Black Lives Matter

Naomi Murakawa & #BlackLIvesMatter: Liberals, Guns, and the Roots of the U.S. Prison Explosion

We keep hearing there’s mistrust between police officers and communities of color as if the relationship just needs repair. But the fact is, police don’t suffer from a deficit of procedure; they suffer from an excess of power, and liberal procedural forms are not going to change that, says this week's guest, Naomi Murakawa, an associate professor of African American Studies at Princeton and the author of "The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America." According to Murakawa, liberals and conservatives have both expanded our criminal code to produce today’s mass-incarceration state. She recommends we throw out our language about police brutality and profiling and transform the system entirely.

"The Laura Flanders Show" has been on the streets with activists from the Black Lives Matter movement from the beginning. Take a look back at some highlights from our coverage.

Also on this episode, a few words from Flanders comparing mandatory minimums from 1790 to today.

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Continuing Revolution: Democratic National Convention 2016

"The Laura Flanders Show" reports from Philadelphia, a site of both historic and contemporary constitutional debate—as we've seen at this year's Democratic National Convention. With a myriad of messages coming from all corners of the party, we follow the movements, both inside and outside the Wells Fargo Center to ask: how can people continue to do the work of revolution?

  • 2020-10-05T04:30:00-07:00

Free The Land: Shirley Sherrod and Black Land Struggles in the South

The struggle for Black economic independence: Not a lot of people have had a chance to design a new community, to be different and equal, co-owned by its residents. In 1969 Shirley Sherrod co-founded a collective farm in Lee County, Georgia. At 6,000 acres, it was the largest tract of black-owned land in the United States. What happened to the New Communities land trust they planned? Let's just say they were way, way ahead of their time but their time just might be coming back. Shirley Sherrod is a long-time civil rights organizer, and trainer.

  • 2020-10-12T04:30:00-07:00

Laura Flanders Show

Two forms of government have dominated in the west over the last hundred years. In one big power is vested in the state, the government; in the other, policy is dominated by the influence of big industry, big corporations or big money. A hundred years after the Russian revolution, and ten years after the financial crash, it's clear that neither of those models has delivered on a promise of shared prosperity.

  • 2020-10-19T04:30:00-07:00