NYC
2018
Event Type: 
Book Reading
Room: 
1.113
Timeslot: 
Session 4: Saturday, June 2nd: 4:00 - 5:50pm
Event Organizer: 
Description: 
If we follow the money, we find the root of the rot. That is the unifying theme of sixty-six incisive interviews with Dennis J. Bernstein on his Pacifica Radio Network KPFA Flashpoints program, in a just-released book, Follow the Money: Radio Voices for Peace and Justice, selected, transcribed and edited by Riva Enteen. The interviews, all during the Obama administration, are the writing on the wall that foreshadowed a Trump presidency. Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it. As Oliver Stone says in his interview, “[History] allows you to think and put together events and make sense of them. Often we only react to the tyranny of now.” The book features a foreword by best-selling author and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and is dedicated to the late great Robert Parry of Consortium News. The interviews are grouped by theme: The New and Not so New Police State; The Class War; Domestic Dissent; Black Lives; Church, State, Women, and the Criminalization of Sexuality; Migration, Deportation, and US-Latino Culture; Global Militarization and Empire; Ongoing Bloodshed in the Holy Land; and There is No Plan(et) B. Follow the Money has been described as an "encyclopedia of resistance," a "book of hope," which illustrates how "the nation is bursting with movements." It is an invaluable resource for research as well as finding allies in the struggle. Luminaries include: Alice Walker; Phil Donahue; Ramsey Clark; Laura Flanders; Danny Glover; Marjorie Cohn; Christopher Simpson; Dolores Huerta; John Pilger; Helen Caldicott; Vijay Prashad; Antonia Juhasz; Blase Bonpane; Katharine Gun; Greg Palast; Birgitta Jonsdottir; Frances A. Boyle; Adrienne Pine; Richard Falk; Marsha Coleman-Adebayo; Dahr Jamail; Margaret Prescod; Brian Willson; Ali Abunimah; Deborah S. Rogers; Richard D. Wolff, and Martin Espada. Alice Walker says in her interview, “I believe it is our responsibility to do something when the world is out of whack, as it is almost everywhere you look. What do you do and where do you place yourself?” The book inspires action by ending with Marge Piercy’s poem “To be of use.”

Participants

Riva Enteen was raised as a socialist and has been an activist since the 1960s. As a student at Hastings College of the Law, she became active in the National Lawyers Guild, then worked as its Program Director for 12 years. She was the first chair of KPFA's local station board and led the... Read more
Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo won a landmark lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency which resulted in the passage of the Notification of Federal Employees Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act (NO FEAR). She is author of the book No Fear: A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and... Read more
Ralph Poynter is the son of a union organizer in steel. He was a founding member of The Teacher's Freedom Party Caucus in the UFT. Jailed during the human rights struggle for community control of schools in the sixties, he organized the first successful prison protest during incarceration.... Read more
Zach D. Roberts a photo/video journalist who splits his time between Alaska and the lower 48. His work has been published in the The New York Daily News, The Observer, The Guardian, TheNation.com, Al Jazeera America, Gawker and Newsweek. For over a decade he's been a researcher and producer... Read more