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67 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Exploring Jimmy Dore’s Boogaloo Bullshit – with Special Guests Rod Webber and Lauren Pespisa
Remember when so-called comedian Jimmy Dore had a member of a hate group on his show? Well, that Boogaloo clown has been doxxed. We're going to be talking about it with Rod Webber and Lauren Pespisa, who have been in contact with Jimmy Dore about the incident.
56 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
#NJRR Live- Black History Matters: Teaching the Truth
Tonight, we are going to be talking about Critical Race Theory. Host Brian Powers will interview activist and comrade Jennifer Lewinski. What is CRT and why is it so important? Plus: cops in New Jersey got bodycams. Can we expect change as a result?
69 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
#NJRR Live- Joe or Schmoe: Are We Ridin’ With Biden? (A Review of the Biden Presidency So Far)
Welcome to #NJRR Live! Tonight, our panel features Brian Powers and Christian Perez. We will be taking a look at how Joe Biden has performed so far as President of the United States of America. No politician is perfect, but most politicians fall far below the mark. Joe Biden is coming into a presidency that has been set with one of the lowest bars ever by his fascist orange predecessor. Let’s take a look at the Biden Administration’s first 100 (or so) days in office. Was he a good ol’ Joe or just a Schmoe? Student Debt During the electoral fight for the next presidency, progressives were asking for $50,000 in student loan debt forgiveness. The Biden administration campaign came out and said that Biden will “meet them in the middle” and relieve just $10,000. Now, that number has come all the way back down to zero. Christian Perez comments that a president will do something if they want to do it. The fact that there is still a student debt crisis is a choice by the Biden Administration. Student debt is a distinctly American issue, and that says a lot about how our system is designed to keep people down. [#NJRR Live June 7, 2021 with Christian Perez and Brian Powers] Stimulus Bills Next we focus on something a bit more positive: the recent stimulus bill. We’ve discussed the various benefits of the 1.9 trillion dollar bill on the show before. This money is going to strengthen countless American institutions for education, childcare, healthcare, and more. When it comes to the second stimulus check, it is hard to argue with free money. Obviously, the stimulus checks are nice, but they are also a long time coming. It took months of arguing among lawmakers for the bill to finally be passed. Furthermore, we do not know if stimulus checks will continue to come or if they were a twice-only deal. Housing Crisis Joe’s administration gave 20 billion dollars to state and local governments to help low income households cover backrent, rent assistance, and utility bills; 50 billion to health aides and localities for the homeless; and 5 billion for emergency housing vouchers for the homeless. This is a good step but it is coming way too late. We have more empty houses than unhoused people in America and it is time to end homelessness for good. Don’t forget that our productions rely on your donations! Thank you so much for giving what you can. Foreign Relations Biden dropped the ball when it came to Israel and Palestine. That being said, it was exactly what we expected. Biden has thus far been weak on foreign policy altogether, with one of his most significant moves so far being the bombing of Syrian villages. Biden verbally urged Israel to halt attacks on Palestine, yet the United States continues to give Israel 30 billion dollars per year, more than it gives any other foreign country. His money is not where his mouth is. Final Score: Joe or Schmoe? As with most presidencies, the Biden Administration has been a mixed bag. Joe Biden is indeed trying to further some progressive policies. However, he seems to be hoping that we will forget about some things: for example, the promises he made on the campaign trail and the fact that he is funding the Israeli military. Joe Biden may have done a few good things so far as President, but in the end, there’s absolutely no doubt that he’s a Schmoe. -Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network
77 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
The #Idavox Report: Beth Foster and the Foster Woods Folks’ School
Welcome to the #Idavox Report! It is Tuesday night at 8:00 PM EST, and that means it is time for the Idavox Report! This week, Daryle will be interviewing Beth Foster of the Foster Woods Folks’ School. Before he begins, though, Daryle would like to pay tribute to an amazing musician who he knew personally. Jack Terricloth was the lead singer of the cabaret-punk band The World/Inferno Friendship Society. When Daryle met him, he lived in New Brunswick and he was guitarist and vocalist of a band called Sticks and Stones. Daryle describes Jack as having been influential, larger than life, and a cool cat, and says that he will miss him. The #Idavox Report is funded by your donations! If you want to contribute and also get something material out of it, check out One People’s Project Merch! There are hats, buttons, bumper stickers, and more. Plus, you get a free copy of the book 40 Ways to Fight Fascists by Spencer Sunshine with every purchase. [The Idavox Report with Daryle Lamont Jenkins featuring Christian Perez, Beth Foster, and two of her fellow educators] The Idavox Report Welcomes Beth Foster Daryle cues a pre-recorded interview featuring Christian Perez, Beth Foster, and a panel of educators named Ben and Will. Beth is our first repeat guest on the Idavox Report. Beth is the founder of The Foster Woods Folks’ School, where Ben and Will teach. She describes the school as a culmination of a lot of different projects into one cohesive organization. The Foster Woods Folks’ School headquarters is built on property, originally Shawnee land, that was bought by Beth’s grandfather. Although The Foster Woods Folks’ School has a physical location in Tennessee, it is a global school—most of their events are hosted online. They are a global school, with Beth reporting that only one of the enrolled students is actually from Tennessee. The Foster Woods Folks’ School The school focuses on education, storytelling, and the arts within an ecosocial justice framework. Beth defines ecosocial justice as a thriving planet that celebrates diversity and makes equity possible through policy. The Foster Woods Folks’ School imagines a world where all people can live in safety and dignity with fair and sustainable access to resources. They are antiracists and intersectional feminists who believe that non-human animals also have the right to safe, healthy lives, freedom, and access to resources fitting for their species. The school features humane education for children and adults. There are four different schools, all with different classes designed for. Some of the courses include vegan cooking classes, People’s History, Social Studies, and English Language Arts. There are also programs such as Storyteller Studio, which is taught by Ben. Students range in age from 6 to 16 and come from all over the world. The school currently has students from four different continents enrolled in classes. Many of the students do not use English as their first language. Diversity is celebrated at The Foster Woods Folks’ School. The Power of Education Teachers at The Foster Woods Folks’ School such as Ben and Will try to center issues of justice and liberation in every lesson they teach. They are aware of how powerful education is. Public schools have warped the narrative of history to fit the oppressors of the world. The story of the hunt will be told from the perspective of the hunter. As Beth puts it, education is a tool of war. It can be used to crush a culture, or it can be used to liberate. Ben emphasizes how important it is that history is taught from the perspective of the people, from the bottom up. This means teaching about the working class instead of focusing on old dead white men. Moving Forward This school is filling a need held by various communities. Most Tennessee schools, even public schools, teach curriculums with conservative leanings. Laws have recently been passed in several states, including Tennessee, that ban public schools from teaching about a range of topics, including certain aspects of Black history. The Foster Woods Folks’ School is a good choice for people who want their kids to learn history as it actually happened. The best way to learn more is at https://www.fosterwoods.org/, the school’s website. There, you can view information about what classes are being offered right now and enroll. Beth wants her education to be as accessible as possible. If a fee is a barrier to entry for a family who wants their child to learn at The Foster Woods Folks’ School, Beth will lower or waive it. We close out the show by screening several minutes of footage of a wonderful performance by the talented Jack Terricloth. Until next week, everyone, stay safe and stay informed! -Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network Randi Alston and Her Community Address The Ventnor School Board In the fight for LGBTQ rights in New Jersey White Supremacy In Ventnor Elementary: A Follow-Up With Randi Alston
64 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
#NJRR Live: Remorseless. Israel’s Violent Solutions Making Peace Impossible
#NJRR Live is back for an important episode. As Israel uses violence against a problem they created, the world seems to have figured it out. Unfortunately, the United States is always there to enable the illegal occupations and blockades.
63 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
The Idavox Report: Opposing the American Renaissance Conference with Will York
Welcome to The #Idavox Report on Revolution Radio! Tonight, we open up our panel with Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Brian Powers, Christian Perez, and Will York. Will, an attorney from Tennessee, is our guest tonight. He has been involved with the fight against the American Renaissance Conference for nearly a decade. He’s here on #NJRR Live to give us some information about what we are up against. Remembering Tragedy Before we begin our show tonight, we take a moment to remember that it is the 1 year anniversary of George Floyd’s death. Countless Black lives have been lost to police violence In this country’s history. Meanwhile, the guilty officers almost always avoid facing serious legal consequences. Only around 1%, and never more than 2%, of officers who commit murder are arrested and convicted. Daryle remembers people such as Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and Trayvon Martin, whose deaths at the hands of cops made significant news. However, recalls Daryle, there was something different about the George Floyd case. There was clear video evidence. No one could deny the disgusting cruelty they saw on the tape of George Floyd being trampled and suffocated for 9 minutes. The Start of Change Will points out that the George Floyd case represents the beginning of an institutionalization of change. For example, fellow police officers actually testified against the murderous George Floyd at trial. This kind of honesty and accountability among police has rarely if ever been seen before in modern America. Christian adds that the murder of George Floyd helped people become aware of the political system and the fact that protesting gets things done. There is a prevailing myth that the struggle for Civil Rights ended in the 1960s. In truth, Black Americans are still fighting to be seen as equal in America to this day. There are those who would hide that truth in order to make sure Black people stay oppressed. That is the reason we are here today: to make sure the word gets out that oppressed people are indeed still struggling. [The #Idavox Report on Revolution Radio with Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Brian Powers, and Christian Perez featuring Tennessee attorney Will York] American Renaissance Conference According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Renaissance (also called the New Century) Foundation “is a self-styled think tank that promotes pseudo-scientific studies and research that purport to show the inferiority of blacks to whites […] [Their media] regularly feature[s] proponents of eugenics and blatant anti-black racists. The foundation also sponsors American Renaissance conferences every other year where racist ‘intellectuals’ rub shoulders with Klansmen, neo-Nazis and other white supremacists.” This year, the conference is going to be held in November. Both Daryle and Will have been fighting for years against the existence of the American Renaissance conference. As it stands, Tennessee lawmakers are insisting that local park ordinances take precedence over federal laws about limiting hate speech or gatherings. Tennessee lawmakers as well as American Renaissance staff maintain that they should be legally allowed to host this event. They construct this argument through a perversion of our 1st Amendment rights to freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly. A Legal Beacon of Hate The event has been booked to take place at Montgomery Bell State Park. It has also been held here in the past. For the event, the indoor facilities have also been reserved, or to be more accurate, monopolized: no outsiders are allowed to enter the parts of the park being used by the American Renaissance. A few years ago, a woman was arrested for urinating in the park woods. She only did this because she had a medical complication and was refused temporary entry to indoor facilities. By intentionally allowing this blatantly white supremacist conference to continue taking place year after year, the Tennessee government is fostering a cozy little home for racism and bigotry. This is completely unacceptable and hate has consequences. If you want to know more about how you can get involved with this fight against hatred, you’re in luck. Join the Fight Against Racism First, check out this event on Facebook, which is being organized by a handful of anti-racist groups based throughout the country. Then, if you know individual organizers or organizations that might want to get involved, email Daryle their contact information at email@example.com. The event is being held in the very same park and in the same month as the American Renaissance Conference. Go give ‘em hell. -Leah Giannantonio, for the New Jersey Revolution Radio Network Dave Grossman, Killology, & Police Brutality #NJRR Live: Community Bargaining, More Than a Contract #NJRR Live: 15 When?
67 minutes | May 27, 2021
The #Idavox Report- Abe Lincoln: Closet Marxist?
Welcome Back to the Idavox Report! Welcome to the Idavox Report! We took a week off, but we are back at you live on the Revolution Radio Network! Daryle is feeling significantly less under the weather this week; his allergies have cleared up. On the night that this podcast aired, Daryle is set to do a media appearance at 10:00PM EST on the FOX Soul Channel on Youtube. FOX Soul is a Black news show on the FOX Network featuring many types of programs, including entertainment and even some political content. Solidarity with Palestine Before we address tonight’s main topic, Daryle wants to address in short what is happening in the Middle East. Israel is committing atrocities against Palestine and its people including land theft and genocide. Genocide is absolutely reprehensible in any context. There is no excuse for the acts of war being committed against Palestine by Israel. Although the people of Israel have no doubt experienced hardship, they are still in the wrong to attack Palestine. Meanwhile, the United States funds Israel with money we could have been using for expanded social programs that improve and save lives. Brian will be exploring this topic further in tomorrow’s episode of #NJRR Live. Turning the Tide Meanwhile, in America, Republicans are afraid. They’re in survival mode. Their main voters are white people. If you look at Pew Research polls, you will find that white people tend to vote at proportionately less rates compared to minorities than they did twenty years ago. Conservatives see that the tide of the country is turning. In 2008, when we Inaugurated the first Black President into office, America’s growth as a tolerant nation became truly evident. When Republicans lost Georgia last year, they scrambled pathetically to reclaim the state. Electoral Politics If society truly is to be improved politically, one of the most significant hurdles that will need to be overcome involves electoral politics. We live in an intentionally designed bourgeois republic. You have to have money if you want to run for office in a practical manner. This is part of the reason we see a preponderance of celebrities in office. Being an elite gives one a predisposed advantage in electoral politics. American’s electoral system is intentionally designed to be exclusive. Brian comments that, if you’re looking to create true societal change, it is more effective and accessible in most cases to do things at the grassroots. A food donation almost guarantees that some family will get that food on their table. On the other hand, it is possible to squander years of one’s life and thousands if not millions of dollars in electoral politics. [The #Idavox Report May 11, 2021 with Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Brian Powers, and Christian Perez] Abraham Lincoln and Karl Marx Tonight’s topic is one that Daryle predicts might blow a lot of minds: he believes Lincoln may have been a Marxist. Daryle wanted to have this discussion tonight partially because of the rumors that Democrats started the KKK. In truth, certain prominent Democrats have historically been at the other end of the political spectrum! A couple of years ago, Daryle found out that Abraham Lincoln and Karl Marx were in some sort of contact. Some say they exchanged letters, some say they were pen-pals, some say a single letter was written to Lincoln by Marx. Marx was interested in the plight of slaves in America. Lincoln and Labor In Lincoln’s 1861 State of the Union Address, he stated, “Now there is no such relation between capital and labor as assumed, nor is there any such thing as a free man being fixed for life in the condition of a hired laborer. Both these assumptions are false, and all inferences from them are groundless.” Lincoln believed that labor is the superior of capital and should always be of higher consideration. It is Daryle’s opinion that Marx influenced or affected Lincoln in some way. By today’s definitions of Marxism, it may not be accurate to say that Lincoln was a Marxist. However, it can be said that for his day, Lincoln was a radical. Being born to a poor family, he understood the struggles of the common man better than most other presidents. His perspective was different from that of the elites of his day. Brian and Daryle agree that he was “the Bernie Sanders of his time.” The Birth Of American Imperialism Although Abraham Lincoln is generally looked upon favorably, we cannot overlook that the United States developed significantly as an imperialist empire under his leadership. US imperialism was ramped up even more in future administrations, but not without foundations planted during Lincoln’s presidency. America was and is a gluttonous monster. If you want to support Idavox and get some cool swag, visit the One People’s Project merch shop! Next week, we are going to be having Beth Foster on the show. We will be discussing her recent work and more. Until then, stay safe and stay informed! -Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network The Idavox Report: Movie Makers “2020 The Dumpster Fire” #NJRR Live: “Getting The Shot” Resistance to Vaccinations #NJRR Live: Weed! Plus a panel on Technology Taking Over Labor: Life Without Work?
54 minutes | May 27, 2021
#NJRR Live: En Las Calles de Colombia con Angie Morales
Welcome to #NJRR Live! Before we begin, the Revolution Radio Network has an announcement to make: Join us on June 22 at The Coffeehouse in Edison, New Jersey! We will be having our first live in-person show since the pandemic began. Come out and say hi! Brian, Christian, Daryle, and Leah will all be there! The Revolution Radio Network welcomes you with open arms. We start tonight’s show by bringing in one of our Editorial Board members and dear comrades, Belisha Beacon, who joins us from Florida. Revolution Radio Stands In Solidarity With Palestine What is happening in the Middle East is beyond horrifying. Israel is dominating and oppressing Palestine and hiding behind the invalid excuse of self-defense. Palestinians are begging the world to pay attention to their plight. Brian is embarrassed as a human being that people in any part of the world have to ask to be treated with dignity. There is a blatant right and wrong in this situation. It is not antisemitic to condemn Israel for genocide. The United States is funding Israel to wipe Palestinians off of the face of the Earth. We at Revolution Radio have every intention to keep the conversation about Palestine going. [#NJRR Live with Brian Powers, Belisha Beacon, and Angie Morales] What’s Going On In Cali, Colombia? Our special guest tonight is Angie Morales. She joins us from her home in Cali, Colombia. Angie is 22 and was born and raised in Cali. She is currently studying political science and conflict resolution at Universidad del Valle, the city’s university. She has participated in protests in the streets of Cali since April 28th. Her organization, Ciudad en Movimiento, was created from a larger national movement called Congress of the Villages. Ciudad en Movimiento is a social and political organization with the objective to construct cities into dignified places to live for all. Their motto is constructing cities with dignity. They are made up of people from all walks of life: women, men and children, young people, environmentalists, mothers and social leaders across villages, districts and cities and institutional spaces. They have centers in cities all across Colombia, not just in Cali. Police Militarization Video of a protest performance is shown on stream. The performance was put on by a young woman who attends the same university as Angie. This video went viral in Colombia on several social media platforms. The depicted protest is being held in response to a lawyer being murdered by police in Cali. This event caused riots at the Capitol and protests spread across the nation. In Colombia, women, poor people, and other vulnerable groups are frequent victims of police violence. Currently, most of the support that Angie is seeing people in Ciudad en Movimiento get is coming from within the organization. The Colombian government is trying to censor Ciudad en Movimiento and similar organizations because it does not want people outside of the country to know what’s going on. Ciudad en Movimiento Ciudad en Movimiento demands demilitarization in Cali as well as the resignation of various Colombian political leaders. Angie shares that a human rights organization reports that 1778 cases of police abuse, 11 cases of sexual abuse, 168 missing persons, and 42 deaths have taken place in Cali in only two weeks. As a social worker, Angie is profoundly impacted by these numbers on a psychosocial level. Ciudad en Movimiento is a way to fight back. -Leah Giannantonio, for the New Jersey Revolution Radio Network #NJRR Live: 15 When? The Labor Movement is Untenable Without A Reckoning on the Question of Police Unions: A Personal Perspective #NJRR Live: “Grass”roots Activism with Sanjay Chaudhari
60 minutes | May 17, 2021
#NJRR Live: Struggling To Stay Heard
Welcome to #NJRR Live! Good evening, everyone! We are so glad to have you here. Our panel tonight opens with Brian Powers and Christian Perez. Today would have been Karl Marx’ 203rd birthday. Revolution Radio suggests that our audience members seek literature by Marx via Google or elsewhere. He’s an essential part of being a well-read person. His theories offer unique perspectives that advanced society at the time and remain relevant to this day. A lot of people assume that Marx’ theories have failed whenever they were put into use. However, there is a lot of nuanced discussion to be had about that point. For example, many disagree, citing that modern China is more capitalist than communist. Still others argue that countries such as North Korea did not carry out Marx’ ideas as intended at all to begin with. [#NJRR Live May 6th with Brian Powers, Christian Perez, and Tiffany Kaszuba] Tiffany Kaszuba Tonight we are going to be speaking with Tiffany Kaszuba. Tiffany is from New Jersey, born and raised. She got into politics early in her career, working in Washington, D.C. as a government relations professional. She was a lobbyist for 8 years before she ended up seeking to serve in Congress and running as a Democrat out of Trenton, New Jersey in 2019. Tiffany ended up quitting because she was being harassed by a man named Bill Robinson who was assigned to her campaign. Tiffany found that no one in Trenton was actually trying to help her. Everything that was done was performative. She was assigned to a task force that was meant to help prevent harassment and discrimination in campaigns. Within the group, she helped write a bill to help protect campaign members from harassment and misogyny. This bill was then taken and given to Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s office. Silenced Stories The legislation that was eventually put forward was not in line with Tiffany’s original suggestions, which understandably caused her concern. When Tiffany came back with complaints about the new draft of legislation, she was silenced at every turn. Loretta Weinberg wanted to know why before she would even be willing to meet with Tiffany. Tiffany is the founder of The NJ Violet, which is a media outlet that serves as a space to tell the real stories of women in New Jersey politics. She founded the NJ Violet because she was given no voice in the media so she decided to make her own. Any communications major or media worker will tell you that a very small subset of people have control over what gets out in the mainstream media. Often, the media will not depict certain people or ideas in a negative light, regardless of the truth. Political Culture New Jersey’s political culture is particularly corrupt, even among other states. Tiffany says that it’s the worst she’s ever seen. People are elected to power not because they would be the best at serving the people they represent, but because of an intricate political spider web. Part of why The NJ Violet exists is to expose that. Tiffany wants to hold people accountable for their behavior, sometimes including actions that span back decades. Independent Media is all about getting the word out. There are certain things that mainstream media refuses to report on and it is important that you know them. Help us be able to keep bringing you these reports! Our productions all rely on donations from grassroots contributors. Tiffany wants to be able to see her children live in a world where women can get elected to public office safely. As it stands, women who work in or on campaigns risk being traumatized on the job. It is much more difficult and even dangerous to run as a woman than as a man. Another goal of Tiffany’s is to be able to tell her stories honestly and in a way that benefits victims by exposing the system that failed them. To anyone looking to run for public office, Tiffany suggests that you always remember why you started running in the first place. It can be easy to forget in the tumultuous political tempest that is New Jersey, but it’s important not to get dragged away. Without a doubt, there will be times in your political career that it will be tempting to lose sight of your original political goals. If you stick to who you are, it maintains your sanity, your soul, and your integrity. -Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network #NJRR Live Special Event- “Your Right To Boycott” Sports Walkouts: What do athletes have to do with revolution? Ed Forchion “NJ Weedman” at the Community Cannabis Forum
62 minutes | May 16, 2021
#NJRR Live: Activism From The Grass Roots
Welcome to Tonight’s Episode of #NJRR Live! Hello and welcome, listeners! Christian Perez is our host tonight, as he is on the last Wednesday of every month. Christian begins by taking a look at Joe Biden’s new 4 trillion dollar American Families Plan. Among the proposed pieces of legislation are expanded free lunch programs for the summer season, enhanced Pell Grants, free community college, enhanced funding for educational workforce recruitment, and funding universal preschools. These are generally good things. Teachers and students in this country need all the support they can get. Universal funding for preschool, asserts Christian, is a great idea. This plan would cost 1.8 trillion and will, according to the Biden administration, be funded by increasing taxes on the rich. The Armenian Genocide In more somber news, this week was the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. In the Armenian Genocide, experts say that up to 1.5 million Armenians were murdered at the hands of the Ottoman empire. American leaders have been afraid to criticize Turkey because they have realized the country’s geopolitical importance. After 106 years, President Biden has finally acknowledged the Armenian Genocide as a genocide. Christian is critical of Biden, but when he does something good, he will acknowledge it. After all, argues Christian, if we’re going to call out the Chinese for their oppression of Uyghur people, argues Christian, we also have to call out the Turks’ historical oppression of Armenians. Carlson Bullshit Of The Week Tucker Carlson is a man who makes millions of dollars spreading lies and propaganda on mainstream media. No matter how often he makes a fool of himself by saying something incorrect or even downright dangerous, he maintains a fanbase on FOX News. This week, Carlson said that if you see a child playing outside with a mask on, you should call the police, the same way you would if a child was being beaten in a Wal-mart. We at Revolution Radio hope that Tucker Carlson is eventually held accountable for his lies and fades into complete irrelevance. [#NJRR Live with Christian Perez and Jennifer Lewinski] #NJRR Live Welcomes Jennifer Lewinski! Tonight’s special guest is Jennifer Lewinski! Jennifer is an activist and organizer out of Asbury Park, New Jersey. Asbury Park spends 100,000 dollars on social services every year. Meanwhile, in the same time, it spends 11 million dollars, or a 30% of its budget, on the police force. Derek Chauvin has been convicted but this does not meet Jennifer’s definition of justice. This man will do his time in jail but he has already been cemented as a martyr in the eyes of the alt-right, a victim in his own eyes. He will not be held accountable in the sense that he will never have to face Floyd’s family or the community. He will never be required to apologize for his murder. Struggles In Asbury Park The New Jersey European Heritage Association is a white supremacy organization that began activity in 2018. Recently, there has been NJEHA activity near or in Asbury Park. This is especially alarming because Asbury Park used to be considered a fairly safe neighborhood for leftists to live in. Even though they may be in her town, Jennifer is not afraid of singular white supremacists. She’s more concerned with societal policies that support white supremacy, such as gentrification. Jennifer is also worried about the Asbury Park school district, particularly the middle schools. Jennifer has a trans daughter who faced bigotry in school. She remembers that her daughter faced bullying and the school district was extremely uncooperative in providing a safe education for her. In an act of appalling transphobia, they even suggested that she was causing her own problems by refusing to dress like a boy. See You Next Week! Jennifer is the founder of a nonprofit called the Asbury Park Transformative Justice Project, which seeks to lower recidivism and build safer communities by activating transformative justice practices in place of the current violent systems. They have been struggling with donations since the pandemic hit, so keep that in mind if you have some spare money. Until next week, everyone, stay safe and stay informed! -Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network #NJRR Live: The Boogaloo Outreach to Comrades, DLJ Responds #NJRR Live: Paterson Pastor Corey Lewis Teague Dismantling Racism Starts With Education.
75 minutes | May 15, 2021
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 | Apr 27, 2021
#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 | Apr 22, 2021
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 | Apr 21, 2021
#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 | Apr 20, 2021
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 | Apr 10, 2021
#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 | Apr 10, 2021
#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 | Apr 9, 2021
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 | Mar 29, 2021
@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 | Mar 19, 2021
#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”
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