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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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/


Learn more about Chris Williams and his work at: http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/3801http://climateandcapitalism.com/ecosocialism-ten-essential-articles-and-five-essential-books/http://systemchangenotclimatechange.org/2013/05/12/chris-williams-what-is-ecosocialism-and-how-do-we-get-there/ and many other places on the worldwide web.

Tonight on Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest is joined by Michael Mariotte, president of NIRS (the Nuclear Information & Resource Service) for Part Five of her series, MEET THE BEAST. This week, Sandy introduces the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) -- "the Beast that regulates the (nuclear) Beast." 
MEET THE NRC introduces listeners to the five commissioners charged with protecting public health and safety -- and regulating the nuclear industry. And, even if you're not surprised to learn who is guarding the nuclear "hen house," you will get an earful about exactly WHO and WHAT this particular Beast is protecting -- and whose interests it is promoting.
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Apr 10th, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork at 8:33 pm
On tonight's Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest presents MEET THE BEAST, Part Four: FRACKING BEAST MEETS KEYSTONE XL

Sandy is joined in this endeavor by DeSmogBlog's Steve Horn

They discuss TransCanada's recently proposed ANR oil pipeline, and Steve Horn's recent article at DeSmog Blog (www.desmogblog.com), titled, "ANR Pipeline: Introducing TransCanada's Keystone XL for Fracking."
They also discuss the broader connections (and "unharmonic convergences"), connecting the dots between hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and oil pipelines like Keystone XL -- and how these converge in not-so-subtle ways with nuclear and military interests.

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Apr 3rd, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork at 8:12 pm

Tonight, Political Analysis host Sandy LeonVest presents the third broadcast in her series, MEET THE BEAST. 


During the first half-hour, Sandy focuses on the triple threat of fracking+earthquakes+radioactive chemicals. AND ... In true BeastBusting spirit, she shines a Big Bright Light right into the eyes of some of the BIGGEST FRACKING BEASTS on the planet!
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