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Vantage Point: Professor on the Soap Box with Audience as Policy Advisors on Critical Issues

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, October 11, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor steps onto the soap box with audience as policy advisors on critical issues. The Issues What Should U.S. Immigration Policy Look Like? How to Solve the Crisis of Mass Shootings and Gun Violence? Does Biden Need a Black Agenda? Can the Orange man Quest for White Minority Rule Be Stopped Ways to…

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Donald Trump supporters outside the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021

America is on the same roadmap we saw in Germany in the 1930s

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon — In a recent interview with MSNBC, former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt issued a stern warning to Americans who have not yet grasped the nature of our present crisis of democracy. “We have an autocratic movement teeming with violence and the intimations of violence in this country,” he said, inviting viewers of the liberal news channel to imagine “that domestic terrorist, that criminal who desecrated the American flag…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Why Won’t Democrats Fight?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Not a day goes by that I don’t get a text or three from the Democratic National Committee asking for contributions. Sometimes they come from Vice President Harris. Sometimes, from President Biden himself. Occasionally, from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or DNC Chair Jaime Harrison Not to mention the texts that come from Congressional candidates all over the country, looking for $10, $17, or $27. I…

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Counterprotestors demonstrate in Washington, D.C., on September 18, 2021, against the “Justice for J6” rally supporting those arrested during the January 6 coup attempt.

Fascism makes a comeback — But nothing about its methods is especially new

By Commentaries/Opinions

The Trump movement’s assault on democracy is directly descended from both the Jim Crow era and the Nuremberg laws. By Matthew Rozsa, Salon — On Nov. 3, 2020, the American people conclusively decided to make Donald Trump their first one-term president in more than a quarter-century. On every previous occasion when an incumbent president was defeated — it had happened 10 times before Trump, the loser president at least swallowed his pride and honored…

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Larry Elder

Democrats won the California recall by invoking Trump. There’s more of that coming

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Philip Elliott, TIME — He wasn’t on the ballot, but ex-President Donald Trump lost Republicans their hopes of recalling California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom. The result signals bad fortune for the GOP in statewide elections coming this year in Virginia and New Jersey. It may also hint at how Democrats may yet survive the 2022 midterms that even the most optimistic party loyalists anticipate will be very difficult. A…

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Vantage Point: The Professor on the Soapbox on Vax Mandates, Roe v Wade, Other Major Issues

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, September 13, 2021 — The Professor on the Soapbox with host Dr. Ron Daniels aka “The Professor” Topics Vaccine and Mask Mandates Reflections on 9/11: Is America More Safe? The Enemies from Within Is Roe v. Wade Dead? Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) — Click Here Mondays 3PM-4PM or visit WBAI.org Recent and archived editions — Vantage…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Resisting the Republican Recall: Not Confusing Need with Anger at Newsom

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — Whatever issues Democrats, progressives, liberals, independents and others have with Gov. Gavin Newsom, they should not confuse or conflate it with the urgent and essential need to resist, reject and defeat the Republican recall. For it is indeed a right-wing Republican effort regardless of the many ways they might nickname the truth, and repackage and present social callousness and cold political calculation as genuine concern…

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Vantage Point: The Biden Agenda and Black America with Special Guest Tavis Smiley

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, August 30, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Tavis Smiley. Topic The Biden Agenda and Black America Special Guest Tavis Smiley, President/CEO, KBLA, 1580 AM, Progressive Talk Radio, Los Angeles, CA Plus The Professor on the Soap Box Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) —…

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Participants in a “Freedom Friday March” in Washington, D.C.

The Party of Lincoln Is Now the Party of Jim Crow

By Commentaries/Opinions

Not a single House Republican voted for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. By John Nichols, The Nation — “Old battles have become new again,” said US Representative Terri Sewell, of Alabama, as she introduced the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act for Tuesday’s essential vote in the House. And even as the old battles are being fought anew, the old battle lines have changed as well. The Republican Party, which was…

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul appears with her choice for Lieutenant Governor, Democratic New York State Senator Brian Benjamin

Hochul picks Caribbean American state senator as lieutenant governor

By News & Current Affairs

By Nelson A. King, Caribbean Life — Newly-installed New York Governor, Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday the selection of Caribbean American New York State Sen. Brian Benjamin for lieutenant governor. Benjamin, 44, the son of a Guyanese mother and Jamaican father, previously served as the New York State Senator for District 30 – which encompasses Harlem, East Harlem and the Upper West Side in Manhattan. He was the chairman of…

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U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley speaks as Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez look on during a press conference addressing remarks made by President Donald Trump earlier in the day, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on July 15, 2019.

How women of color in Congress are pushing a grassroots agenda

By Commentaries/Opinions

Despite roadblocks, “the Squad” has pushed progressive legislation, scrutinized the powerful, and changed the conversation around who gets to hold political power. By Sonali Kolhatkar, YES! — If Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory was a political earthquake that shattered norms and expectations, the 2018 midterm wins by four women of color ought to be seen as a similarly earth-shattering occurrence. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts,…

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Vantage Point: The Promissory Note and MLK’s Vision for a New America – Why African Americans Can’t Wait

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

A Special Fund Drive Edition of Vantage Point Monday, August 23, 2021 Topic The “Bounced Check” The Promissory Note and King’s Vision of a New America Why African Americans Can’t Wait The corporate media has fed the American public a steady diet of the more palatable aspects of Dr. Martin Luther King’s iconic I Have a Dream Speech delivered at the historic 1963 March on Washington.  However, the “promissory note” aspect…

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