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Cole Harrison on Senate vote on Saudi-led war in Yemen

Villagers scour rubble after the bombing of Hajar Aukaish, Yemen, April 2015; photo by Almigdad Mojalli.
Villagers scour rubble after the bombing of Hajar Aukaish, Yemen, April 2015; photo by Almigdad Mojalli.

In this episode of Growl, we speak with Cole Harrison, Executive Director of Massachusetts Peace Action, based in Cambridge, Mass. At issue is last week’s Senate vote in favor of allowing floor debate on Senate Joint Resolution 54 to proceed, which would pave the way for ending U.S. support for the Saudi-led campaign against Yemen.

Villagers scour rubble after the bombing of Hajar Aukaish, Yemen, April 2015; photo by Almigdad Mojalli.

Harrison says that Mass Peace Action is encouraged by this legislation, introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) but notes that this is just a first step towards shutting down a conflict that has ballooned into the planet’s worst humanitarian crisis in the last four years.

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Growl #4 Movement for a People’s Party

On today’s show, we hear from Nick Brana, Founder and National Director of The Movement for a People’s Party. You’ve likely heard him on Democracy Now! and the Jimmy Dore Show. I spoke with him this summer, before all hell broke loose around here, and I’m glad, finally, to be able to share our wide-ranging conversation. Brana will explain what’s at the heart of this movement that continues to gain momentum as the gap between voters’ concerns and elected representatives’ willingness to act continues to widen.

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Growl #3: Ajamu Baraka on war, militarized policing, and the new, New Left

Ajamu Baraka; submitted photo.
Ajamu Baraka; submitted photo.

 

This episode needs NO lengthy text support. Ajamu Baraka, Jill Stein’s running mate in the 2016 Presidential Elections, has one of the most insightful, penetrating minds you should be glad you don’t have to square off against. His decades-long, unbroken track record of commitment to a truly progressive vision is a testament both to his principled activism and his personal investment in the ideals of human value.

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Growl #2: Net Neutrality Ajitation (nsfw)

Graphic Composed of (left to right) Tubes, by glasseyes view (axel); cropped, resized; CC BY-SA 2.0 / Loading, courtesy Battle for the Net / Net Neutrality, courtesy Public Knowledge/
Graphic Composed of (left to right) Tubes, by glasseyes view (axel); cropped, resized; CC BY-SA 2.0 / Loading, courtesy Battle for the Net / Net Neutrality, courtesy Public Knowledge/

Normally, I’d write up a fairly lengthy summary of what you’re going to hear in this episode. Not a lot of point in that, honestly. The topic is net net neutrality—what it is, how it came to be under attack for a third time, and what the consequences are if the battle to defend it fails.

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Growl #1: Richard Wolff on the TPP and Vanishing Higher Ed Careers

"Economic Update with Richard D, Wolff" airs on Greylock Nation weekly on Friday mornings at 10 EST and repeats on the following Monday at 2 p.m. EST.
“Economic Update with Richard D, Wolff” airs on Greylock Nation weekly on Friday mornings at 10 EST and repeats on the following Monday at 2 p.m. EST.

Long before I had the chance to have a conversation with Richard Wolff about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, I heard him speak on an episode of Alternative Radio, entitled “Capitalism: Fantasies & Realities.” I was, I thought at the moment the show came on, not in the mood to hear another dry diatribe against an economic system that has so obviously blown a gasket. The facts were plain. The evidence was all around us, and yet such a tiny fraction of the American population seemed to have a clue that I couldn’t fathom how another academic exploration of the subject was going to do anybody any good. Keep Reading

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