Black Friday marked the first major national strike against corporate behemoth Wal-Mart. The Paramount, CA protest drew 1,500 people, and I was on the ground in the middle of all the action. In this episode, I interview striking 16-year employee Carlton Smith, and get a non-statement from Wal-Mart Chief Marketing Officer Duncan MacNaughton. Demos policy analyst and author of “Retail’s Hidden Potential” Catherine Ruetschlin tells us why major corporations can afford to pay employees a baseline of $25,000 a year without hurting their profits, and I distill my thoughts in a new bit called ‘The Bottom Line.’
I talk to Bill McKibben of 350.org, Jodie Evans of Code Pink, and Pamela Brown of the Occupy Wall Street affinity group Strike Debt. McKibben tells us the numbers behind his ‘Do The Math’ Tour. On Code Pink’s 10-year anniversary, Evans explains the evils of drone warfare. And last but certainly not least, Brown gives us the lowdown on The Rolling Jubilee, a project designed to payoff the debts of total strangers… Just in time for Thanksgiving. Happy Holidays!
Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange.org contributes coverage of the Holy Land Five press conference with Noor Elashi, whose father’s life hinges on a Supreme Court decision. I sit with Jessica Parra-Fitch to find out the truth behind Prop 37 and GMO labeling. Alan Grayson tells me about his new congressional campaign, and we recall his famous stand for healthcare.
In part one of this special report, I delve into the groups fighting for campaign finance reform, including Wolf PAC, the California Clean Money Campaign, Move to Amend, and Sister Giant. Featuring interviews with Cenk Uygur, Russ Feingold, Daniel Lee, George Friday, David Cobb, and Marianne Williamson. Former senator Russ Feingold tells us why our current system is more like legalized extortion than bribery, and Marianne Williamson tells us what “shit has to stop.” Unfortunately, due to scheduling constraints, I was not able to include interviews with United Republic and Common Cause. Stay tuned for those in the coming weeks.
In this show, I cover the Tar Sands Blockade in Texas; Fort Hernandez and Occupy Fights Foreclosures; and the upcoming campaign finance reform documentary Pay to Play. I interview Javier Hernandez, who has built a fort around his foreclosed house and has continued living there for over 2 months past his eviction. His foreclosure story has the classic elements: subprime loan, adjustable rate mortgage, and falsified loan documents. I also talk to filmmaker John Wellington Ennis and executive producer Holly Mosher about corporate money in politics and media.
The investigative journalist and producer behind LadyLibertine.net, Lauren Windsor, delves into California’s Proposition 32, and shakes things up at the Wake Up America! Tea Party rally. Interviews with Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello; Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills & Nash; Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, Jr.; U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters; conservative commentator AlfonZo Rachel; Editor-at-Large of Breitbart.com Ben Shapiro; and conservative radio host Dennis Prager.