Appalachia: Class Struggle In Coal Country

Brett sits down with revolutionary organizer and Appalachian local Nic Smith to talk about the Appalachian working class and its history of class struggle.
Topics include: Radical unionism, the history of the region, Trump, liberalism’s failures and socialism’s hopes, stereotypes about Appalachians, the need for a true working class party, and much more!
 

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Anti-Racist Action and the Struggle Against Fascism

Mic Crenshaw is a hip hop artist and co-founder of the Anti-Racist Action Network that arose and was active in the 80s and 90s. The ARA is an anti-fascist organization dedicated to community defense against organized racism and fascism. Mic joins Brett to discuss the founding of the Anti-Racist Action Network and to discuss antifascism generally.

Topics Include: ARA, Mic’s experience fighting fascists, the differences between antifa then and now, the role of violence in our collective fight for liberation, the Portland train stabbings and Mic’s connection to the event and one of the victims, the link between late capitalism and the conditions that give rise to fascism, the white supremacy inherent in policing, and much more. 

HERE IS THE INTERVIEW: http://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/anti-racist-action-and-the-struggle-against-fascism
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White Supremacy in the Confederacy: Monuments of Anti-Blackness

Tanesha Hudson is an activist in Charlottesville, Virginia. She joins Brett to talk about Charlottesville, Confederate statues, her personal experiences with racism, the symbolism of Thomas Jefferson, being a parent of black children, and much more.

HERE IS THE INTERVIEW: http://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/white-supremacy-in-the-confederacy-monuments-of-anti-blackness

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Leftist Podcasts, New Atheism, and the October Revolution (w/ Dan Arel)

Dan Arel is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author of The Secular Activist; and Parenting Without God. He has also written for The Hill, The New Arab, CounterPunch, CommonDreams, AlterNet, Time Magazine, Salon, and many others.

He hosts the Danthropology Podcast, a weekly show that covers politics, religion, and current events.

Dan can be found around the country speaking on issues such as social justice, political activism, and secular issues.

Topics Include: Atheism, Differences between the far left and far right, doxing, The October Revolution, different leftist tendencies, talking to regular working class people, leftist podcasters, hip hop, and more!

HERE IS THE INTERVIEW: http://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/leftist-podcasts-new-atheism-and-the-october-revolution-w-dan-arel

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Venezuela in Crisis: Defending the Bolivarian Revolution

Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher is an American political theorist, commentator, and activist. He is an Associate Professor of Politics and Global Studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia and Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Social Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He is the author of three books: We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution, Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela, Decolonizing Dialectics.

Brett interviews Dr. Ciccariello-Maher on the history of, and the current situation in, Venezuela.

Topics Include: Hugo Chavez, the Constituent Assembly, the opposition, the Venezuelan Communes, the concept of dual power, Jacobin Magazine, the Bolivarian Revolution, and much more.

HERE IS THE INTERVIEW: http://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/website/venezuela-in-crisis-defending-the-bolivarian-revolution
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Anti-Imperialism: Palestine, Venezuela, & the DPRK with Abby Martin

Abby Martin is an American journalist and presenter of The Empire Files, an investigative news program on the socialist state-funded satellite network teleSUR English and YouTube. She was formerly the host of Breaking the Set on the Russian network RT America, working from the Washington, D.C. bureau.

Abby sits down with Brett to talk about US imperialism and the Israel Apartheid State.

Topics Include: Charlottesville’s “Unite The Right Rally” and the antifascist resistance, the nuclear standoff between the Trump Regime and the DPRK, the Israeli Aparthied State and Palestinian resistance, Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, the failures of the US corporate media, and much more!

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Riots Are The Language Of The Unheard: Fighting Back Against Police Brutality

I want to use this time to make a brief declaration of solidarity with all of the people in St. Louis, especially the black community there who have been terrorized for decades by the police in that area. Black men are killed by St. Louis police at a rate which is twice that of the overall US murder rate. Put another way, a black man in St. Louis is nearly twice as likely to be killed by police than the average American is of being killed by anyone. It is in this context that the most recent protests and riots have broken out in St. Louis. These protests and riots have erupted in the wake of a judge’s decision to clear yet another white police officer in the murder of a black man.

Officer Jason Stockley was just found innocent of all charges in the 2011 death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Mr. Smith was shot dead by Officer Stockley after a chase in which Mr. Smith was suspected of having drugs in the car. Video of the immediate aftermath of the shooting seems to show Officer Stockley returning to his police vehicle, searching through a duffle bag in his back seat, and returning to Smith’s car to plant a gun in order to justify the murder. The gun that was allegedly planted in the car did not have Mr. Smith’s DNA on it at all; only Officer Stockley’s. Yet, Jason Stockley was found innocent of all charges and walked away a free man. This sparked outrage in the community and was yet another piece in a large, toxic, white supremacist puzzle of police brutality against people of color that stretches back to this country’s founding.

It is no surprise that drugs, and more specifically the War On Drugs, is again and again the premise for many of the altercations between police and citizens of color that all too often ends in bloodshed. After all, the Drug War, as has recently been exposed by a top Nixon Aid, was created in order to give the government a pretext to confront, harass, intimidate, and incarcerate members of the black community all across this country. This has resulted in a situation in which not only do white officers slaughter people of color with absolutely no accountability or consequence, but a situation in which the United States now has more prisoners, most of which are disproportionally people of color, than any other country on Planet Earth, in both overall and per capita terms. This, namely the U.S. carceral state, is just the most recent shape that white supremacy has taken in a society founded on the genocide of Native Americans and the forced enslavement of Africans for free labor.

Martin Luther King Jr., back in the 1960’s, famously said “riots are the language of the unheard”. And from then, through the LA riots of the 90’s, through Ferguson and Baltimore, all the way up to St. Louis this week, his pronouncement has continued to ring true. In fact, right here in Omaha, incidentally a place that Malcolm X was born and subsequently chased out of town by the KKK, we have our own unique history of race riots, segregation, lynchings, and police violence against people of color. Just this summer in fact, Zachary Bearheels, a Native American man from South Dakota who ended up in Omaha during a mental health crisis he was going through, was handcuffed, tazed over 10 times, and brutally beaten over the head to death by the Omaha Police Department. The conclusion of that trial is still yet to be seen, but we wait anxiously to see whether or not the family of Mr. Bearheels will receive the justice they deserve. If they do receive justice, they will be a rare exception to the rule.

So, from Omaha to St. Louis, from New York City to Los Angeles, and everywhere in between, we stand in uncompromising solidarity with all victims of police brutality as well as the families and communities which have been devastated by it, and we look forward, with ever-so-cautious optimism, towards a day in which police no longer live above the law, but are subject to it just like the rest of us are, and a day in which the white supremacy that undergirds this entire so-called justice system is dismantled and gives way to a new era of *true* equality and *true* justice for all.