Moving Forward PRN


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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Moving Forward - 10.09.17

Today Rob tries to tackle other factors that could be involved in America's mass shooting epidemic and how to move forward in a world that is becoming more and more of a dangerous place.
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Moving Forward - 09.25.17

Rob Seimetz and Giorgio Cafiero discuss the inner workings of the Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC) and the GCC's relationship with countries
around the world.

Giorgio Cafiero is the CEO of Gulf State Analytics, a Washington
DC-based geopolitical risk-consulting firm which assesses risks and
opportunities among GCC states.  His website is

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Moving Forward - 09.18.17

Rob Seimetz and frequent contributor, Bruce Wright, will be discussing
Hurricane Irma, and it's impacts on Florida, as well as, their roles
in helping the Tampa Bay community recover from its aftermath.  They
will also be discussing Rob's article in CounterPunch titled Harvey's
"Green" Problem.
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Moving Forward - 08.28.17

It's been a tough week so Rob is going to discuss what is going on in his world and what we can do moving forward.

Moving Forward - 08.14.17

Today on Moving Forward we will be discussing the politics surrounding
the National Football League with our guest Eric Draitser.

Eric Draitser is an independent political analyst, editor of, and host of Counterpunch Radio.  His work focuses
primarily on politics, geopolitics, and the role of imperialism in the
modern world.  Draitser’s articles have appeared in many publications
both in the US and internationally, and have been translated into more
than a dozen languages.  He is a regular contributor to Counterpunch,
TeleSur, CCTV, WBAI, and a variety of other media outlets. His work on
the origins and evolution of the conflict in Ukraine was recently
featured in the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and
Anti-Imperialism, and he was featured in the 2017 40th Anniversary
edition of Project Censored. You can find exclusive content including
podcasts, articles, audio and video commentaries, poetry and more at He is based in New York City.


Moving Forward - 07.31.17

Today on Moving Forward we discuss how Abrupt Climate Change is here
right now, and what are the consequences of it with Kevin Hester.

Kevin Hester is a first generation New Zealander born to Irish
Republican immigrants, both of whose parents were born into and became
part of the movement to free Ireland from the yoke of British
imperialism. His maternal grandfather completed a 28 day hunger strike
in prison after being caught with illegal weapons in 1920. As a result
of their involvement in the struggle both strands of the family were
forced for various reasons to become members of the Irish diaspora
strewn around the world.  In 1979, at the age of 19 he became involved
in both the anti-nuclear movement and the NZ campaign to isolate the
apartheid regime from business and sporting contacts with NZ. A love
of the oceans led Hester to become an ocean sailor and he has
completed 16 ocean passages and hundreds of coastal yacht races.
Hester became a full time climate and environmental activist after the
catastrophic earthquake, tsunami and subsequent triple melt downs at
Fukushima Daiichi and now spends his waking hours researching the
unravelling of the biosphere, blogging at his website KEVINHESTER.LIVE
and speaking publicly about the dire circumstances we now find
ourselves in. He lives in an off grid, solar powered house on a small
Island in the Hauraki Gulf off the coast of the North Island in
Aotearoa New Zealand.


Moving Forward - 07.17.17

Rob Seimetz and Bruce Wright our joined by Linh Dinh. Today we discuss America's war on the poor and homeless, as well as, the End of America. Linh Dinh is the author of Postcards from the End of America and nine other books. His political essays are published regularly at Unz Review and other webzines.  His website