From at least the Haitian Revolution to the present, black and brown people in the Western Hemisphere have linked arms in solidarity with each other. Historian Paul Ortiz discusses how we can’t understand the United States and its past without looking beyond its borders. Resources: Paul Ortiz, An African American and Latinx History of the … Continued
Today on Flashpoints, we’ll get an update from attorney and land rights activist Judith Berkan on the present plight of Puerto Rico. US Army veteran Ricardo Ortiz who was a patient at the VA hospital in San Juan Puerto Rico who warns that “…American troops are not there to aid the people of Puerto Rico…”. … Continued
Today on Flashpoints, We’ll speak to Pablo Alvarado of NDLON about the expanded battle to assure worker rights for undocumented people who will be doing the crucial work of rebuilding Northern California in the face of massive destruction left by the wildfires: also we hear about a new UNDOCUFUND to support undocumented workers who lost … Continued
Did Lincoln free the slaves? Or did they just as much free themselves? And what were the ramifications of their seemingly impossible achievement — immediate and uncompensated emancipation — for other oppressed groups? Historian David Roediger discusses that revolutionary period in U.S. history — and the consequences of its failure today. Resources: David R. … Continued
For the last forty years, unions and the left more broadly have been in decline. Clearly the business class went on the offensive during this time, but is that the whole story? Veteran organizer Jane McAlevey argues that the left abandoned deep organizing just at the moment when the right was organizing its grassroots, and … Continued
Violence has increased in Palestine: we look at the causes, and the future. Plus: peace activism was successful in ending the Vietnam War over 40 years ago. Now activists write about how they did it. AND:how the sharing economy is ripping you off. With host Kris Welch.