The Majority Report with Sam Seder

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Arvin Alaigh, writer & political activist from New Jersey, currently a Ph.D student at the University of Cambridge, to discuss his recent piece in The Nation entitled "Abolishing the “Ballot Line” Will Reshape Progressive Politics." Then, she speaks with Mya Frazier, journalist based in Columbus, Ohio, to discuss her recent piece in Harper’s entitled “The Eviction Experts.” First, Emma runs through updates on +972’s recent report on Israel’s use of AI technology to bomb the families of Palestinian targets, Biden’s supposed “anger” over Israel’s slaughter of World Central Kitchen workers, Israeli elections, Donald Trump’s legal woes, Ukraine’s war efforts, labor action in Alabama and Chicago, fascism in Texas and Alabama, and emissions reporting, before watching Richard Haass’ call for sanctions against Israel. Arvin Alaigh then joins, first walking through what New Jersey’s “ballot line” voting entailed, and how it drastically reduces the chances of outsider and non-county-endorsed candidates in state primaries. Stepping back, Alaigh walks Emma through the corrupt politics that the ballot line policy has enabled, with two major culprits, Governor Phil Murphy and Senator Bob Menendez, also inspiring the most recent scandal, with Gov. Murphy using his power to push his wife onto the preferred ballot spot to replace recently-indicted Sen. Menendez’s seat, seeing opposition Andy Kim file suit with no pushback from even Murphy’s allies. Wrapping up, Arvin tackles the current state of the suit, and the ongoing injunction against New Jersey’s ballot line policy. Mya Frazier then brings Emma through a brief history of her reporting on eviction and tenant-landlord power dynamics, and how reporting on the wave of evictions in the wake of the end of the COVID-19 eviction moratorium brought her to a corporate landlord conference of the Columbus Apartment Association. Expanding on this, Frazier walks through the major role that tech companies and startups played at the conference, advertising their ability to automate and streamline much of the landlord process, and how the automation trend plays with the increasing private consolidation of housing to severely undermines the power of tenants, bringing mass and constant eviction crisis to places like Columbus (Ohio). Next, Frazier parses through the severe necessity (and near impossibility) of federal housing regulation for tenants’ rights, before wrapping up with a who’s who of the consolidation of the housing market.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they discuss the heartwarming work of the World Central Kitchen and the White House’s heartless insistence that Israel has yet to break international law. Jack from Colorado calls in to discuss the ongoing shift of right-wing content creators to manosphere content, which transitions perfectly into a Charlie Kirk clip, and Kenny from Berkeley expands on the growing movement of student organizing. They also discuss Israel’s targeting of Iran amid US-Iranian negotiations, watch Chaya Raichik struggle to define wokeness in 2024, and talk with Ross from New York about depatriated and deported veterans, and the organizing efforts of Black Deported Veterans of America, plus, your calls and IMs!

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