Groundings
Groundings
Jul 2, 2020
The Political Prisoner: From Mumia Abu-Jamal To Palestine
1 hr 16 min

Mumia Abu-Jamal, world-renowned political prisoner, former Black Panther, and award-winning journalist, gives me his opinion on the movement taking place in the streets right now against police violence, the outpouring of international solidarity we've witnessed, and more. Because he is incarcerated, our interview was cut very short, but he still manages to pack intense amounts of wisdom into only a few minutes.

Then we hear from author, professor, and longtime activist Johanna Fernández, who has spent nearly two decades working on the campaign to free Mumia and all political prisoners. We discuss what it is about Mumia specifically that makes millions around the world demand his freedom, why this new generation of activists and everyone else has a moral duty to free political prisoners, and why the creation of political prisoners inevitably means the ruling class shooting themselves in the foot.

Mumia is arguably the most recognized political prisoner in the world, having served three decades on death row for a crime he was framed for. Millions across the world have read and engaged with his writings, listened to his audio analyses from incarceration, and found clarity in the always stellar commentary in his multiple top telling books. As we discuss abolition, tearing down prisons, defunding the police, and all related topics, it's imperative that we continue to uplift the fight to free all political prisoners, including Mumia. You can find out how to donate, write letters to, and spread the word for Mumia's freedom here

You will hear an audio interlude which includes clips from old news coverage of the cases of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Assata Shakur, Jamil Al-Amin, Herman Bell, and Angela Davis.

// Transition music produced by 23djTbone 

Black Agenda Radio
Black Agenda Radio
Progressive Radio Network
Black Agenda Radio - 11.30.20
Welcome to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. I’m Margaret Kimberley, along with my co-host Glen Ford. Coming up: New and updated terms have entered the vocabulary of Black liberation. We’ll speak with an academic and activist about critical race theory, racial realism and Afro-pessimism. And, we’ll take a look at the history and current struggles of quilombos, the autonomous Black and indigenous settlements of Brazil. But first -- A globally important webinar on U.S. militarization of Africa, through its military command, AFRICOM, will be held on December 4. One of the panelists is Marie Claire Far-EYE, a Congolese member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Far-Eye currently lives in Great Britain, a country where, like the United States, most people are not even aware that the greatest genocide since World War Two is still unfolding in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Shameka Powell is co-director Educational Studies at Tufts School of Arts, and co-author of an essay titled, "Kissing Cousins: Critical Race Theory’s Racial Realism and Afropessimism’s Social Death.” These are subjects that are hotly debated in Black academic circles, and among some activists, but not the stuff of daily Black conversation. We talked with Prof. Powell about the relevance of Racial Realism and Afropessimism. Brazil is home to the biggest Black population in the world outside of Nigeria, yet Blacks wield very little institutional power. Carla Maria Guerrón Montero is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Delaware. She’s done extensive studies of Black populations in Latin America. Most recently, Professor Montero immersed herself in the Quilombos of Brazil, autonomous settlements established to escape slavery and ongoing oppression of Black and indigenous people.
57 min
The Marianne Williamson Podcast: Conversations That Matter
The Marianne Williamson Podcast: Conversations That Matter
Kast Media
“Press On, My Sisters”: A Conversation with Sue Monk Kidd
Author Sue Monk Kidd is one of Marianne’s favorite contemporary novelists. In this episode, Marianne and Sue discuss Sue’s books “The Invention of Wings” and her latest, “The Book of Longings.”  “The Invention of Wings” is based on the historical figures Sarah and Angelina Grimke, sisters born into a slave owning family in Charleston, South Carolina, and then converted to the anti-slavery cause. They ultimately became leading abolitionists and feminists. “The Book of Longings” is Sue’s fictional account of what would have happened had Jesus been married - who the woman was, and who he was when he was with her. A fascinating conversation with one of the greats of American literature. Follow Sue on Social Media Twitter: https://twitter.com/suemonkkidd Instagram: @SueMonkKidd Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suemonkkidd/ The Book of Longings: https://bookshop.org/books/the-book-of-longings/9780525429760 The Invention of Wings: https://bookshop.org/books/the-invention-of-wings/9780143121701 Subscribe to The Marianne Williamson Podcast YouTube Channel:  https://bit.ly/3lEb6JT Apple Podcasts:  https://apple.co/36qnqH4 Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2JV8pW4 Follow Marianne on Social Media Twitter: https://twitter.com/marwilliamson  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/williamsonmarianne Instagram: https://instagram.com/mariannewilliamson
1 hr 13 min
Best of the Left - Progressive Politics and Culture, Curated by a Human
Best of the Left - Progressive Politics and Culture, Curated by a Human
BestOfTheLeft.com
#1383 The Work That Wins Elections (Political Organizing)
Air Date 12/2/2020 Today we take a look at some of the highlights of how the 2020 election was won, the people doing the work and what's still at stake. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript MEMBERSHIP and Gift Memberships! (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) EPISODE SPONSORS: GROUND.NEWS/BEST | MACKWELDON.COM/BEST Want to advertise/sponsor the show? Details -> advertisecast.com/BestoftheLeft SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Juan González The Media Has It Wrong. Record Latinx Turnout Helped Biden. White Voters Failed Dems - Democracy Now! - Air Date 11-5-20 Juan González says "a false narrative" is taking root that Latinx voters were primarily to blame for the weak Democratic result. "The main story is that people of color, especially Latinos, flocked to the polls in numbers that far exceeded expectations. Ch. 2: The Myth Of The 'Latino Vote' - Latino USA - Air Date 11-13-20 President Trump won Florida, including nearly half of all Latinx-identifying voters in the state. But across the country in Arizona, grassroots groups led a wave of younger Latinx voters to flip the state blue for President-elect Joe Biden. Ch. 3: An Election We Could Not Sit Out How Indigenous Voters Helped Defeat Trump & Elect Biden - Democracy Now! - Air Date 11-18-20 We speak with Allie Young, a citizen of the Navajo Nation and founder of Protect the Sacred, who organized a horseback trail ride to the polls. She says it was important to her to motivate Indigenous youth to turn out. Ch. 4: Georgia's Senate Runoffs - It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders - Air Date 11-20-20 Georgia's Senate runoffs have become national races as control of the Senate depends on who wins. Tia Mitchell, Washington correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on if Georgia voters are looking at the runoffs the same as rest the country is. Ch. 5: The Power of Black Women at the Ballot Box - The Takeaway - Air Date 11-9-20 Black women have long been the backbone of the Democratic Party, and this year is no different. Exit polls are showing that more than 90 percent of Black women cast their ballots for the Democratic ticket. Ch. 6: No Car - No Vote in Georgia Senate Run-off 2021 (w/ Greg Palast) - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 11-23-20 Georgia residents wishing to vote might be out of luck if they don't have a car thanks to Brian Kemp's new rule which amounts to a poll tax, any voter without a car registered in Georgia, could be blocked from voting! Ch. 7: Sam Breaks Down the HUGE Georgia Runoff Election - The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder - Air Date 11-14-20 Laying out the importance of engaging with the Georgia Senate runoff elections. FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 8: Final comments on memberships and merch MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions): * Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr * Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent * Activism Music: This Fickle World by Theo Bard * Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent SHOW IMAGE: "Volunteer registers a new voter at Comic Con, hosted by Emily Pearson and Matt Pizzolo comic Emmie-X", 2018 by Black Mask Studios via Wikipedia | License | Changes: Cropped & increased contrast Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com SUPPORT THE SHOW Listen Anywhere! Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com
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