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Introducing the Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee

Listen now: Gloria La Riva, who long served as the National Coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, introduces the Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee. With the release of all of the Cuban Five last December, the National Committee is transforming to form a new organization to build solidarity and support for Cuba and Venezuela in the United States.

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Eyewitness Venezuela: Millions vote in socialist primary elections

Listen now: Karla Reyes, a teacher in New York City and a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, talks about her recent trip to Venezuela where she joined international observers during the primaries for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). Millions cast votes for PSUV leaders, showing the growing force of the PSUV as an organization and the revolutionary process within Venezuelan society.

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Iran beats imperialist-imposed sanctions!

Listen now: Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, reviews the historic and comprehensive lifting of all U.N. Security Council sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear program, including steps on access to resources in areas of trade, technology, finance and energy. The dangers of imperialist designs to dominate Iran continue, but this victory is a tremendous reprieve for the people of Iran to develop their country without bearing the hardship of sanctions.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Listen now: Party for Socialism and Liberation’s Gloria La Riva exposes the violence of the right-wing opposition in Venezuela and attempts by the capitalist class to destabilize President Nicolas Maduro’s administration.

Listen now: Attorney Radhika Miller analyzes the campaign to raise the minimum wage that is sweeping the country. Miller explores why simply raising the wage is not enough for working people.

Listen now: Journalist Kanya D’Almeida, who recently wrote about the skyrocketing number of elderly women and men behind bars, examines why many states are facing a human rights crisis because many institutions were never equipped to care for aging inmates.

Listen now: Gloria La Riva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation reports on the ongoing right-wing unrest in Venezuela and the fight for the country’s future as the first anniversary of President Hugo Chavez’s death nears.

Listen now: Shesheena Bray of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home discusses the Justice Department nomination of an attorney who worked on Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case and how the Fraternal Order of Police and allies are attempting to attack him.

Listen now: Native American activist Jacqueline Keeler of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, an online organizing group, shares how the activists went from meeting to Twitter to taking their demands to the Super Bowl, and implications for building campaigns.

  • Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), reports on continuing U.S. aggression against North Korea six decades after the end of fighting in the Korean War. Becker recently attended a symposium in North Korea with former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
  • Latin America solidarity activist Gloria La Riva speaks on developments in Venezuela since the death of President Hugo Chávez. La Riva attended a Cuba-Venezuela solidarity conference in Caracas this July.
  • PSL member Jane Cutter reports from Seattle on the struggle of fast-food workers who are mobilizing there and across the United States for fair pay and the right to unionize. What is at stake, and how can workers win?
  • Eugene Puryear reports on the April 13 White House Rally and March to demand “U.S. drones out of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and everywhere.” Actions took place across the country in solidarity with the Washington, D.C., protest organized by the ANSWER Coalition to oppose drone technology that has already killed more than 5,000 people abroad and is now being used to conduct surveillance at home.
  • Latin America solidarity activist Gloria La Riva discusses CIA intervention in Venezuela and the agency’s possible involvement in operations targeting late President Hugo Chávez. The CIA recently responded to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund neither confirming nor denying knowledge or participation in a plot to poison or assassinate Chávez by any other means.
  • Iraq war veteran and March Forward! member Kevin Baker talks about an outreach campaign to bring a simple message to Fort Hood soldiers: “You don’t have to go to Afghanistan.” Led by a team of Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam veterans, active-duty soldiers and military families, the campaign comes just ahead of a May deployment of troops from Fort Hood to Afghanistan.
  • 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.