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"ICE Is Sending Us a Message": Activist Maru Mora Villalpando on Being Targeted for Deportation
We end today's show with undocumented activist Maru Mora Villalpando. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed her in deportation proceedings, in a move she calls retaliation for her political activism. Maru is a nationally known immigrant rights activist who leads the organization, Northwest Detention Center Resistance. She has engaged in multiple acts of civil disobedience to protest deportations and immigrant detentions. She says, only days before Christmas, she received a "Notice to Appear." She writes, "With the letter delivered to my house, ICE has officially made the leap from a law enforcement agency to a political repression agency, crossing a line that should concern us all." Maru has lived in the U.S. for more than 25 years.
Is ICE Targeting Immigration Activists? Family Members of Detained & Deported Leaders Speak Out
Ravi Ragbir, the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, was detained on Thursday when he went to his check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Ravi's detention sparked a peaceful protest that was met with police violence. Police arrested 18 people, including members of the New York City Council. He is now being held in Florida and faces deportation. We speak with his wife Amy Gottlieb, a longtime immigrant rights advocate with the American Friends Service Committee.
NYC Immigration Activist Jean Montrevil Speaks Out After Deportation to Haiti: "My Heart Is Broken"
On Tuesday, immigrant rights leader Jean Montrevil was deported to Haiti after residing in the United States for over three decades. He came to the U.S. from Haiti with a green card in 1986 at the age of 17. During the height of the crack epidemic, he was convicted of possession of cocaine and sentenced to 11 years in prison. He served that time. Upon his release, he married a U.S. citizen, had four children, became a successful small businessman, as well as an immigrant rights activist. He has had no further interaction with the criminal justice system. Joining us from Haiti is Jean Montrevil, who was deported to Haiti on Tuesday. We are also joined by Jani Cauthen, Jean's former wife and the mother of three of his children.
New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams: Civil Disobedience Is Needed to Protect Immigrants
New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams was arrested last Thursday along with fellow City Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez and 16 others as they and others attempted to block an ambulance being used to transport Ravi Ragbir to detention last week. Speaking at Judson Memorial Church, Williams talked about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's inspiration and the need for civil disobedience.
"Letter from an Immigration Jail": Hear the Words of Detained Immigrant Leader Ravi Ragbir
On Martin Luther King Day here in New York City, hundreds gathered to oppose the detention of local activist Ravi Ragbir, who was detained last week when he went to his check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Ragbir is executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, and he helped pioneer the accompaniment program for thousands of others who face similar check-ins. Ravi's detention sparked a peaceful protest that was met with police violence. Police arrested 18 people, including members of the New York City Council. Ravi legally immigrated to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago more than 25 years ago, but a 2001 wire fraud conviction made his green card subject to review. Even though he is married to a U.S. citizen and has a U.S.-born daughter, the government refused to normalize his status. Just a week prior, Jean Montrevil, another leader with the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC, was detained outside of his home. He was deported to Haiti on Tuesday. On Monday, hundreds circled Washington Square Park in a Jericho walk and then gathered at Judson Memorial Church to show support for Ravi and Jean. Rhiya Trivedi, a member of Ravi Ragbir's defense committee, read a letter from Ravi.
Headlines for January 17, 2018
NYT: Pentagon Proposes Widening Permissible Use of Nuclear Weapons, Lawmakers Face Showdown over DACA & Budget, DHS Secretary Denies Hearing Trump's Racist Comment About "Shithole Countries", Mueller Subpoenas Steve Bannon as Part of Widening Probe, White House Doctor Says Trump is in Good Health, Senate Moves to Extend NSA Warrantless Surveillance Program , Trump Admin Withholds $65 Million of Funding for U.N. Palestinian Agency, UNICEF: At Least 5,000 Children Killed or Wounded in Yemen Since 2015, DOJ: Former CIA Agent Suspected of Working with China Has Been Arrested, China: Democracy Activist Sentenced to Prison for 2014 Hong Kong Protests, Philippines: Journalists Decry Gov't Crackdown Against News Outlet Rappler, Majority of National Park Service Advisory Board Resigns, L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Charged with Running Drug Trafficking Scheme, Wisconsin: Democrats Flip State Senate District, Chile: Pope Francis Apologizes for "Irreparable Damage" of Priest Sexual Abuse, Gymnasts Who Survived Sexual Abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar Testify in Court
"When They Call You a Terrorist": The Life of Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors
We turn now to a powerful new book, released today, that tells the story of one woman as she fights back against the impacts of social and racial injustice in America on her family. That woman is Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter. The book, titled "When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir," is both an account of survival, strength and resilience, and a call to action to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable. Patrisse's story follows her childhood in Los Angeles in the late 1990s and early 2000s, as her mother worked three jobs, struggling to earn a living wage. And it puts a human face on the way mass incarceration and the war on drugs hurt young black men, including her relatives and friends. Patrisse's father was a victim of the drug war. He died at the age of 50. Her brother spent years in prison for nonviolent crimes stemming from his battles against mental illness. He was once even charged with terrorism after being involved in a car accident. The police would target Patrisse, too—raiding her house without just cause. In 2013, after George Zimmerman was acquitted for the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Patrisse co-founded Black Lives Matter along with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. The movement began online but soon spread across the country. We speak to Patrisse and her co-author, asha bandele. asha is author of five books, including the best-seller "The Prisoner's Wife." She is a senior director at the Drug Policy Alliance.
Headlines for January 16, 2018
Reports: Pentagon Preparing for War with N. Korea & Developing New Nuclear Weapons, Panic in Hawaii as Residents Receive False Alarm Warning of Incoming Ballistic Missile, U.S. Ambassador to Panama Resigns Amid Fervor over Trump's "Shithole" Comments, Facing International Outrage, Trump Denies Being a Racist, Report: Trump Lawyers Paid to Silence Ex-Porn Star About Sexual Encounter with Trump, Chelsea Manning Running for U.S. Senate in Maryland, Pentagon to Escalate Afghanistan War, Sending 1,000 Troops & Additional Drones, Pentagon to Back Syrian Kurds to Form Border Security Force in Northern Syria, Iraq: 27 Killed in Double Suicide Bombing in Baghdad, Libya: 20 Killed in Clashes in Tripoli, Mahmoud Abbas Rejects U.S. as Mediator Between Palestine and Israel, Mexico: Journalist Carlos Domínguez Rodríguez Murdered in Nuevo Laredo, Honduras: Protests over Election Fraud Continue, Greece: Workers Launch Day-Long Strikes Against New Austerity Measures, California: Thousands Gather to Mourn 20 Killed in Mudslides Near Santa Barbara, Aryan Nations Gang Member Arrested in Cop Shooting; FBI Charges White Supremacist with Terrorism for Amtrak Plot, Former Klansman Edgar Ray Killen Dies in Prison, Exclusive: ICE Targets Immigration Activist Maru Mora Villalpando for Deportation, NYC: Hundreds Rally in Support of Ravi Ragbir & Jean Montrevil, Florida: Prisoners Launch Prison Strike on MLK Day to Protest Unpaid Work, Rev. Bernice King Slams Trump on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid South Africa
In a Democracy Now! and Pacifica Radio Archives exclusive, we air a newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On December 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, King gave a major address in London on segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein's recording was recently discovered by Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives.
Time's Up: Meet Five of the Women Who Staged Protest at Golden Globes Against Gender Violence
Across the United States, women are declaring "Time's Up!" That's the rallying cry that's bringing together women—from Hollywood actresses to housekeepers—to demand gender and racial justice and a world free of sexual harassment and assault. The movement launched on Sunday night at the Golden Globe Awards, where the red carpet went dark, with many dressed in black to show their solidarity with the movement. And it wasn't just actors and actresses. A number Hollywood stars brought social justice activists with them to the Golden Globes this year. Meryl Streep attended the ceremony with Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Shailene Woodley was accompanied by Suquamish Tribe member Calina Lawrence. Emma Stone brought tennis champ and LGBT advocate Billie Jean King. Susan Sarandon brought media justice activist Rosa Clemente. Amy Poehler's guest was Saru Jayaraman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Center. Emma Watson brought Marai Larasi, executive director of the British anti-violence organization Imkaan. Laura Dern attended with Mónica Ramírez, president of the National Farmworker Women's Alliance. And Michelle Williams walked the red carpet with #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke.
Time's Up Activists Warn Trump's "Shithole Countries" Remark Will Embolden White Supremacists
As outrage grows over President Trump's "shithole countries" remark, we speak to five women who took part in Sunday's Time's Up protest at the Golden Globes: Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement; actress Shailene Woodley; Mónica Ramírez of the National Farmworker Women's Alliance; Calina Lawrence of the Suquamish Tribe; and Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
"Completely Racist": Edwidge Danticat on Trump's "Shithole Countries" Remark Targeting Africa, Haiti
International condemnation of Donald Trump is growing after reports the president used an expletive during a meeting about immigrants from Africa, Haiti and El Salvador. While meeting with lawmakers, Trump reportedly said, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They're shithole countries ... We should have more people from Norway." Trump also reportedly said, "Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out." Earlier this morning, Trump wrote on Twitter, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" Trump's remarks come weeks after The New York Times reported Trump had also disparaged Haitians and Nigerians during a closed-door meeting in June. Trump said Nigerians would never "go back to their huts" if they came to visit the U.S. As for Haitians, Trump said they "all have AIDS." Trump's latest remarks come just after his administration announced it is ending temporary protected status for up to 250,000 Salvadorans who have been living in the U.S. since at least 2001. Last year, the Trump administration announced it is also ending temporary protected status for tens of thousands of Haitian, Nicaraguan and Sudanese immigrants living in the United States. Trump's remarks from Thursday have been condemned across the globe. We speak to Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat as Haitians mark the eighth anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake.
NYC: Immigration Rights Activist Ravi Ragbir Detained at ICE Check-in Amid Protest, Police Violence
The executive director of New York City's New Sanctuary Coalition has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Ravi Ragbir is a nationally known immigrant rights activist whose wife and daughter are U.S. citizens. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Ravi has lived in the United States for 27 years, but he faces deportation because of a 2002 wire fraud. On Thursday morning, Ravi was taken into custody, sparking a peaceful protest that was met with police violence. Police arrested 18 people including members of the New York City Council. Democracy Now's Renée Feltz was there.
Headlines for January 12, 2018
President Trump Calls Africa, Haiti, El Salvador "Shithole Countries", Trump Administration to Allow Work Requirements for Medicaid Recipients, Trump to Press New Sanctions Against Iran While Certifying Nuclear Deal, House Reauthorizes Sweeping Surveillance Law, Rejecting Privacy Protections, Ecuador Grants Julian Assange Citizenship as Embassy Stalemate Continues, Actor Mark Wahlberg Earns 1,500 More Than Michelle Williams for Film Reshoot, U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Grilled over False Islamophobic Remarks, Pakistan: Protests Rage After 7-Year-Old Girl Found Raped, Murdered, Israeli Forces Kill 2 Palestinian Protesters Amid New Settlement Construction, New Orleans Adopts Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Measure, Two U.S. Transgender Women Murdered in First Weeks of 2018, Walmart Touts Wage Increase Amid Mass Layoffs, Trump Medical Exam Won't Include Mental Health Screening, Puerto Rico: Armed U.S. Agents Seize Materials from Public Power Company, Peru: Protests Grow over Pardon of Former Dictator Alberto Fujimori, Trump Cancels U.K. State Visit, Falsely Accuses Obama over Embassy
Christen Smith: The Fallout of Police Violence Is Killing Black Women Like Erica Garner
During Erica Garner's funeral, the Reverend Al Sharpton talked about Erica's unflinching determination to get justice for her father. Sharpton said, while they say "she died of a heart attack, no, her heart was attacked that day," referring to July 27, 2014, the day police killed her father, Eric Garner. In her recent article for The Conversation, titled "The fallout of police violence is killing black women like Erica Garner," University of Texas at Austin professor Christen Smith writes, "When we think of police lethality, we typically consider the immediate body count: The people that die from bullets and baton blows. The death toll gives the impression that black men are the disproportionate victims of police killings. But these numbers do not reveal the slow death that black women experience. The long-range trauma police brutality causes can be as deadly as a bullet. The pain of loss kills with heart attacks, strokes, depression and even anemia."
As Erica Garner Is Mourned, Why Are Black Mothers in NYC Dying at 12 Times Rate of White Mothers?
In Harlem, hundreds of people attended the funeral Monday of anti-police brutality activist Erica Garner, who died at the age of 27 on December 30 after an asthma-induced heart attack, four months after giving birth to her second child. Erica's father, Eric Garner, was killed when police officers in Staten Island wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold in 2014. Her funeral came as a new ProPublica investigation suggests Erica Garner's postpartum death might be part of a wider national problem in which hospitals are failing African-American mothers, leading to disproportionately high maternal mortality rates. Every year in the United States, between 700 and 900 women die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. For every woman who dies, dozens more experience severe and sometimes life-threatening complications annually. We speak to Annie Waldman, a reporter at ProPublica. Her most recent article is titled "How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers." The piece is part of a larger year-long ProPublica investigation called "Lost Mothers: Maternal Care and Preventable Deaths."
NYC Sues Big Oil Companies Over Climate Change & Divests $5B From Fossil Fuel Firms
New York City said Wednesday it will sue five fossil fuel giants over their contributions to global warming. The suit targeting BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell, came as New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to divest some $5 billion in fossil fuel investments from the city's public employee pension fund. On Wednesday 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben tweeted, “One of the biggest days in 30 years of the climate fight. Earth’s mightiest city now in full-on fight with its richest, most irresponsible industry.” We speak to Subhankar Banerjee, professor of art and ecology at the University of New Mexico. Banerjee is the author of “Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land” and editor of “Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point.”
Trump Expands Offshore Drilling in "Assault" on Biodiversity and Coastal & Indigenous Communities
Bipartisan opposition is growing to President Trump's proposal to greatly expand offshore oil and gas drilling. The reversal of the Obama-era restrictions would open more than a billion acres of water in the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil and gas drilling. Initially the Interior Department moved to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all of the United States' coastal waters, but then announced it has dropped plans to open up the waters off the coast of Florida, following fierce opposition by Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott. Scott is an ally of President Trump, and the state is also home to Trump's winter resort at Mar-a-Lago. Now governors and lawmakers from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, California, Oregon, Washington and other states are asking why only Florida is being exempted. We speak to Subhankar Banerjee, professor of art and ecology at the University of New Mexico. Banerjee is the author of "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land" and editor of "Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point."
Headlines for January 11, 2018
Trump Hardens Immigration Stance, Saying, "We Need the Wall", ICE Agents Target Scores of 7-Eleven Stores in Immigration Sweep, Trump Won't Commit to Interview with Special Counsel Mueller, Trump Wants Tougher Libel Laws Following "Fire and Fury" Publication, Syrian, Russian Warplanes Pound Hama, Eastern Ghouta, Tunisia: 237 Arrested as Anti-Austerity Protests Rage, Burma: Two Reuters Reporters Charged over Rohingya Reporting, Poland: Lawmakers Reject Abortion Access Bill, Plan New Restrictions, Oil Spill Disaster Looms as Tanker Burns in East China Sea, New York City to Sue Oil and Gas Giants Amid Fossil Fuel Divestment, California: Death Toll from Mudslides Rises to 17, EPA May Rescind Rule Barring Children from Handling Pesticides, Missouri Governor Admits to Affair Amid Blackmail Allegations, Fox News' James Rosen Leaves Network over Sex Abuse Charges, Washington Post Suspends Reporter Joel Achenbach for "Inappropriate" Conduct, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa Won't Seek Re-election, Tennessee Doctor Suspended over Twitter Photo Protesting White Supremacy, Peru: Families of Death Squad Victims Protest Pardon of Alberto Fujimori
"Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom": Norman Finkelstein on the Many Lies Perpetuated About Gaza
Israel faces a possible International Criminal Court war crimes probe over its 2014 assault on Gaza, which killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including over 500 children. For more, we speak with Norman Finkelstein, author of the new book "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom." He is the author of many other books, including "The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Human Suffering" and "Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel Is Coming to an End."
Norman Finkelstein Slams Chuck Schumer for Pushing Trump to Declare Jerusalem Israel's Capital
In December, President Trump announced he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and initiate a process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move has sparked protests across the Occupied Territories. The United Nations voted 128 to 9 in favor of a resolution calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Despite the international condemnation, several leading Democratic lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, praised Trump's decision.
Finkelstein: Despite Racist Policies & Corruption Scandals, Netanyahu Holds on to Power in Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a domestic political controversy after an Israeli TV station aired a secret audio recording of his son from outside a strip club in 2015. In the recording, Yair Netanyahu can be heard talking about prostitutes and demanding money from the son of an Israeli gas tycoon. Yair implies his father—Prime Minister Netanyahu—helped push through a $20 billion deal to benefit the businessman, saying, "My dad arranged $20 billion for your dad, and you’re whining with me about 400 shekels." This comes at a time when Benjamin Netanyahu is facing multiple corruption investigation
As ICC Considers Probing Israel for War Crimes, U.S. Moves to Defund U.N. Palestine Refugee Agency
Israel is facing a possible International Criminal Court war crimes probe over its 2014 assault on Gaza and the ongoing expansion of settlements in the occupied West Bank. Despite the threat, the Israeli defense minister announced on Tuesday Israel would approve the construction of hundreds of new settlement homes in the West Bank. This comes as Sweden criticized the Trump administration for threatening to cut off hundreds of millions of dollars of annual aid to the U.N.'s relief agency for Palestinian refugees. Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi compared President Trump's threat to cut off aid money to blackmail. For more, we speak with author and scholar Norman Finkelstein. His new book is titled "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom." Norman Finkelstein is the son of Holocaust survivors. He is the author of many other books, including "The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Human Suffering" and "Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel Is Coming to an End."
Headlines for January 10, 2018
In Immigration Victory, Judge Blocks Trump from Ending DACA Program, In Reversal, Trump Appears to Endorse Sweeping Immigration Deal, Report: Trump Admin Planning to Loosen Restrictions on Use of Nuclear Weapons, South Korea's Moon Jae-in & North Korea's Kim Jong-un May Meet, Steve Bannon Resigns from Breitbart, Amid Public Feud with Trump, Feinstein Releases Transcript of Fusion GPS Congressional Interview, Notorious Racist Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Announces Senate Bid, Judges Strike Down North Carolina Congressional Map over Political Gerrymandering, As Many As 100 Refugees Have Died After Boat Sank Off Libya's Coast, Pakistan: 6 Killed in Suicide Bomb Attack on Police Officers in Quetta, Egypt Jails 262 People for 2013 Sit-In Protests Against Morsi's Ouster, Israel Faces Possible ICC Probe over 2014 Assault on Gaza & Expansion of Settlements, Ecuador Says Julian Assange's Stay in Embassy is "Untenable", Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Health Problems Suffered by U.S. Diplomats in Cuba, Report: Trump Admin Waives Part of Punishment for 5 Banks Convicted in Libor Scandal, First Fire, Then Floods: 13 Dead in Mudslides in California, Madagascar: 29 Killed and Tens of Thousands Displaced by Cyclone, New York City Moves to Divest Pension Funds from Fossil Fuels, Trump Admin Drops Plans for Offshore Drilling Off Coast of Florida, Louisiana Teacher Arrested for Questioning Superintendent Pay Raise in Now-Viral Video, Actor James Franco Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Lawmakers to Wear Black to Trump's 1st State of the Union to Protest Gender Violence
Rev. William Barber: Trump is a Symptom of a Deeper Moral Malady Behind Racist, Xenophobic Policies
Rev. William Barber talks about the Poor People's Campaign, the Republican Party’s embrace of President Trump's racist policies, threats to voting rights and the GOP’s remaking of the federal courts. Rev. William Barber is president of Repairers of the Breach and the author of "Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement."
Rev. Barber & Ex-Page to Segregationist Strom Thurmond Unite to Launch New Poor People's Campaign
As the nation prepares to mark Martin Luther King Day next week, modern day civil rights leaders have launched a new Poor People's Campaign, inspired by the historic 1968 action led by King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In the coming months, organizers are planning six weeks of direct action at statehouses across the country and the U.S. Capitol to call attention to systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation. For more, we speak with Reverend William Barber, president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach. He's the leader of Moral Mondays and the author of "Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement." We also speak with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, evangelical minister and director of the School for Conversion in Durham, North Carolina. He is author of the upcoming book, "Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion." Wilson-Hartgrove grew up as a white Southern Baptist, and he served as a page for the late South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, a fierce foe of the civil rights movement and supporter of segregation. Wilson-Hartgrove's political transformation began after hearing William Barber preach.
"It's a Nightmare for Us": Up to 250,000 Salvadorans Face Deportation After Trump TPS Decision
President Trump is meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the White House today over his offer to protect the nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers in exchange for funding to build a border wall. The meeting comes one day after the Trump administration announced it is ending the temporary protected status for as many as 250,000 Salvadorans who have been living in U.S. since 2001. The temporary protected status, known as TPS, had given the Salvadorans legal permission to live and work in the United States. It was enacted in 2001 after a devastating pair of earthquakes hit El Salvador. The Trump administration has already said it will end temporary protected status for tens of thousands of Haitian, Nicaraguan and Sudanese immigrants living in the United States. For more, we speak with a Stony Brook University student named Rodman, who is a member of Make the Road New York. He is a U.S. citizen whose parents are Salvadoran TPS recipients. He asked us not to use his last name to protect his family. We also speak with Anu Joshi, immigration policy director at the New York Immigration Coalition.
"Her Heart Was Attacked": Hundreds Gather in Harlem for Funeral of Erica Garner
In Harlem, New York, hundreds of people attended the funeral of anti-police brutality activist Erica Garner, who died at the age of 27 on December 30 after an asthma-induced heart attack, four months after giving birth to her second child. Erica's father, Eric Garner, was killed when police officers in Staten Island wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold in 2014.
Headlines for January 9, 2018
Trump Admin Ends Temporary Protected Status for 250,000 Salvadorans, Trump Meeting with Lawmakers to Debate DREAMers & Border Wall Funding, Robert Mueller Likely to Interview President Trump for Ongoing Investigation, Ivanka Trump Tweet Celebrating Oprah's Golden Globes Speech Sparks Ridicule, Senate Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing for HHS Secretary Nominee Alex Azar, North & South Korea Officials Meet at DMZ for First High-Level Talks in 2 Years, Tunisia: 1 Protester Killed in Crackdown Against Anti-Austerity Protests, Turkey Extends State of Emergency for Another 3 Months, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Rejects Trump's Plan to Bolster Coal & Nuclear Plants, Alabama: Woman Who Accused Roy Moore of Groping Her Has Home Burned to Ground, #SayHerName: Young Black Lesbian Named Kerrice Lewis Shot & Burned Alive in D.C., "Her Heart Was Attacked": Hundreds Gather in Harlem for Funeral of Erica Garner
Time's Up: Activists Join Actresses on Golden Globes Red Carpet to Call for Gender & Racial Justice
At Sunday night's Golden Globes ceremony in Hollywood, actors embraced the #MeToo movement and called for gender and racial justice in the post-Harvey Weinstein era. Eight actresses brought social justice activists with them: Michelle Williams brought #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke; Meryl Streep walked the red carpet with Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Shailene Woodley was accompanied by Suquamish Tribe member Calina Lawrence; Emma Stone brought tennis champ and LGBT advocate Billie Jean King; Susan Sarandon brought Puerto Rican media justice and former Green Party vice-presidential nominee Rosa Clemente; and Amy Poehler's guest was Saru Jayaraman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. For more, we speak with Rosa Clemente and Saru Jayaraman.
Watch Oprah Winfrey's Powerful Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech at Golden Globes
Hollywood actors and actresses celebrated the #MeToo movement and demanded gender and racial justice at Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards. Many attendees answered the call to wear black and wore pins that read "Time's Up!" On Sunday, Oprah Winfrey made history by becoming the first African-American woman to win the Golden Globe lifetime achievement award. The first African American to receive the honor was Sidney Poitier in 1982. During the ceremony, Golden Globes host Seth Meyers joked with Oprah, suggesting she should run for president. The joke, and Oprah's powerful acceptance speech, fueled a wave of speculation and enthusiasm about a possible 2020 bid by the actress. In response, Oprah's longtime partner Stedman Graham said, "It's up to the people. She would absolutely do it." We air Oprah's acceptance speech, as well as speeches by Golden Globes host Seth Meyers and award winners Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern of "Big Little Lies," Elisabeth Moss of "The Handmaid's Tale," Frances McDormand of "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," and Sterling K. Brown of "This Is Us."
Headlines for January 8, 2018
Trump Demands $18 Billion for Border Wall in Exchange for DREAMer Protections, Temporary Protected Status for 250,000 Salvadorans to Be Decided Today, CDC to Hold Briefing to Outline How Public Should Prepare for Nuclear War, Trump Claims He's a "Stable Genius" Amid Mounting Questions About Mental Health, Trump Plans to Attend College Football Championships, Sparking Protests, Report: Explosion in Idlib, Syria, Kills 23, Israel Bans Members of 20 Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Groups from Entering Israel, Reports: Trump Admin Freezes $125 Million in Funding for U.N. Agency for Palestinians, NYT: Kushner's Empire Received $30 Million in New Investments from Israeli Firm, NYC: Activists Rally to Demand Freedom for Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi, Honduras: Thousands March to Protest Fraud in Re-Election of Juan Orlando Hernández, Pacifica Foundation Faces Potential Asset Seizures by NYC Landlord, BBC's China Editor Resigns to Protest Gender Pay Gap, Time's Up!: Hollywood Actresses Demand Gender and Racial Justice at Golden Globes, Owner of New York City's Massive Bookstore The Strand Dies at 89, NYC: Crews Respond to Small Fire on Roof of Trump Tower
The Biggest Secret: James Risen on Life as a NY Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror
We spend the hour with former New York Times reporter James Risen, who left the paper in August to join The Intercept as senior national security correspondent. This week, he published a 15,000-word story headlined "The Biggest Secret: My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror." The explosive piece describes his struggles to publish major national security stories in the post-9/11 period and how both the government and his own editors at The New York Times suppressed his reporting, including reports on the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, for which he would later win the Pulitzer Prize. Risen describes meetings between key Times editors and top officials at the CIA and the White House. His refusal to name a source would take him to the Supreme Court, and he almost wound up in jail, until the Obama administration blinked.
Headlines for January 5, 2018
Trump Admin Moves to Open Nearly All U.S. Coastal Waters to Offshore Drilling, Following Winter Blizzard, Freezing Cold Sets in Across Midwest & East Coast, "Fire and Fury": Tell-All Book Released Today, Despite Trump Efforts to Block Publication, Jeff Sessions Rescinds Obama-Era Marijuana Policies, Sparking Fear of Crackdown, North & South Korea to Hold High-Level Talks on January 9, U.S. Suspends $900 Million in Military Aid to Pakistan, Afghanistan: 20 People Killed in ISIS Bombing in Kabul, Reports: 2 Dozen Civilians Killed in Russian Airstrikes in Syria, Russia: 10 Workers Killed in Fire at Shoe Factory, Republicans Declare Victory in Virginia House of Delegates Election Tiebreaker
Fordham Students Sue over Free Speech Rights to Establish Students for Justice in Palestine Group
In a case that highlights what some are calling the "Palestine exception” to free speech on college campuses across the nation, we look at students who are suing Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus in New York for their right to start a Students for Justice in Palestine group. The student government approved the group unanimously, but the dean of students overruled the approval, saying the group would "stir up controversy" and be "polarizing." On Wednesday, the students asked a judge to reinstate the student government’s approval. We speak with Ahmad Awad, who has graduated from Fordham University and is the lead petitioner, now a law student at Rutgers University. We also speak with Dima Khalidi, director of Palestine Legal.
Norway Halts Weapons Sales in Yemen War, Citing Humanitarian Crisis, as US & Britain Continue Supply
Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday the country will stop supplying weapons and ammunition to the United Arab Emirates, citing "great concern" over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition that has been carrying out airstrikes in Yemen for nearly three years. Meanwhile, the U.S. and Britain continue to supply the Saudis with billions of dollars' worth of weapons. The U.S. also provides logistical military support to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi air campaign has killed more than 10,000 civilians in Yemen and displaced more than 3 million. More than 80 percent of Yemenis now lack food, fuel, water and access to healthcare. We speak with journalist Iona Craig, who was based in Sana'a from 2010 to 2015 as the Yemen correspondent for The Times of London. She was awarded the 2016 Orwell Prize for her reporting on Yemen.
North and South Korean Leaders Agree to Direct Negotiations as Trump Provokes Kim Jong-un on Twitter
President Trump tweets that his "nuclear button" is "much bigger & more powerful" than North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's. Meanwhile, North and South Korea have opened lines of communication, saying they are open to direct negotiations. We speak with Bruce Cumings, professor of history at the University of Chicago, author of "North Korea: Another Country."
Headlines for January 4, 2018
Trump Says Former Aide Steve Bannon "Lost His Mind" After Explosive Comments Published, Former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Sues Special Counsel, Trump Ends "Election Integrity" Commission Amid Voter Suppression Charges, Winter "Bomb Cyclone" Brings Fierce Winds, Heavy Snow to East Coast, Baltimore Students Left Freezing in Unheated Classrooms, Palestinian Teenager Killed by Israeli Forces in West Bank Protest, Israel Orders African Refugees to Leave or Face Arrest, Israel's Knesset Advances Bill Seeking Death Penalty for "Terrorists", Iran: Thousands Join Pro-Government Rallies Amid Crackdown on Dissent, Ethiopian Leader Promises to Close Notorious Jail, Release Political Prisoners, Nigeria: Suicide Bomber Kills 11 at Mosque During Morning Prayers, Acting ICE Director Wants Politicians Jailed over Sanctuary Cities, Washington State Sues Motel 6 After Guests' Information Given to ICE, New York: Haitian Immigrant Jean Montrevil Detained by ICE, Two Democratic Senators Seated, Narrowing Republican Majority, Senators Say Trump Admin Hasn't Released Hurricane Aid to Puerto Rico
Erica Garner was "Unbought and Unbossed" in Push for Justice After Her Father Died in NYPD Chokehold
We remember Black Lives Matter activist Erica Garner, who died Saturday after she fell into a coma following an asthma-induced heart attack. She was just 27 years old. Erica helped lead the struggle for justice for her father, Eric Garner, who was killed when police officers in Staten Island wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold in 2014. His final words were "I can't breathe," which he repeated 11 times. In August, Erica gave birth to her second child, a boy named after her late father. Doctors say the pregnancy strained her heart. We feature Erica in her own words on Democracy Now!, and we speak with two people who were close to her: The Intercept's Shaun King and The Root's Kirsten West Savali, whose piece is headlined "Erica Garner: 'I'm in This Fight Forever.'"
Trump's Vow to Support Iran Opposition Carries "No Credibility" as Demonstrations Enter Sixth Day
As anti-government demonstrations enter their second week in Iran and spread to several key cities, President Donald Trump tweeted it's "TIME FOR CHANGE!" and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley called for an emergency meeting to discuss the developments. "Despite the attention that these anti-government protesters have gotten over the past week, there was no indication … that this was a repeat of 2009. … This was not a mass uprising," says Tehran-based reporter Reza Sayah. We also speak with Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, who notes a new budget deal in Iran's parliament that would cut government payments to the poor and raise fuel prices 50 percent was "the straw that broke the camel's back" prior to the protests.
Headlines for January 3, 2018
Trump Threatens North Korea with "Bigger & More Powerful" Nuclear Button, Trump Admin Seeks U.N. Security Council Meeting on Iran Protests, Iran: Supreme Leader Khamenei Accuses Enemies of Fomenting Protests, Trump Threatens to Cancel U.S. Aid to Palestinian Refugees, Trump Administration Will Withhold Pakistan Military Aid, Trump Calls Justice Department "Deep State," Wants Huma Abedin Jailed, Report: Up to 30 Percent of Earth Could Be in Drought by 2050, Interior Secretary Asks Trump to Shrink Marine Monuments, Honduras: Presidential Candidate Salvador Nasralla Calls for Uprising, German Police Press for Incitement Charge Against Far-Right Lawmaker, Sen. Orrin Hatch to Retire, Prompting Speculation over Mitt Romney, Georgia: Police Arrest 60+ at House Party over 1 Ounce of Marijuana, Trump Claims Credit for Worldwide Airline Safety Record, Iceland: New Law Will Fine Employers Who Fail to Close Gender Pay Gap
Glenn Greenwald on Trump-Russia Probe: Be Skeptical of Spy Agencies with History of Lying & Deceit
Three major U.S. news outlets in early December promoted a story alleging WikiLeaks had secretly offered the Trump campaign special access to the Democratic National Committee emails before they were published. The reports suggested the correspondence proved collusion between the Trump family and Russia, since the U.S. intelligence community regards WikiLeaks as an "arm of Russian intelligence." It turns out this information was false. The issue of collusion with Russia was also a key focus in President Trump's recent interview with reporter Michael Schmidt of The New York Times, where Trump said repeatedly, "There was no collusion. … There was no collusion." We talk about the probe into Russia collusion and coverage by mainstream media with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Glenn Greenwald, one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
Glenn Greenwald: Is Facebook Operating as an Arm of the Israeli State by Removing Palestinian Posts?
Facebook is being accused of censoring Palestinian activists who protest the Israeli occupation. This comes as Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked reportedly said in December that Tel Aviv had submitted 158 requests to Facebook over the previous four months asking it to remove content it deemed "incitement," and said Facebook had granted 95 percent of the requests. We speak with Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Greenwald about his new report for The Intercept headlined "Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments."
Glenn Greenwald on Iran Protests: Trump Tweets "Time for Change" While Backing Dictators Worldwide
At least 22 people are dead and hundreds have been arrested, as Iranian authorities move to quell the largest anti-government protests since 2009. President Donald Trump responded to the protests on Monday in one of his first tweets of the new year, writing "TIME FOR CHANGE!" "This is the same president who, not more than three months ago, announced a ban on Iranians from coming to the United States," says Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Glenn Greenwald. "He's somebody who has aligned with the world's worst, most savage dictators."
Headlines for January 2, 2018
Iran: 22 Dead, Hundreds Arrested Amid Mass Protests, Trump Lauds Tax Cuts, Arctic Drilling in Exclusive New Year's Gala, Pakistan Summons U.S. Ambassador Following Trump Tweet, North Korean Leader Declares "A Nuclear Button is Always on My Desk", Congo: At Least Seven Dead Amid Protests Against Joseph Kabila's Rule, Gaza: Funeral Held for Man Killed by Israeli Forces While Protesting Trump, Israeli Military Court Indicts 16-Year-Old for Slapping Soldier, Afghanistan: Bomb Kills 15 at Jalalabad Funeral, Syrian Warplanes Pound Rebel-Controlled Damascus Suburb, Egypt: Gunmen Kill 11 at Coptic Christian Church in Cairo, Hong Kong Protests Decry Chinese Crackdown on Free Speech & Democracy, Colorado: Ambush of Denver Police Officers Caps Year of Mass Shootings, Hollywood Women Declare "Time's Up" for Sexual Abusers, Trump Justice Department Pushes for Citizenship Question on 2020 Census, California: Legal Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin, 4.5 Million U.S. Minimum Wage Workers Get Raise with New Year, New York Anti-Police Brutality Activist Erica Garner Dies at 27
Duty to Warn: Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess the "Dangerous Case" of President Trump
We revisit our interview with someone who's led a discussion of mental health professionals who are deeply concerned about President Trump's psychological instability. Dr. Bandy Lee is a forensic psychiatrist on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine who organized the "Duty to Warn" conference at Yale and edited the best-selling book, "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President."_Dr. Bandy Lee declares that she is not representing the views of Yale University, Yale School of Medicine or Yale Department of Psychiatry._
Constitutional Lawyer John Bonifaz on the Growing Movement to Impeach Trump
As some say the movement to impeach President Trump will grow stronger in 2018, this fall a half-dozen Democrats introduced articles of impeachment against Trump, accusing him of obstruction of justice and other offenses. In December, the House rejected the effort, even as 58 Democrats voted in support of the resolution—nearly a third of their caucus. Meanwhile, at least 17 communities around the country are on record calling for impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. We revisit our interview with constitutional attorney John Bonifaz, co-founder and director of Free Speech for People.
Meet the Women Who Accuse Trump of Sexual Harassment & Are Calling for Congress to Investigate
We begin our Democracy Now! special by looking at the growing movement of people calling on President Trump to resign over multiple claims of sexual harassment and assault. The renewed calls come amid the international #MeToo movement, in which women across the world have come forward to accuse a slew of powerful men of sexual harassment, assault and rape. Meanwhile, three of the 16 women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment held a press conference last month in New York, demanding that Congress take action. The women shared accounts in which they said Trump groped, fondled and forcibly kissed them. We speak with two of them: Samantha Holvey, a former Miss USA contestant for North Carolina when Trump owned the pageant, and Jessica Leeds, who describes what happened to her when she encountered Donald Trump in the first-class cabin of a commercial flight in 1979.
As Trump Attacks Media with "Fake News" Claims, a Record 262 Reporters Are Jailed, 46 Killed in 2017
The Committee to Protect Journalists has published its 25th annual survey of journalists killed and jailed around the world. This year, the list of those killed included 42 journalists and four media workers. A record 262 journalists were imprisoned around the world, with Turkey, China and Egypt topping the list for the second year in a row. Mexico reached an historic high in journalists killed this year, and the country leads the world in journalists killed in a non-conflict zone. This comes as President Donald Trump has waged a relentless campaign to discredit journalists in the United States, often with rhetoric that could potentially incite his followers to violence. We speak with María Salazar-Ferro, the director of the Emergencies Department of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Deportation Now on Hold for Mexican Journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, But He Remains in Detention
After a visit from Texas Democratic Congressmember Beto O'Rourke and a flurry of news reports, including on Democracy Now!, the Board of Immigration Appeals has reopened the asylum case of award-winning journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, vacating his deportation order and granting him a full stay of his removal order. This means Gutiérrez cannot be deported, at the moment, and that the BIA will now issue a new ruling. But Gutiérrez has still not been released. We play an excerpt from our exclusive jailhouse interview with Gutiérrez and speak with William McCarren, the executive director of the National Press Club, who visited Gutiérrez in detention and said Gutiérrez broke down crying several times, and Gutiérrez's lawyer, Eduardo Beckett.