December 6, 2016

Our show on Tuesday, December 6th, at 12:00 PM Eastern Time, will preview the People’s Democracy Conference which will be held on December 13th, 9:45 AM to 3:15 PM, Ballroom, National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W., 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. This conference is themed “Our Democracy, Our Voting Rights, Our Vision, Our Resistance!” The purpose of the conference is to devise strategies for overcoming voter suppression, racism and Trumpism. The People’s Democracy Conference is designed to be both educational and action oriented. Also, during the show we will present a brief update on the Recount and the great victory announced Sunday by the Army Corps of Engineers to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline!!

Our guests will include Brenda Ford Harding, Chair of the Board of the Transformative Justice Coalition and prominent civil rights attorney and others. See guest descriptions.

After the many reports of voter suppression in the states during the 2016 Presidential Election, unfortunately, the lesson many have taken from this is to double down and increase restrictive voting laws. The Michigan legislature is fast tracking a very strict Voter ID. Governor-Elect Chris Sununu of New Hampshire has announced his intent to eliminate Same Day Voter Registration as his first priority. And after losing in the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals for engaging in intentional racial discrimination in voting with its Monster Bill, North Carolina’s legislature has announced its intent to pass new restrictive voting laws.

The People’s Democracy Conference will hear from witnesses affected by voter suppression and will discuss winning strategies for unfettered voting rights for all in 2017 and 2018. We are about to enter the 4th year since the Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in Shelby v. Holder which eviscerated section 4b of the Voting Rights Act thereby nullifying the application of Section 5 which had prevented thousands of cases of racial discrimination in voting. How do we restore and expand the needed protections of the Voting Rights Act with the new Congress and the Trump Administration

In addition, the People’s Democracy Conference will address the “white supremacist” appointments and nominations by President Elect Trump including those of Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Flynn and DeVos. How can their nominations be opposed? What can we expect if they are confirmed? How do we build a united front to fight bad policies?

Furthermore, fueled by the Trump victory, there has been a nationwide resurgence of hate crimes against immigrants, African Americans, Jewish people, Muslims, LGBTQIA, women and other targeted groups! The President Elect’s transition team members have continued the hateful rhetoric of the campaign by proposing creating a Muslim registry based on the precedent of Japanese Internment during World War II. Hate groups such as the Klu Klux Klan and others are staging public parades and other demonstrations. What should progressives do to combat the Hate Wave! How do we defeat bigoted and racist policies which seek to deny full rights to vulnerable populations?

There will be a luncheon roundtable of prominent activists and leaders during the Conference which will focus on united actions for success moving forward.

Participants include Congressman John Conyers of Michigan; Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus; Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women; Greg Palast, prominent journalist and investigator of Cross Check; Ben Ptashnik of the National Election Defense Coalition; Dr. Ron Daniels of the Institute of the Black World; Ria Thompson Washington of the National Lawyers’ Guild; Brenda Ford Harding, Chair of the Board of the Transformative Justice Coalition and many more!

At the end of the People’s Democracy Conference there will be a March to the Trump Transition Headquarters.

The PDC is free of charge but a registration donation of $10 or $25 is requested.

This show should be of great interest to everyone who opposes voter suppression and racism and is committed to creating a nation free of Hate and outright discrimination.

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Brenda Ford Harding

Brenda Harding

Brenda Ford Harding is an attorney and consultant in Durham, N.C. ¬†She works extensively in the voting rights area, specifically using different strategies to ensure […]


Joel R. Segal

Joel Segal received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina in 1989, where he focused on constitutional law and conflict resolution […]