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Democracy Now! is an independent daily TV & radio news program, hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. We provide daily global news headlines, in-depth interviews and investigative reports without any advertisements or government funding. Our programming shines a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lifts up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. Democracy Now! is live weekdays at 8am ET and available 24/7 through our website and podcasts.
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Housing Advocate: It's Scary That Trump HUD Secretary Pick Ben Carson Thinks Poverty is a Choice

4 hours 24 min ago

Donald Trump has picked retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson to serve as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. Trump picked Carson even though the doctor has no experience in housing or urban policy. Last month, Carson told The Washington Post, "Having me as a federal bureaucrat would be like a fish out of water, quite frankly." For more, we speak with Jumaane Williams, New York city councilmember for District 45 and chair of the city’s Housing and Buildings Committee. He has spent much of his career fighting for affordable housing.

Noam Chomsky & Harry Belafonte in Conversation on Trump, Sanders, the KKK, Rebellious Hearts & More

4 hours 58 min ago

On Monday, over 2,000 people packed into Riverside Church in Manhattan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Democracy Now! It was an historic occasion in part because it marked the first time Noam Chomsky and Harry Belafonte appeared on stage together in conversation. The two have been longtime champions of social justice. Chomsky is a world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author who gained fame in the 1960s for his critique of the Vietnam War and U.S. imperialism. He is institute professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught for more than 50 years. Harry Belafonte is a longtime civil rights activist who was an immensely popular singer and actor. He was one of Martin Luther King’s closest confidants and helped organize the March on Washington in 1963.

Patti Smith Dedicates Song to Oakland Fire Victims & Young People Who Died on Frontlines of Struggle

December 6, 2016 - 8:54am

The legendary singer, poet and author Patti Smith performed two songs Monday night at Riverside Church celebrating Democracy Now!'s 20th anniversary. She opened with "Peaceable Kingdom," a song she wrote for Rachel Corrie, the American activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003. Smith dedicated the song to the young artists who died in Friday's fire in Oakland, as well as young journalists and activists who have lost their lives.

Juan González on 20 Years of Democracy Now! & Keeping Dissident Alternative News Alive

December 6, 2016 - 8:50am

Award-winning reporter and longtime activist Juan González has been a fixture of Democracy Now! since its first broadcast more than 20 years ago. A former organizer with the Young Lords and a longtime reporter for the New York Daily News, Juan González spoke Monday night at Democracy Now!'s 20-year celebration at New York City's historic Riverside Church about the need to keep alternative news alive.

Actor & Activist Danny Glover: We Must Organize in the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.

December 6, 2016 - 8:46am

On Monday night, actor and activist Danny Glover spoke at Democracy Now!’s 20th anniversary at Riverside Church—the very same place where civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic speech against the Vietnam War in 1967. As Danny Glover addressed more than 2,000 people, he called on the crowd and the country to organize once again in the spirit of Martin Luther King.

Harry Belafonte to President Obama: Free Native Activist Leonard Peltier Now

December 6, 2016 - 8:45am

On Monday night, legendary musician, actor and activist Harry Belafonte joined Democracy Now! at New York City’s historic Riverside Church to celebrate the program’s 20th anniversary. As he addressed the crowd, he celebrated the recent victory by Native Americans fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock in North Dakota and called on President Obama to free Native activist Leonard Peltier before he leaves office.

"Welcome to the Fourth Reich": Legendary Actor Harry Belafonte on the Election of Donald Trump

December 6, 2016 - 8:41am

On Monday night, legendary musician, actor and activist Harry Belafonte addressed more than 2,000 people who had gathered to celebrate Democracy Now!'s 20th anniversary at New York City's historic Riverside Church—the same location where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. came out against the Vietnam War in 1967. The son of Jamaican immigrants, Belafonte grew up on the streets of Harlem and Jamaica. In the 1950s, he spearheaded the calypso craze and became the first artist in recording history with a million-selling album. Along with his rise to worldwide stardom, Belafonte became deeply involved in the civil rights movement and was one of Dr. King’s closest confidants. Belafonte spoke about Donald Trump’s election.

From Climate Change to Nuclear War, Noam Chomsky Warns of Literal Threats to Our Survival

December 6, 2016 - 8:27am

On Monday night, Democracy Now! celebrated its 20th anniversary at the historic Riverside Church in New York City. Among those who addressed more than 2,000 attendants was world-renowned linguistic Noam Chomsky, who spoke about the two most dangerous threats the human species faces today: the possibility of nuclear war and the accelerating destruction of human-fueled climate change.

Noam Chomsky: Trump's Climate Change Denialism Will Accelerate Global Race to Destruction

December 6, 2016 - 8:18am

On Monday night at Riverside Church, world-renowned linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky spoke at Democracy Now!'s 20th anniversary celebration in New York City. He spoke in front of a live audience of more than 2,000 people about the dangers of Trump's climate change denialism—and what it means for the future of the human species.

Noam Chomsky: Trump's Victory Recalls Memories of Hitler & Fascism's Spread Across Europe

December 6, 2016 - 8:12am

On Monday, over 2,000 people packed into the historic Riverside Church here in Manhattan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Democracy Now! Democracy Now! first went on the air on the eve of the 1996 New Hampshire primary. The date was February 19, 1996. The show began as a radio show on a handful of stations. Today, over 5,000 episodes later, Democracy Now! airs on over 1,400 TV and radio stations across the globe. Among those who spoke at Monday night’s celebration was Noam Chomsky, world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, who spoke about Donald Trump’s election.

"Financial Disaster": Could Dakota Access Pipeline Lose Its Contracts with Oil Companies on Jan. 1?

December 5, 2016 - 8:50am

Throughout November, protesters held dozens of demonstrations worldwide at banks to demand they divest from the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Already, the largest bank in Norway, DNB, has been pressured to sell its assets in the companies behind the pipeline, and it’s considering whether to terminate three separate loans the bank has made to finance the project. Meanwhile, a new report has exposed the "Rickety Finances Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline." Published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and the Sightline Institute, it spotlights a potential economic weakness of the project: the January 1 deadline by which Energy Transfer Partners had promised oil companies it would have completed construction. Missing the January 1 deadline opens up the possibility the pipeline company may lose its contracts with oil companies. We speak with co-author Clark Williams-Derry, director of energy finance at the Sightline Institute, and Michael Vendiola, member of the Swinomish Indian tribal community who helped organize a protest at Wells Fargo in solidarity with Standing Rock and with the Canadian First Nations resisting another major oil pipeline—the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion project.

Tara Houska: Denying #DAPL Permit is "Momentous Occasion," But We Must Remain Vigilant

December 5, 2016 - 8:41am

On Sunday, celebrations erupted at Standing Rock after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it had denied the Dakota Access pipeline company a permit to build the final segment of the $3.8 billion project and would study a possible reroute of the pipeline. But what alternative routes will be considered? What will the process of an environmental impact statement look like? Can this decision be reversed once President-elect Donald Trump takes office? And what’s next for the resistance movement? To answer some of those questions, we speak with Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth. She is Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation.

As Thousands of Vets Descend on Standing Rock, U.S. Army Backs Down and Halts Pipeline Construction

December 5, 2016 - 8:29am

The announcement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that it would deny a permit to Energy Party Transfers to drill under the Missouri River came as thousands of Native and non-Native military veterans descended on Standing Rock, vowing to form a human shield around the water protectors, who have faced an increasingly violent police crackdown. We are joined by Remy, a Navy veteran and member of the Navajo Nation.

Standing Rock Sioux Chair Hails Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Reroute Dakota Access Pipeline

December 5, 2016 - 8:13am

In an historic win for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and the environment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline, a permit to drill underneath Lake Oahe on the Missouri River—officially halting construction on the Dakota Access pipeline. The project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota, members of more than 200 indigenous nations from across the Americas and thousands of their non-Native allies—all concerned the pipeline’s construction will destroy sacred Sioux sites and that a pipeline leak could contaminate the Missouri River, which serves as a water supply for millions. We get reaction from Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II.

Can the U.S. Detain Immigrants Indefinitely? Supreme Court Hears Case as Trump Prepares for Office

December 2, 2016 - 8:48am

Promises by President-elect Donald Trump to deport millions of immigrants have drawn new attention to whether they can be detained indefinitely as they fight their cases. Currently immigrants have no right to a bond hearing. This is different from U.S. citizens who face trial in criminal court and can have a judge examine their case and determine if they should remain in jail until it is resolved. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court held a hearing on this issue in a case that could give immigrants the same right. We speak with Alina Das, a professor at the NYU School of Law, where she co-directs the Immigrant Rights Clinic, and with Hilarion Joseph, who was held for three years and two months in immigrant detention without a bond hearing when he faced deportation after his conviction for transporting weapons. He won his case and was released, and this year he became a U.S. citizen.

Bankers Behind "Great Foreclosure Machine" Join Trump's Cabinet as Treasury & Commerce Secretaries

December 2, 2016 - 8:42am

We look at two of Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks: Steven Mnuchin for treasury secretary and Wilbur Ross for commerce secretary. Mnuchin has deep ties on Wall Street, including working as a partner for Goldman Sachs, and his hedge fund played a role in the housing crisis after it scooped up the failing California bank IndyMac in 2008. Trump’s commerce secretary pick, Wilbur Ross, is a billionaire private equity investor who specializes in flipping bankrupt companies for profit, often buying the U.S. companies at low prices and then selling them to overseas investors. He and his companies have sometimes shipped jobs and factories overseas—practices Donald Trump has railed against. We are joined by David Dayen, whose recent article for The Nation is "Wilbur Ross and Steve Mnuchin—Profiteers of the Great Foreclosure Machine—Go to Washington."

John McCain Tears into Reporters Who Exposed Deceptive Recruiting at For-Profit University of Phoenix

December 2, 2016 - 8:38am

At an Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday, Senator John McCain attacked reporting by our guest, Aaron Glantz, on the University of Phoenix’s deceptive recruiting practices that prompted the Pentagon to put the for-profit school on probation for deceptive recruiting practices. The move was welcomed by consumer advocates and veterans groups. We air an excerpt of the report for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and get Glantz’s response.

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