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75 minutes | a day ago
Dave Grossman, Killology, & Police Brutality
Welcome to the #Idavox Report! It was great to see people of color getting recognition at the Oscars last night, but we still think Chadwick Boseman was snubbed. Even Anthony Hopkins, who he lost to, acknowledged this. Last week, on #NJRR Live, we discussed the movie Nomad Land, and last night, it won several Oscars. Two Distant Strangers, which we also discussed on the show just last week, also won an award. Dave Grossman’s Disgusting Existence Tonight we are going to be talking about something a lot less light-hearted than the Oscars. It is something that has been brought up on the show multiple times before. Considering the debate around police reform/abolishment that has been a hot topic in society lately, it is time for us to have a show where we dive into the toxic rhetoric of Dave Grossman. Police in this country are essentially being taught to operate as psychopaths. Let’s talk about how and why. Dave Grossman is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and ex-police trainer. He is founder of the Killology research group. He served as an army ranger when he was in the army for 23 years. Grossman was a Psychology professor of Military Science at West Point University. He has written six books, both fiction and nonfiction. Among his nonfiction titles is On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War And Society. This book, among others of his, are on required military and police academy reading lists. [The #Idavox Report April 27, 2021 with Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Brian Powers, and Christian Perez] Toxic Police Culture On Tucker Carlson’s show, Grossman blamed mass shootings on video games, which Christian comments is “sloppy” and “lazy” scapegoating behavior. Grossman is a stupid person’s idea of a smart person. He misdirects attention to mislead people into thinking problems exist where they do not. Meanwhile, he contributes to the very real problem of toxic police culture. In Grossman’s media, he reinforces that you aren’t a man unless you can be violent. The police, as Daryle mentions, “are lovin’ this dude.” A lot of our problems today can be traced to police misconduct influenced by Grossman’s teachings. Thousands of police officers have taken his courses. Daryle asserts that Grossman is the single most influential police trainer in America today. His schtick is to brainwash officers to make killing a conditioned reflex. Conditioned Killing Grossman’s teachings caution police trainees that they are under risk of deadly assault at any moment and that cops should err on the side of violence. He pushes a view of the world today where gangsters are trying to set cop-killing records and that every kid has murder fantasies. He warns them about the effects of combat conditions and even makes a biblical argument for killing. Grossman likens civilian police interactions to being in a warzone. Meanwhile, the facts do not back Grossman up. Retail workers are just as likely to be killed on the job as police officers. Grossman has been teaching this course for 20 years. He is teaching people to embrace the word kill. This guy teaches cops to hate the communities that they are supposed to protect. Christian cautions that, as Americans, we cannot trust anything coming out of conservatism and the Repuclican party. Everything that they promote is a lie, and many of those lies are dangerous. Fear and Violence Dave Grossman is a sick individual. Daryle cues a video wherein Grossman is advertising the fact that the sex is great after you (a cop) kill people. The disgusting video speaks for itself. There have always been people, particularly, a segment of racist white America, that have gotten off on violence against Black bodies. Domination over certain groups has historically had sexual connotations. Disturbingly, there are whole sections of Pornhub that are dedicated specifically to white men dominating Black women and society doesn’t really ever address that. [Dave Grossman on good sex after killing fellow human beings] Bigots are people who are afraid that those they’ve oppressed might turn things around and do to them exactly what they’ve been doing to others for hundreds of years. They see themselves as being on top of society and they are afraid to lose that. They use violence as a means to preserve their perceived superiority. White supremacy, like other forms of bigotry, operates on fear. Philando Castile’s Murderer The cop who killed Philando Castile took one of Grossman’s courses as part of police training. The pig in question had taken 56 hours of Dave Grossman’s Bulletproof mindset course. Philando Castile was killed in his car with his girlfriend and her 4 year old daughter present. He was reaching for his license and registration as requested and announcing what he was doing when the cop fired on him multiple times. The officer feared that he might be reaching for a firearm. Castile died immediately. The cop was cleared in Court because the jury said it was because no outside witnesses got a clear view or video of what was happening past the car windows and they believed the officer in question. There are lots of people sitting in jail who were convicted without clear video evidence. Help us keep doing good work! Fascists aren’t going to fight themselves! Our network relies on your donations. Ineptitude and Corruption Out of over 15,000 cases involving police killings in the past years, only 7 have led to convictions. Bias and doctrines such as qualified immunity generally protect police from being convicted. Furthermore, there are people who will always vote in favor of police in Court, regardless of the facts, simply because they are biased towards the police. Cops in the United States are uneducated and what education they do receive often promotes violence. According to CNN, multiple states require more trainingtime to be a barber or beautician than to become a cop. What’s worse, white supremacy is ingrained in our institutions. This is a formula for disaster. Continued Ideological Struggle Grossman’s teachings were recently finally officially discontinued from police training, in response to widespread controversy. However, this doesn’t mean his teachings aren’t still being circulated. This man has a huge following. People still pay to hear him speak. Daryle calls on Americans to keep speaking out against this disgusting man and his dangerous mindset that he tries to force on people. Daryle also calls on police to protect their communities without always using guns, much like 90% of the UK police force does. Brian signs off with his usual catchphrase, which is as relevant now as it’s ever been: “Police can quit their jobs.” -Leah Giannantonio, for the New Jersey Revolution Radio Network #NJRR Live: WTF Just Happened?: A Recap Of Bourgeoisie Elections @RevRadNat Special Reports: The American Political Cult The Idavox Report With Daryle Lamont-Jenkins : Lester and Dylan Chambers
70 minutes | 20 days ago
#NJRR Live: Qualified Immunity and Police Accountability
Welcome to this week’s episode of #NJRR Live! 4/20 was yesterday and Brian recalls his experience attending a statehouse rally in New Jersey. He made a few people’s days by giving them free weed. While he was there, Brian witnessed firsthand the disparity between the types of products that potheads want, what patients want, and what corporate cannabis wants. Brian is concerned that corporate cannabis has a monopoly on how the legal weed market is developing. There are restrictive laws or rules on almost all aspects of cannabis, from black market activity to naming conventions to growing permits. What cannabis consumers want is good, cheap weed. Many pot smokers just want to grow their own plants, but corporate cannabis and legislators have fallen deaf to requests because they prioritize their own profits. Belisha Beacon Reviews Nomad Land Familiar comrade and Editorial Board member Belisha Beacon is here to review the movie Nomad Land. Nomad Land has won Best Picture at the Oscars this year and boasts a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is based on a book of the same title. Nomad Land offers an indirect critique of Amazon through the perspective of a nomadic protagonist. Belisha points out that the movie does not spend as much time being critical of Amazon as the book did. Brian watched the movie as well. He comments that the writing and the characters could have been improved upon, but the film still had a lot going for it, for example, a well-crafted anti-capitalist message. Not enough people realize that this country has little going for it in the way of workers’ rights. Especially with the recent union controversy that has been happening with Amazon, Belisha’s pick for this movie review was timely. Belisha predicts that the movie might spark a new film genre that features fragmented storytelling through the use of interchanged documentary and fiction. Both of our guests tonight are Editorial Board members! You can join our Editorial Board as well on our website! [#NJRR Live April 21, 2021 with Brian Powers, Bennet Zurofsky, and Belisha Beacon] #NJRR Live Welcomes Bennet D Zurofsky We welcome tonight’s second special guest, Bennet D. Zurofsky. Bennet is an attorney at law from Montclair, New Jersey. We brought Bennet in today to discuss something he is well qualified to tell us about. Qualified immunity is a doctrine invented by the United States Supreme Court in interpreting the main Civil Rights Enforcement Statute (Section 19-83). It is important to understand that qualified immunity is not an interpretation of the Constitution, but of a statute. What Is Qualified Immunity? What the Supreme Court has invented with the qualified immunity doctrine is a statute which can be altered by Congress, state legislatures, and to some extent even by municipal legislatures. The idea for what became qualified immunity came about because of a debate about situations in which officers of the law are unable to situationally determine whether their acts violate the Constitution. Qualified immunity is a way to avoid liability for police action in civil cases. As such, through qualified immunity, even bad faith conduct might be protected. The law has become such that you cannot sue for police misconduct unless you can establish that the officer in question was violating clearly established constitutional doctrine. At face value, to someone untrained in law, this might sound halfway decent. However, lawyers will argue for hours over if almost any part of the Constitution is clearly established. Additionally, the US court system is biased towards police to begin with. Police Accountability How can we hold police more accountable? How can we get rid of qualified immunity? Bennet says that one way to do so would be if legislators passed laws to remove qualified immunity. It’s a simple solution; it makes sense—and people realize it. In New Jersey, we are seeing reforms. Municipalities need to keep consistently pushing for direct police accountability with civilian review boards. There will be opposition to further reform, there is no doubt. Police unions tend to be strong and powerful. However, as Bennet points out, there has been a true power shift, as well as erosion and change when it comes to police forces, in the past year. It should not have taken copious death and sustained human suffering to get here, yet this is where we are. We need to keep the momentum. Keeping pressure on the system is the only way to ensure change. Bennet leaves the audience with these words: celebrate the victories we’ve seen and keep pushing for more, because this is a long fight and we are far from being done. Thank you for being here with us this week. We’ll see you with our regular productions next week! -Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network @RevRadNat Special Reports: The American Political Cult #NJRR Live: Police and The Far Right. How Much Influence is There? #NJRR Live: Unions. Which side are they on?
56 minutes | 24 days ago
The IDAVOX Report: Minneapolis and Policing
Tonight’s Dinner Is Roasted Pig Hello and welcome to tonight’s Idavox Report on the Revolution Radio Network. Daryle is in a good mood today. For others, that is partially because it is 4/20. To those of us who celebrate, happy holidays! But for all of us, it is mostly because it was announced just hours ago that the man who killed George Floyd has been found guilty on all three counts. Daryle reminds us that, as he retweeted earlier today, this is not the end of something, but the start of something. This isn’t over. People were killed as we were waiting for this trial to take place and for police murder to be condemned. The guilty verdict is a good sign, but the fight isn’t over. The killer is only the eighth police officer to be convicted of murder since 2005. The last time a police officer was convicted in Minneapolis, it was a black officer for shooting a white woman. Mixed Reactions to A Black And White Issue People on the right are reacting just as you might think they would. FOX News anchor Greg Gutfield commented that he is glad that Chavin was found guilty, even if he wasn’t guilty. This is because Gutfield’s neighborhood was being looted. Gutfield’s response is horrifically insensitive because, among other reasons, he is centering himself in an issue that he was never a part of. Speaking of insensitive reactions, the panel takes a look at what Nancy Pelosi tweeted in reaction to the trial’s result. Her tweet ridiculously, asserted that Floyd’s death was a sacrifice. She actually used the word sacrifice. This is beyond offensive for a host of reasons, not the least of which is that George Floyd did not choose his tragic, brutal, and unjust death. [Greg Gutfield making insensitive comments on FOX News] [April 20, 2021 #Idavox Report with Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Christian Perez, and Brian Powers] Continued Fight Meanwhile, the GOP attempted to censure Representative Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California, because of remarks she made about protests relative to the trial. Waters preached that we need to persist in confronting the injustice in our system. Certain Republicans have ridiculously suggested that this was an act of insurrection. [Maxine Waters on protesting and the Derek Chauvin trial] The fight is not over. People are still dying in the streets and being murdered by police officers in their own homes. Black kids are being harassed by police for riding bikes in their own neighborhoods. We need political solutions in order to advance as a society that does not operate on violence. Additionally, our culture has to change. After all, social change is a facilitator of political change. Political Change The hearts and minds of the American people need to be opened. The lens through which we see others needs to be altered. The fabric of who we are as a nation has to completely change. It isn’t easy to get rid of that kind of hate. It takes a really long time. As long as the police think they can get away with it, they will do it. Whether or not this verdict changes things significantly, us activists will keep reinforcing the message that police cannot get away with violence. There are solutions that are afoot. We just have to ask people to commit to those solutions. There are a lot of things that we fight for that are easy fixes. The only reason they haven’t been fixed yet is because the wrong people are in power. We have to show people that this is the case; convince them that a better world is possible and worth fighting for. Police Can Quit Their Jobs Daryle has been organizing for 30 years. He has witnessed countless police killings since then. Daryle used to serve in the air force. When he was in the air force, he was a cop. He was a self-described crappy cop, and he got kicked out, but he was indeed a cop. While he was working, he had a racist roommate and a co-worker who ended up raping a peer. Daryle’s experience in the air force is a huge part of what turned him to activism. This episode of The #Idavox Report, as always, is brought to you by your contributions! Donate to help make our productions possible. As Brian says at the end of his show, police can quit their jobs. If not for being fired, Daryle would have quit being a cop. Since the death of George Floyd, New Jersey state police have seen a very significant drop in recruitment rates, hitting historic lows. Recruitment rates, which are usually around 15,000/year, dropped to only about 2,000 last year according to an article by NJ.com. Two Distant Strangers Daryle has been involved in several film festivals during his career as a producer. It is through these festivals that he learned of a new short film, Two Distant Strangers. The trailer for this film conveys a film similar to groundhog day, but with a Black protagonist dying to police violence every day. The film is out now and can be found on Netflix. The trailer reminds one of our viewers of killology. Killology is a term invented by law enforcement trainer Dave Grossman that refers to the psychology of taking a life. David Grossman trained police for years. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, his trainings were halted, but it was too late: the damage had been done. For example, the officer that killed Philando Castile trained under Grossman. Although Two Distant Strangers is a film, its narrative is not fiction. Until Next Time Idavox is the newsline for One People’s Project and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, or their website. One People’s Project can also be found on Facebook and Twitter or their website. Daryle himself is on Facebook and Twitter. The One People’s Project accepts donations through Daryle’s Cash App account, $NotoriousDLJ. Until next time, everyone, stay safe and stay informed. -Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network #NJRR Live: Police and The Far Right. How Much Influence is There? The Idavox Report: The Jackson, Mississippi Water Crisis Mayor Candidate Kratovil Scores Win in Police Transparency Lawsuit
71 minutes | 25 days ago
#NJRR Live: A Global Panel
Welcome to #NJRR Live! Good evening, everyone, and welcome to #NJRR Live! Tonight we will be discussing international affairs from China to South America with two guests from the US Peace Council. The Biden administration has announced that the United States is pulling out of Afghanistan and Alaska. China has flexed back on the US at a tense summit. How does this factor into a future of peace in the world? Bahman Assad and Vijay Prashad Our guests tonight are Bahman Assad, Vijay Prashad, and Christian Perez. Bahman is a familiar face from the US peace council. Bahman has gone overseas on a number of youth missions and diplomatic trips in the name of spreading a different perspective, one of peace. He was born and raised in Iran and he served in the Iranian military. Bahman brought comrade Vijay Prashad to the show tonight. Vijay is a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Peace Council, Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Chief Editor at LeftWord Books, and Chief Correspondent of Globetrotter. His most recent book is Washington Bullets, which has a preface that was written by Evo Morales. He is a recipient of the Muzaffar Ahmad Award. [Vijay Prashad] US Army Overseas During the past year, even with the pandemic, Vijay travelled the world in order to continue his journalistic work. Vijay and Bahman fear that the troops who were pulled out of Iran will simply be relocated elsewhere in the world. America needs to stop inserting itself as savior in a narrative where it was never wanted. We’ve been involved with scores of countries, some of whom actively wanted our army to stop occupying their territory. US diplomats are starting to sound like the mafia in their global relations, making threats in order to maintain power. Meanwhile, when it comes to politics, all we see is rhetoric. We refuse to acknowledge our violent history as a country and we continue to operate as imperialists. The US is greedily hiding millions of dollars in offshore accounts instead of investing it in resources and development. Xenophobia We are trying to provoke a war with China because we are falling behind in communication technology. Rather than resolving things by reinvesting capital, we are attempting to start conflict. The United States government projects xenophobia towards China instead of learning from Chinese culture. This xenophobia takes many forms, some of the most prominent being negative associations with the coronavirus (”Chinavirus”) and with failed communism. We as a country do not understand China because we do not know about China. The mainstream media do not report accurately and thus America rejects a rich culture. Free and fair democracy should be the ultimate goal for the political state in the world. In order to get there, countries across the globe will need to cooperate. People will need to be able to tolerate political systems other than the ones in which they live. See You Next Week! As usual, we’ll see you next week! Until then, stay safe and stay informed. -Leah Giannantonio, for the New Jersey Revolution Radio Network
80 minutes | a month ago
The IDAVOX Report : Rudy Giuliani’s Racist Legacy
Welcome to the #Idavox Report! It is Tuesday night, and we are honored to have you join us for another episode of the #Idavox Report! Tonight’s panel consists of Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Brian Powers, and Christian Perez. We begin, as we often do, by taking a look at some current events in the world of activism. Derek Chauvin is finally being held at trial following months of grassroots activism and protests sparked by his murder of George Floyd. Despite a somewhat promising trial with a solid prosecution, Daryle believes it could go either way. “Police don’t get in trouble, so anything is possible,” he says. We have to keep fighting to ensure that there will be further police accountability. Daryle explains the root of the problem is those that use bad cops to go after minority communities. America has a right wing problem. The right has always demonized people of color. Daryle remembers back to 1994 in Keansburg, NJ, when he picked up his first arrest. He was trying to use a phone booth in a deli one night in a redneck neighborhood when the police were called on him. He was accused of”chasing a white woman” through the neighborhood. The charges were eventually dismissed because no white women stepped forward as victims. Daryle wrote his very first column about this incident. [April 13, 2021 #Idavox Report with Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Brian Powers, and Christian Perez] The Early Giuliani Disasters 1994, apparently a bad year for racism, is also when Rudolph Giuliani took office as the 107th Mayor of New York City. Thus began an era of accelerated racism and corrupt policy in the city and in the country at large. Giuliani’s tactics as mayor were always all about courting bigots. The ali-right found a home in his work in New York City politics. Before his mayorship, Giuliani had been serving as Associate Deputy Attorney General, appointed by Ronald Reagan. During this time, he went after a mafia group as well as opening cases against several high-profile individuals such as stock traders. The practice known as perp walking can be mainly attributed to Giuliani. According to Wikipedia, “The practice rose in popularity in the 1980s under U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani, when white-collar criminals were perp-walked.” Courting Bigots Before becoming Mayor, Giuliani had a failed run in 1989. He lost to David Dinkins, who went on to become the first Black Mayor of New York City. This loss launched a four-year smear campaign against Dinkins. This campaign was aided by talk radio, The New York Post, the Daily News, plus other far right and even mainstream media/opinion leaders who were able to create immense sway in public opinion. Giuliani spent these four years courting very bigot in New York City for another shot at the mayorship. David Dinkins actually brought down crime rates during his time as mayor, but Giuliani has historically either minimized that fact or taken credit for it. Every time Dinkins said something, the local media went to Giuliani just to hear him claim that he’d have handled it differently were he mayor instead. Problems with the NYPD The NYPD have always had immense power. When Daryle wrote an article in 2000, he wrote that over 100 people had been killed by police in New York City. When David Dinkins made moves to have the police monitored and reviewed by an external board, he was heavily criticized as being too soft on crime. Thus, the police have continued to be in charge of reviewing themselves and the stage was set for Giuliani’s narrow victory in 1994. What Giuliani actually did as mayor was make things worse. During his first four years in office, he instituted a number of bold changes under the guise of combating the drug problem. The initiatives ranged from no public drinking of alcohol to no loitering to bike riding on the sidewalk to roundups of Washington Heights youth who fit a “gang profile”. Police Mindsets This particular initiative meant that any group of 3 or more kids who were, essentially, not white or not dressed like white people, were targeted in these roundups. The cops routinely threw these kids up against the wall and performed searches. Usually, the kids would not have any contraband on them. Occasionally, they would happen to be up to something, as people in a free country inevitably sometimes are. In this case, they’d be swiftly arrested and added to the statistic of minority crime. The police are the one institution in this country where, if you suggest reform, you are instantly seen as politically radical. In other countries, you have to train for years to become an officer. In America, if you want to be a cop, you train for a few weeks, you’re given a gun, and sent to duty. Often, police had their heads filled by right-wing propaganda before they were given their badges. Giuliani’s Continuing Legacy Of Bullshit During Giuliani’s second term, he became more aggressive against the Black community. For example, he went after the Million Youth March rally in Harlem, trying to throw roadblock after roadblock in the way. The rally happened anyway and Daryle was there. He witnessed police violence as well as Black people fighting back against police. Speaking of rallies, last week, Daryle went to a New York City site where a White Lives Matter rally was supposed to be held. Only one person was there. Alarmingly, Giuliani still has a radio show. Brian listened to it earlier in the day and found that, sadly, Guiliani is still using the same talking points from the end of the Trump regime, and agitating conspiracies in the base. Since a fair share of right-wing media personalities are being banned from Twitter and other social media, some are starting podcasts as a way to express themselves. In this way, one of our network’s mediums is becoming a battleground. [TIME Magazine featuring Giuliani, who maintained public favor despite his bigotry, in 2001.] Plugs Christian Perez, our network’s resident professor and conspiracy theory expert, has some exciting stuff coming up! He will be teaching a lifelong learning course through Brookdale Community College. This seminar will be two hours long and will be held from 6:30-8:30 PM on April 19, 2021. The cost is $19 and the lecture is called Exploring QAnon and Antifa. During the course, Christian will be delving into the false equivalency that is too often drawn between these two groups. Idavox is the newsline for One People’s Project and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, or their website. One People’s Project can also be found on Facebook and Twitter or their website. Daryle himself is on Facebook and Twitter. The One People’s Project accepts donations through Daryle’s Cash App account, $NotoriousDLJ. Until next time, everyone, stay safe and stay informed. -Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network Family of Lashanda Anderson Demand Justice EVENT: Justice For Jameek Rally- #NJRR Live: New Jersey, American, or Global Revolution?
51 minutes | a month ago
#NJRR Live: “Grass”roots Activism with Sanjay Chaudhari
Welcome Back to #NJRR Live! We are back with #NJRR Live! We are happy to be here again, talking to you about grassroots activism and taking your comments on the show. If you’re reading this, remember that you can post your comments on any of our livestreams and we will be able to read them, post them on the screen, and respond live. There are no promises that we will address every comment, but so far, we have responded to most. Corruption in Labor Unions We begin tonight by discussing something Brian is familiar with: labor unions. Brian is a union organizer by trade. He knows that when you center a labor union around a political party, it loses its original foundation. A union should be about ensuring that workers are compensated fairly and equally for their labor. Having abandoned that goal, the leadership of most unions today is corrupt. A lot of union presidents are paid 6 figure salaries and are only concerned with seeking more and more power. Brian names names: some bigger ones are SCIU, AFT and Randi Weingartner, CWA and Chris Shelton are just some among many. Today, Unions place bets in who is going to win rather than supporting grassroots candidates with intentions to actually help the people. Unions have political power, but they misplace it. Again, the primary goal of most modern union leadership is to attain more power, and they always act selfishly in accordance with it. Union members need to step up and become more aware of where their dues are going. Unions should also be electing, not appointing, shop stewards. If union leadership is allowed to appoint shop stewards, they will do so with only their own best interests in mind. Trial Of A Murderous Cop We touch again, as we did on last night’s #Idavox Report, on the trial of Derek Chauvez (the officer who murdered George Floyd.) Brian is relieved to see that the trial even got this far. He believes that a legitimate trial in this case is the result of tireless organizing and protesting by activists this summer in the wake of the event. Although this is progress, Brian is still disheartened. The police force in America is deeply broken in many aspects. Brian also fears that Democrats will become self-satisfied if Chauvez is convicted and seek no further progress regarding police violence. Today’s episode of #NJRR Live is brought to you by Revolution Radio’s Editorial Board! The Editorial Board is made up of activists just like you from varied walks of life who are dedicated to art and activism! Join us to give input on our shows or even be a guest. [#NJRR Live April 7, 2021 with Brian Powers and Sanjay Chaudhari] #NJRR Live Welcomes Sanjay Chaudhari Tonight’s special guest is Sanjay Chaudhari, self-described “horticulturist, economist, environmentalist, geneticist, trader, healer, activist, dreamer.” He has worn a lot of different hats in his career. He has a few different businesses and many different interests. He has been a legacy grower in several states. Sanjay has bipolar disorder, which he has managed holistically through cannabis use. Through his work with cannabis, he aims to create medicine for people who are not just looking to get high, but to be medicated and thus improve their lives. Unfortunately for Sanjay, research on cannabis has been stifled by federal laws. This makes his line of work more difficult because there is not as much information available to him. In order to conduct real research, it is extremely helpful to have a large and varied sample size. However, again, this is currently impossible due to the criminalization of cannabis on the federal level. Legalization and Innovation New York will be the next state in the county to legalize cannabis recreationally. Some rather conservative states will likely never legalize the plant, at least not for the foreseeable future. Federal legalization, whenever that happens, will probably come first. Cannabis has gotten more potent in THC percentage in recent years. Brian speculates that this could be because of the worldwide effects of countries overseas legalizing the plant. Sanjay is not so sure, offering that America has always pushed boundaries, and innovation in cannabis potency is no exception. Regardless of how the relevant science progressed, potent medicine has helped many cannabis patients manage symptoms such as pain. They are able to do so without relying on opiates or other pharmaceutical painkillers. Cannabis Injustice Sanjay lost access to his children because of cannabis injustice. In a custody battle, his cannabis use was weaponized against him even though he has conditions that legally qualify him for medical use. This injustice birthed Sanjay as an activist. Sanjay reiterates that it is unreasonable that weed has been illegal for so long. The Spanish word marijuana(marihuana) has been historically emphasized over the word cannabis in order to associate it with racist ideas about Spanish immigrants. The corporate cannabis industry in America is corrupt. Companies use shady business practices and cut corners where they can. For example, Brian shares that companies like Curaleaf, which are worth billions, sell moldy weed and shake the crystals off of their product before selling it in order to use them for other products. They are only concerned with profits. The corporate recreational cannabis industry in New Jersey doesn’t exist yet, but Brian is pessimistic about how it will develop. Impact of Cannabis Sanjay predicts that New Jersey, even for how cool it already is, is about to get a lot cooler, despite lingering problems such as presence of mafia, widespread political corruption, big pharma, and high taxes. No other state is tackling consumption lounges. Sanjay imagines that the state will have cannabis (sports) bars, coffee shops, clubs, and more. Cannabis has had a positive impact on Sanjay’s life in several ways. Sanjay used to drink at night as a teen in order to fall asleep until he found the plant. He used to work on Wall Street and own a successful hedge fund. However, in his own words, he did not like being a capitalist. It kept him up at night. He left his hedge fund and started developing a company that makes fertile soil for cannabis (and other plant) growth. Sanjay owns a company called Sweet Virginia Soil, which “combines the finest horticultural ingredients from around the world to create a fertile and nutrient dense soil for heavy feeding plants.” Read: It’s perfect soil for growing weed. You can visit the company’s website to check it out. Until next week at 8 PM EST, stay safe and stay informed. -Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network We Need New Material. Legalize Already. 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55 minutes | a month ago
#NJRR Live with Christian Perez
Welcome to #NJRR Live with Christian Perez! It is Wednesday night, and that means it is time for #NJRR Live on the Revolution Radio network! Tonight, our host is Christian Perez. Our network had a busy week with productions and Christian has been here with us on air every day so far. Christian is also the host of the Modernity and Absurdity podcast, which can be found on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, and Youtube. We begin by addressing the horrific shootings that took place this week in Boulder and Atlanta. As the COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed, people are emerging from their homes into society. Tragically, in America, this has meant the resurfacing of gun violence. Christian reflects on how sad it is that gun violence is a norm that we seem to be returning to as a nation. Brian is nervous about what kinds of events we will see in the coming months with the multitude of people in the world who are about to be reentering society after a pandemic that adversely affected mental health. A Misunderstood Debate Gun control is a poorly debated issue. Many people are unaware of the nuances of gun control. For example, many of Christians students did not know that liberals and leftists have different views on gun control. Typically, liberals are for gun control, while leftists tend to be pro-gun. Also, as Brian points out, most folks do not know what an assault weapon is. Many would say that it’s an automatic or semi-automatic rifle, but actually, an assault weapon is not so clearly defined. The classifications vary from state to state. Those with a history of violent crime should not be allowed to buy guns. That is something most of us can agree on. However, all people need to eat. When you are poor, a firearm can be a way to directly obtain food from the wild for your family. Brian is troubled that some policy makers want to disarm oppressed populations. He would have police disarmed before any minority groups. The military industrial complex in America is strong and it only seems to be getting stronger. Disarming a populous while the federal government is so strongly armed would be a poorly thought out decision. [#NJRR Live March 24, 2021 with Christian Perez and Brian Powers] Political Motivation Christian remembers the 60s and 70s in California, when conservatives started favoring gun control because the Black Panthers started educating themselves on the law and getting armed. Suddenly, gun control became a statewide priority. If oppressed groups started becoming more militant, Christian predicts, there will be more conversation about gun control from across the political spectrum. Brian does not want to give the impression that he is glossing over tragedy or ignoring the issue. We are all tired of senseless violence. He believes that addressing issues such as minimum wage and universal healthcare will lead directly to lower rates of gun violence. Politicians scapegoat mental illness or even sex addiction as causes of gun violence to distract us from the real issues. When police look into these issues, the investigations are corrupt. Christian used to have an assignment in one of his classes where he asked his students to write a two page paper and give a short presentation on current events. However, Christian decided to stop giving this assignment in around 2017 because the only thing his students would be looking into were shootings. The discussions were getting repetitive and depressing, especially as the issue in question kept escalating and repeating. Where The Decisions Come From We have to start investigating how decisions get made in our society. 81 percent of white Evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, a man who groped women and put children in cages. These voters sell out everything they claim to stand for just to vote red. Another interesting and perhaps vaguely related statistic is that 70 percent of men claiming to be white Evangelicals hide their porn use. The cognitive dissonance among American voters is strong. Brian asks Christian why, despite talking about it endlessly, politicians never seem to make real policy moves to defund the police. Christian reiterates that police have political power, not to mention, they enforce policy selectively in different neighborhoods. This means that people of color are arrested unfairly on the regular, yet many white people have never had a single negative experience with the police. This causes a disparity in attitudes and therefore affects whether people vote to fund the police. Catching Up Before we go for the next week or so, Brian asks Christian if there are any last points he wanted to touch on. Christian remembers the Special Report that he did with Brian and Dr. La’Tesha Sampson on Monday. He did not get a change to elaborate on the LaRouche cult. According to RationalWiki, LaRouche’s followers typically believe that the British Royal Monarchy still rules the British empire. It follows that the United States is actually a political slave to England. LaRouche also believed that the Beatles were a cultural plot to lead us into a new Dark Age. According to him, Pokemon and Harry Potter were the real cults. [Late cult leader Lydon LaRouche] The panel reflects on how cults seem crazy to everyone except those already indoctrinated. It can be unexpectedly easy to fall into cult-like behavior. People in cults legitimately alter their personalities depending on their environment. Those who abandon morality to vote for Donald Trump are already headed in that direction. Trump’s growing cult following is garnering him attention and money. He gladly accepts the fact that some people falsely see him as a Messiah figure. After Monday’s #NJRR Live Special Report, Tuesday’s Idavox Report, and tonight’s episode of #NJRR Live with Christian Perez, we will be on break for the next week. We will be live again in April! Until then, feel free to check out some of our older shows. If you like what you see, don’t forget to donate! Your contributions allow us to continue our work. -Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network #NJRR Live: Vaccines Are Being Tried in the US. What Do The Tests Mean? #NJRR Live: Looking into the LatinX Vote “Conspiracy Theory 101” With Christian Perez
62 minutes | a month ago
The Idavox Report: An Interview With Serbian Antifascist Tanja Vasic
Welcome to the #Idavox Report! Hello, and welcome, everyone, to the Idavox Report on the Revolution Radio Network! We are coming back at you after a week of break from our productions. We hope that you in the audience had a nice week. Before we bring on our guest tonight, Daryle takes a moment to reflect on the trial of Derek Chauvin. Daryle is optimistic, commenting that he has never before seen a police chief testify against one of his own officers, and this testimony will surely have a lot of weight. That fact gives him some hope that Chauvin may be convicted of serious charges. We here at Revolution Radio as well as several audience members will be furious if Derek Chauvin is convicted of anything less than murder. However, we have yet to hear what the defense has to argue. Even if this murderous fiend is brought to justice, we must ask ourselves: at what cost? Millions of people stormed the streets for months in direct response to this incident. Must we continue storming the streets to try to prevent another such incident from occurring? Daryle says yes. Problems With Police There is a problem with the way police are trained. For example, law enforcement trainer Dave Grossman invented the term Killology and created a training based on it. This word and related teachings concern the psychology of taking a life, specifically, removing oneself from the psychological effects of murder. The officer who killed Philando Castile has partaken in this training. Fortunately, backlash after George Floyd’s murder resulted in Dave Grossman’s books being banned from police training. His rhetoric is also discouraged among police forces. Additionally, there is a problem with how society views police violence. A plethora of things could be said about this, but Daryle focuses tonight on cop shows. If you watch cop shows today, they all seem to have an episode where the main character shoots an unarmed civilian because they thought they were armed. Typically, there is an exaggerated response from an uppity Black pastor character who is essentially a racist trope. Pro-cop and anti-minority propaganda is deeply entrenched in society. Antifa Unite Daryle reminds us that since fascists are organizing globally, antifascists must also organize globally. North America is desperately in need of such an alliance. The first step is to network with antifascists around the globe. The last time we had the show, Daryle discussed several global antifascist seminars that he attended. The Idavox Report Welcomes Tanja Vasic Our guest tonight is someone that Daryle met in one of the seminars. Her name is Tanja Vasic, she lives in Serbia, and she represents the Minority Initiative. She has an M.A. in Psychology and she is concerned with how the Roma people are being treated in her country. The Roma are an Indo-Aryan people, traditionally nomadic and living mostly in Europe. They have existed in Serbia for 500-600 years. Tanja is a member of the Minority Initiative. The organization aims to become a political party in Serbia that represents minorities. There are many minorities living in Serbia but one of the most targeted are the Roma people, also called Romani or gypsies. Racism against Roma is also called anti-gypsyism. The Roma people face it every day. Racism against Roma is very prevalent and is increasing all the time. If you watch the news in Serbia, you will see that attacks and violence are frequent. Did you miss us while we were gone? Help make sure we stay around! We don’t take corporate money, so your contributions are the backbone of this network. [April 6, 2021 #Idavox Report with Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Brian Powers, and Tanja Vasic] Serbian Government For the past 12 years, there have been no Roma representatives in Serbia’s government. In recent years, the Roma people have become politically distanced. They are not receiving opportunities to speak on what they stand for and what they need. Roma generally live in poverty, being the poorest ethnic group in Serbia. They are blackmailed by threats to revoke jobs, scholarships, and social benefits. There exist minority anti-discrimination laws in Serbia, however, they are not enforced. For just one example among many, in October, a Roma couple was attacked on public transport before a witness. The police were called and indeed responded, however, there was no passing of information to any type of prosecuting body. The Minority Initiative has proposed a system to deter discrimination against Roma, however, parliament has not acknowledged it yet. The Minority Initiative knows that this has gone on for far too long. One of their main goals is to create political policy to protect Roma. They want to bring the discussion of racism against Roma to national parliament. Tanja shares that the Minority Initiative aims to accomplish this within a year. In Serbia, there are many parties coming from both the right and the left that come together to make up parliament. There is a national party that claims to be moderate/centrist but is actually operating on right-wing principles. There is not much opposition at this time. Serbian minorities such as Roma, Hungarians, Muslims, and Albanians have little, if any, representation: for the past 12 years, there has been no Roma representation whatsoever in parliament. The Serbian parliament is nationalist-oriented. Roma People In Crisis Roma people have lost heart. They feel abandoned, both by their government and by their fellow people. There is a lack of solidarity among minorities in Serbia. The movement to protect Roma people in Serbia is virtually non-existent besides the Minority Initiative. The Serbian census is poorly conducted. There are about 600,000 Roma people in Serbia, but only about 150,000 are currently documented in the census. In Serbia, the Roma are seen as a burden on the economy, which is already fragile. Due to the emerging Syrian migrant crisis in Europe, Roma seeking asylum are turned away from certain other European countries as well. They’ve little choice but to continue living in a place where they are routinely oppressed. When something happens to the Roma people, the media tends not to report on it. People do not understand how deeply rooted anti-gypsyism is. Leviathans There is a dangerous group in Serbia called the Leviathans. Like the federal government, they pretend to be centrist, but it is a weak facade. The Leviathans act in accordance with right wing ideas and motivations. They have strong rhetoric; for example, they claim that one of their main goals as a group is to protect animals. Recently, the Leviathans raided a Roma village in western Serbia. They confiscated a young boy’s horse, falsely claiming that the boy was abusing it. There have been no consequences for the heinous actions of this group. If you read between the lines, it is evident that this group is supported by the government on some level. It would seem very likely that they are a paramilitary group. What Now? The situation with the Roma people being mistreated in Serbia has reached the level of being a human rights crisis. Since the government will not step up to counter these groups, people have to band together at the grassroots to fight hate. Daryle likens that phenomenon to the looming danger of fascists in America. As previously mentioned, there is a sort of media blockade regarding the deeply rooted anti-gypsyism in Serbia. That is why Tanja is so passionate about spreading her message: if she doesn’t do it, no one will. Tanja calls for a fellowship and collaboration with antifa members across the globe. Plugs The Minority Initiative is willing to host people as volunteers in Serbia. They have a Facebook group and you can also get in touch by emailing ManjinskaInicijativa@gmail.com. (Manjinska Inicijativa means Minority Initiative in Serbian.) This Thursday, April 8, at 7PM, Daryle will be hosting a video webinar called The Far Right, Fascism and Insurrection. Come check it out! Daryle hopes to see you there. Idavox is the newsline for One People’s Project and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, or their website. One People’s Project can also be found on Facebook and Twitter or their website. Daryle himself is on Facebook and Twitter. The One People’s Project accepts donations through Daryle’s Cash App account, $NotoriousDLJ. Until next time, everyone, stay safe and stay informed. -Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network #NJRR Live: Madelyn Hoffman, Our 2020 Chance at a Socialist in the Senate Sports Walkouts: What do athletes have to do with revolution? #NJRR Live: Paterson Pastor Corey Lewis Teague
60 minutes | 2 months ago
@RevRadNat Special Reports: The American Political Cult
Welcome to an #NJRR Live Special Report! Good evening, everyone! It’s time for a special report here on the Revolution Radio network. What is a cult? What are their members like? And what does all of this have to do with politics? On tonight’s Special Report, we are going to be answering all of these questions with Brian Powers, Christian Perez, and Dr. La’Tesha Sampson. Dr. La’Tesha Sampson has been on our show before for a Special Report on mental health in activism. She is a jack of all human trades: a certified social worker, a professor, an activist (her and Brian met during a protest), and a therapist with her own practice. Her practice is called Great Joy Counseling & Consulting Services and she works out of Westfield, NJ. As a mental health professional, Dr. Sampson is able to bring an especially valuable perspective to the table. Christian Perez is a professor and activist who runs a podcast called Modernity and Absurdity. You can find it on Stitcher and Apple Podcasts as well as Youtube. Christian’s area of expertise in his professing is political science with a concentration in conspiracy theories. He has been asked to speak at several conferences. He is also a host on the Idavox Report with Daryle Lamont-Jenkins. Christian is an Editorial Board member who regularly contributes ideas to our network. The Conspiracy Theorist Target Audience Brian begins by asking La’Tesha what the target audience for a lead conspiracy theorist is. Dr. Sampson begins by acknowledging that people who fall into the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories are often no different than the rest of us. They just happen to be particularly vulnerable to being manipulated by ideas, often ones that they are passionate about. Usually, these people are targeted when their guards are down. People have an innate desire to be a part of something. They want to be loved and feel like they belong. They want approval. Since childhood, we have been given grades on our performance in life. When people get involved with conspiracy theories, they very rarely realize that what they’re doing might not be right. Predators Vs. Prey On the other hand, the leaders of these conspiracy theories are often predatory people. Dr. Sampson describes them as being charming on the outside, yet often narcissistic or borderline in personality type. If you are a person with emotional wounds and/or vulnerabilities, you may be especially susceptible to the influence of such a person. Christian points out a propensity among modern Americans to seek a hero. This country is sorely lacking in solid leadership and people so desperately want a good person to look up to that they might tend to be blind to faults. Brian reiterates that those who fall victim to conspiracy theories are often no more stupid than the rest of us, nor are they inherently mentally weak. Many of them were simply going through the wrong set of circumstances in life at the wrong time: for example, Christian provides, perhaps they had just experienced a loss and felt they were missing something. Leaders of culty conspiracy theories target these people in specific. [March 22, 2021 Special Report With Brian Powers, Christian Perez, and La’Tesha Sampson] The Political Cult Brian asks Christian about what makes a conspiracy theory a cult and what makes it political. The Oxford dictionary defines a cult as a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object. Christian cites examples from history: Roman emperors, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Adolf Hitler. Christian tells us that what defines a cult as political, in most cases, is party propaganda. Some cults are religious, some sexual, some health-related/new age. If you watch carefully, there might be certain warning signs that someone in your life is falling prey to a predatory organization or even a cult. La’Tesha comments that if you are at the top of an organization, you have probably already done some nasty things to other people already in order to get there. In Dr. Sampson’s experience, if someone is high up in society like that, they are more prone to be the type of person who might have a personality disorder. Therefore, she advises that our audience be wary of those who appear successful. Notice The Signs Dr. Sampson also points out that there are many patterns of behavior that we as a society generally know are harmful and selfish that we suddenly praise as soon as they translate over to the corporate world. Some examples would be pushing others down to boost yourself up, influencing other people, and getting others to follow you. [A sign depicting Obama as Hitler sponsored by the LaRouchepac] Brian asks Christian what patterns one might notice in an organization to let you know that they might be going down a path of conspiracy or other destructive nature. Christian breaks it down to two main aspects. First, what kind of propaganda is this group putting out? Is it positive or is it downright manipulative? Second, how do they respond to naysayers? Are they violent? Defensive? Closed-minded? Is there cognitive dissonance? These are all big red flags. For an example of the type of propaganda that should raise an eyebrow, one needs look no further than the website of Bob Avakian, leader of the arguably cult-like Revolutionary Communist Party, whose website says in the header that he has “built a whole new framework for human emancipation.” The panel agrees that this is not the type of thing that could have been done single-handedly, but rather, would have required some degree of collaboration. Falling Through On Promises Brian has noticed that when it comes to doomsday cults, there’s always some calamity that never happens, and when it comes to political cults, it’s a revolution that never happens. However, even though their promises fall through, as Dr. Sampson points out, things are not always as straightforward from there as one might think. The leaders of these cults do not necessarily fall from favor. They might lose some followers, but most often, the fantasy merely changes rather than falling apart. Those who fall away from the movement are regarded by those who stick with it as weak-minded. For example, Christian brings up QAnon. Many of the QAnon claims did not come true, and as a result, some fell away from the movement. However, that enabled those who kept engaging to think of themselves as true believers with unwavering faith. We want to keep bringing you these reports from the ground. If you can, please donate to help make this possible for us! Critical Thinking Christian warns that these people are not going to pack up and go away on their own. We need education and developed political networks to combat the disinformation spread by conspiracy groups and political cults. Christian enjoys teaching about politics in college because he sees a need for critical thinkers in this country and wants to help fill it. Due to the capitalist nature of our country, people are encouraged to consume and accept rather than to think critically. People get comfortable in their bubbles, whether they be political, ideological, ritual, et cetera. Psychologically, people crave that safety zone. Dr. Sampson reminds us how important it is that our minds develop in a healthy way from childhood such that thinking on our own is encouraged. Misinformation We need to be utilizing mental healthcare and educational services in this country. Misinformation is the biggest tool of those institutions that seek to mislead you. People tend to seek out information that confirms their already existing beliefs. It is not uncommon for them to fall into an echo chamber. So, where do we go from here? Who can regulate social media to help stop the spread of misinformation? It cannot be the government because they have their own corrupt narratives that they push. It should not be a corporate solution, either. Christian suggests a decentralized board for the task, one consisting of diverse minds from various fields of practice. La’Tesha reminds that we should take a step back and realize that social media is not everything. For example, in the world of politics, a phone call often suffices to communicate a message. Distraction From Reality A cult is a distraction from the real world. When you’re paying attention to aliens and lizard people, you’re not paying attention to the real issues like racism and systemic poverty. In extreme cases, people can get so sucked into conspiracies that they lose or cut ties to their old lives and become a different type of person. Christian remembers a friend of his who went down this very path with a group called the Cassiopeians. The leader of the Cassiopeians claims to, among other things, use a Ouiji board to talk to otherworldly beings which instruct her. [The leader of the Cassiopeians compaining about being censored] Before we go, the panel emphasizes one last thing in unison: if you notice a friend going down the path of consuming conspiracy theories, reach out and offer support. Otherwise, it may be too late. -Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network #NJRR Live: Community Bargaining, More Than a Contract #NJRR Live: WTF Just Happened?: A Recap Of Bourgeoisie Elections #NJRR Live July 22, 2020: How Safe Are Workers? Childcare in Home and Schools
59 minutes | 2 months ago
#NJRR Live: 15 When?
Welcome to #NJRR Live! Good evening, everyone, and thank you for tuning into #NJRR Live on Revolution Radio network! We come at you every Wednesday night at 8:00 PM EST, bringing you news from the world of grassroots activism! We talk about issues such as labor, police brutality, economic situations, and government policy. You can help make sure we keep going by donating or joining our Editorial Board! The issue we will be discussing tonight is the minimum wage and unions. Union work is how Brian came into the world of activism, so this topic is personal to him. Brian sees the entire issue as a means to an end of a system designed for failure. He is so over a $15/hour minimum wage. Respecting Workers It is important to respect workers. People often do not realize that workers are just as human as them. They deal with a lot of shit every day. Being a customer service worker, in particular, is a perfect encapsulation of working within the capitalist system. You sit at a desk from 9:00 to 5:00 every weekday and you do what you’re told, and if you don’t do that, you don’t get to eat. Although workers do operate within the system, people need to remember that they did not create it. Whatever hassle you’re dealing with that made you come to customer service is not their fault. Brian recalls a time when he recognized relief in the voice of a customer service agent whom he was kind to. Patrick Fahy Brian brings in Patrick Fahy, an Editorial Board member and comrade. Brian and Patrick met back when they were both in the same union and both working for Verizon. They have since organized for minimum wage protests together. The government wants the recent stimulus check to distract us from the fact that so many people are being systematically held in poverty or just above the poverty line. 1400 is not enough to get back on solid long-term financial ground. If it is, you weren’t ever really that financially unstable to begin with. Politicians are celebrating that, with this stimulus check, the child poverty rate in America will be cut in half. It is ridiculous to celebrate half of children not living in poverty. If it is in their power to cut it in half, why not cut it in whole? Whether you’re listening, watching, or reading—you can contribute to this network by joining the Editorial Board! Also, follow @RevRadNat on social media to keep up with our updates. There’s always new stuff happening in the activist world, so don’t miss out! [#NJRR Live March 17 with Brian Powers, Mariah Painter, and Patrick Fahy] Mariah Painter We are honored to welcome Mariah Painter, another Editorial Board member, to the panel! Mariah first got involved with worker’s rights movements in grad school when she joined the Students Against Sweatshops Alliance at Rutgers University. Since graduating, Mariah has worked with various unions in several states including Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Brian recalls his motivations behind getting involved with the political realm as it related to workers’ rights. He wanted to get involved in a movement that could make a real positive difference for workers’ rights by affecting policy. He was also impressed and inspired when workers in Seattle were able to get a raise on the minimum wage. Brian joined 15 Now in 2014 in an attempt to get on board with the minimum wage raise movement. 15 Now Despite Brian’s hopes, the 15 Now Campaign fell apart. Brian thinks the reason that we do not have a $15/hour minimum wage, despite a very drastic and apparent need, is because the idea was never taken seriously by Democrats or working families. Additionally, 15 Now was poorly organized and never stood a chance as it was. 15 Now was an organization that left Brian walking away disgusted after seeing the politics from the inside. Several months ago, when banks needed a break, they had their relief bill within three days. But when the working class of America has needs, they go unmet and unaddressed for years. The discussion about a 15/hr minimum wage has finally, after 10 long years, entered the public sphere. Approval ratings in polls are generally above 50 percent across most of America. However, it’s too late: 15 dollars an hour isn’t enough anymore. Mariah recalls that the student workers’ organization from her University was eventually able to bargain with Rutgers for the common good and achieve a minimum wage of 12 or 13 dollars. Since graduating, Mariah has moved on to do many things, including managing a homeless shelter for families. She testifies that most of the people there have jobs despite being homeless. A $15/hr minimum wage increase would have a tangible impact on many of those living in the shelter she manages. Workers Unions Mariah, Pat, and Brian all recall their experiences with unions. Unfortunately, unions have generally become corrupt. They are disorganized. Their members are dejected due to having been beaten down repeatedly. Union leaders make safe bets in who is going to get into office, then they support that person financially as they campaign. Then, when the politician gets into office, they owe the union leaders favors. Brian asks the Editorial Board members on the panel where they think the minimum wage movement got tripped up. As someone who works with unions regularly, Mariah says that she believes it is the fault of the union movement. Many unions lose sight of the workers that constitute them. Over time, union leadership forgets about class solidarity. The shortcomings of unions are likely side effects of the fact that unions have to operate within capitalism. The Future of the Movement Before we go, Brian asks the panel about what they think of the future of the minimum wage movement. Mariah suggests that the movement be renamed “#StriveFor25” because a 15 dollar minimum wage is in the past. She also thinks it could be a good idea to partner minimum wage legislation with the Green New Deal. After all, the Green New Deal comes with a guarantee to create new jobs. An audience member suggests that we couple minimum wage legislation with Basic Income. Make sure to pay attention during the upcoming week because Revolution Radio will be putting out several exciting productions in the weeks to come! You can look forward to appearances from Dr. La’Tesha Sampson, Christian Perez, and more! Subscribe to our Youtube channel in order to make sure you stay updated. Until next week, everyone, stay safe, stay well, and stay informed. -Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network Still Demanding Answers In Paterson – Corey Lewis Teague The Idavox Report: Movie Makers “2020 The Dumpster Fire”
64 minutes | 2 months ago
The Idavox Report March 16, 2021: Nneka Howell & The Color of Play
Welcome to The #Idavox Report! It is Tuesday night at 8:00 PM EST, and that means that it is time for the Idavox Report on the Revolution Radio network! Our show tonight opens with Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Christian Perez, and Brian Powers. Daryle, our host, would like to wish Queen Latifah a happy birthday. Daryle reminisces about days when he would buy hip-hop albums without even knowing anything about them beforehand. As Black music evolves, conservatives always find something to be mad about. Right now, they’re trying to cancel Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion for their performance at the Grammys. Christian comments that this country’s culture would be lame were it not for Black people’s contributions: He cites rock n’ roll, jazz, and the blues. Author Nneka J. Howell Black people’s contributions to the arts are fundamental to American culture. On that note, we bring in tonight’s guest, author Nneka J. Howell! Nneka’s feature publication is The Color Of Play, a children’s book set to be released on March 31. Daryle reviewed The Color Of Play on Idavox and called it unique among children’s books. When it comes to childrens’ books, things are usually sanitized for the kids to take in. Although it is a children’s book, The Color Of Play does not shy away from tough questions. It advocates for diversity, adversity, and friendship. When Nneka wrote the book, she had the goal of highlighting the struggles that Black children go through in the real world every day. These issues are often silenced but Nneka used her creativity to bring them to light. [March 16 Idavox Report With Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Brian Powers, Christian Perez, and Special Guest Nneka J. Howell] A Book We Can All Learn From The story’s main conflict involves children not being able to play together in the same way. Ultimately, their parents have to help the children understand racism and differences between cultures. Nneka believes that love and hate are taught in the home so she wrote a book that children can learn from. She hopes that this will help those children grow up to be more tolerant adults. The Color of Play is Nneka’s debut children’s book and her fourth published book. It is the first in a planned children’s picture book quartet, a series titled Color Me Human. She plans to write various diverse characters into her books. For example, in The Color Of Play, the main character is adopted and lives with a biracial family. Nneka did not want to adhere to the norm in her book because we need to get comfortable getting uncomfortable. If we don’t, we will never be able to live together effectively. The conflict in The Color Of Play stems from Nneka’s personal struggles. For example, Nneka is troubled that her two young children can’t do certain innocent play activities in public without being frowned upon. She also has several Caucasian friends who are overly focused on “woke” culture. Questions That Need To Be Asked Christian asks Nneka about when specifically she realized that she should write a children’s book. Nneka remembers that she was fueled by the energy of the protests in response to police brutality in 2020. She felt that there was no better thing to write about than the experiences that those close to her live with. Through her work, Nneka was and is hoping to provoke healthy conversations in various settings across the country. Nneka is aware that The Color Of Play is the type of book that might have children asking questions. She urges parents to encourage those questions: “We as adults should not be afraid to talk to our children about these topics that are rough to talk about.” The only way to create change is to discuss the relevant issues, so we cannot shy away from them. Be sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel so that you do not miss any updates in case we get Zucc’d again! Get that lil’ ding in your pocket when we go live. Plan of Action Daryle reminds us that we need a plan of action once those people on the streets accomplish what they’re trying for. Nneka agrees, adding that the people on the streets need the support of a large portion of the general public, many of whom are at home. With her writing, Nneka is trying to make those who are staying at home uncomfortable. She writes to confront them with the problems of society. Nneka asks the rest of the panel what they think is the reason for all of the backlash towards the movement for love and unity. Daryle jumps in, offering that it is because the establishment is afraid of those whose backs this country was built upon. Brian contributes that he thinks it may be because there is a lot of ignorance in the world, for example, he was more conservative during his upbringing because he was not yet educated. Nneka’s next book is going to be called Listening In Color and there will be a female main character. Through various creative outlets, Nneka will continue to work to challenge people all over the world to embrace different identities and ideas. Plugs Nneka is the founder of Ink’d Xpressions, an organization based on creative expression to promote six important principles: unity, community, justice, love, diversity, and creativity. They do photography, painting, design, and more. Ink’d Xpressions plans to do community service projects in the future. You can get involved through their Facebook page. Daryle is a member of the Antifascist Unity Coalition. AFUC is involved with several mutual aid projects and food banks. If you are interested in the organization or getting connected with mutual aid, contact Daryle or visit http://daysofunity.org/. They host food drives on the first Saturday of every month. Idavox is the newsline for One People’s Project and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, or their website. One People’s Project can be found on Facebook and Twitter. Daryle himself is on Facebook and Twitter (he tweets a lot). The One People’s Project also accepts donations through Daryle’s Cash App account, $NotoriousDLJ. Until next time, everyone, stay safe and stay informed. -Leah Giannantonio, for Revolution Radio and The Idavox Report #NJRR Live: WTF Just Happened?: A Recap Of Bourgeoisie Elections The Idavox Report February 9, 2021: From Portland to My Pillow #NJRR Live: Paterson Pastor Corey Lewis Teague
57 minutes | 2 months ago
#NJRR Live: Racism In Writing with Teka
Welcome to #NJRR Live! It is 8 o’clock on Wednesday night and that means it is time for #NJRR Live! This week, we are joined by a variety of knowledgeable guests. But first, we are going to acknowledge the COVID relief bill being passed in the Senate. Absolutely no Republicans voted for it, which is pathetic. Also, unemployment was reduced from $400 to $300 per month. While we waited for months as politicians squabbled over this check, the Biden administration made some insidious moves, such as bombing Syria. The Democrats are now in power and they are mismanaging things so poorly that they are falling out of favor. Brian will not be surprised if a Republican is elected in 2024, perhaps even someone worse than Donald Trump. If you’re not upset, you’re part of the problem. Horror Movie Spotlight: The Platform Capitalism fails us time and time again. On that note, we bring show writer Leah Giannantonio and Editorial Board member Marilyn in to review a horror movie called The Platform. The Platform was a Spanish movie released in early 2020. In the film, a man volunteers to go to a prison program. The prison is a type of pit/hole with many cells at different levels. Every day, a platform with food on it is lowered through the prison, stopping for a few minutes at each level so the people in the cells can eat from it. However, the pit goes down so far that the platform always runs out of food before those in the lower cells can eat (SPOILER: some people even end up eating their cellmates out of necessity.) Blatant Metaphor Overall, as you can likely tell from that short synopsis, this movie is a metaphor for the capitalistic system in which we live. It is extremely common for horror movies to carry social messages. The main character enters into the hole willingly in exchange for a college degree. The lady who interviewed him for the program ultimately joins him in the pit, showing that even some of those involved in the system do not know how cruel it is. The film is deliciously gorey, comments Marilyn. It captures the moment of the pandemic so well. People’s needs are not being met. In the movie, there would be enough food on the platform for everyone in the prison if everyone only took what they needed. I don’t even need to explain how that relates to our real world situation — it is our real world situation. Necessity and scarcity are created by capitalism. If you’re listening, watching, or reading—check out our Editorial Board! Also, follow @RevRadNat on social media to keep up with our updates. There’s always new stuff happening in the activist world, so don’t miss out! [#NJRR Live March 10 with Brian Powers, Leah Giannantonio, Teka, and Marilyn Gomez-Agudelo #NJRR Live Welcomes Teka We are honored to welcome Teka to the show tonight! Teka works for the Public Intellectuals newsletter as a writer and journalist and you can find her on Twitter. Brian asks Teka about the connection between writing and racism. Teka says it’s largely about how narratives are shaped. For example, a lot of people still think that the worst thing about slavery in the US was whipping, when in reality, there was so much more: murders, rapes, and other brutal displays; slaves were tortured, bred, and separated from their families. It doesn’t even stop there. But we rarely if ever hear about this, and never in schools. Why? The Power of Narratives Writing shapes the narrative. Media, narratives, and propaganda, all which heavily involve words and writing, can control a society. Teka points out that there is a lot of sexism and racism in the journalism industry. It is one of the least diverse fields, even when it comes to the left. This is because it all ties back to power. Those who want to control the public narrative do not want it to be dictated by minorities. They are afraid that we will divert the narrative from their control. Teka remembers being shut out of media by white leftist men on multiple occasions. She now has her own blog as well as her own Facebook forum. Messaging People underestimate the value of messaging. As a result, there is not much respect for journalists in the professional world. Journalists struggle to get the resources they need to cover stories. Independent leftist media networks, especially those run by people like Brian, are scarce. Brian anticipates that social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter might start censoring activist networks. Teka agrees and says that we need to build our own networks. In her works, Teka writes about policy, issues, and the history of this country. She tries to make a difference and impact people with her writing rather than preaching to the choir by repeating rhetoric. Algorithms on the internet tend to reward you for talking about trivial things, says Teka, but . She always tries to be objective. She doesn’t write “as a Black woman” unless she indicates her pieces as so.This has caused some problems for her in the journalistic world as many of those who have hired her as a writer had the expectation that she would approach her pieces from the specific perspective of a Black woman. Until Next Week Teka is on Twitter and Facebook. Public Intellectuals is also on Facebook. If you enjoyed tonight’s segment on the horror movie The Platform, there will be more like it coming. Also, if you have an idea for a segment, join our Editorial Board to make it heard! The segment we did tonight was originally Board member Marilyn’s idea. Next week we are going to be having a discussion about the power of digital media in activism! Don’t miss it! Until then, stay safe, and stay informed. -Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network #NJRR Live: Paterson Pastor Corey Lewis Teague #NJRR Live: Police and The Far Right. How Much Influence is There? Feeding The Community: A Panel On Helping The Most Needy in NJ.
57 minutes | 2 months ago
The Idavox Report: The Jackson, Mississippi Water Crisis
Welcome to the #Idavox Report on Revolution Radio Hello and welcome to Revolution Radio! It is Tuesday night at 8PM and you know what that means. Let’s get to the Idavox Report! Brian Powers, Christian Perez, and Daryle Lamont Jenkins begin the show by intentionally neglecting to talk about the royal family. Daryle would prefer to stay on the ground in America. The COVID relief bill is supposed to be passing now, although not a single senate Republican voted in favor of it. The Corrupt System Although it is arguably good that this bill has finally passed, it would be even better if we got a decent minimum wage, too. Brian remembers that we’ve been fighting for 15 since 2011. In October, it will have been 10 years since the Occupy Wall Street Movement began. That was a movement that showed us that we the people at the grassroots can indeed have a say in our own destinies instead of relying on a corrupt political process. Speaking of corrupt politics, the storm in Texas caught the attention of the nation just a few weeks ago as the situation was mismanaged brutally by those in power. The terrible leadership doesn’t end in Texas, though. Mississippi, specifically, the city of Jackson, has been suffering from corrupt leadership for a long time. Not enough people are talking about it and that’s why the Idavox Report is here. Calandra Davis Tonight, we are going to bring on someone who is from the area and understands the struggles of communities in Jackson. Her name is Calandra Davis, and Daryle met her when was looking into Antifa in Mississippi. Calandra tells us that there was a storm in Mississippi, too. The Jackson area as a whole experienced a storm. The ice, snow, wind, and cold shut many functions of the city down. This on top of the already existing pandemic and racism experienced by the locals created exacerbated problems. Essentially, Jackson experienced a compounded economic crisis. [March 9 Idavox Report With Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Brian Powers, Christian Perez, and Special Guest Calandra Davis] Jackson, Mississippi in Crisis People are going on their fourth week without clean water. There are still a few folks without water at all. Calandra informs us that the majority of these people are Black or Brown. In Jackson, locals are stepping up to provide mutual aid because legislators are failing them. Among other politicians, Mississippi governor Tate Reeves failed to call a state of emergency at an appropriate time, leading to disastrous consequences. The mayor of Jackson distributed water to citizens in need, but this is not enough. Local government should be making sure people don’t have to pay ridiculously high water bills for water that wasn’t even clean or usable. Calandra and other members of Antifa in Mississippi have come together with organizations such as BLM in this time in order to try to distribute clean water. Effective Assistance Some families that were in need received direct payments as assistance. The far right often says that you can’t give poor people money. However, the government has not stepped up and provided any meaningful help to these people, so Calandra and other activists had to step in. Some families were hesitant to ask for help, but there’s nothing wrong with needing it, especially since their elected officials are failing them. This storm will not be a one-time event. Similar storms will probably occur, especially with climate change affecting the weather. Calandra predicts that people will need to be strategic in order to stay on top of things. This means staying connected and being in collaboration with people who know how to respond effectively. When it comes to news about Jackson, Mississippi, you hear a lot about progressive politics but you don’t hear that much about actual change. Although this storm made everything worse and brought some attention to the environmental racism affecting Jackson, this is actually a decades-old issue. There was already an existing white supremacist power structure in Mississippi. How Can We Help? The people who were impacted by the storm are still trying to find solutions. Trees fell on houses, pipes burst; people were staying in hotels – bills rack up. There will always be a need for money. As well as being on the ground, Jackson needs more volunteers. Through The BYP100 (Black Youth Project) Calandra and other volunteers have already conducted over 30,000 wellness checks wherein they discovered several old people trapped in their homes. However, they still haven’t checked everyone. Getting Involved Calandra tells us that unfortunately, since summer, there have not been many protests in Jackson. Between the pandemic and the cold weather, the circumstances make it very difficult to gather to protest. However, just because large outdoor protests are not tactical right now doesn’t mean people have an excuse not to take action. There are many efforts. The BYP has been showing up at city council members’ offices and police departments in Mississippi to engage in direct action and hold them accountable. If you want to help, you can get involved through the BYP100 website. The BYP100 is a national organization that is currently working in collaboration with other groups in Jackson, Mississippi for many of their efforts. A lot of COVID relief money has gone to police departments around the country and Jackson is no different. Meanwhile, their infrastructure is crumbling. Therefore, when the citizens of Jackson talk about police abolition, they are talking about a safer city with more funds for essential resources. This would mean access to food, housing, water, and ample financial opportunities. Plugs Calandra has a Twitter account and you can reach her directly by email. She can plug you with the right people, whether you want to help with food donations, water supply, direct action, etc. Daryle is a member of the Antifascist Unity Coalition. AFUC is involved with several mutual aid projects and food banks. If you are interested in the organization or getting connected with mutual aid, contact Daryle or visit http://daysofunity.org/. They host food drives on the first Saturday of every month. Idavox is the newsline for One People’s Project and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, or their website. One People’s Project can be found on Facebook and Twitter. Daryle himself is on Facebook and Twitter. The One People’s Project also accepts donations through Daryle’s Cash App account, $NotoriousDLJ. Until next time, everyone, stay safe and stay informed. -Leah Giannantonio, for Revolution Radio and The Idavox Report #NJRR Live Special Report: Is This Revolution? With Special Guests Afrika and Margaret Kimberley The Idavox Report Feb 16, 2021: Keeping An Eye On The Far Right @RevRadNat Special Reports: Marching Orders. Mobilizing to defend 30 homes.
50 minutes | 2 months ago
#NJRR Live: Paterson Pastor Corey Lewis Teague
Welcome to #NJRR Live! Good evening, everybody! Thank you for tuning into independent media. Lately, the country seems like a trainwreck that you can’t look away from. Revolution Radio tries to balance that out by bringing you some positive news about what’s happening at the grassroots. Please subscribe to us on Youtube so that you are notified when we create new content. Unfortunately, the Facebook and Instagram algorithms have restricted us from getting as many views and likes as we used to. We get most of our traffic from Facebook, so this has been significantly detrimental to our network. However, Revolution Radio will not compromise its message. In order to keep existing as independent media, we rely on audience support. Thank you for interacting with and sharing our content. It means everything in this digital age. Unidad Latina en Acción Tonight, our first guests are Maya Aronoff and Elias Rojop of Unidad Latina en Acción, which is a grassroots organization with the goal of promoting immigrant workers’ rights. Elias and two other workers were hired by a Dr. Phillip, a successful dentist who owns multiple properties to do construction on an apartment complex this past Autumn. Much of their agreement was in writing, however, Dr. Phillip is refusing to finish paying Elias. Elias and the other workers are owed $1700. Unidad Latina en Acción has attempted to contact Phillip through letters and phone calls in order to come to an agreement about this money. However, they have been ignored. Unidad has now resorted to filing a complaint with the Department of Labor and engaging in direct actions outside of Phillips’ office and home in Freehold, New Jersey in the meantime as the complaint goes through. The direct actions include parading a giant balloon rat down Phillips’ street. Immigrant Workers’ Rights Elias emphasizes that workers deserve to be paid and any immigrant workers struggling with similar issues can seek out Unidad Latina en Acción for help. Elias’ case has been taken on by a pro bono lawyer who was found through Unidad. Maya encourages those struggling to reach out to community organizations. The Unidad Latina en Acción has a website through which you can donate to their Day Laborers emergency relief fund. All money goes directly to day laborers who have not been included in federal relief due to their immigration status. Unidad Latina en Acción is an organization that comes from, for, and by workers. Exploitation of workers is unacceptable and will not stand. Remember to keep sponsoring independent media if you are able. We want to keep bringing you these reports and giving you the information you need on the ground. One way that you can contribute to independent media is by joining our Editorial Board for access to a “virtual backstage” for shows and the chance to meet guests and contribute to interviews! The board meets approximately once a month, but members have no obligation to be there. #NJRR Live Welcomes Pastor Corey L. Teague Our next guest tonight is Pastor Corey L. Teague out of Paterson, New Jersey. Corey is also joined by several newer activists who preferred to stay off camera for anonymity. Corey has been doing activism in Paterson for approximately 20 years now. He is currently serving as Commissioner of the Paterson Board of Education. Brian and Corey met when Brian had just started with Revolution Radio. Corey is involved with the struggles involving incarceration in North Jersey, particularly in Passaic County. He is also running for Paterson Student Council at large. He has not picked a party yet, but he is leaning towards Independent. Like us at Revolution Radio, Corey is tired of the bullshit two-party system in America and he hears the same sentiment echoed in his community. #JusticeForJameek Corey was also involved with the #JusticeForJameek movement. Jameek Lowery, a young Black man, livestramed himself going to the police for help and was clearly in need of medical attention. Mysteryously, he died after being traumautized in their custody. Details are extremely shady even though there is damning Live video evidence that shows the police neglecting Jameek, and the departments abhorhent recent history of criminal behavior. Corey reports that he is still in touch with Jameek’s family. He refrains from spreading rumors about the situation, but he still shares #JusticeForJameek content on social media, demanding answers. While we are still waiting for more answers and legislative change, Corey is praying for Jameek’s family. Faith-Based Activism At weekly sermons, Corey preaches messages of activism and evidence. His faith is strong but so is his proof. His sermons are usually virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions, but he sometimes attends limited gatherings. He keeps busy with preaching and activism, often to the point where he arguably does not get enough sleep. If you want to get in touch with Corey, he has Facebook and Instagram accounts. Corey encourages us to get involved! He will return your call if he doesn’t answer right away. If you would like to donate, Corey’s Cash App tag is $CoreyLTeague. Before we go tonight, we’d like to remind you one more time that donations really do make all the difference. If you can, please donate. We put your money to good and direct use. We want to be able to keep bringing you stories like this, and you can help make that possible! Until next week, everyone, stay safe. -Leah Giannantonio for the New Jersey Revolution Radio network #NJRR Live: Vaccines Are Being Tried in the US. What Do The Tests Mean? 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69 minutes | 2 months ago
The Idavox Report: Movie Makers “2020 The Dumpster Fire”
Welcome to The IDAVOX Report on Revolution Radio! It is Tuesday night, and you know what that means! It’s another episode of the Idavox Report on Revolution Radio. We open the show with Brian Powers, Christian Perez, and Daryle Lamont Jenkins. Obviously, we are going to be poking some fun at CPAC. Blowing up on Twitter right now is the fact that there was a golden Trump statue at the event. CPAC Shitshow Although most conservatives claim to be Christian, this conflicts with that ideology: the golden statue is a firm example of an idol. He was also breaking the US Flag code by wearing the flag as underwear. Overall, the statue is a hilariously pathetic failed attempt to glorify a fallen leader. Events like CPAC currently exist, comment Daryle, as a product of the right going into survival mode. The right doesn’t like that the American demographic is shifting. People that they kept down for generations are now speaking up and they’re afraid. The right’s priority is to make sure that they themselves keep existing. This fact explains how conservative political conferences these days are always self-aggrandizing. In a way, however, these vain events are an admission that the right has lost its grip on the country. Watching for White Supremacy For people who wanted to be even more vile with their displays of racism, there was the America First Political Action Conference, also held in Orlando. Christian and Daryle share that it is disturbing to see that they had people of color as speakers at an event where the mantra was to preserve white supremacy. “If you don’t think that you are adequate enough to maintain this society, that’s your problem; get the hell out of the way [and make room] for those that can,” asks Daryle. These white supremacists are also sellouts and Daryle challenges them to take their bullshit somewhere else in the world where it won’t be tolerated like it is in parts of the Southeast US. Daryle Called It: Boogaloo Boy Arrested With Weapons Speaking of sellouts and white supremacy, Paul Miller was arrested this morning by the FBI at his apartment in Florida. The charge was possessing firearms while being a convicted felon. Paul Miller is a Boogaloo boy that we’ve discussed before on Revolution Radio. Idavox has been reporting on him for over half a year as his racist antics and threatening language have escalated. Until recently, Miller lived near Daryle in New Brunswick. We are all glad that this man no longer has guns. Daryle predicted that he would be dangerous and hoped he would be brought to justice. Brian suggests a segment with Daryle called “I Told You So.” Please donate to independent media if you are able! We want to be able to keep bringing you these reports and giving you the information you need. Rod Webber and Lauren Pespisa It is our honor to welcome Rod Webber and Lauren Pespisa as guests tonight! Rod is an artist and reluctant documentarian. In the nineties, he was part of the NY folk punk scene, opening for Daniel Johnston and Kimya Dawson. In the following decade, he transitioned into directing art films. His latest documentary, “2020: The Dumpster Fire,” is about the civil unrest of 2020. The movie features interviews with Noam Chomsky, Jello Biafra and Daryle Lamont Jenkins. Lauren Pespisa is a longtime activist, talk show host and producer. Throughout her life, she has been a part of Occupy (Boston), Anonymous and other left wing movements. She has produced multiple podcasts targeting the Boston area. She currently works as a producer and in front of the camera along with Rod. Her goal is to help raise awareness and inspire people to act with the new film “2020: The Dumpster Fire.” Make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel! [March 2 Idavox Report With Daryle Lamont Jenkins & Brian Powers featuring Christian Perez, Rod Webber, and Lauren Pespisa] Activism Through Performance You can see the trailer for “2020: The Dumpster Fire” here. In the movie, Rod travels the country and examines the civil unrest that unfolded throughout the year. Rod’s new song, “Joe Biden Wrote The Patriot Act”, is featured in the movie. The song can also be found on her Twitter. In Rod’s spare time, he gets into lots of trouble working in media, trolling politicians with performance art, and generally raising hell. For example, Alex Jones has called Rod “absolutely evil,” a fact that is showcased in the documentary trailer. In March, he was arrested by the Boston police for saying “FUCK DONALD TRUMP, FUCK WHITE NATIONALISM,” burning a US flag, and conducting a “Satanic ritual” during the Oct 2020 Super Happy Fun America rally. Plugs and Information Lauren’s ongoing podcast, Renter’s Radio, is a weekly livestream that discusses the issue of increasingly high prices for housing in Boston, where rent control is banned. Lauren is committed to helping those facing homelessness through her podcast, which covers helpful information such as local elections. You can find Lauren on Twitter. Rod has a website as well as a Twitter. Also, Rod does art and posts it on his Instagram. Stay Connected Daryle is a member of the Antifascist Unity Coalition. AFUC is involved with several mutual aid projects and food banks. If you are interested in the organization or getting connected with mutual aid, contact Daryle or visit http://daysofunity.org/. They host food drives on the first Saturday of every month. Idavox is the newsline for One People’s Project and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, or their website. One People’s Project can be found on Facebook and Twitter. Daryle himself is on Facebook and Twitter. The One People’s Project also accepts donations through Daryle’s Cash App account, $NotoriousDLJ. Until next time, everyone, stay safe and stay informed. -Leah Giannantonio, for Revolution Radio and Idavox #NJRR Live: Weed! Plus a panel on Technology Taking Over Labor: Life Without Work? The Idavox Report With Daryle Lamont-Jenkins : Lester and Dylan Chambers @RevRadNat Special Reports: Marching Orders. Mobilizing to defend 30 homes.
60 minutes | 3 months ago
#NJRR Live: Combat Sports and The Left – An Interview With Sam Yang of Southpaw
Welcome to #NJRR Live, Coming At You Live At 8PM EST On Wednesdays! On the last Wednesday of every month, Revolution Radio is lucky enough to have Christian Perez step in as host for #NJRR Live! Christian is our resident conspiracy theory expert, a long-time comrade and supporter of Revolution Radio, and a member of the editorial board. Tonight, Christian begins the show by welcoming Revolution Radio’s writer, Leah, to the show. Christian asks Leah if she’s heard about what’s going on in Texas, going on to inform the audience that 58 lives have been lost so far due to terrible leadership, poor infrastructure, and a shoddy electrical grid. Certain liberals have been making fun of the situation because it is a red state but Christian condemns this divisive behavior. The Cowardly Right If left-wing folk want to poke fun, there’s a glaring target. In the middle of the snowstorm last week, Ted Cruz tucked tail and ran to Cancún. Conservative talking heads are creeping through the woodwork and trying to defend his cowardly actions. Some conservatives in the state have even told the people that the local government owes them nothing and asserted that they’d rather endure days on end without power than be on a federal power grid. Your money, most likely, has a picture of a big ol’ racist on it. Get rid of it! Give it to poor people or independent media. What are you waiting for? Speaking of the right wing disregarding the value of human life, we take a look at the coronavirus death rates in America today. Christian laments that we did not have better leadership in the face of this crisis. Although he concedes that Democrats are not the answer, Christian believes that we would not be seeing such high rates of death if the right was not in power during the COVID-19 disaster. This year, CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) is themed “America UnCancelled.” When conservatives complain about being cancelled, they are really actually whining about being held accountable for their actions for once. However, ironically, CPAC has cancelled one of their speakers due to them having expressed offensive views. Meanwhile, the icing on the cake of this shitshow is that conservatives are the ones who actually started cancel culture with the McCarthy era. #NJRR Live Welcomes Sam Yang of Southpaw Without further adieu, we welcome Sam Yang to #NJRR Live. Sam Yang is a writer, philosopher, martial artist, and host of the Southpaw podcast! Southpaw podcast is a left-wing podcast focusing on combat sports such as boxing, MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and professional wrestling. Sam even had Christian Perez on as his guest for a timeless episode of Southpaw, in which they discuss the danger and psychology of conspiracy theories. Sam frequently does breakdowns of fights on the show. He also uses his podcast to help make the combat sports community accessible. For example, Sam notes that women and LGBT individuals are often excluded from discussions about combat sports. Sam is working to change this. [February 24, 2021 #NJRR Live With Host Christian Perez featuring Sam Yang and Leah Giannantonio] The Left-Wing Joe Rogan Experience Sam likens his podcast to a left-wing “The Joe Rogan Experience” experience. On Southpaw, Sam talks about fights; he talks about politics or news; he talks about whatever he finds interesting. However, the perspectives are very different. Sam’s podcast generally attracts a slightly younger audience and he’s notably less into toxic masculinity. He enjoys anime, pro wrestling, and K-pop, which is sometimes reflected on the show. Sam created Southpaw because he knew the left needed an alternative to hearing Joe Rogan’s shitty opinions. The Southpaw podcast is one of a kind. Podcasts about sports on the left tend to be segmented and very specific, which can be good safe spaces, but can also alienate certain communities. Southpaw is open to any respectful parties that are interested in combat sports, whether they be guests or listeners. Combat Sports and The Right Sam has noticed that whenever a conspiracy theory gets big in popular culture, it usually gets big within the fighting community first. For example, Sam was predicting that QAnon would blow up months ago because he saw it gaining traction in the fighting community. Sam believes that the reason combat sports tend to attract or be associated with the right wing is because of the aspect of (toxic) masculinity. Obviously, this cannot all be attributed to one person or cause. However, Sam connects a lot of the right-wing rhetoric he sees in combat sports culture to Hélio Gracie. Hélio Gracie was a Brazilian martial artist who founded and developed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with his four brothers. Hélio was deeply bigoted and was influenced by Brazilian Integralism. The Integralists are a fascist political party that recently started getting popular again in Brazil. Stay in Touch! You can find ways to donate and support Southpaw on their website. Sam also has a Twitter. Southpaw podcast has a website and a store . If you shop at the store, you can spend money to get cool swag while also supporting the podcast. The Southpaw store sells a “NO GURUS NO MASTERS” shirt. This refers to the idea that calling an instructor guru, master, or even sensei can be problematic. It can lead to a social hierarchy within the culture that enables grooming and abuse of students, effectively an oppressive pedagogy. Also, says Sam, it puts the instructors on an unnecessarily high pedestal. Christian’s podcast, Modernity and Absurdity, can be found on Itunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and most other mainstream podcast apps. Christian is also on Twitter and Facebook. Once again, he encourages the audience to listen to the episode of Southpaw where Christian was the guest, which is called Conspiracy Theories, Pseudosciences, God, Empire, & Privilege. (Writer’s note: it’s really good!) Until next week, everyone, stay safe and stay informed. -Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio network Why We Need Revolution Radio. Alex Jones Takes A Hit The Idavox Report February 9, 2021: From Portland to My Pillow
87 minutes | 3 months ago
The Idavox Report: Beth Foster and Dangerous Ideas Collective
Welcome to Another Idavox Report on Revolution Radio! Hello and welcome to the Idavox Report on Revolution Radio. The Idavox Report is brought to you by the One People’s Project. Daryle Lamont-Jenkins will be our host of the show tonight, as he is for each episode of the Idavox Report. Daryle is a long-time comrade, activist, journalist, and award-winning producer who has been working for 30 years to weed out and identify white supremacists. Some call him the original doxxer. We begin this week’s show by addressing the unfortunate fact that it has been decided that no Rochester police officers will be legally charged for the murder of Daniel Prude. Daniel died a cruel death at the hands of police officers last March. He was experiencing a psychotic episode when officers covered his head in a mesh bag pinned him to the ground until he lost consciousness. #DefundThePolice As Daryle points out, we say defund the police for a reason. Social workers would be better equipped to handle so many of the incidents that police currently take on. Even still, we see police forces mocking social workers on social media. The fact is that many social workers deal with mentally ill and even violent people on a day to day basis. Daryle’s father was one of those workers. We keep seeing mentally ill people die at the hands of police and nothing is changing. In order to see change, not only do we need to defund the police, we need to fund and supply social workers. Social workers are wonderful and diligent people but they need the right tools in order to be able to do their jobs in crisis. The right tools for situations involving mentally ill individuals are not guns. Please donate to independent media if you are able! We want to be able to keep bringing you these reports and giving you the information you need. Extremism in Power Merrick Garland has been nominated for attorney general, but there has been backlash among the right wing about some of his recent remarks. Garland came out and said he would crack down on right-wing extremism if he was voted in. As an audience member points out, the reason that right-wing government officials would be upset about this is because they are some of the very extremists threatening our nation. We saw this last month: on January 6th, the rioters had too easy a time infiltrating the Capitol. Police assisted in removing barricades. A senator even waved his supporters on as they attempted a violent coup. One of the individuals who was arrested after the fact was a former cop who lived near Daryle. We are seeing that dangerous extremism permeates much of the American right wing. [February 23 Idavox Report With Daryle Lamont-Jenkins & Brian Powers featuring Beth Foster, Christian Perez, and Leah Giannantonio] Beth Foster We are honored to welcome Beth Foster to the show. She has been working with Daryle for nearly a decade to combat the American Renaissance Conference, which is a racist gathering that takes place yearly in Tennessee. Beth Foster is an activist, educator, and a member of the Dangerous Ideas Collective. She is also a member of the Antifascist Unity Coalition as well as One People’s Project. Beth grew up in Kentucky and went to school for journalism. She was an intern at a newspaper company and uncovered a scandal involving state police in a drug ring and a young black man who discovered the truth, leading to his killing. Coverage of the scandal consumed years of her life and exposing the truth put her in danger. This experience radicalized Beth. From there, she knew she needed to go deeper in order to create real change. Beth left her job as a journalist to join the Occupy Wall Street movement, which was gaining traction at that time. Equality in Education In New York, Beth met a pastor from her home state and they partnered to create the Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center, which is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and feminist ideas. Through that program, Beth began working with young people and teaching history. She ended up leaving the Junction to pursue a life more focused on academics and education. She is committed to creating curricula that teach history in an accurate, anti-oppressor, environmentally conscious way. Beth acknowledges the importance of supplying quality curricula to all communities, regardless of financial status. She is also in contact with LGBT students who provide feedback about how online education works for them compared to in-person learning. Brian asks Beth about how she fosters a healthy learning and growing environment for LGBT students. Beth responds, emphasizing how the focus should be on the children’s social experience rather than trivial, dividing, and harmful questions such as “where can they go to the bathroom?” Beth says that fostering an environment in which kids are comfortable to learn and grow is the responsibility of the adult. To this end, she asks kids’ pronouns before she starts teaching. Asking pronouns is common practice for members of the Dangerous Ideas Collective. Racism At The Park Beth and Daryle are facing a new challenge this year as they prepare to combat the American Renaissance Conference. They plan to meet in late May at Tennessee’s Montgomery Bell State Park. Daryle and Beth are, as usual, trying to have a protest against the event. However, this year, due to COVID-19 regulations, the park is prohibiting protestors from gathering at the park. This new rule is ridiculous in context because the American Renaissance Conference, a group of Nazis, is still being allowed to gather at the very same park. Daryle asks the audience for assistance in agitation involving this corrupt regulation. Local governments will tear down racist statues, but these types of events are still being permitted in many parts of America—especially the South. In this way, racism continues to pervade our country even as politicians attempt to display that it is being eradicated. [Video footage: Antifa “navy” protest against a racist gathering at Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee] Stay Connected The best way to contact Beth is by email at Beth@DangerousIdeasCollective.org. For online educational resources, Beth recommends www.icivics.org/ for kids and www.learningforjustice.org/ for adults. Beth and Daryle are both members of the Antifascist Unity Coalition. AFUC is involved with several mutual aid projects and food banks as well as a radio theatre program. If you are interested in AFUC or getting connected with mutual aid, please contact Daryle at email@example.com or visit http://daysofunity.org/. You can also donate here. AFUC hosts food drives on the first Saturday of every month. Thanks Again Idavox is the newsline for One People’s Project and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, or their website. One People’s Project can be found on Facebook and Twitter as well as their website. Daryle himself is on Facebook and Twitter. One People’s Project also accepts donations through Daryle’s Cash App account, $NotoriousDLJ. Thank you for being here! We are here to show you that hate has consequences and bring you the information you need on the ground. If you are able, please donate to help us continue to do so. We’ll catch you on tomorrow’s episode of #NJRR Live with Christian Perez. Until then, everyone, stay safe and stay informed. -Leah Giannantonio – Writer, Revolution Radio
19 minutes | 3 months ago
@RevRadNat Special Reports: Marching Orders. Mobilizing to defend 30 homes.
@RevRadNat brings you this special report and asks that you take action NOW to defend the homes liberation by these revolutionaries. Cheri Honkala has been fighting for Philly without comprimise for decades. Her organization “The Poor People’s Army” has claimed 30 homes for people who needed shelter during this pandemic. Now during the cold winter storms HUD is moving in to make people homelss again. Abandon homes are property of nobody and HUD wants to evict people during the winter during a pandemic. The Poor People’s Army is mobilizing. Solidarity! Please call the Regional HUD office And tell them not to put this family out onto the street in the winter time and during the pandemic. 215-656-0500 . Please share widely! #Poorpeoplesarmy The National Lawyers Guild Press Release No Evictions for 30+ Families in Philadelphia Takeover Houses The National Lawyers Guild stands in solidarity with the Poor People’s Army and all of the 30+ families that are sheltered in homes that are reclaimed, abandoned properties in Philadelphia. Three families in Philadelphia, residing in homes owned by the Department of Housing & Urban Development, have received notices or threats of eviction within the last two months and could be thrown out into the freezing cold at any moment. Poor People’s Army/Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign has filed three pro se federal injunctions for these properties and are likely to go to court any day. The families should not be viewed as trespassers or criminals, they are human beings that have a right to safe housing. Since its founding, the NLG has organized to be “an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights and ecosystems over property interests.” The housing of unhoused people in abandoned government-owned properties is a prime example of this. The NLG believes it is important for lawyers to take a stand on issues of life, death, and justice, even if there is no legal remedy. There have always been unjust laws written by those in power against the poor. Most of the evils throughout history have been legally sanctioned, such as American slavery or segregation. “We understand that the Poor People’s Army initiated these housing takeovers in an attempt to provide people a safe place to live during the winter and the pandemic,” says Elena Cohen, President of the NLG. “Homelessness is now and has always been a moral, human rights, and public health crisis,” says Sarah White, Co-Chair of the Housing & Homelessness Committee of the NLG. “As homelessness continues with the ongoing pandemic and heightened joblessness, lawyers need to take sides and support poor people organizing themselves to survive against corporations and the rich.” The NLG finds it unconscionable that anyone is unhoused in the richest country in the world and believes it is abhorrent that HUD or any other agency would move to evict a family at any point, particularly during the coldest months of the year and during a pandemic which has left half a million Americans dead. “There are 10 abandoned properties for every homeless person in Philadelphia,” explains Elsa Noterman, a geographer at University of Wisconsin-Madison who recently completed a study on this. “Nearly all of the takeover houses have children in them,” says Cheri Honkala, National Coordinator for Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign/Poor People’s Army. “If the city and country won’t house people, then God and us will.” The NLG calls on HUD to immediately cease eviction actions, proceedings, and threats against all occupants in their properties. NLG calls for a formal agreement to allow families in takeover homes in Philadelphia and beyond to remain where they are
55 minutes | 3 months ago
#NJRR Live: Weed! Plus a panel on Technology Taking Over Labor: Life Without Work?
Welcome to #NJRR Live! Hello and welcome, readers and listeners, to another episode of #NJRR Live! We are coming at you on Wednesday night, as we usually do. For those of you who don’t know, Revolution Radio is a national independent media network created to foster art and activism. We are proletariat-driven, bringing information to the grassroots when corporate media won’t. We also like to talk about weed when we can. For our first guest tonight we welcome our writer and in-house weed scholar/expert, Leah Giannantonio, to the show. Leah holds a minor degree in Cannabis Studies from Stockton University. She considers herself very lucky for the fact that she was already attending Stockton University when the minor was announced. Leah first joined Revolution Radio through the Cannabis Studies internship program that was required by her university. Needless to say, she is incredibly grateful for the existence of the Cannabis Studies minor at Stockton University. Where’s NJ’s Legal Weed? Leah wants to address a question: Why isn’t weed legal yet in NJ? It’s in the constitution that the cultivation, processing, and sale of retail marijuana or persons age 21 and older has been legal starting Jan. 1, however, without the corresponding legislation, it is effectively still illegal. There are still no dispensaries for legal purchasing and there have been no laws signed allowing for the possession of weed. A New Jersey Attorney General has declared that prosecutors should adjourn low-level marijuana prosecutions until March. Most if not all of the low-level marijuana charges that have been made in 2021 will be dropped. However, arrests are still happening every day. The numbers vary but NJ.com reports that there have been over 6,000 marijuana-related arrests this year. Unnecessary Police Encounters According to the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, Black people are 3.5 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people (this statistic persists even though Black people and white people use the plant at similar rates.) Mathematically, that’s over 4,000 unnecessary interactions between Black people and police in New Jersey this year so far. As we’ve seen once again this past year, these encounters are more than often dangerous and can end tragically. There are currently at least two bills that would legalize marijuana literally sitting on Phil Murphy’s desk but he won’t touch them. Remember a few years ago when this man was running for office and he promised that he would prioritize cannabis legalization? It just goes to show that politicians will say anything, co-opt any movement, to get into office. DOnate Now Sign Up For Emails Holdups, Hangups, Or Excuses? So, what’s the holdup? Or, to phrase it more accurately, what’s the excuse? We the people voted to amend the New Jersey constitution to legalize marijuana in November. Despite 2.7 million New Jersey residents who voted yes on the ballot, New Jersey has yet become the 13th state to legalize marijuana. The official line would probably be something about “complex legislative hangups.” Leah is here to clear up just what that fancy lingo means. One argument that Governor Murphy wants resolved before he’ll sign the bill is that of how much, if any, people under 21 will be fined for low-level cannabis possession. Some lawmakers want to impose the fine for regulatory and revenue purposes. Still, others are concerned about the social justice aspect of imposing additional restrictions on young people. Social Justice Concerns Another social justice issue is that many lawmakers want the initial legislature to include expungement and set aside revenue for communities where marijuana laws have been disproportionately and cruelly enforced against Black people for decades. That’s truly nice but it wasn’t what was on the ballot. Revolution Radio wants expungement as much as anyone: Brian has been arrested for cannabis charges. However, it would be better to legalize weed right now and in turn hurry up with putting out the expungement legislation separately. All the people seeking social justice are actually accomplishing the opposite by trying to force the legislation as a package deal. Doing so will make it take longer for weed to be legal but it won’t significantly expedite expungement legislation. We The People Lastly, legislators have been bickering over technical issues of cultivation permits/licenses as well as balancing employer and employee rights when it comes to cannabis use. Ultimately, what we have here is a situation where the people of New Jersey have spoken in abundant favor of something but politicians are blocking it through inaction. [February 17, 2021 Episode of #NJRR Live with Brian Powers featuring Leah Giannantonio, Marilyn Gomez-Agudelo, and Pat Fahy] #NJRR Live Welcomes Pat Fahy and Marilyn Gomez-Agudelo We now welcome Editorial Board members Pat Fahy and Marilyn Gomez-Agudelo to our panel. Marilyn is a young activist who joins us tonight from Florida. Brian met her in a Facebook comments thread and the rest is history. Pat has been a comrade of Brian’s for many years; they first met through a Union back when Brian worked for Verizon. Pat has since retired and moved to New Mexico. There, he continues his activism and contributes to our network in various ways. One of Pat’s contributions is tonight’s topic for panel discussion, which is automation, jobs, and labor. Pat wrote an article about this topic a while back and is here today to discuss the topic further. Pat opens with an excellent point: automation would be a much less scary thing were we not living under capitalism. As it stands under capitalism, people associate the term “automation” with losing their jobs and in turn their livelihood. Automation Under Capitalism This is because, under capitalism, profits are always the priority. If it is cheaper to replace you with a self-service kiosk or robot, your boss will do so, and he’ll do it with a smile. During the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen hundreds of thousands if not millions of people lose employment in favor of automated systems under the excuse of the automation being more sterile and therefore safer. However, these people will likely never get those jobs back. This is because It is often cheaper to maintain a robot or computer in the long term than to pay a person. The job market has gone to shit as qualified kids continue to graduate from colleges looking for work opportunities that do not exist. Many people never realize the potential of their education in the workforce. Many still can’t even find any type of work whatsoever in the wake of the pandemic. Automation Under Communism Under communism, automation would exist side-by-side with laborers to ease their workload as desired. Under capitalism, automation will replace much of the workforce because it is more profitable that way. Right now, people are noticing the problem. An unprecedented number of people in America are out of work and in turn desperate for jobs. There is dissent in the air. It is essential that we concentrate this energy in a productive way. The panel discusses their individual ideas of an ideal world relative to a balance of automation and human labor. Leah would personally enjoy a world where she was free to foster her creative passions full-time and guilt free. Marilyn relates, noting that we should embrace development in automation because no one should have to spend their lives doing a bullshit job that they don’t want to be doing. Brian clarifies that some people, including himself at times, do glean fulfillment from simple work from time to time and that is perfectly valid. All Play And No Work? Brian also acknowledges that there is work which cannot be automated that is absolutely necessary for a functioning society (i.e. surgeons.) We will still need the general population to step up and contribute to society, no matter how far automation goes. As with all things, there is a balance here, and people will need to find it. Ultimately, there would (generally) be no need for the 40 hour work week in an ideal communist society. Think, instead, along the lines of a 10-15 hour work week full of free time to spend with loved ones, develop creatively, work on growing as a person, collaborate with like-minded individuals, or to do any other wonderful thing you can think of. What We Should Do Now Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing that ideal world any time soon. As it stands, we are held back by capitalism. Human potential is truncated by society’s capitalistic system of exploitation. That is why we have to keep fighting at the grassroots. We only truly lose when we abandon hope. This pandemic is a crisis moment and we’ve seen how the right has latched onto it to push white supremacy and the like. The left needs to grasp the moment, too, and use it to push positive things such as universal basic income. There is a phrase among revolutionary communities that we need to build a new world from the ashes of the old. Well, Brian points out, we’ve been standing in a pile of ashes. Technology is one of humanity’s strongest points as a species. If we develop it with the proper ethical considerations, we could accomplish beautiful things. Until next week, everyone, stay safe and stay informed. -Leah Giannantonio, for Revolution Radio Save The Joint: NJ Weedman Appeals For Help Amidst His Fight For Social Justice in Drug Laws The Labor Movement is Untenable Without A Reckoning on the Question of Police Unions: A Personal Perspective
62 minutes | 3 months ago
The Idavox Report Feb 16, 2021: Keeping An Eye On The Far Right
Welcome to the Idavox Report on Revolution Radio! Hello and welcome to another Idavox Report on Revolution Radio, here to show you that hate has consequences. We are honored to welcome Daryle Lamont-Jenkins to the show tonight. Daryle is a long-time comrade and activist who has been working for 30 years to weed out and identify white supremacists as the original doxxer. Daryle is also a journalist and an award-winning producer. He created the One People’s Project as a nonprofit to combat white supremacy. What happened at the Capitol on January 6th was a planned event. The violent mob was allowed to breach security, with cops even helping lift the barricades in some cases. Some of the perpetrators have still yet to be arrested. If the people there that day were people of color, they would have been arrested on the spot. Instead, we still have seditionists openly walking the streets in our country. [February 16 Idavox Special Report With Daryle Lamont-Jenkins and Brian Powers] Who Takes The Fall It’s been over a month since the attack and the general American population wants to see more people put away for their actions. Some people were even hoping that the Senate Republicans would actually grow some spines and convict the President, but as we see, that did not happen. Mitch McConnell acknowledged that Trump has not gotten away with anything yet. The excuse is that he is no longer in the White House. Daryle remains optimistic Donald Trump isn’t going to get away with anything. There may still be more evidence that was not presented during the impeachment trial. The Proud Boys are turning out to be the fall guys for the insurrection on January 6, 2021. In turn, the group is falling apart, partially due to outbreaks of infighting. It came out last week that the leader of the proud Boys was a federal informant. Darle speculates that the Proud Boys will continue to fall apart and some of the dispersed members will join other right-wing groups. Your contributions help us keep track of dangerous right-wing activity. Donate to Revolution Radio if you think independent journalism should investigate these groups! Glass Half Full Daryle is a glass half full type of guy. He believes that people have reached the point where they realize that the far right needs their ass kicked, whether it be the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, or QAnon believers. On January 6th, we saw all of their hate come to a head and people don’t want it to happen again. Biden was one of Daryle’s last choices for President, but now that he’s in office, Daryle acknowledges that we need to try to work with his administration as much as we can. Although Daryle does not trust politicians as far as he can throw them, if a door is open, he’s going through it. Because Biden is in office, there are people who have hope that they didn’t have in Trump’s America. Those are the people that Daryle wants to work with. He wants to show them that they could have been standing up and fighting all along. Brian emphasizes how important it is that we keep educating people on the ground in the meantime. For example, it is now up to us to publicly identify additional right wing groups that could be a threat in the future. As the Proud Boys fall apart, where are they going? We’ll be keeping an eye on this because we need to. #SupportIndieMedia The federal government is ultimately a calculated scheme. They tactically govern precisely enough to keep society stable so we don’t revolt but they do not want to improve things for us, so they don’t. Real change is up to us. That is part of the reason that what Idavox and Revolution Radio do is so important. Our independent journalism is a form of activism as we work to benefit grassroots communities by disseminating accurate information. #BringBackIndieMedia Daryle reminds us that part of the reason Idavox began getting traffic long ago is because they pushed the stories that no one else was willing to. Idavox is actually named after investigative journalist Ida B. Wells, who Daryle has a photo of on his wall. Wells was willing to write about lynchings when no one else would. Daryle is looking for writers for Idavox and encourages any interested individuals to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org (an email address that he has had for 20 years — Daryle: Antifa before it was cool.) Independent media is how we hold the rich and powerful to a standard of decency. Brian challenges the audience to name one system in our society besides independent media that truly holds the rich accountable. It is absolutely necessary that we on the grassroots left maintain our own platforms, especially in the face of growing online communities such as Parlr. Daryle warns before we end the show that sometime in mid-April in Phoenix, Arizona, there is to be an upcoming conference followed by a rally held by the NSM (National Socialist Movement.) The NSM is a neo-Nazi group that specializes in theatrical and provocative protest. #SupportIndieMedia Remember to keep sponsoring independent media if you are able. We want to be able to keep bringing you these reports and giving you the information you need on the ground. One way that you can contribute to independent media and also benefit yourself is by joining our Editorial Board — Idavox and Daryle are involved, too! Visit our signup page to learn more about the perks of being a member. Stay Connected Daryle is a member of the Antifascist Unity Coalition. AFUC is involved with several mutual aid projects and food banks. If you are interested in the organization or getting connected with mutual aid, contact Daryle or visit http://daysofunity.org/. They host food drives on the first Saturday of every month. Idavox is the newsline for One People’s Project and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, or their website. One People’s Project can be found on Facebook and Twitter. Daryle himself is on Facebook and Twitter. The One People’s Project also accepts donations through Daryle’s Cash App account, $NotoriousDLJ. Until next time, everyone, stay safe and stay informed. -Leah Giannantonio, for Revolution Radio #NJRR Live Special Report: Is This Revolution? With Special Guests Afrika and Margaret Kimberley The Labor Movement is Untenable Without A Reckoning on the Question of Police Unions: A Personal Perspective The Idavox Report February 9, 2021: From Portland to My Pillow
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