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Hosted by Tina-Desiree Berg, MA in Philosophy. The District 34 Podcast builds on the idea that local action creates national results. From the inside of the Democratic party to the forces pushing it left, the 34th Congressional District of California has developed into a hot bed of advocacy and an incubator of new political voices. We tell the stories of activists on the ground. This is the podcast for those looking to get inspired, get involved, and get informed about progressive politics. ...
 
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The Orange County District Attorney Debate sponsored by the bar association was held in Fullerton this week. Here is the full debate between the current DA Todd Spitzer and challengers Pete Hardin, Bryan Chehock and Mike Jacobs. Both Hardin and Chehok were the winners and showed a deep understanding of the problems facing our criminal justice syste…
 
This teacher from Watts High School is turning her district on its head by confronting environmental injustice head on. She has been endorsed by Bernie Sanders and serves as an e-board member in the California Democratic Party. The incumbent, ex police officer Mike Gipson, has taken approximately $175,000 from fossil fuel companies- but thinks that…
 
We spoke with Marc Mixon on developing a third party in the state of Washington. Their goal "is to represent the interests of the majority and to create a system that values each person and supports economic and social justice for all". They will start running candidates in the next election cycle. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dis…
 
Between June 2019 and June 2020, Forensic News published several articles and a podcast about the business affairs of British-Israeli security consultant Walter Soriano, after he was summoned by the US’ Senate Intelligence Committee. In response, they were sued by Soriano. Although the defendants are all based in the United States and Forensic News…
 
Mariupol is a vibrant city in the Southeast of Ukraine that has been ground zero in the 8 year civil war fought between Russian separatists on the one side and Ukrainian nationalists on the other. It is a complex situation that has been made more deadly by Putin's invasion. Caught between the two extremist groups, and global geopolitics, lie the ma…
 
Dr Joe Jarvis is the author of The Purple World- Healing the Harm in Healthcare. He is a longtime advocate of dismantling for the for-profit healthcare system that is both economically inefficient and immoral. He recently started a PAC to both educate and advocate for change. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district34/messageSupport …
 
AB 1400- California state's single payer bill- was set for a floor vote and was pulled at the last minute by the bill's author Ash Kalra. What happened? Hear directly from the Progressive Caucus chair Amar Shergill, Ash Kalra and others. Full Interview with Amar Shergill on Status Coup News --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district34/…
 
Dr. Assal Rad graduated with a PhD in Middle Eastern History from the University of California, Irvine in 2018. Her PhD research focused on Modern Iran, with an emphasis on national identity formation and identity in post-revolutionary Iran. With this background, Assal works with the policy team on research and writing related to Iran policy issues…
 
This week on the podcast, Tina-Desiree Berg is joined by civil rights attorney JiYoung Carolyn Park, and activist Brittani Nichols from Ground Game LA to discuss the upcoming Sheriffs election. Also important state bills that could change the dynamics. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district34/messageSupport this podcast: https://an…
 
This week SCOTUS heard the case Dobbs v Jackson. This case- centered on Mississippi's Gestational Age Act- looks at fetus viability. Viability is the central holding in both Roe and Casey. The Fifth Circuit unanimously blocked the Mississippi law from going into effect because both cases bar states from banning abortion before fetal viability. --- …
 
Bryant Odega is graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Minor in Labor Studies. He is running for the Los Angeles city council in CD 15. "I'm running because since 1925, our district has never had a Council Member who looked or lived like the majority of us. We are renters, we are people of color, we are working-class. We…
 
Eric Levai is a national security journalist based in California. He hosts and produces the podcast "Counter Intelligence". Eric joins me to discuss his latest articles in the Daily Dot and Forensic News. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district34/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/district34/support…
 
Join me with guests Pat Cote and Leila Charles Leigh, hosts of the Punch Up Pod- on a conversation as who the progressive sell-outs are. We also discuss the state of the left in California. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district34/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/district34/support…
 
Activists marched from Pershing Square to City Hall, where they held a rally in support of abortion rights.Includes remarks from Gloria Allred, Maria Shriver, Barbara Streisand, Hilda Solis, Holly Mitchell, Planned Parenthood and Paxton Smith. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district34/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/d…
 
Marc Francois joins Tina-Desiree Berg to discuss the ongoing immigration crises that has manifested in Del Rio at the border and the underlying factors that brought us to this point. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district34/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/district34/support…
 
Salem is a Kensington-based millennial activist running for Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional district. He lives in Philly with his life partner, Zane, and his hairless cat, Chicken. Salem credits his political activism to growing up in poverty, growing up LGBTQ+, and the Occupy protests in 2011. As a volunteer, he worked on the presidential campaig…
 
As U.S. COVID cases top 37 million, we look at a shocking story out of California, where two people were stabbed and two journalists were attacked Saturday while covering an anti-vaccine, anti-mask protest outside Los Angeles City Hall. The protest was attended by members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing groups. A Southern California mortgage…
 
This month we heard the biotech billionaire owner of the LA Times exclaim that billionaires should not be allowed to own newspapers. He's right. In light of this. I re-examine Peter Theil's take down of Gawker with Peter Sterne- who originally reported on it for Politico. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district34/messageSupport this…
 
Highlights from the Medicare for All March in Los Angeles. We hear from AB1400 Sponsor Ash Kalara, Shahid Buttar, Wendy Carillo, Maria Estrada, Dr. Paul Song, Ron Placone, Jimmy Dore, Maebe A. Girl, and many more! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district34/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/district34/support…
 
I sat down with @Waterspider to discuss the events surrounding the Wi Spa protest violence over the past two weeks. Her viral video has had over 7 million views on Twitter. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district34/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/district34/support
 
Youth activists spent three days camped out in front of Senator Diane Feinstein's office trying to pressure her to sign on to Ed Markey's Civilian Climate Core bill. Includes speeches and interviews. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district34/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/district34/support…
 
Sheriff’s deputies chased and shot a security guard in the back multiple times at an auto repair shop in Los Angeles named Andres Guardado. He was just 18. Security footage shows that Guardado was kneeling with his back to the deputies, posing no threat whatsoever, when he was shot. Miguel Vega, the officer who fatally shot Guardado, had previous c…
 
On March 25th, Mitch O'Farrell sent police in riot gear toting less-lethals to Echo Park Lake to clear the homeless encampment. This week the park re-opened and the displaced unhoused returned for a press conference. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district34/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/district34/support…
 
Muad Hrezi is running for election to the U.S. House to represent CD 1 in Connecticut, for the Democratic primary in 2022. He is an educator, track coach, and former US Senate staffer for Chris Murphy. We discuss his Libyan background, foreign policy, and his other ideas and policy positions. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district3…
 
Alex Rubinstein is an independent journalist who has shared live coverage of social movements in the United States including Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, Charlottesville, the inauguration protests against Pres. Trump, and from inside the besieged Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC. He currently lives in Mexico City. --- Send in a voice mess…
 
Liam O'Mara is running for election to the U.S. House to represent California's 42nd Congressional District. Liam earned a bachelor's degree from Chapman University in 2006 and master's and Ph.D. degrees from the Univerity of California, Irvine, in 2008 and 2017, respectively. His career experience includes working as a historian, cook, information…
 
Walker Bragman is a journalist and JD whose work has been featured in Paste Magazine, the Intercept, HuffPost, the Independent, Salon, Truthout, and the Hill. He discusses he latest piece in Jacobin on how Kamala Harris failed to investigate bad police shootings in Anaheim when she was AG in California. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.f…
 
Dr. Zogby is the founder and president of the Arab American Institute, a Washington, D.C.–based organization that serves as a political and policy research arm of the Arab-American community. He is also a Fellow at the Sanders Institute. We discuss the current situation with the ICC and Palestine and what role the Biden administration will play in …
 
A coalition of progressive candidates backed by the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America took over the leadership of the Nevada Democratic Party on March 6 and swept all five party leadership positions in a contested election. Judith Whitmer was elected chair. The establishment had moved $450,000 out of the party's coffers and into…
 
Colin Kalmbacher is an attorney and writer. He received his J.D. from Texas A&M School of Law and his LL.M. in International Law and Intellectual Property from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in Manhattan. He is an editor at legal news and analysis site Law & Crime News. We discuss recent events. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dis…
 
Interview with Kitty Stryker, published author whose work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Vice, Cosmopolitan and others- identifies as an anarchist activist, queer femme, Juggalo ethnographer and leftist doomsday prepper located in the San Francisco Bay Area --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district34/messageSupport this podcast: https://…
 
Labeled “Antifa militant” by Andy Ngo and “quite profound” by Chuck D of Public Enemy, AWKWORD has fought for justice and equality through protest song, political organizing, digital strategy and street journalism for nearly a quarter century. He is a co-founder of TEN DEMANDS, co-creator of Ten For Justice: The Road to Abolition, and founding memb…
 
Tatiana Turner is currently i jail because she is unable to make an exorbitant one million dollar bail. Turner is a BLM activist that attended a rally in Yorba Linda last September. Trump supporters showed up in numbers that day and were quite hostile. At one point they surrounded Turners car and she called 911. She received no assistance so tried …
 
We spoke with activist General Jeff on the issues currently surrounding the unhoused in Los Angeles and recent events in Skid Row. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district34/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/district34/support…
 
Ken is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and housing justice activist, born and raised in LA, who has expertise as an auditor. He wants to focus on auditing the city’s finances in order to determine departmental effectiveness and identify wasteful spending that can be reallocated to other critical areas. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-…
 
Sean Carmitchel's interview with Rebecca Brown of Courtwatch Los Angeles. Courtwatch is a volunteer court observation organization working to keep the criminal system transparent & accountable. Send tips & inquiries: courtwatchlosangeles@gmail.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor…
 
Tracy is not only a nurse, but also is the Director of PPE Now LA- an organization dedicated to providing front-line healthcare workers, protestors and the unhoused with both hygiene and protective equipment during the Pandemic. Los Angeles has been experiencing record numbers of both cases and deaths, with intense lockdowns being instituted throug…
 
Adrian Riskin of Michael Kohlhaas Org joins us to discuss his FOIA dumps on Los Angeles politicians and law enforcement. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/district34/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/district34/support…
 
This week in the studio, Sean Beckner-Carmitchel joins Tina-Desiree Berg. Eman Padilla was arrested not far from a protest outside Sheriff Alex Villanueva's home in Los Angeles County on November 18, 2020. At that time, he was told there was a warrant for his arrest and charged with Attempted Train Derailment- a charge that holds a maximum of life …
 
Dr Asatar Blair studied political economy under Dr Richard Wolff. He currently teaches at Riverside City College. He is also the author of Prison Labor in the United States: An Economic Analysis. Join us in conversation on political economy from a Marxist point of View. This is part one of a two part series. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and op…
 
I spoke with local anti-fascist activist Erik Boyd about his recent experiences and why he has taken up the cause of fighting white supremacy. As a local of the Sunland-Tujana area in Los Angeles, he grew up in an area with neo-nazis and some Peckerwoods. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. --- Send in a voice message: https:…
 
David Kim is an immigration attorney, community organizer, and current neighborhood council board member. He has been endorsed by Andrew Yang and Marianne Williamson. We discuss the current issues facing LA and solutions like UBI and Medicare for All. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. --- Send in a voice message: https://an…
 
Building the Progressive Movement into a Winning Movement Host/Moderator – Alan Minsky, PDA Panelist – Susie Shannon, DNC Poverty Council; Michael Lighty, Bill Fletcher Jr, Senator Nina Turner, Jesse Jackson with John Nichols introduced by Steve Cobble, Thom Hartmann, Radio Host, Congressional Candidate Alex Morse MA-1, Congressional Candidate Kara…
 
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