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Moving Forward - 03.05.18

Rob talks about his life changing events, what his life in Florida was like, the Parkland Shooting, and the West Virginia teacher’s strike.

Moving Forward - 02.06.18

Today we will be joined by Dr. Lori Handrahan to discuss America's epidemic in child rape and sexual abuse, and how we move forward in confronting this epidemic.
Dr. Lori Handrahan has over twenty years of humanitarian and human rights work in Central Asia, Africa, and the Balkans.  Her focus is gender-based violence, conflict/post-conflict environments, United Nations reform, and ending child sex abuse.  She was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees first Gender Expert in emergency operations during the Darfur genocide, UNHCR's Regional Gender Advisor in The Balkans, CARE's Girls' Leadership Assessment lead evaluator in Yemen, the United Nations Population Fund's Gender-Based Violence Information Management System lead evaluator in Uganda, and OCHA's sole evaluator on their agency-wide gender review.  Dr. Handrahan completed her Ph.D. at London School of Economics.  Her work is published widely from academic journals to The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, The Washington Times, Forbes, The National Journal, The Daily Beast, and Fox News.  She has been a guest on CNN, Fox News, CTV, and CCTV.  Her website is
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Moving Forward - 01.22.18

Today we are going to be discussing the Rise and Decline of the United States, and how to move forward in a declining empire with Alfred McCoy.
Alfred McCoy is a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He earned his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian history at Yale.  He is an award-winning author of several books including the classic book, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia.
In 2012, the Yale Graduate School Alumni association awarded McCoy with the Wilbur Cross Medal which is presented to a small number of outstanding alumni to recognize distinguished achievements in scholarship, teaching, academic administration, and public service.  That same year the University of Wisconsin-Madison awarded McCoy the Hilldale Award for Arts & Humanities.
His articles have appeared in The Nation, TomDispatch, and The Guardian.
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Moving Forward - 01.09.18

Today we are going to be discussing Capitalism and it's impacts with
William Hawes and Paul Street.

William Hawes is a writer specializing in politics and environmental
issues. He is author of the ebook Planetary Vision: Essays on Freedom
and Empire. His articles have appeared online at CounterPunch, Global
Research, Countercurrents(.org), Gods & Radicals, Dissident Voice, The
Ecologist, and many more. You can email him at
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Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher,
journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa,
and Chicago, Illinois.  He is the author of 7 books.  His latest book
is titled They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy.  Paul’s writings have been
featured in all of the major progressive media outlets such as:
CounterPunch, Truth Dig, TruthOut, Black Agenda Report, Common Dreams,
Global Research, Z Communications and many more.

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Moving Forward - 12.11.17

Today Rob gives an update on what's going on in his world and how he's trying to move forward.


Moving Forward - 12.04.17

Vince Emanuele talks about the importance of organizational vision and structure.  He also dives into things that work and do not work for organizing.  This clip is from his show on The Progressive Radio Network titled Meditations and Molotovs which airs every Monday at 2:00 pm eastern time.
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Moving Forward - 11.20.17

Rob is joined by the Editor of the Pan African Newswire, Abayomi Azikiwe to continue their discussion on Detroit, and also to talk about the military takeover in Zimbabwe.


Moving Forward - 11.06.17

The mainstream media is claiming that Detroit is making a comeback.
But questions remain, who is the city making a comeback for and who is
paying the price for this comeback?  We are joined today by Abayomi
Azikiwe to answer these pressing questions.

Abayomi Azikiwe is the editor of the Pan-African News Wire, an
electronic press agency that was founded in 1998. He has worked for
decades in solidarity with the liberation movements and progressive
governments on the African continent and the Caribbean.

Azikiwe is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit where he
earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Science/Public
Administration and Educational and Administrative Studies.

He is the co-founder of several Detroit-area organizations including:
The Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, the Michigan Emergency
Committee Against War & Injustice, and the Moratorium NOW! Coalition
to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shut-offs.

Between 2007-2011 Azikiwe served as the chairperson of the Michigan
Coalition for Human Rights(MCHR) and is currently the president of the

Azikiwe has worked as a broadcast journalist for nearly19 years and
has hosted and co-hosted programs on several radio stations including,
WHPR in Highland Park, MI, WDTR in Detroit, WCHB in Detroit, CKLN in
Toronto and WDTW in Detroit. In 2010 he launched a weekly two-hour
blog talk radio program entitiled the "Pan-African Journal."

Azikiwe is often solicited by various newspaper, radio and television
stations for comment and analysis on local, national and world
affairs. He has served as a political analyst for Press TV, TVC
Nigeria and RT worldwide satellite television news networks as well as
other international media in the areas of African and world affairs.
He has appeared on numerous television and radio networks including Al
Jazeera, CCTV, BBC, NPR, Radio Netherlands, the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation, Belgian Pirate Radio, CGTN.

Azikiwe has traveled and lectured throughout the United States and
Canada. In the 1990s he conducted field research in the Southern
African nations of South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho (La-sue-to).

He is the author of numerous articles and monographs and his writings
have been published in the Zimbabwe Herald, The New Worker in England,
Africa Insight in South Africa, the Center for Research on
Globalization in Montreal, The 4th Media in Beijing, Capital Asia in
Malaysia, the Albany Tribune, Black Agenda Report, The San Francisco
BayView, in West Africa, Pambuzuka News in London, World
Financial Review in the UK, etc.

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Moving Forward - 10.30.17

Today we will be continuing our discussion on White Supremacy with
Eritha "Akile" Cainon and Mike Sliwa.

Mike Sliwa is the author of Chasing a Different Carrot, A Manifesto
for the Predicament of Privilege and former cohost of Nature Bats Last
here on PRN. Mike and his wife live in an off grid intentional
community in New Mexico. He has written for the Good Men Project,
Resilience, Transition Voice and Generation Alpha. Mike has given two
TEDx Talks and has presented at various universities and conferences
including the White Privilege Conference. You can follow Mike’s work
on his YouTube channel, Your Local White Guy.

Akile is a 21-year-old woman, born and raised in the poor and working
class sectors of the black community on the south side of St.
Petersburg, Florida.

She was raised by her step-mother Erica Cainion, as well as her
father, Bruce Cainion, who spent most of their time summing up the
deplorable conditions that they and the black community faced and
still endure today.

These political discussions soon sparked her interests and developed
into a fierce desire to participate in work that would end these

She took her dad’s teachings and began to better articulate them once
she entered high school.

She was a member of the National Honor Society and was accepted into
an International Relations program that allowed her to travel and
study in Rome, Italy.

She graduated in 2015, receiving both her high school diploma and an
Associate in Arts degree at 18 years old.

She applied for and got accepted into my desired college, but found
herself immersed in political work after joining an organization that
organized to combat the conditions of the black community—conditions
that she learned about from her father. This organization is the Uhuru

She declined the offer to study in New York to fully invest her time
in the struggle for justice and economic development for our

She was the Membership Coordinator for the International People’s
Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM), a position she held for a year and
a half.

Last year Akile was appointed international chair of the Justice for
the Three Drowned Black Girls Campaign, a campaign led by
International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement.

This year, following running District 6 City Council in St.
Petersburg, Florida, Akile was appointed the Chair of Communities
United for Reparations and Economic Development (C.U.R.E.D.),
co-chaired by former St. Petersburg Mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel, to
implement the platform of Unity Through Reparations throughout every
precinct in St. Petersburg.

Akile has also been interviewed on Press TV and profiled in Ebony
Magazine as a “millennial of change”.

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Moving Forward - 10.23.17

Today we are to be discussing White Supremacy with Robin Harris and Mike Sliwa.
Robin Harris is a social justice Activist, writer, poet, Public Speaker and minister. Texas Native, Robin currently lives in Florida where she is fights alongside other activists in Organize Florida. She ahs spoken at several press conferences and rally. Robin also organizes and assists in many community events.  Civil Disobedience is also accredited to her. Approximately one month after the horrific shooting at Pulse night club in Orlando, Fl, Robin along with 9 others were arrested at Marco Rubio's office.   Robin and 23 other activist received arrest in Tampa Florida during a protest for economic and wage rights!  Earlier this year Robin and 23 others were arrested in Washington D.C. in front of the White House as a means protest against Trumps administration Healthcare policy. 
She continues to speak up for racial justice and against all types of discrimination and intersectional issues.
Robin along with other members have taken on lobbying duties in Washington D.C. and Tallahassee, Florida. Currently she has launched socio-political forums that engage conversation  within the local community. Robin plans to be politically involved in the near future. Also she has desire is to be able to travel and speak to empower various groups. She would like to one day in work in international activism and politics.
Mike Sliwa is the author of Chasing a Different Carrot, A Manifesto for the Predicament of Privilege and former cohost of Nature Bats Last here on PRN. Mike and his wife live in an off grid intentional community in New Mexico. He has written for the Good Men Project, Resilience, Transition Voice and Generation Alpha. Mike has given two TEDx Talks and has presented at various universities and conferences including the White Privilege Conference. You can follow Mike’s work on his YouTube channel, Your Local White Guy.
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