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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.

    The Best Political Movies of All Time (Part 1) (G&R 114)

    The Best Political Movies of All Time (Part 1) (G&R 114)

    Green & Red Goes Hollywood!  

    At Green and Red, we're big fans of popular culture and how it can politicize and radicalize people.  We've already done shows on sports and activism, progressive Country music, cancel culture, Socialism and the Sopranos and other such themes. So.....in an upcoming arc, we're  going to talk about our favorite political/radical films, television and music.  

    We begin with our list of Classic films, some of the movies that have had an impact on Scott and me, and others, as part of our cultural-cum-political education, and that we'd consider essential. Then we discuss what we call "Bank Robbers and Anti-Heroes," where we cite films that expressed the way capitalism makes people desperate and how they often respond outside the law.  

    We next talked about "Cold War Satire and Red Scare" movies, films which  deal with the domestic side of McCarthyism and cultural conformity, and  then we end part 1 with one of our favorite categories--"70s Political  Thrillers," movies made in the aftermath of Vietnam and Watergate which  showed how disillusioned, and legitimately paranoid, Americans had  become after the traumas of war and domestic scandal.

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    This is a Green and Red Podcast production. Produced by Bob  (@bobbuzzanco) and Scott (@sparki1969).  “Green and Red Blues" by Moody.  Editing by Isaac.

    • 52 min
    Mother Earth Doesn't Negotiate. On the Rights of Nature w/ Pennie Opal Plant & Shannon Biggs (G&R 113)

    Mother Earth Doesn't Negotiate. On the Rights of Nature w/ Pennie Opal Plant & Shannon Biggs (G&R 113)

    In Cochabamba Bolivia in 2011, tens of thousands were present on Mother  Earth Day as the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth was  declared in response to the "privatization" of nature by the corporate  state. This was in alignment with Indigenous worldviews that have  accelerated the development of rights of nature law.  Both Ecuador and Bolivia, as well as numerous local jurisdictions, have amended their  constitutions to include a "rights of nature."   

    In this episode, we talk with Pennie Opal Plant (@PennieOpal) and  Shannon Biggs (@ShannonKBiggs), co-founders of Movement Rights  (@movementrights), about the growing movement around the rights of  nature. We discuss the legal, political and cultural aspects of the growing rights of nature movement. We also discuss the recent news that oil has begun to flow through  Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline after 8 years of resistance, the Indigenous  rights movement and the climate movements in the U.S. and globally.

    Pennie Opal Plant is an Indigenous grandmother of Yaqui, Mexican,  undocumented Choctaw and Cherokee and European descent. Born in the  shadow of the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, CA, she has been a protector  and defender of the sacred system of life for over 35 years. She is  co-founder of Movement Rights now sits on the Board as lead advisor. She  is a signatory on the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother  Earth Treaty, along with Casey Camp-Horinek. Pennie is also the  co-founder of Idle No More SF Bay and continues as an advisor.

    Shannon Biggs is the co-founder and Director of Movement Rights, a  climate justice organization aligning human laws with the laws of Nature  by advancing Rights of Indigenous peoples, Nature and communities.  Movement Rights assisted the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma to become the  first tribe to recognize rights of nature for tribal lands in the US,  and has led strategic gatherings on Rights of Nature and Economics, and  the Indigenous-led 2019 Frontline Oil and Gas (FOG) conference with over  200 national grassroots environmental justice and indigenous  participants.  Internationally she is a recognized leader of the rights  of nature movement, a co-founder of the Global Alliance for the Rights  of Nature (GARN), and the co-author/editor of two books including “The  Rights of Nature, Making the Case for the Universal Declaration on the  Rights of Nature.”

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    Movement Rights: https://www.movementrights.org/  
    Movement Rights on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3D8qbeV  
    Pennie Opal Plant: Mother Earth Does Not Negotiate  (https://bit.ly/3mfK7Wm) 
    October 19 webinar (11 am Pacific): How Indigenous-led Rights of Nature is Transforming Climate Action NOW Registration here: https://bit.ly/3D9l12g 
    Pennie's chapter on False solutions in the NDN Collective’s new book, “Required Reading” (https://bit.ly/3itM0NV) 
    People Vs Fossil Fuels Action in DC Oct 11-15: https://peoplevsfossilfuels.org  

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    • 53 min
    Coming Soon: Movies, TV and Music, OH MY! Green and Red goes Hollywood, Nashville and so much more!

    Coming Soon: Movies, TV and Music, OH MY! Green and Red goes Hollywood, Nashville and so much more!

    Green and Red has become the go-to media site for a lot of people who want to hear about the environment, anti-capitalist politics, and radical history.   

    We also talk about pop culture, and especially Left culture.  We've done shows on sports activism with Dave Zirin; we've talked about progressive politics in Country music; we analyzed The Sopranos and Socialism.....and there's more to come.

    Soon we'll have up episodes about political, Lefty movies and TV shows, and protest music.  We'll soon be talking about The Many Saints of Newark and the politics of Johnny Cash, and so much more.

    So come for the politics, and stay for the pop culture.  Get out the bowl of popcorn and listen to us talk about movies and TV and music and all kinds of other fun political lefty stuff!

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    Oregon's Timber Wars and the Climate Crisis w/ Cascadia Forest Defense (G&R 112)

    Oregon's Timber Wars and the Climate Crisis w/ Cascadia Forest Defense (G&R 112)

    The Pacific Northwest has a long history of organizing and direct action around logging and timber industries. From the Wobblies trying to organize the logging sector in the early twentieth century to Earth First!'s campaigns to stop old growth logging to the new generation of forest defenders linking the struggle for wild places and communities to the climate crisis, direct action has always tried to get the goods. 

    For 25 years, since the epic timber wars of the 1990s in places like Warner Creek, Oregon, Cascadia Forest Defense (CFD) has been at the forefront of challenging the logging industry, complicit politicians, federal agencies and, in general, capitalism. In the past month, CFD has put up new tree-sit blockades to disrupt logging operations in the Willamette National Forest. 

    We talked with Daniel, an organizer with CFD, about past and present forest defense campaigns, Oregon's politics around forests, logging and wildfires; right-wing militias in the Northwest, the links to the climate crisis and the resurgence of forest defense campaigns up and down the Pacific Northwest. 

    Daniel is an organizer with Cascadia Forest Defense. CFD is a grassroots environmental organization committed to stopping the destruction of the Earth, particularly in the region known as Cascadia. The organize collective, nonviolent actions to disrupt the ecologically and economically exploitative industrial timber industry and the 1%. 

    Outro music by Mic Crenshaw on Emergency Hearts.


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    Cascadia Forest Defense (https://bit.ly/3lX9MD1) 
    Biden’s Climate Chops Face A Big Test On Old-Growth Forests(https://bit.ly/3lVXqeu) 

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    Col. Andrew Bacevich Talks about The Empire and The Apocalypse (G&R 111)

    Col. Andrew Bacevich Talks about The Empire and The Apocalypse (G&R 111)

    Green and Red had a great conversation with the well-known scholar (and  Retired Colonel) Andrew Bacevich, whose new book is *After the  Apocalypse.*  We began by getting his views on the recent revelations regarding JCS Chair Mark Milley's role in opposing Trump's attempt to steal the election.    

    Then we discussed the key points in his book--his view on the dangers of  American Exceptionalism, the damages done to society by immense  military spending and the role of the Military-Industrial Complex, and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and revived Cold War against China. 

    But most of our discussion centered on his book where he doesn't just discuss American interventions and wars, but the various crises that  affect National Security, and in this conversation he groups COVID and  American racial discrimination--as we saw in the 2020 protests--as  dangers to American safety and stability.  

    Few Americans understand these issues better than Andrew Bacevich and this was a great and comprehensive discussion.   

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    Andrew Bacevich: After the Apocalypse (https://bit.ly/39oI1O2) 
    WaPo: The age of American privilege is over (https://wapo.st/2ZeYliu) 
    Andrew Bacevich: Gen. Milley did the wrong thing for honorable reasons. We need new rules for starting nuclear war (https://bit.ly/3nOcJZh)    

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    Minnesota Police Blocking Release of Info on Pipeline Protests w/ Will Parrish and Charlotte Grubb (G&R 110)

    Minnesota Police Blocking Release of Info on Pipeline Protests w/ Will Parrish and Charlotte Grubb (G&R 110)

    Indigenous women led movements have continued to disrupt the  construction of Canadian oil giant Enbridge Energy's Line 3 pipeline with over a thousand arrested. Police have escalated in a multitude of ways (felony charges, high bails, rubber bullets, tear gas, etc) against water protecting pipeline opponents.    

    We know through the bold investigative journalism of The Intercept that Enbridge has created a fund through the Minnesota Public Utilities  Commission to finance local and state police for pipeline security. The company and state collusion has essentially privatized the police for a  Canadian oil company. The journalism has been so embarrassing for Enbridge and the state of Minnesota that they've been begun to erect  barriers to release of public information.     

    We talk with investigative reporter Will Parrish and researcher Charlotte Grubb about this.    

    Will Parrish (@willparrishca)  is an investigative reporter whose work  is rooted in tradition of muckraking journalism.  His reporting appears  in The Intercept, The Guardian, The Nation, East Bay Express,  Counterpunch, Shadowproof, and other online and print venues.  Charlotte Grubb (@CharlotteGrubb) is a freelance researcher, writer and climate justice organizer. Her work focuses on stopping fossil fuel  projects and creating a just transition that centers decolonization and  building power outside of state institutions. She is currently based in  New Mexico.   

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    Will's website: www.willparrishreports.com 
    The Intercept: Minnesota Law Enforcement Agency Blocks Release of Public Records About Surveilling Pipeline Opponents (https://bit.ly/3zPYRkj) 
    The Intercept: Paid by the Pipeline. A Canadian Energy Company Bought an Oregon Sheriff’s Unit (https://bit.ly/3kVqD8P) 
    The Intercept: Dakota Access Pipeline Company Paid Mercenaries to Build Conspiracy Lawsuit Against Environmentalists (https://bit.ly/3n1nw1F)   

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Scrappy Indeed

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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Where have y’all been in my life?

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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