Democracy in Action Archives

For several years, we produced a radio show called "Democracy in Action" on KMUD Radio. Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap and David Cobb, both directors at Democracy Unlimited and key national leaders of the Move to Amend coalition, the show was a forum to speak with organizers, activists and leaders from around the world about examples of democracy in action. As of April, 2014, we have discontinued the program due to the logistical difficulties.

However, you can still listen to recent installments of the show at your convenience using the archived links below.


Monday March 17, 2014

Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap. Guest: Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party nominee for U.S. President and an organizer for the Global Climate Convergence. Discussion about ‘Earth Day to May Day,’ a campaign that aims to tie together the environmental and labor movements to create a potent synergy capable of addressing climate change and other critical issues.

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Monday February 17, 2014

Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap. Guests: Cliff Wilmeng and Merrily Mazza, board members of the Colorado Community Rights Network. Discussion about a proposed amendment to the Colorado State Constitution that would empower cities to ban fracking -- and anything else.

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Monday January 20, 2014

Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap. Guests: Jerome Scott and Walda Katz-Fishman, members of the National Planning Committee for the U.S. Social Forum 3. Discusion about the Social Forum and its People’s Movement Assembly process.

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Monday December 16, 2013

Hosted by David Cobb. Guests: Anthony Flaccovento, author of “Healthy Food Systems,” and Erin Derden-Little from the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. Discussion of programs in Central Appalchia and elsewhere that have made locally-grown organic crops more competitive with conventional food, and how such programs might work in the Humboldt area.

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(no show in November)

Monday October 21, 2013

Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap. Guest: Shamako Noble, Executive Director of the Hip Hop Congress. Discussion about how Hip Hop was hijacked by corporate influences and how it's being reclaimed and restored as a legitimate means of cultural expression and celebration.

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Monday September 16, 2013

Guest hosted by Brian Alenduff, Outreach Coordinator for Move to Amend. Guests: Audrey Ewell, and Aaron Aites, Co-Directors of 99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film. Discussion about the 99% film, the Occupy movement, the collaborative film-making process, and Participant’s social action films campaign.

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Monday August 19, 2013

Hosted by David Cobb. Guest: Anita Earls, Executive Director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Discussion about the extreme right turn now underway in the legislature of North Carolina, the well-organized “Moral Mondays” protests against the state’s onslaught of hard-right new laws, and what’s next in that politically-embattled state.

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Monday July 15, 2013

Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap. Kaitlin’s guest will be David Cobb, Spokesperson for Move to Amend. Discussion about corporate personhood and the grassroots democracy movement being coordinated by Move to Amend.

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Monday June 17, 2013

Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, with Brian Alenduff. Guest: Jesse Fruhwirth, a journalist and community organizer working with Peaceful Uprising. Discussion about the plans of the Canadian company, US Oil Sands Inc, to open the first tar sands mine in the U.S. Listen in to learn about the Utah Tar Sands Action Camp soon to be gearing up on the front lines of the effort to stop tar sands mining from gaining a foothold in the U.S.

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Monday May 20, 2013

Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap. Guest: Tory Field, Research and Education Coordinator at Other Worlds, and co-author of the book “Harvesting Justice.” They will be discussing today’s corporate-dominated food system, and the multi-faceted, people-driven  movement to supplant that system with one rooted in justice and sustainability.

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KMUD archives programming for a limited time, so we can't link you to all previous shows. However, below are some of our earlier programs. Some of which still include recordings archived on a different system.

Monday April 15, 2013

Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap. Guests: Yudith Nieto and Ramsey Sprague from Tar Sands Blockade. Discussion about the nonviolent direct action campaign to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, including an upcoming local action.

Sorry - This recording is no longer available.

April 18, 2011 - Hosted by David Cobb

Guest Carl Gibson is the founder of US Uncut, the grassroots, de-centralized movement organized to draw attention to the outrage of powerful US corporations that don't pay taxes. Organized in response to the successful spontanueous uprising in Britain dubbed UK Uncut, Americans have organized hundreds of actions against Corporate America in 2011 to draw attention to the reason that our government budgets are starved: large corporations aren't paying their share.

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March 21, 2011 - Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap

Guest Nick Jiles is a union organizer with the California United Homecare Workers. He contextualizes the recent attacks on working people orchestrated by Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and across the country.

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February 22, 2011 - Hosted by David Cobb

Guest Sarah Manski of the Liberty Tree Foundation and Wisconsin Wave speaks from the Madison Capital occupied by tens of thousands of people responding to the corporate takeover of their state government and the aggressive policies of Governor Walker to dismantle the rights of working people in Wisconsin.

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January 17, 2011 - Guest Hosted by Dennis Huber

David Cobb joins Dennis from Washington DC where he was to represent Move to Amend at the national rally and conference of Movement for People to protest the anniversary of the Citizens United ruling.

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December 20, 2010 - Hosted by David Cobb

Guest George Friday of the Independent Progressive Politics Network and United for Peace and Justice discusses the current state of the progressive movement in the United States and what to do about the disappointing presidency of Barak Obama.
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November 15, 2010 - Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap

Guests Ryan Emenaker, Naomi Boyden and Hayden Newman, of the College of the Redwoods to discusses their community organizing class and an upcoming screening of Freedom Riders, a new documentary film about the Freedom Rides of the Civil Rights Movement.
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October 18, 2010 - Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap

Guest Laird Monahan, of the Move to Amend campaign, discusses his walk across the United States with his brother Robin to raise awareness about Corporate Personhood and the campaign to amend the US Constitution.

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September 20, 2010 - Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap

Guest Laura Wells, Green Party Candidate for Governor of California, discusses her policy platform and vision for reform in California, as well as the role of independent parties in building social movements.
Unfortunately KMUD's archive program wasn't working for this show. It was good though!

August 16, 2010 - Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap

Guest Mary Gelinas, professional facilitator and Executive Director of the Cascadia Center for Leadership, discusses meaningful public engagement and new ways to involve citizens in community discussions and policy implementation.
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July 19, 2010 - Guest Hosted by Dennis Huber

Dan Taranto and Peter Childs discuss public participation rights in the Humboldt County General Plan Update process.
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June 21, 2010 - Guest Hosted by Dennis Huber

David and Kaitlin are away at the US Social Forum in Detroit. Dennis catches up with the Monahan Brothers for an update on their walk across the United States.
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May 17, 2010 - Hosted by David Cobb

Guests Robin and Laird Monahan discuss their walk across the United States to raise awareness about "Corporate Personhood" and the Move to Amend Campaign.
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March 15, 2010 - Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap

Folk singer and songwriter David Rovics speaks about the state of the global justice movement in the US in the first half of the show. Guest John Bruning, a student activist at the University of California, Irvine and founder of Occupy UCI, speaks about recent student strikes and walk-outs in support of democratic education.
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February 15, 2010 - Guest Hosted by Jon Zaglin and Meghan Murphy

A discussion of food security in Humboldt County, with guests Lierre Keith, activist and author of The Vegetarian Myth and Erin Derden-Little, education coordinator at Redwood Roots Farm.
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January 18, 2010 - Hosted by David Cobb

Nancy Abbey and Marybeth Gardham of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom discuss the Move to Amend campaign to abolish the legal doctrine of "Corporate Personhood."
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December 21, 2009 - Hosted by David Cobb

Leah Bolger, retired U.S. Navy Commander and leader with Veterans for Peace, speaks about the US anti-war movement.
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November 16, 2009 - Hosted by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap

Representatives of "We the People" in Cheltenham, PA discuss taking direct action against corporate power through municipal civil disobedience and "home rule" legislation.
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