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  • THE ELAINE MASSACRE - A day in Labor History the year was 1919

    Posted by Rick Smith at Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 12:41pm

    Labor History from the year 1919 September 30th.
    That was the day that began the Elaine Massacre. The massacre took place in Arkansas, where more than 100 black farmers and sharecroppers were gunned down for daring to organize their labor. The Year before, a black farmer by the name of Robert L. Hill had founded the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America. Union members pooled their money to purchase land. Read more....

  • Trump Didn't Try to 'Subvert Results', He Tried to STEAL the 2020 Election!: 'BradCast' 10/7/2021

    Posted by Brad Friedman at Thursday, October 7th, 2021 7:47pm

    In January, we reported on "How Trump Attempted to Use DoJ to Steal the Election". Why do our nation's corporate media outlets still have so much difficulty reporting it as such, despite the growing mountain of evidence on the attempted theft of a Presidential election by a sitting U.S. President?

  • 'Enough is Enough': Yet Another Major Oil Disaster Fouls California Coastline: 'BradCast' 10/4/2021

    Posted by Brad Friedman at Monday, October 4th, 2021 7:15pm

    With a long history of fossil fuel disasters up and down the California coastline, another one erupted over the weekend here in Southern California, as we discuss at the top of today's BradCast

  • TEACHING US TO ACCEPT THE LIES

    Posted by Rick Smith at Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 3:16pm

    In a recent episode of The Rick Smith Show, we spoke with author Jason Stanford about a book he co-authored called “Forget the Alamo.” An examination of the actual events that occurred there, and also of the mythology that replaced those events in our history books. Rick Smith can be heard Sundays at 11am on KPFK 90.7 FM

  • THE SURVEILLANCE STATE

    Posted by Rick Smith at Thursday, September 9th, 2021 11:32am

    The 9/11 anniversary has always been cause for reflection and remembrance, but the 20th anniversary of that terrible day happening within a few days of the withdrawal of US forces in Afghanistan gives us cause for a necessary, overdue, and in many ways difficult look in the mirror.

  • ROOSEVELT SIGNS SOCIAL SECURITY INTO LAW this day in 1936

    Posted by Rick Smith at Monday, September 6th, 2021 6:12pm

    Social Security has become an indispensable part of the American social safety net, but it’s also something we often take for granted. Listen to Rick Smith tell the story of the day President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Social Security into law, and what it has meant to Americans ever since.

  • Mexico Sues U.S. Gun Manufacturers For Arms Trafficking

    Posted by Ian Masters at Friday, August 6th, 2021 11:18am

    We look into the Mexican government’s lawsuit against U.S. gun manufacturers accusing them of arms trafficking and fueling the torrent of bloodshed in Mexico

  • Establishment Dem Tops Progressive in OH's U.S. House Special Election 'BradCast' 8/4/2021

    Posted by Brad Friedman at Friday, August 6th, 2021 11:11am

    ...and 'Death by DeSantis': 'BradCast' 8/4/2021 Guest: The Nation's John Nichols on all of that, plus infrastructure; Also: We found a Republican Governor who seems to regret killing people!...

  • COVID Surge in Unvaxxed Trump Country and US (Almost) Out of Afghanistan: 'BradCast' 7/8/2021

    Posted by Brad Friedman at Thursday, July 8th, 2021 9:14pm

    On the BradCast, we're still trying to clean up the deadly mess from the past four years of Donald Trump and the nearly 20 since 9/11.

  • Sojourner Truth Radio: July 7, 2021 – Haiti Assassination

    Posted by Margaret Prescod at Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 5:46pm

    The controversial President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, was assassinated in his home last night. His wife was injured and is hospitalized. A team of assassins, some of whom reportedly spoke English with a U.S. accent, as well as others who spoke Spanish, were reported to carry out the hit...

  • Black Wall Street And The Tulsa Race Massacre 100 Years Later

    Posted by Sonali Kolhatkar at Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 7:53pm

    On May 31, 1921 that a white mob in the Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma, went on a racist rampage murdering hundreds of Black residents and setting fire to dozens of Black-owned businesses...

  • The Texas Republican 'Voter Fraud' Fraud

    Posted by Brad Friedman at Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 7:48pm

    Coverage of the ongoing Texas Republican attempt to pass a massive new voter suppression law, known as Senate Bill 7 (or SB7). Also: Very good U.S. COVID news; More bad news for Exxon (but good news for the planet); Bad news for Postmaster General DeJoy...

  • 'Catastrophe Galloping Towards Us' as Democracy Scholars Sound the Alarm

    Posted by Brad Friedman at Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 11:20am

    Political scientist David Faris; Also: FEC fines AMI for 2016 Trump hush-money conspiracy; Dem wins NM U.S. House special in 'landslide'...

  • After Union Defeat, Can Amazon Be Beaten?

    Posted by Sonali Kolhatkar at Monday, April 26th, 2021 7:53pm

    FEATURING KSHAMA SAWANT - A highly watched vote among Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama has resulted in a resounding defeat for the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union. Union

  • Biden Recognizes Armenian Genocide of 1915, Despite Decades of Lobbying & Denialism by Turkey

    Posted by Ali Lexa at Monday, April 26th, 2021 11:57am

    President Joe Biden makes history by explicitly describing the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as a “genocide,”

  • Jury Verdict in Derek Chauvin Trial

    Posted by Ali Lexa at Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 12:09am

    A jury has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all the counts he faced over the death of George Floyd. The trial has been one of the most closely watched in recent history, setting off a national reckoning on police violence and systemic racism even before the trial commenced

  • Attacks on Asian American Communities Rising

    Posted by John A. Powell | LA Progressive at Monday, March 22nd, 2021 11:30am

    When a new wave of anti-Asian violence was recently reported to be hitting the Bay Area, news media left us with an impression that we were in the midst of a conflict pitting Blacks against Asians.

  • CA eases way for schools to reopen full-time

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Monday, March 22nd, 2021 10:48am

    California just made it significantly easier for K-12 schools to bring students back to campus full-time — but some of the state’s largest districts and most powerful unions are pushing back, suggesting that hundreds of thousands of students may not receive daily in-person instruction this school year.

  • Putting her children before the fields

    Posted by Manuela Tobias at Friday, March 12th, 2021 10:49am

    On average, one in eight Californians have been late on rent during the pandemic, and the majority of them are single mothers.

  • California to hit critical milestone for reopening today

    Posted by ANA B. IBARRA AND RACHEL BECKER at Friday, March 12th, 2021 10:46am

    Here’s what you need to know about what happens next when the state delivers 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to low-income communities.

  • Newsom speech ushers in election season

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 7:13am

    Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers the State of the State address at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on March 9, 2021

  • ‘We’re born Indian and we die white’: California Indigenous fear COVID deaths undercounted

    Posted by KATE CIMINI at Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 1:13pm

    California Native American leaders fear the deaths that have shadowed their communities this past year have been undercounted.

  • Newsom, lawmakers unveil plan to push some schools to reopen by April 1

    Posted by BY RICARDO CANO, LAUREL ROSENHALL AND BARBARA FEDER OSTROV at Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 6:01am

    The decisions to reopen, however, still rest with school officials and labor unions. Newsom hopes the funding bill will prod them into holding in-person classes. Parent activists say it’s not enough.

  • VaxFacts

    Posted by Anyel Z Fields at Monday, March 1st, 2021 8:03am

    Update on the historic effort to get all Angelenos vaccinated against COVID-19 and end the pandemic from the LA Mayors office

  • SNL rips Newsom, French Laundry

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Monday, March 1st, 2021 8:00am

    Gov. Gavin Newsom was skewered in this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live for dining at the French Laundry and for California’s chaotic vaccine rollout — adding to growing national criticism as he fends off a potential recall.

  • California’s climate goals likely out of reach

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 12:10pm

    The first, from California State Auditor Elaine Howle, doesn’t mince words: “The state will fall short of meeting the 2030 goal” of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels “unless emissions reductions occur at a faster pace.” The audit, which found that transportation emissions have actually increased since 2013, rebuked the California Air Resources Board for overstating the impact of its emissions-reduction programs

  • CA GOP smooths party fractures ahead of recall

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Monday, February 22nd, 2021 6:52am

    As the California GOP mobilizes behind the recall — to which it’s donated $125,000 — it will also have to reckon with Trump’s divisive legacy.

  • Tensions ramp up

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Friday, February 19th, 2021 2:46pm

    The bold step suggests that Newsom and lawmakers have significantly different interpretations of what’s necessary to get kids back in the classroom, especially when it comes to vaccines.

  • Texas sneezed & now K is catching a cold.

    Posted by Anyel Z Fields at Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 9:46am

    The last thing you want is for us to be taken out by a Texas storm.

  • Housing costs key factor

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 9:44am

    Goodbye, Silicon Valley. Hello, Silicon Slopes. The tech hubs of San Francisco and San Jose fell precipitously in this year’s ranking of U.S. cities’ economic performance.

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