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District 34- The Art of the Grift- Scott Dworkin and The Democratic Coalition

By tdberg

Geoff Campbell, writing for The Progressive Army, recently broke a financial scandal on The Democratic Coalition and founder Scott Dworkin. Geoff takes us through his findings and why it matters.

It can be read here

Matt Detch, a recent congressional candidate in West Virginia’s 3rd district talks about his poor experience with Dworkin’s consulting firm Bulldog Financial and the larger problem of money in politics.

Geoffs piece with Matt

District 34- Guest Lee Camp from Redacted Tonight on HUAC Twitter Trials, Media Consolidation and Chomsky

By tdberg

Lee Camp, comedian, gadfly, and host of Redacted Tonight on Russia Today sits down with Tina to discuss neo-McCarthyism, media consolidation and the state of Independent journalism.

In this raucous interview Lee talks about the flack he has received from celebrities like Michael Ian Black on Twitter. Rather than disparage the haters Lee discusses why free speech is important to helping these people come to the light. Gracious and funny, Lee knocks this interview out the park!

 

District 34- Attorney and Activist Jeff Clements on Citizens United

By tdberg

Jeff Clements is an attorney, author, and co-founder of American Promise. He is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money And Global Corporations. He has been one of the chief advocates for a 28th Amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC.

Please consider supporting his bipartisan efforts at American Promise

His Amicus Brief

District 34- Luke O’Brien on the Alt Right

By tdberg

Luke O’Brien covers political extremism and propaganda for HuffPost and is a contributing writer on the Highline team. He specializes in narrative and investigative features and has worked for POLITICO magazine, Deadspin, Wired News, an alt-weekly and a small-town daily. His freelance work has appeared in The Atlantic, Fortune, Rolling Stone, Fast Company, and Slate, among other publications.

Read his recent piece in the Atlantic:
The Making of an American Nazi: How did Andrew Anglin go from being an antiracist vegan to the alt-right’s most vicious troll and propagandist—and how might he be stopped?
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/the-making-of-an-american-nazi/544119/

 

District 34- Paula Jean Swearengin and Matt Kerner

By tdberg

On this episode of District 34 we have Paula Swearengin the Justice Democrat endorsed candidate taking on West Virginia’s Joe Manchin for a seat in the Senate. Joining Paula is Matt Kerner a progressive candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Joining Paula is Matt Kerner a progressive candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates. You’ll love this thoughtful, in-depth discussion of how progressive values can translate to the states won by Trump.

Check out Paula’s website to get involved or donate:

https://paulajean2018.com

District 34- Guest Dem Delegate and DGA member Jeanine Rohn

By tdberg

Producer & Activist Jeanine Rohn talks to Tina-Desiree Berg about California politics, election reform & reclaiming the party.Jeanine is a filmmaker/ political activist involved in elevating socially relevant issues through activism and media for over 25 years. She is currently a CA State delegate to the Democratic Party involved in a wide range of caucuses and both candidate and issue-driven campaigns throughout the state.  She routinely attends the LACDP, CADEM as well as the DNC conventions and meetings. She brings her passion and activism to her professional life of film and television. Her projects to date range from the Academy Award winning Boys Don’t Cry, the politically satirical Sarah Silverman’s series for Comedy Central, and more recently Rafi Pitts’ relevant green card soldier film Soy Nero in competition at Berlinale 2016. Jeanine is currently in post production on her untitled World Channel project featuring her time at Standing Rock Reservation. She is also in development with fellow filmmaker Karen Erbach on her water rights web-series centering around the Midwest, as well expanding comedian Dan Gordon’s popular web-series “Schmolotics”. Jeanine has served on the review committee for the International Documentary Association’s IDA Awards. She currently teaches graduate producing and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has been a guest speaker at UCLA’s Graduate Director’s class. She is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and the Producer’s Guild of America. 

 

District 34- Guest Dr. James Zogby

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Dr. Jim Zogby on Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration & the DNC Unity Reform Commission

Dr. Jim Zogby on Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration & the DNC Unity Reform Commission On this episode Tina-Desiree Berg talks to Dr. James J. Zogby president of the Arab American Institute and long-serving member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee. This interview could not be more prescient given President Trump’s radical move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and order to move the U.S. Embassy to move from Tel Aviv. The move which contravenes 20 years of precedent and years of peace work in the region has sparked controversy. In this candid interview Dr. Zogby, a leading voice on the issue, hits back at the decision and discusses how this move compromises peace. Tina also discusses the upcoming DNC Unity Reform Commission which is holding it’s final meeting in Washington, DC. Zogby a Bernie Sanders ally speaks candidly about his disappointment with the process and the failures of the DNC to embrace much needed reforms. Dr. James J. Zogby co-founded the Arab American Institute in 1985 and continues to serve as its president. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee and was twice appointed by President Obama to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom in 2013. In addition to writing a weekly column published in 12 countries, Zogby is the creator and host of the award-winning call-in political television show “Viewpoint,” and is frequently featured on national and international media as an expert on Middle East affairs. In 2010, Zogby published the highly-acclaimed book, Arab Voices. His 2013 e-book Looking at Iran: The Rise and Fall of Iran in Arab Public Opinion and “20 Years After Oslo” are drawn from his extensive polling across the Middle East with Zogby Research Services.

This interview could not be more prescient given President Trump’s radical move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and order to move the U.S. Embassy to move from Tel Aviv. The move which contravenes 20 years of precedent and years of peace work in the region has sparked controversy. In this candid interview Dr. Zogby, a leading voice on the issue, hits back at the decision and discusses how this move compromises peace.

The Powell Memo- My Piece in Washington Babylon

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District 34- Dr. Ron Birnbaum on Medicare for All

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Medicare for All with Dr. Ron Birnbaum

Medicare for All: History and Politics of the For-Profit System. Tina explores dives into the politics and history of our current for-profit medical system. Beginning with a rare clip of Richard Nixon which gets to the heart of the problem with our system.

Medicare for All: Dr. Ron Birnbaum Interview

Dr. Ron Birnbaum is a physician in Los Angeles who has dedicated his career to giving all members of our community access to quality healthcare. In his interview with host Tina-Desiree Berg he discusses the nuances of providing Medicare for All, his recent run for Congress, and the political obstacles facing health care reform.

Find Dr. Ron Birnbaum on Twitter: @ronbirnbaumca
Ron’s Website: http://birnbaumforassembly.com

 

My interview on the Washington Babylon Podcast

By tdberg

Washington Babylon Episode 4: CIA Whistle Blower on McCarthyism & Winnie Wong. Tina-Desiree Berg on the Lobbyists Stoking the “Red Scare”

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