Eduardo, Kenny, and Andy host a weekly political discussion on some of the most critical issues of our time as it relates to current events while challenging the conventional left.
Orange skies? Has the apocalypse come? The Pacific West is ablaze with raging wildfires as they become more common. We revisit this topic in our latest episode. What do we make of it? Check us out as we share our personal experience and thoughts on the fires surrounding where we live.
Our First Month Teaching Inside ZOOM Classes & Pods
Andy and Eduardo reflect on their teaching experience one month in the school year. Andy talks about his experience teaching Zoom classes while Eduardo talks about his time in teaching in a learning pod.
Today we continue covering the ongoing killings of Black people and the working-class at the hands of the police. We discuss the disillusionment, organised response and struggle to continue. Check us out.
U. S. Postal Disservice
The US Postal Service has been in the news recently. Lack of funding, reduction in hours of postal workers, removal of post machines and the shutting down of post offices. But when did all this start happening? Check us out as we examine the move to privatize the USPS.
Fake Peace, Make War
What do we make of the recent Israel-United Arab Emirates "Peace Deal"? It will "suspend" the annexation of the West Bank but will it really renew negotiations to end the Palestianian-Israeli conflict? And what is the mainstream Left's response to it all in the context of the Democratic Convention gearing up for the elections? Check us out as we discuss these events and what they mean for workers in the Middle East and the United States.
Our Lockdown Summer
Summer 2020: Biden has picked his Vice President candidate. #BlackLivesMatter protests. The murder of George Floyd. Portland protestors have been abducted by secret police in unmarked vans. Beirut, Lebanon explosion. COVID19 confinement. A lot has happened during this historic and significant year in such a short time. Check us out as we look back at all that has transpired and share our thoughts.
Is Distance Learning "Safe"?
As the start of school inches ever closer we take a look at the adverse effects of the current crisis and online distance learning with two Child Development professionals, Tracy Burt and Stephen Santos Rico. Their expertise supports mounting evidence that this new social tech experiment will have long term consequences on children's social-emotional and physical development. Check us out!
Reimagining Post-Human Education: From College Credit to Social Credit
We continue on our saga on tech in education. John Klyczek (author of "School World Order: The Technocratic Globalization of Corporatized Education") speaks with today about the specific government and corporate agendas that are looking to dismantle public education and data-mine students and educators with the long term plan to replace teachers with artificial intelligence and strip away completely the human social context.
It Ain't Where You're From, It's Where You're At
What's Left? Interviews public school teacher and socialist, AJ Johnstone, about socialism, the working class, the ISO, COVID-19, distance learning, Me-Too movement and fighting sexism and oppression.
Sorry, You're Cancelled. Actually, Not Sorry.
Eduardo, Kenny and Andy are joined by Gema to discuss the recent "A letter on Justice and Open Debate: that has stirred a discussion about "Cancel culture" and oppression among the Left and liberals. We discuss our thoughts on the letter and our thoughts on "Cancel Culture".
GOLEs, Plasma Fusion and Socialist Revolution
We return with President and Chief Scientist at LPPFusion, Eric Lerner. Author of "The Big Bang Never Happened", Eric discusses some alternatives to understanding the formation of structure in the Universe. Additionally, he shows how a different understanding of the universe can promote technologies like focused plasma fusion which has the potential to meet all of societies energy needs without the deep cost to society and to the planet. We also discuss what it will take to make these kinds of changes and how it is related to socialist revolution.
Crisis in Cosmology: Big Bang or Big Bust?
On today's episode we speak with science writer, researcher and LPPFusion Chief Scientist Eric J. Lerner, who challenges the mainstream origin theory of cosmology, The Big Bang. Lerner refutes the widely accepted hypothesis with counter evidence of his own. We also delve into the sociological aspect as to why this dominant model of cosmology is upheld. Check us out as we take a deep dive into the crisis in Cosmology, the Big Bang theory, alternative theories to the Big Bang, and what it all means for us today.
DACA and the Fight for Liberation
We interview, Stephanie, a DACA recipient who speaks about her thoughts about DACA, the recent Supreme Court decision, the Democratic Party and immigration. Does the 'dreamer' narrative help the immigrant rights movement? Does DACA? She discusses this and more.
Reflections on Reopening Public Schools
On today's episode we do Part III of a series of episodes of Andy Libson's personal organizing union work in UESF with the group Strike Ready San Francisco (SRSF). As schools begin to "re-open" alongside online distance learning, Andy shares his thoughts on what are acceptable terms for reopening schools this Fall and grapples with the dilemma of being caught between opening schools on terms that will destroy public education or just returning to the same old Capitalist school worker mills? What is a socialist to do at this moment?
Defunding the Police or Derailing the Movement?
From coast to coast in the U.S. and even around the globe, protestors are demanding justice for the murder of Black people in the USA at the hands of police. Defunding the police has garnered momentum and gained support of both the activists and even mainstream Democratic Party officials. Is this where the movement should be directed? If not, where should the energy of this uprising go? Check us out.
George Floyd: Why Black Lives Matter
After the murder of George Floyd, we discuss the protests against the state-sanctioned killing of Black people in the USA. We share our take on it and what we hope this momentum could call for. Check us out.
Brian Belknap: Raised by Wolves
Today, we interview radical, songwriter, Brian Belknap. In addition to performing some of his songs, Brian discusses the connection of his music to his politics and to his commitment to working class revolutionary change.
Coming this August! "Black Mirror" Distance Learning!
Today on What's Left? we revisit the conversation on online distance learning with Alison McDowell. As a parent of a former Philadelphia public school student she dug deep into data-driven technologies that led her to discover corporate interests behind them and speak out against them. We host a discussion about her findings in the context of the current pandemia and discuss digital identities, contact tracing, surveillance to virtual classrooms. She is a member of the Poor People's Army run by the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and blogs at wrenchinthegears.com about the intersection of race, finance and technology. Check her out.
Journey to the Center of "Planet of the Humans"
On today's episode we speak with Josh Schlossberg, writer and investigative journalist, about Planet of the Humans. He was featured in the film talking about biomass with Jeff Gibbs. Last week, we had reviewed and debated the documentary. Now, Josh shares his thoughts on the film and the controversy around it. We delve into his political journey as an environmentalist and activist as well. He's got a brand new podcast, the Green Root Podcast, where he invites you to join him on his quest to uncover the root of the modern ecological crisis.
Movie Review: Planet of the Humans
On today's episode we take a deep dive into Michael Moore's and Jeff Gibb's new documentary, Planet of the Humans. It has has caused an uproar on the Left and the environmental movement. Check us out as we respond to the film and each other on the different points made.
Daniel: "Escaping" South Sac
On today's episode we turn to a regular listener of our What's Left? podcast/channel as we interview him on his personal experiences growing up in South Sacramento. We touch on the issues of race, class, police harassment, family, education, and his personal development. When we first started this podcast/channel we had in mind to share views from every day people and how they make sense of the world around them politically. We welcome listeners/viewers to share their personal stories with us and how the discussions we have on our podcast/channel have affected them. Today we listen to Daniel.
Eduardo's Run-In With the Police
Eduardo recounts his and his friend's recent encounter with the San Francisco Police.
2020 Census: Count Me In! or Counted Out?
The 2020 USA Census... to fill or not to fill? That is the $10,000 question people living in the USA are asking themselves this year ($1,000 per person, per year for ten years). Does it make a difference? Is it worth it? Check us out as we debate the issue.
WTF is Up With Coronavirus Testing in the U.S.?
As severely affected countries are considering lifting "shelter-in-place" restrictions due to COVID-19, many are left wondering why the USA lacks adequate testing. Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, and other countries got ahead of the rest to test at a massive scale. According to a range of health care providers, health experts, and private labs, a prerequisite for ending "social distancing" and get the economy rolling once again wide scale testing must be in place. Yet, what is it about the USA's slow response to this pandemic? Check us out as we discuss the state of COVID-19 testing with our co-host Andy Libson, who just happens to be our personal scientist.
The Socialist Case for "Every Student Deserves an A"
This is part 2 of Andy's work with StrikeReadySF, an educator group pushing back against profit-driven interests attempting to overtake the educational field with their online learning experiment. Check us out as we go over educator pledge to "Give Every Student an A"
The Stimulus Bill: Capitalists Play Monopoly (and the Working Class)
A bipartisan $2 trillion economic "relief" plan, called The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed nearly unanimously on 27 March by Congress and was signed into law by the USA's President Donald Trump. However, the major beneficiaries of this mega bailout aren't the working class people. A robbery of billions of dollars will be transferred to big corporations and banks once again. Check us out as we discuss the details of this corporate bailout.
Public Education Getting Far Too Close to Distance Learning
As more and more schools are closing due to COVID-19 online education, or distance learning, is making it's way into public and private education. NPR has called it, "The Biggest Distance-Learning Experiment In History." It has exposed many inequities and exploitation from the capitalists during this crisis. Our co-host Andy Libson, a science high school teacher, is part of a growing number of educators that are pushing back against profit-driven interests attempting to overtake the educational field with their online learning experiment. Check us out as we go over demands that he and his colleagues have listed during this current COVID-19 crisis.
Fear in a Time of Quarantine
Coronavirus, Covid-19, Sars-Cov-2... It's everywhere. It seems this pandemic has infiltrated every part of our lives, including us here at "What's Left?" Today, we discuss how it has affected us personally. Our co-host Kenny Zepeda has been impacted as a worker in the service industry and shares with us his story, as well as the plight his colleagues and co-workers.
On today's episode Kenny, Andy and Eduardo discuss the global response to COVID-19. Is there an overreaction? How is the capitalist class using this for their advantage? And what should we make of those off conspiracy theories? Check what we have to say about this and more.
Feelin' the Bern? or Just Feeling Burned?
Today, we speak to Kenny and Eduardo two ardent former Sander supporters on their vote and non-vote this past presidential primary election in California.
Who is Meddling in U.S. Elections?
"U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the Russian government is attempting to interfere in the 2020 presidential race - but it is doing so by supporting two very different candidates." So goes the New York Times in the latest article in their case against President Trump and Senator Sanders. But is it really the Russian government meddling in the USA elections or is something else going on?
Conversation About Covid-19
On today's episode we will look into the Covid-19, or the Coronavirus as it's more commonly called. What is it? How does it get transmitted? How would worried should we get? Why is it happening now? And how is it political? We will explore all of these questions and more here on What's Left? with each of the hosts personal take on it.
DNC At It Again in Iowa
This episode is dedicated in loving memory to Andy's adventure pal, Naboo. Safe travels, my friend!
On today's episode we discuss the Iowa and New Hampshire primary presidential election results. We see how it foreshadows the Democratic National Committee's corrupt intent on undermining Senator Bernie Sanders campaign. But most importantly we wonder why Sanders continues to put up with it and is this the way the Left should go.
Revisiting Class Struggle in France
Tune in to hear what Eduardo, our co-host, has to say about his recent trip France and the political situation there.
Political Predictions for 2020
Join us as we predict what is to come in 2020! We discuss several areas such as presidential elections, supreme court justices, senate, class struggle, science and technology predictions.
Warren and Sanders: Political Battle or Just Herding Cattle?
On today's episode we take a look at Senator Elizabeth Warren's accusation of sexism on Senator Bernie Sanders. It seems there is a break on their non-aggression pact of personal attacks. We'll take a look at the possible reasons behind this political stunt, identity politics, and whether Senator Bernie Sanders is really the hope, or further causing confusion, for the working class movement.
What's Left? Reacts to Trump's Iran Speech
Kenny and Andy do a reaction video to Trumps address to the nation regarding the killing of Qassem Soleimani and the aftermath.
The Murder of Qassem Soleimani: U.S. Declares War on Everyone
Kenny and Andy try and make sense of recent actions by the United States in the Middle East.
Vox in Spain: Nationalism Goes Global
On today's episode Eduardo Abarca, co-host of What's Left?, checks in from Spain sharing his perspective on the country's political sense. We delve into the aftermath of the November Spanish elections, nationalism, the far-right Vox party becoming the third-largest political force in Spain, and Catalonian independence.
Kenny Z.: The Revolutionary Road
What's Left? interviews Kenny Zepeda on his journey from Guatemala to the United States and from liberal reformist to socialist revolutionary.
COP25, Climate Change and Socialism
On today's episode we focus on the political and grassroot movements behind the Climate Crisis as the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP25, is being held in Madrid this week. We hold a lively debate about how these movements should go about this crisis.
Latin American Spring or Fall?
From Puerto Rico, Chile, Haiti, Ecuador, Colombia, to Bolivia... people are taking to the streets in masses. There must be something in the air as people protest against austerity measures, privatisation, political corruption, scandals and economic inequality. Is this anew Latin American Spring? On today's episode we examine this question in depth and discuss whether this could lead to a greater revolutionary movement... or not.
War Crimes and Whistleblowers
On today's episode we do Part III of an interview with Will, a high school science teacher, former Navy seaman and officer from North Carolina who became a libertarian socialist. Will exposes the lies from the mainstream media's collusion with the US government covering up the al-Majalah massacre that took place on 17 December 2009. A tomahawk strike that his ship planned. We discuss whistle blowing, government cover ups, elections and more.
From Sailor to Socialist
On today's episode we invite Will back for part II of his interview of his time in the navy as he rose through the ranks and gives us first-hand experience of navy culture. We look at homophobia, sexism, racism, sexual harassment, hazing, and the expectation to overwork yourself in the navy. This interview touches on too many issues to capture in this description. It really needs to be listened to in its entirety to be fully appreciated.
Our Freedom, Their Hell: An Interview
We interview Will, a former Navy seaman and officer who became a libertarian socialist through the experience. We talk about how his ideas evolved and what led him to start to explore revolutionary anarchism and socialism. This is part 1 of a 3 part interview.
Vote 'No' on Prop C and 'Yes' on Propping Up the State
On today's episode we look at two areas of this past election in San Francisco on the 5 November 2019. We examine bonds, regulations, and taxes on consumer products. Some people have called any restrictions on consumer products as "nanny policies." Others see them as a way to deter specific unhealthy behaviors for a short-term that can have long-term consequences, such as addiction. Bonds have been seen as quick fixes in order to build urgently needed, publicly-owned infrastructure, such as public hospitals or high speed rails. Ultimately, who do these bonds benefit in the long-term?
Post-Strike Blues in Oakland Unified
On today's episode, we catch up with our guest Donna in the aftermath of the April/March Oakland school strike. Donna is an Oakland Unified School District High School teacher and activist. We look at the 23 October Oakland Board of Education altercation between Kaiser Elementary school and police, examine the low-morale of personnel, and funding priorities being funneled into state prisons instead of school resources.
GM, Chicago & Oakland: Fight Back Makes a Come Back
On today's episode, we discuss the recent Chicago teacher strike after the General Motor strike has ended. We look at how the strikes are uncovered as the global strikes are being censored in the mainstream media. We examine the pitfalls of strikes, how they are quelled by backroom leadership and baited to settle for less. But we also acknowledge the cause and rise of these strikes alongside other demonstrations around the world. The is a growing resentment from the working class against austerity measures, inequality and state control.
Nicaragua: More Fake Socialism Producing Real Fascism
On today's episode we have our returning guest, Kenny Zepeda, come on the show sharing an update and deeper context of Central America. We specifically delve into Nicaragua, Venezuela, and a little bit of Cuba as we look at interesting twists that are happening in these so-called "socialists" countries. We notice some key differences in how the USA is treating the "Troika of Tyranny", as former United States National Security Advisor John R. Bolton coined it when he was outlining United States foreign policy towards those nations.
What's REALLY Behind the US Pullout of Northern Syria
President Trump has ordered US troops to pullout out of Northern Syria abandoning their allies, the Kurds. Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault immediately afterward. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for abandoning the stateless Kurds who had helped the U.S. fight ISIS. On today's show we delve into what most people aren't talking about from both the Left and the Right.potential strikes such as Uber/Lyft drivers and Kaiser workers.
What's Left About Listening to the Right?
On today's episode we decided to take it slow and share Eduardo's personal political journey and how he has evolved over time. He examines the issues of race, the environment, immigration, guns, but most importantly how those issues are in the greater systemic context of capitalism when he listens to people. He had a recent self-imposed LISTENING tour in the state of Florida. A state largely seen as a winner-take-all voting state for Republicans, but is a proportional voting state for Democrats. He spoke to different folks from very conservative to Trump supporters. However, he had an especially profound change in listening to his childhood longtime friend Jake, whom we had on the show over a year ago.
Falling Right Into the Impeachment Trap
Impeachment inquiry is overwhelming the mainstream headlines drowning out the real issues affecting us such as the crisis of our natural environment, the labour strikes, incarcerations of working people and children and profit-driven wars. We are being scammed by both the Democrats and the Republicans, that work as a team to uphold a capitalist system that isn't working for any of us. Replacing a head of state in a capitalist country isn't the answer when those very same issues will continue on. Listen in on our discussion as we intend to uncover this impeachment trap.
(Un)Covering the GM Strike
On today's episode we discuss the important General Motors strike that is hardly making it in the news. In the past few years we have seen a wave of strikes in the labour movement across the USA. What are the significance of these strikes? What can we learn from them? Why should workers see these strikes as an instrument for a larger cause beyond improvements to their contracts? We delve into all of these questions and more as we keep a watchful eye on other potential strikes such as Uber/Lyft drivers and Kaiser workers.
Taliban, Bolton and What We Should Never Forget on 9/11
In the wake of the anniversary of 9/11, we discuss the baseless war on terrorism that has been ongoing for 18 years in the Middle East in light of the cancellation of the Taliban peace negotiations and the firing of John Bolton.
Labor Day Special: "What is to be Done?" at Mission High School
On today's show we discuss with Andy what organizing in a union looks like as he shares with us how he is personally attempting to build a Marxist workplace cell and a stronger union at Mission High School connected to his commitment to fighting for revolution and socialism.
Fires in the Amazon, Deception at the G7
There is an ongoing onslaught of capitalist greed destroying one the most revered rain forests, the Amazon. It has garnered attention in recent headlines as Sao Paulo, Brazil goes dark from the smoke of fires. Deforestation, using slash-and-burn agricultural practices, are increasing unnatural fires. This attention has both the Left and Right devising plans and blaming each other for the cause. However, the Liberal and Conservative politicians along with mainstream media choose to ignore the root cause of this fires: Capitalism. These unsustainable, profit-driven fires and short-term agricultural practices are motivated by the greed of this capitalist system our society operates in. We have clear examples of how similarly other natural forests have dwindled in the past and currently. Are solutions like vegetarianism, donations to NGOs, and electing Liberal candidates be where our attention should be centred? Watch or listen as we discuss this on our episode today and even disagree somewhat on how to carry out the best means to resist the destruction of our sacred forests, species and ultimately our natural environment.
Interview with Socialist, Teacher and "Breaking the Chains" Editor
On today's show we sit with our guest Nathalie Hrizi to discuss her personal political journey as an activist that ultimately led her to socialism, running as a socialist candidate in California and federally, why the working-class should go socialist, the recent manifestations around the world, and responding to our subscribers questions.
Jeffrey Epstein & Reckoning with Conspiracy Theories
2 Socialists, 1 Union & 0 Strikes
This is Part II of our discussion with our guest Socialist, Greg. Greg and our Andy are comrades in the same teachers union, UESF (United Educators of San Francisco) and at the same school, Mission High. In this episode we will turn to their organizing efforts in their union and what perils they have faced and lessons they have learned.
Some clarifications: The proposition that UESF pushed for to tax workers to pay for raises for teachers was Prop. G.
The year that EDU actually took power within some of the top union positions in UESF was 2015.
The State of Revolution: Interview with a Mission High Communist
An in-depth discussion with our guest, Greg, on his personal, political journey on what it means to be a Communist, and under that lens looking at general US politics and organizing in the teacher's union as a high school educator. This is a two-parter. Our very own Andy will be jumping in the second part next week of the discussion as they both are comrades in the same Union and are colleagues at the same high school. They will both be sharing their experience organising in their teacher's union and the challenges they face.
Mueller Testimony and the Myth of Impeachment
Concentration Camps, Asylum and "The Squad"
We discuss the latest political fight over immigration in US politics and highlight a very under-reported outcome of it all related to changes in asylum for immigrants coming from Central America.
Apologies in advance for the 'clicking' you will hear near the end of the episode.
George Washington Mural Debate: Keep or Destroy?
Eduardo and Andy debate what should be the fate of the George Washington HS mural that SFUSD Board of Education voted to be removed last week.
Correction: Andy says Victor Arnautoff's painting on Coit Tower is "City Lights" but its actually called "City Life"
What's Left? On Racism https://youtu.be/hn1yKxFuVQw
What is racism? 1:41
Is racism biological? 19:02
On White Privilege 39:09
U.S. vs Iran: False Flags and True Criminals
Why does the US seem so determined to push towards war with Iran? What was behind the tanker attacks and drone attacks? Who's to blame for the violence in the region?
From Memphis to Hong Kong: A Tale of Two Protests
In loving memory of my Aunt Norma (1934 - 2019). A freedom rider, a revolutionary and a Communist. This episode is dedicated to her humor, her spirit, her fire and her dedication to change. - Andy
CRISPR, Capitalism and Designer Babies
CRISPR is the cutting edge of genetic-modification techniques and will likely transform scientists ability to change the DNA of virtually any organism on the planet, including humans. How will this technology be used? What should it be used? Where will this usage of the technology take humanity?
Correction: During the video, Andy says the Cas9 protein reads the CRISPR DNA and makes RNA. This is not correct. The RNA is made by the RNA polymerase of the cell. Cas9 will bind to THAT RNA after it is cleaved. It is that Cas9 / RNA complex which then binds the DNA and clips it.
The Plight, Problems and Promise of Public Education
A discussion on the good, the bad and the ugly of public education based on our learning and teaching experiences in the U.S. and around the world. We also share our vision of what education might look like in a post-Capitalist, post revolutionary society.
Abortion Rights Under Attack Again!...and Again...and Again
Abortion rights being stripped away all across the country, particularly in Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and now Alabama. Why is this happening and what does it mean for women in the U.S.?
Venezuela & Iran: US Hand in the Global Cookie Jar
Gema and Kenny join us again as we discuss recent events in Venezuela and Iran.
Confessions of an ex-ISO Member
The International Socialist Organization (ISO) has dissolved. Eduardo interviews Andy about his time in the organization. What did those experiences mean for him? Why did the organization collapse, and what does this mean about the prospects for building a revolutionary socialist organization?
Elections in Spain: How NOT to Fight Fascism
We discuss the recent elections in Spain. Socialist come to power in order to defeat the far right! Victory for the Left or for the Right? Is this how to fight Fascism? What does this say for the US elections in 2020?
An Arab Spring Blooms in North Africa
We discuss the recent uprisings in Mali, the Sudan and Algeria in what appears to be round two of the Arab Spring that took place 6 years ago across the Middle East and Northern Africa. Why is this happening, what can we learn from it and what will likely come of it?
Welcoming Workers at the El Paso, TX Border
Derrlyn Tom and Bruce Neuburger, two teachers and long time immigrant rights activists, discuss their experiences working at the Annunciation House helping immigrants coming from the south feel welcome and make the journey into the United States safely.
Julian Assange: The Empire Strikes Back
We discuss the recent removal of Julian Assange from asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy and his arrest by the British police. Another big win for the US state and another giant step backwards for preserving the few remaining independent voices in the media. Free Julian Assange!
Kentucky Mom "Goes Rogue" in Red State
We interview Gay Adelmann, parent of two and co-founder of "Dear JCPS", a grass-roots parent/teacher alliance built to fight racist policies in education and the erosion of public education through charter schools and privatization. Gay describes her involvement in the recent fight to bust the teachers union and the attack on teachers pay and pension which has produced a recent wave of sick outs in Kentucky. This put her group on the firing line from politicians looking to sneak shady policies past the pubic and union leaders who would rather cut backroom deals than lead fightback. Her story of struggle and transformation is inspiring.
The Mueller Report Fiasco
Now that the Mueller Report is finished, who were the winners and loser from "Russiagate". Was is it a legit investigation or a conspiratorial witch-hunt? What did it accomplish? And what does it mean for US politics, for the MSM and independent media, for the 2020 elections and for the Working Class?
Massacre in New Zealand
The Christchurch shootings raise questions about the rise of white nationalism, Islamophobia, gun control, political correctness and xenophobia. We discuss all of this as we try and make sense of who's to blame for the violent massacre in New Zealand.
LA, Oakland Teacher Strike Aftermath
Eduardo, Andy and Jack discuss the LA and Oakland teacher strikes. We share some of our thoughts and responses to the questions that come up for us around these strikes and their resolution.
Molding of a Working Class Leader
We interview Donna Salonga, a 3rd year ceramics teacher from Skyline HS in Oakland. Here, she chronicles here spiritual and political journey that took from a teacher reluctant to strike before the struggle began to one determined to carry on the fight until all teachers demands were met. She discusses her experiences as a picket captain, becoming a leader, why she voted 'NO" on the Tentative agreement and the aftermath of the Oakland teachers strike.
Donna's Political IG - SHSfight4Ed
Donna's Teacher IG - Dsalonga
From Classroom to Picket Line: A Striking Oakland Teacher Speaks
Interview of Oakland teacher, Jimmy Barbuto, about his thoughts about being on strike and how it has transformed him and his colleagues at Skyline High School.
Why Oakland Teachers are on Strike
Interview of retired Oakland teacher, activist and socialist, Jack Gerson. He talks about the how the Oakland school district (and public education) has been systematically strangled and dismantled and created the conditions for the Oakland strike. We talk about where the strike is going and where we think it may need to go to be successful
100 Years Since the Seattle General Strike
We discuss the Seattle General strike of 1919. Why is it important and what can we learn from it today? Check out the links included for more info. (on YouTube site)
Also, this video has some historical pictures to go along with it so you might want to check it out on YouTube if your curious about those
Q & A (part 2)
Part 2 of Eduardo and Andy answering questions asked by some of our listeners. Thank you everyone, for the thoughtful challenging questions!
Coup or Uprising in Venezuela?
Special guests, Gema and Kenny join us for a discussion on recent events in Venezuela. Should the US get involved? Why is Europe supporting the self-declared interim President Juan Guaido? In addition, to debating what and who is really behind the decision to oust Nicolas Meduro from his seat as president, we discuss why is this happening now and what does it mean for the prospects for social change (and Socialism)
Interview with an LA Teachers' Strike Leader
We interview Claire Asuka Keating, a history teacher, activist and striker from a well organized school in LA, UCLA-Community school. A must listen for anyone intending to go on strike or in re-building the labor movement in the US. Here, Claire discusses what led to the strike, how it was organized, responses from parents and students in LA, issues confronting the strike, facing the police and how history was made by teachers in LA over the 6 days they went out. Finally, she explains what she voted NO on the contract and what this strike means to her.
What's Left? viewers may enjoy the additional clip we added at the end.
Q & A (part 1)
We're back! Happy New Year everyone. Here's part 1 of Eduardo and Andy answering questions asked by some of our listeners.
Syria Pullout & Government Shutdown
We discuss the furor around Trump's announcement of troop pullouts from Syria and Afghanistan. Also, our take on what's behind the government shutdown over building a border wall.
Naomi Klein, AOC and Greenwashing Capitalism
We discuss the hype around the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal Committee proposal. For background on this check out these two links.
Naomi Klein article on Green New Deal: https://theintercept.com/2018/11/27/green-new-deal-congress-climate-change/
Green New Deal: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jxUzp9SZ6-VB-4wSm8sselVMsqWZrSrYpYC9slHKLzo/edit
"People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people."
-V for Vendetta
Tear-Gas or Open Borders? Nationalism or Internationalism?
In light of workers and their children being tear-gassed at the border while struggle takes place in parts of Europe (and even some in SF), in this episode, we take up the question of "invasion". There has been a lot of talk of the rise of 'nationalism' that is stirring people up and leading to support for attacks on immigrants. What is nationalism and who is a nationalist? Where does it come from and are there alternatives to it?
Rotten Turkey: The Thanksgiving Myth
We discuss some of the issues that come up for both of us when we think more deeply about the Thanksgiving holiday. What does it say about the real legacy of the United States? What is the holiday really about? What was the fate of both pilgrims and Native Americans and where are they at today? What are the lessons can we take away from this most famous of US holidays?
California is on fire! Why is this happening? How did these fires start? Why do the fires seem to be getting worse each year? Can we do anything about it? We both learned a lot in preparing for this episode so make sure to check out the links provided with it.
Also, this episode has more images included in it to compliment the audio, so you might want to check out the video version as well.
2018 Midterms: Blue Wave Autopsy
A week after the U.S. midterm elections, we discuss what happened to the projected 'blue wave' that was supposed to sweep the political landscape in Washington. Well, there was no blue wave? Why not? What was significant about these elections? What did it accomplish? What comes next? 2020 elections?!?! Really!?!?!
Does Voting Matter?
It's only two more days before the U.S. mid-term election, and we thought it would be a good opportunity to discuss our differing opinions on the merits of voting in bourgeois elections. Things get a little heated, but in the end we come out buddies even if we have to agree to disagree on some issues
"Migrants are Not Criminals! We are International Workers!"
Eduardo and Andy discuss the migrant caravan that is making its way from Honduras to the US border. What are the reasons for the caravan? How the immigrant plight is being used by US politicians and why open borders and a giant "Bienvenidos!" Is the only sensible attitude to have to their treacherous but heroic journey.
Jamal Khashoggi: One More Murder for Empire
Eduardo and Andy discuss the brutal assassination of Jamal Khashoggi. Who was he? and what happened to him? Who is responsible? And what are the machinations behind all the changing stories coming from Donald Trump and the Saudi regime in Riyadh?
A 60's Radical who Refuses to Make Peace with the System
Apologies for the audio trouble. We are still working out the kinks of our sound for interviews.
This week, we interview Bruce Neuberger. A 60's radical who stayed radical all his life. He is a Maoist who still exposes and fights Capitalism and all the inequality that come with it. He has also written a book on his time organizing in the fields of Salinas CA in an excellent book, entitled "Lettuce Wars". Here we talk about his thoughts about the 60s and today as well as his conception of Socialism.
Is the (Workers') Party Over in Brazil?
Eduardo and Andy discuss the recent elections in Brazil. Once again we see the rise of a right-wing, populist candidate spouting nationalism, sexism and anti-immigrant racism. Why is this happening in Brazil? Why is it happening around the globe? What does it mean for the Left?
Disgusted by the Kavanaugh Hearings? Me Too!
This week, Eduardo and Andy discuss all the nonsense and drama behind the Brett Kavanaugh nomination for the Supreme Court and our thoughts and responses to the hearing on allegations of sexual abuse leveled against him.
We are getting this episode out a little early because some people who are important to us (and we love very much) insisted that we get it out early!
Red Pills, Blue Pills and Personal Awakenings
Eduardo and Andy talk about how their ideas changed from accepting what they were taught, to challenging it and then breaking from it. Now, having arrived at a new place, what happens when your ideas need to change again? How do you know which way to go? We touch on some of these questions.
Climate Changes, Capitalism Doesn't
Eduardo and Andy discuss the politics around the climate change summit in California.
"Sacrificing Everything" for Nike.
Eduardo and Andy discuss the recent shoe/apparel deal struck between Nike and Colin Kaepernick. The ad campaign seems to lend support to Kaepernick's cause of fighting/highlighting racism and police brutality in the US with him featured prominently and a slogan saying "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." Who and what benefits most from this controversial association? Kaepernick or Nike? The Cause or Capitalism?
Prison Strike 2018!
Eduardo and Andy discuss the recent prison strike called by Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and Jailhouse Lawyers Speak. We cover in detail each of the 10 demands of the strike, and talk about why they are important, and what they expose about the U.S prison system.
Interview with a Pro-Capitalist Anarchist
Eduardo and Andy interview Jake Schmidt. We do these interviews do give people another perspective on politics than the one they hear from us. We also hope to highlight that the important views are the ones that regular people have, not politicians, not 'experts'. Its regular people who will change the world, so its those opinions and beliefs we'll be focusing on.
What's Left of Abortion Rights?
Eduardo and Andy discuss recent decisions across the globe either restricting or expanding women's access to abortion rights. We explain our differing reasons for supporting a woman's right to choose.
Is the U.S. Turning to Fascism?
Eduardo and Andy talk about the anniversary of the Charlottesville demonstrations and discuss whether fascism in on the rise in the U.S.. We also talk about the tactics and politics of Antifa.
Banning InfoWars: About Censorship or About Time?
Eduardo and Andy discuss the recent ban by Facebook, YouTube, Apple and Spotify on InfoWars (and others). Should these actions be supported or opposed?
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Racism, Capitalism and Privilege
Eduardo and Andy discuss racism. What is it? Where does it come from? Who benefits from it?
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Trump, Russia and the New Cold War
Eduardo and Andy discuss the furor over President Trump's meeting with Russian President, Vladimir Putin. We also ask what's really behind the Mueller investigation and claims of Russian meddling in the US elections?
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AMLO and Change Through the Ballot Box
Eduardo and Andy continue their discussion from last week about AMLO and ask what should be the attitude to AMLO's victory/presidency? Is it a step forward for the working class? Is it a development that must be welcomed or fought against (or both)? What kind of change is possible through elections and the ballot box?
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AMLO and the Mexican Elections
Andy asks Eduardo about his trip to Mexico and what it means to him, then the discussion turns to politics in Mexico, the recent election and who is AMLO, Andrés Manuel López Obrador?
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Eduardo and Andy discuss the implications of the recent NY primary victory of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. Is her candidacy a challenge to Democratic Party or a trap laid for the workers and the Left?
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Independent Media: From Left-Wing to Right-Wing Then Back into the Democratic Party
Eduardo and Andy continue their discussion from last week debating the merits of independent media outlets like Democracy Now and what it means to be 'pragmatic' about making social change.
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Breaking-Up Families or Breaking-Up Borders?
Eduardo and Andy discuss what's behind the recent attack on immigrants by the Trump administration, the role of the Democratic Party and the possibility of open borders.
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Interview with a Socialist
Eduardo interviews Andy on what he means by "Socialism" and poses his own questions/doubts about it.
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Rosanne Barr, Racism and the Media Frenzy
Eduardo and Andy discuss the media frenzy surrounding Rosanne Barr's tweets about Valerie Jarrett.
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Gun Control and Violence in America
Eduardo and Andy discuss gun control, the State, racism and violence in America
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The Iran Deal, Israel and the Right to Resist
Eduardo and Andy discuss the Iran Deal and its implication for the Middle East, the United States and the Anti-war movement.
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Who We Are and Why We are Doing This
Eduardo and Andy's introductory video on "What's Left?" is about
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