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The Rev. Mark A. Thompson has spent most of his life as a political, civil rights & human rights activist and organizer. He not only has been a part of every major social justice movement & event over the past 35 years, he has also been a radio broadcaster for three decades, and he has spent over 10 years as a television commentator, as well. Mark, hosts Make It Plain, a political, human rights and non-mainstream news podcast. Mark’s lifelong social justice activism intersects with his years ...
 
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The concerns of the moment are many: will Republicans (and their SCOTUS representatives) actually try to mess with the election results? How? What should our strategy be regarding the potential confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett? What will happen to health care, reproductive rights, and marriage equality? Markos Moulitsas, Founder of DailyKos and Ci…
 
Wisconsin Representative Jason Fields is stumping for Biden/Harris in today’s episode, where he talks voter turnout and, more disturbingly, the potential for voter suppression in his state. Also addressed is the police shooting of Jacob Blake, which left the unarmed man paralyzed from the waist down. Executive Producer: Adell Coleman Producer: Brit…
 
LaShawn Warren is the Executive Vice President of Government Affairs at The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights. She joins the show to highlight the ways in which the Supreme Court matters to our rights and issues that impact us every day, how our civil and human rights are hanging in the balance, Amy Coney Barrett’s record on many critic…
 
Trump has many strategies to win -- including suppressing the vote and spreading disinformation -- but our goal is singular: vote him out. That's what Holli L. Holliday, President of Sisters Lead Sister Vote, says is the first step before we double down on ALL strategies to improve this country through the senate and beyond. She also gives some ins…
 
Ben Jealous is the President of People for the American Way and he’s on today’s episode to talk about their Defend the Black Vote initiative, which sets out to raise awareness on right-wing attacks that seek to disenfranchise and suppress Black voters. Their goal is to engage more than one million voters by Election Day to fight against these misin…
 
Susie Madrak is back to give us an update on her coronavirus recovery, but there’s much more than that. She also has an interesting insight into the life and times of Amy Coney Barret, as she was raised in a similar Catholic atmosphere. And on the topic of Barrett, Susie tells us about a lesser known SCOTUS ruling that conservatives are looking to …
 
There’s been a lot of talk about the 25th Amendment lately, as Speaker Pelosi publicly questioned Trump’s mental fitness. Today’s show features some explanation from Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky, presidential historian and the author of “The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution.” She gets into the origin of the 25th Amen…
 
Listen to Black women, win with Black women -- that's our strategy for the 2020 election. Each week we'll hear from powerful Black women on their strategies, concerns, and plans of action leading up to November, because we don't just want the presidency, we want the whole dang hill. This week’s featured guest is Gina Wood, Chair of the Public Polic…
 
I know, I know. The polls in 2016 showed Hillary Clinton ahead of Trump at this point (before Comey’s October Surprise), and since we all know how that turned out, it feels foolish to trust in the data this time around. But Markos Moulitsas, Founder of DailyKos and Civiqs, wants you to know that the numbers are showing something different: Trump ha…
 
A 2018 study by ProPublica Reporter Sophie Chou and WRAL Reporter Tyler Dukes found that ballots mailed in by Black voters during the midterm elections were more than twice as likely as those mailed in by white voters to be rejected. What’s worse? So far, 2020 mail-in ballots are showing a similar pattern of rejection. Today’s episode will let you …
 
What will Americans do to stop the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett? What CAN we do? Ana Maria Archila knows a thing or two about confirmation hearings -- you might remember her from the moment she called out Senator Jeff Flake at the confirmation hearing for accused sexual assailant and now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. She's also the Co…
 
The headlines tell us how many jobs were added in September, but where does our economy REALLY stand? Chad Stone is Chief Economist for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and he’s here to deliver the hard news: we’re not near where we were in February when the economy crashed, and job growth has steadily slowed over the last five months. Ex…
 
Delegate Lashrecse D. Aird’s mother was only 16 years old when she was born, and despite her hard work and relentless efforts, they struggled to make ends meet throughout Delegate Aird’s adolescence. But no politicians came to help, no policies were created to alleviate their pain, so she decided to get into politics and be the change she wanted to…
 
Why is the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court dangerous? Joan McCarter of DailyKos explains how her confirmation would give Trump two seasoned election judges on his side--both of which were involved in Bush v. Gore in 2000. BUT, will Republicans get cold feet in backing the nomination? Joan says maybe, and she gets into all that,…
 
Michelle Cirocco and Donna Hylton are working with Represent Justice towards two key goals: get more states to pass voter rights restoration laws, and correct any existing misconceptions on eligibility to vote for those who are previously incarcerated. They join the show today to discuss the Free Our Vote initiative, which not addresses those goals…
 
Kyle Rittenhouse is the most recent example of how dangerous and deadly radicalization can be, and with the help of coronavirus, Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss wants you to know that we are in the midst of a "perfect storm" of extremist recruitment. Dr. Miller-Idriss is the author of "Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far-Right," and in today's episo…
 
THROWBACK EPISODE! Arkansas State Senator Joyce Elliott is running to represent the state's 2nd congressional district, and she's currently within one point of the Republican incumbent. If she wins, she will be the first Black person to be elected to congress from the state. But this isn't the first historic move Senator Elliott has made in her car…
 
THROWBACK EPISODE! Listen to Black women, win with Black women -- that's our strategy for the 2020 election. Each week we'll hear from powerful Black women on their strategies, concerns, and plans of action leading up to November, because we don't just want the presidency, we want the whole dang hill. We're kicking this series off with a killer lin…
 
THROWBACK EPISODE! MJ Hegar is on the heels of Senator John Cornyn in Texas, so we're re-introducing you to this candidate -- share with all your friends in Texas! MJ Hegar is a combat veteran, a working mother, and a Texan who is fed up with Senator John Cornyn accepting big payouts from corporations that leave his constituents struggling to make …
 
THROWBACK EPISODE! Mike Espy is just ONE POINT behind Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, so we're re-upping this episode with the candidate so you can get to know him and share with EVERYONE you know in Mississippi. Confederate Cindy is not just another clever Internet meme -- it's the nickname for Mike Espy's opponent; you might remember her for saying she…
 
THROWBACK EPISODE! Jaime Harrison is tied in the polls against Senator Lindsay Graham, so we're bumping up this episode with the candidate so you can get to know him and share with EVERYONE you know in South Carolina. Jaime Harrison knows South Carolinians concerns because he grew up with similar ones. In his bid for Lindsey Graham's senate seat, h…
 
The 2016 presidential election saw the lowest turnout for Black voters in over 20 years and the Black Economic Alliance (BEA) is working to change that in 2020. David Clunie, who is the organization's Executive Director, joins the show to talk about the very first National Black Voter Day, improving voter engagement, and how the organization intend…
 
Marissa Nance was attending Howard University a few years behind a young lady named Kamala Harris -- the same one who became a United States Senator and now the first female Vice Presidential candidate. She's admired her since those college days, and says she's still a leader she wants to emulate. Aside from her connections to Sen. Harris, did I me…
 
Markos Moulitsas, Founder of DailyKos and Civiqs, is back -- and right off the bat, we learn about the key state where Trump is both losing and not bothering to advertise in. And as for ALL that polling data we're constantly bombarded with, Markos breaks down the most reliable information out there. Today's agenda also addresses Michigan, Pennsylva…
 
Arkansas State Senator Joyce Elliott is running to represent the state's 2nd congressional district, and she's currently within one point of the Republican incumbent. If she wins, she will be the first Black person to be elected to congress from the state. But this isn't the first historic move Senator Elliott has made in her career OR her personal…
 
In a startling ProPublica report, Annie Waldman and Joshua Kaplan reveal the horrific details of New Orleans hospitals sending coronavirus patients home to die or pressuring families to put them in hospice care, and in some cases discontinued treatment, even when their loved ones begged them to keep trying. Every patient who was sent home and died …
 
How serious is it when a state threatens to secede from the United States? We've heard it casually dropped in places like Texas and California, and certainly you've heard people say they're leaving the country if Trump gets re-elected, which to Richard Kreitner, suggests there is something real fermenting under the surface. Richard is a contributin…
 
We know the only way to win this November is to #WinWithBlackWomen, so we're continuing the conversation with influential Black women who give us insight and strategy for success. This week, Mark speaks with Tameika Devine, the first Black woman elected to the Columbia, South Carolina City Council, and Glynda Carr, President, CEO, and Co-Founder of…
 
Representative Anna Eskamani (FL-47) flipped her seat in 2018, and now she needs your help to do it again in November. Though she had been working on progressive initiatives well before she ran for office, she was spurred into action when Donald Trump was elected in 2016. In today's episode, she discusses the family struggles that continue to motiv…
 
MJ Hegar is a combat veteran, a working mother, and a Texan who is fed up with Senator John Cornyn accepting big payouts from corporations that leave his constituents struggling to make ends meet -- that's why she's running against him in November. In today's episode, MJ lays out her plans to prioritize the working class and expand healthcare cover…
 
We've seen the headlines that jobs were added in August, but there's ALWAYS more to understanding the jobs report. We're still in a deficit from coronavirus, and our resident economist is back to break it down for us. Chad Stone, Chief Economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, gives us the details on how unemployment has impacted the…
 
Soledad O'Brien was in Seattle working as the Executive Producer on a documentary about the homelessness crisis in the city when coronavirus arrived in the United States (the first confirmed case was in Seattle). Their team knew it was time to not only pivot, but get a wider shot at how the virus would impact the homeless, as well as another vulner…
 
Each week leading up to the election, we're learning how to #WinWithBlackWomen, where we'll feature influential Black women who provide strategy and insight for success in November. This week, Mark speaks with Kerene Tayloe, Director of Federal Legislative Affairs, WEACT for Environmental Justice. You'll find out why she decided to sign on to the #…
 
It's another installment of #ThursdayKos with polling master Markos Moulitsas, Founder of DailyKos and Civiqs. First he weighs in on Biden's new campaign ad condemning looting and rioting, pointing out the ways it was not really needed (and not exactly helpful) at the moment. He and Mark also dig into the latest polling numbers and discuss the poss…
 
Hall of Fame Georgetown Basketball Coach John Thompson would have been 79 years old today. On his birthday, we're commemorating his life, career, and the impact he had on those he knew and coached, including Mark himself, who worked under Coach as Manager of the Georgetown Men's Basketball team from 1986-88. The first conversation is with the iconi…
 
If you're feeling anxious about misinformation campaigns surrounding the 2020 election, your fears are justified; according to Ashley Bryant and Andre Banks, Co-Leaders of the Win Black/Pa'Lante Initiative, Black voters were the #1 target in 2016, where foreign actors flooded social media platforms impersonating Black leaders and reached millions o…
 
Tom Perez says the RNC had a lot of "happy talk" about things like health care and the coronavirus response, but the tales are detached from reality. Outside of the Republican bubble, a hurricane clobber cities, the state of California is on fire, and a racial justice crisis is continually unfolding across the country. As the Chairman points out, d…
 
Today's episode begins with Congresswoman Karen Bass, the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus who was recently a contender for Biden's VP. She shares her reaction to the attempted murder of Jacob Blake, the House's efforts to hold police accountable for murdering innocent civilians, her thoughts on the attacks against Sen. Kamala Harris since h…
 
Markos Moulitsas, Founder of DailyKos and Civiqs, is BACK for this week's installment of #ThursdayKos and we finally get to hear his thoughts on Joe Biden selecting Senator Kamala Harris for VP, reflections on the Democratic Convention, and why he and Mark are both shook by Kimberly Guilfoyle's shouting, errr, I mean, speech, at the RNC, among othe…
 
Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League, says the phenomenon of today in Black America is the working poor: great jobs, prestigious degrees, but salaries that haven't kept up with inflation and therefore keeps Black people earning an average of $30,000 dollars less than white families per year. And that's just one piece of the pie, as w…
 
DeAndra Dycus' son was just 13 years old and attending a birthday party when he was shot in the back of the head, which took away his ability to walk and speak. After she got her son home from the hospital, DeAndra was mobilized and sprung into action, linking up with Everytown Survivor Network and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to sha…
 
There's a lot of criticism and theories on millennials -- entitled, wasteful, lazy...but Jill Filipovic is subverting these assumptions in her new book "Ok Boomer, Let's Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind." The millennial generation is living on the edge of poverty not because of avocado toast, but because of a country with a faulty structure …
 
At the top of the show Mark talks to former Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner who breaks down Steve Bannon's arrest (which was handled by the Postal Inspection Service, also known as the Post Office Police...as Mark calls it, "poetic justice"). We then get to hear from two of the keynote DNC speakers: first is Tennessee State Senator Raumesh …
 
"When I think about Black women, we're not allowed to stumble," says Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. But she also recognizes the strength it takes to be Black in America, and she sees that in Senator Kamala Harris, making her that much more hopeful for a Biden/Harris victory in November. She joins the show to discuss the Democratic Convention, for which …
 
It's Democratic National Convention week and today's episode features two distinguished Black female congressional leaders who are currently serving as surrogates for the Biden/Harris campaign. First you'll hear from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who thinks that, in light of Senator Kamala Harris' appointment as Biden's running mate, this is an…
 
If Trump ran another country, the press wouldn't hesitate to call him an authoritarian, says Eric Boehert, Publisher of Pressun.media. But he doesn't, so they won't -- and they continually fall short, now seen with Senator Kamala Harris' appointment to VP by Joe Biden. The birther claims began quickly, and some of the biggest publications in the co…
 
Until recently, Igor Volsky, Executive Director of Guns Down America, considered himself an expert on the level of corruption happening inside the NRA; but when he read the details of New York Attorney General Tish James' lawsuit against the organization, he admits to being completely floored -- he had no idea it ran this deep. In today's episode y…
 
Today's episode features a panel of three powerful Black women discussing Senator Kamala Harris' appointment as Joe Biden's running mate in the 2020 election. Guests include Errin Haines, Founder and Editor of The 19th News, Reecie Colbert, Founder of BlackWomenViews Media, and Sharon Pratt, Former Mayor of Washington D.C.. Executive Producer: Adel…
 
Congresswoman Maxine Waters predicted Senator Kamala Harris would be Joe Biden's pick for Vice President, and now she's celebrating that nomination in today's episode. She looks ahead to the Biden/Harris 2020 campaign and how Senator Harris might handle the inevitable criticisms ahead. On the subject of Trump, the congresswoman directly confronts h…
 
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