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    Pacifica's We Decide: Day Four of the RNC in MKE

    Pacifica's We Decide: Day Four of the RNC in MKE

    Welcome to the final day of the RNC, slated to culminate with a lengthy speech from former President Trump focused on "unity." The RNC theme tonight is "Make America Great Once Again."Other speakers are slated to include Tucker Carlson, Franklin Graham (son of Billy Graham), Hulk Hogan and Dana White (CEO of the Ultimate Fighting Championship).Also speaking tonight is Wisconsin billionaire and GOP megadonor Diane Hendricks, who is appearing tonight as one of the QUOTE "everyday Americans" invited to speak during the convention.Reporters Sara Gabler and Peter Donalds give updates from the floor.We catch up with Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson about the economics of the RNC and what he says is the potential to "put Milwaukee on the map," along a slate of other questions.And we hear from the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, which says they've been warning Milwaukee officials that bringing 4,000 more police officers to Milwaukee would risk the safety of residents.We speak with New York City defense lawyer Ron Kuby about whether much has changed in police accountability since 2020. Then we speak with Gloria Browne-Marshall, professor of constitutional law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY, about Trump's ongoing election legal issues.For more on the psychology of voters attracted to Trump, we speak with Dan P. McAdams, professor of Psychology and Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern University and the author of “The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning.” WORT reporter Sara Gabler dissects the expansion of oil and gas drilling and rolling back of federal environmental protections that would happen under another Trump presidency. WORT news director Chali Pittman examines the personal responsibility claim of child care. And Bob Hennelly speaks with Dr. Steve Auerbach, Physicians for a National Health Program, about the deepening healthcare crisis.

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Pacifica's We Decide: Day Three of the RNC in MKE

    Pacifica's We Decide: Day Three of the RNC in MKE

    Take a listen to our coverage of Day 3 of the Republican National Convention from Riverwest Radio in Milwaukee. The Pacifica Radio Network’s national coverage is supported by sustaining sponsorships from unions representing close to two million rank and file members. Yesterday on the second night of the RNC the theme of the night was "Make America Safe Once Again," where Republican speakers took to the stage to paint a picture of the country plagued by violent crime. They linked crime with immigration, driving home some of the GOP's top priorities in their party platform, to seal the border and to deport undocumented immigrants in record numbers.Meanwhile, more details have emerged about the fatal police shooting of Samuel Sharpe, Jr, an unhoused Black veteran who was killed yesterday, at the hands of five out-of-state police officers. They are five of roughly 4,000 who are in Milwaukee to provide security for the RNC. Samuel Sharpe, Jr was shot and killed by officers from Columbus, Ohio, at the intersection of 14th and Vliet streets in western downtown Milwaukee, about a mile from the RNC perimeter.Community members held a vigil for Sharpe yesterday evening, where they condemned the city of Milwaukee for hosting the RNC and providing the circumstances that led to Sharpe's death. A mile away, in central downtown Milwaukee's Deer District, Republican Party officials and elected leaders continued their third day of sessions and networking surrounded by thousands of law enforcement officials.The RNC was promised to bring approximately $200 million in direct and indirect economic benefit to the city of Milwaukee. Russ Klisch, owner of Lakefront Brewery here in Milwaukee, hosted the Washington State delegation for the RNC earlier today and joins us on the phone.Then we speak with Peter Rickman, president of the Milwaukee Area Service Workers Organization, which represents 1,100 service workers. MASH, an independent union, successfully secured a landmark union contract in 2019 for service workers at the Fiserv Forum, the site of the RNC gathering.Then we dive more into the history of Milwaukee and its "Sewer Socialist" history. We're joined by journalist John Nichols, national affairs correspondent for The Nation where he's just published a new article titled “Welcome Republicans, to America’s Great Socialist City (https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/republican-convention-socialist-city/).” To talk about the potential for alternative, non-corporate parties in America we bring into the conversation Howie Hawkins, 2020 Green Party candidate for President and retired Teamster.Yesterday on the second night of the RNC the theme of the night was "Make America Safe Once Again," where Republican speakers took to the stage to paint a picture of the country plagued by violent crime.

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Pacifica's We Decide: Day Two of the RNC in MKE

    Pacifica's We Decide: Day Two of the RNC in MKE

    Take a listen to our live coverage of Day 2 of the Republican National Convention, live from Riverwest Radio in Milwaukee.It's a perfect day to have veteran journalist Bob Hennelly, as Senator Bob Menendez is found guilty of all corruption charges. Bob talks with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.In this episode, reporter Sara Gabler travels to an info session on Moms for Liberty, and debriefs with Mother Jones senior editor Kiera Butler (https://www.motherjones.com/author/kiera-butler/).Then we turn our attention to abortion. The Republican party platform on abortion, officially adopted yesterday, is just one paragraph and makes reference to states rights. It also says, quote "We will oppose Late Term Abortion, while supporting mothers and policies that advance Prenatal Care, access to Birth Control, and IVF (fertility treatments)."Wisconsin Watch reporter Phoebe Petrovic (https://wisconsinwatch.org/author/phoebe-petrovic/) joins us to talk about her latest article (https://www.propublica.org/article/matthew-trewhella-pastor-activist-republican-politics) about militant anti-abortion activist Pastor Matthew Trewhella.And, Jennifer Holland has been studying conservative anti-abortion organizing through the decades. She's the author of Tiny You: A Western History of the Anti-Abortion Movement, and joins us to analyze the contradiction between the platform and more hardline efforts like Project 2025.Ali Muldrow, executive director of the Wisconsin Women's Fund, tells us the current status of abortion in Wisconsin, and unpacks specific claims made yesterday by Vice Presidential candidate JD Vance about "tax-payer funded abortion. "We go to the intersection of North 14th and West Vliet Streets, less than a mile from the perimeter, where a Milwaukee man is dead after being shot by five police officers from Columbus, Ohio — who were sent to assist at the RNC. Reporter Peter Donalds was there to speak with some of the family and neighbors.Then we turn our attention to some of the super-rich of the Republican Party, including the Ricketts family and Wisconsin's own billionaire Diane Hendricks, who's here in Milwaukee.Dr. Everett Kelley rounds out the show. He's the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which is the largest union representing federal and D.C. government employees. 

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Pacifica's We Decide: Day One of the RNC in MKE

    Pacifica's We Decide: Day One of the RNC in MKE

    From the home of Harley-Davidson and the sewer Socialists, broadcasting from the studios of Riverwest Radio in Milwaukee, join Bob Hennelly and Chali Pittman for Day One coverage of the Republican National Convention.We hear from activists marching with the Coalition to March on the RNC. Then, we hear from a coalition of faith leaders holding a long rally against white Christian nationalism. Then, we talk about the thousands of law enforcement officers along with private security in the city, where just two weeks earlier, a Milwaukee man died at the hands of private security at the Milwaukee Hyatt Regency hotel. We're joined by Will Sulton, Executive Director of ACLU of Wisconsin representing the family of D'Vontaye Mitchell. Then, Wisconsin Examiner reporter Isiah Holmes on the long lead-up and millions of federal dollars that have poured into developing Milwaukee's policing capabilities for this convention — and the 2020 DNC. Transport Workers Union International President John Samuelsen joins us to talk about the decision from Teamsters president Sean O'Brien to speak at the RNC — and how that decision has caused backlash within the union. Michael Rosen, retired economics professor at Milwaukee Area Technical College and former president of their faculty union AFT Local 212 joins us to talk about Milwaukee's labor history.And after the announcement that JD Vance is the Vice Presidential pick, we dig into the history and complexities of the junior senator from Ohio and his 2016 memoir, Hillbilly Elegy. This broadcast is produced by the Pacifica Radio Network, and supported by sustaining sponsorships from unions representing close to two million rank and file members. Credits to: Moe Thomas, Kelly Meyer, Xav LePlae, Keziah Glow, Reggie Johnson, Keith Gaustad, Peter Donalds, Faye Parks, Sara Gabler, Liam Beran, Chali Pittman, and Bob Hennelly. Join us tomorrow for our Day 2 broadcast, and stay up-to-date on WORT's live blog (https://www.wortfm.org/rnc-convention-live-blog/) in between broadcasts.

    • 1 hr 55 min
    "[This] could end up being a very transformative moment": A Dane County judge ruled last week that some of Act 10's provisions are unconstitutional

    "[This] could end up being a very transformative moment": A Dane County judge ruled last week that some of Act 10's provisions are unconstitutional

    Here's your local news for Thursday, July 11, 2024:* We'll get the details on last week's Act 10 ruling,* Find out why a high school student is protesting on Library Mall,* Hear more about life as a doula,* Share some deck safety advice,* Explore the wacky world of coloring books,* And much more.

    • 47 min
    "PFAS likes to be at the surface where it interacts with air and water:" A new study finds that PFAS contamination in the foam on Lake Monona is the highest in the state

    "PFAS likes to be at the surface where it interacts with air and water:" A new study finds that PFAS contamination in the foam on Lake Monona is the highest in the state

    Here's your local news for Wednesday, July 10, 2024:* We find how Lake Monona's PFAS contamination compares to the rest of the state,* Hear what older voters think about the upcoming election,* Interview the last two Democratic candidates in the race for Assembly District 48,* Broadcast the most comprehensive weather report on the airwaves,* Travel back in time to 1968,* And much more.

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