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  • Afghan_troops
    As President Obama announced plans to withdraw another 34,000 troops from Afghanistan, longtime peace activist Kathy Kelly warns the war shows no end. Kelly, who just returned from Afghanistan, says the company formally known as Blackwater is now running a base just outside of Kabul used by the Special Operations Joint Task Force. On Monday, a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan killed 10 civilians. The strike hit what the NATO occupation force...
    February 13, 2013 | Story
  • Immigration_reform
    President Obama has kicked off his second term with a major push for comprehensive immigration reform, backing a bipartisan Senate plan that includes a path to citizenship for some of the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. But Obama’s call for tougher border enforcement and a system for tracking those who overstay visas has sparked concerns he will continue with a pro-criminalization and militarization...
    January 31, 2013 | Story
  • President_obama_inauguration
    In an inaugural address many saw as a blueprint for a more progressive second-term domestic agenda than his first, President Obama vowed a continued fight for equality of women and for the rights of gays and lesbians, to push for immigration reform and gun control, to address income inequality, and to tackle the warming of the planet. Also speaking on the National Mall were Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar...
    January 22, 2013 | Story
  • Dirty_wars_-3
    Premiering this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the new documentary "Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield" follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill to Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen as he chases down the hidden truths behind America’s expanding covert wars. We’re joined by Scahill and the film’s director, Rick Rowley, an independent journalist with Big Noise Films. "We’re looking right...
    January 22, 2013 | Story
  • Monday, January 21, 2013 8:00am–1:00pm ET

    Tune in to Democracy Now! for our special 5-hour live broadcast of the presidential inauguration from 8am to 1pm EST on Monday, January 21. Democracy Now! will be on location in Washington, D.C., to take a look back at President Obama’s first term in office, analyze prospects for the next four years, and provide live coverage of the inauguration proceedings.

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    January 21, 2013 | Special Broadcast
  • Benjamin_jealous-naacp
    Four years after making history by becoming the first African-American U.S. president, Barack Obama is kicking off his second term on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In an Inauguration Day special, we air voices of hope and resistance from the Peace Ball Sunday night in Washington, D.C., beginning with NAACP President Benjamin Jealous. "The challenge to us is to remember what we learned when we first entered this movement: that you never...
    January 21, 2013 | Story
  • Angela_davis
    Addressing the Peace Ball in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, the renowned author, educator and political activist Angela Davis urges those content with President Obama’s re-election to continue pushing him for social change. "This time around we cannot subordinate our aspirations and our hopes to presidential agendas," Davis says. "Our passionate support for President Barack Obama ... should also be expressed in our...
    January 21, 2013 | Story
  • Wilminton_ten-2
    Civil rights leader Benjamin Chavis joins us at President Obama’s inauguration just weeks after winning a pardon of innocence by North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, along with the other members of the Wilmington Ten. The group of mostly African-American activists were falsely convicted and imprisoned for the firebombing of a white-owned North Carolina store in the 1970s. Their pardons followed a campaign to vindicate unequivocally the...
    January 21, 2013 | Story
  • Sara_sanchez_poet
    The poet and activist Sonia Sanchez reads from her poem, "Morning Song and Evening Walk for Martin Luther King." Sanchez, a leading figure in the Black Arts movement, performed at the Peace Ball in Washington, D.C., honoring voices of hope and resistance. [includes rush transcript]
    January 21, 2013 | Story
  • Medea_benjamin
    Medea Benjamin, the co-founder of the activist group CODEPINK, recently returned from Pakistan, where she traveled with families of the victims of U.S. drone strikes. Speaking at Sunday night’s Peace Ball in Washington, D.C., Benjamin urged progressives to remember the plight of U.S. victims abroad. "Let’s make sure that we force our congress and our president to represent the policies of kindness and compassion that we, as...
    January 21, 2013 | Story