Sonali Will Be Back in January

Dear Rising Up with Sonali fans, Sonali Kolhatkar is on medical leave starting on Dec. 12. She will return to the airwaves in mid-January, when we’ll be back producing daily shows! In the meantime, we’ll be replaying the best interviews from 2016, focusing on the economy, political, social, racial issues, the media, LGBTQ rights, foreign…

Obama’s Executive War Powers Present Greater Threat Under Trump

FEATURING ALEX EMMONS – President Obama, in a major national security address in early December, defended his record on war and counter-terrorism. He said, “No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland,” and added that, “On January 20th, I will become the first president of the United States to…

Lessons From Organizing Under an Obama Presidency

FEATURING COURTNEY MORRIS – The conventional wisdom of political organizing is that it is easier to make progressive gains under a Democratic president than a Republican one. Certainly under Barack Obama’s 8-year tenure progressives have seen some significant gains on the environmental, racial justice, and a tiny bit on economic justice. There have of course…

Nurses Union Urges Democrats to Pick Ellison

FEATURING CHARLES IDELSON – Efforts are underway in the wake of the presidential election to sway the Democratic party leftward versus continuing on its path of moderate to centrist liberalism. The National Nurses United (NNU), who, during the Primary election, threw its weight behind Bernie Sanders, are now lobbying hard for the leadership of Keith…

Crucial Redistricting Cases Head to the Supreme Court

FEATURING EZRA ROSENBERG – The US Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in two cases on redistricting, one in Virginia, the other in North Carolina. Republican controlled state legislatures have spent years brazenly redrawing district lines to favor their party, with much of the lines appearing to be drawn along race, a process called “gerrymandering.”…