Welcome to Another Idavox Report on Revolution Radio!
Hello and welcome to the Idavox Report on Revolution Radio. The Idavox Report is brought to you by the One People’s Project. Daryle Lamont-Jenkins will be our host of the show tonight, as he is for each episode of the Idavox Report. Daryle is a long-time comrade, activist, journalist, and award-winning producer who has been working for 30 years to weed out and identify white supremacists. Some call him the original doxxer.
We begin this week’s show by addressing the unfortunate fact that it has been decided that no Rochester police officers will be legally charged for the murder of Daniel Prude. Daniel died a cruel death at the hands of police officers last March. He was experiencing a psychotic episode when officers covered his head in a mesh bag pinned him to the ground until he lost consciousness.
As Daryle points out, we say defund the police for a reason. Social workers would be better equipped to handle so many of the incidents that police currently take on. Even still, we see police forces mocking social workers on social media. The fact is that many social workers deal with mentally ill and even violent people on a day to day basis. Daryle’s father was one of those workers.
We keep seeing mentally ill people die at the hands of police and nothing is changing. In order to see change, not only do we need to defund the police, we need to fund and supply social workers. Social workers are wonderful and diligent people but they need the right tools in order to be able to do their jobs in crisis. The right tools for situations involving mentally ill individuals are not guns.
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Extremism in Power
Merrick Garland has been nominated for attorney general, but there has been backlash among the right wing about some of his recent remarks. Garland came out and said he would crack down on right-wing extremism if he was voted in. As an audience member points out, the reason that right-wing government officials would be upset about this is because they are some of the very extremists threatening our nation.
We saw this last month: on January 6th, the rioters had too easy a time infiltrating the Capitol. Police assisted in removing barricades. A senator even waved his supporters on as they attempted a violent coup. One of the individuals who was arrested after the fact was a former cop who lived near Daryle. We are seeing that dangerous extremism permeates much of the American right wing.
We are honored to welcome Beth Foster to the show. She has been working with Daryle for nearly a decade to combat the American Renaissance Conference, which is a racist gathering that takes place yearly in Tennessee. Beth Foster is an activist, educator, and a member of the Dangerous Ideas Collective. She is also a member of the Antifascist Unity Coalition as well as One People’s Project.
Beth grew up in Kentucky and went to school for journalism. She was an intern at a newspaper company and uncovered a scandal involving state police in a drug ring and a young black man who discovered the truth, leading to his killing. Coverage of the scandal consumed years of her life and exposing the truth put her in danger.
This experience radicalized Beth. From there, she knew she needed to go deeper in order to create real change. Beth left her job as a journalist to join the Occupy Wall Street movement, which was gaining traction at that time.
Equality in Education
In New York, Beth met a pastor from her home state and they partnered to create the Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center, which is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and feminist ideas. Through that program, Beth began working with young people and teaching history. She ended up leaving the Junction to pursue a life more focused on academics and education. She is committed to creating curricula that teach history in an accurate, anti-oppressor, environmentally conscious way.
Beth acknowledges the importance of supplying quality curricula to all communities, regardless of financial status. She is also in contact with LGBT students who provide feedback about how online education works for them compared to in-person learning. Brian asks Beth about how she fosters a healthy learning and growing environment for LGBT students. Beth responds, emphasizing how the focus should be on the children’s social experience rather than trivial, dividing, and harmful questions such as “where can they go to the bathroom?”
Beth says that fostering an environment in which kids are comfortable to learn and grow is the responsibility of the adult. To this end, she asks kids’ pronouns before she starts teaching. Asking pronouns is common practice for members of the Dangerous Ideas Collective.
Racism At The Park
Beth and Daryle are facing a new challenge this year as they prepare to combat the American Renaissance Conference. They plan to meet in late May at Tennessee’s Montgomery Bell State Park. Daryle and Beth are, as usual, trying to have a protest against the event. However, this year, due to COVID-19 regulations, the park is prohibiting protestors from gathering at the park.
This new rule is ridiculous in context because the American Renaissance Conference, a group of Nazis, is still being allowed to gather at the very same park. Daryle asks the audience for assistance in agitation involving this corrupt regulation. Local governments will tear down racist statues, but these types of events are still being permitted in many parts of America—especially the South. In this way, racism continues to pervade our country even as politicians attempt to display that it is being eradicated.
[Video footage: Antifa “navy” protest against a racist gathering at Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee]
The best way to contact Beth is by email at Beth@DangerousIdeasCollective.org. For online educational resources, Beth recommends www.icivics.org/ for kids and www.learningforjustice.org/ for adults. Beth and Daryle are both members of the Antifascist Unity Coalition. AFUC is involved with several mutual aid projects and food banks as well as a radio theatre program.
If you are interested in AFUC or getting connected with mutual aid, please contact Daryle at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://daysofunity.org/. You can also donate here. AFUC hosts food drives on the first Saturday of every month.
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-Leah Giannantonio – Writer, Revolution Radio