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Greenpeace Lands on Apple + Grace Lee Boggs with Angela Davis – May 21, 2012

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Greenpeace Tells Apple That they Need to Green their Cloud. Plus, radical activist thinkers, Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis in Conversation.

Greenpeace made international news last week when they protested at Apple headquarters in Cupertino. Activists said Apple’s cloud, their high tech data centers, are being powered with dirty coal. We talk with Casey Harrell, one of the Greenpeace organizers, about the action and Apple’s response.

Then, excerpts from a conversation between two long-time radical women-of-color activists, Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis. Their topic: Issues and problems in revolution. If you know either of these two women, you know how high the expectation for this conversation was. And they did not disappoint.

Grace Lee Boggs will be 97 years old in June. She’s an activist, writer, and philosopher with seven decades of political involvement in the major U.S. social movements. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr, a twenty-year political relationship with the black Marxist, C.L.R. James, and extensive Civil Rights and Black Power Movement activism in Detroit in partnership with husband — black autoworker, James Boggs. She’s written five books, including her most recent: The Next American Revolution.

Angela Davis is a bit younger, a mere 78. She founded Critical Resistance, which works to abolish the prison industrial complex. She ran for vice president twice on the Communist Party ticket, was active in the Black Panthers, civil rights movement and headed up the Feminist Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz. She also has a doctorate in philosophy.

These are two hard working women shared the stage for the first time ever at the University of Berkeley in early March. The talk was the opening event of the 26th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference