Heather Roberson Gaston

Palestinian Gandhi on Trial: Part 1 (Introducing Issa Amro and The Occupation)

By the time you hear this episode, Palestinian activist Issa Amro, who as of September 2019 faces trial before an Israeli military court and a Palestinian Authority court, may be behind bars. Or perhaps he will be exonerated, as he is, after all, on trial in both cases for exercising his basic freedoms of assembly and speech.

We will follow Issa’s cases closely in this series, but before we delve into every twist and turn, we must explore the overarching context, which will remain the same even if the status of his case changes. We must explore the context of military occupation of the West Bank…

Episode 4: Talking Technology, Part Two

Deeper into the efforts of activists and engineers to make technology secure and free for all. We discuss communications protocols, free software, and the barriers that stand in the way of those researching the inner workings of technology in the public interest.

Our guest is Daniel Kahn Gillmor, senior staff technologist at the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Episode 3: Talking Technology, Part One

Exploring the human rights impacts of modern technology, from Facebook to Amazon Alexa to government spying operations. Our focus here is not on “how you can protect yourself,” but on the technological changes needed to secure privacy and freedom for all.

Our guest is Daniel Kahn Gillmor (aka “dkg”), senior staff technologist at the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Episode 2: Finding Freedom, Founding Freedom (special Black History Month episode)

Discussing the vital contributions of people of African descent to human rights as we know them.

Our guest is Christina-Proenza Coles, author of “American Founders: How People of African Descent Established Freedom in the New World.”

Episode 1.5: Yemen and How to Stop a War — Special Update

A crucial update on Congressional efforts to stop the devastating war and blockade in Yemen.

Our guest is Kate Gould, Legislative Director of Middle East Policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

Advocates for Middle East peace, along with key members of the U.S. Congress, have been working steadily to block weapons sales to Saudi Arabia; to invoke the War Powers Resolution of 1973 to end military support of the war in Yemen; and to reassert the power of Congress to legislate on these matters. Their efforts are finally beginning to pay off in the US Congress, but it will take unrelenting pressure from constituents if millions of Yemenis are to be set free from starvation, misery, and death. Please join us.

Episode 1: Talking Yemen and How to Stop a War

Since March of 2015, Saudi Arabia has led a devastating attack on its neighbor to the south, Yemen – a war made possible by military, logistical, and intelligence support from the United States. This attack, and the accompanying blockade, has led to the worst humanitarian disaster in the world today, leaving millions on the brink of starvation and thousands dead and dying from preventable diseases. What can be done to stop this devastation?

Enter our guest, Kate Gould, who in her capacity as Legislative Director for Middle East Policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (the Quaker lobby) has been at the forefront of efforts to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen, working with members of the U.S. Congress and their constituents to stop arms sales and to end all US military involvement in this devastating war.