J.R. White

Updates from the Baltimore Uprising

Listen nowEugene Puryear, a leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, reports on the situation in Baltimore, speaking about the social and economic oppression facing the city’s residents as well as the importance of movements in making social change. He also discusses the national campaign to drop the charges against hundreds of people who have been arrested in the fightback movement there.


The struggle for marriage equality

Listen now: Zachary Wolfe, an attorney and professor at Georgetown University, analyzes the cases before the Supreme Court regarding state bans on same-sex marriage and the prospects for nationwide marriage equality,and explains the rights protected by the 14th Amendment. He was in attendance at the Supreme Court oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges last month.


Free Maile Hampton movement overturns “lynching’ charge

Listen now: Yasmina Mrabet, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in Washington, D.C. and an activist with DCFerguson, describes the nationwide movement to demand that all charges be dropped against ANSWER Coalition member and Black Lives Matter activist Maile Hampton, including the recent victory that the outrageous felony “lynching” charge was dropped and the continuing campaign to demand that her remaining charge be dropped.


Voices from the Baltimore Uprising

Listen now: Liberation Radio brings you voices of the people of Baltimore from the heart of the uprising after the police murder of Freddie Gray. Tens of thousands of people have come out in Baltimore demanding justice, and more have taken the streets across the country in solidarity. Liberation Radio thanks Rania Khalek, a journalist with Electronic Intifada, for the audio.


The movement that led to May Day

Listen now: Liz Lowengard, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in Washington, D.C., discusses the history of the May Day holiday, its creation at the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket Massacre, and its recent significance for immigrant workers and for the movement for socialism.


Akbar Muhammad fights terrorism charges in Guyana

Listen now: Akbar Muhammad, International Representative of the Nation of Islam, speaks about his arrest and multi-year persecution at the hands of the Guyanese government, which worked with the U.S. government to place false drug and terrorism charges on him. He has worked for many years with the poor Black and East Indian populations in the South American country, which has a long history as a Dutch and then British colony before gaining independence in 1966.


Defending Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution

Listen now: Gloria La Riva, a leading member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation who has visited Venezuela many times, explains the dangers facing the Bolivarian Revolution in the face of U.S. threats and how we can build effective solidarity in the wake of the struggle at the Summit of the Americas.


No rationing of capitalism in the California drought

Listen now: Karina Garcia, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in New York City, analyzes the current California drought, which is now in its fourth year and seemingly without an end in sight. She explains how the conservation measures promoted by politicians take away the blame from the real culprits: banks, corporations, big oil and gas, and agribusiness. This presentation was part of the PSL’s recent “We Need a New System” conference, which was held in Washington, D.C. on April 18.


The history of Kwame Nkrumah and his relevance today

Listen now: Eugene Puryear, a leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, commemorates the birthday of Kwame Nkrumah, who led Ghana to independence. Considered the “African Lenin,” Nkrumah advocated for Pan-Africanism and created the Organization of African Unity, while also promoting socialism and challenging the ideas of African socialism that did not sufficiently break with the colonial powers.


Cops and media lie about the murder of Walter Scott

Listen now: Sean Blackmon of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in Washington, D.C., and an organizer with D.C. Ferguson, speaks on the concerted lies of the cops and the media as well as the resulting protests in South Carolina following the police murder of Walter Scott. Blackmon analyzes the movement’s next steps in taking back the power from the racist police and the system that needs them.


The increasing U.S. role in the Saudi bombing of Yemen

Listen now: Jane Cutter, an editor of Liberation News and a leading member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, discusses the increased U.S. involvement in the Saudi bombing of Yemen, which began on March 25. She addresses the humanitarian costs of the bombing and the situation on the ground in the country.


The Red Nation calls historic march against racist violence in Gallup, N.M.

Listen now: The Red Nation stood up against the extreme atmosphere of racist violence in Gallup, N.M., in a historic march earlier this month. Hear the strong and courageous voices of the march organizers and participants who are fighting against racism and the continued legacy of colonialism.


The real goals of the United States in the nuclear agreement with Iran

Listen now: Eugene Puryear, a leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, provides an analysis of the U.S.-Iran nuclear agreement. After months of negotiations, the Obama administration and its wing of the ruling class have reached the conclusion that Iran, as a regional power, cannot be eliminated—both providing temporary relief for Iran from U.S. pressure and a realignment of U.S. relationships in the region.


A new generation struggles to free the Congo and Africa

Listen now: Ben Kabamba, one youth activist among many facing severe repression in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, speaks on the resistance movement in the final part of this series. Recently a mass grave of more than 400 bodies has been found, exemplifying the brutal repression in, and neo-colonial status of, one of the richest regions of Africa. For more information, visit friendsofthecongo.org.


Congo resistance leader on the liberation of the Congo and Africa

Listen now: Ben Kabamba, one of many activists affected in the continued crackdown against revolutionary student activists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, speaks on the resistance movement against neo-colonialism in the country. The Congo, the largest resource-rich country in Africa, has long been deemed key to the liberation of Africa. For more information, visit friendsofthecongo.org.


Civil war unfolds in Yemen with U.S. go-ahead

Listen now: Jane Cutter, an editor of Liberation News and a leading member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, details the forces behind the civil war unfolding in Yemen. Yemen is currently under bombing attacks by neighboring Saudi Arabia with the blessing of the U.S. imperialists. Ground troops from Saudi Arabia and Egypt may follow in a proxy war resulting from U.S. war and occupation in the region.


Imperialism in the 21st Century: an in-depth interview with the editor of the PSL’s new book

Listen now: Ben Becker, the editor of Imperialism in the 21st Century: Updating Lenin’s Theory a Century Later by PSL Publications, reviews the rationale to revisit Lenin’s work on imperialism in the wake of WWI and the validity of Lenin’s thesis 100 years later. Features of modern imperialism have some unique characteristics, but the war drive behind monopoly capitalism has remained essentially the same – and socialism is the only way to rid the world of imperialist war. Click here to order a copy of the book with free ground shipping.


Resistance against neo-colonialism in the Congo

Listen now: Ben Kabamba, one of many activists facing repression in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, provides updates on the resistance movement against neo-colonialism in the country. The resource-rich Congo is the largest African nation by size and fourth in population and has historically been a priority of the imperialists. For more information, visit friendsofthecongo.org.


Venezuelan President responds to Obama’s threat: “Imperialism will receive the biggest lesson”

Listen now: Danny Shaw with the ANSWER Coalition discusses Obama’s declaration that the Bolivarian government of Venezuela is “an extraordinary threat to the U.S. national security,” and the response of the Venezuelan people. The critical situation requires solidarity from the people of the U.S. to defend Venezuelan sovereignty.


Red Nation: New coalition of resistance stands up for Native rights

Listen now: Paige Murphy, an organizer with Red Nation and a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in Albuquerque, N.M., discusses the coalition’s campaigns for Native rights, including the current struggle to abolish Columbus Day in New Mexico and for the decolonization of Native land across the United States.


Black Lives Matter: fighting racism & militarization of the community

Listen now: Yasmina Mrabet with DC Ferguson discusses the effect recent police killings have had on the Black Lives Matter movement against racist police terror. Mrabet describes the efforts of the coalition to fight militarized policing in Washington, D.C.


The struggle for women’s liberation in the United States

Listen now: Elizabeth Perez of WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend) discusses the history of International Women’s Day, the recent fights and the continued struggle for women’s liberation. WORD is calling for or participating in many actions around International Women’s Day, which is March 8. View a list of events around the country by clicking here.


Free Maile Hampton!

Listen now: On February 25, Sacramento police arrested and charged activist Maile Hampton, a young Black woman, with felony “lynching.” After being held on $100,000 bail, Maile is now out of jail but faces the threat of four years in prison on the charges.