Archive for March, 2016

Mar 11 2016

I Heart Obama – a Complex Look at the Black Community’s Relationship with the President – Part 2

GUEST: Erin Aubry Kaplan, long-time Los Angeles based journalist, former staff writer for the LA Weekly and op-ed writer for the LA Times. Her earlier books include ‘Black Talk, Blue Thoughts’, and ‘Walking the Color Line’. Her new book is entitled ‘I [Heart] Obama’.

As President Obama’s 8th year in office unfolds, his tenure is being examined from all sides. Setting aside for a moment, the fact that he is the nation’s …

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Mar 10 2016

How Are Undocumented Toddlers To Defend Themselves in Immigration Court?

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GUEST: Ahilan Arulanantham, deputy legal director at the ACLU of Southern California and senior staff attorney at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. He was the ACLU attorney questioning Judge Weil.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently released the transcript of a deposition in a case it filed against the federal government over a lack of legal representation of undocumented minors in immigration court. The transcript shows Judge …

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Mar 10 2016

Despite Biased Media Coverage, Sanders Wins Michigan

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GUEST: Adam Johnson, a contributing writer at Alternet and at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).

Bernie Sanders defied all polling expectations on Tuesday night and defeated Hillary Clinton in Michigan, upsetting predictions for the Democratic nomination race. FiveThirtyEight.com, which has made a name for itself in predicting elections, wrote, “Sanders’s win in Michigan was one of the greatest upsets in modern political history.”

Most of the …

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Mar 09 2016

Only One Thing is Certain in the 2016 Election: We Need Alternatives To the Two Party System

GUEST: David Dayen, contributing writer to Salon, weekly columnist at The Fiscal Times, contributor to The Intercept.

In the thick of primary election season, the fight between Democratic rivals Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton is going strong. While Clinton handily won the crucial state of Louisiana, Sanders picked up victories in Maine and Kansas. But, Democratic Party superdelegates are determined to throw their weight behind Clinton. …

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Mar 09 2016

Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World

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GUEST: Baz Dreisinger, Associate Professor in the English Department at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, founder and Academic Director of the Prison-to-College Pipeline program.

The United States has many distinctions globally. One of its most shameful is that it imprisons the greatest number of people compared to any other country. With only 5% of the world’s population, the US is …

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Mar 08 2016

Why the Death of a Honduran Indigenous Rights Leader Matters

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GUEST: Suyapa Portillo, an Assistant Professor of Chicano/a-Latino/a Transnational Studies at Pitzer College, she has a blog on the Huffington Post.

Indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Cáceres was laid to rest in La Esperanza, Honduras on Saturday. Cáceres was gunned down in her home last week by unknown assailants. Her death has sent shock waves across Latin America. She was a leader in the opposition to …

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Mar 08 2016

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

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GUEST: Rebecca Traister, writer at large for New York Magazine and a contributing editor at Elle. She has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective for the New Republic, Salon, and other publications.

In mid-2015, for the first time, unmarried American adults outnumbered married one. Nearly half of all new births in the US are to unmarried mothers, and the number …

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Mar 07 2016

US Strikes Begin in Libya, Continue in Syria and Iraq

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GUEST: Rahul Mahajan, sociologist and author of Full Spectrum Dominance: US Power in Iraq and Beyond.

The US has been launching air strikes against Syria as part of its Operation Inherent Resolve, aimed at the Islamic State. The bombs come just a few days into the implementation of a new agreement between the US and Russia called “Cessation of Hostilities.” Syrian civilians continue to be killed by …

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Mar 07 2016

Clinton’s Support Among Black Voters, and Chris Rock’s Oscar Debacle

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GUEST: Courtney Morris, assistant professor of African American and Women’s Studies at Penn State University.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton swept the Super Tuesday races after winning the South Carolina primary race last weekend. Her wins relied heavily on record numbers of African American voters leading some in the Bernie Sanders camp to ask questions like, “why did Black South Carolinians vote against their own interests?” Clinton was …

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Mar 07 2016

How White Americans Can Best Express Solidarity With Black Lives Matter

GUESTS: Devonte Jackson, Bay Area organizer with the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and Robbie Clark, Housing Rights Campaign lead organizer with Just Cause, both are activists with Bay Area Black Lives Matter.

The Black Lives Matter movement has become the most important political movement in the country in just a year and a half. Activists have pushed the narrative on police violence in social media, crashed …

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