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The 411 Last Updated: Jan 21st, 2015 - 00:12:05

The 411
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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Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner
Three civil rights activists murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in 1964 have been posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.. A leading Palestinian activist has been jailed in her what supporters call a selective prosecution..Imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal has filed a lawsuit challenging a new Pennsylvania law he says violates his free speech..President Obama has issued his strongest statement to date in favor of a free and open Internet..And the killing of unarmed teen-ager Michael Brown remains an international issue. CHECK THE REAL NEWS.

Nov 16, 2014, 21:38

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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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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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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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Stealing Black Votes
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: DISENFRANCHISEMENT EQUALS REPUBLICAN VICTORY... RECLASSIFYCING CRIMES IN CALI... MILLION MASK MARCH AROUND THE WORLD..THE BLACK IS BACK COALITION MARCHES IN DC..STOPPING LNG EXPORT FACILITIES...AND MORE...CHECK THE REAL NEWS.

Nov 11, 2014, 22:36

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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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Headlines:Police Gone Wild
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: Human Rights Watch: Israel Committed War Crimes...Cuba To Help Fight Ebola...Darren Wilson Testifies Before the Grand Jury..Another Witness to the Shooting of Michael Brown Comes Forward...Utah Police Questioned in Killing of Black Man...SIL, Iran, Money in Politics, Justice Appointments and Environmental Policy...9-11 Group Launches New Ad Campaign and Film Premiere..Oklahoma City Police Officer Accused of Sexually Assaulting Eight African-American Women...NRA Show Lauds Post-Katrina Racist Mobs.. And more...Check the REAL news!

Sep 23, 2014, 13:57

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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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Justice For Central Park 5
This Daily News headline was typical of the racist coverage and police handling of the Central Park jogger case.
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: New York City Finalizes Central Park 5 Settlement..U.N. Experts: Detroit’s Mass Water Shut-Off Violates Human Rights...Relatives of U.S. Drone Strike Victims Won’t Appeal Court Ruling..State Dept. Dropped Blackwater Probe After Manager Threatened to Kill Investigators..Civil Rights Activists Join Nissan Worker Protest During "Freedom Summer" Commemoration..Report Calls for a New Freedom Summer To Empower Disenfranchised Blacks in the South..Report: U.S. Deported Over 72,000 Parents of U.S.-Born Children in 2013..And MUCH more! Check the news!

Jul 5, 2014, 15:11

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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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To Serve and Protect?
Pearlie Golden and her killer.
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: Rights and Race:Residents Protest Police Killing of 93-Year-Old Black Woman in Texas..California: Police Officers Acquitted in Beating Death of Homeless Man..Black Teen Charged After Suffering Genital Injury in Search by Philadelphia Police..Dark Money, the Attack on Voting Rights & How Racism Stills Drives Our Politics..Activists Admit to 1971 FBI Burglary That Exposed COINTELPRO..Remains of 55 bodies found near former Florida reform school..Family Seeks New Trial for Black Teen Executed in 1944..Senate Intel Committee Votes to Release Parts of Torture Report..Vet Nearly Killed by Police Beanbag at Occupy Oakland, Settles Lawsuit with City. And MUCH more! Check the real news.

May 14, 2014, 01:12

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Killing Abroad and at Home
LISTEN:ON THE GROUND--NOVEMBER 13, 2014
WHAT DO MIKE BROWN, THE MURDERED STUDENTS IN MEXICO AND THOSE DETAINED IN IMMIGRANT PRISONS ALL HAVE IN COMMON?
The activists at SOA Watch say that it’s a militarized, violent police that are out of control abroad and now at home. SOA Watch prepares for its 25th annual vigil at the School of The Americas–also known as the “school of the assassins”--a combat training school for Latin American soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga. that has left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned. Also, a more than decade-long anti-war vigil in Baltimore. Guests and Voices: Arturo J. Viscarra, Max Obuszewski, Cindy Farquar and Sharon Jones. And speaking from the U.N. in Geneva, Daryl Parks, attorney for the parents of Mike Brown. Headlines and more.

Nov 16, 2014, 20:21

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Racist Roots of the Crisis
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: Politics and Economy:Wall Street firms quietly grab huge swaths of the rental housing market...As Red States Like Florida Continue to Deny Medicaid Expansion to the Working Poor, The Results Are Deadly For Thousands...Georgia Activists Confront GOP Rejection of Medicaid as Moral Mondays Spread Across South...Supreme Court Undermines Democracy by Allowing Billionaires to "Buy Elections" And MUCH more. Check the REAL news!

Apr 26, 2014, 21:34

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NYC Stop-and-Frisk Ruling
And More Seeing Black.com 411: New York City Moves to Appeal "Stop-and-Frisk" Ruling...North Carolina Governor Signs Sweeping Curbs on Voting Rights...Family of Henrietta Lacks Reaches Deal on Use of Her Genome...IRS Agents Instructed To Cover Up DEA Tips Based on Secret Wiretaps...New Book Reveals Racist Roots of Housing Crisis. And MUCH More...Check the REAL news!

Aug 23, 2013, 14:35

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Progressive Politics in DC?
LISTEN:ON THE GROUND--NOVEMBER 6, 2014
WHAT DO THE MIDTERM ELECTION RESULTS MEAN for electing progressive candidates in the DMV, and particularly in DC?
Guests and Voices: political strategist Alicia Briancon; attorney Jane Zara; professor, author and activist Lester Spence; Omali Yeshitela of the Black is Back Coalition and protesters at the Million Mask March in DC. Headlines and more.

Nov 11, 2014, 21:54

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The U.S., Cuba and Race
LISTEN:ON THE GROUND--OCTOBER 30, 2014
The United States and Cuba have a complex, centuries-long relationship involving slaves, Jim Crow and revolution.
An interview with Gerald Horne about his book, Race to Revolution:The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow.

Nov 3, 2014, 22:15

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$$$ Drowns Democracy
LISTEN: ON THE GROUND--OCTOBER 23, 2014
WITH NATIONAL, STATE AND LOCAL ELECTIONS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY, THE MOVEMENT TO GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS AND A TALK WITH TIA LESSIN, AWARD-WNNING DIRECTOR OF ‘CITIZEN KOCH'.
Guests and Voices: Kaitlin Sopochi-Belknap, national director of the Move To Amend Coalition, Walmart workers block the streets of downtown Washington, DC to protest poor pay and work conditions. Headlines and more! Week three of the fall fund drive.

Nov 3, 2014, 21:58

The 411
Counter-Revolution in 1776
LISTEN: ON THE GROUND--OCTOBER 16, 2014
AN INTERVIEW WITH GERALD HORNE
, author of The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America and Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow. Other Guests and Voices: From Ferguson October and the Rev. Graylan Hagler. Week two of the fall fund drive.Headlines and more.

Nov 3, 2014, 21:50

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From Moment to Movement
LISTEN; ON THE GROUND--OCTOBER 9, 2014
OCTOBER 9 MARKS TWO MONTHS SINCE THE KILLING OF MICHAEL BROWN
and there have been NO arrests. A national mobilization prepares to converge in Ferguson. Guests and voices: Matt Nelson, Color of Change; Richard Prince, Eugene Puryear, Katea Stitt and excerpts from the movie “Disruption.” Week One of Fall Fundraiser.

Nov 3, 2014, 21:43

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Baltimore Brutality
LISTEN: ON THE GROUND--OCTOBER 2, 2014. BALTIMOREANS WIN BRUTALITY CASES AGAINST THE BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT Also, the Ferguson moment continues to build into a movement and the latest in corporate media race bias. Voices: Mark Puente, Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown Sr., Gwen Carr, Richard Prince and members of the Ohio Students Association. Headlines and more.

Nov 3, 2014, 21:32

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Marching For Survival
LISTEN: "ON THE GROUND"--SEPT. 25, 2014
VOICES FROM THE HISTORIC PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH IN NEW YORK CITY.
Up to 400,000 people marched through the streets of Midtown Manhattan in the largest mobilization ever of people demanding immediate action on climate change. We hear voices of people from the DMV who traveled to New York for the march. We’ll hear from students, workers, people concerned about hunger and how we get our food, people concerned about environmental justice and the links between that and economic justice, how humans are impacting wildlife and our very survival. Headlines and more!

Nov 3, 2014, 20:50

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Saving The Climate
LISTEN: "ON THE GROUND"--SEPT. 18, 2014
COUNTDOWN TO THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH, PART TWO:
It’s three days before the massive People’s Climate March on September 21st in New York City. Voices, including Van Jones, Bill McKibben and Naomie Oreskes, from the movie “Disruption” by Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott, produced as a run-up to the march. Reporting from Runaway Bay, Jamaica with some news about climate impacts on island nations. As always, headlines and more!

Sep 23, 2014, 00:24

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Are You Ready to March?
LISTEN: "ON THE GROUND'--SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
COUNTDOWN TO THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH, PART ONE:
Yes, it’s 9/11 but it’s also ten days before the massive People’s Climate March on September 21st in New York City. Voices, including Van Jones, Bill McKibben and Naomie Oreskes, from the movie “Disruption” by Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott, produced as a run-up to the march. Also, Richard Prince of “Journal-Isms.” As always, headlines and more!

Sep 23, 2014, 00:21


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