Guest Kwazi Nkrumah from the MLK Coalition for Greater Los Angeles discusses with EcoJustice Radio host Jessica Aldridge how unity and mass mobilization across all movements is necessary for social change and an equitable future. He speaks to how we effectively do this in an inclusive manner across interests and issues that considers priorities, roadblocks, and better relationship building. We address concerns of derailment and demobilization, and look to how we can shield and grow from those movements.
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Martin Luther King: Peace and Civil Rights Must Mix
For Dr. Martin Luther King, civil rights and economic justice were his most important issues. He also became a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, which he delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” that he gave on April 3, 1968, the night before he was assassinated. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old.
Ryan Vizzions Unveils Iconic Beauty of Standing Rock Struggle
Naomi Pitcairn writes on the incredible photography work of Ryan Vizzions, called Redhawk, documenting the struggle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline over the last year at Standing Rock, and what lies ahead for a movement recently shut down by a repressive and illegal move by the Trump Administration to grant the construction easement for Energy Transfer Partners.
Leonard Peltier Survives in the Spirit of Crazy Horse
Leonard Peltier has been a political prisoner for 41 years. Amnesty International believes that the U.S. authorities should order his release from prison on humanitarian grounds and in the interests of justice. A recent letter from Leonard himself, and multiple documentaries tell the story.
Fela Kuti, Revolutionary Insurrectionist, Talismanic Afrobeat Pioneer
Fela Kuti, Nigerian music legend, political insurrectionist and provocateur against the corporate and missionary sell-out of African wisdom and religion, ending up in jail and tortured…and loved by the African people. Here, Jamaican-born, Africa-based writer Lindsay Barrett puts us on Fela’s life path, his wild and unstructured Afrobeat sound, the commune, the wives, and the push against the Nigerian military dictatorship.
‘Selma’: Martin Luther King Jr. as Radical Peace and Anti-Poverty Activist
The 2014 film controversially reinstated the radical legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where he spoke out against war and poverty and was marginalized by the political establishment as a result. This review of Ava DuVernay’s Selma is by Zaid Jilani.
Faces of Fracking: Civil Rights Hero Takes on Big Oil
Lupe Anguiano, former nun and civil rights activist, is working to stop fracking near the Pacific Ocean beaches and agricultural fields of her hometown, Oxnard, CA.