Congressman Barney Frank on Class in the United States

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Over the past few days and weeks and months, there has been much talk about wealth and economics.  Why is there such a divide between the rich and the poor? Should social programs be offered for those with less? What role does the government play in all of this?

The divide between the rich and poor, the haves and the have-nots is so often referred to as class warfare or a class struggle.  Class warfare is defined as the tension and struggle between different economic class, most notably, the poor fighting to survive.

Since 1979 and the beginnings of trickle-down economics, this gap has gotten wider and wider.  The rich keep getting richer as the poor keep getting poorer.

But what is the reason for this? Who is to blame, or are there people that are perpetuating this cycle of inequality?  What can be done to bring about economic justice in the United States?

My guest this week on A Community of Voices, is Congressman Barney Frank.  Congressman Frank is a member of the US House of Representatives, representing the 4th District of Massachusetts.

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Until next time radio-land,
Vinny

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Occupy the Anniversary: One Year After

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September 17 marked the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.  Over the past year, there have been protests and rallies, tent cities and civil disobedience,  the beating of drums and the shouts for justices.

But what has happened to the movement? Is the same fervor and excitement still there? Does the 99% still have its movement?

The one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street was marked by three days of action… all aimed to reinvigorate the movement and the people.  Banners were flown, people were arrested, but only time will tell if the Occupy Movement will last.

I am joined this week by Ed Needham, an organizer and public relations coordinator who has been with Occupy Wall Street since the beginning.  What does Occupy stand for? How has a year of maturity changed the movement? And what does the future hold for Occupy Wall Street?

Turn On, Listen In, and Speak Out.

Until next time radio-land,
Vinny

Fear of Islam: Muslims in the United States and the Realities of Islamophobia

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller – Protestant pastor and outspoken Nazi objector
This quote may be almost 70 years old, but it still holds true today.  Time after time, groups of people have been discriminated against, faced violence and aggression, and have had their human rights violated, all because they are seen as different.
Following the tragedy on September 11, 2001, hate and fear was given a new face: Muslim-Americans.  Since that fateful day, Islam has been seen time and again as evil, un-American, and a religion for terrorist.


However, all of this cannot be farther from the truth.  Islam is just like all of the other religions around the world… the only exception is that it is usually extremely misunderstood and extremely misconstrued.
I am not a Muslim-American, but I stand with the Muslim community in fighting injustice and battling the realities of Islamophobia.
On this week’s show, I speak with Ms. Karen Dabdoub, the Executive Director of the Cincinnati, Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations about what Islam is really about, and what it means to be Muslim in the United States.

Artistic Perspective: Dan Mills and the US Future States Atlas

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“The USA is the world’s lone superpower.  We are the imperialists of the 21st century.  Let us stop pretending.”
–Dan Mills
USE the World (a manifesto)

Global conquest. World domination. Many countries strive for it, but few actually can achieve it. Think of a world where the United States or American citizens are in need of something… oil, land for a military base, a nice please for high level politicians to vacation. Well what if the United States just used its military strength and took it? Imperialism in the Middle East, military bases in Cuba, vacation rentals in Albania on the Mediterranean Sea.

Sounds outlandish? But does it really?

Sounds like something the United States should do to help the country or it’s citizens? But is world domination something the US should have it’s hands in?

This week on A Community of Voices, I speak with artist Dan Mills about his exhibition “US Future States Atlas.” This group of 35 satirical pieces takes a critical view on the United States set on world domination and imperialism. Us Future States Atlas is currently in display at the Chicago Cultural Center through September 23. If you can, I highly recommend you going to view it. For more information or to view pieces from the exhibition, visit Dan’s website at dan-mills.net. You can also purchase the US Future States Atlas from Perceval Press at http://percevalpress.com/.

Turn on, Listen In, Speak Out!

Until next time radio-land,
Vinny