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.

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     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.

The Michael Slate Show, July 11, 2014: Particle Fever; Protesting the Police Murder of Andy Lopez; Lupillo Rivera Stands With Immigrants

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Director Mark Levinson and Producer David Kaplan, talk about their film, “Particle Fever.”

Imagine being able to watch as Thomas Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Ben Franklin received his first jolt of electricity.

For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in history, pushing the edge of human innovation.

As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But they  confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?

Mark Levinson is a physicist turned filmmaker. David Kaplan is a professor of theoretical particle physics at Johns Hopkins University.

“Particle Fever” is available for download and VOD on iTunes and other sites. It is also showing in selected theaters. For showtimes, as well as a lot of information on the film, the subjects and how to learn more about physics, go to their website, ParticleFever.com.

Andy Lopez

Last October 22, Andy Lopez, a 13-year-old from Santa Rosa, California, was walking along a rural road with a BB gun, when a Sonoma County Sheriffs car pulled up. Within seconds, a deputy opened fire, pumping 7 bullets into the body of the young Latino. Thousands have been protesting this cold-blooded police murder.

On July 7, the Sonoma County DA issued a report blaming Andy for his own death, and refusing to put the deputy on trial. Nicole Guerra, an organizer with Andy’s Youth, friends of Andy Lopez and other local youth who continue to protest his killing.

To learn more and get involved, go to the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez.


     We also hear from Lupillo Rivera, the Mexican Music Superstar who stood up against the howling fascist mobs in Murrieta, CA, on July 1, when they were terrorizing busloads of immigrant children. Connect with him on Facebook.


     Read “Leave Those Children Alone!” a statement from Carl Dix and Travis Morales:

     On July 2, more than 100 people waving American flags, screaming “Go back home,” and “Not our children. Not our problem,” blocked Homeland Security buses bringing 140 Central American refugee children and mothers to a Border Patrol processing center in Murrieta, California. This was a scene quite in keeping with America’s traditions. First, like modern day slave catchers, the government rounds up tens of thousands of hungry, desperate children at the border in Texas, then, these flag waving Made in America, 4th of July celebrating racists are unleashed.

“Not our children. Not our problem.”???  FUCK YOU!!!

      Read more at revcom.us.

Michael Slate Show, 5/21/2014: Alice Goffman, On The Run; Bob Avakian, The Conditions of Black People Today

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Alice Goffman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has produced one of the most remarkable books in a long time on what’s happening to Black people in the US, On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City. Goffman’s pathbreaking book was released just this spring. This is one of her first radio interviews.

The author spent six years living in an African American neighborhood in Philadelphia, where people are trapped in a web of high-tech surveillance, police violence, and mass incarceration. 2.5 million people behind bars have made the US the world’s largest jailer. But there are also 7 million people on probation or parole, subjected to conditions that author Michelle Alexander called the New Jim Crow.

On the Run brings you into the middle of the lives of the people impacted by this situation — a whole section of people who have been turned into hunted fugitives in their own neighborhoods. She lets us watch as the pleasures of summer evening stoop sitting are shattered by the arrival of a car-full of cops looking to serve a warrant. She recounts being awoken by a police raid — or seeing a friend arrested for attending the birth of his child by the cops who lie in wait at the hospitals where Black people go.



Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, discusses the conditions facing Black people today, how they developed, what’s behind them and what’s the solution.

For more on Bob Avakian, go to revcom.us/avakian.

Michael Slate Show 4/25/14: Marc Silver and Robin Reineke, “Who Is Dayani Cristal?” Plus Alicia Hall Moran and Kingsley Leggs, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.”

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Who-Is-Dayani-Cristal    Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered T-shirt, they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal”. Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? And who – or what – is Dayani Cristal? Following a team of dedicated staff from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer these questions and give this anonymous man an identity. As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael García Bernal retraces this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America.

These stories are woven together in the beautiful and powerful, “Who Is Dayani Cristal?” We are joined by the director, Marc Silver, and Robin Reineke, a cultural anthropologist who appears in the film. Robin Reineke is Executive Director of the Colibri Center for Human Rights.

“Who Is Dayani Cristal?” is a movie for the head and the heart. As a reviewer recently said, “It should be essential viewing for everyone. This film is an opinion changer, not a policy changer, but one almost always follows the other. Get your tickets now.”

To find a screening in your area, or to help bring the film to an area where it’s not currently scheduled, click here.

Porgy and Bess Photo 13 smaller   “When Porgy and Bess premiered on a New York stage in 1935, no one could have predicted its reach, nor its indelible impact on the American psyche nor its persistently shifting position within popular culture,” essayist Lynell George wrote recently. Conceived and composed as an opera, it has been staged internationally in scores of versions. Now, re-envisioned as a musical stage production, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, is touring the US, playing at the Ahmanson Theatre through June 1.

     The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess portrays the lives of Black people, set in the 1920s, in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past. The only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories.


     We’ll talk with cast members Alicia Hall Moran, who plays Bess, and Kingsley Leggs, who plays Sporting Life.


Michael Slate Show, 4/18/14: Dr. Jody Armour, Wayne Kramer, Bianca Bagatourian

To listen or download, or get the podcast, go to the KPFK archives.

Jody Amour     Dr. Jody David Armour is Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at USC, and author of Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism, Nigger Lover: Luck, Law, and Language in the Social Construction of Niggas, a play, Race, Rap and Redemption, and an upcoming book, Nigga Theory. His writings and other work deal with the realities of race, social class, and the criminalization of an entire people. We’ll talk about these questions, and his own personal experience.



Wayne Kramer B n W     Legendary guitarist, composer and activist Wayne Kramer will join us to talk about “LEXINGTON,” his new jazz album. Wayne Kramer came to prominence as the guitarist for the MC5 in the late 1960s. He is the co-founder of Jail Guitar Doors. He also composes music for movies and television.

Wayne Kramer recently said, “LEXINGTON could actually be the musical narrative of the second half of my adult life.” It’s a free jazz album featuring an extraordinary ensemble of musicians. “LEXINGTON” will be released April 29, with a special record store release April 19.


Bianca Bagatourian     Bianca Bagatourian, an experimental playwright whose works revolve around human rights and genocide, will talk about the play she wrote, The Time of Our Lies, about the life and times of Historian Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States. The play unravels through Zinn’s personal story as a young bombardier and goes on to depict how his life was shaped from there, as well as examining the stories of other soldiers and the horrors of war.

“A wonderfully imaginative play that uses my father’s words as the unifying thread. Songs, nursery rhymes and tapped-out rhythms add a playful lightness and humanness that illuminate the horrors of war.”  –Myla Kabat-Zinn, daughter of Howard Zinn