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Solartopia Green Power and Wellness Hour – 04.22.21

CAN DEMOCRACY CENTERS SAVE AMERICA?  plus STACEY ABRAMS’S “ALL IN”:  GREEP ZOOM #47

The idea of storefront “Democracy Centers” has started to take tangible root.  ELSA SCHAFER explains how small gathering places in shopping malls and on city streets can serve as organizing hubs for a new grassroots push to save our democracy.

HOWIE HAWKINS speaks to us from his own Green Party storefront in upstate New York, where he says ordinary citizens walk in regularly….to the point they assume he is a county official.

With these grassroots safe spaces face-to-face/door-to-door organizing can take a great leap forward.

We start with Amazon’s “ALL IN” about Stacey Abrams and the fight to preserve what’s left of democracy in Georgia….and elsewhere. This comprehensive documentary—while it may not play well on radio—makes a good, strong case for the power of grassroots organizing.

It does not, however, cover the GEORGIA MIRACLE of the elections of November 2020 & January 2021.  For that we speak with JOEL SEGAL, RAY MCCLENDON and many more.

We also revisit the critical issue of DC Statehood, which has just been approved by the US House.

As we stagger toward an actual democracy, this show provides some of the key, not-so-easy pieces.