An interview with Margaret Elisabeth a co-chair of Green Party Lavender caucus and a co-chair of the Green Party of the US. The Green party has become a front in the recent wave of culture war bigotry. We discuss transphobia, the anti-crt panic and fascist entryism in the environmental movement. This is a must-listen episode !
Scott Frank is a history teacher who works at IDEA Frontier, a public school in Brownsville, Texas. For reference, IDEA stands for “Individuals Dedicated to Excellence and Achievement”. In his own words, he describes the anti-CRT backlash as “an attack on educators, the understanding of the past and, worst of all, on our students fully comprehending and coming to terms with what happened and how to move forward”.
*Andrea Weiskopf *- Andrea is an English and Latin teacher who works
with Loudoun County Public Schools. I have not found any news articles
about her receiving harassment from right-wingers, but she is an active
supporter of social justice and has counter-protested against many
Vermont Movement News vol 3 Episode 2
Daryle Lamont Jenkins, the executive director of the One Peoples Project
In this episode we will be interviewing Melissa Grandi Statz
Melissa was a social studies teacher who works at Dyer Elementary School in Burlington, Wisconsin. In August 2020 – a few months after George Floyd’s murder, Melissa taught classes about racism in response to questions from her students who the murders by police. A right-wing Facebook group eventually caught wind of lessons and a slew of harassment and death threats began. Her story was covered by PBS Wisconsin Education and NBC News.
In this episode we will be interviewing Brian McCrae, a
teacher of photography, video production, and graphic design teacher at North Country Union High School in Newport Vermont up near the canadian border. Vermont has a reputation for liberalism and progressive values, however it has not been immune against the far-right’s crusade against anti-racist values and tolerance.
Volume 2 Episode 6 features an interview with Beth Foster regarding the experience of Americans who fought in the Spanish Civil War and the aftermath of their experience. Fascinating !
VMN Vol 2 Episode 5 re-broadcasts Spencer Sunshines presentation at the 2010 ARA convention discussing antisemitism on the left. I believe this is well worthwhile listening to even though the sound quality is not the best.
VMN discusses the elections and related topics with Shawn Pratt and Duane from New Hampshire. Podcast includes a wonderful track from ‘Grindwork Fresh’.
VMN Vol 2 Episode 3 features an interview with Raymond Tee Tee Moore from North Adams Ma, Shawn Pratt from Bennington VT and Daryl Lamont Jenkins of the One Peoples Project out of NJ. They discuss BLM and the many challenges and threats they have faced organizing for racial justice.