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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.
Know the truth and the truth will set us free.
Richard Lentz & Sarah Scudder moves Move To Amend's work forward. They were featured on KMUD.
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.
On this anniversary of the September 11th Attacks, join us for a discussion about prisoner rights with Cecily McMillan, as she shares her own experience through the American judicial system following her wrongful arrest during the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Cecily McMillan is a 25-year-old graduate student at the New School, union organizer, and Occupy Wall Street activist who was convicted of allegedly assaulting a police officer on March 17, 2012. After two years of censoring evidence and hand-selecting jurors, the prosecution was blatantly favored with overwhelming bias from Judge Ronald Zweibel. In a shocking verdict that stunned outside observers, she was found guilty despite insufficient evidence and Zweibel sentenced McMillan to 90 days in jail at Rikers Island. She was sent directly to jail on May 5 2014, despite having missed no court appointments over two years of hearings and her public insistence on refusing to plea out. During the long period between her initial arrest and the jury trial, Cecily was arrested again by the NYPD on December 7th of 2013 for observing and attempting to video-document the arrests of two young people in the Union Square subway station. McMillan and her supporters denounce the trumped up charges that were intended to undermine her credibility, for which she faces up to a year back on Rikers.
For more information, visit: http://justiceforcecily.com
Join us for a discussion about the student loan crisis with youth activist Chris Hicks, a staff member for Jobs With Justice and campaign organizer for Debt-Free Future.
Chris Hicks is the Debt-Free Future campaign organizer for Jobs With Justice, a national coalition of grassroots organizations working to protect workers' rights and advance economic justice. In the past, he has organized with SEIU Local 513, with an emphasis on custodial and clerical workers. He previously held the position of National Student Labor Action Project Coordinator at Jobs With Justice. Currently working out of Washington, D.C., Chris is originally from Wichita, Kansas.
Join us this week as we talk about the roots of racism in white culture and its impact on communities of color with Community Change Inc.'s Paul Marcus, Lead Trainer and Consultant for the racial justice and equity organization.
Paul Marcus is a white anti-racist activist, educator and consultant. He is the Lead trainer at Community Change, Inc. in Boston, MA, an organization where served as Executive Director for 16 years. Founded in 1968, Community Change’s mission is to promote racial justice and equity by challenging systemic racism and acting as a catalyst for anti-racist action and learning. His own journey has led him to continually examine the limitations the ideological lenses he caries with him as a straight, white, male in a society that structurally privileges people with those identities. Foundational to all of his work is making visible the systemic reality of racism and other forms of oppression – you can’t challenge something if you don’t know it exists. He co-taught and taught the “History and Development of Racism in the United States of America” at Boston College for over 30 semesters and has recently taught “Dynamics of Racism and Oppression” at the Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work. He has had extensive experience planning and conducting workshops and trainings for wide variety organizations and communities. He has worked with organizers and educators from all across the country exploring and challenging the role of white people in perpetuating and maintaining white supremacy, racism and white privilege. Paul lives in Concord, VT with his wife, Patricia Shine and their cat, JD.
For more information about Community Change, Inc., visit www.communitychangeinc.org.
Join us for a discussion with Dr. Peter Gabel about the role of law in shaping popular consciousness and how best to use it to bring about progressive social change.
Dr. Gabel is former president of New College of California and was for thirty years a law professor at New College’s public-interest law school. He is Editor-At-Large of Tikkun magazine, a co-founder of the Critical Legal Studies movement in legal scholarship, and the author of many articles on law, politics, and social change. He is president of the Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art, and Politics in Santa Rosa, California, and the author of two books, The Bank Teller and Other Essays on the Politics of Meaning, and the recently released Another Way of Seeing: Essays on Transforming Law, Politics, and Culture. Dr. Gabel has written more than a dozen articles in law journals such as the Harvard Law Review and Texas Law Review, focusing on the role of law in shaping popular consciousness and on how law can best be used to bring about progressive social change. He lives with his partner Lisa Jaicks, a union organizer with Unite Here, and their son Sam, in San Francisco.
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.
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.
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.
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