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Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, breaks down the history of political inaction around the climate that has brought us to the point of crisis and the visionary framework social movements need to usher in an economy that is both democratic and regenerative.
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adrienne maree brown's, 'Emergent Strategy,' has been the movement book of the year. As brown says, it's a way of looking for connections between the human and natural worlds as a means of building, even as we dismantle. It's a strategy we need.
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Lisa Collins and Laura Flanders discuss one of their favorite films of the year, Coco Before Chanel. GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. Watch any show, at any time: http://grittv.org
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Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Toward: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, explains how he faced the challenge of being an objective reporter--covering Al-Qaeda, following September 11. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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#GRITtv exclusive: Alaskan lawmakers passed a law against sex trafficking, but who does it really affect? A documentary short from GRITtv. See full episodes at grittv.org
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This week Laura speaks to Edgar Villanueva, about being one of the very few indigenous people working in grant-making, and ask what he thinks Native American traditions have to teach philanthropy. Then, we report from the United Nations where indigenous women gathered from around the world this spring to flip the script on so-called indigenous issues.
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The Laura Flanders show streams from www.grittv.org. This week, journalist and author of the recent book Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work Melissa Gira Grant joins us to discuss the labor politics of sex work, and how the movement for sex worker's rights has intersected with gay liberation and the broader feminist movement.
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Two earthquakes, two vastly different consequences. If anything makes you appreciate solid foundations (not to mention building codes), it's the sight of those San Diego buildings swaying -- but not falling -- in Sunday's 7.0 quake; the same size quake that devastated Haiti. When it comes to our economy, however, the foundations look anything but secure. GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between...
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There's a revolution happening in Standing Rock, at the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ camp, and across the country. Over 200 indigenous American nations and 6,000 people have travelled to the community in an unprecedented act of solidarity. Catalyzed by the fight against Dakota Access Pipeline, Native American tribes are protecting their water, but even more, protecting their sovereignty in the face of a colonialist State. In a time when we still celebrate Christopher Columbus, violent colonizer, the...
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The Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade – an unapologetic, feminist, and women of color bicycle crew based in East Los Angeles. They are the subject of a new documentary of the same name. OVAs Xela De La X and Andi Xoch, with filmmaker Joanna Sokolowski, discuss white supremacy, violence, and the need for safe sisterhood. For more information visit: www.ovarianpsycos.com.
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On The Laura Flanders Show: Author/activist Arundhati Roy on the Annihilation of Caste, B.R. Ambedkar and the Western myth of Mahatma Gandhi. And Glenn Greenwald addresses diversity concerns about his new media venture TheIntercept.com.
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Song and Lyrics by Lyla June at Standing Rock, Oceti Sakowin camp, protesting #NpDAPL. Motion graphics by Danica D'Souza.
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So you wonder about government. What's it for? Why do we need it? A story out of New Orleans puts those questions in sharp relief: Nearly five years after Hurricane Katrina, four current and two former New Orleans police officers have been charged by the Department of Justice with federal civil rights violations (and could face the death penalty) for the shooting and killing of James Brissette and Ronald Madison, two unarmed African Americans, in the aftermath of the storm. Distributed by...
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A new way of living is in the process of formation. Capitalism as we know it has reached the limits of its ability to adapt. A networked Alternative is already in the works- You can see it in the cooperative businesses on the rise and the tough time traditional parties are having keeping old hierarchies in place. There’s no more exciting or important story to report on - says Paul Mason economics editor at Channel Four News in the UK. Paul joined us often from the frontlines of the...
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Did you know that you can be arrested for "manifesting an intent to commit a crime"? Activist Monica Jones was arrested for what she calls "Walking while Transgender". What is it about our society that sees trans* bodies as inherently criminal? And what are we going to do about it? Follow GRITtv on twitter: http://twitter.com/grittv Follow Laura Flanders on twitter: https://twitter.com/GRITtv Subscribe to The Laura Flanders Show on iTunes:...
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Are we, maybe, possibly, going to see an end to the endless health care debate this weekend? With recent reports saying Dennis Kucinich has decided to vote for the bill, signs are pointing to yes. But without a public option, is this really health care reform we can believe in? Here to discuss--and make us laugh at--the fate of the bill, financial reform, and who the members of Congress are that we can count on to keep fighting for better reform is Stephanie Miller, host of The Stephanie Miller...
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Rebecca Traister, Richard Kim, Shannyn Moore and Max Blumenthal discuss the sex and gender appeals of Sarah Palin: did the party choose her for her looks more than her politics? GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. Watch any show, at any time: http://grittv.org
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On January 19 and 24, New Orleans police and Louisiana state police raided eight strip clubs on Bourbon Street, the city's tourism center. Male officers reportedly stood in the dressing room while the women got dressed, took pictures of the undressed women, announced the women's legal names in front of customers, and made derogatory comments. Now the workers are fighting back. Last night, hundreds of strip club employees and their allies marched through the French Quarter in a raucous protest....
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As everyone probably knows, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed in Memphis in 1968 by an assassin's bullet, but it's often forgotten that he was in Memphis joining the sanitation workers' fight for fair wages and working conditions. King's support for labor, particularly low-wage public workers, was a theme of his work for most of his life, and to honor that legacy, we bring you a segment of the speech he gave to those workers the day before his death. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Author and professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new book, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Later in the show filmmaker Avi Lewis discusses worker-owned factories in Argentina, and Laura focuses on the intersectional feminism of 19th Century Anarchist Lucy Parsons. Peter Linebaugh is professor emeritus at the University of Toledo, and the author of many books, including the Magna Carta Manifesto; Stop Thief, The Commons, Enclosures and Resistance, and his...
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Ovarian Psycos Xela performs a powerful rap on empowerment. Watch the full episode at http://bit.ly/29zCYZF
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Prophets of Rage performing at the #RNC End Poverty Now protest march.
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At the Laura Flanders Show, we want to find the common ground that unites Americans, stories of progress, equity, and resilience -- to discover that there is more evidence of congress, than of division. Our guest this weeks speaks to some ways he has built a career on these very philosophies of equity and unity. Joining us for last new show of the 2016 year, is Anthony Flaccavento, founder of SCALE (Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies) and author of "Building A Healthy...
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Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake discusses being detained and questioned at Quantico Marine Corps Base while bringing David House to visit Bradley Manning. Hear the full story at http://grittv.org! Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Singer-songwriter Phoebe Snow died this week at the age of 58. Her powerful voice will certainly be missed, and we bring you this performance of her classic hit "Poetry Man" to remember her too-often forgotten work. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Rocker Lou Reed with Laurie Anderson joined Occupy Wall street and Philip Glass to protest for free speech and assembly and against colonial-style arts funding, after the last performance of Glass's "Satyagraha" opera at Lincoln Center Dec.1.
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Regulation, degradation, shaming, blaming - enough! Is it time for sexual liberation yet? We talk a lot about sex but not often enough about pleasure, On today's show we try to make up for that and hear from some bloggers, activists and educators who are practicing very positive consent.
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Desiree Pilgrim Hunter, of the Northwest Bronx, was part of a 20 year effort by community and labor groups to redevelop the Kingsbridge Armory in a way that would benefit local people. Read Laura Flanders' full story at Yes Magazine: http://bit.ly/1e4nBEN #Commonomics
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One hundred years after the Easter Rising of 1916, the question of Irish sovereignty still looms large. New challenges face the Irish in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and slashes to public spending in the North have ignited fresh waves of resistance. In this special report, Laura Flanders returns to Ireland, 30 years after first reporting on the so-called "Troubles". With photographer Paula Allen she takes a fresh look at Irish nationalism through the stories of socialists,...
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Erica Gonzalez discusses the charge that New York Governor Paterson interfered in a domestic violence investigation. GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. Watch any show, at any time: http://grittv.org
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In the past days and weeks we've seen some very young people protesting in the streets, squares and statehouses around the world. But what becomes of children who live through that reformation or regime change? Our documentary of the week is My Perestroika, and it tells the story of the last days of the USSR through the eyes of a group of former schoolmates who came of age as the world around them changed. The filmmaker is Robin Hessman, and the film is currently playing at festivals around the...
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Imani Uzuri and Pat Cruz talk about Nina Simone, hip-hop, and the way music changes. GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. Watch any show, at any time: http://grittv.org Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Wavy Gravy, hippie icon, clown and activist, notes that you need a fool in the ear of the powerful--and discusses running Nobody for President. Watch the full interview at http://grittv.org! Distributed by Tubemogul.
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We must recognize that “pleasure is a measure of freedom,” that’s the first ambition writer, healer, and teacher adrienne maree brown has for her book and guide, “Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good.” In our movements and communities, we’re constantly trying to find ways to measure liberation and freedom, and love seems like as good a yardstick as any. What would it look like to love without fear? adrienne has joined us on the show before to discuss organizing as science...
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Mumia Abu-Jamal on Star Wars and US Empire. This excerpt from the book Octavia's Brood appeared on The Laura Flanders Show on April 21, 2015. For more info on Octavia's Brood, see octaviasbrood.com. See more about Mumia at freemumia.com.
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The job of the journalist is not to give people a voice, filmmaker Miki Chakarova explains to her students: "People have a voice," she says, "It's just that they don't have an outlet." In her recent film, The Price of Sex, Chakarova went to great lengths to provide that outlet by embedding herself in the world of Eastern European sex trafficking. The resulting film is an intimate portrait of the individuals that comprise an industry, and the way that corruption thrives in...
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My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter is poet Aja Monet’s ode to mothers, daughters, and sisters—the tiny gods who fight to change the world. Out now from Haymarket Books. Watch the interview on our channel.
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Alok Vaid-Menon is one member of the transgender South Asian performance duo known as DarkMatter. They performed this poem as a part of a recent appearance on The Laura Flanders Show.
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BP's Tony Hayward has been yanked off spokesman duty after having the poor judgment to go yachting while the Gulf drowns in his company's oil. But according to the annual World Wealth Report, Hayward's not the only one yachting while the world burns. It's not just Brits, either. Sales of luxury boats were up 30% in the U.S. in the first quarter of the year. The ultra-rich, it seems, are getting their lives back. Lucky them. GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your...
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Tracie Washington of the Louisiana Justice Institute talks about New Orleans' poor, the leveling effect of Katrina, and that you can't spray dispersant on people to make them go away. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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The story of food and farming in the US is not just one of neglect and extraction. It's also one of wisdom and liberation, with practices that have intricate, cultural roots. Leah Penniman returns to the show with a new book, "Farming While Black," which includes stories and applications that have her community at their center.
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So maybe they're not so against stimulus after all. In fact, the Republican National Committee has been giving a little stimulus of their own to an overlooked demographic group: strippers. That's right, according to last year's financial filings, the RNC spent nearly $2000 at Voyeur West Hollywood last year. Scoping out the post Schwarzenegger candidate field? Well, maybe, but how open minded! Voyeur West's a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex. GRITtv...
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Dr. Joycelyn Elders is no stranger to making controversial statements in public, so her support of California's Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization ballot initiative, shouldn't be surprising. After all, years ago she was ousted as Bill Clinton's Surgeon General after noting that a discussion of masturbation should be part of educating young people on avoiding HIV infection. Elders joins us via Skype from Arkansas, where she is professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas School of...
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Corrine Carey of the New York Civil Liberties Union notes that teenagers are having sex, and that without access to medical treatment, studies have shown that they don't stop having sex--they just stop seeking care. GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. Watch any show, at any time: http://grittv.org
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In the 80s, before she directed Hollywood comedies like Half Baked and Billy Madison, Tamra Davis shot hours of footage of her friend Jean-Michel Basquiat. The young artist went on to international stardom before dying of a heroin overdose at age 27, and Davis went on to Hollywood. Here, she reminds us to remember the man, and more importantly the art, behind the celebrity. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK Labour Party discusses the importance of worker cooperatives in empowering communities across Britain. Wealth inequality obstructs a democratic society. Emphasizing investment at a local level is central to Labour's plan to put money back in the pockets of working people and create a more equitable society.
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We’re living in a time of economic babble, where politicians and economists throw out words like “reform,” “privatize,” and “austerity” to prop up corrupt capitalist opportunists. So says our guest this week, economist Michael Hudson, author of J is for Junk Economics. Plus, a report from Diverse Filmmaker’s Alliance on the Yemeni bodega workers who went on strike in New York to protest the Muslim Ban. And Laura’s F-Word on why Donald Trump’s new budget isn’t about cuts --...
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In the real world, people don't need heroes, they need systemic solutions to racism, patriarchy, colonialism, and capitalism." Journalist and author of "No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality" Jordan Flaherty talks about savior complexes and why they get in the way of real change
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Full interview at http://www.GRITtv.org Why does extreme violence happen and what do the perpetrators really think of themselves? Director Joshua Oppenheimer asks just that in his new documentary film, The Act of Killing, executive produced by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris. The movie follows Anwar Congo and his fellow Indonesian para-militaries as they recreate their country's 1965-1966 mass murders. The catch -- they are the mass-murderers! Support GRITtv by Subscribing...
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Released July 10, 2015 : Socialism has a long and storied history in U.S. politics, not as taboo as some may think. Nation columnist John Nichols' many books include The "S" Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism, and, most recently, Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media-Election Complex is Destroying America.
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NYC Subway Busker, Gabriel Mayers performs a soulful cover of The Pixies "Where is My Mind" at The Climate Revolution Rally in Vernon Park, Philadelphia. #DNCinPhilly
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One of my books of essays was dedicated to those who have learned to divorce hope from reason," says author, Arundhati Roy. "I think it would be very very sad if we just looked around us and felt hopeless.
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Monopoly capitalism may be on its last legs! This week, economist Michael Hudson joins us to say his predictions on the Trump budget have come true and seem to suggest, more than ever, that capitalism is not only a disservice to the people, but it's also unsuccessful. Then, Stacy Mitchell and Joe Maxwell join us at the Progressive Caucus Strategy Summit in Baltimore. Monopoly capitalism, they say, translates to monopolized power.
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A poem performed by Janani Balasubramanian and Alok Vaid-Menon the transgender South Asian performance duo known as DarkMatter, as a part of their interview on The Laura Flanders Show.
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There's just no time for propaganda, or media filled with hate. No time for scripted messages that slither around like snakes in your brain," sang Ryan Bingham, of Ryan Bingham and The Dead Horses, as he performed "Direction of the Wind," which he dedicated to all the people on the streets of Madison, WI. Distributed by Tubemogul
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Can a socialist choose Hillary over Bernie? Playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner discusses Socialism, Zionism, Hollywood, and the 2016 elections. Tony Kushner has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards, two Academy Award nominations, and President Obama presented him with the National Medal of Arts in 2013. Last fall he was entered into the National Theater Hall of Fame - and no wonder; among his plays are Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National...
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During last week's House hearing on Craigslist and the sex industry, advocates and policymakers debated the lives of young people engaged in sex work and the sex trade, with little involvement of those young people themselves. They made a case for censoring online ads for sex work and increasing law enforcement power and resources to police sex work. They stated that they were doing this to end violence against young people in the sex trade. Melissa Gira Grant is a writer, a contributor to...
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Trans people aren’t the problem, gender binaries are,” so says Alok Vaid-Menon of Dark Matter, a transgender South Asian performance duo with Janani Balasubramanian. Dark Matter are playing to sold out audiences in theatres and art spaces around the world with their passionate, political poetry that explores race, gender, internationalism, liberation, and more, including a fierce critique of what they see as mainstream LGBT politics. Vaid-Menon also works with The Audre Lorde Project;...
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Arundhati Roy explains that democracy has been taken over by the market, but markets can't explain ideology--nor can bullets kill it. GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. Watch any show, at any time: http://grittv.org Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Philippe Petit, who famously walked on a high wire between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, discusses his relationship with the towers now that they are gone. Watch the full interview at http://grittv.org! Distributed by Tubemogul.
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What does the mobilization to #BringBackOurGirls look like to the women of Congo? We ask Christine Schuler Deschryver, director of the City of Joy, a project by the Congolese women and funded by V-Day about violence against women in Congo and critiques of V-Day as a colonialist enterprise.
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Actress and activist Lena Horne passed away this week at the age of 92. She was memorialized around the U.S. and the world as a beloved entertainer, but some have noted her background in work with the NAACP and the Civil Rights movement--as John Nichols wrote at The Nation, "Such appearances earned Horne a reputation, she joked, as the 'bad little Red girl.'" Poet and musician Joy Harjo joined us in studio and performed some of her poems for us; this poem, "Equinox," she...
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Andrea Ritchie, author of Queer (In)Justice on police misconduct and how the system goes after those on the fringe of our society, including lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other queer people. See more of the Laura Flanders show at grittv.org.
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Aja Monet celebrated iconic poet June Jordan, in a reading of a poem dedicated to the 600,000 Palestinian men, children, and women who lived in Lebanon from 1948 to 1943. “Jordan begs us to trust one another and to tell the truth, to read the world more closely, to learn the wisdom of those who came before, who resisted before, and loved before." says Monet.
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Will the future be better or worse for workers? Jacobin writer Peter Frase and musician Boots Riley on the better worlds they say are possible. And why Dick Cheney should give up his vacation home.
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FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture co-founder Rebecca Nagle on culture jamming in the age of online petitions and high profile pranks on corporations, surrounding rape culture. And a special report from #GRITtv on sex trafficking laws in Alaska and who they're really effecting. Full episode uploaded on Tuesday!
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Is the climate movement heating up? This week on the show, activists at all levels of the climate justice movement discuss how inter-generational, cross-coalition, and global organizing is taking control of the future without waiting for anyone. Elizabeth Yeampierre, co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance; Sean Sweeney, Director, International Program for Labor, Climate & Environment; and Varshini Prakash, co-founder of the Sunrise Movement join us.
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Sunday's bombings in Baghdad are a security issue indeed, but the priority in US media isn't the life and death of Iraqis; it's the security of the war consensus in Washington. GRITtv with Laura Flanders brings participatory democracy onto your computer screen and into your living room, bridging the gap between audience and advocates. www.grittv.org
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With all the disaster and violence in the news, it can be hard to retain a sense of perspective, let alone to take any time for reflection. Yet French artist Christian Boltanski manages to do so with his latest installation, currently on view at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. "No Man's Land" has been called the artist's most ambitious project to date, and GRITtv's Sarah Friedland stopped by to take a look. The installation is on view at the Armory through June 13th. Distributed...
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Laura Flanders sat down with professor and author Noam Chomsky, to discuss his latest publication, OCCUPY, OWS, anarchism, racism, corporate power and cooperative potential. Recorded 4/24/12 at MIT for Free Speech TV.
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Fatima Bhutto, author of the new memoir Songs of Blood and Sword, explains the effect the U.S. has had on the devastation in Pakistan--caused by flooding and by drone strikes. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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One of the best kept secrets in Washington is the working of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Does it get the job done? Not even close. Typically, Wall Street is awash in insider trading, accounting games, and let's not forget campaign contributions -- and SEC lawyers are outgunned and outmaneuvered. All this was known before the Bernard Madoff scandal put the SEC to shame and dozens of kiss-and-tell best sellers were published by ex-financiers who, having stashed away enough for...
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Cinzia Arruzza​, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The New School​ on Europe's socialist approach towards feminism in recent years.
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Journalist and author, Gary Younge, delivers a fresh perspective on August 28, 1963 - a defining moment in the civil rights movement - in his latest book "The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream." Distributed by OneLoad.com
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Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulin Cruz, on how resilience and the support of allies from across America -- and the world -- are helping Puerto Ricans brave corporations attempt to privatize the island's resources.
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