Recent blog posts
- Don O.'s annual Freddie King tribute THIS Friday September 2nd, 6 pm
- Knon 89.3, Lambda Weekly 2016.08.28 with Steve Sprinkle , Lerone and David Taffet
- Knon 89.3 Lambda Weekly 2016.08.21 with Katie Sprinkle and Leslie McMurray, Patti and David Taffet Lambda Weekly
- Knon 89.3, Lambda Weekly 2016.08.15 with Sister Helen Holy aka Paul J Wiliams, Lerone, Patti and David Taffet
- Knon 89 3, Lambda Weekly 2016 08 07 with Candy Marcum & Newly Wed Game , Lerone, Patti and David Taffet Lambda Weekly
- Knon 89 3, Lambda Weekly 2016 07 31 with Amanda Robinson and Cozette Kosary , Lerone, Patti and Davi
- Texas Blues Radio Living Blues Radio Poll report, August 1, 2016
- Knon 89.3, Lambda Weekly 2016.07.24 with Cannon Flowers, Lerone, Patti and David Taffet
- Knon 89.3, Lambda Weekly 2016.07.17 with Lerone, Patti and David Taffet Lambda Weekly
- Knon 89.3, Lambda Weekly 2016.07.03 with Veletta Forsythe Lill , Lerone, Patti and David Taffet
- Orlando Survivor Says Shooter Wanted U.S. to Stop Bombing Afghanistan
- Orlando Survivor Delivers Poem: "The Guilt of Being Alive is Heavy"
- Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen's Wife Could Face Charges
- Obama Blasts Trump's Call for Banning Muslims from Entering U.S.
- Trump Accuses Obama of Being Angrier with Him Than Orlando Shooter
- Paul Ryan: Trump's Ban on Muslims Not "In Our Country's Interest"
- Hundreds Protest Outside NRA Headquarters to Call for Assault Weapons Ban
- Report: More Than 90% of Terror Suspects Were Cleared to Buy Guns
- Clinton Wins D.C. Primary, Holds Meeting with Sanders
- Jill Stein Wins Green Party Primary, Calls for Inclusion in Debates
- Report: Russian Hackers Broke into DNC Networks, Stole Info on Trump
- In Win for Net Neutrality, Court Rules Internet Can Be Regulated as a Utility
- Judge in Stanford Rape Case Removed from Similar Case After Outcry
- CIA Files Show Prisoner Waterboarded 83 Times Would Have Cooperated Before Torture
- Guantánamo Prisoner Gets Hearing After 9 Years Without an Attorney
In a new article for Rolling Stone, journalist Soraya Chemaly writes, "The Washington Post reported Monday that 'although family members said [Omar] Mateen had expressed anger about homosexuality, the shooter had no record of previous hate crimes.' But that depends on how you categorize domestic violence." Mateen’s ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, has come forward to describe how Mateen beat her and held her hostage. ThinkProgress reports that between 2009 and 2012, 40 percent of mass shootings started with a shooter targeting his girlfriend, wife or ex-wife. Just this month in California, a UCLA doctoral student gunned down his professor, prompting a lockdown on campus. But first, Mainak Sarkar allegedly killed his estranged wife in Minnesota, climbing through a window to kill her in her home. Last year alone, nearly a third of mass shooting deaths were related in some way to domestic violence. We speak to writer Soraya Chemaly. Her recent article in Rolling Stone is called "In Orlando, as Usual, Domestic Violence was Ignored Red Flag."
On Monday night, thousands gathered in downtown Orlando for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub. A nearby church bell tolled 49 times—once for each victim. Most of the victims were young and Latinx. To talk more about the Orlando shootings, we are joined by Isa Noyola. She is director of programs for the Transgender Law Center, the largest transgender organization. She’s a translatina activist and a national leader in the LGBT immigrant rights movement.
Nephew of Slain Gay Icon Harvey Milk: Orlando Massacre Marks One of the LGBT Movement's Darkest Days
The FBI investigation into the Orlando shooting massacre that left 49 people dead at a gay club has taken an unexpected twist after evidence emerged the gunman was a regular patron of the Pulse nightclub. The FBI has begun investigating multiple claims that the shooter, Omar Mateen, might have been gay himself and regularly frequented the Pulse nightclub. The claims have come from numerous people, including his ex-wife, a former high school classmate and several patrons of the Pulse nightclub. In the wake of the deadliest attack on the LGBT community in U.S. history, we speak to Stuart Milk, the nephew of gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay politicians in the United States. Harvey Milk was assassinated in 1978, a year after winning election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He was gunned down along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone by a former city supervisor. Stuart Milk is the co-founder and president of the Harvey Milk Foundation.
- Report: Orlando Shooter Frequented the LGBT Club He Targeted
- Trump Calls for Ban on Immigration from Any Area with a History of Terrorism
- Trump Adds Washington Post to Outlets Banned from His Events
- Trump Implies Obama Has Hidden Agenda on Orlando Attack
- Mother of Orlando Victim Pleads for Assault Weapons Control in Emotional Interview
- Democrats Erupt in Protests on House Floor over Inaction on Gun Control
- New Mexico: Woman, 4 Daughters Murdered in Alleged Domestic Violence Attack
- Transgender Woman Shot in California; 2nd LGBT Victim Found in Burnt Car in New Orleans
- France: ISIS Claims Responsibility for Killing 2 Outside Paris
- Turkey: Syrian Journalist Survives 2nd Assassination Bid in 3 Months
- Yemen: 3 Killed in 2nd U.S. Drone Strike in 2 Days
- Australian Rodent Becomes 1st Mammal to Go Extinct Due to Human-Caused Climate Change
- Study: CO2 in Atmosphere to Remain Above Threshold of 400 PPM
- Microsoft to Buy LinkedIn in $26.2 Billion Deal
- Stanford Rape Case Juror "Absolutely Shocked and Appalled" by 6-Month Sentence
As the United States struggles to make sense of yet another mass shooting, we look at one country that fought to change the culture of gun violence and won. In April of 1996, a gunman opened fire on tourists in Port Arthur, Tasmania, killing 35 people and wounding 23 more. Just 12 days after the grisly attack and the public outcry it launched, Australia’s government responded by announcing a bipartisan deal to enact gun control measures. The pact included agreements with state and local governments. Since the laws were passed—now 20 years ago—there has not been a mass shooting in Australia, and overall gun violence has decreased by 50 percent. We speak to Rebecca Peters, an international arms control advocate and part of the International Network on Small Arms. She led the campaign to reform Australia’s gun laws after the Port Arthur massacre.
In the wake of the deadly shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, we speak with Florida Democratic State Senator Geraldine Thompson, who represents the district where the shooting happened. Thompson is calling for Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott and other elected leaders to take action on gun control. "When will the time arrive? How many shootings must we have?" Thompson asks.
In a tweet that went viral after Sunday’s attack on an LGBT nightclub in Florida, ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio wrote: "The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people blaming Islam for this. No." The attack has also renewed calls for lifting what advocates say is a medically unnecessary ban on blood donations from many gay and bisexual men. We speak with Hannah Willard of Equality Florida.
Authorities have identified the Orlando gunman as 29-year-old Omar Mateen. He was born in 1986 in New York to Afghan parents. Since 2007 Mateen had worked as a security guard at G4S, the largest private security firm in the world. The FBI interviewed Mateen in 2013 and 2014 for possible terrorist ties. According to The New York Times, he was placed under FBI surveillance for a time, but the agency eventually closed its inquiry. There are reports that Mateen called 911 around the time of the assault and declared his allegiance to the Islamic State, but no audio of the call has been released to the public. We speak to Imam Daayiee Abdullah, executive director of Mecca Institute. Imam Abdullah also is one of the first openly gay imams in the Western Hemisphere.
For over a decade, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was a popular destination for the LGBT community in central Florida. It was opened in 2004 by Barbara Poma to celebrate her brother, who had died of AIDS. We speak to Orlando native Daniel Leon-Davis. He wrote a piece for Fusion titled "The Site of the Orlando Shooting Wasn’t Just a Gay Nightclub. It was My Safe Haven."
Vigils are being held across the country following what has been described as the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history and the deadliest attack ever on the LGBT community in the United States. At least 50 people died in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning after a gunman opened fire at a packed gay dance club. More than 50 others were injured. The victims were mostly Latino. Three hours after the shooting began, authorities say, the gunman was shot dead when police raided the club. We speak to Hannah Willard of Equality Florida.
- Orlando: 50 Killed at LGBT Nightclub in Worst Modern U.S. Mass Shooting
- Shooter at Pulse Nightclub Purchased Guns, Including AR-15, Legally
- Singer Christina Grimmie Shot Dead in Orlando on Friday
- California: Authorities Arrest Heavily Armed Man Headed to LGBT Pride Parade
- Trump Renews Call for Muslim Immigration Ban, Even Though Shooter was from U.S.
- Meg Whitman Compares Trump to Hitler and Mussolini
- ISIS Kills 20 Near Damascus; Airstrikes Kill 39 in Idlib
- Bangladesh Arrests More Than 8,500 People in Crackdown
- Germany: Thousands Protest U.S. Drone War at Ramstein Air Base
- Bahraini Activist Zainab Alkhawaja Flees to Denmark
- Rep. Gutiérrez Invokes Flint Water Crisis to Oppose Board to Run Puerto Rican Economy
- Texas: 2 Valedictorians Reveal They are Undocumented
- Gawker Declares Bankruptcy After Hulk Hogan Lawsuit
- Muhammad Ali's Daughter Speaks at Funeral: "We Crave for Peace"
- Orlando Attacks Take Center Stage at Tony Awards
- "Hamilton" Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs Sonnet for Orlando at Tonys
Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine, joins us from Muhammad Ali’s hometown, Louisville, Kentucky, where he will attend Ali’s funeral. Zirin recounts Ali’s activism against racism in the city and says, "[T]his funeral is, in so many respects, Muhammad Ali’s last act of resistance, because what he is doing is pushing the country to come together to honor the most famous Muslim in the world at a time when a presidential candidate is running on a program of abject bigotry against the Muslim people, and the other presidential candidate is somebody who has proudly stood with the wars in the Middle East." Zirin’s recent article in The Nation is called "'I Just Wanted to Be Free': The Radical Reverberations of Muhammad Ali." He’s the author of the Ali-themed book, "What’s My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States."
Don't De-Islamicize Muhammad Ali: Scholar Says Muslim Faith was Central to His Views on Racism & War
Thousands have gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, hometown of Muhammad Ali, to mourn the death of one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century. Ali was considered by many to be the greatest boxer of all time, but he will also be remembered for his activism against racism and war. Former President Bill Clinton, comedian Billy Crystal and journalist Bryant Gumbel are expected to deliver eulogies. On Thursday, an estimated 14,000 attended Ali’s Islamic prayer service. Muslim advocate Dalia Mogahed addressed the mourners, and she joins us to discuss Ali’s life and legacy. "We are de-Islamicizing Ali" by praising his stances, but not giving credit to his faith which was "central to his worldview," says Mogahed, the director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, one of two Muslim members of President Obama’s faith advisory council. After Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, joined in praising Ali this week, Mogahed argues, "We can’t both love Ali and honor him, and say we should ban Muslims from America."
As California Admits 2 Million Ballots Remain Uncounted, Sanders Pushes for Changing Primary Process
On Thursday, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said at least 2 million votes cast in California’s presidential primary election have yet to be counted. So far Hillary Clinton is leading Bernie Sanders by 440,000 votes. We speak to Bernie Sanders superdelegate Larry Cohen on why the Sanders campaign is calling for major changes to how the Democratic Party holds its primaries.
As the Democratic platform committee meets in Washington, we speak to Michelle Chan, spokesperson for Friends of the Earth Action. She is working on recommendations for environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, one of Sanders’ selections on the Democratic platform drafting committee. Climate activists have delivered more than 90,000 petitions to the DNC demanding the party’s platform for the 2016 race include a nationwide ban on fracking, which Sanders has backed, while Clinton has focused on the need for regulating the industry.
President Obama met Thursday with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the Oval Office and then endorsed his rival Hillary Clinton in a video posted on her campaign’s Facebook page. Clinton also picked up an endorsement from progressive favorite, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Sanders has said he wants the Democratic Party to adopt much of his platform at the Democratic National Convention, and has been allowed to appoint five people to the 15-member platform drafting committee, which met for the first time this week. The Sanders campaign was always "about building a force for change inside and outside the party," notes Larry Cohen, senior adviser to Sanders, past president of Communications Workers of America and the first superdelegate for Bernie Sanders. We are also joined by Michelle Chan, spokesperson for Friends of the Earth Action. She is working on recommendations for environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, one of Sanders’ selections on the Democratic platform drafting committee. Climate activists have delivered more than 90,000 petitions to the DNC demanding the party’s platform for the 2016 race include a nationwide ban on fracking, which Sanders has backed, while Clinton has focused on the need for regulating the industry.
- Obama Endorses Clinton: Never Been Someone So Qualified to Hold This Office
- Obama: Bernie Sanders Has Run an "Incredible Campaign"
- Sanders Vows to Stay in Race Until the DNC in Philadelphia
- Warren on Clinton: We Need a "Female Fighter in the Lead"
- Report: Trump Has Faced 3,500 Lawsuits, Many for Unpaid Wages
- WSJ: FBI Probe of Clinton Centers on Emails About CIA Drone Strikes in Pakistan
- House Votes to Create Federal Board to Run Puerto Rican Economy
- U.N. Admits Saudi Financial Pressure Led to Removing Kingdom from List of Child Killers
- Obama Approves Widening of U.S. Airstrikes in Afghanistan Targeting Taliban
- Stanford Tops List of Colleges Facing Federal Probes into Sexual Violence
- U.S. Appeals Court: Second Amendment Does Not Cover Concealed Guns
- Baltimore Prosecutors Accuse Cop of Giving Freddie Gray a "Rough Ride" Leading to His Death
- WHO Advises Women in Zika-Infected Countries to Delay Pregnancies
- CIA Rendition Victims Speak Out After British Prosecutors Clear MI6 Officers in Torture Case
- European Parliament Urges Member States to Probe CIA Secret Prisons
- Nestlé Drops Major Penn. Water Project After Citizen Protests
- Protesters Rally Against NY Governor's Anti-BDS Executive Action
- "Don't Give Up": A Message from Michigan Man Freed After 8 Years for Murders He Did Not Commit
More than 60,000 people have signed a petition calling for Stanford University to apologize publicly to the woman who was raped on campus last year by a Stanford University swimmer. The case made national news this month when a judge ordered the rapist Brock Allen Turner to just six months in jail even though he was caught sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. A Stanford law professor has launched an effort to recall Judge Aaron Persky, who quietly began a new six-year term this week. Separately, more than 800,000 people have signed a petition to remove the judge. The victim’s powerful letter to her attacker has been viewed more than 13 million times online. "You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today," she wrote in the letter, addressing her rapist directly. "You bought me a ticket to a planet where I lived by myself." Stanford is also facing criticism for its handling of sexual abuse on campus. A new report by The Daily Beast found that the university reported 26 rapes on campus in 2012, 2013 and 2014. That’s one sexual assault every two weeks for three years. We talk about the Stanford case and how the problem extends far beyond Stanford with Amy Ziering, filmmaker of "The Hunting Ground," a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses, and Kamilah Willingham, one of the film’s subjects. Willingham says she was sexually assaulted while unconscious by a fellow Harvard Law School student in 2011.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued the first-ever executive order forcing state agencies to divest from any organizations aligned with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. BDS is an international campaign to pressure Israel to comply with international law and respect Palestinian rights. However, its opponents say BDS is a thinly disguised anti-Semitic attempt to debilitate or even destroy Israel. Cuomo’s executive order forces state officials to make a list of businesses and groups who are engaged in activities targeting Israel. We speak to Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, and Robert Freedman, a visiting professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and the former president of Baltimore Hebrew University.