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Oakland Moms Who Occupied Vacant Property to Highlight Housing Crisis Celebrate Unexpected Victory
In Oakland, California, a months-long struggle between a group of unhoused mothers occupying a vacant home and the real estate firm that owned it ended with an unexpected offer to purchase the property earlier this week. The major win in the mothers' fight against homelessness and real estate speculation comes just a week after Wedgewood Properties forcibly evicted the families — known as Moms 4 Housing — from the home they were living in for more than two months. Two mothers and two of their supporters were arrested in the early-morning eviction after armed police officers battered down the door. The heavily militarized action sparked widespread outrage and condemnation, and left the mothers and their families homeless once again. But on Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — Wedgewood announced, under growing public pressure, that it would sell the property at a fair price through the Oakland Community Land Trust. The moms will then be able to purchase the house through the trust. We speak with Misty Cross, one of the members of Moms 4 Housing, and Carroll Fife, longtime organizer and director of the Oakland office for Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. "People are invested in a system that is broken," Fife says. "It's incumbent upon our legislators to listen to the moms, to listen to the people who have been part of these programs that are just broken, so we can do something different."
International Court of Justice Orders Burmese Authorities to Protect Rohingya Muslims from Genocide
In a major ruling, the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague has ordered Burma to "take all measures within its power" to protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. The court issued the ruling Thursday, calling the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma, also known as Myanmar, "extremely vulnerable" to military violence. The court ordered Burma to report regularly to the tribunal about its progress. The ruling is a sharp rebuke of Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who last month asked the court to drop the genocide case against Burma. Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent over a decade fighting against the Burmese military that she is now defending. For more on the ICJ ruling, we speak with Reed Brody, counsel and spokesperson for Human Rights Watch. "This is the most important court in the world intervening in one of the worst mass atrocity situations of our time while the atrocities are still happening," says Brody. "It doesn't really get more significant than that."
Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations & Corruption
Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. Republicans will begin their opening arguments on Saturday. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. On Thursday, House impeachment manager Jerrold Nadler made the case that a president can be impeached for noncriminal activity. During another part of Thursday's proceedings, House impeachment manager Congressmember Sylvia Garcia relied on polls by Fox News to make the case that President Trump decided to target Joe Biden after polls showed the former vice president could beat Trump in 2020. For more on the impeachment trial, we're joined by Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and the former president of the National Lawyers Guild. Her most recent book is "Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues."
Headlines for January 24, 2020
Impeachment Managers Continue Opening Arguments in Trump's Senate Trial, 33 Million on Lockdown in Chinese Cities as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads, Hundreds of Thousands of Iraqis March to Demand U.S. Troop Withdrawal, Trump Invites Israeli Leaders to White House for "Peace Plan" Unveiling, Mexican Soldiers Attack Central American Migrant Caravan, Arresting 800, U.S. to Send Ambassador to Bolivia After Coup That Ousted Evo Morales, Puerto Rican Protesters Demand Ouster of Gov. Wanda Vázquez, SC Official Switches Presidential Endorsement from Biden to Sanders, National Archives Replaces Doctored Women's March Photograph with Original, Annabella Sciorra Testifies That Harvey Weinstein Raped Her in 1990s, Lawsuit Bolsters Claims of Innocence by Arkansas Man Put to Death in 2017, Doomsday Clock Now 100 Seconds from Midnight, Closest Yet to Catastrophe, U.S. Treasury Secretary Draws Fire for Mocking Climate Activist Greta Thunberg, 12 Anti-Pipeline Activists Arrested in Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Protest
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January 23, 2020 - Garrett Epps | Aaron Rupar | Daniel Jones
The Clear and Present Dangers of Acquitting Trump; The Deceptive Impeachment Coverage by Fox News; The Person Who Inspired the New Movie "The Report"
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January 20, 2020 - Chris Parker | Andra Gillespie | Jessicah Pierre
83% of African Americans Say Trump Is a Racist; The Likely Participation of African Americans in the Election; The Revival of Dr. King's Poor People's Campaign backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia
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Trump Backs Anti-Abortionists At March for Life
FEATURING IMANI GANDY – Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting President to attend the annual March for Life in Washington DC. The march is a massive gathering of anti-abortion activists and with Trump actively courting evangelicals in exchange for political support he addressed rally-goers saying, “Together, we must protect, cherish and defend the...
How World Leaders At Davos Shirked On Climate
FEATURING CAROLINE HENDERSON – This year’s global gathering of world elites in Davos, Switzerland brought new and urgent attention to climate change. The World Economic Forum attracts heads of state and corporate leaders each January to discuss the state of the world economy. This year hopes were high as the WEF annual Global Risks Report...
Headlines: January 24, 2020
House impeachment managers are using their 24 hours of opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of Donald J Trump through Friday. On Thursday, which was the second day of arguments, House Democrats laid out their case for Trump’s abuse of power – which was the basis of one of the two articles of impeachment...
How Fox Influences and Covers Impeachment
FEATURING JULIE MILLICAN – As the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump continues this week there has been wall-to-wall media coverage of the historical event given that it is only the third time in the nation’s entire history that US Senators are being asked to consider removing a President from office. But one media...
Dems Wrap Argument at Senate Trial; CA SoS Approves L.A.'s New, Unverifiable Vote System: 'BradCast' 1/24/2020
Our special coverage of Donald John's Trump Senate Impeachment trial continues on today's BradCast, but we interrupt that coverage briefly at the top of today's show with some breaking news out of California, on a story we've been covering closely. [Audio link to show follows summary below.] After we revealed last week that Los Angeles County's [...]
'It Puts Even President Nixon to Shame': Damning Evidence Detailed at Senate Impeachment Trial: 'BradCast' 1/23/2020
Our special BradCast coverage of the Impeachment Trial of Donald John Trump continues on Day 2 of the Democratic House Managers' opening argument --- which could well be their closing argument as well, if Republicans continue to block subpoenas for contemporaneous documentation and first-hand eye-witnesses like Trump's former National Security Advisor John Bolton and Chief [...]
'Green News Report' - January 23, 2020
IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The oil industry is rebranding itself as a leader in climate action (Seriously.); Trump DOJ working with Big Oil to quash climate liability lawsuits; U.S. drinking water more widely contaminated than previously known; PLUS: A dose of climate reality from Greta Thunberg for the elites at the World Economic Forum in [...]
Trump Impeachment Trial a 'Moment of Reckoning' for Nation, Republican Party: 'BradCast' 1/22/2020
Our special coverage of the ongoing U.S. Senate Impeachment Trial of Donald John Trump continues on today's BradCast following Tuesday's marathon session that ended at nearly 2am in the nation's capital, before beginning again with opening arguments on Wednesday. [Audio link to full show is posted below.] On Tuesday, Republicans voted repeatedly along party lines [...]
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