Julián Castro Is Running for President & Supporting Striking Amazon & McDonald's Workers
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:51:27 -0400
Amid labor strikes against poor working conditions and low wages for Amazon and McDonald's workers, we speak with 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro about workers' rights, fair pay and where he stands on foreign policy, from China to Israel.
2020 Hopeful Julián Castro Vows to Break Up ICE & Calls Trump's New Asylum Rule Unconstitutional
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:28:58 -0400
As Trump faced national rebuke for his racist comments against four progressive congresswomen, his administration announced a new rule essentially banning most immigrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The rule, which the ACLU has already vowed to challenge in court, would deny asylum to any migrant who failed to apply for protection in another country they passed through on the way to the U.S. border—including children traveling alone. If enacted, the law would effectively block people from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, as well as Haitians, Cubans and many people from African countries, who come to the U.S. via the southern border. We speak with 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro about the asylum ban and his immigration reform proposals.
"Our Squad Is Big": Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley Condemn Trump's Racist Attack
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:11:04 -0400
Congressmembers Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar condemned President Trump's spate of racist attacks against them in a news conference Monday. Their public rebuke followed Trump tweeting Sunday telling them to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." The comments have been widely condemned as racist and xenophobic. We hear from the progressive congresswomen in their own words.
Headlines for July 16, 2019
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:00:00 -0400
Trump Announces Radical Plan to Bar Almost All Migrants from Seeking Asylum at U.S. Border, Squad Rejects Trump's Racist Attacks & Calls for Impeachment as House Plans Resolution to Condemn, Protesters Call for Exit of Puerto Rican Gov. Rosselló After Leaked Text Messages, El Salvador Rape Survivor Being Retried for Homicide for Having Stillbirth, U.N. Report Accuses Venezuela's Special Forces of 1000s of Extrajudicial Killings, Workers and Activists Protest Amazon, Calling for an End to Labor Abuses, Collaboration with ICE, Washington Activist Protesting Immigrant Detention Shot Dead, Historian and Civil Rights Activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph Found Killed, Epstein Abuse Survivors Ask Judge to Deny Bail, Hawaiian Land Defenders Protest Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope at Mauna Kea
"Fossil Fuel Stooges" Pence & Trump Deny Climate Crisis as Deadly Rains Slam Louisiana & South Asia
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 08:44:48 -0400
Ongoing heavy rain has killed at least 67 people in Nepal, 25 in India and 14 in Bangladesh as flooding from monsoons has displaced 1 million people in South Asia. This year's flooding in the region has been worse than ever before and is likely fueled by rising global temperatures, which have led to more extreme weather. Scientists warn that the risk of deadly floods is not over. In the United States, New Orleans residents managed to avoid the worst of Tropical Storm Barry, but 11 million people continued to be on flash flood warning as the storm slowly made its way through Louisiana over the weekend. President Trump has declared a state of emergency in Louisiana, where more than 60,000 remained without power on Sunday. We speak with Dahr Jamail, a staff reporter at Truthout and author of "The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption." "We can look around the world and just see, right now, before our very eyes, evidence of how deep in this crisis we already are," says Jamail. "June was the hottest June ever recorded on the planet. The last five years are the hottest five years in history. This is the trajectory that we're on, and these numbers are only going to continue to increase."
"We Are in Fear": Undocumented Immigrant in Sanctuary Responds to Raids from Colorado Church
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 08:34:24 -0400
As immigrant communities face ongoing raids across the country, we speak with Rosa Sabido, one of dozens of undocumented immigrants living in churches across the United States. She entered sanctuary in May 2017 in the fellowship hall at United Methodist Church in Mancos, Colorado, after being told that her latest request of stay of deportation had been denied by ICE. She first came to the U.S. on a visitor visa in 1987 to see her mother and stepfather, who are both naturalized U.S. citizens. "We are in fear. We are on guard," says Sabido. "We are on constant panic, and we don't know what's going to happen in our communities."
Cruelty Is the Point: Communities Fight Back as Threat of ICE Raids Terrorize Immigrant Families
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 08:16:12 -0400
This weekend, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents launched a handful of raids across the country as part of President Trump's push to detain and deport thousands of undocumented migrants in 10 major cities. Agents in Chicago reportedly arrested a mother and her children only to quickly release them. Arrests were also attempted in New York City, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and Harlem, where immigrants reportedly refused to open their doors to ICE agents because they did not have warrants. Authorities say more raids are planned this week, prompting fear but also generating mass protests on the ground. We speak with Elora Mukherjee, a professor of law and director of the Immigrants' Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School. She has spent the past 12 years representing immigrant children and adults along the U.S.-Mexico border. "The raids will leave children without their parents. The raids will leave children without their caregivers," Mukherjee says. "The raids will leave U.S. citizen children without anyone in America to care for them. It is a heartbreaking situation."
Headlines for July 15, 2019
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 08:00:00 -0400
ICE Raids Roll Out on Smaller Scale While Immigrant Communities and Supporters Mobilize, Mike Pence Says Jailed Migrants "Well Cared For" After Visiting Texas Facilities, Trump Launches Racist Attack on Progressive Congresswomen of Color, Guatemala Cancels Meeting with Trump as Court Halts Contested Migration Deal, Labor Sec. Acosta Resigns Amid Epstein Scandal, South Asian Floods Kill Dozens, Displace At Least 1 Million People, Tunisia Recovers 82 Missing Bodies from Migrant Shipwreck, Algerians Protest Ruling Government for 21st Straight Week, Ecuador: Waorani Win Case to Protect Amazon Against Oil Exploitation, Israeli Army Kills Hamas Member in Gaza Strip, Somalia Attack Kills 26, Including Beloved Somali-Canadian Journalist, New Leak from Ex-U.K. Ambassador: Trump Withdrew from Iran Deal to Spite Obama, House Passes $733B Defense Bill, Aims to Curb Trump's Ability to Attack Iran, Tropical Storm Barry Brings Major Flooding, Wrecks Homes & Cuts Power in Louisiana, Noted Union Leader Héctor Figueroa Dies in New York at Age 57
Ousted Honduran President Zelaya: The 2009 U.S.-Backed Coup Helped Cause Today's Migrant Crisis
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 08:33:41 -0400
Since the 2009 U.S.-backed military coup in Honduras, extreme poverty and violence has skyrocketed in the country, forcing tens of thousands of Hondurans to flee to the U.S. with the hope of receiving political asylum. We speak with ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in the capital of Tegucigalpa about the 10th anniversary of the coup in Honduras, U.S. intervention in Central America and its link to today's migration crisis.
Know Your Rights: How Immigrant Rights Activists Are Preparing for Looming ICE Deportation Raids
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 08:12:57 -0400
Immigrant communities across the country and their allies are preparing for nationwide raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement planned to begin Sunday that will target undocumented members of immigrant families in at least nine major cities. The cities where raids will take place are said to be Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. New Orleans had been on the list, but the city announced this weekend that ICE was temporarily postponing the raids due to Tropical Storm Barry. We speak with a roundtable of immigrants' rights activists: Adelina Nicholls, the executive director of Georgia Latino Alliance of Human Rights in Atlanta; Shannon Camacho, the Los Angeles County Raids Rapid Response Network coordinator for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights; and Natalia Aristizabal, co-director of organizing at Make the Road New York. Camacho says, "We tell our community members that no matter what ICE does, don't open the door."
Headlines for July 12, 2019
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 08:00:00 -0400
Trump Backs Down on Adding Citizenship Question to 2020 Census, Immigrant Communities Brace for Weekend ICE Raids, Immigration Activists Disrupt Amazon Web Services Conference over ICE Ties, Salvadoran Journalist Manuel Duran Released from ICE Jail After 15 Months, New Orleans Braces for More Flooding as Tropical Storm Barry Looms, Britain Accuses Iran of Blocking Tanker's Passage Through Strait of Hormuz, Trump Threatens New Trade War as France Approves 3% Tax on Tech Giants, Jeffrey Epstein Asks for Release on Bail Ahead of Sex Trafficking Trial, R. Kelly Arrested on Federal Sex Crimes Charges, Gen. John Hyten, Trump's Joint Chiefs Nominee, Accused of Sexual Misconduct, House Democrats Authorize Subpoenas for Top Current and Former Trump Admin Officials, NJ Governor Signs Bill to Limit Use of Solitary Confinement in State Prisons, AFT Sues Betsy DeVos over Student Loan Forgiveness Program, U.N. Human Rights Council Votes to Probe Duterte's Deadly Drug War
Alex Acosta Enabled Jeffrey Epstein's Sex Crimes. Now He's Gutting Funding for Trafficking Victims
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 08:53:34 -0400
During a press conference Wednesday, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta dismissed calls for his resignation and defended the 2008 plea deal given to the billionaire serial child sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein while he was the U.S. attorney in Florida. Acosta has also come under fire for his proposal to cut funding for victims of sex trafficking. His 2020 budget proposal for the Department of Labor includes an almost 80% decrease in funds for the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, the office tasked with fighting child sex trafficking. Critics of the proposal argue it would effectively dismantle many programs aimed at preventing child sex trafficking and put large numbers of children at risk. We speak with Taina Bien-Aimé, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.
The U.S. Women's Soccer World Cup Win Was a Victory for Title IX & the Fight for Equal Pay
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 08:40:41 -0400
Thousands gathered in Manhattan Wednesday to celebrate the U.S. women's national soccer team's fourth World Cup championship at a ticker tape parade that stretched up Broadway and past Wall Street. Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and their teammates rode floats through New York City's Canyon of Heroes, ending their celebrations at a ceremony at City Hall. Supporters chanted "U.S.A.!" and "Equal pay!" The U.S women's World Cup victory came just months after members of the 2015 women's team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation over gender discrimination. Their high-profile fight for pay equity is focusing the spotlight on the pay gap for all women, not just soccer players. We speak with Julie Suk, professor of sociology at the Graduate Center at CUNY.
"Unconscionable & Unacceptable": Rep. Barragán Decries Detention of Migrant Children in Prison Cells
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 08:15:27 -0400
Yazmin Juárez, the Guatemalan mother whose child died from a lung infection after being held in an ICE detention center, testified before members of a congressional panel Wednesday. She shared the story of her daughter, 19-month-old Mariee, who died last year shortly after being released from the South Texas Family Detention Center in Dilley, Texas. Juárez filed a $60 million lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Patrol and the Department of Health and Human Services. The House subcommittee convened to examine the treatment of refugees in U.S. detention, just over a week after lawmakers flocked to the U.S.-Mexico border to observe the horrible treatment of refugee children and families in immigration jails amid reports of continued unsafe and unsanitary conditions for asylum seekers. Meanwhile, NBC reports that migrant children jailed in Yuma, Arizona, have been subjected to mistreatment and sexual violence. We speak with Democratic Rep. Nanette Barragán from California, who recently visited detention centers in Texas. She's the second vice-chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security.
Headlines for July 11, 2019
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 08:00:00 -0400
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta Refuses to Step Down over Plea Deal for Sex Offender Jeffrey Epstein, Jennifer Araoz, Alleged Survivor of Jeffrey Epstein, Says She Was Raped at Age 15, Guatemalan Mother Tells Lawmakers About Her Daughter's Death After ICE Detention, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants to Dismantle Department of Homeland Security, Trump Administration Warns It Will Begin Mass Arrests of Immigrants on Sunday, ICE Opens Three New Immigration Jails, Flouting Congressional Limits on Jailing Migrants, Six Arrested at Sit-in Protest of Joe Biden's Record on Deportations, Rep. Ilhan Omar Urges Boycott of Fox News Host Tucker Carlson over Racist Attack, White House "Social Media Summit" to Feature Far-Right Conspiracy Theorists, Federal Court Throws Out Emoluments Lawsuit Against President Trump, Trump Organization Cancels Golf Tournament Hosted by Miami-Area Strip Club, FBI Arrests Former Aides to Puerto Rico's Governor in Corruption Probe, Heavy Rains Bring Floods to Louisiana as Tropical Storm Strengthens Offshore, State Department Analyst Resigns in Protest of White House Censorship of Climate Testimony, Study Finds Antarctic Glacier Is Melting and Could Add 50cm to Sea Level Rise, Victorious U.S. Women's Soccer Team Honored in New York Amid Chants of "Equal Pay!"
How the Climate Crisis Is Pushing Central Americans Out of Their Homes Toward the U.S.
Wed, 10 Jul 2019 08:48:45 -0400
As the U.S. continues to crack down on migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, we look at one of the underreported driving factors leading people to flee their home countries: the climate crisis. John Carlos Frey, author of "Sand and Blood: America's Stealth War on the Mexico Border," spent time with Central American climate refugees traveling in a caravan toward the United States. He says, "If this drought continues, we're looking at all-out famine from Central America. ...That's one of the major reasons why they're coming. ... The government doesn't even acknowledge the fact that there is a climate crisis in Central America."
John Carlos Frey: America's Deadly Stealth War on the Mexico Border Is Approaching Genocide
Wed, 10 Jul 2019 08:29:21 -0400
John Carlos Frey's new book, "Sand and Blood: America's Stealth War on the Mexico Border," chronicles how the U.S.-Mexico border became a war zone through decades of deadly bipartisan immigration policy. But it also examines the border through the personal history of his family. Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Frey moved to the U.S. with his family when he was a toddler in 1965. He grew up in southern San Diego, California, where he witnessed the effects of American immigration policy on the borderlands every day. His father was an American citizen. His mother was a Mexican immigrant. Frey's book is dedicated "To my mother, an immigrant from Mexico who came to America to provide a better life for me and my siblings, and to all the mothers and fathers who had the same intention and lost their lives in the attempt." We speak with John Carlos Frey in our New York studio.
The Inhumane Treatment of Migrants Is Not New. It's a Key Part of a Decades-Old Bipartisan Policy
Wed, 10 Jul 2019 08:15:52 -0400
More than a week after lawmakers flocked to the U.S.-Mexico border to observe the horrible treatment of refugee children and families in immigration jails, reports of unsafe and unsanitary conditions for asylum seekers are continuing. In Clint, Texas, the Border Patrol station that garnered international attention for jailing hundreds of migrant children without access to sufficient food, water, beds or medical care now has a spreading outbreak of scabies, shingles and chickenpox, according to border agents. In Yuma, Arizona, NBC reports that jailed migrant children have been subjected to mistreatment and sexual violence. We speak with prize-winning author John Carlos Frey, whose new book, "Sand and Blood: America's Stealth War on the Mexico Border," examines the history of U.S. immigration policies, looking at how both Democrats and Republicans laid the groundwork for the deadly system we have today.
Headlines for July 10, 2019
Wed, 10 Jul 2019 08:00:00 -0400
Children Recount Mistreatment, Sexual Abuse at Yuma, AZ Migrant Jail, Scabies, Shingles & Chickenpox Spreading Among Children at Clint, TX Migrant Jail, Jewish Activists Arrested After Protesting Migrant Detention on Capitol Hill, Judge Rejects DOJ Move to Replace Legal Team Charged with Census Citizenship Battle, Court Says Trump Cannot Block Critics on Twitter, U.K. Ambassador Resigns After Leaked Cables Scandal, Afghan Peace Talks Close as Deadly Attacks Continue, Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Constitutionality of Affordable Care Act, Megan Rapinoe to Trump: "Your Message Is Excluding People", Calls Grow for Acosta to Resign over Epstein Scandal, SF Man Apologizes for Calling Police on Black Man for Entering a Building, 2-Time Presidential Candidate Ross Perot Dies at 89, Billionaire Democratic Donor Tom Steyer Enters 2020 Race
"This Is Not a Surprise": U.S. Sanctions and Saber Rattling Led to Iran's Renewed Uranium Enrichment
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 08:52:14 -0400
In ongoing fallout from the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed on Monday that Iran has begun enriching uranium above the level agreed to by the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran has threatened to continue to increase their production of enriched uranium if European signatories of the nuclear deal do not help ease the impact of the U.S. sanctions. We speak with Trita Parsi, executive vice president of the new think tank, the Quincy Institute, and author of "Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy."
Despite Death Threats, Glenn Greenwald Speaks Out About Exposing Large Corruption Scandal in Brazil
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 08:39:02 -0400
A political crisis in Brazil is growing in the wake of The Intercept's investigation into a judge who likely aided federal prosecutors in their corruption case against former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The Bolsonaro administration announced Monday that Brazilian Justice Minister Sérgio Moro has been granted a leave of absence from July 15-19 to "deal with personal matters." Leaked cellphone messages among Brazilian law enforcement officials and other data obtained by The Intercept point to an ongoing collaboration between then-Judge Sérgio Moro and the prosecutors investigating a sweeping corruption scandal known as Operation Car Wash. Lula was considered a favorite in the lead-up to the 2018 presidential election until he was put in jail and forced out of the race on what many say were trumped-up corruption charges. The leaked documents also reveal prosecutors had serious doubts about Lula's guilt. The jailing of Lula helped pave the way for the election of the far-right former military officer Jair Bolsonaro, who then named Judge Sérgio Moro to be his justice minister. The news of Moro's leave of absence comes amid increased calls for him to step down after new revelations of Moro's questionable role in Operation Car Wash were published in Brazil's leading conservative magazine, Veja, in partnership with The Intercept. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. Greenwald has faced death threats and a possible government investigation due to his reporting on the scandal.
How Investigative Reporting & Survivor Testimony Toppled Billionaire Serial Abuser Jeffrey Epstein
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 08:13:41 -0400
Billionaire hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein was charged in a Manhattan federal court Monday with sex trafficking and conspiracy. He is accused of sexually assaulting and trafficking dozens of underage girls between 2002 and 2005 at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida. Epstein, who has counted Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton among his friends, pleaded not guilty and is being held in jail until his bond hearing next week. Several accusers were present in federal court in Manhattan on Monday. In November 2018, the Miami Herald published a series of articles by investigative reporter Julie Brown exposing Epstein's crimes and the high-powered people, such as President Trump's Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who protected him. Epstein's arrest after more than a decade of accusations is in part being hailed as a feat of local investigative journalism. We speak with Casey Frank, the senior editor for investigations at the Miami Herald.
Headlines for July 9, 2019
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 08:00:00 -0400
NY Prosecutors Charge Jeffrey Epstein with Trafficking Dozens of Girls, DOJ Says They Will Pursue New Path to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census, New NY Bill Allows Congress to Access Trump's State Tax Returns, Democrats Probe Trump Emoluments Violations, Issuing Dozens of Subpoenas, Protesters Vow to Stay in the Streets After Hong Kong Leader Calls Extradition Bill "Dead", Report: China's Separation of Uyghur Children from Families a "Cultural Genocide", 2 Indigenous Rights Activists Killed in Guatemala, 24 Ex-South American Officials Sentenced for Role in Operation Condor, German Charity Ship Saves 44 People at Sea as Clash Btw. Italy and Rescuers Continue, Trump Lashes Out at U.K. Ambassador, PM Theresa May Following Leaked Cables, U.N. Human Rights Chief Blasts U.S. Detention of Migrants, Bernie Sanders and AOC to Introduce Resolution Declaring Climate Emergency, Trump Touts "Environmental Leadership" Despite Destructive Climate Policies, Arizona Man Fatally Stabs Teenager for Playing Rap Music, Queens DA Race Headed to Recount After Latest Tally Separates Candidates by 16 Votes
Charges Dropped Against Pregnant Shooting Victim Amid Outcry over the Criminalization of Pregnancy
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 08:52:09 -0400
Following immense public pressure, prosecutors in Alabama have dropped manslaughter changers against Marshae Jones, a 28-year-old African-American woman whose pregnancy ended after she was shot in the stomach by a coworker. Local police accused Jones of starting the fight that led to the shooting in the parking lot of a Dollar General store outside of Birmingham. A grand jury then indicted Jones on manslaughter but dismissed any charges against the shooter. The case drew national outcry from women's rights advocates concerned about the criminalization of pregnant women and the legal implications of so-called fetal personhood. The National Abortion Federation, along with the Yellowhammer Fund and other reproductive justice advocacy groups, launched a successful campaign to get the charges against Jones dropped. Alabama is one of 38 states to have a fetal homicide law. We speak with Lynn Paltrow, founder and executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women.
Jeffrey Epstein, a Billionaire Friend of Presidents Trump & Clinton, Arrested for Sex Trafficking
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 08:35:22 -0400
Billionaire hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein, who has been accused of sexually assaulting underage girls for more than a decade, will appear in federal court today in Manhattan on sex trafficking charges. He was arrested on Saturday for allegedly running a sex trafficking operation by luring underage girls as young as 14 years old to his mansion in Manhattan. Epstein was previously accused of molesting and trafficking dozens of underage girls in Florida, but he ended up serving just 13 months in county jail after the U.S. prosecutor in Florida, Alexander Acosta, cut what's been described as "one of the most lenient deals for a serial child sex offender in history." The plea deal allowed Epstein to avoid a federal trial and possible life in prison, and effectively ended an FBI probe into the case. Acosta is now Donald Trump's labor secretary. Epstein has counted Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton among his friends. We speak with Vicky Ward, an investigative journalist who profiled Jeffrey Epstein for Vanity Fair in 2003 in a piece headlined "The Talented Mr. Epstein." The magazine's editor at the time, Graydon Carter, cut out the testimonies of two young women Epstein allegedly molested who had spoken to Ward on the record. Ward later wrote about the incident for The Daily Beast in an article headlined "I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003."
U.S. Women's Soccer Team Wins World Cup, Condemning Pay Discrimination and President Trump
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 08:14:47 -0400
The U.S. national women's soccer team made history by winning its record fourth World Cup after defeating the Netherlands 2 to 0 on Sunday in Lyon, France. The U.S. women's World Cup victory came just months after members of the 2015 women's team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation over gender discrimination. Following the victory, audience members began to chant "equal pay" in solidarity with the team's demands for an equal salary to their male counterparts. Prize money for this year's Women's World Cup is just $30 million compared to $400 million for the 2018 men's World Cup. Co-captain Megan Rapinoe was awarded the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot awards for best player and top goal scorer. Rapinoe has been the center of attention throughout the tournament. Before games she refused to sing the national anthem or put her hand on her heart. She also made headlines for saying she would refuse to go to the White House if invited. We speak with Shireen Ahmed, award-winning sports activist focusing on Muslim women in sports, and Amira Rose Davis, assistant professor of history and African American studies at Penn State University.
Headlines for July 8, 2019
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 08:00:00 -0400
Trump & DOJ Reverse Stance, Will Keep Pushing for Citizenship Question in 2020 Census, Trump Admin Threatens It's Ready to Start Deporting Up to 1 Million People, ICE and FBI Have Used Facial Recognition Technology to Mine DMV Databases, Trump: Migrants "Very Happy" with Situation in U.S. Migrant Jails, Iran Breaches Nuclear Deal Limits, Condemns U.K.'s Seizure of Oil Tanker, Sudanese Military Leaders and Opposition Agree to 3-Year Power-Sharing Deal, Greek Snap Elections Hand Victory to Conservative Party, U.S. Women's Team Wins Soccer World Cup, Shining a Spotlight on Gender Pay Disparity, State of Emergency Declared After 2 Major Earthquakes Shake California, Joe Biden Apologizes for Praising Segregationists, Defends Record, 2020 Dems Propose Measures to Address Racial Labor, Housing Inequalities, Rep. Justin Amash Leaves GOP, Blasts D.C.'s "Partisan Death Spiral", Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein Arrested for Sex-Trafficking Women and Girls, NJ Judge Under Fire for Defending Privileged Teen Who Filmed Himself Assaulting 16-Year-Old Girl, Alabama DA Drops Charges Against Woman Indicted After She Was Shot and Miscarried Fetus
An Hour with Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, Julian Assange & More
Fri, 05 Jul 2019 08:30:00 -0400
In April, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. In this hour-long special, we air an excerpt of Chomsky's speech and his on-stage interview with Amy Goodman.
Ta-Nehisi Coates: "Joe Biden Shouldn't Be President"
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 08:48:16 -0400
Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden is under fire for fondly reminiscing about his "civil" relationship with segregationist senators in the 1970s and 1980s. Speaking at a fundraiser at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City on Tuesday night, Biden expressed nostalgia for his relationship with the late Democratic pro- segregation Senators James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia. Biden reportedly said, "I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland. ... He never called me 'boy'; he called me 'son.'" Biden went on to say, "A guy like Herman Talmadge, one of the meanest guys I ever knew, you go down the list of all these guys. Well, guess what. At least there was some civility. We got things done." Biden was widely criticized by other Democratic presidential contenders, including Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Bill de Blasio. We speak with acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates about Joe Biden's long record on the wrong side of civil rights legislation, from opposing busing in the 1970s to helping to fuel mass incarceration in 1990s. Coates says, "Joe Biden shouldn't be president."
Ta-Nehisi Coates: Reparations Are Not Just About Slavery But Also Centuries of Theft & Racial Terror
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 08:24:40 -0400
We speak with renowned writer Ta-Nehisi Coates on the lasting legacy of American slavery, how the national dialogue about reparations has progressed in the past five years and his testimony in favor of reparations at a historic hearing last month, in which he took direct aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Coates says, "It is absolutely impossible to imagine America without enslavement."
Danny Glover & Ta-Nehisi Coates Make the Case for Reparations at Historic Congressional Hearing
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 08:07:11 -0400
On June 19, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary held a historic hearing on reparations for slavery—the first of its kind in over a decade. The hearing coincided with Juneteenth, a day that commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had abolished slavery. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the transatlantic slave trade. Lawmakers are considering a bill titled the "Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act." It was introduced by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston, after former Congressmember John Conyers had championed the bill for decades without success. The bill carries the designation H.R. 40, a reference to "40 acres and a mule," one of the nation's first broken promises to newly freed slaves. Ahead of the hearing, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "I don't think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea." Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover testified at the historic congressional hearing on reparations.
"What to the Slave Is 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass's Historic Speech
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 08:01:47 -0400
In a Fourth of July holiday special, we hear the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro." He was addressing the Rochester Ladies Antislavery Society. This is actor James Earl Jones reading the speech during a performance of historian Howard Zinn's acclaimed book, "Voices of a People's History of the United States." He was introduced by Zinn.
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