In May 2020, we saw millions hit the streets over the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It’s been argued to be the largest protests in history. The government moved in immediately to repress those taking the streets against the police and racial violence.
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We saw intense protest, resistance, violent repression by police and other forces and media attention in Minneapolis, Louisville, Portland and Kenosha WI. But also in places less known like Grand Rapids Michigan and Champaign IL. More than 350 people were arrested on federal charges while city and state level arrests topped 14,000 between May-Nov 2020.
by Bob Buzzanco
With the Supreme Court on a holy war to protect guns, fetuses, and big polluting corporations, among others, there’s a real and growing sense of panic among progressives, women, environmentalists and liberal and left-leaning Americans about the future. The Court has also agreed to put on the docket for next term a case about election law that would give the states virtually total power to conduct elections any way they want–meaning that GOP-led legislatures could give electoral votes to their candidate even if he/she lost the election in that state. It’s a scary time.
And what’s the response been? Nancy Pelosi was campaigning for anti-abortion and pro-gun Democrat Henry Cuellar in south Texas on the day the Dobbs decision came down. With her help and lots of DCCC money Cuellar squeaked past his pro-choice opponent. Joe Biden responded to the Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade by making an empty speech and then cutting a deal with Mitch McConnell to appoint, wait for it, an anti-abortion judge to a federal seat. Liberal groups, many of whom promised to be in the streets and shut down the country if abortions were outlawed, mostly complained on social media and used the decision to raise money.
It was nothing like the summer of 2020.
Flying solo, Scott talks with return guest, public health worker and organizer Hope Neyer (@heyneyer) with Shutdown DC (@ShutDown_DC) about the end of Roe v. Wade. They discuss above ground and underground actions at the end of Roe v. Wade, de-legitimatizing SCOTUS, right-wing backlash, the impacts of the overturning of Roe on blue states, red states and marginalized communities.
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June 17th is the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break in. In 1972, five men were arrested breaking into the Democratic National Committee HQ at the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. They were part of a group that operated out of the Nixon White House called the “Plumbers.” Their job was to investigate leaks in the White House and conduct other surveillance and sabotage against Nixon’s political enemies.
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One of the heads of the White House Plumbers was Egil “Bud” Krogh. Krogh passed away in 2020, but before his death, he co-wrote a memoir of his experience in the Nixon Administration’s secret espionage unit with his son Matt Krogh.
It’s a bleak outlook for America these days– mass shootings, the end of Roe vs. Wade, inflation, culture wars and the rise of the far right.
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Texas’ right wing establishment has waged war on abortion and abortion providers for many years. In 2013, Texas HB 2 closed 23 abortion clinics and led to an 11 hour filibuster by State Senator Wendy Davis and mass occupation of the state capital by pro-choice protestors. Earlier this year, the passage of SB 8 put bounties on anyone associated with providing an abortion. Texas abortion providers have already been preparing for escalated legal action and criminalization of the practice. Now with the likely overturning of Roe vs. Wade, that is becoming more real.
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Bob and Scott host Candice Bernd (@candicebernd), Senior Editor and Reporter at Truthout, about her new article “Texas Abortion Funds Work to Reduce Looming Harms of Post-“Roe” Criminalization.”
Last week, a draft of a brief overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked to Politico causing an uproar in many sectors. This decision will put the health and safety of millions of women in jeopardy. Predictably, the establishment focused on catching the leaker. Outrage hit Twitter. And the left hit the streets.
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In a series of episodes, Green and Red will focus on how grassroots direct action and mutual aid groups are organizing in the wake of this political tidal wave. Before Roe, we saw underground movements to support women seeking abortions. After the 1973 ruling on Roe, we saw grassroots activists doing clinic defense in the face of violent right wing protests that included assassination of abortion providers and clinic bombings. Now as we’re looking at a time where Roe could be overturned, we’re going to be talking over the next couple of episodes about what’s next for direct action and mutual aid at the end of Roe vs Wade.