Hello and welcome! Tonight’s episode features a full house of excellent comrades. First, we bring in Belisha Beacon, who is here to give us our monthly anti-capitalist movie review. Moxie is a teen film starring Amy Poehler. She also directed and produced it. The movie is about a feminist revolution that takes place at a high school. Belisha comments that it has lots of classic teen flick tropes yet also highlights stages of activism.
Brian comments that Amy Poehler’s versatility shone through in her performance. Belisha feels that today’s teens are ahead of the movie, so it felt somewhat contrived. The movie gave Gen Z activism the Hollywood treatment and dumbed down Gen Z as a whole. There are valid criticisms to be made for the film, but overall, Moxie was pretty decent. Brian and Belisha give Moxie 3 out of 5 fists.
Next, Brian welcomes Christian Perez and Afrika to the panel to discuss an incident of police violence in Newark that took place on June 1st. During said incident, the Newark police attacked a group of young people who were not doing anything illegal. The kids had white T shirts, fanny packs, and dreads. Apparently, this served as probable cause, because the cops jumped out at them dressed as civilians from unmarked cars. The kids did not know who their assailants were and ran to the defense of one of their brothers who was being beaten by an officer. The incident has since been described as “police being attacked by a mob,” which was disproved by cell phone video evidence.
This type of incident, according to Afrika, is common in Newark. Newark police are known to be especially corrupt and bad. The family of the boys involved in the incident is in need of financial support at this time. You can pitch in by contributing through CashApp at $MoniqueRodwell.
We now bring back our comrade Jessica Berrocal. Jessica is here to talk about her electoral run in the New Jersey primary. We also welcome once again to #NJRR Dr. Flavio Hickel Jr., who is here to give his commentary on political corruption as a professor of political science. To start, Flavio points out that not as many people vote in primaries as in other types of elections, such as the midterm election. Jessica moved from Jersey City to Fairview about 3 years ago. She spent under $7,000 on her campaign while her opponents spent an average of approximately $50,000.
Jessica noticed that there was no significant political action going on during her time working with food donations in Fairview. She noticed a lack of infrastructure compared to neighboring towns. For example, there are no speed bumps around any public schools in Fairview. She wanted to run in order to have a chance to implement solutions for these issues.
Jessica found that it was near pointless to run for election in New Jersey because the winners are generally predetermined. Flavio cites barriers to voting such as a lack of physical accessibility at voting places. It also takes a lot of mental effort to choose a candidate if you want to look past party lines. It can be easier to just mindlessly vote for the same party over and over. Many people fall into that trap.
Jessica was also harassed by supporters of her incumbent opponent. Police were unhelpful when she attempted to report the incident. Flavio says that Jessica’s experience is, unfortunately, relatively common for any politician who runs against the status quo.
Although she did not win the election, Jessica reports that she has noticed an increase in support following her candidacy. Many people in Fairview were glad to have seen a Brown woman running for candidacy. Jessica reports that several residents have met with her personally and offered her assistance with future projects.
What can be done to make the voting system fairer for everyone? One idea is ranked-choice voting. Jessica is going to be working to try to implement this system in New Jersey in the coming years. The panel unanimously agrees that would inspire more confidence in elections for them. Dr. Flavio Hickel suggests holidays for voting and expanding early voting provisions.
Afrika has a new podcast, All Power to the People, which can be found on Youtube!
There’s less than a week until our big event! We are super excited. Don’t miss it—here’s the Facebook event link!
-Leah Giannantonio, for the Revolution Radio Network
In this episode Heather sits down with comedian Michelle Tomko and has absolutely no weed. They talk about what is like being a gay woman working as a comedian in Atlantic City, and about a project Michelle just completed called "Yo 11" Michelle Tomko 0:00 When you go to see a comedy show, you usually have three people: you have a host, and a feature act, and the headliner or maybe you have four people. And when men are trying to get on that show, they have a chance to fill one of each of those four slots. Okay? You know a guy can get any of those spots but if a girl gets on the show. I don't have a chance to get one of those other three spots because they won't have two women on the show you very rarely see two women on a ticket. Heather Warburton 0:28 This is Wine, Women, and Revolution with your host Heather Warburton coming at you here on New Jersey Revolution Radio. Hi, and welcome to Wine, Women, and Revolution. I'm your host Heather Warburton coming at you here on New Jersey Revolution Radio. You can find us online at www.njrevolutionradio.com, follow us on all the social medias and get us wherever you get your podcasts from. Today we're actually going to do something a little A bit lighter than usual, but it's still going to be kind of a deep dive. I have an extremely funny woman who cracks me up every time I get to hang out ...
Joe or Schmoe August 2021 Edition Host Brian Powers begins by welcoming comrade and co-host Christian Perez to the stream. Christian is a staple in one of our favorite segments, Joe or Schmoe! We are now 8 months into 2020. What do we have to show for it? One of Mr. Biden’s most recent moves was to extend the COVID-19 eviction moratorium until October. Although this is ostensibly a good move, it fails to address the root cause of homelessness and mass evictions in this country. Overall, the action amounts to a distraction. Christian reiterates that Biden is a low-energy president who refuses to take large-scale action to improve the lives of everyday Americans. Another disappointment from Joe the Schmoe as of late is his decision to approve the deployment of bombs in Somalia. Biden has added yet another country to the list of those he’s terrorized. His behavior is directly leading to loss of human life and taking us down a path of global strife. Overall, our second Joe or Schmoe concludes in a firm judgment of Schmoe. As our government fails us, it can feel like there’s no one to turn to. That’s where your comrades at the grassroots come in. Don’t forget to contribute to independent media if you are able: it helps us produce more and better content. Support us so we can support activism. ...
Lael Bratten from Camden County joins Brian on this episode to discuss his grassroots coalition building efforts in and around Camden. They discuss how groups are beginning to organize at peace vigils across the state. Visit the following links to learn how you can join in on these growing efforts for peace. This Saturday May 5, 11 AM - 1 PM at the corner of Haddon & Collings Ave in Collingswood and every first Saturday of the month More information at Facebook.com/sjantiwar Facebook.com/dsasouthjersey or Twitter @dsasouthjersey Facebook.com/GPCamdenCountyNJ or Twitter @gpofccnj ...