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RIP D’Army Bailey: Founder of National Civil Rights Museum Dies at 73; Watch the 2007 Interview

Watch the 2007 interview with D’Army Bailey, founder of the National Civil Rights Museum, who died Sunday at the age of 73.

July 14, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Civil Rights

Cybersecurity, Encryption and The Golden Age of Surveillance

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The ability of regular people to access encryption tools has prompted the governments of both the United States and the United Kingdom to propose special access to all communications. They want a master key to everyone’s digital life.

July 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Internet, Domestic Surveillance, FBI

Exclusive: Extended Interview with Bree Newsome, Who Climbed Flagpole & Took Down SC Confederate Flag


In this exclusive, extended interview, we speak with Bree Newsome, who scaled the 30-foot flagpole at the South Carolina state Capitol on Saturday and brought down the Confederate flag. We also speak with James Tyson, who helped her.

‘What, to the American Slave, Is Your 4th of July?’

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Independence Day is a fitting time to reflect on the role that grass-roots organizing for social change has played in building this nation.

Chomsky: Greece Faces "Savage Response" for Taking on Austerity "Class War"


Watch Noam Chomsky on Europe’s "savage response" to the pushback against austerity demands.

July 01, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Noam Chomsky, Greece, Noam Chomsky

"This Flag Comes Down Today": Bree Newsome Scales Flagpole, Removes SC Capitol Confederate Flag

Around 5:30am this morning Bree Newsome climbed to the top of the flagpole flying the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol, unhooked the flag, and brought it down as police waited to arrest her.

June 27, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Race in America, Charleston Church Shooting, Protests

VIDEO: Legendary Detroit Activist Grace Lee Boggs Turns 100; Watch Never-Before-Aired Interview


Legendary activist Grace Lee Boggs turns 100 today! Watch an interview that has never aired before about her work in the civil rights, black power, labor, environmental justice and feminist movements for seven decades.

June 27, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Grace Lee Boggs, Detroit, Grace Lee Boggs

South Carolina Gov. Haley Tried to Deny Medicaid Expansion in Challenge Before Supreme Court


As we broadcast from Charleston, South Carolina, we look at the impact of the the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to uphold a key provision of the Affordable Care Act with Loreen Myerson, who ran the state’s Affordable Care Act navigator project.

June 26, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Loreen Myerson

From the Vault: Amy Goodman on "The Orangeburg Massacre"

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

The largely unreported and forgotten Orangeburg Massacre happened Feb. 8, 1968, when students at South Carolina State University were protesting for access to the town’s only bowling alley and three young African-American men were killed.

June 25, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, African-American History, Race in America

‘The Perpetrator Has Been Arrested, but the Killer Is Still at Large’

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
The massacre of nine African-American worshippers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., has sent shock waves through the nation and could well blow the roof off the Confederacy.

June 25, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Charleston Church Shooting, Race in America

The New Battle of Seattle

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
As fossil-fuel corporations intensify their exploitation of the world’s oil, protesters, as well as the pope, are weighing in as never before about the catastrophic effects of climate change.

June 18, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, Arctic

Charleston Shooting Updates: Suspected Gunman Charged With 9 Counts of Murder

Police have released the mug shot of the gunman accused of shooting dead nine people attending Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC.

June 18, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Charleston Church Shooting

WATCH: Four Perspectives on Race and Identity in the Wake of the Rachel Dolezal Controversy

Highlights from our discussion on Rachel Dolezhal & race featuring Stacey Patton, Lacey Schwartz, Linda Martín Alcoff and Jelani Cobb.

June 17, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Race in America

WATCH: Yes Men Protest Shell Oil Drilling by Sharing Snow Cones from "Last Icebergs of North Pole"


Democracy Now! was there when culture jamming activist group The Yes Men protest Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic by handing out ancient shaved ice from the "remnants of the last icebergs of the North Pole."

June 15, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

From the Vault: People’s Historian on How Magna Carta Provisions Are Violated in Guantánamo Bay


Watch Amy Goodman’s 2005 interview with people’s historian Peter Linebaugh about the Magna Carta’s history and how it relates to the U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay.

June 15, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Guantanamo, Peter Linebaugh

UPDATE: Court Extends Stay Blocking Release of Albert Woodfox, Held 42 Years in Solitary Confinement

A stay has been extended on a federal judge’s order to immediately release Louisiana prisoner Albert Woodfox, the longest-serving U.S. prisoner in solitary confinement.

June 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Angola 3, Prison, Solitary Confinement

Remembering Ornette Coleman: "A Visionary" Jazz Legend


The pioneering saxophonist Ornette Coleman has died at the age of 85. In 2006 we spoke to one his closest musical associates, the bassist Charlie Haden, who died last year.

June 11, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive

Kalief Browder, Albert Woodfox and the Torture of Solitary Confinement

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Twelve days after his 22nd birthday, Kalief Browder wrapped an air-conditioner power cord around his neck and hanged himself. At the age of 16, he was arrested after being accused of stealing a backpack. He would spend three years in New York City’s Rikers Island prison, more than two of those years in solitary confinement.

June 11, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Angola 3, Solitary Confinement, Prison, Torture, New York

International Archives Day: Meet the Archivist Behind Democracy Now! and Watch a Rare MLK Speech


Today is International Archives Day and this year’s theme is "Democracy." Meet our Archives Manager and watch our interview with Yvonne Ng, senior archivist for WITNESS, a group that trains and supports people using video in their fight for human rights.

June 09, 2015 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Archive, Human Rights

TUESDAY: The Story of 30 Greenpeace Activists Arrested in the Arctic for Trying to Stop Oil Drilling

When the crew of the Greenpeace ship 'Arctic Sunrise' scaled a Russian oil platform, their protest was met with brutal force. On Tuesday legendary ship captain Pete Willcox will join us to tell the story, as Shell now prepares to drill in the U.S. Alaskan Arctic.