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Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod is a public affairs program that airs Tuesday through Friday on KPFK Radio from 7 to 8 AM (PST). Sojourner Truth brings you news and views on local, national, and international policies and stories that affect us all.


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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. Our guests are Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg and Dr. Gerald Horne. On Thursday, April 22, Earth Day was marked around the world, as President Joe Biden tried to undo some of the damage to the role of the U.S. in stemming the environmental crisis. But is it too little and too late? How do the tensions between the United States and adversaries China and Russia bear out in efforts to tame environmental devastation? What about frontline communities...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We commemorate Earth Day, which was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. As world leaders gather today virtually for a White House climate summit, President Joe Biden has announced plans to slash green house gas emissions in half by 2030. This, as the Biden administration proposes that nations support the Paris Climate Accord, which the U.S. has now rejoined. But is this enough? Environmentalists have longed criticized the Paris Climate Accord for being too modest given...
Topic: Earth Day Environment Fukushima Daunte Wright Police Killings Racism
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Apr 21, 2021 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth: The Chauvin verdict, but now, a new police killing. This time, of a 16-year-old Black girl. A new film makes the connections. On Tuesday, April 21, Derek Chauvin, the white Minneapolis Police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck for more than 9 minutes last year and killed him, was found guilty of all three charges against him. Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The white police officer...
Topic: Derek Chauvin George Floyd MaKhia Bryant Racism Police Black Lives Matter
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Apr 20, 2021 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth, we focus on Mumia Abu Jamal. On Monday, April 19, unjustly imprisoned Black journalist and human rights campaigner Mumia Abu Jamal underwent serious heart surgery. A few days prior, Mumia was rushed to the hospital following severe chest pains he was experiencing. A day earlier, Mumia's lawyer informed his close supporters that he complained of chest pain while on a walk. From there, he was taken to an undisclosed hospital where it was discovered that his coronary...
Topic: Mumia Abu Jamal Prison COVID-19 Racism Police Brutality Political Prisoners
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. Our panelists are Dr. Gerald Horne, Laura Carlsen and Jackie Goldberg. We discuss: The latest police killings in Minneapolis and Chicago. The Derek Chauvin trial wraps up. Did we learn anything new that we didn't witness watching George Floyd being murdered? A bill to do a study on reparations moves forward and gains support in Congress. Will it become a reality? The Governor of California says all schools must reopen. Is this the right move?...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Matthew Hoh, Senior Fellow with the Center for International Policy and a 100% disabled Marine combat veteran, joins us to discuss President Joe Bidens plan to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11 of this year. For our weekly Earth Watch, in the context of our ongoing coverage of the climate catastrophe, we speak with Devlin Kuyek on corporate greenwashing and small farmers and social movement struggles for community-controlled and biodiverse food...
Topic: Afghanistan Occupation War Invasion Greenwashing Food Security Poverty Welfare
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We continue our coverage of the fallout from the police shooting of yet another Black man. This time 20-year-old Daunte Wright. He leaves behind a two-year-old son. He was killed in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Kim Potter, a cop of 26 years who shot Daunte, resigned as well as police chief Tim Gannon. Ten miles away from where Daunte was killed, the trial of Derek Chauvin took place. The police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd continues with the defense...
Topic: Daunte Wright Police Shooting Black Lives Matter Derek Chauvin Police Malaysia Environment...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Another night of protests follow the police shooting by a white female officer of Daunte Wright, a young Black father in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. This, as the prosecution wraps up its case against Derek Chauvin, the white police officer who killed George Floyd. Our guest is Minneapolis-based D.A. Bullock, an award-winning filmmaker and social practice artist in the field of story-based community organizing. D.A. Bullock is also involved with Reclaim the Block, a...
Topic: Daunte Wright Derek Chauvin George Floyd Racism Police Middle East Iran Palestine Israel Amazon...
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. Our guests are Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg and Dr. Gerald Horne. Amidst 18 people killed in mass shootings in the United States in just the past month, President Joe Biden takes on the pro-gun lobby, announcing new but limited measures on gun control and has named David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Will this move widen the urban-rural divide when it comes to the right to own guns? What populations...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: In the context of the trial of the police officer who is being charged with the murder of George Floyd, the lack of justice in the case of the police killing of Breonna Taylor and other Black people killed by police, as well as the attacks on voting rights, specifically targeting Black people, across the country, Black communities and other communities of color are facing another battle: gentrification. Long time residents are being forced out by high housing costs and...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We continue our coverage of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white police officer who is on trial for the murder of George Floyd. Last week, witnesses for the prosecution made emotional testimony. This week, prosecution witnesses are taking a closer look at police policies and the use of force. Some say prosecution witnesses this week have given an opening for Chauvin's defense. We speak with Karissa Lewis, the National Field Director for the Movement for Black Lives, a...
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial George Floyd Police Racism Court Yemen Saudi Arabia COVID-19 Vaccines
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. Our panelists are Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg and Dr. Gerald Horne. The latest on the Derek Chauvin trial, the police officer being tried for the murder of George Floyd. We discuss our collective PTSD and thoughts on the testimony so far. Also, President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan and how it attempts to address racial inequality and the climate crisis. How is organized labor responding to his plan? The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We continue our coverage of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer who murdered George Floyd. Our guest is Minneapolis-based D.A. Bullock, an award-winning filmmaker and social practice artist in the field of story-based community organizing. He is also involved with Reclaim the Block, a coalition to demand that Minneapolis divest from policing and invest in long-term alternatives. Also, amid the sea of disturbing news at the border on the treatment of migrant...
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Mar 31, 2021 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth, we focus on the intersection between caregiving and poverty. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the U.S. government has been distributing checks to people in order to stop the economy from collapsing. However, it still refuses to consider providing an income for family caregivers, whose work is generally depended on and has increased as a result of the pandemic. Family unwaged caregivers " most of whom are women, including mothers and grandmothers,...
Topic: Caregivers Poverty Welfare Social Programs Racism Women Mothers
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Mar 30, 2021 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth, we discuss the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white police officer who murdered George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020. Chauvin's murder trial began on March 8, 2021, with opening statements beginning on Monday, March 29. This has become one of the most closely watched court cases in decades. Floyd, a Black father of three and a grandfather of two, was killed during an arrest after a store clerk claimed he used a counterfeit $20 bill. Chauvin, one of the...
Topic: Derek Chauvin Racism Police Brutality Black Lives Matter
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. Our guests are Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg and Dr. Gerald Horne. We discuss a new Georgia election law and what can be done to halt and reverse the voter suppression runaway train. Is getting rid of the filibuster what Democrats need to stop the voter suppression laws? Also, Joe Biden's next moves. Getting cash into people's hands, impacting unwaged and waged sectors. Are we seeing a fundamental shift in social welfare policy? Also, we discuss...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We continue our coverage on the uptick of racism and violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. In March of 2020, when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, former White House occupant Donald Trump attempted to link the deadly virus to the people of China. He frequently referred to it as the "China Virus" and made other racist remarks about the disease, making it seem as if they were somehow responsible for it. Now, one year later, even...
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Today, we bring you a special on Black and Palestinian solidarity in the face of global systemic racism. In 2019, U.S. police killed 1,099 people, according to Mapping Police Violence, which reports that 24 percent of those murdered (259 people) were Black. Between 2013 and 2019, police killed a total of 7,666 people. Overall, Black people are three times more likely to be killed by police than white people. Other people of color, including Indigenous and Latinx people, are also killed at a...
Topics: Black and Palestinian Solidarity, Margaret Prescod, Jamal Juma
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Mar 23, 2021 Margaret Prescod
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Today on Sojourner Truth we conducted a roundtable discussion with several members of the sex working community and the recent mass killing which took place at Atlanta-area massage parlors.  Our panelists included Tamika (Tamika@hips.org), a pioneering activist and advocate leading a movement working to provide present and future black and brown sex workers in Washington D.C. full freedom, belonging, personal and political autonomy and agency, while decriminalizing sex work. Also joining our...
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TODAY ON SOJOURNER TRUTH, WE AIR A REBROADCAST OF A DECEMBER 2020 CONVERSATION, FEATURING MARGARET PRESCOD, CAMILO MEJIA, JOHN PERRY AND OTHERS FROM THE ALLIANCE FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE.  In 1979, the people of Nicaragua overthrew the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza. The Somoza family dictatorship ruled Nicaragua from 1937 until 1979, when the Sandinista National Liberation Front liberated the country from their rule. Upon taking power, the Sandinistas vowed to free their country from...
Topics: Alliance for Global justice, Margaret Prescod, Camilo Mejia, and John Perry, Rebroadcast
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Mar 18, 2021 Margaret Prescod
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Today on Sojourner Truth we discuss the latest racist attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which took place in Atlanta. This being coming on the racist backdrop of Donald Trump, during his presidency racializing the Coronavirus and blaming Chinese people for the virus. We speak with Dr. Russell Jeung, Dr. Cynthia Chang, and David Monkawa to get their take on the latest racist attacks on the Asian community in the United States. David Monkawa offers social justice resources and...
Topics: Stop a.p.p.i hate, saveourseniors.network, racist violence against Asian Americans, Proforestation,...
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Mar 17, 2021 Alternative Radio
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Today on Sojourner Truth we rebroadcast a show from Alternative Radio, featuring a May 19, 2020 talk given by Naomi Klein and Arundhati Roy, moderated by Asad Rehman, and narrated by David Barsamian.  Naomi Klein is an aware winning journalist and columnist and Glory Steinem endowed chair in media culture and feminist studies at Rutgers University. She's the author of many books, including The Shock Doctrine, This Changes Everything, and On Fire; The Burning Case for a Green New Deal. She's...
Topics: Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein, David Barsamian, Asad Rehman
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Today on Sojourner Truth is Biden in trouble over his immigration policies?   His administration is being criticized from both the right and the left.   What’s going on? In particular we take a look at the plight and treatment of Black immigrants with Nana Gyamfi Executive Director of Black Alliance for Just Immigration. And activists prepare for a kickoff rally for the THRIVE Act.   What is it and what is the connection with the Green New Deal.   What is in the THRIVE Act, what is left...
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable is back. Our panelists are Jackie Goldberg, Laura Carlsen and Dr. Gerald Horne. Today, we discuss the stimulus package, voter suppression, Biden-Harris foreign policy, and more. On Thursday, March 11, U.S. President Joe Biden signed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package into law, implementing one of the largest stimulus measures in U.S. history. The bill, known as the American Rescue Package, provides a third round of one-time stimulus payments...
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Mar 11, 2021 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We take a look at the American Rescue Plan 2021, the stimulus package expected to be signed by U.S. President Joe Biden. It is a $1.9 trillion package intended to speed up the recovery of the U.S. economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes what some are hailing as a historic move: child tax credits. Our guest is Peggy OMara, an independent journalist who edits and publishes peggyomara.com. She was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine for over 30...
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Jan 29, 2021 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. Our panelists are Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg and Dr. Gerald Horne. President Biden's foreign policy thus far has liberals and progressives worried. His team, they say, is filled with war hawks, while his man in the Pentagon has ties with the U.S. defense industry. What difference, if any, will there be with Biden and Trump's foreign policy? On the national front, President Biden's executive orders are being hailed by some, and roundly...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: For our weekly Earth Watch, Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, joins us to discuss the impact of Indigenous-led protests against the Keystone XL pipeline. Now, Biden has announced that he is revoking a key permit for the pipeline. The massive protests at Standing Rock against the pipeline brought national and international attention to the issue, and Biden's announcement is seen as a victory. But, is Biden's announcement enough?...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: The latest on Venezuela as all eyes are on the Biden administration to see if he will continue the previous administration's efforts at regime change to regain U.S. control and influence in that oil-rich nation. This, even as European Union states have withdrawn their recognition of Juan Guaido as interim "president" of Venezuela. In 2019, Guaido declared himself "president," despite the fact that Venezuela already has a democratically-elected...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: On Friday, January 22, a UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons went into effect, having been ratified by over 50 countries. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted in 2017, prohibits countries from producing, testing, acquiring, possessing or stockpiling nuclear weapons. The Treaty also outlaws transferring weapons and forbids countries from permitting any nuclear explosive device to be stationed, installed or deployed within their borders. It...
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. Our panelists are Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg and Dr. Gerald Horne. A lot has come out since the January 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol, including the threat of more violence. Prior to the insurrection, an anti-tax group funded primarily by billionaires was one of the biggest backers of the Republican lawmakers who sought to overturn the US election results, according to an analysis by the Guardian. On the day of the insurrection, dozens of...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We speak with members of Clergy4Black lives who give their response to the implications for their congregations and wider communities of the armed and violent attack on the US Capitol on January 6th, as well as the threat of more violence at state capitols by Trump supporters including a wide swathe of white supremacists, Christian nationalists and even members of law enforcement and the US military. We will also speak about the lack of response by LA City and County...
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Jan 13, 2021 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth: In the context of the white supremacist insurrection that took place on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, when the Confederate Flag was paraded around the U.S. Capitol building, and now with the threat of armed insurrectionists attempting to attack 50 state capitols this weekend, we speak with Civil Rights icon Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr. Dr. LaFayette co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. He was a leader of the Nashville Movement, 1960 and...
Topic: COVID-19 Prisons SNCC Civil Rights Racism Capitol Women
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Today on Sojourner Truth: On Tuesday, January 12, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a measure calling for Donald Trump to be removed from office through the 25th Amendment following the armed and violent insurrection at the US Capitol last week. Democratic lawmakers in the House have introduced a single charge of impeachment " incitement of insurrection " against Trump. The impeachment measure has the backing of over 200 Democratic co-sponsors, according to MSNBC....
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Officials are reporting that there is a new COVID-19 case in Southern California every six seconds. Hospitals, medical staff and funeral homes are so overwhelmed in the region that the Department of Defense has had to step in to assist. The virus is out of control in Southern California, but that did not mean that elected officials took action to stop several super spreader events from taking place over the past few days. We speak with Pastor Cue of the Church Without...
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Dec 31, 2020 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth, we bring you exclusive audio from a webinar entitled, Stop Line 3 Digital Rally. Line 3 is a proposed pipeline expansion to bring nearly a million barrels of tar sands per day from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin. It was proposed in 2014 by Enbridge, a Canadian pipeline company responsible for the largest inland oil spill in the US. Enbridge seeks to build a new pipeline corridor through untouched wetlands and the treaty territory of Anishinaabe peoples, through...
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Dec 30, 2020 Sojourner Truth
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Across the United States, COVID-19 is once again on the uptick, infecting and killing many who are the most vulnerable. More than 16 million cases have been confirmed in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The U.S. is now counting more than 100,000 cases a day as the virus surges across the country. Overall, there have been more than 307,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States. One sector of society that is getting hit hard by COVID-19 and is not getting...
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Every year, on December 10, International Human Rights Day is celebrated across the world. The day was selected to honor the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, on December 10, 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its stated purpose is to celebrate one of the first major achievements of the United Nations. The day is normally marked by high-level political conferences and meetings, in which world leaders make vague promises to uphold human rights in their...
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Dec 25, 2020 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth, we hear music from the The Freedom Singers performed live during the 50th anniversary conference of SNCC in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2010. Join us as we travel back in time and listen to the songs that mobilized millions of people across the country and around the world for peace and equality. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, music played an integral role in the inspiration and mobilization of Black and white people across the United States...
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Dec 24, 2020 Sojourner Truth
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For over 19 years, the United States has been occupying the nation of Afghanistan and waging war against its people. On October 7, 2001, the U.S. government invaded Afghanistan, claiming it was a so-called war on terror. This took place just a few weeks after the horrendous September 11 attacks across the East Coast, in which thousands of innocent people died. George W. Bush launched a military offensive against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Not only did this offensive kill innocent...
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In 2019, directors Clement and Sophie Guerra produced an award-winning documentary entitled, The Condor and the Eagle. The film documents the stories of four well-known Indigenous environmental spokespeople who are at the forefront of a perspective shift in the identity of their people, from forgotten voices to powerful and influential leaders. They have struggled with feelings of isolation their entire lives and are now discovering the power of their shared voices to bring change to the entire...
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In 1979, the people of Nicaragua overthrew the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza. The Somoza family dictatorship ruled Nicaragua from 1937 until 1979, when the Sandinista National Liberation Front liberated the country from their rule. Upon taking power, the Sandinistas vowed to free their country from the grip of U.S. hegemony and prioritize the needs of poor people ahead of foreign corporations. Since then, the people of Nicaragua have faced constant attacks from war hawks in...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: During the week of November 17, there were 13,657 new COVID-19 infections reported across state and federal prison systems. This, according to the Marshall Project, which has been tracking these numbers since March. The previous week also saw an uptick in cases. These are by far the highest weekly totals since the pandemic began. COVID-19 case rates among prisoners are four times as high as the general population, according to The New York Times, and the death rate is...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Today kicks off what for many is week of travel and preparation for the U.S. holiday, Thanksgiving. This, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. But increasingly, those in support of Indigenous rights are referring tot he holiday as a Day of Mourning. Others are referring to it as Thankstaking. Our guest is Jacqueline Keeler, a journalist and author with Dine and Ihanktonwan Dakota roots. Jacqueline serves as Editor-in-chief of Pollen Nation Magazine, Editor of Edge of...
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. Our panelists are Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg and Dr. Gerald Horne. Donald Trump is desperately trying to stay in power and prevent President-elect Joe Biden from taking office. In what many are now describing as a slow-motion coup, Trump is using a combination of methods to undermine the results of the 2020 election. Not only is he pushing state legislators to visit him at the Oval Office in an attempt to overturn the Democrats victory. He is...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Is biomass fuel the answer to containing the spread of wildfires? Or is it simply another false solution taking away focus from the relationship between climate change and the increasing frequency and intensity of wildfires? On Tuesday, November 24, environmental justice organizations around the world will mark the International Day of Action on Forest Biomass. What is biomass fuel? Why are environmental activists opposed to it? For our weekly Earth Watch, our guest is...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: The COVID-19 virus is once again spiking across the United States, infecting hundreds of thousands of people and forcing states to shut down. Over a million new cases have been confirmed over the past week as elected officials in all 50 states have reported higher infection rates, according to The New York Times. Texas, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Oregon are among 39 states that have set weekly case records in the last few days. The number of people hospitalized with...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: It has been close to a week since Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were declared the winners of the U.S. Presidential Election, yet Donald Trump has refused to accept the result. Many are calling this a slow motion coup, considering that Trump is doing all he can to delay the transition of power. Trump, who has been keeping a low profile since the November 3 election, is desperately issuing legal challenges in battleground states where Biden has already been projected to...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, discusses the latest on Donald Trump's legal challenges as he attempts to invalidate the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris win. It has been over a week since U.S. voters decided to election Biden and Harris as the next President and Vice President, yet Trump is refusing to concede. His campaign is waging legal battles in states across the country in a desperate attempt to overturn President-elect Biden's...
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On Tuesday, November 3, millions of people across the United States headed to the polls to participate in the 2020 elections. The Democratic ticket of former Vice President Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris defeated Republicans Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Following numerous days of intense and closely-watched vote counting, Biden and Harris were declared the winners. Most across the United States and around the world are in consensus, pointing out that the Biden-Harris ticket won...
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On Tuesday, November 3, millions of people across the United States headed to the polls to participate in the 2020 elections. The Democratic ticket of former Vice President Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris defeated Republicans Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Following numerous days of intense and closely-watched vote counting, Biden and Harris were declared the winners. Most across the United States and around the world are in consensus, pointing out that the Biden-Harris ticket won...
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable discussion on the 2020 elections. Our guests are Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg and Dr. Gerald Horne. It has been over three days since Election Day, and the race to decide the next President of the United States still remains too close to call. Democrat Joe Biden moved ahead of Donald Trump in Georgia overnight into Friday as vote counting continued there. Georgia's Clayton County reports that Biden added 1,602 votes compared to Trump's 223,...
Topic: Elections 2020 Voting Democrats Republicans Trump Biden
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Nov 5, 2020 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth: The latest on the presidential race, including Donald Trump's court challenges. What happened in down ballot races? Why are Democrats worried about control of Congress? Are there any good news for progressive candidates and initiatives? Our guests are Alan Minsky and Marjorie Cohn. Alan Minsky is the Executive Director of the Progressive Democrats of America. A lifelong activist, Alan worked as a progressive journalist for the past two decades. Alan was the Program...
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Nov 4, 2020 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our post-election special. Reaction, analysis and a view from poll watchers in Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, November 3, millions of people across the United States headed to the polls and cast their ballots as part of the 2020 elections. Along with over 100 million people who did early voting, this election is reported to be the largest turnout in 100 years. In a race that turned out to be much closer than had been predicted, Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris faced...
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Nov 3, 2020 Sojourner Truth
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our Election Day special. Our guests are Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, David Ayala, Ed Fallon, Marjorie Cohn. As we speak, millions of people across the United States are heading to the polls and casting their ballots to elect a new president. Over 94 million ballots have been cast in the lead-up to todays election, according to NBC News. Early voting and mail-in voting totals already make up roughly two-thirds of all votes cast in 2016. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,...
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. Our guests are Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg and Dr. Gerald Horne. Shortly, the future of the United States - and arguably the world as a whole - will be decided at the ballot box. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, will face off against Donald Trump and Mike Pence for the White House. At the moment, Trump is down in almost all national polls against Biden. Out of 12 battleground states, Trump is...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: A special roundtable with response and analysis of the first Trump-Biden presidential candidate debate. It was indeed a chaotic night. No one alive today has seen such an acrimonious U.S. presidential debate. Chris Wallace of Fox News, the moderator, tried to take control of the chaos, but for the most part failed. Trump came in prepared for battle, from scowling throughout the debate to constantly interrupting and lobbing insults. Trump seemed to be focused on shoring...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Donald Trump's taxes with economist Max Wolff. On Sunday, September 27, The New York Times released a groundbreaking report that exposed something Donald Trump has long fought to keep secret: his taxes. Since taking power in 2017, Trump has broken with tradition set by previous presidents by not only refusing to release his tax returns, but by carrying out a legal battle to keep them a secret. However, The New York Times has retrieved tax-return data for Trump and the...
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. The stage is set for a constitutional crisis in the United States. From the Supreme Court shifting to the right following the death of feminist Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to Trump's Attorney General William Barr acting as his personal lawyer, to Donald Trump and his supporters working to undermine the integrity of the upcoming election, there is increasing unease in the United States. As the United Nations marked its 75th...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Protests broke out across the United States as a secret grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, did not charge any police officers for the March 13, 2020, killing of Breonna Taylor. Breonna was shot and killed in her own home as police officers were attempting to serve a no-knock warrant. Breonna's boyfriend thought someone was breaking into their home and fired, hitting one police officer. Officers responded with a barrage of bullets that killed Breonna and entered...
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Today, we bring you part two of our national coverage of a mass assembly hosted by the Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The two-hour assembly was entitled, Voting is Power Unleashed: National Moral Monday Mass Assembly and Teach In. If you missed part one of our special, you can listen to it anytime on SoundCloud.com; just search for Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod. The mass poor peoples assembly and teach-in was hosted on September 14, 2020, just weeks away from...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: On Friday, September 18, 87-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, died. Justice Ginsburg served from 1993 to 2020. She was the first Jewish woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court; and following Sandra Day O'Connor, was the second woman overall to serve on the Court. Throughout her tenure, Justice Ginsburg issued countless votes and dissents in defense of the rights of women, workers and voters of color. Justice Ginsburg died from...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: The market versus the environment. Fires, hurricanes, floods, drought, water shortages, land grabs in Africa, Asia and other parts of the Global South for corporate mega farms, monoculture tree plantations, utter disregard for Indigenous people and forest dwellers, while frankly killing us all. Who is taking this seriously as people and creatures die, are movements for social change as well as political class taking all this seriously? We cant breathe! Racism as a...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: The interrelationship between the hurricanes of this era, wildfires and global warming. Within this context, we discuss the aftermath of both hurricanes Laura and Sally, as well as the latest news on Hurricane Sally. Our guest is Monique Hardin with the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice. For our weekly Earth Watch: On September 21, environmental groups around the world will mark the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations. What is the...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: As fires continue to ravage Western U.S. states (in particular California, Oregon and Washington), smoke from the fires have traveled across the country, including to New York City. Also, as far North as Canada and as far East as Europe. The pollutants and fine particles in the air are hazardous to those exposed to it. In particular, those with underlying conditions, children and the elderly. Western states now have the worst air quality in the world. Meanwhile, Donald...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: We bring you part one of our national coverage of a two-hour mass assembly entitled, Voting is Power Unleashed: National Moral Monday Mass Assembly and Teach In, organized by the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The mass assembly and teach-in was hosted on September 14, 2020, just weeks away from what many describe as the most important election in U.S. history. The first Poor People's Campaign was initially called by the Rev. Dr. Martin...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: The presidential race has now officially kicked off. Our panelists weigh in on the latest revelations on Donald Trump in Bob Woodward's new book. Trump's continuing efforts to suppress the vote as well as the Census. His possible nominees for the Supreme Court are already causing controversy. Can an economic war with China actually succeed? Can Joe Biden rebuild the blue wall of voters in key swing states? Also, wildfires across 12 western states in the U.S., from...
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Today, we bring you a special on Black and Palestinian solidarity in the face of global systemic racism. In 2019, U.S. police killed 1,099 people, according to Mapping Police Violence, which reports that 24 percent of those murdered (259 people) were Black. Between 2013 and 2019, police killed a total of 7,666 people. Overall, Black people are three times more likely to be killed by police than white people. Other people of color, including Indigenous and Latinx people, are also killed at a...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: In 2001, the Aristide Foundation for Democracy in Haiti broke ground on the construction of a medical school. The University of the Aristide Foundation, known as UNIFA, has now expanded to include not only a medical school, but schools of law, nursing, dentistry, physical therapy and more. The UNIFA campus was shut down and used as a military base by the United States following the 2004 U.S.-backed coup in Haiti. President Aristide and his family remained in exile for...
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our annual Labor Day special. Labor Day 2020 will be like no other due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Generally celebrated across the U.S. as the day to unofficially mark the end of summer with picnics, barbecues and other ways to spend time with friends and family, this year, many will have social distancing on their minds. Scientists and medical experts are rightly worried that gathering in crowds will result in a spike in COVID-19 cases, as happened with the Memorial Day...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Black August is an annual commemoration to remember Black freedom fights and political prisoners and to highlight Black resistance against racial oppression. It is marked annually during the calendar month of August. Black August was initiated in San Quentin State Prison in 1979, when a group of incarcerated people came together to commemorate the deaths of brothers Jonathan Jackson and George Jackson. Both brothers were involved in revolutionary organizing for racial...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: It seems police killings of Black people is unending from Michael Brown to Breonna Taylor to George Floyd. Donald Trump visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, September 1. He made no mention of the name of Jacob Blake, the man shot seven times in the back by Kenosha Police. Instead, he focused on his law and order message, blaming the uprising following Blakes shooting not on community outrage at systemic racism in law enforcement, but instead he blamed the community...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Jacob Blake remains hospitalized after being shot nine times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Kenosha today, September 1, over objections of the state's governor. Trump said he will not be meeting with the Blake family, but will be meeting with law enforcement. Joe Biden has said he has spoken to the Blake family. In Portland, Oregon, the killing of a far-right supporter on Saturday, August 29, got this response from Donald Trump:...
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Today on Sojourner Truth, our weekly roundtable. Reaction and analysis of the Republican and Democratic national conventions as the U.S. presidential race kicks into high gear. All sides of the aisle agree on one thing: this is the most consequential election as the direction of the country is at stake. Democrats are encouraging all to vote. Trump, on the other hand, in his continued attacks on mail-in voting and support for voter suppression measures, seems determined to dampen the vote. It...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17 year old white militia member and supporter of Donald Trump, has been charged in the killing of two protesters and injuring one other in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Protesters have gathered in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in front of his three children. Mr. Blake is now paralyzed. Meanwhile, players in the NBA, WNBA, MLB and MLS have gone on strike in protest of the police shooting of Blake, following a slew of other police shootings...
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Today on Sojourner Truth: According to widespread media reports, two people are dead and one wounded at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, against the police killing of unarmed Black man Jacob Blake Jr. In Louisville, Kentucky, 68 people were arrested last night, calling for justice in the police killing of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor. In Pasadena, California, Anthony McClain, a young Black man was shot in the back and killed while fleeing from police. For our Campaigners for Black Lives series,...
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