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  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on "How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective"
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 19, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    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
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 19, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    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 […]

  • As Shutdown Looms over Immigration, Trump's Rejection of Refugees Could Have Global Domino Effect
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 19, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    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, […]

  • Headlines for January 19, 2018
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    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 […]

  • Trump Biographer on the President's Cognitive Decline & Whether He Will Be Impeached
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 18, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    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
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 18, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    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
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 18, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    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
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 18, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    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
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 18, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    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
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    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, […]

  • "ICE Is Sending Us a Message": Activist Maru Mora Villalpando on Being Targeted for Deportation
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 17, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    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
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 17, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    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"
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 17, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    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
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 17, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    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
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 17, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    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. […]

  • Headlines for January 17, 2018
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    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 […]

  • "When They Call You a Terrorist": The Life of Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 16, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    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 […]

  • Headlines for January 16, 2018
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    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: […]

  • Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid South Africa
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 15, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    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
    by *protected email* (Democracy Now!) on January 12, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    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, […]


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