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 Staff of Occupy – This week, since when did stupidity become so popular? I guess since dinosaurs wore saddles – yes, saddles. Next up, education is a right and it’s time to stop treating students like customers at a luxury store. #BlackOnCampus sheds light on the sweeping issue of racism in our schools and let these be calls to action for all students – time to rise up, we’ve been silent too long. Next, can’t see the dying forest through the green-washing and finally, nous sommes unis. But first, we knocked something over – now we need to clean it up.
By Staff of Acronym TV – After months of protests at the University of Missouri over racial tensions and other issues, a the group Concerned Student 1950 won an extraordinary coup on Monday. The victory emerged after a hunger strike by 25-year old graduate student Jonathan Butler inspired a labor strike of the University’s football team forcing the resignation of University President Timothy Wolfe, as well as the chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin. Dave Zirin, the sports editor of The Nation magazine joins host Dennis Trainor, Jr. to discuss.
By Staff of Acronym TV – Celebrating Veteran’s Day American-style means celebrating war and the people who wage it. It’s who we are. It’s what we export. Should we even be celebrating Veteran’s Day? I mean, was there some sort of mix up along the way? Didn’t we miss something that was supposed to happen on the 11th? On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, fighting stopped in the war to end all war. A war that left approximately 17 million dead and another 20 million wounded. Congress passed Armistice Day, a resolution calling for “exercises dedicated to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding…
By Staff of The Real News – A crisis in Palestine is again all over the headlines. From stabbings and molotov cocktails, to killing of protesters and anti-Arab lynch mobs–how much of the mass media coverage can we really trust? Abby Martin takes a look at how the so-called “Israel-Palestine conflict” has been covered by the mainstream press during the last crisis in the region, and the variety of tactics employed by the state of Israel to control the narrative: from it’s Hasbara propaganda machine, to outright killing of journalists.
By Dennis Trainor Jr for Acronym TV – Quentin Tarantino doubles down on his statements at an anti-policy brutality rally, calling out White Supremacy and Police Brutality + an interview with the organizer of the Rise Up October protests, Carl Dix. Kshama Sawant proves that not only can a socialist get elected in this country, she can get re-elected. But why, in calling for an independent party of the left, does Sawant ignore the Greens and praise Bernie Sanders? Lawrence Lessig drops out of the presidential race. And in the interest of peace, should we ditch Veterans Day and reclaim Armistice Day?
By Staff of Redacted Tonight – Comedian and host Lee Camp talks about Reverend Ed Pinkney – the political prisoner from Michigan you’ve never heard of. He’s slated to be locked up for years because he got in the way of a major corporation. Denver police arrest volunteers for building micro-homes for the homeless, Chevron sues Ecuadorians for suing Chevron over Amazon oil spill, and Carlos Delgado explains why robots are scarier than capitalism. Also – John F. O’Donnell reports from the second Republican Presidential debate in Colorado.
By Staff of Occupy – This week we’ve got a lot to cover – first up – race issues. What race issues? A brief but important little segment specifically designed for my fellow white people. Next up, fuck big banks – move your money and starve the beast. Next, Uncle Sam hates immigrants, but he doesn’t mind making money off of ‘em – immigrant detention centers and the sanctuary across the road – Sarah Jackson’s casa de paz. Then we’ve got 7 reasons why this corporate coup matters to you and finally, Obama busts a move. But first, perception’s reality – scene.
By Eleanor Goldfield of Act Out for Occupy.com – The interview examines howending the drug war, especially the war on marijuana, has moved from being a third rail politicial issue to having widespread mainstream support. The legalization of marijuana in Colorado and three other states with more on the horizon is not showing any serious problems and is bringing in millions of dollars in new taxes while savings millions on law enforcement. Zeese explains how the most powerful way to deal with drug abuse is not laws that make them illegal, which have all sorts of unexpected consequences, but cultural controls where people learn what is appropriate and inappropriate drug use. These cultural controls are actually undermined by the war on drugs. Zeese also explains how the drug war is linked to other issues in that (1) we are seeking justice on a wide range of issus including police violence, fair and living wages, climate justice, housing justice and the like; and (2) progress toward justice is blocked by a power structure that puts profits ahead of the necessities of the people and the protection of the planet. He urges us to understand the links between these issue so that we can build a bigger social movement for economic, racial and enviornmental justice.
By Eleanor Goldfield for Act Out! – Think before you pink – it’s October and pink-washing is in full swing for Breast Cancer Awareness Month but here are several reasons why you should abstain from the cancer fan-fare, and how you can really battle the big C’s – corporations and cancer. The corruption of the Susan G. Koman Foundation which spends its money on high salaries, lawsuits against other cancer groups, partnering with big oil with pink drill bits at fracking sites spreading toxins that cause cancer. It is a superficial month of marketing without any discussion of how we inadequately fund research and make access to healthcare inadequate. Next up, Lee Camp turns tragedy into comedy to get out serious messages about corporatocracy, war and empire. Lee talks about activism in the entertainment industry. Comedy led him to politics, lots of steps along the way, but the one moment — stopping an execution in Texas with other death penalty activists — where he learned a very small number of people can make a significant difference. and finally – California’s bitter fight against Nestle over bottled water and undermining the California water supply. Activists file suit to stop Nestle from pumping water out of California forests.
By Abby Martin for the Empire Files – At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., Abby Martin interviews world-renowned philosopher and linguist Professor Noam Chomsky. Prof. Chomsky comments on the presidential primary “extravaganza,” the movement for Bernie Sanders, the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal, the bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, modern-day libertarianism and the reality of “democracy” under capitalism.
By Dennis Trainor, Jr for Acronym TV – Segment 1: Top Stories of the week. – Benjamin Netanyahu Blames a Palestinian For The Holocaust. – Secret Political Prisons in the United States. – ExxonMobil’s Climate Change Lies. Segment 2 [ 10:24 ] : Time To Support the BDS Movement. Segment 3 [ 20:58 ]: How Bernie Can Win the Presidency: #BerntheDNC (an interview with David DeGraw).
By Dennis Trainor for Occupy, After years of secret talks, the United States and 11 other nations announced Monday that they’d reached agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. It’s been called NAFTA on steroids, and is viewed as a Trojan horse to usher in a global corporate coup. Because if you think the concept of corporate personhood is bad news, the TPP only strengthens the legal framework for corporate nationhood. Acronym TV host Dennis Trainor, Jr. talks with Kevin Zeese about the battle to defeat the TPP, Hillary Clinton’s reversal on the deal, and the long trail of lies told by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. Also interviewed for this segment is Rep. Alan Grayson.
By Eleanor Goldfield for Occupy.com – This week, it’s about time we hear about climate change – but really hear it. Does freedom mean the right to refuse to serve people because of race or other aspects of someone you don’t like? Is that what freedom means? Music can turn abstract numbers of climate change into something we can feel and hear. Here’s how a group of musicians turns the last 130 years of climate data into climate music. Victoria Fernandez from 350.org dishes on the political and public effects of divestment – uninvesting money invested in carbon fuels – surprising, but money matters. Bravo to those who shut down the San Francisco financial district over climate change investments. Then starting October 10, we’ve got a week long, international push for people and planet and against the corporatocracy. Action required immediately: Time to stop those trade deals. Sweden deserves a shout out for plans to go carbon free and move to renewable energy. And finally, scream for me — join the Rooftop Revolutionaries montage of screams. But first, we reserve your rights.
Abby Martin interviews Chris Hedges on American myths, war and revolt. Hedges explains the ‘folly of Empire,’ the dangers posed by right-wing extremism and the urgent need for a new system. Chris Hedges is a former New York Times journalist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of several books including his most recent, “Wages of Rebellion: the Moral Imperative of Revolt.” He publishes a weekly column on Truthdig.com and is the host of Days of Revolt, airing every Monday night on teleSUR english.
By Redacted Tonight in Youtube – This week Redacted Tonight tackles the dangers of Virtual Reality. Technology and advertisements make it increasingly difficult to think about the pressing issues. Now virtual reality is advanced enough that we could lose our sense of reality completely. Also, this week Jeremy Corbyn was elected head of the Labour party by a landslide. Meanwhile, in the United States, the political circus continues to send in the clowns. Lee Camp asks if we will ever get our own Jeremy Corbyn, or is he already here? Then, corespondent Abby Feldman asks, why bother with health care, when you can just be sick? At the break, enjoy a commercial for a new crowdfunding site designed for bigots with no discernible talents or skills. It’s Discrimigogo!
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