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November 18, 2022  

THE “MIRACLES” OF GEORGIA & ARIZONA, 2021-2:   HAS DEMOCRACY BEEN SAVED?


 
Our GREEGREE zoom #117 welcomes RAY MCCLENDON of the Georgia NAACP, JOHN BRAKEY of Arizona’s election protection “scanned ballot image” movement, and democracy journalist STEVE ROSENFELD.
 
Together they outline the hard realities of the struggle—in many ways successful—to protect our democracy as seen in the outcome of the 2021 “Georgia Miracle” and the 2022 mid-terms.  
 
As a pillar of grassroots/relational campaigning, McClendon has played a key role in promoting the Get Out the Vote movements that made the difference in twin Senate victories in 2021, and that may hold the key to the “Manchin Runoff” in 2022.
 
Working with Andrea Miller of the Center for Common Ground, McClendon has been at the core of shifting progressive campaign donations away from mainstream Democratic Party media buys and into the machinery of on-the-ground organizing.
 
Based in Arizona, Brakey has pioneered the use of digital scanning in tandem with mailed-out hand-marked paper ballots.  Making a mockery of the 2020 Cyber-Ninja recount fiasco, Brakey has made Arizona into a living laboratory for reliable vote casting and counting.
 
Working the election protection beat, Rosenfeld has published innumerable articles on the 2021 double victory of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossof, and in the on-going struggle to securable a reliable voting process.
 
With these three critical players, we provide an absolutely unique and irreplaceable primer on how American democracy must proceed if our nation is to survive.  
 
Above all, we come to understand the pivotal, permanent role of female and Millennial/Zoomer voters in re-shaping the government core of the nation in the age of Trump fascism and eco-suicide.
November 11, 2022  

The “PINK TRICKLE,” the  "REACTOR GAP" & The WAR ON SOLAR

As the “Red Wave” turns into a pathetic ripple, we’re joined by TATANKA BRICCA and KEVIN KAMPS, two of America’s leading experts on election protection, nuclear power & solar energy.

We focus first on the stunning transformation of a pro-Trump “Red Wave” into at best a pink trickle.

The powerful rise of women voters and Millennial/zoomers born after 1980 dominated the electorate in an outcome that has shocked the punditocracy and may have repelled a pro-fascist assault on our democracy. 

Like wise the California Public Utilities Commission seems now to be backing off its attempt to tax rooftop solar panels.  It is messing instead with net metering paybacks, which could hurt but not kill the green energy industry.

But under intense public pressure, the CPUC may be retreating from an all-out attack on an industry that employs more than 70k workers in CA alone. 

At the same time CA Gov. Gavin Newsom and MI Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are boosting dangerously decayed old atomic reactors for future operations.

Their apocalyptic potential fallout threatens the future of us all.  Don’t miss hearing how we can stop them!!!

 
November 4, 2022  
GUNS & THE YOUTH VOTE WITH DAVID HOGG & JOHN ROSENTHAL
 
 
We devote the first hour of the GREE-GREE zoom gathering #116 with the great DAVID HOGG and a deep dive into two issues at the core of American politics:  gun violence and youth turnout.
 
Now a senior at Harvard University, Hogg has become a national icon in the movement to lower the death toll from guns and motivate the youth vote.
 
David’s work, in tandem with JOHN ROSENTHAL, has significantly changed views of gun registration and control in Massachusetts and elsewhere.
 
Hogg and Rosenthal have helped pioneer the AMERICA CALLING organization which aims to vastly expand the turnout among young voters.
 
Rosenthal’s efforts, in conjunction with Hogg, have tangibly lowered the gun violence death rate in Massachusetts, and could do the same nationwide, saving more than 26,000 lives.
 
These two grea activists are already legends in making real change in American politics.  
 
Rooted in the younger generations now taking control of the electorate, while simultaneously working to end gun violence, they are not to be missed.
October 28, 2022  

REP. JAMIE RASKIN OF THE 1/6 COMMITTEE TELLS IT LIKE IT IS

 
 
 
Our 115th GREE-GREE Session is honored with the presence of US REPRESENTATIVE JAMIE RASKIN, Democrat of Maryland, prominent member of the 1/6 Committee.
 
We first pose to him the hope to remove the statue of General George McClellan from the streets of DC, and for official recognition of Sally Hemings as the third First Lady of the United States.
 
We hear from MIKE HERSH about the details of Rep. Raskin’s great career.
 
Rep. Raskin then lays out the case for federal criminal prosecution against Donald Trump.
 
Our own JOEL SEGAL tells of his long-standing friendship with Rep. Raskin, and then asks critical legal questions on prosecuting Trump and on preserving our democracy.
 
RAY MCCLENDON of the Georgia NAACP gives us a critical presentation of the desperate need to shift the Democratic Party to becoming an actual democracy organization with a shift to grassroots organizing.  
 
McClendon underscores the need to stop pouring millions of donor dollars into media advertising and switch to establishing the kind of GOTV / person-to-person campaigning that won the “Georgia Miracle” in 2021, shifting control of the US Senate.
 
BRYNN TANNEHILL informs the Rep. on the plight of trans citizens under Republican regimes.
 
DENNIS BERNSTEIN of the nationally-syndicated FLASHPOINTS radio show hears from Rep. Raskin on how to protect the vote in places like Florida and Arizona, as well as the danger of “madman” Putin using nuclear weapons.
 
JIM GARRISON of the Ubiquity Institute asks why Donald Trump is not yet in prison, to which Rep. Raskin responds with a strong second to that notion.
 
Next week’s session #116 will include DAVID HOGG of the Parkland Shooting exploring the impact of gun control on this year’s mid-term elections.  
October 21, 2022  

We start with TATANKA BRICCA talking to us about STEPHEN STILLS and his hearing loss. We hear from RICHARD LANGWORTHY in London expressing deep concern about a fascist victory in the US this November. CLIFFORD TASNER, President of the Los Angeles chapter of Americans for Democratic Action joins us. So does DOROTHY REIK of the Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains. We do a deep dive on the horrendous uproar surrounding the progressive City Council member KEVIN DELEON that has put Los Angeles in turmoil. PAUL SHERMAN and LEAH HERZBERG add in their opinions to the massive controversy. LINDA HUTCHINS-KNOWLES the talks to us about her work on green transportation. TATANKA BRICCA adds more critical information about the moves to EV and clean mobility. WENDI LEDERMAN and RON LEONARD add critical details. And then RAY LUTZ gives us the latest on the movement for election protection. NEXT WEEK we welcome REP. JAIMIE RASKIN of the January 6 committee.  Don’t miss us!!!

October 14, 2022  

NDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY & AN HOUR OF WOMEN’S ISSUES WITH CHRISTIAN NUNES OF NOW

 

 

We begin GREE-GREE #113 with a celebration of Indigenous People’s Day led by TATANKA BRICCA and the reminder that whatever democracy and freedom we enjoy in America is rooted with our native peoples---especially with the Hodenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy.

 

JOEL SEGAL fills us in on the fight of Puerto Rico to rise again from yet another horrific storm, one that’s also brought terrifying death and destruction to much of Florida.

 

We then hear from CHRISTIAN NUNES, President of the National Organization for Women, as she and WENDI LEDERMAN take us on a deep dive into the core of women’s issues in the world today.  Roe v. Wade is “on the ballot” and, as Christian tells us, the issues cut far deeper than abortion.

 

What we're seeing, we hear, is about men trying to deepen their control over women, creating more slavery, autocracy and privilege among the rich.

 

The attack on a woman’s right to control her own body is inseparable from the fight for democracy and the desperate need to save our planetary ecology.

 

CYNTHIA PAPERMASTER, MARY DOUGLAS, DANNETT ABBOT-WICKER, HEDY TRIPP and LYNN FEINERMAN all contribute to this deeply moving excursion into the rise of the movement for matriarchal justice and power.

 

September 30, 2022  

GREE-GREE #111 takes us deep into the ability of Big Corporations to buy what’s left of our democracy.  
Thankfully, we’re joined by the uniquely powerful JUDITH WHITMER, rebel Chair of the Democratic Party of Nevada, where an uprising of grassroots activists has transformed the playing field. 
Judith has helped lead the charge to at last put the Democratic Party apparatus in reach of grassroots activists who actually support a progressive agenda….and who are willing to fight for a progressive agenda.
We learn from GREG COLERIDGE that the horrendous Citizen’s United does not protect dark money’s ability to buy primaries, as they’re themselves the bailiwick of private corporations, ie the political parties.  
Thus we realize the possibility of actually having fair and accessible systems to choose partisan candidates, a revolutionary development to say the least.
DOROTHY REIK, THERESA BONPANE, JUSTIN LEBLANC, MARY STONEWALL and others chime in with great questions.
We’re FURTHER joined by WENDI LEDERMAN, who has compiled a brilliant and extremely important roster of non-partisan grassroots organizations around the country.  
Such groups have already vastly impacted our political process, at war with dark money.  We clearly need to grow this list, which now embraces some 500 groups—-a hard activist core that could revolutionize our politics….and not a moment too soon!!!  

September 27, 2022  
MINNESOTA ATTORNEY-GENERAL KEITH ELLISON ON FAIR & SANE ELECTIONS

Our GREE-GREE #110 opens with EMILY LEVY with the latest report on Scrutineers on critical training and information on election protection.

We are then joined by the legendary KEITH ELLISON, Attorney-General of Minnesota and lead prosecutor in the legendary George Floyd case.  

Keith is a former multi-term US Representative and Vice-Chair of the national Democratic Party.  

We discuss with him the relatively safe, democratic voting conditions in Minnesota and the desperate need to replicate them nationwide.

Keith is gratefully joined by RAY MCCLENDON of the Georgia NAACP, connecting powerful pro-democracy organizers in critical states where conditions are very different.

Joining them also are BOB FITRAKIS, JULIE WIENER, WENDI LIEDERMAN, HEDI TRIPP, TATANKA BRICCA and others.

The need for a national organization of progressive state Attorneys-General and secretaries of state has never been more critical.

We finish this amazing hour with JAMIAH HARGINS and his truly mind-boggling organization promoting urban farming and water conservation.

DANNETT ABBOTT, MYLA RESON, PAUL SHERMAN, CYNTHIA PAPERMASTER and others chime in to this fantastically hopeful and powerful course of action for greening all of Los Angeles & ALL the world’s cities..

September 16, 2022  
JIM HIGHTOWER HIGHLIGHTS THE LONE STAR LOW-DOWN AT GREE-GREE #109
 
 
Our Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection zoom this week features the great Texas commentator JIM HIGHTOWER.  
 
Jim's brilliant populist screeds have been enlightening the airwaves and op ed columns for decades.
 
Irreverent, witty and often downright belly-laughable, Hightower brings to this show a critical grassroots perspective that virtually no one else can offer.
 
His reports on the bottom-up campaigning now transforming Texas politics help transform our view of what’s possible in a Lone Star state undergoing a top-to-bottom demographic transformation.
 
Everywhere beloved for his legendary  commitment to “small d” democracy, Jim’s unique perspective bursts our hour at the grassroots seams.  
 
Do not miss this genius screed from deep in the belly of the southern Heartland.  
 
September 2, 2022  

DIABLO ARMAGEDDON*ARIZONA BRAKEY*GRASSROOTS CONGRESS

Our Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection zoom opens with a tribute from WENDI LEDERMAN to Women’s Equality.
We also honor the great HOWARD ZINN, who would have been 100 years old this month.  Zinn completely upended the popular view of our nation’s story, and his PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES remains a foundational document.  Thank you, Howard!!!
We then do a deep dive into the decrepit, dangerous, earthquake-surrounded Diablo Canyon Nukes at San Luis Obispo, CA.  Governor Gavin Newsom is pushing to keep them open indefinitely despite a broad-based agreement to shut them in 2024-5.  The ramifications for the future health, safety, economy and ecological survival of the human race are without parallel.
We hear from DONNA GILMORE, KEN COOK, DANETT ABBOTT, ACE HOFFMAN, MYLA RESON, JUSTIN LE BLANC, TATANKA BRICCA, LINDA SEELEY and many more.  
Arizona’s great JOHN BRAKEY tells us of major victories there.
Led by Wendi Lederman, we hear from grassroots activists ????\

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