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A People's Mic: New Orleans

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A live radio show and podcast dedicated to covering the work of local organizers fighting to build working class power in New Orleans and throughout the US. Listen live every Friday from 10-11am on WTUL New Orleans 91.5fm.

Latest Episodes

Daniel Denvir & Thea Riofrancos at Octavia Books

Two of DSA's most prominent members and leading voices in the democratic socialist movement visit New Orleans for a dual book tour stop at Octavia Books. Daniel Denvir, host of The Dig, discusses his new book All-American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It and Thea Riofrancos, member of DSA's Ecosocialist Steering Committee, discusses her co-authored book A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal. Nikki Thanos from the New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice moderates. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/apeoplesmic/message

58 MINMAR 12
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Daniel Denvir & Thea Riofrancos at Octavia Books

The Sunrise Movement: On the Road to a Green New Deal

In 2018, the world’s top scientists warned we have only 12 years to transform our economy to “avoid catastrophic environmental breakdown” within our lifetimes. Together with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Sunrise Movement brought a plan to Congress that matches the urgency and scale of the crisis. Now, the Road to the Green New Deal is their biggest project yet. Tens of thousands of people are gathering in nearly every state to hear how the Green New Deal would improve their community and get the tools and resources to pressure their policymakers to get behind it. On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, the National Road to a Green New Deal Tour is stopping in New Orleans to catalyze “Gulf South for a Green New Deal" -- an organized formation of local people and groups coming together to support existing work across our region, uplift Gulf South community leaders, and connect the Gulf South to a national movement towards racial, economic, and climate justice. In this episode -- recorded live on...

58 MIN2019 MAY 4
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The Sunrise Movement: On the Road to a Green New Deal

#NoGasPlant (aka Entergy New Orleans is Corrupt AF)

Local environmental activists and residents have been fighting against Entergy and the company's plan to build a natural gas-powered power plant in New Orleans East for the past three years. Shortly after the City Council approved the plant in March 2017, just weeks before the current Council was inaugurated, investigators revealed that Entergy had been paying actors to fill seats at public meetings and voice fake support for the plant -- an illegal practice known as "astroturfing". On Wednesday, January 23, the new City Council will consider a resolution to "rescind and repeal" the previous Council's approval of the plant. But activists say we don't just need a revote; we need the entire process to be reopened and it needs to be fair and informed from the start. Renate Heurich (350 New Orleans), Happy Johnson (resident and activist), and Mark Nguyen (VAYLA) joined me in the studio to discuss the plant, the various scandals surrounding it, and how our new Council has a chance to do ...

46 MIN2019 JAN 18
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#NoGasPlant (aka Entergy New Orleans is Corrupt AF)

Short-Term Rentals, Gentrification & the Displacement of the Working Class

Short-term rentals are corroding the city's affordable housing stock. The Residents for Ethical and Sustainable Tourism (REST) ordinance would help combat short-term rentals and preserve an adequate supply of affordable housing for the city's long-term residents. The New Orleans City Council is moving to vote on new regulations for short-term rentals this Thursday, January 10 @ 10AM. We’ve heard that some Council members, despite campaign promises, are withdrawing support for two of the most important components of the Residents for Ethical and Sustainable Tourism (REST) ordinance: the affordable housing and homestead exemption requirements. CALL the Council and/or ATTEND the meeting on Thursday. Tell them that new regulations for short-term rentals must include: 1. Affordable Housing Requirements: a 1-for-1 affordable housing match for commercial STR permits. 2. Homestead Exemption Requirements: the host must live in the residence; no more whole-home STRs. LEARN MORE about short-t...

40 MIN2018 DEC 20
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Short-Term Rentals, Gentrification & the Displacement of the Working Class

"Give Me a Brake (Light)!" w/ New Orleans DSA

Broken taillights are one of the most common reasons police pull drivers over. These minor traffic offenses not only come with hefty fines that effectively criminalize poverty, but -- particularly for drivers of color -- they can lead to search, seizure, arrest, and even death at the hands of a police officer (as we saw with Philando Castille in 2016). After a member was pulled over twice in one night for a broken brake light in 2017, the New Orleans chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) held their first “Gimme a Brake (Light)!” clinic, where volunteers spent the day fixing people’s brake lights for free--a small but significant act of mutual aid and protection against the capitalist police state. The success of their monthly clinic has inspired at least 45 other DSA chapters in the US to hold their own brake light repair clinics, providing safe spaces for communities across the country to openly discuss the current state of our police and criminal justice systems...

43 MIN2018 NOV 30
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"Give Me a Brake (Light)!" w/ New Orleans DSA

The Debt Collective: How to Organize a Debt Strike

"If you owe the bank $100,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $100 million, you own the bank."Together, we own the bank. Thomas Gokey and Dawn Lueck of The Debt Collective talk to Sophie about how, through collective financial disobedience, we have the power to renegotiate and resist unjust debts. YOU ARE NOT A LOAN debtcollective.org @debtcollective @0debtzone @strikedebt --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/apeoplesmic/message

55 MIN2018 NOV 7
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The Debt Collective: How to Organize a Debt Strike

Medicare for All and Nothing Less! w/ Michael Lighty

New Orleans DSA hosts Michael Lighty, long-time single-payer champion and Sanders Institute Fellow, as he travels the country rallying support for Medicare for All. Speakers include Frances Gill (New Orleans DSA Healthcare for All Committee Co-Chair), Jamila Webb (Birthmark Doula Collective), and a representative from 504HealthNet and Luke's House. Healthcare is a basic need. Basic needs should be human rights. Human rights should not be commodified. Join the fight for #M4A at dsausa.org. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/apeoplesmic/message

59 MIN2018 OCT 24
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Medicare for All and Nothing Less! w/ Michael Lighty

Rise for Cancer Alley & Gordan Plaza (w/ Angela Kinlaw & Renate Heurich)

Racism, poverty, and environmental pollution are inextricably linked along Louisiana's so-called "Petrochemical Corridor". Known to locals as "Cancer Alley", this 90-mile stretch along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is home to more than 100 petrochemical plants -- but it's also home to a brewing climate justice movement. From Gordon Plaza, a housing development built on top of a toxic landfill in the Upper 9th Ward, to St. James Parish, home to the terminal end of the yet-to-be-completed Bayou Bridge Pipeline, hear how residents are fighting back with Angela Kinlaw from The New Orleans People's Assembly and Renate Heurich from 350 New Orleans. MORE INFO: Rise for Cancer Alley (FB Event) https://www.facebook.com/events/461144237684993/ The New Orleans Peoples' Assembly http://peoplesassemblyneworleans.org/ 350 New Orleans https://350neworleans.org/ No Bayou Bridge Pipeline http://nobbp.org/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/apeoplesmic/message

43 MIN2018 SEP 7
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Rise for Cancer Alley & Gordan Plaza (w/ Angela Kinlaw & Renate Heurich)
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Latest Episodes

Daniel Denvir & Thea Riofrancos at Octavia Books

Two of DSA's most prominent members and leading voices in the democratic socialist movement visit New Orleans for a dual book tour stop at Octavia Books. Daniel Denvir, host of The Dig, discusses his new book All-American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It and Thea Riofrancos, member of DSA's Ecosocialist Steering Committee, discusses her co-authored book A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal. Nikki Thanos from the New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice moderates. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/apeoplesmic/message

58 MINMAR 12
Comments
Daniel Denvir & Thea Riofrancos at Octavia Books

The Sunrise Movement: On the Road to a Green New Deal

In 2018, the world’s top scientists warned we have only 12 years to transform our economy to “avoid catastrophic environmental breakdown” within our lifetimes. Together with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Sunrise Movement brought a plan to Congress that matches the urgency and scale of the crisis. Now, the Road to the Green New Deal is their biggest project yet. Tens of thousands of people are gathering in nearly every state to hear how the Green New Deal would improve their community and get the tools and resources to pressure their policymakers to get behind it. On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, the National Road to a Green New Deal Tour is stopping in New Orleans to catalyze “Gulf South for a Green New Deal" -- an organized formation of local people and groups coming together to support existing work across our region, uplift Gulf South community leaders, and connect the Gulf South to a national movement towards racial, economic, and climate justice. In this episode -- recorded live on...

58 MIN2019 MAY 4
Comments
The Sunrise Movement: On the Road to a Green New Deal

#NoGasPlant (aka Entergy New Orleans is Corrupt AF)

Local environmental activists and residents have been fighting against Entergy and the company's plan to build a natural gas-powered power plant in New Orleans East for the past three years. Shortly after the City Council approved the plant in March 2017, just weeks before the current Council was inaugurated, investigators revealed that Entergy had been paying actors to fill seats at public meetings and voice fake support for the plant -- an illegal practice known as "astroturfing". On Wednesday, January 23, the new City Council will consider a resolution to "rescind and repeal" the previous Council's approval of the plant. But activists say we don't just need a revote; we need the entire process to be reopened and it needs to be fair and informed from the start. Renate Heurich (350 New Orleans), Happy Johnson (resident and activist), and Mark Nguyen (VAYLA) joined me in the studio to discuss the plant, the various scandals surrounding it, and how our new Council has a chance to do ...

46 MIN2019 JAN 18
Comments
#NoGasPlant (aka Entergy New Orleans is Corrupt AF)

Short-Term Rentals, Gentrification & the Displacement of the Working Class

Short-term rentals are corroding the city's affordable housing stock. The Residents for Ethical and Sustainable Tourism (REST) ordinance would help combat short-term rentals and preserve an adequate supply of affordable housing for the city's long-term residents. The New Orleans City Council is moving to vote on new regulations for short-term rentals this Thursday, January 10 @ 10AM. We’ve heard that some Council members, despite campaign promises, are withdrawing support for two of the most important components of the Residents for Ethical and Sustainable Tourism (REST) ordinance: the affordable housing and homestead exemption requirements. CALL the Council and/or ATTEND the meeting on Thursday. Tell them that new regulations for short-term rentals must include: 1. Affordable Housing Requirements: a 1-for-1 affordable housing match for commercial STR permits. 2. Homestead Exemption Requirements: the host must live in the residence; no more whole-home STRs. LEARN MORE about short-t...

40 MIN2018 DEC 20
Comments
Short-Term Rentals, Gentrification & the Displacement of the Working Class

"Give Me a Brake (Light)!" w/ New Orleans DSA

Broken taillights are one of the most common reasons police pull drivers over. These minor traffic offenses not only come with hefty fines that effectively criminalize poverty, but -- particularly for drivers of color -- they can lead to search, seizure, arrest, and even death at the hands of a police officer (as we saw with Philando Castille in 2016). After a member was pulled over twice in one night for a broken brake light in 2017, the New Orleans chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) held their first “Gimme a Brake (Light)!” clinic, where volunteers spent the day fixing people’s brake lights for free--a small but significant act of mutual aid and protection against the capitalist police state. The success of their monthly clinic has inspired at least 45 other DSA chapters in the US to hold their own brake light repair clinics, providing safe spaces for communities across the country to openly discuss the current state of our police and criminal justice systems...

43 MIN2018 NOV 30
Comments
"Give Me a Brake (Light)!" w/ New Orleans DSA

The Debt Collective: How to Organize a Debt Strike

"If you owe the bank $100,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $100 million, you own the bank."Together, we own the bank. Thomas Gokey and Dawn Lueck of The Debt Collective talk to Sophie about how, through collective financial disobedience, we have the power to renegotiate and resist unjust debts. YOU ARE NOT A LOAN debtcollective.org @debtcollective @0debtzone @strikedebt --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/apeoplesmic/message

55 MIN2018 NOV 7
Comments
The Debt Collective: How to Organize a Debt Strike

Medicare for All and Nothing Less! w/ Michael Lighty

New Orleans DSA hosts Michael Lighty, long-time single-payer champion and Sanders Institute Fellow, as he travels the country rallying support for Medicare for All. Speakers include Frances Gill (New Orleans DSA Healthcare for All Committee Co-Chair), Jamila Webb (Birthmark Doula Collective), and a representative from 504HealthNet and Luke's House. Healthcare is a basic need. Basic needs should be human rights. Human rights should not be commodified. Join the fight for #M4A at dsausa.org. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/apeoplesmic/message

59 MIN2018 OCT 24
Comments
Medicare for All and Nothing Less! w/ Michael Lighty

Rise for Cancer Alley & Gordan Plaza (w/ Angela Kinlaw & Renate Heurich)

Racism, poverty, and environmental pollution are inextricably linked along Louisiana's so-called "Petrochemical Corridor". Known to locals as "Cancer Alley", this 90-mile stretch along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is home to more than 100 petrochemical plants -- but it's also home to a brewing climate justice movement. From Gordon Plaza, a housing development built on top of a toxic landfill in the Upper 9th Ward, to St. James Parish, home to the terminal end of the yet-to-be-completed Bayou Bridge Pipeline, hear how residents are fighting back with Angela Kinlaw from The New Orleans People's Assembly and Renate Heurich from 350 New Orleans. MORE INFO: Rise for Cancer Alley (FB Event) https://www.facebook.com/events/461144237684993/ The New Orleans Peoples' Assembly http://peoplesassemblyneworleans.org/ 350 New Orleans https://350neworleans.org/ No Bayou Bridge Pipeline http://nobbp.org/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/apeoplesmic/message

43 MIN2018 SEP 7
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Rise for Cancer Alley & Gordan Plaza (w/ Angela Kinlaw & Renate Heurich)
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