FEATURING JULIETA GARIBAY - A federal judge has blocked an anti-immigrant law in Texas that was set to take effect this Friday. Senate Bill 4 was a bill in line with President Donald Trump's desire to undermine so-called "Sanctuary cities" which draw a line between immigration and law enforcement. Judge Orlando Garcia wrote in his decision that among other things the law violates the First Amendment. He said, "SB 4 clearly targets and seeks to punish speakers based on their viewpoint on local immigration enforcement policy." The ruling is a welcome relief for immigrant communities in Texas who have been struggling with multiple assaults including the impact of Hurricane Harvey while ICE checkpoints remained open, and an anticipated decision by Trump to cancel the DACA program protecting undocumented youth. For more information visit www.unitedwedream.org. Julieta Garibay, Co-Founder and Campaigns Director of United We Dream in Austin, TX.
FEATURING ALEXANDER KAUFMAN - While Hurricane Harvey dumped trillions of gallons of rainwater on the city of Houston, Texas, here in Southern California where our program is based, we are experiencing a brutal heat wave. Meanwhile on the other side of the planet, unprecedented flooding in India and South Asia has caused upwards of 1,000 deaths. Yet President Donald Trump continues to pursue policies that will only accelerate climate change and make such extreme and dangerous weather more likely. Only weeks before Harvey hit, Trump eliminated the federal Flood Risk Management Standard that President Obama implemented. He also has plans to cut funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to pay for his border wall with Mexico. Follow Alexander's work at www.alexanderckaufman.com. Alexander Kaufman, climate, environment and business reporter at HuffPost.
FEATURING HENRY A. GIROUX - A year ago most Americans would have been skeptical of the idea that white supremacist hate groups like the KKK would become the subjects of national dialogue. Yet here we are today within the first year of Donald Trump's administration and a sense of despair about the nation's future has sunk in as hate groups get nods from the President and the corporate oligarchy is dismantling regulations and pillaging resources. Framing the political conversation around the health of our democracy is critical to understanding what ails the US and how to fix it. That framing can spur social movements to regain control of the narrative and begin resisting the multi-pronged assault of Trumpism in a more effective way. Henry A. Giroux, McMaster University Professor for Scholarship in the Public Interest and the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy. His most recent books include The Violence
FEATURING PAUL GUNTER - As the impact of Hurricane Harvey continues to threaten public safety in Houston and the surrounding areas in Texas, groups are calling attention to two nuclear reactors in Bay City which are continuing to be fully operational. The group Beyond Nuclear is calling on the South Texas Project to be immediately shut down. If the flood waters breach the embankment surrounding the 7,000 acre cooling water reservoir around the reactors there is a serious threat of an accident, the likes of which could threaten public safety on an ever greater scale. For more information visit www.beyondnuclear.org. Paul Gunter, Director of the Reactor Oversight Project at Beyond Nuclear.
FEATURING HAMID KHAN - Donald Trump has made good on his promise to militarize police departments around the country, ostensibly as a reward for the Fraternal Order of Police, one of his strongest campaign supporters. Under the previous administration, strong community pressure led President Obama to pass an executive order limiting the transfer of excess military equipment and weapons to law enforcement agencies around the US. Now Trump has reversed that order. Meanwhile the Los Angeles Police Department has been working to normalize the use of drones in the greater LA area. The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition is a local organization working to hold the department accountable and stop the deployment of drones. E-mail the LAPD at suas@lapdonline and Stop LAPD Spying at email@example.com. Hamid Khan, coordinator of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition.
FEATURING MELEIZA FIGUEROA - After two rightwing fascist rallies in California's Bay Area fizzled out over the weekend, Donald Trump gave a nod of approval on Twitter to the Washington Post's coverage of counter-protests in Berkeley. The Post's article was headlined, "Black-clad antifa attack peaceful right wing demonstrators in Berkeley." The sensationalist headline was echoed in the LA Times, Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle and others, handing critics of antifa on the left and especially the right, the ammunition they appeared to be searching for to equate right and left wing violence. But what really happened in Berkeley and just how distorted was media coverage? Meleiza Figueroa, PhD Candidate in Geography at UC Berkeley, Press Director for the Stein/Baraka 2016 Presidential campaign, and Executive Producer of the Green News Network. Her experience in progressive media includes over a decade as a staff producer for the Pacifica Radio Network, and
FEATURING CHUCK COLLINS - It has been ten years since the subprime mortgage crisis kicked off the Great Recession when a massive housing bubble burst, leaving behind untold numbers of Americans stripped of their homes and livelihoods. While politicians should have taken steps to ensure that such a thing never happened again in the US, we are seeing the rise of a troubling trend with echoes of the sub-prime mortgage crisis - they are increasing numbers of so-called "contract-for-deed" financial transactions that leave homebuyers deeply vulnerable. Writing about this new trend in The Guardian newspaper is Chuck Collins who identifies Wall Street private equity firms as the villains in this troubling phenomenon. Read Chuck's latest piece in The Guardian 'Loan sharks were meant to be eradicated. Now they're back' HERE, for his the full investigative piece for the current issue of The American Prospect, HERE, and HERE is the link
FEATURING JOHN NICHOLS - The White House under Donald Trump appears to revolve around the ego of a fragile, vain, small-minded, ignorant individual. But Trump ought to be viewed through the lens of the myriad personalities within the Trump administration, who together have formed a formidable bulwark against democracy and many of the ideals of Americanism. John Nichols Book Tour: Wednesday, August 30, 7pm, POLITICS & PROSE at 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008. Wednesday, September 6, 7pm, CITY LIGHTS at 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133. Thursday, September 7, 7pm, DIESEL, A BOOKSTORE at (soon to be East Bay Booksellers) 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618. Monday, September 11, 7:30pm, SEATTLE TOWN HALL at The Summit Event Space 420 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122. Wednesday, September 27, 7pm, BOSWELL BOOK COMPANY at 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211. John Nichols, national-affairs correspondent for The Nation, contributing writer for The Progressive
FEATURING CASSADY CRAIGHILL - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has submitted a report to the Trump administration after reviewing federal monuments as per an executive order from the President. In it Zinke recommended shrinking the size of several national monuments including Bears Ears in Utah. Environmental groups are angered by the report, accusing Zinke of consulting primarily with oil and gas interests over public stakeholders. It is not yet clear if President Trump will follow his Interior Secretary's recommendations. Find more at www.Greenpeace.org/usa/. Cassady Craighill, media officer for Greenpeace USA covering climate change and energy.
FEATURING ZAID JILANI - A white man named Mark Colao has been taken into custody for allegedly driving his car through a group of protesters in St. Louis, Missouri. The protest was being held to mark the police killing of a transgender woman named Kiwi Herring. Three people were injured. The incident comes just weeks after a Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia when a Nazi protester plowed his car into activists. Rightwing extremists have been celebrating such tactics online and they appear to have support from some state legislatures that are shockingly considering dropping penalties for drivers that hit protesters. The bills appear to be in response to the effectiveness of actions by groups like Black Lives Matter and water protectors at Standing Rock. None have become law as yet. Click HERE to read Zaid Milani and Lee Fang's article 'Backed by Police Unions, Legislators Stand By Laws to