Sojourner Truth Radio

Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod

About

Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod is a public affairs program that airs Tuesday through Friday on KPFK Radio from 7 to 8 AM (PST).

Tune in at 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 93.7 FM North San Diego, 99.5 FM Ridgecrest-China Lake, or www.kpfk.org.

Sojourner Truth brings you news and views on local, national, and international policies and stories that affect us all. We draw out how those of us most impacted - women, communities of color and other communities are responding. We also discuss the inter-relationship between art and politics. At the start of our show we bring you the headlines of the day.

Available on

Community

749 episodes

Sojourner Truth presents: Memorializing Nichelle Nichols + the 355 mile March for Farmworkers Rights

Nichelle Nichols died of heart failure on Saturday July 30th in Silver City NM. She was 89 years old. Nichelle Nichols first appeared on Star Trek on Sept 8, 1966 as Lt. Nyota Uhura. She was one of the first Black women to have a leading role on TV according to the NYT. Star Trek was on TV from 1966 to 1969, but the show remains popular and iconic and Nichelles Uhura remains beloved by fans all over the world. Nichelle appeared in 66 episodes of Star Trek. According to the NYT, In 1977 she became an ambassador of sorts for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), she later spoke of her pride in recruiting the first Black and woman astronaut hopefuls. Her efforts resulted in over 2,600 women and people of color applicants. In 2012 she was a keynote speaker at the Goddard Space Center. Our guest is Lawrence Ware, Co-director of Oklahoma State University African Studies Program and a contributing writer to Slate, the NYT, The Root. Commentary on race and politics have appeared in the Huffington Post Live, on NPR and TV One. Without the labor of farm workers the food supply chain in CA the nation and countries the US is trading with would be interrupted. Immigrant farm workers make up an estimated 73% of agriculture workers in the United States today. Farm labor is absolutely essential work that puts food on our tables across the country, powers the economy and supports our communities, from dairy farms in Wisconsin to strawberry fields in Florida and apple orchards in Washington. Begun in 1962 by Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Gilbert Padilla, and other early organizers, the United Farm Workers of America is the nations first enduring and largest farm workers union. The UFW continues organizing in major agricultural sectors, chiefly in California. Through a series of marches, national consumer boycotts, and fasts, the United Farm Workers union attracted national headlines, gained labor contracts with higher wages and improved working conditions, galvanizing the Chicano movement. The struggle of farm workers for their rights, and better wages and living conditions continues today. And now, the United Farm Workers(UFW) union is set to embark on a 24-day, 335-mile march from Delano to Sacramento to urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign the CA Agricultural Labor Relations Voting Choice Act (AB 2183) introduced by Assembly member Mark Stone, a Democrat from Santa Cruz, CA. that would permit farmworkers to vote from home giving farm workers protection from intimidation in elections to choose a union. Farmworkers and their supporters are set to arrive at the state Capitol on Aug. 26, a few days before the legislative session draws to a close. The trek kicked off this Wednesday August 3rd at the farm workers historic Forty Acres complex in Delano, where the union began 60 years ago in September 1962. It ends at the state Capitol on August 26th. The march route traces the path of the historic Cesar Chavez-led 1966 peregrinacion or march, procession style, that first brought the farm workers grievances" which included: exposure to deadly chemicals, inadequate food and shelter, and sexual harassment, while receiving meager wages" before the nations conscience.

56m
Aug 04
Sojourner Truth Black August special on George Jackson

Today on Sojourner Truth we bring you our Black August Special featuring George Jackson. George Jackson was born in Chicago Illinois. He was one of five children. He was arrested in Northern California 1961 when he was 19 years old for allegedly attempting to rob a gas station at gun point for $600. He was sentenced to 1 year to life in prison and he spent the next 11 years in prison, most of those years were in solitary confinement. While in prison George became a revolutionary, an organizer and an author. He along with fellow prisoner W.L. Nolan founded the Third World Coalition and founded the San Quentin Prison chapter of the Black Panther Party. He was becoming well-known in radical circles in the US and internationally. He was dubbed a trouble-maker for his revolutionary views and activities by prison authorities. In 1970 W.L. Nolan was killed by a prison guard, this after Nolan had planned to file a lawsuit against the superintendent in the prison where he was held. George Jackson and two other prisoners, Fletta Drumgo and John Clutchette were later accused of killing a prison guard in retaliation for Nolan’s murder. They became known as the Soledad Brothers and were cause-celebrities of the Black and other radical movements. They gained the support of Angela Davis who visited George Jackson while he was in prison. A month after his brother Jonathan Jackson and two other prisoners were killed attempting to free prisoners, George Jackson was killed in 1971 by prison guards. In response to George’s murder the New York State based Attica Prison uprising took place just weeks after George’s murder. 1,500 prisoners released a manifesto with their demands and controlled the prison for four days. The then governor of NY ordered that the prison be stormed by law enforcement and 29 prisoners were killed, none of the prisoners were armed with guns. Today George Jackson is remembered as a revolutionary who fought for his freedom and the freedom of others. His two books include Blood in My Eye and Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson. To this day, we are told that any prisoner in California found with even the name George Jackson anywhere on his person or in his cell is disciplined. We will hear reflections on George Jackson from Dr. Angela Davis, James Baldwin, Sundiata Tate, Walida Imarisha and Rachel Herzing featured in the Freedom Archives 99 Books digital series.

57m
Aug 03
Sojourner Truth presents: Hoodwinked Part 4: Greenwashing Disaster Capital

Today on Sojourner Truth, we are bringing you a special broadcast on the environment: Part 4 of Hoodwinked in the Hothouse series: Greenwashing Disaster Capital. This is the fourth panel of a series that builds on the momentum created by the most recent report titled: HOODWINKED IN THE HOTHOUSE (THIRD EDITION): RESIST FALSE SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE. Moderated by Tom Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network and co-organized by the Hoodwinked Collaborative and The New School. As part of President Biden's infrastructure plan, federal and state governments are providing billions in so-called climate subsidies, policy incentives and tax breaks to dangerous and dirty energy industries. These include: biomass and waste incinerators; nuclear power, and carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure for fossil-fuel facilities. The direct impact is to frontline and environmental justice communities who are facing increased pollution burdens and toxic threats. In part 4 the speakers examine and present data for how movement concepts, narratives and knowledge are co-opted to promote a corporate agenda. Todays panel discussion highlights emergent threats of climate false solutions across U.S. federal and state policy landscapes. Panelists are community campaigners, community leaders, researchers, and frontline organizations who are fighting the myths associated with carbon capture and storage, nuclear, hydrogen, biofuels and waste incineration. Along with debunking what they see as false climate crisis solutions, they also highlight inspiring stories of success led by environmental justice communities. They point out that to effectively move money away from dangerous policy directions and towards real climate justice solutions, coalition building is needed amongst national green groups, labor unions, climate philanthropy, and policymakers who should work with frontline communities in opposing these schemes.

56m
Aug 02
Sojurner Truth: Africa & LatinAmerica Update

Today on Sojourner Truth we discuss the possibilities and limitations of radical social change under progressive governments with Mexico City-based-journalist and Sojourner Truth regular Laura Carlsen. We focus on: Columbia, Chile, Honduras and Mexico for the first half of the hour. Our second guest is also a regular guest, Dr. Gerald Horne fills us in on key developments in Africa. This, as the continent is increasingly a target of influence by Russia, China and Western powers. The reality on the ground? 346 million people, a quarter of the entire population of The Continent are facing starvation due to drought exacerbated by climate change, the violence on people and the environment as a result of poverty, internal proxy wars and corruption, the war in Ukraine as grain exports from Ukraine plummeted due to the war there. Meanwhile, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has embarked on a tour of four African nations, and French President Macron is also touring three African countries,while China has outpaced the EU as a major trading partner on the Continent. Africa no doubt is at the heart of what many are calling a new Cold War.

56m
Jul 28
Sojourner Truth presents Myanmar Military Not In Fashion

Today we bring you an update on the crisis of the violent military occupation of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Earlier this week the military occupiers of Myanmar executed four human rights campaigners. They were found guilty in secret trials. There was a military coup in Myanmar carried out on Feb 1, 2021. People responded with peaceful protests, with garment workers, the majority of whom are women at the forefront of the protests. The military responded by killing thousands, and many more have been arrested, and rape and torture happen in custody. Many may recall that the military in an earlier operation committed genocide and other atrocities against the Rohingya people. Other lesser- known ethic groups were also attacked and brutalized. Hundreds of thousands were forced to flee their homes. In this round of conflict thousands have also been forced to flee including the tribal Karen people many of whom have had to flee into the forests with their children. International outrage is growing in part as a result of the recent executions, but also a global campaign has been launched against fashion brands still doing business in Myanmar despite a call from trade unions in Myanmar for the fashion brands to pull out and do it in a way that ensures transparency and that compensation be paid to workers and that they contribute humanitarian aid to people in Myanmar. Well-known brands in the U.S. still doing business in Myanmar where wages of garment workers are $2.50 a day include: Adidas, Guess, H&M and Zara. There is a bill in the US Congress now called the Burma Act calling for sanctions vs the Myanmar military as well as for humanitarian aid to the people. The bill is now held up in the US Senate. However, the bill fails to call for companies based in the US to pull out of Myanmar. Many companies that pulled out of the Ukraine in protest of the Russian invasion of that country nevertheless have remained in Myanmar. Under the banner Myanmar Military: Never in Fashion a series of protests have been held in London England against brands including Pimark who are still doing business in Myanmar. Our guests are Khaing Zar Aun, President of the Industrial Workers Federation of Myanmar, and London, England-based Laura Watson who works with the Myanmar Military: Never in Fashion campaign and the Global Women’s Strike.

58m
Jul 27
Sojourner Truth presents: Pacifica Radio celebrates 63 years

Today on Sojourner Truth as we celebrate the 63rd birthday of one of Pacifica Radio's stations, KPFK in California, delving into the rich history of the PRA archives and its ties to our listener sponsored radio station model, the first of its kind. Host Margaret Prescod guides the listener through Pacifica radio history playing excerpts from an exclusive Sojourner Truth interview with Toni Morrison as well as Pacifica archival audio including the voices of Lena Horne, Patty Hearst and several other notable figures

56m
Jul 26
Sojourner Truth : Police & Detention Center Accountability

Today on Sojourner Truth with guest host, Nana Gyamfi we bring you our coverage of How Cops Get Off, the new national groundbreaking campaign led by the Advancement Project National Office made more critical in light of the recent cases of police killings in the nation. After the George Floyd/Breanna Taylor summer uprisings, why is it still hard to hold Cops accountable? We will also discuss new complaints of atrocities at Stewart ICE Detention Center in Georgia where more women and femmes keep coming forward alleging sexual abuse from medical personnel. What is being done to protect immigrant women from these abuses, particularly in a state where reproductive justice and body autonomy are under attack?

57m
Jul 22
Sojourner Truth : Part 4: 2022 Poor People's Campaign Assembly Coverage

Today on Sojourner Truth, you will hear Part 4, the final episode of our series coverage of the Mass Poor People's & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls, that took place in Washington D.C. on June 18, 2022. The Poor People's Campaign is demanding that the 140 million poor and low-income people in our nation from every race, creed, color, sexuality and place are no longer ignored, dismissed or pushed to the margins of this country's political and social agenda. In Part 4 of our coverage of the Mass Poor People's & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls, you will hear from a variety of speakers including: Reverend William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, Professor and philosopher Dr. Cornel West, healthcare reform organizers, faith leaders, former Vice President Al Gore along with other organizers taking action to address the present climate crisis. You will also hear testimonies from poor and low income people resiliently surviving gun violence, generational poverty ensued by low wage work, underfunded public education, mass incarceration and the repercussions of war, all in the midst of their continued fight for fair wages and services for their labor.

58m
Jul 15
Sojourner Truth: Part 3: 2022 Poor People's Campaign Assembly Coverage

Today on Sojourner Truth we bring you Part 3 of our series coverage of the Mass Poor People's & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls, you will hear from a variety of speakers including: Reverend William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor Peoples Campaign, writer Phyllis Bennis, Planned Parenthood, immigration reform and prison reform organizers, faith leaders, and the testimonies from poor and low income people from across the U.S. detailing their first-hand experience with interlacing injustices: infringement on women's bodies and reproductive rights, generational poverty ensued by low wage work and the war economy/militarism and misallocation of resources, all of which are facilitated by what the PPC refers to as" a distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism, that needs to be reconstructed," in order to end these oppressive injustices once and for all.

56m
Jul 14
Sojourner Truth: Part 2: 2022 Poor People's Campaign Assembly Coverage

Today on Sojourner Truth, we bring you Part 2 of our coverage of the Mass Poor People's & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls that was organized by the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The Poor People's Campaign is demanding that the 140 million poor and low-income people in our nation " from every race, creed, color, sexuality and place " are no longer ignored, dismissed or pushed to the margins of this country's political and social agenda. The economic and social costs of poverty and the injustices of systemic racism, militarism and ecological devastation are unsustainable. The United States has the wealth to end these interlocking injustices, so why isn't ending poverty a priority for policy makers? Why can millions be found for war and occupation but not extend a program that lifted millions of children out of poverty? The welfare rights movement encouraged Dr. Martin Luther King to focus on poverty and months before his assassination Dr. King called for the first Poor People's Campaign. By the time he called for the Poor People's Campaign Dr. King had evolved far beyond focusing solely on civil rights, to campaigning against the inter-locking injustices of racism, poverty and war. Four years ago, growing out of the Moral Mondays Movement that took hold in the South of the US, Rev William Barber the II and Rev Liz Theoharis, a multiracial team restarted the Poor Peoples' Campaign. Their focus is what is referred to by the PPC as the pillars of evil, the interlocking injustices: racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nations twisted moral narrative. Since then they have grown into a massive movement with bases in 43 states across the U.S. In 2022 that movement came together in Washington DC for a Poor People's & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls.

57m
Jul 12
7.7.22 - Thur - Sojourner Truth Part 1 Poor Peoples' Campaign Assembly

There are 140 million poor and low-income people in the U.S., internationally there are many many more. Every day, poverty takes an enormous toll on all who experience it. The economic and social costs of poverty and the injustices of systemic racism, militarism and ecological devastation are unsustainable. Yet billions of dollars continue to be allocated to U.S. involvement in foreign wars and destabilization abroad. The U.S. has the wealth to end these interlocking issues so why isn't ending poverty a priority for U.S. policymakers? Today on Sojourner Truth, we unpack this reality as we bring you live coverage of the 2022 Poor People's Campaign Assembly brought to you by Pacifica Radio. The Mass Poor People's & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls took place in Washington D.C. on June 18, 2022. In Part 1 of our series, you will hear live coverage of the Mass Poor People's & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls, from a variety of speakers including: Reverend William Barber, writer Phyllis Bennis, Reverend Sekinah Hamlin, and you will hear testimonies from poor and low income people from across the country. Tens of thousands of people lined Pennsylvania Avenue and even more watched online as impacted people shared their stories involving voting rights, the nations failure to respond to COVID, especially among poor communities, workplace rights, the need for health care and living wages, and the day-to-day struggle of not having enough money to survive. This event brought together generations of people from diverse backgrounds, poor and low-wealth people, state leaders, faith communities, moral allies, unions and partner and anchor organizations declaring their ongoing commitment to a moral movement to fully address poverty and low wealth from the bottom up.

57m
Jul 07
6.2.22 - ST- Haiti update special

Today on Sojourner Truth we bring you a special hour on Haiti. The New York Times recently published an expose on Haiti making it the first time a mainstream media outlet covers the 2004 coup of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide as U.S.-led with the complicity of France and Canada, carried out after Aristide demanded restitution from France for the funds where the descendants of enslaved people paid reparations (“independence debt”) to the descendants of their masters — for generations. We speak to KPFA Flashpoints journalist Kevin Pina about those on the left in Haiti that helped lay the foundation for the coup but also objected to Jamaica providing Aristide with refuge following the coup. And we delve into who Jean Aristide was during his days as a priest and his connection with the long history of the Haitian people's struggle for freedom, with our guest Pierre Labossiere. Labossiere is co-founder of the Haiti Action Committee, an organization that champions grassroots efforts to improve education, bring about social justice, and develop a stable democracy for the people of Haiti.

59m
Jun 02
ST-Earth Watch: Matt Simmons on the Jackson Forest Victory

Attorney Matt Simmons is our weekly Earth Watch segment guest who will be updating us on the recent victory in Fort Bragg, CA Jackson Forest. The Save Jackson Coalition was pleased to learn that three controversial timber harvest plans located in Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF) had been withdrawn. The plans constitute a total of 1479 acres (over 2 square miles) of forest now taken off the chopping block.

8m
Jun 01
ST-Dr.RoxanneDunbarOrtiz.historyofguns

Our guest is historian and author Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz providing insightful historical context on America's gun obsession, racialized policing, its roots in the wars vs Indigenous nations and slave patrols, leading up to the power of the NRA and inability of Congress to take real action vs. gun control in the U.S.

16m
Jun 01
6.1.22.Wed -ST-BAJI MEETS L.A. MAYORAL CANDIDATES, SAVE THE FOREST VICTORY AND THE HISTORY OF GUNS

Today on Sojourner Truth: Attorney and Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) Nana Gyamfi joins us to discuss the recent Los Angeles mayoral candidate forum sponsored by BAJI, why has Karen Bass been the only responsive candidate? And Attorney Matt Simmons joins us for our weekly Earth Watch segment guest who will be updating us on the recent victory in Fort Bragg, CA Jackson Forest. The Save Jackson Coalition was pleased to learn that three controversial timber harvest plans located in Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF) had been withdrawn. The plans constitute a total of 1479 acres (over 2 square miles) of forest now taken off the chopping block. Our final guest is historian and author Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz providing insightful historical context on America's gun obsession, racialized policing, its roots in the wars vs Indigenous nations and slave patrols, leading up to the power of the NRA and inability of Congress to take real action vs. gun control in the U.S.

55m
Jun 01
ST.Friday 5.27.22.Roundtable

Today on Sojourner Truth: Our Friday roundtable is back with journalist Laura Carlsen, school board member Jackie Goldberg and Professor Gerald Horne. We unpack the recent mass shootings and the present state of gun violence in this country. What is its impact on countries like Haiti and Mexico? How do we move forward with actual solutions vs. political rhetoric? And on the international front: the growing misinformation in Haiti, to the point that the representatives invited to the upcoming Summit of the Americas are problematic. Also, how is the U.S. alignment with China in light of the war in Ukraine unfolding?

58m
May 27
Sojourner Truth: Earth Minute Thur.5.26.22

Today on Sojourner Truth: Our weekly Earth Minute covers the latest updates regarding pollution.

1m
May 26
5.24.22 -Tue-ST-Americas.Thailand

Today on Sojourner Truth we discuss why some Latin American countries are threatening to boycott the upcoming Summit of the Americas to take place in the U.S., with our guest Guillaume Long. Our guest for the second half of the hour Liz Hilton, will give us an update on the Draft Act in Thailand. What is it? And if it passes how will the state have the power to shut down grassroot organizations?

58m
May 26
5.26.22 - ST - GeorgeFloyd.panel

Today on Sojourner Truth: On this 2nd anniversary of the death of George Floyd we explore what has and has not changed to address police brutality of black lives, in Minnesota and nationwide. President Biden has just signed an executive order to address police misconduct but does it really have any impact on abusive police actions? We discuss this with our panelists Tristan Taylor, co-founder of the Minnesota-based organization Detroit Will Breath, an integrated, youth-led, militant organization fighting against police brutality and systemic racism in Detroit. Our other panelists joining us for the hour are teacher and Minnesota-based activist Marcia Howard and #BLM member and PhD student and founder of the Tacoma Action collective, Jaleesa Trapp. And for our Earth Minute today, we receive an update on air pollution.

56m
May 26
5.20.22 - Friday Roundtable

Today on Sojourner Truth our Weekly Round Table is back! We tackle the white supremacist murder of ten Black people in Buffalo NY, the present day and historical context of these types of attacks; the great replacement theory; the broader national and international political implications. White supremacy is imbedded deeply in the US but it goes beyond US borders, indeed it is global, here is what the public safety official in Canada had to say. Also, we discuss the latest news from the war in the Ukraine. This as at least 1,700 Azov fighters who have been associated with Neo-Nazis surrender their position in Mariupol, they had taken refuge in the Azovstal steel plant. Boris Johnson is encouraging the Ukrainian Prime Minisiter to keep the war going and the U.S. steps up military funding for Ukraine. Meanwhile other leaders in Europe are calling for a negotiated end to the war. All while there are increasing worries about arms smuggling as the flood of weapons to the Ukraine continues unabated. We also discuss present attacks on public education in the U.S., as the movement against critical race theory continues. And Laura Carlsen will provide an update on current events in Latin America. Our panelists are Laura Carlsen; Jackie Goldberg; Dr. Gerald Horne

53m
May 20
5.19.22 - Thur - ST - MalcolmXBday.Buffalo

Today on Sojourner Truth we honor Malcolm X on his birthday with a special show featuring archival clips of his speeches, joining us to discuss Malcolm X and his social justice stance is author of "The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," Dr. Peniel Joseph. Dr. Joseph contextualizes the white supremacist shooting in Buffalo NY rooted in Malcolm X's era. And Black Lives Matter LA held a vigil for the stolen lives in Buffalo, we end our show with their chant honoring Malcolm X and the victims of the Buffalo massacre.

59m
May 19
Israel.Palestine Update

Today on Sojourner Truth we discuss the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict including: the assassination of Palestinian Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and the largest disposition of Palestinians since 1999 with Phyllis Bennis director of the New Internationalism Project at The Institute for Policy Studies, focusing on U.S. Middle East and war policy. Phyllis also serves on the board of Jewish Voice for Peace.

24m
May 18
Fri - 4.29.22.ST - Friday Roundtable

Today on Sojourner Truth: Our Friday Roundtable is back with panelists: peace activist and school board member Jackie Goldberg, Mexico-based journalist Laura Carlsen and Professor Gerald Horne. Each of our panelists have chosen topics they will be discussing including: COVID-19 profiteering and the current state of infections, the recent bombings in Occupied Palestine and Israel's role, climate change, the January 6th attack on the capital and much more.

57m
Apr 29
Wed - ST - 4.27.22 -Selma James and Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Today on Sojourner Truth we bring you a conversation with Professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Black feminist theorist and theoretical physicist and Selma James, long-time feminist activist and Wages for Housework co-founder, to discuss, "Our Time is Now," an anthology by Selma James and the legacies of inter-generational feminism. Selma James is a women's rights and anti racist campaigner and author. From 1958 to 1962 she worked with C.L.R. James in the movement for West Indian federation and independence. In 1972 she co founded the International Wages for Housework Campaign, and in 2000 helped launch the Global Women's Strike whose strategy for change is Invest in Caring, Not Killing. She coined the word unwaged, which has since entered the English language. In the 1970s she was the first spokeswoman of the English Collective of Prostitutes. She is a founding member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. She co authored the classic The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community, which launched the domestic labor debate. Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and core faculty in women's and gender studies at the University of New Hampshire. Her research in theoretical physics focuses on cosmology, neutron stars, and dark matter. She additionally does research in Black feminist science, technology, and society studies. Dr. Prescod-Weinstein is also a columnist for New Scientist and Physics World. Nature recognized her as one of 10 people who shaped science in 2020, and Essence magazine has recognized her as one of 15 Black Women Who Are Paving the Way in STEM and Breaking Barriers. A cofounder of Particles for Justice, she received the 2017 LGBT+ Physicists Acknowledgement of Excellence Award for her contributions to improving conditions for marginalized people in physics and the 2021 American Physical Society Edward A. Bouchet Award for her contributions to particle cosmology, including co-founding Particles for Justice. Her first book The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred received the 2021 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the science and technology category and was named a Best Book of 2021 by Publishers Weekly, Smithsonian Magazine, and Kirkus. It has been a finalist for several awards including the 2022 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. The Disordered Cosmos was also longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize in Caribbean Literature. Originally from East L.A., she divides her time between the New Hampshire Seacoast and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

59m
Apr 28
Th.4.28.22 - ST

Today on Sojourner Truth: We bring you updates on the Child Tax Credit in the U.S. with our guest Anna Aurilio, the Federal Campaign Director of Economic Security Project Action. We will also speak with Nell Myhand, Quad Chair of the California PPC and member of the Bay Area Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Steering Committee who will share details about their forthcoming action and the latest on their work locally and nationally to amplify the voices of low/no wealth people and the demands for resources to meet basic needs for housing, education, healthcare, and a livable climate. Finally, we will hear about the upcoming webinar on Haiti and receive an update on the latest in Haiti with our guest Seth Donnelly, an educator, author and organizer with the Haiti Action Committee.

56m
Apr 28
Fri - 4.22.22 - ST - Hoodwinked3.WouldBuildBackBetterBurnBillionsmp3

Today, as we culminate Earth Week, we are bringing you a special broadcast on the environment: Part 3 of Hoodwinked in the Hothouse: Would Build Back Better Burn Billions? This is the third panel of a series that builds on the momentum created by the most recent report on the impact of climate change on indigenous and frontline communities titled, HOODWINKED IN THE HOTHOUSE (THIRD EDITION): RESIST FALSE SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE. As part of President Biden’s infrastructure plan, federal and state governments are providing billions in so named “climate subsidies”, policy incentives and tax breaks to dangerous and dirty energy industries. These include: biomass and waste incinerators; nuclear power, and carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure for fossil-fuel facilities, frontline and environmental justice communities are facing increased pollution burdens and toxic threats. Today’s panel discussion highlights emergent threats of climate false solutions across U.S. federal and state policy landscapes. Panelists are community campaigners, community leaders, researchers, and frontline organizations who are fighting the myths associated with carbon capture and storage, nuclear, hydrogen, biofuels and waste incineration. Along with debunking what they see as false climate crisis solutions, they also highlight inspiring stories of success led by environmental justice communities. They point out that to effectively move money away from dangerous policy directions and towards real climate justice solutions, coalition building is needed amongst national green groups, labor unions, climate philanthropy, and policymakers who should work with frontline communities in opposing these schemes.

56m
Apr 22
April is National Poetry Month ST presents Poet Ron Baca

Today on Sojourner Truth, as the month of April wraps up, we honor national poetry month with Boyle Heights-based poet Ron Baca, who will share some of his poems and discuss his connection with Homeboy Industries.

8m
Apr 21
Th.4.21.22 - EarthWatch guest Desmond D'sa

A recent rain bomb struck South Africa, killing and injuring thousands. We discuss this climate change catastrophe with ecologist and organizer Desmond D'Sa, for our weekly Earth Watch segment in partnership with the Global Justice Ecology Project.

15m
Apr 21
Th.4.21.22.EarthMinute: U.S. approves oil & gas drilling

Today on our weekly Earth Minute segment in partnership with the Global Justice Ecology Project, we will hear about the recent decision by the President Biden administration to resume oil and gas drilling on public lands, being condemned as a reckless failure of climate leadership.

1m
Apr 21
Th.4.21.22 - ST - Rainbomb.Frenchelections.poetry

Today on Sojourner Truth the French Presidential Election will take place this Sunday. In response, on Monday, several dozen undocumented migrants, known as sans-papiers, and their supporters took over unoccupied apartments in the 9th arrondissement section of Paris to demand rights for all, citing the right to adequate housing and the plight of the undocumented migrant as two issues that have been absent in the French Presidential campaign. Protestors from the collective Chapel du vous, are using one of the occupied apartments as an embassy for immigrants, calling on the example of Ukrainian refugees who in a matter of weeks, had access to a system to facilitate accommodation, documents and free access to transportation. Activist and expatriate Benoit Martin joins us from France to discuss these protests and the forthcoming French Presidential Election. A recent rain bomb struck South Africa, killing and injuring thousands. We discuss this climate change catastrophe with ecologist and organizer Desmond D'Sa, for our weekly Earth Watch segment. We will also hear about the recent decision by the President Biden administration to resume oil and gas drilling on public lands, being condemned as a reckless failure of climate leadership. Lastly, as the month of April wraps up, we honor national poetry month with Boyle Heights-based poet Ron Baca.

54m
Apr 21