• Student organizer Walter Smolarek discusses the April 13 action against US drones taking place at the White House in Washington, D.C., as well as demonstrations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and many other cities throughout the country. See the website of the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) for more information on the April 13 actions and transportation to Washington, D.C.
  • Activist Ymelda Viramontes talks about plans to close 53 schools in Chicago in primarily Black and Latino neighborhoods, and the backlash among parents, students and teachers who are fighting against this latest attack on public education.
  • Attorney Andrea Costello analyses a court ruling lifting restrictions on the morning-after pill, and the significance of the decision for the struggle for women’s reproductive rights. Costello is an attorney with the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, which represents grassroots feminists activists with National Women’s Liberation (NWL) and 15-year-old Anaya Kelly in a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration and Health and Human Services to remove all restrictions on over-the-counter access to the morning-after pill.
  • Brian Becker, national coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, discusses the massive clandestine operation conducted by the Obama administration in Syria over the past two years to pump guns, heavy military equipment and money to fuel that country’s civil war, and the role of U.S. client states in advancing Washington’s regional goals.
  • Ken Lerch, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 3825 in Rockville, Md., joins Liberation Radio following rallies held in every state across the country to save six-day mail delivery to discuss what is at stake in the battle for the future of the postal service.
  • Suyapa Portillo of the Latino Equality Alliance talks about the struggle for same-sex marriage and the broader fight for LGBT rights as the Supreme Court considers landmark cases on California’s bigoted Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.
  • Iraq war veteran and March Forward! co-founder Mike Prysner discusses his experience in the military, the lies the military brass told to the rank-and-file, and how he and other service members came to realize the imperialist nature of the occupation.
  • Alla Baker gives a first-person account of the destruction wreaked upon her country by the U.S.-led invasion, and the lasting consequences of the war that are still deeply felt by the Iraqi people.
  • March Forward! organizer and Iraq war veteran Kevin Baker talks about the criminal acts committed by the U.S. war machine and the organizing work to help veterans and active-duty service members fight for their rights and build resistance within the military against U.S. wars of aggression.
  • Danielle Norwood of WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend) speaks on efforts to push back new “fetal heatbeat” abortion bans, an effort by lawmakers in North Dakota, Arkansas and beyond to tear apart Roe v. Wade and effectively deny women the right to choose.
  • Union organizer Jeff Bigelow analyses the recent contract victory for Illinois state workers. What were the challenges faced by the union, and how did this help shape its tactics?
  • Student organizer Walter Smolarek explores the details of coming sequester cuts. From furloughs to deep cuts social programs, the devastating impact of this bipartisan attack on poor and working people is only beginning to be felt.
  • Gloria La Riva speaks of the impact of late leader Hugo Chávez on Latin America and the world, the upcoming elections in Venezuela, and the tasks ahead for presidential candidate Nicolás Maduro and his supporters as  Washington and the Venezuelan elites strategize to derail the Bolivarian Revolution.
  • Gerry Condon, a Veterans For Peace Board Member and a member of the Steering Committee of the Bradley Manning Support Network, talks about the legal case and the movement demanding justice for Manning. Condon assesses Bradley Manning’s 35-page statement to the court that provides the first public explanation and defense of his decision to inform the public about hidden aspects of the Iraq war.
  • Activist Peta Lindsay talks about the recent International Women’s Day demonstrations, and connects the dots between the struggle for women’s rights, and the struggles against racism and economic oppression. Lindsay was an organizer of demonstrations held in cities throughout the United States between March 7-10 to demand an end to violence against women and fight for equality.

On the sequester debate, Republicans and Democrats were united on one thing: Let workers pay the price. As the politicians calmly agreed to disagree and let the sequester deadline pass, student organizer Walter Smolarek breaks down the impact of the automatic cuts on workers — cuts conceived not by the Republicans, but by the Obama administration. You can read an analysis of the sequester by Smolarek on LiberationNews.org.

International Women’s Day will be marked by militant actions across the country on March 7-10. Karina Garcia, an activist with Women Organized to Resist and Defend (WORD), discusses the attacks on women and what must be done to strengthen the movement for women’s rights.

Rain didn’t stop hundreds of demonstrators from taking to the streets of New York City to challenge police brutality. March organizer Kerbie Joseph talks about what brought people out to take a stand against the attacks on their communities perpetrated by the cops, and the growing movement to combat police brutality.

Afghanistan’s Karzai government recently announced its decision to ban U.S. operations in certain regions of the country. What does that reveal about the balance of forces in Afghanistan? What is driving U.S. strategy in the ongoing occupation that continues to take lives of Afghans as well as U.S. soldiers? Iraq war veteran Michael Prysner, co-founder of March Forward!, analyzes the latest developments.

Activist Eugene Puryear analyzes the geostrategic imperatives and multi-billion-dollar profit opportunities at the center of a growing “drone culture” promoted by the Pentagon and the corporate media. Following a major National Geographic feature on drones, Puryear discusses this development and what is being done to fight back. Learn more about the upcoming April 13 demonstration in Washington, D.C., and take action by signing the Vote No Drones initiative now.

With the return of Hugo Chávez to Venezuela following cancer treatment in Cuba, Gloria La Riva looks at the right-wing campaign against the Bolivarian Revolution. Could Venezuela’s revolutionary process continue without Chávez? What’s at stake for Venezuela and the rest of Latin America as the U.S.-backed opposition seeks to use Chávez’s illness for its political gain?

Iraq war veteran and March Forward! co-founder Mike Prysner looks at the real causes of the alarming suicide rates among military veterans. Prysner explains the role of the military brass in fueling this epidemic that now takes more lives than combat, and talks about the organizing work that March Forward! is conducting among veterans and active-duty service members to fight for their rights and build opposition to imperialist war.

Peta Lindsay analyzes the Christopher Dorner episode and the systemic racism within the police force. What does the Dorner manifesto reveal about the culture of racism and brutality within the LAPD and police departments across the country?

Speaking at a forum hosted by Women Organized to Resist and Defend, Jeralynn Blueford, mother of Alan Blueford, connects the dots between police brutality and women’s struggles. Jeralynn shares her experience in building a movement for justice in Oakland, Calif., and takes aim at the underlying causes of racism, poverty and women’s oppression.

Brian Becker discusses the Second Congress of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the PSL’s focus on the critical task of reviving a dynamic, fighting movement for socialism within the United States.

Speaking shortly before North Korea’s latest nuclear test made headlines, Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), answers the question: Who’s the real aggressor in the Korean Peninsula? Becker analyzes the decades-long record of U.S. aggression against Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the imperialist motives driving Washington’s foreign policy in the region.

Long-time Cuba solidarity activist Gloria La Riva talks about the recent Cuban elections, which have resulted in one of the most diverse and representative parliaments in the world, and contrasts Cuba’s workers’ democracy to the United States’ “democracy for the rich only.” (This episode features an edited version of the interview; you can find the full interview here.)

We continue our special coverage of struggles against racist police brutality with a discussion with organizer Stevie Merino about the senseless shooting of Sokha Hor. Merino gives the background on the case that has sparked outrage and become a catalyst for struggle against the ruthless Long Beach Police Department.

As part of our special Black History Month coverage, each week we’ll look at how communities and activists are organizing to fight back against racist police brutality. Ramarley Graham’s death became a symbol of the struggle against the violent NYPD. One year after the shooting of the unarmed teenager by Bronx police, his mother Constance Malcolm speaks to Liberation Radio about her son’s case and building a movement for justice.

In response to the growing number of Pentagon drone strikes in Africa, a diverse coalition of organizations is calling for a demonstration at the White House on April 13. Eugene Puryear joins the program from Washington, D.C., to discuss the April mobilization and the high-tech drone war providing new means for the same old colonial ends.

The Obama administration has announced immigration reform will be central to its agenda, and Congress has put forth an outline of its immigration reform goals – but does any of it amount to true equality for immigrants? Activist Karina Garcia joins the program to dissect Washington’s proposed reforms and explain what is at stake for immigrant workers.