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Listen along to RootsAction weekly ACTION calls, hosted by Ryan Black. Featuring weekly guests like Nina Turner and David Swanson, progressive updates, and options to get involved to hold the Joe Biden Administration accountable. RootsAction was founded in 2011 by two longtime progressive advocates and journalists, Norman Solomon and Jeff Cohen.

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Listen along to RootsAction weekly ACTION calls, hosted by Ryan Black. Featuring weekly guests like Nina Turner and David Swanson, progressive updates, and options to get involved to hold the Joe Biden Administration accountable. RootsAction was founded in 2011 by two longtime progressive advocates and journalists, Norman Solomon and Jeff Cohen.

    Ep8: Judith Whitmer & Pia Gallegos on Building Power on the Left

    Ep8: Judith Whitmer & Pia Gallegos on Building Power on the Left

    Building power on the left isn’t easy. Progressives and leftists are opposed by not just the GOP, but also corporate-backed Democrats, corporate-backed media, and countless establishment institutions that aggressively fight to uphold the status quo.

    So then how did Judith Whitmer and a slate of Bernie-backing progressives sweep the recent Nevada Democratic Party elections? What does Whitmer’s victory mean for Nevada Democrats? How are other states, like New Mexico, building progressive power? And what lessons can progressives learn and apply to our own local and state parties?

    Judith Whitmer, Chair of the Nevada Democratic Party, and Pia Gallegos, Co-founder of the Adelante Progressive Caucus of the New Mexico Democratic Party discuss building power for progressives and left in their own state Democratic Parties.

    • 43 min
    Ep7: Jeff Cohen On How the Corporate Media Undermines Progressives and the Left

    Ep7: Jeff Cohen On How the Corporate Media Undermines Progressives and the Left

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    Jeff Cohen, co-founder of RootsAction, explains why the corporate media (MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, etc) undermine the progressive left agenda despite the nonsense claim that the media has a "liberal" bias.

    #NoHoneymoon​ #VoteTrumpOut​ #m4a​ #Progressives​ #GreenNewDeal​ #BlackLivesMatter​ #GeneralStrike​

    • 47 min
    Ep6: Kenzo Shibata On Why Rahm Emanuel Must Be Rejected for ANY Position in the Biden Administration

    Ep6: Kenzo Shibata On Why Rahm Emanuel Must Be Rejected for ANY Position in the Biden Administration

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    Rahm Emanuel is now being floated as a potential ambassador to Japan or China.

    This is a huge mistake. Rahm Emanuel’s history should disqualify him from receiving an appointment to ANY position in the Biden Administration.

    A major disqualification for Emanuel is his handling of the killing of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager shot and killed by a white officer in Chicago, when Emanuel was Chicago’s mayor. While Laquan’s family were privately grieving their loss, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's adminstration was figuring out how to keep the video footage of Laquan’s shooting from seeing the light of day — so it wouldn’t harm his reelection campaign.

    And there’s more: Rahm Emanuel closed half of Chicago’s mental health clinics, eliminated the city’s Department of the Environment, blocked investigations into lead contamination, artificially raised high school graduation rates, closed 50 black and brown schools, attacked the teachers union and was outspokenly hostile to teachers, subsidized luxury developments, oversaw massive housing failures, did not deliver on the majority of his infrastructure promises, and so much more.

    Kenzo Shibata is an activist who writes and teaches in Chicago. He's a founding member of the Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators and hosts the Class Time Podcast.

    #NoHoneymoon​ #VoteTrumpOut​ #m4a​ #Progressives​ #GreenNewDeal​ #BlackLivesMatter​ #GeneralStrike

    • 40 min
    Ep5: Fight For $15 with Senator Nina Turner

    Ep5: Fight For $15 with Senator Nina Turner

    Wages for working people have stagnated as economic inequality in the United States has exploded in recent decades. The situation has become even more dire amidst the current economic and COVID-19 crises.

    The need for a $15 federal minimum wage has never been more pressing, nor has it garnered so much support across the ideological spectrum. The current federal minimum wage is a poverty wage — $7.25 — and has not been raised in more than a decade. We demand that Joe Biden keep his promise to the American people and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    Nina Turner is a former Cleveland City Councilor, former Ohio State Senator, Bernie Sanders 2020 National co-chair, author, podcaster, and 2021 candidate for US Congress in Ohio’s 11th District.

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    Ep4: Cancel Student Debt with the Debt Collective’s Thomas Gokey

    Ep4: Cancel Student Debt with the Debt Collective’s Thomas Gokey

    Forty-five million Americans are burdened with a collective $1.7 trillion in student loan debt. It is imperative to tell Congress and President Biden that this debt MUST be cancelled.

    Student debt cancellation is supported by a majority of Americans and a vast majority of Democrats. It would be a substantial economic stimulus that benefits every corner of the country and Democrats have the power to get it done RIGHT NOW.

    The Democrat controlled Congress could pass debt relief through reconciliation.
    And President Biden could cancel all student debt with a stroke of a pen via Executive Order.
    The question is: Can we apply the pressure to make them do it?

    Thomas Gokey is a visual artist, adjunct professor at Syracuse University, and activist. He is an organizer and Co-Founder at Debt Collective, a debtors' union fighting to cancel debts.

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    • 31 min
    Ep3: Ending the Wars in Yemen and Afghanistan with Peace Activist David Swanson

    Ep3: Ending the Wars in Yemen and Afghanistan with Peace Activist David Swanson

    In this episode, we discuss ending the war on Yemen, how we can end the war in Afghanistan next, and why we must shrink the military budget. Join the team at NoHoneymoon.org.

    Then, we TAKE ACTION together, contacting representatives and senators directly, urging them to REDUCE MILITARY SPENDING and END THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN.

    David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is executive director of World BEYOND War and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

    Swanson was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation.

    Swanson is on the advisory boards of: Nobel Peace Prize Watch, Veterans For Peace, Assange Defense, BPUR, and Military Families Speak Out. He is an associate of the Transnational Foundation.

    • 32 min

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