rsz_bill_ayers_nlg

Bill Ayers on education, Black Lives Matter and the struggle today

Listen now: Bill Ayers, retired professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and lifelong activist against racism and war, discusses a number of current topics, including the Black Lives Matter movement against racist police terror and his work in fighting for education reform.

greece.si-thumb

Greek people say “no” to austerity

Listen nowWalter Smolarek, a regular contributor to Liberation News, discusses the recent referendum in Greece, where more than 60 percent of voters said “No” to submitting to a brutal austerity package. He analyzes what the “No” vote means, and the possible next steps for SYRIZA (the Coalition of the Radical Left), and the Greek people.

corinthian

Pushing back against student loan debt

Listen now: In the second of a two-part interview, Alexis Goldstein of Strike Debt concludes her assessment of the growing movement of and support for students struggling with loan debt from educational institutions that never granted them degrees, and for degreed students who cannot afford to pay back loans due to lack of opportunity. Trade union leaders, pro-education Congressmembers and others are signing on to this movement to push back against the largest debt in the country – student debt.

IMG_5892-e1435597515468-300x300

Struggle won the same-sex marriage victory

Listen now: Preston Wood, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in Los Angeles, discusses the recent Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage legal in the United States and how militant struggle brought the ruling from a seeming impossibility just a few years ago to a reality today.

rsz_100853-full

Student loan “Strike Debt” movement gains momentum

Listen now: In part one of her interview with Liberation Radio, Alexis Goldstein of Strike Debt speaks on the growing movement of and support for students struggling with loan debt from educational institutions that never granted them degrees, and for degreed students who cannot afford to pay back loans due to lack of opportunity. Trade union leaders, pro-education Congressmembers and others are signing on to this movement to push back against the largest debt in the country – student debt.

Listen now: Mazda Majidi of Liberation newspaper’s editorial board addresses the ongoing insurgency in Iraq and U.S. efforts to leverage a variety of forces, including competing interests in Iran, to stave off a collapse created by imperialism.

Listen now: Activist and teacher Nathalie Hrizi discusses the recent California court ruling that sided with conservative interests in dismantling tenure and hiring protections for the state’s public school teachers. What will be the impact on education?

  • Gerry Condon of Veterans for Peace and the Bradley Manning Support Network discusses efforts by the government to shut out the public from the politically charged trial of whistleblower Bradley Manning, who faces a life sentence for heroically exposing U.S. war crimes. For more information on the Bradley Manning case, visit www.BradleyManning.org.
  • PSL member and queer and trans rights activist Jac Mautner discusses organizing efforts against anti-LGBT bigotry in the aftermath of the killing of Mark Carson. The murder of the 32-year-old gay man is the latest episode in a series of incidents of anti-LGBT harassment and violence in Manhattan.
  • Student debt expert and ANSWER Coalition organizer Radhika Miller discusses the dire crisis faced by U.S. students who collectively owe $1 trillion and could see their student load interest rates double this summer. Why does education come at such a high price in the richest country in the world?
  • 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.