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Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod is a public affairs program that airs Tuesday through Friday on KPFK Radio from 7 to 8 AM (PST). Sojourner Truth brings you news and views on local, national, and international policies and stories that affect us all.

We draw out how those of us most impacted - women, communities of color and other communities are responding. We also discuss the inter-relationship between art and politics. At the start of our show we bring you the headlines of the day.

Host and Producer: Margaret Prescod
Assistant Producer: Ramiro Fúnez
Production Intern: Julianne Tveten
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable discussion. Friday, January 31, 2020 is bound to go down in history in the United States and around the world as the day that Donald Trump was acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial. The GOP has closed ranks and is refusing the demand from Democrats and over 70 percent of people in the United States polled that witnesses should be heard, including John Bolton. Will this be seen as the death knoll for U.S. claims of being a democracy? What are...
Topic: Impeachment Middle East Deal of the Century Israel Palestine Democrats Republicans
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We get an update and analysis on the continuing impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Our guest is Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she taught for 25 years. The former president of the National Lawyers Guild and criminal defense attorney is a legal scholar and political analyst who writes books and articles, and lectures throughout the world about human rights, US foreign policy, and the contradiction between the two. For our...
Topic: Trump Impeachment Senate Australia Fires Environment Indigenous Pan-African Film Festival
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Today on Sojourner Truth, an in-depth conversation with historian Dr. Gerald Horne. We discuss the attacks on the New York Times' 1619 series, which was timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved African people to the United States. We also discuss concerns, divisions and conflicts in the movements of today. Dr. Gerald Horne, Moores Professor of History & African-American Studies at the University of Houston, has written more than 30 books. His most recently published books...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Donald Trump is expected to announce his Middle East peace deal, after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has now been charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate corruption cases. Our guest is Phyllis Bennis, who directs the New Internationalism Project at The Institute for Policy Studies, focusing on U.S. Middle East and war policy. Her most recent books include Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and...
Topic: Impeachment Donald Trump Senate House Bayard Rustin John Bolton Middle East Palestine Israel
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. Updates and analysis as Democrats make their closing arguments for impeaching Donald Trump. We also discuss the Organization of American States, known as the OAS. What is it? What was it founded to do? Why is it a tool for U.S. domination of the Americas? Also, we revisit the climate catastrophe. This, as huge swaths of Australia burn and as world leaders meeting in Davos face young environmentalist Greta Thunberg. Two major U.S. banks, including...
Topic: Trump Impeachment OAS Environment Australia Climate Crisis
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Today on Sojourner Truth: As the death toll continues to rise in fires that have burned in huge swaths of Australia, we have the sad news that three U.S. firefighters were killed in Australia when their aerial water tanker crashed while battling fires in mountainous terrain. That brings the death toll to 30, and over a billion animals have been burned. What can be done? For Part 1 of our Earth Watch special on Australia, our guest is Cam Walker. He is the campaigns coordinator for Friends of...
Topic: Australia Fires Environment Indigenous Women's March Black Lives Matter Impeachment Donald Trump
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Analysis following the first day of the Senate trial of the impeachment of Donald Trump. Our guest is national affairs correspondent for The Nation magazine, John Nichols. We also discuss the annexation of northern Mexico by the United States and its relationship to the economic growth of the U.S. and U.S. immigration policies today. Chicano liberation and environmental activist Bill Gallegos break it down for us. For our Campaigners for Black Lives series, we speak...
Topic: Donald Trump Impeachment Mexico United States History Black Lives Matter Police Brutality Kenneth...
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our special honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Monday, January 20, millions of people across the United States marked Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is observed on the third Monday of January each year. It took a hard-fought grassroots campaign to win the establish of Dr. King's birthday as a holiday. The movement for Dr. King's birthday as a national holiday was met with great resistance, but the first MLK National Holiday was finally won and...
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. We discuss the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, new bombshell evidence related to the case against Trump, and the limiting of media access to senators throughout this process. We also discuss the last Democratic Debate, including the apparent split between the two progressive candidates, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Also, the continuing crisis in the Middle East. Trump's story keeps shifting as to why the U.S. assassinated general...
Topic: Impeachment Trump Debate Democrats Iran War
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Fallout from the disastrous defeat in the U.K. for the Labour party to the Conservative Tory Party. What are the lessons to be learned not only in the U.K., but for the upcoming U.S. presidential election? Our guest is Sam Weinstein, who is active with the Camden branch of Momentum, a regional grassroots network arising out of the movement following the Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader campaign. He is also a member of the Payday Mens Network, an international and...
Topic: Environment Canada Indigenous Women's March Poor People's Campaign Brexit Labour Corbyn
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Today on Sojourner Truth: On Tuesday, January 14, the seventh Democratic Party presidential debate took place at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Six presidential candidates faced off less than three weeks before the February 3 caucuses, which will decide who will confront Donald Trump at the polls in November. The six candidates included Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Vice President Joe Biden, former South...
Topic: Democratic Party Debate Democrats Biden Warren Sanders Buttigieg Klobuchar
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Today on Sojourner Truth: According to reports, Donald Trump is preparing to visit India. Trump and India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, are fans of each other. Both are conservatives who have attempted to put limits on the number of Muslims entering their respective countries. Today, a look at India's controversial Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019, which protesters say discriminates against Muslims. Protests have broken out across India. At least 24 have been killed and thousands arrested....
Topic: India Haiti Protests Earthquake Environment Donald Trump Impeachment
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our first roundtable discussion of 2020. We dig into the latest on the U.S.-Iran crisis, the impeachment of Donald Trump and the U.S. presidential election. Our panelists will also share a story on their radar, but under-reported in 2019. Our panelists are Jackie Goldberg, Laura Carlsen and Khury Petersen-Smith. Jackie Goldberg is a governing board member for the Los Angeles School Board - District 5. She is a former member of the California State Assembly. Goldberg...
Topic: Iran United States War Conflict Donald Trump Impeachment 2020 Election
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We discuss the history and culture of Iran, the continued protests and general strikes still rocking France since late last year, and for our weekly Earth Watch, why protecting forests are vital for saving the environment. Our guests are Dr. Assal Rad, Benoit Martin and Adam Colette. Dr. Assal Rad graduated with a PhD in Middle Eastern History from the University of California, Irvine in 2018. She joined the National Iranian American Council as a Research Fellow in...
Topic: Iran History Culture Politics Economics Environment Forests France Protests Strikes
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Today on Sojourner Truth: On Tuesday, January 7, Iran openly struck two U.S. military sites in Iraq that housed U.S. military forces. Today, it is being reported that Iran gave prior warning to the Iraqi government of the strikes, which helped to avoid casualties. Iran launched Operation Soleimani Martyr, but announced hope that the escalation between the U.S. and Iran begun with the U.S. assassination of General Qassem Soleimani and nine others on Iraqi soil would now begin a process of...
Topic: Iran Venezuela United States War Conflict Opposition Trump
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We dig deep into the growing crisis following the U.S. assassination of the third most powerful Iranian leader. Are we at the brink of war? Our guests are Phyllis Bennis, Farida Chehata and Raed Jarrar. Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at The Institute for Policy Studies, focusing on U.S. Middle East and war policy. Her most recent books include Understanding ISIS and the New Global War On Terror and Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli...
Topic: Iran United States War Conflict Tension
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Dec 3, 2019 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth, a report from Anne Petermann, Executive Director of the Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP). She is on the ground in Chile. The GJEP team has been reporting on ongoing protests in Chile and now the alternative environmental event that began on Monday, known as the Cumbre de los Pueblos (the People's Summit). That event will last 10 days and will coincide with the official UN COP 25 environmental conference that was moved from Chile, where it was originally scheduled,...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: For our Campaigners for Black Lives series, Dr. Melina Abdullah joins us to talk about Black X-mas and gives us an update on the Black Lives Matter movement. Also, we spend most of the hour on what people are increasingly calling Thankstaking. People across the nation are on the road, shopping or cooking for their Thanksgiving meal. Today, we ask: What really was behind the founding of Thanksgiving? What was the original intent of the holiday? Why do Native Americans...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Today, families torn apart by child welfare agencies across the US: there is an increasing epidemic of children being removed from their families and placed in foster care, not because of abuse but because the families are poor or because their mothers are victims of domestic abuse. But the Rev. Liz Theoharis, a joint coordinator of the Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, says take away our poverty, not our children. Whats going on and how are...
Topic: Chile Protests Environment Labour UK Elections Corbyn Boris Johnson
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. We discuss the coup in Bolivia against President Evo Morales, the impeachment hearings against Donald Trump as well as the latest Democratic debate. Our guests are Mark Weisbrot, Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg and Dr. Gerald Horne. 
Topic: Bolivia Impeachment Debate Democrats Indigenous Evo Morales Coup
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Today on Sojourner Truth, an exclusive one-hour interview with Winnie Overbeek, a Brazilian environmentalist who has supported forest and land defenders around the world. Overbeek is the International Coordinator of the World Rainforest Movement. He is based in the Brazilian town of Vitoria in the Espirito Santo state. He is also an active member of NGO Cepedes and the Brazilian Alert against the Green Desert Network providing support to communities affected by against large scale tree...
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Today on Sojourner Truth, a roundtable discussion with small farmers from across the country who work to maintain food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture and environmental protections. Our panelists are Dennis Connolly of the Shawnee Forest Defense, John Zippert of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund, Barbara Shookman of the Rural Coalition, and Steven Bartlett of the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance. This discussion was recorded at the 2019 North American Forest &...
Topic: Environment Agriculture Crops Food Sovereignty
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Today on Sojourner Truth, The Truth About Haiti: Voices of Resistance. The Sojourner Truth team is on the ground in Haiti. We are in the country's capital city, Port-au-Prince. We are hoping to speak with as many people as possible about the reality of what is going on in Haiti. Those of you who follow our show know that we cover Haiti quite a bit. This is our third trip this year alone. Previously, we covered massacres in the Lasalin neighborhood of Port-au-Prince and spoke directly with...
Topic: Haiti Protests Jovenel Moise Corruption PetroCaribe
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Today on Sojourner Truth: An in-depth look at the crisis facing the environment, focusing on deforestation and climate change. We discuss false solution to the climate crisis and the upcoming North American Forest & Climate Movement Convergence. Our guests are Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project, Karen Pickett, Director of the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters, and John E. Peck, Executive Director of Family Farm Defenders.
Topic: Environment Climate Convergence Indigenous Forest
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Today on Sojourner Truth: On Friday, September 20, the world witnessed its largest ever climate strike, led by youth, with an estimated four million people participating on all seven continents. Yes, even Antarctica. Today, a round up of the youth-led global climate strike. This, as Donald Trump is at the United Nations today. He continues to deny climate change and also sent out a tweet making fun of Greta Thunberg, the Swedish student who is credited with raising global awareness about the...
Topic: Poor People's Campaign Poverty United States Environment Climate Strike
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Sep 20, 2019 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable! On the international front, we discuss: the Global Climate Strike, the Israeli election, the drone attack on Saudi Arabia and the push for war with Iran. Is the system of checks and balances to avoid abuse of power of any of the three branches of the U.S. government entirely broken? The recent abuse of Congress by Trump devotee Cory Lewandowski in his combative and disrespectful appearance before the House Judiciary Committee is one example. The...
Topic: Global Climate Strike World Politics Trump Corruption
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We continue our lead up to the Global Climate Strikes on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27, called by youth asking adults to join them. Our guest is London-based, internationally-known author, women's rights and anti-racist campaigner, Selma James. She discusses what Karl Marx had to say about climate and much more. Also, her views on the growing environmental crisis. For our weekly Earth Watch, we discuss the relationship between immigration, migration and climate change. We...
Topic: Global Climate Strike Environment Crisis Immigration Migrants Gentrification
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Today on Sojourner Truth: You likely know by now that within 11 years, without drastic action, our planet will have reached the point where the damage done by environmental abuse and devastation will be irreversible. In other words, we are facing a catastrophe. Those who are not joining the administration of Donald Trump in denying climate change have long put forward sustainability as a solution. But is it enough? Not so, says the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They point to the...
Topic: Israeli Elections Soil Regeneration Environment Climate LAPD Shooting Racism
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Today on Sojourner Truth: The Houthis in Yemen have claimed responsibility for a drone attack that struck two major facilities run by Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant. This has impacted five percent of the global oil supply, with oil prices in the U.S. jumping to 14.7 percent on Monday, September 16, according to CNN. It looks as though the U.S. will now likely have to dig into its oil reserves. Our guest is Hassan El-Tayyab, the Friends Committee on National Legislation lead...
Topic: Yemen Saudi Arabia Middle East Iran War GM Strike Climate Environment Union Workers
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable! Our panelists are Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg and Dr. Gerald Horne. Our panelists give feedback and analysis of Thursday night's Democratic Party presidential debate. They also share with us one story from this week that has jumped out at them. On Thursday, Sept. 12, Democratic presidential candidates debated for the third time this year, as the packed 2020 Primary field begins to narrow. For the first time this election race, all of the top...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Dr. Gerald Horne joins us to discuss the controversial legacy of Robert Mugabe, who died on Sept. 6 in Singapore, where he was receiving medical treatment. He served as the President of Zimbabwe for 37 years, leading his nation from a British colony to independence. He was 95 years old. His body is now back in Zimbabwe and his final resting place will be in the village where he was born. Protests broke out anew on Sept. 11, marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 1988...
Topic: Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe Africa Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide Earth Watch Environment
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Ahead of a crucial election important for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he has yet again threatened to annex swaths of Palestinian territories on the West Bank, putting a death knell on the two-state solution. Why is he making this move? What's going on? What are the implications for Palestinians and the entire region? Our guest is Khury Petersen-Smith, the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. He researches U.S. empire,...
Topic: Israel Palestine West Bank Black Lives Matter Elections Unions Labor Truckers Port Truck Drivers
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Today on Sojourner Truth: The worlds oldest Western-style democracy, the British Parliament, has been shut down for five weeks by conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson. This, in a move that he hopes will allow Britain to leave the European Union without a deal. This is opposed not only by opposition members of the Labour Party, but also by ministers and members of Parliament from his own party. What is going on? Whats at stake? What are the wider implications? Our guest is London-based Sam...
Topic: Brexit Boris Johnson UK Hurricane Dorian Caribbean Africa South Africa Zimbabwe Mugabe Environment
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Our weekly roundtable is back with Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg and Dr. Gerald Horne. Our panelists discuss the implications of the environmental crisis facing the world, an example of which is Hurricane Dorian, which has brought catastrophic destruction to Abacos Islands and Grand Bahama, part of the series of islands that make up the nation of Bahamas. Thousands remain missing, thus far the government has confirmed 30 deaths. Also, the Amazon, known as the lungs of...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Hurricane Dorian is now lashing South Carolina, where there is concern about storm surge and flooding. This, after leaving the Bahamas devastated. In particular, the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. The hurricane stayed over Grand Bahama for more than 41 hours, which is historic. It has caused massive devastation. According to the Bahamian government, at least 20 people thus far have been killed, but that number is expected to rise. Also, there is a list of over...
Topic: Hurricane Dorian Brexit California Tropical Forest Standard Earth Watch
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Today on Sojourner Truth, we continue our two-part series featuring constitutional and public interest lawyer, public speaker, political activist and educator Daniel Sheehan.  Sheehan serves as Chief Counsel of the Romero Institute, where he has advocated on behalf of the Lakota People's Law Project. He also teaches at UCSC (the University of California Santa Cruz), delivering lectures on climate change, the potential impeachment of Donald J. Trump and the Standing Rock Movement against the...
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Today, we kick off a two-part series featuring constitutional and public interest lawyer, public speaker, political activist and educator Daniel Sheehan. Sheehan is currently Chief Counsel of the Romero Institute, where his focus is the Lakota People's Law Project. He also teaches at UCSC (the University of California Santa Cruz) on topics such as U.S. politics, climate change, the potential impeachment of Donald Trump and the Standing Rock Movement against the Dakota Access pipeline, among...
Topic: Daniel Sheehan Trajectory of Justice Racism Environment Oil Russia United States
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Aug 30, 2019 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our annual Labor Day Special! On Monday, September 2, the nation marks the annual Labor Day holiday. While many use this time to mark the end of summer, we must not forget to honor the workers -- waged and unwaged -- who make our lives possible. The food we eat. The homes we live in. The computers and smartphones people are increasingly addicted to. Electrical workers. Gas workers. The builders. The masons. The sanitation workers. The truckers. The teachers. The moms....
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We commemorate the 49th anniversary of the Chicano moratorium, one of the most impactful events in Chicano history in the United States. On August 29, 1970, a huge march of about 30,000 mainly young people stormed East Los Angeles opposing the Vietnam War and demanding rights for Chicano people, especially in the areas of education and ethnic studies. The march was led by activists from local colleges and other schools and members of the Brown Berets, with roots in a...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: 400 years ago this month, a Portuguese ship carrying the first 20 enslaved people from West Africa, most likely from modern-day Angola, arrived on the shores of occupied Indigenous lands known today as the United States.  The ship landed at Port Comfort, in what was then the British colony of Virginia, in August of 1619, a year before the Mayflower landed in what is now Massachusetts. Its voyage formed part of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, in which at least 12.5...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Donald Trump is proudly claiming that the U.S. economy has never been better, saying it's the talk of everyone. But what is the reality of the state of the economy in the United States? We speak with professor and economist Richard Wolff.  Also, the latest crackdowns on migrant children and families, including green card holders. We speak with attorney Peter Schey as well as Arizona-based attorney and activist Isabel Garcia. 
Topic: Donald Trump Immigration Migrant Children Economics Tariffs G7
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our Weekly Roundtable:  Will Donald Trump's plan to run his presidential campaign against the four congresswomen of color, referred to as "The Squad," work? Will the racist chant he started pick up steam? We discuss the history, implications and policies based on the racist "go back to where you came from" view. Meanwhile among Republicans, Trump has jumped 5 percent in the polls after he made and then ramped up the "go back to where you came...
Topic: Trump Racism Sexism Xenophobia Ilhan Omar The Squad Epstein Nelson Mandela
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Nelson Mandela Day is being marked in South Africa and around the world. 101 years ago today, on July 18, 1918, Nelson Mandela was born. He died on Dec. 5, 2013. He became the first Black President of South Africa after being freed from prison, where he spent 27 years for his activities struggling against apartheid as a member of the African National Congress and also the South African Communist Party. Mandela led the national and worldwide movement that brought an end...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Five years ago, Eric Garner was killed in a chokehold by New York City police officers. He famously said twelve times, "I Can't Breathe." Nevertheless, the chokehold was not released and Eric was killed. Trump's Attorney General, William Barr, has now made the decision that the police officer involved in Garner's killing will not be charged. This, after years of disagreement and legal wrangling and non-stop campaigning for justice by Eric's family. The...
Topic: Eric Garner Donald Trump Police Brutality Hawaii Protests Asylum Migrants
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Jul 16, 2019 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth: In preparation for the former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's appearance before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees of the U.S. Congress, we bring you the voices of actors who came together to do a play based on the actual Mueller report. It is titled, "Investigation: The Search for the Truth in 10 Acts." The play, written by Pulitzer Prize winning Robert Schenkkan, is a dramatization of the Mueller report that used the actual text for dialogue.
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. With next weeks appearance of Robert Mueller before Congress, how is the Trump team preparing? Well, he attempted to turn around his defeat on getting a citizenship question on the U.S. census somehow into a victory that will appeal to this base. He has threatened to round up at least 2,000 undocumented immigrants in ICE raids. He got into a spat with the British Ambassador to the U.S. He released a tape of him kissing a woman that was supposed...
Topic: Migrants Migration Crisis United States Mexico Central America ICE Raids Mueller Report Donald...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Accounting fraud in the Pentagon. Do we really know what the budget of the Pentagon is? Why is it that at least $21 trillion dollars of Pentagon financial transactions between 1998 and 2015 cant be traced? We speak with investigative journalist Dave Lindorff, who has exposed this financial fraud. For our weekly Earth Watch, a major struggle is underway against the Utah Inland Port Authority. What impact will this project have on our planet, which is already at a...
Topic: Pentagon Fraud War Military Spending Utah Port Authority Inland Christianity Evangelicals...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Increasing numbers of people across the country are describing migrant camps at the U.S. border under the control of Border Agents as concentration camps. Shut down the camps protests have been held across the U.S. and are picking up steam. Now, a new website, NoMoreCamps.org, has been launched along with a call to action to Close the Concentration Camps Now! There is some criticism of referring to the camps as concentration camps by those who say it belittles the...
Topic: No More Camps Migrants Greece Elections Environment Earth Minute
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Today on Sojourner Truth:  Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling temporarily baring Donald Trump from adding a citizenship question to the U.S. Census, Trump's Attorney General William Barr has announced that the administration has found a way around the Supreme Court decision. What's behind this move? Who will be impacted? What are the wider implications? We speak with Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she taught for 25 years. She is also the former...
Topic: Donald Trump Census Citizenship Migrants Pipeline Protests Criminalization CARICOM Caribbean Haiti...
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Jul 5, 2019 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth, we go in-depth into Sudan. Formerly a colony of the U.K. and Egypt, its history goes back to the days of the Pharaohs. Sudan is located in North Africa, bordering the Red Sea, Egypt, Libya, Chad and the Central African Republic. In 1989, Lieutenant Omar Al-Bashir seized power in a coup and ruled Sudan for 30 years. Keep in mind that Sudan was the largest country on the continent of Africa until it was divided in a U.S.-backed deal in 2011 with the secession of the...
Topic: Sudan Africa History Economics Politics
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We shed light on a little-known and less-invasive medical procedure that has the potential to help tens of thousands of people. Our expert is Dr. George Teitelbaum, director of neurointerventional surgery for Providence, California. Before becoming a medical doctor, he did his undergraduate medical degree in biochemistry at UCLA. He received his medical degree from UC San Diego. He's taught at Georgetown University and USC, among others. He served as Director of...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: As the nation prepares to mark the July 4th holiday - usually with picnics, fireworks, spending time with friends and family and looking forward to a long holiday weekend - today we look into the deeper meaning of the July 4th holiday and its significance. From the words of Frederick Douglass to the poems of Langston Hughes, we capture a vastly different reflection of July 4th from the one generally promoted. Frederick Douglass asked, What is July 4th to me? Langston...
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Today on Sojourner Truth:  Donald Trump talks about cleaning up the streets of homeless people, within the context of discussing with Tucker Carlson of Fox News "filth" in urban centers in the United States. In Los Angeles, on any given night, the homeless population ranges from 50,000-60,000 people, with some saying that's a low-ball figure. Sanitation crews were ordered by the City of Los Angeles to clear an encampment of homeless people near City Hall. Joining us to discuss the...
Topic: Homelessness Los Angeles United States Pride LGBTQ Trans People Attacks Transphobia Iran Nuclear...
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Jun 28, 2019 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable discussion. The punditry class are aglow with reports of Kamala Harris' hit on Joe Biden, who is the lead candidate in the polls in the lead up to the debate. She hit him on his record on race in Round 2 of the Democratic presidential candidates marathon two-night debate. Will it be enough to stop Biden's climb in the polls? Race and racism turned out to be central during both nights of presidential debates, with Corey Booker on Night 1 and also...
Topic: Democrats Debate President 2020 G20 Migrants Supreme Court Gerrymandering
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We return to the uprisings in Sudan. Negotiations have broken down between the military who have ruled Sudan since protests forced former President Omar Al-Bashir to step down. Protesters have been demanding democratic civilian rule. It is now reported that protesters will again hit the streets in Sudan on Sunday, June 30. Meanwhile, Congresswoman Karen Bass, who heads the House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: The nation and world react to squalid prison conditions migrant children separated from their families face in U.S. detention centers. The House passed a $4.5 billion emergency border aid bill to help alleviate the problem. Today, a major motion will be filed in federal court calling for an immediate injunction and contempt order against DHS and CBP due to the conditions migrant children are being kept in. Our guest is Peter Schey, President of the Center for Human...
Topic: Middle East Palestine Israel Iran United States Trump Migrants Children Black Lives Matter Racism...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We continue our coverage of the recent Poor People's Campaign Moral Congress held in Washington, D.C. from Monday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 19. At least 1,200 impacted people from states across the country attended. The Poor People's Campaign fights back against what it calls the evils of racism, poverty, the war economy and environmental devastation. It also has the goal of shifting what they call the moral narrative. The joint coordinators of the Poor People's...
Topic: Poor People's Campaign Moral Congress Welfare Women Workers Poverty
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Today on Sojourner Truth: On Juneteenth, June 19, 2019, a historic congressional hearing was held on HR 40, a bill first introduced by the now-retired Rep. John Conyers in 1989 to create a national commission to study reparations proposals for African Americans. The hearing was held before the House Judiciary Committee and HR 40's new sponsor, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. The Sojourner Truth team was on the ground for the hearing. Following the hearing, an event titled, "Healing and...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Our team was on the ground in Washington, D.C. We covered the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Moral Congress. The Congress ran from Monday, June 17, to Wednesday, June 19. Over 1,200 people from across the country, the majority people impacted in the areas of focus of the Poor People's Campaign. The focus of the Poor People's campaign is racism, poverty, the war economy and environmental devastation. It also has the goal of shifting what it...
Topic: Poor People's Campaign Moral Congress Kamala Harris Bernie Sanders Poverty War Environment Racism
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We are on the road in Washington, D.C., covering the Poor People's Campaign Moral Congress. The Congress began on Monday, June 17 and it ends today, Wednesday, June 19. Thus far, there have been over 1,200 people participating in the Congress from 41 states across the country. The Poor People's Campaign calls out the evils that they see of racism, poverty, the war economy and environmental devastation. Its joint coordinators are Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev....
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Today on Sojourner Truth: The Sojourner Truth team is on the road in Washington, D.C., covering the Poor People's Campaign Moral Agenda Congress. The Congress runs from Monday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 19. The expectation for attendance was 1,000 people. But looking at the multi-racial crowd, they have already surpassed their goal and more are expected tomorrow. Participants hail from 41 states, from sea to shining sea. On Monday, June 17, there was a six-hour-long presidential candidates...
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable is back! We discuss the latest escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iran and the implications for the region and the world. Also, are tariffs the new WW3? China has gone on the defensive against U.S. tariffs and is calling on the nationalist spirit of the Chinese people to overcome economic disruption by the tariffs. Meanwhile, 600 U.S. companies have asked Trump to lift the tariffs on China. And Mexico, it seems, bowed to pressure from the...
Topic: Iran War US Trump Tariffs Mueller Barr
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Danny Glover joins us to give us his thoughts on his recent trip to Haiti. Starting on Sunday, June 9, there have been massive protests across the country followed by national strikes on Monday and Tuesday. Protesters took a pause on Wednesday, but they are hitting the streets again on Thursday and Friday. They pledge to continue their protests until the U.S.-backed Haitian President Jovenel Moise steps down. He is accused of corruption and some officials in his...
Topic: Haiti Honduras Protests United States Corruption Violence GMOs Genetically Modified Organisms
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Haiti is yet again in revolt with tens of thousands of protesters across hitting the streets on Sunday, June 9,, followed by general strikes on Monday, June 10, and Tuesday, June 11. Several protesters were killed and many others injured. Protesters are continuing their demand that the U.S.-backed President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, step down. His government, along with the two previous administrations, have been implicated in an official report about the disappearance...
Topic: Haiti Sudan Mexico Central America Migrants Tariff Protests Black Lives Matter
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We return to our in-depth coverage of the ongoing crisis in Haiti. An official report issued last week implicated Haiti's U.S.-backed president, Jovenel Moise, as participating in the disappearance of billions of PetroCaribe money from Venezuela, meant for use for the Haitian people.  Since he became president, resulting from questionable elections reported to be fraudulent, the movement for democracy in Haiti has been pressing in massive nationwide protests for Moise...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We remember a key figure, woman and human rights campaigner in the Caribbean region, Andaiye. She was a collaborator and comrade of Walter Rodney. Rodney is known in the United States and around the world for his groundbreaking book, "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa." Andaiye died on May 31, 2019. Today, we dig into the history of struggles in the region, their interrelationship to the struggles in which she was involved in, and struggles in the United...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: The latest on the movement for democracy in Sudan and the forces they are up against. Sudanese protest organizers say the death toll has reached 108, with at least 509 others wounded. On Wednesday, June 5, more than 40 bodies of people slain by Sudanese security forces were pulled from the Nile River in the capital of Khartoum. Our guest is Dr. Nada Mustafa Ali, a scholar who engages with questions about social change and transformation in Sudan and beyond through her...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Trump intends to impose tariffs on all goods coming from Mexico, despite opposition from the GOP caucus. Meanwhile, bowing to demands from Trump, Mexico is already cracking down on migrants coming from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala before they reach the U.S. border. Also, Trump is redefining what a humanitarian crisis means, referring now to a humanitarian crisis at the border, while ignoring the real humanitarian crisis of human suffering. This includes children...
Topic: Mexico Tariffs Immigration Central America Sex Workers Decriminalization Black Lives Matter
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Today on Sojourner Truth: The Trump administration's proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian "peace plan." The "Clash of Civilizations" backdrop to the economic war between China and the United States. And, Mike Pompeo ignores global warming and touts melting sea ice as a "boom" to the U.S. economy.  Our guests are Ziad Abbas, Associate Director of the Middle East Children's Alliance, Dr. Gerald Horne, Moores Professor of History & African-American Studies at the...
Topic: Israel Palestine Middle East Donald Trump Jared Kushner China Tariffs Trade War Environment Arctic
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Our team was recently on the ground in Haiti. Today, we continue our series of coverage. We will bring you the story of tortures and massacres in La Saline.  A story reported to be about gang warfare. But, as you will hear in today's report, that is far from the reality of what's going on in La Saline.  What we witnessed and recorded and are reporting on this exclusive today is an extreme humanitarian and human rights crisis and tragedy little known to the world....
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Today on Sojourner Truth: The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is a grassroots movement uniting tens of thousands of people to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation's distorted morality.  This year, from June 17-19 in Washington D.C., the Poor People's Campaign will be hosting its nationwide Moral Action Congress. At the Congress, the Poor People's Campaign Moral and Constitutional Budget will be...
Topic: Poor People's Campaign California Pacoima Fresno Poverty War Environmental Destruction Militarism
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Today on Sojourner Truth: An in-depth discussion with Haiti expert Kevin Pina, independent journalist, filmmaker and founder of the Haiti Information Project. He's also the special correspondent for Flash Points, a show on Pacifica's KPFA. We have a wide-ranging discussion about Haiti's history and current events, including why the U.S., France and Canada have made it a priority to keep the nation impoverished. 
Topic: Haiti Current Events News History Human Rights Humanitarian Crisis
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. The Mueller report has national and international implications as well as new developments in North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. On Thursday, April 18, William Barr (Trump's Attorney General) released Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final 448-page report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  During a press conference held an hour and a half before even Congress or the public were able to see the heavily-redacted...
Topic: Mueller Report Roundtable Discussion International News Corruption William Barr
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Today on Sojourner Truth: For our weekly Earth Watch, we have a conversation with Anne Petermann, the Executive Director of the Global Justice Ecology Project. Anne discusses her recent trip to Brazil's Quilombos, inhabited by people of African descent. We talk about all things environmental, including the impacts of industrial forestry, timber industry and industrial tree plantations. For most of the hour, we are joined in-studio by Bill Gallegos, a longtime Chicano liberation and...
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Today on Sojourner Truth:  Bernie Sanders wowed the nation in a controversial Town Hall on Fox News. Along with fundraising, hes also ahead in the polls. Nevertheless, the establishment of the Democratic Party is seemingly in denial about Bernie being the frontrunner in the early race for President. The establishment is hoping for a more centrist candidate reflecting what is seen to be a rift in the Party between progressive and centrist members of Congress. Does Bernie stand a chance against...
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