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"A Woman's Work Is Never Done": Thousands of All Ages Rally in NYC on International Women's Day

10 March 2017 - 11:12am

In New York, thousands of women marched from Washington Square Park past the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history and a seminal moment for the American labor rights movement. They proceeded past the historic LGBTQ landmark, Stonewall Inn, in the West Village and then ended the march in Zuccotti Park, the site of the 2011 Occupy Wall Street uprising. Democracy Now!’s Deena Guzder and Charina Nadura spoke to some of the protesters in this extended report.

Democracy Now! 2017-03-10 Friday

10 March 2017 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2017-03-10 Friday
  • Headlines for March 10, 2017
  • Immigrant Rights Leader Released After Hundreds Rally Outside His Check-in with Deportation Officer
  • Activists Defiant on Israel's Travel Ban Targeting BDS Supporters: "It's a Sign We're Winning"
  • Palestinian Hip-Hop Star Tamer Nafar Fights Racist Israeli Policies in New Film, "Junction 48"
  • EFF Director: WikiLeaks Move to Share CIA Hacking Tools with Tech Giants Could "Make Us All Safer"

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Democracy Now! 2017-03-09 Thursday

9 March 2017 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2017-03-09 Thursday
  • Headlines for March 09, 2017
  • Exclusive: Facing Likely Deportation, Immigrant Activist Ravi Ragbir Speaks Out Before ICE Check-in
  • A Day Without a Woman: Voices of Resistance from New York City's Women's Strike Rally
  • "We Want to Stand Up & Be Counted": New Yorkers Speak Out at NYC's Day Without a Woman Rally

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Full Interview & Performance: Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Segarra on Democracy Now!

8 March 2017 - 2:25pm

Full 35-minute interview & performance by Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Segarra in our Democracy Now! studio. Over the past decade, Hurray for the Riff Raff has become one of the most celebrated bands in modern folk music while tackling issues from gentrification to gender-based violence. Segarra talks about her upbringing and inspirations. She also performs four songs: "The Body Electric," "Rican Beach," "The Navigator" and "Hungry Ghost."

WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands of Alleged Secret CIA Documents

8 March 2017 - 1:30pm

WikiLeaks has published what it says is the largest leak of secret CIA documents in history. The thousands of documents, dubbed "Vault 7," describe CIA programs and tools that are capable of hacking into both Apple and Android cellphones. By hacking into entire phones, the CIA is then reportedly able to bypass encrypted messenger programs such as Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp, although—contrary to many news reports—the documents do not show the CIA has developed tools to hack these encrypted services themselves. The documents also outline a CIA and British intelligence program called "Weeping Angel," through which the spy agency can hack into a Samsung smart television and turn it into a surveillance device that records audio conversations, even when it appears to be off. Other documents describe ways to hack into Skype, Wi-Fi networks, PDFs and commercial antivirus programs. The leak also shows the CIA has reportedly looked for ways to hack into cars and trucks, which WikiLeaks said "would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations."

Other documents outline how the CIA has used the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany, as a covert base to spy on Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Monday’s release totals 7,818 web pages and 943 attachments, which WikiLeaks says comes from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia. Some of the material was redacted by WikiLeaks to avoid releasing the actual computer code used in the programs.

WikiLeaks says Monday’s release is only the first batch of many more secret CIA documents. The CIA has refused to comment on the authenticity of the documents. But at least one anonymous government official told The New York Times the documents were real, while another a former intelligence officer told the Times the code names used in the documents appeared to be accurate. WikiLeaks did not reveal the source of the leak, but did say the source "wishes to initiate a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons."

On Twitter, Edward Snowden said, "The CIA reports show the [U.S. Government] developing vulnerabilities in US products, then intentionally keeping the holes open. Reckless beyond words."

Gloria Steinem: Let's Withhold Taxes If Trump Cuts Funding for Planned Parenthood & NPR

8 March 2017 - 12:31pm

Backstage at the Women's March on Washington, Amy Goodman caught up with feminist icon Gloria Steinem to talk about President Trump, resistance, reproductive rights and more.

Latina Actress America Ferrera: When Trump Says "America First" He is Not Including Me & My People

8 March 2017 - 10:48am

Backstage at the Women’s March on Washington, Amy Goodman caught up with America Ferrera to talk about President Trump, immigration policy, reproductive rights and more. Ferrera is a Honduran-American actress best known for her role in “Ugly Betty.”

Democracy Now! 2017-03-08 Wednesday

8 March 2017 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2017-03-08 Wednesday
  • Headlines for March 08, 2017
  • Women in More Than 50 Countries Set to Strike Today on International Women's Day
  • Eve Ensler & Christine Schuler Deschryver on the Predatory Mindset of President Trump
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff on Feminism, Gentrification, Gender Violence & Art in Era of Trump

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Democracy Now! 2017-03-07 Tuesday

7 March 2017 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2017-03-07 Tuesday
  • Headlines for March 07, 2017
  • This is Still a Muslim Ban: Trump's New Executive Order Decried for Discriminating Based on Religion
  • The GOP Fix for Obamacare: Rich Get Tax Breaks While Millions of Others Lose Healthcare
  • SCOTUS Deals Setback to Trans Rights, But Trans Teen & Activist Gavin Grimm Vows to Push Forward

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Part 2: Are Trump’s Ties to Russia a Dangerous Security Issue or Critics’ Fodder for New Red Scare?

6 March 2017 - 3:23pm

Part two of a debate on the ongoing mystery of Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election between attorney Scott Horton of Harper's Magazine and veteran investigative journalist Robert Parry of Consortium News.

Watch Part 1: Debate: Are Trump’s Ties to Russia a Dangerous Security Issue or Critics’ Fodder for New Red Scare?

Democracy Now! 2017-03-06 Monday

6 March 2017 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2017-03-06 Monday
  • Headlines for March 06, 2017
  • Advocate: DHS Proposal to Split Children from Parents at U.S. Border is "State-Sanctioned Violence"
  • Advocate: Trump’s New Muslim Travel Ban Will Be As Unlawful As First Executive Order
  • Meet Jocelyn Avelica, Whose Dad Was Detained by ICE While Driving his Daughter to School
  • Debate: Are Trump’s Ties to Russia a Dangerous Security Issue or Critics’ Fodder for New Red Scare?

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Part 2: Exposé Shows Environmental Activist Berta Cáceres Topped Kill List of U.S.-Trained Assassins

3 March 2017 - 3:24pm

Watch part two of our discussion with the reporter behind a new investigation that reveals further ties between the killing of renowned environmental activist Berta Cáceres, Honduran military intelligence and the United States. Cáceres was assassinated one year ago in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras, just before midnight on March 2, 2016. She was the co-founder of COPINH, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras. In 2015, she won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her decade-long fight against the Agua Zarca Dam, a project planned along a river sacred to the indigenous Lenca people. Eight men have been arrested as suspects in Cáceres’s killing — including one active army major and two retired military members. Two of these suspects reportedly received military training in the United States. We are joined by Nina Lakhani, a freelance journalist who has been based in Mexico and Central America for the last four years. Her recent piece for The Guardian is, "Berta Cáceres court papers show murder suspects’ links to US-trained elite troops."

See Part 1 of this interview: Revealed–Environmental Activist Berta Cáceres' Suspected Killers Received U.S. Military Training

Part 2: Double-Transplant Cancer Survivor Ola Ojewumi On How The Affordable Care Act Saved Her Life

3 March 2017 - 2:53pm

A President Trump calls on Congress to address the "imploding Obamacare disaster," we speak with Ola Ojewumi, a disabled 26-year-old community activist who attended Trump’s speech this week as a guest of Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, as someone affected by the Affordable Care Act. She is a cancer survivor who has also had a kidney and heart transplant. This is part two of our conversation.

Click here to watch Part 1: Disabled Cancer Survivor Ola Ojewumi Says She Is Terrified by Trump's Push to End Obamacare

Read the related column by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan: A Double-Transplant Cancer Survivor Takes on Trump over Obamacare

Democracy Now! 2017-03-03 Friday

3 March 2017 - 8:00am
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Democracy Now! 2017-03-02 Thursday

2 March 2017 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2017-03-02 Thursday
  • Headlines for March 02, 2017
  • David Cay Johnston: As Jeff Sessions Scandal Brews, We Need a Public Probe of Trump's Ties to Russia
  • Billionaire Wilbur Ross Confirmed Despite Questions over Ties to Russian Oligarchs Close to Putin
  • Asylum Seeker Battling Brain Tumor Removed from Texas Hospital in Handcuffs, Taken to Private Jail

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Democracy Now! 2017-03-01 Wednesday

1 March 2017 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2017-03-01 Wednesday
  • Headlines for March 01, 2017
  • Not My President: Muslim American Activist Linda Sarsour on Turning Down Invite to Trump Speech
  • Trump Seeks Record Pentagon Budget Eclipsing Spending by Ronald Reagan & George W. Bush
  • "Trump Is Resurrecting the Scare Tactics": Prof. Kelly Lytle Hernández on Trump's Deportation Plans
  • Linda Sarsour: Muslim Americans Have Now Raised Over $125,000 for Vandalized Jewish Cemeteries
  • In Move Recalling Nazi-Era Policies, Trump to Create Office to Track Crimes Committed by Immigrants
  • Disabled Cancer Survivor Ola Ojewumi: I am Terrified by Trump's Push to End Obamacare
  • Bernie Sanders Slams Trump for Ignoring Climate Change, Income Inequality & Voter Suppression
  • Trump Honors Widow of Navy SEAL Killed in Yemen, But Ignores His Father's Calls for Investigation
  • Linda Sarsour on March 8 "Day Without a Woman" Strike & Continuing to Organize Against Trump

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Democracy Now! 2017-02-28 Tuesday

28 February 2017 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2017-02-28 Tuesday
  • Headlines for February 28, 2017
  • As Trump Pushes for Historic $54B Military Spending Hike, Which Programs Will He Cut to Pay for War?
  • "Decade of Betrayal": How the U.S. Expelled Over a Half Million U.S. Citizens to Mexico in 1930s
  • "Are You Muslim?": Muhammad Ali's Son & Former Wife on their Detention & Interrogation at FL Airport

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Democracy Now! 2017-02-27 Monday

27 February 2017 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2017-02-27 Monday
  • Headlines for February 27, 2017
  • Committee to Protect Journalists: Trump's Attacks on Media Will Be Felt by Journalists Around World
  • Rev. William Barber: The NAACP Will Boycott North Carolina over HB2 & Voter Suppression
  • We Will Not Be Intimidated: Philly Rabbi Decries Desecration of Over 500 Graves at Jewish Cemetery
  • Rev. William Barber on the "Season of Hate & Political Violence" Under Trump
  • Keith Ellison Loses DNC Chair Race After Smear Campaign over His Support for Palestinians Rights

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From Standing Rock to the Red Power Movement: New Series "RISE" Focuses on Indigenous Resistance

24 February 2017 - 11:12am

We speak with the filmmakers behind RISE, a new VICELAND series that examines indigenous resistance past and present, from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation’s resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline to “Red Power,” which looks at past indigenous resistance and the evolution of the Red Power Movement. Michelle Latimer is a Toronto based filmmaker, programmer, actor and activist of Métis and Algonquin descent; and Sarain Carson-Fox is an Anishinaabe artist, activist and the host of the series. The RISE series airs on Fridays at 9pm EST.

Democracy Now! 2017-02-24 Friday

24 February 2017 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2017-02-24 Friday
  • Headlines for February 24, 2017
  • As Calls Grow to Impeach Trump, Former Nixon Counsel John Dean Sees "Echoes of Watergate"
  • John Dean: The Difference Between Trump & Nixon is Trump Says Publicly What Nixon Said on Wiretap
  • NFL Star Michael Bennett on Refusing to Go to Israel, Black Lives Matter & His Love for Angela Davis

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