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Voices From The Frontlines
48 minutes | a month ago
Voices Radio: Justice For Jacob Blake -- The Challenge to Our Movement
Eric Mann and Channing Martinez explore The Black Movement with this week’s Voices guests, Justin Blake, Tanya McLean, and Gregory Bennett Jr. As an uncle, a family friend, and an organizer of Peace in the Streets Kenosha, our guests are primary sources for understanding Jacob’s situation. Throughout the interview, these activists emphasize Kenosha’s organizing actions, like the upcoming 30-mile protest, Walk for Justice, and how we all can help support Jacob, his family, and The Cause. You can support Jacob Blake via Cashapp: $AERFoundation PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org Justice for Jacob's demands include District Attorney Michael D. Graveley pressing charges of Rusten Sheskey, as well as his arrest, indictment, and firing. They also demand Kyle Rittenhouse be tried in adult court, and that his mother be arrested. Contact Erica Ness, Gregory Bennett Jr., and Tanya McLean for more information about how you can lend your support. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Listen to Voices from the Frontlines LIVE every Tuesday, 3PM PST on KPFK, 90.7FM, kpfk.org. Support KPFK: https://www.kpfk.org/support-kpfk/
58 minutes | 2 months ago
Voices Radio: 2020 Voting procedures and Proposition 15
This week on Voices From the Frontlines, Eric Mann reads over 2020 Voting tips written by Lian Hurst Mann. Lian had has written a Make A Plan Today to Make Sure your vote counts paper explaining the multiple ways to get you vote to the elections office. In the second half of the show Channing Martinez and Eric Mann are joined in conversation with Veronica Carrizales, Policy and Campaign Director of California Calls, on Proposition 15, that would tax corporate real estate at higher levels while keeping home property tax the same. The Strategy Center urges "Yes!" on Proposition 15. Veronica ends with three ways to jump in the fight to pass prop 15. This Thursday October 8th join a Prop 15 Virtual Ballot Party: https://www.prop15forthefuture.com/ This Saturday October 10, 2020 Join Community Coalition at their Power Fest to support Prop 15: https://www.southlapowerfest.com/ Visit: https://www.mobilize.us/millionvotersproject/ to see all future Prop 15 related events including virtual phone banking
58 minutes | 2 months ago
An Organizer's Introduction to the Progressive Anti-Trump Organizations
This afternoon, Eric Mann will speak on the terror of the new Supreme Court, the daily terror that Black people face, the challenges of the 2020 election, and the struggle for countervailing power on Voices from the Frontlines. Eric will be in conversation with Alan Minsky, long-time great Program Director at KPFK and a representative of the Progressive Democrats of America. Today's show serves as an organizers introduction to the progressive anti-Trump organizations. Together, we will examine the Progressive Democrats of America, Justice Democrats, Our Revolution, the Sunrise Movement, Democratic Socialists of America, and the Working Families Party. We will also highlight important Senate and Congressional races.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
Voices Radio: Eric Mann in Conversation with Reese Erlich
Eric Mann in Conversation with Reese Erlich The 2020 elections -- What is at stake for those who want peace and non-U.S. intervention with China, Russia, Venezuela, Iran, and the Third World September 29, 2020 | 3PM PST September 29th at 6pm is the debate between Joseph Biden and Donald Trump. Much is at stake for the movement, and the country. But for those who support a Biden presidency, and those who care about the lives of people in the Third World (and some are both), this conversation is important as to what we can hope for, and what we can expect. This afternoon, Eric Mann and Reese Erlich will examine the 2020 elections, specifically: what is at stake for those who want peace, and non-U.S. intervention with China, Russia, Venezuela, Iran, and the Third World? Reese Erlich is a long-time activist/organizer/writer whose work goes back to the 1965 Stop the Draft Week in Oakland, and continues to this day. In 1968, he went to the Republic of Cuba, and has been a friend of their democratic, socialist, and anti-imperialist revolution ever since. This is reflected in his important book Dateline Havana: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Future of Cuba that Reese wrote with Stephen Kinzer.
56 minutes | 3 months ago
Voices Radio: Maria Elena Durazo on SB 1257- OSHA Rights for Domestic Workers
Voices from the Frontlines is Excited to Feature State Senator Maria Elena Durazo in Conversation about the bill she introduced SB 1257 that grants Occupational and Safety Rights to Domestic Workers. Right now the bill Is in front of Governor Gavin Newsome who has to sign it into law. While he may be predisposed to do the right thing we need every Voices listener to Call Governor Newsome: 916-445-2841 to Sign SB 1257! We will also be in conversation with an organizer and member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance who are providing great leadership on this campaign. Let’s get 100+Voices listeners to call the Governor, “I support health and safety rights for domestic workers. Please sign Senate Bill 1257!” Chisme Alert—Back in the day in 1989, four friends worked together— Maria Elena Durazo, in an historic fight, was elected president of Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union Local 11, now City Councilman Gil Cedillo was a staff person at Local 660 SEIU, Antonio Villaraigosa was an organizer for UTLA and Eric Mann was the director of the just formed Labor/Community Strategy Center.
57 minutes | 3 months ago
VFTFL - 8.25.20 - LoveCraft Country Film Review, and the DNC/RNC.
Channing gives us an in-depth review of the film LoveCraft Country; a film about the racist 1950's in Chicago. Moreover, the show speaks to imperialist nature and culture of the United States through the lens of black people, echoed in the words of James Baldwin. Please take a look at this film and let us know what you think. Eric talks to us about the Republican and Democratic parties and all of their false claims about and solutions to climate change, racism, and the United States' nefarious involvement in China and Taiwan.
56 minutes | 3 months ago
VFTFL - Countdown to the 2020 Election - 8.11.20
Eric and Channing host a conversation on the national conversation around the upcoming elections. Trump, Joe Biden and his the newly announced Vice Presidential running mate, Kamala Harris, and the Democrats have all put out clear and dangerous agenda's for the country, where is the movements national agenda. We think the upcoming August 28th Black National Convention hosted by Movement for Black Lives will be an important milestone. In light of the president's private police force storming into cities, Biden not defending the national surge of energy around defending the police, and the Democrat's ambivalence, we'll speak about the importance of bringing demands for Black people to the national level to challenge Biden and the Democrats. Tune in to hear the full show!
58 minutes | 4 months ago
VFTFL - Victor Grossman - 8.5.20
An amazing conversation with an amazing man who has lived an amazing life and written 2 amazing books. In 1952, a Communist, a Jew, and a U.S. soldier stationed in Germany, fearing imprisonment under the McCarren Act if he returned, decided to defect to East Germany. Not as the dancers or athletes from the Soviet Union whose defection, orchestrated by the CIA, are made into front page news in praise of U.S. imperialism, but simply as a man swimming across the Danube River to an uncertain future in a nation and system he had only imagined. He lived, loved, and built East Germany from 1952 until its final defeat by the capitalist west in 1990, and even now, 30 years later, he is able to discuss, dissect, and defend, not without a critical eye, The German Democratic Republic (GDR) was the anti-Fascist Germany that was finally defeated by the Fascist U.S. and West Germany. Grossman’s brilliant exposure of how almost all the anti-fascists went to East Germany and almost all the German fascists went to West Germany and the U.S. is almost too painful to read. I met Victor Grossman (born Stephen Wechsler) through my dear friend Victor Wallis, long-time editor of Socialism and Democracy who introduces me to a lot of great people. When Lian Hurst Mann and I were in Berlin as guests of the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation that had invited her to speak I was able to visit Victor Grossman in his modest but more than ample apartment in which he has lived for decades—now on Karl Marx Allee. Victor puts out a monthly political commentary on Germany and the world that is brilliant. He is 92, goes for long walks, has a sharp mind and wit, and I am honored to know him. He will be up at midnight Berlin time so he can speak to Voices Listeners. I strongly urge you to get his book: A Socialist Defector: from Harvard to Karl Marx Alle (thanks to Monthly Review Press) online, as I hope it will also be in our Strategy and Soul bookstore very soon. My main takeaway from reading his brilliant history is that East Germany, with only 1/3 of Germany, the least wealthy part of the nation, surrounded by the U.S., the West Germany economy propped up by U.S. imperialism right after the war at the same time it tried to destroy the Soviet Union, really had no chance to breathe and was fortunate, through its own courage, to last 45 years! As the U.S. now moves to war with China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and any other country that simply wants to live in peace without U.S. intervention, we need to listen to Victor’s dire warnings about U.S. plans to start another world war if needed to destroy any semblance of opposition to its objectives.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
Eric Mann and Julian Bond in conversation.
In 2014, after the 25th anniversary of the Strategy Center, Eric Mann went to Jackson Mississippi, along with Julian Lamb
59 minutes | 4 months ago
2020 - 07 - 21 VFTFL Julian Bond And John Lewis
This week on Voices From the Frontlines, I had a wonderful reunion with some Voices listeners, and as we celebrate the life and mourn the death of civil rights giant John Lewis, I choose to also celebrate the life and mourn the death of Julian bond, as the two of their lives were deeply intertwined. John Lewis died on July 17, 2020. Julian Bond died on August 15, 2015. John Lewis, along with Julian, was a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was an influential member of Congress and the subject of many books and films—including the excellent just-produced John Lewis, Good Trouble. The film recounts the historic race for the U.S. Congress in 1986 in which John Lewis defeated Julian Bond. Bond had won a seat in the Georgia state legislature in 1965% but the racist body refused to seat him because of his endorsement of SNCC’s statement opposing U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The voters in his district reelected him in both a special election and a regular election in 1966, but the legislature barred him each time. Finally, in December 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the exclusion unconstitutional, and Bond was sworn in on January 9, 1967. In the film, it brings back the historic race for Congress between two old friends and comrades, Bond and Lewis, and explains, painfully, some of the conflicts between them. Also, Lewis makes clear he rejected the teachings of Malcolm X, rejected Black nationalism, and also rejected the concept of Black Power put forth at the time by Stokely Carmichael and Willie Ricks at the time. It also makes it clear that Bond, who had been elected to the Georgia State Legislature, was favored by Black voters by a 60% to 40% margin over Lewis. But Lewis received 80% of the white vote and Bond only 20% that created Lewis’ margin of victory. Tune in, listen to the show and tell us what you think; firstname.lastname@example.org!
54 minutes | 4 months ago
VFTFL - SF Bay View, Victor Grossman in East Germany, Oklahoma Indigenous Land Rights Victory.
This Week on Voices Eric presents three great news bits on movements around the nation. 1) SF Bay View needs your help to continue the wonderful work they're carrying out in a moment of both transition, and hardship. Eric reads a great appeal from Mary Ratcliff. You can go on even before the show to support here: https://bit.ly/38SOvDD 2) In a great victory for Indigenous Land Rights, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Muscogee (Creek) nation today 5-4 rule in a significant portion of Oklahoma is indeed Indian Territory. 3) A Great Berlin Bulletin from Victor Grossman, currently in East Germany entitled BreakUps and Leaks on the breaking down of the relationship between the U.S. and Germany via the German Federal Republic. Eric and Channing put in a lot of work to making the show happen each week, but haven't had the response sought after. we really want to hear from you this week. Please email your show responses to eric@voicesfromthefrontlines and email@example.com Listen to Voice from the Frontlines today at 3pm PST on KPFK 90.7fm OR use the button below to Stream the show live on KPFK.
61 minutes | 5 months ago
Voices Radio: Paul Robeson House Committee on UnAmerican Activities & Defund LASPD
In 1949 Paul Robeson was forced to testify in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities Committee (disgusting just by its name) but Robeson turned the tables and put them and the whole country on trial. In our present period, Robeson shows the great value of Black, pro-communist, Pan Africanist, anti-imperialists. His dignity and courage in the face of what barbarism is almost impossible to imagine. But do imagine and do tune in. In the second segment Eric and Channing reflect on the Strategy Center’s role in the united front to Defund the LA School Police Department—led by Black Lives Matter LA and Students Deserve and board member Monica Garcia—and our historic victory that cut $25 million from their budget—a 37% cut and the resignation of its police chief. We study history, we write history and we make history.
52 minutes | 5 months ago
VFTFL Monica Garcia Melina Abdullah Channing - Brigette - 6.23.20
We are very enthusiastic that LAUSD School Board member Monica Garcia will introduce a motion at the 2020 Budget Vote to cut the LASPD budget by 50%—$35 million from their $67 million budget Please work with Black Lives Matter, Students Deserve, Brothers Sons Selves, Inner City Struggle, and yes, the Strategy Center To get the LAUSD tomorrow to cut $35 million from their $67 million or more budget and move those funds to Black students and schools. This is not just about cutting their budget, it is cutting their power in more than half, a massive vote of no confidence in the LASPD, a massive victory for the Black Liberation Movement, For the Black, Latinx, and third World Alliance. We want more than taking Aunt Jemima off the box. We don’t care that Amazon now says Black Lives Matter next to an ad for Amazon Prime. We want to Defund Police, Defund the LASPD now. -------------------- Here is how you can help Call in at 8:30am to make a Public Comment Call 1-669-900-6833 and enter Meeting ID 981 7435 3474 from their telephone keypad. Then press #, and then # again when prompted for the Participant ID. Callers will be placed on hold until it is their turn to speak. Send a Tweet to the Board Today Call the Board Members Right Now Call the Board Members right now to urge them to vote for a $35 Million cut to the LASPD Budget at tomorrows board meeting, and email us to let us know. Austin Beutner, Superintendant (213) 241-7000 George McKenna, Board Member District One (213) 241-6382 Monica Garcia, Board Member District Two, (213) 241-6180 Scott Schmerelson, Board Member District Three, (213) 241-8333 Nick Melvoin, Board Member District Four, (213) 241-6387 Jackie Goldberg, Board Member District Five, (213) 241-5555 Kelly Gonez, Board Member District Six, (213) 241-6388 Richard Bladovic, Board Member District Seven, (213) 241-6385
57 minutes | 5 months ago
Voices Radio: 06-16-20 The Magical Manifestation of the Too Black to Fail Revolutionary Movement
In June of 2020 a group of Black and Third World revolutionaries, from Harlem, South Central, Minneapolis, Cape Town, London, Beijing, Caracas, Havana, met in Nairobi, Kenya at a clandestine strategy meeting. Already in deep dialogue, one of the delegates began cautiously, to share her dream. But as she told it to the first comrade, he said, with excitement but also a sense of self-protection to avoid being seen as delusional, that he had also had that dream. But there was a too impossible to believe outcome. Dozens, not hundreds, not thousands, but yes, dozens of people—all leading the Black and Third World resistance to the present racist onslaught—had experienced the same dream. Not sort of the same, but word by word, step by step, the same. And each time one person described a point in the plot the next person could finish the sentence. That lead to an escalation of the resistance and if it can be believed, a future belief that a collapse of the U.S. Imperialist White Settler state was possible and a revolutionary government could come to power. I have been honored that they shared this story with me. And after going through channels, they have allowed us to tell their story. It is being recorded in June 2020 but as you will see, the events we describe have already happened—for now we are in January 2021. They allowed us to record their dreams with the hope that their revolutionary experiment in magical realism could come true. But also to document their visionary power. For who would have believed in January 2021 that a group of Black and Third World revolutionaries could not just predict the future of history— but make that history happen! And as you will see, they did. If for any reason you learn of this before the events of July 2020 to January 2021 take place, you must swear yourself to secrecy. This entire scenario was actualized because the revolutionaries kept their dreams to themselves—until they made them happen. But what a story. It begins with how the Too Black to Fail Movement added another battalion to the growing revolutionary army against the U.S. Imperialist white settler state and how the Army of Revolutionary Ancestors… but I am getting ahead of my story. Listen, as the Black and Third World revolutionaries tell their own story. But you must swear that you will not tell others about it. Eric Mann
59 minutes | 5 months ago
No Police In LAUSD Schools; A letter to the LAUSD Board.
The Strategy Center is seizing the moment with grateful love for Black protest and the work of Black Lives Matter LA, LA Schools Students Deserve, Alliance for Educational Justice, CJSF, and others. Eric Mann, Channing Martinez, Brigette Amaya, Gionna Magdelano, Kim Rochal, Angeles and Kassandra Soriano take time to read the powerful letter just sent to LAUSD demanding No Police in LAUSD Schools. Tune in today at 3pm PST and don't forget to make a contribution to KPFK. #PoliceFreeSchools #NoPoliceinLAUSD #Defund #Decriminalize #Demilitarize #EndWarOnYouth
57 minutes | 6 months ago
VFTFL: Eric and Channing discuss mass protests.
Eric and Channing host a conversation about the great 2020 Black led rebellions happening now nationwide. Eric speaks about the role of the Media, the Democrats, and Los Angeles Bernie Sanders Supporters in the time of mass protests and attacks on the Black community. Channing speaks about his LA CD10 electoral campaign in which one of his primary platform demands called for a 50% cut to the LAPD budget.
60 minutes | 6 months ago
VFTFL - Gregory Jenkins and a tribute to Lorraine Hansberry
Eric Mann and Channing Martinez hoist a conversation with Gregory Jenkins on Climate change and COVID 19 in Africa. Gregory Jenkins is a professor of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, Geography, and African Studies at Penn State University. Dr. Jenkins also works closely in African nations to create infrastructure to combat the effects of climate change on the African continent. The second half of the show is a rebroadcast of our 2018 tribute to the great Lorraine Hansberry. in the Clip Eric Mann praises the role to the Black Anti-Imperialist Pro Communist Pro Feminist tradition and its role in the Black Freedom Movement as we listen to a clip of Lorraine Hansberry making the decision to support the 1960's Stall In Actions. Tune in and engage! firstname.lastname@example.org
58 minutes | 6 months ago
COVID 19 and the Challenge to Organizers in Black, Latino(a) and low-income communities
A Compelling, Challenging, and Urgent Discussion of COVID 19 and the great challenges for social, racial, and climate justice organizers Laurie Barrett—author of the The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance Her hair-raising, sober, and chilling assessment of the COVID 19 Virus in discussion with Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta COVID 19 and the Challenge to Organizers in Black, Latino(a) and low-income communities And all racial, social, and climate justice organizers IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT, PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE SHOW FROM OUR GREAT WEBSITE, VOICESFROMTHEFRONTLINES.COM AND REGISTER ON OUR WEBSITE, CHECK US OUT OUR PODCAST ON APPLE, SOUNDCLOUD,STICHER YOU HAVE 168 HOURS THIS WEEK AND EVERY WEEK—MAKE ONE OF YOUR BEST LISTENING TO VOICES EACH WEEK Eric’s summary of key points that will be discussed based on Laurie Barrett’s brilliant assessment This is a brand new microbe never seen on planet earth before. The U.S. death toll is 75 thousand and the world death toll is 316,000 always getting larger We need a vaccine that is a “home run” and must be produced for all 7.5 Billion people on the planet If not successfully eradicated may get out slowly all over planet and hope the virus does not mutate The Rich countries must give massive aid and income transfers to the poor countries. Eric adds this is an anti-imperialist challenge to today’s movement-every social justice group must be evaluated by its concrete aid to the Third World The Strategy Center is raising this challenge to ourselves The leadership of the Cuban medical brigades must be acknowledged and emulated. We urge all members, staff, and organizers to listen to this compelling conversation and send email responses to Eric@Voicesfromthefrontlines.com and Channing@thestrategycenter.org
58 minutes | 6 months ago
VFTFL - May 12, 2020 - Past Mumia Shows, Eric, And Channin - FINAL
We hear two of Voices From the Frontlines greatest conversations with Mumia Abu Jamal about the Manticide of the youth, followed by a report by Channing Martinez from the Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) and the treatment of people in the justice system during this pandemic. Tune in to www.kpkf.org/player for full content.
58 minutes | 7 months ago
VFTFL - May 5, 2020 - Student Organizers
Eric Mann and Channing Martinez host an organizers conversation with Gionna Magdelano, Angeles Soriano, Kassandra Soriano, students at Ouchi High School and Graduates of the Strategy Center's Transformative Organizing Summer Internship Program. Gionna, Angeles, and Kassandra lead the Taking Action Club at Ouchi High School and are Strategy Center Interns working with lead organizer Brigette Amaya. together they host a conversation on The Strategy Center’s Campaign for Urban Reconstruction--Free Public Transportation/Stop MTA Attacks on Black Passengers/No Cars in LA Learn about this organizing work at www.thestrategycenter.org Please join our movement by emailing us at email@example.com. Leave a phone number and we'll call you back! Listen to Voice from the Frontlines today at 3pm PST on KPFK 90.7fm OR use the button below to Stream the show live on KPFK.
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