Month: August 2013

Solidarity is for white women on twitter

Tara L. Conley, the founder of Media Make Change, and Mikki Kendall, who started the hash tag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, join the Sex Politics And Religion Hour to talk about how black women are crossing the digital divide to claim a place at the table of feminism.

Furthermore, they’re pulling no punches when it comes to talking about the anti-black women sentiments of media mogul Russell Simmons, whose imagined “sex tape” of abolitionist heroine Harriet Tubman had Twitter all, well, a-twitter in protest.

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Filmmaker Matthew David Chapman muses on America

Photo credit: © RIA Novosti, Sergei Piatakov.

He’s an author, a director, a filmmaker, and the great-great grandson of Charles Darwin. He’s Matthew David Chapman, who dropped in to SPAR with Jamila Bey for the entire show.

The two discussed politics, the need for more Americans to travel, mass incarceration in the U.S., and even parenting, before they took on Chapman’s movies and his upcoming projects. It’s a rather involved discussion, we’d say!

North Carolina ‘moral Mondays’ protests gathering steam

The North Carolina State legislature is in recess, but a civil disobedience movement against the state government is going strong.

The “Moral Mondays” movement is on the road now, this time in Asheville. City Councilman Cecil Bothwell joins the Sex, Politics, and Religion Hour to discuss what’s expected to be the largest turnout for the weekly protests thus far. He also explains that there are few signs of North Carolinians curtailing their civil disobedience.


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Filibusterer Wendy Davis in DC

The Texas State Senator who filibustered her way onto the national stage a month ago made a stop in Washington, DC at the National Press Club.

VOR’s Jamila Bey was there, and took the time to talk with two of Davis’s colleagues who assisted her during the 13 hour effort to block Governor Rick Perry’s restrictive abortion law: Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte, famous for inquiring “At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?”, and Texas Senator Rodney Ellis, who helped Davis into her back brace during her effort.

They spoke about their hopes for the future of Texas politics.


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An International Conference on Creationism?

Creationists gathered this weekend in Pittsburgh to share resources and help more people to understand that the earth is thousands of years old, that God created it, and that “Evil-outionists” are to be distrusted because they simply don’t know everything.

VOR’s Jamila Bey went into the fiery furnace of anti-Darwinist thought to converse with Kevin Anderson of the Creationist Research Society and Henry Smith, Jr. of the Associates for Biblical Research about why they’re certain that a Christian biblical scientific worldview is correct.


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Pentagon Papers Lawyer: Manning Trial Shows Obama “Terrible” for Press Freedom

With the verdict in the Bradley Manning trial earlier this week, many have expressed concern that the conviction might chill the practice of whistleblowing… and even the practice of journalism.

We have been here before with the release of confidential information to the New York Times back in the early 70’s. indeed many have compared Manning to that of Daniel Ellsberg who released those Pentagon papers the Times started publishing in 1971. Chief counsel for the New York Times during the Pentagon Papers incident, James Goodale, has written that the Manning verdict – and likely harsh sentencing – sets a “bad precedent” for whisteblowers and journalists, especially when put in the context of the way the government is handling the cases of Wikileaks and James Rosen, the Fox News reporter who reported on a leak about North Korea’s nuclear plan. He argues that when it comes to press freedom, President Obama is even worse than Richard Nixon.


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