Mike McCabe of Blue Jean Nation and Democracy Checkup talks about the current political theme of “Be Afraid” espoused by both political parties in the country in an effort to gain and hold supporters. McCabe instead suggests that people should find a common ground and focus on democracy, freedom, and service to all.
Michigan Senior Organizer of Food and Water Watch, Lynna Kaucheck, talks about the current status of drinking water contamination in Flint, Michigan, and also discusses Governor Rick Snyder’s appointment of a former BP executive to head the Department of Environmental Quality — an appointment that F&WW wants rejected by the state legislature.
Thirty-six years in the making, the Tenant Resource Center provides tenant and landlord education, mediates disputes, and advises tenants on their rights about renting. Anders Zanichkowsky, Bilingual Housing Resource Specialist and Campus Program Assistant, talks to Jan Miyasaki about the organization’s history and current projects.
Tony Castaneda interviews Greg Gelembiuk of the Community Response Team (CRT) about Madison Police Chief Mike Koval’s leadership and policy problems, especially use of force policies. CRT is spearheading a community effort to make Koval accountable for his actions.
The Democratic party ignores important issues in the 2016 party platform — this according to Rania Khalek from The Electronic Intifada, who live-tweeted the proceeds of the 2016 Democratic National Platform Drafting Committee meeting. Voted down were: single-payer insurance, frac sand mining ban, and sanctions against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called Black Lives Matter group “inherently racist” and “anti-American”. Jan Miyasaki interviews Kevin Alexander Gray, author of the book “Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence”, who discusses the current state-authorized violence against Blacks in America.