Today's program will cover a broad range of issues: local organizing, NDPL, Trump's appointments and why I think the vast majority of progressive political organizations and movements are not prepared - mentally, emotionally, physically, organizationally, politically - for Trump's reign as Il Duce.
On today's program, Vince interviews his friend, activist and writer, Ramon Mejia (the baddest hombre this side of the Mississippi).
Ramon is from Dallas, Texas, and enlisted in the Marine Corps upon graduating high school in July 2001 out of economic necessity in order to support his wife and daughter. Ramon served in Supply Ops. and participated in the initial invasion of Iraq, deploying to Dhi Qar Province in 2003. After suffering from multiple seizures, Ramon was placed on med board and discharged from the Marines in Nov 04. As a result of his experience in Iraq, he converted to Islam in 2008.
Since then, Ramon has opposed the war and all US military expeditions around the world. He's been an active organizer over the last year or so in countering local manifestations of hate and racism by neo-Nazis and protest of mosques by a paramilitary group in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. He currently resides in Biloxi, Mississippi.
On today's program, Vince interviews author and activist, Dr. Dahlia Wasfi.
Dr. Dahlia Wasfi was born in the United States in 1971 to an American Jewish mother and an Iraqi Muslim father. After graduating from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Biology in 1993, she earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 but left medicine in 2002. Today, she works for social justice. Dr. Wasfi has made two trips to Iraq to visit her extended family since the 2003 "Shock and Awe" invasion, including a three month stay in Basrah in the spring of 2006. She is an activist in support of ending the US-led and US-funded occupations (military and economic) of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine.
Dahlia is currently working on a book that humanizes the victims of American and Israeli policy “From the Nile to the Euphrates.” On Twitter, her username is @liberatethis
Today, Vince speaks with author, activist and global citizen Deena Stryker about her book, "Cuba: A Diary of the Revolution" (Tayen Lane).
It has been nearly five decades since Deena Stryker, then Boyer, journeyed to Cuba. Deena, a photojournalist went to revolutionary Cuba to both write and photograph the struggles, the trials and disagreements, the victories, and losses of the Cuban people. There she experienced the revolution first hand and enjoyed numerous conversations and powerful moments with its revolutionary leaders—Castro, Che, Celia, and a host of Revolutionaries. Cuba, A Diary of the Revolution is the documented account of that journey during the early years of Cuba’s revolution in the early 1960’s and also a candid look at the Cuba of today as it comes to detente with the US.
Philadelphian Deena Stryker studied in Paris, became a French citizen by marriage, debuted at Agence France Presse in Rome, then, as Deena Boyer, followed Fellini’s creative process for The Two Hundred Days of ’81/2’. The proceeds enabled her to interview Fidel Castro for a major French weekly, meeting with him again a week after the Kennedy assassination, and several times in 1964 for this book.
Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the U.S. and Donald Trump will be in the media even more than he is today (recent reports have him starting his own cable channel - we'll see). His supporters, emboldened but disorganized, will remain.
But where does that leave the rest of us? What should we expect from a Clinton presidency? And how will activists, particularly the millions who were mobilized for Sanders, respond?
On today's program, Vince recaps the second presidential "debate" in all its wonderful madness and banality. He also discuss the possibility of organizing Trump's supporters and why he thinks The Donald's campaign has been the best learning experience for Americans in over a century.
Plus, why are liberals, progressives and Democrats silent as Clinton escalates Cold War 2.0 with Russia? Scoring cheap political points while simultaneously provoking war - textbook American liberalism! Hillary must have learned a thing or two from JFK.
Fifteen years after 9/11 and Americans have learned very little about war, violence, revenge, history, terrorism and empire.
So, for today's program, Vince plays Howard Zinn's famous speech,"Three Holy Wars" (The Revolutionary War, The Civil War and World War II) because these idealized wars must be questioned if we ever hope to stop the madness of U.S. Empire.
Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance sparked an important conversation and debate about nationalism and American Exceptionalism - an essential conversation more Americans should have. For this, he should be commended, not admonished.
As Albert Einstein once noted, "Nationalism is an infantile disease." Of course, the same is true today, yet I hear less and less progressive and leftwing activists say so. Why? Is nationalism the ultimate taboo in American political discourse?