Law and Disorder Radio – Tom Hayden on Cuba – Ajamu Baraka on Baltimore and the Right to Resistance – Hosts: Heidi Boghosian, Michael Steven Smith & Michael Ratner – Produced by Geoff Brady

Law and Disorder Radio

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Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters

As relations between the United States and Cuba are radically changing, Tom Hayden’s new book Listen Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters is especially timely. It offers thoughtful analysis and insights into the efforts of intellectuals, social justice activists and politicians that helped bring about normalization efforts.

Listen, Yankee! is both a historical account and personal memoir of Hayden as a revolutionary student leader and SDS founder whose own early work to spur political change mirrored the transformation going on in Cuba. His book is based in part on conversations with Ricardo Alarcon, one of the leaders of the revolution, UN representative and a former guest of Law and Disorder.

Guest – Tom Hayden was a leader in the student, antiwar, and civil rights protests of the 1960s. He took up the environmental cause in the 1970s, leading campaigns to shut down nuclear power plants and serving as California’s first solar energy official. He was elected to the California legislature in 1982, serving for eighteen years. He continues to write as an editor for The Nation, and has taught at many campuses from Harvard’s Institute of Politics to UCLA’s Labor Studies program.

Baltimore and the Human Right to Resistance: Rejecting the Framework of the Oppressor 

Events continue to unfold in Baltimore, Maryland in response to the police murder of Freddie Gray. Today we examine how stereotypes about the rebels in the streets are perpetuated. The mainstream press, pundits and elected officials, black and white, call them thugs.

Guest – Ajamu Baraka is a human rights activist, organizer, geopolitical analyst and editor and contributing columnist for the Black Agenda Report. Baraka serves as the Public Intervenor for Human Rights as a member of the Green Shadow Cabinet and coordinates the International Affairs Committee of the Black Left Unity Network. An Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C., Baraka is also a contributor to Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence and Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA.