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Oct 2020

Out d’Coup LIVE | Tara Zrinski - Candidate for State Rep in Lehigh Valley’s PA138th District

On today’s show, I am thrilled to welcome Tara Zrinski to the show. Tara is the Democratic party candidate for State Rep in the Lehigh Valley's 138th State House district in Northampton County. If you haven’t been paying attention to this race yet, now is the time. Tara is campaigning on health care for all, protecting our environment, and protecting our democracy from corruption and the influence of big money. But more than that, she has consulted with workers, nurses, environmentalists, and community organizations to craft integrated policies that put the health of working families and our communities first. (Tara will bring the strength of these organizations to Harrisburg). 

Born and raised in Bethlehem, Tara was elected to Northampton County Councilwoman in 2017. She has been an advocate for clean energy and sustainability. She worked as a Solar Energy Consultant for SunPulse Solar, supplementing her adjunct faculty career teaching Philosophy at Northampton Community College, Lehigh County Community College, and Lehigh University. Any Out d’Coup listener will be well acquainted with the challenges faced by adjunct faculty. 

Tara is the Chair of the Energy, Environment, and Land Use Committee in Northampton County and a member of the committee of the same name at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. In 2018, she formed the Industrial Hemp Ad Hoc Committee for Industrial Hemp to explore the economic development potential of the emerging crop and identify areas necessitating government support for farmers and industrial hemp business entrepreneurs.

In 2015, she self-published her first children's book, "All Ducks Are Birds, But, Not All Birds Are Ducks," a logic book for children which she wrote and illustrated. 

Tara just got a big endorsement from Bernie Sanders as part of a battalion of candidates progressives are organizing behind to help take control of the PA House and Senate. 


A special shout out to Jonathan Mann who wrote our theme song, “There Are No People in the Future.” Check out all is great stuff on his YouTube page and follow him on Twitter @songadaymann

Oct 2020

Out d’Coup LIVE | Rick Krajewski - Candidate for State Rep in Philly’s PA188th District

On today’s show, I welcome Rick Krajewski to the show. Rick is a candidate for State Representative in the 188th State House District in West Philadelphia. Rick has worked for criminal justice reform and access to public education. Since 2016, Rick has been an organizer with Reclaim Philadelphia, fighting to put working-class people at the forefront. In the 2017 general election, Rick led a team of 200 volunteers in our neighborhoods to elect Larry Krasner, the most progressive District Attorney in the country. 

Rick’s is running on a platform of a Dignified Education for All; Decarceration; Affordable Housing for All; Health Care for All; Ending the War on Drugs; Defending Workers Rights and the Right to Organize; and, a Green New Deal for Pennsylvania. Rick won the Democratic primary this past summer by a margin of nearly 20 points, defeating Rep. James Roebuck Jr., one of the longest-serving members of the PA State House and the ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee. 

It is no wonder that Rick earned an early endorsement from Bernie Sanders. Rick faces no Republican challenger in the general election, so he is all but assured to join the growing ranks of progressive state legislators including Summer Lee, Sara Innamorato, and Elizabeth Fiedler - PA’s own version of the Squad elected in 2018.  

A special shout out to Jonathan Mann who wrote our intro song, “There Are No People in the Future.” Check out all is great stuff on his YouTube page and follow him on Twitter @songadaymann

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Sep 2020

Out d’Coup LIVE | RIP RBG, SCOTUS Nomination, and 2020 Election | Sept. 21, 2020

Out d'Coup LIVE for Monday, September 21, 2020. Today we talked about the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Trump's move to appoint another justice to the Supreme Court. 


Intro music, "There are No People in the Future," by Jonathan Mann. Follow him on YouTube and Twitter. Let him know that Raging Chicken sent you.

Aug 2020

Out d’Coup LIVE | Student Organizers from Kutztown University, East Stroudsburg University, and Temple Uninversity

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On tonight’s show, we’ll be talking with three students who are organizing because of and in spite of the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

Nick Thatcher is a political science and philosophy major at Kutztown University. Nick is one of the founding student organizers with the Healthy Campus Bill of Rights at Kutztown University. Nick was also the student leader of Kutztown’s chapter of Students for Bernie where he cut his teeth in organizing, phone-backing, and political action. Kutztown faculty and students held a protest against KU’s reopening plans in which students and faculty donned plague doctor masks

Kyle Nelson is organizing with East Stroudsburg's Student Solidarity Committee. Kyle is a senior at ESU from Philadelphia. He is the Events Chair for the African Student Association and the Public Relations Chair of the Political Science Club. Kyle is double majoring in political science and philosophy with the hopes of going to law school. He plans on continuing his advocacy through civil rights law, criminal defense law, and human rights law. The Student Solidarity Committee is organizing in solidarity with food service workers on campus who are in the middle of an organizing drive. The solidarity committee released what they are calling the SWORD Plan (Students and Workers Organizing for Real Defenses) which is a model for how we should be building solidarity in the wake of the pandemic. - JUST GOT CARD CHECK NEUTRALITY!!!

And, Jack Fletcher is the co-founder of the Student Coalition for Change at Temple University. Kyle is a junior pre-law major at Temple and the co-founder of the Temple Coalition for Change. If you’ve been following the news, you know that students and faculty at Temple have been on fire with their organizing against the administration’s decision to return to face-to-face classes this fall. Last week, students, faculty, parents, staff, and community members held a car caravan, urging the university’s administration to cancel their plans to return to face-to-face classes. Protests are now a pretty standard feature on campus.

Aug 2020

Out d’Coup LIVE | Organizers Tamara Anderson and Dana Carter from Philly-based Racial Justice Organizing Committee

On tonight’s show, I’m joined by two organizers from the Racial Justice Organizing Committee in Philadelphia: Tamara Anderson and Dana Carter. Tamara Anderson is an advocate for children and teens, a professional artist, singer, director, editor, freelance writer, and blogger with over 20 years of experience as an educator.  Click on the link in the show notes for her long list of credits...I know I saw her on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Just sayin.’ She is one of the founding steering committee members of the National Black Lives Matter Week of Action at Schools.

Dana Carter is a Racial and Social Justice Advocate for urban learners and a PA Level II Elementary Education K-6 certified teacher. In addition to organizing with the Racial Justice Organizing Committee, Dana is an Education Policy Advisor with the Melanated Educators Collective. She’s been involved with Philly education as a K-12 teacher, an adjunct faculty member, and as an educational activist since the turn of the 21st century...I love to be able to say that. 

I think it’s worthwhile to read the Mission Statement of the Racial Justice Organizing Committee and their 10 demands for Radial Education Transformation to help set the tone for tonight’s conversation. 

Mission: The Racial Justice Organizing Committee exists as a space for educators and allies to engage in collective learning and action for racial justice to make our schools and as a result the city, places that allow for Black and brown students, educators, and families to thrive.

Check out the 10 Demands of the Racial Justice Organizing Committee and their excellent Resource Guide for Educators Responding to Nationwide Uprisings.

For some of the history of the Racial Justice Organizing Committee, see Tamara Anderson and Shira Cohen, “How Black Lives Matter Came to Philadelphia’s Schools” in Labor Notes.

Aug 2020

Out d’Coup LIVE | Public School Teacher and Activist Steven Singer and the K-12 COVID-19 Gamble

Welcome to this week's Out d'Coup LLIVE podcast. On this week's show we're talking about sending K-12 students into the COVID-19 laboratory. Yes, back-to-school in the pandemic. 

My guest tonight is a public school teacher and activist, Steven Singer. Steven is an 8th grade Language Arts teacher in western Pennsylvania. He is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and has an MAT from the University of Pittsburgh. He is Director of the Research and Blogging Committee for the Badass Teachers Association. He is co-founder of the Pennsylvania-based education budget advocacy group T.E.A.C.H. (Tell Everyone All Cuts Hurt). He ran a successful campaign through Moveon.org against the since repealed Voter ID law in the Keystone State.

Steven's writing on education and civil rights issues has appeared in the Washington Post, Education Week, the LA Progressive, Commondreams.org, Portside Navigator and has been featured on Diane Ravitch’s Education Blog Site. He blogs regularly at gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com and is the author of "Gadfly on the Wall: A Public School Teacher Speaks Out on Racism and Reform."

Aug 2020

Out d’Coup LIVE | Higher Ed Organizing During the Pandemic

On tonight’s Out d’Coup LIVE, we’re talking higher education organizing during the coronavirus pandemic. As the beginning of the school year draws ever closer colleges, and universities have been struggling with how to go back-to-school and keep students, teachers, staff, and community members safe. I feel for the people who have to make these decisions at a time when the Federal government is almost completely devoid of help for colleges and universities - in terms of clear, transparent, and evidence-based guidelines on the one hand and financial assistance to enact necessary safety measures. To make matters worse, some university administrations have their heads in the sand, relying upon magical and wishful thinking. As you’ve heard me say before, my university, Kutztown University, is occupied by just such an administration. 


The pandemic shutdown has also posed challenges for activists and organizers who have had to shift strategies and tactics as well. As regular listeners to Out d’Coup podcast know, last spring I began working with a group of students, faculty, staff, and community members on a project called the Healthy Campus Bill of Rights. The initial project set out to demand 1. A Healthy Working and Learning Environment; 2. Campus Investment in the Financial Health of Our Community; and, 3. Campus Infrastructure Changes to Meet the Challenges of the Climate Crisis. Now, the Healthy Campus Bill of Rights has shifted to deal with the most pressing issue before us: Kutztown University’s insistence on returning to face-to-face classes in the fall, despite rising coronavirus cases and the fact that 9 out of 14 PASSHE universities have gone to mostly online classes in the fall.


On tonight’s show, we’re talking to guests who are organizing in higher education in the middle of this pandemic. You are invited to join the conversation by calling in through the Podbean app. You can also comment through the app or on our live YouTube stream. 


My guests tonight are:  


Tabetha Bernstein-Danis: Tabetha is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Kutztown University. She is a delegate to APSCUF’s Legislative Assembly and the KU and state APSCUF Social Justice Committee Chair. 


Dana Morrison: Dana is an Assistant Professor at the West Chester University of PA. She is the co-chair of APSCUF Social Justice committee at West Chester. And, she is a member of Public Higher Education Workers aka (PHEW). Public Higher Education Workers (PHEW) is a network of faculty, students, and staff working to organize for fully funded, free, liberatory public higher education.


Madeline Ochabilla: Madeline is a student at Villanova University and a regional organizer for United Students Against Sweatshops, USAS.  She has worked on international solidarity campaigns, particularly campaigns that have aimed to hold big sports brands like Nike accountable to their factory workers who make collegiate apparel. 

USAS is having a virtual summer conference on the weekend of August 22nd and August 23.  It will be an opportunity for students to learn from different organizing workshops and will have the opportunity to connect with many other student organizers across the country.  This conference is open to all students, not just USAS members. You can register at the USAS website: usas.org


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Jul 2020

Out d’Coup LIVE | July 27, 2020 | 717 Restaurant Workers United and Harrisburg DSA

On this week's Out d'Coup Live, we’re talking to Sam Weymouth of 717 Restaurant Workers United and Danny Martin from Harrisburg DSA. 717 Restaurant Workers United is a labor union dedicated to the protection and representation of restaurant workers in the Central Pennsylvania area. They are in the middle of an organizing campaign with restaurant workers Cork and Fork, a restaurant with locations in downtown Harrisburg and Camp Hill.


Last Monday, 717 Restaurant Workers United and members of Harrisburg DSA held a "Take-Out Takeover" at both restaurant locations. Organizers urged supporters to order food and let the management know that they stand with Cork & Fork employees. They also encouraged supporters to spread the word on social media with the hashtag #Istandwithcorkandforkworkers' The event was an overwhelming success, according to Tiffany Ramsey, Executive Director of 717 Restaurant Workers United. Workers are waiting to find out the date for their union election.


You can become show your support for Cork and Fork workers by joining the 717 Restaurant Workers United's Street Team and spreading the work. Just go to their TAKE ACTION link.  

Jul 2020

Out d’Coup LIVE | July20, 2020 | Back-to-School in the Pandemic

Raging Chicken's Out d'Coup podcast is rolling with a pre-launch version of our live call-in show. We'll be talking back to school in the pandemic, specifically, the moves to send college students back to in-person classes in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and other higher education institutions. 


Support faculty, students, and staff at PASSHE universities by signing their petition: "Petition for a Moral and Just Plan for Fall 2020 at Shippensburg University and throughout the PASSHE System." If you are a faculty member (or student, or staff member I would think) at a PASSHE school, you can also sign APSCUF's Mobilization Committee's petition here: "Faculty Teach and Students Learn Better When We're Safe."


Music: "There Are No People in the Future," by Jonathan Mann. Used by permission. Follow him on Twitter at @songadaymann

May 2020

Out d’Coup Live | Episode 0.0 - we test launch our live call in show!

Welcome to the first-ever Out d'Coup Live Call-In Show. We did a full-length test run of our new live call-in show! Call it a soft-launch. On today's show we gave a little background about Raging Chicken and talked shock doctrine for public higher education in the age of COVID-19. 

The full video version of today's show will be available exclusively to patrons at patreon.com/RCPress until Monday. On Monday we'll make the video live stream public for everyone at patreon.com/RCPress

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