Lucy Parsons: The Anarchist, Intersectional Feminist Labor Activist Who Inspired May Day, The Civil Rights Movement, and Occupy

"Workers shouldn't strike and go out and starve, but strike and remain in, and take possession"

     — Lucy Parsons.

Lucy Parsons was of Mexican American, African American, and Native American descent. Born into slavery, a feminist, anarchist, and a leading labor activist, she was an intersectional thinker a century before the term was coined.

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The Incomplete and Wonderful History of May Day: Peter Linebaugh & Avi Lewis

 

Author and professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new book, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Later in the show filmmaker Avi Lewis discusses worker-owned factories in Argentina, and Laura focuses on the intersectional feminism of 19th Century Anarchist Lucy Parsons. Peter Linebaugh is professor emeritus at the University of Toledo, and the author of many books, including the Magna Carta Manifesto; Stop Thief, The Commons, Enclosures and Resistance, and his newest, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Avi Lewis is a filmmaker known for The Take, co-directed by Naomi Klein, and This Changes Everything, a documentary on climate change and resistance, released in 2015.

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Eric Foner On The Case For Reparations Today

 

Civil War & Reconstruction expert, Eric Foner, discusses the history of freedom, and the case for reparations today.

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Historian Eric Foner on the Elections, Reconstruction, and the Face of Racism Today

 

This Week on the Laura Flanders Show: Making sense of the election season with prominent historian, Eric Foner. From Confederate monuments and the Black Lives Matter movement to election politics and utopian communities, Foner discusses today’s politics through the legacy of the past, and Laura takes a new look at a hundred-year-old proclamation.

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The Southern Reverend Taking on the Right: Rev. William Barber of Moral Mondays

 

The Moral Mondays Movement in North Carolina is building a powerful, grassroots, struggle against the right wing. Laura talks about Moral Mondays with Reverend Dr. William J Barber II, the architect of that movement about Reconstruction, Blacklivesmatter, faith and politics and LGBT rights.

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Building a Movement Beyond the Elections: Jesús “Chuy” Garcia, Dan Cantor & Steve Phillips

 

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is the progressive Chicago politician who forced conservative Democrat Rahm Emanuel into the first run-off in that city’s history. Dan Cantor is the co-founder and national director of the Working Families Party. Before co-launching the WFP, he was a union organizer in New Orleans and Detroit; a community organizer in Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri; and Labor Coordinator for Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 1998 presidential campaign. The two talk with Laura about how they see a path for progressives to change the Democratic Party, and national politics.

Later in the show, Steve Phillips discusses the importance of cultural competence in electoral politics. Phillips is a civil rights lawyer, co-founder of PowerPAC.org and the author of th new book Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority

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What’s Missing from the Debates: Rep. Keith Ellison & Phyllis Bennis

 

Single payer healthcare, free college for all and an end to subsidies for fossil fuel - if Bernie Sanders’ agenda sounds more progressive than his opponent's, why have so few Progressive Congresspeople endorsed him?

Laura asks Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, why so few members of his caucus have supported Bernie Sanders.

Also in the show, Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis tells Laura why we need more discussion of war and peace in the race for the White House. Phyllis Bennis is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC. Her latest book is Understanding ISIS & the New Global War on Terror: A Primer. Also, a few words from Laura on cooperation among rival nations.

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Sarah Schulman, Lupe Fiasco and Paying for Church

 

Author, activist Sarah Schulman, cofounder of the Act-Up Oral History Project, is out with a new novel, The Cosmopolitans, in which a group of mid-century East Villagers pull together to survive gentrification and modern life.

Meanwhile, musician Lupe Fiasco is starting a tech entrepreneur program in one of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods - we have an exclusive report.

And with so much to spend public money on, asks Flanders in her weekly commentary, why are taxpayers subsidizing church?

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Soul Fire Farm: Feeding the Soul, Growing Community

 

A farm in upstate New York is dedicated to addressing the painful history of farm-work to Black people in the US, while also growing fresh vegetables and community surrounding it. The Laura Flanders Show visited Soul Fire Farm this winter.

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Food, Housing and Time for a Sick-Out: Craig Willse, Imani Henry & Soul Fire Farm

 

Author Craig Willse and organizer Imani Henry discuss housing, homelessness and the role of nonprofits in change-making (or not).

Plus, an exclusive report from an upstate New York farm that's feeding people while fighting the school-to-prison pipeline.

All that and Laura, inspired by Detroit's teachers, wonders when we’ll be ready for a grand national sick out.

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