Defense of Public Schools in CA; Apple’s Superfund Site & Whistleblower, COVID and South African Working Class; Free Julian Assange!

Listen to this week's episode of COVID, Race, & Democracy from Pacifica Radio: In Downey, California on September 21 parents, children and school workers rallied and spoke out about the closure of...

Rail Workers Fed Up, Japan PM Abe & Comfort Women & No War In Ukraine Rally

Listen to this week's episode of COVID, Race, & Democracy from Pacifica Radio:   Nearly 125,000 railway workers came close to going out on strike last Friday. They have dangerous and...

No Tech for Apartheid; 9-11 Coup in Chile; M23 Militia in DRC; Water Crisis in Mississippi

Listen to this week's COVID, Race, & Democracy from Pacifica Radio: This week Google workers and other tech workers and activists rallied in San Francisco, Seattle and Durham, North Carolina...

Living Hell for Workers in Heat Wave & Class Struggles on Labor Day

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy: Labor Day this year there is an explosion of organizing. Tens of thousands of  young workers at Starbucks, Amazon and many other places...

Farmworkers March to Sacramento; Mental Healthcare Workers Strike; Salute to Marcus Garvey

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy:   On Friday, August 26, 2022, thousands of farmworkers and their supporters rallied in Sacramento for a bill to benefit farm workers. The rally came...

Black August: Freedom Fighters in the US

Black August first originated in the 1970s in the California prisons to honor fallen revolutionary Freedom Fighters, George Jackson and his brother Jonathan Jackson, Khatari Gaulden, James McClain, and...

Albert Woodfox Presente!; Security Police Attack Liberation School; Workplace Surveillance Tracks Emotions

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy: “I have hope for humankind. It is my hope that a new human being will evolve so that needless pain and suffering, poverty,...

Uhuru Movement Targeted by FBI; UAW Rank & File Pushback in Detroit; Haiti’s Stolen Gold

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy...   Chairman Omali Yeshitela, of the African People’s Socialist Party, founded in 1972, and members of the Uhuru Movement held a press conference to...

Shinzo Abe’s Murder; Rise of US Fascism; Uvalde Parents Speak Out

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy: The recent assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by the son  of a Unification Moonie church adherent has  uncovered the deep...

Big Tech Censorship & Surveillance: Part 4

This show is Part 4 of our series on “Censorship and Surveillance.”  The United Nations Security Council formally joined the war on independent media last week, when UN Secretary General...

No Lies Told! The Real History of the 4th of July

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy: "Americans like to think of themselves as an exceptional people bound together by noble ideals. This belief is challenged, however, when history is...

Reproductive Rights, More Billions for War, Labor Imperialism, the Peoples’ Summit, and More!

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy:   Protests have taken place across the US since the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that the Constitution guaranteed women's...

Juneteenth 2022: The Black Narrative

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy: "In my career, people in the record business have been rockin' in the same ol' boat. They all crooks - I'll say it...

The Mexican Movement (April 1970) and the Civil Rights Struggle in Uvalde; The Fall Out: Violence and Trauma in U.S. Schools

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy: The history the 1970 Chicano/Mexican Movement, and Robb Elementary school where the massacre took place in Uvalde is important to the struggle, identity...

Save Our Children, General Strikes & COVID Air Chaos

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy: In Houston, Texas the American Federation of Teachers National President Randi Weingarten, National Education Association President Becky Pringle, Ovidia Molina - President -...

Prospects for Freedom!

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy: The Shabazz Center celebrated the 97th birthday of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz / Malcolm X on May 19th 2022 in NYC. We hear from...

Shireen abu Akleh, Palestinian Nakba, Remembering Malcolm X, and more!

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy:   In San Francisco, on Saturday, hundreds of Palestinian Americans and supporters of Palestinian human and labor rights rallied against the assassination of Palestinian...

Reproductive Rights, COVID in Eritrea, Workers in Cuba, South Africa and the US

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy:   Attorney Michele Goodwin is the author of “Policing the Womb, Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood,” a work that expands the reproductive...

Workers Speak Out on May Day 2022

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy, we celebrate May Day, May 1st, Workers’ Day around the world. Thousands of Oakland teachers went on an unfair labor practice strike on...

Workers’ Memorial Day – End Corporate Privatization of Public Services & Free Leonard Peltier

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy... April 28 is commemorated as Workers' Memorial Day around the world to remember those workers who have died on the job.  Darrell...

More Voices of Struggle and Resistance

This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy: On Monday, April 11 demonstrations were held around the world on the third year anniversary of the incarceration of journalist and publisher Julian...

Voices of Struggle and Resistance

   “Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.”  -June Jordan                                 ...

War, Censorship, and Amazon Workers’ Victory

  This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy... First, we cover the historic victory of the Amazon Staten Island workers who voted for representation by the Amazon Labor Union (ALU). Pacifica...

Wars & Oligarchs in Russia, Israel, Ukraine, & the US

  This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy, we look at the role of oligarchs in Russia, Israel, Ukraine and the US.  The Oxford Dictionary defines the term “Oligarch” as, (1)...

Best of the Big Tech Censorship and Surveillance Series

  Journalist and politician Henry Wallace, the 1948 presidential candidate of the Progressive Party, said, “The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the...

Ukraine, Russia, and the Threat of World War

  This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy, we examine the Russia-Ukraine conflict from different perspectives, in the spirit of Pacifica Radio’s mission, which is to contribute to an understanding...

Celebrating Women’s History Month – Providing Healing, Promoting Hope

“As long as women are using class or race power to dominate other women, feminist sisterhood cannot be fully realized.”              - Bell Hooks This...

Capitalism, Fascism, Labor

The rise of rightwing and fascist movements is a growing danger globally. We speak to noted scholars about the history of fascist movements and the danger of a new...

Sanctions Kill, Part II

    The word “sanction” is one of many derived from the Latin “sanctionem.” In the 16th century it referred particularly to ecclesiastical decrees. Over time it accrued various meanings, often...

COVID Politics, Global Solidarity, & Democracy

From Pacifica Radio, this is COVID, Race, and Democracy, a collective effort by producers from Pacifica stations and radio affiliates across the U.S. This week's host is Akua Holt...

The U.S. in Africa, Part II

This week's edition of “COVID, Race, and Democracy” is Part II of our look into the role of the US in Africa. The continent is still in the grip...

COVID, Capitalism, & Survival

  COVID-19 has become one of the most polarizing social phenomenons of our time. Today we bring you stories of workers struggling with the pandemic and scientific perspectives from people...

Workers’ Struggles in Southern Africa

  We begin today’s show with a growing struggle of unionized South African truck assembly workers who are fighting for a standardized pay rate. Hundreds of members of the National Union...

Celebrate Kwanzaa, Celebrate Life!

for Unique Visitors for Page-views   “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”                 ...

Privatization, Inflation, and COVID Hazard Pay

  This week on COVID, Race, and Democracy: First we go to a rally in support of 1400 striking Kellogg workers nationally who are members of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and...

In the Spirit of Mandela: International Tribunal on U.S. Human Rights Violations Against People of Color

Co-hosts Bob Lederer, one of the producers of Out-FM covering anti-racist LGBTQ+ issues on WBAI in New York, and Akua Holt, host of Pan African Journal on KPFT in...

Workers’ Solidarity, Mandates, and the Political Economy of COVID

  This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy, we look at the struggles over COVID vaccine mandates for workers with TWU executive board member Evangeline Byars. Dr. Nayvin Gordon examines the...

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: DECOLONIZING Indigenous Voices Arise amid COVID!

"If people ignore the spirituality that surrounds everything, which helps them correct themselves when they err towards each other, and if they use invention destructively, then nature will turn...

Sanctions Kill!

What are sanctions? Here's the Sanctions Kill Coalition's summary description: "The EU and US pass laws to ban, block, or restrict trade to a specific country, group, or individual...

AYITI! A LUTA CONTINUA 1804 – 2021 “The Struggle Continues”

  “We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist”     -James Baldwin  “They chained...

Truth and Fiction in Afghanistan

Afghanistan. We look at the lessons to be learned, as war profiteers continue to call for humanitarian interventions across the globe. The world just witnessed the US Empire suffer its...

Censorship and Surveillance: Part III

In the 18th century, utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham designed what he called the Panoptican, a type of institutional building and system of constant surveillance and control. Although Bentham focussed...

THE EMPIRE REPORT, PART 3: Voices From Black, Chicano-Mexicano, and Asian Anti-Imperialist Movements in the U.S.

This is Part 3 of our series on imperialism, which chronicles how U.S. imperialism and its allies are fueling intensifying existential crises for humanity and all life on Earth,...

COVID is Bigger in the South

Texas Democrats state “Republicans are now fully enabled and empowered to enact virtually all of Abbott’s directives, including many dangerous pieces of legislation that will fundamentally hurt the...

Black August: Freedom Fighters in the US

Black August first originated in the 1970s in the California prisons to honor fallen revolutionary Freedom Fighters, George Jackson and his brother Jonathan Jackson, Khatari Gaulden, James McClain, and...

Black August Special: FROS, BERETS, AND LEATHER JACKETS

 Listen to the show here: Race and the Revolutionary Solidarity of the Young Lords, the Puerto Rican Counterpart of the Black Panther Party Genesis of the Young Lords and impact of...

Criminal Insanity and the Tokyo Olympics – July 19, 2021

This week the Tokyo Olympics will be opening amidst an ongoing world pandemic and a massive increase in COVID-19 cases in Tokyo. Despite this dangerous and deadly situation, the Japanese...

Self-Determination in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa – July 12, 2021

  In this show we consider heightening tensions and the US insistence on global hegemony, as manifest in the Horn of Africa, and, particularly Ethiopia, a nation of 117 million...

“FREE THEM ALL!” Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War in the U.S. – July 5, 2021

Segment 1: Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War  déqui kioni-sadiki is with the Jericho Movement, which supports US-held political prisoners and prisoners of war. She is also a teacher, an...

THE EMPIRE REPORT, PART 2: War, Militarism & Great Power Competition – June 28, 2021

    This is Part 2 of a four-part series on imperialism, which chronicles how U.S. imperialism and its allies are fueling intensifying existential crises for humanity and all life on...

Absolute Equality 1865 – 2021: The Story of Juneteenth in Texas June 21, 2021

  “As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this”         ...

BHM – Reclaiming our Past, Re-defining our Future, A Reckoning with Reconstruction – June 14, 2021

  Esther Iverem, Producer   From Pacifica Radio, this is Covid, Race and Democracy, a collective effort by producers from the Pacifica Network and radio affiliates. Featuring an interview with Natonne Elaine Kemp,...

“Justice for George Floyd is Freedom for All” and “Black Wall Street 100 Years Later” May 31, 2021

    “The function of freedom is to free someone else”      - Toni Morrison One year ago, the world shifted instantly, after viewing the horrific video footage of Minneapolis, Officer...

Reparations! (Black History in the Making) – May 24, 2021

  Host Nkechi Taifa (WPFW) brings us voices of a multitude of advocates discussing various aspects of the struggle for reparations, including personal stories about legendary icons who helped move...

Free, Free Palestine – May 17, 2021

Protest march for Palestine, Mission Street, San Francisco, May 15, 2021.   From Pacifica Radio, this is Covid,  Race and Democracy, a collective effort by producers from the Pacifica Network and...

MAY DAY 2021- A COVID, RACE, & DEMOCRACY SPECIAL

May Day, May1st, is International Workers Day. In this week's show we hear from working people from across the globe. Many are facing new challenges because of the COVID-19...

THE EMPIRE REPORT, PART 1: IMPERIALISM VS. GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT – April 26, 2021

  U.S. imperialism and its allies are fueling intensifying existential crises for humanity and all life on Earth.  These crises include the approaching collapse of global ecosystems, the escalation towards...

Covid Vaccine Profits – April 19, 2021

We start with an update on the condition of political prisoner, former Black Panther, author and radio journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal. Pacifica’s Ann Garrison spoke with City University of New...

The American Legacy of Voter Suppression April 12, 2021

Listen to the full show here: In March, the Washington Post reported that at least 250 new voter restriction bills were proposed in 43 states across the country. Now in...

“Humanitarian Intervention” April 5, 2021

Listen to the full show here: So-called “humanitarian intervention,” also known as humanitarian war, is the flagship of the Biden Administration’s foreign policy and the subject of this episode of...

FREE Mumia Abu-Jamal March 29, 2021

  “Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right.” -John Africa, founder of MOVE Award winning international journalist, activist and freedom fighter Mumia Abu-Jamal, has been imprisoned for nearly 40 years....

COVID, Amazon Billions, AND Workers’ Rights – March 22, 2021

Listen to the full show:   Journalist, political prisoner, and revolutionary, Mumia Abu-Jamal, is recovering from COVID-19 and is back in general population after completing quarantine in the prison infirmary. Mumia’s...

We Don’t Need No Miseducation – PART 2 – March 15, 2021

Listen to the full show here: In this episode, we bring you Part 2 of our series on how the pandemic is impacting the struggle for a socially just and...

MARCH – Women’s History Month “Celebrating the Power of Women”

March 8: International Women’s Day - Celebrating the POWER OF WOMEN "Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”   - Dr. Maya Angelou On March 8, millions around the world celebrate...

Black History in the Making: Reclaiming Our Past, Re-defining Our Future: A CONVERSATION WITH NIKKI GIOVANNI

  Poet, activist, author and icon, Nikki Giovanni offers her unique unflinching perspectives on everything from politics to poetry in these contemporary times. Her unapologetic condemnation of Donald Trump is...
Julian Assange

Covid, Big Tech Censorship, & Surveillance – Part 2– March 1, 2021

  Journalist and politician Henry Wallace, the 1948 presidential candidate of the Progressive Party, said, "The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the...

Black History in the Making: Reclaiming Our Past, Re-Defining Our Future: REPARATIONS!

  Hear from a multitude of advocates discussing various aspects of the struggle for reparations, including personal stories about legendary icons who helped move the movement forward; redress for the...

Black History in the Making: Reclaiming Our Past, Re-defining Our Future: FREE THEM ALL!

  Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War déqui kioni-sadiki, an activist with the Jericho Movement, which supports US-held political prisoners and prisoners of war. She is also a teacher, an author,...

Black History in the Making: Reclaiming Our Past, Re-defining Our Future: FROS, BERETS, AND LEATHER JACKETS

 Listen to the show here: Race and the Revolutionary Solidarity of the Young Lords, the Puerto Rican Counterpart of the Black Panther Party   Genesis of the Young Lords and impact of...

Black History in the Making: Reclaiming Our Past, Re-defining Our Future: BLACK WORKERS, THEIR HISTORY, LABOR & THE FIGHT AT BESSEMER ALABAMA AMAZON

  Black Workers, Their History, Labor & The Fight At Bessemer Alabama Amazon Featuring: Saladin Muhammed, Southern Workers Assembly San Leandro Amazon Workers Adrienne Williams and John Wilcox Clarence Thomas, Retired ILWU Local 10...

Black History in the Making: Reclaiming Our Past, Re-defining Our Future: A RECKONING WITH RECONSTRUCTION

  Featuring an interview with Natonne Elaine Kemp, author of There's Something About Edgefield. Also, a report on the research released in June 2020 by the Equal Justice Initiative, titled...

CAGING IN COVID Part 2– February 15, 2021

Listen to the full show here: Part 1 of this series aired on December 14, 2020, focusing on the deadly impact of COVID-19 on people incarcerated in U.S. jails, prisons...

Black Art & Activism – Ms. Cicely Tyson Tribute February 8, 2021

“Real education means to inspire people to live more abundantly, to learn to begin with life as they find it and make it better” ― Dr. Carter G. Woodson, The...

Health, Equity, and Censorship – February 1, 2021

Listen to the full episode here: Host Johanna Fernandez at WBAI, Pacifica Radio in New York, covered the recent strike of over 1400 produce delivery workers, members of Teamsters Local...

COVID, Big Tech Censorship, and Surveillance Edition – January 25, 2021

Listen to the full episode here: Many Americans applauded when Twitter suspended President Donald Trump's Twitter account and the Pentagon fortified the nation's capital ahead of the Inauguration, but others...

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Edition – January 18, 2021

Listen to the full episode here:   ©Israel McCloud  "Speak Truth to Power"  Instagram: @israelmccloudstudio Today, we examine the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy and impact by highlighting organizations who have...

The Capitol Riot Edition – January 11, 2021

Listen to the full episode here: In this episode, we hear voices of those who came to Washington to protest on January 6th, originally on WPFW’s On the Ground with...

WE DON’T NEED NO MISEDUCATION – JANUARY 4, 2021

Listen to the full episode here: In this episode, we bring you the first of a 2-part series on how the pandemic is impacting the long struggle for a culturally...

Covid Race and Democracy 2020 Year End Edition & Kwanzaa – Celebrating 54 Years

“We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.”         ― Ms. Gwendolyn Brooks In the first half of today's...

COVID, Corporate Greed, and Vaccines

LISTEN TO THE FULL SHOW HERE:   Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant represents a socialist grassroots movement that managed to pass a city tax on corporations towards COVID relief.  Her...

Caging in COVID

LISTEN TO THE FULL SHOW HERE: In this episode, we focus on the deadly impact of COVID-19 on people incarcerated in U.S. jails, prisons and immigrant detention centers, the trauma...

Workers’ Rights and COVID

LISTEN TO THE FULL SHOW HERE: *What exactly happens to your laundry bag when it arrives at the laundry? laundry workers in Manhattan demand to be paid the city’s $15...

Best of “COVID, Race, and Democracy” – Version 2

    In this episode of COVID, RACE AND DEMOCRACY, we revisit some of our best segments since Pacifica began airing the show in June of 2020: Twenty-eight million Americans are facing...

Native American Heritage Month and National Day of Mourning

In this episode of COVID, RACE AND DEMOCRACY: “Protect your spirit, because you are in the place where spirits get eaten.” ― John Trudell "Since 1970, Native Americans and supporters have gathered at...

Best of COVID, Race and Democracy

  COVID, RACE AND DEMOCRACY is a national weekly show from Pacifica Radio, an effort by committed volunteers from across the network. Our "Best Of. . . " show includes: Twenty-eight...

Workers’ Edition – November 16, 2020

*Indignation is growing about the failure to protect healthcare workers who are fighting Covid. *CNA nurses protest against exploitation and lack of protection amidst the pandemic  *A representative of the restaurant...

Election in a Country Divided

  Election in a Country Divided In the wake of the 2020 election week, activists, commentators, and community radio workers discuss the causes and meaning of division in this country and...

People’s Voice – Election Week Edition 

People's Voice - Election Week Edition  This week's Covid, Race, and Democracy features investigative reporter Greg Palast warning us with a heartbreaking tale to save our votes and our democracy....
VOTER SUPPRESSION 2020

COVID RACE AND DEMOCRACY OCT 26 2020

THIS WEEK, COVID RACE AND DEMOCRACY brings you this: *It’s official: 1,913,369 ballots were cast but never counted in the 2016 presidential race. That’s from the US Elections Assistance Commission....

October 19, 2020 – Protect The Vote Edition

*In California, App companies spend nearly $200 million dollars on an effort to defeat an initiative designed to protect drivers rights. Steve Zeltzer brings us voices of protesters against...

October 12, 2020 Indigenous Peoples Day Special Edition

Today's special IPD program features: Leonard Peltier, Native American activist & political prisoner talks to Amy Goodman, 2012. Special thanks to Democracy Now. Chase Iron Eyes, an attorney with the Lakota...

October 5, 2020 Weekly Edition

  Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson, an emerging cooperative movement based in Jackson, Mississippi, says that grassroots organizers should systematically build on the outpouring of mutual aid in response to...

September 28, 2020 Weekly Edition

  *California Central Valley workers protest the deaths of 9 meat plant workers due to COVID-19. Workers are getting sick, dying and spreading it to their families and community, they...

September 21, 2020 Weekly Edition

  This week "Covid, Race, and Democracy" spoke to David Zirin, Nation Magazine sportswriter and co-host of "The Collision: Sports and Politics" about whether US team sports and US militarism...

September 14, 2020 Weekly Edition

Listen to the full episode here: Today's Covid Race and Democracy features voices from the Gulf Coast of Louisiana about the impact of Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm that...

September 7 — Labor Day Edition

Listen to the full episode here: On this week’s “Covid, Race, and Democracy”: Labor Day 2020 is one of catastrophe for millions of US workers, with mass unemployment of over 30...

August 31 — Weekly Edition

Listen to the full episode here: On this week’s “Covid, Race, and Democracy”: The 57th anniversary of the March on Washington was celebrated with a new march for the same goals,...

August 24 — Weekly Edition

Listen to the full episode here:   On this week’s “Covid, Race, and Democracy”: Congolese gynecological surgeon Dr. Denis Mukwege, winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, calls for an international criminal...

August 17 – Weekly Edition

Listen to the full episode here:   On this week's "Covid, Race, and Democracy": Black Agenda Report's Danny Haiphong on China bashing, the coronavirus, and the loss of American jobs. Michio Kaku on...

August 10, 2020 – Weekly Edition

Listen to the full episode here. Today's CR&D features commentary by Dr. Dery and Dr. Griggs on the danger of massive evictions from an epidemiological perspective; Rania Masri on the...