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One Billion Rising: Eve Ensler & Taína Asili Mark V-Day and Campaign to End Sexual Violence
This Valentine's Day, people around the world are taking to the streets to protest violence against women and girls. From the Philippines to India to Italy to Bolivia, thousands of women in more than 100 countries will reclaim public space through dance and performance as part of a global movement called One Billion Rising. The movement takes its name from the shocking statistic that one in three women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. One Billion Rising started on Valentine's Day 2012 and has continued to grow every year since. Participants say they won't stop dancing until violence against all women — cis, transgender and those with fluid gender identities — has ended. We speak with Eve Ensler, the award-winning playwright and author of "The Vagina Monologues." She is the founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising. We're also joined by Taína Asili, a Puerto Rican singer, filmmaker and activist whose song is the One Billion Rising anthem.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Trump's "Racist" Plan Would Legalize the Theft of Palestinian Land
We continue our conversation with Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress. She responds to President Trump's Middle East plan, under which Israel would gain sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem would be under total Israeli control, and all Jewish settlers in the occupied territory would be allowed to remain in their homes. Tlaib says the plan was formulated with a "racist lens" that ignores Palestinian lives and aspirations. Tlaib says she wants people "to know what the human impact is of taking people's land, taking people's livelihood away from them."
Detroit Overtaxed Residents by $600M, Causing Foreclosure Crisis. Residents Are Now Fighting Back.
In Detroit, a showdown between progressive lawmakers and the city is taking on racist housing policies that robbed African Americans in Detroit of their homes and widened the racial wealth gap. On Thursday, the Coalition for Property Tax Justice announced a class-action lawsuit against the city of Detroit, Wayne County and the state of Michigan in response to unfair property tax foreclosures. One in four Detroit properties have been subject to property tax foreclosure, a level comparable only to tax foreclosure rates during the Great Depression. According to legal experts, many of the foreclosures were caused by illegally inflated property taxes that violated the state's Constitution, which says that no property can be assessed at more than 50% of its market value. Detroit is now 80% African-American, and 40% of the city's residents live below the federal poverty line. But as downtown Detroit becomes increasingly gentrified, thousands of the city's longtime residents, mostly African-American families, have lost their homes to foreclosure for property taxes they should not have been paying in the first place because the poverty tax exemption excuses those in poverty from paying. From Detroit, Michigan, we're joined by Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who has worked on this lawsuit from before the time she entered Congress, and Bernadette Atuahene, a professor at IIT, Chicago-Kent College of Law, and research professor at the American Bar Foundation. She is a member of the Coalition for Property Tax Justice, and her forthcoming study, to be published in the UC Berkeley Law Review, is titled "Predatory Cities."
The Corporate Media Is Directly Profiting from Mike Bloomberg's Rise as He Spends Fortune on TV Ads
Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is rising in the polls in the wake of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González speaks with us about Bloomberg's approach to campaign spending, the administration's policies during his three terms as mayor of New York City and the scores of lawsuits filed against Bloomberg and his company. "It's amazing to me that Michael Bloomberg is getting as much attention as he is," González says.
Background Briefing with Ian Masters
February 16, 2020 - Daniela Schwarzer | Richard Parker | Caroline Frederickson
In Spite of Pompeo's Gloss, Estrangement Between the US and Europe; The Growing Rift Between Between Centrist and Progressive Democrats; A Portrait of a Rising Political Leader, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia
February 13, 2020 - Elizabeth Goitein | Benjamin Wittes
A Way to Rein Trump In; Trumps Vengeance Tour and His War on the Worlds Most Powerful Office backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia
February 12, 2020 - Harry Litman | Victor Shih | Shawn Fremstad
Barr Violates Everything the DOJ Stands For; Xi Jinping's Gamble to Revive the Economy Risks Spreading the Virus; An Analysis of Trump's $4.8 Trillion 2021 Budget backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia
February 10, 2020 - John Nichols | Rebecca Roiphe | Thom Hartmann
The Incoming Results from New Hampshire; Barr Has Turned the DOJ Into Trump's Law Firm; Voting Should Be a Right But It Is NOT Guaranteed in the Constitution backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia
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Trump Goes After New York Over Sanctuary Policy
FEATURING ANU JOSHI – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo met with President Trump on Thursday to negotiate a resumption of the “trusted travelers” programs that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had recently suspended in his state. In a letter to New York State officials, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said that the move...
River of Blood: American Slavery From the People Who Lived It
FEATURING RICHARD CAHAN – Seventy five years after the end of the Civil War, a group of writers hired by the Works Progress Administration set out to document American slavery from the points of view of its survivors. The Slave Narratives as the resulting work came to be called, was based on the words of...
Headlines: February 14, 2020
Attorney General William Barr gave an exclusive interview to ABC News on Thursday in response to the growing scandal over President Donald Trump’s seeming intervention to reduce the DOJ’s sentencing recommendation for his friend and convict Roger Stone. Mr. Barr, who faces accusations of doing Trump’s bidding reportedly pulled his own federal prosecutors back, all...
Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders Fight Pipeline in Canada
FEATURING JENNIFER WICKHAM – Protests are taking place across Canada in solidarity with First Nations protectors against a major pipeline project by multinational corporations. The Wet’suwet’en First Nation hereditary chiefs and land defenders have been opposing a fracked gas pipeline in Northern British Colombia that cuts right through their lands. The land protectors have set...
Sunday 'Faithfully Executing the Law' Toons
* * * Perry Dorrell blogs as PDiddie at Brains and Eggs, usually on topics concerning the strange brew of Texas politics. He's also on Twitter @PDiddie.
Swamp Creatures: 'BradCast' 2/14/2020
It's NICOLE SANDLER, back in to guest host today's BradCast. We begin with an update of the latest news. My guest is journalist ASAWIN SUEBSAENG of the Daily Beast, whose first book, Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump's Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington is newly released and full of the kind of stories you'd expect from [...]
Impeachment by Radio
On October 24, 1998, a group of activists from across the United States gathered in Washington DC to protest the Ken Starr investigation into Bill Clinton in the first rally ever organized on the Internet. Darrell Hampton's umbrella group "We the People" was generally outraged at Starr's excesses; White House staffer Bob Weiner railed against Ken [...]
'That Way Madness Lies': 'BradCast' 2/13/2020
Although I didn't reference Adam Schiff's remarks from just two weeks ago during the impeachment trial on the "the normalization of lawlessness," about which he presciently warned "that way madness lies". But, upon reflecting on today's BradCast, it seemed an appropriate headline. It was only one week ago that corrupt and cowardly Senate Republicans had [...]
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Lila Garrett has passed away
SAD NEWS, Lila Garrett long time host of KPFK's "Connect The Dots" and commentator, born November 21, 1925 made her transition today February 1, 2020. Lila was a television screenwriter and radio host “Connect The Dots” heard Monday mornings @ 7am on KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles. She wrote for the sitcoms The Second Hundred Years, My Favorite Martian, All in the Family, Bewitched and so much more. Sincere condolences to her beautiful daughter Eliza Roberts, and the entire family and legions of fans all over the country who loved & admired Lila. Her legacy is eternal, Viva Lila Garrett! There will never be another Lila Garrett! Mimi Kennedy and Harvey Wasserman hosted a special edition of Connect the Dots on Monday morning 2-3-2020 you can hear that episode and other CTD episodes HERE ❤️ #lilagarrett #presente
Pacifica Bylaws Amendment - Referendum Rules and Work Plan
Referendum Rules and Work Plan – Vote on Revised Bylaws February-March 2020
A bylaws amendment petition will be going for a vote of Pacifica’s members on Feb 18th 2020. There will be two parallel elections nationwide, one amongst listeners (10% quorum) and one amongst staff (25% quorum). Ballots must be received before 11:59PM EST on March 19th in order to be counted.
Starting on Feb 18th, please look out for an email, paper ballot or postcard (with voter credentials beneath a scratch off). All members who donated a minimum of $25 or who volunteered a minimum of 3 hours between Jan. 03, 2019 and Jan. 02, 2020 are eligible to vote. Examples of eligible volunteer work are: working in the fund room during fund-drives and serving on the local station board and station committees. In order to qualify to vote as staff you need to be paid staff (on payroll as of Jan 2, 2020) or unpaid staff (defined as having completed 30 hours minimum of work (outside of fund-drives) between Oct 3 2019 and Jan 2 2020 (3 month period) at KPFK, KPFT, WBAI and WPFW. At KPFA, the definition for unpaid staff is 30 hours of work (outside of fund-drives) between Jan 3 2019 and Jan 2 2020 (12 month period).
If you do not receive a ballot please fill out a ballot request form (link to be posted on Feb 18th, 2020). All members (staff or listener) who requested a paper ballot in prior election will receive a paper ballot in this election.
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• Feb 18 Ballots go out (e-ballots, paper and postcards)
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• Mar 19 Close election (all)
• Mar 20 Ballot data entry
• Mar 21 – 22 Provide results
If you would like to review the proposed bylaw amendment, you may view the posted notice announcement here.
The NES will be creating a series of CARTs presenting the main changes in the ByLaws and arguments for and against.
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New Voting Experience
How to vote in L.A. County in 2020
You don't have to wait until election day to cast your vote. You can vote early at a Vote Center, they start opening Feb.22 and you can vote at any one in the county- list here: https://locator.lavote.net/locations-list/vc?id=4085
Or mail In your vote-by-Mail ballot early. If you didn’t receive one but you’re registered vote-by-Mail (check registration here): https://lavote.net/vrstatus/ or you got one without the presidential contest you want to vote in, contact registrar for another mail ballot if there’s time to send you one: (800) 815-2666). You can also get the ballot you want in person at any Vote Center. They’ll let you cancel your mail ballot status and will void any mail ballot that comes to the Registrar in your name, so that the only vote from you that will count for this election will be the anonymous ballot you sign in to cast in person that day at the Vote Center.
Also, watch this report with Brad Friedman on the new voting machines
The Price for KPFK
The past few weeks have been eventful with the historic Impeachment trails, a rise in unsheltered Angelenos, the loss of Lila Garret, and elections season is ramping up with the Iowa caucuses that KPFK and Pacifica covered.
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End Of Year - Thank You
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