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Police stand by as rally-goers confront counter-protesters in Albany
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A large crowd gathered in front of the state capitol in Albany for a "Back the Blue" pro-police rally Saturday morning, similar to an event held on Thursday in Saratoga Springs.

Lawrence Roberts' new book is "Mayday 1971: A White House at War, a Revolt in the Streets, and the Untold History of America’s Biggest Mass Arrest."

Roberts—who has been an investigative editor with the Washington Post, ProPublica, Bloomberg News, and the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, and has been a leader on teams honored with three Pulitzer Prizes—chronicles the largest act of civil disobedience in US history, in Richard Nixon’s Washington.

He examines how the intense cluster of protests against the Vietnam War in the spring of 1971 bequeathed consequential changes to American law and politics, setting lasting precedents for individual rights in the heat of dissent, including rules for protesting in the nation’s capital today. 

6/3/20 Panel

Jun 3, 2020

     The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, President of the Albany branch of NAACP Debora Brown-Johnson, Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin, and Peabody and Emmy Award winning journalist Linda Ellerbee.

Several people who clashed with police Tuesday morning early this morning were arrested after confrontation on Quail and West streets. Police say they were hurling rocks and bricks at police officers. The clash occurred shortly after midnight and followed a standoff around the city's public safety building on Henry Johnson Boulevard.

All of this came after a peaceful show of civil disobedience in the streets of Albany throughout the day on Monday. Albany police chief Eric Hawkins met yesterday with protesters and told them he takes reports of police brutality very seriously. We are joined by the Chief of Police for the city of Albany Eric Hawkins.

6/2/20 Panel

Jun 2, 2020

     The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Assistant Professor at Albany Law School Ciji Dodds, investigarive journalist and Adjunct Professor at UAlbany Rosemary Armao, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

6/1/20 Panel

Jun 1, 2020

      The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Professor Emeritus of History at Baruch College, CUNY and author of "Fight the Power: African Americans and the Long History of Police Brutality" Clarence Taylor, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and Bard Center for Civic Engagement Senior Fellow and Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University Cairo Jim Ketterer.

As protesters roil the campus, National Guardsmen are called in. In the chaos of what happens next, shots are fired and four students are killed. To this day, there is still argument of what happened and why.

Told in multiple voices from a number of vantage points, Deborah Wiles's "Kent State" gives a moving, terrifying, galvanizing picture of what happened that weekend in Ohio - an event that, even 50 years later, still resonates deeply.

Deborah Wiles is the author of the picture book "Freedom Summer" and the novels: "Love, Ruby Lavender;" "The Aurora County All-Stars;" and "Each Little Bird That Sings," a National Book Award finalist, and "A Long Line of Cakes." She is also the author of the documentary novels "Countdown" and "Revolution," a National Book Award Finalist, and "Anthem."

David Plouffe served as the campaign manager for Barack Obama's primary and general election victories in 2008. He was the architect of the strategy for both elections. Prior to running the Obama campaign, Plouffe served as a leading Democratic Party media consultant from 2001 to 2007, playing a key role in the election of US senators, governors, mayors, and House members across the country.

His new book is "A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump." Plouffe’s message is simple: the only way change happens, especially on scale, is one human being talking to another. He says - it won’t happen magically, it won’t happen because of debates and conventions, it won’t happen because of ads. He believes it will happen because citizens take action.

Eitan Hersh received a PhD from Harvard University in 2011. He served for six years on the faculty of Yale University as assistant professor of political science and resident fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies before becoming a tenured associate professor of political science at Tufts University.

In "Politics Is for Power: How to Move Beyond Political Hobbyism, Take Action, and Make Real Change," Hersh shows us a way toward more effective political participation.

A number of Vermont immigration advocates are on their way to Dover, New Hampshire, as part of a call for changes to the nation's immigration system.

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Progressive groups will be holding demonstrations across the region against President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on the southern border.

Listener Essay - Exquisitely Sane

Sep 11, 2018

Julia Indichova is the author of "Inconceivable" and "The Fertile Female" and the founder of FertileHeartedHuman.org. "One-Heart Revolution: The Perils of Positive Thinking" is due in the spring of 2019.

Exquisitely Sane

I never saw my mother cry. She kept a safe distance from the incoming tide of sorrow, which, left unchecked, might have washed away her two new children, her husband, her brand new second life.

She never mentioned the day the order came for every person of Jewish descent to report to the two brick factories at the edge of her town. In her stories her son was alive, taking a daily pre-dinner walk through the neighborhood, playing a game of multiplying the numbers in the small square plaques next to each entryway.

For my mother grieving was not an option. And after all these years of attempting to understand the forces that have shaped my life, part of me still doubts the legitimacy of my own claim to grief.

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Progressive organizations and activists are holding a number of rallies and marches in our region this weekend to voice opposition to the federal government’s immigration policies.

Protesters with the New York State Poor People's Campaign marched to the capitol, blocked entrances and snarled traffic Monday.

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Police say a protest today could tie up traffic in downtown Albany.

Ralph Nader has launched three major presidential campaigns and founded over 100 civic organizations that have affected auto safety, tax reform, atomic-power regulation, occupational safety, the tobacco industry, clean air and water, food and drug safety, access to health care, civil rights, open government, citizen access to justice, and much more.

He will be at The Rowe Center in Rowe, MA May 18-20 presenting a talk entitled "Trump, Empire, the Military Budget, the Draining of America, and What You Can Do About It ‑‑ Now!"

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Restaurant workers are planning to rally Monday against a proposal by Governor Andrew Cuomo to examine the elimination of tip credits in New York.

In the documentary film, The Rape of Recy Taylor, Nancy Buirski reconstructs events from 1944, when Recy Taylor, a twenty-four-year-old black woman in Abbeville, Alabama, was abducted on her way home from church by six white men who then raped her. Though Taylor identified her attackers, a local grand jury did not indict anyone for the crime. The NAACP mobilized a national campaign on Taylor’s behalf, sending Rosa Parks, its leading rape investigator to Abbeville. She and others recognized that, if justice could be served, it would be the result of reporting outside the immediate area. They nationalized the case yet the perpetrators remained uncharged, and the case slipped into oblivion.

The film will screen in Woodstock on Saturday at 10 a.m. as part of the Woodstock Film Festival and Nancy Buirski will be there for a Q&A following.

Caroline Leavitt’s new novel, Cruel Beautiful World is about coming of age in 1969; about wild love, rebellion, and finding oneself in the time of Woodstock and the Manson murders.

The novel is a haunting, nuanced portrait of love, sisters, and the impossible legacy of family.   

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Dozens of people including family members and friends of a man shot Tuesday night by Troy police marched to city hall today. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the crowd demanded answers as police continue to investigate the incident.

Named by The Atlantic as one of the hundred most influential figures in American history, and by Time and Life magazines as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century, Ralph Nader has helped us drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments for more than four decades.

In his new book, Breaking Through Power, Ralph Nader draws from a lifetime waging -- and often winning -- David vs. Goliath battles against big corporations and the United States government. He highlights the success stories of fellow Americans who organize change and work together to derail the many ways in which wealth manipulates politics, labor, media, the environment, and the quality of national life today.

Nader will be presenting: Unstoppable: A Master Class for Citizen Action at The Rowe Center in Rowe, MA on May 12-14. Ralph Nader is a Consumer Advocate and author of the new book: Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think

As Americans take to the streets in record numbers to resist the presidency of Donald Trump, L.A. Kauffman’s timely, trenchant history of protest offers unique insights into how past movements have won victories in times of crisis and backlash and how they can be most effective today.
 
Direct Action is a deeply researched account, twenty-five years in the making, traces the evolution of disruptive protest since the Sixties to tell a larger story about the reshaping of the American left. Kauffman, a longtime grassroots organizer, examines how movements from ACT UP to Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter have used disruptive tactics to catalyze change despite long odds.

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Protesters in Connecticut temporarily shut down a highway, delaying an ambulance that was on the road and forcing workers to perform an emergency medical procedure on a patient.

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Walkway Over the Hudson was a river of walkers Saturday, men and women. They were there for the Poughkeepsie Women’s March Across the Hudson.

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Women's rights advocates marched to the New York state capitol on Saturday, part of a day of national protests.

Thousands were marching up 5th Avenue to Trump Tower in New York City Saturday, one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

As Women's Marches were about to begin in New York and across the country, WAMC's Alan Chartock called in from the staging area at Dag Hammarskjold park.

Women’s marches are happening across the country and around the globe today, one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

One of the largest is in Washington D.C. University at Albany Journalism Professor and regular WAMC contributor Rosemary Armao made the trip and checked in from the crowds this morning. 

The Women’s March on Washington is a grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level. The effort is helmed by four national co-chairs and a national coordinating committee who are working around the clock to pull it all together.

Sister Marches and other solidarity events are taking place all over the country – and the world -- and we’ll learn about one in The Berkshires today.

A steering committee including Kristen van Ginhoven, co-founder and Artistic Director of WAM Theatre, and community members Jayne Benjulian, Lynn Festa and Mary Lincoln, are organizing a free event this Saturday from 10 am-2 pm at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA.

Jayne Benjulian and Kristen van Ginhoven join us to tell us more.

Trump protester with candle
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As demonstrations by those on the left continue across the country in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, marches are scheduled in the Capital Region.

  Jeffrey Toobin is a New Yorker Staff writer and is the senior legal analyst for CNN.

His new book is American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst which revisits the famous kidnapping and the ongoing question of Hearst's motivations and loyalty in the 19 months that followed her abduction.

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