Democracy Now! Blog

Pt 2: 50 Years After March on Washington, Little-Seen 1970 Doc Follows MLK in Montgomery, Birmingham

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As part of today’s national commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we continue our discussion with Associate Producer Richard Kaplan of the rarely seen Oscar-nominated documentary about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, "King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis." [includes rush transcript]

After Decades of Protests, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant to Close

Entergy announced plans today to close and decommission the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vermont, by the end of 2014. The site has been the target of protests for decades.

August 27, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Nuclear Power, Vermont Yankee

44 Years a Prisoner: The Case of Eddie Conway

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Marshall “Eddie” Conway walked free from prison this week, just one month shy of 44 years behind bars. He was convicted of the April 1970 killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway has always maintained his innocence.

EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: CA Prisoner Todd Ashker on His Evolution From Violence to Peaceful Hunger Strike

On Friday we aired part of an audio recording of Todd Ashker, one of 79 prisoners on hunger strike in California since July 8. In this extended audio, he describes how he evolved from violence to a peaceful hunger-strike protest to call for better conditions. [includes rush transcript]

August 23, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Prison, Hunger Strike, California

WATCH: Full Extended Interview With Manning’s Attorney After 35-Year Sentence

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Watch the complete interview conducted Wednesday by independent journalist Alexa O’Brien with Pfc. Bradley Manning’s attorney, David Coombs–his first time speaking to the media after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison, and ahead of Manning’s gender transition announcement Thursday. [includes rush transcript]

"I Want Everyone to Know the Real Me. I Am Chelsea Manning. I Am a Female."

Read Bradley Manning’s full statement on his plan to begin hormone therapy to transition to a female and to change his name.

August 22, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning, LGBT

Bradley Manning: "Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society"

The following is a transcript of the statement made by Pfc. Bradley Manning as read by David Coombs at a press conference on Wednesday after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

August 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, Whistleblowers

Julian Assange: Bradley Manning Sentence is an "Affront to Basic Concepts of Western Justice"

Julian Assange of WikiLeaks responds to the sentencing of Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison.

August 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba: A Life of Struggle, a Legacy of Progress

The world lost a visionary activist this week, with the death of Chokwe Lumumba, the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Miss.

February 27, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, African-American History, Mississippi, Civil Rights

"A Sad Day For All Americans": Human Rights and Legal Organizations Slam Bradley Manning Sentence

Response from Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights on the sentencing of Bradley Manning.

Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years In Prison

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information to Wikileaks. Manning faced a maximum of 90 years in prison after his conviction last month on charges of espionage, theft and fraud. Manning’s sentence will automatically go the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, where he can seek a reduction of his prison term.

August 21, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Bradley Manning

READ: Two New Books on "Misremembering" MLK’s "I Have a Dream" Speech at the March on Washington

Read an excerpt from the new book by our recent guest, historian William P. Jones, "The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights."

As Indonesia Threatens West Papuan Freedom Flotilla, Benny Wenda on Struggle for Independence

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A group of Australian and West Papuan activists have set sail on a Freedom Flotilla bound for the Indonesian territory of West Papua. We speak to West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda. [includes rush transcript]

August 20, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, West Papua, Indonesia, Jennifer Robinson, Benny Wenda

Massacre in Egypt: Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports From Cairo After Hundreds Killed

Follow the latest on the crisis in Egypt with our correspondent Shariff Abdel Kouddous who is posting photos and video from the streets of Cairo.

August 14, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Egypt

Questlove on the Satirical Michele Bachmann Tribute That Almost Booted The Roots from "Late Night"

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Since 2009, the legendary hip-hop group The Roots have made an unlikely transition as the nightly house band on NBC’s "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." In this Democracy Now! web exclusive, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, The Roots’ drummer and "Late Night" musical director, talks about the 2011 controversy that almost got them fired: For the walkout music introducing guest Michele Bachmann, the Republican lawmaker and then-presidential candidate, The Roots played the Fishbone song "Lyin’ Ass Bitch." [includes rush transcript]

Questlove on How He Warned Occupy Wall Street of the Police Raid on Zuccotti Park

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Some have called Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson the "Paul Revere of Occupy Wall Street" after he tweeted them a warning on the night of November 2011 police raid of Zuccotti Park. In this Democracy Now! web exclusive, Questlove tells us the story. [includes rush transcript]

Web Exclusive: Questlove on His Memoir, Hip Hop, Occupy, Stevie Wonder and The Cosby Show

Here are some web-only highlights of our interview with hip-hop artist Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, drummer and co-founder of The Roots, the legendary hip-hop group and house band on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

August 14, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Race in America, Trayvon Martin, Author Interviews

The Comcast-Time Warner Merger Threatens Democracy

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Comcast has announced it intends to merge with Time Warner Cable, joining together the largest and second-largest cable and broadband providers in the country. The merger must be approved by both the Justice Department and the FCC. Given the financial and political power of Comcast, and the Obama administration’s miserable record of protecting the public interest, the time to speak out and organize is now.

February 20, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Media Consolidation, Media Analysis

Questlove of The Roots on His Musical Memoir, "Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove"

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In this Democracy Now! web exclusive, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, the drummer for the legendary hip-hop group The Roots, discusses the writing of his new memoir, "Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove." The book’s title is a riff on the 1990 Spike Lee film about jazz musicians, "Mo’ Better Blues." [includes rush transcript]

August 14, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson

Questlove on How Stevie Wonder & "The Cosby Show" Helped Shape Modern Hip-Hop

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Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, the drummer for the legendary hip-hop group The Roots, talks about the Cosby Show episode that left an indelible impression on him when he saw it at a young age: a guest appearance by Stevie Wonder, showcasing the art of sampling. [includes rush transcript]

August 14, 2013 |  Filed under  Web Exclusive, Author Interviews, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson