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    Out d'Coup LIVE | Sean Crampsie - Director of Government Relations, APSCUF - Midterm election postmortem. What's it mean for PA & PA higher ed?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 49:16


    On this week's show, I welcome Sean Crampsie to the show. Sean is the director of Government Relations for APSCUF - the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University faculties. APSCUF represents the faculty and coaches of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. We'll be taking a look at the results of last week's midterm elections and unpack what it means for PA and public higher education in the Commonwealth. Sean Crampsie has been the director of Government Relations for APSCUF since 2017 where he advocates for the faculty, coaches, and students, Pennsylvania's state owned universities. Sean lobbies for state funding for public higher education, tuition affordability, and protection of workers' rights. Prior to joining APSCUF, Sean spent four years with the PA School Boards Association working on K-12 education issues. Sean is also serving his second term as a Councilman for the Borough of Carlisle. During his time on Council Sean has advocated for his community and has helped pass an anti-discrimination ordinance, approve affordable housing, and help pass a rental inspection ordinance. Sean received his bachelor's degree in political science from Bloomsburg University and lives in Carlisle, PA with his wife Brittany and son Carter. LINKS: * APSCUF: https://www.apscuf.org/ Twitter at @APSCUF https://twitter.com/APSCUF Follow Sean on Twitter at @seancrampsie https://twitter.com/seancrampsie Follow APSCUF Government Relations @APSCUFGR https://twitter.com/APSCUFGR You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. Don't Let Paul Martino & His Oligarch Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community-rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    Friday Politics Roundup | Abortion rights wins the day; the youth are coming and they mean business; huge PA victories; and more!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 81:54


    Raging Chicken's Friday Politics Roundup for November 11, 2022. Did you see that coming? Woah! Counter to all the "Red Tsunami" predictions, Democrats showed up in BIG numbers this election and scored huge victories in PA and across the country. We're here to break down the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress.  Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    Out d'Coup LIVE | On the Eve of the Midterm Elections - We're here for your thoughts, hopes, concerns, and plans of action.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 41:53


    It's Election Day Eve in one of the most consequential midterm elections in recent history. Democracy hangs in the balance, women's rights and autonomy are being attacked, white supremacy is on the ascent, and our schools are being turned into right-wing laboratories. Tomorrow, we get to see if we can turn back the extremists and reclaim our communities. How are you doing tonight? We're here for your thoughts, hopes, concerns, and plans of action. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress.  Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community-rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

    Friday Politics Roundup | UN climate report sounds the alarm; C02 emissions to increase over 10 percent by 2030; Musk takes over Twitter; Fetterman-Oz debate; GOP able-ism on display; House of Dragon

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 97:03


    The United Nations environment agency issued its Emissions Gap Report ahead of this years COP 27 Climate Summit in Egypt. The report states that there is “no credible pathway to 1.5 degrees Celsius in place” - the target agreed upon in the Paris Climate Agreement. They now say that the only way to limit the most catastrophic effects of climate change is a “rapid transformation of societies.” Given current policies and commitments, the world is on track to reach a minimum of 2.8 degrees Celsius of warming by 2100 - which means significant portions of the planet will become uninhabitable.  The UN climate report also find that the world is on pace to INCREASE emissions 10.6% by 2030.  Elon Musk finalizes his takeover of Twitter. On day one he tweeted that the “bird is free,” and marked the occasion with the firing of several key executives at the company. Musk says he'll remove lifetime bans which will pave the way for the return of Donald Trump, QAnon, and science denying conspiracy theorists to the platform.  And, Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul was attacked with a hammer in his home this morning.  Montgomery Township Dems flag weird Mastriano “voter fraud” door hangers.  PA candidates for Senate, John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz, took to the stage this week in their first and only debate ahead of the rapidly approaching midterm elections. The midterms are just over a week away and the polls are showing a virtual dead heat. Real Clear Politics has Fetterman ahead by just .3%, which is well within the margin of error.  Of course, it didn't take long for national Republican leaders to take to the airways to mock Fetterman who is still recovering from a stroke. Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel jumped on right-wing radio to joke that maybe between Biden and Fetterman, they could get a full sentence out. This is just another example of how Republicans have no shame in weaponizing their discrimination and cruelty.  Democrat Josh Shapiro is still holding a six point lead in the race for PA Governor against Christian Nationalist Republican, Doug Mastriano.  The International Space Station had to dodge some Russian space junk this week.  The House of Dragon finale.

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Sharon Ward, Senior Policy Advisor for the Education Law Center, on school boards, hostile environments, extremist threats to our schools, and the fight back

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 49:09


    On this week's show, I welcome Sharon Ward to the show. Sharon is the Senior Policy Advisor for the Education Law Center, a statewide nonprofit legal services and advocacy organization that works to secure quality education for Pennsylvania children with an emphasis on students who are most underserved. She has worked for 30 years, inside and outside of government, to secure quality schools, affordable health care, and people-serving budget priorities and to empower advocates to work for economic and social justice. We'll be talking about the ongoing attempts by school boards across the country to ban books, limit teachers' ability to provide welcoming environments to LGBTQ students, and enact extremist agendas in our schools. Last week the ACLU of PA filed a lawsuit against Central Bucks School District for creating a hostile environment for LGBTQ students and the Pennridge School District seems like it wants a lawsuit of its own as it bans books, limits expression, and demands schools be stripped of Pride flags. We'll talk with Sharon Ward about the work of the Education Law Center in defending the rights of ALL students and the legal hot water Bucks County Schools find themselves in. Sharon served two terms on the Albany, NY City Council, directed Governor Tom Wolf's Budget Office and led a government-wide transformation initiative to help state agencies use technology, data, collaboration, and social policy innovation to deliver better and quicker services to Pennsylvanians. She is the founding director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center; Pennsylvania's premier progressive policy think tank and led the fight for an equitable state tax system. She has served as an advisor on state legislation, policy, and advocacy for the School District of Philadelphia, the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, the Impact Project, Education Voters of Pennsylvania, the Voter Project, and the Keystone Research Center. LINKS: Education Law Center: https://www.elc-pa.org/ ELC Back to School Guide 2022: https://www.elc-pa.org/back-to-school-guide-2022/ ELC | Advocating for Inclusive Schools and Honest Education: https://bit.ly/3ToM9lU Advocates for Inclusive Education - Bucks County: https://advocatesforinclusiveeducation.org/ Upcoming trainings: https://bit.ly/3S7rdib REPORTING: "Central Bucks School District's Cruelty Toward LGBTQ+ Students May Finally Get The Scrutiny It Deserves," Cyril Mychalejko, Bucks County Beacon: https://bit.ly/3yDWOkL "Book Bans And A New Era Of American Totalitarianism," Garen Meguerian, Bucks County Beacon, https://bit.ly/3MnvywF "In Pennridge School District Where They Banned Banned Books Week, I Read As A Form Of Protest," Robin Reid, Bucks County Beacon, https://bit.ly/3yBOu4Z "ACLU files federal complaint against Central Bucks School District, alleging discrimination against LGBTQ students," Emily Rizzo, WHYY: https://bit.ly/3Tj7YDE "A school where even Banned Book Week was banned," Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer: https://bit.ly/3rPgL4h You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community-rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/ Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    Friday Politics Roundup | SCOTUS takes on affirmative action; unions get the goods; PA's 'Don't Say Gay' bill; Proud Boys at Penn State. Rings of Power, House of the Dragon, Wheel of Time.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 88:17


    Trump gets subpoenaed by the January 6th committee.  The U.S. Supreme Court is set to take a wrecking ball to higher education admission policies designed to help level the playing field for Black students and students of color.  According to a bombshell report in Bloomberg by Josh Eidleson, a former manager at Starbucks in Buffalo, NY testified under oath to the National Labor Relations Board that he was “instructed to single out and discipline pro-union employees.” The manager, David Almond, testified that “Starbucks higher-ups listed names of employees the company had determined supported the union, and told him to punish them.”  Leonard Leo begins to get the national scrutiny he deserves in a New York Times report on his influence and powerful right-wing network.  A new study published in the ILR Review shows that “unionization throughout one's career is associated with a $1.3 million mean increase in lifetime earnings, larger than the average gains from completing college.”  Pennsylvania Republicans have introduced their own version of the “Don't Say Gay” bill, which is even more restrictive than Florida.  ACLU has filed a complaint against the Central Bucks School District with Civil Rights Divisions of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education. The complaint argues that the district is in violation of both Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment for creating a hostile environment for LGBTQ students.  The Proud Boys can be heard yelling “We are Penn State!” Yes, a Penn State group calling itself “Uncensored America,” founded by former president of Penn State's chapter of Turning Points USA and a field organizer for Trump in 2020, is bringing the founder of the Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes, to Penn State on October 24th. Billed as a “comedy show,” Nittany Lions will certainly be treated to all the hilarity of McInnes's misogyny, racism, and advocacy for political violence.  Former Central Bucks school board member tweets out a thread about the ongoing trauma resulting from her time on the school board during the rise of extremism in the district.  The Rings of Power finale is streaming now.  House of the Dragon is closing in on the end of its first season, too. We can look forward to the coming of season 2 of the Wheel of Time

    Friday Politics Roundup | SCOTUS is back; Independent State Legislature Doctrine; Biden pardons; right-wing sues over student loan cancelation; ACLU sues Central Bucks over LGBTQ discrimination

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 98:02


    The Supreme Court is back in session. According to Ian Milhiser of Vox, “The Supreme Court's new term could be even more consequential than its last one.”  “A single case, Moore v. Harper” Millhiser writes, “threatens to fundamentally rewrite the rules governing federal elections, potentially giving state legislatures…nearly limitless power to skew those elections.”  A right-wing legal organization based out of Wisconsin, the Institute for Law and Liberty, is suing the Biden administration over plans to cancel some student debt.  Because the Biden administration has stated that his student loan cancelation plan will help narrow the racial wealth gap and advance racial equity, the Institute for Law and Liberty argues that the action constitutes an “improper racial motive.”  Biden announced that he is pardoning thousands of people convicted of simple possession of marijuana, saying in a statement that “Too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana. It's time that we write these wrongs.” The executive action will apply to more than 6,500 people convicted of simple possession under federal law or under the D.C. code.  Reporting in the Atlantic, Robinson Meyer gives an uncharacteristically upbeat report on how the Inflation Reduction Act could prove to have a much bigger effect on a shift to a post-carbon economy than most people expected. That comes in response to a surprisingly cheery report by the investment bank Credit Suisse.  Hundreds of youth activists from the global South gathered in Tunisia to prepare for a collective fight for justice and demand climate action at next month's COP27 meeting in Egypt.  As promised, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Central Bucks School District arguing that the district is creating a hostile environment for LGBTQ students. We're waiting to see when we see similar moves against Pennridge.  The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHoP) and other major medical groups are urging the U.S Department of Justice to investigate threats of violences against the hospital because of they provide care to transgender children.  While the right-wing yams on about teachers unions' influence on elections, it turns out that one man - Jeffrey Yass - has spent more than 5 times what PSEA has spent during 2022. Yass's spending consistently dwarfs that of teachers unions as shown by Philly Power Research..  There will be a protest in Philly next Thurs. 10/13 @ 11:30am to protest Jeff Yass' ongoing funding of far right politicians and efforts to redirect resources from public to private schools. The protest will take place outside Yass'sSusquehanna International Group's City Ave office 401 City Ave 220, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. You can get all the details here: https://www.mobilize.us/pa-wfp/event/523232/ Got my COVID booster and have I got a story for you.

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Aly Shaw research analyst at LittleSis on Jeffrey Yass, the billionaire funding PA's right-wing machine

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 47:30


    On this week's show, I welcome Aly Shaw to the show. Aly is a Research  Analyst working on the state power mapping program at the grassroots watchdog group, LittleSis (you know, the opposite of Big Brother?). We'll be talking about her new report, "Jeffrey Yass: The Billionaire Behind Pennsylvania's Right-Wing Machine." Yes, we just keep digging around in the muck around here. No billionaire left unexposed.  Based in Pittsburgh, Aly has led campaigns to prevent the privatization of Pittsburgh's water system, to make drinking water safer and more affordable, and organized grocery store workers to win higher wages and safer working conditions during the COVID 19 pandemic. She received her BA in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master's in Public Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. LINKS:  Aly Shaw, "Jeffrey Yass: The Billionaire Behind Pennsylvania's Right-Wing Machine," Eyes on the Ties, Little Sis https://bit.ly/3dTIqxN LittleSis: https://littlesis.org/ Aly Shaw on Twitter https://twitter.com/AlyMS77 LittleSis on Twitter: https://twitter.com/twittlesis  Get involved with LittleSis. Join here to get more info on webinars & trainings: https://littlesis.org/join You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress.  Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    Friday Politics Roundup | Hurricane Ian wrecks Florida; Biden admin dials back student debt cancellation; Joan Cullen “Worst Person in the World”; Pennridge SD bans Banned Book Week; Yass money; NASA

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 74:27


    Hurricane Ian devastates Florida and is set to make landfall again this afternoon - this time in South Carolina as a category 1 storm.  At least 19 people are currently reported dead in Florida, but the numbers are expected to rise considerably. As one council member in Fort Myers Beach - one of the areas hit worst by Ian - put it, “90% of the island is pretty much gone.”  Biden's Department of Education quietly changes rules for some student loan borrowers who were initially promised relief under the recently announced student loan forgiveness program. Fearing Republican lawsuits and Republican talking points, Biden's plan will no longer allow borrowers with privately held federal student loans to consolidate those loans into Direct Loans to qualify for the $10,000 - $20,000 debt cancellation.  The Dallas Morning News reports on a right-wing takeover of North Texas schools that may signal a new chapter in the National Republican playbook to expand their power. And, it might sound familiar to listeners of this show.  An excellent new report by Aly Shaw from the grassroots watchdog group, LittleSis, tracks the roll that PA-based billionaire Jeffery Yass has played in fueling Pennsylvania's right-wing machine.  On Wednesday, Pennridge School Board president, Joan Cullen, was named the worst person in the world by Keith Olberman on his podcast after Pennridge High School banned Banned Books Week displays - ending a 15 year tradition taking part in the annual national awareness campaign.  The Pennridge School District administration ordered teachers to remove any “advocacy materials” from their classrooms by next week. The School Board even suspended its own policies to rush the vote. According to reporting in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “advocacy materials” includes LGBTQ pride materials; crosses and other religious symbols; political party symbols; and, even images like the Ukrainian flag signaling support for Ukrainians after the Russian invasion. How long do you think it will take for right-wing religious groups to file their well-funded lawsuits? In response to the move, the Pennridge Education Association released a rather bland, cookie-cutter statement saying, “While new policies may present changes throughout Pennridge School District, our members - the teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians, social workers, and psychologists who server Pennridge students - remain steadfast in our mission of ensuring our students feel welcomed, valued, and encouraged to excel as learners. Ingenuity, the Mars helicopter, just completed its 33rd flight. The original mission - to see if powered-air flight was even possible - was only expected to last about a month with a handful of test flights. Instead, Ingenuity has become an exploratory companion of the Perseverance rover.  NASA's Juno spacecraft just sent back some amazing pictures of Jupiter's ice-encrusted ocean moon, Europa.  NASA's DART mission is a success.

    Out d'Coup LIVE | What's going on? Seriously. Updates, thoughts, plans, and comments for 9/26/22

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 83:36


    Tonight we're digging into a couple articles and we're looking at you. What's on your mind and what's happening in your neck of the woods? We'd love to hear! Drop into chat and spill the beans.  We might just talk about some articles I am reading for a class that I am teaching, so...here's the links to those articles:  "We're Not All in This Together: A Case for Advocacy, Factionalism, and Making the Political Personal," by Kevin Mahoney. From Unruly Rhetorics: Protest, Persuasion, and Publics | https://drive.google.com/file/d/19JzHrXyNVv97iS_Fb2de9qPI9-z8HqxM/view?usp=sharing  "What is 'Peak Indifference'?: A Theory and Plan for Change," Cory Doctorow | https://doctorow.medium.com/what-is-peak-indifference-b7ddb6d92ca5 We'll also probably talk about the new article in the Philly Inquirer on the Pennridge School District's upcoming vote (while this podcast will be live) on curbing student expression and faculty advocacy:  "The Pennridge school board is debating policies including 'teacher advocacy.' Here's where those guidelines stand," Oona Goodin-Smith in Philadelphia Inquirer. https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennridge-school-student-expression-teacher-advocacy-20220925.html And thanks to a question from one of our Twitter warriors, Starry-Eyed, I'll probably talk about some of the choices being faced by unions - especially public sector and teachers' unions. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress.  Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    Friday Politics Roundup | NYT sounds alarm on US democracy; QAnon-laced Trump rally in Youngstown; Big Oil gaslighting; Banned Books Week; NASA Artemis I & DART news; Happy Birthday to The Jetsons

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 87:48


    A new long-form article in the New York Times by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Leonhardt, takes a deep dive into what he's calling the “twin threats” to American democracy today: First, “a growing movement inside one of the country's two major parties — the Republican Party — to refuse to accept defeat in an election.” Second, “the power to set government policy is becoming increasingly disconnected from public opinion.” Last weekend saw the weirdest - and perhaps the most troubling - Trump rally to date. Closing out his Youngstown, OH rally, Trump got dark about the decline of America as creepy QAnon themed music played over the speakers. As he spoke, people in the audience began raising their arms and pointing a single finger in the air. It felt like a Nazi salute mixed with religious signs of devotion. Even journalists who have been covering Trump and right-wing extremist groups for a long time were baffled.  New internal documents show that Big Oil companies openly admit to gaslighting the public about their commitment to “going green.” Documents also showed that some company officials wished climate activists would get infested with bed bugs.  It's Banned Books Week and public libraries across the Commonwealth and the country are shining bright lights on censorship and attempts by right-wing zealots to remove books from our schools. Bucks County has, of course, been front and center of the book-banning agenda. This year alone has seen 681 attempts to ban or restrict library sources, according to the American Library Association.  As ALA president Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozado put it, “The unprecedented number of challenges we're seeing already this year reflects coordinated, national efforts to silence marginalized or historically underrepresented voices and deprive all of us — young people, in particular — of the chance to explore a world beyond the confines of personal experience.”  Saturday, Sept. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. at State and Main Streets with the first annual Banned Books Parade. Participants will dress up in cardboard box book costumes to bring banned books to life.  The educational website Docuseek was blocked by the Central Bucks School District after “concerned parent” Vonna DeArmond complained at a recent school board meeting that some of the materials available on the site made references to sexually explicit themes and were discriminating against Christians.  Abortion is proving to be a key issue in PA's 1st Congressional district and Brian Fitzpatrick seems to believe that avoid talking to the media and his constituents is his best strategy. A recent WFMZ's 69 News story covering the issue featured Ashley Ehasz speaking out about abortion rights, but as the reporter put it: “69 News wanted to talk more to Fitzpatrick about his views, but several attempts to reach his campaign went unanswered.” Duck and cover, Fitzy. A couple of big things happening in space news. NASA is holding a press briefing today to discuss the status of the Artemis I mission to the Moon following two failed launches. Artemis ! may now launch as soon as September 27. Also, NASA will also be streaming its asteroid-smashing DART mission Monday evening.  And the cartoon The Jetsons, premiered on this date in 1962.

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Alyssa Bowen from True North Research on Dark Money school groups trying to buy the midterms for the GOP

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 51:51


    It's Banned Books Week and have we got a show for you. Tonight I welcome Alyssa Bowen back to the show and the timing couldn't be better. Alyssa is a Senior Researcher and Managing Editor for the progressive watchdog group, True North Research. We'll be talking about their new report, "The Disinfo Playbook Targeting Our Public Schools & Elections" and Alyssa's related article for TruthOut, "Dark Money Groups are Trying to Buy the Midterm Elections for the GOP." True North's new report is a "guide to the anti-public school front groups - like the Independent Women's Forum (IWF) adn Moms for Liberty - and their Dark Money-funded efforts to censor books, disrupt equality, and impede fact-based learning by kids." Alyssa received her PhD in History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2021 with an interest in fascism and antifascism, solidarity and social movements, immigration/exile and transnational history. She has bylines in the Nation and in Truthout, where she is a regular contributor. More of her public writing can be found on True North Research's website and Substack. Follow Alyssa on Twitter @AlyssaAnnBowen. LINKS: "The Disinfo Playbook Targeting Our Public Schools & Elections" | True North Research https://bit.ly/3UdVCxP "Dark Money Groups are Trying to Buy the Midterm Elections for the GOP" | Alyssa Bowen, TruthOut https://bit.ly/3LnWOuh RESOURCES: True North Research: https://truenorthresearch.org/ Documented: https://documented.net/ Center for Media and Democracy: https://www.prwatch.org/ Racial Justice Training Series with H.E.A.L. Together: https://bit.ly/3f3vBRG All H.E.A.L. Together trainings: https://www.raceforward.org/trainings You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    Friday Politics Roundup | UN climate report; averted rail strike; NPR's “quiet quitting” fail; CB West HS orders teachers to be complicit with anti-trans agenda; Republicans for Shapiro; Mars rover

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 94:37


    This year's United Nations climate report states pretty plainly that we are heading into “uncharted territory of destruction” as the world moves in the wrong direction on climate action. The report comes out as ⅓ of Pakistan is under flood water causing upwards of 1500 deaths thus far. Fires rage in Europe and the U.S. West Coast. Droughts deepen across the globe.. Near famine conditions across parts of Africa. As Tasneem Essop, Executive Director of the Climate Action Network told the Guardian, “The terrifying picture painted by the United in Science report is already a lived reality for millions of people facing recurring climate disasters. The science is clear, yet the addiction to fossil fuels by greedy corporations and rich countries is resulting in losses and damages for communities who have done the least to cause the current climate crisis.” A massive railroad strike was temporarily averted as union negotiators reached a tentative agreement on a contract. But don't get too comfy. The agreement still needs to be ratified by workers - and it's not a shoo-in  Quiet quitting is all the rage. A recent NPR story on the trend had me enraged. How you doin'?  The founder of the outdoors company Patagonia transferred ownership of the $3 billion company to the nonprofit organization The Holdfast Collective which is devoted to combating climate change. The company's website now reads: “Earth is now our only shareholder.”  Central Bucks West High School administrators tell teachers not to use a student's preferred name or pronoun if it does not match the information in the school's database unless they have permission of the student's parents. The school's new “Gender Identification Procedure” is putting Central Bucks in legal jeopardy once again and teachers are speaking openly about defying the order.  Bucks County Republicans reluctantly removed January 6 insurrectionist Down Bancroft from her Doylestown committee seat. In now an infamous video Bancroft posted from the riot, she said “We broke into the Capitol. … We got inside, we did our part. ... We were looking for Nancy to shoot her in the friggin' brain but we didn't find her.”  A group of former Republican lawmakers and officials under the banner of “Republicans for Shapiro,” held a fundraiser for Josh Shapiro in Bucks County at the home of former Republican U.S. congressman James Greenwood. But don't hold your breath for a change of course for the Bucks County Republican party. A Bucks County Republican Committee statement about the group called it “disappointing.” The statement continued saying that "While the list may contain former elected officials who once ran as Republicans, these men and women do not represent the values of the Republican Party, especially here in Bucks County."  NASA Perseverance rover turns up the highest concentration of organic matter on Mars in an ancient river delta in the Jezero crater. Scientists say that while organic matter by itself does not prove that Mars could have sustained life at one point in its history, we are one step closer to an answer. The rock samples drilled by Perseverance will be returned to Earth as part of two missions in 2027 and 2028.  Giant fireball streaked across the skies of Northern England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland Wednesday night. No, it was not an angel blessing the coronation of King Charles III. Nor was it more of Elon Musk's space junk. Scientists now confirm that it was a large meteor that may have broken off a larger asteroid.

    Out d'Coup LIVE | What's on your mind? We talked education, 2022 election, lunch debt cancelation, and more.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 79:33


    Welcome to another Out d'Coup LIVE. Tonight we're looking at you. Can things get crazier? Yes. Yes, they are about to. What's on your mind and what's happening in your neck of the woods? We'd love to hear! Links from tonight: PA-01 Indivisible Postcard effort sign up: https://t.co/AMqLzIplsh Bucks Cancel Lunch Debt Coalition: https://buxmontdsa.org/events/bucks-cancel-lunch-debt-coalition/2022/06 WHYY: "A Bucks County school district just canceled over $20,000 of student lunch debt" https://whyy.org/articles/pa-bucks-county-school-district-canceled-student-lunch-debt/ Support the Bucks County Beacon. Become a supporter during their September fundraising push: https://buckscountybeacon.com/2022/09/we-the-media-the-bucks-county-beacons-future-is-in-your-hands/ You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress.   Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

    Friday Politics Roundup for September 9, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2022 64:24


    Raging Chicken's Friday Politics Roundup for September 9,, 2022. We're back at our regular time and there's a lot going on. We'll help to dig into the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Jennifer Cohn on dangerous, little-known New Apostolic Reformation

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 59:14


    This week I welcome Jennifer Cohn to the show. We'll be talking about her new article in the Bucks County Beacon, "Underreported And Massive Theocratic Movement Joins Forces With Michael Flynn And Roger Stone." She sounds the alarm about the New Apostolic Reformation, a Christian Nationalist, authoritarian movement that believes that "Christians must take control of government, business, and culture in order for Jesus to return to Earth." We might dismiss this movement as the lunatic fringe if they were not building strong connections with right-wing power and money, including former Trump National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn,  longtime Trump advisor, Roger Stone, and PA gubernatorial candidate, Doug Mastriano. Following Cohn's Bucks County Beacon article, Elle Hardy, writing in The New Republic, amplified the alarm about the rising influence of the New Apostolic Reformation and connections with Mastriano.  Jennifer Cohn is an attorney, election integrity advocate, and political essayist whose articles have appeared in the New York Review of Books, Who What Why, The Independent, TYT Investigates, The Brad Blog, Salon, and the Bucks County Beacon. You can follow Jennifer on Twitter at @jennycohn1. Article links:  Jennifer Cohn | "Underreported And Massive Theocratic Movement Joins Forces With Michael Flynn And Roger Stone," Bucks County Beacon: https://bit.ly/3AnIGMx Jennifer Cohn's Twitter thread onFrank Scavo, Teddy Daniels, and J6 Commission: https://twitter.com/jennycohn1/status/1564277932452786176  Additional resources: Elle Hardy | "The Right-Wing Christian Sect Plotting a Political Takeover," The New Republic: https://bit.ly/3KpJs0n Follow on Twitter: Bruce Wilson - @brucewilson; @LeaLovesUSA; & @VisionSurreal Don't Let Paul Martino & His Oligarch Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV  

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Cyril Mychalejko, Editor-in-Chief of the Bucks County Beacon

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 68:49


    This week I welcome Cyril Mychalejko to the show. Cyril is, of course, the Editor-in-Chief at the Bucks County Beacon. Cyril and I will be talking about a growing right-wing movement to call for a Constitutional Convention. Some supporters like Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick are calling for Pennsylvania to sign on to a Constitutional Convention. While publicly shopping a “reasonable” case for such a move, such a convention could fundamentally remake our democracy, ushering in an era of right-wing minority rule. We'll also check in to see what else is happening at the Bucks County Beacon and in our communities. Check out all the great work at the Bucks County Beacon at https://buckscountybeacon.com/ and you can sign up for Cyril's newsletter on Substack: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/ Article link: Cyril Mychalejko, "Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick Wants To Change The US Constitution And Radically Transform The Country," Bucks County Beacon https://bit.ly/3dNQRKm You can help support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at patreon.com/rcpress. Your support has helped make today's show possible. And make sure to join our Discord Server to continue the conversation all week long. Just click on the link in today's show notes: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV Don't Let Paul Martino & his Oligarch Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money. You can get more information and drop your donation at https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/.  

    Friday Politics Roundup for August 19, 2022 | Build Back a Little Bit now law; climate crisis worsens; Bucks Co school boards; Fetterman trolls Oz; big D&D anouncement

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 83:29


    Raging Chicken's Friday Politics Roundup for June 24, 2022. We're back at our regular time and there's a lot going on. Amy Knecht is back to help to dig into the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics. Joe Biden finally signs the build back a little bit bill, aka the Inflation Reduction Act. Yes, it's the biggest climate legislation in U.S. history. No, it will not be enough and we are once again putting faith in the market and the tax code, because that's the only way we do policy in this country.  Speaking of climate change, the Colorado River is at historic lows. Have you seen the pics? It's not just the U.S. astounding pictures of the Loire River, France's longest river, reduced to a trickle is pretty telling of our climate future.  New study finds the emergence of an “extreme heat belt” in the U.S. By 2053, an area running from Texas to Illinois will hit a heat index of at least 125 degrees at least one day a year.  Liz Cheney, to no one's surprise, lost her primary to a Big Lie proponent.  School Boards are back in session! Palisades held its first meeting of the new school year this past Wednesday night. A few irate parents showed up and demanded answers from the Superintendent over a trespassing incident that occurred at one the elementary schools.   Fetterman is heating up the troll machine in his race against the Wizard of Oz. How's shopping at Wegners for crudité - that's a veggie tray for us plain folk.  Big D&D news. Wizards of the Coast announced the coming of One D&D which will include an updated rule system, digital and hardcover book bundles, and a digital platform driven by the Unreal Engine…all through D&D beyond. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress.  Don't Let Paul Martino & His Oligarch Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Mark Pinsley - Democratic candidate for PA State Senate's 16th district

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 65:03


    This week I welcome Mark Pinsley to the show. Mark is the Democratic candidate for PA State Senate for the 16th district. The 16th district was newly drawn to include portions of Northern Bucks County and Lehigh County. Mark is currently the Lehigh County Controller and is seeking to add to Democratic pick ups in the State Senate. Following Republican Pat Browne's loss to his right-wing challenger in the Republican primary, Jarrett Coleman, there is even more at stake. Jarrett Coleman is an anti-abortion candidate that served on the Parkland School Board to push anti-masking policies during the pandemic and who stoked the flames of Critical Race Theory conspiracies. Mark Pinsley brings an experienced, progressive voice to this election with so much at stake. With enough people on the ground organizing by his side, Mark Pinsley has a good shot at turning the PA16 Blue! We'll talk to Mark about his campaign and the stakes of this November's election. LINKS: Mark Pinsley's campaign site: https://www.votemarkpinsley.com/ You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. Don't Let Paul Martino & his Oligarch Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for July 27, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 39:02


    On today's show, Cyril and I will be digging the on-going school board saga at Central Bucks School District - in particular, the School Board's new book banning policy. The School Board met again last night and passed the controversial policy by a 6-3 vote. Parents, student, and community members rallied outside the meeting and expressed their opposition to their policy in the meeting. Once again Central Bucks is putting itself in the national spotlight for what happens when extremists take over. Check out all the great work at the Bucks County Beacon at https://buckscountybeacon.com/ and you can sign up for Cyril's newsletter on Substack: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/ You can help support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at patreon.com/rcpress. Your support has helped make today's show possible.  Don't Let Paul Martino & his Oligarch Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. And make sure to join our Discord Server to continue the conversation all week long. Just click on the link in today's show notes: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Alyssa Bowen from True North Research on right-wing dark money funding anti-abortion push to take over state governments

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 55:15


    On this week's show, I welcome Alyssa Bowen back to the program. Alyssa is a Senior Researcher and Managing Editor at the progressive watchdog organization True North Research. Tonight our  focus turns to the right-wing dark money that is funding the anti-abortion movement's push to take over state legislatures and deepen the devastation wrought by the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.  Alyssa received her PhD in History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2021 with an interest in fascism and antifascism, solidarity and social movements, immigration/exile and transnational history. She has bylines in the Nation and in Truthout, where she is a regular contributor. More of her public writing can be found on True North Research's website and Substack. Follow Alyssa on Twitter @AlyssaAnnBowen. We'll be talking about two of Alyssa's recent co-authored articles for TruthOut, "Dark Money Fuels the Anti-Abortion Movement's Push to Control State Legislatures" and "Right-Wing Dark Money is Coming for Reproductive Rights in Your State." Links to both articles are in today's show notes. Articles “Dark Money Fuels the Anti-Abortion Movement's Push to Control State Legislatures"  https://bit.ly/3zlU5gz  "Right-Wing Dark Money is Coming for Reproductive Rights in Your State" https://bit.ly/3RMoWdx Resources True North Research: https://truenorthresearch.org/ Documented: https://documented.net/ Center for Media and Democracy: https://www.prwatch.org/ Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's bill on public disclosure: https://bit.ly/3zzTEQ5 You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. Don't Let Paul Martino & his Oligarch Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    Friday Politics Roundup | J6 Hearings Finale; Climate Crisis; Moms for Liberty Meet; Respect for Marriage Act; Higher Ed Workers Bailing; Democratic Billionaires F'ing Things Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 58:31


    NOTE: The audio was lost after the break around the 59 minute mark. If I can figure out what happened and can correct, I'll post it later. The first hour of the show is fine. Sorry that you're not going to hear the discussion of the Mastriano campaign, Buck County GOP official heading to jail, and cool new D&D stuff! The January 6th Committee brought part 1 of their public hearings to a close last night by showing the world what Donald Trump DIDN'T do during the insurrection. We also got to see tough guy Josh Hawley running from the mob like a frightened bunny.  Yes, the climate is in crisis. It's not something that will happen; it's happening. The UK saw record-setting temperatures of 104 degrees and much of Western Europe and the United States experienced and continue to experience extreme heat.  Moms for Liberty held its first national conference this week in Florida and pledged to deepen their assault on school boards and multiracial democracy. Florida Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis and National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair, Senator Rick Scott, headlined the event.  A new survey finds that more than half of higher education workers are making plans to leave their jobs or academe altogether. 57.2% said they were somewhat likely to leave their jobs while about 35% said they are likely or very likely to get out within the next 12 months.  The House voted to codify marriage equality into law with the “Respect for Marriage Act.”. Will Democratic Senate leaders fumble the ball?  And, writing in The Guardian, Steve Phillips is asking the right question: Why are Democratic billionaires backing white candidates over better candidates of color? As he writes, “not only is it a bad look and a continuation of institutional racism in a party that is nearly half people of color, but, most immediately is bad electoral politics”

    Out d'Coup LIVE for July 18, 2022 | William Horne on his new article about our fascism problem and the need to name it

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 55:18


    On this week's show, I welcome William Horne back to the show to talk about his new article, "Why I Use the 'F' Word (and You Should Too)." Horne is an Arthur J. Ennis Postdoctoral Fellow at Villanova University & co-founder of the Activist History Review. He just launched a new newsletter on substack, In Case of Emergency, that will be a space to engage critical anti-fascist thinkers; expose the history and growing threat of fascism in the U.S.; and, amplify the ways disrupt systems of exploitation the far-right are actively working to permanently codify in American culture and governance. You can check out his newsletter at https://drwilliamhorne.substack.com/ and you can check out all the great work over at the Activist History Review at  https://activisthistory.com/ You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    Friday Politics Roundup for July 15, 2022 | Back from haitus; community organizing; GOP v. Dem organizing strategies; report those UFO; and, so much more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 80:34


    Raging Chicken's Friday Politics Roundup for June 24, 2022. So much to catch up on! It's great to be back after a two-week hiatus for family vacation. Today we had a great community initiated discussion about organizing for the midterms, the differences in how the GOP and the Dems run their parties and campaigns, the critical importance of the PA gubernatorial race, how the right-wing is coming for our public libraries, and so much more.  Articles mentioned today: “What legislation did Gov. Tom Wolf approve or veto during budget season?” Pennsylvania Capital-Star: https://www.penncapital-star.com/campaigns-elections/what-legislation-did-wolf-veto/ “Manchin Pulls Plug on Climate and Tax Talks, Shrinking Domestic Plan,” New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/14/us/politics/manchin-climate-taxes.html “What's Happening With The Vinton (IA) Public Library?” https://iowastartingline.com/2022/07/13/whats-happening-with-the-vinton-public-library/ “House votes to make it easier to report UFOs” Politico https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/13/house-votes-easier-report-ufos-00045640 You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress.  Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, supporting local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmasking the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    Friday Politics Roundup | SCOTUS overturns Roe; SCOTUS OKs guns on city streets; J6; Biden cancels more student load debt; Wheel of Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 143:56


    Raging Chicken's Friday Politics Roundup for June 24, 2022. We're back at our regular time and there's a lot going on. We're here to dig into the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics. It's a dark day in America. The Supreme Court just overturned Roe v. Wade.  The Supreme Court rules that we must all return to the Wild West, arming ourselves in public in case there is a call for a showdown, effectively turning all our Main Streets into OK corrals. Apparently, Westerns are part of the “American Tradition” in the Constitution. And, as you might imagine, shares of Smith & Wesson rose more than 9% on Wall Street. Update on January 6th hearings.  According to a new report by the Education Data Initiative, in Pennsylvania, 661,000 student loan borrowers between the age of 25 and 34 owe an average of more than $35,000 each - more than $23 billions collectively. 35 - 49-year-olds owe an average of $46,377 each, or $20.74 billion. Those between 50 - 61 owe an average of $46,929; and, borrowers over 62 owe an average of $45,539 each. In total, American student loan borrowers owe more than $1.7 trillion in student loan debt.  The Biden Administration's Department of Education has agreed to cancel $6 billion in student loan debt for more than 200,000 borrowers who were defrauded by their mostly for-profit colleges or universities. That is on top of the more than $25 billion in student loan debt the administration already canceled for more than 1.7 million borrowers. Supposedly, the Biden administration will decide by August 31 if it will make good on Biden's campaign promist to cancel at least $10,000 in student loan debt across the board.  Kim Bedillion of the Pennridge GOP goes all in on her anti-LGBTQ crusade. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress.  Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    Friday Politics Roundup | January 6 hearings; AFL-CIO minimal organizing goals; bye-bye retirement; gun deal dead?; new leadership for Bucks County Dems; Mastriano signals; Elon Musk sucks; D&D

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 103:39


    January 6th hearings are doing an exceptional job making it abundantly clear that Trump and those close to him were consciously planning a coup. And yet, the hearings also seem to have a side project of rehabilitating the Republican Party. Maybe Nancy Pelosi will get her wish of an even stronger GOP after all.  Key takeaways Day 2 and Day 3 AFL-CIO sets a goal of organizing a million new workers over the next 10 years. However, as Hamilton Nolan explains in In These Times, that's a nice soundbite but it sets the stage for further decline in union density.  The Labor Notes Conference gets underway in Chicago today.The Labor Notes Conference is the biggest gathering out there of grassroots union activists, worker center leaders, and all-around troublemakers. The recent stock market nose-dive has wiped out more than $3 trillion in retirement savings this year. One more example of the consequences of leaving retirement up to a glorified casino. The House always wins.  And remember that big bipartisan deal on new federal gun reform? Yeah, well, the big GOP “partner” on the talks, John Cornyn from Texas just walked away from negotiation and put any potential deal in question. Their self-imposed deadline was yesterday, before Senators went on vacation. But, vacation comes first.  The Wolf Administration is still trying to get $2000 checks out to Pennsylvanian, but state Republicans don't want you to have them.  State Senator Steve Santisiero becomes the new chair of the Bucks County Democrats. Can his leadership help right the ship?  Doug Mastriano introduced a bill in the State Senate Government Committee that would make it  law that "the liberty of a parent to direct the upbringing, education, care & welfare" of their child is "a fundamental right." PA legislature punts bills on gun reform. Gov. Wolf calling the move “shameful.” Democrats are trying to use a procedural motion to get a vote.  PASSHE Chancellor Greenstein announced a new funding scheme for remaining universities, but no one really seems to understand what the consequences will be. Par for the course, I guess. Space X employees draft letter criticizing Elon Musk. Musk goes ahead and fires at least five of them.  NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover spots trash on the Red Planet, reminding us all that wherever we go, we trash it up.  Launch of first D&D campaign - Lost Mine of Phandelver! You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress.  Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

    Special Out d'Coup LIVE for Wednesday, June 15, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 49:31


    It's a special Wednesday show that's not THE Wednesday Show. We've had some scheduling craziness this past week and a half, but we're finding out way through. Can things get crazier? Yes. Yes, they are about to. What's on your mind and what's happening in your neck of the woods? LINKS: "The Future of Public Education in Pennsylvania Rests on the Governor's Race," Mindy Isser, Bucks County Beacon "White Nationalist Book Publisher Revealed," Hannah Gais, Megan Squire, Jason Wilson and Michael Edison Hayden, Southern Poverty Law Center. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress.  Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

    Friday Politics Roundup for June 3, 2022 | Biden for Assault Weapons Ban; GOP plot to corrupt local elections; cancel student debt; PA gun laws; APSCUF new president; D&D; 3D printed ear

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 125:28


    Biden gives prime-time speech call for a ban on assault weapons (sort of). He said: “After Columbine, after Sandy Hook, after Charleston, after Orlando, after Las Vegas, after Parkland, nothing has been done. This time, that can't be true. This time we must actually do something.”  Thanks to video tapes obtained by Heidi Przybyla [Prezbella], investigative reporter at Politico, we now have a window into a GOP plot to recruit and train political operatives to run as poll workers so they could more effectively challenge voters and disrupt elections at the precinct level. The tapes also expose a GOP to “build out a nationwide district attorney network” favorable to overturning the will of the majority.  Direct action gets the goods. Biden administration is canceling all the student loan debt held by former students of the predatory, for-profit Corinthian Colleges. But as Ann Bowers, a member of the Debt Collective and one of those students who had her debt canceled, tells the story…it was organizing and activism that won the day.  There are cracks forming in Pennsylvania Court's “preemption” rulings that have prevented municipalities from enacting their own gun laws. A great piece by Angela Couloumbis and Stephen Caruso of Spotlight PA breaks it down.  PA Gubernatorial candidate, Doug Mastriano (also known by his super-villain alias “Dog Moth”), sent materials to the January 6th select committee this week - however, there are some serious exceptions to what he was asked to produce. He is also reportedly willing to testify before the committee. We shall see.  Once again the Teacher Shortage Alarm is sounding. New reporting in the Philadelphia Inquirer echos reporting from earlier this year about the rapid decline in prospective teachers.  APSCUF gets a new old president following Jamie Martin's announcement that she would not be running for a second term due to health issues. Ken Mash, Martin's predecessor, will return as APSCUF's president as the faculty union enters a contract negotiations year. The current contract will expire June 30, 2023. Given the unprecedented gutting of PASSHE's universities and consolidating 6 of the 14 state universities into 2, all indications are that faculty and students may need to dust off their 2016 strike manuals.  Doctor's transplant first 3D printed ear using human cells of the patient.   Dungeons and Dragons makes it in the New York Times. And just in time for the release of the new “Monsters of the Multiverse” sourcebook. Woot! The Wheel keeps on turning. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress.  Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for June 1, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 41:27


    On this episode of the Wednesday Show, Cyril and I will take a look at what's happening with the Bucks County Beacon and the decision by Gannett News to cut the columns of Cyril and other community voices out of the the Bucks County Courier Times & The Intelligencer. What does that tell us about the corporate takeover of local newspapers and what we need to do in the progressive media community.  Check out all the great work at the Bucks County Beacon at https://buckscountybeacon.com/ You should also sign up for Cyril's newsletter on Substack: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/ You can help support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at patreon.com/rcpress. Your support has helped make today's show possible.  Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We're putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. And make sure to join our Discord Server to continue the conversation all week long. Just click on the link in today's show notes: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV  

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Kierstyn Zolfo, PA Indivisible Legislative Chair, unmasking Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in #PA01

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 55:26


    Tonight, I welcome Kierstyn Zolfo back to the show. Kierstyn is the PA Indivisible Legislative Chair and Bucks County organizer. We'll be ripping the moderate mask of Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick by digging into is anti-abortion record, his "election integrity" gaslighting, his use of "alternative facts" to cover his unpopular votes, and his relationship with the Philly Republican ballot harvester.  What, that's not enough? Maybe we'll add in his "surprise" visit to Ukraine while still refusing to hold town halls for his constituents in the #PA01. We'll also highlight her latest article in the Bucks County Beacon, "Rep Brian Fitzpatrick's Use of Dirty Campaign Money is Shameful." And maybe, just maybe, we'll talk about why re-electing Brian Fitzpatrick this fall will bolster Republican's efforts to repeal many of the gains of the 20th century. LINK: Channel Your Rage - Info and Resource session by Indivisible Lanbertville/New Hope: https://indivisiblelnh.com/ "Rep Brian Fitzpatrick's Use of Dirty Campaign Money is Shameful," in the Bucks County Beacon. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress/ Don't Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools: If you want to help us end the domination of right-wing money tipping the scales to the extreme on our school boards and in our communities, we've made that easy. Simply drop a donation to the Raging Chicken Community Fund at https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Help us support community organizing and school board candidates that our communities and our children deserve. Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV  

    Friday Politics Roundup for May 27, 2022 - Horrors of the Uvalde school massacre; the Mastriano threat; Biden prepares to move on student debt; book chat

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2022 101:48


    On this week's Friday Politics Roundup, I'm joined once again by special co-host, Amy Knecht. The past week have been pretty nuts. It's been devastating, really. And now we are being forced to repeat the Republican dog-and-pony show defending guns over kids. It's sickening. But that's not all. We'll down more of the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics. You can help support homegrown, progressive media by becoming a patron of Raging Chicken for as little as $5/month: https://www.patreon.com/rcpress Don't Let Paul Martino Buy Our Schools. Help us invest in progressive organizing and candidates in Bucks County and across Pennsylvania: https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/ Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Sara Aniano, social media misinformation researcher, on right-wing extremist rhetoric from the People's Convoy to the Buffalo shootings

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 44:16


    On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I welcome Sara Aniamo to the show. Sara Aniano is a researcher who recently graduated from Monmouth University with a master's in communication. Her work on social media misinformation and the rhetoric of the far-right has garnered nationwide media attention. She aims to use her expertise in the future to clean up the information ecosystem online. Her new article, "Deflection and Denial Following the Buffalo Terror Attack," published by the Global Network on Extremism and Technology," looks at right-wing media's response to the white supremacist that killed 10 people at a supermarket in a black Buffalo neighborhood.  Aniano was one of the graduate student researchers featured in a recent CNET article, "The Unsung Force Digging Through Misinformation," who have been on the front lines exposing QAnon, anti-vax misinformation, and right-wing conspiracy theories. She also spent extensive time covering the "People's Convoy" of right-wing truckers this past March.  Links: "Deflection and Denial Following the Buffalo Terror Attack," Sara Aniano https://bit.ly/3NvswG0 "The Unsung Force Digging Through Misinformation": https://cnet.co/3kRX3Br Follow Sara Aniano on Twitter: https://twitter.com/coolfacejane You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress/ If you want to help us end the domination of right-wing money tipping the scales to the extreme.on our school boards and in our communities, we've made that easy. Simply drop a donation to the Raging Chicken Community Fund at https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Help us support community organizing and school board candidates that our communities and our children deserve. Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV  

    A THURSDAY Politics Roundup with special co-host, Amy Knecht. Talking PA Primaries and What's Up with Bucks

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 86:32


    On this week's special Thursday edition of our Friday Politics Roundup, I'm joined once again by special co-host, Amy Knecht. The past couple weeks have been pretty nuts. We'll be talking about this week's PA Primaries, take a look at organizing in defense of abortion rights, and so much more. Join us as we break down the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics. You can help support homegrown, progressive media by becoming a patron of Raging Chicken for as little as $5/month: https://www.patreon.com/rcpress Don't Let Paul Martino Buy Our Schools. Help us invest in progressive organizing and candidates in Bucks County and across Pennsylvania: https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/ Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

    The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for May 18, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 26:18


    On this episode of the Wednesday Show, Cyril and I take a look at yesterday's PA primary elections and what the results tell us about Pennsylvania, Republicans, and Democrats. We'll also take a look at the latest reporting over at the Bucks County Beacon.  You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. What to check out: The Bucks County Beacon: https://buckscountybeacon.com/ Cyril's newsletter: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/

    Out d'Coup LIVE | The Night Before the PA Primary - what's on your mind?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 51:51


    On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, we'll be taking a deep breath before tomorrow's PA primary. There is a lot at stake. I'm interested in what's on your mind and how you're going to be spending your Election Day. Taking your comments and thoughts. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress/ If you want to help us end the domination of right-wing money tipping the scales to the extreme.on our school boards and in our communities, we've made that easy. Simply drop a donation to the Raging Chicken Community Fund at https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Help us support community organizing and school board candidates that our communities and our children deserve. Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV

    Friday Politics Roundup | Inky no GOP endorsements; Doylestown Abortion Justice Rally; Lenape MS crackdown on students; emerging Christian Nationalist orgs; and, so much more.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 60:36


    On this week's Friday Politics Roundup, we've got a bit of an abbreviated show. Still breaking down the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics. Links: Doylestown Abortion Justice Rally, Sunday 5/15 @ 11am: https://buckscountybeacon.com/2022/05/the-truth-of-our-abortion-stories-need-to-be-shared/ Chris Ullery, Lenape Middle School Principal threatens to call police on student protesters: https://bit.ly/39jLccJ You can help support homegrown, progressive media by becoming a patron of Raging Chicken for as little as $5/month: https://www.patreon.com/rcpress Don't Let Paul Martino Buy Our Schools. Help us invest in progressive organizing and candidates in Bucks County and across Pennsylvania: https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/ Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Jonathan Kassa - North Penn School Board Director on effective organizing against extremism and rebuilding democracy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 52:05


    On tonight's show, I welcome Jonathan Kassa to the program. Jonathan is a Director on the North Penn School Board. He is also a national expert in school and campus safety.  North Penn has experienced the same kind of right-wing extremism flooding school board meetings across Bucks County. North Penn found its meetings disrupted by members of Moms for Liberty and ReOpen Bucks. In the last school board election, North Penn also saw the flood of right-wing money into the campaign. Jonathan Kassa has been unwavering in calling out extremism, warning about the threat to our democracy, and insisting on defending our kids and communities. Link:  Bucks County Beacon, "Right-wing misinformation leads to rape and death threats at PA01 elementary school," by Cyril Mychalejko https://bit.ly/3LYX96o You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress/ If you want to help us end the domination of right-wing money tipping the scales to the extreme.on our school boards and in our communities, we've made that easy. Simply drop a donation to the Raging Chicken Community Fund at https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Help us support community organizing and school board candidates that our communities and our children deserve. Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV  

    Out d'Coup | Friday Politics Roundup for May 6, 2022 - SCOTUS draft to end Roe, Democratic Party Fails, and PASSHE's slow destruction

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 120:19


    On this week's Friday Politics Roundup, we'll be talking look at this week's SCOTUS draft opinion set to overturn Roe v. Wade. We'll also start taking a hard look at deep problems in the Democratic Party leaning on the Courts and the Media to do their political work for them. We'll also take look at some of the concrete consequences of PASSHE Chancellor Greenstein's austerity policies. We'll also be taking your comments and thoughts.   Links:  Rebecca Traister, "Democratic Leaders Are Getting the Abortion Story Wrong — Again," https://bit.ly/37qbhqe Ian Milhiser, "If Roe v. Wade falls, are LGBTQ right's next?" https://bit.ly/3LOar5s Ian Milhiser, "The case against the Supreme Court of the United States," https://bit.ly/3MToOpl You can help support homegrown, progressive media by becoming a patron of Raging Chicken for as little as $5/month: https://www.patreon.com/rcpress   Donate to the Raging Chicken Community Fund to help us invest in progressive organizing and candidates in Bucks County and across Pennsylvania: https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/   Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3          

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Garen Meguerian - Civil Rights and Free Speech Lawyer

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 46:28


    On today's show, I welcome Garen Meguerian to the show. We'll be talking about his three-part series in the Bucks County Beacon on how defamation lawsuits can be used as weaponized tools of censorship. He digs into how a "rash of defamation suits filed by prominent local Republicans underscores the need for stronger laws protecting the right to free speech in Pennsylvania."  Meguerian is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey.  He has represented clients in both state and federal courts.  He is AV peer review rated from Martindale-Hubbell reflecting achievement at the height of professional excellence and integrity.   Meguerian received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, where he  served as an Associate Editor of the American Criminal Law Review.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Honors Philosophy from Villanova University in 1992, where he was awarded the University's Valedictory Medallion. Meguerian is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and the Chester County Bar Association.   Check out his webpage: https://www.garenmlaw.com/ You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress/. If you want to help us end the domination of right-wing money tipping the scales to the extreme.on our school boards and in our communities, we've made that easy. Simply drop a donation to the Raging Chicken Community Fund at https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Help us support community organizing and school board candidates that our communities and our children deserve. Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV

    The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for April 27, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 36:32


    On this week's show, we'll catch up with Cyril about all the amazing stuff happening under his leadership at the Bucks County Beacon and his latest article calling out the Bucks County Courier-Time's hard-fail in their editorial about Bucks County Dems blunder in planning a fundraiser for Ukraine with the deep-pocketed right-wing funder, Jim Worthington.   You should also sign up for Cyril's newsletter on Substack: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/   Read the Bucks County Beacon: https://buckscountybeacon.com/   You can help support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. Your support has helped make today's show possible.   You can also help out the show by heading over to our YouTube channel - if you are not there already - and smash that subscribe button, like the stream for this show, and hit that notification bell so you'll know every time we go live.   And make sure to join our Discord Server to continue the conversation all week long. Just click on the link in today's show notes: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV   If you want to help us end the domination of right-wing money tipping the scales to the extreme.on our school boards and in our communities, we've made that easy. Simply drop a donation to the Raging Chicken Community Fund at https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Help us support community organizing and school board candidates that our communities and our children deserve.

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Union organizer Daisy Pitkin on her new book, ”On the Line: A Story of Class, Solidarity, and Two Women's Epic Fight to Build a Union”

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 52:11


    On today's show, I welcome Daisy Pitkin to the show. We'll be talking about her new book, On the Line: A Story of Class, Solidarity, and Two Women's Epic Fight to Build a Union. On the Line is a first-person account of a five-year campaign to unionize the industrial laundry factories in Phoenix, Arizona. This is a book for every current or future union organizer or anyone who joins the long-haul struggle for justice and solidarity. As I've said to anyone who was willing to listen - on any platform - On the Line is a heartbreaking, hopeful, truthful, complicated, and beautiful book.  Daisy Pitkin has spent more than twenty years as a community and union organizer, working first in support of garment workers around the world, and then for U.S. labor unions organizing industrial laundry workers. Her essays have been awarded the Montana Prize, the DISQUIET Literary Prize, the New Millennium Award, and the Monique Wittig Writer's Scholarship. She grew up in rural Ohio and received an MFA from the University of Arizona. Pitkin lives and writes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she works as an organizer with an offshoot of the union UNITE. Find her at daisypitkin.net and follow her on Twitter at @daisypitkin. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at patreon.com/rcpress.  Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV If you want to help us end the domination of right-wing money tipping the scales to the extreme.on our school boards and in our communities, we've made that easy. Simply drop a donation to the Raging Chicken Community Fund at https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/. Help us support community organizing and school board candidates that our communities and our children deserve. 

    Out d'Coup | Friday Politics Roundup for April 22, 2022 with Guest Host Amy Knecht

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 83:56


    Biden administration is teasing a new round of student debt cancellation and relief. The Education department said on Tuesday that this could mean debt cancellation for about 40,000 borrowers and three years of additional credit for more than 3.6 million borrowers seeking income-driven repayment. That could add another boost to the economy and the long-term well-being of tens of thousands of Americans. Bankrate study. The woman behind the “Libs of TikTok” Twitter account has been outed in new reporting by Taylor Lorenz in the Washington Post. Lorenz reports that Chaya Raichik, a real estate salesperson in Brooklyn, is behind the account which has spread “groomer” conspiracy theories on social media and has the ears of right-wing lawmakers such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.  Jeffrey Yass, the head of Susquehanna International Group, and the deep-pocketed right-wing political funder is officially the richest man in Pennsylvania, according to a new analysis by ProPublica. He has collected an average of $1.3 billion a year in annual income from 2013 - 2018. Only five other Americans earned more.  This morning the New York Times released a report that reviewed 21 of Florida's rejected math books. Florida's Dept. of Education reported that the rejected books contained “prohibited topics” such as critical race theory and social emotional learning. Only four pages were released by the Dept as examples; one contained a problem set that used statistical data from the Race Implicit Association Test.  Court challenges were filed by a Lycoming County resident calling for the removal of Doug Mastriano and Scott Perry from ballots for next month's primary because of their participation in the January 6th Capitol insurrection.   Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is looking to sell off two of the luxury dorms at Edinboro University that were completed just 10 years ago and featured quite prominently in my early reporting at Raging Chicken. “Wall Street on the Susquehanna: PASSHE Bond Scheme Bleeds Education Budget for Beautiful Buildings” Palisades made headlines again! The Herald ran a piece last week about Palisades reconsidering a live streaming option for school board meetings! The option to live stream meetings would cover both regular bi-monthly board meetings as well as committee meetings.  And Amy was doing some phone backing last night for Alexandra Hunt. We'll see how that went. What books are we reading? You can help support homegrown, progressive media by becoming a patron of Raging Chicken for as little as $5/month: https://www.patreon.com/rcpress Donate to the Raging Chicken Community Fund to help us invest in progressive organizing and candidates in Bucks County and across Pennsylvania: https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/ Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u  

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Brett Wilkins - Democracy 'Under Seige' in GOP War on Black Voters; Ilham Omar calls on US to join ICC; Lula promises to end illegal mining on Indigenous lands

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 45:06


    On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I welcome Brett Wilkins to the show. Brett is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Prior to joining Common Dreams in 2020 his articles, focusing on issues of war and peace and human rights, have been published on Counterpunch, Antiwar.com, Asia Times, teleSUR, Mondoweiss, and Venezuela Analysis. He is also the communications coordinator for San Francisco Berniecrats, an Our Revolution affiliate, and was a member of Collective 20, a socialist writers' collective whose notable members included Michael Albert, Medea Benjamin, Noam Chomsky, and Bill Fletcher Jr. Today we're digging into a his recent article, "Democracy 'Under Siege' in GOP War on Black Voters: Report," which unpacks the National Urban Leagues 2022 report on how "Republican federal and state lawmakers are working 'in concert' with political operatives and violent extremists 'to disenfranchise, delude, manipulate, and intimidate American voters and establish one-party rule." I hope to dig into more of his current articles as well. LINKS Article: "Democracy 'Under Siege' in GOP War on Black Voters: Report": https://bit.ly/36mbIRL Brett Wilkins on CommonDreams: https://www.commondreams.org/author/brett-wilkins Brett Wilkins' home page: https://brettwilkins.com/ Help us support community organizing and candidates working to stop the right-wing extremists take-over of our school boards in Bucks County and across PA. Make a contribution to the Raging Chicken Community Fund. Click here for more info: https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/ Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV  

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Shanna Danielson on PA and national teacher shortage, school board extremism, and the 2022 mid-term elections

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 60:38


    On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I welcome Shanna Danielson back to the program! Shanna is a middle school music teacher in south-central PA. She is a former candidate for state senate and state house, and a 2019 graduate of Emerge PA. Shanna currently serves as Secretary of the Democratic Party of York County, vice-chair of the Northern York Democratic Club, a member of the Democratic State Committee for York County, an elected Auditor for Carroll Township, and has recently been elected as the Southern Region PACE Director for PSEA. And, of course, Shanna is one of the awesome co-hosts of the Sisters of the Night Caucus podcast.  Shanna lives in Dillsburg with her husband, son, and many cats. On tonight's show, we're going to dig into the teaching shortage in Pennsylvania and across the nation. We'll dig into the conditions that are driving more and more teachers to leave the profession and fewer and fewer students choosing to become teachers. Yes, COVID exacerbated these conditions. But the crisis in our public education system runs much deeper.  Links: Follow Shanna on Twitter: @shannaforPA Sisters of the Night Caucus podcast: https://bit.ly/3E0e4SR Pennsylvania Capital-Star article: “Staffing shortage, COVID-19, politics take toll on Pennsylvania teachers,” by Marley Parish https://bit.ly/378JOcp

    Friday Politics Roundup for Friday April 8, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 72:25


    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned this week that the Earth is “firmly on track toward an unlivable world,” saying that unless dramatic and radical action takes place in the next few years, it is next to impossible to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and makes even 2 degrees warming unlikely.  The IPCC said they have “high confidence” that unless countries make radical cuts in fossil fuel emissions, the planet will on average be 2.4C to 3.5C (4.3 to 6.3F) warmer by the end of the century — “a level experts say is sure to cause severe impacts for much of the world's population.” It's official, Ketanji Brown Jackson is confirmed as the first Black woman to become a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Horrifying scenes in the Ukrainian town of Bucha emerged this week as the world now has to confront the full scope of Putin's war crimes.  New Amazon communications app for workers bans words like union, bathroom, justice, and slave labor.  The newly merged Pennsylvania Western University - formerly California, Clarion, and Edinboro - launched their new registration app just a few days before students register for Fall 2022 classes. And, as you would expect, the last minute roll-out is not going so well.  As we record today's show, SpaceX is launching the first fully private mission to the ISS. The four person, all-male crew is part of Axiom Space's Ax-1 mission. Axiom Space seeks to make “living and working in space, commonplace.”  From Gizmodo: “Axiom describes Ax-1 as a “precursor” private astronaut mission. It's the first of four proposed missions, all of which are stepping stones for the company as it looks ahead to the construction of its private orbital outpost, dubbed Axiom Station. Construction of the station is scheduled to begin in 2024; a succession of modules will be incrementally added to the Harmony node of the ISS.”

    Out d'Coup LIVE | David Backer - Ending ”Toxic Financing” of our public schools

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 73:48


    On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I welcome David Backer to the show. David is an associate professor of educational foundations, policy studies, and leadership at West Chester University. He writes a weekly newsletter called Schooling in Socialist America and tweets at @schooldaves. We'll be talking about his recent article in Dissent Magazine, "Toxic Finance." In that piece, David looks into how outbreaks of COVID-19 in schools across the country exposed the crisis in our schools' long-ignored infrastructure problems. But more than that, he shows how the way the United States finances school building improvements and maintenance worsened the problem. Another case of hiding the ball so students, teachers, staff, and parents get stuck with inefficient, inadequate, and unequal schools. We'll also talk about some recent proposals - such as the Green New Deal for Public Schools - that would begin to take on the financial barons that profit off public education for personal gain. Links: David Backer, "Toxic Finance," Dissent Magazine David Backer's newsletter, "Schooling in Socialist America" 

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Rick Smith - A ”Which Side Are You On” moment for PA's labor movement

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 37:49


    On this special episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I welcome Rick Smith to the show. Listeners to Raging Chicken's podcasts know that Rick is the Founder and Host of the Rick Smith Show. For those who don't know, The Rick Smith Show is by working people, for working people. It's a place that serves up a heaping portion of democracy with a side of fairness, the grit of a Teamster, and no apologies. Where facts are the center, where science is real, and where everyone gets a seat at the table.  I think you'll find today's show will only underscore Rick's commitment to building a strong, democratic, inclusive, and equitable union movement for and by working people.  On his show last week, Rick blew the whistle about a history of allegations of sexist and abusive behavior by the newly appointed President of the PA AFL-CIO, Frank Snyder. As a result, there is now an investigation into the history of those allegations. Rick is calling on out-going AFL-CIO president Rick Bloomingdale to "take responsibility for enabling the abusive behavior of the person who is replacing him as the most powerful labor voice in Pennsylvania." He is also calling Bloomingdale to release the women workers from their NDAs and "issue a statement allowing former employees to talk to the investigators and reporters about the abuses without fear of being sued for violating any NDA or confidentiality agreement."  Links: Rick Smith Show: https://www.thericksmithshow.org/ Follow Rick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RickSmithShow Call on out-going president of the PA AFL-CIO, Rick Bloomindale, to release women workers from their NDAs of confidentiality agreements and "issue a statement allowing former employees to talk to the investigators and reporters about the abuses without fear of being sued for violating any NDA or confidentiality agreement." Tag Rick Bloomingdale on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RWBloomingdale Tell the PA AFL-CIO to make public the findings of their investigation into allegations of sexist and abusive behavior by Frank Snyder. Tag them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaAFL_CIO Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV    

    Out d'Coup | Amazon Labor Union; Don't say gay bill; OK's abortion ban; West Chester Dem school board members removed; Pennridge ends DEI; Moment of reckoning for PA labor movement; The Dungeon Run

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 83:10


    Amazon workers' bid to unionize is looking pretty good. At the end of yesterday's vote count at Amazon's Staten Island facility, YES votes for the union stood at 57% according to Reuters. Vote counting continues today and union organizers are feeling pretty good. UPDATE: Amazon Labor Union WINS!!!! Meanwhile, new information shows that Amazon spent $4.3 million in their anti-union campaign just this past year. So, is that why the costs of my packages are going up?  Florida Gov. DeSantis signs the “Don't Say Gay” bill and the right-wing doubles-down on their anti-gay and anti-trans culture war.  Oklahoma's Abortion Ban sets its sights on completely gutting Roe v. Wade.  County judge orders 5 West Chester Area School District Democratic board members to be removed. Why? Because they supported a policy to keep the district's masking policy in place. The case calling for the removal of the board members stems from a lawsuit filed by Beth Ann Rosica the Executive Director of the right-wing PAC, Back to School PA. She is fresh off her landslide defeat in her bid to become West Chester's mayor.  Pennridge School District school board puts its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee on hiatus.  It's an inflection point for Pennsylvania's labor movement. Newly appointed president of the PA AFL-CIO has got some skeletons in his closet and Rick Smith is taking out the laundry. Will PA AFL-CIO take a stand against the abuse of women in the labor movement?  The Dungeon Run's “Heroes of Bingle” campaign comes to a close. 

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Jessica Corbett, staff writer at CommonDreams, on fossil-fueled war in Ukraine, Biden's misdirected LNG plan, & windfall profit tax proposed by Sanders, Markey, and Bowman

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 53:56


    On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I welcome Jessica Corbett to the show. Jessica is a staff writer at Commondreams.org. We'll be talking about two of her most recent articles focusing on the fossil fuel links to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Biden's problematic LNG (liquified natural gas) plan to ease European energy needs in the wake of the conflict. Kelly Sheehan of the Sierra Club noted on Wednesday, March 13 that "allowing for the expansion of new and expanded pipelines and gas export facilities, which wouldn't come online for years, would do nothing to help Europe in the short term and would only line the pockets of fossil fuel executives and lock in reliance on risky, volatile fossil fuels for decades to come." As recent reports of record heat waves in Antarctica and the Artic should indicate, locking in more dependency on fossil fuels will be catastrophic.  In addition to her work at Commondreams.org, Jessica has fact-checked for or been published by outlets including In These Times, Rolling Stone, Salon, The Nation,  and VICE. Her work primarily focuses on the intersection of politics, public health, and the environment. She also explores human and civil rights, gender and sexuality, and peace and labor movements.  Reporting from Jessica Corbett from tonight's show:  Jessica Corbett, "'Ukrainian Blood on Their Hands': Analysis Details How Big Oil Funded Putin's War Chest," https://bit.ly/3qYFRhl Jessica Corbett, "Ahead of EU Gas Announcement, Biden Urged to Boost Clean Energy Not LNG," https://bit.ly/3IELVkX Jessica Corbett, "Sanders Intros Revival of 95% Windfall Profits Tax From WWII to Curb Corporate Greed," https://bit.ly/3qIf2xM Additional articles from CommonDreams.org that we discussed on tonight's show:  Andrea Germanos, "McKibben 'Heat Pumps for Peace' Plan Gains Traction With Biden," https://bit.ly/3tOhrsk Jake Johnson, "Youth Strikes Worldwide Demand Climate Action That Centers 'People Not Profit'," https://bit.ly/3IO7P5t Kenny Stancil, "US Import Ban on Russian Oil a 'Blow to Putin's War Machine,' Says Biden," https://bit.ly/3INbhNq Julia Conley, "Majority of Americans Fear Nuclear Weapons Use After Russia's Ukraine Invasion," https://bit.ly/3qI18LQ Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV