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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.
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 11, 2018 WTF White Women?
2016 was bad. 2018 was worse. While 52 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump and Mike Pence in 2016, in 2018, 76 percent of white women voted for Brian Kemp. So white women are either stupid or spoiled. I say spoiled.
SHARE Monday, November 5, 2018 Hate Speech at Homeland Security
Someone, most likely in broad daylight beneath half a dozen surveillance cameras, felt confident enough to write "KILL NIGGERS" in capital letters on what has got to be one of the most highly policed blocks in the world. Who? Will we ever know?
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 27, 2018 Is Donald Trump Responsible for Violence? Yes.
Trump. Complicit in killing? Absolutely. This president's closer to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates than any other, and he's stayed that way, not only since the demonstration assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but over almost four years of a Saudi air war that's created what the UN calls the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
SHARE Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Ominous Silence on the Anniversary of the ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act turned 28 this July. The ADA was signed into law on July 26th, 1990 by the first President Bush. It prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life.
SHARE Saturday, July 7, 2018 Jeff Sessions Sets Back the Clock
Pay no attention to what the media says about how undermined Jeff Sessions is. President Donald Trump may bait him publicly via tweet, but in private, at the Department of Justice, Sessions is a man on a mission to roll back civil rights. And that's just what he's doing.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 23, 2018 National Suicide Point?
Colonizers cut down fruit trees and olive groves and uprooted relationships to break apart autonomous social networks. Smash society and you create craven people. Craven, from the early English word meaning crushed, defeated, overwhelmed.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Throwing Shade, Not Light, on Youth Voting
The seasonal downpour is especially important this year because, for the first time, 18-35-year-old "millennials" -- and their even younger counterparts, "generation z" -- will be America's single largest voting block with power to swing the result if they actually turn out to cast a ballot. The perennial question is, will they?
SHARE Friday, May 25, 2018 After Brexit, Blexit: Putting Your Money Where Your Life Is
Brexit's what the British public voted to do when they felt the European Union wasn't serving their best interests. Blexit's what some Black residents of the Twin Cities have decided to do to free themselves from the city's white dominated financial institutions.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 21, 2018 Life or Death for the FCC
Reverse net neutrality? Open the floodgates to more media monopoly? Chairman Pai, a former staffer to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has in mind to accomplish all that and more. He leads the commission's Republican majority in lockstep, and they've already proposed radical reductions to Lifeline, the meager subsidy that helps low income people connect to doctors, nurses, and public assistance.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 8, 2018 What if Ida B. Wells Depended on Facebook?
From Paine to Wells, it has always been media at the margins -- not the center -- that has brought critical issues to a boil so that bigger, "recognized" media could inhale the steam. American democracy has not advanced thanks to the mainstream media, but rather thanks to reporters on a mission and with the means to tell the uncomfortable, unfamiliar, uncommon truth.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 11, 2018 After Maria: Puerto Rican Self-Determination
What's in store for Puerto Rico's future? Some people are pushing to privatize everything from education to the power grid. In the massive gaps left by our official response, individuals, communities, and organizations are stepping in.