FEATURING JOHN CAVANAGH - The Republican Party has for the second time in a few months failed in its attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, killing Donald Trump's last chance to have a legislative victory during his first 100 days as president. Trump had released an ambitious plan soon after last November's election, and bragged for months on the campaign trail about how easy it would be to fix the problems in Washington. In an interview with Reuters recently he said, "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier." While Trump is struggling with being president, the resistance to his and his party's agenda has won numerous victories in the first 100 days since the inauguration. Find the report at www.ips-dc.org. John Cavanagh, Director of the Institute for Policy Studies.
FEATURING JODY ARMOUR - Saturday April 29th marks the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles uprising when communities in South Los Angeles responded to a mostly white jury in Simi Valley that acquitted three Los Angeles police officers of all charges in the beating of Rodney King. The acquittals set off 4 days of civil unrest that garnered international media attention and forever changed the city of LA. Now, as police killings and abuse of black Americans continued unabated in LA and beyond, the latest Los Angeles public opinion poll, which is conducted every 5 years, has found that a lack of trust of police continues to run along racial and class lines. Nearly 70 percent of LA's white residents trust police to do the right thing, while less than 40% of blacks agree. A similar split is observed between the wealthiest and poorest sectors of the city respectively. And,
FEATURING MARGARET RANDALL - After President Barack Obama ended the US's long-held policy of giving Cuban immigrants special status, migration from Cuba has slowed down to the trickle. Obama's warming of US relations with Cuba was hailed by many as a positive step toward ending the embargo and hostility from the world's superpower against a tiny communist nation. The changes come at the same time as Google is setting up its first Internet servers in Cuba, half a year after the death of Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Cuba has had an outsized influence on the world stage compared to its size and population. The sheer moral force of Cuba's revolution has inspired and angered heads of state and individuals for decades now. Margaret Randall, author of dozens of book of poetry and prose, including Haydee Santamaria, Cuban Revolutionary: She Led By Transgression, and Che on My Mind. She is also
FEATURING KSHAMA SAWANT - Culminating more than a week of events from the March for Science to the People's Climate March will be May Day. May 1st has traditionally been a celebration of workers rights that originated in the 1880s in Chicago. In the past decade or so immigrant workers have marked May Day to draw attention to their struggles and rights. This year, given the extreme attacks on immigrants and working class Americans from the White House and Republican Party, May Day is shaping up to be a massive political statement. Activists in many cities have called for a general strike. In Seattle, Washington, city council member Kshama Sawant who was elected on a socialist platform, introduced a resolution for city workers to be allowed to take May Day off without penalty. Sawant has become one of the most prominent spokespeople in the nation for May Day actions and
FEATURING LAURA CARLSEN - A number of activists and immigrant rights advocates have been traveling to various cities near the US-Mexico border during the month of April under the banner of the 'Caravan Against Fear.' Organizers described the weeks-long action as a, "Mobilization in Defense of Immigrant Rights [to] Build Momentum for [a] May 1 Moratorium on Business as usual to Resist Trump." Find more at www.CaravanAgainstFear.org and at www.facebook.com/CaravanAgainstFear/. Laura Carlsen, Director of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy, a columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus.
FEATURING MARISSA LANDRIGAN _ The progressive minded activists among us aspire to bring our lifestyles in line with our values. One place where this commonly happens is in our diets. It has been thought that having a vegetarian or vegan diet is a sure-fire way to lessen one's impact on the planet while making a demand for cruelty-free food. But it's not that simple. It's never that simple. One young woman found out through her own journey in search for ethical eating that a vegetarian diet brought it's own set of challenges to her values and her health. In a creative exploration of that journey, Marissa Landrigan has written a coming-of-age story called The Vegetarian's Guide To Eating Meat: A Young Woman's Search for Ethical Food. Marissa Landrigan, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown where she teaches creative, professional, and digital writing. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications including
FEATURING MARISSA LANDRIGAN _ The progressive minded activists among us aspire to bring our lifestyles in line with our values. One place where this commonly happens is in our diets. It has been thought that having a vegetarian or vegan diet is a sure-fire way to lessen one's impact on the planet while making a demand for cruelty-free food. But it's not that simple. It's never that simple. One young woman found out through her own journey in search for ethical eating that a vegetarian diet brought it's own set of challenges to her values and her health. In a creative exploration of that journey, Marissa Landrigan has written a coming-of-age story called The Vegetarian's Guide To Eating Meat: A Young Woman's Search for Ethical Food. NOTE: This is the Extended version of this interview, available only to our subscribers, or to rent or buy. Marissa Landrigan, assistant professor at the University
FEATURING JESSICA BRAND - The state of Arkansas has been racing to kill 8 death row inmates by lethal injection before its stores of a particular drug expire. Court orders have blocked four out of the 8 executions. So far three men named Ledell Lee, Jack Jones and Marcel Williams have already been execution. Jones and Williams were killed on Monday - it was the first time in 17 years in the entire nation that a double execution was carried out. The fourth, Kenneth Williams is scheduled to die on Thursday night. This grisly spate of state killings has drawn national attention once more to the American death penalty. For more information visit www.fairpunishment.org. Jessica Brand, Legal Director of Fair Punishment Project, an initiative of Harvard Law School.
FEATURING ARUN GUPTA - This Saturday marks Donald Trump's first 100 days in the White House, a period of time that new Presidents are judged on in terms of their ability to carry out their stated goals. On immigration, Trump has begun fulfilling his ominous pledge to, "begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won't take them back." Under Trump, ICE, the immigration enforcement arm of Homeland Security, has been given broad discretionary leeway to round up and detain or deport undocumented immigrants whether they have criminal records or not. Today we'll turn to our correspondent Arun Gupta for part 2 of a 2 part interview assessing the new President's approach to immigration. Arun Gupta, an investigative journalist who has written for dozens of publications including the Washington Post, the Guardian, The Nation, and Salon. He writes
FEATURING PAUL GETSOS - Organizers for the People's Climate March this Saturday April 29th, are hoping to outdo the huge success of last week's Earth Day March for Science events. Since the Women's March in January, activists from all walks of life have descended into the streets of their cities for regularly scheduled marches and demonstrations to send a strong message to Donald Trump. No issue is as existentially important as climate change however. By threatening to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords and massively cut the EPA's budget Trump has provoked broad public anger. On Saturday a major demonstration in Washington DC and corresponding satellite events all over the country will mobilize under the banner of the "People's Climate March." Find more about the People's Climate March at www.peoplesclimate.org. Paul Getsos, National Coordinator for People's Climate Movement.