We Want Ramen and Roses Too with Daniel Lee

We interview friend of the show Dr. Daniel Wayne Lee, longtime organizer, people’s politician, and activist and now vice mayor of Culver City, CA, on the merits and challenges to the inside/outside approach to systemic change. We talk about direct action and civil disobedience — what distinguishes them from one another and why both are necessary. And of course, we learn what radicalized Daniel to choose this life of fighting tirelessly for racial, economic and environmental justice.

What’s agitating us? We vent about the political + corporate corruption happening in the ranks of the European Union/World Trade Organization that will likely prevent the release of COVID-19 related patents, which would allow all nations to develop their own vaccines and therapies. We also go deep on the new Texas abortion laws, and what makes them even more barbaric than previous “heartbeat bills” we’ve seen — and we discuss some of our own personal experiences navigating the reproductive healthcare system.

And another Twitter Roundup of Zionist hijinks, brought to you by Shelly.

Hosted by Milly Harmon, Shelly Williams, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, and Jessica Munger. A Democracy Unlimited Media Collaborative production. Special thanks to Jason Bayless and A Radical Guide for production support and Alfonso Saldaña for support on graphics. 

Resources discussed:
*Martin Luther King, Jr. “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” (1968)
*Martin Luther King, Jr. “Beyond Vietnam (Speech at Riverside Church)” (1967)
*James Lawson Institute
*Keep The Promise: Fulfilling the Vision of Healthcare for Every Californian, the promise of Medicare — action on 7/21 in LA that Daniel is helping to organize

Daniel’s media recommendations:KNOCK LA, Kate Aronoff (The Guardian), Francesca FiorentiniTruthout, Democracy Now, Jacobin, Mijente

Daniel’s music recommendations: Fleet Foxes – Shore. Saint Vincent – Daddy’s Home. Tame Impala – The Slow Rush. Soccer Mommy, Jungle, The Go Team, Bakar.

Resources on Native Boarding Schools/Child Prisons:

*They Came for the Children: Canada, Aboriginal Peoples, and Residential Schools. Report from Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission. Specifically see Volume 4: Canada’s Residential Schools: Missing Children and Unmarked Burials.

*Indigenous Canada is a free 12-lesson online course from the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada from an Indigenous perspective.

*Indigenous Educators on Instagram

*Unspoken: Native American Boarding Schools, an hour-long documentary available for free on YouTube

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