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A Conversation with First Latino U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera (Part 2)


United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera discusses his book "187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border," the Chicano movement in the United States, and reads his poem "Almost Livin’, Almost Dyin’" from his book "Notes on the Assemblage."

October 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Juan Felipe Herrera

Grace Lee Boggs: A Century of Grass-Roots Organizing

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
She was not only a grass-roots organizer, but a philosopher, a teacher and a revolutionary. She devoted her life to empowering the poor, the working class and communities of color, and was deeply involved with a constellation of movements.

October 08, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Grace Lee Boggs

Quotes from Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015) on Detroit, Rebellion and Revolutionary Strategy

Longtime Detroit activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs died this morning at the age of 100. She appeared many times on Democracy Now! over the years in wide-ranging interviews. Here are some excerpts from our conversations.

October 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Grace Lee Boggs, Grace Lee Boggs

Remembering Legendary Detroit Activist Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015)

Democracy Now! has learned the longtime Detroit activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs has died at the age of 100.

October 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Grace Lee Boggs

One Year After the Disappearance of 43 Mexican Students, Their Mothers Are Still Demanding Answers


More than one year after the disappearance of 43 students from Guerrero, Mexico, their parents are still demanding answers. We speak with two of the students’ mothers, Hilda Legideño Vargas and Hilda Hernández Rivera, about new details in the case, the Mexican government’s failure to investigate, and where they believe their sons are.

October 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mexico, Hilda Legideno Vargas, Hilda Hernandez Rivera

VIDEO: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Harlem: "Put People Before Profits & Capital"


Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro spoke at National Black Theatre in Harlem on Monday while he was visiting New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

October 03, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Latin America, Nicolas Maduro

This Changes Everything: New Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis Film on the Fight for Climate Justice (Pt. 2)


Over the course of four years, filmmaker Avi Lewis and journalist Naomi Klein traveled to nine countries on five continents to profile communities on the front lines of the climate justice movement. The result is the epic documentary "This Changes Everything," inspired by Klein’s best-selling book of the same name.

October 02, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Climate Change, Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis

No Papal Bull: Francis Hails Peace and the Activists Who Fight for It

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
Pope Francis framed his talk around four Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and two lesser-known figures, two Catholics, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. Day and Merton were both outspoken proponents of an engaged form of religion, taking their beliefs into action.

October 01, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Pope Francis

Video: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald & David Miranda Call for Global Privacy Treaty


NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald and other privacy activists have launched a new campaign to establish global privacy standards.

Richard Glossip Execution Stayed by Oklahoma Governor

Death row prisoner Richard Glossip has been granted a stay by the governor of Oklahoma. We will be posting updates here on the story

September 30, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Death Penalty

2015 MacArthur "Genius" Award Winner Ta-Nehisi Coates on Democracy Now!

Best-selling writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has been selected as one of this year’s 24 winners of the MacArthur genius grants. Coates is the author of the new book, "Between the World and Me," which has been called "required reading" by Toni Morrison.

September 29, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

The Missing 43: Mexico Marks One Year Since Disappearance of Students


Sept. 26 marks the first anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college in Mexico. The students were attacked by local police and subsequently went missing from Iguala in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero.

September 25, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Mexico, Anabel Hernández, Steve Fisher

In U.N. Speech, Pope Francis Blasts "Selfish and Boundless Thirst for Power and Material Prosperity"

Speaking at the United Nations today, Pope Francis called on world leaders to protect the Earth. He said, "A selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity leads both to the misuse of available natural resources and to the exclusion of the weak and disadvantaged."

September 25, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pope Francis

The People’s Pope in the Land of the Dollar

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 78-year-old Argentinian known to the world as Pope Francis, made his first trip to the United States this week, bringing his uniquely progressive papal perspective.

September 24, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Pope Francis

The Pope Speaks to Congress about Climate Change, Refugees, Cuba & "Money that is Drenched in Blood"

Pope Francis today became the first Pope to ever address a joint session of Congress.

September 24, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pope Francis

Pope Francis Calls on U.S. to Combat Climate Change & Build a “Truly Tolerant and Inclusive" Society


In his first U.S. speech, Pope Francis urged the United States to help tackle climate change at a "critical moment of history" and called on Americans to build a truly tolerant and inclusive society.

September 23, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Pope Francis

Q&A with Noam Chomsky on U.S. Foreign Policy, Iran, Donald Trump & More


After his speech on Saturday at The New School, Noam Chomsky took questions from the audience.

September 22, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Noam Chomsky

Watch: Viola Davis Emmy Speech After Becoming First African-American Actress to Win


Viola Davis has made history, becoming the first African American to win an Emmy Award for best lead actress on a drama series for her role as a defense attorney in the series "How to Get Away with Murder."

September 21, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Art & Politics, Media Analysis

"Criminal in Blue": Should NYPD Officer James Frascatore Be Arrested for Assault? (Pt. 2)


Part two of our conversation with Warren Diggs, a Queens man suing Frascatore for assault.

September 18, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Police Brutality, Warren Diggs, Amy Rameau

Remembering Everett Parker (1913-2015), Father of Media Reform Movement

The legendary media activist Everett Parker died Thursday at the age of 102. In the 1960s he led an effort to have the license of a Jackson, Miss., TV station revoked for attempting to squelch the voices of the civil rights movement.

September 17, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Media Policy