Building a Movement Beyond the Elections: Jesús “Chuy” Garcia, Dan Cantor & Steve Phillips

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is the progressive Chicago politician who forced conservative Democrat Rahm Emanuel into the first run-off in that city’s history. Dan Cantor is the co-founder and national director of the Working Families Party. Before co-launching the WFP, he was a union organizer in New Orleans and Detroit; a community organizer in Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri; and Labor Coordinator for Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 1998 presidential campaign. The two talk with Laura about how they see a path for progressives to change the Democratic Party, and national politics.

Later in the show, Steve Phillips discusses the importance of cultural competence in electoral politics. Phillips is a civil rights lawyer, co-founder of PowerPAC.org and the author of his new book, Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority

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What’s Missing from the Debates: Rep. Keith Ellison & Phyllis Bennis

Single payer healthcare, free college for all and an end to subsidies for fossil fuel - if Bernie Sanders’ agenda sounds more progressive than his opponent's, why have so few Progressive Congresspeople endorsed him?

Laura asks Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, why so few members of his caucus have supported Bernie Sanders.

Also in the show, Middle East expert, Phyllis Bennis tells Laura why we need more discussion of war and peace in the race for the White House. Phyllis Bennis is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC. Her latest book is Understanding ISIS & the New Global War on Terror: A Primer. Also, a few words from Laura on cooperation among rival nations.

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Sarah Schulman, Lupe Fiasco and Paying for Church

Author, activist Sarah Schulman, co-founder of the Act-Up Oral History Project, is out with a new novel, The Cosmopolitans, in which a group of mid-century East Villagers pull together to survive gentrification and modern life.

Meanwhile, musician Lupe Fiasco is starting a tech entrepreneur program in one of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods - we have an exclusive report.

And with so much to spend public money on, asks Flanders in her weekly commentary, why are taxpayers subsidizing church?

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Soul Fire Farm: Feeding the Soul, Growing Community

A farm in upstate New York is dedicated to addressing the painful history of farm-work to Black people in the US, while also growing fresh vegetables and the community surrounding it. The Laura Flanders Show visited Soul Fire Farm this winter.

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Food, Housing and Time for a Sick-Out: Craig Willse, Imani Henry & Soul Fire Farm

Author Craig Willse and organizer Imani Henry discuss housing, homelessness and the role of nonprofits in change-making (or not).

Plus, an exclusive report from an upstate New York farm that's feeding people while fighting the school-to-prison pipeline.

All that and Laura, inspired by Detroit's teachers, wonders when we’ll be ready for a grand national sick out.

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Ralph Nader Goes to Cayman Island Offshore Tax Haven

In 2015, Laura Flanders and Ralph Nader found themselves on Grand Cayman Island, at once a tropical tourist paradise and the home of one of the biggest tax havens in the world, Ugland House.

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Right to the City: From Policing to Planning: Putting People in Charge

Can residents determine how their cities change? They can certainly have an impact, say Aaron Bartley and John Washington of People United for Sustainable Housing (P.U.S.H.) in Buffalo, New York. PUSH Buffalo brings people together to create sustainable neighborhoods with quality affordable housing, green jobs, and next-generation infrastructure. Could their model apply where you live?

Also in this show, Laura discusses the “great corporate buy-up” of our cities. Is that public plaza public, private or who knows?

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Hilary Wainwright on Gender Equality: "We Want Better than That!"

The British feminist socialist, best known for being the editor of Red Pepper magazine, talks with Laura Flanders about her first Women's Liberation meeting, her thoughts on Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and how her feminism intersects with solidarity economics.

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Public Banking, Public Water: Who's in Control? Gwendolyn Hallsmith and Rep. Lawrence

From poisoning Flint to bankrupting Main Street, can residents regain a say in what happens in their communities? In this episode, Laura discusses race, gender, and banking with Gwendolyn Hallsmith, the author of 'Vermont Dollars, Vermont Sense,' and she asks Michigan Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence who - and what - failed the people of Flint, MI.

Plus an F Word from Laura on shedding light on dark money. What might media cover if they weren’t so obsessed with Donald Trump?

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