Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders is a best-selling author and broadcaster who hosts the The Laura Flanders Show, where she interviews forward thinking people about the key questions of our time.  The LF Show airs weekly on KCET/LinkTV, FreeSpeech TV, and in English & Spanish in teleSUR. Flanders is also a contributing writer to The Nation and Yes! Magazine (“Commonomics”) and a regular guest on MSNBC. She is the author of six books, including The New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press, 2007). The Laura Flanders Show first aired on Air America Radio 2004-2008. You can find all her archives and more at Lauraflanders.com or via Twitter @GRITlaura

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Donald Trump’s first budget proposed zeroing out money for capital improvements and cutting money for public housing operations by 45%. (Photo: Harry Benson/Getty Images) Views
Friday, December 07, 2018
HUD Official to Move Into Public Housing?
The federal housing official responsible for the New York City region says she plans to move into public housing to spotlight inhumane conditions, but if she really wanted to spotlight inhumanity in housing, she’d move big money out of precious city housing stock. Longtime Trump aid Lynne Patton...
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Call me cynical, but I’d bet those Giving Tuesday dollars that Amazon’s giving to fight homelessness will come as cold comfort to those in Long Island City and Crystal City who are about to be made homeless. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Amazon Gives to End Homelessness? That’s Rich.
They call it Giving Tuesday, and we’ve just marked the seventh annual this week. It’s supposed to kick off a season of charitable giving, but the way some corporate robber barons use it for public relations is enough to turn your stomach. So let’s rename it Stomach-Turning Tuesday. This year’s...
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Saturday, November 10, 2018
WTF White Women?
2016 was bad. 2018 was worse. While fifty-two percent of white women voted for Donald Trump and Mike Pence in 2016, in 2018, seventy-six percent of white women voted for Brian Kemp. This Tuesday, seventy-six percent of white female voters in Georgia cast their ballots against Stacey Abrams becoming...
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Friday, October 26, 2018
Is Donald Trump Responsible for Violence? Yes.
Is Donald Trump responsible for unhinged violence against innocent people? Absolutely. You only have to look at Yemen to see that. Since pipe bombs started targeting prominent critics of the president, people have been debating not the sending of bombs so much as the casting of aspersions. All...
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Anthony Flaccavento (Photo: Courtesy of Flaccavento for Congress) Views
Friday, October 12, 2018
A Progressive Organic Farmer's Fighting Chance in Virginia
For a while last week, I thought I was in the wrong place. While the nation’s eyes were on the Kavanaugh hearings, and half my women friends were in Washington, I was in southwest Virginia with a congressional campaign in rural America that big donors and DC Democrats don’t seem to care that much...
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"Whatever happens on the Court, in the rough times ahead, let’s do what Ana Maria did. Let’s let no one stand alone," Flanders writes. Views
Sunday, September 30, 2018
It's Time to Call #TimesUp on Standing Alone
What did we witness on September 27th in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court? We witnessed a woman, reluctant, and by her own account terrified, trying to be helpful by offering highly credible testimony about...
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 "From DC, I returned to New York, a city that’s just spent hundreds of millions of public dollars on subway renovations that totally ignored one in six New Yorkers."(Photo: Emily Ladau/Twitter) Views
Monday, July 30, 2018
Ominous Silence on the Anniversary of the ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act turned 28 this July. The ADA was signed into law on July 26th, 1990 by the first President Bush. It prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life. Traditionally, Capitol Hill marks the day, and, one way or another, the...
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Friday, July 20, 2018
From Co-op to Co-op
From Brooklyn to Brattleboro, I just drove four and a half hours to go from co-op to co-op. In Brooklyn, it’s the Park Slope Food Co-op—one of the nation’s, and the world’s, largest. A history-making experiment in pooling resources and worker hours to access high quality food at affordable prices...
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Friday, July 06, 2018
Jeff Sessions Sets Back the Clock
Pay no attention to what the media says about how undermined Jeff Sessions is. President Donald Trump may bait him publicly via tweet, but in private, at the Department of Justice, Sessions is a man on a mission to roll back civil rights. And that’s just what he’s doing. Take what he did this July...
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 "Families aren’t the only things being separated, she shows us. Americans, too, are being divided from their consciences." (Photo: Beppesabatini/Flickr/cc) Views
Friday, June 22, 2018
National Suicide Point?
After a few weeks overseas, away from the daily drip of US news, I’m home and horrified and thinking about Karl Polanyi. One of the 20th century’s great economic historians, Polanyi wrote about economics, but he started with humanity. What does it take to create a willing worker, a follower, a...
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