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- Workers Strike in Over 300 Cities in Record Fight for $15 Action
- Sanders, Clinton Spar over Minimum Wage at Brooklyn Democratic Debate
- 1,000 Protest Trump in NYC; 2 Democracy Now! Videographers Arrested
- Trump Campaign Manager to Avoid Prosecution for Battery
- Brazil's Supreme Court Rejects Bid by President Rousseff to Avoid Impeachment Vote
- GOP Senator Calls for Reopening U.S. Military Base on Puerto Rico's Vieques Island
- Report: UC Davis Spent $175,000 Trying to Scrub Reports on 2011 Pepper-Spraying of Students
- Dozens Arrested as UMass Amherst Students Demand Fossil Fuel Divestment
- Microsoft Sues DOJ for Right to Inform Users of Spying
- Canadian PM Introduces Bill to Allow Doctor-Assisted Suicide
- Activists Occupy Canadian Gov't Offices to Demand Action on First Nations Suicides
- Mexican Woman Crosses Border with U.S. Citizen Children to Reunite Family
- Mexican Soldiers Charged in Torture; Witness Says Federal Police Present as 43 Students Disappeared
Stanford University students are demanding change in faculty diversity. Stanford’s faculty is 73 percent white and 73 percent male, while less than half the undergraduate student body is white. The student diversity effort, called Who’s Teaching Us?, grew out of Stanford’s Asian American Activism Committee in 2014 when the Stanford English Department denied tenure to a queer Asian-American scholar, a trusted mentor among the student community. The movement has since expanded to include all students of color and marginalized identities. Who’s Teaching Us? recently issued a list of 25 demands to the administration, including increased diversity among faculty and the curriculum, residential space and other programs that meet the needs of students of color, and divestment from institutions that harm marginalized communities. We speak to Stanford student Maya Odei and LaDoris Cordell, a retired superior court judge who spent 19 years on the bench in Santa Clara County in California. She is former assistant dean at Stanford Law School and former vice provost of Stanford University.
A federal judge in Oregon has rejected an attempt by the U.S. government to dismiss a landmark lawsuit over the government’s failure to take necessary action to curtail fossil fuel emissions. The lawsuit was filed by Our Children’s Trust on behalf of 21 young people—all under the age of 21. They argue that the federal government is violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by enabling continued exploitation, production and combustion of fossil fuels. In his ruling, Judge Thomas Coffin wrote, "If the allegations in the complaint are to be believed, the failure to regulate the emissions has resulted in a danger of constitutional proportions to the public health." We speak to plaintiff Aji Piper, a 15-year-old 10th grader, and Julia Olson, executive director and chief legal counsel for Our Children’s Trust, which filed the lawsuit.
As Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders prepare for tonight’s debate in Brooklyn, one issue expected to come up is the Israel-Palestine conflict. New York state, which holds its primary on Tuesday, is home to the largest Jewish population in the world outside of Israel. Sanders made headlines recently when he mistakenly told the New York Daily News editorial board that 10,000 civilians died in Israel’s assault on Gaza. Sanders said, "I don’t remember the figures, but my recollection is over 10,000 innocent people were killed in Gaza. Does that sound right?" According to the United Nations, the actual civilian death toll was at least 1,473. Last week, former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, who now serves in the Israeli Knesset, said Bernie Sanders owes Israel an apology. Oren accused Sanders of a blood libel. A blood libel is a false, centuries-old allegation that Jews were killing children to use their blood in religious rituals. During a recent CNN interview, Sanders described Israel’s response in Gaza as "disproportionate." Clinton defended Israel’s actions, saying, "When you are being attacked, with rockets raining down on your people, and your soldiers are under attack, you have to respond."
- 100 Arrested at "Democracy Spring" Protests Against Money in Politics
- 36,000 Verizon Workers Walk Off Job in One of Largest U.S. Strikes in Years
- NYC: Verizon Workers Among 27,000 at Sanders Rally in Washington Square Park
- Occupied Wall Street Journal Returns with Pro-Sanders Edition
- Pittsburgh: Hundreds of Anti-Trump Protesters Clash with Supporters
- Trump: Democratic & GOP Nomination Processes are "Rigged"
- Regulators Warn 5 Major U.S. Banks are Too Big to Fail
- Zika's Link to Microcephaly Confirmed; White House Says Congress Has Failed to Act
- Peabody Energy, World's Largest Private-Sector Coal Firm, Files for Bankruptcy
- Former Senator Gets Call from White House on Secret "28 Pages" About Possible Saudi Role in 9/11
- Report Finds Rampant Racism in Chicago Police Department
- Protesters Call for Thorough Investigation of "Panama Papers" Law Firm
- Report: FBI Sought to Break Encryption Used by Animal Rights Activists 10 Years Ago
- Journalist Matthew Keys Sentenced to 2 Years for Sharing Login Info with Anonymous
On Monday, John Kerry became the first secretary of state to visit Hiroshima, the Japanese city destroyed by a U.S. nuclear bomb on August 6, 1945. Three days after the Hiroshima bombing, the U.S. dropped another nuclear bomb on the city of Nagasaki. Hundreds of thousands were killed. The United States is the only country ever to drop an atomic bomb. Kerry offered no apology for the U.S. nuclear attack but called for "a world free from nuclear weapons." Despite his remarks, the Obama administration has been quietly upgrading its nuclear arsenal to create smaller, more precise nuclear bombs as part of a massive effort that will cost up to $1 trillion over three decades. We speak to Marylia Kelley. Her group, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, just published a report titled "Trillion Dollar Trainwreck: Out-of-control U.S. nuclear weapons programs accelerate spending, proliferation, health and safety risks."
By the time the next president takes office in January, U.S. troops will have been in Afghanistan for over 15 years. It is already the longest war in U.S. history. Just last week, local authorities said U.S. drone strikes killed 17 civilians. According to the United Nations, the number of civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan has risen to a record high for the seventh year in a row amid violent attacks by the Taliban and the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The United Nations said more than 3,500 civilians were killed and more than 7,400 wounded in 2015. More than 2.5 million Afghans are living abroad as refugees. Many have attempted to make it to Europe, where country after country has closed its borders to new refugees. A controversial new EU-Turkey plan has just taken effect calling for all newly arriving refugees to be deported back to Turkey. What role should the United States be playing in resettling refugees from Afghanistan? We speak to Stanford professor Robert Crews, author of a recent piece in Foreign Policy titled "America’s Afghan Refugee Crisis."
As Hillary Clinton seeks to defend her role in the 2009 Honduras coup, we speak with Dana Frank, an expert on human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras. "This is breathtaking that she’d say these things. I think we’re all kind of reeling that she would both defend the coup and defend her own role in supporting its stabilization in the aftermath," Frank says. "I want to make sure that the listeners understand how chilling it is that a leading presidential candidate in the United States would say this was not a coup. … She’s baldly lying when she says we never called it a coup."
With the New York primary less than a week away, the race for the Democratic nomination continues to heat up. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will meet Thursday in Brooklyn for their first debate in over a month. We begin today’s show looking at Hillary Clinton and Honduras. Earlier this week, the former secretary of state publicly defended her role in the 2009 coup in Honduras that ousted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. Since the coup, Honduras has become one of the most violent places in the world. Clinton was asked about Honduras during a meeting with the New York Daily News editorial board on Saturday. The question was posed by Democracy Now!’s own Juan González.
- 85 More Arrested in "Democracy Spring"; Corporate Media Ignores Protests
- Nearly 40,000 Verizon Workers Go on Strike Along East Coast
- North Carolina Governor Issues Order After Protests Against Anti-LGBT Law
- Report: CIA Has Drafted "Plan B" to Arm Syrian Rebels
- Muslim Man Arrested in Possible Entrapment Case Attempts Suicide Behind Bars
- House Speaker Paul Ryan: "Count Me Out" for GOP Presidential Nomination
- Colorado Democrats Miscounted Caucus Results, Costing Sanders 1 Delegate
- Georgia Executes Black Prisoner Despite Claims of Disability, Juror's Bias
- Al Jazeera America Channel Goes Dark; 700 Lose Jobs
We look at the case of Alex Nieto, a 28-year-old Latino man fatally shot by San Francisco police in March 2014. The police officers accused in the killing claimed that Nieto pointed a stun gun at them, which they mistook for a pistol. Officers Richard Schiff, Nathan Chew, Roger Morse and Lt. Jason Sawyer fired dozens of shots at Nieto. According to the medical examiner, he was hit by at least 10 bullets. Last month, a jury unanimously found that the police did not use excessive force in responding to Nieto. Nieto’s family had filed a federal wrongful death civil lawsuit in August 2014, arguing in court that Nieto did not act aggressively and was carrying the weapon for his job as a security guard. We speak with Adriana Camarena, a writer, community advocate and co-founder of the Justice for Alex Nieto Coalition; and author Rebecca Solnit, who wrote a piece for The Guardian headlined "Death by gentrification: the killing that shamed San Francisco." Camarena also talks about last week’s San Francisco police killing of a homeless man, Luis Gongora, within 30 seconds of their arrival.
The Intercept’s Lee Fang discusses his recent exposé on how In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the Central Intelligence Agency, is funding the manufacturer of Clearista, a popular beauty product. Clearista’s parent company, Skincential Sciences, has developed a patented technology that removes a thin outer layer of the skin, revealing unique biomarkers that can be used for a variety of diagnostic tests, including DNA collection.
We continue our coverage of Democracy Spring and the influence of dark money in the presidential elections with Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept focusing on the intersection of money and politics. He has revealed that several of the Democrats’ superdelegates now work as lobbyists for banks, oil companies, foreign governments and payday lenders, among other special interests. In a close race, these superdelegates could determine the party’s nominee.
More than 400 people were arrested Monday in a massive sit-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest the influence of big money and corporate lobbying in politics. The protest, organized under the name Democracy Spring, brought together activists from about 140 organizations who marched from Philadelphia to Washington last week. Similar acts of civil disobedience are scheduled throughout the week in Washington. We speak to Kai Newkirk, campaign director of Democracy Spring and co-founder and an organizer with 99Rise. He was arrested yesterday in the action at the U.S. Capitol.
- 400 Arrested in "Democracy Spring" Sit-in Against Big Money in Politics
- Sanders Calls for National Fracking Ban; Clinton Attacks Him on Gun Control
- Donald Trump: Delegate System is "Rigged"
- U.N. Agency Condemns Use of Tear Gas on Refugees Stranded in Greece
- U.S. "Very, Very Concerned" About Increase in Syria Violence
- Israel Acknowledges Launching Dozens of Strikes in Syria
- Brazil: Congressional Panel Recommends Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff
- Peru Faces Runoff Between 2 Right-Wing Presidential Candidates
- Anti-Drug War Caravan Arrives in Mexico from Honduras
- Canada: First Nations Community Declares Emergency over Suicide Attempts
- Goldman Sachs Agrees to $5 Billion "Non-Punishment" over Role in 2008 Crisis
- Bryan Adams Cancels Concert in Mississippi over Anti-LGBT Law
- Chicago Aldermen OK $6.5 Million Payments over 2 Deaths in Police Custody
- South Carolina: Officer Avoids Jail Time After Killing Motorist in His Driveway
As Secretary of State John Kerry visits Hiroshima, Japan, site of the 1945 U.S. nuclear attack which killed 140,000 people, most of them civilians, we turn to another choice the United States made during its fight against Japan in World War II—the decision to imprison 120,000 Japanese Americans in internment camps across the U.S.—and ask: Could something like this happen again? The 2016 presidential campaign has been marked by calls from Republican candidates to create a database of all American Muslims and to have the police patrol Muslim neighborhoods. Cruz’s proposals came after Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump told Time magazine last year he did not know if he would have supported or opposed Japanese-American internment camps had he been a leader during World War II. We speak with Richard Reeves, an award-winning journalist and the best-selling author of several books, most recently, "Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II," and with Karen Ishizuka, a third-generation American of Japanese descent. She was the curator of the nationwide exhibit called “America’s Concentration Camps: Remembering the Japanese-American Experience.” Her latest book is titled "Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties."
Prosecutors in Los Angeles are determining whether to retry six Black Lives Matter activists whose trial recently ended in a hung jury. The six face misdemeanor charges for barricading the 101 freeway in Los Angeles in November 2014. That action was in response to the non-indictment of former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown three months earlier. Activist Rosa Clemente was also tried but was acquitted. Supporters say the prosecution is part of a larger effort by the LAPD and City Attorney’s Office targeting Black Lives Matter activists in Los Angeles. Melina Abdullah, an organizer with Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, describes how many protesters facing charges were under surveillance and how some had letters sent to their homes from the LAPD and the U.S. Justice Department. Abdullah is professor and chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. We also speak with Nana Gyamfi, a criminal defense and human rights attorney who represents Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles.
The Black Lives Matter movement continues to shake up the race to the White House. On Thursday, activists in Philadelphia disrupted a speech by former President Bill Clinton, who was campaigning on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The activists called out the Clintons for their support for the 1994 crime bill, which led to a massive expansion of incarceration in the United States, and Hillary Clinton’s 1996 comments that some youth were "superpredators." In response, Bill Clinton defended Hillary Clinton’s use of the term "superpredators" and accused the activists of defending criminals. We speak to Melina Abdullah, an organizer with Black Lives Matter in Los Angeles. "[Bill Clinton] is very good at ... distracting us from how systems create these conditions," says Abdullah. "They act as if the young folks who wind up committing crimes … as if they weren’t human beings. This term 'superpredator' dehumanizes our children."
- Macedonian Police Fire Tear Gas & Rubber Bullets at Refugees
- Sanders Wins Wyoming Caucus; Invited to Speak at Vatican
- Clinton: "New York Values are Really Good for America"
- Jimmy Carter: Clinton Took "Very Little Action to Bring About Peace" as Sec. of State
- John Kerry Visits Hiroshima But Offers No Apology for U.S. Atomic Bombing
- Obama Admits Handling of Libya was Worst Mistake of Presidency
- Fallout from Panama Papers Leak Spreads from U.K. to Malta to El Salvador
- Nuit Debout: Nightly Labor Protests Continue in France
- Prosecutors: Former GOP House Speaker Hastert Molested At Least Five Boys
- Colombia Marks National Day of Memory and Solidarity with the Victims
- Judge: Youth Activists Can Sue U.S. Government in Landmark Climate Lawsuit
- Bruce Springsteen Cancels NC Concert to Protest Anti-LGBT HB 2 Law
- Democracy Spring: Thousands Pledge to Risk Arrest to Protest Corruption
- Boston Globe Runs Satirical Anti-Trump Cover