Category Archives: fascism

Salt in the Wound (E50)

Mitch McConnell wants to vote on racist judicial nominations on a massive civil rights anniversary.  60 murdered, over 2700 peaceful Palestinian protestors are injured during the Great Return March, the day Trump moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem. A good federal decision on border searches. The CFPB SHUTS DOWN the Office for Students.  And a look at Illinois’ 14th district, and voting as harm reduction.

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Fight the Digital Muslim Ban (E47)

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The ACLU gets us a little closer to shining light on black box algorithms, with some progress on a court challenge to the Computer Fraud Abuse Act. ICE puts out a horrific Digital Muslim Ban. Trump tries to murder the Census. Foreign governments are using stringrays to spy in D.C., and no one seems to be doing anything about it. Israel fires on peaceful protestors during the March of Return. And we revisit Gina Haspell, who remains a terrifying choice to run the CIA.

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Say No to Torturers (E45)

Trump fires Tillerson, picks Mike Pompeo to replace him at State and Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo at the CIA. We discuss Pompeo’s extremist views and hawish desire for war and Haspel’s participation in torture at a CIA blacksite. We also tackle Democratic complicity in the face of these two torture supporters advancing in the cabinet.

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Charlottesville, the Aftermath, and the Resistance (E35)

Activists in Durham pulled down the Confederate Soldiers Monument. A woman of color named Takiyah Thompson who climbed the statute and attached a strap to it was arrested — PLEASE DONATE TO THE BOND FUND HERE. And donate to Takiyah’s solidarity fund HERE.


Eugene Puryear, author of “Shackled and Chained,” joins us as guest host to discuss Charlottesville, confederate memorials, Trump’s presser, how we should never lose our sense of outrage, and ongoing acts of resistance, and how to support it. Eugene also discusses how Charlottesville has been another wake up call to a lot of white America about the nature of the struggle of Black America, and how difficult the denial of America’s history makes addressing other problems.

TAKE ACTION

  1. Sign the petition to demand that Durham County end its campaign of repression against community activists >>> https://southernvision.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/petition/sign?sid=22
  2. Please call Durham DA’s office: drop all charges against Takiyah Thompson, Dante Emmanuel Strobino & Ngoc Loan Tran. 919-808-3010
  3. More ways to help

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ACTS OF RESISTANCE

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  • Activists in Durham pulled down he Confederate Soldiers Monument. A woman of color named Takiyah Thompson who climbed the statute and attached a strap to it was arrested — PLEASE DONATE TO THE BOND FUND HERE.

Stephen Miller Won’t Pick Up His Trash (E34)

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We discuss the recent events of resting evil face Stephen Miller, and examine his long history of racism and white nationalism. In addition, we look at GOP attempts to rip away our right to a day in court. But just like with Trumpcare, united Democratic opposition and at least one Republican defection spells good news for the rest of us. And that’s not the only bit of good news! Betsy DeVos recently backed off her spectacularly dumb idea to make student loan servicing Too Big To Fail. 

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Trump’s Cabinet of Horrors, Boston Spying, and the Electoral College (E16)

Humorless Queers tackle the horror show that is Trump’s choices for the cabinet, including Jeff Sessions for the Department of Justice, Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary, and Betsy Devos for the Department of Education. We also discuss the Boston police department’s plan to spend $1.4m on social media spying software. And finally, we’ll have an interview with the co-founder of DemocrEC.org, who are demanding that Republican members of the Electoral College honor the popular vote.

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HUMORLESS QUEERS READING CIRCLE:

  1. Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
  2. Taylor Branch: Parting the Waters. America in the King Era, 1954-1963

Credit where due:

The theme for this show is the song “Missing You” by Jahzzar, also know as Javier Suarez. You can find his work at betterwithmusic.com.

Trump and American fascism, #HB2 and Anti-Trans Laws (E11)

We talk to historian Kathleen Frydl about Donald Trump and American fascism, and with ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio about the insanely bigoted anti-trans bill in North Carolina, #HB2. Kade tells Jonathan Chait to take a break from punching the left to Quit his Job. And Alexis tells Ted Cruz “Bitch, Please!” for naming Phil Gramm (a major architect of the 2008 financial crisis) as an economic advisor.

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Kade also discussed the play Mariposa & the Saint. Through letters with longtime friend and current collaborator, Julia Steele Allen, Mariposa brings her experience in solitary confinement to the stage.

How to Help

Here are organizations that Chase mentioned are doing work in North Carolina that folks can donate to or support in other ways:

Credit Where Due

The theme for this show is the song “Missing You” by Jahzzar, also know as Javier Suarez. You can find his work at betterwithmusic.com. Theme music for BITCH PLEASE is “Hachiko (The Faithful Dog)” a song by The Kyoto Connection.And the theme for QUIT YOUR JOB is “Fortitude” by J.O. Finally, you should know that the font for our logo is by the graphic designer Marisa Passos.

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