Michael Slate Show, 9/10/14: Prof. Michael Mann on Climate Change; Anna Baltzer, BDS Campaign against Israel

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Two Takes on the Future of Humanity:

Destroying the Earth and Standing with the Palestinian People

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A recent report from the UN-established  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) contains a grim and strongly-worded assessment of the danger facing the planet, the life on land and sea, and the future of humanity, due to the large-scale emission of carbon dioxide from burning coal and oil. The effects of this climate change, including severe drought, rising oceans, destructive storms, higher temperatures and melting glaciers, are happening now. Changes to the environment are occurring faster than predicted, and at an accelerating rate. Some of these changes may be irreversible, no matter what is done about carbon dioxide emissions in the future.

Michael is joined by Dr. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University and author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, and talk about this report, the overwhelming evidence behind it, and what it means now and in the future.

For more about Dr. Mann’s work, including links to his works on the climate, check out his website.


In 2005, more than 170 Palestinian coalitions, unions, refugee groups, human rights, and social justice groups called for a movement of     Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to build international support for three demands: End the Israeli occupation and dismantle the wall, full equality for Palestinians within Israel, and respect for the Palestinians’ right of return to their land and property. The BDS movement has grown into an international movement of many dimensions, including a cultural boycott of Israel, and campaigns for churches, universities, foundations and pension funds to divest themselves of stock in Israeli companies, or companies that directly support Israel’s genocidal policies toward Palestinians.

We hear about BDS from Anna Baltzer, National Organizer with the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a coalition of over 400 groups and organizations, which works on the BDS movement in the US. She is an award-winning lecturer, author, and activist for Palestinian human rights, and author of Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories.

For more information about what’s happening in your area, or to get involved, go to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, or the BDS Movement website.

Michael Slate Show, Sept 3, 2014: Sunsara Taylor, William I. Robinson, Wayne Kramer

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All the Right Things In All the Right Places: Important Victory in the Fight to Stop the Assault on Abortion Rights and the War on Women, Professor Lays Bare the Israel Lobby and the Assault on Academic Freedom & Jail Guitar Doors

Sunsara Taylor arrested at a protest at the University of Texas, Austin, August 27

Sunsara Taylor arrested at a protest at the University of Texas, Austin, August 27


Texas is on the front line of a savage War on Women. On September 1, a law that will close down all but 6 abortion clinics in Texas could go into effect. As Sunsara Taylor said, “The situation in Texas is a concentration of the national emergency facing women’s right to abortion.”

On Friday, August 29, a Judge ruled that the vicious Texas Law that would have resulted in the closure of all but 6 abortion clinics in Texas is unconstitutional. This is an important victory in the fight against the War on Women. It is also a time for people to push out even further and harder against the war on Women.

Sunsara Taylor writer for Revolution newspaper and StopPatriarchy.org, will join us to talk about the victory in the fight for Abortion Rights, the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, the Week of Defiance, and the kind of actions that are called for in this nationwide emergency situation.

To find out more or get involved, go to StopPatriarchy, or revcom.us.

Prof. William I. Robinson

Prof. William I. Robinson


William I. Robinson, Professor of Sociology, Global and Latin American Studies at UC Santa Barbara, will join us to talk about the targeting of US university professors by Zionist groups. Five years ago he was the target of a campaign to drive him from the university, a campaign that involved collaboration between pro-Israel university officials and groups like the Anti-Defamation League, a Zionist organization. Prof. Robinson estimates that dozens, perhaps hundreds of professors, students and organizations have been targeted by such organizations, with a chilling effect.



Wayne Kramer

Wayne Krame

Wayne Kramer, guitarist, part of the legendary rock band MC5, activist and co-founder of Jail Guitar Doors, joins us to discuss the work of Jail Guitar Doors, the horror of prison and the fight against the dehumanization of whole peoples, especially the Black and Latino people who live in the world of cradle to prison pipeline.

To connect with Jail Guitar Doors, see their website, or like them on Facebook

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The Michael Slate Show on KPFK, Friday 8/22: Carl Dix from Ferguson, Sunsara Taylor from the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, Shaun Sipos & Aaron McPherson, “In a Dark Dark House”

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Carl Dix arrested in Ferguson, MO

Carl Dix arrested in Ferguson, MO


We’ll talk about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, with Carl Dix. People have been in the streets since the police murder of Michael Brown on August 9. Carl Dix is a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, and co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network. He has been in Ferguson since shortly after the protests began, and was recently arrested while standing on the sidewalk reading a statement, “We Stand With the Defiant Ones.”

He’ll discuss what’s been happening, what people have been saying, the attempts by the authorities and local figures working with the police, i.e., bootlickers, to stop the protests — and the Call to Action, “Come to Ferguson This Weekend.”

Check out revcom.us for daily news from Ferguson.


Abortion rights FR Texas 02    We’ll have an update from Sunsara Taylor on the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero, Texas. The Freedom Ride is a national counter-offensive against an all-out, national assault on abortion rights, that is telling the unapologetic truth: the fight over abortion is a fight over whether or not women will be free. The ride began in late July, and is currently in the Rio Grande Valley, where the forced closing of Texas abortion clinics has hit the hardest. Stop Patriarchy has called for a Week of Defiance, beginning August 25, and ending September 1, when Texas authorities hope to close all but six abortion clinics in Texas.

Sunsara Taylor is a writer for Revolution newspaper and StopPatriarchy.org, and a founder of End Pornography and Patriarchy, the Enslavement and Degradation of Women.


in-a-dark-dark-house-logo-40789     We’ll talk with Shaun Sipos and Aaron McPherson, two lead actors of In A Dark Dark House, currently at the Matrix Theatre. Written by Neil LaBute, the play is the story of two brothers as they search through a past of physical and sexual abuse. It explores the dehumanization of relationships in capitalist society, where everything, and everyone, is a commodity.

We Stand With The Defiant Ones — From Revolution Newspaper 8/18/14

We Stand With the Defiant Ones

August 18, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


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 We Stand With the Defiant Ones

We stand with the defiant ones.  We stand with the angry ones, the rebellious ones, the ones who will not take it, the ones who tell the truth—and the ones they lie about.  Without defiance, without rage, without righteous rebellion, without people insisting on their rights and defending those rights in the street—very few people would even know about Michael Brown and how he was shot over and over with his hands up, murdered by pigs and then left to lie there in the streets, as if he were an animal.  Very few people would have shared the grief of his parents for the terrible loss of this young man, at the very beginning of his life.  Without the rebellion, this terrible state-done murder would just be another rerun of the same old all-too-familiar story, the same murderous stuff that happens to Black and Latino youth over and over again.

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Michael Slate Show on KPFK, 8/15/14: From Ferguson, Atty Anthony Gray, Joey Johnson and Carl Dix; Roger Guenveur Smith, Frederick Douglass Now

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Michael Brown 01    18-year-old Michael Brown had graduated from high school in Ferguson, Missouri, a small mostly Black town just outside St. Louis, and was going to start college in August. But now he will be buried in August because a murdering cop shot him eight times.


     Immediately following Michael’s murder, people poured into the streets, outraged that the cops had stolen the life of another Black youth. Cops were called in from all the surrounding areas, some in riot gear and others with vicious dogs straining at their leashes. But far from suppressing people’s anger, it brought out even more rage. It has been reported that 20 police cars were damaged and some stores were broken into.

–From revcom.us

     We’ll hear from Anthony D. Gray, one of the lawyers representing the family of Michael Brown, about what’s happening with the family’s demands for justice, and what they’re saying about their son — and how hard is it to prosecute the police for murder.


Michael Brown police-shooting-missouri-1     We’ll also hear from Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party and Stop Mass Incarceration Network, who is currently in the St. Louis area. And we’ll talk with Joey Johnson, Stop Mass Incarceration Network and October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, who has been in Ferguson, Missouri.

For updates on what’s going on in Ferguson, go to revcom.us.





      Roger Guenveur Smith will talk about the play he wrote and performs, Frederick Douglass Now. This internationally acclaimed solo performance brings to life the work of the pioneering abolitionist, feminist and statesman Frederick Douglass. If ever a play seemed of the times, this is it. Currently at the Bootleg Theater.

Michael Slate Show, August 13, 2014: Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, The Theft of Palestine

The War on Women, the Theft of Palestine and the Fight to Change the World

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Abortion Rights FR TX Perry mansion     Sunsara Taylor, reporting from the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero, Texas. The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride is “A national counter-offensive – against an all-out, national assault on abortion rights – that is telling the unapologetic truth: the fight over abortion is a fight over whether or not women will be free. We are mobilizing many forms of mass resistance, refusing to rely on or wait for politicians or courts to ‘come around’ before making our will known. Not sometime in the future, but NOW. Abortion rights are under unprecedented attack, and nowhere is this more concentrated now than in Texas, so that’s where we are – right now.”

Sunsara Taylor is a writer for Revolution newspaper and StopPatriarchy.org, and a founder of End Pornography and Patriarchy, the Enslavement and Degradation of Women.

Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, talks about the oppression of women under this system and the fight against it. This is an excerpt from Avakian’s 2003 speech Revolution ” Why It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible and What It’s All About. You can access the whole speech at RevolutionTalk.net.




Salman Abu Sitta, Founder & Director, Palestine Land Society and Coordinator of al-Awda the Palestinian Right of Return Coalition, discusses the theft of Palestine and the genocidal attempt to erase the Palestinian people from the face of the earth as the longest continual Ethnic Cleansing in history.

Michael Slate Show for August 6, 2014: Alan Goodman on Gaza; Michael Rossato-Bennett, “Alive Inside;” Sunsara Taylor on the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride

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Gaza-Child        The Israeli assault on Gaza is moving into its fifth week — over four weeks of systematically murdering men, women and children. At least 1500 dead at last report, but when you read this, that number will be higher, as well as the number of children: nearly 400. Four weeks and more of schools and hospitals bombed, villages devastated, tens of thousands with injuries great and small, nearly two million people living night and day with the terror of imminent death, parents unable to shield their children. And over all this, the knowledge that these crimes are carried out openly, in broad daylight, with the butchers self-righteously boasting of their crimes.

While hundreds of thousands have demonstrated around the world for an end to these massacres, and many have called out Israel and its US
backers for genocide, America’s government and official media continue their callous lies about “both sides,” “a war between Israel and Hamas.” US president Obama talks repeatedly about “Israel’s right to self-defense.”

Alan Goodman, writer for Revolution newspaper, will join us to talk about the reality of the genocidal Israeli attacks, the role of the US in all this — and why the world needs to stop it.

Alive Inside     Filmmaker/Director Michael Rossato-Bennett talks about his first film, “Alive Inside,” which won has won numerous documentary awards since the beginning of this year, including the Audience Award for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. “Alive Inside” tells the dramatic and very moving story of how music impacts elderly people suffering from Alzheimers and Dementia, including reawakening many who have been catatonic for years.





Abortion rights FR Texas 02       Sunsara Taylor, Journalist, Revolution Newspaper, StopPatriarchy.org, calls for an Abortion Rights Freedom Ride right smack in the middle of Texas, ground zero for the War on Women. The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride will be in Texas focusing on the battle
to prevent the closing of all but 6 of the abortion clinics in Texas today.

For regular updates on the Freedom Ride, go to StopPatriarchy.tumblr.com, or revcom.us. Sunsara will be on the show for regular updates each week.

The Michael Slate Show for July 30, 2014: Carl Dix on a Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration; Dr.Haidar Eid, Eyewitness to the Israeli Massacres in Gaza

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Prisoner's Hands Holding Bars    Carl Dix on the Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, October, 2014, and major kick-off meetings in August. Early this year, Carl Dix and Cornel West called for October to be a Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration.

Carl Dix recently wrote, “Prison authorities enforce a regime of brutality and revenge aimed at dehumanizing people in prison in order to keep them under tight control. People are being scarred physically and mentally for life. People are being killed. This is unacceptable and illegitimate. It must be stopped! And now that you know about these horrors, you must be part of acting to stop them.” Carl Dix is a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, and a founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.


Gaza children on beach    Dr. Haidar Eid is Associate Professor of Postcolonial and Postmodern Literature at Gaza’s al-Aqsa University. He is a member of the steering committee of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI).

Prof. Eid speaks to Michael Slate from inside the Gaza Strip, describing first hand the unspeakable horror of living with daily massacres carried out by high-tech weaponry, which have killed over 1000 people, including hundreds of children butchered in broad daylight. He also goes into the reality of the living death of Gaza, the world’s largest open-air prison, as well as the background of the current attack and the role of the US backing and enabling Israel in its mass murder.


The Michael Slate Show for July 23, 2014: An interview with Ilan Pappe

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“Israel and Gaza: The Truth Told in the Voice of Israeli Historian
Ilan Pappe as He Lays Bare the Reality of the Historical and Current
Ethnic Cleansing and Incremental Genocide of the Palestinian People”

Beginning  July 7, Israel subjected the nearly two million people of the Palestinian territory of Gaza to a deadly reign of terror from the sky. Israel intensified its murderous attacks with a land invasion. Even before the ground invasion began, Israeli bombs, missiles and shells killed nearly 200 Palestinians, including 38 children. In 2008-2009, Israel invaded and bombed Gaza, killing 1400 people, most of them civilians. Eighty-nine of them children, by Israel’s official count.

We spend the whole hour with Israeli author and historian Ilan Pappe, a professor at the University of Exeter, who has labeled the assault on the Palestinian people “incremental genocide.” He’ll talk about the assault on Gaza. But we’ll also dig deeply into the foundations and nature of the state of Israel.

In numerous books, including The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Prof. Pappe uses historical documents from the Zionists themselves and other sources, to expose the myth that Palestine was, “A land without a people for a people without a land.” This phrase has been used to cover the theft of a whole country: forcibly expelling half the population, erecting an apartheid state on stolen land and subjecting the Palestinian people to the most inhumane oppression, including regular massacres like the current assault on Gaza. This is a continuing process of ethnic cleansing, and the foundation for the current US enforcer in the Middle East, Israel. We’ll also talk about his support for the BDS (Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions) campaign against Israel.

For a transcript of the interview with Ilan Pappe, go to revcom.us.