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Welcome to ClassWars, the home of Activist Radio, a weekly program for all Americans who are not in the wealthiest one percent of the US population.

Class wars have been going on since the beginning of recorded history. As societies become more powerful and wealthy, they often become more corrupt. At the end of each cycle, a few rich families own practically everything and rule with an iron fist. Military over-expansion with its endless wars, another trademark of a debased and undemocratic society, often brings about great poverty and suffering.

Class wars is a dirty term in our media, which always implies that America is above such crudeness. But the very rich are not above that at all. They have been waging an especially intense attack on working people since the 1970's, and have accumulated immense wealth and power at the expense of the rest of us.

Of course, class wars are not fought with tanks and bombs, but with crooked politicians, right wing think tanks and corporate owned media. For the very rich to maintain and increase their share of the national wealth, they have to fool you. How else could one percent of our population call the shots for ninety-nine percent?

Activist Radio will attempt to show you how the few richest of our citizens lie to the rest of us to expand their power and wealth. They are sick with greed, of course. But so far, the rest of us are what might be worse, and that is stupid. None of the information presented is particularly new or really very hard to find, although you won't read it in the mainstream press or see it on TV. If that is what you are relying on for news, you are being suckered, my friend. I don't know how to put it any nicer.

So sit back, relax, and listen to Activist Radio every Thursday from 5:00 to 6:00 PM on WVKR in Poughkeepsie (91.3 FM). And if the word spreads that the emperor has no clothes and you want to be entertained from another part of the globe, point your browser to:

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Recent stories on Activist Radio may have you thinking about some important issues. Put another way, you could be wondering if most of what we say is totally made up, since you probably haven't seen it on TV. But here are some links on stories we have done. Get the full stories on:

Fantasyland Media

News fashioned by the people in charge, the corporations and your government. Each week, we cover the stories that are just left out of the US propaganda machine.

Dave, Heather, Fred and DJ James Poe
at WABG - AM 960 in Columbus, MS

Dahr Jamail and Gary

Fred and Gary with Pete Seeger

Kathy Kelly and Gary

Thanks to Martha for this time
on the set of Democracy Now.

Fred and Gary on the air

The profits of war have always influenced
American foreign policy. A decade of conflict
has robbed workers of two trillion dollars.

Crony capitalists have always been with us.
Here is Boss Tweed of New York's Tammany
Hall sometime in the 1860's.

Milton Friedman, guru of deregulation and
self interest, made millionaires into billionaires
by robbing everyone else.

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February 11

GUEST: Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. and outspoken supporter of Palestinian human rights, talks about his speaking tours as President of Minsters for Racial, Social and Economic Justice.

Rev. Hagler disinvited to speak on Palestine, sent death threats
Connecting the Dots: Ferguson to Palestine

ACTION: Say no to repressive BDS legislation in New York State

SONG: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Running For the Drum ... Working For the Government

February 4

Guests: Tarak Kauff, board member for Veterans For Peace, and Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, discuss their trip to Jeju Island and Okinawa to protest the building of new US military bases there. (Due to a streaming failure, this show only includes the above interview.)

Peace in Our Times newspaper
Veterans For Peace
Who Profits from Occupation

SONG: Rod MacDonald, A Tale of Two Americas ... Love Is the Common Ground
SONG: Lead Belly, Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection ... Jim Crow Blues

January 28

Guest: Noah Mlyn, student at Vassar College and human rights activist, talks about the article he wrote for Vassar's newspaper, "The Miscellany News" on Birthright, the travel program offering students all expenses paid visits to Israel.

Please, don't send your kid on a Birthright
Birthright program ignores Israeli conflict
Mondoweiss - The War of Ideas in the Middle East
972 Magazine - life and politics in Israel and Palestine

SONG: Pete Seeger & Anne Hills, Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger ... Flowers of Peace

January 21

GUEST: Wes Brain, retired member of SEIU#503 and organizer with Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, interviews Fred on "The Brain Labor Report," a weekly radio program in Southern Oregon on KSKQ.

The Brain Labor Report with Wes Brain and Jason Houk

This Week on KSKQ
Free Palestinian artist Mohammed Faisal Abu Sakha

SONG: Lead Belly, Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection ... The Titanic

January 14

Guest: Deepa Iyer, leading racial justice activist and author of a new book, "We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape our Multiracial Future," talks about the consequence of modern day terrorism: the ongoing, state-sanctioned persecution of immigrant peoples.

Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion
The New Press
All Communities of Color Must Demand an End to Police Brutality

SONG: Sweet Honey in the Rock ... Ella's Song

January 7

Guests: Susan Smith, who hosts a biweekly program on WVKR called From Ferguson to Palestine, and Sahar AlSahlani, who serves on the boards of Religions for Peace (UN-affiliated NGO) and the Council of American Islamic Relations, will talk about the rise of Islamophobia and what can be done about it.

From Ferguson to Palestine on WVKR
How fighting Islamophobia is connected to working for justice
Pledge to fight Islamophobia - Jewish Voice for Peace

SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Roses At the End of Time ... Death in Arkansas
SONG: Eli Kassirer ... Christian Excuses, Muslim Abuses

December 24

GUESTS: Peter Blood and Annie Patterson, creators of Rise Up Singing and their followup new songbook, Rise Again, talk about the process and motivation behind this collection of words & chords to 1200 different songs, just published by Hal Leonard Performing Arts and Publishing Group.

Rise Up and Sing
The Carry It On Fund
Shared Song, Communal Memory
Famed Songbook Rise Up Singing Gets a Sequel

SONG: Fenya, Vietnam Blues ... Christmas Truce from Veterans For Peace UK
SONG: Jacob George ... Soldier's Heart

December 17

GUEST: Les Leopold, an economic researcher who co-founded The Labor Institute and The Public Health Institute, talks about his latest book: Runaway Inequality: An Activists Guide to Economic Justice.

Runaway Inequality Is Ripping Us Apart
Runaway Inequality - Buy the book
Runaway Inequality, Runaway Incarceration

SONG: Christy Moore ... Dunnes Stores
SONG: Pete Seeger, Pete Seeger at 89 ... We Will Love or We Will Perish

December 10

GUEST: James Kilgore, writer and social justice activist who spent six years in prison, talks about one of the books he was inspired to write while behind bars: Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time.

Understanding Mass Incarceration
An Interview With James Kilgore
Prison Legal News
End the New Jim Crow Action Network

SONG: Christy Moore & Declan Synott, No Time For Love

December 3

GUEST: Barbara Smith, author, long time civil rights activist, and subject of the new book Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around, talks about the Combahee River Collective and the interlocking oppressions of race, class, sexuality and gender in today's society.

Barbara Smith - Wikipedia
Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around
Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

SONG: Autorickshaw, City of Lakes (song for Bhopal)
SONG: Space 101, Kite's Nest group ... Can't Breathe

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Some Favorite Lies
of the Very Rich

  1. Class wars don't exist in America, the land of the free. (The very rich have taken the rest of us to the cleaners, especially since the mid 1970's. Democracy in America has become little more than a useful fiction.)
  2. The two party system promotes the will of the people. (Both parties are paid for by the major corporations, leaving the people with very little power to change domestic or foreign policy.)
  3. Multinational Corporations encourage free enterprise. (They spend most of their time getting handouts from governments while trying to eliminate workers' rights and environmental regulations through "free" trade.)
  4. The billions spent on defense contracts make Americans safer. (Most defense contracts are no-bid, billion dollar scams. Of the first world countries, only America spends so much on weaponry that there is nothing left over for the poor and middle class: no education, no health care, and no housing.)
  5. High drug costs are necessary to pay for research. (Most drug profits go towards advertising and CEO stock options. Other first world countries, like Canada, control drug prices.)
  6. Charter schools increase the quality of the nation's education. (Charter schools allow corporations to control what students learn, while draining dollars from public schools.)
  7. Environmental destruction is necessary for growth. (It is only necessary for huge profits, earned mostly by putting the health of the poor and middle class at risk.)
  8. US Foreign policy is used to spread democracy and to make the world a safer place. (Most US policy is military action aimed at countries that threaten corporate profits. In America, the poor fight the wars, the middle class pays for them, and the very rich make out like the bandits they are.)
  9. Health care can't include everyone in our country. (Every other developed country in the world has universal health care. And it cost them a lot less to do a much better job.)
  10. Social Security needs reform to save it. (Social Security is good for another 40 years, and with a little more paid by top earners, good forever. That is if we can keep Wall Street thieves from getting their hands on it.)
  11. Obama represents change we can believe in. (By altering the face of corporate domination, the elites hope to keep things just about the same. It is change they can believe in: no change at all.)

The Hidden Verses
to Woody's Song

Was a high wall there that tried to stop me
A sign was painted said: Private Property,
But on the back side it didn't say nothing --
This land was made for you and me.

One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple
By the Relief Office I saw my people --
As they stood hungry, I stood there wondering if
This land was made for you and me.

WOODY G. (Feb. 23, 1940)

One blue sky above us
One ocean lapping all our shore
One earth so green and round
Who could ask for more
And because I love you
I'll give it one more try
To show my rainbow race
It's too soon to die.

-Pete Seeger

We have been added to the British site
I see in the future a crisis approaching that fills me with anxiety. As a result of the war, corporations have become enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its rule by preying upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is concentrated in a few hands and the Republic destroyed.

Abraham Lincoln

And above all Fascism denies that class-war can be the preponderant force in the transformation of society.

Benito Mussolini

The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism - ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

A revolution is a class struggle. It was one class - the oppressed, and that other class - the oppressor.

Fred Hampton

Surely, in the history of lies told to the population, this is the biggest lie. In the history of secrets, withheld from the American people, this is the biggest secret: that there are classes with different interests in this country. To ignore that--not to know that the history of our country is a history of slaveowner against slave, landlord against tenant, corporation against worker, rich against poor--is to render us helpless before all the lesser lies told to us by people in power.

Howard Zinn

The clinical definition of "fascism' is when private concentrated economic power takes government away from the people, turns government into a guarantor, a subsidizer, a covering of corporate power.

Ralph Nader

There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning.

Warren Buffet

This ($700 billion bailout) was the largest single act of class warfare in the modern history of this country.

Dennis Kucinich

I think this has been a class war waged by the rich against the poor, and I think that they won. And I think the poor are fighting back.

Naomi Klein

The solution is revolution, first in the spirit of the gospel; Jesus could not accept people going hungry. It is a conflict between classes, rich and poor. My role is to preach and organize.

Jean-Bertrand Aristide

The effect of the (European Central Bank) policies is to weaken the welfare state measures and to reduce the power of labor. That's class war. It's fine for the banks, for financial institutions, but terrible for the population.

Noam Chomsky