The Laura Flanders Show

The F Word: What Marielle Franco's Death Means For Human Rights in Brazil

A black lesbian leftist, child of the favelas, was gunned down, in public, probably by an agent of the state.

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The F Word: Fast Food Workers Deserve a Fair Wage

Time for Farm to Table Fairness​

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West Virginia Workers And the Taste of Solidarity

There’s a phrase I remember from interviewing West Virginia miners wives. “When the whistle blows, everybody goes.”  In an accident down the mine, anyone’s loved one could have been hurt, and so everyone turned out.

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The F Word: The Craven Right Wing Is Now Smearing Teenage School Shooting Survivors

From Donald Trump Jr. to the Republican Congress, conservatives waited no time at all to start calling the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School fake.

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The F Word: From #Metoo to #IraqToo

It’s been just about year since working women of all kinds gathered in Washington DC and said no to a woman-abusing, worker-exploiting, Trump-supported nominee to head the US Department of Labor. 

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The F Word: At the Super Bowl, Dodge Degraded Martin Luther King's Legacy

Super Bowl 2018 drew the smallest audience of any national championship game since 2009 but that didn’t quell the ruckus stoked by one of the mid-game ads. Listen carefully and there it was: Dr. Martin Luther King, pitching for trucks by RAM.

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America’s New Fossil Fuel Moment: Who's Side Is the Government On?

The lines are drawn, in oil as it happens. On the one hand, a growing number of cities, states and colleges, on the other, our very fossil-fueled administration and it spresident.

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In the Age of #MeToo, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina Is a Model of Women Supporting Women

Dang, Patriarchy’s pathetic sometimes. And no, I'm not talking about the shriveled specter of former Spartacus star, Kirk Douglas at the Golden Globe ceremony. (Although that did explain why so many billionaires are spending mad money on anti-aging research.) No, I'm talking about the age-old routine of laying on a catfight. The bread and circus distraction white male capital uses to fend off feminist threats.  

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Laura Flanders: Weinstein's Downfall Suggests It's Time for a Shared-Power Index for Companies

So what happens next? Since allegations emerged of years of sexual abuse by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, hundreds of women have gone public about their experiences of men raping, groping, abusing and humiliating them. Some men have spoken up about sexual abuse by men too.

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The F-Word: American Interests in Venezuela Are on the Side of the Mob

The week was drawing to a close when the news took a turn to the grotesque.  

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The F-Word: A Healthcare Story to Celebrate: Oregon's Reproductive Equity Act

What does reproductive justice look like in action? It looks like bravery; the bravery required to stand up for everyone not just a few; for the whole, not a fraction of the population. People who stand for justice, not the just-us approach to something like reproductive rights, often meet resistance. “We need to move incrementally,” say the incrementalists, “let’s get the easy wins first, then the rest.”

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The F-Word: Hunger Strike Against Inhumane Detention

Eight people have died in US Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers so far this year compared to 10 in all of 2016 according to a review by The Daily Beast. 15 out of 18 of those deaths took place in privately-owned facilities. You know the ones, the ones run for profit. In two days this May, two ICE detainees were found dead in one place, Georgia. One 27-year-old, Jean Jimenez-Joseph hanged himself in his cell following 19 days spent in solitary confinement. While Donald Trump's travel ban is on hold, the immigration story seems to have faded. We, the public, know next to nothing about any of these deaths. ICE is required to investigate every death in detention and produce a detainee death report, but generally they don't release those to the public, and when they do, there's no guarantee of coverage, which is part of why detainees have regularly launched hunger strikes to try to call attention to their plight.

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The F-Word: Anti Racist Rebellions Deserve Their Own Monuments

The removal of monuments and memorials dedicated to the Confederate States of America has been gaining steam ever since the Charleston church massacre of 2015 and it's taken off after the racist Unite The Right uprising in Charlottesville this summer. Dedicated to those who fought and killed for the Confederacy which, before the civil war, supported the extension and expansion of slavery, the vast majority of those monuments were erected in the Jim Crow era to intimidate African Americans seeking civil rights. No matter, so they're defenders. They're simply about honoring history. When he was just a Republican Alabama Senator, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called removing the Confederate flag from public buildings an effort by the "left" to delegitimize the fabulous accomplishments of our country.

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F-Word with Laura Flanders: The Diggers Taught Us That The Revolution Will Be Fed

When you think of the protestants, anarchist politics might not spring to mind. But for the 17th century diggers, direct action was a divine mandate. Planting vegetables on public land as food prices surged, they sought to create a new sort of economy, one that advanced collaboration and equity in a fundamental sense.

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Progressive Power Shifts Will Happen From the Bottom Up

The twisted turns of the Trump/Comey spectacle could keep us mesmerized for months but they better not, and that’s because while the drama playing out in DC is enough to turn one’s stomach, what threatens the average American far more immediately is happening as usual, in the states.

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The F Word: Zombie Malls and Zombie Economics

“Creative destruction at its best,” that’s what Moody’s chief economist Mark Zandi called the multi-billion dollar crisis that’s hitting US retail.

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Watch: L.A. Kauffman Advocates for the Organizing We Need After the Protests

On this week's episode, a question of how we can use direct action to create and sustain long-range, inclusive and effective movements.

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The F Word: TRUMP vs the Judiciary: Doing the GOP Thing

Journalists, Democrats, immigrants, women, African Americans; to the long list of people our new president doesn’t seem to like, Donald Trump recently doubled down on judges.  His undisciplined assaults have liberals shocked and dismayed, but there may be method in his madness. Judges and courts sit at the top of the GOP hit list.

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The F Word: The New American Shock Doctrine

Take a breath. Are you breathing? I noticed the other day I hadn’t taken a real breath in weeks. There just doesn’t seem to be time, under the onslaught of executive orders. If the number one goal of the incoming administration was to  stress civil society they need to dig out Bush’s banner and stand in front of it on an aircraft carrier somewhere: Mission Accomplished. And that, I suspect, is exactly the point. …If Naomi Klein was writing Shock Doctrine today I bet she’d call the Trump term so far one great big shock event. Shocks are intended throw society into chaos… And that’s exactly what’s happened where I am:  protests every evening, new panics every morning.

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The F Word: Wake Up, Liberals - Either We Hang Together or We Fall Apart

There’s one thing people on the left need to get deadly serious about under the Trump administration, either we hang together or we hang apart. 

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The F Word: Putin’s Alleged Crimes Distract from the GOP’s Real Ones

Two months into the first Trump term, top Democrats and the money media seem obsessed with the Trump administration’s putative ties to Vladimir Putin. 

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The F Word: Donald Trump and The Future of Media

"I'm not like other people. We're going to have people sue you like you never got sued before."

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The F Word: Building Highways, not Gates

If as is highly possible, this election will be a glass ceiling breaker. Our question from the start has been what is that going to mean for the whole house? Well, a few weeks ago, in a conversation with culture critic Jeff Chang, I quoted someone with a few things to say about that. Anna Julia Cooper. Born into slavery. Graduate of [Oblen 00:22:17] College in the Sivan in Paris. Cooper gave a lifetime of speeches. One line of one of which appears on today's U. S. passports. Check it out. She's the only woman whose words appear because the whole of that Cooper's speech is so relevant to where we are now. Here's some more of it from 1893, the congress of representative women.

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The F Word: Winner Take All Media Coverage

That was some bonus material from our convention coverage this summer. You helped to make it happen, so thank you. You can find our full episodes from the conventions at our website.

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The F Word: Being Stressed and Building Movements

You can see all our coverage from Standing Rock at lauraflanders.com. Thanks to everyone who is helping to make it happen. I heard the other day about a public radio program that is testing voters' saliva for hormone levels, but we don't need a spit test to tell us people are stressed. The 2016 U.S. election's taking place on shifting sands, by every possible measure the U.S. is coming of age right now and it is no longer confidentially affluent, on top of the world, or determined by men and whites. Millennials, those aged 18 to 32 finally make up as much of the population as Baby Boomers and 2016 voters are more racially diverse than ever, with a higher percentage of unmarried women and eligible voters of color.

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The F Word: Pride 2016 and What's Wrong With England

Many places around the world are celebrating LGBTQ pride this month. In lots of them, it had become a fairly routine part of the calendar until the deadly attack on the Orlando gay nightclub. In a tragic way, that’s that’s given this year’s event some of its old significance.

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Beyond Bernie: Socialism and the Struggle Against Capitalism

Kshama Sawant argues that the Democratic Party's anti-Trump strategy, with Hillary at the helm, is critically flawed in the long run. She is the first open socialist to be elected to Seattle City Council in over a century. She is an economics professor at Seattle Central Community College and a member of the American Federation of Teachers Local 1789. She was an activist in the Occupy Wall Street movement, and is a fighter for workers, women, LGBTQ people, and immigrants through her work in the organization Socialist Alternative.

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Dark Money: What Might The Money Media Cover If They Weren't Covering Trump?

When Americans were asked recently what they fear most, it wasn’t terrorists (unless you mean the sort that take over your TV at election time.) It was corruption of government officials. It’s that fear that a certain multi-millionaire megalomaniac is playing into when he says "I’m so rich I can’t be bought - so vote for me." So is voting for a billionaire to protect you from rule by billionaires a sensible way to fight money in politics? Not exactly. It just looks that way on TV.
Is today's election auction normal or inevitable? Neither. A handful of supreme court decisions decided by a single vote - 5 to 4 unloosed this particular cash flow. It's happened mostly over the last decade. As the Brennan Center reported this January, just one justice shifting opinion could speedily restore some common sense. 
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Viggo Mortensen: Empires and Justice in the Middle East

This week Laura and Viggo Mortensen discuss heroes, outlaws, empires and justice in the Middle East. Academy Award-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen has appeared in scores of movies, including The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, one of the highest grossing film series of all time. What you may not know is he's also a poet, photographer, musician and painter. He speaks four languages, and he is the founder and publisher of an independent publishing house, Perceval Press. The twelfth anniversary edition of Perceval's collection of essays in response to the Iraq occupation: Twilight of Empire -- was released this winter with essays by Mike Davis, Amy Goodman, Jodie Evans and Dennis Kucinichamong others - and a forward by Howard Zinn. This episode also features a few words from Laura on Hillary Clinton - her warmth and her wars.

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