On The Ground
“On the Ground: Voices of Resistance from the Nation’s Capital” covers social justice activism about local, national and international issues.
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‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR DECEMBER 25, 2020: Year-In-Review for the Momentous 2020, from Covid, to Economic Collapse to a Reckoning with Racism
Friday, December 25th, 2020
This is our look back at the momentous year of 2020. From Covid, to Economic Depression, to environmental catastrophe, to millions of personal heartbreaks and tragedies, this year has left its mark on the earth and on all of us.
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR DECEMBER 18, 2020: Washington’s Converging Health, Economic and Political Crises…The F-Word: Remembering the Berlin Conference 135 Years Later…Plus Headlines Including the Proud Boys and Community Control of the Police
Friday, December 18th, 2020
Everything out of order-- including converging health, economic and political crises--have the become order of the day in Washington. And how does the legacy of colonialism resonate in the present? For our final F-word segment on fascism for 2020,
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR DECEMBER 11, 2020: Taxi Drivers Rally for Economic Survival…GOP and MAGA ‘Parade’ Support Trump’s False Claims of Election Fraud…Plus Headlines on Congressional Gridlock and More…
Friday, December 11th, 2020
New York City taxi drivers descend on the U.S. Capitol to demand economic relief for American workers; some say they have already lost everything. And as Trump makes his last stand at the U.S. Supreme Court to try to overturn his loss in the election,
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR DECEMBER 4, 2020: The Attack on Truth…Activists Fire Back at Obama…UN Head Gives Speech on Climate Crisis…Headlines on Unemployment, Congress, Covid Relief, Nigeria, and More…
Saturday, December 5th, 2020
This year has offered a nonstop exhibition on how corporate media is so bad and getting worse. How much gaslighting and illusion can we take? We speak to journalist Jon Jeter for our final culture and media segment for 2020,
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR NOVEMBER 27, 2020: Voices From Indigenous People’s Day in DC 2020…Ajamu Baraka, Penny Williams, Jafar Jafari and More Call for a Global Anti-Colonial, Anti-Imperialist Movement
Friday, November 27th, 2020
Capping off this summer's national uprising against racism, Indigenous Peoples Day in DC brought together Native American, African American and other peoples from around the globe. The program, emceed by Pete Landeros of the American Indian Movement,
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR NOVEMBER 20, 2020: The F-Word: Police Stand By As MAGA Mobs Run Amuck in DC…Green New Deal Voters Press Biden…Plus Headlines on COVID, International News and More…
Friday, November 20th, 2020
As President-Elect Joe Biden starts to fill his cabinet with corporate grifters and war hawks, young activists for environmental justice and a Green New Deal say not so fast and vow to hold Biden accountable.
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR NOVEMBER 13, 2020: Trump Still Attempts to Steal Election…Black Power Matters Rally…Georgia On Our Mind…Veterans Day is Armistice Day… Plus Headlines
Saturday, November 14th, 2020
Celebrations that erupted after Joe Biden was projected winner of the 2020 presidential election have turned to expressions of concern as it seems that Donald Trump never can say goodbye. We speak to professor Gerald Horne.
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR NOVEMBER 6, 2020: Count Every Vote! …Panel from Across the U.S. Assesses the 2020 Election… Headlines on Policing, Palestine and More
Saturday, November 7th, 2020
As former Vice President Joe Biden is set to secure the 270 electoral college votes needed for victory in the 2020 presidential race, President Donald Trump and his supporters plunge into deep denial with unproven accusations of nationwide electoral fr...
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR OCTOBER 30, 2020: ‘Excluded’ Presidential Candidates–Howie Hawkins of the Green Party USA and Gloria La Riva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation…Plus Headlines
Saturday, October 31st, 2020
Corporate media may do their best to vote-shame or silence third party candidates and movements but Howie Hawkins, presidential candidate for the Green Party USA, and Gloria La Riva, presidential candidate for the Party for Socialism and Liberation are...
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR OCTOBER 23, 2020: A Legacy of Violent Voter Suppression…Mass Graves in Tulsa May Be Massacre Victims…Headlines on Supreme Court, Nigeria, DC Schools, Covid-19 and More
Saturday, October 24th, 2020
As an unprecedented level of uncertainty is fomented about the November 3rd presidential election, we speak to Natonne Elaine Kemp on the legacy of violent voter suppression and election fraud from the period of Reconstruction in the United States.
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR OCTOBER 16, 2020 – The F-Word: Chris Hedges on Christian Fascists and the Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court…Voices of Protest Outside Confirmation Hearing…Headlines on Bolivia Elections, DC Police Hearings and
Saturday, October 17th, 2020
For this month's episode of the F-Word on fascism, journalist and author Chris Hedges talks about the rise of Christian fascism in the United States and the nomination of far right judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Also,
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR OCTOBER 9, 2020: Why Has Washington Abandoned the American People?… The White House as a Vector for Bad Germs, Bad Information and Bad Attitudes…Plus Headlines on Michigan Militia Plot, Julian Assange and More
Friday, October 9th, 2020
With tens of millions of Americans out of work, facing eviction and hunger, the U.S. Senate goes on recess without voting on COVID relief legislation. We speak to journalist David Dayen about why Washington has abandoned the American people.
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR OCTOBER 2, 2020: Trump’s COVID, Debate and Appeal to the Far Right…Congressional Hearing on White Supremacists Working as Police…Bolivia Diaspora Fights for Fair Elections and Protection of the Indigenous
Friday, October 2nd, 2020
The dumpster fire known as the first presidential debate may still be burning in our minds but it is overshadowing a very important Congressional hearing held that same day, about white supremacists working as police officers.
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR SEPTEMBER 25, 2020: Denver BLM Activists Freed…Protesters Targeted by State Repression…Media and Culture Highlight: Julian Assange, Trump Attacks on Howard Zinn and Headlines
Saturday, September 26th, 2020
The failure to indict Louisville police officers in the murder of Breonna Taylor and the arrests, instead, of those protesting police killings, proves once again that there are two systems of justice in the U.S.
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR SEPTEMBER 18, 2020–The F-Word: Carl Dix of Refuse Fascism on Ousting the Trump-Pence Regime…Nurse Whistleblower In Her Own Words about Sterilizations of Immigrant Women…Headlines on Denver BLM Arrests, GOP Mania and More…
Saturday, September 19th, 2020
With Trump and the GOP increasingly unhinged as the election nears, this month's episode of 'The F-Word' is right on time. We speak to Carl Dix of Refuse Fascism. Also, anti-racism protesters continue to be targeted by police.
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR SEPTEMBER 11, 2020: The Other Sept. 11… Remembering Activist Kevin Zeese…On the Ground with Alternative Voices for 2020…Plus Headlines on Defunding the Police and More…
Friday, September 11th, 2020
Whether it was the fight against fracking, corporate power or NATO, nationally known activist Kevin Zeese always fought for the people and for peace. We hear from Kevin in his own words. And more on alternative voices in the 2020 national elections.
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR SEPTEMBER 4, 2020: The Movement for a People’s Party…Chris Hedges, Nina Turner…BLM Activists Face Emboldened White Supremacists
Saturday, September 5th, 2020
With their popular candidate and policies crushed by the Democratic National Committee during the last two presidential primary seasons, some progressives are breaking away from the Democrats and forming the Movement for a People's Party.
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR AUGUST 28, 2020: The ‘Stench of Fascism’ at the RNC Convention…Rallying For Our Postal Service…Plus Kenosha and Other Headlines
Saturday, August 29th, 2020
After a White teenager kills two unarmed Black Lives Matter protesters in Wisconsin, his violence is not mentioned by speakers, including Donald Trump, at the Republican National Convention. Instead, the speakers slander the racial justice movement.
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR AUGUST 21, 2020: Gerald Horne on His New Book – ‘The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century’
Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
1619 is still cited as the year that enslaved Africans first arrived in the United States. But a new epic book gives more evidence to the contrary. We spend the hour speaking with historian Gerald Horne about his new book,
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR AUGUST 14, 2020: Experts Testify Before Congress On White Supremacists in the U.S. Military
Saturday, August 15th, 2020
With reports that members of hate groups are among the troops deployed againstanti-racist protesters, we spend the hour hearing from researchers testifying before Congress on February 11, 2020.. Chaired by Rep. Jackie Speier of California,
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR AUGUST 7, 2020: DC Residents Speak Out On Police Terror and Defunding Police, Part 2…COVID Exacerbates Need to Shift Tax Dollars to Human Needs…U.S. Secret Service Attacks Two Black Mothers with Infants on National Mall
Friday, August 7th, 2020
For this show, part two of our presentation of some of the 16,000 residents of DC who offered testimony in June about cutting the half-billion-dollar budget for the district's Metropolitan Police Department.
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR JULY 31, 2020: Residents of DC, the Most Policed City in the U.S., Speak Out, Part 1…Solidarity with Portland Activists…Plus More Headlines
Friday, July 31st, 2020
Nearly 16,000 residents of DC offered testimony in June about the half billion dollar budget for the district's Metropolitan Police Department. (Only 24 people testified in 2019.) Almost all of those testifying during the council meeting echoed the nat...
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR JULY 24, 2020: Removing Confederate Monuments to the ‘Lost Cause’…What American Stories Will be Told? And Who Will Tell Them?…Headlines on #CanceltheRents, Trump’s Robocops and More…
Friday, July 24th, 2020
Monuments to those who fought to keep Black people enslaved in the United States continue to draw new ire, as well as renewed efforts by lawmakers to remove them. And the debate over who or what is honored is just one part of a bigger struggle in the U...
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR JULY 17, 2020: The ACLU Speaks Up for Protesters Assaulted By Police… The F-Word: Maybe Now FERC Will Stand Up for People Not Pipelines… Headlines on Portland, the COVID Back-to-School… And Much More…
Saturday, July 18th, 2020
Corporate media and gatekeepers try their best to ignore the national Movement Against Racism. And they also ignore ongoing police brutality against peaceful protesters. We speak to ACLU DC attorney Scott Michelman,
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR JULY 10, 2020: Baltimore Civil Rights Attorney Latoya Francis-Wiliams on George Floyd and Five Years After Freddie Gray…Liberal Gatekeepers Punch Down… Environmentalists and Indigenous People Get Some Wins.
Friday, July 10th, 2020
The national uprising against racism in the U.S. started with Minneapolis police killing George Floyd. And Floyd's murder is five years after Freddy Gray was killed by police in Baltimore. We speak to Baltimore civil rights attorney Latoya Francis-Will...
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR JULY 3, 2020: Ajamu Baraka: Corporate Media and MIC Change the Subject, from U.S. Police Terror to Russia…Family of Fort Hood Soldier Vanessa Guillen Comes to DC Seeking Justice…Plus Headlines
Saturday, July 4th, 2020
As the U.S. Movement Against Racism continues to claim victories, corporate media changes the subject from U.S. police terror to Russia. We speak to human rights activist Ajamu Baraka. And, after two months of being ignored,
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR JUNE 26, 2020: Down, Down, Down Go the Racist Monuments…The Fight to Save an African Burial Ground…Police, Lies and Videotape…Plus Many Headlines
Friday, June 26th, 2020
Those working to preserve and honor an African burial ground in the DC area say that time is running out to save it as new construction has desecrated the site. And a month after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police,
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR JUNE 19, 2020: The F-Word: Is a Belief in Capitalism Required to Be Truly American? With Erica Ramirez…Juneteenth Marked Amid Pandemic and Protest…George Floyd’s Brother Appeals to the U.N…Plus Headlines
Friday, June 19th, 2020
For this month's episode of the F-word on fascism, we speak to Erica Ramirez, director of applied research at the Auburn Seminary, about the protest movement against racism, state violence, and her essay, "Is a Belief in Capitalism Required to be Truly...
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR JUNE 12, 2020: George Floyd’s Death Sparks a Worldwide Anti-Racist Movement…More on Defunding the Police… Can Reforms Make a Difference?
Saturday, June 13th, 2020
In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, a worldwide anti-racist movement is toppling symbols of white supremacy and inspiring a flurry of new laws designed to protect citizens from police abuse.
‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR JUNE 5, 2020: A National Uprising for Justice…Defund Police, Community Control, Or Both?…A Book On The Roots of Today’s Terror: ‘There Is Something About Edgefield’
Friday, June 5th, 2020
In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, a national uprising is continuing, with protesters enduring more police brutality, curfews, and, here in DC, actual U.S. soldiers deployed on the streets. Activists on the ground explain what they want...