Family, as part of our end of the year appreciation/wrap-up, we compiled all of our segment on the worst of the worst 1%, or as we call them, “America’s Original Gangsters,” into one blog.  Listen to this (and our blog compilation of the  “Best of ‘When You’re Broke” series) and look forward to the New Year.

1. Cruise lines companies: The 1% Pirates north of the Caribbean?

Guests:
Kevin Feeney of 1Miami
Tim Elfrink, reporter for the Miami New Times

Download segment HERE or press play below.

2. Sex crimes of the 1%
Guests:
Christopher Mallios, former Philadelphia prosecutor now working with AEquitas
Juhu Thukral, New York Anti-Trafficking Coalition
Claire Potter, Professor of History and American Studies at Wesleyan University   
Download segment HERE or press play below.

3. LPS-Lender Processing Services aka Florida’s alleged Original 1% Gangsters 

Guests
Naked Capitalism’s Yves Smith
Foreclosure Hamlet founder Lisa Epstein
June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards, two former investigators with the Florida Attorney General’s office that were fired for investigating illegal activity by Lender Processing Services.

Download segment here or press play below.

4.  Private Prisons with no public good 
Guests:
Bob Libal and Gail Tyree from Grassroots Leadership (check their other blog here)
Silky Shah from Detention Watch Network
Bill Discipio-resident of SW Ranches (check the blog here)
Kathy Bird from the Florida Immigrant Coalition and the CCA Go Away campaign.

Download segment HERE or press play below.


Thank you for listening and we will see you next year!

Wed. 11/16/01 @ 7pm EST
or listen local (Miami) at 880 am
FAMILY!  It is that time again and we have another live show!  Make sure you tune in and spread the word.
1.  Is this the end of Occupy or just the beginning?
On Tuesday, NYPD cops at the request of NY Mayor Mike Bloomberg raided Zuccotti Park and removed the protestors that had been Occupying Wall Street for almost two months. This just days after seemingly coordinated raids removed occupiers from their locations in Oakland, Portland and other cities.  Nationwide, a call is still going out for a massive November 17 day of action. Are this week’s events a sign of the beginning of the end for the Occupy movement or just the beginning of the beginning? We’ll talk about it…
2.  Sex Crimes of the 1%
The sex abuse controversy that unfolded this past week at Penn State reveals a few things: America’s love of sports and unevenness in reacting to sex offenses when the alleged perps are the rich or the powerful. On the show, we will talk about how we should approach sex crimes vs. how they are approached now whether the perps are the 1% or the 99%.
If you missed our tribute to Joe Frazier and Heavy D with Dave Zirin, Rebel Diaz, LaGuardia and others, click here and check out Dave Zirin’s other articles here.

Don’t miss this show and don’t be scared to join the real talk by calling us at 305-541-2350.
Wed. 11/16/01 @ 7pm EST
or listen locally in Miami at 880 AM

WEDNESDAY, NOV 9 @ 7pm EST

NOTE:  IF YOU MISSED THE SHOW, CLICK HERE.

This week, we lost two legends, “Smokin” Joe Frazier and the “Overweight lover” Heavy D.  This show is dedicated to both.
We will talk with Dave Zirin about Joe Frazier’s legacy.  Then we will switch gears to talk Hip Hop’s 99%.  Hip Hop artists have always had 99 problems that have made them the voice of the 99%.  We will talk to Daniel Barajas about one of those 99 problems and chat it up with Rebel Diaz about how they occupied the airwaves.  But we will also be joined in the studio by our main fam, La Guardia, Devin Arne, and Fernando Castro-the ones that brought us Miami’s 99% anthem, to talk about Hip Hop, Hip Rock, and what occupies the mind of Hip Hop’s 99%.
You don’t wanna miss this show.   But we will all miss Joe Frazier and Heavy D.
Tune in! Call in! Let’s Talk About It!
WEDNESDAY, NOV 9 @ 7pm EST 

TONIGHT  Wed. Oct. 26, 2011 @ 7pm
or tune in to 880 am (S. Florida)
Occupy Updates…
As part of our ongoing Occupy coverage, we will visit our local occupy site and let you know what is going on with the #occupy movement around the country.

Shot Like Dogs or Like Dictators and Terrorists?
The recent killings of former Libyan head Moammar Qadaffi and US citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki are being touted as foreign policy successes by the Obama administration and proof of success in the war on terror.  But a few people have started asking questions.  Is it really a great thing for this government (and fighters funded by this government) to get in the habit of killing people without trial or transparency?  Is this just a necessary evil to confront unnecessary evil or is the only thing we are really killing Democracy?  Tune in and talk about it!
Battling Debt Collectors “When You’re Broke”
If you are part of the 99% that is in debt, getting collections letters and calls can be worse than getting pulled over by the cops.  And while folks are fighting for a change and a better tomorrow, that is really not gonna stop debt collectors from calling you today.  As part of our “when you’re broke” segment, we will tell you how to fight for your rights when confronting debt collectors and collection agencies.
You know what to do…

TUNE IN! CALL IN (305-541-2350)! Let’s Talk About It!
TONIGHT  Wed. Oct. 26, 2011 @ 7pm
or tune in to 880 am (S. Florida)
Don’t forget to check our website to listen to shows you missed and to read our thoughts.  If you feel it…spread it…

Wed. October 18 @ 7pm
or tune in to 880 am (S. Florida)

FAMILY! This show is gonna be live.   As part of our continued coverage of #Occupy, we will check in with folks at #OccupyMiami to see how things are going and then…

WHO IS THE 1%?
There are tumblr’s and tweets and anthems about the 99%.  But little attention has been paid in the past few weeks to taking hard looks at who makes up the 1% and what they do that is so damn objectionable.  On this show, we will take a little look at a few folks that fit that 1% tax bracket (but don’t pay that 1% tax).

“GETTIN BIG WHEN YOU’RE BROKE AND GETTING FIT WITH NO FUNDS…
 So while folks are out in the street trying to push for a change to the economic system, people are still broke and out of shape and their bodies can’t wait for change to come.  In our second segment of …”when you are broke,”  We will talk to friends of the show that can tell us how to stay in shape when the economy is down, you have no gym membership, and feel like you don’t have time.

YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS SHOW!

Plus check out some love we got in the New Times yesterday here and here.

TUNE IN! CALL IN! LET’S TALK ABOUT IT!

Wed. October 18 @ 7pm
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by Subhash Kateel

#Occupy is NOT the Liberal Tea Party! It shouldn’t be either.

It was just a matter of time before the #Occupy movement spreading across the country would be compared to the Tea Party. This past week, everyone from Bill Maher and CNN to Glenn Beck and the Tea Party Patriots’ founders themselves have invoked, or spoken against, the characterization of #OccupyWallStreet as a liberal version of the Tea Party movement.

There are a few things that seem to unite the majority of these commentators:

  1. Most of them, including the Tea Party reps, seem to have never attended a Tea Party rally or #Occupy rally, or actually talked or listened to members of either for longer than a minute.
  2. The mainstream media types seem to really wanna egg on a good old fashioned culture war. Think North vs. South, urban vs. rural, Biggie vs. Tupac.
  3. A bunch of my Democratic party and liberal friends always wanted their own version of a Tea party, and now they feel like they might actually get one. It sort of reminds me of how the kid in junior high getting picked on acts when his MMA-fighting brother comes to pick him up after school.

The thing is, over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to go to a couple Tea Party events and speak to more than a few Tea Party members. I’ve always thought the movement is more diverse (not really ethnically, but ideologically) than anyone will ever give it credit for. At their rallies I have found folks that range from batshit insane to pleasantly disagreeable to potential allies in local campaigns. And when folks weren’t filming me without my consent at immigrant rights events and calling me a Marxist-Leninist, radical Muslim terrorist, agent of George Soros (speaking of consistent and coherent messaging) on their blogs, I found them to be folks I could generally have cordial conversations with.

The first of those cordial talks was on the premier of Let’s Talk About It!, the talk radio show I co-host. It was an hour-long talk with the chair of the Florida Tea Party Patriots, Everett Wilkinson. Last week, I went back to ask him about his thoughts on #Occupy. Considering that the Tea Party Patriots’ alleged co-founders issued a scathing statement against #Occupy, what he said would surprise most people.

“I think it [#occupy] is actually a very good thing. I don’t necessarily agree with everything that is coming out of…the signs you see there…specifically about capitalism necessarily being evil…and against free markets. But I do think it is a good thing for the American people to wake up and see what is happening with corporate nepotism and the big corporations…how much of a stranglehold they have on the American political system. And that is I think in line with a lot of the Tea Party beliefs. Big government and big corporations are the reason for a lot of our problems today.”

In the part of the interview I didn’t play on the show, he explained to me that his Tea Party friends in Boston were warmly received by #Occupy members when they attended their actions there. That doesn’t mean that all Tea Party factions agree with Everett, in fact some call him “a self serving publicity monger.” But before our show, I even received tweets from Tea Party members saying that the “real” Tea Party (“Not the one Palin and Bachman hijacked”-their words) fully supported #Occupy. In truth, the Tea Party has never been the unified movement with a unified message that the media portrays. But even if Everett and the guy who tweeted me only speak for a third of the Tea Party, they don’t sound like people that see #Occupy as being diametrically opposed to them.
To their credit, the leaders or, um leaderless, of #Occupy seem to, in their wisdom, genuinely not give a damn either way about the Tea Party. For all of the snide Bill Maher-P.J. O’Rourke jokes about #Occupy not having a consistent message, folks I talk to always seem pretty focused on what their purpose is. Their purpose has never been to respond to the Tea Party. From everything I see, the movement is responding to one major question best summarized by friend and #Occupymiami participant/organizer/not-organizer Muhammad Malik:

“What is our role in society? Do we live in a democracy or plutocracy? Do we live in a country where we truly have a say in the economic decisions that lead to our well-being? Or do we have no role whatsoever?”

(If you had to look up plutocracy, it means rule of the rich.)

And for all of the screams that this is a Democratic Tea Party, the 99%’ers don’t seem to have any particular love for most Democrats either. And why would they? Most “top 20” lists of “Who Caused The Financial Crisis” include Clinton’s Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin (current Secretary Geitner’s mentor). And most Democrats in Congress voted with Bush to bailout the banks while literally leaving regular folks to die a fiscal death.

This leads me to the particularly angry response from the Glenn Becks of the world. Glenn (can I call you Glenn?) has said that the #Occupiers are going to “drag you into the streets and kill you.” But when he said it, he sounded a little frazzled and not like the smug cry-on-command Glenn I am used to. No, he sounds like the captain of the cheerleading squad yelling at her teammates to not sit with the new cool freshman in the cafeteria (I really don’t know what’s with all the school analogies today). Dude is freaking out. He knows that at least a third of his base, deep down inside, supports the goals of #Occupy and probably identifies with the 99%.

On a deeper level, Glenn’s warning to his base that the 99% are anti-capitalists “wrapped in hate” is his way of telling his base to do nothing to change the current system. It is his way of conceding that he believes that the only way for the current system to work is for the superrich to call the shots, implement the solutions and control our destiny. In the same vein, the Robert Rubins and Timothy Geitners have long conceded that the only way their economic model can work is by creating a massive socialist give-away to the top 1%. In the end, both shivering sides of the political spectrum basically affirm in each and every one of their actions their profound belief in plutocracy. They have both answered Malik’s question. They have placed their bets, and our loved ones’ future, against the 99%.

For this reason, the wisest decision for the #Occupy movement is for it to remain indifferent to calls for it to become a #liberalteaparty…to avoid the culture wars…to avoid becoming hacks of any broken party.

That doesn’t mean that they should never pursue electoral solutions. That doesn’t mean they should never create the damn list of demands every pundit wants them to create. It doesn’t mean that the movement shouldn’t better incorporate calls for racial and other types of justice. It also doesn’t mean that they should wear powdered wigs and dress like Thomas Jefferson. It sure as hell doesn’t mean me and Everett are gonna start watching NASCAR together.

What it does mean is that somewhere in the 1%, there is a tofu-eating dude wearing an Obama shirt that got a corporate bailout and then screwed his workers right before he took his kids to a Damian Marley concert. And that dude probably plays golf with some cattle ranch owner who hired Hank Williams Jr. to play for his daughter’s sweet sixteen. And with one call from his rhinestone-encrusted iphone, he screwed working families out of their life savings.

It also means that among the 99%, there is probably some other dude with a long pony tail that had to sell his vintage Don’t Tread On Me flag and his granddaddy’s shotgun to avoid losing his home. There is also this West Indian woman who raised that tofu eating dude’s kid for 15 years that is now getting evicted from her home. And besides their mutual love for country music, they both share a common feeling that this current system is rigged against them.

This is one of those rare times in history when a single question is being posed to most of us: Do we want to live in a democracy or a plutocracy? If we want to live in a democracy, we have a unique chance to fight for it, together, with our mind, body, and soul.

As I wonder the fate of my 99%’ers in Liberty Park, and contemplate my participation in #Occupymiami, I leave you with our anthem, courtesy of La Guardia World, Let’s Talk About It!, Devin Arne, and Fernando Castro, “We Are The 99%.”

TONIGHT! WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12 @ 7pm

or tune into 880 AM (S. Florida)

FAMILY! Last week, we had a whole show on #occupywallstreet and other #occupy movements going on around the country. We also unnveiled an anthem for the 99% of us “hustling, struggling and treading water,”courtesy of us, Laguardiaworld.com and producer Devin Arne. On our show tonight we got a bunch of stuff for you to talk about and listen to.

OR

Why #Occupy the Sunshine State?

We got feedback from our Florida listeners asking us to talk more about what’s happening here. We got feedback from our non-Florida listeners asking us what the hell Floridians had to complain about. To them, we have no snow, no Wall Street, and a bunch of beaches. Well I could tell you all the things that Florida has to be mad at, but I would rather have our friends over here do it. Join us as we talk about why Floridians and Miamians are so so angry, they would rather #occupy stuff than go to Disney World or the beach.

We Are The 99% Hip Rock mix tonight!
Thanks to you, our Anthem, broke 1000 views on youtube. But we were just getting started and our family down here (Laguardia and superproducer Devin Arne) decided to create a HipRock remix with Fernando Castro…Check it out on our show tonight…it will be fire!

Breaking Bread When You’re Broke or “99 Ways to cook Ramen noodles…” (LaGuardia from “We Are the 99%)

As part of our new “when you’re broke segment,” we wanted to talk about food, and what to do about it when you are short on funds. The average family (depending on what you mean by average) can spend anywhere from 12% to 30% of their income on food. While most expenses like rent, electricity, and the cable bill (does being broke mean no telenovelas or Breaking Bad?) are fixed, food is one of those things that can have some wiggle room in your budget. Does that mean a lot of $1 cheeseburgers at McDonald’s? Is it possible to eat healthy and cheap? How do you do that when the only thing free range in your neighborhood are rats and the only thing grass-fed are stray dogs (we won’t even)? Well tonight we are gonna chop it up with a chef or two about how to eat to live, while saving a little bit of bread.

You know the routine…Tune in! Call In! and Let’s Talk About It!

TONIGHT! WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12 @ 7pm

or tune into 880 AM (S. Florida)

WED. Oct 5 @ 7pm EST
 or tune in to 880 am (S. Florida)
If you haven’t figured out yet, a whole lot of people are really mad about the state of things, including the economy.  A bunch of people voted for “change,” and the economy didn’t. Another group of folks figured they’d let the market fix itself, only to get fixed by the market.  In the meantime, as we have covered over, and over, and over, people are being thrown out of their homes, losing their livelihood, and virtually killing themselves.  All the while, politicians-Democrats and Republicans alike- have decided that the best thing to do is to stay sucking.
Well, we sort of figured this was going to happen.  The basic feeling in the country is that the greed of the top 1% and Wall Street is more to blame for the economic suffering of millions than any other single thing.   Some folks are so fed up, that they decided to take it to Wall Street!  Unless you have been under a rock for the past couple weeks, you will know that a bunch of people converged on Wall Street and decided to stay there until something changed.  We covered it on our show a few weeks ago.  But what started out modestly has spread, even to other cities.  In fact an #OccupyMiami meeting just took place this weekend.  Is this the American Fall version of the Arab Spring? Do people have a plan or just a complaint?  Who are the 99% they keep talking about?  Do you feel inspired to turn up or tune out?
Well, at least tune in to us to talk about it.  In the meantime, check out these links if you wanna catch up
Watch this video from Occupy Miami’s first meeting.   

Check the main website for Occupy Wall Street:
occupywallst.org

Find out who the 99% are:
wearethe99percent.tumblr.com

Check out the dialog between one of your favorite co-hosts and others on www.organizingupgrade.com