Chris Hedges: Caged: Life From Inside and Outside the US Prison System

Witness Against Torture: Captive Hands

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 12, 2018

In this 100th episode of “On Contact”, director Jerrell Henderson and playwright-actor Boris Franklin discuss their upcoming play “Caged,” which takes a look at life from inside and outside the US prison system.

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Happy 200th Birthday Karl Marx!

Karl Marx by Robert Diedrichs, 1970. Courtesy WikiCommons

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International May Day 2018

WSWS on May 5, 2018

The 2018 International Online May Day Rally will begin at 5:30 PM EDT on Saturday, May 5. This event is hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International.

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Chris Hedges: Hard Work and Ambition Are Not the Secrets of Success, Privilege and Capitalism Are

Caleb Maupin: The American Socialist Awakening

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 23, 2018

Khalil Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, discusses the rise of racialized hatred in the United States.

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The Crucifixion of the Black Messiah by Greg Maybury

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial

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by Greg Maybury
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Pox Amerikana
April 4, 2018

On this the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King, a soon-to-be-published book provides us the most comprehensive account of this event, the shock of which reverberated across America and the world. More than that, the anniversary gives us all ample reason to reflect on the man and his impact, and where America is at present in the context of the main pursuits to which he devoted his life: racial equality, justice, liberty, truth, freedom, and peace. Oh, and a slice of the American Dream. Australian writer Greg Maybury reports.
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Chris Hedges: The Radical Transformation of Jackson, Mississippi

Chris Hedges: The Radical Transformation of Jackson, Mississippi

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“Cooperation Jackson is an emerging network of cooperatives and grassroots institutions that aim to build a “solidarity economy.” By seizing on the crisis and weak links of modern capitalism and building on the historic struggles for racial equality by the black people of Mississippi, Cooperation Jackson has created a model we can all learn from.” — Richard Moser, “Jackson Rising: At Last, a Real Strategic Plan“, Black Agenda Report, Jan. 30, 2018

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David Swanson: Israel Deporting African Refugees + Israel Pays a Bounty of $5,000 and Arms for Each African Asylum Seeker Expelled + Ethnocracy in the Promised Land

David Swanson: Israel Deporting African Refugees + Israel Pays a Bounty of $5,000 and Arms for Each African Asylum Seeker Expelled + Ethnocracy in the Promised Land

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 27, 2018

David Sheen on Israel Deporting African Refugees

David Sheen is an independent journalist and filmmaker born in Canada, now reporting from Israel/Palestine. His work focuses primarily on racial tensions and religious extremism. In 2017, Sheen was named a Front Line Defenders Human Rights Defender, the only person in Israel to receive that honor in a decade.

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Pat Elder: It’s Not A Volunteer Force, Amy. It’s A Recruited Force. + Militarizing Schools, Criminalizing Students

Thoughts and Prayers Don't Save Lives, student lie-in at the White House to protest gun laws

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with Pat Elder
World Beyond War, Feb. 21, 2018
February 26, 2018

Part 1: Inside the U.S. Military Recruitment Program That Trained Nikolas Cruz to be “A Very Good Shot”

Democracy Now! on Feb 21, 2018

https://democracynow.org – Dozens of students who survived last week’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida have arrived in Tallahassee to push for new gun control measures. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Florida House of Representatives blocked a bid to bring up a bill to ban sales of assault-style rifles in the state. The Florida gunman, a 19-year-old white former student named Nikolas Cruz, was a member of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program before he was expelled from the school. Cruz was also part of a four-person JROTC marksmanship team at the school which had received $10,000 in funding from the NRA. For more, we speak with Pat Elder, director of the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy, an organization that confronts militarism in schools. He’s the author of Military Recruiting in the United States.

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Chris Hedges: The Deindustrialization and Collapse of Detroit

Packard Automotive Plant

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 25, 2018

Charlie LeDuff, author of Detroit: An American Autopsy, discusses the deindustrialization of America, specifically Detroit, through systemic kleptocracy.

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Chris Hedges: Race and Class Inequality in Major Cities

20110928 Class War

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 11, 2018

Juan Gonzalez, author of Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities, discusses the structural inequality of cities through class and racial policies formed by the US government.

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Chris Hedges: The Earth, The City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race

Chris Hedges: The Earth, The City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race

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A note to Dandelion Salad readers: I updated Henry Wallace + Undoing the New Deal with Part 8 of the series.

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 4, 2018

Carl Anthony, Author of The Earth, The City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, discusses architecture as a form of oppression in the United States.

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Who Was Lucy Parsons? by The Anti-Social Socialist

Who Was Lucy Parsons? by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“Lucy Parsons was famous and infamous. And she was prescient about what we’re facing today: the growing gap between rich and poor, the effect of technological innovation in the workplace, the inability of Democrats and Republicans to address gross injustice.” — Jacqueline Jones, New York Times, Dec. 31, 2017

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One Of The Key Reasons To End War Is That War Impoverishes Us by David Swanson + Rev. Dr. William Barber on Militarism

No Mo' War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
World Beyond War, Jan. 17, 2018
January 23, 2018

The new poor people’s campaign should get every ounce of support we can find and generate. I say that without the qualifications and caveats I would usually include, because the Poor People’s Campaign is doing something that may not be strictly unprecedented in U.S. history but is certainly extremely rare in recent decades. It’s pursuing a worthy noble goal, that of ending poverty, while making ending war a central part of its vision, and doing so voluntarily.

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Chris Hedges: The Torture of Solitary Confinement

Solitary Confinement, Old Geelong Gaol 7

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 21, 2018

Former inmate of New Jersey State Prison Ojore Lutalo and coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee’s Prison Watch Project Bonnie Kerness discuss solitary confinement in the United States.

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How JFK Saved MLK’s Life And So Won The Presidency by Greg Palast

President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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by Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Greg Palast’s website
January 15, 2018

It was a Republican, Martin Luther King Sr., who made John Kennedy president of the United States — for JFK’s saving Daddy King’s son, Martin Jr., from lynching.

This harrowing and little known drama of terror and courage, confirmed for me by Martin Luther King III, changed American politics — and America — forever.

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Martin Luther King Jr.: The Drum Major Instinct

Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrait

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“God didn’t call America to do what she’s doing in the world now. God didn’t call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war as the war in Vietnam. And we are criminals in that war. We’ve committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world, and I’m going to continue to say it. And we won’t stop it because of our pride and our arrogance as a nation.”  — Martin Luther King, Jr., The Drum Major Instinct, February 4, 1968
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