On the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, some are comparing the party to the Black Lives Matter movement. We get response from Shaun King, a Black Lives Matter activist and senior justice writer for the New York Daily News, who has recently spent time with the party’s co-founder, Bobby Seale. "If you look at where we are now versus where the Black Panther Party was at the same time, I think we’re doing well," King says. Still, he notes, "The Black Lives Matter movement is not a carbon copy of what the Black Panther Party did. How we do what we do will be uniquely different. Our time is different."
With the election just 18 days away and three presidential debates behind them, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are campaigning across the country. Clinton is scheduled to spend Sunday in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she will be joined by the Mothers of the Movement—women who lost their children to police-involved incidents and gun violence. We discuss the election with former Bernie Sanders supporter Shaun King, senior justice writer for the New York Daily News. "We learned a lot of tough lessons" from the Sanders campaign, King says. But, he adds, "I think [Clinton] has evolved, and we’ll have to see, if she is elected, what that evolution means in terms of policy and practices."
Shaun King, Black Lives Matter activist and the senior justice writer for the New York Daily News, discusses NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who continued his protest Sunday against racial oppression and police brutality by kneeling on one knee during the pre-game national anthem ahead of his first game of the year for the San Francisco 49ers. His actions have sparked similar protests across the country among professional, college and even high school and middle school athletes.
New Yorkers are protesting yet another fatal police shooting after 66-year-old African American Deborah Danner was killed by a New York Police Department sergeant Tuesday. Danner had mental health issues, including schizophrenia. Police say she was shot and killed in her own home in the Bronx, after a neighbor called 911. When police arrived, they found Danner naked in her bedroom holding a pair of scissors. Authorities say Sergeant Hugh Barry fatally shot her after she picked up a baseball bat. Mayor Bill de Blasio said her death "should never have happened." We get response from Shaun King, senior justice writer for the New York Daily News. "It wasn’t just a mistake," King says. "A woman who deserved treatment and compassion was shot and killed. We’re talking about a crime."
Two Chicago police officers say they have faced retaliation and suffered from PTSD since they blew the whistle on a gang of their fellow cops who were demanding bribes from drug dealers in the housing projects of Chicago. We speak with one of the whistleblowers, Shannon Spalding, and with reporter Jamie Kalven, who documented their ordeal in a major investigation for The Intercept called "Code of Silence."
In our special broadcast of the final 2016 U.S. presidential debate, we asked Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza what the major-party candidates should have addressed in their exchange: "I want to see more conversation about what it is going to take to preserve the quality of life of black people in this country, who are being systematically murdered, incarcerated, and otherwise marginalized and disenfranchised."
In an interview with Channel 4 in Britain, the legendary musician Bruce Springsteen shared his thoughts on the race. "[Donald Trump]'s going to lose, and he knows that. He knows he's going to lose. And he’s such a flagrant, toxic narcissist that he wants to take down the entire democratic system with him if he goes," Springsteen said. "And the words that he’s been using over the past several weeks really are an attack on the entire democratic process."
In Wednesday’s debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News asked Hillary Clinton about allegations of "pay-to-play" corruption involving Clinton Foundation donors during Clinton’s time as secretary of state. Trump called the Clinton Foundation’s actions in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake "a disgrace."
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton squared off at the third and final debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Wednesday night. In one of the most extreme statements of the night, Donald Trump said he might not accept the results of the November election, instead saying, "I will keep you in suspense." He also repeated his call to build a massive wall along the Mexican border. "We have some bad hombres here, and we’re going to get them out," Trump said.
After Wednesday’s debate, Democracy Now! spoke to Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s presidential nominee. She and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson were excluded from the debate under stringent rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties.
Following the release of a 2005 video in which Donald Trump brags to TV host Billy Bush about sexual assault, Trump’s campaign is reeling from a series of accusations of sexual assault from nine different women. In Wednesday night’s third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Trump denied the accusations, saying his nine accusers are either looking for "fame" or work for Clinton’s campaign. "Nobody has more respect for women than I do," Trump insisted.
In Wednesday night’s third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton sparred over abortion access and the future of Roe v. Wade. Trump claimed Roe v. Wade would be "automatically" overturned if he is elected, pledging to appoint anti-choice judges and saying that Roe v. Wade would eventually be decided by states. Trump also claimed, incorrectly, that some late-term abortions terminate pregnancies "as late as one or two or three or four days prior to birth." Clinton responded, "That is not what happens in these cases."
Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off Wednesday night in Las Vegas in the final debate before the November 8 election. Trump continued to claim the election has been rigged, and said he would not commit to accepting the outcome of the vote if he loses. Trump’s comment sparked an outcry, even from within his own party. We air part of the debate and get response from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
A new investigation by In These Times explodes myths about who is most likely to die at the hands of police by revealing that, compared to their percentage of the U.S. population, Native Americans were more likely to be killed by police than any other group, including African Americans. It also found that cases of African-American police deaths tend to dominate headlines, while killings of Native people go almost entirely unreported by mainstream U.S. media. We speak with reporter Stephanie Woodard, who wrote the article, "The Police Killings No One Is Talking About," and with James Rideout, the uncle of Jacqueline Salyers, a 32-year-old pregnant mother and member of the Puyallup Tribe who was killed by police earlier this year in Tacoma, Washington.
As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump urges his supporters to be vigilant against widespread voter fraud and a rigged election outcome, we speak with Ari Berman, who argues in The Nation, "This Election Is Being Rigged—But Not by Democrats." He says the true danger to American democracy stems from Republican-led efforts to make it harder to vote. This comes as the 2016 presidential election is the first in half a century to take place without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act.
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