On this episode of "By Any Means Necessary" hosts Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Xenia Kozlitin, Paris-based Sputnik reporter to talk about the ongoing French public sector workers protest against President Emmanuel Macron's budget cuts, the unique nature of the protests uniting nine unions representing public sector workers, the impact protests have had on French society, Macron's quickly declining favorability ratings, and the growing calls for continued strikes.
Later in the show hosts Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Hezekiah Allen is the Executive Director of the California Growers Association to talk about the continued wildfires in Northern California, how changing weather patterns led to the perfect condition for major fires, the toxic nature of the fires and the impact they have on both grape and cannabis crops. The group also talk about the nuances to the economic market for cannabis, the war on weed, the efforts to advance cannabis policy under the Trump administration, and the failure of the banking community to support cannabis growers.
In a special third segment Marilyn Campbell-Lowe, Chicago Playwright, Actor, and co-founder Writers Theater in Glencoe, Illinois and works with the Voices and Faces Project to talk about the allegations and reports of sexual abuse by Hollywood Executive Harvey Weinstein, the fear survivors have of speaking out against sexual predators, the ways in which women have stepped up against sexual abusers, the power dynamics in society that spur sexual misconduct, the ways society punishes survivors, the complicity in society towards sexual assault, and the role men must play in speaking up against these actions.
In the last hour "By Any Means Necessary" is joined by to talk about Eminem's freestyle slam of Donald Trump, the role rappers and artists have played in political protests, the 2017 BET Awards, and if modern hip hop is more show than substance. The group also talks about the arrest of Charlottesville victim DeAndre Harris, the efforts to advance publicly financed campaigns, who really controls guns in America, and America's fear of organized and armed oppressed communities.
Today's talking points touch on the California wildfires, the poor tracking of police shootings, and the Department of Energy trying to argue that the decline of coal power in America is a national security emergency.
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