You can't know America unless you know US Empire. We sit down with Kevin Zeese who has recently returned from Venezuela to talk elections, economic warfare and media blockades. We also take a look at Nicaragua, a country which also finds itself in the cross-hairs of our flailing hegemony and economic crusading.
A backlog that's symptomatic of a patriarchal system that not only devalues women but devalues survivors of sexual assault. Next, the J20 trials continue and with 36 defendants still facing decades in jail, here are some actions and some conversations we need to have. Cheri Honkala with the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign talks living and building on the streets. And finally, Utopia seems far fetched – but what if instead of the typical idea of perfection, these iterations of Utopia simply mean a place beyond the confines of capitalist failings.
This week on Act Out! The war machine is now branching out – into early childhood education. Coke's bogus greenwashing and how corporations use courts to SLAPP down their opponents. Next, “serving, caring and protecting” are all words that authorities use – but as human rights violations and environmental abuses flourish – their mottos continue to fall facsistically flat. And finally, Jay from Three Sisters Camp joins us to talk about the camp's resistance to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
In this special extended interview with Eugene Puryear, we talk about the upcoming commemoration of Juneteenth - the abolition of slavery.
What does it mean to fight for freedom post-slavery? Plus, what does segregation look like today? How do things like gentrification and school choice fuel systemic racism under the guise of “progress?” Finally, reaching out to those on the inside is a vital part of commemorating Freedom Day. More on that and other events that seek to inspire, engage and build.
When a regulatory institution doesn't regulate – but rather rubber stamps dirty energy projects for fossil fuel companies destroying our land, air and water — what tactics should you consider?
Next up, how corporate media is protecting racists and normalizing oppression.
Finally Freedom Day – or Juneteenth is around the corner. Eugene Puryear joins us once more – this time to talk about commemoration and the ongoing fight for black liberation in this country.
This week on Act Out! Facial recognition is here – but far from being the slick Bond-style tech of tomorrow, it can't seem to recognize faces very well. It also happens to be in the hands of the untrained and apparently senile.
Next, cops and the most marginalized and oppressed in our society don't have a lot in common – by definition. But they soon may if Congress has their way.
And finally, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou joins us to talk CIA, whistleblowing, deep state and more.
UC workers strike but find a foe where the friendlies should be – an unfortunately familiar story. Next up, unemployment rates may be going down but what does that actually mean? Hint: no, our economy is not doing well. And neither are the soon-to-be-homeless elderly of Louisiana – because you know, budget cuts – and screw grandma. --- Finally, Alex Cohen of Earth Defense Coalition joins us to talk Puerto Rico – a colony wrestling with both climate change and colonial capitalism – and what aid and autonomy look like on the ground.
Water wars in the west are heating up – and did you know you could go to jail for more than a year for recycling?
Next, Iran is on our shit list now more than ever – but why? And who actually deserves that prime spot?
Finally, Michelle Saahene joins us to talk about the Starbucks call heard round the world – she was there and as a black woman, she has a few things to say about the layers of racism manifested in that incident and beyond.
A grotesque and yet not all-together that surprising admission from our for-profit-healthcare system. Then, after hundreds of years of colonization, the Trump administration has a new idea on how to further oppress and torture indigenous peoples.
Next, ALEC had their annual meeting last week – here's a look at the human rights they wanna slash.
And finally, Laura Roth from Barcelona en Comu joins us to talk municipalism, the feminization of politics and a global network of local direct democracies.
A special episode dedicated to the past that built our present that'll dictate our future. We take a brief look at the upcoming bicentenary of Karl Marx's birthday and then we dive deep into May 1st – International Worker's Day.
We sit down with Alka Mysore of IWW and Socialist Alternative to hear about the historic cover-ups, the importance of recognizing May Day and the path ahead.
Detroit would rather pay goons to steal people's water than make sure people have access to water.
Next up, you may know that Zuck appeared before Congress last week but did you know that what he REALLY did was appear before his employees?
And Orwell's got nothing on the DHS and their new media list.
Finally, Dr. Harriet Fraad joins us to dive into the psychology of the system – from what she calls the “dethronement of white men” to the effects of patriarchy on our mental health.
This week on Act Out! In headlines from the front lines: Are you on the WARdrobe watchlist? Sharks with laser beams might be a real thing thanks to a new military project, Catholics fill baby bottles with their own blood, Shell knew too, the growing wave of teacher strikes and tree-sits.
Finally, Grayson Earle joins us to talk about his latest project – using cryptocurrency to battle the prison industrial complex.
This week on Act Out! Meet the corporate sugar daddies that keep the biggest, dirtiest, shadiest and most evil corporations afloat – hint: you know several of them personally.
Next up, everyone that comes into contact with our healthcare – or rather sick care system – knows it's broken, or rather – it's fixed. We highlight the easy solution and the difficult path to getting everyone the care that they need, no strings attached.
This week on Act Out! you may know that corporate media lies to you – but do you know how? Here's a look at one of their favorite techniques.
PLUS what you'll never hear covered on nightly news – i.e. Uncle Sam's very own climate refugees, how much of the planet's forests we have left & pipeline battles from the front lines.
Two folks from Appalachians Against Pipelines join us to talk backstory, updates and inspiration in the face of the 300 mile long proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.
This week on Act Out! March is Women's History Month – and while it's always a good idea to recognize the powerful role of women in the fight for justice, not all women who have power wield it well – or deserve our pride and recognition. We take a look at one such woman – a deep state darling on the rise in the midst of Nazi lines and war crimes.
Finally, Eugene Puryear sits down with us to talk local organizing in the seat of empire, racist police and how communities are finding and funding alternatives to cops.
This week on Act Out! Fracking, fires and methane leaks oh my. The geeks are watching you and here's a solution to student debt. Finally, the strike in West Virginia may be over but the fight continues. We dive into details – good and bad – and the possible rally growing from roots all over the country. West Virginia teacher Brittney Barlett joins us as well to talk backstory – aftermath - and the road ahead.
This week on Act Out! we head down to the Bayous of Louisiana to get the latest on the fight against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Speaking to organizers and residents on the front lines, we'll dive into updates and news, the rich and diverse history of those fighting and how in the present, they're coming together not just to fight – but to build a future together – outside of the toxic industries that have come to define Louisiana.
This week on Act Out! from billions on bombs to cents on toilet paper, a look at how human rights violations here and overseas fuels the machine.
Next, an angle on the gun debate you won't hear discussed primarily because it could and would unite us more than divide us. scott crow joins us to talk about his latest book and the tools of resistance and building from yesterday to today.
This week on Act Out! big oil and gas pay a small fine so they can keep on polluting. Next up, YOUR solidarity is needed in an upcoming week of action against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Not in the bayous? Well, you don't need to be. This affects us all.
Finally, the impact of dirty energy on black and brown communities plus community organizer Maurice Cook joins us to talk white supremacy, the importance of battling racism, of recognizing black history and how to organize TOGETHER in our place and time.
This week on Act Out! you've likely heard the phrase perception is reality. But what if it's not – not even close? What if we don't see an objective reality – what if we, to borrow another phrase, can't handle the truth?
Donald Hoffman, a quantitative and computational psychologist, has a theory which suggests just that: that we aren't evolutionarily built to see reality and perhaps, never will be.
My question then: what are the socio-political impacts of that theory? This week – human psychology, evolution and even math shed some light on the human condition and how we might be able to save ourselves from our own virtual reality.
This week on Act Out! elected officials could be the next group of people rounded up and thrown in a cell. And while that might sound appealing depending on the official, the reasoning behind it is nothing short of an authoritarian nightmare. Meanwhile, U.S. residents who have lived here longer than I've been alive find themselves targeted for deportation; and can we really have sanctuary cities in the midst of a tangled web of ICE and local law enforcement collusion?
Next up, if you want to organize in the face of rising fascism, some rules for radicals could aid you in your work.
And finally, Wendell Potter, a former health industry big-wig unveils his project to expose and deconstruct the corporatocracy.
A special extended episode on Puerto Rico.
Up first, we look at the disasters before the hurricanes that made the disasters afterwards inevitable. We then look at how continued capitalism and colonialism set up road blocks to aid and recovery while relief efforts find creative ways around them.
This week on Act Out! Cryptocurrency!
A hot issue shrouded in mystery for many. And as bitcoin climbs then falls, the list of questions and concerns only seems to get longer. So first up, we'll revisit some bitcoin basics.
Next, we'll add to the conversation and dive deeper with Bitcoin expert Andreas Antonopoulos. Prepare to stretch your mind and reshape how you think of money and the systems that control it.
This week on Act Out! from predator economics to co-ops, we take a look at how our current system pollutes not only the planet but marginalized communities through direct and pervasive violence. And while the stock market goes up, our quality of life – both economically and otherwise, continues to fall. There is another way...and economist Richard Wolff joins us to talk about a truly democratic alternative already in practice across the world, even here in the U.S.
This week on Act Out! Kiilu Nyasha takes us into the New Year with some words of wisdom from a woman who's seen decades of what works and what doesn't. Next up, how do you approach the work of building and fighting? Are you embroiled in Facebook tiffs or reaching out to neighbors – and how can human psychology guide our fight? Then, we take a look at a couple of good news stories - from weed to water. Finally, some pipeline updates featuring nuns and an incredible resource for water protectors worldwide.