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Award winning host, author and journalist Laura Flanders interviews forward-thinking people from the world of politics, business, culture and social movements. The show explores actionable models for creating a better world by reporting on the people and movements driving systemic change. We spotlight the solutions of tomorrow, today. The show airs on PBS stations in over 80% of the US market, and airs on 40+ community radio stations, and is available on YouTube and as a podcast. Online subscribers receive lots of video and audio web exclusives. Recent specials include "Indigenous People's Power", "James Baldwin: Lessons for the US", "Building Public Trust for Public Health", "Countering the Coup From the Grassroots Up". Recent special guests include Representative Karen Bass, environmental activist Jane Fonda, economist Robert Reich, author/activist Naomi Klein, agrarian reformer Shirley Sherrod, novelist Arundhati Roy, economist Michael Hudson and ’Next System” theorist Gar Alperovitz.

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    F-Word: Right or Wrong Polls Aren't Good

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 3:32


    "What makes the obsession with polling so problematic is that it ignores the way that polls, even when they're right, are bad for our politics. Polls shrink our options, over-determine policy, and distract us from real life." The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests. Flex your media muscles, become a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow Independent Media! Advertising free!

    BIPOC Media Covered the Elections Differently

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2022 30:02


    (full episode notes are at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow)  When it came to the midterms, mainstream white pundits got a lot wrong that local, Black, Brown and BIPOC media got right, and they're still missing many important stories. That's the message from this roundtable of journalists we call Meet the BIPOC Press, a monthly feature of the Laura Flanders Show.  What do the money media's hits and misses tell us about what journalists need to be doing better — or differently — in the weeks and months ahead? For this conversation, Laura is joined by S. Mitra Kalita, the publisher of Epicenter-NYC and co-founder of URL Media, a network of Black and Brown community news outlets that partners with the Laura Flanders Show every month; Habib Rahman, the cofounder of TBN24, the first Bangladeshi 24/7 live television channel in the US, and Stephanie Williams, the executive editor of the IE Voice and Black Voice News serving Southern California. How did their outlets meet the needs of their constituents and voters? Some of the answers are pretty surprising."Mainstream media is covering misinformation and they're covering the polls. They're not really covering abortion, climate change, your garbage pickup, your kid's PTA.” - S. Mitra Kalita“We have a small network, TBN24. Compared to MSNBC or CNN or Fox we are minute, but they don't understand the power of local journalism, local stations and the influence that we have on the local people.” - Habib Rahman“Looking within our communities we should be reading the pulse of what's happening there, and if it's contrary to the polls, we should use our voices and speak up and say, that's not what we're seeing in my community, regardless of what the polls say.” - Stephanie WilliamsGuests:S. Mitra Kalita: Co-Founder, URL Media; CEO & Publisher, Epicenter-NYCHabib Rahman: Co-Founder, TBN24, Bangladeshi Global Digital TVStephanie Williams: Executive Editor, IE Voice & Black Voice News Help us kick off this holiday season with your good vibrations!  Here at the Laura Flanders Show we rely on you, our hive of listeners, to buzz about the show!  Hit the subscribe button for this podcast, if you haven't already,  and if you're subscribed via apple podcasts, please rate us and write a review.   Thanks in advance to all you busy bees for buzzing about the show and helping us grow!  We are listener supported media, become a member today! https://Patreon.com/theLFShow

    Busting the Thanksgiving Myth: Native Sovereignty & the Red Road

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2022 28:32


    Pilgrims, Indians, the myth of the grateful colonized person — it's been at the core of a persistent but false Thanksgiving narrative that has distorted the true relationship between Indigenous Peoples and white colonizers dating back to Plymouth Rock. As many of us observe Thanksgiving and Indigenous Peoples' Day, the new federal holiday, Judith LeBlanc, executive director of the Native Organizers Alliance, reminds us that “people are questioning.” In the midst of a national reckoning with white supremacy and colonial history, Indigenous people are demanding a new relationship with DC — honoring the traditional, legal, and moral rights of Native nations. In 2021, a group of Native organizers invited Laura to travel with a 25-foot totem pole from the Lummi Nation in Washington State to Washington D.C. stopping for ceremonies in communities under threat and gathering messages for the Biden-Harris administration. In DC they held a historic meeting with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. In this episode, we hear what happened in that meeting, how Native movements are changing, among other myths, the Thanksgiving story, and where a Red Road to the future might lead us — if we followed it. November is National American Indian Heritage Month.“. . . When Native peoples are taking a stand, whether it's no DAPL at Standing Rock or the Keystone XL Pipeline . . . it's not just a Native American issue. We're defending the water and the land for tens of millions of Americans.” - Crystal Echo Hawk“Laws and policies were written without considering Indigenous communities' challenges or their strengths . . . Today and every day, we break barriers to those institutions and systems that were designed to keep us out.” - Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland“We're hoping this Thanksgiving, people take a look at what has happened in this country when it comes to reckoning with systemic racism . . .  We bring the idea that we're all in relationship.” - Judith LeBlancGuests:Crystal Echo Hawk: IllumiNative, Founder & CEOJudith LeBlanc: Director, Native Organizers AllianceMari Margil: Executive Director, Center for Democratic and Environmental RightsAnahkwet/Guy Reiter: Executive Director, Menīkānaehkem Community RebuildersFaith Spotted Eagle: Ihanktonwon Dakota Elder & Brave Heart Society Kunsi Member The show is made possible by listeners like you. Become a member today at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow Members Receive early access to the full uncut conversation and more.

    F-Word: Democrats Miss the Message

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 4:00


    "Win, lose or draw, the allure of the “white working class voter” never dulls for big D Democrats."The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests. Flex your media muscles, become a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow  Independent Media! Advertising free!

    Democrats Stave Off Disaster, For Now?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2022 28:12


    Were grassroots activists able to defend democracy in 2022? For this post-election roundtable, Laura convenes organizers to discuss some of the critical takeaways from this year's election. What have grassroots activists on the frontlines of our democracy learned from this significant midterm election when so many of their issues have been weaponized — from criminal justice, the Native vote, women's self determination and racism. Laura is joined by Sakira Cook, the Co-Interim Vice President of Color of Change, who works to overhaul the criminal justice system and safeguard democracy; Jacqueline DeLeón is an enrolled member of the Isleta Pueblo and is an attorney with the Native Rights Fund where she helped lead field hearings across Indian Country on Native American voting rights, and Heidi Sieck, the co-founder of #VOTEPROCHOICE and an organizer in the reproductive rights and feminist movement for over 30 years. Democrats had high expectations on how the GOP's rollbacks on many fronts would mobilize voters. What worked, and what didn't?“We don't have residential mail delivery to many of our homes. We don't have working roads when the election is in November, during the wintertime . . . These types of absurd realities are exploited when you have laws that are designed to make it more difficult for Native Americans specifically to vote.” - Jacqueline DeLeón“The amount of mobilization that abortion was inspiring voters was underestimated and unsupported at scale . . . We knew that this was an activating issue, and we also saw across the board a failure to invest in mobilizing folks that were really angry about this.” - Heidi L. Sieck“The people do not support the things that [extremists] support. They have to try every tactic, changing the laws . . . These are things that should not be happening in our democracy." - Sakira CookGuests:Sakira Cook: Co-Interim Vice President, Color of Change & Senior Director of Government AffairsJacqueline DeLeón (Isleta Pueblo) Is-Let-a: Attorney, Native American Rights FundHeidi L. Sieck: Co-founder/CEO, #VOTEPROCHOICE The show is made possible by listeners like you. Become a member today at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow Members Receive early access to the full uncut conversation and more.

    D.A. Larry Krasner Facing Impeachment: Criminal Justice Reform in the Crosshairs

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2022 29:24


    Episode Description (Full Episode Notes)- Can a predominantly white state legislature overturn the votes of a predominantly Black city? Larry Krasner, Philadelphia's District Attorney was elected in 2017 on a reform agenda and has been targeted by a GOP backlash ever since. This October, on the last day of business before the 2022 midterms, Republican State Rep. Martina White filed articles for impeachment. If the initiative wins a majority in the GOP-dominated state house, Krasner will have to stand trial in the Senate. To discuss the effort to impeach Krasner, the threat posed to democracy, and how, despite the news reporting, Krasner's reform initiatives work, Laura is joined by the D.A. himself, along with Sara Lomax-Reese of URL Media and Charles Ellison, host of WURD Radio's ‘Reality Check' program. How has the GOP weaponized the issue of violence to smear criminal justice reform and the Democrats pushing for change? And what is being done about the disregard being shown to Black voters who voted heavily for the DA and largely continue to support Krasner's work? And Laura's closing commentary on how the story's being covered — or not.“This is a direct effort by Republicans and the rest of the state to erase the vote of Philadelphians. If they get away with the district attorney, then that means they can erase the votes for mayor, and they can erase the votes for president, or city council or for any other elected official.” - Larry Krasner"What we need to look out for here is that when the party that cannot win in a particular place is finding ways to erase its votes, this is the end of democracy." - Larry KrasnerGuests:Charles D. Ellison (Co-Host): Executive Producer/Host, “Reality Check” on WURDLarry Krasner: District Attorney, Philadelphia, PASara Lomax-Reese (Co-Host): Co-Founder, URL Media The show is made possible by listeners like you. Become a member today at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow Members Receive early access to the full uncut conversation and more.   

    Sarah Jones on Sex & Making an “Unorthodoc”

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2022 29:59


    Full Episode Notes are available HERESarah Jones, Tony Award-winning performer and comedian, is making a different kind of documentary. She calls it an ‘unorthodoc' about sex, power, race, and our economy and how you even talk about such things in today's polarized and commercial media world. "Sell/Buy/Date” expands on Jones' acclaimed 2016 off-Broadway solo production of the same name. She plays herself in the film along with four different characters that she's created, as well as real people whom she interviews, including people in the sex industry with an array of opinions about it. You will see activists of all kinds alongside celebrities. Rosario Dawson and Bryan Cranston make an appearance. And of course, there's Sarah's own mom. The film, produced by Meryl Streep, is in some theaters now and starts streaming November 8 on Amazon Prime. Join Laura, Sarah, and a few unexpected guests for this honest (and hilarious) conversation. “We think of the sex industry as the oldest profession. It's really more like the oldest conversation we're not having in an honest way, about something that affects us all as human beings.” - Sarah Jones“I love the expression, 'hurt people hurt people, but free people free people.' I'd love to see all of us across the gender continuum [free ourselves] around this very tricky topic of capitalism and sex and where they merge.” - Sarah Jones Guest:   Sarah Jones, Tony Award-winning Solo Performer, Writer, Comedian & Activist; Director & Star, Sell/Buy/Date The show is made possible by listeners like you. Become a member today at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow Members Receive early access to the full uncut conversation and more.   

    F-Word: Election Deniers Aren't Born, They're Bred

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 3:30


    You can catch my interview with award-winning reporter Soledad OBrien about how she recommends reporting on liars, through subscribing to this free podcast of the Laura Flanders Show, or catch the program on hundreds of PBS stations. Go to LauraFlanders.org for more information. The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests. Flex your media muscles, become a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow  Independent Media! Advertising free!

    The Georgia Way: Strategies that Work for Winning Elections

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 30:40


    What happened in Georgia in 2020? The election of two Democrats to the Senate from that state handed the presidency to Joe Biden and control of Congress to the Democrats. This was no flash in the pan, but rather the result of decades of organizing. Ray McClendon and Steven Rosenfeld, the editors of a new book, call it the ‘Georgia Way.' “The Georgia Way: How to Win Elections” is an oral history intended to both record the strategies used in Georgia to turn out overlooked voters, and how to spark civic involvement across the US. Andrea Miller, the Executive Director of the Center for Common Ground, People Demanding Action weighs in on the strategizing in Virginia. Hear Laura and guests unpack what's happening in Georgia and key states across the US ahead of the midterm elections and 2024. And get Laura's two cents on election deniers. “What is most needed right now is for people to understand that this election is not about policy, but it's about those who believe in democracy and those who want to see us move to a more authoritarian form of government.” - Ray McClendon“People are going to need to be poll workers. They are going to need to be monitors. They are going to need to be outside, reporting any problems they see. We're reading about groups training people to challenge voters.” - Andrea Miller“Andrea and Ray have taken the time to try to talk to people first, not on the eve of the election, but beforehand to try to get a sense of, “What are you really concerned about?” I know that sounds so simple and obvious, but it's really not done in these statewide and national campaign committee-driven efforts. - Steven RosenfeldGuests:Ray McClendon, Editor, The Georgia Way: How to Win Elections; Political Action Committee Chair, NAACP Atlanta, GeorgiaAndrea Miller, Founding Board Member & Executive Director, Center for Common Ground; Executive Director, People Demanding ActionSteven Rosenfeld, Editor, The Georgia Way: How to Win Elections; Editor & Chief Correspondent, Voting Booth: Independent Media InstituteThe show is made possible by listener and viewers like you.   Become a member today at https://Patreon.com/theLFShowMembers Receive early access to the full uncut conversation.

    Soledad O'Brien on Rosa Parks: The Untold Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2022 29:33


    Rosa Parks is best known to Americans as a national treasure — the little old lady who sat down on a bus and “ended racism.” What we lose in that depiction is what happened before and afterward, which is to say most of the story of Park's lifetime of activism. Soledad O'Brien, the award-winning journalist and producer, has just executive  produced the first ever full-length documentary on the Civil Rights icon, titled “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.” based on the book by Jeanne Theoharis, and directed by Yoruba Richen and Johanna Hamilton. The film tells a much fuller story of the woman best known for her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The film is also being used to create a curriculum for K-12 students. Laura welcomes back Soledad for this revealing conversation on Parks, her legacy, and what the media got wrong. Why is it essential to dispel the myths and to fully understand the role that strategic organizing played in the actions of Rosa Parks, and the implications for her life, and ours today?“Who knew Rosa Parks was a fan of the Black Panthers? Who knew Rosa Parks was as much of a fan of Malcolm X as she was of Dr. King? What does it say about this vision we had of Rosa Parks, where everybody knows her and yet even Hollywood celebrities can't identify this woman who's called the mother of the movement.”“I talk about mistakes I made all the time. I don't mind. I'm happy to, I did them. They exist on tape somewhere. It's okay, let's fix it. Let's get better from it. I think we just need more introspection.”Guest:Soledad O'Brien, CEO of Soledad O'Brien Productions; Award-winning Journalist, Producer & Philanthropist; Executive Producer, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks Full Episode Notes are available to Patreon members and non-members.  We are listener and viewer supported media.  Patreon members receive early access to the full uncut conversation at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow  For more ways to donate go to LauraFlanders.org/donate 

    Bill McKibben & Akaya Windwood: Boomers, Big Banks & Solving the Climate Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2022 30:23


    Hey Boomers: When it comes to the climate crisis, are you the problem, the solution or both? In this episode Laura sits down with acclaimed author and environmental activist Bill McKibben and author Akaya Windwood to find out what's required from all of us to solve the climate crisis. McKibben was the founder of 350.org. He's the author of “The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened.” Windwood is co-author of the newly-released book “Leading with Joy: Practices for Uncertain Times.” The two recently launched Third Act, a new environmental group inviting people over 60 to join the movement. The group embraces getting old, taking responsibility and throwing the full weight of the boomers generation at the climate crisis. Can cutting up our credit cards and organizing to withdraw funds from the big banks funding climate destruction make the impact we need? Explore the steps we can take now to ensure a livable and equitable future for all generations.“I kept hearing people say, ‘It's up to the next generation to solve these problems.' That's ignoble and impractical . . . They lack the structural power by themselves to make the changes that we need.” - Bill McKibben“I've been talking with a number of young folks over the years. Because I thought, ‘It's time for us to step back, right?' . . . They're actually saying, ‘No, that's not what we want you to do. We don't want you to step aside or step back. What we want you to do is step beside us.'” - Akaya WindwoodGuests:Bill McKibben, Environmentalist, Founder 350.org & Third ActAkaya Windwood, Author, Leading with Joy: Practices for Uncertain Times IN PERSON BENEFIT EVENT & LIVESTREAM...Join us October 16th, 2022, in Callicoon, New York,  where we've been filming the show for the past several years.  Laura will be in conversation with Bill McKibben live and with a performance by Taina Asili.   Details, including ticket information, are at LauraFlanders.orgThe event is hosted by Catskill Mountainkeeper, an organization empowering environmental justice communities throughout the region toward a 100% clean and just energy future.  The event is sponsored by Catskill Provisions Pollinator Spirits, a woman led company that donates a portion of their proceeds to support the Bees.   Again, it is a fundraiser! While we are on PBS, we are not funded by PBS.  We are listener and viewer supported media.   We couldn't do this show without you. We remain independent of government and corporate funding.  And if you can't join us, there's information on how you can donate and become a member supporter at LauraFlanders.org.

    Gina Kim: Rising Against Anti Asian Hate

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 30:50


    In March 2021, a 21-year-old man murdered eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at three spas in Atlanta, Georgia. The act of violence was one of the most dramatic assaults in a wave of anti-Asian hate that surged during COVID. For many, the tragic events became a galvanizing moment, reigniting a sense of collective identity and political engagement within Asian American and Pacific Island (AAPI) communities. A new documentary on PBS, Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March, spotlights the movement to turn grief into action and address the challenges that exist when it comes to prosecuting anti-Asian hate crimes. Executive producer Gina Kim is an Emmy-nominated producer, and the film features narration from actress Sandra Oh, original music by Jon Batiste and is directed by Titi Yu. Join Laura and Gina for this impactful conversation on combating anti-Asian hate.“Out of the hate crimes that were being prosecuted against Asian Americans, only 3% ended in a conviction, which is incredibly low.” - Gina Kim". . . People aren't just lying down and saying, ‘This is what it is.' They're fighting back and protecting their communities.” - Gina KimGuest:  Gina Kim, Emmy-nominated Producer & Executive Producer, Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March Celebrate changemakers with us in beautiful Callicoon, NY! We're hosting our first in-person fundraiser with food, drinks, a live performance from Taína Asili and a Q&A and book signing with environmentalist Bill McKibben. Find more information and tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/5n8de6vn

    F-Word: Queen Quashes Campaign News? Lack of Coverage is Routine for Social Movements

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 3:30


    "How do you spark alarm, inform the public, prod people to act, if the media aren't covering the news, political fundraisers griped to the press this week....It's a problem social movements in the US have faced for decades, of course, and met none of the same sympathy from the press."For independent reporting on grassroots change makers around the world and right here in the US, every week, catch the Laura Flanders Show on a public television station near you, or subscribe to the free podcast. This week, Sara Lomax Reese and S Mitra Kalita, co-founders of URL Media, report on the intersections between Black and Indigenous power movements. You can watch, listen and subscribe, at lauraflanders.org.The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests. Flex your media muscles, become a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow  Independent Media! Advertising free!

    BIPOC Media: Amplifying Black and Indigenous Collaborations

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 30:31


    How do Black and Indigenous communities intersect? This special feature for Indigenous People's day explores the forces that have both facilitated and thwarted collaboration and movement-making among Black and Indigenous people in the United States. Exploitation of Black and Indigenous people was integral to the founding of this country, but the nature of that exploitation wasn't exactly the same. Mitra Kalita and Sara Lomax Reese of URL Media return for this month's “Meet the BIPOC Press”. Their guests are Levi Rickert, a citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, founder and publisher, Native News Online and Dr. Kyle T. Mays from the Saginaw Chippewa Nations, Afro-Indigenous scholar and author of An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States. Mays asks: “How can we imagine and put into praxis a world in the aftermath of settler colonialism and white supremacy?”“It's imperative to not only center blackness, but also to center Indigenous peoples because upon whose land were African Americans exploited? This is Indigenous land.” - Dr. Kyle T. Mays“We need to keep the gas pedal on getting Congress to appropriate the proper level of funding. We still have some of the highest levels of disparity when it comes to health disparity and lack of housing. A third of the people on the Navajo nation do not have running water or electricity. These are Third World living conditions, and this is what our native people are still living with.” - Levi RickertGuests:Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation) Publisher & Editor, Native News Online;  Author of Visions for a Better Indian Country: One Potawatomi Editor's OpinionsKyle T. Mays, Ph.D. (Saginaw Chippewa Nation) Associate Professor UCLA,  Departments of African American Studies, American Indian Studies & History;  Author, An Afro-Indigenous History of the United StatesS. Mitra Kalita (Co-Host): Co-Founder, URL MediaSara Lomax-Reese (Co-Host): Co-Founder, URL MediaTickets are on sale now for our first in-person fundraiser! Show your support for the LF Show in Sullivan County, NY, where the show is produced. Plus, environmentalist Bill McKibben will be there for a live Q&A and book signing! Find more information and tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/419711015947 

    Kim Stanley Robinson: Writing the Future Story People Want

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 31:22


    Can a novel become a catalyst to help us address impending climate disaster? That's one question posed by the legendary Kim Stanley Robinson, in his best-selling novel The Ministry for the Future, which begins with millions of Indians dying from temperatures that send people cramming into lakes to cool off — where they literally poach to death. The book has been praised by everyone from Barack Obama to the Dalai Lama and seems to be turning even bureaucrats and bankers' heads. In his work, Robinson creates space for the possibility of change, possible worlds of equity, not only for survival but for justice and a liveable future. Call it speculative fiction, sci-fi, even “cli-fi”, The Ministry for the Future is a blueprint for transformation and pushes us to think not just about how close to the end we might be. If 20 million people in India died in a heatwave today would that be enough to force humanity to act? Join Laura and Stan for this conversation on how we can all imagine change and work to preserve our planet.  Music featured in the middle of the podcast:  “False Alarm” by Ryan Amador and Alixa Garcia, and produced by Brad Kemp, courtesy of the artist.“I'm seeing people responding to my novel, which is just a story, because they want that story. What I'm seeing now is that the 2020s will be a time of intense action and it will mean intense conflict, but good things can come of it.”“I think it's a problem being noticed more and more — that we value the present much more than future generations, who are sure to come if we don't wreck everything.”GUEST:  Kim Stanley Robinson, a multi-award winning, NY Times best selling Science-Fiction novelist; author of over 20 books, including the The Ministry for the Future, Mars trilogy, Aurora, New York 2140 and his most recent, The High Sierra: A Love Story;  named a Hero of the Environment by Time magazine.BECOME A MEMBER:  It's our members that have kept this show available to hundreds of thousands of listeners and viewers like you, but it takes a lot of funds to keep the show flowing nationally. We do not take corporate or government underwriting, we rely on you.  Go to Patreon.com/theLFShow and join our team, by becoming a patron partner or for more ways to donate go to LauraFlanders.org/donate

    F-Word: A.M. Homes' The Unfolding: On War and Also Walking Away

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 3:30


    "Even more than democracy, the language of freedom vs tyranny has characterized this year's mid-term election campaigns."The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests. Flex your media muscles, become a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow  Independent Media! Advertising free!

    A.M. Homes: “The Unfolding” of American Democracy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 29:15


    (Full Episode Notes are at Patreon.com/theLFShow)  Salman Rushdie praised A.M. Homes' latest novel, The Unfolding as, “A terrific black comedy, written almost entirely in pitch-perfect dialogue, that feels terrifyingly close to the unfunny truth.” In this episode, A.M. and Laura discuss political fiction, women writers and the unraveling of American democracy. Homes is an American writer best known for her novel The End of Alice, about a convicted child molester and murderer and Music for Torching, about the run-up to a school shooting. The Unfolding, written in the decade before the January 6th Insurrection, is similarly anticipatory. It follows a Republican donor plotting a mob assault on Washington. It was published this September 6th. Also included, a clip of a solidarity reading at the New York Public Library in support of Rushdie. And a commentary from Laura on the reality journalism of the late Barbara Ehrenreich.  Music featured in the middle of the podcast:  “Miracle” by Ultra Naté from her new album “Ultra” courtesy of Peace Biscuit.Guest, A.M. Homes: Author of over 30 books including The Unfolding; recipient of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction; contributing editor to Vanity Fair and BOMB Magazine, and appears regularly in several publications including, The New York Times, Harpers, Art Forum and The New Yorker.  She also writes for film and television including writing the adaptation for Showtime of her first novel JACK.  She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.*Books by A.M. Homes:“The Unfolding” , Find More About the Book Here“This Book Will Save Your Life”, Find More About the Book Here(*Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. The LF Show is an affiliate of bookshop.org and will receive a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.) It's our members that have kept this show available to hundreds of thousands of listeners and viewers like you, but it takes a lot of funds to keep the show flowing nationally. We do not take corporate or government underwriting, we rely on you.  Go to Patreon.com/theLFShow and join our team, by becoming a patron partner or for more ways to donate go to LauraFlanders.org/donate

    Survival Guide for Humans Learned from Marine Mammals with Alexis Pauline Gumbs

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 29:39


    Are you drowning? The start of the school year can be stressful for parents, teachers and students. And this summer hasn't been smooth sailing for many of us either — with extreme temperatures, a global pandemic and other crises. How do we take a breath? Alexis Pauline Gumbs' UNDROWNED: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals, draws on the practices of marine mammals — they are the experts, after all, in not drowning. (The harbor seal can slow its breath to about four beats per minute!) The book landed her the prestigious 2022 Whiting Prize for nonfiction, and now she is working on a biography of Audre Lorde. Plus, she is bringing people together through Soul Sanctuary, retreats that center a Black, feminist and queer vision. Join Laura and Gumbs for a conversation on how we can all practice “another way to breathe.”  Music featured in the middle of the radio show and podcast is the title track of Samora Pinderhughes' “Transformation Suite”.“This is an offering towards evolution, towards our evolution, towards the possibility that instead of continuing the trajectory of slavery, entrapment, separation, and domination, and making our atmosphere unbreakable, we might instead practice another way to breathe.” - Alexis Pauline Gumbs“The context of undrowning, breathing in unbreathable circumstances is what we do every day, in the choke hold of racial, gendered, ableist capitalism. We are still undrowning. And by we, I don't only mean people like myself whose ancestors specifically survive the middle passage.” - Alexis Pauline GumbsGUEST:Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Poet, Independent Scholar & Activist, author of  “Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals” published by AK Press as part of adrienne maree brown's Emergent Strategy Series We do not accept advertisements or government funding.  We are independent movement media for the people, and funded by the people!  Become a member by making a one time donation or make it a monthly contribution at https://LauraFlanders.org/donate

    Full Uncut Conversation- Ibram X. Kendi: How to Make America Antiracist?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 31:31


    (This full conversation is from the episode 'Ibram X. Kendi: How to Make America Antiracist?')The fight over what can and can't be taught in schools is shaping up to be one of the most controversial issues in a pivotal mid-term election year. White voters are being mobilized to ban books, censor honest discussions of US history and current day racism, and organize against a fake spectre of “critical race theory” being taught in schools. So what is to be done? In this episode, Laura and co-hosts Sara Lomax-Reese and Mitra Kalita interview Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, one of the most visible and vocal proponents of anti-racist education. Dr. Kendi shot to prominence with his 2019 New York Times bestseller How to be an Antiracist, making a name for himself as one of the most renowned antiracist scholars in the country and winning a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2021. His latest picture book, the New York Times bestseller Antiracist Baby, has made headlines, even being held aloft by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. How does the reaction against antiracist education hurt us all? GuestsIbram X. Kendi, Director, Boston University Center for Antiracist ResearchS. Mitra Kalita (Co-Host), CEO & Co-Founder, URL MediaSara Lomax-Reese (Co-Host), Co-Founder, URL Media Full episode notes including related articles and LFShow episodes to watch and/or listen to are posted at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow. Patreon Members receive access to the entire library of FULL UNCUT CONVERSATIONS from the weekly podcasts. The show is listener supported and originates as a TV Show airing weekly on over 300+ PBS stations across the U.S. and on 50+ community radio stations.

    Crip Camp and The Disability Justice Movement

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 29:44


    Crip Camp is a Peabody Award-winning documentary from Netflix and Higher Ground Productions that tells the story of Camp Jened, a summer camp in the 1960s where disabled youth could be themselves. The film follows several former campers who went on to be leaders of the Disability Rights Movement. Laura speaks with the directors and producers of Crip Camp about how they are using the film to advance the next step in the revolution: Disability Justice, a movement that centers the leadership of disabled queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and people of color. If the inclusive culture of Camp Jened could help transform American society in the second half of the 20th century, what could a truly intersectional Disability Justice Movement change for us all today? Plus thoughts from Laura on interdependence.  (note: legacy show, repost)Guests:Andraéa LaVant, Impact Producer & President, Chief Inclusion Officer of LaVant Consulting Inc.Jim LeBrecht, Co-Director Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, Peabody Winner & Oscar Nominated Film, Co-Director of Crip CampNicole Newnham, Co-Director Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, Peabody Winner & Oscar Nominated Film,  Co-Director of Crip Camp We do not accept advertisements or government funding.  We are independent movement media for the people, and funded by the people!  Become a member by making a one time donation or make it a monthly contribution at https://LauraFlanders.org/donate 

    Full Uncut Conversation: Linda Villarosa- the Dobbs Decision: a Death Sentence for Black Women?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 40:00


    (This full conversation is from the episode 'Linda Villarosa- the Dobbs Decision: a Death Sentence for Black Women?' released July 11th, 2022) Is the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health a death sentence for women of color? The overturning of Roe v. Wade not only creates an abortion disaster for millions of Americans, it also exacerbates a maternal healthcare crisis that's alreadly deadly for women of color. African American women are shockingly likely to die or almost die — in pregnancy and childbirth, New York Times contributor Linda Villarosa discovered, and that's true regardless of their health, education and wealth. What's their future now that more women will be forced to carry more babies to term against their will? Linda Villarosa's new book is Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation. She's also a professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York with a joint appointment at City College.Music Spotlight in the Middle of the Podcast:  “Arteries” by Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation from his latest album The Lost Dialect released on Montserrat House.Guest:Linda Villarosa, Author, Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives & On the Health of Our Nation.  New York Times contributor Full episode notes including related articles and LFShow episodes to watch and/or listen to are posted at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow. Patreon Members receive access to the entire library of FULL UNCUT CONVERSATIONS from the weekly podcasts. The show is listener supported and originates as a TV Show airing weekly on over 300+ PBS stations across the U.S. and on 50+ community radio stations.

    What if a different part of the women's movement had gained more attention?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 30:00


    In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, imperiling all women's freedoms, and creating a new pipeline to prison for the vulnerable just as the world is learning how counterproductive most incarceration - solutions are. Today's guests argue that things could have been very different. If the white dominated “choice” movement had paid closer attention to all women's choices, or lack thereof; If anti-violence advocates had rejected criminalization and incarceration as a solution to the violence in women's lives. Things could have been different, our guests argue, if a different part of the US women's movement had gained more attention - attention it is beginning to get now. There has always been such a movement, they know, because they were there. Today we talk to Black abolitionist feminist Beth Richie and Queer southern feminist Suzanne Pharr have worked together, for abolition, feminism, and a systemicly different world for forty years.  What have they learned? And what is their message for us now, when so much hangs in the balance?GuestsSuzanne Pharr, Co-founder, Southerners on New Ground. Author, Transformation: Toward a People's DemocracyBeth Richie, Director, Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago. Author, Compelled to Crime: the Gender Entrapment of Black Battered Women & Abolition. Feminism. Now. note:  this program was recorded January 2022 prior to the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade.

    Full Uncut Conversation: Community Wealth Building: An Economic Reset

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 36:05


    (This full conversation is from the episode 'Community Wealth Building: An Economic Reset' released June 13th, 2022) Low wages, precarious jobs, shuttered Main Streets and bleak futures — do towns have a way out of poverty that doesn't involve begging and bribing outside employers to invest? From Cleveland, Ohio to Preston, England and Scotland, some local governments are experimenting with investing public resources locally in community-held businesses, and public health. They're calling this approach Community Wealth Building, and it's gaining traction around the world. Most recently, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has included money for Community Wealth Building in the Biden Administration's National Strategic Plan. In today's episode, we explore the spreading of Community Wealth Building and its impact on the well-being of individuals and communities so far. How are these models working where others have failed, and is now the time to take Community Wealth Building to a whole new scale?Guests:Ted Howard: Co-founder & President, The Democracy CollaborativeIndia Pierce Lee: Senior Vice President, Program at the Cleveland FoundationNeil McInroy: Advisor of Community Wealth Building, Scottish GovernmentFull episode notes including related articles and LFShow episodes to watch and/or listen to are posted at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow. Patreon Members receive access to the entire library of FULL UNCUT CONVERSATIONS from the weekly podcasts. The show is listener supported and originates as a TV Show airing weekly on over 300+ PBS stations across the U.S. and on 50+ community radio stations.

    A New Democratic and Equitable Business Model: Open Collective

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 30:35


    Many of the world's most successful businesses began as someone's good idea. But the path from startup to conventional financial success typically involves going public, prioritizing shareholders' interests, and ultimately selling to a giant conglomerate whose intentions are far from the original mission of the business's founders. In this episode, Laura interviews guests who say this conventional path of success is desperately in need of an overhaul. Why must new and innovative ideas come to market through old and undemocratic platforms? What if rather than selling out, successful businesses became community assets that put ownership and governance in the hands of workers and even consumers? Could a startup become a means of building community wealth, economic justice, and accountability over our technology? Our guests explain how.  (note:  legacy show, repost) Guests:Pia Mancini, Co-Founder & CEO, Open CollectiveLauren Ruffin, Co-Founder, CruxNathan Schneider, Assistant Professor of Media Studies & Director Media Enterprise Design Lab, University of Colorado Boulder We do not accept advertisements or government funding.  We are independent movement media for the people, and funded by the people!  Become a member by making a one time donation or make it a monthly contribution at https://LauraFlanders.org/donate 

    Full Uncut Conversation- Greenpeace at 50: The Climate Crisis is a Fight Not an Argument

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 36:41


    (This full conversation is from the episode 'Greenpeace at 50:  The Climate Crisis is a Fight Not an Argument' released April 18th, 2022) In this special feature for Earth Day, we focus on just one group: Greenpeace, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The environmental group has been in the headlines again, confronting Russian oil tankers in many ports. They've attracted lots of attention and scored many victories in the years they've been in existence. But it's not enough. The climate crisis is more urgent than ever, the world's not on track to get off fossil fuels in the time we need, and the most vulnerable are paying the heaviest price. In this special, we spend the program with the leadership of Greenpeace, including co-executive Directors, Annie Leonard and Ebony Twilley Martin, the first African American woman to head a "Big Green" group. The changes the group has made to embed racial justice and equity across their organization are going to take time, they admit, but without them, they'll never shift the power structure that's proven so intransigent up to this point. What's it going to take to shift power internally, avoid false solutions, and make the sort of transformation we need, as a nation, and as a group? They say there is no choice. The changes they're making now are essential. We can't bring about a greener, more equitable future with shortcuts.Music Featured in the Middle of the Podcast:  Humpback Mix of “Hope Bay ” by Dazzle Drums,  from the Climate Soundtrack project, produced by DJ's for Climate Action, where producers from around the world were asked to create original music from a ‘climate sample pack' of field recordings gathered during years of Greenpeace expeditions and activism across the globe.GuestsTefere Gebre, Chief Program Officer, Greenpeace USAAnnie Leonard, Co-Executive Director, Greenpeace USAEbony Twilley Martin, Co-Executive Director, Greenpeace USA Full episode notes including related articles and LFShow episodes to watch and/or listen to are posted at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow. Patreon Members receive access to the entire library of FULL UNCUT CONVERSATIONS from the weekly podcasts. The show is listener supported and originates as a TV Show airing weekly on over 300+ PBS stations across the U.S. and on 50+ community radio stations.

    For-Profit Business of Training Guns-for-hire is Literally Booming In Rural America

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 30:07


    The last US soldier to leave Afghanistan returned home this August, but private security personnel long outnumbered US troops in that war, and the for-profit business of training guns-for-hire is booming -- literally -- in the backyards of many rural Americans. In this special episode, The Laura Flanders Show travels to the tiny town of Hoffman in Richmond County, NC, where residents live next to a loud private training ground.They have real concerns about who is receiving training there and why, especially after the January 6th Insurrection at the Capitol. Laura interviews Hoffman's Mayors and one of the County Commissioners who approved the permit for Oak Grove Technologies' tactical training site. They regret that approval now. And we travel to nearby Hoke County, where a diverse coalition of local stakeholders — and an all-POC County Commission — were able to stop the expansion of Reservoir International, another training outfit seeking to expand its footprint near the county seat of Raeford. “The latter is an example of the power of community organizing,” says Serena Sebring of Blueprint NC. Blueprint is partnering with a statewide network of veteran ant-racist, anti-militia organizers to pool information and lift up local strategies for making communities safer.  “I don't think it's worthwhile for the county period. And it's really not good for the town of Hoffman. [We need to tell these private paramilitary training groups that]. We don't need you anymore…  Go back to the military, go back to camp McCall, go back to Fort Bragg... Don't let the civilians takeover military. We don't need it. “ Don Bryant GuestsDonald Bryant, Richmond County CommissionerTommy Hart, Mayor Hoffman, NCDaniel Kelly, Mayor Pro Tempore, Hoffman, NCDanielle Purifoy, Assistant Professor, Dept of Geography, UNC Chapel HillHarry Southerland, Chairman, Hoke County Board of CommissionersChristina Davis McCoy, Former Executive Director, North Carolinians Against Racist and Religious ViolenceJim Davis, Former Sheriff, Hoke County, NCSerena Sebring, Executive Director, BluePrint NC NOTE:  This podcast originally aired Fall of 2021.  Listen to our most recent episode as a follow up:  'The Forgotten Coup, January 6th & the Small Town Americans on the Frontlines of Democracy'

    URL - 50 Years After Roe, Is Reporting on Abortion Still Too White?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 30:40


    Forty percent of those who get abortion services in the U.S. are African Americans. Would you know it from the media coverage of the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe vs Wade? S. Mitra Kalita and Sara Lomax-Reese of URL Media join Laura for this month's “Meet the BIPOC Press” to consider what has changed in the coverage — and the organizing — around reproductive justice in the years since Roe. Are abortion seekers of color still a sidebar in reporting or has journalism finally reached a tipping point on inclusion? What difference are BIPOC-owned-and-operated media making in this moment, to our understanding of what's been lost, and to the debate over what is needed now? Our hosts are joined by Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas, from Queens, NY, and La'Tasha D. Mayes, Democratic Nominee for the Pennsylvania Statehouse from Pittsburgh.“Abortion is not about life. It is about power and control over our bodies.” - Jessica González-Rojas“The strategy to protect abortion access in our nation was misguided. We were not protecting Roe to the degree that it needed and that while it provided basic constitutional protections it was always the floor for basic human rights . . . Black women, folks of color and poor abortion seekers have been living in a post-Roe world for years.” - La'Tasha D. MayesGuestsJessica González-Rojas: Assemblymember, District 34 in Queens, NY; Former Leader, National Latina Institute for Reproductive JusticeLa'Tasha D. Mayes: Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Founder & Former CEO, New Voices for Reproductive JusticeS. Mitra Kalita (Co-Host): Co-Founder, URL MediaSara Lomax-Reese (Co-Host): Co-Founder, URL MediaYour support makes it possible for us to continue uplifting the hard work of community organizers like you heard today who's work benefits us all. It takes a lot to keep this reporting available to millions on public television, community radio and as a podcast. Go to Patreon.com/theLFShow and join today as a monthly contributor, or go to LauraFlanders.org/donate for more options. Thanks for listening!

    Reforming Prosecutor Power - Especially After Roe

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 30:10


    Prosecutors are immensely powerful, especially now, after the overthrow of Roe. They decide which cases to bring, what charges to make and what sentences to ask for. Until this year, only internal committees could investigate misconduct, even after hundreds of exonerations and allegations of abuse. After years of grassroots effort, New York now has an independent commission, but the process was hard, and there's still no power to punish. In this episode, reporter Kizzy Cox reports on how New York's new Independent Commission on Prosecutorial Misconduct came to be, and Laura talks with Andrea James, executive director for the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, and Sakira Cook, Co-Interim Vice President at Color of Change, about what prosecutors can do, or not do, especially when it comes to implementing new abortion bans.“I'm not trying to  indict every district attorney, I'm sure that there's probably some good ones who really go to work to do their job and be fair, but for those [that don't], there should be a system in place, to make those bad District Attorneys terrified to do anything wrong.” –Roger Clark, Community Activist, Vocal-NY“Reform is a high priority for us in our movement to reimagine safety in America and redefine, or transform, the way that the criminal legal system operates in our country.” –Sakira Cook, Co-Interim Vice President, Color of Change“What's the appropriate accountability for somebody that locked you up for 25 years, and took away your whole life?…This commission is the right thing to do. I'm proud of it” –Derrick Hamilton, Co-founder, Family & Friends of the Wrongfully Convicted“Commissions are absolutely necessary because who else, but the people who are most directly affected—the people like myself who have been to a prison, the people like Sakira, who have family, who they have been caring for and loving who have been in prisons for decades—who else can raise these issues and expand the dialogue about what's necessary?” –Andrea James, Executive Director, National Council for Incarcerated & Formerly Incarcerated Women & GirlsGuests: Bill Bastuk, President, It Could Happen to YouSakira Cook, Co-Interim Vice President, Color of Change Roger Clark, Community Activist, Vocal NYNick Encalada-Malinowski, Civil Rights Campaigns Director, Vocal NYDerrick Hamilton, Co-founder, Family & Friends of the Wrongfully ConvictedAndrea James, Executive Director, National Council for Incarcerated & Formerly Incarcerated Women & GirlsDavid Soares, District Attorney, Albany County, NYYour support makes it possible for us to continue uplifting the hard work of community organizers like you heard today who's work benefits us all.   It takes a lot to keep this reporting available to millions on public television, community radio and as a podcast.  Go to Patreon.com/theLFShow and join today as a monthly contributor, or go to  LauraFlanders.org/donate for more options.  Thanks for listening!

    Full Uncut Conversation- Congressman Jamie Raskin On January 6th: After a Failed Coup, a Successful One?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 30:31


    Season 3, Episode 307:  Congressman Jamie Raskin On January 6th: After a Failed Coup, a Successful One?(Full conversation from the episode released May 16th) The January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, intended to stop the certification of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America, “was as close to fascism as I ever want to see our country come,” says Jamie Raskin, Democratic Congressman from Maryland. And he should know -- Raskin is a Constitutional scholar as well as a long-time law school professor, and in the hours after the assault on the Capitol, he was chosen to head up the second impeachment investigation of Donald Trump. He's also a member of the House Select Committee currently investigating the January 6 attack, now set to hold publicly televised hearings next month. "The political scientists tell [us] that the key indicator of a successful coup is a recently failed coup where the coup plotters can diagram the deficiencies in the incumbent regime," says Rep. Raskin. In this exclusive interview, Raskin talks with Laura about the strengths and weaknesses in US democracy and how best to address them now.Guest:Jamie Raskin, Congressman (D-MD), Member Jan. 6 House Select Committee; author of  *“Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy”(*Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. The LF Show is an affiliate of bookshop.org and will receive a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.)Related Laura Flanders Show Episodes:•  AOC & Noam Chomsky: The Way Forward  Watch  / Listen or Listen to the Full Conversation•  Community Safety in a Time of Insurrection Watch / Listen •  Countering the Coup:  From the Grassroots Up  Watch  /  Listen•  Democratizing Democracy: Redistricting by the People  Watch  /  Listen•  Lisa Graves:  How Extreme Wealth Is Harming Our Democracy  WatchRelated Articles and Resources:• Jamie Raskin:  Why It's Been So Hard to Nail Trump, by Start Making Sense & Jon Wiener, The Nation, Listen Here•  Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol  Find Information Here including the latest updates.• The Jan. 6 Committee's Consideration of Criminal Referral, Explained, by Luke Broadwater, New York Times,  Read Here•  The Dems Are Totally Useless Against the Trumpian GOP Onslaught, by Ralph Nader, Sheerpost, Read HereFeatured ‘Music in the Middle' of the Podcast:“Fear of an Equal Planet (Scrimshire remix)” featuring Abby Oliviera, by Warriors of the Dystotheque's from their upcoming album “Anthropause” soon to be released on the Republic of Music record label courtesy of the artist.  Listen and Read More

    F-Word: Democracy is under Seige in Small Town USA

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 3:30


    "'It would be easier for people to understand what could have happened on January 6th in DC, if they knew what actually happened on November 10th,  in 1898, in Wilmington,' Cedric Harrison told me"Get the related episode HERE:  The Forgotten Coup, January 6th & the Small Town Americans on the Frontlines of DemocracyThe F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests. Flex your media muscles, become a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow  Independent Media! Advertising free!

    The Forgotten Coup, January 6th & the Small Town Americans on the Frontlines of Democracy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 30:44


    Could a successful coup happen in the US? The ongoing Congressional hearings into the events of January 6 show that just a handful of election officials in several key states stood between Donald Trump and the overturning of the 2020 elections. While the insurrection unfolded, many Americans watched in shock, believing nothing like this had ever happened in United States history. But it has happened before — more than a century ago in Wilmington, North Carolina when an armed mob removed a democratically-elected government  by force, and turned a majority-Black town into a citadel of white supremacy. In this episode, we look at the parallels between that coup and the events in DC and visit the rural county of Columbus in the south west of North Carolina where a self-described former Oath Keeper acquired a massive arsenal of decommissioned military hardware in 2018 soon after taking office after a contested election. Laura also meets the residents and  leaders from across the state who are clear that the future of multi-racial democracy in America is being decided in out-of-the way towns like theirs. What do the rest of us need to know about what's happening there?Guests:Sonya Bennetone, Director, National Black Leadership Caucus Southeastern RegionRosa Bolden, Community OrganizerCarol Caldwell, Community OrganizerDeborah Dicks Maxwell, President, NAACP North CarolinaCedric Harrison, Founder, Wilmington in ColorLewis Hatcher, Former Sheriff, Columbus County, NCCurtis Hill, President, NAACP Columbus County, NCMarcus Norfleet, Former Commissioner Candidate, Columbus County, NCKeith Rivers, President, NAACP Pasquotank County, NCSerena Sebring, Executive Director, Blueprint NCMab Segrest, Writer, Organizer & Consultant Blueprint NCJeremy Simmons, Community Organizer Your support makes it possible for us to continue uplifting the hard work of community organizers like you heard today who's work benefits us all.   It takes a lot to keep this reporting available to millions on public television, community radio and as a podcast.  Go to Patreon.com/theLFShow and join today as a monthly contributor, or go to  LauraFlanders.org/donate for more options.  Thanks for listening!

    Linda Villarosa: the Dobbs Decision: a Death Sentence for Black Women?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 29:33


    Is the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health a death sentence for women of color? The overturning of Roe v. Wade not only creates an abortion disaster for millions of Americans, it also exacerbates a maternal healthcare crisis that's alreadly deadly for women of color. African American women are shockingly likely to die or almost die — in pregnancy and childbirth, New York Times contributor Linda Villarosa discovered, and that's true regardless of their health, education and wealth. What's their future now that more women will be forced to carry more babies to term against their will? Linda Villarosa's new book is Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation. She's also a professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York with a joint appointment at City College.“If we think of the end of Roe v. Wade, as the end of abortion only, that is way too limited. Abortion is not a single issue. Abortion is a constellation of having no access to abortion, it is about reproduction and even healthcare at this point, broadly and not narrowly.” -  Linda Villarosa“The Black feminist demand hasn't changed. It's those three elements: the right to have a child, the right not to have a child and the right — if you choose to have a child — to have a safe, healthy environment.” -  Linda VillarosaGuest:Linda Villarosa, Author, Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives & On the Health of Our Nation We are listener & viewer sponsored. Full episode notes including related articles and LFShow episodes to watch and/or listen to are posted at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow. Patreon Members receive access to the FULL UNCUT CONVERSATION. The show airs on 300+ Public Television households across the U.S., on over 40 community radio stations and as a podcast.

    F-Word: Extreme Supremes Have Something Against Bodies

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 3:30


    "Birth, earth, indigenous rule, even the “demos” of government itself… Kavanaugh and his crew seem to have something against bodies they can't control, be they human or governmental." The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests. Flex your media muscles, become a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow  Independent Media! Advertising free!

    Yellowstone at 150: Can Indigenous Stewardship Save Our Parks?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 29:55


    150 years after Congress established Yellowstone National Park, it remains the jewel of a system that comprises some 400 national parks. But for Indigenous Americans, the history is bitter. Thousands were forced to leave, families were massacred, and the Army was brought in to exclude Native Americans. Today, as droughts, floods and fires threaten the parks, many are calling for Indigenous control. Indigenizing the National Parks wouldn't just be morally and legally right, but it just might be what saves the parks for future generations. Wes Martel of the Eastern Shoshone, and Valerie Grussing, Executive Director of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers — fill Laura in on a recent Inter-Tribal Gathering that examined this question. And we'll hear closing remarks and a water prayer from Faith Spotted Eagle of Yankton Sioux Nation. Should non-Indigenous people even go to Yellowstone? Laura asks, and what do Indigenous people want for the future?“We're in this together for reconciliation and healing. When one of us isn't whole, then none of us are whole. It impacts all of us — the healing that needs to happen to address generational trauma.” - Valerie Grussing“We must let people know we're still here. We're going to be here forever. And we want our rightful place in this, this country's economic and social picture.” - Wes MartelGuests:Valerie Grussing, Executive Director, National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation OfficersWes Martel, Eastern Shoshone/Northern Arapaho; Senior Wind River Conservation Associate, Greater Yellowstone Coalition-Ft. Washakie OfficeFaith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktonwon Dakota Elder & Co-Founder Brave Heart Society, Activist, Yankton Sioux Nation.  (presenting at the Inter-Tribal Gathering on Indigenizing the National Parks) We are listener & viewer sponsored. Full episode notes including related articles and LFShow episodes to watch and/or listen to are posted at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow Patreon  Members receive access to the FULL UNCUT CONVERSATION.  The show airs on 300+ Public Television households across the U.S., on over 40 community radio stations and as a podcast. 

    Militarization and Uvalde: the Context Media Coverage Omits

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 30:20


    Whether it's Buffalo, NY, Uvalde, TX or Philadelphia, PA — we are witnessing an unprecedented wave of terror at the muzzle of a gun. But all mass shootings are not covered in the same way. What determines the nature of the coverage? And what is the media getting wrong — or right — on gun violence reporting? In this episode, Laura Flanders welcomes back Mitra Kalita and Sara Lomax-Reese of URL Media, a network of independently owned and operated Black and Brown media outlets, for this month's “Meet the BIPOC Press.” Our returning guest Michelle García is a Texas-based journalist whose searing reporting in the aftermath of the Uvalde shooting honed in on the structures of militarization that devalue the lives of local residents.“I'm not here to humanize anybody. I'm here to understand what forces are dehumanizing people and to look that in the face.” - Michelle García“When you are surrounded by people, the adults, the politicians describing your home as a war zone, as unlivable and peddling images of violence —  does it not potentially normalize violence itself?” - Michelle GarcíaGuests:Michelle García, Journalist & AuthorS. Mitra Kalita (Co-Host), Co-Founder, URL MediaSara Lomax-Reese (Co-Host), Co-Founder, URL Media We are listener & viewer sponsored. Full episode notes including related articles and LFShow episodes to watch and/or listen to are posted at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow. Patreon Members receive access to the FULL UNCUT CONVERSATION. The show airs on 300+ Public Television households across the U.S., on over 40 community radio stations and as a podcast.

    Participatory Budgeting Project

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 29:29


    When the news broke of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, it was chilling to many people to learn that 40 percent of that small city's budget was allocated to public safety - a budget allocation that utterly failed to keep the children and teachers at Robb Elementary school safe. What might have been a better way to spend that city's precious funds? After Uvalde, and in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd, residents of many US cities asked that same question. They're turning to a tool called participatory budgeting that gives residents and taxpayers real decision-making power over their cities' budgets. It's already spread to more than 7,000 cities around the world. This week, Laura speaks with Shari Davis and Kristania De Leon, co-directors of the Oakland and NYC based Participatory Budgeting Project, and Shaun Glaze, research director of the Black Brilliance Research Project in Seattle. Participatory budgeting makes a real difference, they say, and at a moment when US democracy itself is hanging by a thread, the experience of participating in budget-making is beginning to validate people's belief in voting. Could this model bring power to people where they live?“Participatory budgeting is about transforming the relationship that people can have with government and with community-led decision making so that we make really good, fiscally responsible decisions that reflect community spending priorities.” - Shari Davis“How do we actually start to move in a way that allows us to meet our needs together, build relationships and see value in the collective?” - Kristania De Leon“Communities have this expertise. They know what they need. Let's make sure that we are honoring that expertise and turning that into action.” - Shaun GlazeGuests:Shari Davis, Co-Executive Director, Participatory Budgeting ProjectKristania De Leon, Co-Executive Director, Participatory Budgeting ProjectShaun Glaze, Research Director, Black Brilliance Research Project We are listener & viewer sponsored. Full episode notes including related articles and LFShow episodes to watch and/or listen to are posted at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow. Patreon  Members receive access to the FULL UNCUT CONVERSATION.  The show airs on 300+ Public Television households across the U.S., on over 40 community radio stations and as a podcast. 

    Community Wealth Building: An Economic Reset

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 31:20


    Low wages, precarious jobs, shuttered Main Streets and bleak futures — do towns have a way out of poverty that doesn't involve begging and bribing outside employers to invest?  From Cleveland, Ohio to Preston, England and Scotland, some local governments are experimenting with investing public resources locally in community-held businesses, and public health. They're calling this approach Community Wealth Building, and it's gaining traction around the world. Most recently, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has included money for Community Wealth Building in the Biden Administration's National Strategic Plan. In today's episode, we explore the spreading of Community Wealth Building and its impact on the well-being of individuals and communities so far. How are these models working where others have failed, and is now the time to take Community Wealth Building to a whole new scale? “There's something in the spirit of this that frankly can appeal to both liberals and conservatives. It's really about making a place for our community, and making it a healthy place.” - Ted Howard“If we do not fix this issue . . . we're going to continue to see the kind of poverty, the disinvestment, the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer, and this is just unacceptable.” - India Pierce Lee“This is not just a small pilot project here and there. This is about rewiring the economic system for social, economic and ecological justice.” - Neil McInroyGuests:Ted Howard, Co-founder & President, The Democracy CollaborativeIndia Pierce Lee, Senior Vice President, Program at the Cleveland FoundationNeil McInroy, Advisor of Community Wealth Building, Scottish Government We are listener & viewer sponsored. Full episode notes including related articles and LFShow episodes to watch and/or listen to are posted at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow. Patreon  Members receive access to the FULL UNCUT CONVERSATION.  The show airs on 300+ Public Television households across the U.S., on over 40 community radio stations and as a podcast. 

    Imara Jones: The Anti-Trans Hate Machine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 29:45


    2022 will go down in history for the number of anti-trans bills introduced into state legislatures. Over 300 bills banning books, medical treatment, even access to the bathroom, have been introduced so far. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court seems poised to overturn Roe vs. Wade, allowing states to ban abortion. As extremists crank up the volume on hate — trans people, especially trans women of color, are facing an onslaught of violence. Today's guest, Imara Jones, has been featured on the cover of Time Magazine and POLITICO's 2021 “Recast Power List.” She's the producer of a podcast mini-series called “The Anti-Trans Hate Machine: A Plot Against Equality” and the creator of “TransLash Media”, a cross-platform journalism, personal storytelling, and narrative project, which seeks to shift the culture, create empathy and save trans lives. In this episode, Laura asks her what impacts these restrictions and increased control have on all of us.“We're already seeing doctors that treat trans people being targeted just like abortion doctors. That's a new thing that just happened this year.” - Imara Jones“There's an understanding by the people, the politicians, the organizations, and the billionaires that trans people will be the next fight in the gender wars, after what they anticipate, and have anticipated for over a year, to be their victory on abortion rights.” - Imara JonesGuests:Imara Jones: Founder and CEO, TransLash Media Full episode notes including related articles and LFShow episodes to watch and/or listen to are posted at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow. Patreon Members receive access to the FULL UNCUT CONVERSATION. We are listener & viewer sponsored. The show airs on 300+ Public Television households across the U.S., on over 40 community radio stations and as a podcast. Become a member at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow

    Abbott Elementary Teaches Us All: Sheryl Lee Ralph & Joyce Abbott

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 30:43


    Can you remember the last time when the challenges that inner city public school teachers face were the subject of a popular TV series? Abbott Elementary — which has just been renewed for a second season on ABC — does just that. The Philadelphia school on TV is fictional, but the challenges it faces are all too real. Closely based on the school that series creator (and star) Quinta Brunson attended, and especially her experiences with Ms. Abbott, her 6th grade teacher, the show combines art, education and activism. On this month's Meet The BIPOC Press with URL Media, real-life educator Joyce Abbott joins acclaimed actress and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph from the series, to discuss what the show's success shows us about this moment, when educators, especially teachers of color, are leaving the profession in droves. Can a TV show help stem the tide, shift the culture and change policy? Among her many accolades, Ralph starred in the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls. Is quality education for all, a dream? Laura Flanders and co-hosts Mitra Kalita and Sara Lomax-Reese don't think it should be.“The teachers, even though they get the school training, the college training, I don't think anything can prepare you for when you go into the classroom. We're still in the pandemic, all the trauma with the civil unrest — it's a lot, and you have to be willing to invest a lot of time and a lot of energy.” - Joyce M. Abbott, Educator & Abbott Elementary Namesake“There is something going on in the psyche of America when we would rather preach injustice, when we would rather tell our children a skewed view of the world. Something is going on in America and the good people, the wise people, must rise up and do better for each other, for all of us to keep the dream of the great United States of America alive.” - Sheryl Lee Ralph, Actress & ActivistGuests:Joyce M. Abbott: Educator & Abbott Elementary NamesakeSheryl Lee Ralph: Actress & ActivistS. Mitra Kalita (Co-Host): CEO & Co-Founder, URL MediaSara Lomax-Reese (Co-Host): Co-Founder, URL Media Full episode notes including related articles and LFShow episodes to watch and/or listen to are posted at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow. Patreon Members receive access to the FULL UNCUT CONVERSATION. We are listener & viewer sponsored. The show airs on 300+ Public Television households across the U.S., on over 40 community radio stations and as a podcast. Become a member at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow

    Collective Real Estate: Land Without Landlords?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 30:43


    Decades of discrimination have left millions of African Americans shut out of the housing market and at risk of being targeted by predatory lenders and exploitative loans. But capital collectives pool resources and reduce individual risk and can be a way for low-income Americans to buy into a home. One example is the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative, in Oakland, CA which stepped in to do what developers would not, and make permanent housing available for low-income African Americans and other discriminated-against people of color. Can cooperation and shared stewardship be a route to realizing the “American Dream” that has been sold to so many, so effectively, for so long? Or do we need a different, shared dream to address the racial housing-wealth gap in the 21st century?Guests:Najaah Yasmine Daniels: Community Manager, Inclusive Capital CollectiveJessica Gordon-Nembhard: Ph.D. Professor, John Jay College City University of New YorkNoni D. Session: Co-Founder and Executive Director, East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative Full episode notes including related articles and LFShow episodes to watch and/or listen to are posted at Patreon HERE. Patreon Members receive access to the FULL UNCUT CONVERSATION.  We are listener & viewer sponsored.  The show airs on 300+ Public Television  households across the U.S., on over 40 community radio stations and as a podcast.  Become a member at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow

    From SCOTUS to Shireen: Linda Sarsour: Same Extremism. Same Threat.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 4:07


    "A Supreme Court assault on reproductive equity, another racist slaughter, and more Palestinian death. It's a lot...."The F-Word is released bi-weekly featuring timely commentaries by Laura Flanders and guests. Flex your media muscles, become a monthly sustaining member for $3, $5, $12 at https://Patreon.com/theLFShow  Independent Media! Advertising free!