Thousands Gather for Immigrant Rights in LA

SPECIAL REPORT BY TAMI HAMADA WORONOFF – On Saturday, just two days after a nationwide “Day Without Immigrants” strike, thousands of people gathered on a rainy day in downtown Los Angeles to show support for immigrant rights. It has been a disturbing four weeks since Donald Trump took office as President, with his “Muslim ban,”…

With Trump in White House, GOP Chips Away At Reproductive Rights

FEATURING CHRISTINE GRIMALDI – The GOP-dominated House of Representatives on Thursday moved a step closer to defund Planned Parenthood of some of its funding. The House passed a bill designed to block the organization’s clinics from receiving Title X funding, which covers STD screening, contraception, breast exams, and PAP smear tests, but not abortion. The…

Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals

FEATURING JONATHAN SMUCKER – In our on-going coverage of how political organizing can take on the Trump agenda, we turn next to a long time activist and writer Jonathan Smucker, who’s new book Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals, examines movements like Occupy Wall Street, to understand how best to take on the political establishment….

Understanding the Flynn Resignation Scandal

FEATURING LARRY JOHNSON – The resignation of Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor and retired United States Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn represents the largest scandal so far of the extraordinarily young administration. Less than a month after Trump took office, the questions of why Flynn had repeated contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak over the…

Why Fast Food CEO Puzder Withdrew From Labor Nomination

FEATURING RONTEL BATIE – Yet another aspect of the political turmoil of this week is the fact that fast food CEO Andrew Puzder has withdrawn his name as Labor Secretary nominee. Puzder faced broad opposition from Democrats, labor unions, and worker organizations for his anti-labor policies as CEO of a fast food empire. But what…

The Oroville Dam Crisis Is Part of a Greater Problem

FEATURING JULIET CHRISTIAN-SMITH – An evacuation order for nearly 200,000 Californians in the Sacramento Valley over the danger of a dam breaking has been lifted. But with more rain coming to the drought-stricken state, many residents are opting to remain clear of the Oroville Dam. The 50-year old, 770 foot high dam is the US’s…

World Remains Stubbornly Silent on Burma’s Extermination of Rohingya Muslims

FEATURING SIMON BILLENNESS – Among the refugees impacted by Donald Trump’s “Muslim Ban” are Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar. The Rohingya are a severely persecuted minority in the nation once known as Burma. Advocates point to a well-documented extermination campaign against a people perceived as belonging to neighboring Bangladesh. But Bangladesh has also pushed the Rohingya…

Post Election Fears of Hate Crimes Start To Come True

FEATURING THENMOZHI SOUNDARARAJAN – In 2001 there was 9/11, a political earthquake that left the nation shaken. Fifteen years later there was 11/9, the day that millions of voters backed Donald Trump for President in spite of his repeated targeting and insulting of whole communities over the course of his campaign. With Trump’s electoral college…

We Need Electoral Reform Now More Than Ever

FEATURING MICHELLE WHITTAKER – Voter turnout in the 2016 general election dipped to a 20-year low reported CNN. Still, more people actually voted for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump but Trump won because Clinton’s support was far more concentrated in some states – mostly those on the coast. When that happens, the system of winner-take-all…

Sonali Kolhatkar Nominated for Four LA Press Club Awards

Sonali Kolhatkar, host of Rising Up With Sonali, has been nominated for 4 Los Angeles Press Club journalism awards for her broadcast and print journalistic work. See below for all the nominations: Best Talk/Public Affairs on Television: Sonali Kolhatkar, Free Speech Television, “How Not To Succumb to Depression Upon Reading The News” Best TV Anchor:…