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Go Harrison – 06.20.16

Guest One: NADINE SMITH - Executive Director of Equality Florida

“Nadine was national co-chair for the 1993 March on Washington, taking part in the first-ever meeting between LGBT leaders and a sitting U.S. president. She served on the founding board of the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization.

An award-winning journalist, Nadine co-founded Equality Florida and became a leading voice for state-level LGBT organizing. She served four terms as Equality Federation co-chair. In 2013, she was named by Florida Diversity Council as one of the "Most Powerful and Influential Women" in Florida. Nadine was recently appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Florida Advisory Committee.”

What is Equality Florida?

Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Through education, grassroots organizing, coalition building, and lobbying, we are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. “

Guest Two: COLEEN ROWLEY - Former FBI Special Agent for 24 years & whistle blower, Currently writing for the Huffington Blog & Consortiumnews.com

HOT TIP: HERE IS WHAT SHE IS GOING TO WANT TO COVER SO PREPARE FOR HER TO ALWAYS PIVOT IN THIS DIRECTION. Might simply things to just read this so that she doesn’t feel the need to say it.

“Coleen worked as an FBI Special Agent for almost 24 years, thirteen of which as the Minneapolis Division Legal Counsel.  As a whistleblower, she furnished information to the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry, the Senate Judiciary Committee and Department of Justice Inspector General's investigation of FBI failures before 9-11.  She also warned the FBI Director before war was launched on Iraq, that this war would likely prove counterproductive and serve to escalate terrorism and the militarization of domestic policing, such that the FBI would become helpless in the face of escalating violence.”

Guest Three: ERIN PALETTE  - OPERATION BLAZING SWORD & BLUE COLLAR PREPPING

“Ms. Erin Palette is a blogger and a prepper. Active in both the LGBTQ and gun community, she has been a concealed pistol carrier since 2012 and came out as trans in 2013. She believes that gun rights are civil rights, and that armed gays don't get bashed. You can find her at BlueCollarPrepping.Com, and her project to unite gun owners with LGBTQ people seeking training can be found at www.facebook.com/OperationBlazingSword.“

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Go Harrison – 06.13.16

Orlando massacre

Guest 1:  Lauren Meister - West Hollywood Mayor

Guest 2:  Professor Junaid Ahmadhmad Director of the Center for Global Dialogue - Currently in Virginia, Ahmad is based in Lahore. Professor Ahmed is also a muslim and has also been secretary general of JUST International, the International Movement to Create a Just World. He is on the faculty of advanced studies at the University of Management Technology and on the faculty of law and policy at the Lahore University of Management Sciences.


"The Orlando mass shooting is a tragic atrocity that is, at the very least, partially attributable to the multiple fundamentalisms spawned by the political maneuverings of Washington and its 'moderate' fundamentalist allies in the Muslim world, particularly Saudi Arabia. While it is still too soon to determine the veracity of the narratives around the shooter's motives and recent behavior, even if we accept some version of it - it is a tragic amalgamation of the systemic pathologies of our time: fundamentalist-inspired hatred of the 'other', in this case homosexuals, and militarized, terrorizing violence, conducted wholesale by states and retail by private, non-state actors. Whether or not mental illness contributed to this shooting, it is incontrovertible that these tragic cases have nothing to do with religion per se, but deeper contemporary processes that have fueled violence at home and abroad, with guns, bombs, and drones that have caused countless, nameless victims, in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, becoming so commonplace. 

    "In addition, it's important to remember that while conservative 'orthodoxies' in all religions, including in Islam, may be homophobic, Muslim thought, practice and behavior has become much more intolerant of homosexuality because of two principal reasons: a) imposition and importation of Western homophobia since the beginning of Western colonialism, with contemporary Muslim homophobic rhetoric reflecting less of Islamic tradition, and far more of Western Victorian and Protestant Fundamentalist vitriol, and b) Washington's favorite ally in the Muslim world, Saudi Arabia, advancing a fundamentalist violent contempt for anyone not subscribing to their Wahhabi puritanism. Islamophobic and, indeed, homophobic politicians and pundits in the U.S. will conveniently ignore these two factors when pontificating on yet another example, for them, of 'Islamic terrorism.'"

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Greg Palast on 2016 CA Voter Suppression

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