In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America.
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An Urgent Appeal from Michael Slate:
Dear Sisters and Brothers, Friends and Supporters,
I write to you today with an urgent appeal. This Friday The Michael Slate Show will air at its normal time. The station is in the middle of a fund drive and we will be raising money to support KPFK so that it can continue to carry out the mission of the station in these very dangerous times. However, we have been given a monetary goal that we are required to reach if we are to continue to present the show during the remainder of the fund drive. We need to raise between $2000 and $3000 this Friday if we are going to continue to be on the air for the remainder of the fund drive - however long that may end up being.
This is a terrible dilemma. The times demand that we continue to bring you the kind of shows that you have come to expect from us - the kinds of shows that need to be aired these days on KPFK and many other outlets across the country. Our show is known for the voices and perspectives we bring to you each week. When you tune in to our show you know that you are not going to be hearing an endless remix of Democratic Party Lite. We are committed to airing the voices who can help us understand the world we live in, the crimes of this system, the ideas, art and voices committed to fighting for a better, fundamentally different, liberating world. Yes, we bring you the voices that are so often suppressed in every dimension of human life in this society. The voices and people we need to hear. And most importantly, we bring you the people, ideas and movements committed to getting rid of the hellish conditions billions of people live, suffer and die under all over the world.
There is no show like The Michael Slate Show anywhere else in this country. And as we've learned over the last period of time with the Trump/Pence regime quickly working to consolidate their monstrous Nazi rule, we - and people everywhere - need this show more than ever.
Andy Zee, one of the Initiators of RefuseFascism and a Spokesperson for Revolution Books in New York City, said this recently:
As an example, this Friday we will open the show with Carl Dix speaking about the scene in Chicago. Carl recently wrote, "Black People Killing Each Other in Chicago, Carl Dix Says: Get Out of This Insanity and Get Into the Revolution."
We will also play excerpts from a recent interview I did with Neil deGrasse Tyson on his new book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. We will be offering the book as a thank-you gift as well and every penny of your donation for this book will go directly to The Michael Slate Show, thanks to the generosity of W.W. Norton publishers.
It is in your hands, sisters and brothers. We are committed to continuing to be here and to carry out the mission of the show as long as we can. But again, you, our listeners, have something to say about how long that is. Think of what it would mean if the voice of The Michael Slate Show was silenced over these next few weeks because we were not able to raise the money we have been assigned to raise during this fund drive. Sisters and brothers, we cannot allow this to happen.
Contribute to the KPFK fund drive as generously as you can. Contribute based on your support for our show and our commitment to make the contributions of this show even more important going into the future.
Make a contribution to the show Friday between 818.985.5735 and donate to keep this show on the air. You can also go online at KPFK.org. Use this link to go to the Michael Slate pledge cart. PacificTime. Call
* * * * *Carl Dix on Chicago - Black People Killing Each Other While the Fascist Trump Prepares to Bring Down the Hammer
Carl Dix recently wrote, "Get Out of This Insanity and Get Into the Revolution"
"In South Shore twelve hours, seven people shot to death within four blocks of each other. Chicago goddamn! This is fucking crazy. Stop doing what the enemy wants you to do! This system that has created the conditions and the values that have our people destroying each other. Trump is planning to bring down the hammer on Black people in a way far worse than you can imagine. You are helping that happen."
But Carl Dix will also talk about the work being done by the Revolution Club and other revolutionaries since this April to turn all this around. He'll be speaking in Chicago this Saturday, May 20. Carl Dix is a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, an Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson
The book addresses: What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? Neil deGrasse Tyson goes from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.
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Richard Falk on Israel as an Apartheid State -- and How He Was Attacked for Saying It
In March, a report co-authored by Richard Falk, along with Virginia Tilley, a political scientist at the University of Southern Illinois, was released by the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA). It examined whether Israel's forms of control exercised over the Palestinian people amounted to the international crime of apartheid. It found that Israeli rule was designed to dominate and oppress Palestinians in order to preserve Israel as a Jewish state. The report was denounced by Israeli officials and US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley. The UN secretary-general, Antonio Gutteres, demanded that it be removed from UN websites. Richard Falk endured personal attacks, and two of his speaking engagements in the UK were cancelled.
We'll talk about the report, Richard Falk's experiences, and the threat to academic freedom and free expression posed by Israel and its Zionist supporters. Richard Falk is an international law and international relations scholar and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on "the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967."
Sunsara Taylor on the Battle for Berkeley: Why it's Right, and Righteous, to Drive Fascists Off Campus, Out of Berkeley... and Out of Power!
Sunsara Taylor, writer for revcom.us/ Revolution, and co-initiator ofRefuseFascism.org, will join us to talk about why the fascists must be driven out and why this is not a question of free speech. And she'll talk about the challenge she has issued to "Robert Reich, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders-or anyone else who wants to join them in defending the 'right' of these fascists to spew their bile and fight for their genocidal program."
White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine