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Kandi Mossett on Native American Pipeline Protests

For many people, what's happening right now in North Dakota is a crucial story of a frontline fight of indigenous people against extractive industry—and on behalf of humanity, really, and the planet.

‘If You’re So Proud of This Technology, Put It on the Label’ - CounterSpin interview with Patty Lovera about GMO labeling

"If we’re going to tell people that they are voting with their dollars and they're making decisions, you have to give them all the information. And when we came to that line, the industry wasn’t willing to do that."

Felicia Kornbluh on the Politics of Welfare

we're told we're in a moment of reconsideration, perhaps, of the notion that depriving needy people of assistance would lead to their gainful employment and well-being. A true reconsideration of the 1990s welfare overhaul would require a so-far invisible recentering of the people in its crosshairs: low-income women, particularly mothers raising children on their own.

‘We’re Trying to Transform How Policy Looks in the 21st Century’ - CounterSpin interview with Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson on 'A Vision for Black Lives'

"This very platform is a manifestation of ongoing work that’s been happening in the black radical tradition, in the black liberation struggle, before many of us were even born."

Donna Murch on For-Profit Punishment, Patty Lovera on GMO Labeling

One of the legacies of Michael Brown's killing, two years ago this week, was the exposure of police departments like Ferguson, Missouri's, that have a system for profiting from fines and fees for low-level infractions that targets African-Americans disproportionately.

‘The Real Battle Is, Who’s Going to Own the Energy Supply?’ - CounterSpin interview with Harvey Wasserman on renewables and nuclear energy

"These guys running around defending nuclear power aren’t just defending nuclear power. What they’re really about is protecting the grid, which is corporate-owned and corporate-controlled."

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson on A Vision for Black Lives, William Hartung on US Arms Trade

The Movement for Black Lives has never relied on corporate media to get their message out. But the coalition's newly released policy platform does provide an opportunity for journalists—sometimes given to ponder what black activists are for—to engage those ideas.

‘We Have to Have Disability as Part of Our Discussion’ - CounterSpin interview with David Perry on disability and police violence

"The media will talk about someone with mental illness, but it’s often in a way that blames the mental illness for the eventual force used against them."

‘These Agreements Depend on Secrecy in Order to Pass’ - CounterSpin interviews with Lori Wallach, Peter Maybarduk and Karen Hansen-Kuhn on trade pacts and corporate globalization

"These are specific choices. Interests that wanted to pursue certain strategies for their maximizing of profits got their protections to help them offshore, put in specific instruments called NAFTA, WTO, that deliver a specific version of globalization."

David Perry on Disabilities and Police Violence, Harvey Wasserman on Nuclear vs. Renewables

The disability community is routinely marginalized in the media, making hard to address the frequency with which law enforcement's use of force involves people with disabilities.

‘The Impact That It Had on People Was Not Really Covered’

"So for Democrats and Republicans, the stake is the vote, and they are both in the battle to keep power or to gain power, but for communities like the ones United We Dream works with, which we work largely with Latino and immigrant communities in over 25 states, what is at stake is really an existential threat for us."

‘The Public Is Viewed Not as Someone to Be Helped, but as an Enemy to Be Contained’

"What’s needed is something that really asks, why have we so dramatically expanded the role for police, and why are we so heavily targeting poor and minority communities for this kind of intensive and invasive policing?"

Lori Wallach, Peter Maybarduk and Karen Hansen-Kuhn on Corporate Globalization

Few ideas are as hard-wired into current corporate media as the notion that so-called "free trade" agreements of the sort we have are best for everyone. Given that the deals are not primarily about trade, and that what freedom they entail accrues to corporations and not people, you could say the very use of the term "free trade" implies a bias,

‘Abortion Is a Fundamental Component of a Full Spectrum of Healthcare’ - CounterSpin interview with Jessica Mason Pieklo on abortion ruling

"This is a decision that really has the potential to be a big pivot for reproductive rights advocates, in terms of the way the Court and the law rhetorically considers abortion restrictions."

Alex Vitale on Overpolicing, Cristina Jiménez on Immigration Ruling

Media insist there is "nationwide soul-searching" going on on the problem of racist police brutality. Certainly there is pain and anger, but when it comes time to talk about how to change things, corporate media don't seem to have a great deal to say.

‘Abortion Is a Fundamental Component of a Full Spectrum of Healthcare’

"This is a decision that really has the potential to be a big pivot for reproductive rights advocates, in terms of the way the Court and the law rhetorically considers abortion restrictions."

‘You Cannot Use Military Force to Wipe Out Terrorism’

"You cannot use military force to wipe out terrorism. You can use military force to get rid of opposition military forces in a city somewhere, at enormous cost, as we’ve seen. But what happens is they then pop up somewhere else doing terrible things to a different population."

Phyllis Bennis on ISIS Attacks, Jessica Mason Pieklo on Abortion Ruling

Some might say the recent attacks claimed by ISIS in Baghdad, in Istanbul and in Medina are proof that the US should invest more in the so-called "War on Terror." What will it take to turn the conversation away from the idea of bombing our way to peace and safety?

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