Rising Up With Sonali

Weekend Marches Denounced Racism and Prison System

Tens of thousands of anti-racist activists marched in Boston, Massachusetts over the weekend, entirely eclipsing the so-called “Free Speech” rally planned by white supremacists. On the same weekend, more than a hundred groups gathered in Washington DC to call attention to the unjust and racist prison system in the US. On today’s show we’ll turn to Laila Aziz of the group I Am We Prisoner Advocacy Network to discuss both events and how they were linked. Then, historian and academic Yohuru Williams will explain just what confederate statues represent to African Americans and people of color and why they must come down no matter what. Finally Nancy MacLean will join us to discuss her new book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. In her book MacLean makes the connections between the backlash to the civil rights movement and the GOP’s billionaire-funded privatization agenda. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

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