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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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Song and Lyrics by Lyla June at Standing Rock, Oceti Sakowin camp, protesting #NpDAPL. Motion graphics by Danica D'Souza.
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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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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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Prophets of Rage performing at the #RNC End Poverty Now protest march.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A special episode-length documentary filmed on location in Dinétah; the name of the land of the Navajo people, spanning parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. 21 Billion tons of coal, the largest deposit in the US with an estimated value of 100 billion dollars, lay untouched in Dinétah until 1966. In that year, Peabody Coal Company leased the land in an agreement with a Hopi tribal council they helped form. In 1974, Congress passed the Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act, commonly known...
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This Week: Making sense of the election season with a historian. From Confederate monuments and the Black Lives Matter movement to election politics and utopian communities, Foner discusses today’s politics through the legacy of the past, and Laura takes a new look at a hundred-year-old proclamation. Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is one of this country's most prominent historians, and the foremost expert on the civil war and reconstruction. He is the...
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The old media was driven by and for profits. What will new media stand on? More importantly, what will our media stand for? Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,400 public television and radio stations worldwide. She has co-authored six New York Times bestsellers, including Breaking the Sound Barrier and The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope. Her...
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Can the wealthy save the rest of us from themselves? Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer tells us what’s wrong with rich people, and former Goldman Sachs Vice President Raphaele Chappe tells us about her work to even the playing field between the 1% and the 99% with the Robin Hood Hedge Fund.
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Author Craig Willse and organizer Imani Henry discuss housing, homelessness and the role of nonprofits in change-making (or not). Plus, an exclusive report from an upstate New York farm that's feeding people while fighting the school-to-prison pipeline. All that and Laura, inspired by Detroit's teachers, wonders when we’ll be ready for a grand national sick out.
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Civil War & Reconstruction expert, Eric Foner, discusses the case for reparations today. Full Episode: http://www.lauraflanders.com/eric_foner_on_elections_reconstruction_and_racism_today
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From the frontline, an interview and footage of law enforcement officials targeting peaceful NODAPL water protectors. They are using water cannons in freezing North Dakota temperatures, as well as tear gas and flares. They are attacking medics so that no one will have access to medicine to deal with the tear gas. During Thanksgiving, while the country celebrates the annexing of land from indigenous nations, take a moment to donate, share, and read about the historic struggle at Standing Rock....
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A convergence of progressive movements in Philadelphia. This highlights the actions and voices mainstream media ignored and silenced at the Democratic National Convention. #ClimateRevolution, #BernieorBust, #DemExit, #BLKDNCResistance, Democracy Spring, #uptous, The Green Party, and Socialist Alternative united inside and outside the gates of #DNC. Featuring - Kor Element, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur, Code Pink's Medea Benjamin, Green Party Presidential Candidate...
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This week's F-Word with Laura Flanders. Watch the full episode of The Laura Flanders Show at lauraflanders.com.
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Recorded 2/6/2016 at the Progressive Congress 2016: Rep. Brenda L. Lawrence says the Flint water crisis is another symptom of infrastructure crisis that is being ignored -- because it affected the poorest communities in our country.
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A social justice group that invites white people to fight racism is spreading like wildfire in the US. From 12 to 150 chapters in two years. Clearly a whole lot of white people are interested in fighting systemic injustice. But how? This week's guests have dedicated their lives to grappling with that question, for the sake of making real change. They are both organizers, educators, and feminist anti-racist activists. Dara Silverman is the former Executive Director of Jews for Racial and...
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In 2015, Laura Flanders and Ralph Nader found themselves on Grand Cayman Island, at once a tropical tourist paradise and the home of one of the biggest tax havens in the world, Ugland House.
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Meet the Robin Hood Co-op. An "activist hedge fund" that's hacking Wall Street and trying to democratize finance. What does a future without investment banks look like? "The technology is there now that financial assets could be traded, and they could be traded on open source platforms. Potentially we no longer need a stock market, or a clearing house of some sort." - Raphaële Chappe, former Goldman Sachs VP
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What if the Left had its own "too big to fail" financial institution?", asks former union organizer and current Amalgamated Bank CEO Keith Mestrich. What are your thoughts
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Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks on how bipartisan unity exists amongst the common goals of working class folk and activists against corporate profiteering.
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Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill talks about the secrets he’s learned about our government’s assassination programs, and how our military policies are leading to more oppression at home as well. Jeremy Scahill is an award-winning investigative journalist and a founding editor of The Intercept. He is the author Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield, and a producer of the film Dirty Wars, which was nominated for an...
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In this exclusive interview, venture capitalist and author Nick Hanauer talks to Laura about the cost of inequality to our pocket books, the need for "disruptive" civic innovation, and the perils of the "trickle-down" myth.
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The Robin Hood Co-op is hacking wall street to try and democratize finance. What does this mean for you and me?
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Trump International Hotel Las Vegas employees, having recently voted to form a union, travel to Manhattan’s Trump Tower, calling on Trump to negotiate a first contract. Subscribe for more videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFLRxVeYcB1H7DbuYZQG-lg?sub_confirmation=1 Watch full episodes of The Laura Flanders Show: http://www.lauraflanders.com Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theLFshow Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/theLFshow
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3.5 million Americans in Puerto Rico are in dire crisis. The island territory is mired in debt and facing imminent default. Media coverage has blamed the last twenty years - when tax breaks were rolled back and loans extended. But this week’s guests say the root of Puerto Rico's problems go deeper than that - to US colonial rule. If colonialism's at least in part the culprit here, it's pretty ironic that the solutions on offer from Congress seem so colonial as well. This week, journalist Ed...
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In 2014, Tanisha Anderson, a 37-year-old mentally ill woman in Cleveland, died after being physically restrained by the police as her family watched. Watch Laura's interview with the Andersons during the RNC in Cleveland, as they talk about Tanisha's tragic death and the change that they want to see in the system.
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On this week's episode, a special call to action against post-election complacency. Although many of us affected by this election will be embittered and jaded by the "nightmarish" election season, our guests this week, activists ranging from many backgrounds, communities, and ages have a thoughts on how we can continue to mobilize #AfterTheElection. Featuring words from a radical motley: Mab Segrest (Southerners on New Ground), Imani Henry (Equality for Flatbush), Cindy Weisner...
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Long time civil rights organizer, Shirley Sherrod, shares her thoughts on Black Lives Matter and its significance today.
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Few words have had as little presence in the 2016 election as “socialism,” which was raised briefly in one of the earliest primary debates. Yet socialism could have a future in America, our guests this week argue, if we just think about it differently. Joining us this week are Bhaskar Sunkara and Sarah Leonard, co-editors of of a new essay collection titled “The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century.” Sunkara and Leonard say that people aren’t scared of socialism taking...
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Jealousy", performed by the incredible Janani Balasubramanian from the transgender South Asian performance duo known as DarkMatter. Janani performed this poem as a part of a recent appearance on The Laura Flanders Show. Subscribe for more videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFLRxVeYcB1H7DbuYZQG-lgsub_confirmation=1 Watch full episodes of The Laura Flanders Show: http://www.lauraflanders.com Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theLFshow Follow us on Twitter:...
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Annette M. Blackwell, mayor of Maple Heights in Ohio, and her daughter Cyan talk about police brutality and what’s wrong with the justice system.
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Part 1 of our field reports from the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, or Seven Council Fires Community, at #StandingRock in Cannonball, North Dakota. Representatives from over 200 nations have travelled to #StandingRock to defend their right to clean water, and more, to preserve their sovereignty against a state that has illegally decided to take this land. They are protectors, not protesters. Their historic effort is bringing attention to a long struggle against environmental racism, indiscriminate...
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In this week's F Word, Laura discusses "Political Animals", a documentary that tells the story of the civil rights struggle of this century, the gay rights movement, through the eyes of four elected women.
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Supposedly, the far right have won. So what now? We ask our guests this week the same question, taking from a mixed pot of loss and success. Whether it's about the fight for reproductive justice in the South, or a movement for rural agency in progressive work, our guests offer some wisdom on what's happening now, and what's next as we head into the new administration. The Facing Race conference, coordinated by Race Forward this November in Atlanta, brought together some of the most noteworthy...
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Alexis Pauline Gumbs, self-described Queer Black troublemaker, and Black feminist love evangelist recites Heavy Swimmers for Ebony Wilkerson Watch the full special on: http://www.lauraflanders.com/revolutionary_mothering
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This week Laura and Viggo Mortensen discuss heroes, outlaws, empires and justice in the Middle East. Academy Award-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen has appeared in scores of movies, including The Lord of The Rings, one of the highest grossing film series of all time. What you may not know is he's also a poet, photographer, musician and painter. He speaks four languages, and he is the founder and publisher of an independent publishing house, Perceval Press. The twelfth anniversary edition of...
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Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, on the evolution of peer production and user-ownership of online platforms.
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Laura speaks a little on why winner takes all media isn't helping voters.
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A conversation with my six-year-old about revolution", performed by Cynthia Dewi Oka on The Laura Flanders Show. Full Episode: http://www.lauraflanders.com/revoluti...
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It may seem at times like there’s a thousand movements to be a part of, a thousand and one tragedies in the news. How do we keep ourselves accountable to the communities we truly care about? Is "diversity" enough? And how do we stop ourselves from panicking? Our guest this week, celebrated journalist and author Jeff Chang takes on some of these questions. According to Chang, hope isn’t yet lost and really, we’re going to be alright -- if we work together. Connecting the dots...
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Are we stuck in a two-party gridlock, or is there still room for democracy? Ralph Nader, former presidential candidate and famed political maverick, joins us to discuss what really constitutes “people power” when it comes to this election. Known for his lifetime advocacy for electoral reform and corporate accountability, Nader talks about what the 2016 election’s taught us about the need for a government overhaul. For Nader, the choice between what he calls a “warmonger” and an...
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Scholar and writer Arlie Hochschild on the "deep story" narratives that drove some Trump voters to the polls, regardless of how American inequality really functions. Be sure to watch the full episode, featuring both Arlie and Adam Hochschild here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMF0GdFKqyM
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CUNY Professor and Act-Up Oral History Project cofounder Sarah Schulman, traces the roots of gentrification in New York to the "bohemian" 60s. In her new novel, The Cosmopolitans, a group of mid-century East Villagers pull together to survive gentrification and modern life.
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Watch activist and actor Mark Ruffalo on the front lines of #StandingRock with protectors as a few miles away hundreds of law enforcement personnel are mobilizing, preparing for a possible raid of the new winter camp just east of the Sacred Ground site. Law enforcement today warned protectors camping at the new site to vacate, or all will be arrested. Ruffalo spoke from the Prairie Knights Casino just south of the new winter camp yesterday. Here is a Ruffalo sharing his message of solidarity to...
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Can big banking be transformed from the inside out? Former union organizer and current CEO of Amalgamated Bank​, Keith Mestrich talks about what the nation's largest union-owned bank is doing differently.
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What to do with the 1%? Marxist historian Peter Linebaugh weighs in. What do you think? Full episode: http://www.lauraflanders.com/may_day_peter_linebaugh_avi_lewis
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Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, author of The Assassination Complex, discusses the neocolonial implications of America's growing military footprint in Africa. Watch the full interview: https://youtu.be/YdmF69uZc4U
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Laura Flanders and guest host Pamela Brown learn from pirates, hustlers and hackers about how to build economic alternatives right here, right now. Alexa Clay is a co-author of The Misfit Economy: Lessons in Creativity From Pirates, Hackers, Gangsters, And Other Informal Entrepreneurs. Micky Metts is a hacker, activist and organizer, as well as a member of Agaric, a worker-owned cooperative of web developers. Janelle Orsi, co-founder and executive director of the Sustainable Economies Law...
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The Laura Flanders Show team is deeply saddened by the recent tragedy at Pulse. We created a social media tribute from our friends' and former guests' commentary on the shootings. In these difficult times, we join the prayers for the victims and their families, and calls to #StopWar, #ResistIslamophobia, and for #QueerLiberation.
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With #BlackLivesMatter movement's co-founders Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Marie Cullors, as well as important thoughts on the movement from Marlon Peterson, CeCe McDonald, Robin DG Kelley, Tim Wise, Jeff Chang, Larry Hanley, Bryan Stevenson, Noam Chomsky, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Andrea Ritchie, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw and footage from Baltimore.
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From sex workers in the US to prisoners in Guantanamo, artist and journalist Molly Crabapple has been there. Her bold and powerful work has also taken her to Abu Dhabi's migrant labor camps, and with rebels in Syria. Her new memoir, Drawing Blood, was just released in December. She is a contributing editor for VICE and has written for publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. This episode also...
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Should Puerto Rico have to pay back its debt? Is its debt legal to begin with? Watch this short video that explains the crisis and decide for yourself! GFX by Danica D'souza Music by Patrick Fallon.
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The struggle for Black economic independence: not a lot of people, particularly people of color, have had a chance to design a new community, to be different and equal, co-owned by its residents. In 1969 Shirley Sherrod co-founded a collective farm in Lee County, Georgia. At 6,000 acres, it was the largest tract of black-owned land in the United States. What happened to the New Communities land trust they planned? Let's just say they were way, way ahead of their time but their time just might...
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Journalist Paul Mason discusses capitalism, Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn explores ISIS, and Laura asks what’s missing from the LGBTQ Pride celebrations. Disclaimer: This video was filmed before the Brexit referendum and neither of our guests were specifically commenting on Brexit. 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...
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Laura Flanders (GRIT TV): This timeline is one of the first to follow the troubled history of African-American farmers in the United States. It shows what happened leading up to, and after, the high profile Pigford vs. Glickman case where over 300 African American farmer plaintiffs sued the USDA for racial discrimination.
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Bernie has some laudable progressive ambitions, but can he get them done? Hilary has expressed her doubts. We asked prominent historian, Eric Foner, an expert on social movements, to weigh in on the issue. Watch the full episode here: http://www.lauraflanders.com/eric_foner_on_elections_reconstruction_and_racism_today
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Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream are die-hard Bernie fans. But would they vote for Hillary if Bernie were to lose the nomination?
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On the first day of the RNC, we put up a video highlighting the history and problems that plague Cleveland. We wondered if the Republicans would acknowledge these issues, but now we're on Day 3 of the conventions and going by the speeches being made, it's safe to say that far from acknowledging the issues, they're condemning it. With such contentious contexts, Republican hate and xenophobia are the opposite of what this city needs. #RNC #RNCinCLE #2016RepublicanNationalConvention #GOP
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Many places around the world are celebrating LGBTQ pride this month. And lots of them have become a fairly routine part of the calendar, until the deadly attack on the Orlando gay nightclub. In a tragic way that attack has given this year's event some of its old significance.
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http://aplaceinthemiddle.org/ A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE is the true story of a young girl in Hawaiʻi who dreams of leading the boys-only hula group at her school, and a teacher who empowers her through traditional culture.
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A bank founded by a garment workers union, and a global ice cream company founded by a couple of hippies from Brooklyn. Keith Mestrich, the President & CEO of Amalgamated Bank, talks about running a big bank with a social justice mission. And Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream talk about Bernie Sanders and progressive business principles - do they exist? Later in the show, Laura comments on the rise of automation - is it the end of human connection?
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What is it about Palestine, Islamaphobia, and anti-Arab racism that even many liberal Americans still don’t get? And why hasn’t President Obama ended the abuses of the War on Terror? This week’s guests bring us updates from the grassroots. Fahd Ahmed is the Executive Director of DRUM South Asian Organizing Center; a membership-led organization of low-wage South Asian immigrant workers and youth in New York City. He came to the US as an undocumented immigrant from Pakistan in 1991. Lamis...
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A farm in upstate New York is dedicated to addressing the painful history of farmwork to Black people in the US, while also growing fresh vegetables and community surrounding it. The Laura Flanders Show visited Soul Fire Farm this winter.
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Bernie's success as a mainstream, socialist presidential candidate has taken most commentators by surprise; even after he'd been mathematically counted out of the Democratic nomination race, support for Bernie Sanders kept coming in. One person who wasn't surprised though, is this week’s guest, Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant. Kshama is a teacher, activist, organizer, and a member of Socialist Alternative. She was a visible presence in the Occupy Movement, and an activist in her...
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Dave Patterson, President of Carl Stokes Brigade, and his wife Marva, discuss the foreclosure crisis in Cleveland.
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