Sonali Kolhatkar

Sonali Kolhatkar

Sonali Kolhatkar is the host and executive producer of Uprising, a daily radio program at KPFK Pacifica Radio, soon to be on Free Speech TV (click here for the campaign to televise Uprising). She is also the Director of the Afghan Women's Mission, a US-based non-profit that supports women's rights activists in Afghanistan and co-author of "Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence."

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Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 8:00am
Standing Firm in the Face of Violence
Another week, and another unarmed black man has been shot by police, with video footage of the macabre incident available for all to view from various angles. The shooting death of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., at the hands of a white police officer, Betty Shelby, is sickening. The footage has...
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Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 12:00pm
Inmates Launch Series of Work Stoppages to Protest ‘Slave Labor’
Prisoners in dozens of correctional facilities around the nation launched a labor strike Sept. 9, a day that, appropriately, was the 45th anniversary of New York’s Attica prison rebellion . The U.S. incarcerates the greatest number of people in the world, and most of them are expected to work...
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Friday, September 9, 2016 - 8:45am
This Election Is Hillary Clinton’s to Lose, and She’s Screwing It Up
You could not pick a worse, more inept, inexperienced or offensive joke of a presidential candidate than Donald Trump. The United States has become the butt of international ridicule over our very own “ Kim Jong-Un .” Any candidate running against Trump from the opposing major party with a pulse...
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Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 2:30pm
I Have Never Stood Up for the National Anthem—and Never Will
I do not follow sports, so I had not heard of Colin Kaepernick before this week. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback took a simple action Friday during a football game: He chose not to stand during the national anthem, and for that he has now become a household name. His act was one to which I...
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Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 3:30pm
Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Recall America’s Historical Shame
Until a few years ago, the word “occupation” was synonymous with power, imperialism and foreign invasion. Today, in the post-Occupy Wall Street era, more and more activists are using their physical presence to make demands. From Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to Tahrir Square in Cairo, occupation has...
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Friday, August 19, 2016 - 10:00am
Detained Undocumented Mothers Launch Hunger Strike, Vow to Leave ‘Alive or Dead’
Dozens of undocumented women being held with their children at the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania are on a hunger strike that they say will culminate in their leaving the facility “alive or dead.” The mothers are essentially being held prisoner under an Obama administration plan to...
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Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 1:00pm
Donald Trump’s Strategy for Victory Is Clear, but Are Democrats Able to See It?
There is an adage, based on Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”: “Know your enemy.” After watching Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, I wonder just how well Democrats really know Trump and his strategy. It is easy to paint the businessman-turned-politician as a “racist”...
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Friday, July 1, 2016 - 12:45pm
Our Skewed Politics on Gun Ownership Are a Deadly Joke
It is a measure of how subservient our political system is to the gun lobby that when the Supreme Court affirmed a federal gun ownership ban for domestic abuse convicts this week, it was hailed as a huge victory. In a 6-2 decision, the court deemed that the two plaintiffs from Maine, Stephen...
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Friday, June 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Making Sense of Orlando
I am struggling to understand the Orlando massacre. And that struggle is important. It is what can protect us from the knee-jerk characterizations being bandied about. In its race to get the story first, mainstream corporate media has crafted the spin as swiftly as possible and shaped the lens...
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Friday, June 10, 2016 - 10:15am
Partial Victory for Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards
“My goal is to save lives by any means necessary, even if that means putting mine on the line.” — Jasmine Richards, interview on “Uprising with Sonali,” July 22, 2015 Hundreds of people crowded outside the Pasadena Courthouse on Tuesday—which was also California’s primary election day—jostling one...
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