September 16, 2021
Zach D Roberts and Aaron Cynic are back with a conversation about Occupy Wall Street, which turns 10 years old on Friday, September 17th.
No OWS hasn't been occupying Zuccotti Square for 10 years but the legacy OWS lives on in many forms. There's no Bernie presidential run without OWS, there's no conversation about the 99% without OWS - we could go on - but that's why we recorded this podcast!
Zach was in NYC for the occupation at Zuccotti aka Liberty and Aaron was in Chicago's financial district and Grant Park.
This is a great piece in The Indypendent on how 9/11 set back the anti-globalization/pro-worker movement.
Lessons from OWS in The Guardian
Occupy Wall Street Did More Than You Think in The Atlantic by the co-founder of the Occupy Wall Street Journal
I was beaten several times and arrested at OWS #D17 along with hundreds of other journalists and activists. This is an excellent report detailing some of them. (The Global Justice Clinic (NYU School of Law) and the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice (Fordham Law School)
May 27, 2021
Hello, this is Zach D Roberts here with the Visu.News podcast. This week I'm chatting with Sean Kitchen of PASpotlight.org (Pennsylvania Spotlight.) Sean is a writer based in Pennsylvania's capital, Harrisburg - he has previously contributed to Raging ChickenPress (a favorite publication of mine) and is the go-to person to learn about all the Big Lie shenanigans going on in the Keystone State.
In this episode, we focus on one politician - Republican State Senator Doug Mastriano. Since we recorded this episode it has been confirmed that Senator Mastriano was at least at the steps of the US Capitol on January 6th.
To quote from the PASpotlight article: Screenshots of Senator Mastriano and his wife breaching a police barricade and walking on the North West Lawn of the Capitol grounds emerged over the weekend. PA Spotlight has previously uncovered that Senator Mastriano witnessed the first breaches of the Capitol in a little-known right-wing interview just days after January 6th. This sparked further interest by the #SeditionHunters to pinpoint his exact location. Parler footage from Propublica’s database that is time-stamped at 1:59 PM shows Senator Mastriano and his wife walking towards the main set of stairs that insurrectionists breached at 2:06 PM.
While I've been back in Georgia again covering the continued voter suppression happening there with SB202 - Pennsylvania is quickly becoming the state to watch for the quote unquote voter integrity happenings. Let's get into it.
April 16, 2021
This week on the Visu.News podcast Aaron Cynic and I speak with journalist Kit O'Connell about the media's use of language around police violence and shootings. The favored phrases of 'unbiased' news outlets around these incidents are often in a passive tone - not wanting to lay blame on anyone in law enforcement - the same doesn't go for the victims of police violence of course - as they are often described as suspects.
Kit wrote an excellent and concise piece on the media's use of the term "Officer-Involved shooting" that asks the question - how was the officer involved?
Other recommended reading:
Let's get into it.
March 13, 2021
I'm here this week with publisher and author Bill Campbell who has a new graphic novel that's doing some crowd fundraising called The Day the Klan Came to Town. The book is a collaboration with artist Bizhan Khodabandeh and will be published later this year at PM Press (pre-order from PM Press at this link).
In the book - Bill tells the story of the time that the KKK came to Carnegie, Pennsylvania it's as their Kickstarter describes it a "fictionalized, graphic retelling of a KKK riot that occurred in Carnegie, PA in 1923 and the resistance to it."
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a review copy and it truly is an excellent book that any comic book reader or fan of history books will enjoy. Bill Campbell takes an incredible amount of research and information on the KKK and his home town at the time and builds a narrative arc that will keep everyone reading. While the book is a fictionalized retelling of Karnegie Day (yes, the Klan spelled it with a K) it sticks with the facts on the Klan and immigrants of the Pittsburg region. The Klan wasn't just there for African Americans but Catholics, Italians, Armenians and any immigrants that weren't seen as 'white' by them.
But let's jump right into my conversation with Bill Campbell the author of The Day the Klan Came to Town (PM Press 2021)
Find more on Bill Campbell's work at Rosarium Press - http://rosariumpublishing.com
February 11, 2021
Chicago and NY are dealing with COVID-19 vaccine rollout in varying degrees of terrible. Aaron and Zach discuss.
February 11, 2021
Aaron Cynic and Zach D Roberts are back for a new year of the Visu.News podcast. We talk about the past couple of weeks news and so much more.