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'White Like Me'
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' MAY 14, 2015:"WHITE LIKE ME: RACE, RACISM AND WHITE PRIVILEGE IN AMERICA is the new documentary by activist, educator and author TIM WISE. And the Million Moms march hits the DMV.

May 20, 2015, 00:34

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War at Home, War Abroad
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' MAY 7, 2015:THE WAR AT HOME, THE WAR ABROAD. We spend the hour with writer and activist Gerald Horne, discussing the the Baltimore uprising, police brutality and economics, including the priorities for U.S. spending, war and the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty. GUEST: Professor Gerald Horne. OTHER VOICES: Maria Hamilton, founder of the Million Moms March. Headlines and more. First week of spring fundraiser.

May 13, 2015, 17:31

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Baltimore's Real 'Looting'
'ON THE GROUND,' APRIL 30, 2015: THE DEATH OF FREDDIE GRAY, ECONOMIC VIOLENCE AND THE ‘LOOTING’ OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY. More so than other cases in this recent spate of deaths at the hands of police, Freddie Gray’s death has allowed the aperture to widen to take in the larger picture of economic violence, the life-suffocating impact of systemic unemployment, lack of education and opportunity and the looting of Black communities. Guests: Latoya Francis-Williams and Brother Cliff of Kuumba Report Online. Also, the complete eulogy for Freddie Gray, deliveredl by the Rev. Jamal Bryant.

May 13, 2015, 16:53

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MARCHING 250 MILES FOR JUSTICE
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' APRIL 23, 2015: MARCHING 250 MILES FOR JUSTICE As the DMV becomes the focus for the latest death in police custody, 100 marchers in the March2Justice descend on the nation's capital to stop police violence and murder. Guest: Linda Sarsour of the New York Justice League. Other voices: Jasiri X, Charles Rangel (D-New York), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), family members of those slain by the police, including Martinez Sutton, brother of Rekia Boyd, shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer.

Apr 29, 2015, 00:07

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THE FIGHT FOR $15
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' APRIL 16, 2015: LOW-WAGE WORKERS IN DC JOIN THE FIGHT FOR $15 NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION. And the #MARCH2JUSTICE heads to Baltimore and DC from New York. Guests and voices: Delvone Michael, Lisa Brown, Cynthia Murray, the Rev. Graylan Hagler, the DC Labor Chorus, Ayanna Gregory and more.

Apr 29, 2015, 00:04

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FROM FERGUSON TO AYOTZINAPA
'ON THE GROUND,' APRIL 9, 2015: FROM FERGUSON TO AYOTZINAPA, TO SOUTH CAROLINA, THIS WEEK IS ALL ABOUT PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THE AMERICAS AND STATE VIOLENCE.. Also, DC’s homecare workers are joining fast food workers and other low-wage workers in the national Fight for $15. Guests and voices: Parents and family members of the 43 missing students from Mexico: Anayeli Guerrero de la Cruz, Clemente Rodriguez Moreno and Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval. Plus, DC homecare workers Michael Thompson and Paula Wilson.

Apr 28, 2015, 23:48

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Voices: National Poetry Month
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' APRIL 2, 2015: VOICES OF POETS AND GERALD HORNE At the start of National Poetry Month, touted as the largest literary celebration in the world, voices of poets on today’s show. And Gerald Horne joins us to discuss the latest media excursion into race. Guests and voices: Gerald Horne, ELPJ, Tomkat, Niki Herd,DC’s Youth Slam Team: Hannah Smallwood, Gaelyn Smith, Mili Mehari, Bobbi Johnson, Shayla Johnson and Kenya Newsome.

Apr 7, 2015, 23:08

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'No' to War, 'Yes' to Dalit Rights
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' MARCH 26, 2015: IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE, PROTESTERS SAY “NO’ TO WAR WITHOUT END AND THE DALIT PEOPLE ELEVATE THEIR STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS at an historic conference and demonstration. Guests and voices: Carl Dix, Cindy Sheehan, David Swanson, Vidya Karuna, Zoe Sherinian,Mikuak Rai. Headlines and more.

Apr 7, 2015, 22:23

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The 'Pre-Fascist' Society
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' MARCH 19, 2015: A TOWN HALL FOR DC HOMECARE WORKERS AND AUTHOR SAM ANDERSON ON THE ‘PRE-FASCIST’ SOCIETY. Economist and author Julianne Malveaux moderates a town hall about the plight of DC homecare workers and this month’s installment of “The F word” with author, activist and educator Sam Anderson. Guests and Voices: Julianne Malveaux, Sam Anderson, Robert Reich. Headlines on upcoming actions on the Trans Pacific Partnership, the “Spring Rising” anti-war protest and an historic conference and demonstration for Dalit rights.

Mar 24, 2015, 22:05

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Hands Off Venezuela
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' MARCH 12, 2015:
VENEZUELA A NATIONAL THREAT?
So what’s up with President Obama declaring Venezuela to be a threat to the United States? We talk to Arturo Viscarra of School of America’s Watch and hear a program produced by the Hands off Venezuela Coalition. Guests and voices: Arturo Viscarra, Anthony Gray, Mark Weisbrot, Heather MacIntosh, Joanna “Tigress” Rowley.

Mar 24, 2015, 21:48

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Racist and 'Unconstitutional'
LISTEN; 'ON THE GROUND, MARCH 5, 2015; AS THE NATION PREPARE TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF BLOODY SUNDAY, a NEW JUSTICE REPORT reveals a systematic attempt to deprive African Americans of their constitutional rights. Also, the documentary “India’s Daughter,” about the shame of rape culture in India, is banned in that country. Guests and Voices: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Gerald Horne, Brian Becker. Headlines and more.

Mar 24, 2015, 21:31

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Black Farmers Speak!
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' FEBRUARY 26, 2015: BLACK FARMERS CONVERGE ON THE DMV AND WANT YOU TO KNOW MORE about food, SUSTAINABILITY and the loss of Black FARM land. Dori Maynard, a champion of media diversity, joins the ancestors and activists get ready to take on AIPAC and ISRAEL’S PRIME MINISTER, Headlines on Cove Point activists, the victory for net neutrality and more. Guests and Voices: Richard Prince, Dori Maynard, Tim Wu, Steve Norris, Michael Stewart and Michael Byfield. Headlines and more.

Mar 24, 2015, 21:02

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Black History and State Violence
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' FEBRUARY 19, 2015: BLACK HISTORY AND STATE VIOLENCE. During Black History Month 2015, the Black Lives Matter Movement forces us to examine the long history of physical and economic violence by the state against African Americans…A conversation for this month’s installment of “The F Word” with veteran activists and educators Rosemari Mealy and Sam Anderson…Also, Venezuelans commemorate the one-year anniversary of the orchestrated violence and destabilization within their country. Headlines on Moral Mondays, Blackstone and more. Other voices: Luci Murphy, the Rev. William Barber and Pablo LaParra. Week 3 of Winter Fundraiser.

Mar 24, 2015, 20:48

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Cuba and the New 'Cold War'
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' FEBRUARY 12, 2015: WHAT WILL A NEW “COLD WAR” MEAN FOR THAWING US-CUBA RELATIONS? A NEW EXHIBIT TAKES A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY THOUGH THE DIASPORA AND A NEW OSCAR-NOMINATED MOVIE,”TIMBUKTU” FOCUSES ON AFRICA. Headlines on DC celebration for release of the Cuban 5 and more. Guests and voices: Gerald Horne, Allen Uzikee Nelson, Januwa Moja, Joseph Torres and Alicia Jrapko.

Feb 17, 2015, 21:12

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Whose Power? Our Power!
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' FEBRUARY 5, 2015:
THE PLANNED TAKEOVER OF DC’s ELECTRIC UTILITY BY A NUCLEAR GIANT
On this first day for us of the Winter Fund Drive, we’re talking about a FAR LARGER MONTHLY bill—our electric bill. You may not know about it but there is a planned multi-billion dollar takeover of PEPCO—Washington, DC’s electric power utility—by Exelon, a Chicago-based nuclear energy giant. And you also might not know that the conventional wisdom in conventional political circles is that this planned merger is ALL BUT A DONE DEAL. But a diverse coalition of citizen groups, environmentalists and other social justice organizations are saying NOT SO FAST. This coalition, called Power DC, is urging DC residents and other concerned citizens of the DMV to write the DC Public Service Commission by March 26th. If this merger goes through, activists say DC’s electric bills will be higher and service will be even less reliable than under PEPCO.

Feb 17, 2015, 20:53

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Exploring Dystopia as our Reality
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' JANUARY 29, 2015:
EXPLORING DYSTOPIA AS OUR REALITY

When it comes to state violence, surveillance and repression, is our reality stranger than fiction? Today we’re introducing our new arts and politics segment for each fourth Thursday of the month. Today, we’ll consider literature and movies that depict a dystopia—defined as a society characterized by human misery and oppression. We’ll talk to a teacher whose students are exploring how WE are living in a dystopia. GUESTS AND VOICES: Sheryl Byfield, Margaret Flowers, Kevin Zeese and Medea Benjamin. Headlines on TPP protests and more.

Feb 3, 2015, 01:05

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From Selma to Ferguson to Gaza
Jasiri X
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' JANUARY 22, 2015: FROM SELMA TO FERGUSON TO GAZA TO HERE
On #RECLAIM MLK WEEKEND, thousands of people, from Oakland to LA to Miami to Maine, to New York City and of course to DC were out in the streets, continuing to draw the links between denied human rights and state violence here in the US and abroad in places like Gaza. We hear from hip-hop artist and community activist Jasiri X and launch a new feature called “The F Word,” which will explore on the third Thursday of each month the ways that the United States is-–and is not-—a fascist country. GUESTS AND VOICES: Jasiri X, Gerald Horne, Rep. Keith Ellison. Headlines on the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United ruling and more.

Feb 3, 2015, 00:49

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From 'I Am A Man' to 'Black Lives Matter'
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' JANUARY 15, 2015: FROM 'I AM A MAN' TO 'BLACK LIVES MATTER'
When the Rev. Martin Luther King was gunned down in 1968 in Memphis—where he had gone to support striking sanitation workers—the workers in the city marched with those iconic signs that read “I Am A Man.” Today—on the day that King would have been 86 years old—the signs carried by protesters of police killings and violence convey the same but broader affirmation—that “Black Lives Matter.” Today’s We talk to Liana Asim, who administers the popular Facebook page "2014 Michael Brown death and aftermath in Ferguson Missouri" about the killing of Michael Brown and police killings and brutality. We’ll also talk to Ebony Washington, organizer of a protest that will be held outside the White House on the MLK holiday and also Salim Adofo, of the National Black United Front, which is holding teach-ins this weekend. Headlines on Republican White supremacists and more.

Jan 20, 2015, 23:05

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The Black Freedom Movement
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' JANUARY 8, 2015: In 2015, one fight for the social justice community is the fight for voice, for the TRUTH—in Ferguson, Missouri, on Staten Island, New York and in the nation's capital, where ties have been revealed between high-ranking Republicans and ULTRA RIGHT-WING White Supremacists. WE HEAR VOICES that aren’t often heard, of activists on the ground, on various frontlines. GUESTS AND VOICES: Charlene Carruthers and ROSE AFRIYIE OF BLACK YOUTH PROJECT 100, author and activist Bill Fletcher also joins us. Headlines and more.

Jan 11, 2015, 18:46

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Mothers Speak Truth to Power
Tressa Sherrod, mother of John Crawford, who was killed by police in an Ohio Walmart, stands next to her son's portrait at a community town hall meeting in Washington, DC.
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' DECEMBER 11, 2014: AS DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE AROUND THE COUNTRY, mothers of slain Black men and boys took Washington, DC by storm, the same week that details of CIA torture were made public in a long-awaited report. For activists on the ground, the convergence of these two issues point directly to the impunity of police and the military-industrial complex from the consequences of brutality and killing. Headlines and more.

Jan 6, 2015, 16:29

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The Struggle Continues!
DC-area and Ferguson activists took the mike at the Dec. 13 march led by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Pictured: Ericka Totten, DeRay McKesson, Johnetta Elzie and Leon Kemp.
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' DECEMBER 18, 2014: FROM DC TO OAKLAND AND BEYOND, THE NATION HAS BEEN SHAKEN TO ITS CORE by protests over police terror against African Americans, the broken criminal justice system and, increasingly, against the economic apparatus underpinning the injustice. These were hot topics for the thousands of activists and protests who descended on the nation’s capital for a march led by the Rev. Al Sharpton and for activist gathering RootsCamp. And, for this final "On The Ground" show for 2014, they are hot topics as we look back at 2014 and forward to 2105 with author and activist Gerald Horne. Headlines and more.

Jan 6, 2015, 16:13

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From NYC To Ferguson
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' DECEMBER 4, 2014: FROM FERGUSON TO NEW YORK CITY: NATIONWIDE, PROTESTERS TAKE TO THE STREETS TO SAY THAT BLACK LIVES MATTER
Protesters remain on the streets of New York City, in Washington, DC, around the country and world because a second grand jury has failed to indict a White police officer for killing an unarmed Black man. This time, a grand jury on Staten Island, New York has failed to indict Daniel Pantaleo for the choking death of Eric Garner in July. We hear voices from the DMV that are part of an international wave of protest that began after the decision of a grand jury to not indict Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. And we hear what a former poet laureate of the United States has to say.

Dec 8, 2014, 23:35

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Driving Ms. Claire
Senator McCaskill, My intent in writing is to register alarm at your intrusion into the machinations of the Department Of Justice. Specifically, I am informed that you requested of Mr. Holder’s agency that an investigation into St. Louis County’s municipal court and police practices be discontinued.
By Ruth-Miriam Garnett

Nov 24, 2014, 22:33

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Responding to Ferguson
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND" NOVEMBER 20, 2014
AS WE WAITED FOR A GRAND JURY DECISION IN THE KILLING of unarmed teen-ager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, we heard voices from Ferguson and learned plans by DC activists for action after the grand jury announcement. And shifting gears in our final show before Thanksgiving, activists here in DC want MACMILLAN PARK IN NORTHWEST DC to remain a public park and resource, rather than a giveaway to a big developer. Guests and voices: Christina Jimenez, Eugene Puryear, Salim Adofo, “Ferguson Speaks, a video released by HandUpUnited.org. DC PROTEST SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 AT 7P, MEET AT MT. VERNON PARK, 7TH AND NEW YORK AVENUE NW.

Nov 24, 2014, 21:38


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