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PSL delegation reports on #BlackLivesMatter conference

Listen now: Eugene Puryear, a leading member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, reports on behalf of the PSL delegation that attended the recent #BlackLivesMatter conference in Cleveland, OH. He discusses the conference and the steps the movement must take to continue and ultimately win the struggle against police terror.

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Pure Food workers show example of fightback

Listen now: Karina Garcia of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in New York City speaks on the example of the workers at Pure Food and Wine who, when their boss closed up shop and skipped town with their wages, began to organize food sales themselves – showing the possibility of workers’ control and fightback in the face of profit-hungry business practices. On July 30th, the workers unanimously voted to unionize.

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Winning reforms and fighting for revolutionary change

Listen now: Brian Becker, a national leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, reviews the similarities and differences in tactics between reformist and revolutionary perspectives. While revolutionaries must fight for reforms, the revolutionary is distinct in making it clear who the class enemy is, and that it is the strength of the movement that wrestles concessions from them – as opposed to the reformist view that promotes the idea that the interests of the working and capitalist classes can be reconciled. This discussion will help organizers in understanding this key distinction that is key to winning revolutionary change.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Refinery workers strike for safety against Big Oil

Listen now: Jeff Bigelow, a long-time labor organizer and member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, provides information on the strike of thousands of oil workers that began on February 1. He reviews the primary causes for the struggle, including safety concerns, oil company use of non-labor contractual employees, and wages.

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D.C. public housing tenants fight for respect and their rights

Listen now: Schyla Pondexter-Moore, a public housing activist and organizer with Empower DC, explains the reality surrounding some myths about public housing residents and the urgent need for jobs for D.C. residents.

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The failed coup in Venezuela and the heightened need for international solidarity

Listen now: Gloria La Riva, a leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, discusses the recent coup attempt in Venezuela and the role of the U.S. government in this and prior coup attempts.

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Listen now: Ferguson and the growing movement against racist police terror, international issues from Iraq, Syria and Gaza to Cuba and the Ukraine, workers’ struggles for $15 Now and against the privatization of the postal service, the People’s Climate March, struggles of veterans against the war and much more — name a struggle in 2014 and Liberation Radio was there covering those engaged in fighting for change! Liberation Radio reviews 2014 as we begin another year of fightback!

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The struggle to save the U.S. Postal Service from privatization

Listen now: Despite a profitable balance sheet, the rich and their allies are pushing to privatize the U.S. Postal Service In January, processing facilities are earmarked for closure. Ken Lerch, President of NALC 3825 talks about the privatizations & struggle.

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Beneath the surface: An analysis of the real meaning of the midterm elections

Listen now: Eugene Puryear, candidate for D.C. Council At-Large on the D.C. Statehood Green Party ticket, discusses the meaning of low voter turnout in the mid-term elections and the interest of voters in progressive issues like increasing the minimum wage.

Listen now: Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice and prominent Civil Rights and Civil Liberties attorney examines the Supreme Courts recent Hobby Lobby ruling attacking Women’s rights.

Listen now: Jeff Bigelow, veteran trade-union organizer and Party for Socialism and Liberation member examines the Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn and discusses its implications for the labor movement.

Listen now: Sarah Sloan, member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, discusses the importance of the anti-war struggle to the socialist movement, and the fight against a new Iraq war.

Listen now: Meghan Murphy of Feminist Current explores the killings in California by Elliot Rodger against a larger backdrop of misogyny, violence and sexism. (We featured an edited version of the interview on our show; for the full interview, click here.)

Listen now: Walter Smolarek of the ANSWER Coalition looks at the rise of anti-immigrant, ultranationalist and neo-fascist parties in Europe, many of which have seen electoral victories, and the economic crisis that has given them life.

Listen now: Jessie Farine of Liberation Radio has brought listeners ongoing reporting from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center struggle by UPMC workers. This week, he interviews three staffers who held a fast to draw attention to the labor movement.

Listen now: Ronnie Rodriguez with 15 Now, an organization fighting in Seattle for a $15/hr minimum wage, discusses the movement of low-wage workers and the struggle in Seattle that has gained national attention.

Listen now: Heather Benno of WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend) gives an update on the fight to free Marissa Alexander, including upcoming actions.

Listen now: Eugene Puryear, writer and editor at Liberation News, discusses the recent elections in India and South Africa, what to expect going forward in both countries, and the broader context of what’s happening in the developing world.