2021 in the Rearview Mirror. Top 5 Soapbox Podcasts for 2021. Rest in Power, Chuck Kaufman
Here we go again, Soapbox friends.
Another year down the
proverbial drain and another one rushing towards us. Will it be good, or
will it be not so good? Or will it be another year filled with ups and
downs? (I vote for that one).
Even though there was a very
sloppy, semi-withdrawal from the US's longest foreign war, the Biden
regime is pushing the world perilously close to more devastating war:
pivoting to China with more isolation of Russia and countries in Latin
We cannot allow the
convenient restrictions to prevent us from organizing against U.S.
imperialism, like the powers-that-be want. The Soapbox will still be
here to be vigilant against the viciousness of the triple evils
identified by MLK, Jr one year before he was assassinated: Capitalism,
With the criminal U.S.
Congress just giving the Pentagon 770 billion of our precious resources
(which means more lives ground up by this rampant militarism), we
certainly have our work cut out for us.
In the year that we are
leaving, the so-called ruling-class has been very successful in pitting
family member against family member; friend against friend; neighbor
against neighbor; and worker against worker. I suggest for 2022, that we
refocus our righteous rage, not horizontally, but at the oppressive
power structure that has been busy bombing and bamboozling us into
hating each other, and ignoring their crimes.
In 2022, Stay tuned to the Soapbox for Information and Inspiration.
I am posting the Top-5
listened to Soapbox podcasts for the past year (the most read articles
will be in a future newsletter) for your consideration. These SHOWS were
voted on by YOU by YOUR downloads and clicks. (Not voted on using
corruptible voting machines; and every vote was counted).
Solidarity and Gratitude
Cindy Sheehan and Team Soapbox
Coming in at number FIVE was my conversations with our dear Soapbox friend, Don DeBar.
Cindy and John chat about the current global situation and how being
skeptical of USG/global elite propaganda is a very necessary and
healthy way to live. Who are the shadowy forces behind the war/pharma
profiteer attacks on the working-class?
The shrinking anti-imperialist community lost another awesome fighter, and campaigner, my friend Chuck.
Besides being ferocious in
defending Latin America against U.S. imperialism, he always had a smile
and a cheerful non-chalance that put everyone at ease.
Chuck was ALWAYS on the side of the oppressed.
Chuck was taken way too soon, and we will miss him.
The organization that he
founded Alliance for Global Justice has been the fiscal sponsor for
Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox for about 12-years, now.
INFORMATION FROM AFGJ ON CHUCK'S PASSING
It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that our friend and visionary comrade, Chuck Kaufman, passed away, peacefully and in his home, on the morning of December 28th. As many of you know, Chuck’s principled dedication to solidarity-led justice formed the bedrock of Alliance for Global Justice. He joined AfGJ’s predecessor, the Nicaragua Network in 1987, almost 35 years ago outraged at Congress’ cowardice during the Iran-Contra scandal.
While fiscal sponsorship was a part of AfGJ’s work since its inception, 2011 marked a major turning point when Chuck received a call from Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park asking about sponsorship. He jumped on a train from where he was occupying Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, met with the OWS finance team in a McDonald’s and slept that night with thousands in the park. Shortly after, National Co-Coordinator Elane Spivak-Rodriguez joined the team. Together, Elane and Chuck developed and expanded the fiscal sponsorship program until his unexpected passing earlier this week.
Integral to this team is our bookkeeping duo, Analise Spencer and Evelyn Medina, and our talented project liaisons Maya Hernandez, Madeline McClure, and Devora Gonzalez.
Alliance for Global Justice's work continues without our visionary but with a solid team who have worked alongside him for years to build a better world. He followed the good advice of Saul Alinsky that the first job of an organizer is to multiply themselves. We’ve always made it a priority to cross-train so that we are as strong as possible to get through difficult times. While we never believed the day would come when we had to do this work without Chuck, we are prepared.
Chuck enthusiastically supported each and every one of AfGJ’s fiscally sponsored projects. He loved this work and really understood fiscal sponsorship as a powerful movement-building tool. The fiscally sponsored projects he worked with directly– you can be sure that your needs will be met and you’ll receive the same level of service you are accustomed to with Chuck. Your new liaison will reach out soon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.