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5
Dec 2022

Out d’Coup LIVE | Raelyn Roberson - Field Coordinator of Stopping Cyber Suppression at Common Cause

On this week's show, I welcome Raelyn Roberson to the show. Raelyn is the Field Coordinator of Stopping Cyber Suppression at Common Cause. On the eve of the Georgia Senate run-off, we'll be talking about the challenge of mis- and disinformation that has been infecting U.S. and global elections.  

Raelyn and her team work to fight back against the spread of online election disinformation and hold social media platforms accountable for their role in the spread of election lies. Raelyn provides trainings that encourage anyone and everyone to stop cyber suppression. During monitoring shifts, she leads volunteers in recognizing, searching for, and reporting bad actors who threaten democracy by spreading election lies.

If you want to read more about Raelyn and Common Cause’s work, check out Jenny Stephen’s article in the Bucks County Beacon, "Social Media Disinformation Is a Threat To Democracy, and You Can Help Fight It."  

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You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. 

Don’t Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community-rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We’re putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/.

Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

 

2
Dec 2022

Out d’Coup | Friday Politics Roundup for December 2, 2022

Raging Chicken's Friday Politics Roundup for December 2, 2022. Amy Knecht is back! We're here to break down the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics. 

Today: Railway workers & Democrats' debacle; UC #highered strike; Twitter in tatters; Magnolia Mothers; Dimock win; Palisades teachers contract; & much more!

You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. 

Don’t Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We’re putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/.

Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

 

14
Nov 2022

Out d’Coup LIVE | Sean Crampsie - Director of Government Relations, APSCUF - Midterm election postmortem. What’s it mean for PA & PA higher ed?

On this week's show, I welcome Sean Crampsie to the show. Sean is the director of Government Relations for APSCUF - the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University faculties. APSCUF represents the faculty and coaches of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. We'll be taking a look at the results of last week's midterm elections and unpack what it means for PA and public higher education in the Commonwealth.

Sean Crampsie has been the director of Government Relations for APSCUF since 2017 where he advocates for the faculty, coaches, and students, Pennsylvania's state owned universities. Sean lobbies for state funding for public higher education, tuition affordability, and protection of workers’ rights. Prior to joining APSCUF, Sean spent four years with the PA School Boards Association working on K-12 education issues.

Sean is also serving his second term as a Councilman for the Borough of Carlisle. During his time on Council Sean has advocated for his community and has helped pass an anti-discrimination ordinance, approve affordable housing, and help pass a rental inspection ordinance.

Sean received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Bloomsburg University and lives in Carlisle, PA with his wife Brittany and son Carter.

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You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress.

Don’t Let Paul Martino & His Oligarch Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community-rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We’re putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/.

Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

 

11
Nov 2022

Friday Politics Roundup | Abortion rights wins the day; the youth are coming and they mean business; huge PA victories; and more!

Raging Chicken's Friday Politics Roundup for November 11, 2022. Did you see that coming? Woah! Counter to all the "Red Tsunami" predictions, Democrats showed up in BIG numbers this election and scored huge victories in PA and across the country. We're here to break down the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. 

Don’t Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We’re putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/.

Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

 

7
Nov 2022

Out d’Coup LIVE | On the Eve of the Midterm Elections - We’re here for your thoughts, hopes, concerns, and plans of action.

It's Election Day Eve in one of the most consequential midterm elections in recent history. Democracy hangs in the balance, women's rights and autonomy are being attacked, white supremacy is on the ascent, and our schools are being turned into right-wing laboratories. Tomorrow, we get to see if we can turn back the extremists and reclaim our communities. How are you doing tonight? We're here for your thoughts, hopes, concerns, and plans of action.

You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. 

Don’t Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community-rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We’re putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/.

Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

28
Oct 2022

Friday Politics Roundup | UN climate report sounds the alarm; C02 emissions to increase over 10 percent by 2030; Musk takes over Twitter; Fetterman-Oz debate; GOP able-ism on display; House of Dragon

The United Nations environment agency issued its Emissions Gap Report ahead of this years COP 27 Climate Summit in Egypt. The report states that there is “no credible pathway to 1.5 degrees Celsius in place” - the target agreed upon in the Paris Climate Agreement. They now say that the only way to limit the most catastrophic effects of climate change is a “rapid transformation of societies.” Given current policies and commitments, the world is on track to reach a minimum of 2.8 degrees Celsius of warming by 2100 - which means significant portions of the planet will become uninhabitable. 

The UN climate report also find that the world is on pace to INCREASE emissions 10.6% by 2030

Elon Musk finalizes his takeover of Twitter. On day one he tweeted that the “bird is free,” and marked the occasion with the firing of several key executives at the company. Musk says he’ll remove lifetime bans which will pave the way for the return of Donald Trump, QAnon, and science denying conspiracy theorists to the platform. 

And, Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul was attacked with a hammer in his home this morning. 

Montgomery Township Dems flag weird Mastriano “voter fraud” door hangers. 

PA candidates for Senate, John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz, took to the stage this week in their first and only debate ahead of the rapidly approaching midterm elections. The midterms are just over a week away and the polls are showing a virtual dead heat. Real Clear Politics has Fetterman ahead by just .3%, which is well within the margin of error. 

Of course, it didn’t take long for national Republican leaders to take to the airways to mock Fetterman who is still recovering from a stroke. Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel jumped on right-wing radio to joke that maybe between Biden and Fetterman, they could get a full sentence out. This is just another example of how Republicans have no shame in weaponizing their discrimination and cruelty. 

Democrat Josh Shapiro is still holding a six point lead in the race for PA Governor against Christian Nationalist Republican, Doug Mastriano. 

The International Space Station had to dodge some Russian space junk this week. 

The House of Dragon finale.

17
Oct 2022

Out d’Coup LIVE | Sharon Ward, Senior Policy Advisor for the Education Law Center, on school boards, hostile environments, extremist threats to our schools, and the fight back

On this week's show, I welcome Sharon Ward to the show. Sharon is the Senior Policy Advisor for the Education Law Center, a statewide nonprofit legal services and advocacy organization that works to secure quality education for Pennsylvania children with an emphasis on students who are most underserved. She has worked for 30 years, inside and outside of government, to secure quality schools, affordable health care, and people-serving budget priorities and to empower advocates to work for economic and social justice.

We'll be talking about the ongoing attempts by school boards across the country to ban books, limit teachers' ability to provide welcoming environments to LGBTQ students, and enact extremist agendas in our schools. Last week the ACLU of PA filed a lawsuit against Central Bucks School District for creating a hostile environment for LGBTQ students and the Pennridge School District seems like it wants a lawsuit of its own as it bans books, limits expression, and demands schools be stripped of Pride flags. We'll talk with Sharon Ward about the work of the Education Law Center in defending the rights of ALL students and the legal hot water Bucks County Schools find themselves in.

Sharon served two terms on the Albany, NY City Council, directed Governor Tom Wolf’s Budget Office and led a government-wide transformation initiative to help state agencies use technology, data, collaboration, and social policy innovation to deliver better and quicker services to Pennsylvanians. She is the founding director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center; Pennsylvania’s premier progressive policy think tank and led the fight for an equitable state tax system. She has served as an advisor on state legislation, policy, and advocacy for the School District of Philadelphia, the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, the Impact Project, Education Voters of Pennsylvania, the Voter Project, and the Keystone Research Center.

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REPORTING:

  • "Central Bucks School District’s Cruelty Toward LGBTQ+ Students May Finally Get The Scrutiny It Deserves," Cyril Mychalejko, Bucks County Beacon: https://bit.ly/3yDWOkL
  • "Book Bans And A New Era Of American Totalitarianism," Garen Meguerian, Bucks County Beacon, https://bit.ly/3MnvywF
  • "In Pennridge School District Where They Banned Banned Books Week, I Read As A Form Of Protest," Robin Reid, Bucks County Beacon, https://bit.ly/3yBOu4Z
  • "ACLU files federal complaint against Central Bucks School District, alleging discrimination against LGBTQ students," Emily Rizzo, WHYY: https://bit.ly/3Tj7YDE
  • "A school where even Banned Book Week was banned," Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer: https://bit.ly/3rPgL4h

You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress

Don’t Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community-rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We’re putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/

Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

 

14
Oct 2022

Friday Politics Roundup | SCOTUS takes on affirmative action; unions get the goods; PA’s ’Don’t Say Gay’ bill; Proud Boys at Penn State. Rings of Power, House of the Dragon, Wheel of Time.

Trump gets subpoenaed by the January 6th committee. 

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to take a wrecking ball to higher education admission policies designed to help level the playing field for Black students and students of color. 

According to a bombshell report in Bloomberg by Josh Eidleson, a former manager at Starbucks in Buffalo, NY testified under oath to the National Labor Relations Board that he was “instructed to single out and discipline pro-union employees.” The manager, David Almond, testified that “Starbucks higher-ups listed names of employees the company had determined supported the union, and told him to punish them.” 

Leonard Leo begins to get the national scrutiny he deserves in a New York Times report on his influence and powerful right-wing network. 

A new study published in the ILR Review shows that “unionization throughout one’s career is associated with a $1.3 million mean increase in lifetime earnings, larger than the average gains from completing college.” 

Pennsylvania Republicans have introduced their own version of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which is even more restrictive than Florida. 

ACLU has filed a complaint against the Central Bucks School District with Civil Rights Divisions of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education. The complaint argues that the district is in violation of both Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment for creating a hostile environment for LGBTQ students. 

The Proud Boys can be heard yelling “We are Penn State!” Yes, a Penn State group calling itself “Uncensored America,” founded by former president of Penn State’s chapter of Turning Points USA and a field organizer for Trump in 2020, is bringing the founder of the Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes, to Penn State on October 24th. Billed as a “comedy show,” Nittany Lions will certainly be treated to all the hilarity of McInnes’s misogyny, racism, and advocacy for political violence. 

Former Central Bucks school board member tweets out a thread about the ongoing trauma resulting from her time on the school board during the rise of extremism in the district. 

The Rings of Power finale is streaming now.  House of the Dragon is closing in on the end of its first season, too. We can look forward to the coming of season 2 of the Wheel of Time

7
Oct 2022

Friday Politics Roundup | SCOTUS is back; Independent State Legislature Doctrine; Biden pardons; right-wing sues over student loan cancelation; ACLU sues Central Bucks over LGBTQ discrimination

The Supreme Court is back in session. According to Ian Milhiser of Vox, “The Supreme Court’s new term could be even more consequential than its last one.”  “A single case, Moore v. Harper” Millhiser writes, “threatens to fundamentally rewrite the rules governing federal elections, potentially giving state legislatures…nearly limitless power to skew those elections.” 

A right-wing legal organization based out of Wisconsin, the Institute for Law and Liberty, is suing the Biden administration over plans to cancel some student debt.  Because the Biden administration has stated that his student loan cancelation plan will help narrow the racial wealth gap and advance racial equity, the Institute for Law and Liberty argues that the action constitutes an “improper racial motive.” 

Biden announced that he is pardoning thousands of people convicted of simple possession of marijuana, saying in a statement that “Too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana. It's time that we write these wrongs.” The executive action will apply to more than 6,500 people convicted of simple possession under federal law or under the D.C. code. 

Reporting in the Atlantic, Robinson Meyer gives an uncharacteristically upbeat report on how the Inflation Reduction Act could prove to have a much bigger effect on a shift to a post-carbon economy than most people expected. That comes in response to a surprisingly cheery report by the investment bank Credit Suisse. 

Hundreds of youth activists from the global South gathered in Tunisia to prepare for a collective fight for justice and demand climate action at next month’s COP27 meeting in Egypt. 

As promised, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Central Bucks School District arguing that the district is creating a hostile environment for LGBTQ students. We’re waiting to see when we see similar moves against Pennridge. 

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHoP) and other major medical groups are urging the U.S Department of Justice to investigate threats of violences against the hospital because of they provide care to transgender children. 

While the right-wing yams on about teachers unions’ influence on elections, it turns out that one man - Jeffrey Yass - has spent more than 5 times what PSEA has spent during 2022. Yass’s spending consistently dwarfs that of teachers unions as shown by Philly Power Research.. 

There will be a protest in Philly next Thurs. 10/13 @ 11:30am to protest Jeff Yass' ongoing funding of far right politicians and efforts to redirect resources from public to private schools. The protest will take place outside Yass’sSusquehanna International Group's City Ave office 401 City Ave 220, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. You can get all the details here: https://www.mobilize.us/pa-wfp/event/523232/

Got my COVID booster and have I got a story for you.

3
Oct 2022

Out d’Coup LIVE | Aly Shaw research analyst at LittleSis on Jeffrey Yass, the billionaire funding PA’s right-wing machine

On this week's show, I welcome Aly Shaw to the show. Aly is a Research  Analyst working on the state power mapping program at the grassroots watchdog group, LittleSis (you know, the opposite of Big Brother?). We'll be talking about her new report, "Jeffrey Yass: The Billionaire Behind Pennsylvania's Right-Wing Machine." Yes, we just keep digging around in the muck around here. No billionaire left unexposed. 

Based in Pittsburgh, Aly has led campaigns to prevent the privatization of Pittsburgh’s water system, to make drinking water safer and more affordable, and organized grocery store workers to win higher wages and safer working conditions during the COVID 19 pandemic. She received her BA in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s in Public Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.

LINKS: 

You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/rcpress. 

Don’t Let Paul Martino & Friends Buy Our Schools and push extremist politics in our community. Raging Chicken has teamed up with LevelField to launch a truly community rooted PAC to invest in organizing, support local and state-wide progressive candidates, and unmask the toxic organizations injecting our communities with right-wing extremism. We’re putting small-dollar donations to work to beat back the power of Big Money.  You can get more information and drop your donation at  https://ragingchicken.levelfield.net/.

Join our Discord to continue the conversation all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

 

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