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Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod is a public affairs program that airs Tuesday through Friday on KPFK Radio from 7 to 8 AM (PST). Sojourner Truth brings you news and views on local, national, and international policies and stories that affect us all.


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Today on Sojourner Truth, Part 2 of our special on COVID-19 and mass incarceration. Imprisoned people, along with frontline workers and communities of color, are extremely vulnerable to the deadly virus and are being severely impacted by it. The United States currently has the largest incarcerated population in the world, with about 2.3 million people in jails and prisons across the country, according to the Prison Policy Initiative. More than half of them (nearly 1.3 million inmates) do not...
Topic: COVID19 Incarceration Jails Prisons Poverty Violence Racism
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Today we look at the ongoing crisis in Ukraine as Russian troops occupy the Crimea and the west threatens sanctions.  What accounts for the anti-Russian sentiment in the US media?  Also today marks the anniversary of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, as the US backed opposition mobilizes to undo his anti-poverty agenda.  And, Kevin Pina on Haiti.
Topics: Ukraine, Russia, Putin, Obama, NATO, Venezuela, Haiti, Chavez, Aristide
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Across the United States, over two million women are jailed every year, according to the Prison Policy Initiative. At least 80 percent of the women who go to jail annually are mothers, including nearly 150,000 women who are pregnant when they are admitted. Many of these women are poor and have been forced into drug abuse and criminal activity because of their unjust circumstances. They often end up being held in horrible prison conditions, where physical and mental abuse is rampant, worsening...
Topic: Women's Incarceration Re-Entry Jail Prison Racism Poverty
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Dr. Gerald Horne joins us to discuss the controversial legacy of Robert Mugabe, who died on Sept. 6 in Singapore, where he was receiving medical treatment. He served as the President of Zimbabwe for 37 years, leading his nation from a British colony to independence. He was 95 years old. His body is now back in Zimbabwe and his final resting place will be in the village where he was born. Protests broke out anew on Sept. 11, marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 1988...
Topic: Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe Africa Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide Earth Watch Environment
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Alexandria House Special: We take a break from our regularly scheduled Fund Drive today to hear about the great work being done by the Los Angeles based charity, Alexandria House. Board President Nancy Fitzgerald and Resident Support Group Facilitator Yanti Palleschi join us in studio to discuss there work providing transitional housing to women and children fleeing abusive spouses and homes.
Topics: Alexandria House, Domestic Violence, Los Angeles, KPFK, Fund Drive
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An inside look in President Obamaâs American Jobs Act, whatâs in it and how will it be paid for? Economist Max Wolff breaks it down. Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed in 6 days and a massive campaign is underway to save his life. Find out why grassroots activists as well as by major human rights and civil liberty groups have joined his family members in a desperate effort to save his life. We speak with a representative of the NAACP. The state of the Egyptian revolution: protesters tear...
Topics: An inside look in President Obama’s American Jobs Act, what’s in it and how will it be...
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We kick off our daily coverage from Brazil, where environmental justice activists from around the world are gathering to protest at the upcoming Rio + 20, the UN Conference on the Environment, as well as to make plans to strengthen the grassroots environmental justice movement. Students in Canada are shaking things and gaining widespread public support for their on-going general strike. And we focus on a Native American community. We are joined by the film makers of âSun Kissedâ which...
Topics: Navajo, Quebec, Strikes, Rio
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For over 19 years, the United States has been occupying the nation of Afghanistan and waging war against its people. On October 7, 2001, the U.S. government invaded Afghanistan, claiming it was a so-called war on terror. This took place just a few weeks after the horrendous September 11 attacks across the East Coast, in which thousands of innocent people died. George W. Bush launched a military offensive against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Not only did this offensive kill innocent...
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Today, we highlight grassroots movements to disarm and divest from the U.S. military industrial complex amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, over 90,000 people are counted in the official death count in the United States. Experts say the real number is much higher due to the numbers of people who have died at home from the virus. The U.S. has close to 1.5 million cases. Black, Latino, Indigenous and impoverished communities have been hardest hit by COVID-19. Meanwhile, as death rates continue...
Topic: COVID-19 Divest Disarm Military War Violence Nuclear Weapons
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On today's show we talk youth justice with Kim McGill, organizing South East Asian Youth in Lincoln Heights Chinatown, and environmental justice with Bill Gellagos & Alicia Rivera
Topics: Environmental Justice, Asian Americans, Youth Jusitce
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We convene our weekly Friday round table with Jackie Goldberg, Tom Hayden, and Dr. Gerald Horne to discuss the fallout from super-storm Sandy and the affects that it may have on next week's elections.
Topics: Election, roundtable, sandy, Friday, Tom Hayden, Jackie Goldberg, Gerald Horne
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Our panelists weigh in on President Obama’s State of the Union speech, reaction on the Hill and his post speech moves.   Popularizing “Middle Class Economics”, asking Congress to lift the trade embargo on Cuba and pushing to close Guantanamo, proposing a child tax credit of up to $3,000 per child, touting free community college education: on the domestic front are we finally seeing the President come into his own? And as turmoil continues on the international front from Yemen to Libya to...
Topics: Israel, Greece, Syria, Iraq, IS, Islamic State, ISIS, State of the Union, Obama, Netanyahu,...
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President Obama has opened the door for undocumented students and other young immigrants to apply for a work permit and avoid deportation. It is being hailed by some and criticized by others on both the left and the right. We talk with two attorneys about the political and legal implications, and tell you how to apply for this benefit. And, we continue our daily coverage of the Peopleâs Environmental Summit in Rio, Brazil. We speak with 11 year old Indigenous youth activist, Taâkaiya Blaney,...
Topics: Rio+20, DREAMACT, EGYPT, Mubarak, Immigration, Obama, Students
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Margaret is getting over the flu and will return tomorrow. Today weâll be airing Alternative Radio with economist and scholar Julianne Malveaux. Dr. Malveaux's speech titled Economic Justice: Dr. Kings Legacy was recorded in Denver, CO on January 18, 1994. In it she critiques the rampant consumerism that has come to surround Martin Luther King Jr. Day and discusses the dangers in losing touch with the civil rights leader's messages of economic enfranchisement, social justice, and racial...
Topics: Julianne Malveaux, civil rights, Black issues, Women's Issues, Martin Luther King Jr. MLK day,...
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange seeks refuge in Ecuador. Also, Greece. Following their win in Sundayâs election, the pro- austerity conservative party has succeeded in forming a coalition government. What will this mean for the left who with street heat strongly backed the anti-austerity party Syriza, who came in a strong second in Sundayâs election? We continue our daily coverage from Brazil, of Rio + 20, the UN Conference on the Environment, as well as the Peopleâs Summit. And finally, we...
Topics: Greece, Wikileaks, RIO+20, Ecuador, Austerity, Environmentalism, earthjustice
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Both Democrats and Republicans are proposing that money be sent directly to people in the United States to help stem the crash of the U.S. economy due to the coronavirus. Also, the coronavirus as it impacts caregivers across the country and the world, and its impact on the most vulnerable communities. Lastly, Joe Biden swept Tuesday's primaries and reaches out to Sanders supporters. Our guests are Celyn Camen, Dr. Emilee Bargoma and Alan Minsky. Celyne Camen is a...
Topic: Coronavirus Health Pandemic Caregivers Work Economics Elections Primaries Joe Biden Bernie Sanders
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We mark the one year anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Monique Hardin, Gulf region activist and founder of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights.
Topics: Gulf disaster, BP disaster, Monique Harden
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The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights makes progress, an update from Altagracia Garcia, CHIRLAâs Household Worker Coordinator.
Topics: Domestic workers, bill of rights, CHIRLA
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Danny Glover, Dr. Michael Honey, Clarence Lusane on MLK the radical, MLK critics marking the anniversary of the March on Washington and anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Topics: GLover, Radical MLK, Honey
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On the last weekly roundtable for 2012, our panelists weigh in on guns and violence in the US and the global impact of militarization and the weapons trade. Also, post presidential election politics including the stalled âfiscal cliffâ budget negotiations. And foreign policy: Mexicoâs new President, as well as the crisis points of Syria and Congo. Our panelists will also share what for them were the most crucial stories of 2012. Panelists are: Laura Carlsen; Tom Hayden; Dr. Gerald Horne....
Topics: Fiscal Cliff, Roundtable, Tom Hayden, Gerald Horne, Laura Carlsen, Mexico, Congo, Syria, Sandy Hook
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The execution of Troy Davis, whatâs next; race, the death penalty and the Tea Party goal of taking the country back. The Davis case has stepped up youth activism: from the activist hacker group Anonymous to students from historically Black Colleges. Panelists are: Jackie Goldberg, Tom Hayden, Dr. Gerald Horne.
Topics: Troy davis, death penalty
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Our daily activist update from #OccupyWallStreet and #OccupyLA. Gusts: Nathan Nathan schneider, Anastasia Krylov
Topics: OccupyWallSt, OccupyLA, 99%
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After on-going Tunisia uprisings, thousands of protestors have taken to the streets in Egypt calling for an ouster of President Mubarak. Also, a very personal story from a mother whose baby was taken away by the county of Los Angeles. Also, a response to what the president said on the environment in his State of the Union Speech. And Howard Zinn remembered on the one year anniversary of his death.
Topics: Child Welfare, Lina Duval, DFCS, Egypt, Tunisia
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Representatives from 200 nations are gathering in the Qatari capital of Doha this week to begin the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference. The meeting comes on the heel of news that 2012 will rank as the 9th hottest year on record while arctic ice levels have shrunk to an all time low. Meteorologists predict more extreme weather around the world as a result of these record-breaking high temperatures. We're joined by Dorothy Grace Guerrero, Climate & Environmental Justice Program...
Topics: Central Park Five, Selma James, Kwazi N'Khrumah, Dorothy Grace Guerrero, Raymond Santana, David...
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For our weekly roundtable we tackle the inter-relationship of war, oil, the US and global economies and US Presidential election politics. Our panelists will weigh in on President Obamaâs plan for Afghan troop withdrawal - what it does and does not mean? Our panelists are: Jackie Goldberg; Tom Hayden and Dr. Gerald Horne.
Topics: Troops, Afghan War, Obama
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Part two of our interview with former Afghan Parliamentarian and anti-war activist Malalai Joya. Also we mark the one year anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Our guests include: the President of the Louisiana Oysterman Association, he just returned from London England where the BP Board meeting recently took place. Monique Hardin, Gulf region activist and founder of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights. And Dune Lankard of the Eagle Clan, from Copper River Alaska, he...
Topics: Gulf Oil Spill. Malalai Joya, Afghan Women, Alaska, Exxon Mobil
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We are on the road in Washington, D.C., covering the Poor People's Campaign Moral Congress. The Congress began on Monday, June 17 and it ends today, Wednesday, June 19. Thus far, there have been over 1,200 people participating in the Congress from 41 states across the country. The Poor People's Campaign calls out the evils that they see of racism, poverty, the war economy and environmental devastation. Its joint coordinators are Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev....
Topic: Juneteenth Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Poor People's Campaign
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A Black mother in Detroit has her home surrounded by over 100 police officers and her child detained by Child Protective services, for refusing to give her child psychotropic medication known to have terrible side effects. We speak with Phoebe Jones & Maryanne Godboldo about her case.
Topics: Mothers rights, Children's Services, Child Custody
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Today is Cinco de Mayo, a holiday with roots in Mexico, but, today, mainly celebrated in the United States. Amid the coronavirus, celebrations are tamped down this year, as we focus on the impact of the virus on the most vulnerable essential workers and the economic impact of the virus. This has resulted in a series of rent strikes across the country. We discuss Cinco de Mayo and its historic roots and more about the little-known Mexican history with Gabriel Buelna....
Topic: Cinco de Mayo Mexico COVID-19 Rent
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A one hour special conversation with Ericka Huggins, one of the few women leaders of the Black Panther Party. Her husband was shot down on the UCLA campus and she spent two years in solitary confinement for a crime she did not commit.
Topics: Ericka Huggins, Black Panther Party, COINTEL PRO
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Today on Sojourner Truth: In the context of the trial of the police officer who is being charged with the murder of George Floyd, the lack of justice in the case of the police killing of Breonna Taylor and other Black people killed by police, as well as the attacks on voting rights, specifically targeting Black people, across the country, Black communities and other communities of color are facing another battle: gentrification. Long time residents are being forced out by high housing costs and...
Topic: Haiti Massacres United States Death Squads Mosquito Environment Brooklyn Gentrification Racism...
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Today on Sojourner Truth, we continue our coverage of the growing global movement of environmentalists and caregivers. We bring you a recent webinar that explored the implications of a campaign for a care income in the Global South and North, to stop climate change, promote caring work for people and planet, and refuse work that is destructive to the environment and to the worker. The Global Womens Strike and Women of Color - Global Womens Strike, who have pressed for financial recognition for...
Topic: Care Income Caregivers Labor Workers Economics Poverty Green New Deal
Today on Sojourner Truth is Biden in trouble over his immigration policies?   His administration is being criticized from both the right and the left.   What’s going on? In particular we take a look at the plight and treatment of Black immigrants with Nana Gyamfi Executive Director of Black Alliance for Just Immigration. And activists prepare for a kickoff rally for the THRIVE Act.   What is it and what is the connection with the Green New Deal.   What is in the THRIVE Act, what is left...
Topics: Black Migrants, Indigenous Environmental Network, Unionizing Amazon
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Our daily updates from activists on the ground on OccupyWallStreet and OccupyLA. We are joined by Jackie Disalvo, faculty member at the City University of New York and LA based Juan Carvajal. Part two of our conversation with Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President of Bennett College for Women an historically Black college in Greensboro, North Carolina and syndicated columnist, on President Barack Obama and the Black community. And, so-called âclimate-smart agricultureâ and other policies of the...
Topics: OccupyWallSt, Occupylosangeles, Occupy, Wall Street, banks, jobs, US, protests
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Just released US Census Poverty Data show alarming numbers; what are the implications. We speak with Melissa Boteach, with the Center for American Progress.
Topics: poverty, census, economy
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Today on Sojourner Truth, we discuss new developments in the court battle surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline, the election of Mia Mottley in Barbados and the tragic killing of Frederick Tate, a Black man who was murdered in a Long Beach public park by a white man. On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris in Montana ruled that Donald Trump’s State Department must conduct a new environmental review for the Keystone XL crude pipeline. The ruling has been considered...
Topic: Keystone XL Pipeline Mia Mottley Barbados Frederick Tate Racism
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the latest on the nuclear power disaster in Japan, we speak with former nuclear industry insider Arnie Gundersen.
Topics: Japan, Iodine isotope, nuclear run off
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Today, we speak with Alaric Balibrera, a hunger striker, to discuss the protest of nuclear weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. More banking scandalsâwho will be held accountable? And whatâs going on with Mitt Romneyâs money? Economist Max Wolff weighs in. With two weeks before the Olympic games, scandals overshadow celebration. From unscrupulous sponsors to increased militarization, our guests Jules Boykoff and Sara Calloway go beyond the fanfare in London. Guests:...
Topics: olympics, hunger strike, nuke, nuclear weapon, los alamos, mitt romney, libor, banking scandal,...
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One-hour special with Dr. Henry A. Giroux on his new book, "American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism." Book Description: As white supremacy, ultra-nationalism, rabid misogyny and anti-immigrant fervor coalesce, a new and uniquely American form of fascism looms. Could our current moment actually bring about the end of democracy in the United States? Are Americans willing to surrender their freedom and dignity, along with their ongoing struggle for equality, justice and...
Topic: Henry Giroux American Nightmare Racism Fascism Donald Trump United States
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Join “Sojourner Truth” with host Margaret Prescod, Tuesday-Friday 7-8am on KPFK, 3-4pm on WBAI and 4-5pm on WPFW. Thursday:  Jeff Bezos, the new owner of the Washington Post is the founder and CEO of Amazon which recently landed a $600 million contract with the Central Intelligence Agency.  What principles of journalism are at stake? A national petition effort is challenging the Post.  Our guest is Washington DC based author and former Washington Post reporter John Hanrahan. And on...
Topics: Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos, Janet Yellin, Polar Vortex
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Wednesday: Ten years after the US invasion of Iraq we speak with Raed Jarrar an Iraqi who lived through it. And the Guardian newspaper’s Maggie O’Kane discusses the Guardian’s new documentary on Iraq including the connection with the US invasion and occupation of Iraq and the “Dirty War” in El Salvador. Also, the USDA begins the deregulation process for the first genetically engineered forest tree in the US.  Anne Peterman, Executive Director of the Global Justice Ecology Project is...
Topics: US invasion of Iraq, Shock and Awe, Baghdad, Raed Jarrar, Maggie O'Kane, Documentary, Maggie O'Kane...
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Eric Mann, host of aVoices from the Frontlines every Tuesday at 4, fills in for Margaret Prescod. Alex Caputo-Pearl joins us to discuss efforts at Crenshaw High for education reform. We hear a detailed analysis of the new movie "Lincoln" and its white-ing out of the historical achievements of Blacks during the Civil War. And we hear from listeners, to get their feelings about the film and its portrayal of one of the most controversial episodes in America's history
Topics: Alex Caputo-Pearl, Crenshaw, Lincoln, Film, Civil War, History, American History, WEB Dubois
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Who is behind the investigation of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, what are they after and why; we speak with Roxana Tynan, LANNEâs Deputy Director.
Topics: Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Government Crackdowms
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We are joined with Sara Calloway as she gives us inside details on the recent riots in the U.K
Topics: sara calloway, recent riots, U.K
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Greenwashing; new oil refineries to process tar sands oil, and oil companiesâ divisive tactics on American Indian lands. Native American Kandi Mosset updates us.
Topics: kandi, greenwashing, oil
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Friday on our roundtable: Presidential election year politics: Mitt lost in Iowa and his lead in South Carolina is narrowing; Newt's women problems are back to haunt him; Perry drops out; Santorum is backed by fundamentalists, environmentalists score a key victory and the occupy movement targets Washington DC. Iran continues its threat to close the Strait of Hormuz as US forces build up in the region and the EU threatens sanctions and Turkey calls for talks to end the standoff on Iran's nuclear...
Topics: Obama, GOP, Romney, Gringrich
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For our weekly roundtable we tackle the inter-relationship of war, oil, the US and global economies and US Presidential election politics. Our panelists will weigh in on President Obamaâs plan for Afghan troop withdrawal - what it does and does not mean; what is behind the move to tap US oil reserves; the rising rate of unemployment; the threatened collapse of bi-partisan Congressional budget talks. Our panelists are: Jackie Goldberg; Tom Hayden and Dr. Gerald Horne.
Topics: Afghan war, Obama, Oil reserves, Budget
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Today Hamid Khan seats in for Margaret Prescod. He talks with organizers hosting May 1st actions throughout the city of Los Angeles; also, analysis of the history and state of police, plus listeners calls. Guests: Esteban Gil, Emilio Lacques, Ron Gochez, Erin Darling, and Dylan Rodriguez
Topics: mayday, may1st, workersday, laborday, women, justice
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Friday's November 16th roundtable moderated by Margaret Prescod includes Jackie Goldberg, Tom Hayden and Dr. Gerald Horne. We discuss this weekâs headlines which include, the Israeli strikes on Gaza, negotiations between the President and Congressional Republicans over what to do about the âFiscal Cliffâ, the state of GOP in the post-election, the BP oil settlement, and President Obama's trip to South East Asia.
Topics: Tom Hayden, Jackie Goldberg, Gerald Horne, Round table, Friday, Election, President Obama, Mitt...
Today on Sojourner Truth: The COVID-19 virus is once again spiking across the United States, infecting hundreds of thousands of people and forcing states to shut down. Over a million new cases have been confirmed over the past week as elected officials in all 50 states have reported higher infection rates, according to The New York Times. Texas, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Oregon are among 39 states that have set weekly case records in the last few days. The number of people hospitalized with...
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The latest on the debt ceiling and budget rows on Capitol Hill.
Topics: debt ceiling, budget crisis, 14th Amendment, Obama Administration
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Today on Sojourner Truth: The Sojourner Truth team is on the road in Washington, D.C., covering the Poor People's Campaign Moral Agenda Congress. The Congress runs from Monday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 19. The expectation for attendance was 1,000 people. But looking at the multi-racial crowd, they have already surpassed their goal and more are expected tomorrow. Participants hail from 41 states, from sea to shining sea. On Monday, June 17, there was a six-hour-long presidential candidates...
Topic: Poor People's Campaign 2020 Elections
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Egypt udate with Mustafa Hussein, Part 2 of an interview with political Hip-Hop artists Bambu& Manilla Ryce. and L.A.'s Distrct Attorney's crackdown on dissent with Chloe Osmar $ John Raphling
Topics: Egypt, Silencing Dissent in L.A., Filipino, Rapper, Bambu
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Part 1 of 2 of an interview with Malalai Joya - Former Afghan member of Parliament and outspoken activist against the US war and occupation, as well as corruption of the Karsai government, the Taliban and warlords: Malalai Joya. Time Magazine has named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She has been similarly recognized by the Guardian Newspaper.
Topics: malalai joya, afghanistan, women, us occupation, war
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The latest news on the fury over the proposed Boehner/ Obama budget deal and other breaking news. What was won in the California Prisoners Strike? The first in our series âCrisis in the Congoâ. And our weekly âEarth Minuteâ.
Topics: environment, debt ceiling, budget, prison strike, Congo, genocide
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Abuse and cover-up in LA County jails. The ACLU files a law suit against Sheriff Lee Baca and District Attorney Steve Cooley. Our guest is Peter Eliasberg, legal director of ACLU of Southern California. For our weekly Earth Watch, Jihan Gearon, Executive Director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition, from the Navajo nation in Arizona, fills us in on the latest battle over water rights involving the Little Colorado River. And marking what would have been folk singer Woody Guthrieâs 100th birthday,...
Topics: prisons, woodygutrie, aclu, water, navajo
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Friday on our weekly roundtable: Syria goes beyond boiling point. A fierce battle is underway for one of Syria's major cities amid reports of more covert support for the rebels coming from the US and other allies. Kofi Annan resigned as UN special envoy on Syria saying neither side of the conflict is interested in a peaceful solution. Meanwhile, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta following a trip on Wednesday to Israel denied that the US had plans for joint US/Israel attack on Iran. And Mitt...
Topics: Syria, Romney, Obama, swingstates
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Whittier City Council is attempting to reintroduce oil drilling in the LA suburb of Whittier Hills, but community residents are fighting back. Eddie Dias with Whittier Hills Oil Watch joins us.
Topics: whittier city council, oil driling
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The latest news on the fury over the proposed Boehner/Obama budget deal and other breaking news.
Topics: budget crisis, Obama, debt ceiling, Boehner
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A one hour special: we rebroadcast a rare in studio interview with civil rights icon Dorothy Height recorded before her death. Ms. Height died on April 20th, 2010 at the age of 98 after a lifetime spent fighting for racial justice and human rights. She was at the forefront of the civil rights battle for over six decades and counseled political figures including Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr. and President Johnson. When she died, President Obama ordered the nationâs flags be flown at...
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We take a look at some of the proposals floating around by both mainstream political parties on Social Security, Medicare and taxes. Whatâs in it for whom, and what will the impact on other vulnerable communities be?
Topics: Medicare, Social Security, taxes
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Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 86 today, we hear his words and we look at protests and other events happening across the country to mark his birthday.  Kwazi Nkrumah of the MLK Coalition and the City of Culver City 10 th annual King Celebration Chair Wayne Slappy, join us. For our Behind the Prison Industrial Complex feature we take a look at medical and other neglect of prisoners and prisoner deaths. On January 24th, demonstrators will gather in front of the Santa Cruz Clock Tower...
Topics: Keystone XL, Santa Cruz, Sin Barras, Prison Industrial Complex, MLK Day, Martin Luther King Jr.
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Thursday: Grief and outrage over the refusal to indict the white New York City police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner.  Garner’s death was caught on video and his last words were “I can’t breathe”.   We get reaction from Ronald Hampton, former Executive Director of the National Black Police Association; NYC based Francisco Torres of the Panther 8, author and New Jersey based civil rights campaigner Junius Williams, tory Russell of Ferguson based Hands Up United. Cory spoke...
Topics: New York City, Police abuse, Eric Garner, Ferguson, Tamir Rice, Grand Jury, Difret
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Protests continued across the US over the refusal of a Missouri Grand Jury to indict white police officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown.  Thousands participated and freeways were shut down, bridges blocked, shopping malls invaded and more. In response, President Obama says he wants to avoid militarized police culture and announced a three year $263 million dollar spending package to increase the use of body-worn cameras by police and for police department...
Topics: Egypt, Mubarak, Ferguson, Cairo, Protests, Los Angeles
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Join us on “Sojourner Truth” with host Margaret Prescod on the ground in Washington DC from the studios of WPFW, as we continue our week of special broadcasts on Pacifica Radio marking the 50 th anniversary of the historic March on Washington as well as the 150 th anniversary year of the Emancipation Proclamation.  , On Thursday, August 29 th , the day after events that marked the 50 th anniversary of the March on Washington, we get a roundup of the voices of participants in and speakers...
Topics: Civil Rights, March on Washington, Non-Violence
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Tuesday: The anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, protesters including supporters from organized labor take to the streets to demand a Robin Hood tax.  Our guest is Deborah Burger, Co-President of National Nurses United. And the US and Russia have agreed on a way forward for international oversight of Syria’s chemical weapons.  Also, the UN has confirmed chemical weapons use in Syria but stopped short of blaming the Assad regime or the rebels for their use.  But Syria’s chemical weapons...
Topics: Syria, WMD, Navy Yard, Washington DC, Occupy Wall Street, Anniversary
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Weekly roundtable tackles the high drama on the hill. Itâs Boehner/Reid/Wall Street versus the rest of us. Boehner seems stuck, Reid is negotiating, Obama is politicking and Wall Street is making money but worried. Meanwhile rebellion all round; not Greek street style, but pressure from the Tea Party while Moveon.org hits the streets: the very latest on the high stakes theatre on Capitol Hill.
Topics: Debt Ceiling, Budget Crisis, Boehner, Reid, Wealth Disparity
Today on Sojourner Truth: We continue our coverage of the fallout from the police shooting of yet another Black man. This time 20-year-old Daunte Wright. He leaves behind a two-year-old son. He was killed in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Kim Potter, a cop of 26 years who shot Daunte, resigned as well as police chief Tim Gannon. Ten miles away from where Daunte was killed, the trial of Derek Chauvin took place. The police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd continues with the defense...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We speak with members of Clergy4Black lives who give their response to the implications for their congregations and wider communities of the armed and violent attack on the US Capitol on January 6th, as well as the threat of more violence at state capitols by Trump supporters including a wide swathe of white supremacists, Christian nationalists and even members of law enforcement and the US military. We will also speak about the lack of response by LA City and County...
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Marc Levin Director of the new Al Jazeera Documentary “Freeway: Crack in the System”.  In the early 80’s crack cocaine made its debut on the streets of South Los Angeles wreaking havoc on an already vulnerable Black community suffering from police repression and economic depression. From the rise of Freeway Ricky Ross who made his name as a prolific drug dealer, to the connection between the CIA, the Reagan administration, and Nicaraguan drug traffickers, Marc Levin joins us to discuss...
Topics: Crack, Freeway Rick Ross, CIA, Reagan, Nicaragua, Contras
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The flotilla to Gaza: we speak with Anee Wright. She is on one of the boats on the way to Gaza in an attempt to break the Israeli government blockade.
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Today on Sojourner Truth: For our weekly Earth Watch, Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, joins us to discuss the impact of Indigenous-led protests against the Keystone XL pipeline. Now, Biden has announced that he is revoking a key permit for the pipeline. The massive protests at Standing Rock against the pipeline brought national and international attention to the issue, and Biden's announcement is seen as a victory. But, is Biden's announcement enough?...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Over the past century, Black landowners in the U.S. South have lost over 12 million acres of farmland, mostly from the 1950s onward, according to The Atlantic. Joe Brooks, the former president of the Emergency Land Fund, a group founded in 1972 to fight the problem of dispossession, estimated that about 6 million acres was lost by Black farmers between 1950 to 1969 alone. This represents an average of 820 acres a day, an area the size of New Yorks Central Park wiped...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Even as public officials scramble to come up with band-aid solutions they hope will resolve the uprising around the country, we look at what might be some of the underlying issues of protesters in addition to police abuse and murder. For young people and all of us who are facing the challenge of the destruction of the environment, we discuss the use of chemicals in U.S. agriculture. For our weekly Earth Watch segment, we delve into the latest on dicamba, a highly-toxic...
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On Sunday, July 25, 2021, the world lost one of the greatest icons of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement: Bob Moses. Bob passed away at the age of 86 at his home in Hollywood, Florida. Today, we pay homage to his life and legacy as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and the Algebra Project. In 1960, Bob became field secretary for SNCC and later director of the SNCC's Mississippi Project in 1961. He traveled to Pike County and Amite...
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