With the Republican National convention completed, and the Democratic convention at its mid-point, Jan Miyasaki and Mike McCabe talk about the different tone, rhetoric, and policies coming out of each party, and why the Blue Jean Nation (a.k.a. the common folk) is being left out.
The Republican Party wants to “Make America Safe Again”. The Dems say crime rate is the lowest it’s been in 30 years. Ames Grawert, counsel at Brennan Center for Justice, seeks to create an understanding of the U.S. criminal justice system, and headed a long-term study to see who’s right.
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.
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.