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Episode 65 -- The Crime & Tragedy of Honduras

Recorded June 16, 2016. On June 28, 2009, the Honduran military exiled the democratically elected President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya. On March 2, 2016, Berta Cáceres, a leader in the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, was assassinated. The proximate cause was her leadership in the campaign to prevent the damming of the Gualcarque River, but Gualcarque dam was but a part of nationwide corporate resource extraction project that has earmarked almost 30% of the country's land for mining concessions and the construction of hundreds of dams to power them.

In this episode of Talkin' Socialism, Chicago DSA's Tom Broderick is in conversation with Victoria Cervantes and Celeste Larkin about these developments in Honduras and the solidarity campaigns for human rights in Honduras and for justice for Berta Cáceres.

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New Ground 167

July -- August, 2016

Contents

The Need for a Democratic Transformation of the Criminal Justice and Police System

Democratic Socialists of America condemns the recent police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. These are the latest in the endless taking of black lives by the excessive and precipitous use of deadly police force. Despite the increased attention to these arbitrary killings by the militant protest of #BlackLivesMatter, the deaths of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Walter Scott and scores of others go unpunished.

My Impressions of the People's Summit by Hilda Schlatter

I consider my self to be an introvert, so I do not look forward to attending conferences. Unless the conference covers something I am passionate about, I just want to blend into the woodwork. However I was passionate about Bernie’s message. I looked forward to attending the People’s summit.

Fight for 15 in Oak Park by Bob Roman

The July 5th meeting of the Oak Park Village Board was faced with a delegation of several dozen Oak Park Fight for 15 workers and community supporters. The delegation came to demand that the Board pass an ordinance setting a minimum wage in Oak Park of $15 an hour. Like Chicago, Oak Park has this authority under the Home Rule provisions in Illinois law.

How Robin Hood Helped Save New York by Bob Roman

“Ford to City: Drop Dead,” the New York Daily News headline famously proclaimed when President Gerald Ford, in October of 1975, promised to veto any legislation intended to prevent New York City’s impending bankruptcy. The New York City fiscal crisis lit the bonfire of the middle class in America and its consequences lead directly to atrocities like the poisoning of the Flint, Michigan, water supply. It was an experiment, now a fashionable practice, in putting local government under the control of an appointed board that preempts the authority of elected officials.

The Free State of Jones: A Review by Alec Hudson

When it comes to Hollywood and the Civil War, sentimentality and white saviour mentality are pervasive. Whether it is the 1989 film “Glory” or the melodramatic “Gods and Generals,” there’s always the classic trope of great men in history who dictate its conditions. “The Free State of Jones” is no exception, depicting the anti-Confederate insurgency in Jones County, Mississippi led by a poor white Confederate deserter Newton Knight, played by Matthew McConaughey.

The Crime and Tragedy of Honduras by Tom Broderick, Victoria Cervantes and Celeste Larkin

DSA in the News compiled by Bob Roman

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