Nancy J. Altman of Social Security WorksÂ speaks about the imminent threat to Medicare — and how Americans can fight to save it.Â She wrote “Medicare Will Be Gone By Next Thanksgiving If Republicans Have Their Way” for the Huffington Post. Continue reading
Sunday, March 11, marked the seventh anniversary of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami — seven years for a group of US Navy sailors to get sick and some to die as a result of their exposure to radiation coming from the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant that was devastated by the tsunami. They were part of a rescue mission to that plant in the days following the tsunami.
Journalist Gregg Levine has written an investigative piece for the Nation MagazineÂ titled â€œ7 Years on, Sailors Exposed to Fukushima Radiation Seek Their Day in Court.”Â Writer’s Voice host Francesca Rheannon spoke with Levine on March 12, 2018.
Vandana Shiva is a force of nature â€” and a force for nature. Winner of the alternative Nobel Prize, the Right Livelihood Award, Shiva has been at the forefront of the food sovereignty movement; Her greatest fights have been against GMOs and the patenting of seeds that have bankrupted small farmers throughout the world. As Vandana Shiva says, â€œLife is not an invention.â€ Continue reading
WV host Francesca Rheannon talks with former health insurance industry executive and whistleblower Wendell Potter about how the attacks on Medicare For All are being fueled by health insurance cash to Democrats. Continue reading
Americaâ€™s small businesses are facing hardship because of a dramatic, unexpected loss of business due to the COVID19 pandemic.Â But itâ€™s come to light that the Trump administration has pushed to allow billions in CARES Act funds to pay off the debt of the fossil fuel industryâ€”debt incurred way before the current pandemic.
Some in Congress are working to prevent that, as well as other bailouts of Big Oil and Gas underway by the administration. Itâ€™s called the ReWind Act and those proposing it say itâ€™s needed to keep the Trump administration from using the CARES Act to transfer enormous amounts of wealth from taxpayers to oil companies.
They hope to include the ReWind Act in the new CARES Act package being worked on now. The Act has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Francesca spoke with Jim Walsh of Food and Water Watch about the proposed legislation. Heâ€™s a Senior Energy Policy Analyst for Food & Water Watch.
Mehrdad Azemun on Deep Canvassing
Is America hopelessly divided between those who voted for Donald Trump and those who voted for Joe Biden? Or can a â€œweapon of mass connectionâ€ be used to bridge the divide?
Thatâ€™s a bet being made by a national economic and racial justice organization called Peopleâ€™s Action. Itâ€™s a coalition of grassroots groups operating in 30 different states on issues like climate justice, student debt, mass incarceration, health care, and housingâ€”and on mobilizing voters to turn out for those issues.
The â€œweapon of mass connectionâ€ Peopleâ€™s Action uses (maybe a better word is â€œtool”) is something called â€œdeep canvassingâ€.
Francesca spoke with Mehrdad Azemun, national political strategist with Peopleâ€™s Action, about deep canvassing and more for this episode of our online series, What You Need To Know.