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MIP | Make It Plain with Rev. Mark Thompson

MIP | Make It Plain with Rev. Mark Thompson

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The Rev. Mark A. Thompson has spent most of his life as a political, civil rights & human rights activist and organizer. He not only has been a part of every major social justice movement & event over the past 40 years, he has also been a radio broadcaster for three decades, and he has spent over 10 years as a television commentator, as well.

Rev. Mark hosts Make It Plain (MIP), a political, human rights and breaking news podcast. Rev. Mark’s lifelong social justice activism intersects with his years of experience broadcasting the news and issues of the day. Newsmakers, politicos, policy-makers, entertainers and athletes alike make MIP a frequent sojourn.In 2021, MIP was named among Best Civil Rights Podcasts, Best Human Rights Podcasts, Best Podcasts About Social Justice and Best Broadcast Television Podcasts.

Rev. Mark was honored at the 104th Annual NAACP Convention in Orlando in July 2013 “for 25 years of crusading journalism and outstanding leadership in furthering the work of civil and human rights.

Rev. Mark, is a Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers 2023 Inductee.

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768 Episodes
Until Freedom's September 18, 2023 Louisville event in memory of Breonna Taylor to mobilize voters to prevent incumbent Kentucky Attorney Daniel Cameron--who would not charge the cops who killed Ms. Taylor--from becoming Governor. The Town Hall features a panel including Carla Wallace of SURJ, City Council candidate Shameka Parrish-Wright and Until Freedom's Linda Sarsour and Angelo Pinto with remarks from Mysonne Linen and Tamika Mallory.Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
The revolutionary and humorous columnist and commentator Michael Harriot joins to discuss his new book on sale today!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Bishop William J. Barber, II of Repairers of the Breach, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III of the 11th Episcopal District of the AME Church, The Very Rev. Kate Moorehead Carroll of St. John Episcopal Church of Florida, the Rev. Dr. James T. Morris, President of the Florida Council of Churches, Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr., Senior Pastor of the Bethel Church and the Rev. Alvin Jackson and others lead a March to Jacksonville City Hall in memory of Angela Carr, A.J. Laguerre and Jerald Gallion on September 16, 2023. The three were victims of a racist hate killing at a Jacksonville Dollar General Store on August 26, 2023.Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
On September 15, 2023, Bishop William J. Barber, II of Repairers of the Breach, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III of the 11th Episcopal District of the AME Church, March For Our Lives Activist David Hogg and others March to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' to deliver a letter demanding he and other Florida electeds cease and desist from hateful rhetoric that may have contributed to the racist hate killings of Angela Carr, A.J. Laguerre and Jerald Gallion on August 26, 2023.Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
September 15, 2023 marks 60 years since the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, in which four little girls, Addie Mae Collins (age 14), Denise McNair (age 11), Carole Robertson (age 14), and Cynthia Wesley (age 14), were killed. Addie Mae's sister, Sarah, survived the bombing, and she told her story on Make It Plain, September 19, 2013.Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Kamau Franklin of Community Movement Builders joins.Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
A diverse group of clergy led by Bishop William J. Barber, II, Founder of Repairers of the Breach, and Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III, Presiding Prelate of the 11th Episcopal District of the AME Church, held a press conference Thursday, September 7, 2023 to respond to the racist hate killings that took the lives of Angela Michelle Carr, Anolt Laguerre and Jerrald Gallion on August 26 at the Jacksonville Dollar General. The clergy called for a period of fasting and prayer and will support the students in the state of Florida delivering a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis demanding that he and other politicians cease and desist from sowing racial hatred witt their rhetoric and policies, and also demanding DeSantis resign.Clergy also announced a march in Tallahassee, September 16, the 60th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing in Birmingham, when four little girls were killed, Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Markos Moulitsas joins for #ThursdayKos, and Chad Stone joins for the August Jobs Report.Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Katherine Clark and Camille Wade are both customer service representatives for Maximus.Maximus operates the largest federally-contracted call centers in the country under a contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is operated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Maximus workers handle tens of millions of Obamacare/Affordable Care Act and Medicare calls under a $6.6 billion federal contract. These customer service representatives are predominantly Black and Latina women, at ten call centers mostly located in the South. Maximus workers have been facing unacceptable labor practices for years including low pay, unaffordable health care, unfair layoffs, harsh attendance policies, and significant racial inequities within its workforce. These challenges become even more pressing during the open enrollment period, and particularly following recent layoffs affecting nearly 800 workers.Workers are calling on Maximus for more affordable healthcare, a living wage of at least $25 per hour, and the freedom to organize a union free from employer intimidation. Workers are putting Maximus on notice that they are prepared to go on strike during the open enrollment period unless Maximus addresses their demands.Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Terri Carmichael-Jackson, Executive Director of the WNBA Players Association, and David Foster, General Counsel of the National Basketball Players Association, participate in a Town Hall moderated by Rev. Mark at the 52nd Annual Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Convention on May 25, 2023.Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Markos joins for Thursday Kos.Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
In time for the 60th Anniversary of the March On Washington, Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, the Chief of Race, Wealth and Community for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, joins to discuss his latest report on MLK's distant dream. Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Markos and Rev. Mark analyze the GOP debate on this week's Thursday KosAdvertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Representing the survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre, Attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons, joins.Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
The Tennessee Representative comments on the Tennessee Legislature's Special Session, and the Cabinet Member addresses the accomplishments of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and righting the historic wrongs of highways which split African American communities. Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Media Matters Senior Fellow Matt Gertz on his latest. Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
A friend asked me should we be celebrating the incident in Montgomery? I decided to pose the question to one of the greatest teachers of nonviolence in history--the Rev. James M. Lawson. More than anyone else, he educated, organized and mobilized nonviolent troops for the Civil Rights Movement and for Dr. King, in the way Joshua prepared Moses' troops. We owe him a listen on this matter.And please share your thoughts and reactions via email at, or via the video on social media: @MakeItPlain on Twitter and TikTok, Make It Plain on Facebook and YouTube and LinkedIn and @ministter on Instagram.☥ † MFrom the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University:"When Lawson and King met in 1957, King urged Lawson to move to the South and begin teaching nonviolence on a large scale. Later that year, Lawson transferred to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and organized workshops on nonviolence for community members and students at Vanderbilt and the city’s four black colleges. These activists, who included Diane Nash, Marion Barry, John Lewis, Bernard Lafayette, and James Bevel, planned nonviolent demonstrations in Nashville, conducting test sit-ins in late 1959. In February 1960, following lunch counter sit-ins initiated by students at a Woolworth’s store in Greensboro, North Carolina, Lawson and several local activists launched a similar protest in Nashville’s downtown stores. More than 150 students were arrested before city leaders agreed to desegregate some lunch counters. The discipline of the Nashville students became a model for sit-ins in other southern cities. In March 1960 Lawson was expelled from Vanderbilt because of his involvement with Nashville’s desegregation movement.Lawson and the Nashville student leaders were influential in the founding conference of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), held April 1960. Their commitment to nonviolence and the Christian ideal of what Lawson called “the redemptive community” helped to shape SNCC’s early direction (Lawson, 17 April 1960). Lawson co-authored the statement of purpose adopted by the conference, which emphasized the religious and philosophical foundations of nonviolent direct action.Lawson was involved with the Fellowship of Reconciliation from 1957 to 1969, SNCC from 1960 to 1964, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) from 1960 to 1967. For each organization, he led workshops on nonviolent methods of protest, often in preparation for major campaigns. He also participated in the third wave of the 1961 Freedom Rides. In 1968, at Lawson’s request, King traveled to Memphis, Tennessee, to draw attention to the plight of striking sanitation workers in the city. It was during this campaign that King was assassinated on 4 April 1968."Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Also, what's Putin up to in Africa? Markos joins for #ThursdayKos.Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Attorney Judith Browne-Dianis, Executive Director of the Advancement Project, Adrianne Shropshire, Executive Director of the Black PAC, and Attorney Donald Temple join.Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
The Mound Bayou Museum

The Mound Bayou Museum


Hermon Johnson, Rev. Darryl Johnson and Reena Evers-Everette, the daughter born to Medgar and Myrlie Evers in Mound Bayou, MS discuss the Mound Bayou Museum in a historic African American city and its first annual gala. Even if you can't attend, pls GIVE moundbayougala.comAdvertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
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Norman Poplowitz

Excellent historical perspective regarding Russia, Ukraine and NATO which puts more teeth into the impeachment inquiry because it serves up Trump as THE most significant Putin asset.

Nov 28th
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