight against dirty energy – worldwide. First up, some great news from West Virginia and Virginia – taking time to celebrate these victories while taking a look at the corrupted agencies playing into the hands of big oil and gas. Next, a powerful weekend in the Hambach Forest of Germany – where the fight against the world's dirtiest fossil fuel continues on a large and creative scale.
It's Breast Cancer Awareness month so hurray for boobies and healthcare! Except, when it comes to the latter, we need more than just a light augmentation. We discuss some disturbing facts of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, plus the burden women face even if and when they do survive. Next up, Barbara Madeloni joins us to talk teacher strikes, union power and solidarity work from education's front lines.
We don't even really get to choose the person who chooses the people who dictate the highest law of the land. That might sound confusing – and it is. It's even more frustrating. We take a look at the grossly undemocratic workings of the Supreme Court as well as why reporting sexual assault is so hard. Next up, Code Pink's latest report on the death dealers and their deals. Finally, our sit down with Kristian Williams, author of the powerfully important book, Our Enemies in Blue.
Did you know that showering less will save some water – sadly, not millions of gallons that fracking operations use in a day – nor will it keep your water safe from contamination – or your house from exploding.
Next, the deadly exchange between the U.S. and Israel that pedestals police brutality, racism and oppression. Benjamin Douglas from Jewish Voice for Peace gives us the scoop.
Black Lives Matter is no longer a target for domestic oppression. The threat of their human rights work has now peaked the interest of oppressive entities abroad – and the documentary that proves it has faced hard censorship. Speaking of censorship, let's all cheer the ban on Alex Jones on almost all platforms – right?! No. And here's why. Finally, Amani Sawari joins us to discuss the National Prison Strike that just ended.
In the 70s, Växjö was a polluted town nestled in the thick forests of southern Sweden. Today, this small town has been recognized by the EU as the greenest city in Europe. So, what happened? What did - and what are community members and politicians still doing to make their home more sustainable? And how could we emulate some of this work in our own American communities?
More lead in more water and the grotesque parallels across the country with regards to testing, notification, repairs and accountability. Next, as the prison strike continues, we go inside with an artist who seeks to help prisoners defy their oppression through art. But beware, this isn’t therapy - this is revolution.
In this special episode of the Act Out! podcast, we sit down with artist and anarchist Jason Yawn to dive into the uncomfortable topics of blind ideologies, infighting and fighting fascists.
(NOTE: no new episodes of Act Out! this week or next so we'll see you again August 31st!)
Activism so often gets the bad rep of being all about sacrificing – all about pain and struggle – never about joy. And yet as we find ourselves in a culture that preaches escapism, demands smiles, a Stepford Wife happiness that defies reality and central nervous systems, what does joy mean? Furthermore, what does activism mean – militancy, rigid radicalism, the toxicity of movement spaces and more? Well – let's dive in.
The worst democracy money can buy and how federal over-reach can turn back progressive environmental policies. Next, a retired special ed teacher and grandmother gets thrown in jail – because a pipeline company is afraid of her. Meanwhile, 2017 was the deadliest year yet for environmental activists. Finally, hemp has gone from miracle plant to demon seed and is now publicly swinging back to miracle plant. Industrial Hemp Advocate and activist Muriel Young Bear joins us to talk about the history, future and power of hemp.
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The #RiseTogether weeks of action against dirty energy projects and their financiers continue, and I share what I witnessed in the swamps of Louisiana as the fight against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline escalates. Next, Dr. Kristin Laurin joins us to talk rationalization and the power of human psychology in addressing – and indeed, not addressing the greatest socio-political problems of our time.
First up, a BIG step forward in the fight against Monsanto and glyphosate as hundreds of cases get the green light to take this massive poison peddling corporation to court.
Next up, water protectors Red Fawn Fallis and Michael Little Feather Giron have received harsh sentences for their efforts to protect water, land and people at Standing Rock in 2016. We sit down with the Water Protector Legal Collective to discuss updates on these cases as well as other remaining federal and state cases.
This week on Act Out! Colonialism didn't just happen – it's still happening. Natives weren't just here hundreds of years ago, they're still here. We sit down with Jen Deerinwater to discuss the colonialist paradigm, anti-native behaviors in the everyday and two-spirits in a singular world.
In a 4th of July special, we take a look at what America is – the good, the bad and the ugly – the real shit and the real people fighting and building beyond the confines of a capitalist empire. Then – we'll wrap it all up in a firework musing that goes quite well with sparklers and watermelon.