Today on Sojourner Truth:
Yet another mass shooting in the United States – this time, it occured not too far from Pacifica Radio’s KPFK studios, in Thousand Oaks, California, at the Borderline Bar and Grill. This happened just last night, Wednesday, November 7. Media are reporting that 12 are dead. The shooter, Ian David Long, is dead. At least one of the people killed, Sgt. Ron Helus, was a first responder.
Yesterday, Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jefferson Sessions amid Trump’s concerns about his loyalty. You may recall that Trump has been very upset with Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation. This move is seen by many as a way to undermine and undercut the Mueller investigation. So again, Trump interfering with that investigation and raising all kinds of questions related to ethics. The man he has named to temporarily replace Sessions, Matthew Whitaker, has been critical of the Mueller investigation. With all of that in mind, protests are being planned across the United States. It is predicted that 700-900 protests will happen, a lot of them at 5 p.m. today. Additionally, just yesterday, the Trump administration took on CNN journalist Jim Acosta and two Black women whom he derided in a White House press conference. That ended with Acosta’s press pass to the White House being revoked. The journalists Trump has been after are journalists of color: Jim Acosta, who is Latino, and two Black women journalists. We speak with cultural critic and journalist Dr. Henry Giroux to discuss all of this.
Also today, we return to the Saudi-led, U.S.-supported war in Yemen, which has left tens of thousands dead and is now the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Our guest is Dr. Shireen Al-Adeimi.
And, for our weekly Earth Watch, we’re joined by the co-director of Biofuel Watch, Rachel Smolker, to discuss the harms of biofuel and possible solutions.