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05/06/14 05/06/14 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] >> from pacifica, this is democracy now! >> pressure. we have to keep making noise and we've got to keep making sure the nigerian government knows everybody is watching. you can't just sit by idly while this happens to your kids. everybody is watching. do something. >> ring back our girls. go test continue nigeria over last month kidnapping of nearly 300 girls from a rural boarding
school in northeastern nigeria. then occupy on trial. i ended a 40 something our stay in jail and ended up with this. >> occupy wall street activist cecily mcmillan has been found guilty of assaulting a new york city police officer in a trial that critics say should have been about the police assaulting her. she faces up to seven years in prison. after the trial, she was immediately taken to rikers island. we will speak with her attorney. and former black panther kathleen cleaver and actor danny glover on black power mixtape. >> you're able to reflect on a moment and understand the core values of that moment. it was james brown, but at the same time from he said, i'm black and i'm proud at the same time.
>> all of that and more coming up. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. ukraine's interior minister says 30 pro-russian insurgents and four soldiers have been killed in the eastern city as ukraine continues an assault to reassert control. ukraine is also sent in an elite national guard to the southern port city of odessa, where 46 people died fighting clashes between nationalist and pro-russian forces. jay carney condemned the violence on monday. >> the events dramatically underscored the need for immediate de-escalation of tensions in ukraine. the violence and efforts to destabilize the country must end. we call for the immediate implementation of the commitments they'd in geneva -- made in geneva. >> tensions between russia and united states over the crisis
continues to increase. on monday, the head of u.s. air forces in the pacific reported an uptick in activity by russian planes and ships in the region, including flights by russian aircraft to the coast of california. the obama administration meanwhile has successfully pressured the heads of top corporations not to attend an upcoming economic forum in russia. cap new members including treasury secretary jack lew and commerce secretary penny pritzker have been reportedly been personally calling executives, urging them not to attend. in nigeria, the leader of the group boko haram has claimed responsibility for the mass abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls and has threatened to sell them. there are reports some of the girls have already been sold. hundreds have taken to the streets to call for the nigerian government to intensify its search. on monday, two women were arrested who helped organize the protests. we will have more after headlines. an occupy wall street activist has been found guilty of second-degree assault and could
face seven years in prison for elbowing a police officer. cecily mcmillan was arrested in march of 2012 as protesters park.to reoccupy zuccotti she says she struck out instinctively after her breast was grabbed from behind, then suffered a seizure as officers pinned her down. days later, she appeared on democracy now! covered in , at least one in the hand of a handprint over her right breast. she is being held without bail. we will have more later in the broadcast. the obama administration is poised to unveil sanctions on individuals on both sides of the conflict in south sudan. citing anonymous sources, reuters reports the sanctions will involve travel bans and asset freezes. thousands have died and more than one million have fled since violence erupted a twin forces loyal to president salva kiir and those siding with his fired deputy. warned of als have
possible genocide. the united states is increasing support the rebels fighting president bashar al-assad in syria. on monday, state department spokesperson marie harf announced plans for more than $27 million in new nonlethal aid and said the offices of the certain opposition coalition will now be recognized as a foreign mission. but this is not tantamount to recognition of the government of syria, but a reflection of our partnership of the coalition that will allow us to formally facilitate banking and security services for the coalition offices in the u.s.. we will also facilitate your -- they're outreach. >> announcement coincides with the arrival in washington, d.c. of a delegation of syrian opposition leaders who are set to meet with secretary of state john kerry on thursday. the obama administration has announced a 10 year agreement with the east african nation of djibouti to continue housing
special forces and other troops and a military base that lies at the center of the u.s. drone wars. djibouti has a population of less than one million, but forms the core of u.s. operations in the region. according to the washington post , in recent years, the obama ministration as "clandestinely intoformed camp lemonnier the busiest predator drone base outside the afghan war zone." obama emphasized the importance of the base during a meeting with djibouti's president in the oval office. >> overall, this is a critical facility that we maintain in djibouti. we could not do it without the presidents cooperation. we are grateful for him. agreeing for long-term presence there. >> more than 5000 u.s. and filipino soldiers have launched two weeks of joint military drills in the philippines. the annual drills opened one week after the unveiling of a 10
year agreement to revive the u.s. military presence in the philippines. on monday, activists protested the deal outside the filipino army headquarters. facilities use our rate-free, tax-free, they can access anywhere in the country for turning the place into a military base, even private defense contractors are given tax breaks. this is a grossly unequal it agreement that benefits only the superpowers. >> the former second-in-command of the u.s. nuclear weapons arsenal has been reprimanded and fined $4000 for using fake poker chips online to an investigator. at the time of the incident, rear admiral timothy giardina was deputy commander of u.s. strategic command. by accepting his penalty from a superior officer, he avoided a court martial. his firing last fall can two days before the firing of major general michael carey, commander of u.s. land-based nuclear
missiles, for intoxication and other inappropriate behavior in russia. the supreme court has ruled town councils can begin their meetings with christian prayers. in a five to four decision, the court ruled in favor of the town of greece, new york, which opens public meetings with prayers, usually led by a christian chaplain. the court's decision follows a 1983 ruling allowing prayers at the start of legislative sessions. in her dissent, justice elena kagan urged requirements for inclusiveness of all faiths, saying the town's actions clashed -- "with the first amendment's promise that every citizen, irrespective of her religion, owns an equal share in her government." revealbtained records how the world's largest food service trade group is monitoring the growing mobilization of fast food workers. internal documents show the national restaurant association --
"closely monitored social media signs oflans of activity," "entered several hundred zip codes" into a campaign website to locate protests, and tracked changes on the wikipedia age a prominent organizer. here in new york, hundreds rallied outside the capitol in albany monday in support of a bill that would curb the use of solitary confinement. it would limit solitary to a maximum of 15 consecutive days, compared to the current average of five months. >> solitary confinement is a crime against humanity. the lock folks up when 60% of them are therefore assault and drugs and everyone is 12% are on the chocolate side, 12% are on the vanilla side.
65% of the convictions are chocolate. that just lets us know the legacy of white supremacy is still operating in america. but that was professor cornel west in albany, new york. those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with aaron maté. >> welcome to all our listeners and viewers from around the country and around the world. bring back our girls. that is become the rallying cry asinjuria -- in nigeria protests continue over last month kidnapping of nearly 300 girls from a rural boarding school in northeastern nigeria. on monday, video was released showing the leader of boko haram clamming responsibility. just because i took some little girls in western education from everybody is making noise. let me tell you, i took the girls. girls go and get married. we're against western education.
i say, stop western education. i repeat, i took the girls and will sell them off. there is a market for selling girls. >> 300 schoolgirls remain in captivity while 53 have managed to escape. state officials report some of the girls have already and sold off for as low as $12 and others were reportedly -- will forced to marry their captors. where the girls were kidnapped has been under a state of emergency for nearly a year. their school was reportedly be only one still open. hundreds have taken to the streets, calling a jury us government to intensify its search for the students. to let theere government know that they should declare the identity of the kidnappers and release our daughters. this is not too much an assignment for nigeria to do. and that is why we are here. >> [indiscernible]
we want them back alive! they are our tomorrow. >> on sunday, president goodluck jonathan vowed to win the release but hours later, police arrested two women who helped organize protests over the government seeming inaction. they had just met with first lady patience jonathan, who accused them of fabricating the story of the abduction in order to embarrass her husband's government. the story is making international headlines just as major prepares to host the world economic forum. >> for more we're joined by two guests. writeruduma is with us, and former journalist who has attended recent protests in legos calling for more to be done to find and release the kidnapped girls. she's also part of the stolen dreams campaign to draw attention to nigerian government corruption. here in new york we're joined by the nigerian journalist omayele sowore.
we welcome you both to democracy now! let's go to lagos first two ijeoma uduma. us the latest news. can you talk about the significance of this video that has been released by boko haram, and what exactly has happened? released, i they don't know if it answers a lot of questions, because many people have been claiming, like [indiscernible] >> we are having a little trouble with the video stream to nigeria. let me take this question to omayele sowore who is with us. it is nice to see you again. i traveled to nigeria years ago and worked with sowore in the niger delta. talk about what has happened here. >> maybe i should start with the
update. they foundmorning, eight more gals. >> in addition to the 300, eight more girls were taken? what has happened is two things. the abductions happened but the nigerian government does not want people to know this abduction took place. then the army came out and said the girls had been rescued. this was a big lie. then they retracted the story. nobody knows the whereabouts of the girls. doesn't even know where the girls were located. believeithin his do not this is some kind of conspiracy against the president.
as a result, they should not be made a major issue. as a moral fact, it will be a must three weeks that the abductions have taken place. we're just putting pressure on him or he is responding to pressure two weeks after. it is not about the where about of the girls. just a lot of speculation as to where they are. what i know and i can tell the public is boko haram has begun to create his own territory. there are four countries. whenever they do anything, they carry out their own government within that path. boko haram has his own country now. >> who is boko haram? >> islamist militants the became really deadly when the nigerian government in 2009 kill their leaders.
they never got justice. it was known it was this mass killing by the nigerian government. a peaceful group that had schools increased -- and priests , they want to [indiscernible] it wasn't until the nigerian police kill their leaders that boko haram became -- >> what does boko haram mean? >> that western education is a sin. english veryuent well -- we used to be able to talk to some of them, but now they have mostly gone underground and become more deadly. >> since they launched the uprising five years ago, what is the situation been like in the north? this is one of the dozens of atrocities. in february, there was a burning of a school for boys where
around 50 boys died. what has the situation been under this boko haram campaign? >> their increasingly becoming bolder. they're becoming a regional problem. in the region of four countries where you have them, they're creating a territory there. nigeria, but in cameron yesterday they broke into an army barracks. theyre becoming -- actually film the attacks. there are edited videos of the attacks. that tells you these guys are not joking. we will look up one day and find out these guys have overrun parts of nigeria. they're coming closer and closer to the south. in the last three weeks, there have been bombs twice and major
bus stations. there was a raid of a primary school. >> nigeria is africa's most .opulous country over the weekend, nigerian president goodluck jonathan held his first meeting with outraged parents, following criticism that the government response's to their daughters kidnapping. in a televised interview with a panel of journalists, jonathan pledged to win the girls release. we will surely get the mail. is good thing that happened that there's no story that any of them have been hurt, injured, or that. i express my empathy to the parents and relatives and guidance of these girls. , if yourrs and mothers
daughter is of school age [indiscernible] it is traumatizing. it is quite painful. let us reassure them that we will get their daughters out. >> that is the nigerian president good luck jonathan. answer outraged at the lack of government response. taken, there were 275 people on the malaysian airliner, the whole world was involved in what happened to this airliner. these are children who have been kidnapped. >> i would think if half of the resources were spent to search for debris in the ocean looking for the malaysian airline was
, wein this part of nigeria would have found the girls by now. the aircraft is an elite system of transportation. people die in a jury every day and nobody cares. nigeria everyin day and nobody cares. i'm not in any way trying to say that the malaysian airline crash or whatever is less important than these girls, but i think is the world paid the same amount of attention to finding the way, not just talking about it, hash tagging it, without china rescue the girls. the president says he is going to listen to the girls. he doesn't know their location. patty rescue people's location you can even track?
that is the dilemma. that is what we have been saying the nigerian government has been so corrupt, to corrupt, to get anything done. ago, they fired the central banker because they said over $50 billion was stolen by the national nigerian petroleum corporation. army generals are pocketing money meant for soldiers and police that are supposed to be fighting boko haram. we published all of this. we obtained pictures. they have no water to drink him a good food to eat. that is the major dilemma. again, the outcome of years of corruption that is ravaged nigeria for the last 50 years. over $500 billion was stolen by
nigerian elites, sometimes to buy private jets. >> i want to ask you about the nigerian government's response. it is also brought allegations of civilian deaths. "the new york times" reported on badgering some the north recused military of the terror campaign and are offensive to rule out the boko haram. the crimees described of terror that push them in the thousands to flee for miles to the harsh and baking semi deserts. sometimes on foot to niger. a few blamed boko haram. what about the nigerian military committing atrocities? poetry is always been known for brutality.
the nigerian military has always been known for brutality. they have no respect for human rights. i'm not surprised we're hearing that. we are documents several of these indiscriminate killings of civilians. as a matter of fact, as i mentioned at the beginning of the program, boko haram became deadly because of this reckless extrajudicial killing of innocent leaders were innocent members -- were innocent members. by the time they were killing them, it had not become as deadly as we know now. >> i want to go back to ijeoma uduma. we have you on audio skype. what are you calling for right now? governmentking the to take it seriously. not -- theyy're
think it is a political thing. they think we're doing it because we want to be against them. pardon my french, we could not care less about them. it is more about these girls. these are ordinary 16-year-old girls who should be at home gossiping with their friends from a family, having finishing there exams. there are extraordinary. in some states in the north, the completion rate for schooling 18%,irls is as low as meaning 92% of girls don't finish high school. these girls wanted to be different. they wanted to go beyond what was normal for people around them. even their parents as well wanted them to be different. they were desperate. even though they knew there was a risk of this happening, they also knew this was the only opportunity for them to break out of the cycle of violence and
poverty, in which they were in. what we're calling for is for the government to take this seriously and stop playing politics with this. >> are you calling for other governments to get involved? necessary.is what is if that is what is necessary ,ecause what is in the video and make sure blood boil -- it makes your blood boil. you see how relaxed and confident he is because he is been dealing with the nigerian government for several years, and we have heard them say, we have traced them into the fringes. he is saying, i am on the fringes and causing trouble for you and taking children from schools. they were taken from their beds because it was the middle of the night. really -- i don't know how much more of the
confrontation the president needs to decide this is serious. >> why do think it took him so long to even meet with the families and to offer up a response? >> i don't even know if he has met with the families. i don't even know if he has met with the families. i think, because also, this is the election campaign and the bombings have been going on in the attitude has been shown previously. that isit was the same happened. in fact, this morning, and his way of controlling the kenyans with the bombing that happened -- it is happening in kenya as well. this is what our president said can't do something like that happening. what has made this different, now it is not just as nigerians
saying talking about this, the whole world is talking about this. yes, we're just hash tagging, but everybody around the world is also hash tagging and putting pressure on the government. this is what we want, for people to keep talking, keep calling, key protesting. that is what is putting pressure on the government. >> ijeoma uduma, thank you for being with us, writer and former journalist. omayele sowore, thank you. >> there will be a rally today in front of the nigerian embassy with black in new york city. >> yes, at 12:00 noon. >> we will cover that. latest onme back, the the occupy trial. a young woman charged with assaulting a police officer. convicted. she faces seven years in prison. she is that rikers island right now. then we stick with former black panther kathleen cleaver and actor danny glover. stay with us.
>> this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with aaron maté. occupy wall street activist has been found to tip assaulting a new york city police officer, but critics say the trial should of been about the police assaulting her. cecily mcmillan was arrested in march 20 12 as protesters tried to reoccupy zuccotti park, six months after occupy began. in millan was convicted of deliberately's writing -- deliver really striking officer grantley bovell with her elbow, leaving them with a black eye. in millan said she swung her arm instinctively after being grabbed in the right breast from behind. to support this claim, defense lawyers showed bruising to her chest during trial. big millan says she went into a
seizure as officers pinned her down. she was later treated for posttraumatic stress disorder. >> prosecutors rejected cecily mcmillan's claims and suggested she may have even caused the bruises to her body herself. after a four-week trial, the jury took just three hours monday to deliver a verdict. the judge in the case rejected defense pleas to allow her release on bail. as outraged supporters chanted "shame," cecily mcmillan was taken to rikers island and will remain there until sentencing in two weeks when she faces up to seven years in prison. joined by awe'll be friend and attorney. at first, an interview we did in 2012 with cecily mcmillan when she joined us on democracy now! just six days after her arrest. this is part of that interview. >> we welcome you both to democracy now! cecily, you limped in here. you are very bruised. you have a bruise over your left the scoop neckee
areour t-shirt, you scratched and it is black and blue. >> it is a handprint. >> the shape of a hand, black and blue, the shape of a hand. that is above your right breast. and in your arms. your arms are black and blue around both elbows. you have finger marks a black you'ree on both arms and clearly and a lot of pain on your back and we can't show those bruises. what happened to your ribs? >> they are really bruised. >> what happened to you? saturday fromn the six-month anniversary of occupy, with hundreds of other people to zuccotti. what took place? said, i haven't seen any of the videos yet. ended a 40-something-hour
stay in jail and i ended up with these bruises. i have an open case and i cannot talk more about it. it would be difficult for me to remember some things. i have -- >> for more on cecily mcmillan's case, we're joined by martin stolar and lucy parks is the field court nader for the justice for cecily support team. martin stolar, what happened in the trial? she has been convicted. quick she is convicted and is awaiting sentencing. the maximum sentence she faces is to to seven-year term in state prison. it is conceivable the judge could impose probation as well. but we are really concerned about an appeal in this case. the nature of the trial is such the judge excluded some substantial evidence that was
favorable to cecily. in ruling, for example, several of our character witnesses working dilutive, that we cannot present different perspectives from occupy wall street in their vision of who cecily was. the judge prohibited us from questioning the police officer thewas assaulted about likeness of the injury. later that night, couple of hours after he was given the lack i that led to this conviction, he was banging some occupy wall street protesters heads on the stairs of a bus. a guy in handcuffs. the judge would not let me ask about that. on balance, the fact is prosecution with ford is really what is of concern -- went forward is really of concern. this guy got a black guy was back on duty week later with no particular issue.
cecily was severely beaten. she was put in what appeared to be a seizure with some serious physical injuries, and a total lack of memory about what happened to her. she was then dragged to a hospital where she was told that she would be released, so she said, all right, i want to see my own doctor. subsequently, she was told, you are being charged with assaulting his police officer. she was completely shocked. she had absolutely no idea what she been arrested for and what she had done or what she had been accused of doing. somehowlaim that cecily intentionally assaulted a police officer was a bit ridiculous. this is a young woman who is known as a nonviolent activist. in fact, on this particular night, she wasn't even out
protesting. she was out celebrating st. patrick's day. she only wound up in zuccotti park to me somebody so they could continue going drinking at the irish pubs down by the wall street area. she was caught up in the police department's manufactured need onsweep zuccotti park clear the six-month anniversary of the occupation of the park. they made up a notion that somehow or other the park had to be cleaned at midnight. therefore, everyone who had gathered peacefully and in a rather fast of the festive occasion had to be cleared out. cecily was among those cleared out. in which i have difficulty understanding how the jury could reject it, is when you look at the video, you see cecily in a bright green dress. the police officer testified that before she swung her elbow, please" asillness,
if she was advertising their bright green dress, hey, i'm going to commit a crime, why don't you just film it go so eve can spot me? >> here you can barely make out cecily mcmillan and a police officer in a crowd. elbowedors claim she the officer in the face. explain what it is that we are seeing. >> what you're seeing from the prosecution's point of view is someone for absolute no reason whatsoever, just out of the blue slug a cop. it makes no sense. when you slow down the video and look at frame by frame, you see what appears to be the officer's arm across cecily's torso. her recollection is, that arm came up and grabbed her breast and she just reacted.
her elbow went up and hit the police officer in the eye. it is an accident, not an intentional effort to prevent the cop from doing his job. and what his job was was escorting cecily out of the park. it is difficult to believe that the elected district attorney of this county cyrus vance could look at the injuries that cecily for what is probably going to be a lifelong course supposed paramedics dress disorder that she is suffering from, in this little black eye the cop got. not that he deserved a black eye , but if you grab somebody's breast, then you have to think something is going to happen. >> you have photographs of bruises over her body when she came on our show, she was displaying some of them. the prosecution cast out this. one of the claims was that she never told medical officials of her injuries. how did they work to undermine
her claims of being injured? >> that is one of the more difficult things to understand. april was sexual assault awareness month at the district attorney's office. however, the dea argued to the did nott because cecily from the first hospital she went to be a downtown on the second hospital tells you, they argue because she did not all of the sudden make an immediate outcry that her breast had been groped by police officer, therefore, it did not happen. sexist really a anti-woman position. that they were able to get away with it when the assistant district attorney, being a woman , and sexual awareness week in the das office, to suggest that because of a lack of an outcry that summit he had groped your breast, therefore, it did not happen, that is ancient history and never should've been allowed. >> lucy parks, your friend of
cecily's though you're not there that night. .he has been convicted to the surprise of many, she was actually taken off to rikers. i would like to ask about that. in two weeks, the sentence will be determined. we're still figuring out what our next up is going to be because the verdict came very much like a punch in the gut. especially the fact she did get sent straight to rikers. there was a very organic rally and march that happened last night at zuccotti park. we're putting together a petition, calling, that sort of stuff. and trying to bring together of anyone who feel strongly about this trial to try and heal and move forward. and also broaden the conversation of the justice system to talk about more people than just cecily. she has a pretty bad, but there are people who have been hurt worse by the justice system.
>> the manhattan da cyrus vance obtained charges of assaulting police officers from it to plead guilty, one was acquitted, three were allowed to plead guilty of misdemeanors. to think with this prosecution, there was a political message being sent to activist? do. must deftly to me, the political messages, defense isn't really legal anymore. you can go to a protest ash not even a protest, just be there and get sexily assaulted, accidentally hit a cop, and wind up in prison. that is really scary. i also think part of why this case is prosecuted so hard was and thethe nypd criminal justice system in new york wanted to send a message and put its bookends on occupy with the guilty verdict is say i'm a they one. >> martin stolar, she could've made a plea deal. >> the only plea deal was for
her to plead guilty to a felony. >> which you have gone to jail? >> she would've been offered probation. quick so she could have -- >> she could have -- >> she knew she face seven years in jail but felt -- >> she is an innocent woman. unfortunate that sometimes an innocent person gets convicted in the criminal courts. that is what we have appellate courts for. we will continue the fight to try and get his conviction reversed. that pretty outrageous this puts the bookends on occupy wall street. the statistics he read before about how many people were arrested for assault and how many plead guilty are incorrect. cecily is the only felony conviction for assaulting a police officer at the trial. no one else was convicted. over 90% of the roughly 3000 arrest that took place during the time occupy wall street was active were dismissed. so why go after cecily was such
a heavy hand? the only explanation i've ever made or been able to figure out is it is an effort to protect the city of new york, substantial monetary penalty for the conduct and the treatment that she received in getting beat up, neglected, and finally hospitalized, and for the lifelong effects she will have from how she was brutalized on the night she was arrested. >> thank you both for being with us, martin stolar, a criminal defense attorney affiliated with the national lawyers guild. i want to thank lucy parks, field court nader for justice for cecily support team. only come back, we will be joined by kathleen cleaver and danny glover. stay with us. ♪ [music break]
the black power mixtape is based on the film of the same name, which features rare archival footage shot between 1967 in 1975. it includes some of the leading figures of the black power movement in the u.s. like stokely carmichael, bobby seale, huey newton, oak ridge cleaver. the footage was shot by two swedish journalists and was discovered in the basement of swedish public television 30 years later. this is the trailer. >> someone asks me about violence, i find it incredible. what it means is the person asking the question has absolutely no idea what black people have gone through, what black people have experienced in this country. 1970's,he 1960's and swedish lawmakers arrived in america to explore the black power movement for which u.s. media saw violent. >> the fact they should arm themselves.
ourselves.defend >> 30 years later in the cellar of a swedish television station, an amazing collection of unseen interviews was discovered with some of the greatest revolutionary minds in modern history. >> there would not be in america if it wasn't for black people. >> when you get tired enough is when you want to sacrifice everything. >> ridiculed and discriminated. >> is a question of dignity and decency. >> my husband did not make enough money because he was a negro. >> we were charged up by people who had already made a commitment to bring about change. dr. king is a great man and he is very patient. unfortunately, i am from a younger generation. i'm not as patient or merciful. >> knowledge is power. this bankrupt country, there is a point where paradise
begins. >> the community was flooded with drugs. the fbi made sure the drugs were an influence. can die nobly for a cause. a sign of maturity is to live day by day for that cause. >> we have to document our history that we are going to tell the story, let's tell the story right. >> the black power mixtape featuring harry belafonte, stokely carmichael, eldridge cleaver, angela davis, bobby seale. >> the trailer of "black power mixtape 1967-1975." we're joined by the renowned american activist, film director, political activist, danny glover and kathleen cleaver, featured in the book and film, teaches at emory law school. we welcome you both to democracy
now! the relevance of the black panther movement, the black power movement in the united states to today, kathleen cleaver? there's a session last night at the new school. why do you think it still reverberates? >> a reverberates because it was about condition. it is not an ideological situation where he something, but about the social and political and economic conditions that black people were facing at the time and how .o go about improving that civil rights were guaranteed under law, but that was not sufficient for our amenity that was so excluded and oppressed angela challenges directly racism on many different levels. ,f racism had been resolved then maybe be people wouldn't be so interested in black power. snic but choseh
to leave for the panthers. how did you go to the panthers? >> it was not that i chose to leave, snic was based in atlanta and i was working in atlanta and we plan the black student conference -- the only speaker will was eldridge cleaver. we met, fell in love, and he wanted me to come out and help .im after huey newton got shot he said, you've got to come out here. we were in the same movement when the black power movement, but different organizations. the black panther party took on black hour. it was one of the first organizations based on the concept of black power. i moved to california and continued the black power struggle. >> than a glover, how are you involved in? i was a student in college in 1967. san francisco state as well as
the bay area has always been a beacon for radical thinking and radical thought. happened -- it so happened youngou found a number of men and women at san francisco state who had been part of snic, etc.,f the movement, etc. in the south, were coming back in migrating to san francisco. you had the free speech movement at berkeley. you had what was happening in communities there. of theo the emergence black panther party as well. so i am born and raised in san francisco, a native of san francisco. i would have to be a separate cisco state and a member of the black student union at that time in 1967 -- about thea question residence of the black power
movement today. too much of black political are black radical political thought has been marginalized in this country historically. we go back around the beginning of the century, the africa movement, we go back to the socialist party's involvement of key african-americans both here domestically and internationally. and what the black power , it gave voice to the struggle of africans around the world. so the black panther party have relationships to liberation movements in africa, places like , namibia, which was still fighting for liberation. with thehad relations
vietnamese and other liberation movements as well. a strong, internationalism that in different than existed the civil rights movement. and that kind of black radical political thought is something that we had not seen since the mccarthy hearings. so we have this civil rights movement that opens up another space. it brings people to the table. socialist, who worked with martin luther king. they brings that and then the extension of that -- it is important because we know the conditions that we have which exist today whether they're political or environmental are going to have to have radical thinking to change the paradigm. >> i want to go to a clip from the fillmore we hear from a political activist eldridge
cleaver speaking in 1968. come,elieve our time has point is been reached where a line has to be drawn. the line i know about says that there's a point where caution ends and cowardice begins. all three of these pigs that have a choice of -- [applause] they're not for us. the bestot represent interest of this country. they deftly don't represent the best in this country. in fact, they represent the very which was ever to crawl beneath the rocks of this bankrupt country. it is right to defend
yourself against anything and anyone. no, we don't believe in violence. we don't believe in killing. we don't believe in harming were hurting. we want the ones who inflicted pain and harm people. we weren't the ones who kidnapped the whole culture of people and brought them to do service for us. and because we stand and fight -- we want tohe's work with pride, love, and live, and growth with pride. that is all we want. and to say we are wrong to defend ourselves is idiotic. seriously, twisted. shame on america for that. >> that is the singer, songwriter. before that, eldridge cleaver.
kathleen cleaver, how did you go from being a black power activist to a law professor at emory university in atlanta today? >> it is kind of a long period. when i was a black panther, i was married intemperance is coalesced the country to join my husband in algeria and we spent about seven years away. and i came back. i had dropped out of college twice. so i had -- in the 1980's i went back to college then i went to law school, then i practiced law and clerked for a judge. i was recommended by my judge and hired by law school. that has a lot to do with it. the prestige of the judge and the law school, yellow school -- yale law school. now i am appropriate to teach and a law school. , how do you go from being a black power
activist in separate cisco state "? "lethal weapon no, your assessment of the obama administration today? that is a big one. about thisst talking with someone earlier. i think one of the issues we have to really focus on is the kind of movement building -- which we talk about. we all know obama's lection was not that. it wasn't an initiation or culmination, particularly liberalof the kind of thinking about having a black president. there are so much we have to do, so much work that has to be done. essentially, the politics of the situation internationally, domestically, i mean, they have created some space.
they have created some space for us to talk about inequity. of course, that space was created by wall street and created by the occupy movement and other movements i continue to go on. we have to take that space right now at this particular moment. we had the difficult choice of what comes after obama. i don't think it is anything with aristocratic were republican party that we can -- whether it is to her credit or republican party that we can think about supporting. we have this period of eight we'rewhere i think disillusioned about what was happening and what we're supposed to do and we have work to do. >> on that issue of going from black power movement to "lethal weapon," you are a famous star around the world for these films. i think what is
characteristic in my career and the beginning of right career, it was a work of movements. involved after my time at san francisco state and the support committee early 1970's. i'm a giver to only involved in anti-apartheidd -- i became particularly involved in the issue around anti-apartheid. every year we would bring up the whole idea of a boycott on south africa. all of those things were part of that which led me or allow me to maintain a relationship with weather was the end of portuguese colonialism or the annexation of nvidia i south africa -- namibia and south africa.
the fortuitous turn of events from doing work on broadway and off-broadway in 1979 and 1980 -- all of those things lead to that. the fortune i've had to be ,omeone like josh will a bonds a film about the haitian intoution, materialized the work we do now. >> we will do part two in a moment and post it online at democracynow.org. our guest, danny glover, american actor, film director, actor.al act wer lawleen cleaver in a professor at emory law school, member of the student nonviolent member of the student nonviolent travel advisories to small business loans. retirement savings to medicare coverage. id theft protection to contacting elected officials.
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