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Eric Mann is an environmental, civil rights, anti-war, labor-union activist and organizer. He is the host of www.voicesfromthefrontlines.com on Pacifica Radio's 90.7 FM KPFK, in Los Angeles. Eric is also the director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles and a co-founder of the Bus Riders Union.

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Eric Mann is an environmental, civil rights, anti-war, labor-union activist and organizer. He is the host of www.voicesfromthefrontlines.com on Pacifica Radio's 90.7 FM KPFK, in Los Angeles. Eric is also the director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles and a co-founder of the Bus Riders Union.

    Voices Radio: Talk with filmmakers of NEFTA. Bus Riders Union call to action.

    Voices Radio: Talk with filmmakers of NEFTA. Bus Riders Union call to action.

    Today on Voices from the Frontlines:

    Conversation with Yves Piat, director and screenwriter
    “Nefta Football Club–nominated for best short film for Academy Award
    Nefta Football Club–nominated for best short film (live action) for Academy Award.

    Eric Mann, in-studio conversation with Yves Piat, director and writer of Nefta Football Club, nominated for Academy Award for short film, live action. In the south of Tunisia at the border with Algeria, two football fan brothers bump into a donkey lost in the middle of the desert. Strangely the animal wears headphones over its ears. The brothers journey to discover the significance of the white powder in its backpack while the donkey’s original masters desperately try to find it as well. This sets the scene for the brothers magical resolution of the mystery.

    This is a clever, very funny, thoughtful, film set in Tunisia, along with another nominated film, Brotherhood by Meryam Joobeur that Eric has also viewed.

    The Great Hope for a Free Student Pass on MTA Buses and Trains
    Eric reports from the recent MTA meeting and the exciting motion for free student passes introduced by MTA board member Hilda Solis with support from Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Councilman Mike Bonin with the initiative of by LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner and LAUSD board members. This builds on the Bus Riders Union’s 20 year campaign for free public transportation for all MTA bus and train passengers. If this is passed in June it could be a great gift to students and parents and a chance to dramatically increase MTA ridership and dramatically decrease Greenhouse gases. We need Voices listeners to join the Bus Riders Union Free Public Transportation Coalition.

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    Voices Radio: Eric recaps the MLK Day parade and his article on Dr. Martin Luther King.

    Voices Radio: Eric recaps the MLK Day parade and his article on Dr. Martin Luther King.

    Eric will read sections from his essay, All Hail the Revolutionary King

    Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Revolutionary Tradition

    Review of Parasite by Bong Joon-ho: A brilliant, terrific, pathbreaking film that raises the questions, "Who exactly is the parasite?" "Who are the parasites?" And, the hardest one of all, "How do you know that you are not a parasite????"

    And if time allows, "The New York Times endorsement of Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar--who gives a damn!" (and if not, you get the point already).

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    Voies Radio: Quasem Soleimani - A movement against assassinations.

    Voies Radio: Quasem Soleimani - A movement against assassinations.

    Today on voices:
    How do we build a movement against assassinations, and defending the humanity of General Quasem Soleimani.

    As the strongest military power in the world with virtually no history of fighting a war on its own stolen soil, the U.S. is virtually impervious to the consequences of its brutality. The assassination of Iranian General Kasem Soleimani was a terrible act of inhumanity but even Iran's measured and in fact muted response indicates a terrible reality--after the U.S. murdered General Soleimani, even if one "American" life would be lost in self-defense the U.S. would launch merciless air strikes and murder countless civilians and soldiers. The U.S. does not a viable anti-war movement and with all the self-righteousness of groups calling for "no war in Iran" Nancy Pelosi dresses up to mock Arabs and Muslims and Bernie Sanders opposition to the murder as "an assassination that violates international law" is followed by the most racist and hawkish slander of every other government in the world—creating a de-facto support for or at least justification of Trump's act of murder.

    Today we will examine this in great detail and again ask the supporters of Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren to engage this catastrophe with a sense of introspection and activism inside those campaigns.

    (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 presidential contender, told CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday night that the missile attack on Iran's Gen. Qasem Soleimani was an "assassination" that violated "international law."

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    Voices Radio: War in Iran, Gwyneth Paltrow, the films Just Mercy and The Irishman.

    Voices Radio: War in Iran, Gwyneth Paltrow, the films Just Mercy and The Irishman.

    This week on Voices Radio: Eric talks about building up Voices From the Frontlines. We want feedback for the show. Email us at eric@voicesfromthefrontlines.com with ideas, comments, questions, concerns, community information, etc. We are building a community and a movement. Also, if you hear us talking about organizations that are doing great work, please contact them and tell us about it. Change happens from every angle. Become a change maker.

    CHALLENGE OF THE DAY: Get 5 friends to become Voices listeners, by first signing up on www.voicesfromthefrontlines.com, listen to us on Sound Cloud, Tune In, Apple Podcast, Stitcher and Google Play. Then like and follow up on Facebook and Twitter at EricMannSpeaks, and on IG, voicesfromthefrontlines. Here are the 5 asks; 

    Send Eric an email
    Get people to listen to the show, Tuesday’s from 3pm-4pm
    Listen to the show.
    Help others in the movement
    Listen to the podcast if you don’t listen to the show.
    Eric offers some really deeply rooted wisdom: The headline that the Nation Magazine published, “Trump’s Distraction by Assassination: The killing to Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani [Qasem Soleimani] took the public’s attention away from Trump’s upcoming trial in the Senate. This new crisis, though, has no visible off-ramp. Eric points out omission of Soleimani’s humanity, by Nation Magazine, in this headline. Soleimani is a human being that was murdered by the US, not some excuse for a distraction. We must learn to recognize each others humanity FIRST!!! Eric talks about his commentary about Gen. Soleimani: The murder of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, is the latest of so many murder and assassinations beginning with the assassination of Native American leaders is part of the long tradition of the barbarism of US assassination of its political opponents. This democratic and republic tactic raised to a horrible crescendo by President Barak Obama through is escalation of his use of drone murders is rooted in the US imperialist effective ideology that the US is always under attack. The US has a department of defense. It used to be called the department of war, at least then, it was honest. The US doesn’t need any defense. The US is attacking every siege country. The US has CIA agents in the every country n the world. The work id under attack by our government and our system. This intern is deeply rooted in the mindset of the white-settler state and the white settlers themselves. When the US was built, it was built by white people coming from Europe to invade the Americas where there were already 100 million indigenous inhabitants. How can people come onto a continent of 100 million people and murder 90 million of them? The reason is because they believe that they were being attacked by the indigenous people? How can people believe that? Because the indigenous people rejected christianity so we have to murder them because they are attacking our religion. That is the thinking of the white-settler state. The aggressor is always the hurt party in the psychopathology of imperialism! Please note: No longer can we say that the white-settler state is white people anymore. At this point, it the the white settler state is a social formation of imperialism that implicates all of us unless we are active to resist it’s ideology, privileges, benefits and the complicity that we all share. 

    Eric also examines Gwyneth Paltrow’s interview about her new luxury lifestyle brand, Goop. He reenacts the interview in a way that communicates the absurdly superficial and damaging parts of this society that prevent us from becoming self-aware and renders us hypnotized, complicate and active in imperialism.  

    We also examine the new film Just Mercy about the life of Civil Rights Attourney Brian Stevenson. A film about courage, the racism of the US society, the cruel and unusual punishment of

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    VFTFL - Paul R. 2019

    VFTFL - Paul R. 2019

    VFTFL - Paul R. 2019 by Eric Mann

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    VFTFL - 9.24.19 - Bernie Part 2

    VFTFL - 9.24.19 - Bernie Part 2

    Call on Bernie Sanders to withdraw his call to overthrow the government of Venezuela.

    "Let me be very clear. Anyone who does what Maduro does is a vicious tyrant. We need international and regional cooperation for free elections so the Venezuelan people can create their own future."

    - Bernie Sanders, Democratic Debate Sunday September 12, 2019

    Call his office today, Bernie Sanders: (202) 224-5141 also try 202-866 220 0044 which works well especially between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pacific time to get to them during working hours, 9-5 in Eastern time zone

    Eric Mann thanks Voices listeners who called Senator Sanders to repudiate his position on Venezuela. Eric engages his critic who believes that his statement that Senator Sanders is calling for the overthrow of Venezuelan President Maduro is exaggerated and "fraudulent".

    Keep Calling Senator Sanders and demand he stop his call for the overthrow of the government of Venezuela.

    I was dismayed to find in my morning email the demand that Bernie Sanders "withdraw his call to overthrow the government of Venezuela." While there is reason to object to Sanders’s answer to moderator Jorge Ramos's question on why he refuses to call Nicholas Maduro a dictator, to conclude that Bernie made such a call to overthrow a government is fraudulent.

    Sanders in fact supports the opposite position. Rather than backing the U.S. practice of inserting a leader it "likes," he has never once deviated from his belief that it is the right of the people of Venezuela to decide what kind of government they want.

    People who took umbrage at Sanders’s remarks should call his office to complain. That is what a healthy democracy looks like. Sanders deserves to be called out for his erroneous profile of Venezuela, and many of us did not waste time to do so. On the morning after the debate, several of us contacted members of Sanders's team. We took the trouble to supply them with recent and reliable information, and forwarded articles and the names of informed sources for their further investigation. But loosely applied pejoratives like “vicious tyrant” cannot be criticized more than loosely applied pejoratives like “racist” and “lunatics.” As a point of fact, I have not identified myself as a Sanders supporter. I offer my comments in the strict belief that these important issues should be met with hard facts, not easy mockery.
    --Patricia Dahl

    As a Sanders supporter, I applaud your opinion on his position on Venezuela. Sanders is WRONG on this one. Thank you and continue the fight!!!!
    --Nelson P.

    --Frank Dorrel addicted to war circulated it Sent from Rachel Bruhnke: sojournerrb@yahoo.com.
    Dear Eric: I'm with you 100% on demanding Sanders withdraw his call to overthrow the government in Venezuela!

    Hi Eric! I’m great Sanders supporters but I’m 100% agree with regarding Venezuela as we’ll Syria. I just hope he hires someone with more knowledge about foreign Policy
    --Jorge M.

    I have been a Bernie fan since before the last election. I voted for Bernie in the last election primary. I have been an enthusiastic supporter of and donator to his campaign this time around. But the remarks on Maduro and Venzuela in the last democratic debate have made it impossible for me to contribute further. I call on Bernie Sanders to back down his repudiation of Maduro, and his call for foreign intervention in Venezuela - not his exact words, but let's not play dumb here.
    --Vince M.

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