The Resistance Report is a trusted and growing outlet for movement building news, analysis, interviews and editorial commentary. Creator and host Dennis Trainor, Jr was active in the Occupy movement and helped plan the Occupation of Washington, DC at Freedom Plaza. He wrote and directed the critically acclaimed documentary, American Autumn: an Occudoc, and is currently working on a documentary for Move To Amend. Produced by Acronym TV in conjunction with Popular Resistance, you can find The Resistance Report right here every Saturday at noon (EST). A full archive of episodes is below.
By Eleanor Goldfield for Occupy.com. Black Lives Matter and Shamell Bell is breaking it down. This week, we’re talking dance activism as protest and liberation of both space and people. First, white privilege has something to say to white privilege. White privilege is not the fault of whites, but we know it is unfair and must speak out, participate in making sure #BlackLives Matter. LA organizer shows how to use your skills for justice with street dance activism. France yet again schools us on how to be human beings and watch the water with court ruling water cannot be cut off for nonpayment; water is a human right. Get to know Food and Water Watch. Good cops rise up and speak out.
By Eleanor Goldfield in Occupy – This week, we test our math skills in the name of systemic dumbshitedness. Then Occupy Venice shows us how to fight the power while helping the powerless: hosting a people’s potluck every Sunday with locally sourced organic foods. Martin Kirk, founder and head strategist at /The Rules talks about breaking them, shifting paradigms and planned poverty. He talks strategy, Occupy Wall Steret and the role of scientific knowledge in campaigns. We ask the Internet, what are we? Oligarchy, plutocracy, oligarch-racy? Even after LA raises minimum wage to $15, too many folks remain homeless. And finally, France schools us on architectural design and food, but not in the ways you’d expect. Eleanor Goldfield performs spoken word for the movement, flipping the paradigms.
Raise your fist, but not to fight. This week it’s about the power of the mind – to overcome, to evolve, to rise up and to stand resolute against injustice. We go through some bullet point rights, yours to flex any and every time you’re on U.S. soil. Knowledge is power. We go to LA to see how artists are manifesting justice through their various mediums: theater, discussions, forums, workshops on screen printing, spoken word, health and wellness. We then take you to the front lines of the Million Moms March, where mothers took a list of demands to the Department of Justice seeking answers for unsolved crimes that killed their children and destroyed their communities. Not one to end on a somber note, we wrap up this week with a rap/rock piece that reminds you to use your mind, find your fight and raise the floodlight.
Meanwhile, the town Rekia Boyd once called home has unofficially become ground zero in the battle for meaningful reform. On either side of the release of an explosive exposé on Chicago Police Department ties to Guantánamo torture, local activists have twice made history across a six-month span that began with the United Nations Committee Against Torture’s focus on the Chicago Police Department, and ended with a landmark win – of reparations for survivors of police torture. In addition, among reforms recommended broadly, are those that have been implemented in Chicago, including data collection, transparency measures and a purportedly independent, civilian-led oversight body.
Text: Redacted Tonight’s Lee Camp celebrates Occupy and recent people’s protests like Black Lives Matter and Fight For 15. Three years after Occupy he looks back on the event and calls it a success for changing the conversation to inequality and the unfair economy. The success of Occupy can also be seen in the reaction of the power structure to the protests. Freedom of Information documents show that Wall Street, federal and local law enforcement worked together to put an end it. Populist movements that give a voice to the masses scare the richest one-percenters. A large-scale uprising could undermine our corrupt economic system- so it makes sense for Wall Street, the government and FBI to team up to crush the Occupy.
In this week’s episode of Act Out! Eleanor leads you through dirty words and dirty wars, starting with an uncomfortable discussion of lady parts and culminating in a group mantra. Next up, she talks feminism: the misconstrued plus the good and funny truths about this movement, showcasing musical satirist Katie Goodman and her latest viral song, “Sorry Babe, You’re a Feminist.” Dirty Wars digs into the depths of America’s global crusade and shows us the power of film and books, particularly when they’re life size. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, joins the show to talk Iran, anti-war activism and the future of diplomacy in the military industrial complex. Finally, Eleanor gets philosophical on extremism before giving you an anti-war digital toolkit.
Redacted Tonight host Lee Camp sheds light on Washington’s shadows in honor of Sunshine Week- a week where activists push for more government transparency. Unfortunately, there were several back-steps this past week with regards to transparency. The White House put into law the ability of one government department to avoid FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests. White House Director of Communications Jen Psaki omitted the long list of US-backed violent coups throughout our recent history. And the NYPD began altering Wikipedia articles in several recent cases of police brutality. Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp airs Fridays at 8pm on RT America. You can watch full episodes subscribing to youtube.com/RedactedTonight
Redacted Tonight’s Abby Feldman dives into the murky waters of diet beverages and artificial sweeteners. Non profit watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest is asking pop singer Taylor Swift to ditch her endorsement of Diet Coke, which is sweetened with aspartame and other chemicals, considering her young fan base. Aspartame has been linked to cancer and disease, though the FDA continues to allow its use in over 6,000 products. The FDA also allows the use of saccharin, which has been proven to cause cancer in rats, and some new sweeteners have been deemed “generally accepted as safe,” and do not need to be thoroughly tested or listed as an ingredient.Now artificial sweeteners also appear to cause diabetes and obesity by altering our body’s natural ability to detect satiety and regulate blood sugar- leading to overeating and glucose intolerance.
Far too often innocent men are put to death in our country. Rodney Reed is an innocent man on death row and at the time of this taping he was scheduled to be executed March 5th. Luckily the courts have put a stay on his execution but the battle to save him is not over. And he is not alone either – the Innocence Project estimates that over 4% of every US executions are carried out on innocent people. It’s time to end this barbaric practice. In this clip from Redacted Tonight comedian Lee Camp breaks it all down. — http://www.YouTube.com/RedactedTonight http://LeeCamp.net
Money is the driving force behind every political decision- every election, every Supreme Court ruling, and every trade deal. Redacted Tonight created a trailer for a hypothetical movie in which money would no longer sway politics, and instead, democracy would be returned to the people. (It happens to star Jean Claude Van Damm.) A Princeton University study found that the United States is now an oligarchy, not a democracy. Whether you are championing marriage equality, protecting the environment from dangerous pipelines, preventing secret trade agreements from widening the wealth gap or reducing the police state- imagine how different politics would be if money was no longer the bottom line.
Think political prisoners is a problem only OTHER countries face? Think again. The US has many political prisoners from Chelsea Manning to former governor Don Siegelman. Most of them are behind bars for trying to reveal various crimes by our government. Most of these prisoners should be called heroes. Comedian Lee Camp breaks it down on his show “Redacted Tonight” – and he makes it somehow seem a lot funnier than this description lets on! Also Team Redacted celebrates Monsanto’s loss, McDonald’s struggle, and the death of King Abdullah. They also weigh in on crazy wealth inequality and America’s love affair with Cuba.
Making a movie about the Iraq War, even as a backdrop to a character study, in which America is depicted as the complete moral savior and the Iraqis are depicted as despicably evil savages is unforgivably disrespectful to all of OUR Soldiers and Veterans. Because it codifies an unjust war of aggression that killed hundreds of thousands, while at the same time manipulating our next generation of Warriors to want to go fight and die to further enrich the Masters of War under the guise of serving Country and safeguarding Liberty and Freedom.
Redacted Tonight’s Lee Camp presents the hard, scientific facts on how our actions are affecting climate change. Meanwhile, Congress voted yesterday that climate change is NOT man-made- ignoring data showing five-fold increases in natural disasters over the past 30 years according to Naomi Klein’s book “This Changes Everything.” Congress did, however agree that climate change is not a hoax. So in the most weak possible way, they are addressing the largest issue of our time – and possible the largest issue of all future generations. Way to go, Congress!
Redacted Tonight explains the hard-to-digest Trans Pacific Partnership in a hilariously informative way that urges people to wake up and stop the TPP before it’s too late. Comedian Abby Feldman takes to the streets of Washington, DC, desperately trying to warn passersby of the secrecy, lack of congressional oversight, impending loss of sovereignty, and potential for serious damage that TPP poses – all while struggling to stay awake. We must act quickly to stop this global corporate coup that will control our laws to protect ourselves and our communities. An emergency protest is being held in New York City on Monday, January 26 at noon at the Sheraton on 7th Ave. and 53rd St. Click here for the Facebook event page. And we have created a rapid response team for actions.
Over 50 thousand demonstrators marched from Washington Square Park, uptown through the heart of the holiday shopping district at Herald Square and then downtown to a rally and speak out at one police plaza. The march was lead by led by family members of those who have lost loved ones to police murder – including family members of Mike Brown, Jordan Davis, Shantel Davis, Sean Bell, Emmitt Till, Alberta Spruill, Ramarley Graham, and Kimani Gray. Local organizers stressed that this movement is growing out of the historical moment brought on by the Mike Brown case in and the “incredible bravery” of organizers and protesters in Ferguson, MO who have been in the streets, often facing down a paramilitary police force, for over 100 days and counting.
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