“It Is Not Just War. It Is Life”: Acclaimed Doc “For Sama” Offers Rare Glimpse into War-Torn Syria

We look at the award-winning documentary feature titled “For Sama,” a devastating account of war-torn Syria told through the eyes of director Waad al-Kateab. She filmed hundreds of hours of footage in her native Aleppo to create a stunning depiction of life during wartime. Amid airstrikes and attacks on hospitals, Waad falls in love with … Continue reading ““It Is Not Just War. It Is Life”: Acclaimed Doc “For Sama” Offers Rare Glimpse into War-Torn Syria”

Nearly 100,000 in Puerto Rico Protest Demanding Gov. Rosselló Resign over Lewd Texts & Corruption

Close to 100,000 Puerto Ricans took to the streets Wednesday chanting “Ricky Renuncia!” as they called for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló, following the leak by Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism of hundreds of misogynistic, homophobic and violent text messages between Rosselló and members of his Cabinet. On Monday, Denis Márquez of the … Continue reading “Nearly 100,000 in Puerto Rico Protest Demanding Gov. Rosselló Resign over Lewd Texts & Corruption”

Happiest Place on Earth? Meet the Disney Heiress Speaking Out Against Disneyland’s Abuse of Workers

Abigail Disney, the heiress of the Disney fortune, is once again speaking out against the company’s unfair labor and wage practices. She recently spoke to Disneyland employees in California, where they shared their experiences with the theme park’s work environment. In the past, Abigail Disney has criticized Disney CEO Bob Iger’s obscene salary and the … Continue reading “Happiest Place on Earth? Meet the Disney Heiress Speaking Out Against Disneyland’s Abuse of Workers”

Amazon Workers Demand Fair Pay & Conditions as Company Continues Undercutting Rivals

While online shoppers around the world flocked to Amazon’s mega-sale “Prime Day” this week, the retail giant faced growing outrage from protesters, workers and lawmakers for its unsafe working conditions and collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Demonstrators in Seattle delivered a petition with over 270,000 signatures to Amazon headquarters demanding it stop exploiting workers … Continue reading “Amazon Workers Demand Fair Pay & Conditions as Company Continues Undercutting Rivals”

“They Didn’t Do Their Job”: Eric Garner Family Outraged DOJ Won’t Prosecute His Death by Police

It’s been five years since Eric Garner, an African-American father of six, was killed when a white New York City police officer wrestled him to the ground and applied a fatal chokehold, while Garner, who was unarmed, said “I can’t breathe” 11 times. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors announced they will not bring civil rights charges … Continue reading ““They Didn’t Do Their Job”: Eric Garner Family Outraged DOJ Won’t Prosecute His Death by Police”

2020 Hopeful Julián Castro Vows to Break Up ICE & Calls Trump’s New Asylum Rule Unconstitutional

As Trump faced national rebuke for his racist comments against four progressive congresswomen, his administration announced a new rule essentially banning most immigrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The rule, which the ACLU has already vowed to challenge in court, would deny asylum to any migrant who failed to apply for protection in … Continue reading “2020 Hopeful Julián Castro Vows to Break Up ICE & Calls Trump’s New Asylum Rule Unconstitutional”

“Our Squad Is Big”: Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley Condemn Trump’s Racist Attack

Congressmembers Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar condemned President Trump’s spate of racist attacks against them in a news conference Monday. Their public rebuke followed Trump tweeting Sunday telling them to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” The comments have been widely … Continue reading ““Our Squad Is Big”: Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley Condemn Trump’s Racist Attack”

“Fossil Fuel Stooges” Deny Climate Crisis as Barry Pummels Louisiana, 100+ Die in South Asian Rains

Ongoing heavy rain has killed at least 67 people in Nepal, 25 in India and 14 in Bangladesh as flooding from monsoons has displaced 1 million people in South Asia. This year’s flooding in the region has been worse than ever before and is likely fueled by rising global temperatures, which have led to more … Continue reading ““Fossil Fuel Stooges” Deny Climate Crisis as Barry Pummels Louisiana, 100+ Die in South Asian Rains”

“We Are in Fear”: Undocumented Immigrant in Sanctuary Responds to Raids from Colorado Church

As immigrant communities face ongoing raids across the country, we speak with Rosa Sabido, one of dozens of undocumented immigrants living in churches across the United States. She entered sanctuary in May 2017 in the fellowship hall at United Methodist Church in Mancos, Colorado, after being told that her latest request of stay of deportation … Continue reading ““We Are in Fear”: Undocumented Immigrant in Sanctuary Responds to Raids from Colorado Church”

Cruelty Is the Point: Communities Fight Back as Threat of ICE Raids Terrorize Immigrant Families

This weekend, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents launched a handful of raids across the country as part of President Trump’s push to detain and deport thousands of undocumented migrants in 10 major cities. Agents in Chicago reportedly arrested a mother and her children only to quickly release them. Arrests were also attempted in New York … Continue reading “Cruelty Is the Point: Communities Fight Back as Threat of ICE Raids Terrorize Immigrant Families”

Ousted Honduran President Zelaya: The 2009 U.S.-Backed Coup Helped Cause Today’s Migrant Crisis

Since the 2009 U.S.-backed military coup in Honduras, extreme poverty and violence has skyrocketed in the country, forcing tens of thousands of Hondurans to flee to the U.S. with the hope of receiving political asylum. We speak with ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in the capital of Tegucigalpa about the 10th anniversary of the coup … Continue reading “Ousted Honduran President Zelaya: The 2009 U.S.-Backed Coup Helped Cause Today’s Migrant Crisis”

Know Your Rights: How Immigrant Rights Activists Are Preparing for Looming ICE Deportation Raids

Immigrant communities across the country and their allies are preparing for nationwide raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement planned to begin Sunday that will target undocumented members of immigrant families in at least nine major cities. The cities where raids will take place are said to be Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, … Continue reading “Know Your Rights: How Immigrant Rights Activists Are Preparing for Looming ICE Deportation Raids”

Alex Acosta Enabled Jeffrey Epstein’s Sex Crimes. Now He’s Gutting Funding for Trafficking Victims

During a press conference Wednesday, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta dismissed calls for his resignation and defended the 2008 plea deal given to the billionaire serial child sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein while he was the U.S. prosecutor in Florida. Acosta has also come under fire for his proposal to cut funding for victims of sex trafficking. … Continue reading “Alex Acosta Enabled Jeffrey Epstein’s Sex Crimes. Now He’s Gutting Funding for Trafficking Victims”

The U.S. Women’s Soccer World Cup Win Was a Victory for Title IX & the Fight for Pay Equity

Thousands gathered in Manhattan Wednesday to celebrate the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s fourth World Cup championship at a ticker tape parade that stretched up Broadway and past Wall Street. Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and their teammates rode floats through New York City’s Canyon of Heroes, ending their celebrations at a ceremony at … Continue reading “The U.S. Women’s Soccer World Cup Win Was a Victory for Title IX & the Fight for Pay Equity”

“Unconscionable & Unacceptable”: Rep. Barragan Decries Detention of Migrant Children in Prison Cells

Yazmin Juárez, the Guatemalan mother whose child died after being held in an ICE detention center from a lung infection, testified before members of a congressional panel Wednesday. She shared the story of her daughter, 19-month-old Mariee, who died last year shortly after being released from the Dilley Family Detention Center in Texas. Juárez filed … Continue reading ““Unconscionable & Unacceptable”: Rep. Barragan Decries Detention of Migrant Children in Prison Cells”

How the Climate Crisis Is Pushing Central Americans Out of Their Homes Toward the U.S.

As the U.S. continues to crack down on migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, we look at one of the underreported driving factors leading people to flee their home countries: the climate crisis. John Carlos Frey, author of “Sand and Blood: America’s Stealth War on the Mexico Border,” spent time with Central American climate … Continue reading “How the Climate Crisis Is Pushing Central Americans Out of Their Homes Toward the U.S.”

John Carlos Frey: America’s Deadly Stealth War on the Mexico Border Is Approaching Genocide

John Carlos Frey’s new book, “Sand and Blood: America’s Stealth War on the Mexico Border,” chronicles how the U.S.-Mexico border became a war zone through decades of deadly bipartisan immigration policy. But it also examines the border through the personal history of his family. Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Frey moved to the U.S. with his … Continue reading “John Carlos Frey: America’s Deadly Stealth War on the Mexico Border Is Approaching Genocide”

The Inhumane Treatment of Migrants Is Not New. It’s a Key Part of a Decades-Old Bipartisan Policy

More than a week after lawmakers flocked to the U.S.-Mexico border to observe the horrible treatment of refugee children and families in immigration jails, reports of unsafe and unsanitary conditions for asylum seekers are continuing. In Clint, Texas, the Border Patrol station that garnered international attention for jailing hundreds of migrant children without access to … Continue reading “The Inhumane Treatment of Migrants Is Not New. It’s a Key Part of a Decades-Old Bipartisan Policy”

“This Is Not a Surprise”: U.S. Sanctions and Saber Rattling Led to Iran’s Renewed Uranium Enrichment

In ongoing fallout from the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed on Monday that Iran has begun enriching uranium above the level agreed to by the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran has threatened to continue to increase their production of enriched uranium if European signatories … Continue reading ““This Is Not a Surprise”: U.S. Sanctions and Saber Rattling Led to Iran’s Renewed Uranium Enrichment”

Despite Death Threats, Glenn Greenwald Speaks Out About Exposing Large Corruption Scandal in Brazil

A political crisis in Brazil is growing in the wake of The Intercept’s investigation into a judge who likely aided federal prosecutors in their corruption case against former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The Bolsonaro administration announced Monday that Brazilian Justice Minister Sérgio Moro has been granted a leave of absence from July … Continue reading “Despite Death Threats, Glenn Greenwald Speaks Out About Exposing Large Corruption Scandal in Brazil”

How Investigative Reporting & Survivor Testimony Toppled Billionaire Serial Abuser Jeffrey Epstein

Billionaire hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein was charged in a Manhattan federal court Monday with sex trafficking and conspiracy. He is accused of sexually assaulting and trafficking dozens of underage girls between 2002 and 2005 at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida. Epstein, who has counted Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton among … Continue reading “How Investigative Reporting & Survivor Testimony Toppled Billionaire Serial Abuser Jeffrey Epstein”

Charges Dropped Against Pregnant Shooting Victim Amid Outcry Over the Criminalization of Pregnancy

Following immense public pressure, prosecutors in Alabama have dropped manslaughter changers against Marshae Jones, a 28-year-old African-American woman whose pregnancy ended after she was shot in the stomach by a coworker. Local police accused Jones of starting the fight that led to the shooting in the parking lot of a Dollar General store outside of … Continue reading “Charges Dropped Against Pregnant Shooting Victim Amid Outcry Over the Criminalization of Pregnancy”

Jeffrey Epstein, a Billionaire Friend of Presidents Trump & Clinton, Arrested for Sex Trafficking

Billionaire hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein, who has been accused of sexually assaulting underage girls for more than a decade, will appear in federal court today in Manhattan on sex trafficking charges. He was arrested on Saturday for allegedly running a sex trafficking operation by luring underage girls as young as 14 years old to … Continue reading “Jeffrey Epstein, a Billionaire Friend of Presidents Trump & Clinton, Arrested for Sex Trafficking”

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Wins World Cup, Rebuking Pay Discrimination and President Trump

The U.S. national women’s soccer team made history by winning its record fourth World Cup after defeating the Netherlands 2 to 0 on Sunday in Lyon, France. The U.S. women’s World Cup victory came just months after members of the 2015 women’s team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation over gender discrimination. Following the victory, audience … Continue reading “U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Wins World Cup, Rebuking Pay Discrimination and President Trump”

Ta-Nehisi Coates & Danny Glover Make the Case for Reparations at Historic Congressional Hearing

On June 19, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary held a historic hearing on reparations for slavery—the first of its kind in over a decade. The hearing coincided with Juneteenth, a day that commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had abolished slavery. This year marks the … Continue reading “Ta-Nehisi Coates & Danny Glover Make the Case for Reparations at Historic Congressional Hearing”

“What to the Slave Is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’s Historic Speech

In a Fourth of July holiday special, we hear the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” He was addressing … Continue reading ““What to the Slave Is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’s Historic Speech”

Scott Warren of No More Deaths Faces Retrial for Providing Humanitarian Aid to Migrants in Arizona

Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday they will retry humanitarian aid volunteer and immigration rights activist Scott Warren on two charges related to aiding migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. This comes just a few weeks after a jury refused to convict Warren for providing water, food, clean clothes and beds to two undocumented migrants crossing the Sonoran … Continue reading “Scott Warren of No More Deaths Faces Retrial for Providing Humanitarian Aid to Migrants in Arizona”

Border Agents Caught Posting Racist, Sexist Messages About Migrants & AOC in Secret Facebook Group

Customs and Border Protection has opened an investigation into the posting of racist and xenophobic messages by current and former Border Patrol agents on a private Facebook group. More than 9,500 people are part of the group, which was exposed by ProPublica on Monday. The Facebook group is filled with racist, homophobic, anti-immigrant and misogynistic … Continue reading “Border Agents Caught Posting Racist, Sexist Messages About Migrants & AOC in Secret Facebook Group”

Kamala Harris Says She Was a Progressive Prosecutor. Her Record Tells Another Story

As Senator Kamala Harris rises in the early presidential polls, she is facing increasing scrutiny over her record as a prosecutor in California. In 2004, Harris became district attorney of San Francisco. She held the post until 2011, when she became the attorney general of California. We speak with Lara Bazelon, a professor at the … Continue reading “Kamala Harris Says She Was a Progressive Prosecutor. Her Record Tells Another Story”

New “Birther” Smear: Attacks on Kamala Harris Are Just the Latest in Trump Family’s Racist Record

California senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris is riding a new wave of momentum following her debate performance last week when she challenged Joe Biden’s past history of working with segregationist lawmakers and his opposition to busing to integrate schools in the 1970s. While Harris has jumped in several opinion polls, there has also been … Continue reading “New “Birther” Smear: Attacks on Kamala Harris Are Just the Latest in Trump Family’s Racist Record”

“Her Days Are Numbered”: Calls Grow for Hong Kong Leader to Resign as Protesters Storm Legislature

Riot police used tear gas to forcibly remove hundreds of protesters occupying a Legislature building early Tuesday morning. The activists began their occupation on Monday when they stormed Hong Kong’s Legislative Council and smashed the glass to gain entry, tearing down portraits of officials and spray-painting the walls. The action took place as hundreds of … Continue reading ““Her Days Are Numbered”: Calls Grow for Hong Kong Leader to Resign as Protesters Storm Legislature”

“We Will Not Be Quiet! Stonewall Was a Riot!”: Queer Liberation March Returns Pride to Radical Roots

Four million people took to the streets of New York City Sunday in the largest LGBTQ Pride celebration in history. There were two marches to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that sparked the modern day LGBTQ movement. Revelers marched down Fifth Avenue cheered on by millions for the WorldPride parade. And in … Continue reading ““We Will Not Be Quiet! Stonewall Was a Riot!”: Queer Liberation March Returns Pride to Radical Roots”

Trump Makes History by Walking Into North Korea. Could This Help to Finally End the Korean War?

President Trump made history Sunday when he became the first sitting U.S. president to step foot in North Korea. Trump was there to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the military demarcation line at the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Kim then invited Trump to cross the line, which has divided North and South Korea since … Continue reading “Trump Makes History by Walking Into North Korea. Could This Help to Finally End the Korean War?”

Remembering Stonewall: On 50th Anniversary, Leaders of Uprising Look Back on Sparking the LGBTQ Movement

Fifty years ago today, just after midnight, at 1:30 in the morning on June 28, 1969, New York City police officers raided a gay- and trans-friendly bar called the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. As the police began dragging some of the patrons out, the community fought back, sparking three days of … Continue reading “Remembering Stonewall: On 50th Anniversary, Leaders of Uprising Look Back on Sparking the LGBTQ Movement”

Dem Candidates All Support Healthcare for Undocumented People, Split On Decriminalizing Immigration

Immigration was among the top issues in the second night of the first Democratic presidential debates, with California Senator Kamala Harris saying she would reinstate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that provides a temporary work permit and deportation relief for undocumented youth, on her first day in office. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg … Continue reading “Dem Candidates All Support Healthcare for Undocumented People, Split On Decriminalizing Immigration”

Kamala Harris Challenges Biden on Opposing Busing & Integration In 1970s: “That Little Girl Was Me”

The second night of the first Democratic presidential debate was billed as a face-off between front-runners former Vice President Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, but it was California Senator Kamala Harris who took command of the stage Thursday night. Harris sparred with Biden over his recent comments about working with segregationists in the Senate and … Continue reading “Kamala Harris Challenges Biden on Opposing Busing & Integration In 1970s: “That Little Girl Was Me””

Supreme Court Hands GOP Big Victory on Gerrymandering, Ensuring “Massive Election Rigging”

The Supreme Court hands down two major decisions. The first is a victory for Republicans, allowing extreme partisan gerrymandering to continue. The other temporarily blocks the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question on the 2020 census. We get response from Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones, a reporting fellow at the Type Media … Continue reading “Supreme Court Hands GOP Big Victory on Gerrymandering, Ensuring “Massive Election Rigging””

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: We Need to Make Structural Changes to Our Government & Economy

Senator Elizabeth Warren pushed for structural changes to the U.S. government in Wednesday’s presidential debate, saying she would make college free and eliminate private insurance altogether. We speak with Anand Giridharadas, editor-at-large at Time magazine and author of “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World,” about Warren’s debate performance and the issues … Continue reading “Sen. Elizabeth Warren: We Need to Make Structural Changes to Our Government & Economy”

Activists Still Want a Separate Debate on Climate After It Received Just 7 Minutes in First Debate

As the Democratic debate took place in Miami, climate activists from the Sunrise Movement protested the Democratic National Committee’s refusal to host a climate change-centered primary debate. Climate activists are still camping out in front of DNC headquarters in Washington, D.C. At last night’s two-hour debate, about seven minutes focused on climate issues.

She the People’s Aimee Allison: We Need a Candidate to Support Economic, Racial and Gender Politics

The first night of the two-part 2020 presidential debate kicked off Wednesday night with a focus on the economy, healthcare, immigration, gun control, Iran and climate change. It was a historic night with three female candidates taking part: Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. It … Continue reading “She the People’s Aimee Allison: We Need a Candidate to Support Economic, Racial and Gender Politics”

In First Debate, Julián Castro Challenges Democrats to End the Criminalization of Immigration

The Democrats’ first debate was held in Miami, Florida. The venue was less than an hour away from Homestead, Florida, where more than 2,000 unaccompanied minors are incarcerated in a for-profit detention center run by Caliburn. Trump’s former Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly sits on its board. Prior to the debate, Senators Warren and … Continue reading “In First Debate, Julián Castro Challenges Democrats to End the Criminalization of Immigration”

Survivor of WWII Internment Camp Speaks Out: Japanese Americans Know the Trauma of Child Detention

Amid reports of inhumane and degrading conditions at child immigration jails along the southern border, we speak with Satsuki Ina, a Japanese-American psychotherapist who was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center, a maximum-security internment camp for Japanese Americans during WWII. “After decades of living our lives as compliant and quiet, and demonstrating and proving … Continue reading “Survivor of WWII Internment Camp Speaks Out: Japanese Americans Know the Trauma of Child Detention”

DHS Whistleblower Who Spoke Out Against Obama-Era Immigration Jails Condemns Conditions on Border

Immigration jails along the southern border are facing heightened scrutiny following horrific reports of dirty and unhygienic conditions at a detention center in Clint, Texas, and other facilities. We speak with government whistleblower Dr. Scott Allen, who was hired in 2014 to inspect facilities where immigrant families are incarcerated, who says degrading conditions for jailed … Continue reading “DHS Whistleblower Who Spoke Out Against Obama-Era Immigration Jails Condemns Conditions on Border”

AOC Joins Other Progressives to Vote Against Dems on Funding Bill for DHS, Call for Abolition of ICE

A divided House approved a contentious $4.5 billion emergency funding package to address the border crisis Tuesday, under growing pressure to address the Trump administration’s inhumane treatment of migrants. The bill passed largely along party lines in a 230-195 vote, with some progressive Democrats voting in favor after negotiating to include provisions including new health … Continue reading “AOC Joins Other Progressives to Vote Against Dems on Funding Bill for DHS, Call for Abolition of ICE”

Trump Admin. Moves 100 Migrant Kids Back to “Child Jail” Despite Concern Over Inhumane Conditions

The Department of Homeland Security has moved 100 migrant children back to a Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas, where infants and toddlers have been locked up without adequate food, water, sanitation or medical care, with older children having to care for the younger ones. Around 300 kids were removed from the facility Monday following … Continue reading “Trump Admin. Moves 100 Migrant Kids Back to “Child Jail” Despite Concern Over Inhumane Conditions”

Juan González: There Are Refugees in Desperate Need of Help in Airports Across the United States

Co-host Juan González was at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport this past Sunday, where he encountered Central American refugee families recently released from detention centers. The families, who were from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, had been left there by Immigration and Customs Enforcement without guidance or a translator to help them navigate their flight information. … Continue reading “Juan González: There Are Refugees in Desperate Need of Help in Airports Across the United States”

Oregon Republicans Backed By Right-Wing Militias Flee State to Stall Vote on Historic Climate Bill

The Oregon state Legislature has been in a standoff for nearly one week, after 11 Republican lawmakers fled the Capitol Thursday to avoid voting on a landmark climate change bill. Some are believed to be hiding out in Idaho. Right-wing militias supporting the rogue GOP legislators have threatened violence, which led the remaining lawmakers to … Continue reading “Oregon Republicans Backed By Right-Wing Militias Flee State to Stall Vote on Historic Climate Bill”

Jonathan Kozol: Joe Biden Didn’t Just Praise Segregationists. He Also Spent Years Fighting Busing

Former Vice President Joe Biden made headlines last week when he fondly reminisced about his “civil” relationship in the 1970s and 1980s with segregationist senators James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia. While Biden’s recent comments made the news, far less attention has been paid to the former vice president’s actual record. In … Continue reading “Jonathan Kozol: Joe Biden Didn’t Just Praise Segregationists. He Also Spent Years Fighting Busing”