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 Lee Camp for Redacted Tonight. As if leaving Native Americans with nothing but miniscule plots of reservation land and systemic brokenness wasn’t enough, now the white man is at it again- robbing the Apache of a sacred ceremonial ground in Oak Flat, Arizona. The US government gave the Apache land to a foreign mining company, saying the native people could still use the grounds for traditional gatherings “after the land exchange has been completed, so long as it remains safe to do so.” The sacred land will unlikely be “safe” for ceremonies once it is functioning as a mine. John McCain and Jeff Flake, major proponents of the land theft, both received hefty contributions from the mining company, Rio Tinto.
By Eleanor Goldfield – This week, we’re talking repurposed consumerism and Greece’s future with artist Lane Collage and how “Austerity” is Greek for “Could happen to you too, America!” Next up, Anthony Freda drops some knowledge for political artists. And isn’t it about time we started paying attention to Congress? Here are your cliff’s notes. Finally, it’s a bummer that Ben and Jennifer broke up but we really need to be focusing on ALEC. Nick Bernabe of the Anti-Media shows you how. But first, let’s take a train ride through the progress of our time.
By Eleanor Goldfield in Occupy – Hey guys, lose the catcalls, it’s O.K. to just say hi. Activists celebrate the good, the bad and the ugly for America’s 239th. We will take a good look at how activists relate to this day while keeping up the good fight. The episode features art, images, and messages for this past ‘independence day’. SCOTUS doesn’t mind burning people alive, but here are five reasons why the death penalty should be abolished. Supporters of the death penalty blame activists of why the current torture of inmates on death row occurs due to limited options on how to kill people and make them suffer. The death penalty is a symptom of the culture of violence. Get an update on the #ShellNo actions and what’s next for the brave kayaktivists. Femicide is a hate crime and Dr. Heidi Lewis explains what feminism really is and how the personal is political.
By Lee Camp in Redacted Tonight. Washington, DC – Following a week of impressive Supreme Court decisions, many are saying Obama’s legacy is secure. But is it really? Has all of America forgotten about the war on whistle blowers, the war on immigrants, the war on drugs, war on privacy, and the war on civilians living underneath drone aircraft? This not mention the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the continuing pillaging by Wall Street. So how exactly is Obama’s legacy secure? Well, sometimes it takes a comedy show to break all this down.
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.
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