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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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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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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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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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Cinzia Arruzza​, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The New School​ on Europe's socialist approach towards feminism in recent years.
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The Boston Ujima Project is empowering residents in underserved communities in Boston, to fund and invest in the businesses they want to support in their neighborhoods. Founders, friends, and members of the project explain the impetus behind the project and how they see it as paving the way for community control in increasingly oppressive times.
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Guest host Bhaskar Sunkara (editor of Jacobin Magazine) engages political voices Kate Aronoff and Jonah Birch in a conversation about the future of the Left: were the election results a testament to the decline of the Left, or is this a moment for a new left movement? When 13 million people in America cast a vote for a self described Democratic Socialist, is there hope to be found in a political movement propelled by the swamp in the White House? Our guests this week discuss how we got to...
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Impassioned, multiethnic, queer, Muslim, Black, disabled, old, young, Latinx, trans and non-binary, immigrants, undocumented neighbors, and more came together to say that they would be taking a stand at the Women's March on Sat, January 21st. In this short film from the Diverse Filmmakers Alliance, we hear from some of these voices at the march. Find them at diversefilmmakersalliance.com/ or on Facebook.
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When feminism has come so far, how do modern day strikes, marches, and protest reflect the evolving and complex aspects of the movement, as well as its radical herstory? Featuring Jodeen Olguín-Tayler (Demos), Sarah Leonard (The Nation) + Cinzia Arruzza (Women's Strike, New School) + Nelini Stamp (Working Families' Party)
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Part of our digital security tutorial series, so you can teach yourself how to secure your phone, network, identity, and communications against potential leaks, hacks, and more. Basic digital security measures can limit the impact of up to 85-90% of mass surveillance. Worried about your email getting hacked? Or annoyed by ads that know where you shop? Or an activist who wants to learn to encrypt their communications? This tutorial is for you. Brought to you by the Laura Flanders Show and...
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Laura's F-Word this week on how the Trump administration has launched a Soviety era, McCarthyist witch hunt to catch "illegal" immigrants, that's not really about immigrants at all.
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Laura is joined this week by celebrated academic, organizer, and advocate Professor Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, who is perhaps best known for coining the term intersectionality. In order to use this moment effectively and strategically to change culture, according to Crenshaw, we have to build movements that use genuine intersectional analysis to point out differences and commonalities. Plus a look at the #SayHerName campaign, founded by Crenshaw and an F-word from Laura on why...
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While we wait for the possibility of an #ACA repeal, and watch wealthy elites' and CEO's salaries grow at the expense of workers, #neweconomy cooperatives provide a model for future prosperity. As Richard Wolff says here, cooperatives based on the Mondragon principles of worker-led management provide a viable alternative to capitalism. This short on the history of the Mondragon school, and corporation, shows how a time of fascism and post-war destitution gave birth to an alternative economic...
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There's no technology that's been invented that capital hasn't found a way to take advantage of." Watch the full episode on our channel: youtu.be/BqZcYX6I3j
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Can music make a movement? This week, legendary music producer Danny Goldberg takes us back to a time when "All You Need is Love" was not meant to be ironic, and we talk about his new book, In Search of the Lost Chord about the hippie summer of 1967. Then, from today's movement music scene, Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman celebrate the release of their new album, Intrinsic, and perform for us in studio.
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When Donald Trump talks about public-private partnership, he means infrastructure, like roads, schools, and hospitals, for private profit.
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Part of our digital security tutorial series, so you can teach yourself how to secure your phone, network, identity, and communications against potential leaks, hacks, and more. Basic digital security measures can limit the impact of up to 85-90% of mass surveillance. Worried about your email getting hacked? Or annoyed by ads that know where you shop? Or an activist who wants to learn to encrypt their communications? This tutorial is for you. Brought to you by the Laura Flanders Show and...
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Support media that supports you. Become a member now! How can we collaborate across skills, communities, and history to build new spaces? On this week's show, we talk to Pamela Shifman and Iris Bowen, two of the minds behind the Women's Building project, which is transforming a former New York women's prison into a space for activism, community, and reclamation. Plus, an interview with Yoav Litvin, author of 2Create, a book which documents the possibilities of creative collaboration for social...
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​On this week's episode, a question of how we can use direct action to create and sustain long-range, inclusive and effective movements. Guests L.A. Kauffman and Jesse Myerson discuss the history of protest movements, the limits, and the potential that they incur for creating community-oriented solutions to patriarchy, capitalism, and colonialism. L.A. Kauffman is the author of a celebrated books Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism, which looks at the history of...
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Farah Tanis of Black Women's Blueprint on why capitalism has failed Black and Brown bodies throughout history, not least because it has commodified them, without any real justice. Watch the full episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_FGR_Vjgfw
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Part of our digital security tutorial series, so you can teach yourself how to secure your phone, network, identity, and communications against potential leaks, hacks, and more. Basic digital security measures can limit the impact of up to 85-90% of mass surveillance. Worried about your email getting hacked? Or annoyed by ads that know where you shop? Or an activist who wants to learn to encrypt their communications? This tutorial is for you. Brought to you by the Laura Flanders Show and...
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On the third anniversary of #TamirRice's murder by police, a reminder that existing while Black is often a fatal offense in America. #BlackLivesMatter Former prosecutor Paul Butler talks about his book Chokehold: Policing Black Men. And the film Dispatches from Cleveland documents the community organizing that changed the prosecutor's office in Cleveland in the wake of the killing of Tamir Rice. Plus, an F-word from Laura on how election night wins on the part of Democrats shouldn't conceal...
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Michael Hudson on how governments are forced into deficit; and how we pay through the expropriation of public goods.
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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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Coming Up - Dismantle. Change. Build. Together. That's the message coming from over 80 organizations uniting across the United States and the world, this May 1st, also known as International Worker's Day. May Day celebrates not just the historic resistance of workers, but the beginning of a new, fertile, season. The #beyondthemoment, #daywithoutimmigrants, POC, LGBTQ, women, veterans, artists, anti-war, anti-capitalist organizers who have worked to build this May Day resistance are looking...
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Formerly incarcerated organizer Iris Bowen and gender activist, philanthropist Pamela Shifman on the Women's Building Project NYC -- what it takes to fund abolition, and then to use such a space to help the women who once called it home as Bayview Women's Correctional Facility.
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How can we move away from extraction and towards manifesting eco-conscious politics? Two eco-feminists, one from South Africa, the other Mauritius, share a chat under a tree, about Marx, feminism and life on the planet.
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From Detroit, a special report on the work grassroots media activists are doing, telling new stories, and creating their own media networks, with Jenny Lee of the Allied Media Projects, Diana Nucera and Anderson Walworth of Detroit Community Technology Project, Paige Watkins of The Detroit Narrative Agency, Monica Lewis Patrick and Cecile McClellan of We the People of Detroit, and Scott Kurashige, author of The Fifty Year Rebellion
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Money media keep telling us that Trump voters are sticking by him, but are they? And what do so-called swing voters really want? Working America, the community organizing affiliate of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., took to the streets of Ohio to find out. Matt Morrison, the deputy director of Working America, shares the findings of the Front Porch Focus Group, and we hear from some of the canvassers who knocked on all those doors. Plus, an F-word from Laura on why it’s business as usual for the Koch...
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Yoav Litvin on societal devaluation of art and creation, and avenues for resistance.
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Is mass surveillance a justifiable response to the increased threat of terrorism? Dalit activist Soundararajan explains why she thinks it's not, and why self defense is about fundamental autonomy.
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If we're going to liberate anyone in the era of Trump, we'll have to start looking where we haven't looked before. Or so say our guests this week, radical Southern activists Suzanne Pharr and Stephanie Guilloud, who spoke with Laura at Facing Race in November 2016, just days after the election. Through their movement work in the South, both have seen, and built, ground models for equitable, democratic, and defended communities. Pharr, a movement hero, was the former head of the Arkansas Women's...
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Women are being asked to bear the brunt of neoliberalism." - Sarah Leonard Some highlights of our coverage of women and the new economy. What would a democratic economy with access for all look like
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The lines between politics and branding have been blurred, not just in recent years, but in a gradual effort by corporations to commodify media and politics. So says our guest this week, Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, joining Laura to discuss her most recent book No Is Not Enough. How will the movements of resistance and creation challenge a “reality tv politics?,” and where is it already happening? Klein sets out the map. Plus, a short report on...
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In the first of our collaboration series with digital rights startup Equality Labs, a tutorial on how to secure your iPhone. - Always lock your screen and set a complex password. - Install and use a virtual private network to anonymize your internet activity. - Use search engines like duckduckgo that don't store your search data.
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Systematic problems don't limit themselves to just the countries we know and hear about; racism, occupation, profiteering, these are global problems and the solutions, too, must look to the world. In our first interview of this week, Cazembe Murphy Jackson, a transman and anti-racist socialist organizer from Atlanta, speaks to how the American South is typically erased from activist conversations -- despite having some of the most practice in radical organizing under conservative...
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By making sure that everyone can participate, everyone benefits.
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Throw out what you think you know about economics. This week, self-described “renegade economist” Kate Raworth of Oxford University, explains how to think like a reality based economist, and two eco-feminists, one from South Africa, the other Mauritius, share a chat under a tree about Marx, feminism and life on the planet.
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The CIA, NSA, and our local police officers are coordinating surveillance in a way they've never done before," so says our guest Thenmozhi Soundararajan. The Trump campaign will, if anything, amp up their surveillance practices to control and police POC, women, Muslim, and immigrants
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David Galarza Santa, a labor and community activist, on a Puerto Rican plan to recover, revitalize and resist calls for electricity privatization by building back different.
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Donald Trump's tweets and divisiveness on Capitol Hill tend to draw the money media in and hold them there, but if progressives and the Left focus only on the beltway and the binary party debate, we'll never escape. In this episode, Laura interviews organizers about going beyond Trumpism and Trump, with Color of Change director, Rashad Robinson; immigrant rights advocate Kica Thomas, and anti-war activist Medea Benjamin. Why not paper over our differences, if it will result in unity? What's...
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You've gotta wonder, protests, congress, hunger strike, deaths? What's it gonna take before Americans notice what's happening?
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In the run up to the Democratic National Committee's election of its new leader, Laura attends the Progressive Congress Summit to speak with members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) about the candidacy of their colleague Keith Ellison (D-MN). CPC co-chair and early Bernie Sanders supporter, Ellison has hotly campaigned for the post, but he has competition from Pres. Obama's former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and others, and the race is tight. Joining Laura this week are...
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Dispatches from Cleveland documents the community organizing that changed the prosecutor's office in Cleveland in the wake of the killing of Tamir Rice.
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Activists Masera Maru and Johnae Strong discuss black self-determination and the personal nature of revolution.
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Aaron Tanaka, director of the Center for Economic Democracy, on why this moment requires us to think creatively and originally about how we will empower POCs, queer people, Muslim people, disabled folks, to lead governmental change -- starting at the local level.
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With the Trump administration embracing private prisons, and a crackdown on all crimes, how police departments operate will come under scrutiny. We treasure what we measure so why do police metrics count captures and kills but not conflicts resolved? Could a change in metrics change police practice? And is "progressive policing" an oxymoron with no place in a radical agenda? Laura sits down with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman, and...
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Professor Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw on the history of African-American disenfranchisement and why this moment cannot go backwards.
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Trump has been critiqued, among other things, as the troll-in-chief. His presidential win can be credited to the rise of alt-right internet 'trolls,' complex bots, and the online harassment of his opponents. Our guest this week, Thenmozhi Soundararajan​, a Dalit organizer, filmmaker, and activist, says the spread of online attacks comes with vast offline risks for communities in danger. When Steve Bannon, an avowed white nationalist, serves on the National Security Council, with access to the...
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Omar Barghouti is a Palestinian human rights activist and co founder of the largest coalition representing civil society, the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC). Reached yesterday in the West Bank, he had this to say about the president's declaration on Jerusalem. Palestinian rights are intimately linked to US civil rights, he says. #BDS, #BlackLIvesMatter = one struggle, one fight. #Jerusalem
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Adaku Utah on standing up and asserting our fundamental dignity.
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This week on the Laura Flanders Show, Riane Eisler, author of the groundbreaking book The Chalice and the Blade, and The Real Wealth of Nations, discusses partnership and post-industrial economics. Plus, an F-Word from Laura -- "Wanted, This Christmas, A Media-Monopoly Bust Up."
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Can sanctuary exist in a state that still insists on broken windows policing? This week on the Laura Flanders Show, Ravi Ragbir and Sara Gozalo of The New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City describe pushing back state pressure and creating real sanctuary, communally, through partnering not policing.
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Going beyond the headlines of the Ferguson story, this week on The Laura Flanders Show we'll talk with one of the directors of the documentary Whose Streets?. As the news cameras left Ferguson, Missouri, after the police killing of Michael Brown, Sabaah Folayan and her team stayed on to document what happens to people subjected to police violence as a matter of routine. And an F Word from me on surveillance. If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention and if you are, well the feds know...
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Ed Whitfield, co Managing Director of the Fund for Democratic Communities, on cooperatives, consumer politics, and conspiring for a commonwealth beyond Trump.
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If, in the twenty-first century, credit is the new capital , what are the implications for our finances, but also our relationships? This week, Laura talks with Ivan Ascher, author of a new book on The Portfolio Society, and debt activist Pam Brown, about the implications of a society based on risk rather than labor. And we hear from Mandy Cabot, CEO of Dansko shoes who chose her workers over a corporate buyout. She's joined by Richard Eidlin, co-founder of the American Sustainable Business...
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Capitalism looks different to those who were once commodities, and that has implications for how we build a future not based in domination. In this conversation, Laura talks with Farah Tanis, executive director of Black Women's Blueprint and Marxist economist, Professor Richard Wolff, about late capitalism, early democracy, the crisis that gave rise to Donald Trump’s election and what might come next, if we take seriously the task of erasing race, gender and other disparities. Solidarity...
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100 years after the Russian Revolution of 1917 and almost ten years after the financial crisis that drove a stake of austerity through many of our surviving social democracies, this week on The Laura Flanders Show we talk about alternatives; alternatives to both soviet-style socialism and Wall-Street style financial capitalism, and we consider, what might the movements look like that take us to that new place? ​For the last couple of years, I've been part of an initiative promoted by the...
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The chorus for radical action demands a versatile effort: it needs people power, initiative, and funding, but if we're caught between offense and defense, how do we take time to insure the well-being of our most vulnerable communities? The Laura Flanders show this week features Adaku Utah, founder of healing collective Harriet's Apothecary, and J Bob Alotta, executive director of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, which supports grassroots LGBTQ efforts across the globe. Utah and...
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Harvey on Harvey. This week on The Laura Flanders Show, Marxist geographer David Harvey weighs in on natural and not so natural disasters and how we might organize our cities better to avoid them. And Thanu Yakupitiyage from 350.org explains why climate justice requires that we make movements that will reverse our policies on refugees.
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This week on the show, resistance and revolutionary poetry: Aja Monet talks about free-speech, accountability, the poet June Jordan and the fight for Palestinian liberation. All that, and her new book My Mother was a Freedom Fighter.
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Jodeen Olguín-Tayler, Vice President of Policy and Strategic Partnerships at Demos , and Sarah Leonard, Senior Editor at The Nation Magazine and co-orgaziner of the International Women's Strike, on what can be achieved from the strike on International Women's Day
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Waging love and watching resllient wildlife; this week, we mark the one year anniversary of the 2016 election by asking two charismatic leaders how they keep their sprits brave. Reverend Dr Jacqui Lewis is senior minister at New York’s Middle Collegiate Church and a contributor to the 2017 collection Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump. Adrienne Maree Brown is co-editor of Octavia’s Brood, Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements, and Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing...
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We hear from Mandy Cabot, CEO of Dansko shoes who chose her workers over a corporate buyout. She's joined by Richard Eidlin, co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council.
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Want to see more from the field? Become a member now and your donation will be MATCHED and doubled. Laura speaks to Mahoma Lopez, of the Laundry Workers Center, fighting on behalf of the B&H workers. B&H Photo Warehouse workers have gone on strike and called for a boycott of B&H workers because of the warehouse attempts to suppress efforts to unionize, moving to New Jersey to avoid negotiating with workers, and leaving 330 workers out of jobs. Read more:...
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Award winning Dalit technologist, journalist, and digital security activist Thenmozhi Soundararajan gets into the history of surveillance and how it has always been a mode of control over capital and labor.
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Radical Southern activists Suzanne Pharr and Stephanie Guilloud, who spoke with Laura at Facing Race in November 2016, just days after the election. Through their movement work in the South, both have seen, and built, ground models for equitable, democratic, and defended communities. Pharr, a movement hero, was the former head of the Arkansas Women's Project and the Highlander Center, the movement training school that graduated among others, Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King. Pharr was also...
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Our focus on Putin only serves Trump.
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Rosa Clemente is back from Puerto Rico, where she worked on the ground with the #PRonTheMap coalition. Before we can talk about cancelling debt, says Clemente, people must have water. Rosa Clemente is the first Black Puerto Rican/Afro-Latina to run for Vice-President(Green Party).
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A commentary from Laura on the Labour Manifesto, who take their motto, "for the many, not the few" to heart. A political statement that says "We will measure our economic success not by the number of billionaires, but by the ability of our people to live richer lives"? We're here for it. Watch the full episode with Naomi Klein on our channel now.
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Sarah Leonard, senior editor at The Nation Magazine and co-orgaziner of the International Women's Strike explains the rise in women mobilizing on International Women's Day and what we can learn from women in Europe.
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A new world based on community and collaboration is closer than you think. We can steward resources together, in fact, millions of people are doing just that. And not just in the history books. This week, from Kingston, NY, author and activist David Bollier, Co Founder of the Commons Strategy Group, explains what it means to Think Like A Commoner. Then, two activists engaged in Commons projects right now, talk about two very distinct but complementary Commons strategies -- one digital in...
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Stephanie Gilloud, co director of Project South, explains the convention of states. For a stated reason (in this case budgeting), states can call for a convention of states to make amendments and changes to the constitution. They need 34, and currently have 32. Gilloud explains the exact fallout if the convention were to take place, because once the constitution is open for budgeting changes, it's open for all changes.
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Laura’s F-Word on why Donald Trump’s new budget isn’t about cuts -- it’s about conversions. The budget wants to convert public dollars into private funding for military research and spending, for the only government apparatus that never gets audited.
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A May Day Special Report from the Laura Flanders Show features the mass mobilization of the people on International Worker's Day! Before May Day 2017, we talk to organizers about what they imagine will come from this year's day of springtime resistance. People are rising up to call for transformative justice, and they are working towards it in new and creative ways. May Day urges us to dream bigger, to set aside conservative notions of what is feasible and focus instead on what is just. As...
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