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February 5, 2018  

Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference announced a nationwide mobilization to back up a demand for real justice and equality for all, a revived “Poor People’s Campaign” today issues the battle cry again, the Trump administration specifically in its crosshairs.

As Leid Stories reports, the Poor People’s Campaign may have lost momentum and wide grassroots support over the years, but pitched battles across the country nevertheless continued, even if erratically.

Leid Stories updates two significant, and ongoing, grassroots battles in the City of Detroit.

Elena Herrada, an elected member of Detroit’s “old” school board whose authority over local education unconstitutionally was overridden by the state during the state-imposed bankruptcy of the city, reports on a pushback by the Mexican community against the Trump administration’s racist, anti-immigrant policies, especially as they relate to forced repatriation.

The City of Detroit has stepped up its aggressive plan to “reclaim” property and vast tracts of land that would then be offered—mostly to speculators and the politically connected—at bargain-basement prices to help “resurrect” the beleaguered city.

Abayomi Azikiwe, editor in chief of Pan-African News Wire and a Detroit organizer for the Workers World Party and Moratorium Now, reveals that the city has sent about 36,000 new notices to homeowners informing them of imminent foreclosure on their properties.

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February 2, 2018  

Add your voice to a historical work in progress, “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories.

It’s our weekly open forum, and your take on the issues we’ve covered this week, or anything you consider worthy of further discussion and/or debate, isn’t merely a feature of the program, it is the program. Imagine, in an hour we will have produced a historical document capturing an authentic sampling of American thought.

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February 1, 2018  

An FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information via a private server installed in her Chappaqua, N.Y., home and other unsecured devices appears to have established a direct link between her Cabinet-level position and hundreds of millions of dollars flowing into the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation (The Clinton Foundation) from “donors” seeking political favors and influence.

Sources are telling Leid Stories that the FBI probe has produced the most damaging evidence yet that the Clintons set up and used their eponymous foundation as a pay-to-play slush fund.

Wall Street banker turned financial investigator Charles Ortel, whose own independent probe has led him to call the Clinton Foundation and its network of spinoff “charitable” organizations “the largest unprosecuted fraud in U.S. history,” discusses the latest findings in his ongoing, self-initiated investigation and the likely impact of the FBI probe.

 

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January 31, 2018  

President Donald Trump had the nation’s attention last night and he basked in all 80 minutes of it, priming the pump for a national tour that will reiterate and underscore his speech’s major points.

Several Democratic senators and more than two dozen House members legislators boycotted the president’s State of the Union address and others, mostly Democrats, wore black to signify their opposition, but it didn’t seem to faze Trump. He forged ahead, making a strong effort to appear settled in his role as head of state.

Rep. Joe Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and rising star in the Democratic Party, was selected to respond to Trump. He attacked Trump’s policies, saying they are causing deep social, political and economic divisions in America and all over the world.

Leid Stories concludes our discussions on “the State of Disunion 2018,” focusing on the question: What is Trump doing right? Or, why hasn’t the opposition not yet figured out what it’s doing wrong?

 

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January 30, 2018  

President Donald Trump will spend a large part of the day putting finishing touches to and rehearsing his State of the Union address (to be broadcast live tonight at 9 p.m. EST).

A kinder, gentler, chastened Trump is expected to: tout his success in jumpstarting the economy with his new tax plan; bask in the glory of his legislative victories; announce a $1-trillion infrastructure overhaul; and present a reworked immigration plan. But Trump’s sales pitches won’t ring true for millions of Americans who claim to to be severely allergic to snake oil.

Leid Stories continues yesterday’s discussion, addressing the question: What is Trump doing right? Or, why hasn’t the opposition not figured out yet what it’s doing wrong?

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January 29, 2018  

When he addressed Congress and the nation last year, Donald Trump was fresh from his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States and just five weeks on the job. His State of the Union address, therefore, focused more on campaign themes and about challenges ahead than about accomplishments.

But tomorrow, when Trump delivers his first real State of the Union message (9 p.m. EST), the man at the podium will be not the brash, self-proclaimed fixer of broken systems, but a badly bruised survivor of a tumultuous, chaotic year. So much went wrong so fast, and much of it of his own making.

Trump, of course, won’t claim responsibility or blame for any of the year’s monumental errors and wrongheaded decisions in domestic and foreign policy, but that doesn’t mean he and his administration will get away with it. Leid Stories listeners take preemptive strikes at Trump’s state of disunion 2018. 

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January 26, 2018  

We engage each other, as usual, with our unique analyses of the issues of the day, but today we do so in honor of two fallen soldiers who did their best work as journeymen in struggle—the Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, chief strategist to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the tumultuous years of the civil-rights movement, and Hugh Masekela, whose liberation music buoyed the spirits of South Africans fighting apartheid. They both died on Jan. 23.

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January 25, 2018  

The Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, a brother in struggle with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the most challenging and dangerous times of the national civil-rights movement, and continued for decades to champion its ideals for decades after the assassination of King in 1968, died yesterday at the age of 88.

Leid Stories joins the world in thanking Dr. Walker for his lifetime of service.

More news from the federal probes into the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation (The Clinton Foundation). Wall Street banker turned financial investigator Charles Ortel, whose own independent probe has led him to call the Clinton Foundation and its network of spinoff “charitable” organizations “the largest unprosecuted fraud in U.S. history,” says the U.S. probe, with the Clintons and other key players in the legal crosshairs, is fueling similar probes overseas.

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January 19, 2018  

Welcome to the best open forum on the planet. It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and we meet on air to talk about things that matter.

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January 18, 2018  

Leid Stories discusses the subject with listeners, who, as astute political observers, should have insightful answers.

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