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Corruption in the US government is increasingly being recognized as the central issue among all the battles activists are waging against the corporatocracy. It is time to have a conversation about a strategy to go on the offensive instead of playing an endless game of defense against all the consequences of unchecked corporate power over the US government.
Aldous Tyler has been at the center of this fight in Madison, Wisconsin as host of TMI Radio. He ran in the Democratic primary for president in 2012 with a promise to support a constitutional amendment that would declare that money is not speech and corporations are not people with constitutional rights.
We talk about the Pledge to Amend campaign, how it differs from the co-opted Move to Amend version and why we fully expect that it will be the nucleus for a true populist movement for democracy in America and the world once Americans grasp its significance.
This show was rebroadcast on March 29 at 9 AM PST/ 12 PM EST on the Star Com Radio network.
Take Back America for the People is an educational nonprofit whose mission is to educate the American public on true costs of corporate control of the US government.
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This week, David Cobb, one of our National Team Leaders for the Move to Amend Coalition, will talk with us about Senator Tom Udall's proposed amendment to the Constitution, providing an update on recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and responding to the Democratic Party's proposal.
David Cobb is a Principal with the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy. He is a lawyer and political activist. David has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He truly believes we must use ALL the tools in the toolbox to effect the systemic social change we so desperately need.
David was born in San Leon, Texas and worked as a laborer before going to college. He graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1993 and maintained a successful private law practice in Houston for several years before devoting himself to full time activism to achieve real democracy in the United States.
In 2002 David ran for Attorney General of Texas, pledging to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that repeatedly violate health, safety and environmental laws. He did not win the office, but the Green Party of Texas grew dramatically during his campaign from four local chapters to twenty-six. In 2004, he ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket and successfully campaigned for the Ohio recount. He is also National Projects Director for Democracy Unlimited.
Join us for a talk with genderqueer activist and writer Jacob Tobia about his work for justice in LGBTQ policy issues and youth activism in building the grassroots movement for LGBTQ rights and equality.
You can read more about LGBTQ issues from Jacob Tobia at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacob-tobia/ and http://mic.com/profiles/30957/jacob-tobia
This week we continue the discussion of the water crisis in Detroit, focusing on Michigan's Public Act 436 and the Emergency Financial Managers it established in Detroit and other cities in Michigan. We will be talking with guests Claire McClinton from the Michigan Poverty Roundtable and Maureen Taylor of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization.
Claire McClinton is a retired autoworker from Flint, Michigan. A UAW member, she is currently active with local and statewide community activities centered around exposing the dangers of the Emergency Manager law. Organization affiliations include the Democracy Defense League, and Poverty Roundtable. Activism includes public protest, educating the public and writing for such publications such as the Peoples Tribune newspaper. Currently, she is involved in fighting the charges against Reverend Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, MI.
Maureen Taylor is a lifelong soldier in the war against the poor, having served as Chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization since 1993. Ms. Taylor is a professional Social Worker able to apply her skills to assist low income families to secure food, utilities, housing, healthcare, job training, and educational advancement throughout the State.
Join us for a discussion on indigenous rights with Alyssa Macy of the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), an organization of Indigenous Peoples from North, Central, South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific working for the Sovereignty and Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Treaties, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands. Alyssa has over 15 years of political experience at the grassroots, national and international levels. She is working to connect Treaty Issues to the work of the Pacific Northwest Social Forum and to engage Indigenous Peoples from the region.
To learn more about the International Indian Treaty Council, visit www.iitc.org.
For information about the Pacific Northwest Social Forum, visit www.pnwsf.org.
This week features political science professor and political analyst Peter Mathews to talk about the need for the We The People (28th) Amendment to remove corporate personhood and declare that money is not speech under the First Amendment, which he discusses in his new book, Dollar Democracy: With Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream for All.
Peter Mathews has spent 30 years as a College and University Professor educating people. Peter is a full professor of Political Science at Cypress College and adjunct professor of Sociology at Long Beach City College. He has taught at California State University, Fullerton, is currently a Political Analyst on KTLK AM 1150 Progressive Talk Radio on the David Cruz Show, and has served as a political analyst on KNBC-TV, KCBS-TV, KTLA-TV, CNN radio, KTLK radio, KPFA and KPFK radio, and as a commentator on KNX News Radio and other venues. Having lived, traveled, taught and conducted research in 27 countries such as Britain, France, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, India and elsewhere, Mathews has first-hand knowledge of public policy issues such as healthcare, education, economic development, and international relations, and environmental sustainability in these and other societies. Peter Mathews was the Democratic Party Nominee for the U.S. Congress in 1998 and ran a close race in the Long Beach based district. He was elected to the North Fair Oaks Council (Planning Commission) in San Mateo County, California, before moving to Los Angeles County in 1979.
Move to Amend Reports is the weekly radio show that details current events and issues being addressed by Move To Amend.
This week features teacher, author, and activist Jesse Hagopian to talk about the damage done by corporate education reform and the new grassroots movement of teachers, students, and parents building the alternative.
Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the Black Student Union adviser at Garfield High School, the site of the historic boycott of the MAP standardized test . Jesse is an associate editor for Rethinking Schools magazine, a founding member of Social Equality Educators (SEE), and recipient of the 2013 “Secondary School Teacher of Year” award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Jesse is an author, activist, and a regularly requested public speaker at community forums, panel discussions, rallies, debates, public hearings, and on college campuses. Jesse is a contributing author to 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History and Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation (Haymarket Books). Jesse’s writings on education, Haiti, Palestine, and U.S. politics, are regularly published at Truth Out, Common Dreams, Black Agenda Report, Socialist Worker, Counter Punch, and the Seattle Education website. He has also been a frequent special guest contributor to the Seattle Times op-ed page. Jesse’s commentary has been featured on many local and national news programs including CNN, Keith Olberman’s Countdown, The Dan Rather Report, Democracy Now!, The Real News Network, and King 5 News TV with Mark Wright.
For more information about Jesse and his work, visit: iamaneducator.com
This week features executive director of Praxis Peace Institute Georgia Kelly to talk with us about the intersection of economics and the environment, which will be the focus for the upcoming Economics of Sustainability Conference this October.
Georgia Kelly is the Founder of the non-profit peace education organization Praxis Peace Institute. She has produced and directed three 7-day peacebuilding conferences in Dubrovnik, Croatia (2000, 2002, and 2007), a fourth conference, "The Alchemy of Democracy" in California (June 2004) and, in 2009, The Economics of Peace Conference in Sonoma, CA. Georgia continues to create educational programs for Praxis Peace Institute as well as leading workshops in Conflict Resolution. She is editor and co-author of Uncivil Liberties: Deconstructing Libertarianism, a critique of libertarian ideas and laissez-faire capitalism. She writes a blog on Huffington Post and enjoyed a previous career as a harpist, composer, writer, and recording artist who founded her own record label and distribution company in 1978.
The Economics of Sustainability Conference takes place in San Francisco, October 6-9.
For more information, visit: www.praxispeace.org
This week, we talk about the dire situation for the people of Detroit, living under "emergency management" since Michigan's state government declared a financial emergency leading up to the city declaring bankruptcy last summer. We are joined by two guests to discuss this issue: Shamayim "Shu" Harris, founder and directress of the Moon Ministry and Project Goddess, and Carl Gibson, co-founder of US Uncut.
Shu is a minister, family woman, an entrepreneur, community activist and an eternal server of the people. As a founder of The Moon Ministry and Project Goddess, she serves the people of Highland Park and its surrounding areas. She is the proprietress of The Goddess Marketplace, an economic development initiative for women. Shu also serves as the Vice President of the Highland Park Housing Commission, as a Corporal for the Highland Park Police Reserve, and is the first woman Chaplain for the Highland Park Police Department. Her service and community activism spans over 25 years, specializing in the spiritual development and empowerment of women and young girls. Her current major project is the development of Avalon Village.
Carl is co-founder of US Uncut, a grassroots direct action movement that mobilized thousands of people against corporate tax dodging and budget cuts in over 100 cities in the months leading up to Occupy Wall Street. Carl and other US Uncut activists are featured in the Sundance-selected documentary, “We’re Not Broke,” which is currently available on Netflix. He is also the author of the new book, “How to Oust a Congressman,” based on his experiences organizing the ouster of a corrupt member of Congress in New Hampshire during the 2012 elections. Carl is a contributing editor for ReaderSupportedNews.org and Occupy.com, as well as an occasional contributor to MSNBC, RT, and HuffPost Live.
Tonight's guest is Rev. Edward Pinkney, who founded the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO), a political and social justice coalition working in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Currently, BANCO is a recognized voice for the people in Benton Harbor in their community rights and human rights struggle. Visit BHBANCO.org.
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