Indigo Radio Episodes
We give an update on the nationwide prison strike which has been ongoing since August 21st. August 21st is also the anniversary of the murder of George Jackson in San Quentin prison in Marin County, California. We will get a brief update on the strike from Amani Sawari, who joined us last month on Indigo Radio to talk about the prison strike and prison divestment, and then we will speak with Paul Wright, the Director of Human Rights Defense Center and the Editor of Prison Legal News who will discuss the prison conditions and slavery in the US.
Across the world thousands of people fighting for political freedom are disappeared every year. In this particular show we will be talking about the disappeared in Syria. Dani Qappani, a Syrian from Moadamiyat el Sham in the countryside of Damascus, who now works with the Syria Network for Human Rights, and Mahmoud Nawwar, a Palestinian Syrian writer and journalist, who himself was a prisoner of the Syrian government during this prolonged conflict will be joining us.
Today on Indigo Radio, we replayed a part of the show on panhandling that aired in October 2017. During this show, we discussed the nature of homelessness and panhandling in Brattleboro and the United States. Also on this show was a discussion with Nik and Becca about upcoming community events in Brattleboro, the first being Opposing the Criminalization of Poverty this Wednesday (Aug 29) and Thursday (Aug 30) their will be a film showing of The Prison in 12 Landscapes.
Hosts Maresa and Anna have District 2 Town Reps -HB Lozito and Daniel Quipp in the studio to talk about the structure of our town governance, local politics and why they matter. We discuss what are ways people can get involved locally in pushing for change in their community and how this connects to national and global struggles.
Hosts Cory and Anna air an interview with Amani Sawari, who works on behalf of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak - a group of incarcerated prison rights activists that have called for a national strike Aug 21 - Sept 9th - Hear about why they have called the strike, conditions in US prisons, the legacy of George Jackson, how people on the outside can help and more.
On August 6 seventy-three years ago the US dropped two atomics bombs, one on Hiroshima and another on Nagasaki. What is less known are the criminal testing and human experimentation in the 1960's on the people of the Marshall Islands. The US dropped one Hiroshima atomic bomb PER DAY for 12 years in the 1960's on the Marshall Islands and used the people as guinea pigs to see the effects of radiation on humans. Randy Kehler will talk about his work as a war tax resister and the economic realities of nuclear weapons and nuclear war.
Indigo Radio spends the hour with award-winning poets Martín Espada and Lauren Marie Schmidt. Espada, is the 2018 Ruth Lilly Award winner - one of the most prestigious awards given to an American poet, Espada is the first Latino poet to win the award. Espada and Schmidt talk about their work, teaching, and how to use poetry to critically examine and talk about the world.
Nurses are on strike across the nation because they are not paid well and are overworked. Right here in Brattleboro, the Brattleboro Retreat nurses are gearing up for a strike on July 3 for similar reasons. They had an informational picket last Tuesday at the Brattleboro Commons. Today we will speak with Edward Dowd, a nurse at the Brattleboro Retreat and the Vice President of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals and Lu Hawkins, biologist, educator and a nurse's assitant who used to work at the Retreat. We will also tie these struggles to workers in general in the United States and a recent report by Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston who said, “The United States has the highest rate of income inequality among Western countries…. The consequences of neglecting poverty and promoting inequality are clear. The United States has one of the highest poverty and inequality levels among the OECD countries….But in 2018 the United States had over 25 per cent of the world’s 2,208 billionaires. There is thus a dramatic contrast between the immense wealth of the few and the squalor and deprivation in which vast numbers of Americans exist.”
This is a rebroadcast of the show on U.S. imperialism in Central America, a conversation left out of the immigration "debate." U.S. imperialism in Central and South America dates back to the early 1800s and it has continued unabated and perhaps has intensified recently. We have a conversation with Laura Jean Embree-Lowry of Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES).
Mikaela Simms and Maresa Nielson interview local parents, educators, and activists Angela Berkfield, Lana Dever, and Bessie Jones about talking to children about difficult topics. They confront the adage, "developmentally appropriate" and discuss teaching whiteness, bringing up issues when they don't arise naturally, and what they wish they had been taught as children.
In this show, we discussed Jewish solidarity with Palestine. Mel Motel, Jewish Brattleboro community member, educator and activist, as well as Joe Levine, UMASS professor of Philosophy and organizer with Western Mass Jewish Voice for Peace. Listen as they share experiences growing up Jewish and how thoughts and actions have been shaped by new experiences. They now stand in solidarity with Palestine.
Today we’re talking about early childhood in Vermont and beyond. And it’s Mother’s Day, so we want to give a shout out to all the mothers out there working nonstop to love and nurture our children. This past Friday, too, was Provider Appreciation Day--- where we, like Mother’s Day, took ONE official DAY to say thank-you to our childcare providers who work tirelessly, often without livable wages, to care for our children. Our two guests on the show, Kay Curtis and Billie Slade, are both mothers and providers and we’re looking forward to talking with them today.
Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Holyoke - countless towns down the Connecticut River Valley were not long ago teeming with mills and factories that employed thousands of people. Yet so many of them are closed now that owners can make higher profits where wages are lower. What happened to the people who worked there, and how has their upsurge and departure been an important factor in the issues we see in town today?
What do we mean by "Housing Crisis?" Mikaela and Anna were joined in the studio by Josh Davis, Executive Director of Groundworks Collaborative here in Brattleboro and Susanna Blankley from Right to Counsel NYC Coalition to talk about housing, evictions, homelessness, and health.
Indigo radio hosts went to Boston-area Educators for Social Justice conference to interview teachers about the state of public education and efforts to organize within teachers unions. We discuss educational struggles to struggles outside the classroom - as our world, the economic system and political decisions all effect what happens in our classrooms.
Land Day in Palestine commemorates the confiscation of Palestinian land by the Israeli state. On this years day of commemoration, 17 Palestinian were killed in Gaza during the peaceful "Great Return March". Coming up on May 15, 2018, we look to the Nakba - or Catastrophe - to remember the 70th year anniversary of Palestine being stolen from its indigenous population. Join us to listen to Zeiad Abbas Shamrouch, a Palestinian refugee from Dheisheh Camp.
Guests Tim Kipp, retired history teacher and activist since the 1960's and Nicholas Biddle, retired history professor and activist join hosts Nina and Anna to discuss the connections between domestic gun violence, global arms trade and imperialism.
Join us today on Indigo Radio. This week we will be bringing forth the voices of students who participated in the March 14th National Walkout Day. 1 million students across the US walked out of their classes for marches and moments of silence at 10 AM in all 50 states and with international acts of solidarity as well. Students’ actions ranged from moments of silence for the 17 victims of the Parkland Massacre to rally’s and marches demanding that members of Congress stop taking money from the NRA and make decisions instead that contribute to ending gun violence. We will be speaking with students from Putney Central School, Riverside Middle School in Springfield, VT, Bronx Latin in NYC, and a student at BUHS about the walkouts at their schools, their thoughts about violence, and their thoughts on ending gun violence.