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Welcome to our scrappy podcast. Bob Buzzanco and Scott Parkin co-host a regular podcast to discuss radical environmental and anti-capitalist politics with organizers, academics, artists and more.

Bob Buzzanco is a professor of history at the University of Houston. He specializes in, writes about and talks on the Vietnam War era, foreign policy, Vietnam, radical social movements, economics, and other stuff.

Scott Parkin is climate organizer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has organized campaigns against Wall Street banks, mountaintop removal coal mining and the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Welcome to our scrappy podcast. Bob Buzzanco and Scott Parkin co-host a regular podcast to discuss radical environmental and anti-capitalist politics with organizers, academics, artists and more.

Bob Buzzanco is a professor of history at the University of Houston. He specializes in, writes about and talks on the Vietnam War era, foreign policy, Vietnam, radical social movements, economics, and other stuff.

Scott Parkin is climate organizer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has organized campaigns against Wall Street banks, mountaintop removal coal mining and the Keystone XL pipeline.

    (Don't) Play Ball! The MLB Owners Lockout, with Mike Elk of Payday Report (G&R 125)

    (Don't) Play Ball! The MLB Owners Lockout, with Mike Elk of Payday Report (G&R 125)

    Mike Elk, frequent guest and great friend of Green & Red, sat down with Bob to discuss the Major League Baseball owners lockout of the players amid talks for a new collective bargaining agreement.  Mike and Bob discussed the history of free agency and the economics of baseball--billionaire owners pinching pennies with players, the way that service time is rigged against players, the way team owners get public money for stadiums yet get all the profits. 
    Yes, pro athletes make a lot more money than the average American workers, but the owners are robber barron billionaires, and we should always support labor, no matter how much these ballplayers make.




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    Links//

    Payday Report: https://paydayreport.com/
    In the Era of “The Great Resignation,” Baseball Players Want to Choose Where They Work (https://bit.ly/3dhLGPG)

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    • 34 min
    The Battle in Seattle, 22 Years Later w/ the Shutdown WTO Organizers History Project (G&R 124)

    The Battle in Seattle, 22 Years Later w/ the Shutdown WTO Organizers History Project (G&R 124)

    It’s the 22nd anniversary of the direct action shutdown of the World Trade Organization (WTO) meetings in Seattle. The WTO is a transnational economic institution created to regulate and facilitate global (corporate) trade. Organized by a scrappy group of organizers, the shutdown kicked off an anti-corporate globalization moment in North America which challenged austerity and the capitalist political economy. Globally, those movements had already been fighting austerity and corporate power for decades.

    We talk with Nancy Haque, Stephanie Guilloud and David Solnit (@dsolnit)- three organizers that were all part of Direct Action Network to Stop Corporate Globalization (DAN), the body that organized the shutdown. 

    Bios//

    In 1999, our three guests were all grassroots lead organizers and co-founders of the Direct Action Network to Stop Corporate Globalization which organized the mass action shutdown of the WTO in Seattle. 

    Nancy was a labor-community organizer with Portland Jobs with Justice which uniquely bridged the labor movement with the Direct Action Network and mobilized hundreds of students and community folks from Portland.  Now, Nancy is the Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon (@basicrights), ensuring that all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion, and achieving policy victories.

    Stephanie was a student at Evergreen State College where she worked with the Labor Education and Research Center and with student groups that mobilized hundreds of trained organized students. Now, Stephanie is co-director of Project South (@ProjectSouth). Stephanie is the editor of two anthologies: Through the Eyes of the Judged; Autobiographical Sketches from Incarcerated Young Men and Voices from the WTO; First-person Narratives from the People who Shut Down the World Trade Organization.

    David was with Art and Revolution Collective in the San Francisco Bay Area, and moved to Seattle for 6 months to organize as part of the Direct Action Network.  Now, David is an arts organizer with the Climate Justice Arts Project--working to center arts organizing and narrative with Stop the Money Pipeline, Build Back Fossil Free and the Poor People's Campaign. He edited/co-authored "Globalize Liberation"--a post-Seattle WTO global justice and anti-capitalist analysis and organizing anthology and "The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle." 

    About the Shutdown WTO Organizers History Project//

    On the 20 year anniversary, a small group of friends and fellow DAN organizers put together The Shutdown WTO Organizers History Project-a website of organizers and first person accounts and analysis and co-published a 20-Year-Anniversary series of articles with Common Dreams.

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    The Shutdown WTO Organizers' History Project: https://www.shutdownwto20.org/
    Remembering the Battle for Seattle: Organizers Launch Project to Reflect on 20 Years of Lessons (https://bit.ly/3ljIOpL)
    WTO Shutdown: A Few Things From the WTO Shutdown I Carry Into the Future (https://bit.ly/3xC853d)

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    Strike! Mike Elk of "Payday Report" talks about current labor conflicts (G&R 123)

    Strike! Mike Elk of "Payday Report" talks about current labor conflicts (G&R 123)

    Mike Elk of Pay Day Report joined Bob to talk about the current state of labor conflicts in the U.S.  Huntington Steel, a Warren Buffet company, is on strike amid demands for givebacks.  The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is on strike.  The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and workers at John Deere just settled.   

    We also talked about the so-called labor shortages, which are resulting in workers getting higher wages now; the number of people who've left jobs in the past year; and the continued docility of union leadership. 

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    Payday Report: https://paydayreport.com/

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    • 15 min
    COP26: Why the Climate Movement Needs Even More Direct Action w/ Rising Tide North America (G&R 122)

    COP26: Why the Climate Movement Needs Even More Direct Action w/ Rising Tide North America (G&R 122)

    In our final interview from COP 26 in Glasgow, Scott welcomes Lisa Winter and (welcomes back) Alex Cohen with Rising Tide North America (@risingtideNA) to Green and Red. The three of them have a lively discussion about direct action and mass disruption to meet the scale and urgency of the climate crisis from COP to frontline battles around the world.   

    They reflect on mass actions in Seattle in 1999 and Quebec in 2001 in the era of anti-corporate globalization, and more recent mass disruptions and uprisings around Standing Rock, Line 3 and after the police murder of George Floyd.   

    Lisa and Alex also traveled through Germany and give Scott an update on the Ende Gelande campaign against coal there. A place where mass participatory action has created disruption against the coal sector.  

    Finally, Alex gives us an update on DAPL saboteur Jessica Reznicek. Jessica has recently been sentence to 8 years in federal prison for sabotage actions against the Dakota Acess Pipeline in 2016. We talked with Alex in August about Jessica's case.   

    Alex and Lisa are climate justice organizers with Rising Tide North America. Both are based in St. Louis. Alex also works with the Support Jessica Reznicek team.

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    Rising Tide (https://bit.ly/3x9aPVT)
    Support Jessica Reznicek: https://supportjessicareznicek.com/
    G&R: Why 2021 needs more direct action (https://bit.ly/ActionDirectGandR)

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    • 43 min
    Why The Democrats Won't Save Us in Virginia, Buffalo or Glasgow (G&R 121)

    Why The Democrats Won't Save Us in Virginia, Buffalo or Glasgow (G&R 121)

    It's a liberal bashing Friday!  

    Bob and Scott talk about the state of the Democrats in the wake of the Virginia, New Jersey and Buffalo elections.  They talk about how the Democrats continue to act like it's 1993 and put up tired old Clinton hacks like Terry McAuliffe and ex-Goldman bankers like Phil Murphy and expect things to be different. Furthermore, they undermine democratic socialists like India Walton in the Buffalo mayor's race and blame woke politics, defund the police, medicare for all, the Green New Deal, etc when things don't go their way. 

    In Glasgow, it's even more of the same liberal slight of hand, as Obama and Kerry play up the "climate action" rhetoric when both have built long careers on keeping the fossil fuel sector afloat. Obama was in the White House for eight years with climate movements sitting in on his front doorstep, fighting pipelines in Texas, fracking in New York and coal mining in Appalachia and did NOTHING. Scott has more than a few gripes about this. 

    We then get into how autonomous movements, using direct action and organizing, defy powers that be in the corporate suites, Washington DC and, the "leadership" of their own movements. We discuss the John Deere strike and a recent disruption of Sen. Amy Klobuchar by Stop Line 3 protestors as examples of disruption and resistance to the powers that be. 

    Finally, we wrap with a "Love'em they're liberals" segment about Nancy Pelosi officiating billionaire's weddings in San Francisco City Hall (true story). 

    Love them they're liberals!  And they ain't doing nothing for us!

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    Buzzanco: Democrats Won’t Save You . . . Virginia and Buffalo (https://bit.ly/3oiphqc)
    G&R: Why 2021 needs more direct action (https://bit.ly/ActionDirectGandR)
    Parkin: Why 2021 needs more direct action (https://bit.ly/2021DirectAction)

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    • 50 min
    "It's a greenwash trade show": Climate, Forests and Corporate Power at COP26 (G&R 120)

    "It's a greenwash trade show": Climate, Forests and Corporate Power at COP26 (G&R 120)

    The UN Climate Summit in Glasgow (COP26) is in its second week. It's been marked by large street protests, a "greenwash trade show" inside the meetings and empty promises by world leaders in the face of climate disaster. Green and Red focuses on movements and what's happening in the streets, so we'll be talking more with organizers and "outside voices" in Glasgow than you'll hear from mainstream media channels.  

    Bob's off on assignment, so Scott's been on top of our Glasgow coverage. He starts with an update with Matt Leonard (@MattOakland) from the Oil and Gas Action Network (@oil_action). Matt's been there for a couple of weeks supporting street actions targeting world leaders like Joe Biden and Boris Johnson, as well as fossil fuel execs and Wall Street bankers wining and dining their way through the climate talks. He talked about reactions and moods of people there, people powered street actions, global climate politics, the role of corporations at COP26 and greenwashing. 

    Scott then gets an update from Emma Rae Lierley (@EmmaRaeLierley) with Rainforest Action Network (@RAN). They discussed Saturday's march and the invisibilization of Indigenous leadership and delegations by the media. They also discussed the (empty) pledge by world leaders to stop deforestation by 2030, the role of reactionary countries such as Brazil and Indonesia and the importance of Indigenous land and forest defenders in stopping deforestation and climate crises.  Finally, they also talked about corporations at COP26, public relations strategies, greenwashing and "Net Zero by 2050."     

    We'll be having more voices from Glasgow joining us this week. Please continue to check us out here and on our YouTube channel for more updates. 

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    • 48 min

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This podcast provides a much-needed counterweight to so much of what is commonly available. One of my weekly doses of sanity and insight.

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I just found out about your show from a FB post by one of your recent guests, Professor Suzanne Jones. I listen to a LOT of podcasts—the leftier the better. So good you have on people like Profs Jones and Haeslip, who are “unknown” but facing devastating consequences for exercising their freedom of speech in a totally responsible way. I went on to listen to 3 more of your shows today. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz! Dave Zirin! It was you guys who brought up the WNBA and the importance of women athletes’ social justice activism. And—I almost couldn’t believe it—Lester Rodney and the Daily Worker! (And Ambassador College. And TSEU. But that’s my Texas chauvinism.). Anyway—keep on being knowledgeable and keep up the good work. You’ve got yourselves a regular listener here.

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