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Occupy the Media hosts 8 shows featuring News, Interviews and Life as Activists / Resistance Culture / AntiCapitalist / Anarchism / Occupy / No War / No GMO's / People Over Profit / Anti Corruption / AntiFa / Human Rights
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July 05, 2015 06:39 PM PDT

All Power To The Positive! Vol#5, Episode #37: 4th Of Their Lie(s) 2015 Mega Episode!

Greetings all the incredible people who supported us through the trial,

Yesterday, the jury in the trial against Beck, Gillian, Cat and me came out with a verdict of not guilty for our charge of pedestrian interference. Congratulations! We’ve beautifully, inspirationally, and super successfully supported and protected people who have taken risk to say loud and clear that Black Lives Matter. We’re hopeful that the verdict of not guilty will be strong leverage to get the city to drop the charges against the other seven solidarity activists who put their bodies on the line on MLK Day.
While we are extremely excited that we are no longer facing charges, we also know that the struggle continues. The day of our pre-trial hearing, a white man murdered 9 Black people in Charleston. Since our trial began, 6 Black churches have been burned down in the South.
In the midst of our trial one of our attorneys tried to get us off the hook by pointing out that the charge we were being charged with was really to stop begging, not protesters, legitimizing the criminalization of houseless people.
We need to celebrate our victories and we have been and continue to do so, but also recognize the immense privileges we had throughout this experience and continue to build movement to ensure that all people have access to the kind of care, legal defense, and inspiration that we had. We really hope that the action we took on MLK Day and how community has shown up in the course of the trial encourages you all and others to take bold action for justice in the future.
We’d all like to encourage you to attend the pre-trial hearings of Rashad Barber and Isaac Robinson facing more serious charges than we were and who were arrested in association with Black-led marches:
Rashad Barber – Pre-Trial Hearing. Monday, July 6th 1:30PM Seattle Municipal Court, #903.
Isaac Robinson- Pre Trial Hearing. Monday, July 6th at 9:00 AM Seattle Municipal Court, #903.
The four of us want to say THANK YOU for all the ways you’ve helped us through this process, and we’re excited to celebrate with you (info to come on that soon)…”
– Eliana, Cat, Beck, and Gillian;
Settler allies who locked themselves across Hwy 99 in Seattle in solidarity with Black Lives Matter; MLK, Jr. Day 2015.



“Survival Of The Fittest” – Mobb Deep

“Start The Revolution” – Marcel Cartier

“Affirmative Action” – Nas

“Servin Lean” – PeeWee Longway, ft A$AP Rocky

“Blunted Beats” -Triumph

“Black and Yellow” – Wiz Khalifa

“Instrumental Theme” – GTA San Andreas



“Sledgehammer” – Invincible

“The UnenLIGHTened” – SkyBlew

“I Blame College” – Jamil Suleman

“Black Lives Matter Spoken Word” – Makayla Hancock

“Poet Tree, Part 1 (Live)” – Aisha Fukushima

“Fire Squad” – Sa Roc

“A Change Is Gonna Come” – Solo



Alicia Garza (#BlackLivesMatter), Mumia Abu-Jamal (prisonradio.org), Gazi Kodzo (Black Is Black Coalition), Disability Justice And Prisons (Part 2: Former Political Prisoner Mark Cook and Hip-Hop Artist Bypolar), and a lot, lot, lot MORE!

July 04, 2015 08:07 AM PDT

Racism: From South Carolina to the Dominican Republic and Beyond

The recent massacre of nine people in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina by a white supremacist highlights the racist culture that is particularly prevalent in the South and has amplified the call for removal of symbols such as the Confederate flag. The attack demonstrates that institutionalized racism is not isolated to the police and judicial system, it is pervasive in the educational system, government and in our neighborhoods. And it is not limited to the United States but extends around the world, particularly where the US Empire and other colonists have interfered. Kymone Freeman, an activist and artist, and Reverend Graylan Hagler of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC join us to discuss the state of racism in the US and around the world today.


Relevant articles, books and websites:

South Carolina and Its Confederate Flag by Kevin Alexander Gray

Kymone Freeman

Plymouth Congregational UCC



1kfKymone Freeman
 (guerrilla artist) is the director of the National Black LUV Festival recognized as a Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Art Award Finalist for Excellence in Service to the Arts in 2006 and received a Mayoral Proclamation in 2007. est. 1997 NBLF has since become the largest annual AIDS mobilization in WDC. Freeman has appeared along side Mark Twain and Harriet Tubman in newspapers and subway cars throughout WDC metro area as a Clinical AIDS Vaccine Trial Participant and NIH “Everyday Heroes” Ad Campaign Model to bring attention to this pandemic. Freeman is a founding board member for Words Beats & Life, a Hip Hop Non-Profit and co-founder of Bum Rush the Boards the largest annual youth chess competition in WDC. He is the subject of one chapter of the book Beat of A Different Drum: The Untold Stories of African Americans Forging Their Own Paths in Work and Life (Hyperion). He has authored a collection of poetry entitled Blood.Sweat.Tears.

His dedication to art and activism lead him to accept the position of NYC spokesperson and official poet of the anti-war independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader during his campaign in ’04. A scholarship received from American Friends Service Committee to spend the summer in Nairobi, Kenya for an international leadership conference resulted in him returning to the states as a playwright. He received the 22nd Annual Larry Neal Award for Drama for the successful play Prison Poetry that has appeared at the Historic Lincoln Theatre and Source Theatre during the Hip Hop Theatre Festival, THEARC Theatre, Oak Hill Juvenile Detention Facility and several college campuses where his work has been included in the Black History curriculum of Maryland’s Easternshore. He has conducted production workshops at the National Black Theatre Festival and Institute of Policy Studies.

His second stageplay was commissioned by Jive Recording Artist Raheem DeVaughn entitled the Love Experience. He has studied under the legendary independent filmmakers Haile Gerima, Raoul Peck and Sam Greenlee. Freeman’s second screenplay Nineveh: a conflict over water a futuristic drama that paints a post-oil depleted world has been produced as a short film and is pursuing a feature length release.

He is currently Program Director of We ACT Radio 1480 AM DC’s new progressive radio station.

1ghRev. Graylan Hagler is a pastor and activist. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Hagler received a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Oberlin College, Ohio, in 1976. Three years later, he received his Masters of Divinity degree from theChicago Theological Seminary. On 3 February 1980, Hagler was ordained in theUnited Church of Christ and was recognized with full standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) the following year. The Rev. Mr. Hagler is the Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Washington, D.C., and the Immediate Past National President of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice(MRSEJ).

In 1980, he founded a congregation in Roxbury, Massachusetts and in 1991 ran for mayor of that city and lost. During his 12 years as a pastor in Boston Reverend Hagler’s work was one ofempowerment and opposition to the forms of racism that gripped the city in the 1980s. He campaigned to protect citizens from unconstitutional and illegal police practices and to safeguard democratic participation in the selection and election of black political leadership. He also led the Free South Africa Movement to force divestiture of dollars from the support of the Apartheid system.

In 1992, Reverend Hagler moved to Washington, D.C., where today he is the Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ and continues to preach and organize. He has fought the proliferation of liquor stores in the black community and has insisted on community participation in development issues. In 1993 he opposed theExxon Corporation’s plans to build a ‘super gas station’ in the neighborhood where his church is located. In 2003, Reverend Hagler broke ground on that same Exxon site after acquiring the property. Instead of a ‘super station,’ 69 units of subsidized apartments for senior citizens opened in February 2005. Reverend Hagler worked to preserve the only publicly funded hospital in the District of Columbia, organized a successful effort to oppose the death penalty from being instituted by the United States Congress on the district, and continues the fight against public school vouchers, which he sees as a plan to divert funds from public education to private schools.

Reverend Hagler served on the Steering and Administrative Committee of United for Peace and Justice, a national coalition working to oppose aspects of U.S. foreign policy that the group believes contribute to war and aggression. Reverend Hagler is the former Development Director of the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America(NACA) which helps people become homeowners. Reverend Hagler has also served as chaplain to UNITE HERE Local 25, the labor union representing hotel workers in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

He is the Executive Director of Faith Strategies, an organization of clergy he founded in 2012. Faith Strategies organizes efforts to better the lot of working people, protects human and civil rights and develop strategies for movements to embrace the faith community.

Rev. Hagler has advocated to change the name of the Washington Redskins, arguing that the current name is racist. He believes in the dignity and worth of all people, the worth of workers, empower movements and people so that liberation is realized.

July 02, 2015 10:06 PM PDT

Pope Questions Capitalism
Our updates start with victory of alumna, faculty and students over autocratic board of Sweet Briar College in Virginia, then discuss the uniquely awful US record on paid leave for workers and an interesting move by cities (Santa Cruz, CA as example) to disconnect from corrupt big banks. We have fun with why US govt leaving Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York and we celebrate rising UK movement against austerity. Second half of show interviews veteran reporter Bob Hennelly on the Pope’s statement about ecology, environment, and a failing economic system.

July 02, 2015 01:20 AM PDT

Andre Vltchek is a writer, reporter, playwright, photographer, and filmmaker. He has reported from around the world. His latest book, which he discusses, is Exposing Lies of the Empire.His website is http://andrevltchek.weebly.com

Total run time: 29:00

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

Syndicated by Pacifica Network.

July 01, 2015 02:18 AM PDT

Breaking news, Occupiers, for-profit American healtch care systems are profiting from the poor and uninsured at a rate of 1000%. That means if you're poor, or uninsured, you will likely pay ten times the amount for medical care as someone who can better afford such a price tag. Dr. Ge Bai joins us to discuss her study which pinpointed this iniquity

Plus, Sue Sierralupe, clinic manager at Eugene's Occupy Medical, drives home the sad truth about American healthcare. If you're poor, the American healthcare system is designed more to extract profit, than to keep you healthy.



Some Hospitals Marking Up Prices More Than 1,000 Percent



Ge Bai at Washington and Lee University


Occupy Medical http://occupy-medical.org/

Practical Herbalist http://practicalherbalist.com/

Real Herbalism Radio http://www.realherbalismradio.com/

June 29, 2015 02:27 AM PDT

Absurd Theater Ted Cruz and the Church of St Enron https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/industries.php?cycle=2014&cid=N00033085&type=I&newmem=N


Freedom Fries

Greece Decides Its Own Fate in National Bailout Referendum http://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2015/jun/28/greek-crisis-ecb-emergency-liquidity-referendum-bailout-live

Washington Youth Win Climate Change Legal Suit http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/06/25/kids-are-alright-washington-judge-delivers-youth-climate-win

Bree Newsome Lowers Confederate Flag http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2015/6/27/this_flag_comes_down_today_bree

Jill Stein is running for President http://www.jill2016.com/ http://www.jill2016.com/announcement_press_release

The Washington Youth Delivers Youth Climate Win http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/06/25/kids-are-alright-washington-judge-delivers-youth-climate-win

100 Human Right Groups Deliver Request to UN to Punish CIA for Torture http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jamil-dakwar/100-groups-from-around-th_b_7656778.html

Cop Watch Americans are Losing Confidence in Their Police Force http://t.co/N21FV5HZ9Y

I Call Bullshit

Activist is Called out for Asking Questions About Injustice to Obama http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2015/06/25/op-ed-you-cant-cheer-laverne-and-boo-jennicet#.VYzCOFpPSOY.facebook

Texas Pastor Declines Protest by Fire http://deadstate.org/texas-pastor-who-said-hed-set-himself-on-fire-if-gay-marriage-was-legalized-was-just-kidding/

Charles Moore Dies as He Draws Attention to Inequality http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/16/79-year-old-retired-reverend-set-himself-on-fire-to-inspire-social-justice/

Healthcare Pulse California Revokes Religious Exemption for Vaccines http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/26/us/california-vaccines-religious-and-personal-exemptions.html

Forgotten History History of Pride Parades http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/blog/2011/06/09/pride-parade/ https://radfag.wordpress.com/2015/06/28/happening-now-blackoutpride-action-disrupts-chicago-pride-parade/

Radical Idea US needs to update the Bill of Rights http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/31510-our-18th-century-bill-of-rights-needs-revising

Want to hear more from our cohosts?

David Geitgey Sierralupe https://twitter.com/occupyradio23occupyradio23@gmail.com http://www.occupyradio.org/ http://occupythemedia.podomatic.com/

Sue Sierralupe http://www.thepracticalherbalist.com http://www.realherbalismradio.com http://occupy-medical.org

Johnny K Dangers Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnnykdangers

June 28, 2015 12:00 AM PDT


“I had been a radical, a left-wing politico, and meeting the Indian people made me realize that the politics of the left and the right were so much less important than the politics of the heart and the spirit.”

– Larry Brilliant.



“Start The Revolution” – Marcel Cartier

“White Gurl” – E40

“24s” – T.I.

“Police State” – dead prez

“Lollipop” – Lil Wayne

“Wasted Years” – Iron Maiden



“Protection” – Protoje, ft. Mortimer

“Every 28 Hours” – Richie Reseda

“A Change Is Gonna Come” – Sam Cooke



Vanissa W. Chan: Organizing with Families Affected by Police Violence (Part 1), Mark Cook: Disability Justice and Incarceration (Part 1), Radical Bay Area History, and MORE!

June 27, 2015 12:42 AM PDT

Fighting Economic Injustice
We open with Goldman Sachs injustice and move on to the ‘independent contractor’ ploy just busted at FedEx and Uber and then Wisconsin governor’s attack on public university to lower taxes on corps and rich. We interview Prof Kristin Ross on (her new book) on the significance of the Paris Commune where workers fough injustice by reorganizing society dramatically and effectively.

June 25, 2015 11:01 PM PDT

Baltimore’s Struggle for Economic, Racial and Social Justice

In the wake of Freddie Gray’s murder by police, national attention has been focused on Baltimore. Residents of Baltimore have come together in unprecedented ways to protest police brutality and organize for longer term change. Police brutality and unjustified arrests have been problems in Baltimore for a long time stemming back to Mayor Martin O’Malley’s program of mass arrests without probable cause. One sixth of the population of Baltimore was arrested in one year, tens of thousands of which were youth who were held overnight and released in the morning without charges. But the injustice in Baltimore runs deeper. Wealth inequality has been rising in Baltimore, MD so that some neighborhoods look like war zones with rows of abandoned houses and dilapidated structures while others are dotted with large mansions and their sophisticated gardens. There is a twenty year difference in life expectancy between neighborhoods within the city. Delegate Jill Carter, a practicing attorney in Baltimore, and Dayvon Love of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle will speak about the history of police violence and poverty in Baltimore and what is being done to bring justice to the people.


Relevant articles and websites:

Maryland Delegate: Martin O’Malley ‘Savagely Wrong’ on Crime by Fault Lines

The Brutality of Police Culture in Baltimore by Conor Friedersdorf

Only We Can Save Ourselves – In Response to the Death of Freddie Gray by Dayvon Love

New Jail, Same Old Story: Selling Out Baltimore’s Grassroots by Dayvon Love

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle



Jill P. Carter is the daughter of the late Walter P. Carter, who was a civil rights activist and leader in the desegregation movement in Maryland in the 1950s and 1960s. Her mother, Zerita Joy Carter, is a retired public school educator. Carter attended Western High School in Baltimore. Carter received her B.A. in English fromLoyola College in Maryland in 1988, and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1992.

Prior to law school, Carter was a journalist for Afro American Newspapers. She was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1993. She has worked as a staff attorney for The Legal Aid Bureau, the Office of the Public Defender, and the Office of the City Solicitor. She is a member of Monumental City Bar Association, the Maryland Trial Lawyers’ Association and a founding member of the Black Lawyers Group and founder and president of the Walter P. Carter Foundation. She was the Executive Director of the Maryland Minority Business Association in 2002, chair of the Baltimore Branch NAACP Legal Redress Committee, and was listed in Maryland’s Top 100 Women in the Daily Record in 2006. In 2009,she was the honored as an “Exceptional Woman in Business and Government”, at the first annual “Pretty in Pinstripes” Women’s History Month celebration.

Carter was elected to the Maryland legislature after defeating four incumbents in the Democratic primary that September. She was the third African-American female attorney elected to the Maryland Legislature. The first was Lena K. Lee who served from 1967–1982; the second, Lisa Gladden, served from 1998–2002; and, finally, Jill Carter (2003–present).

During her first term from 2003–2006, she was the only African-American female attorney serving in the Maryland House of Delegates. She is currently a member of the House Judiciary Committee and chair of the Estates and Trusts Subcommittee, the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, and the Women Legislators of Maryland. Carter voted against legalizing slot machines in Maryland in 2005. Prior to her re-election in 2006, she became a vocal critic of then mayor (now Governor Martin O’Malley‘s “failed policing policies”. She posited that the so-labeled, zero tolerance, arrest strategy failed to cause significant reduction in a soaring crime rate in Baltimore City, but, rather, pressured police officers to make tens of thousands of arrests that did not produce criminal charges. She has oft been referred to as a lone voice in the wilderness for her challenges to established politicians on matters of adequate housing for the poor, lead poisoning of children, to adequately fund public education, both in the legislature, and in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City., and, in 2007, calling for a special session of the legislature to deal with the BGE utility rate increase.

In 2008, Carter was the only member of Baltimore City’s state delegation to receive a grade of “Outstanding” from the local NAACP.


Dayvon Love is the Research Director of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. Dayvon was a policy debater for the Towson University debate team. In 2008, he Deven Cooper won the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championship – the first time in history that an all black team won the tournament. He has been an active participant in the Baltimore Algebra Project and Baltimore CAN. He has given numerous speeches and led workshops around Baltimore to give insight into the plight of the masses of Baltimore citizens.

June 25, 2015 01:32 AM PDT

Kevin Gosztola is a journalist for Firedoglake.com and co-host of the weekly podcast radio show, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He regularly covers whistleblowing, secrecy and WikiLeaks. He extensively covered the court martial of Chelsea Manning and co-authored Truth and Consequences: The US v. Private Manning with The Nation's Greg Mitchell. He discusses recent FBI arrests of alleged supporters of ISIS, the imprisonment of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, and the harassment of WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum.

If you'd like to write to Jeffrey Sterling, write to
Jeffrey Sterling, 38338-044
FCI Englewood
He can receive letters and cards only. Anything else is considered contraband and will be confiscated. All incoming correspondence is reviewed. It is important that all content be of an uplifting nature as any disparaging comments about the government, the trial or any peoples involved will have negative consequences for Jeffrey.

Total run time: 29:00

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

Syndicated by Pacifica Network.

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