40 years after the Clean Water Act became law, the landscape of our water supply has been transformed, and regulation is being framed by some as an enemy of progress. On this edition, we look at how we manage our water in the twenty-first century. Are we doing too little, or are we trying to control too much?
What’s the connection between the increase in chronic diseases, mental illness and drug addiction in our society today? On this edition, Dr. Gabor Mate talks about the relationship between mind and body health – and what the rise of capitalism has done to destroy both.
TRANSCRIPT (web extra only) see below. Related Video: We are the leaders we’ve been waiting for “On Revolution: A Conversation Between Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis” on Friday, March 2nd 2012 at Pauley Ballroom, University of California, Berkeley Part of the 27th Empowering Women of Color Conference, ‘A Holistic Approach: Justice, Access and Healing’ ANGELA DAVIS: First of all it’s really good to see you Grace it’s an unimaginable honor for me to share the stage with you this afternoon. I would like to begin by acknowledging the Indigenous people who are the original inhabitants of the land on which we meet this afternoon. And let us never forget that our presence here is very much related to the genocidal violence inflicted on this area’s native people and if we stand for justice we must stand for justice for native people in the 21st century. Now, I have to say I received incorrect information. I was told we would each speak for half an hour and then engage in conversation so I’m going to have to cut my remarks. I also want to thank Scott Kurashige who as you know collaborated with Grace Lee Boggs on her last book and he is the one who I met at an American studies conference somewhere and suggested we engage in conversation and I said it would be the absolute honor of my political life to engage in public conversation with Grace Lee Boggs. I’m also really happy that this is part of the Empowering Women of Color Conference. I spoke last year, I spoke in 1995, in 1992 and also in 1985. We are speaking this afternoon about revolution. I want to first say that I came to revolutionary struggle through the Black freedom movement. And I say this in vast appreciation of the contributions that Grace Lee Boggs and her late husband James Boggs made to the Black radical tradition- I was very fortunate to grow up in a family of activists. My mother was very active in a whole range of struggles in the Southern Negro Youth Congress in the campaign to prevent the Scottsboro 9 from being executed. I must say when I became involved in organizations like the Black Panther Party both my mother and father were quite upset especially because they perceived figures like Stokely Carmichael, Kwame Toure, H Rap Brown with whom I was associated as inappropriate revolutionaries. And I say this because I want to make the point that radical and revolutionary movements always have to be spearheaded by young people. And by those who are not afraid to identify with the...
Michelle Obama’s plan to eliminate obesity includes partnering with major retailers like Walmart to bring affordable, healthy food to neighborhoods that are known as food deserts. But food justice activists are calling for solutions that come from communities, not from corporations.
Occupy Wall Street has changed the conversation about the distribution of wealth. So what now? What policy changes and initiatives should the movement be pushing for? Economics Professor Richard Wolff has some answers.