A highlight from Democracy Now! 2021-02-23 Tuesday


Hi i'm amy goodman this year. Democracy now turns twenty five years old. That's right twenty five years of bringing you the voices and stories. You won't hear. In the corporate media. Democracy now is always refuse to take government or corporate funding because nothing is more important to us than our editorial independence. Nothing is more important to us than telling you the truth but that means we rely on you our audience for support please visit democracy now dot org right now and make your twenty five dollar contribution in honor of our twenty fifth anniversary and help us stay on air for another twenty five years and then another twenty five after that. Thank you so much and remember wearing a mask is an act of love wearing to is even better from new york. This is democracy now after a devastating winter surge. The us cova death. Toll has passed a staggering. Half a million by far the largest in the world as the us ramps up its vaccine rollout. The united nations warns far. More needs to be done to help. Protect poorer nations urgently. Needs a global vaccination bring together those with required our scientific expertise and production and financial issues. We'll speak to new york. Emergency room doctor craig. Spencer a survivor of abol about the pandemic at home and abroad. Then as we continue to honor black history month we remember the visionary black feminist science fiction writer octavia butler. She died fifteen years ago this week but her readership continues to grow. One of butler's last television interviews was on democracy now in two thousand five. Choose your leaders with wisdom and forth on to be led by a coward is to be controlled by all the coward fears to be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the food to be led by faith is to offer up your most precious treasures stolen to be led by a liar is to ask to be lied to to be led by a tyrod. Sell yourself and those you love into slavery. We'll hear octavia butler in her own words. Some of this interview has never been aired before. And we'll speak with the author and activist adrien. Marie brown about how octavia butler's writings can help the world. Tackle some of the most pressing issues in the world today from

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