NOVEMBER 12, 2015
An extended conversation with veteran activist and organizer Makani Themba, who is stepping down as executive director of The Praxis Project, which has raised more than $20 million for advocacy organizations working in communities of color nationwide. Now 13 years after she founded Praxis, she is turning over the reins of the organization to the next generation of leadership, and Makani will be celebrated November 14 in the DMV at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, MD. Headlines on “Our Generation, Our Choice,” #FallRising and honoring Black Civil War Veterans on Veterans Day at the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum. Also segments on “paid patriotism” at sporting events and Side-Eye on Election 2-16. Guests and Voices: Makani Themba, Trenton Cassius Benkberg and Frank Smith.
NOVEMBER 5, 2015
Today, we’re on the ground with activists for the environment and humanity’s survival to talk about a victory. The big news this week is that the company Trans Canada asked the Obama Administration to postpone consideration of its proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring carbon-intensive tar sands oil-sludge from Alberta, Canada to Texas for export. And, as it turns out, that request sounds pretty much like the deal is dead because president Obama has responded that he has no intention of granting an extension to a process that has already taken seven years. Also, the debut of ‘Side-Eye,’ about the crazy presidential election in this country. Headlines about food chain workers and driver’s licenses for undocumented residents in DC. Guests and voices: Esther Iverem, Chantal James, Jason Kowalski, Amy Alexander, Jamila Bey, Mary Che, Luis Chiliguinga.
OCTOBER 29, 2015
Based on deceptively edited videos showing a Planned Parenthood staffer discussing donated fetal tissue for research, Republicans in Congress have held hearings, attempted to defund Planned Parenthood and have even threatened to shut down the government in order to attempt the defunding. In the crazy circus that is the Republican presidential primary, the leaders—Ben Carson and Donald Trump—jockey to appear the most opposed to a woman’s right to choose. In the meantime, Planned Parenthood offices have been defunded in some states, have been vandalized and destroyed by the fringe of this movement, which has committed acts of violence and murder. The state of Texas also just raided a Planned Parenthood office and seized patient records. Guests: Miranda Blue, Krystal Redman and Rohulimin Quander. Other voices: Serra Sippel and John Coonrod. Headlines and more.
OCTOBER 22, 2015
Today, a history of social justice. We speak with prolific author and activist Gerald Horne about his new book, Confronting Black Jacobins: The U.S., the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic. The book chronicles the world and historic impact of the Haitian Revolution, which was the product of the first successful slave revolt. Not only did the leading powers then—France, Great Britain, and Spain—suffer a huge beatdown, the revolt by enslaved Africans had a profound impact on Haiti’s mainland neighbor, the United States, inspiring enslaved Africans in the U.S. and striking terror throughout the Southern slaveocracy
Other voices: Jessica Gordon Nembhard and voices from the trailer of the documentary “Trouble the Water.” Headlines and more.
OCTOBER 15, 2015
Following up the October 10 “Justice or Else” march and the first Democratic presidential debate, this show focuses on activism and economics. We speak to Black Lives Matter activist Kymone Freeman and activist Ruth Caplan,about new initiatives to create more control over our public dollars. Then in the second half of the show, ‘The F Word,’ our monthly discussion of fascism and pre-fascism. This month’s guest is Jon Jeter, former Washington Post reporter, Facebook iconoclast, and author of the book Flat Broke in the Free Market. Other voices: Bernie Sanders, voices from attendees at the Justice or Else march, including hip-hop artist Minister Freedom Allah. Also,speakers at the National Day on Climate Action event in DC. Headlines and more.
OCTOBER 8, 2015
The run-up to the October 10, 2015 “Justice or Else” rally, the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. We talk to a march organizer and the DC chapter of the National Black United Front. Also, what Dr. Chu Chu Onwuachi-Saunders is doing to focus on and help girls and another doctor, Dr. Margaret Flowers who got arrested Monday protesting the US bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan, is in-studio. Other guests and voices: Salim Adofo, DJ Wise, Min. Louis Farrakhan, Robert Reich, Josh Ernest. Headlines and more.
OCTOBER 1, 2015
More voices from the September 24, 2015 Moral Action on Climate Justice Rally, a national and international mobilization of musicians, faith leaders and climate activists, including the Rev. William Barber of the Moral Monday Movement, musicians like Sean Paul and also Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers union.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
This expanded, two-and-a-half-hour edition includes coverage of Pope Francis in Washington, DC and what he and activists have to say on issues of climate justice, immigration, income inequality and the controversial canonization of Junipero Serra, who established Catholic missions in California that historians say led to the extermination of tens of thousands of indigenous people. Voices include Archbishop George Augustus Stallings, founder of the Imani Temple African-American Catholic Congregations, Brigette Rouson, Ted Glick, Kumi Naidoo and others gathered for the Pope Francis Moral Action on Climate Justice Rally. Headlines and more.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
This month’s installment of “The F Word” is all about the migration crisis and the root of that crisis in imperialist wars, plunder and destruction. Also, anti-war activists supporting the Iran-nuclear deal celebrate a victory and there are actions to end the blockade on Cuba. Guests: Gerald Horne and Arturo Viscarra. Other voices: speakers at the anti-war rally sponsored by MoveOn.org and Gail Walker of Pastors for Peace at the action to end the Cuba blockade. Headlines and more.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
At a town hall meeting called by the ACLU, residents of Ward 8 in Washington, DC express frustration with Mayor Muriel Bowser’s new anti-crime plan that they say targets their community without helping it. Also, protesters give Saudi Arabia’s king an UN-royal welcome at the White House. Voices include Medea Benjamin,the Rev. Joseph Evans, Tyrone Parker and Eugene Puryear. Headlines and more.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
Can a new law in Illinois set a national standard to end killings and torture by police? We talk to attorney Flint Taylor who has been revealing what is criminal in the criminal justice system for more than 45 years, from the 1969 assassination of Black Panther Fred Hampton by the Chicago Police and FBI to today’s cases of torture in Chicago. Also, voices of “Heroes, Not Looters” after Hurricane Katrina. Guest: Attorney G. Flint Taylor. Other voices, A. Dwight Pettit, Jon Swaine, Ishmael Reed and Darrell Cannon. Headlines and more.
AUGUST 27, 2015
In a huge David-versus-Goliath victory for activists, The D.C. Public Service Commission denies the proposal by Exelon for a $6.4 billion takeover of the DMV’s electrical utility Pepco. And, on this fourth Thursday dedicated to arts and activism, two movies about social justice: “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” and “Rosenwald.” Guest: Aviva Kempner. Other voices: Stanley Nelson, friends of activist Sylvia Robinson wish her a happy birthday. Headlines and more.
AUGUST 20, 2015
Salon writer Andrew O’Hehir and WPFW host Garland Nixon join us to talk about police and the “true face of American fascism” for this month’s installment of “The F Word.” Also, disenfranchised men in Baltimore take to the streets to talk about “the new Jim Crow.”. Headlines include funeral services for Julian Bond, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling blasts civil rights organizations, protests against arctic drilling and the culture and media moment includes “Straight Outta Compton” and “Hell You Talmbout” by Janelle Monae. Other voices include Jane Fonda at arctic drilling protest. Headlines and more.
AUGUST 13, 2015
ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE FERGUSON UPRISING, CONTINUED RESISTANCE TO POLICE TERROR, AN ANALYSIS OF THE INFORMATION WARS AND THE POLITICAL ROOTS OF RACIAL TRACKING IN THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. Guests and Voices: Jabari Asim, Nina Moore, Eugene Puryear, E.Faye Williams, Anise Jenkins, Julie Taylor, Davey-D, Allie McCracken and Zein El-Amin. Headlines and more.
AUGUST 6, 2015
50 YEARS AGO TODAY, THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW. AND THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES TODAY, INCLUDING FOR 40,000 PEOPLE RIGHT IN THE DMV. ALSO, ANNIVERSARIES FOR BLACK LIVES MATTER AND HIROSHIMA-NAGASAKI ACTIVISTS. Guests and voices: John Comer and Perry Hopkins of Communities United, U.S. Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) and President Obama. Headlines and more.
JULY 30, 2015
As we near the one-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown and the Ferguson uprising, a police INDICTMENT IN CINCINNATI, A NATIONAL CONVENING OF THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT AND NEW PETITIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. Also, a protest is planned against the Jeb Bush Super PAC Right to Rise and Jerome Peloquin launches the the PAC Sustain America. Guests and Voices: Kymone Freeman, Diallo Brooks, Jermome Peloquin,Larry Cohen, Morgan Freeman. Headlines and more.
JULY 23, 2015
A new video shows the racist bullying, assault and arrest of Sandra Bland by Texas state trooper Brian Encinia. And the island nation of Cuba scores a victory against its big racist, bullying neighbor to its North. A look at the links between Cuba, which celebrates the re-opening of its embassy in Washington, DC, and THE BLACK LIVES MATTER movement. Guests and Voices: Gerald Horne, James Early, Gail Walker via Telesur, plus voices from the opening of the Cuban embassy, including Cuban Foreign affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parilla. Headlines and more.
JULY 16, 2015
AS PRESIDENT OBAMA MAKES A MAJOR ADDRESS CALLING FOR PRISON REFORM, WE TALK TO THE PRISON ECOLOGY PROJECT ABOUT THE INTERSECTION MASS INCARCERATION, DEGRADATION OF OUR ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMIC REPRESSION IN OUR COMMUNITIES. And LISTENERS DRIVE THE CONVERSATION FOR THIS MONTH’S INSTALLMENT OF THE F-WORD. GUEST: PAUL WRIGHT, DIRECTOR OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE CENTER AND EDITOR OF PRISON LEGAL NEWS. Headlines include the Rev. William Barber of Mass Moral Mondays in North Carolina; Towanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West, who died after being beaten by police in Baltimore; and the Apache effort to save Oak Flat, a sacred land in Arizona.
JULY 9, 2015
AS THE TERM “WHITE SUPREMACY” IS UTTERED PERHAPS FOR THE FIRST TIME SO COMMONLY IN THE U.S., THE PSYCHIATRIST DR. FRANCES CRESS WELSING PACKS THE ROOM FOR A TALK ABOUT RACE AND RACISM….AND WILL THE JULY 13 WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON AGING TAKE ACTION ABOUT THE CRISIS IN HOMECARE …AND ADDRESS THE LEGACY OF SLAVERY AND JIM CROW THAT CONTINUES TO SHORTCHANGE HOMECARE WORKERS?
JULY 2, 2015
The attorney for Freddie Gray’s family urges Black law students to be strong advocates for the Black community. Also, should the United Nations pressure the U.S. about terrorist attacks against African Americans?. Guests and Voices: Gerald Horne and William H.”Billy” Murphy delivering the 36th annual memorial lecture to the Charles Hamilton Houston Law School Preparatory Program. Headlines and more include Bree Newsome, who was arrested after removing the confederate flag from the state capitol grounds in South Carolina.
JUNE 25, 2015
African Americans and the entire nation join in a collective wake after the assassination of nine African American church members by a white supremacist in Charleston. The immediate impact is that the racist symbol of the confederate flag is being brought down all over. But is that flag removal enough for justice? Voices from a massive street vigil held on June 19th on U Street in Washington, DC: Ledonna Sanders, Joyce Ladner, Kristina Alexis, Salim Adofo, Kymone Freeman and the Bishop Adrian Taylor of Shabbath Commandment Church. Headlines and more.
JUNE 18, 2015
THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF JUNETEENTH INTERSECTS WITH AN INCREASINGLY URGENT BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT AND THE MASSACRE OF NINE AFRICAN-AMERICANS BY AN AVOWED WHITE SUPREMACIST…AND CAN PEOPLE POWER OVERCOME THE CORPORATE STATE AND THE TPP? THIS MONTH’S INSTALLMENT OF ‘THE F-WORD. Also headlines. Guests and Voices: Lynae Pindell of Baltimore Say Her Name, Hari Jones, Gerald Horne.
JUNE 11, 2015
As the latest case incident of police brutality, this one against a Black girl in Texas, is viewed by millions across the world, we spend the hour focused on women and girls here in the DMV, the nation and around the world. We hear words from the vocalist Ka’Ba speaking at a community benefit held for his children, after the tragic death of his wife Michelle Ayo Jones-Bell, who joined the ancestors after a bout with cancer. We hear shocking statistics about what is killing adolescent girls around the world and, in the second half, take your calls about the abuse of a defenseless girl, Dajerria Becton, by police in McKinney, Texas.
JUNE 4, 2015
An exclusive broadcast of the full, historic program held during April 2015 at Howard University—”From Ferguson to Ayotzinapa: A Conversation Between Communities on State Violence.” The program brought together the Black Lives Matter Movement and the families of the 43 disappeared students from the Ayotzinapa rural school in Mexico and featured DC Ferguson’s and WPFW’s own Eugene Puryear, Sandra Macias of Ayotzi43—DC, Maria Luisa Rosal of School of America’s Watch, It also included Comfort Oludipe from Mothers Against Police Brutality as well as Families of Ayotzinapa’s Disappeared students. visiting from Mexico: Anayeli Guerrero de la Cruz, Clemente Rodriguez Moreno and Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval.
MAY 28, 2015
>Abdul-Haq al-Ani,author of Genocide in Iraq, Volumes One and Two. The subtitle for the first book is, THE CASE AGAINST THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL AND MEMBER STATES and the subtitle for the second book is “THE OBLITERATION OF A MODERN STATE. Plus headlines about the #StopTheFercus actions at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by the Beyond Extreme Energy Coalition. Headlines for this show will be posted later.
MAY 21, 2015
PART TWO OF OUR DISCUSSION WITH TIM WISE, about his new, powerful documentary, WHITE LIKE ME: RACE, RACISM AND WHITE PRIVILEGE IN AMERICA. Plus, the descendants of Black Civil War soldiers march up Pennsylvania Avenue, marking the sesquicentennial of the Grand Review Parade and the end of the Civil War. GUEST: TIM WISE. Other voices of decendants from the Grand Review Parade. Headlines and more.
MAY 14, 2015
WHITE LIKE ME: RACE, RACISM AND WHITE PRIVILEGE IN AMERICA Part one about the powerful, new documentary by anti-racism activist, educator and author Tim Wise. And the Million Moms March hits the DMV. GUEST: Tim Wise. Other Voices: Alicia Johnson, Ramona Fortin, Ayo Handy and other mothers. Headlines and more. Second week of Spring fundraiser.
MAY 7, 2015
THE WAR AT HOME AND THE WAR ABROAD We spend the hour with writer and activist Gerald Horne, discussing the Baltimore uprising, police brutality and economics, including the priorities for U.S. spending, war and the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty. GUEST: Professor Gerald Horne. OTHER VOICES: Maria Hamilton, founder of the Million Moms March. Headlines and more. First week of spring fundraiser.
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APRIL 30, 2015
THE DEATH OF FREDDIE GRAY, ECONOMIC VIOLENCE AND THE ‘LOOTING’ OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY More so than other cases in this recent spate of deaths at the hands of police, Freddie Gray’s death has allowed the camera aperture to widen to take in the larger picture of economic violence, the life-suffocating impact of systemic unemployment, lack of education and opportunity and the looting of Black communities. Guests: Latoya Francis-Williams and Brother Cliff of Kuumba Report Online. Also, the complete eulogy for Freddie Gray, delivered at Gray’s funeral by the Rev. Jamal Bryant (The recording begins 12 minutes into the show).
APRIL 23, 2015
MARCHING 250 MILES FOR JUSTICE As the DMV becomes the focus for the latest death in police custody, 100 marchers in the March2Justice descend on the nation’s capital to stop police violence and murder. Guest: Linda Sarsour of the New York Justice League. Other voices: Jasiri X, Charles Rangel (D-New York), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), family members of those slain by the police, including Martinez Sutton, brother of Rekia Boyd, shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer.
APRIL 16, 2015
LOW-WAGE WORKERS IN DC JOIN THE FIGHT FOR $15 NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION. And the #MARCH2JUSTICE heads to Baltimore and DC from New York. Guests and voices: Delvone Michael, Lisa Brown, Cynthia Murray, the Rev. Graylan Hagler, the DC Labor Chorus, Ayanna Gregory and more.
APRIL 9, 2015
FROM FERGUSON TO AYOTZINAPA, TO SOUTH CAROLINA, THIS WEEK IS ALL ABOUT PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THE AMERICAS AND STATE VIOLENCE. Also, DC’s homecare workers are joining fast food workers and other low-wage workers in the national Fight for $15. Guests and voices: Parents and family members of the 43 missing students from Mexico: Anayeli Guerrero de la Cruz, Clemente Rodriguez Moreno and Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval. Plus, DC homecare workers Michael Thompson and Paula Wilson.
APRIL 2, 2015
VOICES OF POETS AND GERALD HORNE At the start of National Poetry Month, touted as the largest literary celebration in the world, voices of poets on today’s show. And Gerald Horne joins us to discuss the latest media excursion into race. Guests and voices: Gerald Horne, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Tomkat, Niki Herd,DC’s Youth Slam Team: Hannah Smallwood, Gaelyn Smith, Mili Mehari, Bobbi Johnson, Shayla Johnson and Kenya Newsome.
MARCH 26, 2015
IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE, PROTESTERS SAY “NO’ TO WAR WITHOUT END AND THE DALIT PEOPLE ELEVATE THEIR STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS at an historic conference and demonstration. Guests and voices: Carl Dix, Cindy Sheehan, David Swanson, Vidya Karuna, Zoe Sherinian,Mikuak Rai. Headlines and more.
MARCH 19, 2015
A TOWN HALL FOR DC HOMECARE WORKERS AND AUTHOR SAM ANDERSON ON THE ‘PRE-FASCIST’ SOCIETY
Economist and author Julianne Malveaux moderates a town hall about the plight of DC homecare workers and this month’s installment of “The F word” with author, activist and educator Sam Anderson. Guests and Voices: Julianne Malveaux, Sam Anderson, Robert Reich. Headlines on upcoming actions on the Trans Pacific Partnership, the “Spring Rising” anti-war protest and an historic conference and demonstration for Dalit rights.
MARCH 12, 2015
VENEZUELA A NATIONAL THREAT? So what’s up with President Obama declaring Venezuela to be a threat to the United States? We talk to Arturo Viscarra of School of America’s Watch, hear a program produced by the Hands off Venezuela Coalition. Guests and voices: Arturo Viscarra, Anthony Gray, Mark Weisbrot, Heather MacIntosh, Joanna “Tigress” Rowley.
MARCH 5, 2015
AS THE NATION PREPARE TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF BLOODY SUNDAY, a new justice report reveals a systematic attempt to deprive African Americans of their constitutional rights. Also, the documentary “India’s Daughter,” about the shame of rape culture in India, is banned in that country. Guests and Voices: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Gerald Horne, Brian Becker. Headlines and more.
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
BLACK FARMERS CONVERGE ON THE DMV AND WANT YOU TO KNOW MORE about food, SUSTAINABILITY and the loss of Black FARM land. Dori Maynard, a champion of media diversity, joins the ancestors and activists get ready to take on AIPAC and ISRAEL’S PRIME MINISTER, Headlines on Cove Point activists, the victory for net neutrality and more. Guests and Voices: Richard Prince, Dori Maynard, Tim Wu, Steve Norris, Michael Stewart, Michael Byfield. Headlines and more.
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
BLACK HISTORY AND STATE VIOLENCE
During Black History Month 2015, the Black Lives Matter Movement forces us to examine the long history of physical and economic violence by the state against African Americans…A conversation for this month’s installment of “The F Word” with veteran activists and educators Rosemari Mealy and Sam Anderson…Also, Venezuelans commemorate the one-year anniversary of the orchestrated violence and destabilization within their country. Headlines on Moral Mondays, Blackstone and more. Other voices: Luci Murphy, the Rev. William Barber and Pablo LaParra. Week 3 of Winter Fundraiser.
FEBRUARY 12, 2015
WHAT WILL A NEW “COLD WAR” MEAN FOR THAWING US-CUBA RELATIONS? A NEW EXHIBIT TAKES A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY THOUGH THE DIASPORA AND A NEW OSCAR-NOMINATED MOVIE,”TIMBUKTU” FOCUSES ON AFRICA. Headlines on DC celebration for release of the Cuban 5 and more. Guests and voices: Gerald Horne, Allen Uzikee Nelson, Januwa Moja, Joseph Torres and Alicia Jrapko. Week 2 of Winter Fundraiser.
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
THE PLANNED TAKEOVER OF DC’s ELECTRIC UTILITY BY A NUCLEAR GIANT
On this first day for us of the Winter Fund Drive, we’re talking about a FAR LARGER MONTHLY bill—our electric bill. You may not know about it but there is a planned multi-billion dollar takeover of PEPCO — Washington, DC’s electric power utility — by Exelon, a Chicago-based nuclear energy giant. And you also might not know that the conventional wisdom in conventional political circles is that this planned merger is ALL BUT A DONE DEAL. But a diverse coalition of citizen groups, environmentalists and other social justice organizations are saying NOT SO FAST. This coalition, called Power DC, is urging DC residents and other concerned citizens of the DMV to write the DC Public Service Commission by March 26th. If this merger goes through, activists say DC’s electric bills will be higher and service will be even less reliable than under PEPCO.
JANUARY 29, 2015
EXPLORING DYSTOPIA AS OUR REALITY
When it comes to state violence, surveillance and repression, is our reality stranger than fiction? Today we’re introducing our new Arts and politics segment for each fourth Thursday of the month. Today, we’ll consider literature and movies that depict a dystopia—defined as a society characterized by human misery and oppression. We’ll talk to a teacher whose students are exploring how WE are living in a dystopia. GUESTS AND VOICES: Sheryl Byfield, Margaret Flowers, Kevin Zeese and Medea Benjamin. Headlines on TPP protests and more. (This is a truncated recording of the show. The final 24 minutes is missing from the WPFW station archive. If the rest of the show is located, we will add it here.)
JANUARY 22, 2015
FROM SELMA TO FERGUSON TO GAZA TO HERE
On #RECLAIM MLK WEEKEND, thousands of people, from Oakland to LA to Miami to Maine, to New York City and of course to DC were out in the streets, continuing to draw the links between denied human rights and state violence here in the US and abroad in places like Gaza. We hear from hip-hop artist and community activist Jasiri X who spoke on the program “From Selma to Ferguson to Gaza to Here” held in DC at Plymouth Congregational Church. In the second half of the show, we launch a new feature called “The F Word,” which will explore on the third Thursday of each month the ways that the United States is-–and is not-—a fascist country. Fascism as described by Black revolutionary and assassinated political prisoner George Jackson, is the complete control of the state by monopoly capital. Our first guest for The F Word is author and activist Gerald Horne. GUESTS AND VOICES: Jasiri X, Gerald Horne, Rep. Keith Ellison. Headlines on the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United ruling and more.
JANUARY 15, 2015
FROM ‘I AM A MAN’ TO ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’
When the Rev. Martin Luther King was gunned down in 1968 in Memphis—where he had gone to support striking sanitation workers—the workers in the city marched with those iconic signs that read “I Am A Man.” Today—on the day that King would have been 86 years old—the signs carried by protesters of police killings and violence convey the same but broader affirmation—that “Black Lives Matter.” We talk to Liana Asim, who administers the popular Facebook page “2014 Michael Brown death and aftermath in Ferguson Missouri” about the killing of Michael Brown and police killings and brutality. We also talk to Ebony Washington, organizer of a protest that will be held outside the White House on the MLK holiday and also Salim Adofo, of the National Black United Front, which is holding teach-ins this weekend. Headlines on Republican White supremacists and more.
JANUARY 8, 2015
THE BLACK FREEDOM MOVEMENT
As we enter the new year, one fight for the social justice community is the fight for voice, for the TRUTH—in Ferguson, Missouri, on Staten Island, New YorK and right in Washington, DC where ties have been revealed between high-ranking Republicans and ULTRA RIGHT-WING White Supremacists. And of course there is that nonstop machine of lies and myth known as FOX NEWS. TODAY, WE HEAR VOICES that aren’t often heard, of activists on the ground, on various frontlines. GUESTS AND VOICES: Charlene Carruthers and ROSE AFRIYIE OF BLACK YOUTH PROJECT 100, author and activist Bill Fletcher host of “Arise” on WPFW will also join us. Headlines and more.
NO SHOW, DECEMBER 25, 2014 CHRISTMAS DAY OR JANUARY 1, 2015 NEW YEAR’S DAY
DECEMBER 18, 2014
FROM DC TO OAKLAND AND BEYOND, THE NATION HAS BEEN SHAKEN TO ITS CORE by protests over police terror against African Americans, the broken criminal justice system and, increasingly, against the economic apparatus underpinning the injustice. These were hot topics for the thousands of activists and protests who descended on the nation’s capital this weekend. And, for this final on the ground show for 2014, they are hot topics as we look back at this year and forward to 2105 with author and activist Gerald Horne. Headlines and more.
DECEMBER 11, 2014
AS DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE AROUND THE COUNTRY—after grand juries failed to indict police officers in the death of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York—mothers of slain Black men and boys took the capitol by storm this week, the same week that details of CIA torture were made public in a long-awaited report. For activists on the ground, the convergence of these two issues point directly to the impunity of police and the military-industrial complex from the consequences of brutality and killing. This Saturday, December 13, a coalition of organizations and thousands of others are planning to gather here in DC for the National March Against Police Violence. Guests and Voices: Salim Adofo, Jeralyn Blueford, mother of Alan Blueford; Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant and Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell and Godwin Uyi Ojo. Headlines and more.
DECEMBER 4, 2014
FROM FERGUSON TO NEW YORK CITY: NATIONWIDE, PROTESTERS TAKE TO THE STREETS TO SAY THAT BLACK LIVES MATTER
Protesters remain on the streets of New York City, in Washington, DC, around the country and world because a second grand jury has failed to indict a White police officer for killing an unarmed Black man. This time, a grand jury on Staten Island, New York has failed to indict Daniel Pantaleo for the choking death of Eric Garner in July. We hear voices from the DMV that are part of an international wave of protest that began after the decision of a grand jury to not indict Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. And we hear what a former poet laureate of the United States has to say. Guests and voices: Rita Dove, speaking at the Furious Flower Poetry Festival; Kristina Jacobs, NBUF DC chapter secretary and November 25 protesters in Washington, DC. Headlines on Black Friday protests, memorial services for Marion Barry, environmental news and more.
NO SHOW ON THANKSGIVING, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2014
NOVEMBER 20, 2014
THE WAIT CONTINUES FOR A GRAND JURY DECISION IN THE KILLING of unarmed teen-ager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. We hear voices from Ferguson and find out the plans by DC activists for action after the grand jury announcement. And shifting gears in our final show before Thanksgiving, activists here in DC want MACMILLAN PARK IN NORTHWEST DC to remain a public park and resource, rather than a giveaway to a big developer. Guests and voices: Christina Jimenez, Eugene Puryear, Salim Adofo, “Ferguson Speaks, a video released by HandUpUnited.org. Also,Hugh Youngblood, Kirby Vining and Linda Yahr of Friends of MacMillan Park. Headlines and more.
NOVEMBER 13, 2014
ON THIS WEEK OF VETERAN’S DAY, WHAT DO MIKE BROWN, THE MURDERED STUDENTS IN MEXICO AND THOSE DETAINED IN IMMIGRANT PRISONS ALL HAVE IN COMMON? The activists at SOA Watch say that it’s a militarized, violent police that are out of control abroad and now at home. SOA Watch prepares for its 25th annual vigil at the School of The Americas–also known as the “school of the assassins” at Fort Benning, Ga. Also, a more than decade-long anti-war vigil in Baltimore. Guests and Voices: Arturo J. Viscarra, Max Obuszewski, Cindy Farquar and Sharon Jones. Also, Daryl Parks, attorney for the parents of Mike Brown, speaking from the U.N. in Geneva. Headlines and more.
NOVEMBER 6, 2014
WHAT DO THE MIDTERM ELECTION RESULTS MEAN for electing progressive candidates in the DMV, and particularly in DC? Guests and Voices: political strategist Alicia Briancon; attorney Jane Zara; professor, author and activist Lester Spence; Omali Yeshitela of the Black is Back Coalition and protesters at the Million Mask March in DC. Headlines and more.
OCT. 30, 2014
THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA have a complex, centuries-long relationship involving slaves, Jim Crow and revolution. An interview with Gerald Horne about his book, Race to Revolution:The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow. Headlines and more. Final week of the fall fund drive.
OCT. 23, 2014
WITH NATIONAL, STATE AND LOCAL ELECTIONS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY, THE MOVEMENT TO GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS AND A TALK WITH TIA LESSIN, AWARD-WNNING DIRECTOR OF ‘CITIZEN KOCH’. Other Guests and Voices: Kaitlin Sopochi-Belknap, national director of the Move To Amend Coalition, Walmart workers blocking the streets of downtown Washington, DC to protest poor pay and work conditions. Headlines and more. Week three of the fall fund drive.
OCT. 16, 2014
AN INTERVIEW WITH GERALD HORNE, author of The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America and Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow. Other Guests and Voices: From Ferguson October and the Rev. Graylan Hagler. Week two of the fall fund drive.
OCT. 9, 2014
OCTOBER 9 MARKS TWO MONTHS SINCE THE KILLING OF MICHAEL BROWN and there have been NO arrests. A national mobilization prepares to converge in Ferguson. Guests and voices: Matt Nelson, Color of Change; Richard Prince, Eugene Puryear, Katea Stitt and excerpts from the movie “Disruption.” Week One of Fall Fundraiser.
OCT. 2, 2014
BALTIMOREANS WIN BRUTALITY CASES AGAINST THE BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT,…The Ferguson moment continues to build into a movement and the latest in corporate media race bias. Voices: Mark Puente, Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown Sr., Gwen Carr, Richard Prince and members of the Ohio Students Association.
SEPT. 25, 2014
VOICES FROM THE HISTORIC PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH IN NEW YORK CITYUp to 400,000 people marched through the streets of midtown Manhattan in the largest mobilization ever of people demanding immediate action on climate change. We hear voices of people from the DMV who traveled to New York for the march. We’ll hear from students, workers, people concerned about hunger and how we get our food, people concerned about environmental justice and the links between that and economic justice, how humans are impacting wildlife and our very survival.
SEPT. 18, 2014
COUNTDOWN TO THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH, PART 2 It’s three days before the massive People’s Climate March on September 21st in New York City. Voices, including Van Jones, Bill McKibben and Naomie Oreskes, from the movie “Disruption” by Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott, produced as a run-up to the march. Reporting from Runaway Bay, Jamaica with some news about climate impacts on island nations. As always, headlines and more!
SEPT. 11, 2014
COUNTDOWN TO THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH, PART 1 Yes, it’s 9/11 but it’s also ten days before the massive People’s Climate March on September 21st in New York City. Voices, including Van Jones, Bill McKibben and Naomie Oreskes, from the movie “Disruption” by Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott, produced as a run-up to the march. Also, Richard Prince of “Journal-Isms.” As always, headlines and more!
SEPT. 4, 2014
THREE DAYS AFTER LABOR DAY, fast food workers are on a national strike. And we continue with part two our discussion about the links between the struggles of low-wage workers and the emerging fight for public resources being used for human needs, not police militarization and wars. Guests and Voices: Author and activist Gerald Horne, Richard Prince, St. Louis fast food worker Ebony Wlliams, DC-area healthcare workers Michael Thompson and Lionel Chapman.
AUGUST 28, 2014
CAN THE FERGUSON MOMENT LEAD TO ECONOMIC JUSTICE? As we approach Labor Day, can the groundswell of activism that has emerged around Ferguson be directed toward Justice AND jobs? Part one of a discussion. Guests and voices: Gerald Horne, Salim Adofo, Amani Al-Khatahbeh and Richard Prince.
AUGUST 21, 2014
FROM GAZA TO MISSOURI CONTINUED: We explore more about the links between Gaza and Missouri with Margaret Huang of Amnesty International and new members of the “On The Ground” team, Palestinian-American activist Amani Al-Khatahbeh and columnist Richard Prince of Journal-isms.
AUGUST 14, 2014
FROM GAZA TO MISSOURI: A look back at how the horrors of Gaza came to be. Also, living in a world of increased U.S. militarism and militarized police. Guests and voices: Zein El-Amine and Yousef Munayyer.
AUGUST 7, 2014
THOUSANDS GATHER outside the White House in what is called the largest rally ever in the U.S. for Palestinian rights. Also,the Africa Summit winds up in the nation’s capital. Guests and voices: Gerald Horne, Cornel West, John Dugard.
JULY 31, 2014
U.S. TAX DOLLARS FOR ISRAEL BUT NOT FOR U.S. HEALTH CARE/strong> : With more than 1200 Palestinians dead, activists against Israel’s attack on Gaza escalate their protests to civil disobedience and arrests. Also, Mayor Adam O’Neale walks 272 miles from Belhaven, North Carolina to DC to save health care at a rural community hospital and to advocate for millions of working poor Americans who are being denied expanded Medicaid due to them under the Affordable Care Act. Guests and Voices: Mayor Adam O’Neale, Ben Norton, All McCracken, Nii Akuetteh and Ilan Pappe.
JULY 24, 2014
THE REV. GRAYLAN HAGLER IS AMONG THE SPEAKERS PROTESTING AT THE SITE OF A CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL EVENT AT THE DC CONVENTION CENTER. ALSO, PALESTINIAN-AMERICAN EDITOR AND ACTIVIST AMANI AL-KHATAHBEH.
JULY 17, 2014
VOICES FROM THE RALLY ON THE NATIONAL MALL TO STOP FRACKING AND FRACKED GAS EXPORTS and we speak to a member of Jewish Voice for Peace about Israel’s latest attack on the Palestinian people in Gaza. Guests and Voices: Cherri Foytlin, Winona Hauter, Tim DeChristopher, the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. and Seth Morrison.
JULY 10, 2014
The DMV is the nation’s capital region—but will it become the capital for fracking? Activists, including Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox join us to say “No.” And will the corporate media ever portray Israel as the aggressor against Palestinians? Headlines and more! Guests and Voices: Josh Fox, Ted Glick, Mike Tidwell and Zein El-Amine.
JULY 3, 2014
A ‘RIGHT-WING GANG’ ON THE SUPREME COURT With two rulings this week that strike a blow at the rights of women and labor, many are asking, what can we do about the right-wing gang on the Supreme Court that is giving corporations more and more power—and taking away rights of people–especially women. Plus, in this pre-July 4th edition, we acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act with remarks from Freedom Summer veteran Timothy Jenkins. Plus headlines. Guests and Voices: Gerald Horne, Bill Fletcher, Linda Prine, Timothy Jenkins.
JUNE 26, 2014
WHAT THE FREEDOM 50 MOVEMENT MEANS FOR TODAY’S YOUTH–AND COUNTDOWN TO THE RALLY AGAINST FRACKING IN THE DMV. David Whetstone sits in for Esther Iverem and continues our Freedom 50 coverage with remarks from Dorie Ladner and a remembrance of the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner. We also interview Mike Tidwell about the July 13 march against fracked gas exports from Cove Point Maryland. Headlines and more!
JUNE 19, 2014
THE LEGACY OF THE FREEDOM SUMMER OF 1964 FOR TODAY’S YOUTH AND AN INTERVIEW WITH VOCALIST NAVASHA DAYA. High school students who participate in the McCombs Legacies project in McComb, Mississippi are in D.C.to contribute their work to the National History Day competition. And Navasha Daya talks about being an artist and activist. Also the “Freedom Summer” documentary by Stanley Nelson and the documentary “Citizen Koch.” Guests: Raykesha Carter, Vershunda Coleman, Courtney Coney, Navasha Daya and Damion Jordon. Headlines and more!
JUNE 12, 2014
VOICES OF THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED: HOUSE REPUBLICANS, LED BY JOHN BOEHNER AND ERIC CANTOR, CONTINUE TO TURN THEIR BACKS ON THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED. We hear the stories of those who have been forgotten. And when it comes to illegal torture by the CIA, the only American jailed right now is the whistleblower who exposed the torture–a show of support for John Kiriakou. Guests and Voices: Medea Benjamin, Sister Marge Clark and Howie Levine. Headlines and more!
June 5, 2014
THE U.S. SENATE HOLDS A HEARING ON OVERTURNING CITIZEN’S UNITED, WHICH DECLARED THAT MONEY IS FREE SPEECH AND THAT CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE. AND GOOD JOBS AND QUALITY HEALTHCARE ARE ON THE LINE IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY MARYLAND. Guests and Voices: Regina Barnes and David Cobb. Lots of headlines.
MAY 29, 2014
VIRGINIA RESIDENTS GIVE THEIR U.S. SENATOR A “D” FOR HIS VOTING RECORD ON GUN LAWS. ALSO, A MAN FROM GUATEMALA VISITS DC TO TELL ABOUT THE HORRIFIC IMPACT OF SILVER MINING IN HIS TOWN Guests and Voices: Oscar Morales, Kathryn Johnson, Mary Croft and Catherine Koebel Stromberg. Headlines too.
MAY 22, 2014
THE SCHOLAR AS ACTIVIST. WE SPEND THE HOUR WITH AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST GERALD HORNE WHO SAYS THAT “WRITING IS FIGHTING” Guest: Gerald Horne. Headlines too.
MAY 15, 2014
SAVE THE INTERNET! AND RALLYING AGAINST POVERTY PAY AT JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL
More than 100 people rally outside the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to save the Internet, calling this the FREE SPEECH ISSUE OF OUR TIME. And voices from the Mothers’ March & Rally for Justice, to end poverty pay at Johns Hopkins hospital. Guests and Voices include: Danny Glover, Wendell Pierce, Joseph Torres and more.
MAY 8, 2014
#BRING BACK OUR GIRLS AND ENDING POVERTY PAY AT JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL
As Mother’s Day approaches, workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore prepare to hold a Mothers’ March & Rally for Justice to end poverty pay at Maryland’s largest employer. And we speak to the local organizer for #Bring Back Our Girls, who organized hundreds to rally outside the Nigerian embassy to highlight the plight of nearly 300 kidnapped school girls in Nigeria. Guests and Voices: the Rev. Daniel Washington, Michelle Dugger-Elsey and Lola Adele-Oso. Headlines too.
MAY 1, 2014
DON’T FRACK WITH MY FARM–“ON THE GROUND PREMIERE, MAY DAY, MAY 1, 2014
On May Day, celebrated as International Workers Day or Labor Day around the world, activists are on the ground fighting for corporate accountability, jobs and the environment. In the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, a coalition of activists from the Sane Energy Project are supporting farmers including Asha Canalos, in Minisink, NY in a challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and to the Millennium Pipeline Co., which has a fracking operation in their town, We also hear from demonstrators in Charlotte, N.C., at the shareholders meeting for Duke Energy and at Bank of America. Plus headlines.
Guests and Voices: Asha Canalos, Kim Fraczek, Clare Donohue and Tony Ndege.