Weekly radio show from the Democratic Socialists of America in NYC, recorded live at WBAI 99.5 in Brooklyn NY, Tuesdays @ 5pm EST. Listen and call-in!
Our vision for a democratic socialist future, from the minds and hearts of activists fighting every day in NYC. Hear the latest news, analysis, and organizing experience from our members and partners, and how to be a part of a revolutionary political moment.
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We're All We've Got: Eco-Socialist Solidarity [Podcast Exclusive!]
When climate collapse strikes home, we’re all we’ve got. On today’s show, we’re learning about two separate but interconnected climate struggles.
After getting slammed by two hurricanes just several weeks apart, residents of SW Louisiana have been left to take care of each other and their communities. We'll talk with Megan Romer of SW Louisiana DSA on how people can help from afar and how no matter where we are we can prepare to respond to the many crises we face, with mutual aid and solidarity.
We’ll also discuss an ongoing climate struggle right here in our own backyard -- the fight to stop a new fracked gas pipeline in North Brooklyn, where communities are stepping up to stop construction by putting their bodies on the line.
Did the message of this show hit home for you? Rally for Public Power and stop National Grid! The rally will be held Thursday 10/22 at 9:30am, outside of National Grid headquarters in downtown Brooklyn (1 Metrotech Center).
For updates on the North Brooklyn Pipeline, follow @frackouttabk on Instagram and @nonbkpipeline and @BVilleGreen on Twitter.
Support the comrades in SW Louisiana and follow along with their specific requests at @DSASWLA.
Update on WBAI and Red Wave [Podcast Exclusive!]
Back with another podcast exclusive! While we'll be back live on WBAI soon, we're currently off the airwaves as we deal with a potential FCC violation. We wanted to share with you all an update on our current status as well as a breakdown of our organizing work at the radio station through the Red Wave Collective. We'll also be dropping some additional podcast exclusives so stay tuned!
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The End of the World, As We Know It [Podcast Exclusive]
No live episode today but we have a podcast exclusive for you!
We hear from Ryan of the Religion and Socialism Working Group on their upcoming event "The End of the World, As We Know It: Faith and Ecosocialism Beyond Apocalypse" coming up on October 13. Details and RSVP for the event are available here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-faith-and-ecosocialism-beyond-apocalypse
You can also follow @ReligSocialism on Twitter or visit religioussocialism.org for more from comrades organizing at the intersection of religious faith and anti-capitalism.
Creation Amid Destruction
In the words of the legendary union song, "Solidarity Forever", "we can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old." On today's episode of Revolutions per Minute, we'll be talking to socialists who are doing just that. Lee Ziesche interviews a comrade from SW Louisiana on the devastation caused by extractive capitalism and climate collapse and what socialists are doing to protect their communities. Later in the show, we'll have a live interview with Ansley and Bill from NYC-DSA's Brooklyn and Bronx/Upper Manhattan Electoral Working Groups on their work to create a rigorous, democratic endorsement process for NYC-DSA's involvement in the 2021 City Council race. Finally, we also hear from Ben M on a new political education series formed in the wake of the end of the Bernie Sanders campaign.
Register for the Continuing the Political Revolution speaker series: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-the-political-revolution-a-speaker-series-tickets-121808485459
What's Going On?
In his 1971 hit, the great soul singer Marvin Gaye wrote, “picket lines and picket signs, don’t punish me with brutality / talk to me so you can see what’s going on”. In the late 1960s, the people of the United States rose up against US military intervention abroad and were met with state repression at home. Fifty years later, the revolution continues.
On today’s episode of Revolutions per Minute, we’re catching up not only with the news but also with the way we understand the news. How do we divorce ourselves from the empty narratives offered to us by capitalist media and develop a principled critique informed by history, theory, and lived experience? The answer for many is political education. We’ll hear from a comrade, scholar, and organizer known to many for his work on the other side of the microphone here at Revolutions per Minute: our very own Jack Devine!
Later in the show, we open the phones to hear from our live WBAI audience. We also have an update from Lee Ziesche from last Saturday’s rally to stop a new fracked gas plant in Astoria. To learn more about this struggle, please listen to last week’s episode: https://revolutionsperminute.simplecast.com/episodes/stop-the-astoria-power-plant
Stop the Astoria Power Plant
This summer tens of thousands of New Yorkers experienced widespread blackouts caused by heatwaves and strong storms, Southern California is seeing record breaking heat, while wildfires scorch the American West and Gulfcoast communities are reeling yet again from another hurricane fueled by warming seas. Climate change is here and despite both NYC and NYS having passed some of the most ambitious climate laws in the country, the fossil fuel industry has not given up yet on trying to build more fracked gas infrastructure in our city.
Today we’ll be talking with Shay O’Reilly about the fight to stop NRG, one of the largest energy companies in America, from building a fracked gas power plant in Astoria, Queens.
We’ll also talk about how what’s happening in Astoria is part of a larger struggle to not only get New York off of fossil fuels but how we build an energy system that is different than the extractive, racist energy system that has been built under capitalism.