• Peta Lindsay of WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend) reports back from the California Statewide Unity March Against Police Brutality. Led by the families of more than 30 victims of police violence, the Anaheim demonstration connected the dots between police killings and the racist “not guilty” verdict of George Zimmerman, denouncing the complicit role of police and the courts in the systemic oppression of Black and Latino communities.
  • Party for Socialism and Liberation organizer Mazda Majidi analyzes the class contradictions within the unfolding Egyptian revolution. What is the agenda of the Egyptian military following its ouster of Mohamed Morsi, and what is needed now to push the revolution forward?
  • As Texas enacts harsh restrictions on abortion, reproductive rights activist and PSL member Karina Garcia discusses how the war on women hits poor women of color the hardest, and why the fight for reproductive rights cannot be separated from the fight against racism and economic inequality.
  • Party for Socialism and Liberation member and ANSWER Coalition organizer Eugene Puryear speaks about the fight for justice for Trayvon Martin. The Party for Socialism and Liberation and the ANSWER Coalition immediately took to the streets with others on Saturday and Sunday to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the racist, cold-blood murder of Martin. A video of the July 13 San Francisco emergency demonstration is available below.
  • Danielle Norwood, an organizer with WORD (Women Organized to Resister and Defend), speaks on the fight against anti-abortion legislation in Texas, which has now passed the state legislature following mass protests and a nationally publicized filibuster. What is the context of the Texas struggle, and what do the new restriction in Texas mean for women’s rights elsewhere?
  • PSL member and activist Gloria La Riva discusses Latin America’s united display of solidarity with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua all offered asylum to Snowden, and Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Uruguay are withdrawing their envoys from France, Italy, Spain and Portugal for closing their airspace to Bolivian President Evo Morales while falsely suggesting Morales might be transporting Snowden in his presidential plane.

Watch video: Emergency demonstration in San Francisco following the racist acquittal of George Zimmerman, Saturday, July 13.

  • Gerry Condon of the Bradley Manning Support Network and Veterans for Peace discusses the opening days of the trial of Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning, who is fighting for his freedom for courageously exposing U.S. war crimes. Why are whistleblowers such as Manning and now Edward Snowden facing persecution when the public hails them as heroes? Is the role of a military court to bring justice — or carry out the Pentagon’s agenda?
  • Dr. Jared Ball tackles what has been presented of Malcolm X by various quarters, especially in the form of the late Manning Marable’s controversial biography which Dr. Ball critiques in his book “A Lie of Reinvention.” Dr. Ball, a professor at Morgan State University and producer/host of the “Super Funky Soul Power Hour” on WPFW Pacifica Radio in Washington, D.C., says efforts to strip Malcolm X of his radical politics have been underway for years, and that the battle for that history should concern everyone.
  • Nathalie Hrizi, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and an activist with WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend), speaks on the wave of attacks against women from legislative attempts to roll back womens’ rights to commentary in the news and online sources brazenly justifying sexual assault. What is the role of capitalism in holding back the women’s movement, and how can this be overcome?
  • Speaking shortly before Israeli airstrikes on Syria and revelations by a UN commission that the Syrian opposition may have used sarin gas, Richard Becker of the ANSWER Coalition analyzes U.S. strategy in Syria and the political motives behind unsubstantiated allegations that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the conflict.
  • As the Obama administration maneuvers to restrict women’s access to emergency contraception, Partnership for Civil Justice Fund attorney Andrea Costello comments on recent legal developments and what’s at stake. The PCJF 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.
  • Iranian activist Mazda Majidi looks at the history of imperialist intervention in Iran as that country fights for its sovereignty and the right to develop a nuclear energy program even as it faces crippling sanctions.
  • 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.
  • Danielle Norwood of WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend) speaks on efforts to push back new “fetal heatbeat” abortion bans, an effort by lawmakers in North Dakota, Arkansas and beyond to tear apart Roe v. Wade and effectively deny women the right to choose.
  • Union organizer Jeff Bigelow analyses the recent contract victory for Illinois state workers. What were the challenges faced by the union, and how did this help shape its tactics?
  • Student organizer Walter Smolarek explores the details of coming sequester cuts. From furloughs to deep cuts social programs, the devastating impact of this bipartisan attack on poor and working people is only beginning to be felt.
  • 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.

On the sequester debate, Republicans and Democrats were united on one thing: Let workers pay the price. As the politicians calmly agreed to disagree and let the sequester deadline pass, student organizer Walter Smolarek breaks down the impact of the automatic cuts on workers — cuts conceived not by the Republicans, but by the Obama administration. You can read an analysis of the sequester by Smolarek on LiberationNews.org.

International Women’s Day will be marked by militant actions across the country on March 7-10. Karina Garcia, an activist with Women Organized to Resist and Defend (WORD), discusses the attacks on women and what must be done to strengthen the movement for women’s rights.

Rain didn’t stop hundreds of demonstrators from taking to the streets of New York City to challenge police brutality. March organizer Kerbie Joseph talks about what brought people out to take a stand against the attacks on their communities perpetrated by the cops, and the growing movement to combat police brutality.

Afghanistan’s Karzai government recently announced its decision to ban U.S. operations in certain regions of the country. What does that reveal about the balance of forces in Afghanistan? What is driving U.S. strategy in the ongoing occupation that continues to take lives of Afghans as well as U.S. soldiers? Iraq war veteran Michael Prysner, co-founder of March Forward!, analyzes the latest developments.

Despite having its permit revoked for a large-scale Speak-out of the Unemployed for Jobs and Justice at Freedom Plaza during the Presidential Inaugural Parade, the ANSWER Coalition organized to get its message out all over the parade route in Washington, D.C., yesterday. Speaking to Liberation Radio shortly before this successful action honoring Dr. King’s legacy of organization and mobilization, ANSWER’s National Coordinator Brian Becker discusses the coordinated efforts by the National Park Service and the Presidential Inaugural Committee to silence the voices of the unemployed and replace them with corporate donors.

As French bombs rain over Mali, Eugene Puryear explains the real motives behind the intervention by Mali’s former colonial masters, what is at stake for the people of Mali and Africa as a whole, and the importance of opposing this latest act of imperialist aggression.

A growing number of women and their supporters are mobilizing for major actions on March 8 and 9 to say: “Stop violence against women everywhere!” Danielle Norwood, an organizer with Women Organized to Resist and Defend (WORD), discusses the significance of these mobilizations in the context of the recent upsurge of struggle around violence against women and what is truly needed to advance women’s rights.

Brutal rape cases in New Delhi, India and Steubenville, Ohio have made international headlines and drawn thousands to protest violence against women. Nathalie Hrizi of Women Organized to Resist and Defend talks about the incidents, feminism and building an new, militant movement for women’s rights.

ALSO: The fiscal cliff settlement has paved the way for a Congressional “battle” where Democrats and Republicans will once again join forces in March to make workers pay for the economic crisis with deep cuts to many basic services, including Medicaid, Medicare and financial aid for college students. Student organizer Walter Smolarek discusses the recent deal, the stakes for workers in the coming round of attacks and what we must do to fight back.