“8 minutes, 36 seconds.” The murder of George Floyd and uprisings in the USA, with Jeff Ordower

Today, Bob and Scott talk about the state of the U.S. as protests, riots, rebellions and large scale police violence are erupting in dozens of cities across the country.  All week, protests, riots and more have been happening in Minneapolis over the police murder of a black man named George Floyd. Now it has spread from coast to coast, and increasingly around the world, with real resistance (not the Democratic establishment led #resistance) against police and political leaders. We’re joined by long time organizer Jeff Ordower (@moredower) to talk about this moment and where we go from here.

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Bio: Jeff Ordower is a long time organizer in the movement. He has been an organizer for 25 years and got his start as a queer activist in college. He’s worked on campaigns around labor, economic justice, climate and racial justice. There are too many groups to name. He lived and supported organizing in St. Louis in 2014 during the rebellion around the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. He is trying to live his best life as an itinerant organizer and spends a lot of his time thinking about sustained mass action. With some comrades, he is (hopefully) imminently launching something called The Disruption Project.

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Scott Parkin is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.

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