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"ICE Is Sending Us a Message": Activist Maru Mora Villalpando on Being Targeted for Deportation
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:53:29 -0500
We end today's show with undocumented activist Maru Mora Villalpando. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed her in deportation proceedings, in a move she calls retaliation for her political activism. Maru is a nationally known immigrant rights activist who leads the organization, Northwest Detention Center Resistance. She has engaged in multiple acts of civil disobedience to protest deportations and immigrant detentions. She says, only days before Christmas, she received a "Notice to Appear." She writes, "With the letter delivered to my house, ICE has officially made the leap from a law enforcement agency to a political repression agency, crossing a line that should concern us all." Maru has lived in the U.S. for more than 25 years.
Is ICE Targeting Immigration Activists? Family Members of Detained & Deported Leaders Speak Out
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:34:47 -0500
Ravi Ragbir, the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, was detained on Thursday when he went to his check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Ravi's detention sparked a peaceful protest that was met with police violence. Police arrested 18 people, including members of the New York City Council. He is now being held in Florida and faces deportation. We speak with his wife Amy Gottlieb, a longtime immigrant rights advocate with the American Friends Service Committee.
NYC Immigration Activist Jean Montrevil Speaks Out After Deportation to Haiti: "My Heart Is Broken"
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:23:00 -0500
On Tuesday, immigrant rights leader Jean Montrevil was deported to Haiti after residing in the United States for over three decades. He came to the U.S. from Haiti with a green card in 1986 at the age of 17. During the height of the crack epidemic, he was convicted of possession of cocaine and sentenced to 11 years in prison. He served that time. Upon his release, he married a U.S. citizen, had four children, became a successful small businessman, as well as an immigrant rights activist. He has had no further interaction with the criminal justice system. Joining us from Haiti is Jean Montrevil, who was deported to Haiti on Tuesday. We are also joined by Jani Cauthen, Jean's former wife and the mother of three of his children.
New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams: Civil Disobedience Is Needed to Protect Immigrants
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:17:35 -0500
New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams was arrested last Thursday along with fellow City Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez and 16 others as they and others attempted to block an ambulance being used to transport Ravi Ragbir to detention last week. Speaking at Judson Memorial Church, Williams talked about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's inspiration and the need for civil disobedience.
"Letter from an Immigration Jail": Hear the Words of Detained Immigrant Leader Ravi Ragbir
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:13:56 -0500
On Martin Luther King Day here in New York City, hundreds gathered to oppose the detention of local activist Ravi Ragbir, who was detained last week when he went to his check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Ragbir is executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, and he helped pioneer the accompaniment program for thousands of others who face similar check-ins. Ravi's detention sparked a peaceful protest that was met with police violence. Police arrested 18 people, including members of the New York City Council. Ravi legally immigrated to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago more than 25 years ago, but a 2001 wire fraud conviction made his green card subject to review. Even though he is married to a U.S. citizen and has a U.S.-born daughter, the government refused to normalize his status. Just a week prior, Jean Montrevil, another leader with the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, was detained outside of his home. He was deported to Haiti on Tuesday. On Monday, hundreds circled Washington Square Park in a Jericho walk and then gathered at Judson Memorial Church to show support for Ravi and Jean. Rhiya Trivedi, a member of Ravi Ragbir's defense committee, read a letter from Ravi.
Headlines for January 17, 2018
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500
NYT: Pentagon Proposes Widening Permissible Use of Nuclear Weapons, Lawmakers Face Showdown over DACA & Budget, DHS Secretary Denies Hearing Trump's Racist Comment About "Shithole Countries", Mueller Subpoenas Steve Bannon as Part of Widening Probe, White House Doctor Says Trump is in Good Health, Senate Moves to Extend NSA Warrantless Surveillance Program  , Trump Admin Withholds $65 Million of Funding for U.N. Palestinian Agency, UNICEF: At Least 5,000 Children Killed or Wounded in Yemen Since 2015, DOJ: Former CIA Agent Suspected of Working with China Has Been Arrested, China: Democracy Activist Sentenced to Prison for 2014 Hong Kong Protests, Philippines: Journalists Decry Gov't Crackdown Against News Outlet Rappler, Majority of National Park Service Advisory Board Resigns, L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Charged with Running Drug Trafficking Scheme, Wisconsin: Democrats Flip State Senate District, Chile: Pope Francis Apologizes for "Irreparable Damage" of Priest Sexual Abuse, Gymnasts Who Survived Sexual Abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar Testify in Court
"When They Call You a Terrorist": The Life of Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:18:33 -0500
We turn now to a powerful new book, released today, that tells the story of one woman as she fights back against the impacts of social and racial injustice in America on her family. That woman is Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter. The book, titled "When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir," is both an account of survival, strength and resilience, and a call to action to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable. Patrisse's story follows her childhood in Los Angeles in the late 1990s and early 2000s, as her mother worked three jobs, struggling to earn a living wage. And it puts a human face on the way mass incarceration and the war on drugs hurt young black men, including her relatives and friends. Patrisse's father was a victim of the drug war. He died at the age of 50. Her brother spent years in prison for nonviolent crimes stemming from his battles against mental illness. He was once even charged with terrorism after being involved in a car accident. The police would target Patrisse, too—raiding her house without just cause. In 2013, after George Zimmerman was acquitted for the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Patrisse co-founded Black Lives Matter along with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. The movement began online but soon spread across the country. We speak to Patrisse and her co-author, asha bandele. asha is author of five books, including the best-seller "The Prisoner's Wife." She is a senior director at the Drug Policy Alliance.
Headlines for January 16, 2018
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500
Reports: Pentagon Preparing for War with N. Korea & Developing New Nuclear Weapons, Panic in Hawaii as Residents Receive False Alarm Warning of Incoming Ballistic Missile, U.S. Ambassador to Panama Resigns Amid Fervor over Trump's "Shithole" Comments, Facing International Outrage, Trump Denies Being a Racist, Report: Trump Lawyers Paid to Silence Ex-Porn Star About Sexual Encounter with Trump, Chelsea Manning Running for U.S. Senate in Maryland, Pentagon to Escalate Afghanistan War, Sending 1,000 Troops & Additional Drones, Pentagon to Back Syrian Kurds to Form Border Security Force in Northern Syria, Iraq: 27 Killed in Double Suicide Bombing in Baghdad, Libya: 20 Killed in Clashes in Tripoli, Mahmoud Abbas Rejects U.S. as Mediator Between Palestine and Israel, Mexico: Journalist Carlos Domínguez Rodríguez Murdered in Nuevo Laredo, Honduras: Protests over Election Fraud Continue, Greece: Workers Launch Day-Long Strikes Against New Austerity Measures, California: Thousands Gather to Mourn 20 Killed in Mudslides Near Santa Barbara, Aryan Nations Gang Member Arrested in Cop Shooting; FBI Charges White Supremacist with Terrorism for Amtrak Plot, Former Klansman Edgar Ray Killen Dies in Prison, Exclusive: ICE Targets Immigration Activist Maru Mora Villalpando for Deportation, NYC: Hundreds Rally in Support of Ravi Ragbir & Jean Montrevil, Florida: Prisoners Launch Prison Strike on MLK Day to Protest Unpaid Work, Rev. Bernice King Slams Trump on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid South Africa
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:30:00 -0500
In a Democracy Now! and Pacifica Radio Archives exclusive, we air a newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On December 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, King gave a major address in London on segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein's recording was recently discovered by Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives.
Time's Up: Meet Five of the Women Who Staged Protest at Golden Globes Against Gender Violence
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:46:48 -0500
Across the United States, women are declaring "Time's Up!" That's the rallying cry that's bringing together women—from Hollywood actresses to housekeepers—to demand gender and racial justice and a world free of sexual harassment and assault. The movement launched on Sunday night at the Golden Globe Awards, where the red carpet went dark, with many dressed in black to show their solidarity with the movement. And it wasn't just actors and actresses. A number Hollywood stars brought social justice activists with them to the Golden Globes this year. Meryl Streep attended the ceremony with Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Shailene Woodley was accompanied by Suquamish Tribe member Calina Lawrence. Emma Stone brought tennis champ and LGBT advocate Billie Jean King. Susan Sarandon brought media justice activist Rosa Clemente. Amy Poehler's guest was Saru Jayaraman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Center. Emma Watson brought Marai Larasi, executive director of the British anti-violence organization Imkaan. Laura Dern attended with Mónica Ramírez, president of the National Farmworker Women's Alliance. And Michelle Williams walked the red carpet with #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke.
Time's Up Activists Warn Trump's "Shithole Countries" Remark Will Embolden White Supremacists
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:31:56 -0500
As outrage grows over President Trump's "shithole countries" remark, we speak to five women who took part in Sunday's Time's Up protest at the Golden Globes: Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement; actress Shailene Woodley; Mónica Ramírez of the National Farmworker Women's Alliance; Calina Lawrence of the Suquamish Tribe; and Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
"Completely Racist": Edwidge Danticat on Trump's "Shithole Countries" Remark Targeting Africa, Haiti
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:20:12 -0500
International condemnation of Donald Trump is growing after reports the president used an expletive during a meeting about immigrants from Africa, Haiti and El Salvador. While meeting with lawmakers, Trump reportedly said, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They're shithole countries ... We should have more people from Norway." Trump also reportedly said, "Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out." Earlier this morning, Trump wrote on Twitter, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" Trump's remarks come weeks after The New York Times reported Trump had also disparaged Haitians and Nigerians during a closed-door meeting in June. Trump said Nigerians would never "go back to their huts" if they came to visit the U.S. As for Haitians, Trump said they "all have AIDS." Trump's latest remarks come just after his administration announced it is ending temporary protected status for up to 250,000 Salvadorans who have been living in the U.S. since at least 2001. Last year, the Trump administration announced it is also ending temporary protected status for tens of thousands of Haitian, Nicaraguan and Sudanese immigrants living in the United States. Trump's remarks from Thursday have been condemned across the globe. We speak to Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat as Haitians mark the eighth anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake.
NYC: Immigration Rights Activist Ravi Ragbir Detained at ICE Check-in Amid Protest, Police Violence
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:14:25 -0500
The executive director of New York City's New Sanctuary Coalition has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Ravi Ragbir is a nationally known immigrant rights activist whose wife and daughter are U.S. citizens. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Ravi has lived in the United States for 27 years, but he faces deportation because of a 2002 wire fraud. On Thursday morning, Ravi was taken into custody, sparking a peaceful protest that was met with police violence. Police arrested 18 people including members of the New York City Council. Democracy Now's Renée Feltz was there.
Headlines for January 12, 2018
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500
President Trump Calls Africa, Haiti, El Salvador "Shithole Countries", Trump Administration to Allow Work Requirements for Medicaid Recipients, Trump to Press New Sanctions Against Iran While Certifying Nuclear Deal, House Reauthorizes Sweeping Surveillance Law, Rejecting Privacy Protections, Ecuador Grants Julian Assange Citizenship as Embassy Stalemate Continues, Actor Mark Wahlberg Earns 1,500 More Than Michelle Williams for Film Reshoot, U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Grilled over False Islamophobic Remarks, Pakistan: Protests Rage After 7-Year-Old Girl Found Raped, Murdered, Israeli Forces Kill 2 Palestinian Protesters Amid New Settlement Construction, New Orleans Adopts Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Measure, Two U.S. Transgender Women Murdered in First Weeks of 2018, Walmart Touts Wage Increase Amid Mass Layoffs, Trump Medical Exam Won't Include Mental Health Screening, Puerto Rico: Armed U.S. Agents Seize Materials from Public Power Company, Peru: Protests Grow over Pardon of Former Dictator Alberto Fujimori, Trump Cancels U.K. State Visit, Falsely Accuses Obama over Embassy
Christen Smith: The Fallout of Police Violence Is Killing Black Women Like Erica Garner
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:52:42 -0500
During Erica Garner's funeral, the Reverend Al Sharpton talked about Erica's unflinching determination to get justice for her father. Sharpton said, while they say "she died of a heart attack, no, her heart was attacked that day," referring to July 27, 2014, the day police killed her father, Eric Garner. In her recent article for The Conversation, titled "The fallout of police violence is killing black women like Erica Garner," University of Texas at Austin professor Christen Smith writes, "When we think of police lethality, we typically consider the immediate body count: The people that die from bullets and baton blows. The death toll gives the impression that black men are the disproportionate victims of police killings. But these numbers do not reveal the slow death that black women experience. The long-range trauma police brutality causes can be as deadly as a bullet. The pain of loss kills with heart attacks, strokes, depression and even anemia."
As Erica Garner Is Mourned, Why Are Black Mothers in NYC Dying at 12 Times Rate of White Mothers?
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:39:00 -0500
In Harlem, hundreds of people attended the funeral Monday of anti-police brutality activist Erica Garner, who died at the age of 27 on December 30 after an asthma-induced heart attack, four months after giving birth to her second child. Erica's father, Eric Garner, was killed when police officers in Staten Island wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold in 2014. Her funeral came as a new ProPublica investigation suggests Erica Garner's postpartum death might be part of a wider national problem in which hospitals are failing African-American mothers, leading to disproportionately high maternal mortality rates. Every year in the United States, between 700 and 900 women die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. For every woman who dies, dozens more experience severe and sometimes life-threatening complications annually. We speak to Annie Waldman, a reporter at ProPublica. Her most recent article is titled "How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers." The piece is part of a larger year-long ProPublica investigation called "Lost Mothers: Maternal Care and Preventable Deaths."
NYC Sues Big Oil Companies Over Climate Change & Divests $5B From Fossil Fuel Firms
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:35:17 -0500
New York City said Wednesday it will sue five fossil fuel giants over their contributions to global warming. The suit targeting BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell, came as New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to divest some $5 billion in fossil fuel investments from the city's public employee pension fund. On Wednesday co-founder Bill McKibben tweeted, “One of the biggest days in 30 years of the climate fight. Earth’s mightiest city now in full-on fight with its richest, most irresponsible industry.” We speak to Subhankar Banerjee, professor of art and ecology at the University of New Mexico. Banerjee is the author of “Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land” and editor of “Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point.”
Trump Expands Offshore Drilling in "Assault" on Biodiversity and Coastal & Indigenous Communities
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:13:18 -0500
Bipartisan opposition is growing to President Trump's proposal to greatly expand offshore oil and gas drilling. The reversal of the Obama-era restrictions would open more than a billion acres of water in the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil and gas drilling. Initially the Interior Department moved to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all of the United States' coastal waters, but then announced it has dropped plans to open up the waters off the coast of Florida, following fierce opposition by Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott. Scott is an ally of President Trump, and the state is also home to Trump's winter resort at Mar-a-Lago. Now governors and lawmakers from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, California, Oregon, Washington and other states are asking why only Florida is being exempted. We speak to Subhankar Banerjee, professor of art and ecology at the University of New Mexico. Banerjee is the author of "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land" and editor of "Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point."
Headlines for January 11, 2018
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500
Trump Hardens Immigration Stance, Saying, "We Need the Wall", ICE Agents Target Scores of 7-Eleven Stores in Immigration Sweep, Trump Won't Commit to Interview with Special Counsel Mueller, Trump Wants Tougher Libel Laws Following "Fire and Fury" Publication, Syrian, Russian Warplanes Pound Hama, Eastern Ghouta, Tunisia: 237 Arrested as Anti-Austerity Protests Rage, Burma: Two Reuters Reporters Charged over Rohingya Reporting, Poland: Lawmakers Reject Abortion Access Bill, Plan New Restrictions, Oil Spill Disaster Looms as Tanker Burns in East China Sea, New York City to Sue Oil and Gas Giants Amid Fossil Fuel Divestment, California: Death Toll from Mudslides Rises to 17, EPA May Rescind Rule Barring Children from Handling Pesticides, Missouri Governor Admits to Affair Amid Blackmail Allegations, Fox News' James Rosen Leaves Network over Sex Abuse Charges, Washington Post Suspends Reporter Joel Achenbach for "Inappropriate" Conduct, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa Won't Seek Re-election, Tennessee Doctor Suspended over Twitter Photo Protesting White Supremacy, Peru: Families of Death Squad Victims Protest Pardon of Alberto Fujimori
"Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom": Norman Finkelstein on the Many Lies Perpetuated About Gaza
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:46:30 -0500
Israel faces a possible International Criminal Court war crimes probe over its 2014 assault on Gaza, which killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including over 500 children. For more, we speak with Norman Finkelstein, author of the new book "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom." He is the author of many other books, including "The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Human Suffering" and "Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel Is Coming to an End."