As Donald Trump begins the second year of his Presidency join us for a Facebook live New Year's one-hour special on Rising Up With Sonali on January 2nd at 12 noon PST (3 pm EST) featuring our regular correspondent Arun Gupta. Visit www.facebook.com/RUWithSonali to watch the live streaming video conversation. During the 1-hour special, Arun and Sonali will review what has been lost over the past 12 months, discuss how the left can confront Trumpism, find hope in dark times, and (given their shared love of food) explore the intersection of food and politics. Gupta is an investigative journalist who has written for dozens of publications including the Washington Post, the Guardian, The Nation, Salon, and Raw Story. He is also author of the forthcoming book, "Bacon as a Weapon of Mass Destruction." Sonali Kolhatkar is host and executive producer of Rising Up With Sonali.
FEATURING RENATA MAURIZ - Donald Trump's administration is considering the controversial practice of separating undocumented parents from their children at the US-Mexico border. News reports confirm that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has approved the policy and that the White House might do the same. This would mean that upon their arrival in the US, undocumented parents would be sent to detention facilities that hold adults while their children could be put into juvenile facilities. Meanwhile a group of undocumented immigrants and their allies were arrested on Thursday in the middle of the Capitol Rotunda in Washington DC. The 8 immigrants are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which Trump canceled earlier this year. Congress has failed to do anything about DACA or the DREAM Act. Democrats had earlier vowed to demand progress on DACA in exchange for their support for a Republican spending bill. But on
FEATURING MAGALI MURIA - The pro-Independence movement in Catalonia has a new lease on life with the results of a snap election called by Spain. After Catalonians voted for independence from Spain in a referendum in October, the Spanish government, headed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy assumed direct control of Catalonia and arrested or drove into exile a number of prominent pro-independence leaders. Spain also called for regional elections in December banking on a favorable political outcome. But pro-independence parties won a slim majority in the elections, leaving Rajoy and the Spanish government in an awkward position. What does this mean for Catalonia's relationship with Spain and for the future of the Catalan independence movement? Magali Muria, Southern California Coordinator of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC, Assamblea Nacional Catalana).
FEATURING SCOTT MICHELMAN - Thursday was a good day for the First Amendment when the case of the inauguration day protesters resulted in the acquittal of all 6 defendants. Thirty eight-year old Jennifer Armento, 26 year-old Michelle Macchio, 28 year-old Oliver Harris, 27 year-old Brittne Lawson, 20 year-old Christina Simmons, and 27 year-old Alexei Wood, 27, were all found not guilty of a number of charges that included rioting, property destruction, and conspiracy. They had faced decades in prison. The trial bodes well for more than a hundred other activists who were arrested last January in Washington DC during mass protests on the day that Donald Trump was inaugurated as President. With more protests planned in the coming year the right to dissent faces a number of obstacles. Scott Michelman, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU of the District of Columbia.
FEATURING PHYLLIS BENNIS - The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday morning voted 128 to 9 against Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The vote was a strong rebuke not only of the US decision, but also of threats issued by Trump and his UN Representative Nikki Haley. The General Assembly vote follows an earlier vote by the Security Council on Monday on a similar resolution which the US lost 14 to 1. Trump responded to the Monday Security Council vote saying, "For all these nations, they take our money and then vote against us. They take hundreds of millions of dollars, even billions of dollars and then they vote against us. We’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care." Ahead of the General Assembly vote Representative Haley sent a letter to UN members saying, "The president will
FEATURING NORMAN SOLOMON - The new Steven Spielberg film The Post is already garnering rave reviews, not just for the performances of A-list actors Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, but for the message of upholding the First Amendment. With journalism directly under attack today by Donald Trump's administration, it is tempting to view the film through the lens of mainstream journalism as a bulwark against government secrecy, corruption, and war crimes in faraway countries. The film is based on the book Personal History, a memoir by Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham who is played by Streep in the film. The Washington Post's decision to publish the Pentagon Papers obtained by whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg is a profoundly important story of how journalism can expose government lies. But my guest Norman Solomon writes that what the film misses is the cozy relationship between newspaper publishers and politicians. Read Norman Solomon's article 'The
FEATURING GARY TAUBES - 'Tis the season for holiday cheer and presents, and also sugar. Lots and lots of sugar. Gingerbread houses, Christmas cookie swaps, fruit cakes, pies, and tarts, and eggnog. But what if we treated sugar the way we treat smoking? Our holiday parties rarely feature a room full of smokers as kids run around because today we know very well the inherent health risks of cigarettes and second-hand smoke. My guest Gary Taubes makes the case that sugar consumption ought to be treated the same way that smoking has been treated - as a disease causing chemical that has gone through the same public relations treatment that the tobacco industry once pioneered. For more information about the book visit www.garytaubes.com and www.nusi.org. Gary Taubes, investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI.org). He is the author several books including Why We
FEATURING GARY TAUBES - 'Tis the season for holiday cheer and presents, and also sugar. Lots and lots of sugar. Gingerbread houses, Christmas cookie swaps, fruit cakes, pies, and tarts, and eggnog. But what if we treated sugar the way we treat smoking? Our holiday parties rarely feature a room full of smokers as kids run around because today we know very well the inherent health risks of cigarettes and second-hand smoke. My guest Gary Taubes makes the case that sugar consumption ought to be treated the same way that smoking has been treated - as a disease causing chemical that has gone through the same public relations treatment that the tobacco industry once pioneered. For more information about the book visit www.garytaubes.com and www.nusi.org. NOTE: This is the Extended version of this interview, available only to our subscribers, or to rent or buy. Gary Taubes, investigative science and health journalist
FEATURING CHUCK COLLINS - Republicans are celebrating their first and only legislative victory of the year in passing a major tax overhaul late on Tuesday night. The House voted on a reconciliation bill with 12 Republicans voting no, before the Senate passed it 51 to 48 along strict party lines. The House has had to redo its vote on Wednesday morning because of violations of a little-known rule called the Byrd rule. The tax plan is hugely unpopular among the public who see how skewed the new code is in favor of the wealthiest Americans and large corporations. Still, Republicans are counting on reviving their popularity when the tax cuts take effect. For more information visit www.repealthetrumptax.org and www.inequality.org. Chuck Collins, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he directs the Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He has written a number of books including 99 to
FEATURING RICHARD (RJ) ESKOW - Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer warned Republicans this week as they passed their behemoth tax bill skewed to the rich that it, "will be an anchor around the ankles of every Republican." Indeed Schumer and other Democratic Party leaders are also celebrating the passage of the tax bill because they see it as lighting their path to retaking both the House and Senate next November. The special election in Alabama which gave the liberal party a surprise seat in a deeply red state helped fuel that optimism. Now, the passage of the deeply unpopular tax bill could help push that momentum to political victory for Democrats. But, as has been the case for years, Democrats are often their own worst enemy. Read Richard Eskow's latest article 'The Tax Bill Is a Lifeline for Democrats. Will They Sink or Swim?', HERE. Richard (RJ) Eskow, host of The