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The Gary Null Show – 03.14.18

The criminalization of poverty in America Professor Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC, and one of our nation’s leading authorities on the economics, politics and law behind poverty, welfare and juvenile justice. He was the former legislative assistant to Senator Robert Kennedy up until Bobby’s assassination, …

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Solartopia Green Power and Wellness Hour – 05.04.17

HAS THE SOUTH AGAIN RISEN TO DESTROY AMERICAN DEMOCRACY? We talk with filmmakers DON GOLDMACHER and FRANCES CAUSEY, and with election protection activist JOHN BRAKEY about the lethal impact of southern reaction on our nation’s politics. Goldmacher and Causey’s LONG SHADOW about slavery and its death grip on early America makes it clear that the poison has yet to dissipate.  …

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Erin Sagen and Araz Hachadourian – From Growing Edible Forests to Banking Heirloom Seeds, Solutions to Keeping Your Food Local

Oklahoma As the proverb goes, no self-respecting Cherokee would ever be without a corn patch. But since the Trail of Tears, the nation had forgotten how to farm corn or, for that matter, any other heirloom crop cultivated from seeds passed down from their ancestors. The effects of this loss had been devastating: Diabetes and obesity were on the rise, …

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Rebecca Onion – America’s Other Original Sin

Here are three scenes from the history of slavery in North America. In 1637, a group of Pequot Indians, men and boys, having risen up against English colonists in Connecticut and been defeated, were sold to plantations in the West Indies in exchange for African slaves, allowing the colonists to remove a resistant element from their midst. (The tribe’s women …

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Leid Stories – 09.17.15

On ‘Constitution and Citizenship Day,’ Dred Scott Decision Still Relevant

On this day in 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia—a date officially commemorated since 1940.

Constitution and Citizenship Day extols the two things that are the core of American ideology and identity. But not so for a large segment of America, historically and even today.

Legal scholar Paul Finkelman, who teaches constitutional law, legal history and race and the law at Albany Law School, discusses the constitutional origins of the issue of citizenship in a detailed examination of the landmark Dred Scott case.

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JEFF GREENFIELD – Democratic Blue: Obama will leave his party in its worst shape since the Great Depression

s historians begin to assess Barack Obama’s record as president, there’s at least one legacy he’ll leave that will indeed be historic—but not in the way he would have hoped. Even as Democrats look favorably ahead to the presidential landscape of 2016, the strength in the Electoral College belies huge losses across much of the country. In fact, no president …

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Ellen Brown – Trumping the Federal Debt without Playing the Default Card

“The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default.” — Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan on Meet the Press, August 2011 In a post on “Sovereign Man” dated August 14th, Simon Black argued that Donald Trump may be the right man for the presidency: …

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Resistance Radio – Robert A. Williams Jr. – 08.09.15

Robert A. Williams Jr. is a member of the Lumbee Indian tribe and a professor of law at the University of Arizona Indigenous Peoples Law Program. He is the author of numerous books and articles on indigenous peoples’ human rights, including The American Indian in Western Legal Thought and Like a Loaded Weapon. Today we talk about his book Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization.

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Taking Jackson Off the $20 Bill Will Not Erase His Murderous History as a War Criminal, Slavery Enthusiast, & Genocidal Enemy of Native Americans By Adele M. Stan

During the height of the 2008 presidential campaign, I paid a visit to what was then an annual gathering of the Conservative Caucus, a right-wing group founded by the late Howard Phillips, who also helped found the religious right. Unlike his compatriots among the religious right’s founding fathers, Phillips, a large man with the voice of a radio actor, relished …

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More Retirees Are Volunteering Around the World

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” ~ Betty Friedan More and more older Americans are feeling the call to give back to others and are finding themselves traveling across the world to volunteer their unique skills. Their wisdom, empathy and extensive experience are highly desired qualities in all types of volunteer work. Overseas …