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April 20, 2015 11:33 PM PDT

Taking Bold Action For Justice

Clearing the FOG speaks with two guests who are part of bold actions to demand justice for families and accountability for police who get away with murder. Maria Hamilton’s 31 year old son Dontre was killed in April, 2014. He was unarmed and sleeping in a public park when he was shot 14 times and killed by Officer Christopher Manney. Maria started Mothers For Justice United and is organizing the Million Moms March in Washington, DC on May 9. Carmen Perez of the Justice League NYC is currently leading a 250 mile walk from New York City to Washington, DC called the March 2 Justice to demand three new laws to address police accountability and militarization.


Relevant articles and websites:

Video: Million Moms March – Maria Hamilton

Million Moms March Facebook Page

Mothers for Justice United

Justice League NYC

In Their Shoes: A Profile of the Justice Champions Marching for Change by the Justice League




1mhamiltonMaria Hamilton‘s son Dontre was murdered on April 30, 2014 by Officer Christopher Manney. Dontre, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia two years before, had been resting in a downtown park on that mild spring afternoon.  Employees of a nearby Starbucks called the police repeatedly with concerns about Dontre, who was not bothering anyone.  After a team of officers responded on two separate occasions and found no issue with Dontre, Officer Manney apparently re-classified the complaint and responded alone.  Manney conducted an out-of-policy pat down (for which he was subsequently fired from the police force), and went on to beat Dontre severely with his baton.  Dontre struggled for the baton which was being used to subdue him.  Officer Manney then shot Dontre fourteen times, which resulted in Dontre’s death.

Maria and her family tried to make sense of the tragic circumstances which took Dontre from them at the age of 31, and waited and worked to obtain justice for their son and brother.  Maria came to know the suffering which has been visited on all too many black mothers whose children have been victims of police or vigilante violence.  Unarmed young black men in particular have been effectively executed for minor crimes, such as jaywalking, suspected theft of cigars, selling loose cigarettes, shoplifting, or, as in the cases of Trayvon Martin and Dontre Hamilton, the noncriminal acts of making white people uncomfortable or fearful in public.

Maria determined to reach out to other bereaved mothers, in an effort to support each other and to advocate together for justice, and for a humane response and recognition from their fellow citizens.  Thus began Mothers for Justice United.

Maria’s dream is to travel with the other mothers to Washington, D. C. on Mother’s Day weekend–May 9 -10, 2015–to make their voices heard in the halls of government, to demand justice for their murdered children, and to put an end to the race-based policies of police and vigilante violence in minority communities.

1cperezCarmen Perez has been an activist nearly her entire life.  After the death of her 19 year-old sister when she was just 17, Carmen began to restore herself by dedicating her life to transforming the lives of young people.

After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Psychology in 2001, Carmen was dedicated to the pursuit of advocating for young men and women, and providing comprehensive leadership training and opportunities for individuals in and out of the criminal justice system.  In 2006, Carmen went to work for the Santa Cruz County Probation Department as a bilingual Probation Officer. With an all-female intensive caseload, Carmen worked tirelessly to provide appropriate programs and re-entry services for young women in the juvenile justice system. She looked critically within the system to reduce racial disparities and advocated for monolingual Spanish speaking families. She helped implement gender-specific services that incorporated sexual trauma counseling through art therapy, teen-parent mediation, and eventually co-founded an evening program for girls called Girlzpace.

Her work in Santa Cruz was well-known in the community and across the country.  Carmen is the founder of the youth leadership group R.E.A.L. (Reforming Education, Advocating for Leadership) and Co-Founder of The Girls Task Force, which is dedicated to improving gender-specific services to better support all girls in our communities.  Carmen was also responsible for developing the idea of supporting youth speaking out on their own vital issues. She created and supported the “Youth Summit” concept where young people came together to discuss solutions on serious topics such as drug and alcohol reform, detention alternatives, gangs, and violence. Recommendations that came out of the group discussion were often presented and adopted by community and state-wide policy makers throughout California

In 2002, Carmen went to work for Barrios Unidos in Santa Cruz – an organization dedicated to providing non-violence training and re-entry services for the incarcerated, and establishing an Institute for peace and community development in Santa Cruz and across the country.  She flourished in her work with Barrios Unidos and traveled the country providing services and programs on behalf of the organization.

In 2005, while working for Barrios Unidos, Carmen met the man who would influence the next decade of her life – Harry Belafonte.  Mr. Belafonte had just founded The Gathering for Justice, and was organizing huge masses of marginalized communities in non-violent settings across the country – and he invited Carmen to be a part of it.  Through her work at Barrios Unidos, and a member of The Gathering, Carmen served both organizations while continuing to build her own programs focused on young girls and youth justice.

In 2008 Carmen became the National Organizer of The Gathering for Justice and in 2010 she was promoted to Executive Director of the organizer. Carmen’ s work with The Gathering allows her the opportunity to provide additional capacity and coalition building to the organization’s targeted US cities where she bridges the gap between government institutions, emerging & non- traditional leaders, and inner-city youth.

As Executive Director of The Gathering, Carmen has crossed the globe promoting peace, interconnectedness, and alternatives to incarceration and violence while collaborating in national policy presentations. She has organized cultural, spiritual and educational events and provided support to individuals incarcerated in juvenile detention centers and inside California’s and New York’s prisons.

In 2011, after moving her base of operations to New York, Carmen was tapped to help develop Purple Gold, a young worker’ s program that engages and cultivates the membership of 1199SEIU’s 35-and-under members, while setting the future for the Labor Movement. For two years she directed Purple Gold’s operations and program development across the boroughs of New York City.

Carmen has been featured on several TV programs and in numerous articles, and is the 2008 recipient of United Way’s “Community Hero Award,” and Santa Cruz County Women’s Commission “Trailblazer’s Award in Criminal Justice.”  She was presented a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community, and received the “Zaragoza Award” from the Committee for the Mexican Culture at D.V.I. Prison in Tracy, for her contribution and dedication to bringing hope to incarcerated men.  In May of 2014, she had the opportunity to share her life’s work and delivered her 1st TEDx Talk inside Ironwood State Prison hosted by Richard Branson and produced by Scott Budnick. She has recently been accepted into the Women’s Media Center Progressive Women’s Voices Class of 2014.

Carmen recently left the position of Chair for the Santa Cruz County Latino Affairs Commission after serving seven years. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos, Scholar League in Brooklyn, New York, and sits on the Advisory Board of The Baltimore City Youth Resiliency Institute.  She is co-founder of The Brain Trust, and recently founded Justice League NYC.

April 20, 2015 12:00 PM PDT

In this second episode of the Mic Check Radio Book Club series we continue with the audio book of Propaganda by Edward L Burnays, published in 1928. Noam Chomsky has called this book "the main manual of the public relations industry". It may be 87 years old, but the ideas and concepts are still used (and successful) today. This book explores the psychology of manipulating the masses in order to influence consumerism, politics, social change and gender dynamics. On this episode we will hear Chapter 3: The New Propagandists and Chapter 4: The Psychology of Public Relations.

April 20, 2015 02:23 AM PDT

Gyrocopter Protester

Introduction Anti-vaxxer Activist Horrified by Pertussis and Speaks Up for Vaccines

News Segment Chelsea Manning Letter

Americans are spending $153 billion to subsidize low wage workers

War Authorization Dies in House But US Bombs Keep Falling on Iraq and Syria

Copwatch Black Lives Matter Lynching Charge California Lynching Penal Code

Taser/Gun fiasco Eric Harris killing

I Call Bullshit 80 Percent of police force resigns after Missouri town elects first African-American Mayor

School nurse refuses to treat student who doesn't stand for pledge of allegiance

Robert Reich Big Five Questions for Hillary

Common Cause backstabs Wolf PAC Citizen's United attack

Forgotten History Why 'Under God' Was added to the Plege of Allegiance

Radical Ideas Do Something Big on Earth Day Cascade Forest Defenders Divest Harvard Tarsands Resistance Tour Eugene Avant Gardeners Hawaii's Guerilla Gardeners

April 19, 2015 08:00 AM PDT

All Power To The Positive! Vol#5, Episode #24.


“How many times have we settled for the police’s version of events? The Post Courier article is emblematic of a culture that encourages us to blindly trust information gleaned at a press conference. It is emblematic of a media that too often fails to adequately scrutinize cases of police violence. Our operating assumption is that police are in the right, even when that assumption introduces unanswerable questions….

We are fortunate enough to have video evidence this time — but how many times has Slager’s attempted trick been turned without consequence?”

- Joanna Rothkopf;


“Start The Revolution” – Marcel Cartier

“One 4 Kendrick” – Beressi

“Chill On The Moon Light” – Leo Beatz



“Another World” – Kev Choice

“Close Your Eyes And Count To F–k” – Run The Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike), ft. Zack De La Rocha

“The System Gotcha” – KRS-One

“The Who..?” – Sa-Roc, ft. David Banner

“A Change Is Gonna Come” – Sam Cooke



Islamic Militants, Amerikkka, and The New World Order, Ward Churchill On COINTELPRO, and a whole lot MORE…!

April 17, 2015 05:48 PM PDT
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The Worker Coop Alternative
Updates on inadequate unemployment insurance, Ted Cruz’s campaign money, law giving domestic workers real benefits, and demonizing the poor. Responses to questions on California drought and US medical system’s experiments on people. Interview with Yochai Gal on TechCollectives he organized: two successful worker coops.

April 17, 2015 12:24 PM PDT

On the eve of the Campaign for $15 an hour minimum wage organized in part by Fight for 15 (, we interviewed Joey Leech of Industrial Workers of the World and Fight for 15. We also clipped part of our interview with Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

Join us each week as we interview the leading experts on the topics you need to know about. If you have questions or comments, or would like to support our work, please email us, post on our Facebook page, or send us a tweet @AirOccupy!

Peace and Love,
Shannon, Liz, and Jerry

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April 15, 2015 11:56 PM PDT

Sheila Carapico is a Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va. She discusses the state of affairs in Yemen.

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

Syndicated by Pacifica Network.

Please encourage your local radio stations to carry this program every week!

April 14, 2015 11:37 PM PDT


It's April 15th, Occupiers, and this week on Occupy Radio, we've got resistance on our mind. First, we speak with Ari Rosenberg from the National War Tax Resisters Coordinating Committee about resisting the military industrial complex brought to you by our tax dollars; and then, Kevin Zeese from the National Resistance to the TPP comes on the show to update us about the effort to stop the looming corporate coup 

National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee

'Dear IRS' We Refuse to Pay For War And Weapons

NWTRCC on facebook

Now is the Time: People's Block of Fast Track


April 14, 2015 12:53 AM PDT

Beyond Extreme Energy: Uniting to Retire Fossil Fuels

Clearing the FOG speaks with activists from Washington State to Washington, DC who are taking on Big Energy to say “no” to more fossil fuel infrastructure. We begin with four organizers who walked across the United States last year to raise awareness about the climate crisis. They visited front line communities along the way. When they arrived in Washington, DC, they spent a week protesting the little known Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as part of the Beyond Extreme Energy coalition. Now they are planning more resistance. In Washington State, the “SHell No” campaign is organizing a Flotilla to keep Shell Oil out of the Port of Seattle. We’ll discuss why direct action is the necessary tactic to end fossil fuels and move to renewable energy sources.


Relevant articles and websites:

Extreme Energy Extraction: The Frightening Ways We are Destroying our Country for Fossil Fuels by Tara Lohan

Beyond Extreme Energy: Staying in FERC’s Face by Anne Meador

Can a Flotilla of Kayaks Block Shell’s Arctic Drilling Rigs in Seattle? by Sydney Brownstone



Jimmy Betts


Sean Glenn from Simsbury, CT joined the Great March for Climate Action from LA to DC.  During the March was arrested at #FloodWallStreet and is now organizing with various Climate Justice groups including Beyond Extreme Energy getting ready to stop the #FERCus.





1billBill Moyer co-founded the Backbone Campaign in 2003 with friends from an artist affinity group. He has dual and intersecting paths as both an activist and artist. His involvement with social change work stretches back to the 80’s, when as a student he was deeply involved in the anti-nuclear movement and the anti-interventionist movement. After a few years of studying political science and American philosophy at Seattle University, Bill went to Big Mountain to assist Dineh elders refusing to relocate off their traditional land, attended the Institute for Social Ecology, and briefly lived on an organic vegetable farm in Vermont.

On returning to the Pacific NW to live on Vashon Island, activism was replaced with performance and study of music as a percussionist and sound designer. The G.W. Bush administration inspired him to apply lessons of the arts to social change. Backbone Campaign has been a vehicle for much growth and Bill has emerged as a leader in the theory and practice of “artful activism.” He designs and produces creative political actions and provides trainings in grand strategy and creative tactics around the country.

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10704157_2132732196580_2119886824796279628_nLee Stewart is an organizer with Beyond Extreme Energy and a member of We Are Cove Point, a group mobilizing to stop the construction of a fracked gas refinery and export terminal on the Chesapeake Bay. He grew up in Northern Virginia, studied Religious Studies at Kenyon College, and spent three years teaching English in China before dedicating himself to climate justice. His activism around the climate crisis grew after his new baby nephew catalyzed an urgent sense of responsibility to act.




10828001_10153082692153054_1840831793781182292_oMackenzie McDonald Wilkins is an organizer with Popular Resistance and Beyond Extreme Energy based out of Baltimore, MD. He has worked on various social and environmental justice struggles and is currently working to stop Fast Track for rigged corporate “trade” agreements and is the action Coordinator for the May Actions at FERC.

April 13, 2015 01:27 AM PDT

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