In two very high energy and passionate interviews, Ralph talks to former Green Party running mate, Winona LaDuke, about her fight to stop a tar sands pipeline from running through tribal lands in Minnesota and Kai Newkirk, one of the organizers of Democracy Spring, a protest to highlight the corruption of money in politics.
Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist, working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. Ms. LaDuke lives and works on the White Earth reservation in Minnesota. And in 1996 and 2000 she ran for vice president as the nominee of the Green Party with Ralph. As program director of the organization “Honor the Earth,” she works on issues of climate change, renewable energy and environmental justice with indigenous communities. The group’s latest campaign is to stop an oil pipeline from being built through native lands in northern Minnesota.
Kai Newkirk is the co-founder of 99rise , an organization that stands against corporate political spending. He is one of the organizers of a coalition of public interest groups, who arrived on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington DC in April 2016 after a ten day march. Overall, about thirteen hundred of the protestors were arrested at the event called “Democracy Spring,” the largest civil disobedience action in the U.S. in this century.