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Continuing Revolution: Democratic National Convention 2016

The Laura Flanders Show reports from Philadelphia, a site of both historic and contemporary constitutional debate — as we’ve seen at this year’s Democratic National Convention. With a myriad of messages coming from all corners of the party, we follow the movements both inside and outside the Wells Fargo Center to ask: how can people continue to do the work of revolution?

Our guests on this episode prove as much. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says we’ll need to grasp the nuances of local struggles and respond by always holding officials accountable at the community level. Nora Lichtash, Executive Director of the Women’s Community Revitalization Project, and Aishah Shahidah Simmons, filmmaker and activist, both attest to the erasure of women’s voices, particularly queer women of color, from progressive movements. Support the liberation of those at the margins, they say, and then we’ll all get free.

This is the inspiration we at the show took from the DNC. It was the messages of these local leaders and activists — messages for the future, messages of continued efforts, relentless energy and a healthy sense of possibility. Thanks for being here. We’re glad you’re watching.