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Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod is a public affairs program that airs Tuesday through Friday on KPFK Radio from 7 to 8 AM (PST). Tune in at 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 93.7 FM North San Diego, 99.5 FM Ridgecrest-China Lake, or www.kpfk.org. Sojourner Truth brings you news and…

Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod


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    Fri - 4.29.22.ST - Friday Roundtable

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 57:33

    Today on Sojourner Truth: Our Friday Roundtable is back with panelists: peace activist and school board member Jackie Goldberg, Mexico-based journalist Laura Carlsen and Professor Gerald Horne. Each of our panelists have chosen topics they will be discussing including: COVID-19 profiteering and the current state of infections, the recent bombings in Occupied Palestine and Israel's role, climate change, the January 6th attack on the capital and much more.

    Wed - ST - 4.27.22 -Selma James and Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 59:31

    Today on Sojourner Truth we bring you a conversation with Professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Black feminist theorist and theoretical physicist and Selma James, long-time feminist activist and Wages for Housework co-founder, to discuss, "Our Time is Now," an anthology by Selma James and the legacies of inter-generational feminism. Selma James is a women's rights and anti racist campaigner and author. From 1958 to 1962 she worked with C.L.R. James in the movement for West Indian federation and independence. In 1972 she co founded the International Wages for Housework Campaign, and in 2000 helped launch the Global Women's Strike whose strategy for change is Invest in Caring, Not Killing. She coined the word unwaged, which has since entered the English language. In the 1970s she was the first spokeswoman of the English Collective of Prostitutes. She is a founding member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. She co authored the classic The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community, which launched the domestic labor debate. Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and core faculty in women's and gender studies at the University of New Hampshire. Her research in theoretical physics focuses on cosmology, neutron stars, and dark matter. She additionally does research in Black feminist science, technology, and society studies. Dr. Prescod-Weinstein is also a columnist for New Scientist and Physics World. Nature recognized her as one of 10 people who shaped science in 2020, and Essence magazine has recognized her as one of 15 Black Women Who Are Paving the Way in STEM and Breaking Barriers. A cofounder of Particles for Justice, she received the 2017 LGBT+ Physicists Acknowledgement of Excellence Award for her contributions to improving conditions for marginalized people in physics and the 2021 American Physical Society Edward A. Bouchet Award for her contributions to particle cosmology, including co-founding Particles for Justice. Her first book The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred received the 2021 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the science and technology category and was named a Best Book of 2021 by Publishers Weekly, Smithsonian Magazine, and Kirkus. It has been a finalist for several awards including the 2022 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. The Disordered Cosmos was also longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize in Caribbean Literature. Originally from East L.A., she divides her time between the New Hampshire Seacoast and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Th.4.28.22 - ST

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 56:32

    Today on Sojourner Truth: We bring you updates on the Child Tax Credit in the U.S. with our guest Anna Aurilio, the Federal Campaign Director of Economic Security Project Action. We will also speak with Nell Myhand, Quad Chair of the California PPC and member of the Bay Area Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Steering Committee who will share details about their forthcoming action and the latest on their work locally and nationally to amplify the voices of low/no wealth people and the demands for resources to meet basic needs for housing, education, healthcare, and a livable climate. Finally, we will hear about the upcoming webinar on Haiti and receive an update on the latest in Haiti with our guest Seth Donnelly, an educator, author and organizer with the Haiti Action Committee.

    Fri - 4.22.22 - ST - Hoodwinked3.WouldBuildBackBetterBurnBillionsmp3

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 56:07

    Today, as we culminate Earth Week, we are bringing you a special broadcast on the environment: Part 3 of Hoodwinked in the Hothouse: Would Build Back Better Burn Billions? This is the third panel of a series that builds on the momentum created by the most recent report on the impact of climate change on indigenous and frontline communities titled, HOODWINKED IN THE HOTHOUSE (THIRD EDITION): RESIST FALSE SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE. As part of President Biden's infrastructure plan, federal and state governments are providing billions in so named “climate subsidies”, policy incentives and tax breaks to dangerous and dirty energy industries. These include: biomass and waste incinerators; nuclear power, and carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure for fossil-fuel facilities, frontline and environmental justice communities are facing increased pollution burdens and toxic threats. Today's panel discussion highlights emergent threats of climate false solutions across U.S. federal and state policy landscapes. Panelists are community campaigners, community leaders, researchers, and frontline organizations who are fighting the myths associated with carbon capture and storage, nuclear, hydrogen, biofuels and waste incineration. Along with debunking what they see as false climate crisis solutions, they also highlight inspiring stories of success led by environmental justice communities. They point out that to effectively move money away from dangerous policy directions and towards real climate justice solutions, coalition building is needed amongst national green groups, labor unions, climate philanthropy, and policymakers who should work with frontline communities in opposing these schemes.

    April is National Poetry Month ST presents Poet Ron Baca

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 8:09

    Today on Sojourner Truth, as the month of April wraps up, we honor national poetry month with Boyle Heights-based poet Ron Baca, who will share some of his poems and discuss his connection with Homeboy Industries.

    Th.4.21.22 - EarthWatch guest Desmond D'sa

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 15:29

    A recent rain bomb struck South Africa, killing and injuring thousands. We discuss this climate change catastrophe with ecologist and organizer Desmond D'Sa, for our weekly Earth Watch segment in partnership with the Global Justice Ecology Project.

    Th.4.21.22.EarthMinute: U.S. approves oil & gas drilling

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 1:12

    Today on our weekly Earth Minute segment in partnership with the Global Justice Ecology Project, we will hear about the recent decision by the President Biden administration to resume oil and gas drilling on public lands, being condemned as a reckless failure of climate leadership.

    Th.4.21.22 - ST - Rainbomb.Frenchelections.poetry

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 54:55

    Today on Sojourner Truth the French Presidential Election will take place this Sunday. In response, on Monday, several dozen undocumented migrants, known as sans-papiers, and their supporters took over unoccupied apartments in the 9th arrondissement section of Paris to demand rights for all, citing the right to adequate housing and the plight of the undocumented migrant as two issues that have been absent in the French Presidential campaign. Protestors from the collective Chapel du vous, are using one of the occupied apartments as an embassy for immigrants, calling on the example of Ukrainian refugees who in a matter of weeks, had access to a system to facilitate accommodation, documents and free access to transportation. Activist and expatriate Benoit Martin joins us from France to discuss these protests and the forthcoming French Presidential Election. A recent rain bomb struck South Africa, killing and injuring thousands. We discuss this climate change catastrophe with ecologist and organizer Desmond D'Sa, for our weekly Earth Watch segment. We will also hear about the recent decision by the President Biden administration to resume oil and gas drilling on public lands, being condemned as a reckless failure of climate leadership. Lastly, as the month of April wraps up, we honor national poetry month with Boyle Heights-based poet Ron Baca.

    Wed.4.20.22ST-Shawnee.Roundtable

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 51:05

    Three decades ago, in the summer of 1990, activists from Earth First! occupied the Fairview Timber sale site in the Shawnee Forest— which is located in Southern Illinois for 79 days — using their bodies to block the logging equipment and using legal strategies to challenge the harvesting of the lumber in court. This historic action has come to be known as the Shawnee Showdown. This relatively small group of activists were successful in stopping commercial logging in the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois for 17 years. But in 2013, the Forest Service won a motion to lift the injunction. Currently, thousands of acres at the Shawnee National Forest are scheduled for logging operations. Shawnee is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they allow logging on public lands, wood is then sold to logging companies at a price that is below market value. The fight to save the Shawnee Forest continues today, with the most recent attempt by organizers to transfer the Shawnee National Forest out of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's control and into the hands of the U.S. Department of the Interior, with a proposal that would establish Shawnee as a National Park and designate it as the nation's first climate preserve. Today on Sojourner Truth, we continue our Earth week coverage with our round panel. Our guests are three ecologists: John Wallace, Steve Taylor and Orin Langelle, that took part in the Shawnee Showdown nearly 30 years ago, joining us today to discuss their experience and the present fight to establish the Shawnee Forest as the nation's first climate preserve.

    Sojourner Truth presents: Hoodwinked in the Hothouse Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 57:16

    Today on Sojourner Truth we begin our Earth week coverage with Hoodwinked in the Hothouse Part 2: Frontline Voices of Indigenous Resistance beyond Climate False Solutions. This panel features Indigenous organizers from frontline communities that are disproportionately impacted by false solutions to the climate crisis. From Anishnabeg communities in Canada fighting the contamination of water to Diné communities in Southwest Turtle Island, climate false solutions such as nuclear power, megadams, fracking, and many more continue to cause displacement, contamination of land, food, & water, and disaster in Indigenous communities worldwide. Todays speakers include :Kandi White representing the Indigenous Environmental Network Leona Morgan of Diné No Nukes and Lucien Wabanonik, Anishnabeg Tribe and Innu First Nations The panel will share stories from the frontlines about their efforts to stop the ongoing impacts of false climate solutions such as nuclear power and radioactive waste dumps, enhanced oil recovery for fracking in the Bakken Oil Shale, tree plantations and hydroelectric plants & mega dams built on the land of First Nations tribes in Quebec. Climate false solutions such as nuclear power, hydropower, biofuel, fracking and enhanced oil recovery, carbon offsets, carbon capture, biodiversity offsets, and nature based solutions are sold by corporations and NGOs alike as ways to combat climate change that also boost the economy. Solutions rooted in growth and profit will not solve the climate crisis and will continue to enact violence on the natural world and on frontline communities across the globe. This panel will focus on Indigenous organizations that are contributing to movements for systemic change and climate justice, led by frontline communities and nurtured through processes of resistance, resurgence and decolonization.

    Fri.4.15.22 - ST - Roundtable

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 61:36

    Today on Sojourner Truth, journalist Laura Carlsen, peace activist and school board member Jackie Goldberg and Dr. Gerald Horne, Moores Professor of History & African-American Studies at the University of Houston, are back for this Friday's roundtable edition. Discussing the recent police killing of 26-year-old Patrick Lyoya in Grand Rapids Michigan, the latest on the Presidential election in France and the looming danger of a possible win by the far right. Could this win escalate the war in Ukraine? Also, Haitian immigrants are not being given the same refugee and asylum treatment as Ukrainian refugees in the U.S. and throughout Europe, it is undeniable but what can be done?

    ST - 4.14.22 - Thur - Jasmine Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 13:31

    Today on Sojourner Truth, April is national poetry month, and we are joined by Oklahoma-born/Seattle-based poet Jasmine Elizabeth Smith who will share some of her work. Jasmine Elizabeth's poetic work is invested in the Diaspora of Black Americans in various historical contexts and eras. Jasmine received her MFA in Poetry from the University of California in Riverside. Jasmine Elizabeth Smith currently works as an associate guest editor for the Black Earth Institute's: About Place Journal while teaching a variety of English and writing courses in south Seattle: Jasmine Elizabeth Smith's creative and professional endeavors include building the visibility of Black women in outdoor spaces, arts advocacy for historically marginalized communities, and using her creative work to speak to the lacunas within Black history to bring greater foresight to our present moment.

    Thur.4.14.22. Ukraine. Dr. Gerald Horne

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 20:17

    Today on Sojourner Truth we discuss the latest developments in the Ukraine Russia war with Dr. Gerald Horne. Dr. Gerald Horne is Moores Professor of History & African-American Studies at the University of Houston, he has written more than 30 books. His most recently published book is “The Bittersweet Science: Racism, Racketeering and the Political Economy of Boxing.” He is also the author of “The Dawning of the Apocalypse:The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century,“ White Supremacy Confronted: U.S. Imperialism and Anti-communism vs. the Liberation of Southern Africa, From Rhodes to Mandela,” “Jazz and Justice: Racism and the Political Economy of the Music, to name a few. Dr. Horne was granted the “Ida B. Wells and Cheik Anta Diop Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership in Africana Studies.”

    Thur.4.14.22 - Earth Minute: Climate Change Report

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 1:12

    Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly Earth Minute discusses the latest findings in a report on the impacts of climate change, and how a group of scientists are taking action.

    Thur.4.14.22 - Earth Watch - Dr. Gary Wockner

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 7:10

    Our weekly Earth Watch guest is Dr. Gary Wockner. Dr. Gary Wockner is a Global Environmental Activist, Scientist, Writer specializing in river and water protection and climate change. Noted by publications as a “Eco-Rockstar Impacting the Planet,” and a “River Hero”, Gary is author of numerous magazine articles and newspaper columns as well as the 2016 book, “River Warrior: Fighting to Protect the World's Rivers”. Gary founded and directs three river protection organizations, the biggest of which, Save The Colorado, focuses on protecting the Colorado River. Dr. Wockner joins us today to share how the fight for clean water is unfolding and what we can do about it.

    ST - Thur.4.14.22 - Ukraine.Rivers.Poems

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 57:34

    Today on Sojourner Truth, we discuss the latest developments on the Ukraine Russia war with Dr. Gerald Horne. Our weekly Earth Minute relays the latest findings in a report on the impacts of climate change. Our Earth Watch guest is Dr. Gary Wockner, arch defender of the Colorado River who will share how the fight for clean water is unfolding and what we can do about it. Finally, April is national poetry month, we conclude with Oklahoma- born/Seattle-based poet Jasmine Smith who will share some of her work.

    4.7.22 - Thur -ST-D.A.Bullock

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 8:32

    Today on Sojourner Truth Today on Sojourner Truth Minneapolis prosecutors announce they will not charge the police officer who shot and killed 22 yr-old Amir Locke during a no-knock raid in February. We speak to Minneapolis-based activist and organizer with Reclaim the Block, D.A. Bullock on this decision.

    4.7.22 - Thur ST - Amir.Ukraine.Naturecnsv

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 57:05

    Today on Sojourner Truth we speak to law professor and writer Alfred de Zayas on the Ukraine/Russia conflict. Prosecutors will not charge the police officer who shot and killed 22 yr-old Amir Locke during a no-knock raid in February. We will speak with Minneapolis-based activist D.A. Bullock on this decision. And this week's Earth Watch guest is founder and Executive Director of Dogwood Alliance, Danna Smith who will give us an update on forest protection in the U.S.

    4.7.22 Earth Minute: Open Letter to the Nature Conservancy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 1:18

    Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly Earth Minute is an open letter to the Nature Conservancy.

    4.7.22 - Earth Watch - Danna Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 9:12

    This week's Earth Watch guest on Sojourner Truth, is founder and Executive Director of Dogwood Alliance, Danna Smith who will give us an update on forest protection in the U.S. Danna is the founder of Dogwood Alliance. For over 20 years, she has been at the forefront of forest protection in the US, leading hard-hitting campaigns and negotiating ground-breaking forest protection commitments from some of the largest companies in the world. She is a leading voice connecting the dots between climate change, forest destruction and social justice and pushing for forest protection in the US at a scale necessary to meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st Century. She holds a law degree from Emory University.

    4.1.22-ST-FridayRoundtable

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 58:12

    Today on Sojourner Truth Radio, Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg & Dr. Gerald Horne join host Margaret Prescod for their Friday roundtable to discuss the latest on the ongoing Ukraine Russia conflict and its impact on the rest of the world, as well as their thoughts on the supreme court hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson.

    03.31.22-ST-Title42.SaveTrees.CesarChavez

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 58:17

    Today on Sojourner Truth, we discuss the administration's announcement that the U.S. will welcome over 100,000 Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion, and what lifting Title 42 would mean for asylum seekers from countries like Haiti and Cameroon, with our guest attorney and Executive Director of Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), Nana Gyamfi. This week's Earth Watch guest is Zack Porter, Executive Director of Standing Trees, who will give us an update on their continued work to protect and restore forests on New England's public lands. And on this holiday, we commemorate the late UFW labor organizer Cesar Chavez.

    Earth Minute: Native Forests

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 1:03

    Today on Sojourner Truth we share this week's Earth Minute on the importance of preserving Native Forests.

    3.31.22-Thur-Sojourner Truth-EarthWatch-ZackPorter

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 14:27

    This week's Earth Watch guest on Sojourner Truth is Zack Porter, Executive Director of Standing Trees, who will give us an update on their continued work to protect and restore forests on New England's public lands.

    EarthWatch: Phillip Owen

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 9:36

    Today on Sojourner Truth, our guest is Phillip Owen joining us from South Africa to give us an update on the present deforestation in South Africa caused by large scale timber production. Philip Owen is an environmental activist and founding member of GeaSphere, a nonprofit organization registered in South Africa. For more than two decades, GeaSphere has been raising awareness regarding the environmental and social impacts of large scale industrial timber plantations (also called ‘forests'). The organization networks with Southern African and International Organizations including TimberWatch, South African Water Caucus, Global Forest Coalition and others.

    Earth Minute: International Day of Forests

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 1:05

    Learn about International Day of Forests and what it means for our planet.

    SCOTUS nomination hearings and deforestation in South Africa

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 57:31

    Today on Sojourner Truth we discuss the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Republicans make false allegations and exaggerated claims, calling Brown Jackson a supporter of terrorists for defending prisoners in Guantanamo Bay Prison during her time as a federal public defender. Attorney Barbara Arwine and journalist Laura Carlsen weigh in on the significance of the first black woman to be nominated for the Supreme Court contrasted with this behavior from the Republican party. And we conclude with our weekly Earth Watch guest, Phillip Owen who will discuss the present deforestation in South Africa.

    EarthWatch guest Jaydee Hanson on GM salmon

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 14:52

    Today on Sojourner Truth's weekly Earth Watch segment our guest is Policy Director for the Center for Food Safety, Jaydee Hanson. Multinational corporations pushing GM crops, food, trees and fish are up against environmentalists who outright oppose them or question the need for them. Will we see a future where foods are derived from GM microorganisms or GM animals are more broadly introduced into the market? Does the general public even know what GM foods they are now consuming? In 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California agreed, with the ruling that the FDA ignored the serious environmental consequences of approving GM salmon. The court also ruled that FDA's unilateral decision that GM salmon could have no possible effect on highly endangered, wild Atlantic salmon was wrong and it violated the Endangered Species Ac. The original suit was filed in 2016 by the Quinault Native American tribe in Washington state, who sued the FDA along with environmental and fishing organizations, for approving the safety of GM salmon based on limited research. We will speak to Policy Director for the Center for Food Safety, Jaydee Hanson on the recent court ruling and what it means for the future of GM foods in the U.S. Jaydee Hanson's expertise includes emerging technology issues related to nanotechnology, synthetic biology, animal cloning, animal genetic engineering and gene editing. He has a Master's degree in Biogeography and Resource Management from the University of Hawai'i. Before coming to the Center for Food Safety, he worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service, starting both the environmental justice program of the United Methodist Church and their genetics and bioethics program. He is a co-author of the Principles for the Oversight of Synthetic Biology, the US co-chair for the Nanotechnology Taskforce of the Transatlantic Consumers Dialogue, a member of the synthetic biology experts committee for the Convention on Biological Diversity and a fellow of the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future.

    3.17.22 - Thur - GMO Salmon - St.Patrick's Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 56:19

    Multinational corporations pushing genetically modified or GM crops, food, trees and fish are up against environmentalists who outright oppose them or question the need for them. Will we see a future where foods are derived from GM microorganisms or GM animals are more broadly introduced into the market? Does the general public even know what GM foods they are now consuming? In 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California agreed, with the ruling that the FDA ignored the serious environmental consequences of approving GM salmon. The court also ruled that FDA's unilateral decision that GM salmon could have no possible effect on highly endangered, wild Atlantic salmon was wrong and it violated the Endangered Species Ac. The original suit was filed in 2016 by the Quinault Native American tribe in Washington state, who sued the FDA along with environmental and fishing organizations, for approving the safety of GM salmon based on limited research. We will speak to Policy Director for the Center for Food Safety, Jaydee Hanson on the recent court ruling and what it means for the future of GM foods in the U.S. Maggie Ronayne, trade unionist and a member of the Global Women's Strike, joins us from Ireland to discuss the war in Ukraine and the history of St. Patrick's Day.

    Earth Minute: Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 1:12

    Today on Sojourner Truth: What are genetically modified mosquitoes? Who is making them and why? Find out in today's Earth Watch segment

    3.16.22-Wed- The Future of Medicaid in the U.S.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 57:16

    In 2020, COVID-19 was declared a public health emergency (PHE). Two years later, over 16 million people, including 6 million children, could potentially lose health insurance when the federal public health state of emergency (PHE) ends as soon as April 2022. We will speak to public health reporter Libby Watson about the impact this will have on millions of Americans. Also, we will discuss the historic role of the U.S. in the Ukraine/Russia war with organizer and writer Bryce Green. Finally, what are genetically modified mosquitos and who is making them? Find out in today's Earth Minute segment.

    Tue-3.15.22 - The Latest on the Ukraine-Russia conflict

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 58:18

    The world is witnessing the horrors of war live on TV including its impact on civilian populations. According to the UN there have been 636 civilian casualties and 1, 125 injured. As the war drags on, more humanitarian corridors have opened most recently in a Province in North-Eastern Ukraine close to the Russian border. Over two million Ukrainians have fled, most are in neighboring Poland where the welcome mat has been laid out for them. There are reports however, that Black and other refugees of color fleeing the Ukraine are having a difficult time getting out of Ukraine and are being denied entrance to Poland or treated in a racist manner on the one hand by Ukrainian police and on the other hand by Polish guards. Today we dig deeper into the crisis, with our guests, historian and Professor Gerald Horne who has recently written an article in Monthly Review on the Ukraine/Russia conflict, and scholar William Hartung, senior research fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. His work focuses on the arms industry and the U.S. military budget. What are the historic routes, why would a no-fly zone lead to widening the war, what has been the role of NATO and the US?

    Sojourner Truth Weekly Round table Discussion

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 57:24

    Today on Sojourner Truth we bring you our Friday Roundtable with our panel: Jackie Goldberg, Laura Carlsen and Dr. Gerald Horne for the hour. We will discuss the latest news update in the Russia Ukraine tension and the arms race influencing countries to show support for either Russia or Ukraine. We will also discuss the conservative's surmounting campaigns around the nation in states including: New Hampshire, Florida and Texas, to conceal American history through their proposal of laws that would censor teachers from including any instruction and books on factual accounts of U.S. History. We end with a nod to Black History Month, where we will hear from our guests who have each selected a historical black leader to lift up.

    Earth Watch: Dawn Chapman on the Westlake Landfill Superfund Site

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 8:47

    There are 1344 Superfund sites on the National Priorities List in the United States. Forty-eight additional sites have been proposed for entry on the list. For years activists have worked to draw attention to the Westlake Landfill, in MO, a superfund site, that encases a radioactive fire that is currently burning underground. The radioactive Superfund site has sat in the middle of a St. Louis Community for over 45 years leaving surface level radioactive waste to blow and be subject to all the elements. Presently, the Westlake Landfill is experiencing an active fire deep underground. It causes waste to decompose at an accelerated rate, producing excess gas and liquid. This results in a pungent odor byproduct of this gas and liquid. The Westlake Landfill sits in the floodplain of the Missouri River where radioactive contaminants (from the landfill?) are spreading into other neighboring communities along the river. The waste was created during World War II, when St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt Chemical Works purified all the uranium for the first nuclear weapons. The waste was eventually purchased by Cotter Corporation, then illegally dumped in north St. Louis County in 1973 The EPA classified it as a Superfund Site–a classification only given to the most polluted sites in the U.S.-- and put it on the National Priority List in 1992 30 years ago. Since then residents most impacted by the toxic waste site have organized to demand government action. In 2018 the EPA declared plans to remove a majority of the radioactive material and ensure the safety of the surrounding community. The clean up plan intended to remove contamination by digging out waste at varying depths between 8 and 20 feet below the surface, depending on the amount of radioactivity that exists at each location. Concerned residents continue to urge the EPA to revise and adjust their clean up plan to include the river and surrounding areas. Unhealthy levels of radium and other radioactive material remain despite these clean up efforts, resulting in constant exposure for the soil and the people living closest to the site, increasing their chances of developing lung cancers, lupus, asthma, and tumors. Advocates continue to urge the EPA to continue to clean the superfund site and make revisions to their clean up plan that take into account data reflecting current radioactive levels. Our guest joining Sojourner Truth Radio today is Dawn Chapman, a resident who lives near the landfill who will tell us what the EPA has done this far; the impacts of contamination on her community and discuss her ongoing advocacy work to push the EPA to clean up the West Lake site. Dawn Chapman, runs non-profit organization “Just Moms STL, (St. Louis) working in tandem with co-founder Karen Nickel. Just Moms is an advocacy group formed with the goal of raising awareness and community engagement regarding the nearby West Lake Landfill Superfund site. Living mere miles from the landfill, Dawn became engaged in this effort in 2013 after contacting the MO Dept of Natural Resources regarding pungent odors. That call lead Dawn on an unlikely journey from housewife and mother of three to becoming an advocate, a repository of knowledge and history about this site, and even a mentor to people dealing with the impact of other Superfund sites on their own communities across the country. Dawn has collaborated with and advised local, state and federal agencies, media organizations, and both locally affected community members as well as passionate environmental advocates worldwide. She has presented to groups as widely varied as high school and college classes, church and municipal groups, the MO State Legislature, all the way up to appearing before the United Nations Human Rights and Environmental Justice division. She was also invited to present to the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Her story is documented in the HBO Documentary: Atomic Homefront.

    Black History Today: Health & Wellness, Superfunds in St. Louis + What is Legacy of A Garage Band?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 57:07

    Today on Sojourner Truth Radio, we continue our Black History Month coverage with a focus on this years BHM theme Black Health and Wellness. Discussing present day and historic challenges, our guest is Dr. Chandra Ford Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice and Health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. And for our Weekly Earth Watch, environmentalist Dawn Chapman--co-founder of the grassroots group Just Moms STL (Just Moms St. Louis)joins us to discuss the latest on the toxic West Lake Landfill Superfund Site based in St Louis Missouri. She lives within miles of the site. She will share with us what the site is, its impact on her community, what the federal government has done thus far and the ongoing demands of campaigners to clean up the site. She Finally, playwright, and Chicano movement activist David Trujillo joins us to discuss his latest play Legacy of a Garage Band.

    Black History Today: Voting Rights, HBCU Bomb Threats and Racial Epithets

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 57:30

    Today on Sojourner Truth we kick off our Black History Month Coverage. We discuss challenges facing Black and Brown communities today including: on-going bomb threats against HBCUs; the latest on what is going on in Congress to protect certification of Presidential elections and community based work being done to encourage voters and to protect the vote; those on the right slamming President Biden's announcement that he will select a Black woman to the US Supreme Court and the Dept of Justice has refused to reopen the federal investigation into the 2014 police killing of 12 year old Tamir Rice . Our first guest is Barbara Arnwine President and Founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition. And racist and anti-Semitic vandalism at Queens College part of the City University of New York. Delany Hall is a building used by the SEEK Program and was recently vandalized. SEEK students while mixed race are primarily low income, ethnic and people of color students. SEEK Students and faculty alike are pressing the college administration to take action. The SEEK program grew out of the Civil Rights Movement in an effort led by the late Shirley Chisholm. What's going on? We speak with Dr. Natanya Duncan, Director of Queens College Africana Studies. Likely many of you are gearing up to relax and root for your favorite team during Superbowl 2022 which takes place at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Los Angeles on Sunday February 13th. Inglewood is a community facing gentrification with a large Black and other people of color population. But what is going on behind the scenes as law enforcement promises to crack down on those viewed as “undesirables”, houseless people and sex workers. For every Superbowl there is the claim promoted by law enforcement and anti-sex worker campaigners that the bowls are a haven for sex trafficking. Not so says a coalition of sex worker organizations. They are planning to expose racist and sexist trafficking and the superbowl misinformation, and the misinformation about trafficking generally. Our final guest is Alex Makulit an organizer with USPROStitutes Collective.

    Earth Minute: Gulf of Mexico Ruling on Petroleum Sale

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 1:09

    Last week, an 80 million acre oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico was invalidated after a federal judge ruled the auction did not properly analyze the impacts on climate change. The decision casts uncertainty over the future of U.S. federal offshore drilling. The ruling, which cancels 1.7 million acres of oil and gas leases from that sale, comes after a lawsuit filed in March by the environmental group Earthjustice on behalf of a coalition of groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, Healthy Gulf and Friends of the Earth. According to an Earthjustice Senior Attorney, “We simply cannot continue to make investments in the fossil fuel industry to the peril of our communities and increasingly warming planet." Vacating the lease sale is a step in the right direction, but systemic change requires stopping all oil and gas development, and looking for ways to dramatically decrease our energy consumption. For the Earth Minute and the Sojourner Truth Show this is Theresa Church with Global Justice Ecology Project

    So Shall It Be in the End: The Fight for Freedom Continues...

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 54:34

    Today on Sojourner Truth, we discuss the recent district court judgement to reject a plea bargain for one of the three men convicted of murdering 25 year old black man Ahmad Arbery, why did Judge Woods reject the plea? We will speak to attorney and educator, Nana Gyamfi, on this breaking news and her thoughts on how this federal trial could set historic precedent. Plus on the anniversary of a militarized coup in Myanmar, over 130 trade unions and civil society organizations from around the world, have released a joint statement calling on international fashion brands to cease all production and pull out of Myanmar. Labor organizers and coalition groups are demanding mega fashion corporations end their sweatshop practices in Myanmar. We will speak to Khaing Zar Aung, labor union president of the Industrial Workers Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) to discuss conditions for the women working these exploitative jobs for these mega fashion corporations, and their negative response to this demand. Our last guest is Virginia Harris, a member of the Coalition to Free Political Prisoner Ruchell Magee, who will give us an update on Magee's health and the precarious conditions he faces amidst this global pandemic in prison.

    Earth Minute: Labeling GMO Foods Update

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 1:11

    Earth Minute: Latest laws on GMO Food labeling.

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    EarthWatch: Guest Naomi Wagner talks about Jackson State Forest and the fight for its conservation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 6:47

    Sojourner Truth brings you the 1st Earth Watch guest of the week segment of 2022, Naomi Wagner, a non-violence trainer with the Redwood Nation Earth First campaign. To discuss her involvement with the campaign to save Jackson State Forest, a 50,000 acre redwood forest track in Mendocino County, California.

    Retiring SCOTUS, the fight for our Redwood Forest & Child Tax Credits, Oh My!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 49:18

    Today on Sojourner Truth Radio we discuss the latest update on the U.S. Child Tax Credit with Federal Campaign Director of Economic Security Project Action, Ana Aurelio, what do parents need to know to receive this credit now and through their tax returns and what we can do to ensure its continued existence. We will also discuss the latest update on Supreme Court Justice announcing his retirement with our guest Dr. Gerald Horne. Who is on the short list of possible candidates to replace his seat in the midst of forthcoming Supreme Court decisions on abortion rights and affirmative action impacting the future of education in the U.S. We end with our Earth Watch guest of the week, Naomi Wagner, a trainer with the Redwood Nation Earth First campaign, and her involvement with the campaign to save Jackson State Forest, a 50,000 acre redwood forest track in Mendocino County, California.

    ST.Wed.1.26.22.Food& Health Care Reform Not, War?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 53:00

    Today on Sojourner Truth we will discuss NATO and its relationship to the Ukraine Russia conflict. Is war a possibility? Also, the Cal Care Bill being proposed in CA could make CA the first state in the U.S. to offer universal health care to its residents. We will speak to Carmen Comsti, one of the authors of the bill and Policy Specialist for the Nurses Association on what opponents and proponents have to say. Finally we conclude with our last guest Keith McHenry, founder of Food Not Bombs. Who will fill us in on the recent attacks from local governments to quell food not bombs food distribution in cities nationwide.

    ST.Soil.VotingRights.Tue.1.25.2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 52:51

    Today on Sojourner Truth, we chat with veteran civil and human rights advocate Esq.,Barbara Arnwine about what the future of voting is shaping out to look like in the U.S. since the recent filibuster-who will share her report back on all options and pushes to counteract the failure of a just voting rights bill. We will then discuss the popularity of the regenerative soil movement in rural U.S. and it's positive global impact in trapping Co2 thereby acting as a real solution to counteract the fast detriment of climate change. E.D. Susan Jennings of the Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice will discuss the forthcoming BIPOC Farmers Conference coming this September 2022, and its theme around storytelling, and food sovereignty. Lastly, we are following a developing story re: Wright Middle School, a STEM magnet school located in underserved community in LA. The LA Unified School District has proposed to move the campus to a more affluent part of town, Westminster. We will hear from a parent to find out what this means for the Black and Brown STEM students who are able to attend this magnet school because of its location in their neighborhood. Esq. Barbara Arnwine founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, Susan Jennings E.D. for the Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice, and the Warren MS story unfolding in Los Angeles, California.

    Sojourner Truth Radio presents The Eagle and the Condor

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 50:50

    Sojourner Truth Radio presents a discussion on the documentary film The Eagle & the Condor by Directors Clement and Sofie Guerra. The film takes an in depth look at the extractive fossil fuel industries and their devastating impact in the verdant jungles of the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Amazon, and first nations communities in Canada and Oklahoma. The film takes the viewer to these frontline communities most impacted by this environmental degradation, documenting the indigenous land consent response in defense vs the fossil fuel's extractive policies resulting in the present environmental devastation.

    KPFK - Sojourner Truth - Hoodwinked In The Hothouse: Resisting False Solutions to Climate Change

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 53:23

    Sojourner Truth Radio presents an exclusive debrief on the most recent edition of the climate impact report entitled "Hoodwinked in the Hothouse: Resisting False Solutions to Climate Change," written by the Global Justice Ecology Project and the Indigenous Environmental Network in partnership with several grassroots organizations from around the globe. The report raises awareness about false climate solutions that champion superficial changes supported by the fossil fuel industry, and multi-billion corporations. The release of this report comes shortly after the COP 15 Conference where these corporations, and the fossil fuel industry dominated attendance and participation throughout the conference while excluding some of the frontline communities from around the globe most severely impacted by the exploitation of resources. The recent report compiled by this coalition presents sustainable solutions to climate change that center on indigenous practices and resistance to these band aid false solutions. Today we will hear a round table discussion debriefing the report results and solutions with members of this coalition including Tom Goldtooth, E.D. for The Indigenous Environmental Network, Jackie Patterson of The Chisom Legacy Project, Monica de Oro from the Micronesia Climate Justice Alliance, and Ariel Chukwe Derange E.D. for Indigenous Climate Action.

    Sojourner Truth Radio Dr. Martin Luther King in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 57:00

    MLK special discussing Dr. King's legacy in the midst of a historic senate vote over the future of the voting rights act, and the aftermath of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. Featuring our guests, civil rights icon Professor Emerita of African American and Islamic studies Zoharah Simmons and Ash-lee Henderson, the first black woman to serve as Executive Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee.

    Sojourner Truth Radio: December 3, 2021 - Roundtable Discussion

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 57:21

    Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. Our panelists are Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg, and Dr. Gerald Horne. The United States Supreme Court seems poised to strike down or at best greatly undermine Roe v. Wade and a women's right to choose. This is a seat change for women and the political landscape in the United States. Also, decisions on several high-profile cases and their impact on the rise of vigilantism in the United States, including racial tensions. A seat change in the Americas. Honduras elects a left-leaning woman president. Barbados cuts ties with the Queen and becomes a republic. The party of the late Hugo Chavez wins big in elections in Venezuela, while Chile turns to the right. Meanwhile, tensions between the United States, Russia, and China continue to build, as Joe Biden calls for a conference on Democracy.

    News Headlines: December 3, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 5:21

    Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. Our panelists are Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg, and Dr. Gerald Horne. The United States Supreme Court seems poised to strike down or at best greatly undermine Roe v. Wade and a women's right to choose. This is a seat change for women and the political landscape in the United States. Also, decisions on several high-profile cases and their impact on the rise of vigilantism in the United States, including racial tensions. A seat change in the Americas. Honduras elects a left-leaning woman president. Barbados cuts ties with the Queen and becomes a republic. The party of the late Hugo Chavez wins big in elections in Venezuela, while Chile turns to the right. Meanwhile, tensions between the United States, Russia, and China continue to build, as Joe Biden calls for a conference on Democracy.

    December 2, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 57:14

    Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer is planning to bring President Joe Biden's social spending and climate bill to the floor as soon as the week of Dec. 13, according to The Hill. Schumer plans to deliver the bill, known as Build Back Better, to the Senate floor once Democrats finish negotiations. Anna Aurilio, the Federal Campaign Director of Economic Security Project Action, joins us to look into what the bill entails including a proposal to expand the child tax credit. On Wednesday, December 1, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a pivotal case that could result in the repeal of Roe v. Wade. We are joined by Loretta Ross, an activist, public intellectual and professor, looking into efforts by the court's six-member conservative majority to whittle away at Roe, if not overrule it entirely.

    Sojourner Truth Radio: December 1, 2021 - Roe v. Wade, Malcolm X & Ongoing Trials

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 57:10

    Today on Sojourner Truth: On Wednesday, December 1, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a pivotal case that could result in the repeal of Roe v. Wade. The 1973 landmark decision protects a woman's right to have an abortion. Since the Supreme Court decision, forces on the right have been organizing to repeal it, and with the top court stacked with conservative judges, including Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, who were put in place by Donald Trump. Women across the nation are worried that they will lose the right to abortion. According to a 2021 Gallup poll, 58 percent of people in the United States are opposed to overturning the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, while only 32 percent are in favor of overturning it. Mississippi is asking the Supreme Court to affirm its legislatures judgment banning abortions in the state after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Our guest is Dolores Huerta, a mother, grandmother, and icon in the women's movement. Also, Dr. Peniel Joseph joins us to discuss the outcomes of the Charlottesville, Kyle Rittenhouse, and Ahmaud Arbery murder trials, as well as the latest on the murder of Malcolm X. Dr. Peniel E. Joseph is the Barbara Jordan Chair in Political Values and Ethics at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. His latest book, "The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.," was published by Basic Books in April 2020.

    News Headlines: December 1, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 5:24

    Today on Sojourner Truth: On Wednesday, December 1, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a pivotal case that could result in the repeal of Roe v. Wade. The 1973 landmark decision protects a woman's right to have an abortion. Since the Supreme Court decision, forces on the right have been organizing to repeal it, and with the top court stacked with conservative judges, including Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, who were put in place by Donald Trump. Women across the nation are worried that they will lose the right to abortion. According to a 2021 Gallup poll, 58 percent of people in the United States are opposed to overturning the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, while only 32 percent are in favor of overturning it. Mississippi is asking the Supreme Court to affirm its legislatures judgment banning abortions in the state after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Our guest is Dolores Huerta, a mother, grandmother, and icon in the women's movement. Also, Dr. Peniel Joseph joins us to discuss the outcomes of the Charlottesville, Kyle Rittenhouse, and Ahmaud Arbery murder trials, as well as the latest on the murder of Malcolm X. Dr. Peniel E. Joseph is the Barbara Jordan Chair in Political Values and Ethics at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. His latest book, "The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.," was published by Basic Books in April 2020.

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