Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has been accused of attempted rape by Professor Blasey Ford in an incident that Prof Blasey says took place when Kavanaugh was 17 years old. Republicans have proposed a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, Sept 24 to hear both from Kavanaugh and Prof. Blasey.
Not so fast, says Prof Blasey. There needs to be an investigation by an independent body such as the FBI of the incident and charges before a hearing takes place. But as of now, Republicans are saying if Prof Blasey, who has had to go underground due to threats against her, does not turn up on Monday, they will move ahead with the appointment of Kavanaugh.
Are the Republicans banking on getting their guy into the SCOTUS even if how they go about it could guarantee losing in the upcoming Congressional elections? Our guest is Black feminist icon Barbara Smith.
And the head of the OAS is backing military intervention in Venezuela. This, following Trump meeting with Venezuelan opposition members and Trump himself floating the possibility of U.S. intervention in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Our guest is journalist Jose Luis Granados Ceja.
And Nana Gyamfi joins us to discuss the state of Black immigrants and attempts to bring immigrant communities together. She is the new executive director of LA BAJI.
For Campaigners for Black lives we turn our attention to protests following the police killing of Botham Jean in Texas. We speak with John Fullinwider, long-time community campaigner in Dallas Texas and co-founder of Mothers Against Police Brutality.
And our Sojourner Truth Election Watch with Dorothy Reik.