Hundreds Gather in Pasadena To Demand Protection of Undocumented Communities

FEATURING SONALI KOLHATKAR - Activists in cities around the country are mobilizing to protect their undocumented neighbors and friends from raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Under Donald Trump the federal government has been more vocal and aggressive about targeting municipalities that call themselves "Sanctuary cities," a loosely defined term that usually means a local police department, in order to protect public safety, is not required to coordinate efforts with federal immigration agents. In Pasadena, California, a city in the greater Los Angeles area, where this program is produced, a local community job center was the site of a lively gathering on Monday afternoon. Hundreds of Pasadena residents, students, members of the clergy, and immigrants met to make signs and hear brief sermons before marching to their City Hall to confront the Pasadena City Council and demand it take a stand to protect undocumented residents consistent with sanctuary

Mother of a Transgender Child Speaks Out

FEATURING KAREN DOLAN - The Trump administration last week took steps to withdraw guidance that the Obama administration had given to schools for protections of transgender students. Under Title IX of a 1972 law protecting school children from sex discrimination, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch advised schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity. Trump, whose political support emerges from many homophobic and anti-transgender groups, appeared to be rewarding his allies with his gesture of withdrawing the Obama-era guidelines. What does this mean for transgender children? Read Karen's Op-ed HERE. Karen Dolan, Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, author of a recent Op-ed entitled, Why Is Trump Discriminating Against My Transgender Child?

Black Edge: Inside Information and Dirty Money

FEATURING SHEELAH KOLHATKAR - The Republican Party and Donald Trump's pledge to roll back the Dodd-Frank financial regulations has Wall Street celebrating. Even though Trump had promised to look out for the little guy, the billionaire businessman has shown he intends to coddle corporate executives. In fact, most Americans don't really know the extent to which some sectors of corporate America lie and cheat to make their millions and billions. In a new book by former hedge fund analyst Sheelah Kolhatkar, we learn the sordid story of Steven Cohen, one of the most successful hedge fund managers, and how the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigated his schemes of insider trading. Find more about Sheelah's work at www.sheelahkolhatkar.com. Sheelah Kolhatkar, staff writer at The New Yorker, former hedge fund analyst, and author of the new book, Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest To Bring Down

Sheelah Kolhatkar Discusses Her Book ‘Black Edge: Inside Information and Dirty Money’ – EXTENDED INTERVIEW

FEATURING SHEELAH KOLHATKAR - The Republican Party and Donald Trump's pledge to roll back the Dodd-Frank financial regulations has Wall Street celebrating. Even though Trump had promised to look out for the little guy, the billionaire businessman has shown he intends to coddle corporate executives. In fact, most Americans don't really know the extent to which some sectors of corporate America lie and cheat to make their millions and billions. In a new book by former hedge fund analyst Sheelah Kolhatkar, we learn the sordid story of Steven Cohen, one of the most successful hedge fund managers, and how the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigated his schemes of insider trading. NOTE: This is the Extended version of this interview, available only to our subscribers, or to rent or buy. Sheelah Kolhatkar, staff writer at The New Yorker, former hedge fund analyst, and author of the new book, Black

In Choosing Perez Over Ellison, Did Democrats Seal Their Fate as Opposition Party?

FEATURING DOUG HENWOOD - The Democratic National Committee's elections over this past weekend were hugely contentious with progressive activists pushing the party to move left by electing Representative Keith Ellison as chair. But members picked former Labor Secretary Thomas Perez instead with Ellison as deputy chair. Mr. Donald Trump congratulated Perez on Twitter before snarkily adding, "I could not be happier for him, or for the Republican Party!" Trump address the annual Conservative Political Action Committee meeting for the first time as President. During the address he made it his focus once more to slam the American media as the "enemy of the American people." On Monday the President addressed the National Governor's Association where he announced sharp increases to military spending and major cuts to other programs. Doug Henwood, political economist, editor of Left Business Observer, author of After the New Economy, and My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets The Presidency.

Is The Era of #OscarsSoWhite Over?

FEATURING DARNELL HUNT - This year's Academy Awards was unlike any other in history for at least two reasons. The first and most important reason was that more African Americans won awards on Sunday than ever before. The second reason was that there was a major snafu over who won the most coveted award of the night - best Picture. La La Land, which had snagged a historic number of nominations was favored to win, and did get announced as the winner. But minutes later, it was determined that the announcers mistakenly read the wrong envelope and that it was Moonlight that won instead. La La Land's main cast members were largely white, while Moonlight has a black ensemble cast. For the past two years the Academy had faced serious accusations of being too white. The nation's most high-profile film awards ceremony came just days after UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche

Kansas Man Arrested in Killing of Indian Engineer

FEATURING ARUN KUNDNANI - On February 22nd, at a bar in Olathe, Kansas, an Indian man named Srinivas Kuchibhotla was fatally shot. His friend Alok Madasani, also Indian, and another white American man named Ian Grillot, were both injured. A 51-year old white man named Adam Purinton, a US Navy veteran, has been taken into custody for the shootings. Witnesses say he shouted, "Get out of my country" to the Indian victims, before fleeing. Police arrested Purinton at another bar about 80 miles away where he allegedly claimed he shot two Middle Eastern men. He has been charged with premeditated murder and two counts of attempted murder. The Council on American Islamic Relations is urging authorities to charge Mr. Purinton with a hate crime. Meanwhile, family members of Mr. Kuchibhotla are shocked and preparing to transport his remains to India for a funeral. The two survivors of the shooting remained

With Standing Rock Camp Burned Down, What’s Next?

FEATURING JOYE BRAUN - There were fires on Wednesday at the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota. They were lit not by law enforcement, but by the water protectors themselves by the time a deadline for the camp to be cleared arrived. Authorities cited safety reasons for the eviction of water protectors. Still, more than 70 people defied orders by remaining at the camp, and were arrested. The clearing of the camp represents the end of a chapter in what is arguably the highest profile and longest-standing environmental action in US history. Water protectors who are determined to stop the multi-billion dollar Dakota Access Pipeline vow they will begin a new chapter and that the fight is not over. Read more at www.ienearth.org. Joye Braun, member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.

Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Shapes Our World

FEATURING RAMESH SRINIVASAN - Much of the organizing against Donald Trump's dangerous agenda is taking place on social media and using Internet technology. It is tempting to be enamored of the tools we have at our disposal to communicate with one another given how unprecedented this instant communication is. But in reality, the networks we use and rely on are designed by elites and for elites. On a global scale this is true as well where the Western English-speaking world dominates the information and communication that is available. Rather than equalizing unequal groups, does the Internet, as it is designed today, simply reflect or even perpetuate existing inequality? If so, how can we change this design? Find about Ramesh's book at www.rameshsrinivasan.org and HERE. Follow him on Twitter @rameshmedia. Ramesh Srinivasan, Director of the Digital Cultures Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies and Design and Media Arts at the University of

Ramesh Srinivasan Discusses His New Book ‘Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Shapes Our World’

FEATURING RAMESH SRINIVASAN - Much of the organizing against Donald Trump's dangerous agenda is taking place on social media and using Internet technology. It is tempting to be enamored of the tools we have at our disposal to communicate with one another given how unprecedented this instant communication is. But in reality, the networks we use and rely on are designed by elites and for elites. On a global scale this is true as well where the Western English-speaking world dominates the information and communication that is available. Rather than equalizing unequal groups, does the Internet, as it is designed today, simply reflect or even perpetuate existing inequality? If so, how can we change this design? Find about Ramesh's book at www.rameshsrinivasan.org. NOTE: This is the Extended version of this interview, available only to our subscribers, or to rent or buy. Ramesh Srinivasan, Director of the Digital Cultures Lab and Associate Professor