Brian Becker: How the State Attacked Socialism in the US: Infiltration, Violence, Deportation

Unions Behind Labor Day

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BreakThrough News on Aug 25, 2022

Welcome to a special crossover of Dispatches with Rania Khalek and The Socialist Program with Brian Becker!

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Will Griffin: Origins of the Modern Surveillance State

DC Rally Against Mass Surveillance

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 7, 2022

“Since the dawn of capitalism, the capitalist class has had to keep an eye on the working class in order to keep them in check. This surveillance has been around for a long time but the story of the modern surveillance state begins about a century ago.”

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Federal Bureau of Intimidation, by Howard Zinn

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Previously published August 2, 2010
April 2, 2022

I thought it would be good to talk about the FBI because they talk about us. They don’t like to be talked about. They don’t even like the fact that you’re listening to them being talked about. They are very sensitive people. If you look into the history of the FBI and Martin Luther King—which now has become notorious in that totally notorious history of the FBI—the FBI attempted to neutralize, perhaps kill him, perhaps get him to commit suicide, certainly to destroy him as a leader of black people in the United States. And if you follow the progression of that treatment of King, it starts, not even with the Montgomery Bus Boycott; it starts when King begins to criticize the FBI. You see, then suddenly Hoover’s ears, all four of them, perk up. And he says, okay, we have to start working on King.

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Chris Hedges: The Framing of Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier

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with Chris Hedges

Originally on RT America on Jan 29, 2022

Enema of the State on Mar 20, 2022

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the Leonard Peltier case with Kevin Sharp, a former federal judge, and one of Peltier’s lawyers.

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Glen Ford: The Black Elite and the Legacy of MLK + Martin Luther King, Jr.: Organized Nonviolent Resistance Is The Most Powerful Weapon

Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial

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Originally posted Jan. 21, 2013
January 17, 2022

TheRealNews on Jan 21, 2013

Glen Ford: Black upper class took advantage of legal victories won by MLK and the Civil Rights Movement and then helped to undermine the movement.

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Chris Hedges: The Young Lords: A Radical History

Chris Hedges: The Young Lords: A Radical History

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with Chris Hedges

Originally on RT America on Nov 4, 2021

The Chris Hedges YouTube Channel on Jul 1, 2022

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the legacy of the radical group the Young Lords with Professor Johanna Fernández.

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Chris Hedges: The Second American Revolution

They say Revolution

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 18, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the Second American Revolution with author David Talbot.

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Chris Hedges: The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago

Criminal Injustice

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 1, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses police abuse and torture with civil rights attorney Flint Taylor.

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Chris Hedges: The Nature of Resistance, White Supremacy and The Rise of a New Black Militancy

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 17, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to former Baltimore Black Panther leader, Eddie Conway, about the nature of resistance, white supremacy and the rise of a new black militancy.

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What Is COINTELPRO? by The Anti-Social Socialist

What Is COINTELPRO? by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“We don’t think you fight fire with fire best; we think you fight fire with water best. We’re going to fight racism not with racism, but we’re going to fight with solidarity. We say we’re not going to fight capitalism with black capitalism, but we’re going to fight it with socialism. We’ve stood up and said we’re not going to fight reactionary pigs and reactionary state’s attorneys like this and reactionary state’s attorneys like Hanrahan with any other reactions on our part. We’re going to fight their reactions with all of us people getting together and having an international proletarian revolution.” — Fred Hampton, Speech delivered at Olivet Church, 1969

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Abby Martin: Trump Expands Police-State Crackdown on the Left

Riot police and protestors at Trump inauguration in Washington DC

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Nov 2, 2017

At Trump’s inauguration, around 200 protesters and journalists were mass arrested and now face up to 70 years in prison on baseless charges. Many other legal assaults on civil liberties are in the works around the country, from treating anti-fascists as “domestic terrorists”, to legislation protecting drivers who run over peaceful marchers.

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Edward Snowden: If We Are Going To Protect The Rights Of Anyone, We Have To Be Able To Protect The Rights Of Everyone

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Edward Snowden talks about FBI’s COINTELPRO, CIA’s MK-ULTRA and Black Lives Matters

acTVism Munich on Jan 17, 2017

In this interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden we talk about the history of intelligence agencies and some notable whistleblowers.

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Abby Martin: Puerto Rico’s Debt to its Oppressors

UNOCCUPY PUERTO RICO

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jun 23, 2016

Puerto Rico’s massive debt has been discussed at length in Congress and the media, all omitting the most important fact: the history of being a colonial subject for over 500 years, still owned and controlled by the United States.

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Abby Martin: An Unparalleled Act of Police Terror

May 2, 2015 Justice For Freddie Gray Baltimore Victory Rally 4

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Feb 26, 2016

On May 13, 1985, one of the most shameful, horrific attacks ever by U.S. police took place in West Philadelphia. 11 people—including five children—were killed in a deliberate massacre. A racist and political attack on a radical community group known as the MOVE Organization, city and police officials were revealed to have intentionally set their home ablaze, let the fire rage, and violently kept escaping men, women and children trapped inside.

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