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Fear, racism and the Trump campaign

Listen now: Karina Garcia, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in New York City, speaks to the role that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign plays for the ruling class. She reviews his racist demagoguery against Latino people in particular, his program of American exceptionalism, and how although some are swayed by this, the majority are seeking real alternatives to the issues faced by working people.

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The meaning of the upcoming Greek elections

Listen now: Walter Smolarek, a regular contributor to Liberation News, discusses the upcoming elections in Greece, the split within SYRIZA and how it may play out, and the continued struggle of the Greek people against austerity.

Listen now: Richard Becker, author of “Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire,” discusses Israel’s assault on Gaza and the role of the U.S. government in enabling the criminal war.

Listen now: Attorney Heather Benno analyzes the attacks on undocumented children entering the United States, the anti-immigrant spin, and how the Obama administration and Congress dodge demands for full immigrant rights.

Listen now: Brian Becker of the ANSWER Coalition addresses the recent Crimea vote to break away from Ukraine and the West’s response to its stand against fascism.

Listen now: Attorney Heather Benno reports on recent hunger strikes at immigration detention facilities in Washington and Texas, and the struggle for immigrant justice today.

Listen now: Liberation Radio’s Rene Ruiz covers a Sacramento demonstration against California’s soaring rent costs and renters’ rights. The state has seen some of country’s most costly rents with few affordable housing options.

Listen now: Immigrant rights activist Blanca Hernandez chained herself to the ICE office in Washington, D.C., as part of nationwide protests against deportations. She speaks to Liberation Radio about the movement for immigrant justice.

Listen now: PSL activist Mike Chrisemer shares the voices of workers impacted by the holiday closing of a Queens, N.Y., grocery store with no notice given as workers were locked out in freezing temperatures. Workers rallied and told their stories.

Listen now: Liberation Radio’s Rene Ruiz reports on the fast-food worker protests for a living wage that swept the United States in December, including those struggling to make ends meet, their supporters and others fighting for better wages.

Listen now: ANSWER Coalition organizer Eugene Puryear looks at the imminent federal government shutdown and the questions raised by the politicians’ failure to address poverty, unemployment and lack of health care.

Listen now: Juan Jose Gutierrez, co-founder of the Full Human Rights for Immigrants Coalition, discusses the Oct. 5 National Day of Dignity and Respect demanding immigrant rights in over 100 cities, and the Oct. 8 massive rally and concert in Washington, D.C.

Listen now: PSL member Caneisha Mills talks about the battle over funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and how 47 million people, including 22 million children, could find themselves facing even greater food insecurity.

Listen now: Immigration attorney and WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend) activist Heather Benno discusses a recent Unity Rally for Immigrant Rights at the White House and the continued urgency of the struggle for full equality for immigrants.

Listen now: PSL member and activist Mazda Majidi analyzes Washington’s orientation toward the brutal crackdown in Egypt, and the threat posed to the Egyptian revolutionary movement by the military’s tightening grip.

Listen now: Iraq war veteran and March Forward! co-founder Mike Prysner looks at the sentencing of Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, and its potentially chilling effect on those seeking to expose U.S. war crimes.

  • Iraq war veteran and March Forward! co-founder Mike Prysner speaks on the conviction of Bradley Manning for exposing U.S. war crimes – what is next for the movement fighting for Manning’s freedom? 
  • Yajaira Saavedra, sister of the DREAM 9’s Marco Saavedra, speaks about the nine youth who self deported as part of the fight for immigrant rights, and the wave of activism among young Latinos sparked by their case.
  • PSL member and community organizer Shawn Garcia talks about the attacks on public housing in New York City in the wake of budget sequester cuts that are putting poor and working people at risk of losing their homes.
  • Civil rights attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, explores the Obama administration’s decision to not read Miranda rights to the Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for several days, and analyzes its significance in the context of the government’s efforts to eliminate or reduce basic constitutional protections and increase police powers.
  • As thousands prepare to rally across the country for immigrant rights, immigration and civil rights attorney Heather Benno discusses the proposed immigration reform bill. While providing some relief, the bill shows that U.S. corporate interests still trump fundamental rights for immigrants.
  • ANSWER Coalition organizer Douglas Kauffman talks about the fight for justice for Jose de la Trinidad, a 36-year-old Latino man executed in cold blood by Los Angeles police, and the larger struggle against systemic police brutality.

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.