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News and analysis from the front lines of the global struggle for social and economic justice, brought to you by Brian Griffith every week. Syndicated on KOOP 91.7FM Austin and WHIV 102.3FM New Orleans.


  • COVID lies, retaliation, and the fight for safe schools!

    14/06/2021 Duração: 01h13min

    We are joined for this episode by Rachell Tucker, an elementary school teacher in San Antonio who has been fighting for safe schools and transparency in San Antonio. Rachell documented extensive lies by the school district around COVID, as well as a year-long campaign of retaliation against her, before the school district terminated her contract in May. We talk about what she faced, how the school district pushed through in-person learning against all guidelines, and what it will take for communities to win safe, transparent public schools.Read more about her story and the struggle against unsafe schools here:

  • The fight for public utilities begins!

    12/03/2021 Duração: 55min

    This week, we cover the beginning of a statewide campaign against privatization and fossil fuels as activists from across the state bring the struggle to ERCOT's doorstep.

  • Venezuela lights the way!

    12/02/2021 Duração: 56min

    This week, we speak with Jovanni Reyes and Monisha Rios, veteran anti-war organizers, about the hybrid warfare the U.S. is waging against Venezuela, the democratic elections of 2020, and the precedents that Venezuela is setting in the face of U.S. imperialism.

  • Why are Austin schools forcing teachers back into classrooms?

    29/01/2021 Duração: 55min

    We are once again joined by Ken Zarifis, president of Education Austin, to discuss the situation with Austin ISD attempting to send teachers back into unsafe classrooms.

  • China, China, China: the obsessive refrain of the U.S. ruling class

    26/01/2021 Duração: 55min

    For the show today, we are joined by Ken Hammond, professor of history at New Mexico State University. We discuss the latest news around China and outline what to expect from the incoming Biden administration, which has already announced its plans to continue Trump's aggression against China.

  • Teachers fight back against unsafe reopenings, school district lies

    08/01/2021 Duração: 53min

    For our first episode in the New Year, we discuss the impending danger to the public as school districts force unsafe "reopenings" to schools. Despite the obvious scientific proof that schools and children are carriers of COVID, districts continue to distort figures and lie about the nature of its spread. We spend the entire hour talking with teachers to get the facts straight and discuss what teachers, students, and parents can do to protect their communities. We are joined for the full hour by Rachell Tucker and Zac Vecellio.

  • Gloria La Riva speaks in Dallas

    13/11/2020 Duração: 55min

    Gloria La Riva, presidential candidate for the Party for Socialism and Liberation, speaks on a range of political issues in Dallas on Monday, October 26.

  • Democracy for Whom?

    06/11/2020 Duração: 55min

    On November 1, Austin organizers held a community webinar titled "Democracy for Whom?" First, Izzy lays out a history of voter suppression by various names in Texas. Later, we hear from Luis, who breaks down the myths of capitalist democracy and compares this to socialist democratic systems in the Paris Commune, USSR, and Cuba.

  • The legacy of the Chinese Revolution

    01/10/2020 Duração: 55min

    October 1 is National Day, the commemoration of the establishment of the People's Republic of China after the defeat of colonialism in that country. We talk with Sheila Xiao of the Party for Socialism and Liberation about the conditions that China endured under colonialism, the progressive legacy of the Chinese Revolution, and the role of China in today's multipolar world.Later, we rebroadcast a segment from Breakthrough News covering the first presidential debate, which took place on Tuesday, September 29.

  • Denver's political prisoners and a tribute to Kevin Zeese

    26/09/2020 Duração: 56min

    We begin this episode with an announcement about a horrifying roundup of anti-racist activists by Denver-area police departments. As of the time of this recording, five organizers in Denver were being held without bond, having been snatched from their homes, parking lots, while driving, and around the city for protests held earlier this summer. They have since been released on bond, but are still facing the ludicrous charge of "kidnapping." The Party for Socialism and Liberation is demanding that that all charges be dropped.We later talk with Houston-area organizer Caleb Granger about environmental racism, abdication of responsibility for civic preparedness, and disaster capitalism following the hurricane that hit Louisiana earlier this month.Finally, we are re-airing an interview with the late Kevin Zeese, co-founder of Popular Resistance, who passed away suddenly September 6. We talked with Zeese last year about the Embassy Protection Collective, which stood in defiance of Trump's coup and assault on the Ve

  • Teachers, children as guinea pigs in "reopening" farce

    17/09/2020 Duração: 57min

    We begin this episode by talking with Luke Amphlett, a teacher and union representative at Burbank High School in San Antonio, who faced retaliation for speaking up about unsafe working conditions in schools.Later, we are joined by Sarah Jalandoon, the co-coordinator for Malaya Movement Texas, about the continued state-sponsored violence in the Philippines and the Pentagon's role in enabling this violence.

  • Police attack protesters at Black Lives Matter Plaza

    10/09/2020 Duração: 56min

    We begin this episode by talking with Wyatt Reed, an independent journalist and the producer of By Any Means Necessary on Radio Sputnik. We discuss the brutal police crackdowns on medics and journalists at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, DC.Later, we continue our discussion on the growing U.S. aggression against China. Ken Hammond, Professor of History and editor of the Journal of Chinese History, joins the show to analyze the University of North Texas' hostility against Chinese scholars.

  • Kenosha's cops acting like military occupiers

    03/09/2020 Duração: 55min

    For our first segment, we are joined by Lilith McKenzie and Will Arment, journalists for Liberation News. We discuss their reporting from the scene of Kenosha protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Laura Nadine of the Party for Socialism and Liberation also contributed to their article, "On the ground with Kenosha protesters: 'We want justice.'", we are joined by Chris Garaffa for Tech for the People, a monthly look at the latest tech news from a working-class perspective. We discuss Palantir's full embrace of the military-industrial complex, a journalist's burying of vital information on facial recognition, Amazon seemingly going full Pinkerton with job applications, and what you can do to keep your Venmo transactions safe from prying eyes.

  • "You can't reform imperialism!": Black August lessons for today

    27/08/2020 Duração: 56min

    We conclude our month-long study of Black August with a conversation about the contemporary movement for Black liberation. We break down reformist trends within the U.S. today and look at what radical alternatives younger generations could be engaging with. We are joined by Jacquie Luqman, co-host of By Any Means Necessary and co-editor in chief of Luqman Nation.

  • Rewriting resistance: how Black rebellion shapes world events

    20/08/2020 Duração: 56min

    This week, we continue our commemoration of Black August with Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of history and author of over 40 books, including The Counter-Revolution of 1776. We start by discussing Dr. Horne's latest book, The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century. We also cover a basic history of Black resistance to U.S. capitalism and the racialized forms that class relations in the U.S. have taken.Later, we are joined by Dr. Ken Hammond, Ken Hammond, professor of history at New Mexico State University and Associate Editor of the Journal of Chinese History. We break down U.S. aggression against China and the media's contradictory portrayal of right-wing billionaire Jimmy Lai as a "pro-democracy tycoon."

  • Economics of evil: the roots of mass incarceration

    13/08/2020 Duração: 55min

    We continue our commemoration of Black August by speaking with Eugene Puryear, author of Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America, as well as the host of Breakthrough News. We discuss the roots of the mass incarceration system known today as the "prison-industrial complex."Then, we return with our monthly segment Tech for the People with Chris Garaffa. We talk about what a "stingray" is, third-party data collection through apps, Twitter censorship, and the Trump administration's hypocritical, racist plan for a "clean" internet.

  • What is Black August?

    07/08/2020 Duração: 56min

    This week, we begin our commemoration of Black August, a month of study and training against U.S. imperialism and mass incarceration. For the first segment, we talk with Joe Tache,an organizer with the Party for Socialism and Liberation based in Boston. We discuss Tache's article, "Study, fast, train, fight: The roots of Black August.", we are joined by Lillian House of the Denver Liberation Center to discuss the latest in Aurora's spirited resistance to police repression and right-wing attacks.

  • School districts threaten communities with "reopening" farce

    19/07/2020 Duração: 56min

    This week, we dedicate the full hour to education issues. We are joined by Ken Zarifis, president of Education Austin, to discuss Austin ISD's threats to reopen schools while COVID infections are at record highs. We also talk about the failures of two-party politics, teachers' union engagement with the Black Lives Matter movement, and why unions are the surest long-term investment for workers.

  • Rebellion report: Atlanta, Denver/Aurora

    04/07/2020 Duração: 56min

    We continue our coverage of the nationwide rebellion against police violence. Monica Johnson joins us from Atlanta, Georgia, to discuss the community's response to the killing of Rayshard Brooks. Then, we hear from Eliza Lucero in Denver on the state of affairs after police violently attacked a peaceful musical protest for Elijah McClain.These interviews were conducted shortly before the occupation of the space outside an Aurora Police Department precinct. This is a breaking story as of publication time. We will follow up with organizers on future episodes.

  • All West Coast ports shut down for Juneteenth protest

    28/06/2020 Duração: 55min

    This week, we dedicate most of the hour to a discussion with Clarence Thomas, a retired worker with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Thomas talks about the Juneteenth work stoppage that shut down all 29 ports on the West Coast in solidarity with, and as a part of, the growing movement for Black lives.For the last segment, we hear the sound and fury from a protest in Philadelphia on June 6. Puryear spoke before a crowd of 100,000 people about the nature of the now-global uprisings against police brutality.

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