In this episode, we get into the legacies of Columbus and America’s genocide of Indigenous people with Prof. Michael Oberg (@nativeamtext), the larger problems of the way Native American History is taught, and why a 1619 Project is needed for American Indians too.
We start off with a clip from the Sopranos highlighting the conflict in the Italian-American community over Columbus Day. And then we deep dive into Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the cultural impact of America’s genocide, the Indian Wars and violence in the U.S. historical narrative. We also talk about whether cultural gains (things like tearing down Columbus statues, changing sports team names, etc.) will result in material gains (economics, health care, etc) for Native Americans, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the epidemic of police murder of Indigenous people. Continue reading “Columbus’ Bloody Legacies w/ History Prof. Michael Oberg of SUNY-Geneseo”
In our latest episode, we talk with author of Against the Fascist Creep Alexander Reid Ross (@areidross) about America’s history of political violence and the right wing creep in the United States.
From slave patrols to far right groups protesting COVID19 mask requirements and attacking Black Lives Matter protests today, America has a long history of political violence. Much of the deadliest has been carried out by forces of reaction and racism (i.e. right-wingers). We talk about the history of right wing violence, how it compares with movements on the left, current dynamics around militia groups, influences of Trump and the rise of eco-fascists.
We get into the climate politics of the western states, the hypocrisy of Democratic politicians preaching climate rhetoric while allowing fossil fuel companies to continue business as usual, the class impacts of the wildfires, and how climate change is exacerbating the wildfires and volatile political situations in places like Portland. Continue reading “The Ravages of Western Wildfires with Journalist Joshua Frank”
Scott (@sparki1969) and Bob (@bobbuzzanco) had a spirited discussion on the impact of the events of September 11, 2001. We offered personal recollections, talked about the larger historical context in which it occurred, considered the consequences of the attacks–prolonged Mid-East wars and heightened repression at home, discussed the way the attacks and wars were manipulated for “patriotic” reasons, and talked about how it effects the U.S. today, in the era of Trump.
In this episode, we talk with climate and finance campaigner Pendle Marshall-Hallmark (@PendleTheWitch) of Amazon Watch (@amazonwatch) about the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.
Last year saw some of the worst fires in record for the region and this year’s fire season looks to be no better. The problem is made much worse by the Bolsanaro government’s deregulation of Brazilian environmental protections. increased industry efforts at deforestation and the financing of it all by U.S. asset managers and banks like Blackrock and JPMorgan Chase. We also share few words and thoughts remembering scholar, author and anarchist David Graeber who passed away suddenly on September 3rd. Continue reading “VIDEO: The Amazon is Burning with Pendle Marshall-Hallmark”
In this episode, we talk with muckraker journalist and Kenosha kid Steve Horn (@steveahorn) from the Real News Network (@TheRealNews) about Kenosha, WI and California climate politics.
We start with Kenoha’s history of deindustrialization and surburbanization since the auto giant Chrysler left the city in the late 1980s, and then get into the current politics around the police shooting of Jacob Blake, the eruption of protests in Kenosha and the subsequent shooting of unarmed protestors by teenage racist militia member Kyle Rittenhouse.We also discuss the trope of “outside agitators” Continue reading “VIDEO: The Road to Kenosha and California’s Wildfires with Muckraker Steve Horn”
Green and Red Podcast recently talked with two Israeli activists and refuseniks Amitai Ben- Abba (@amitaibenabba) and Atalya Ben-Abba about the current uprising happening against the Netanyahu government and the movement refusing service in the Israeli army in protest of the occupation.
The anti-Netanyahu movement, or the “Balfour struggle,” as it’s known in Israel, has been out in the streets across the country and in front of “Crime Minister” Benjamin Netanyahu’s homes for months. The Israeli left has not only begun to see large numbers of people joining them and increased police violence against protestors, but also a convergence of anti-austerity movements, the anti-occupation movement and people fed up with the government’s corruption and bungling of the COVID-19 crisis. Continue reading “VIDEO: Struggle in Israel, The Growing Anti-Netanyahu Protests”