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JUST SOLUTIONS: Saving Abortion Rights While It is Under Attack

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Access to abortion is declining in an increasing number of states. The Texas Supreme Court has now effectively shut down a federal challenge to the states ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. Its the most restrictive abortion law in the country and other states are following suit. Floridas legislature passed a bill that would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and in Kentucky, the state House has voted to pass new restrictions that could effectively shut down clinics in the state. Our guest today is Amanda Allen, Senior Counsel and Director with the Lawyering Project, one of the organizations that have been challenging the Texas abortion ban in the courts. Amanda Allen, Senior Counsel and Director with the Lawyering Project

This weekly podcast connects listeners with grassroots activists leading frontline movements who inspire us to be effective change-makers.

FSTVs Just Solutions features inspiring conversations with activists, community leaders, and others working to make our world a better place. We discuss the many challenges we are facing, while exploring the solutions emerging from the grassroots.

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Russian Dissident, Vladimir Slivyak of Ecodefense on Safeguarding our Planet

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This is the full interview with Vladimir Slivyak.  The versions for Television and Radio are formatted for time.

On Sunday, May 1, 2022, Mobilized’s Jeff Van Treese II interviewed Vladimir Slivyak for our Broadcast TV series to air on Free Speech TV.  The interview will air via Broadcast, Satellite and Internet on FSTV starting May 13, 2022.

We didn’t want to embargo the conversation for two weeks and felt that the audio version could also be shared easily.

From the Right Livelihood website:

Vladimir Slivyak is one of Russia’s most committed and knowledgeable environmentalists, who has been spearheading important grassroots campaigns against environmentally damaging practices for decades. He has stopped projects related to the exploitation of fossil fuels, the use of nuclear power and coal, and the shipment of radioactive waste from abroad.

As co-chairman and co-founder of Ecodefense, one of Russia’s leading environmental organisations for decades, Slivyak has worked extensively on reducing environmental risks, mitigating the climate crisis and promoting renewable energy in Russia.

Led by Slivyak, Ecodefense was the first environmental group in Russia to start an anti-coal campaign in 2013, which helped to empower local communities suffering from the impacts of coal mining and transportation. Connecting local communities around the country and information sharing led to a rapid growth of anti-coal protests in various parts of Russia.

Slivyak has also opposed Russia’s promotion of nuclear energy both at home and abroad. These enormous successes have proven that even in authoritarian Russia, grassroots activities can effectively challenge government-backed projects.

In recent years, Slivyak and Ecodefense have been targeted by Russian authorities for their work. However, Slivyak has stayed the course heartened by the growing influence of young climate activists. Standing with them, he is committed to ushering in a cleaner and more sustainable future for Russia and the world.

 

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Exploration with Dr. Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku: When Scientists Do Evil

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The life and times of Dr. Werner Von Braun and Fritz Haber, two great scientists who were responsible for killing thousands.

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Forest defenders in Atlanta / Corporate media failures on climate change

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Although there are no old-growth trees involved (as in some Western regions), Atlanta now has its own forest-protection organization. In the first segment of this week’s show, Eleanor speaks with a member of Defend the Atlanta Forest about the group’s purpose and motivation.

In the second half of the show, Eleanor and Mickey discuss how corporate media have under-reported and mis-reported stories involving climate change.

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“Coyote” is a member of Defend the Atlanta Forest. The organization aims to protect a 500-acre parcel of the city’s historic South River Forest from development plans that would turn part of the woods into a police training center, and another part into a movie studio. Coyote explains how the conflict over the forest involves multiple inter-related issues. The group’s web site is www.defendtheatlantaforest.com

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Economic Update: The Delusion of Capitalism

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In the first half of this week’s show, Wolff evaluates US capitalism as a system of production and distribution of goods and services. In the second half, he compares the evaluation with the very different self-image of dominant voices within US capitalism. His conclusion: US capitalism has peaked and finding it very difficult to face its decline.

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