FEATURING RANDY BRYCE - A wave of progressive activists is running for Congressional seats in this year's mid-term elections attempting to change the partisan makeup of the House and Senate. Among them is a man challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin's First Congressional District. Sporting the moniker "Ironstache," an iron worker and US Army veteran Randy Bryce made waves recently when he raised money for his candidacy off of Ryan's tone-deaf tweet that boasted about helping a working woman make $1.50 extra a week in pay thanks to the Republican tax bill. Randy Bryce is hoping that his positions favoring single payer health care, a $15 an hour minimum wage, and climate justice will garner enough support to oust Paul Ryan. For more information about Randy Bryce's campaign visit www.randybryceforcongress.com. Randy Bryce, Congressional candidate for Wisconsin's First Congressional District, challenging Paul Ryan.
FEATURING CHARISMA TROIANO - Just days before Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address, a draft of his infrastructure plan was leaked to the press, revealing that his administration was heading toward greater rights and privileges for oil and gas industries over people and land. On Tuesday night, the President briefly mentioned only the vaguest outlines of his plan. On Wednesday White House officials released a few more details. The New York Times described the plan as one that, "includes spending $200 billion in federal money over the next decade to spur an additional $1.3 trillion in spending from cities, states and private companies on major projects," and that "The increased infrastructure spending would be offset by unspecified budget cuts." The group Democracy Forward, which is representing Food and Water Watch in a lawsuit against the government is additionally making the case that Trump's infrastructure development goals
FEATURING MARCY WHEELER - The Justice Department admitted on Tuesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was recently questioned as part of Robert Mueller's investigation into wrongdoing around Election 2016. Mr. Sessions became the first sitting member of Donald Trump's cabinet to be questioned. Very soon after being named Attorney General Sessions had said he would recuse himself from any Russia-related investigations. The questioning of Sessions comes at the same time as a media outlet broke the news that acting FBI Director Christopher Wray had threatened to resign over perceived pressure from the Attorney General to purge the Department. Mueller has apparently made it known that he will be questioning the president himself about the firing of FBI Director James Comey, confirming suspicions about the President's actions amounting to obstruction of justice. Marcy Wheeler, independent journalist specializing in civil liberties, privacy, and the "war on terror." She blogs at emptywheel.net and
FEATURING MICAH SIMS - The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court earlier this month struck down congressional district lines saying they were in violation of the state's constitution. The court has ordered the state Assembly to submit alternate maps by early February. If the Assembly fails to do so, or if the state's Democratic governor does not approve of a submitted set of maps by February 8th the court will itself create alternative district maps that are fair. Although Pennsylvania voters are roughly equal in the numbers of Democrats and Republicans, the GOP controls a majority of House seats and "gerrymandered" districts are seen as the main culprit for the tilt in representation. For more information visit www.commoncause.org. Micah Sims, Executive Director of Common Cause Pennsylvania.
FEATURING BARBARA HERNANDEZ - President Donald Trump signed a temporary spending measure on Monday, ending 3-day federal government shutdown and deferring the difficult task of immigration negotiations for a few more weeks. Senate Democrats, whose votes are needed in order to pass a spending bill, were attempting to use their leverage to demand a DREAM Act after Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last year. The end of DACA has left hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants in legal limbo. While the high profile negotiations over a so-called "clean" DREAM Act had stalled government, Dreamers in Southern California showed up outside the gates of Disneyland on Monday. They temporarily blocked the entrance to the popular tourist destination with signs that read "No DREAM, No Deal," among other things. One of the activists who participated in the action is my guest Barbara Hernandez. For more information visit www.Fightforourdream.org. Barbara
FEATURING PAOLA MENDONZA - The Women's March on Saturday January 20th took place in cities around the country, just about a year after last year's powerful showing. After a politically devastating year under Donald Trump's Presidency, millions of women and their male allies showed up in numbers comparable to last year in cities around the nation. More than 200,000 showed up in New York City, a little less than 500,000 in Washington DC, 300,000 in Chicago, 100,000 in San Francisco, and 500,000 in Los Angeles. The actions took place while a gridlock in Washington DC over a spending bill and immigration legislation for DACA recipients led to a government shutdown. In Los Angeles, where the Into Action pop-up art exhibit and conference was taking place, a panel discussion took place on how to build on the political power of the Women's March. The panel discussion was called Together We Rise
FEATURING JOHN CARLOS AND ETAN THOMAS - As we continue our special reporting from Into Action, the pop-up Art exhibit and conference taking place in Los Angeles from January 13 to 21 we'll turn next to two incredible political activists who got their start in sports. Speaking at an Into Action panel about Athletes and Activism were John Carlos and Etan Thomas two men from different generations who shared with me their views on politics. John Carlos, the 1968 Olympian who made history along with his colleague Tommie Smith for raising their fists in a black power salute, and Etan Thomas, a retired professional basketball player who pursued social justice activism after leaving the NBA. He has just written the book 'We Matter: Athletes and Activism.'
A major pop-up Art exhibit and social justice conference in Los Angeles has attempted to capture the frustration and resistance of people over this past year. The event called Into Action began on the weekend of Martin Luther King Day through to the Women's March on Saturday. We've been bringing you coverage from Into Action and today we'll begin with a special report from a Women's March sign-making party that took place on Thursday. Dozens of women joined one another making signs by hand, side-by-side as a young female DJ played music. Here are some of the voices of those women a couple of days before they marched on Saturday.
FEATURING YOSI SARGENT - As we come upon the 1st anniversary of the powerful and historic Women's March that took place around Donald Trump's Presidential inauguration, a major pop-up event in Los Angeles is attempting to capture the frustration and resistance of people over this past year. The pop-up event called Into Action began just before MLK day and goes through the 2nd Women's March taking place this Saturday in cities around the nation. The warehouse space, located near downtown LA, has been transformed into temporary art gallery and performance stage where numerous community activists and well-known artists and academics are discussing issues ranging from diversity in media, to immigration and DACA, Islamophobia, and the role of artists and athletes in politics. The accompanying art exhibit was co-curated by the likes of Shepherd Fairey, Favianna Rodriguez and others. On our show this week and into next week, we'll be bringing
FEATURING CHRISTIAN PICCIOLINI - Christian Picciolini had no idea when he began working on his book about leaving a white supremacist movement that his story would be so timely and relevant at the time of his book's eventual publication. Picciolini joined a neo-Nazi skinhead group at age 14 in Chicago where he grew up. It took him years to realize he needed to get out and start transforming his life. He co-founded an organization called Life After Hate and began working on his newly published book White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement-- and How I Got Out. Picciolini was a guest speaker at an activist pop-up show in Los Angeles taking place all week called Into Action. We'll be bringing you interviews and coverage from Into Action all week, including this conversation I had with the former white supremacist. For more information visit www.into-action.us. Christian Picciolini,