Special Report from #StandingRock: Part 1

Part 1 of our field reports from the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, or Seven Council Fires Community, at #StandingRock in Cannonball, North Dakota. Representatives from over 200 nations have travelled to #StandingRock to defend their right to clean water, and more, to preserve their sovereignty against a state that has illegally decided to take this land. They are protectors, not protesters. Their historic effort is bringing attention to a long struggle against environmental racism, indiscriminate raids, and genocidal erasure.

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Is A Socialist Future Possible? Sarah Leonard & Bhaskar Sunkara

Few words have had as little presence in the 2016 election as “socialism,” which was raised briefly in one of the earliest primary debates. Yet socialism could have a future in America, our guests this week argue, if we just think about it differently. Joining us this week are Bhaskar Sunkara and Sarah Leonard, co-editors of of a new essay collection titled “The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century.”

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African American Cooperatives and Civil Rights: Jessica Gordon Nembhard

 

What role did economic cooperation play in the civil rights movement? As it turns out, a huge one. This forgotten history is the focus of Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard's book Collective Courage: A History of African-American Economic Thought and Practice.

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Free the Land: Shirley Sherrod and Black Land Struggles in the South

 

The struggle for Black economic independence: not a lot of people have had a chance to design a new community, to be different and equal, co-owned by its residents. In 1969 Shirley Sherrod co-founded a collective farm in Lee County, Georgia. At 6,000 acres, it was the largest tract of black-owned land in the United States. What happened to the New Communities land trust they planned? Let's just say they were way, way ahead of their time but their time just might be coming back.

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Dara Silverman and Chris Crass: Excerpt

Below is an excerpt from our latest episode, with Chris Crass and Dara Silverman. Watch the full episode here.

Laura: A social justice group that invites white people to fight racism is spreading like wildfire in the United States, from 12 to 150 chapters in just 2 years. Surprised? It may not be making headlines yet, but perhaps we can change that. Clearly, a whole lot of white people are interested in fighting systemic injustice in the United States, so how exactly to do that? Our next guests have dedicated their lives to helping people grapple with that question so as to create real change. They're both organizers, educators, and feminist anti-racist activists themselves.

Dara Silverman is the former executive director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. She is currently the national coordinator for SURJ, Showing Up for Racial Justice, the network I mentioned at the top. Chris Crass is the former Coordinator of Catalyst Project, an anti-racist training organization in the Bay Area, and he's the author most recently of Towards the Other America: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter. Welcome, both. Great to have you.

First let's talk about SURJ. It's truly extraordinary what's been going on, but it's been beneath the radar for most people. What is it and what form is SURJ taking at this point?

 

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White People In Solidarity Against Racism: Dara Silverman and Chris Crass


A social justice group that invites white people to fight racism is spreading like wildfire in the US. From 12 to 150 chapters in two years. Clearly a whole lot of white people are interested in fighting systemic injustice. But how? This week's guests have dedicated their lives to grappling with that question, for the sake of making real change.

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Uninvited To The Party: The 2016 Republican National Convention

 

In this special episode, the Laura Flanders is at the scene of the Republican National Convention -- but while the party is on inside Quicken Loans Arena, much of Cleveland is still grieving. The 2014 death of Tamir Rice still rests in the minds of many city residents, but it is not the only one.


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Fighting Islamaphobia and Education Apartheid:

 

What is it about Palestine, Islamaphobia, and anti-Arab racism that even many liberal Americans still don’t get? How do the complexities of xenophobia manifest themselves, particularly in relation to increased policing and surveillance? And why hasn’t Obama ended the abuses of the War on Terror? This week’s guests bring us updates from the grassroots. 

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Navigating Oppression: Amy Goodman and Ovarian Psycos

Laura sits down with renowned host and exectuive producer of Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman, to discuss radical media, authenticity, and the questionable necessity of self-care. Also joining us, two members of the Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade, a feminist collective of riders from East LA, and the documentarian covering their story.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Mining and Resistance in Dinétah

 

A special episode-length documentary filmed on location in Dinétah; the name of the land of the Navajo people, spanning parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. 21 Billion tons of coal, the largest deposit in the US with an estimated value of 100 billion dollars, lay untouched in Dinétah until 1966. In that year, Peabody Coal Company leased the land in an agreement with a Hopi tribal council they helped form. In 1974, Congress passed the Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act, commonly known as “the relocation law." It divided about 2 million acres of land previously shared between Diné and Hopi tribes. Nearly overnight, the homes of tens of thousands of Diné and several hundred Hopi were now illegal.

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