Insult to Injury? American Indian Sports Mascots

They may not have made it to the Superbowl- but the “Washington Football team” has gotten a lot of attention this season- not so much for their performance on the field, but rather their refusal to change the name of their team.From FedEx Field to High School Football teams, pressure is increasing on teams to stop using American Indian names and mascots. The battle is playing out in stadiums, court rooms, and in the media. And some of America’s best known sports brands may be forced to change.


  • Gregg Deal, member of Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, artist, activist
  • Suzan ShownHarjo Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee advocate for American Indian rights
  • Fili Sagapolutele, congressional aide
  • David Grosso, DC councilmember
  • Sadie Makarechi Jerry Neuwirth, Michael Wright, Washington football fans
  • Robert Jordan, President and CEO Justin Siena High School
  • Dawson Del Dotto, Paul Brown, Sam Hoff, Lupe Padilla-Aguayo, current and former Justin Siena students
  • Scott Gabaldon, Tribal Chair Mishewal Wappo Tribe

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Jeremy Scahill on Obama’s Dirty Wars

Drone attacks on American citizens. Black sites around the globe where prisoners are tortured.  And the prison at Guantanamo is still in operation.  As we enter the 6th year of Barack Obamas presidency, his foreign policy legacy is becoming more clear. Independent journalist Jeremy Scahill investigated Obama’s “Dirty Wars” and says the President has put Americans in more danger through actions that fuel hatred and extremism.

This speech was excerpted from a presentation by the Lannan Foundation.

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Dollarocracy: Corporate Cash in Politics

The cost of American democracy is the most expensive in the world. In the 2012 elections billions of dollars were spent on political campaigns. But there’s a growing consensus that big business and wealthy individuals are buying power. Authors John Nichols and Robert McChesney have a name for the state we’re in: Dollarocracy.

Thanks to Pirate TV for use of their recording

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Race to an Emergency-examining 911 responses Pt. 2

What are the roots of the historic mistrust between people of color, especially African Americans, and the police? And how does 911 really work? Is slow response time just perception, or reality?

During the 2nd half of our 2-part special—The Race to An Emergency, we follow the path of a 911 call, and along the way, encounter decades of mistrust that fuel a lack of confidence in the system.

Special thanks to KALW Radio.

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The Race to an Emergency (Part 1)

When you call 911, who answers the phone? How do they decide who to send to the scene, and how fast will they get there? Many people of color believe the emergency response system is prejudiced. But is that really the case?

We bring you a 2 part special "The Race to An Emergency, produced by KALW radio in San Francisco. We follow the path of a 911 call, and along the way, encounter decades of mistrust that fuel a lack of confidence in the system.


  1. Lesley Phillips, Sharena Thomas, Peoples Community Medics co-founders
  2. Nikki Anjenique; Sharena Thomas daughter; 
  3. Rick Rocha, California Highway Patrol dispatcher; 
  4. Olivia Moy, Wolleen Jones, Oakland police Department dispatchers; 
  5. Terry Woodard, Oakland Fire Department Communications dispatcher; 
  6. Jason Murphy, Paramedics Plus dispatcher; 
  7. Tracy Chin, Rob Thrower, Oakland Fire Fighters; 
  8. Brian Murphy, Oakland Police Officer; 
  9. Regina Harris Gilliard, Johnna Watson Oakland Police Department spokespeople; 
  10. Benjamin Bowser, Cal State East Bay Sociology Professor

Special thanks to KALW Radio.

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