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Laura Flanders is the host of "GRIT TV" the new, news and culture discussion program aired daily on Free Speech TV (Dish Network ch. 9415) and online at the popular blog site Firedoglake.com. Flanders also hosts RadioNation, on Air America Radio, the weekly radio program of the Nation Magazine. She is the author of Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics Back from the Politiicans (The Penguin Press, 2007) and the New York Times bestseller BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004), an expose of women in George W. Bush's Cabinet. Flanders was founding director of the Women's Desk at the media watch group, FAIR and for more than ten years she produced and hosted CounterSpin, Fair's radio program. For more information and to contribute video to GRIT TV go to www.grittv.org.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 29, 2021 Time to Take the Mittens Off!
For those who have been paying attention to something else, in the days after the Biden/Harris inauguration, a picture of Vermont's Senator Sanders siting masked and in mittens went viral.
SHARE Thursday, November 19, 2020 The Media's Quadrennial Eclipse
It's the quadrennial eclipse. Every election season, our picture of power momentarily opens up to include something resembling a society before it snaps back to narrow in on a few so-called "power brokers" in Washington and on Wall Street.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 7, 2020 If the President had HIV, He Could be in Prison
Could Donald Trump be charged with a crime for knowingly exposing others to an infectious disease? He could if that disease was hepatitis. If the Donald was a poor man, poorly defended and in poor health, there's a good chance he'd be facing criminal charges.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 2, 2020 Take On the Tech Mob Now or Perish
Six months into a global pandemic, the US economy just took its most grievous hit on record, while Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook only added wealth.
SHARE Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Paradigms Take Years to Shift
Defund Police. Invest in Black Lives. What just weeks ago was a slogan is fast becoming law. Minneapolis City Council has voted with a veto-proof majority to replace law enforcement with a "transformative new model of public safety."
SHARE Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Covid-19 Demands A National Reckoning
The U.S. already has over one million confirmed cases of Covid-19 and tens of thousands of deaths. Victims of the disease are disproportionately black and working class. What explains our failure to build a more caring state?
SHARE Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Mutual Aid Justice: Beyond Survival
Transformative justice applies the principles of mutual aid to justice. It seeks to resolve violence for the long term at the peer-to-peer, grassroots level by looking for resolution, not punishment, and relying on community, not the system.
SHARE Sunday, March 29, 2020 Forward Thinking on Covid-19: Lebanon
In this interview, activist Dayna Ash breaks down the people's response to Covid-19 and the fight for justice in Lebanon. "Losing hope is a privilege we cannot afford," she says. "We will continue. We will push forward..."
SHARE Saturday, August 17, 2019 Woodstock Urges Roaming
Radical journalist Andrew Kopkind wrote about the Woodstock Peace and Music Fair in August 1969, just days after the event. "When we find out we have to fight for love, all hell will break loose," he wrote. Fifty years on, after a night spent largely on that big wet, now commercialized field in Bethel, New York, I'm pondering what's happened since. What's taken so long?
SHARE Tuesday, June 18, 2019 In Barcelona, Being a Fearless City Mayor Means Letting the People Decide
Led by former housing activist Ada Colau, who was elected Mayor in May 2015, Barcelona's government has been in the hands of a movement that had become a political party -- Barcelona en Comú. They won office on a pledge to "develop the city as a commons," meaning a place for people, not a profit center for speculators and extractive corporations.
SHARE Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Special Report: Whose Economy Is It? Ours.
New York City faces the serious challenges of any major city, specifically when it comes to inequality and climate risks. But with democratic majorities at both the city and state level in government, addressing those challenges is more possible now than it's been in decades.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 30, 2019 Collusion in Plain Sight
The media has no reason to worry. There's plenty of collusion in plain sight, and it wouldn't take a 22-month inquiry to find Trump conspiring with enemies of US democracy, if only the US media spent a fraction of the time they've spent covering Russia-gate looking at Trump's relationship with killer corporations and hate groups.
SHARE Sunday, March 10, 2019 Making American Journalism Great and Different
Local papers have taken a hit. There's no debate about that. The same miserable mob that mauled Main Street banks has plundered and pillaged newspapers across the country. Pursuing only profits, private hedge funds bought and stripped even long-lived legacy papers, leaving them for dead.
SHARE Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Time For Socialist History Month?
his primary campaign is not going to be about where Democrats stand on things like abortion and marriage and voting rights, but rather on where they stand on property rights and public ownership and workplace democracy and taxes. Much as they're out of practice, journalists are going to have to grapple with economics.
SHARE Monday, December 31, 2018 Arundhati Roy on Fiction in the Face of Rising Fascism
The thing is, people spend so much time mocking Trump or waiting for him to be impeached. And the danger with that kind of obsession with a single person is that you don't see the system that produced him. What would happen if he wasn't there tomorrow and Mike Pence came? Would it be better?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 8, 2018 HUD Official to Move Into Public Housing?
The federal housing official responsible for the New York City region says she plans to move into public housing to spotlight inhumane conditions, but if she really wanted to spotlight inhumanity in housing, she'd move big money out of precious city housing stock.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Amazon Gives to End Homelessness? That's Rich.
They call it Giving Tuesday, and we've just marked the seventh annual this week. It's supposed to kick off a season of charitable giving, but the way some corporate robber barons use it for public relations is enough to turn your stomach.