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Just Solutions

FSTV’s Just Solutions features inspiring conversations with activists, community leaders, and others working to make our world a better place. We discuss the many challenges we are facing, while exploring the solutions emerging from the grassroots. This weekly show connects FSTV viewers/listeners with grassroots activists leading frontline movements who inspire us to be effective change-makers.  Streamed weekly on Wednesdays at 12 noon ET on our our youtube channel.  Broadcast on #Freespeechtv Fridays at 9 pm ET. Can't watch the show, catch up on-demand or listen to the podcast version of the show anywhere you get your podcasts.  

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1Hood Media Comes to FSTV

This week on Just Solutions, Glo sits down with CEO and co founder of 1HOOD Media, Jasiri X. The two discuss the state of policing in minority communities, the unproductive police reform initiatives that continue to fail and we tease the newest addition to FSTV, This Week in White Supremacy

Not Just A Cartoonish Debacle


Maeve's Last Show

This week on Just Solutions, we pass the baton to a new host. Gloria Neal joins FSTV as a guest host of the Just Solutions: Culture Series. Gloria's professional experiences as a black woman in broadcasting and government will guide us through informative and inspiring topics impacting the working class and BIPOC communities. From Free Speech TV, Just Solutions.

What was achieved at COP 27?

The UN Climate talks that took place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt ended with an agreement to create a “Loss and Damage” Fund for Vulnerable Countries bearing the brunt of the climate crisis. But the conference failed to deliver significant emission reductions. Our guest today is Rachel Cleetus policy director with the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Ahead of the conference Cleetus asked if We can Get Off the ‘Highway to Climate Hell’? So what was achieved at COP 27 and what was left out?

Just Solutions: The Power of Women in the Midterm elections

The midterm elections saw large turnout around the country. Voters were deciding on everything from ballot measures to local and federal races. Young women especially showed up at the ballot box and analysts say that was in large part due to the attacks on reproductive rights. Our guest today is Virginia Kase Solomón, CEO of the League of Women Voters. The organization is more than 100 years old and has more than 750 local leagues in all 50 states. Its mission is Empowering voters. Defending democracy.

How to Have Fair Elections For All

With the midterm elections upon us, voting rights advocates around the country are paying attention to our election systems, the very structures that hold up our democracy. This comes at a time that numerous states around the country have passed laws restricting access to the ballot. Our guest today is Robert Brandon, president and CEO of the Fair Elections Center which uses litigation and advocacy to remove barriers to registration and voting, particularly those disenfranchising underrepresented and marginalized communities.

How We Win the War

In his new book How We Win the Civil War: Securing a Multiracial Democracy and Ending White Supremacy for Good, best-selling author, Steve Phillips, charts the way forward for progressives and people of color after four years of Trump, arguing that Democrats must recognize the nature of the fight we’re in, which is a contest between democracy and white supremacy left unresolved after the Civil War. Steve Phillips is the founder of Democracy in Color and host of the podcast of the same name. In his new book he argues that the time has come to finish the conquest of the Confederacy and all that it represents.

Voting Rights on the Line

The Supreme Court is considering two cases that will have reaching implications for voting rights. Both involve redistricting and both will have significant impact on what remains of the Voting Rights Act. Merrill v. Milligan, out of Alabama centers on accusations of racial gerrymandering by the state in an effort to dilute the Black vote. Gerrymandering is also an issue in the case Moore v. Harper, out of North Carolina. At stake is the so-called “independent state legislature theory.” Plaintiffs in the case say the state of North Carolina has used this theory to dodge a state court ruling that struck down gerrymandered voting maps. Our guest today is Sailor Jones, the Associate Director of Common Cause in North Carolina, one of the plaintiffs in Moore v. Harper.

The Supreme Court to Decide the Future of The Clean Water Act

The Supreme Court is considering a case that could upend the EPA’s ability to protect our water from toxic pollution. This is part of a wave of efforts to undermine environmental regulations in the court. The decision in the case will have far-reaching consequences for the Clean Water Act. Our guest today is Sam Sankar, Senior Vice President for Programs at Earthjustice, which has filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the case Sackett v. the environmental protection agency. Their clients are 18 Native American tribes who want water protections. Sankar says we need judges who recognize the value of our federal environmental laws, the importance of sound science, and the proper role of the judiciary.

Eliminating Childhood Poverty

Childhood poverty is on the decline. New research shows that it fell by 59 percent from 1993 to 2019. Despite this historic progress, disparities remain. Black and Latino children are about three times as likely as white children to be poor. Analysis from the non-partisan group Child Trends says the social safety net and a combination of economic factors were largely responsible for the decline. So what policies need to be put in place to maintain this progress? Our guest today is Dr. Renee Ryberg, a research scientist with Child Trends who says our work to end child poverty is far from over.

Spread the Vote - Getting People to the Polls

Voting rights groups around the country are working hard to make sure all eligible voters can cast a ballot this November. Some of the voter suppression laws include expanded voter ID requirements. The group Spread the Vote is helping people in these states obtain the IDs they need to cast a balot. Our guest today is co-founder and executive director of Spread the Vote Kat Calvin.

Environmental Racism and Water Justice

The water crisis in Jackson Mississippi, left a predominately Black city of hundred and fifty thousand people, without access to clean water. Now Mississippi’s Republican Governor says privatizing the city’s water system is on the table. The situation in Jackson has shone a spotlight on what many are calling a legacy of environmental racism. Our guest today Arielle King, a lawyer and environmental justice advocate, says the history of racial segregation in this country has contributed profoundly to the environmental injustices we see now.

The intersection of racism and extreme heat

This week on Just Solutions we look at social inequalities that are exacerbated by the climate crisis. Ongoing events like extreme heat and floods resulting from climate change are disproportionately impacting poor communities and communities of color. Research shows a direct connection between racist urban housing policies and extreme heat. And with temperatures continuing to rise these disparities will increase. So how can urban planners mitigate for these inequalities and what can be done to help already marginalized communities in the face of the climate crisis? Our guest today is Vivek Shandas, a professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University. He co-authored a study that showed how formerly redlined neighborhoods are on average 5 degrees hotter in summer than other areas.

Why Rank Choice Voting Matters

Rank The Vote's executive director, Nathan Lockwood, joins us from Netroots Nation in Pittsburgh to discuss how we vote and the flaws within our winner take all system.

Fighting for democracy in Pennsylvania

Voting rights activists in Pennsylvania are gearing up for the midterms this November. A recent state supreme court decision upholds mail in voting in the battle ground state, but Republican legislators have attempted to restrict access to the ballot. The New Pennsylvania Project is one of the groups that is fighting hard to protect democracy and voting rights in the state, particularly for communities that are politically disenfranchised. Our guest today is the group’s founder and chief executive officer Kadida Kenner who also serves as co-chair of Why Courts Matter – Pennsylvania, an advocacy campaign seeking to protect the independence of state and federal courts.

Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act would invest $369 billion in climate solutions and environmental justice and would put us on a path to 40 percent emissions reduction by 2030. It is being hailed by many environmentalists as a positive move forward but some are urging caution. The Center for Biological Diversity say Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia has buried a poison pill inside the legislation by allowing the expansion of oil and gas drilling in the US. Our guest today is Jean Su, Energy Justice Program Director and Senior Attorney with the Center who says instead of investing in more drilling, President Biden should declare a climate emergency and confront the fossil fuel industry head-on.

School Colors: how race, class, and power shape American cities and schools

How have race and class shaped our cities and our schools? That’s the question being asked by the award-winning podcast School Colors. Now in its second season, the acclaimed documentary series looks at the issues of race, class and power and how they play out in public schools in New York. Our guest today is co-host and co-creator of School Colors Mark Winston Griffith, a journalist, organizer and educator.

What's Next For Reproductive Rights

The recent Supreme Court overturning of Roe V Wade and the numerous abortion bans that have come in its wake have left many wondering what’s next for reproductive rights. President of the National Organization for Women Christian Nunes says the fight must turn to the local, state and regional levels, with support for abortion rights candidates and ramping up pressure on state legislatures to act. NOW has launched a virtual, campaign training program to teach participants how to run for office. And with the mid term elections just months away, there’s a lot at stake. FSTV’s Just Solutions features inspiring conversations with activists, community leaders, and others working to make our world a better place. We discuss the many challenges we are facing, while exploring the solutions emerging from the grassroots. Missed an episode? Check out Just Solutions on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips. #FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. #FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at

Back to Natural: The Politics of Black Hair

Several states have passed laws that forbid discrimination based on hair texture and hair styles. This discrimination particularly impacts Black people, especially Black women and girls in schools and workplaces which ban hair styles such as locs, braids and twists. A new documentary Back to Natural looks at the way that race, identity and hair are all related. The film was directed by our guest New York City based Clinical Psychologist Gillian Scott-Ward, who was inspired by the work she was doing in her clinical practice and her own drive to go natural.

Democracy Vs. The Big Lie

The Big Lie about election fraud in 2020 continues to permeate and threatens to undermine our entire democracy. The reality is election experts say that mail-in voting is safe. Our guests today are Amber McReynolds, former Denver Elections Director and the former chief executive of the National Vote at Home Institute. She has just been sworn in as the only female Governor of the Postal Service. Also joining us is Jesse Grace, one of the film makers behind a new documentary Democracy vs. the Big Lie: The Truth behind Mail-In Voting. The film looks at how Colorado has led the way in secure voting by mail and how that system was attacked by former President Donald Trump before and after the 2020 election.

Media Matters

This week on Just Solutions. Marginalized communities have been fighting for decades to have their stories told accurately and fairly by the media. While digital and social media platforms can offer opportunities for communities to take control of the narrative, they’re also spaces of misinformation and big tech control. Groups like Media Justice are fighting for communities to have access to media to tell their own stories with the understanding that media narratives can shape public policy. They're campaigning for open and affordable internet, and are raising awareness of the surveillance of Black activists on social media. Our guest today is Eteng Ettah, the Narrative Director at Media Justice.

A Moral March on Washington

The Poor People’s Campaign is holding a moral march on Washington and to the polls on June 18, calling on elected officials to make real policies to fully address poverty and low wealth from the bottom up. The event on June 18 is the culmination of months of organizing and rallies in communities around the country. Angela Montalvo, an organizer with the Poor People’s Campaign in Nebraska is a disabled army veteran. She’s one of the more than 32,000 veterans in Nebraska with incomes less than $35,000 a year. Angela says we must fight poverty and not the poor.

Bodies on the Line

The Supreme Court looks poised to overturn Roe v. Wade and many states around the country are already passing what are effectively bans on abortion. In communities where clinics remain open, volunteer escorts shepherd patients safely to clinics to receive care in the face of harassment from protestors. Author Lauren Rankin writes about these everyday volunteers who are fighting on the front lines of reproductive rights in her new book Bodies on the Line: At the frontlines of the fight to protect abortion in America.

Bodies on the Line: At the Front Lines of the Fight to Protect Abortion in America

The Supreme Court looks poised to overturn Roe v. Wade and many states around the country are already passing what are effectively bans on abortion. In communities where clinics remain open, volunteer escorts shepherd patients safely to clinics to receive care in the face of harassment from protestors. Author Lauren Rankin writes about these everyday volunteers who are fighting on the front lines of reproductive rights in her new book Bodies on the Line: At the frontlines of the fight to protect abortion in America.

Where do we go next on gun control?

The country is reeling from yet another school shooting and gun reform advocates are once again calling on Congress to take meaningful action to stop the epidemic of gun violence. A majority of Americans favor some type of gun safety regulations; however a minority of Congress continues to block meaningful legislation. Tom Mauser, whose son Daniel was murdered in the Columbine high school shooting in 1999 says Democrats need to change their messaging around this issue. Mauser has been an activist on this issue for more than 20 years says most gun owners are open to reasonable arguments about the role of firearms in America, and he says we need to also shift our attention to the gun industry and focus on how they’ve lied to people, put people’s lives at risk and have bought politicians.

Hungry Kids: Calls Mount to Extend Pandemic Waivers for Free School Lunches

Millions of children in this country face hunger every day. Black and Latino children and children from single parent families are disproportionately more likely to be impacted due to systemic inequalities. One of the programs that has been trying to tackle this is the school lunch program. During the pandemic, the U.S.D.A introduced a meal waiver program so that any student who needed a free meal at school could receive one regardless of their families income. But that program is coming to an end. Our guest is Dr. Robert S. Harvey, president of FoodCorps, one of the thousands of food justice organizations calling on Congress to extend the waiver. As a former educator, Dr. Harvey says "Hungry kids — no matter their socioeconomic background — simply can’t learn."

Nurses on the Frontline of Reproductive Health

Since the draft opinion was leaked from the Supreme Court indicating the overturning of Roe V Wade, various medical organizations have come out in opposition to rolling back reproductive rights. One such group is National Nurses United who said that overturning Roe ""would especially discriminate against low-income women of color. Our guest is Jean Ross, NNU president who says patients of color already face deep systemic barriers to accessing health care, and now would bear the most harmful impacts of this ban.

Energy Democracy

The World Bank says global energy prices will soar over 50% this year. Low-income households are hit the hardest as they spend three times more of their income on energy costs than non-low-income households. One movement that is working to tackle this energy burden and the climate crisis is energy democracy - taking energy generation and management out of the hands of corporations and putting it into the hands of communities. Democratizing energy is a central aspect of the just transition away from fossil fuels, and it's grounded in economic and social justice. Our guest is Crystal Huang, the national coordinator of the Energy Democracy Project.

What's the_Future_of_Democracy_in_Florida?

What’s the future for democracy in Florida? Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is rarely out of the national news. From signing bills that restrict discussions on gender, sexual orientation and race in public schools, to efforts to restrict abortion access. Now, a new congressional map, which was proposed by DeSantis himself will dilute the power of Black voters in the state. Our guest is Dwight Bullard, former state senator and senior advisor to Florida Rising, one of the groups that has filed a lawsuit challenging Florida’s new congressional map. So what’s happening in Florida, and why should the rest of the country be paying attention?

Earth Day 2022

Earth Day 2022 comes at a time of dire warnings for the future of our planet. The latest UN Climate report warns that carbon emissions need to shrink by 43% by the end of this decade or we risk being hit by "unprecedented heatwaves, terrifying storms, and widespread water shortages". But world leaders have failed to take the action needed. is mobilizing people and businesses in actions around the world, and they’re calling for real racial, economic, and environmental justice. Our guest today is Kathleen Rogers, president of the earthday network.

Racially Charged: America's Misdemeanor Problem

The US criminal justice system is rife with inequality but there is one area that critics say is particularly bad, that is the misdemeanor system. An estimated 13 million misdemeanors are filed each year in the US. People arrested for minor crimes often lack lawyers, have their cases processed in mere minutes and are punished long before they are convicted for crimes as lowly as jaywalking. This system traps the innocent and punishes the poor. Our guest Alexandra Natapoff, has written about this in her book Punishment without Crime”. The book serves as the inspiration for a new documentary from Brave New Films Racially Charged.

LGBTQ Rights Under Attack

A wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation is sweeping across the country. From Florida’s don’t say gay bill which bans ""classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity"" in early grades to numerous states attempting to outlaw gender-affirming care for transgender youth. Human Rights Campaign are tracking more than 200 anti-LGBTQ+ equality bills around the country and they say the number keeps growing. Our guest is Cathryn Oakley, HRC’s State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel. She focuses on passing non-discrimination laws at the state and local levels and combating anti-LGBTQ legislation in state legislatures.

Oscars So White: Lack of Diversity in the Entertainment Industry

There have been increasing calls to diversify the creative and entertainment industries. In 2015 the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite went viral in response to the lack of diversity in the nominations and prompted industry wide discussions on the issue. But it’s not just on screen where a lack of diversity is problematic, behind the scenes there are still significant inequities. Free the Work is an organization that advocates for under-represented creatives. Daisy González is a content specialist with Free the Work, and Pamala Buzick Kim is the Executive Director of the nonprofit that is focused on equitable representation behind the lens.

Attacks on Reproductive Rights

Access to abortion is declining in an increasing number of states. The Texas Supreme Court has now effectively shut down a federal challenge to the state’s ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. It’s the most restrictive abortion law in the country and other states are following suit. Florida’s legislature passed a bill that would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and in Kentucky, the state House has voted to pass new restrictions that could effectively shut down clinics in the state. Our guest is Amanda Allen, Senior Counsel and Director with the Lawyering Project, one of the organizations that has been challenging the Texas abortion ban in the courts.

Media Coverage of War

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, how is the media covering the war? The hypocrisy of coverage of this war compared to other wars is being laid bare. In contrast to the coverage of civilian casualties in Ukraine, there has been scant coverage of civilian death when it was the U.S. military launching the invasions. So how can the mainstream media do a better job in covering conflicts and giving much needed context? Our guest is author and media critic Jeff Cohen, the founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, founder of the media watch group FAIR. His recent article in Common Dreams examines how major American media outlets oppose military aggression... unless the United States is doing it.

Fulfilling a Promise: An Historic Nomination for the Supreme Court

President Joe Biden has nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. The historic announcement means judge Brown could be the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court. Civil rights groups have welcomed the nomination. Our guest this week is Holli Holliday, president of Sisters Lead Sisters Vote, an advocacy group that has pushed for a Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Holliday says “Representation on the Supreme Court matters. Justices have ruled on every aspect of our lives. Decisions have legalized school segregation and later school integration; same-sex marriage; and woman’s reproductive right to an abortion.

Fulfilling a Promise: An Historic Nomination for the Supreme Court

President Joe Biden has nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. The historic announcement means judge Brown could be the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court. Civil rights groups have welcomed the nomination. Our guest this week is Holli Holliday, president of Sisters Lead Sisters Vote, an advocacy group that has pushed for a Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Holliday says “Representation on the Supreme Court matters. Justices have ruled on every aspect of our lives. Decisions have legalized school segregation and later school integration; same-sex marriage; and woman’s reproductive right to an abortion."

The Black Agenda - Bold Solutions for a Broken System

Our guest is Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, editor of the Black Agenda, Bold Solutions for a broken system, a new collection of essays written by Black scholars addressing a variety of issues from the climate crisis to education and more.

Fighting for Voting Rights in the South

The battle over voting rights continues across the country with many states grappling with redistricting that disenfranchises voters of color. The Supreme Court recently ruled that Alabama can reinstate a Congressional map that a lower court found to dilute the strength of Black voters. Gerrymandering is also an issue in North Carolina where the state’s supreme court ruled that partisan Republican efforts to redraw congressional and state legislative maps were unconstitutional. Our guest is Dr. Aimy Steele, founder and executive director of the New North Carolina Project, a non-partisan group that is working to make sure communities of color are not left out of the political process and have their votes count.

What's Next for Voting Rights?

Congress has failed to pass federal voting rights legislation which would have strengthened access to the ballot for all Americans. Meanwhile, Donald Trump continues to push the Big Lie of a stolen election and numerous state legislatures are passing laws that undermine the right to vote. So what can be done, particularly with the mid term elections looming later this year? The Brennan Center for Justice is one of the national organizations working hard to defend voting rights. Sean Morales-Doyle is the Center’s Acting Director of Voting Rights & Elections. He joins us to discuss what’s next for voting rights.

Voting Rights on the Line

The fight to pass federal voting rights legislation is heating up. Activists are in Washington DC demanding that Congress pass federal voting rights legislation. Among those gathering at the nation’s capital are students who have been on a hunger strike in support of Freedom to Vote Act which aims to make voting easier by making election day a national holiday, allowing early voting and voting by mail, things that supporters of the bill say will make voting more accessible for everyone but especially marginalized voters. Today’s guests are from Un-PAC, a nonpartisan youth led organization that is working to get The Freedom to Vote Act passed. Brandon Ortega, a student at Arizona State University has participated in the national hunger strike, and Adrien Horton, is an Un-PAC organizer, they join us today from Washington DC.

Megafire: Wildfires and Climate Change

The recent fire in Colorado that burned more than 1000 homes and displaced tens of thousands of others is a stark reminder of the very real impact of the climate crisis. The most destructive fire in Colorado history was fueled by strong winds and dry vegetation, a result of severe drought. Our guest is environmental journalist Michael Kodas, author of the book Megafire, The Race To Extinguish A Deadly Epidemic Of Flame, says wildfires are now a year-round threat in the American west, and they’re becoming more intense. So just how do we deal with this “new normal?”

Movement Politics: Looking Ahead to the 2022 Midterms

There is a lot at stake in the 2022 mid-term elections. 34 senate seats and 435 House seats will be on the ballot, along with countless races for local and statewide positions, playing out all across the country. People’s Action is working to elect candidates that reflect the real-life experiences and identities of everyday voters. Their Rise Up 2022 strategy seeks to boost progressive power by organizing in competitive races to flip Republican-held swing seats. Brooke Adams, director of movement politics at People’s Action joins us to talk about the deep canvassing techniques they’re using to engage voters around progressive policies and to engage with voters who are typically shut out of politics and ignored by the Democratic establishment.

Environmental Justice in Coal Country

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has said he will not vote for the Build Back Better Bill a measure that includes $555 billion for climate projects and clean energy transition. Manchin has a history of opposing climate change legislation and continues to the support the coal industry, a dominant force in his state. But many of his constituents are pushing back saying West Virginia needs to transition away from coal. Our guest today is Angie Rosser, Executive Director of West Virginia Rivers Coalition, one of more than 2 dozen West Virginian organizations holding rallies in the state calling on Senator Manchin to support the Build Back Better Bill. We’ll discuss what’s at stake for West Virginia and the country and what it’s like to be an environmental activist in coal country.

The Day the World Stops Shopping

Consumer spending is on the rise, despite the coronavirus, despite inflation and despite supply chain problems. In fact, the National Retail Federation expects Americans to spend up to 10.5% more this holiday season, around $850 billion. But what is the impact of all this consumption, not just on our wallets, but on our society and on the planet? In his latest book The Day the World Stops Shopping, author JB Mackinnon investigates how living with less would change our planet, our society, and ourselves and he asks, what would a world beyond consumerism look like.

Vigilantes and Anti-Democratic Legislation Threaten Protesters

Kyle Rittenhouse was found not-guilty of all charges after he killed two protestors and shot another during anti-racism demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer. Many people are concerned that the verdict gives a green light for vigilantes to take up arms against civil and social justice protestors. In addition, 11 states have passed anti-protest legislation, and at least 231 bills have been introduced across 45 states. These include laws that protect drivers who strike and injure protesters. Color of Change has started a campaign to demand state governors stop anti-protest laws from passing. Our guest today, Scott Roberts, senior director of criminal justice campaigns at Color Of Change says there is a dangerous pattern of trying to silence protest against police violence.

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest

World leaders at the COP 26 climate summit have pledged to end and reverse deforestation by 2030 in recognition of the crucial role forests play in absorbing carbon dioxide and slowing the warming of the planet. Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia, has changed our understanding of forests and trees. Her research shows how trees are part of a large, interconnected community. They communicate and help each other. They warn each other about danger and share nutrients in critical times. In her latest book, "Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest," Suzanne Simard explores the communal nature of trees and their shared network of interdependency. Dr. Simard calls for bold reforms that recognize the link between our forests and the climate change and biodiversity crises facing the entire world.

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