Political Analysis

From the grassroots to Washington and beyond, the realities of politics and power are routinely cloaked in euphemism and evasion.

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Just two days after President Obama's 2014 SOTU address, Sandy LeonVest hosts the third show in her ongoing series, Unharmonic Convergence.

DemocracyHOW? -- The 3-D State of the Union: Dysfunctional, Divided, Dire features responses from the REAL America to President Obama's SOTU address. Sandy includes excerpts from award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker Jeremy Scahill, a group of black grassroots organizers from Chicago, and a speech delivered by Socialist Party organizer and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant -- on the same day as Obama's SOTU.

Later in the hour, Sandy is joined by teacher, author, eco-socialist and environmental activist Chris Williams. Chris is author of the book, "Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis."


She's also joined by author, journalist and civil rights activist Kevin Alexander Gray. Kevin is a community organizer in Columbia, South Carolina. He’s the author of the book, "Waiting for Lightning to Strike: The Fundamentals of Black Politics." and a frequent contributor to progressive and Black American publications, among them Counterpunch, Black Agenda Report and Black News … Kevin Alexander Gray is the former president of the south Carolina ACLU

The three discuss the ways in which the 2014 SOTU address failed to address the root of the problem that currently threatens to decimate what remains of our democracy, the American working (and middle) classes and the environment. They also discuss the ways in which this nation"s economic system (capitalism) has failed the vast majority of Americans. They talk the convergence of the environmental movement with the movement for racial equality, and how the US could -- with a concerted, organized effort by The People -- have it all -- more (and better-paying. less-polluting) jobs, less climate change and less injustice. They talk about democratizing opportunity, wealth and energy, and about Obama and others' attempts to create change within a broken and unsustainable system, versus REAL, systemic change, racial justice and “eco-socialism."

Learn more about Kevin Alexander Gray and his work at: http://kevinalexandergray.com/
 
 

 

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Jan 24th, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:15 pm

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE 

TONIGHT on Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest hosts "Water, Water Everywhere" -- the second installment of PRN's ongoing series, "Unharmonic Convergence"

Joining Sandy to kick off the hour, Food&Water Watch's Adam Scow, who talks about the "unharmonic convergence" taking place in California right now -- how and why the Golden State's "mega-drought" is unharmonically converging with a number of forces. Among them, hydrofracking, Governor Brown's water-stealing Twin Tunnels project and his ties with Big Oil&Gas -- all against the backdrop of ever-accelerating climate change.
Later, West Virginia human rights activist, radio journalist and planet-defender Bob Kincaid, of Head-on Radio, joins Sandy to talk about West Virginia's recent massive chemical spill, mountaintop removal and the connection between "environmental injustice" and increasing poverty and inequality worldwide.
***Soon to come on Political Analysis, an entire hour dedicated to how and why water privatization -- an increasingly troubling phenomenon -- is worsening what is already a criminal violation of human rights -- and the rights of all living things -- here in the US.
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Jan 17th, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork at 12:55 pm

UNHARMONIC CONVERGENCE

Tonight, Political Analysis host Sandy LeonVest kicks off a series of programs tackling the "unharmonic convergence" of (corporate-sponsored) ecological disasters currently threatening to destroy what is left of the nation's -- and the planet's -- water, food and air. This January 16th pilot, "Fukushima, California -- Rumor V Reality," features Dr. Nicholas Fisher (who reportedly told the Los Angeles Times last week that radiation from Fukushima "poses no public health risk"); Chuck McCune, anti-nuclear activist, veteran disaster preparedness expert and adviser to a host of public agencies -- including the NRC, DHS and FEMA; and Mimi German, lifelong activist, founder of RadCast.org, and one of the original founders of No Nukes NW in Portland, Oregon. The two take on Dr. Nicholas Fisher, whose research recently found that California's food and water supplies are safe, and that Fukushima poses little threat.

 

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