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While many decry the effects of technology on our society as it becomes more and more integrated with our daily lives, many activists are using technology in creative ways to organize and communicate.  Does technology offer us as activists a wealth of untapped resources or is it just another driving force for business and oppression? What are the barriers for activists working with software that is often proprietary and exclusionary?

This Tuesday we’ll examine these questions with Nick Gilla, a long-time tech geek who works for Democracy Now!

Tune in Tuesday at 9pm!


This Valentine’s Day, Dawn and I joined a score of couples in suspending their vows (or vowing to suspend them!) in a solidarity ritual officiated by Rev. Billy at Central Park’s  Bethesda Angel.  With this mass “unmarriage,” we are hoping to send a strong message to elected leaders in New York City and the rest of the country that says that marriage (and that 1000+ legal rights and benefits associated with it) is a legal right — not a heterosexual privilege.

In the words of Savitri D., “We hope this ritual will be a starting point for all its participants and that it will send a message to other hetero people—let’s work together and get gay marriage done and legal so we can move on to the many other issues effecting the LGBT community disproportionately, like homicide, violence, wage and job discrimination, depression, homelessness, and suicide to name a few.”

On Tuesday, Dawn joins me in the studio to talk about our experiences at this action and our decision to put off marriage until it is a legal right for all.

>> Listen to this episode at our WVRB archives.

This Tuesday I’m joined in the studio by fellow struggling veggie/vegans Yaniv Kleinman and Dawn Stewart-Lookkin to answer all your burning questions about veganism and animals rights including:

  • What would we do if we were stranded on an island with meat as the only food option?
  • Would we eat meat if the animal were maximally and utterly happy until the time it’s throat is humanely and ethically slit and it is bleed to death?
  • Where do we get our protein from?
  • Why we dare to reject the fundamental laws of nature that dictate that humans MUST consume animal products to meat to survive?
  • How do we know that plants don’t have feelings?

AND the all important question….

  • Just who the hell do we think we are, anyway?!

>> Listen to this episode at our WVRB archives.

This week Arun Gupta of The Indypendent joins us to talk about the venture capitalist’s answer to climate change: geoengineering, often described as “hacking the planet.”

The proposals for addressing climate change from companies around the world sound like science fiction: launching a trillion mirrors into space to shade the earth, deploying fleets of robotic ships to spray saltwater mist to brighten clouds, erecting artificial forests to filter atmospheric carbon, juicing the oceans with iron to stimulate phytoplankton that will gorge on carbon — all in an effort to commercialize and profit from climate change instead of making real changes to address it.

>> Listen to 2/2/10: Hacking the Planet

In what has been called by some the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott, last week the Court ruled that corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money to elect and defeat candidates.

Writing the majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy described existing campaign finance laws as a form of censorship that have had a “substantial, nationwide chilling effect” on political speech.

In the dissenting opinion, Justice John Paul Stevens described the decision as a radical departure in the law. Stevens wrote, quote, “The Court’s ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the nation.” Stevens went on to write,  “It will undoubtedly cripple the ability of ordinary citizens, Congress, and the States to adopt even limited measures to protect against corporate domination of the electoral process.”

But corporate contributions have been part of the political process in this country for over a century — also a result of a series of Supreme Court decisions that gave corporations the same legal entitlements as “natural persons,” including protections under the 1st and 14th amendments.

This most recent ruling further codifies corporate personhood and opens the floodgates for their spending on political campaigns.

This week on Radio Provocateur we’ll talk about the troublesome history of corporate personhood and the implications of this landmark Supreme Court decision.

>>Listen to 1/26/10: The Corporate Citizen

Tuesday on Radio Provocateur we’ll have three guests from the New Sanctuary Movement, an interfaith network of immigrant families and social justice activsts working to resist and reform the United States’ draconian immigration system.

We’ll speak to Fatoumata, a Senegalese immigrant who’s husband was deported by ICE in 2007. Since then, she has been struggling to raise her six children on her own with little to no contact with her husband. We’ll also hear from Fanta, Fatoumata’s oldest daughter — one of millions of American-born children facing the threat of deportation to a country they consider foreign. Diana Stewart, member of the Community Church of New York, who has been working with Fatoumata and her family via the New Sanctuary Movement also join us.

>>Listen to 1/19/10: New Sanctuary

Dec. 27th marked the first anniversary of the Israeli attack and invasion of the Gaza Strip. And although the Israeli tanks have left, the complete closure of the borders continues. The Gaza Freedom March, organized by Code Pink, was an effort to show the residents of Gaza that the international community of citizens has not forgotten them, and as well a worldwide call of attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

In a controversial decision, the Egyptian government allowed only 100 of the nearly 1,400 participants in the March to cross the border into Gaza. While the general goals of the Gaza Freedom March were ultimately not met, Egyptian complicity with the Israeli blockade of Gaza was highlighted, especially in the Arabic-language press. The plight of the Palestinians in the world’s largest open air prison was kept in the headlines around the world on the anniversary of Israel’s brutal assault on the territory.

On Tuesday we’ll speak with Indypendent writer Alex Kane, one of the 100 to get into Gaza, and about his experiences in the march and in Gaza in general.

>>Listen to 1/12/10: Viva Palestina

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