Breaking Down Trump’s First State of the Union

FEATURING ROSA CLEMENTE - Donald Trump on Tuesday night delivered his very first State of the Union address as President. While his address last year at a joint session of Congress was full of ominous warnings, this year's Trump painted a rosy picture of the economy while building up immigrants as dangerous bogeymen. Ahead of the speech Trump's administration remained mired in controversy and he went into it with the worst approval rating that the Gallup poll has ever recorded for a President on their one-year anniversary. Although the State of the Union was presented as one where Trump would reach across the aisle to Democrats and focus on an infrastructure plan, the actual speech was lengthy, partisan, and predictable. Today we'll play you excerpts of the speech and analysis from our correspondent Rosa Clemente. Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, active with Black Lives Matter, freelance journalist, 2008 Green

Fascism Today: What It Is And How to End It

FEATURING SHANE BURLEY - Donald Trump has been the dream president of the so-called Alt Right, a movement that has been quietly building up for years before November 2016. "The synergy between the activist far-right and a successful presidential candidate is something dangerously new," writes my guest Shane Burley in a new book called Fascism Today: What It Is And How to End It. In it Burley explores not only the complex and even contradictory idealogies that comprise the "Alt-Right," but offers some concrete historical models for a broad-based mainstream American response to rising fascism could beat back the dangerous trend. Shane Burley, writer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in ROAR Magazine, In These Times, Labor Notes, and make/shift.

From Honduras to Brazil, Latin American Democracy in Peril

FEATURING VICKI CERVANTES - Donald Trump and the Republican Party's attacks on American democracy have left us reeling. But there are democratic struggles happening all over the world and today we'll focus on two countries in Latin America. First, the Central American nation of Honduras has just sworn in a President that civil society organizations and election monitors are convinced retained his power via a stolen election. Incumbent Juan Orlando Hernández has begun his second term amid massive protests that began during the vote count in the last election and are continuing today. The election result appears to be part of a long-term move to the right that began after the coup against President Manuel Zelaya in 2009. Then in Brazil - Latin America's largest nation and the fourth largest democracy in the world - former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is facing a new setback. A court has just

GOP Introduces Abortion Ban Ahead of Trump SOTU

FEATURING CHRISTINE GRIMALDI - A day ahead of Donald Trump's first State of the Union Address, Republican Senator Lindsay Graham introduced a federal abortion ban to much fanfare. Just hours later, after Trump had the chance to formally announce his endorsement of the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," and promise he would sign it into law if it passed, the Senate took a procedural vote on the bill. It inevitably failed by 51 to 46 with a handful of Republicans and Democrats crossing the aisle to vote against their party line. The political theater around the 20-week abortion ban seemed designed to cement Republican support among evangelicals, many of whom hinge their entire political support or opposition of a candidate based on abortion. But overall public support for the right to abortion and reproductive choice remains strong 45 years after the historic Supreme Court decision on Roe. Vs. Wade. Read Christine's

The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging the Persistence of Patriarchy

FEATURING CYNTHIA ENLOE - Many millenials who are coming of age in the era of #MeToo and the push back to rampant sexism in the White House, Congress, Hollywood, and America in general are likely identifying as feminists for the first time. It is indeed a good time to be a feminist. But there have been multiple waves of major feminist organizing over modern American history and yet patriarchal power persists. What if it continues to persist after this latest awakening? Today we'll turn to a long-time feminist, academic, author and activist Cynthia Enloe whose lifetime of work offers lessons for challenging sexism, misogyny, and patriarchy. Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor at Clark University specializing in critical studies of militarism and transnational feminism. She has appeared on the BBC, Al Jazeera, and NPR and has written for Ms. and the Village Voice. She is the author of more than fifteen books, including

Cynthia Enloe Discusses Her New Book ‘ ‘The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging the Persistence of Patriarchy’ – EXTENDED INTERVIEW

FEATURING CYNTHIA ENLOE - Many millenials who are coming of age in the era of #MeToo and the push back to rampant sexism in the White House, Congress, Hollywood, and America in general are likely identifying as feminists for the first time. It is indeed a good time to be a feminist. But there have been multiple waves of major feminist organizing over modern American history and yet patriarchal power persists. What if it continues to persist after this latest awakening? Today we'll turn to a long-time feminist, academic, author and activist Cynthia Enloe whose lifetime of work offers lessons for challenging sexism, misogyny, and patriarchy. NOTE: This is the Extended version of this interview, available only to our subscribers, or to rent or buy. Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor at Clark University specializing in critical studies of militarism and transnational feminism. She has appeared on the BBC, Al Jazeera, and NPR and

Is Trump’s Immigration Plan a “Racist Ransom Note”?

FEATURING JUAN ESCALANTE - Donald Trump's administration has presented a plan for immigration reform appears to promise concessions to both Democrats and Republicans. The surprise proposal inspired headlines that suggested Trump wanted to offer a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants, twice the number of young immigrants who were registered under the DACA program. But the details suggest that such a path to legalization for the so-called Dreamers will come at a steep price: a huge reduction in legal migration - what conservatives love to term chain migration but is in fact families attempting to unite with one another - and the building of Trump's border wall with Mexico. Read Juan's article for the Huffington Post called 'The White House Dreamer Deal Isn't a Compromise. It's a Racist Ransom Note', HERE. Juan Escalante, Communications Manager with America's Voice and a DACA recipient. He recently wrote a piece for Huffington

Broadening the Scope of #MeToo

FEATURING DR. ANA NOGALES - The latest chapter in the #MeToo movement around Olympics doctor Larry Nasser being sentenced to decades in prison for molesting young girls and women has shocked the nation. As more women come forward about systemic abuse, a critical mass seems to have be reached where women are finally being taken seriously about violence and assault and their perpetrators are finally facing justice. But women face a spectrum of violence and not all forms of assault are receiving attention. One issue that has been under the radar for decades and yet firmly belongs in the arena of #MeToo is domestic violence. Women who are assaulted either sexually or non-sexually by their boyfriends or husbands are treated as isolated cases despite the massive extent of the problem. Undocumented women and women of color are also particularly vulnerable when state authorities can inspire just as much fear as

Campus Anti-Fascist Network Fights Smear Campaign

FEATURING MELEIZA FIGUEROA - The stifling of academic freedom and free speech on American university campuses has a long and sordid history that includes the witch hunts of the McCarthy period. Today we see a resurgence in attacks against college professors and instructors who focus their work on issues like Israeli apartheid, the Antifa response to white supremacy, or even socialist and Marxist forms of government. One such professor is Dr. David Palumbo-Liu, a well-known Stanford University Professor of Comparative Literature who helped to co-founded the Campus Antifascist Network. He has been dubbed by the Stanford Review as the university's "most Radical Professor." For more information visit www.campusantifascistnetwork.com. 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. She has been a longtime political educator and organizer, involved in a wide range of movements for social

Trump Declares “America Open for Business” at Davos

FEATURING PAUL O'BRIEN - Surprising the business elite gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump on Friday stuck to the script written for him and charmed the financial elites of the world. His speech, written by former Goldman Sachs investment banker Gary Cohn boasted of how low he has cut the corporate tax rate in the US. Ahead of his speech there were reports that some members of the audience would be walking out in protest of racist comments that Trump recently said about African nations during immigration negotiations. But it was unclear if the walkout transpired. Instead, a well-behaved Trump seemed quite at home with his fellow billionaires and heads-of-state. For more information visit www.oxfam.org. Paul O'Brien, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at Oxfam America where he oversees research, policy, advocacy, and campaigning work to influence the US government and US corporations.