The people of Newark, New Jersey—the majority of whom are black and brown—are grappling with a lead contamination crisis that has drawn comparisons with Flint, Michigan. There, the state took control of the city’s water after municipal officials and a private management company failed to provide clean water. In Newark, local residents want to keep their water in public hands. Why? This week, Laura interviews activists working to fix their city’s water through more robust democratization rather than privatization. Music in the Middle: “For the Courageous” by Climbing PoeTree from their album Intrinsic, courtesy of Climbing PoeTree.
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•Sabre Bee and Anthony Diaz, Co-Founders of the Newark Water Coalition
•Yvette Jordan, a Teacher at Central High School in Newark, New Jersey
How do you revitalize a city without gentrifying it? In this episode of the Laura Flanders Show, Laura goes to Buffalo, New York, where years of post-industrial stagnation have recently yielded to new economic growth. She interviews grassroots activists working to make sure that this local renaissance leaves their city more inclusive and equitable—not less. She explores how progressive, intersectional organizations are helping to create affordable housing and provide job training while fighting for social and environmental justice. Music featured in the middle: “Keep It Moving” by Lady Alma from her album Twilight, courtesy of MashiBeats.
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The U.S. economy, weak or strong, is the question at the heart of the election. But it doesn't get to the reality which is that, whatever else it may be, the U.S. economy is not democratic or good for the planet. But it could be. Marjorie Kelly and Ted Howard of the Democracy Collaborative say how in their new book The Making of a Democratic Economy. Music in the middle: “The Offering” by Mark de Clive-Lowe from his album Heritage courtesy of Mashi Beats.
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This week the People’s Republic of China celebrates its 70th anniversary as months of pro-democracy demonstrations continue in Hong Kong. The historic demonstrations began in June as a response to the proposal of an extradition agreement with Mainland China. Concerned that the bill would further erode the civil liberties they enjoy under the one country two systems principle, many Hong Kongers took to the streets. All these months later, the city’s chief executive Carrie Lam has withdrawn the bill but the demonstrations have continued - the issues have become a lot bigger getting to the heart of the meaning of democracy and Chinese Imperialism. Music in the Middle: “Chaos” by DJ Sun from his album Qingxi courtesy of Soular Productions.
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Michelle Chen, Journalist/Labor Historian CUNY and Co-Producer of the Belabored podcast.
Joy Ming King, Student Organizer/Member, Lausan Collective
"In a system that's unequal, corruption is not just the way we swim, it’s the water we swim in..."
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New York, NY...its a city with close to 100 billion dollar budget every year and 1 deputy mayor with some pretty creative plans for how to spend it. What can one city do? And what's it gonna take to create a non-racist democracy? An in-depth interview with J. Phillip Thompson, NYC Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, on his priority initiatives, with particular emphasis on his role in expanding the city’s investment in minority and women-owned businesses, housing and economic development, and economic democracy initiatives. Music Featured, “Be The Change” by Mr. V featuring Michelle Rivera & Jaeden part of the EARTH NIGHT '19 compilation curated by DJs for Climate Action courtesy of EarthNight.org, a global initiative harnessing the power of music and nightlife to celebrate and support climate action.
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