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What lies ahead for change makers in 2018, the right and the rest. Laura talks politics, culture, and economics with Tarso Luís Ramos, executive director of Political Research Associates, and Sarah Ludwig, co-founder of the New Economy Project. Plus, Laura's weekly commentary with a few cheers for the cities who divest (in this new "fossil fuel moment").
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Food --- from where it grows, to where it goes, all of it matters to our bodies and our communities. We begin October with a conversation about how farmers are creating equitable food systems inside cities, from urban agriculture to worker-owned cooperatives.
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US healthcare is still in crisis. Over thirty million Americans remain uninsured, and even more are sickened by sky-high insurance costs. This January Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon announced that they were banding together to form a new healthcare… entity. It’d be premature to call it a plan. The men from Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan say that whatever-it-is will be "free from profit-making incentives and constraints." but remember, we’re talking about...
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More from Women's History Month: women's leadership on the screen, in the streets and on the world stage. This week, we speak with New Zealand's former prime minister, Helen Clark and filmmaker Gaylene Preston regarding their documentary, "My Year With Helen," about Clark's foiled bid to become the UN's first female Secretary General. Then we stop by the Athena Film Festival to find out why representation remains to important to leadership behind and in front of the camera. Plus,...
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​What difference does a Party make? This week on the Laura Flanders Show, we talk about what's happening in the UK where one of the two main parties is picking up many of the radical demands coming out of movement groups seeking to transform the economy and society. In 2017, mainstream media predicted that the Labour Party​ would be crushed in the general election. Instead, it won its best result in 20 years, getting more than 40% of the vote under the leadership of life long socialist and...
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What's in store for Puerto Rico's future? More disaster capitalism, or solidarity economics? While the lights have come back on for most, 8% of electrical customers are still waiting. The conversation in other media seems to be shifting to the social crises that are emerging -- but for many basic supplies, services and medical care are still nowhere in sight. And let’s not forget that some people are pushing to privatize everything from education to the power grid. In the massive gaps left by...
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From the field: Douglas Belchior is the founder of UNEAfro Brasil, a grassroots organization focused on educating poor, Black, youth and mobilizing around political issues in Brazil. The need for solidarity between Black people living in the North Americas and in Latin America is urgent, says Belchior, because the genocide and state violence they face shares a history.
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Avery Bang, of nonprofit Bridges to Prosperity, on building footbridges to freedom for isolated communities.
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Dara Baldwin Senior Public Policy Analyst at National Disability Rights Network explains what disability rights advocates are demanding in policy form from this administration. Excerpted from our Special Report: Ableism Out, Independent Living Now! #independentliving
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As Israeli forces kill unarmed demonstrators for a third week in Gaza and while the US simultaneously prepares to strike Syria over human rights abuses, Laura spoke to Lana Abu Hijileh, a Palestinian humanitarian and development professional attending the SKOLL World Forum conference in Oxford, UK, April 13, 2018
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DeRay McKesson in his new book, ' On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope' about white supremacy, police violence, and hope as a key tool in the activist's arsenal. McKesson is also the host of Pod Save the People and he's spent a long time turning social media into social justice.
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Families torn apart at the border and through our prison system. Can we use this moment of public awareness to create change? Emani Davis, a long-standing advocate for children of incarcerated parents and Color Of Change's Rashad Robinson are this week's guests on The Laura Flanders Show.
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Senior Economics Commentator for the Guardian, Aditya Chakrabortty sits down with Laura to discuss how new models for community wealth building in Preston and Enfield are transforming these towns from places of working poverty to working prosperity.
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Christine Hong, board member of the Korea Policy Institute and an anti-war activist, on how the history of American militarization on the Korean peninsula is disrupting ongoing diplomacy in the region. Hong also says President Obama was invested in sustaining a geostrategic position on behalf of the United States that was geared towards the production of permanent war.
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Edgar Villanueva has made a career out of radically rethinking the traditional philanthropic model. He joins us on the show to give his analysis of the dysfunctional colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and finance. Using the guidance of indigenous wisdom, he offers his prescription of how to restore balance and engage in collective healing.
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Writer JoAnn Wypijewski joins us to discuss her piece in The Nation, "What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo." In it, she argues that the pandemonium of rapid-fire accusations that have come to define the #MeToo era are amplifying a culture of sex panic that does little to ensure that women are safer in the workplace. This interview was shot in March, and Wypijewski article was published in February.
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Up to 1,000 people were in attendance at the American Museum of Natural History for the Anti Columbus Day Tour on Indigenous Peoples Day (October 8.2018), organized by the Decolonize This Place Artist and Cultural Workers' Coalition. For the third year in a row, coalitions and its allies have demanded 0rename, reclaim, respect...0 asking that the AMNH, funded by various major corporations, remove its statue of Theodore Roosevelt. Removal of the statue, activists say, is the first step to...
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We visit Berl's Bookstore in Downtown Brooklyn to attend a reading of tankas. Featuring writing by workers from groups such as Picture the Homeless, the Retail Action Project, and Domestic Workers United
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For 10 years, our show has beamed a light on the people, places, and movements who are making radical change and shifting power. Despite many changes, one thing has remained the same: Laura and the show's mission to use media as a tool for political, economic, and social transformation. But, making media takes time -- and millions. We're a small project, and we need viewer support to keep us fired up. Will you join? Will you give?
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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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Xenophobia, austerity, and an activated constituency -- there's a lot in common across international progressive fronts. ​ ​At the Progressive Caucus Center Strategy Summit in Baltimore, Laura talks to progressive democrats and their friends about what comes next, in the Trump era, and otherwise. First, Raúl Grijalva(D-AZ 3rd District), longtime co-chair of the Progressive Caucus of U.S. Congress Democrats and Diane Abbott, Shadow Home Secretary of the UK Labour Party discuss the similar...
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Maurice 'Mo' Mitchell, National Strategist for the Working Families Party discusses the culture shifts taking place in the American electorates and how the WFP will put forward candidates voters can feel proud to support.
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The social fabrics connecting us are being torn apart. This state of affairs is normal, Laura laments in this week's Fword, but only in a broken society. Bombarded by the influx of breaking news and scrambling to make ends meet in this hypercapitalist world, we are losing touch with our humanity. We're not at national suicide point yet, but only time will tell.
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Kamau Franklin is a co-founder of Community Movement Builders in Pittsburgh, Atlanta. Community Movement Builders (CMB) is a member based collective of black people dedicated to being a force for creating sustainable self-determining black communities through cooperative economic advancement and collective community organizing.
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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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Mark Pocan (D-WI 2nd District)​, also co-chair of Dems' Progressive Caucus and Eduardo Maura, spokesperson of Spanish political party, Podemos, on where a populist progressive vision can take us, even in repressive times.
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Laura talks to SEIU International President, Mary Kay Henry (of Service Employees) and labor journalist Sarah Jaffe about worker wins, challenges, and some new models for organizing. Then, a conversation with Palak Shah and Michelle Miller on a new online platforms that's helping labor activists cooperate and win.
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This week on the show, 2018 brought us #TimesUp, but the history of collaboration between grassroots activists and Hollywood celebrities was already very long. Laura talks to Eve Ensler, who will be returning to Broadway with a new play titled "In The Body of the World," about why our bodies must be connected to our politics. Then, an interview with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, of the hit show 'Grace and Frankie,' alongside Saru Jarayaman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Center...
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Community organizer Dominique Stevenson takes the LF Show on a tour through Tubman House, a community farming project in Sandtown, Baltimore. From a vacant, rundown lot to a thriving urban farm, Tubman House is addressing the issue of food apartheid in Baltimore while reinvigorating community wealth building in that neighborhood.
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Pamela Sneed is an American poet, performance artist, actress, activist, and teacher. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery (Henry Holt, 1998), and KONG And Other Works ( Vintage Entity Press, 2009) and the chapbook, Lincoln (2014).
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When working with those who have been displaced by gentrification -- the process of new, wealthier, residents moving into neighborhoods and forcing older, lower-income residents to move out -- how can developers and architects ensure they don't perpetuate social systems that caused displacement in the first place?From our TED Women series, two architects who are combatting the effects of gentrification and serving low-income communities through innovative design.
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The Trump administration claims its response to Hurricane Maria was a 0tremendous,0 0unsung0 success. Yet, what has been truly tremendous in the year since the hurricane is the will of Puerto Ricans building, organizing, and recovering on the island. #HurricaneFlorence #HurricaneMaria #PuertoRico This week on the Laura Flanders Show, we report from CommonBound. Laura speaks to Edgar Gomez, a city official from the town Toa Baja, PR and two education activists from the island, Ana Yris Guzman...
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Education activists Ana Yris Guzman Toress of Nuestra Escuela Puerto Rico and Nicolle Teresa Ramos, coordinator of Universidad Sin Fronteras talk about how they're building, organizing, and recovering on the island. Watch the full episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6tQ0h1Th6c #HurricaneFlorence #HurricaneMaria #PuertoRico
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Two young activists partnered with Princeton University to collect interviews that helped them write 'The Classroom Index,' a textbook for teaching racial literacy.
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Gianpaolo Baiocchi is director of the Urban Democracy Lab at NYU and the lead author of The Community of a Commodities Report. He discusses the need not only for affordable and rent stabilized housing, but housing that is inclusive, green, clean, and democratically controlled.
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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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Author, journalist, Christian Parenti believes that we don’t demand enough of government but extreme weather will force that behavior to change. Christian Parenti is an American investigative journalist, academic, and author. His books include: Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis, a survey of the rise of the prison-industrial complex.
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...you can't cut your way to prosperity, you invest your way into prosperity." - Jeremy Corbyn on the replicability of The Labour Party's Model. Watch his full interview here: http://www.lauraflanders.org/
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Self-driving cars, biased algorithms, and a social media quiz that scrapes your data -- it seems like the only tech headlines we have are about disasters. But what about the original promise of tech -- to innovate and empower? This week, Bex Hong Hurwitz, a Data & Society fellow and Rashida Richardson of the AI Now Institute, join me to discuss the subversive and democratic potential of technology, and how we harness it. Then, we talk to Kayleigh Walsh from the UK-based tech cooperative...
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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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In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, something unexpected rose up out of the devastation in the Rockaways-- worker-owned businesses. Six years later, we get an update from Lorena Giron and Brendan Martin of The Working World, an organization focused on starting and sustaining cooperatives in low-income communities. We also hear from noted Marxist geographer and anthropologist, David Harvey.
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Kelly Buckland, Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living and Vilissa Thompson, founder of Ramp Your Voice! join us in DC to discuss the movement for independent living. Celebrating ​#ADA28 alongside disability activists​ allows us to revisit the story of how disability came to be a civil right, even as it was pathologized and co-opted into ableist narratives. How can we make this not a conversation about ability, but accessibility, one that is intersectional and...
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From sterilization abuse to ineligibility for adoption, people with varied disabilities, from physical to intellectual face a tough climb when becoming parents. Excerpted from our special report on disability rights and the movement for independent living.
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Housing affordability and power by design? This week on the show, Monique George of Picture the Homeless and Gianpaolo Baiocchi from NYU's Urban Democracy Lab argue that a truly just housing policy requires a shift in power. Then, from our TED Women series, two architects who are combatting the effects of gentrification and serving low-income communities through innovative design.
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For many, mass movements have made them aware of media's failure to inform and represent them. Activists are now working to make their own media, and to rebuild the empowering media infrastructures that have existed previously. This week, we visit a local, innovative radio station in Kingston, NY and talk to Pod Save the People's DeRay Mckesson, activist and author, about how he's turned social media into social justice.
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The Supreme Court ruled in October 2018 to uphold a lower decision requiring North Dakota voters to bring proof of residential address to the polls. Many Native Americans living on rural tribal lands, which are typically without named and numbered roads, do not have residential addresses. Michelle Cook, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commissioner and Hartman Deetz, Mashpee Wampanoag activist speak on why this kind of voter suppression is a key way that the colonizer state limits the sovereign...
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Grammy Award Winner Arturo O’Farrill introduces Laura to the hi-pinky salute across the border, which he hopes will turn into an international symbol of humanity over commodity.
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Jeremy Corbyn on the economic inequity in the UK and the need for regional investment and nationalizing key industries. Watch his full interview here: http://www.lauraflanders.org/
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The slaying of Marielle Franco, a black, gay Brazilian council member, and activist is a blow to Brazil's most marginalized and vulnerable communities. In this week's F-word, Laura celebrates the life of this exceptional woman as well as the unprecedented, global response to her murder.
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“Politicians and pundits tend to get excited about war, but the US-led strike on Syria of April 14th, was more of a show of weakness than of strength, veteran Middle East correspondent, Patrick Cockburn tells Laura Flanders. “
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Artist from Mississippi, Genesis Be, returns to her hometown to speak to a childhood friend who thinks the Confederate flag should stay.
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The city of Preston, UK is taking its lessons from rust-belt Cleveland, and spearheading a global movement to invest in local economies through economic cooperation. With the potential to subvert neoliberalism, this model uses community input and local investment to tackle issues such as housing, wages, and austerity. Featured here are UK Labour Party Council Leader for Preston, Matthew Brown, as well as Tim Murgatroyd, teacher and author, at the "Another York Is Possible" event in...
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Listen to officials, activists, and theorists from across the world talk about the most pressing issues in their cities from our full episode filmed at the TNI conference. In cities, can we find liberation? Can we build fearless spaces that help us become fearless people?
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The problem with obsessing over Donald Trump is that it makes us oblivious to the system that produced him, says author, Arundhati Roy. We live in a world where governments subsist on the proliferation of arms. This necessitates a world either at war or perpetually on the brink of war.
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An interview with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, of the hit show 'Grace and Frankie,' alongside Saru Jarayaman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Center United. Laura speaks to them in Detroit during the summer of 2017 after they went to canvas door to door for a ballot initiative that seeks not only to win a single fair minimum wage, but to help build a broad progressive agenda in Michigan statewide.
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14 corporations have joined the Fair Food Program so far, but Wendy's has not. Instead, Wendy's has moved its tomato-picking operations to Mexico. Without proper protection for farmworkers in Mexico and a commitment from Wendy's, many of these workers face dangerous working condition, including the threat of sexual violence, wage theft, and intimidation. Hundreds of workers joined the Freedom Fast at 120 Park Avenue in New York City to call for Wendy's investors to push the company towards the...
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Laura talks with two pairs of young activists about their work. Jessica Campbell of the Rural Organizing Project and Lou Murrey of the Stay Together Appalachia share tips on combating the right in rural communities. Then, Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi share their high school project - a crowdsourced racial literacy curriculum.
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The Preston Model -- based off Evergreen Cooperative, a community wealth building model in Cleveland, OH -- is designed to keep and build wealth within a designated area by emphasizing local investment and procurement to democracy.
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Entrepreneurship in St. Louis, MO; electoral organizing in Uniontown, AL; and community wealth building on urban farms in Detroit, MI. This week on the Laura Flanders Show, we hit the road to report on community stories throughout the country. We visit activist and musician Tef Poe's barbershop, Frontline Stylez, a project spurred by the Ferguson uprising. Then, journalist Salaam Green on #BlackVotersMatter in Alabama, a movement led by grassroots coalition organizing, led by black women. Plus,...
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What would students in debt, worker coops, and entrepreneurs stand to gain from a public bank in the financial capital of the world? This week, putting communities over commodities w/ leading figures in the fight for a new economy for working people. Is a Public Bank in the financial capital of the world possible? And how will that public bank help worker co-ops, students, entrepreneurs, and more? Deyanira del Río from the New Economy Project, Linda Levy of the Lower East Side People's Federal...
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Power politics and the politics of power - this time on the show, we talk with New York City’s Chief Resilience Officer, Daniel Zarrilli, on the decision to divest from fossil fuels and Clara Vondrich of Divest/Invest, one of the activist groups that helped make it happen. Also, author, journalist, Christian Parenti believes that we don’t demand enough of government but extreme weather will force our behavior to change.
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Donald Trump just called off the much anticipated North Korean nuclear summit. Maybe not much of a surprise given the president's inner circle but Noam Chomsky says he should have just stepped back and taken credit as a peacemaker. Find out what he had to say about the state of nuclear geopolitics, international solidarity and more in our recent interview with the renowned linguist.
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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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What difference does it make when some people are left out of the picture? When police don’t keep data on queer women, for instance - or when the culture looks all white. This week, activist attorney Andrea Ritchie returns with her book, Invisible No More and Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas - 2 generations of picture makers talk about mothers, sons and radical art. Thanks to TED Women for their collaboration on this report.
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Money for the arts. Where’s it come from? Where does it go?  Every day there’s another multi-million dollar art auction. Art as a private commodity is the preserve of the very rich. But what about the rest of us? If we all agree that arts and creativity are important ingredients of life,  are we doing all we can to support the artists in our midst? Laura is joined today by three guests who make it their job to figure out how we’ll democratize access to art and art making. First,...
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Two scholars, from Haiti and Brazil, discuss the global solidarity that forms between states who have faced similar oppressions. Food sovereignty is a necessary part of resistance movements in the Global South, they say, because it gets to the heart of Western imperialism and occupation. Thanks to the Vera List Center. This interview was filmed at the "Grounded Struggles: Land, Dispossession, and Freedom" event at the New School. Maria Luisa Mendonça is a visiting scholar from Brazil...
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When technology is being used to put workers out of jobs, what sorts of platforms put power back in the hands of workers? CoWorker.org is one example of tech that's trying to do just that. Palak Shah is the Director of Social Innovations at the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Michelle Miller is the co-director and co-founder of CoWorker.org.
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Resist. Protect. Build. Public Bank NYC's recent launch action with New York City organizations, including New York Public Interest Research Group; NY Communities for Change; and The Working World, calls for a complete divestment of public money from big banks and into New York communities. Their message? A public bank is possible even in the financial capital of the world.
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Outlandish is a worker cooperative making the world of tech a fairer place. Kayleigh Walsh joins us on this week's LF Show to discuss alternative social enterprise models and putting clients at the center of projects.
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When the Laura Flanders Show began, known then as Grit TV, it was responding to a gap in mainstream media coverage of crises, movements, and people. 10 years on, we are continuing to shine a light -- even as the landscape has changed and we are joined by others in our project. Be a part of the change and support media that supports you.
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Two forms of government have dominated in the west over the last hundred years. In one big power is vested in the state, the government, in the other policy is dominated by the influence of big industry, big corporations, or big money. Well a hundred years after the Russian revolution, and ten years after the financial crash, a whole lot of people all around the world are saying “are there any alternatives?” especially as neither of those models has delivered on a promise of shared...
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An excerpt from our full episode. After 8-year-old Asifa Bano was raped and murdered in Kashmir, angry protests swept across India. What could compel such brutality? asks author and activist, Arundhati Roy. For decades, the author has been using her platform to elevate issues of violence and corruption in India. She joins us on the LF Show to discuss her newest novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
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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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UK Labour Councillor Sakina Sheikh in Perry Vale, Lewisham on bridging gaps between political activism and political institutions as a young politician of color. Watch the full show on our page.
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Looking back on the midterm elections, we ask the tough questions about white women voters and race, then get introduced to the hi-pinky salute across the border. We meet the co-founders of SURJ, Showing up for Racial Justice, and speak with Grammy Award Winner Arturo O’Farrill, this week on the Laura Flanders Show.
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