When you live in the rural South, your story rarely makes the news, but Southern activists are shaking things up, with their votes, and their broadband transmitter too. This week, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson and Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele, the co-directors of the revered civil rights school, the Highlander Center, talk about blue waves, black women and broadband. And we revisit Detroit, where residents denied affordable internet meshed servers to serve their neighbors, one rooftop at a time. “As the World Ends” by TQX featuring Gian Slater and Pete Miser from the album Global Intimacy released on Extra Celestial Arts. Support theLFShow!
Is the climate movement heating up? This week on the show, activists at all levels of the climate justice movement discuss how inter-generational, cross-coalition, and global organizing is taking control of the future without waiting for anyone. Can the U.S born Green New Deal learn from yellow-vested workers’ agitation in France? And who’s new Deal is it anyway? In this episode: Elizabeth Yeampierre, co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance; Sean Sweeney,Director of Cornell Global Labor Institute’s International Program for Labor, Climate & Environment; and Varshini Prakash, co-founder of the Sunrise Movement. Music featured: "Leaving This Planet" Charles Earland re-make by Mark De Clive-Lowe featuring Sharlene Hector; “Song for the Yellow Vests” by Birmingham, UK’s, Lee Brickley.
The following minicast features Laura in conversation with Thomas Hanna, research director at The Democracy Collaborative and author of “Our Common Wealth: The Return of Public Ownership in the United States”. They discuss public ownership. From banks and parking meters to water and electrical supplies, there's more of it in the US than you might think. Who’s afraid of it and what are they afraid of? For more, watch or take a listen to our recent episode, ‘Revolution at the Federal Reserve’ featuring former Goldman Sachs manager, Nomi Prins and Thomas Hanna in a conversation about the way that central bankers steer world development and how things could be different. Support theLFShow! Become a member.
As the World Economic Forum takes place in Davos, Switzerland, we talk about the way central banks steer world development and for whom. Former Goldman Sachs managing director Nomi Prins, author of "Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World," and public ownership researcher, Thomas Hanna, author of “Our Common Wealth: The Return of Public Ownership in the United States,” and Research Director at The Democracy Collaborative, believe that banking, and development, could be very different. Music featured: “You & Me” by Danny McGraw. Support theLFShow!
Soul Fire Farm’s Leah Penniman talks with Chris Hedges, author of America: The Farewell Tour, about environmental threats, societal breakdown, and how we might come back together as humans. Then, a glimpse of CAGED, a play written and conceived by Hedges’ writing students in a high-security prison in New Jersey. Music featured: “Babylon Falling” by Thievery Corporation featuring Puma, released on Eighteenth Street Lounge Records.
Despite efforts over the last two years to curtail progress for trans people by the current administration, trans activism has gained momentum and become prominent within the movement for queer justice. Laura speaks with Imara Jones, a trans activist, former policymaker, and host of The Last Sip on Free Speech TV about her work to amplify transgender narratives, on and off the screen. Music featured: Anohni of Antony & the Johnson's "Everything Is New" from the film “Turning” created in collaboration with Charles Atlas. Support theLFShow, 10 Years of Making Power Through Media!
Holiday Rewind: Since the 2008 financial crash, one thing we've learned is that there exist in the US not just one economy, but many, as well as many kinds of economic actors. From platform cooperatives to cryptocurrency, people are building economic alternatives to climate devastation and capitalist extraction. So says Nathan Schneider, crusader for the internet of ownership and author of Everything for Everyone: the Radical Tradition That Is Shaping The Next Economy. Plus, Virginia Eubanks on how government and corporations are erasing social services through unequal digital practices. Music: “You Are the One the World Becomes” by Morley, from her new album ‘1000 Miles’. Support theLFShow, 10 Years of Making Power Through Media!
Food — from where it grows, to where it goes, all of it matters to our bodies and our communities. A conversation about how farmers are creating equitable food systems inside cities, from urban agriculture to worker-owned cooperatives. Guests: Susan Chin-Design Trust, Karen Washington-Rise & Root Farm and Ysanet Batista-Woke Foods. +Excerpts from Peter Coffin's "Music for Plants" Support theLFShow, 10 Years of Making Power Through Media!
Farewell to America, or just to this year? This week, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chris Hedges explains why President Donald Trump is just the predictable end of a long sad history of American avarice and greed. Then, Reverend Billy celebrates the season with not buying, but boisterous singing. Hear what happened when he and his partner Savitri D. did bid farewell to America and took their riotous rituals to Europe. Support theLFShow, 10 Years of Making Power Through Media!
Looking back on the midterm elections, we ask the tough questions about white women voters and race, then get introduced to the hi-pinky salute across the border. We meet the co-founders of SURJ, Showing up for Racial Justice, and speak with Grammy Award Winner Arturo O’Farrill. Music spotlight “Line in the Sand” from “Fandango at the Wall: A Soundtrack for the United States, Mexico and Beyond” by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Support theLFShow, 10 Years of Making Power Through Media!
"By many accounts Macron's paying the price not so much for taxing carbon as for ignoring inequality and passing tax breaks for the rich, while pushing more austerity on people already at breaking point."
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Where do we begin to think about food? Is it about how we grow it, how we eat it, or who has access to it? Isn't it all of it? However you put it, food is as political as it gets. Today, we'll hear from farmers, organizers, workers, and seed-keepers who all attended the NESAWG conference on food justice in late October. Among them, Leah Penniman whose beautiful new book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land, is out now. Thanks to Cheyenna Weber, consulting producer for the NESAWG segment. Support theLFShow, 10 Years of Making Power Through Media!
HUD NY official Lynne Patton is planning on moving into NYCHA projects, but why not move big money OUT of housing instead?
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For many, mass movements have made them aware of media's failure to inform and represent them. Activists are now working to make their own media, and to rebuild traditional empowering media infrastructures. This week, we re-visit Radio Kingston, a station connecting communities and lifting up voices. Than joining Laura in studio, activist DeRay Mckesson, Pod Save the People host and author of ‘On the Other Side of Freedom’. Support theLFShow, 10 Years of Making Power Through Media!
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As family and friends celebrate and give thanks, for indigenous peoples around the world perhaps apologies, even recompense, would be more in order. We’ll hear from Native American activists Michelle Cook and Hartman Deetz about the ongoing struggle for autonomy and environmental protection. Then our report on the thousand people in attendance at the American Museum of Natural History on Indigenous Peoples Day organized by Decolonize This Place. Music Spotlight: “Retribution” by Tanya Tagaq on Six Shooter Records. November 27th join Laura & guests - New Economy Screenings: Survival Socialism. Support theLFShow
Building a new economy for and by Native Americans requires election level attention beyond election week.
That new book out from the Democracy Collective, "An Indigenous Approach to Community Wealth Building: A Lakota Translation".
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In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, out of the devastation in the Rockaways-- worker-owned businesses formed. We get an update from Lorena Giron and Brendan Martin of The Working World, an organization focused on starting and sustaining cooperatives in low-income communities. Plus Marxist geographer and anthropologist, David Harvey. Music Spotlight: “New Laughter Mode (The Way In)” by Laraaji and Audio Active.November 27th join Laura & guests - New Economy Screenings: Survival Socialism. Support theLFShow
"The particular patriarchs whom white women have put in office this November are on the record, anti-female. They’re even anti-white-female, if you happen to be pregnant or foreign-born, or poor or in imperfect health."
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From no, I won't to yes, we will. It’s official, over a hundred women, more women than ever, were voted into Congress including New Mexico’s Deb Halland and Sharice Davids, the Congress’ first 2 Native American women, and Davids is the first out lesbian Native American too. With the midterms behind us we’re looking at the roots of struggle for good governance in these United States. Joining us Jeff Biggers, Phillip Agnew and Niaz Dorry. Plus, Susan B. Anthony from people's historian, Howard Zinn. Music Spotlight: “What the World Needs Now” a rework by Jonathan Butler, featured on “Close To You”, his tribute album to Burt Bacharach released on Mack Avenue. Support theLFShow
Someone scrawled KILL N@%gers on the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York this week, not thirty five feet from the headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security, ICE and the FBI.
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Anthony Flaccavento is running for the US House seat in Virginia's 9th district, a large, sparsely populated region in the southwestern corner of the state. We'll meet the people working on his grassroots campaign, a coalition of farmers, miners, students, seniors and activists that may serve as a practical blueprint for many Democrats competing in so-called "Red States". Music featured, Appalachian artist Nora Jane Struthers singing “Champion” to the tree sitters in the woods of Elliston, Virginia. Support theLFShow
Is Donald Trump responsible for unhinged violence against innocent people? Absolutely. You only have to look at Yemen to see that.
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For many, mass movements have made them aware of media's failure to inform and represent them. Activists are now working to make their own media, and to rebuild the empowering media infrastructures that have existed previously. This week, we visit a local, innovative radio station in Kingston, NY and talk to Pod Save the People's DeRay Mckesson, activist and author, about how he's turned social media into social justice. Support theLFShow
10 years since the financial crash we've learned that there exists in the US not just one economy, but many, as well as many kinds of economic actors. From platform cooperatives to cryptocurrency, people are continuously building economic alternatives. So says Nathan Schneider, crusader for collective ownership and author of "Everything for Everyone: the Radical Tradition That Is Shaping The Next Economy." Plus, professor and author Virginia Eubanks on how government and corporations are erasing social services through unequal digital practices. Music: “You Are the One the World Becomes” by Morley, from her new album ‘1000 Miles’. Support theLFShow