New Year Special: Confronting Trumpism in Year 2

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 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.

Dick Gregory, 1932 – 2017

The pioneering civil right activist and comedian Dick Gregory passed away on August 19, 2017 at the age of 84. He was in Washington DC being treated for heart failure when he died. Sonali Kolhatkar interviewed Gregory in 2010 on her former show, Uprising. Click the above link to listen to that interview. Dick Gregory was an entertainer, political comedian, writer, and even a spokesperson for health issues. He came to prominence in the 1960s after a profile in Time magazine and a television appearance on “The Jack Paar Show.” He then began regularly hitting the comedy circuit on television, in nightclubs, and in concerts, addressing issues of racism, poverty, and segregation. He marched often in civil rights demonstrations, and was arrested several times. Gregory also ran for mayor of Chicago in 1966 and for president of the United States in 1968. He wrote several books, the most controversial of

US, Europe Slam Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly Elections

FEATURING MIGUEL TINKER SALAS - Venezuelans went to the polls recently to pick members of its National Constituent Assembly in elections that were marred by violence. At least ten people are reported to have been killed. Still, there was a record turnout of voters. The US refused to recognize the election results and promptly slapped sanctions on the Venezuelan government headed by President Nicholas Maduro. The US has long backed Venezuela's right wing opposition. Mainstream US news media are painting a portrait of a country on the verge of failure. The Washington Post said Venezuela was "imploding," Bloomberg used the term "spiral," and Slate said it was "collapsing." As is usually the case with Venezuela, it is hard to tell apart spin from reality in US news coverage. Miguel Tinker Salas is a Professor of Latin American History and Chicano/a Latino/a Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California

Understanding America’s Deadly Opioid Crisis

FEATURING GERMAN LOPEZ - The Washington Post on Thursday published a leaked transcript of a phone call between Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto where Trump reportedly dismissed the state of New Hampshire as "drug-infested den." New Hampshire is one of a number of states in the US deeply impacted by an epidemic of opioid addiction. Opioids are a class of narcotics that include heroin and fentanyl and the numbers of Americans dying from opioid use has dramatically increased outpacing deaths from guns and car accidents in 2016. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has described the situation as, "one of the worst health crises this state has ever experienced." Yet the federal government has done little to address the situation. Read German Lopez's article here: German Lopez, Senior Writer at Vox, focusing on race, crime, guns, drugs, and LGBTQ issues. His recent article on Vox is entitled, "How

New Short Film Takes Aim At Bail System in the US

FEATURING ALYESHA WISE - The tragic story of Kalief Browder highlighted for many Americans the injustice of the nation's bail system. Browder was a young teen who spent a whopping three years at Rikers Island awaiting trial for a crime he did not commit. Because his family was unable to afford the bail money Browder languished and committed suicide soon after he was let out. The burden that our bail system puts on Americans, particularly poor black and brown people, is insidious. Yet the issue is rarely discussed. Now a poet named Alyesha Wise in collaboration with Brave New Films want to change that. They have launched a new short film about bail and its impact online. Click here to watch the film. Visit Brave New Films website and Alyesha Wise's website. Alyesha Wise, poet and teaching artist, writer of a new short film by Brave New Films about the bail

Trump Eyes Immigration Cuts While Arpaio Faces Conviction

FEATURING FRANCISCA PORCHAS - Donald Trump, desperate for a legislative win, is eying a crackdown on legal immigration this week. Trump has decided to back a reactionary Republican effort to cut residency sponsorship applications particularly of those people who emigrate through family ties to US residents and citizens. The move is perfectly in line with Trump's pandering to his white American base. Meanwhile a man that Trump has claimed to admire as "America's toughest sheriff," Joe Arpaio, has been convicted of criminal contempt. Arpaio is notorious for his anti-immigrant and racist targeting of Latino and immigrants from Latin America. He now faces up to 6 months in prison for refusing to abide by a 2011 ruling barring him from unconstitutional activity aimed at suspected immigrants. Visit for more information. Francisca Porchas, Organizing Director of Puente Human Rights Movement, a grassroots migrant justice organization based in Phoenix, Arizona

Chaos and Confusion Continue at the White House

FEATURING DOUG HENWOOD - Donald Trump's Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted this week that the President had not actually received a phone call from a Boy Scouts leader praising his recent speech as was initially stated. And that Trump also didn't get a phone call from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto about a reduction in immigration as he had claimed. The controversy is the latest in a chaotic 2 week period at the White House that included the stepping down of former Press secretary Sean Spicer over the hiring of Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci at the White House. But Scaramucci then gave the New Yorker an interview filled with profanity and aimed at chief of staff Reince Priebus and advisor Steve Bannon. Preibus resigned on July 27 and Scaramucci was promptly fired 10 days after being brought on, by new White House chief of staff, former head of

KPFK Presents Dr. Richard Wolff 04/20/17 @ 7pm, Los Angeles

Dr. Richard Wolff, the acclaimed economist, will be speaking at a KPFK event this Thursday April 20, 7 pm @ Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Rising Up host Sonali Kolhatkar will be among those introducing him. Tickets are available at Watch a short video excerpt from an interview with Dr. Wolff on Rising Up With Sonali:

Special Report: Tens of Thousands March to Demand Trump’s Tax Returns

FEATURING TAMI HAMADA WORONOFF - Organizers estimate that more than 125,000 people marched in 200 communities around the world on Saturday April 15th to demand, among other things, that Donald Trump release his tax returns. Indicating that he was paying attention, the President tweeted defensively on Sunday, "I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?" He added in a second tweet, "Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!" Meanwhile, in Berkeley, California, a violent clash took place between white supremacist and neo-Nazi elements of those supporting Trump, and black-clad leftist protesters calling themselves anti-fascist. More than a dozen people were arrested and nearly two dozen injured. A video of a known white supremacist man punching a woman in the face at the so-called Patriot's

Does Trump’s Economic Policy Make Any Sense?

FEATURING RICHARD WOLFF - After his meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping, Donald Trump has reversed a major economic campaign promise and decided against labeling China a "currency manipulator." China has a significant trade surplus with the US and during his campaign, Trump declared that US companies were unable to compete with Chinese ones because China was devaluing its currency. Apparently Mr. Trump does not think that is true anymore. Just what is Trump's economic policy? His proposed federal government budget released some weeks ago appears to be mostly in line with Republican orthodoxy, slashing social programs, arts, foreign aid, and more, while boosting defense spending. But with so many Trump voters picking him primarily because they hope to see an improvement in their personal finances does Trump even have a clear plan to improve the economy for millions of ordinary Americans? Or will this too be a major